Curriculum

The Capital Christian Elementary academic program is designed to challenge, strengthen and develop well-rounded students who Pursue Excellence in Christ.

At every grade level, teachers individually assess students in order to meet their learning needs and styles. All subjects are taught to develop strong reading, writing and critical thinking skills. For every student, the emphasis is on mastering state standards while integrating biblical principles into all subjects.

Elementary Curriculum & Information

Kindergarten

Bible (A Beka) - The kindergarten Bible curriculum covers Salvation, Creation, Cain and Able, Enoch, Noah, the Tower of Babel, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, Joseph, Thanksgiving, missionary flashcard stories, Salvation Series, Christ’s life and other favorite Bible stories. Each month, teachers integrate a godly character trait into lessons.

Math(Harcourt) - This is a hands-on, success-orientated series that emphasizes manipulatives. Designed with a multisensory approach to learning, it enables students to develop a solid foundation in the language and basic concepts of mathematics: introduction to numbers 1 to 100; addition and subtraction combinations; story problems; time by the hour; measurement; fractions; money; counting by 5’s and 10’s; and correct formation and sequence of numbers.

Reading/Phonics/Core Lit.(A Beka) - Students use a strong phonics program that includes letter and sound recognition; blending of sounds; short vowel and long vowel words; reading sentences and simple stories. This program reinforces oral reading and comprehension skills. Teachers introduce students to sight words and implement the use of selected core literature books and classroom show and tell.

Language - Students develop and use communication skills for speaking in complete sentences, expressing ideas clearly, building vocabulary, and listening to instructions in literature and poetry.

Penmanship – Students learn proper pencil grip, formation of manuscript upper and lower case letters and numbers, words and simple sentences, and beginner creative writing with Write Reflections.

Science(A Beka) - Kindergarteners learn about God’s plan for humanity in units on “All About Me,” seasons, weather, seeds and plants, insects, animals and ocean life.

Social Studies(Individual units, no text) - Topics include Columbus, Pilgrims, Native Americans, community helpers, multicultural contributions to America, famous Americans, symbols of the United States (flag, Statue of Liberty, American Eagle, Washington D.C.) and children around the world.

Enrichment - Weekly chapels promote school spirit and unity. Special speakers challenge and encourage students to live for God. Students have opportunities to visit the school library twice a month.

Technology – Daily, students utilize a school-created internet program, called the Paw Club, which safely links them to standards-based websites. Students also learn keyboarding and program skills through weekly lab training sessions.

Capital Christian Elementary School offers a dedicated elementary computer lab housing 30 computers, in addition to 5 computers in each classroom, to enable students to explore content areas and to deepen their knowledge base. Teachers integrate technology into the curriculum in order to prepare students for a changing world and to be life-long learners. Teachers use technology to promote active student participation, personal goal setting and self-monitoring. Additionally, elementary students learn keyboarding skills, Microsoft Office programs and safe computer practices. Technology is easily and readily available to all students as a basic resource for teaching and learning, problem solving, communication, collaboration and information exchange.

Music - Classroom music is taught once a week by the CCES music teacher. Students learn children=s classics, Christian songs, and introduction to rhythms and instruments. All students present beautiful Christmas and spring programs each year, including a drama presentation.

Art - Children are exposed to a variety of art and craft mediums that often tie into the curriculum. Planned art assignments cover state standards and seasons.

Field Trips - Students may attend Apple Hill, a pumpkin farm, a theater arts performance, the Sacramento Zoo and the Effie Yeuw Nature Center. Community helpers visit students.

Physical Education - Twice a week, a P.E. specialist meets with the class to introduce skills that lead to a sequential build-up of various activities using large muscles. This program includes health awareness.

1st Grade

Bible (A Beka) - The first grade Bible curriculum covers Salvation, the Genesis Series, Christ’s life, Life of Paul, Thanksgiving and other favorite Bible stories. Weekly Bible memorization is included. Each month, teachers integrate a godly character trait into lessons.

Math (Harcourt) - This is a hands-on, success-orientated series that emphasizes using manipulatives. Designed with a multisensory approach to learning, it enables students to develop a solid foundation in the language and basic concepts of mathematics: addition and subtraction facts to 20; hours and half hours of time; money; place value through hundreds; fractions; counting by 2’s, 5’s, 10’s and 25’s; measurement in inches and centimeters; and liquid measurements of cup, pint, quart and gallon.

Reading/Phonics/Core Lit. (A Beka) - This program is an intensive phonics approach to reading using charts and games to help students to learn to decode words easily. Teachers reinforce phonics skills through daily worksheets and application of meaningful, character-building stories that correlate with the phonics concepts. Students are exposed to varied reading styles while also working on comprehension skills.

Language Arts (A Beka, Daily Oral Language, Write Reflections) - Students learn to write grammatically correct sentences and stories. Concepts learned are capitalization, punctuation, contractions and plural forms of words, root words, and suffixes and prefixes. Write Reflections is a color-coded approach to writing, following the process of brainstorming, webbing and writing various topics throughout the year.

Penmanship (Zaner/Bloser) – Students learn correct letter formation and proper spacing. Teachers promote neatness in printing.

Spelling (A Beka) - As a continuous vocabulary-building program, this curriculum introduces students to common words used at this level in reading and writing. Basic phonic rules are reinforced along with common sight words.

Science (A Beka) - The text presents God as the Master Designer of the world around us. Units on plants, animals, seasons, motion, the five senses, and insets provide an excellent introduction to science, with the emphasis on building student interest in science.

Social Studies (A Beka) - Students learn about how our country was founded and our basic freedoms. They meet several famous American patriots as they take a virtual trip across America. Teachers emphasize good citizenship and introduce major countries, U.S. Territories and daily map skills (Daily Oral Geography by Houghton Mifflin).

Technology – Daily, students utilize a school-created internet program, called the Paw Club, which safely links them to standards-based websites. Students also learn keyboarding and program skills through weekly lab training sessions.

Enrichment - Weekly chapels promote school spirit and unity. Special speakers challenge and encourage students to live for God. Students have opportunities to visit the school library twice a month.

Music - Classroom music is taught once a week by the CCES music teacher. Students learn children=s classics, Christian songs, and introduction to rhythms and instruments. All students present beautiful Christmas and spring programs each year, including a drama presentation.

Art - Children are exposed to a variety of art and craft mediums that often tie into the curriculum. Planned art assignments cover state standards and seasons.

Field Trips - Students may visit such places as a pumpkin patch, sing Christmas carols at a nursing home, attend a dramatic production, go roller skating and explore Safetyville.

Physical Education - Twice a week, a P.E. specialist teaches health awareness, sportsmanship and age-appropriate skills

2nd Grade

Bible (A Beka) - The second grade Bible curriculum covers Salvation, the Life of Moses, the Tabernacle, Joshua, Judges, Ruth, Jonah, Christ=s life and other favorite Bible stories. Weekly Bible memorization is included. Each month, teachers integrate a godly character trait into lessons.

Math (Harcourt) - This is a hands-on, success-orientated series that emphasizes manipulatives. Designed with a multisensory approach to learning, it enables students to develop a solid foundation in the language and basic concepts of mathematics: addition and subtraction; three place numbers with regrouping; money up to two dollars; telling time to five minutes; fractions; geometry; multiplication/division through five; and place value through 10,000.

Reading/Language Arts/Core Lit. (A Beka) - A Beka is a comprehensive language arts program covering phonics, reading, language/word study and spelling. The reading books consist of a series of high interest readers of various genres. Workbooks reinforce spelling, phonics and language. Additional writing skills are taught by writing essays in the Write Reflections curriculum. Second grade also uses Oral Language Plus by Houghton Mifflin. Selected core literature further enhances the reading and language arts program.

Penmanship (Zaner Bloser) - The students start learning manuscript style writing, with an emphasis on neatness.

Spelling (A Beka) - As a continuous vocabulary-building program, this curriculum introduces students to common words used at this level in reading and writing. Basic phonic rules are reinforced along with common sight words.

Science (A Beka) - Students learn to enjoy God=s world as they study His plan for creation. Both reading comprehension and a knowledge of scientific concepts are increased as students learn about the human body and personal health, plants, animals, matter, energy, earth and space, and conservation from God=s viewpoint.

Social Studies (A Beka) - Second graders step back into history and learn what life would have been like in our country=s early days. They learn the history of our flag, patriotic songs, and holidays, and study the lives of groups that made valuable contributions to our American heritage. Daily Oral Geography by Houghton Mifflin is used to enhance the social studies program.

Planners - Planners are used to help students build strong organizational skills and communication with families.

Technology - Daily, students utilize a school-created internet program, called the Paw Club, which safely links them to standards-based websites. Students also learn keyboarding and program skills through weekly lab training sessions.

Enrichment - Weekly chapels promote school spirit and unity. Special speakers challenge and encourage students to live for God. Students have opportunities to visit the school library twice a month.

Music - Classroom music is taught once a week by the CCES music teacher. Students learn children=s classics, Christian songs, and introduction to rhythms and instruments. All students present beautiful Christmas and spring programs each year, including a drama presentation.

Art - Children are exposed to a variety of art and craft mediums that often tie into the curriculum. Planned art assignments cover state standards and seasons.

Field Trips - Students attend programs such as the Nutcracker Ballet, visit a pumpkin patch, attend the Crest Theater (to see a live action play) and visit the Sacramento Zoo.

Physical Education - Twice a week, a P.E. specialist teaches health awareness, sportsmanship and age-appropriate skills.

3rd Grade

Bible (A Beka) - The third grade Bible curriculum covers Salvation; Parables; Life of Samuel; David Series; Christ’s birth; crucifixion and resurrection; Elijah; Elisha; Daniel; Esther; Ezra/Nehemiah; Thanksgiving and other favorite Bible stories. Weekly Bible memorization is included. Each month, teachers integrate a godly character trait into lessons.

Math (Harcourt) - This is a hands-on, success-orientated series that emphasizes manipulatives. Designed with a multisensory approach to learning, it enables students to develop a solid foundation in the language and basic concepts of mathematics: addition and subtraction (facts and regrouping); place value; story problems; rounding; geometry; multiplication (0-10); long division; time and money; measurement; fractions; averaging; decimals; graphing; probability and algebra.

Reading/Core Lit. (A Beka) - Leveled student readers deepen reading skills and comprehension while reinforcing godly character. Read and think skill tests offer comprehension emphasis. Students build reading comprehension and phonics skills, and at the same time take in character-building stories that demonstrate biblical truth and timeless virtues. Selected core literature and the Accelerated Reader program further enhance student reading abilities.

Language (A Beka & Daily Oral Language Plus) - Students learn capitalization, kinds of sentences, periods, commas, plurals, synonyms, antonyms, homonyms, verbs, nouns, subjects, topic sentences, paragraph structure, quotation marks, abbreviations, adjectives, main idea identification and dictionary skills. Oral and written book reports are also incorporated, with the ability to express thoughts correctly in both spoken and written English.

Creative Writing (Write Reflections) - This writing spiral program is custom designed to be implemented throughout all grade levels. It is designed to teach expository and narrative writing to develop students who can write focused, organized and detailed essays. The third grade lessons progress from a two- to three-paragraph essay.

Spelling (A Beka) - The spelling program is an integrated approach, using phonics while building vocabulary.

Penmanship (Zaner-Bloser) - Students review cursive skills with an emphasis on neatness and correct letter formation.

Science (ACSI Purposeful Design) - This series directs the students= natural curiosity by helping them describe what God has created. Students increase their knowledge of the world God made through studies of ecosystems, botany, the solar system, matter and motion, the human body and the earth’s surface.

Social Studies (A Beka) - People from American Heritage are the theme: explorers, colonists, presidents and generals, black historical characters, famous women and political figures. A workbook of map skills from A Beka is used along with Daily Oral Geography from Houghton-Mifflin.

Planners - Planners are used to help students build strong organizational skills and communication with families.

Technology - Daily, students utilize a school-created internet program, called the Paw Club, which safely links them to standards-based websites. Students also learn keyboarding and program skills through weekly lab training sessions.

Enrichment - Weekly chapels promote school spirit and unity. Special speakers challenge and encourage students to live for God. Students have opportunities to visit the school library twice a month.

Music - Classroom music is taught once a week by the CCES music teacher. Students learn children=s classics, Christian songs, and introduction to rhythms and instruments. All students present beautiful Christmas and spring programs each year, including a drama presentation.

Art - Children are exposed to a variety of art and craft mediums that often tie into the curriculum. Planned art assignments cover state standards and seasons.

Field Trips - Students attend field trips that meet third grade State Standards: the Bernhard Museum, the Maidu Interpretive Center, Explore It and the Jelly Belly Factory.

Physical Education - Twice a week, a P.E. specialist teaches health awareness, sportsmanship and age-appropriate skills.

4th Grade

Bible (A Beka) - The fourth grade Bible curriculum covers Salvation, the Genesis Series (creation, Adam & Eve, Cain, Noah, Tower of Babel), Christ’s life, the Life of Paul Series, Thanksgiving and other favorite Bible stories. Weekly Bible memorization is included. Each month, teachers integrate a godly character trait into lessons.

Math (Harcourt) - Designed with a differential learning approach to learning, it enables students to develop a solid foundation in the language and basic concepts of mathematics: addition; subtraction; multiplication; division; place value; geometry; story problems; decimals and fractions.

Reading/Core Lit. (Bob Jones University Press) - The Christian text, I Met You in a Story, introduces classic literature excerpts, character building stories, and activities that build research and literary skills that strengthen students for the increased academic demands of the future. Selected core literature and the Accelerated Reader program further enhance student reading abilities.

Language (A Beka) - The emphasis is on usage of language in the writing process: book reports, letters, encyclopedia reports, dictionary skills, and creative writing. Students learn to write five-paragraph essays using Write Reflections curriculum.

Spelling (A Beka) - The spelling program is an integrated approach, using phonics while building vocabulary.

Penmanship (Zaner/Bloser) - Students review cursive skills with an emphasis on neatness and correct letter formation.

Science (Purposeful Design) - Units include the earth, matter, scientific method, ecosystems, magnets and electricity.

Social Studies (Harcourt Brace) - Fourth grade studies California state history: Native Americans, Spanish missions, California=s settlers, the gold rush, transportation, government and geography. Students study map skills with Daily Oral Geography (Houghton/Mifflin).

Planners - Planners are used to help students build strong organizational skills and communication with families.

Technology - Daily, students utilize a school-created internet program, called the Paw Club, which safely links them to standards-based websites. Students also learn keyboarding and program skills through weekly lab training sessions.

Enrichment - Weekly chapels promote school spirit and unity. Special speakers challenge and encourage students to live for God. Students have opportunities to visit the school library twice a month.

Music - Classroom music is taught once a week by the CCES music teacher. Students learn children=s classics, Christian songs, and introduction to rhythms and instruments. All students present beautiful Christmas and spring programs each year, including a drama presentation. Instrumental music is offered.

Art - Children are exposed to a variety of art and craft mediums that often tie into the curriculum. Planned art assignments cover state standards and seasons.

Drama - Students are selected to participate in presentations.

Field Trips

Students at each grade level travel to various locations throughout the year to enrich the academic program. Parents are encouraged to participate, as requested.

Physical Education - One hour a week, a P.E. specialist works with the students on specific skills at their level, including health awareness, sportsmanship and age-appropriate skills. Daily, students also have the opportunity to partake in “Jogging for Jesus.”

5th Grade

Bible (A Beka) - Old and New Testament selections are used to teach units, including the Salvation Series, Moses, Tabernacle, First Thanksgiving, First Christmas, Joshua, Judges, Ruth, Jonah, Crucifixion and Resurrection, Samuel, and David. Students are taught use of Bible reference tools and are given a framework for daily Bible reading. Weekly Bible memorization is included. Each month, teachers integrate a godly character trait into lessons.

Math (Harcourt) - Students review basic processes, geometric concepts, fractions and mixed numbers, decimals, measurement and problem solving.

Reading/Core Lit. (Bob Jones University Press) - The Christian text, Pages in My Head, introduces classic literature excerpts, character building stories, and activities that strengthen reading and critical-thinking skills as well as build research and literary skills. The use of selected core literature books further enhances the reading program, in addition to using Accelerated Reader, Renaissance Place, McGraw Hills’ SRA Program and Reading Laboratory.

Language (A Beka) - The emphasis is on usage of language in the writing process of book reports, letters, encyclopedia reports, dictionary skills and creative writing using Write Reflections.

Spelling (A Beka) - The spelling program is an integrated approach, using phonics while building vocabulary.

Penmanship (Zaner/Bloser) - Students review cursive skills with an emphasis on neatness and correct letter formation.

Science (Purposeful Design) - The curriculum leads students continually from the known to the unknown by teaching important science concepts within the context of things they can see and know. The aim is to help them really understand basic principles of science rather than merely to learn science vocabulary. Students learn about plants, animals, matter, energy, light, weather and other topics.

Social Studies (A Beka) - Fifth grade studies United States history. The text takes a narrative approach that brings to life famous people; major events; changes in ways of travel, communication, and thinking; and the principles that made America great. Students are given ideals to reach for and aspirations to follow through a study of American heroes, including Pilgrims, patriots, inventors, scientists, teachers, businessmen, laborers, and missionaries. Students study map skills with Daily Oral Geography (Houghton/Mifflin).

Planners - Planners are used to help students build strong organizational skills and communication with families.

Technology - Daily, students utilize a school-created internet program, called the Paw Club, which safely links them to standards-based websites. Students also learn keyboarding and program skills through weekly lab training sessions.

Enrichment - Weekly chapels promote school spirit and unity. Special speakers challenge and encourage students to live for God. Students have opportunities to visit the school library twice a month.

Music - Classroom music is taught once a week by the CCES music teacher. Students learn children=s classics, Christian songs, and introduction to rhythms and instruments. All students present beautiful Christmas and spring programs each year, including a drama presentation. Instrumental music is offered.

Art - Children are exposed to a variety of art and craft mediums that often tie into the curriculum. Planned art assignments cover state standards and seasons.

Drama - Students are selected to participate in presentations.

Field Trips - Students visit places such as the history museum, Alliance Redwoods Camp, the Planetarium, the Crest Theater, Folsom Dam and the I-Max Theater.

Physical Education - One hour a week, a P.E. specialist works with the students on specific skills at their level, including health awareness, sportsmanship and age-appropriate skills. Daily, students also have the opportunity to partake in “Jogging for Jesus.”

Enrichment


Cougar Connection - Cougar Connection is an enrichment program for high-ability elementary students in grades 3-5. Cougar Connection projects develop problem-solving and higher level thinking skills such as analyzing, creating and evaluating. The program meets weekly for one hour during the school year. Students are recommended for the program by their teacher and/or parent, as well as SAT scores.

Field Trips - Students at each grade level travel to various locations throughout the year to enrich the academic program. Parents are encouraged to participate, as requested.

Library - Kindergarten and first grade classes visit the library at least once a month for thirty minutes. They learn library rules and procedures, have a story read to them, and find a book to check out.

Second through fifth grade classes the visit the library as a class twice a month for thirty minutes. They learn library skills and find books to check out. Students may also visit individually and check out books throughout the day.

Technology

Capital Christian Elementary School offers a dedicated elementary computer lab housing 30 computers, in addition to 5 computers in each classroom, to enable students to explore content areas and to deepen their knowledge base. Teachers integrate technology into the curriculum in order to prepare students for a changing world and to be life-long learners. Teachers use technology to promote active student participation, personal goal setting and self-monitoring. Additionally, elementary students learn keyboarding skills, Microsoft Office programs and safe computer practices. Technology is easily and readily available to all students as a basic resource for teaching and learning, problem solving, communication, collaboration and information exchange.

Uniform Information

Elementary (Grades K-5)

 DRESS CODE INFORMATION SHEET

Parents or guardians of students at CCS Elementary have the primary responsibility for implementing appropriate standards of dress and grooming in their home.  In partnering with parents or guardians, CCS Elementary acknowledges the responsibility to establish and maintain a standard of dress and grooming which facilitates a positive, successful learning and teaching environment.  CCS Elementary students in grades Kindergarten through twelve have a dress code. The standards of dress and appearance for students at CCS are based upon good taste, modesty, cleanliness, comfort, safety and practicality. They are intended to show respect to the school and its faculty, to build school spirit and to give priority to the development of the inner self over outward appearance. The following standards are not intended to be all-encompassing. Administrators have the responsibility and authority to apply these general guidelines when confronted with questionable appearance not covered specifically.

Basic Dress Code Items:

Boys: Polo Shirt, Oxford Shirt, Turtleneck/Mock Turtleneck Shirt, Cougar Wear Shirts, Pants, Shorts

Girls: Polo Shirt, Blouse, Turtleneck/Mock Turtleneck Shirt, Cougar Wear shirts, Pants, Skirt, Jumper, Polo Shirt Dresses, Shorts, Skorts, Capris

Shirts

1.    Black, White, Royal Blue and Grey polo/turtleneck/mock turtleneck shirts (no logos/designs) may be purchased where desired. The shirts are to have a plain collar.

2.    White oxford/dress shirts and white blouses may be purchased where desired.  Shirts may be long- or short-sleeved and may have one or two plain pockets.

3.    Shirts and blouses are to be appropriately sized and buttoned.

4.    Cougar Wear may be purchased in the elementary office or the Student Store in the high school and worn any day of the week.

Pants/Capris/Shorts:

1.    Navy blue and khaki cotton or cord pants/capris/shorts may be purchased where desired as long as they meet the dress code standard described below:

·         Pants/capris/shorts must be appropriately sized and worn appropriately around the waist. Cargo pants are allowed. Elastic sides are acceptable.  Leggings may be worn under skirts & jumpers, but not as slacks.

·         Shorts are to be “walking shorts”. Shorts length must extend 2" below the fingertips when arms are brought to the side.  No cut-offs.

Skirts/Skorts/Jumpers/Polo Shirt Dresses:

1.    Navy blue, and khaki skirts/skorts/jumpers/polo shirt dresses length must extend 2" below the fingertips when arms are brought to the side.

2.    Skirts/skorts are to be worn appropriately around the waist.

3.    Polo shirt dresses may be worn in the following colors: Black, White, Royal Blue and Grey.

Sweatshirts:

1.    Sweatshirts, either hooded or non-hooded, pullover or zipped, are considered outerwear.  Any color and appropriate designs are acceptable. 

2.    CCS Elementary dress code tops must be worn underneath at all times.

Coats (Outerwear):

1.    Coats (outerwear) may be purchased where desired.

2.    Oversized coats or coats with objectionable words or pictures are not permitted.

Hats & Baseball Caps:

Boys and Girls: Not to be worn on campus during school hours (7:00am - 6:00pm), except in medical conditions as requested by a physician. During cold weather, only stocking caps and CCS caps may be worn outside but must be removed when entering a building.

Hair:

Boys: Neat. No shaved portions of the head or designs cut/dyed in.

Girls: Neat. No shaved portions of the head or designs cut/dyed in.

Jewelry:

Boys: Earrings are not to be worn on campus.

Girls: No more than two pair (two in each ear) of earrings is permitted. No extreme lengths or extreme hoops are permitted.

Makeup:

Girls: Girls are not allowed to wear makeup during school hours. Nail polish should be light, natural colors. No fake nails are allowed.

Boys and Girls: Tattoos are not allowed.

Shoes:

1.    Boys and Girls: All shoes must have a closed toe and a closed heel.

2.    Sandals and jellies are not permitted. Athletic shoes are recommended.

3.    Socks or stockings must be worn at all times.

Special Days:

1.    "Cougar Dress Days" are announced from time-to-time. Students are encouraged to wear CCS shirts or Cougar Wear tops.  Jeans may be worn and must fit appropriately (not baggie or saggy).

2.    Free Dress Days are also announced occasionally.  Dress must be modest.

3.    “Pray for America” Wednesdays - students may wear red, white and/or blue solid color or striped tops, no tanks or sleeveless tops.  Tops that have a patriotic picture or saying on them are also acceptable.  All tops must fall into these categories.  Nice jeans (well-fitted), no rips or holes, or uniform bottoms may be worn.  This is not a free dress day.

4.    Cougar Wear tops (available in office) may be worn on any day with uniform pants, shorts, skirts, skorts or capris.

5.    On Rally & Bake Sale Days, students can wear jeans & Cougar Wear dress.

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