Academics
Academics
Elementary Curriculum and Program
Drawing by NCA 4th Grade Student, Joshua Linehan

JR. K. THROUGH 1ST GRADE ENROLLMENT

 

JR. KINDERGARTEN PROGRAM

Full-Day (5 day)  Program 8:15 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.  

Half-Day  (5 day) Program:  8:15 a.m. -11:15 a.m. 

Class Size: Maximum of 15 students

Age Requirement: Must be 4 years old by August 1st.

Extended Care hours:  Morning 6:30 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. and Afternoon 3:15 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

 

 

Our Jr. Kindergarten program is designed to give your child a love of learning while preparing them for NCA's Kindergarten.

 

Program Highlights:

 

  • Reading Readiness

  • Beginning Phonics

  • Math concepts with hands-on activities

  • Social and emotional development

  • Bible lessons and weekly chapel services

  • Christian service projects

  • Thematic Social Studies and Science

  • Vocal Music program

  • Child-directed free playtime, as well as teacher guided activities

 

NOTE:  Our full-day Jr. Kindergarten expands on the above curriculum and adds Library, Art, Physical Education, lunch and rest time.

 

Philosophy:

Junior Kindergarten is a special place of child-centered, teacher-directed, and activity-oriented education designed to develop young children’s spontaneous desire to learn. The program is based on a philosophy of play through which children develop self-confidence, learn to get along with others, and gain readiness skills in Phonics, Math, and Writing. Our main goal for JR Kindergarten is to help each child reach their God-given potential and gain a love for learning that will follow them all through their school years.

Curriculum:

A Beka Phonics with Dolch sight words; D’Nealian style handwriting; Quirkles Science; Thematic units for Science and Social Studies, i.e. weather, space, transportation, fire safety, community helpers, etc.;ABekaBible

KINDERGARTEN PROGRAM

Times:  8:15 am – 3:15 pm
Class Size: Recommended maximum of 20 students
Age Requirement:  Must be 5 years old by August 1st
Curriculum and Philosophy: 


Philosophy:


Our goal in Kindergarten is to ensure that each child’s Early Childhood experience is successful and that they finish their year with a good attitude toward school. We work hard to help each student fulfill his or her God-given potential and consider ourselves partners with parents in teaching them how God’s love can impact every aspect of their lives. We believe that Christian education, especially in the formative years, gives the child a firm foundation for his/her entire school career. A Phonics-based reading curriculum provides a solid base for attacking words and all students are reading at some level by the end of the year. Math begins forming those building blocks for later skills by focusing heavily on patterning and introducing many other math concepts. Cross-curricular thematic units dealing with a variety of subjects allows the student to connect these themes to other subjects and to the real world. The proper formation of letters begins the writing curriculum which then moves in to words, sentences, and the proper spacing of each. Bible stories from the Old and New Testaments help the children understand Godly principles and how they relate to their own life.

Curriculum:


Abeka Phonics; Houghton-Mifflin Math; Scott Foresman Social Studies; Thematic units for Science that are cross-curricular; D’Nealian style writing; ABeka Bible

 

Program Highlights:

• Hot lunch program
• Before and after care
• Kindergarten Promotion Ceremony
• Christmas concert
• Previous field trips to Discovery Center, Frontier Theater, Zoo, Fire Station, Puppet Theater
• Weekly Chapels
• Daily Bible lessons and weekly Bible verses
• Community Service Projects
• Reading Buddies with older students
• Social skills development
• Class Mission Project
 

1ST GRADE PROGRAM


Times: 8:15 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Class Size: Recommended maximum of 22 students
 

Philosophy:


Reading is fundamental to every subject a student will study. Therefore, the First Grade program at New Covenant Academy places a strong emphasis on phonics and word attack skills. With this firm foundation established, first graders leave the class with everything they need to be successful throughout their academic career. In addition, the students will experience hands-on math lessons, interactive online resources, and a Bible-based curriculum.  To ensure a well rounded education, the first graders also participate in co-curricular classes such as Art, Library, Music, and Physical Education.  Our internet based administrative software called ParentsWeb gives the parents access to grades, announcements, lunch menus, and much more. Bible time provides the students with time to learn about God’s love for us and His plan for their lives.

Curriculum:


Abeka Phonics; Houghton-Mifflin Math; Scott Foresman Social Studies; Purposeful Design Science; D’Nealian style writing; ACSI Bible

Program Highlights:

• Hot lunch program
• Before and after care
• Christmas and Spring concerts
• Dr. Seuss Day
• 100th Day
• Weekly Chapel
• Weekly memory verses/Daily prayer
• Read Across America Day
• Class Mission Project
 

2ND GRADE PROGRAM


Times: 8:15 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Class Size: Recommended maximum of 22 students
 

Philosophy:

By second grade, the students are ready to take the knowledge they have been absorbing and begin to make real life applications in all subject areas. As they begin to develop meta cognition (“thinking about thinking”), they are able to make connections by using TEXT/SELF/WORLD. The basic elements of study skills are formed as they use their increasingly stronger abilities to glean information and comprehend what they are reading. Phonics-based language is continued to ensure a firm foundation for spelling and word attack skills. Thematic units are used to provide cross-curricular opportunities in Science and Social Studies.  The development of a writing portfolio is begun in second grade with a shift to “power writing” where the student learns the beginning steps they will need in their future writing experiences. Hands on math lessons help to build on the skills already mastered in the lower grades. Bible and prayer times are special times where the students can share their concerns and grow closer in their daily walk with the Lord.

Curriculum:


Abeka Phonics; Houghton-Mifflin Math; Cursive Writing; Scott Foresman Social Studies; Purposeful Design Science; ACSI Bible

 Program Highlights:

 • Hot lunch program
• Before and after care
• Christmas concert
• Field trips to related areas of study
• 100th Day
• Pioneer Bartering Day
• Read Across America Day
• Dr. Seuss Day
• Class Mission Project

Dr. Seuss Day

3RD GRADE PROGRAM


Times:  8:15 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Class Size: Recommended maximum of 22 students
 

 


Philosophy:


With the basic mechanics of reading under their belt, third graders now begin to take those skills and apply them to a literature based reading curriculum. Using various types of books, the students use literature to study vocabulary, make predictions, answer critical thinking questions, and numerous other skills. Math continues to build on the foundations established the year before as they master multiplication, division, and fractions as well as beginning  geometry and probability. History focuses on famous Americans, Government, and Economics while Science centers on the Life Sciences and the states of matter. Writing projects become more complex and participation in the Language Arts Department (LAD) Fair gives students the opportunity to compete with other third graders in this area. The Bible curriculum helps the student learn how to study the Bible and apply it to their lives as well as sharing prayer concerns and praises.


Curriculum:

Houghton-Mifflin English; Houghton-Mifflin Math; Understanding American History; Purposeful Design Science; ACSI Bible

Program Highlights:

• Hot lunch program
• Before and after care
• Christmas  and Spring concert
• Field trips
• Career Week
• Constitution Day
• Read Across America
• 100th Day
• Dr. Seuss Day
• Book report projects
• Heaven in a Box
• Class mission project
 

 

 

Constitution Day

4TH GRADE PROGRAM


Times: 8:15 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Class Size: Recommended maximum of 22 students


Philosophy: 

Fourth graders spend their year honing various skills that will be essential when they move on to the Intermediate department. They work on being more responsible and independent as well as building stronger study skills. Literature based reading is continued with grammar, usage, and the mechanics of the English language emphasized and integrated with their writing assignments. Poetry and Anthology is added to the reading curriculum to expose the students to various genre.  In Math, students continue to increase their use of multiplication, division, and fractions to more complex problems. An introduction to pre-algebra skills helps them to move further in their math comprehension. Missouri History dominates the fourth grade social studies curriculum with a culmination being a research project on famous Missourians and a field trip to the state’s capital. Science experiments conducted throughout the year not only offer hands-on experience but also allow students to begin learning the basics of the scientific method. Beginning  keyboarding and Powerpoint training  on computers is accomplished through class time spent in the computer resource lab and assigned projects requiring these skills. Bible time affords the students the opportunity to share with each other, ask questions, and learn vital Bible study skills.

Curriculum:


Houghton-Mifflin English; Houghton-Mifflin Math; Missouri History; Purposeful Design Science; ACSI Bible

 

 

 

 

Program Highlights:

• Hot lunch program
• Before and after care
• Christmas and Spring concerts
• Trip to Jefferson City
• St. Genevieve Project
• Missouri Day
• Dr. Seuss Day
• 100th Day
• Interactive Book Reports
• Heaven in a Box
• Jump for Your Heart