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Wednesday, September 19, 2018
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Curriculum Information

The teachers at Lake Shore Christian Academy utilize several different curriculum providers developed by experienced educators to serve as a foundation for teaching our students:
1) K4-2nd Grade Math, Social Studies, Science, and Bible: The A Beka curriculum was developed by Pensacola Christian College and has been used in Christian schools for over 30 years.  Here is how they describe their curriculum on their Web-site:
"With a traditional approach to education, A Beka Book supplies schools with outstanding curriculum, textbooks, and support materials for students in K4–12th grade. Our experienced writers and researchers conduct primary research in their fields to provide students with superior knowledge. Coordinating teacher materials assist teachers in presenting lessons that are lively and memorable."
This curriculum provides for both teacher-direct learning  as well as student-centered activities.  Students who are taught using this curriculum are adequately prepared to move onto higher level learning in the upper grades.
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2) K4-2nd Grade Reading and Writing: The Spalding curriculum is a phonics-based reading and writing program developed by Romalda B. Spalding.  Here is a short history explaining why she created the program:
"Although Romalda Spalding earned a bachelors degree from the University of Illinois and a masters degree from Columbia University, she discovered that her preparation was not adequate for teaching all children to read and write successfully. Her search for a reading method that empowered children to become fluent, thoughtful readers and writers led her in 1938 to the distinguished neurologist Dr. Samuel T. Orton. Orton specialized in helping dyslexic and other disabled children...Drawing on what she learned from Dr. Orton and her own experience working with children at Massachusetts General Hospital, Children's Hospital at Harvard Medical School, and public and private schools as a classroom teacher, she wrote the textbook, The Writing Road to Reading, first published in 1957.  The Spalding Method continues to be validated by current research on the way children learn. During her lifetime she received numerous awards and served on advisory boards of the Orton Dyslexic Society and the International Montessori Society."
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3) 3rd-12th Grade Math, Social Studies, Science & 3rd-8th Grade English: The Accelerated Christian Education (ACE) curriculum is a student-centered program, requiring less lecturing from the teacher and more individual initiative from the student.  Here is how their Web site describes it:
"On the surface, most schools look alike—buildings, personnel, curriculum, and budgets. The A.C.E. program is different. For over 40 years, it has been the trendsetter in Biblical educational reform. Its philosophy is built on basic principles of the Word of God. Students are taught to see life from God’s point of view, to take responsibility for their own learning, and to walk in Godly wisdom and character. Accelerated Christian Education® is not just a publisher but a comprehensive Bible-based program that serves both the campus-based school and the homeschool."
While most of the subjects are self-paced, some of the lower level and all of the higher level Math classes are teacher-directed.  And the classroom teacher is always available to guide and assist students, even in the self-paced subjects. 
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4) 3rd-12th Grade Writing: The Institute for Excellence in Writing program goes beyond merely the mechanics of writing (grammar, punctuation, etc.) and teaches students how to write clearly and persuasively in any format: short story, descriptive essay, analytical essay, etc.  Here is how their Web site describes it:

"At the Institute for Excellence in Writing, we train teachers to model an oral and written pathway of communication which develops the language skills of all students through imitation to innovation. Because every teacher can use the method in his or her classroom, every parent can be confident that every student can learn to listen, speak, read, write, and think effectively and eloquently."

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5) 9th-12th Grade English: The Excellence in Literature curriculum is a teacher-directed curriculum that requires students to thoughtfully read classic and reputable works of literature and then analyze and interpret them through writing.  Here is how their Web site describes it:
"This five-year curriculum focuses on full-length classic literature studied in its historic, artistic, and literary context. That means you study great literature, see famous art, and hear beautiful music, all in appropriate historic context."
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