Curriculum

Bible

Curriculum Source: Purposeful Design

River Oak Christian Academy views the Bible as an integral part of each of the curriculum’s components. The Word of God is integrated throughout the instruction as well as when interacting with students in and out of the classroom. River Oak Christian Academy has chosen Bible curriculum that provides opportunities for students to develop a relationship with Jesus Christ. Throughout the lessons, there are specific examples for students to apply Bible truths to their daily lives. Class discussions include ministering to others and serving others as Christ would do.

Communication Arts

Textbook Source: BJU Press

River Oak Christian Academy develops communication arts skills with a phonics-based reading approach. The curriculum is rich in reading and writing skills to develop lifelong learners to be effective communicators. Our vision is to equip our students to be able to read and understand the Word of God and to communicate the gospel through speaking and writing.

The English curriculum for each grade level includes components of Writing Projects, Study & Reference Skills, and Listening & Speaking Skills.

For Spelling, the students complete assignments relating to word patterns and generalizations. Teachers then give a weekly assignment that summarizes the skills for the week in the form of a writing assignment rather than traditional spelling tests.

The Reading program incorporates a variety of genres for all grade levels. Students are involved with reading activities that develop literal, interpretive, critical, and appreciative levels of reading comprehension. Each reading selection also includes an emphasis on biblical truths. Students are given opportunities to develop fluency through silent and oral reading. Students are challenged to higher critical thinking skills to determine the author’s message, reading for understanding, and connect to personal experiences.

Mathematics

Textbook Source: BJU Press

At River Oak Christian Academy, mathematics is taught from the ideals that the absolute nature of mathematics reflects the dependable attributes of God, including orderliness, precision, and consistency.

Benchmarks for each grade level:

 Kindergarten

  • Read, write, and identify numbers to 100
  • Addition and subtraction of whole numbers
  • Attributes of plane shapes and solid figures
  • Measurement of length, weight, and temperature
  • Counting money
  • Algebra readiness

 Grade 1

  • Read, write, and identify numbers to 999
  • Place value and expanded form
  • Addition (two and three digit) and subtraction (two digit)
  • Multiplication readiness
  • Algebra readiness
  • Graphs and data

 Grade 2

  • Read, identify, and write numbers to 9,999
  • Place value to the thousands place
  • Multiplication 0-5,10 and division
  • Algebra readiness
  • Decimals using money
  • Fractions
  • Graphs and data

 Grade 3

  • Read, identify and write numbers to 1,000,000
  • Place value to hundred thousands place
  • Basic facts with division with remainders
  • Mastering multiplication facts from 0-12
  • Algebra readiness including negative numbers
  • Adding and subtracting fractions
  • Plane and solid figures

 Grade 4

  • Roman numerals
  • Properties of addition, subtraction, and multiplication
  • Multiplication: two digit times three digit numbers
  • Division: three digit by two digit with two digit remainders
  • Decimals and fractions
  • Algebra readiness including variables and function tables
  • Statistics: mean, median, mode, range, and frequency
  • Geometry: circles, perimeter, area, and patterns

Grade 5

  • Addition and subtraction: six digit numbers
  • Multiplication: three digit times four digit
  • Division: four digit by two digit
  • Prime and composite numbers; GCF and LCM
  • Fractions using addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division
  • Ratios, proportions, and percents
  • Statistics and graphs

Science

Textbook Source: BJU Press

Through the study of science, students build a foundation of scientific thinking and begin to understand a Creationist perspective of the world. Science encompasses the physical world that God created, and throughout the science curriculum the instruction revolves aroung the character and integrity of God. The Science curriculum for each grade level includes components in General Science, Earth Science, Life Science, and Physical Science. Students learn that God controls every physical action and reaction and all concepts will be studied in the light of the Word of God.

Social Studies

Textbook Source: BJU Press and Abeka

The Bible is the Source of truth and reveals to us the nature of man and reveals the nature of truth. Through the Social Studies curriculum, the students will develop a Christian worldview of the family, community, America, and the world. Students at each grade level will gain knowledge of political figures that influenced history and how his/her relationship with God affected events in time.

The Social Studies curriculum for each grade level includes components in Geography, American History, Government, Economics, and Culture.

Benchmarks for students in grades 3-5

  • Grade 3: Identify from memory the location of the 50 states
  • Grade 4: Memorize the names of the states and capitals
  • Grade 5: Memorize the Preamble and Bill of Rights