On average, students will spend an additional hour to hour and a half on work at home for every hour in class. This will vary with each individual student and different grade levels. Parents must be willing to commit to this level of involvement.
At the elementary level, parental roles will fall into four catagories:
Co-instructors: Parents will receive instructions from the classroom teacher on a regular basis outlining home assignments, drill practice, follow-up study over covered material and preparation needed for the next class. They will also take extensive responsibility for direct instruction in some courses (e.g., spelling, vocabulary and penmanship in English).
Private Tutor: Parents will receive instructions from the classroom teacher on a regular basis outlining homework assignments, follow-up study over covered material and any preparation or review needed for the next class.
Project Assistant: The primary responsibility of the parents is to track the progress of their son or daughter and to monitor how well they are doing. They need to have a sincere interest in their child’s class activities and express that interest to their children. Furthermore, help at home might be needed occasionally in support of a particular project. If problems should develop, then the teacher needs to know immediately.
Course Monitor: Some courses will involve equipment or expertise which necessitate that teaching be done in the classroom and leaves little for the parents to teach at home. This role, therefore, will require the least amount of time by the parent but its importance cannot be understated. The primary responsibility of the parents is to track the progress of their son or daughter and to monitor how well they are doing. Are they becoming discouraged? Are they enjoying the class? What are the activities being done each day in class? What are they learning? In short, parents need to show an interest and express this to their children. If problems should develop, then the teacher needs to know immediately.
The primary purpose of the English program is to develop and refine student skills in both oral and written communication and to promote understanding of fine literature. Emphasis will be placed on reading, grammar, and writing proficiencies, as well as evaluating the world’s great literature. When possible literature choices will correspond with the period students are studying in history, leading to greater understanding.
This program focuses on teaching students structured mathematical systems that will enable students to think logically and analytically. The math curriculum will have a strong applications emphasis, encouraging students to view God’s world through precision and structure. Importance is placed on learning basic math skills and facts during the early years in order to provide a strong foundation for secondary mathematics.
The primary goals of the science program are to teach essential concepts, skills and methodologies; to encourage the development and appropriate use of higher-level thinking skills; and to help students better understand the Creator-creation relationship.
A literature based curriculum is used in history which focuses on the social aspects of human existence and experiences. Specifically, it examines the origin, development, relationships and problems of various societies and their cultures. Elementary courses will provide students with a study of society, culture, politics, history and geography. American, old and new world, as well as world culture will be covered in the elementary grades.