Spanish is taught to ECE4 classes through 8th grade. 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.
Spanish Curriculum and Instruction
Spanish at the elementary level introduces students to spoken and written components of the Spanish language, providing students the opportunity to practice listening, speaking, reading, writing and grammar. By the end of the course, students should be able to speak words, phrases and sentences with proper pronunciation and intonation. Students learn how to use formal and informal words and phrases in social settings, how to write grammatically correct sentences and paragraphs in formal and informal Spanish, read elementary texts written in Spanish and recognize cultural differences that are reflected when Spanish is spoken.
Middle School students focus on four key areas of language study: listening, speaking, reading and writing. The course utilizes a combination of language learning strategies and online learning. Each unit consists of new vocabulary, grammar concepts, reading and listening comprehension activities, speaking and writing activities, multimedia cultural presentations, and interactive activities and practices that reinforce learning vocabulary and grammar. As students become more proficient in Spanish, students are encouraged to converse in Spanish throughout the class sessions.
Activities established in this course are based on the national standards developed by the American Council on Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). Formal and informal assessments serve to monitor language acquisition.
Fine Arts is an integral part of our education and instruction here at Faith Lutheran School. We believe that our students have many talents, and through the avenue of Fine Arts, they may not only showcase their talents, but also share them to give glory back to God who bestowed those gifts upon them.
Music Curriculum and Instruction
The content of the music curriculum, like that of the music standards of learning, is intended to support the following goals for students: (based on age/grade level)
- Develop a general understanding of music through musical experiences including singing, playing instruments, performing, composing, listening, and responding to music with movement (videos, audio samples, chapel services, special programs, or events in addition to weekly classroom activities).
- Develop a general ability to read basic notation which includes acquiring the basic knowledge and skills necessary to comprehend and express ideas with words, numbers, and other symbols.
- Create basic works of music during songwriting workshop classes that reflect students’ thoughts and emotions into musical expression.
- Develop critical-thinking skills by investigating and analyzing various sides of the music discipline.
- Demonstrate awareness of and responsibility for the safe and responsible use of materials, equipment, methods, and technologies.
- Demonstrate understanding of the relationship of music to biblical history and culture.
- Make connections between music and other fields of knowledge (art, science, literature, math, etc.)
- Demonstrate the ability to apply aesthetic criteria for making musical decisions.
While these goals are formidable ones, Faith Lutheran School and Church in partnership with the home and the community make it possible for the educational standards to be fulfilled.
Art Curriculum and Instruction
Work in progress.
Technology Curriculum and Instruction
Work in progress.
Physical Education Curriculum and Instruction
The Faith Lutheran School (FLS) physical education (PE) curriculum focuses on well-designed lessons under the categories of Locomotor, Non-Locomotor, Health Fitness, Fitness Awareness, Personal Responsibility, and Respect. Students from ECE-1 through 8th grade participate in the PE program.
As an introductory-based program, the activities designed for the ECE students include creative ways to develop motor skills, movement, hand-and-eye coordination. Students are encouraged to demonstrate God’s love to one another in group activities and games. Students grow mentally, physically and spiritually while having fun.
Kindergarten through Second
Starting in Kindergarten and moving through 2nd grade, students continue to develop strengthen their understanding of basic PE skills and appropriate game play. Spatial awareness, movement, hand-and-eye coordination and the overall understanding of how to control their body remains a focus throughout the Kindergarten through 2nd grade PE program.
Third through Fifth
The 3rd through 5th grade PE program continues to build students’ motor skills, improving speed, agility, coordination and power. As motor skills strengthen, introducing organized sports and games foster a Christ-loving learning environment for healthy competition, sportsmanship and encouragement. Students learn to work together, build each other up, and focus on the strengths of each individual person. In addition to developing basic skills, healthy habits and personal health care help students realize the need to care for their body, a gift from God.
The Middle School PE program includes lifelong skills to help students understand the need to remain healthy. Students gain a deeper understanding of spatial awareness, strategic play as well as learning how our body works and moves, allowing a more positive and productive lifestyle. Throughout the Middle School PE program, Christian sportsmanship serves as a baseline to foster healthy competition.