Curriculum and Instruction
QUALIFICATIONS OF TEACHERS: Our teachers are qualified, competent Christian teachers
who have expressed their love and concern for children. They have demonstrated their teaching effectiveness. All teachers K-5th grade must have a minimum of a BA in Education.
METHODS OF INSTRUCTION : Our faculty members use a variety of teaching methods and styles. They recognize that individuals have different learning styles. The most effective instruction and learning methods are selected, while taking into consideration the subjects and individuals being taught.
CURRICULUM MATERIALS: The learning materials used in our religion classes are published by our Lutheran publishing house and the Christian faith is integrated into all subject areas by the classroom teachers. All of the other materials are selected from national publishers and are Georgia State adopted
EVALUATION MATERIALS: The academic progress of students is monitored in many ways. Teachers use daily assignments, portfolios, tests, and other classroom activities to access students progress. These are used to determine grades placed on quarterly report cards. The purpose of this evaluation is to help students experience success, not to provide negative feedback.
SPECIAL NEEDS: Faith Lutheran School strives to accommodate children with varying abilities, whose potential achievement is not incapacitated by specific learning disabilities, emotional disturbances, or physical impairments. In this regard, FLS is limited in professional staff prepared to give assistance to children with the aforementioned conditions. Children with these impairments are not automatically excluded; rather, it must be determined through the application and screening process if the staff and programs of FLS can meet the child’s educational and developmental needs.
Our accrediting institution approves the scope and sequence of the courses of study. Textbooks are selected on the basis of how well they serve the curriculum and meet the required goals and academic competencies as set by our faculty and School Ministry Board (SMB). The textbooks (curriculum) are reviewed by the staff and SMB on a six-year rotating basis.
The curriculum of Faith Lutheran School seeks to provide excellence in all academic areas. While great emphasis is placed on the foundational basics of education, our curriculum provides opportunity for challenge to the student.
RELIGION is taught at every grade level. It includes memory work, Bible history, and important Bible stories. The emphasis of religion at FLS is to share with the child the unconditional love and acceptance Jesus has given.
LANGUAGE ARTS consist of reading, literature, writing, spelling, vocabulary, and grammar. Mastery of oral and written use of the English language holds a very high priority among the subjects. Handwriting instruction is detailed as follows: TK/Kindergarten manuscript (lower and upper case) introduced; First Grade manuscript (lower and upper case) perfected; Second Grade manuscript mastered; all upper and lower case cursive introduced; Third Grade upper and lower case letters in cursive reviewed and used in some subjects; Fourth Grade cursive letters are perfected, mastered, and used in most subjects; Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, & Eighth cursive used exclusively in all subjects by all students.
MATHEMATICS includes place-value, time, money, number concepts, arithmetic, pre-algebra, algebra and geometry. Computation of numbers and problem solving are stressed.
SOCIAL STUDIES is a study in the areas of geography, history, civics, economics and current events of our community, state, country, and world. Critical thinking skills are developed as issues in social studies are discussed.
SCIENCE has units that cover the fields of earth, life, physical, and general science. The study of nutrition, organs of the body and their function, and proper habits vital to being and remaining healthy also are studied.
PHYSICAL EDUCATION represents another area of study and development in regard to body, mind and spirit. Life-long attitudes toward physical exercise, sportsmanship, healthy competition, and skill development are emphasized as a major part of the Faith P.E. program.
MUSIC education incorporates formal instruction in music and music appreciation. Sacred music and more contemporary Christian music receive equal attention. Choir and Chime Choir programs are available depending on the grade. Instrumental music is offered as an extra-curricular activity.
COMPUTER EDUCATION incorporates basic knowledge of hardware, software operations for use in enrichment, supplemental, and remedial programs.
SPANISH – Sequentially taught, students expand their understanding of the Spanish language, including the use of greetings, commands, phrases, numbers, colors, and other daily-use vocabulary. Students speak, count, and sing in the Spanish language. This well-rounded approach to acquiring another language includes singing Spanish traditional, popular, and Christian songs; learning about traditions and holidays of Spanish speaking countries; hearing Hispanic folk tales; and playing Hispanic games.