# Redwood Christian School Curriculum

### We focus on nurturing the whole child through the following educational objectives:

To integrate a Biblical worldview and spiritual formation into the standard curriculum

To provide instruction that makes learning possible for all students and makes instruction interesting by enabling students to make connections between the classroom and real life, and fun

To provide physical education that promotes fitness, athletic skills, fair play, and teamwork.

To offer various opportunities for students to use God-given gifts and talents both in the classroom and out in the community

### Academic Curriculum

*The mission of RCS is to equip students for daily living and eternal life. This mission is accomplished through an integrated TK – 12th curriculum. We want our students to “Discover” the various stages of learning in a way that will stimulate, engage, and grow the young mind. An RCS student will not only be able to read, write, and problem solve, but also understand the world around them through a Biblical Worldview and independently grow in their relationship with God. We teach our students to possess the critical thinking skills necessary to truly understand an issue, and to seek God’s will in finding a solution.*

## Discover Fun – Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten

*By the end of Transitional Kindergarten, students will see that learning is fun through tactile and*

* interactive lessons led by caring and enthusiastic educators.*

Bible

- Weekly Memory Verses
- Old Testament and New Testament Stories

Reading:

- Open Court Reading
- Plot
- Characters
- Sequencing

Writing:

- Letters of the Alphabet
- Capitalization
- Sentences
- Handwriting (Fine Motor) Skills

Math:

- Patterns
- Number Concepts (0-99)
- Money

Science:

- Ocean Life
- Things that Grow
- Space

Social Studies:

- Patriotism
- Seasons
- Holidays
- Social Skills

Bible

- Old and New Testament Survey

Reading:

- Open Court Reading
- Basic Phonics
- Plot
- Characters
- Sequencing

Writing:

- Introduction to Jane Schaeffer Writing Terminology
- Letters, Numbers, and Objects
- Concrete Details
- Sentence Construction (3- to 4-Word Sentences)
- Handwriting
- Developing Fine Motor Skills

Math:

- Writing and Counting to 20
- Shapes
- Patterns
- Math Facts: Addition and Subtraction
- Money
- Time

Science:

- Plants
- Animals
- Health
- Safety

Social Studies:

- Patriotism
- American culture

## Discover Adventure – 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Grades

*By the end of third grade, students will have become independent explorers who have a sense of wonder and excitement about discovering God’s world.*

Bible

- Weekly Memory Verses
- Old Testament
- New Testament

Reading

- Open Court Reading
- Phonograms
- Reading Anthologies
- Book Reports
- Victory Drill

Writing

- Introduction to the Jane Schaffer Writing Program
- Capitalization and Punctuation
- Complete Sentences
- Spelling
- Parts of Speech

Math

- Math Drill
- Number Sense
- Counting
- Adding
- Subtracting
- Part/Whole
- Word Problems
- Time
- Measurement
- Money

Science

- Animals
- Plants
- Space and Weather
- States of Matter

Social Science

- Rules and Citizenship
- People and Places
- Changes Over Time
- Maps
- U.S. Symbols
- Cultures and Traditions
- Goods and Services

Bible

- Weekly Memory Verses
- Old Testament
- New Testament
- Character development

Reading

- Open Court Reading
- Reading Comprehension Strategies
- Book Reports
- Oral Presentations

Writing

- Jane Schaffer Writing Program: Chunk Paragraphing
- Sentence Construction
- Spelling
- Grammar
- Parts of Speech

Math

- Math Drill
- Number Sense
- Math Facts: Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication
- Word Problems
- Money
- Time
- Measurement

Science

- Invertebrates
- Vertebrates
- Life Cycles
- Weather
- Sight and Touch
- Hearing and Sound

Social Science

- Geography
- Ancestry
- Producers and Consumers
- Community Responsibilities
- Federal, State, and Local Government Functions

Bible

- Weekly Memory Verses
- Life of Jesus

Reading

- Open Court Reading
- Reading Strategies
- Book Reports

Writing

- Jane Schaffer Writing Program: One Chunk Paragraphs
- Editing Sentences
- Narrative Writing
- Spelling
- Grammar
- Two Parts of Speech
- Cursive

Math

- Math Drill
- Division
- Number sense
- Word problems
- Time
- Measurement

Science

- Organisms
- Magnets
- Solar System

Social Science

- The four Regions in California
- Rules and Laws in the United States and California

## Discover Motivation – 4th and 5th Grades

*By the end of fifth grade, students will have been given the tools to persevere through difficult course work and will be prepared to take on the academic requirements in Middle School.*

Bible

- Weekly Memory Verses
- The Gospel
- Christian Living

Reading

- Open Court reading
- Reading strategies
- Novels

Writing

- Jane Schaffer Writing Program – One-Chunk and Two Chunk Paragraphs
- Pre Writing
- Narrative writing
- Spelling
- Grammar
- Parts of Speech
- Cursive

Math

- Math Facts: Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, and Division
- Long Multiplication
- Long Division
- Fractions
- Word Problems

Science

- Human Body Systems
- Cells
- Motion

Social Science

- Native American History in California
- California Missions
- Western Expansion and the California Gold Rush

Bible

- Weekly Memory Verses
- Daily Devotions

Reading

- Accelerated Reader Program/Individualized Reading Instruction
- Non-Fiction
- Fiction

Writing

- Jane Schaffer Writing Program: Two Two-Chunk Paragraphs
- Informative Writing
- Spelling
- Research Report

Math

- Introduction to Algebra
- Introduction to Geometry
- Operations of Fractions and Decimals
- Percent
- Ratios
- Operations of Natural Numbers
- Word Problems

Science

- Animal Research Project
- Using Microscopes
- Weather and Atmospheric Science
- Environmental Science
- Life Cycles

Social Science

- Early American History
- Colonial Times
- American Revolution
- Locations and Capitals of All 50 States

## Discover Thinking – 6th, 7th, and 8th Grades

*By the end of eighth grade, students will have learned the critical thinking and problem solving skills necessary to engage in a full and enriched high school academic program.*

Bible

- Weekly Memory Verses
- New Testament Structure and Narrative
- New Testament Theology

Reading

- Fiction and Nonfiction Text
- Short Stories
- Novels
- Dramas
- Comparing and Contrasting Media
- Cause and Effect.
- Citing Text
- Inferences
- Central Idea

Writing

- Jane Schaffer Writing Program: Multiple Two Chunk Paragraphs
- SAT Vocabulary Program
- Informative Writing
- Narrative Writing
- Constructing sentences and paragraphs
- Sentence structure
- Grammar

Math

- SAT Math Program
- Ratio
- The Number System
- Expressions and Equations
- Measurement - Area, Surface Area, and Volume.
- Statistical Variability
- Data Distributions
- Word Problems

Science

- Creationism
- Periodic Table of Elements
- Atomic Structure
- Atoms
- States of Matter
- Acids, Bases, and pH
- Introduction to the Mechanics of Motion
- Kepler’s Law of Motion
- Astronomy
- The Hertzaprung-Russell (H-R) diagram
- Telescope Technology

Social Science

- Ancient World History
- Physical and Political Geography

Bible

- Weekly Memory Verses
- Old Testament
- Old Testament Theology

Reading

- Fiction Novels
- Non-Fiction Reading
- Citing Textual Evidence
- Parts of Speech
- Text Analysis
- Theme

Writing

- Jane Schaffer Writing Program: Three Three-Chunk Paragraphs
- SAT Vocabulary Program
- Descriptive Writing
- Essay Writing
- Argument/Opinion Writing

Math

- SAT Math Program
- Foundations of Numbers and Operations
- Algebra and Problem Solving
- Data Analysis and Probability
- Geometry and Measurement
- Word Problems

Science

- Classification of Living Things
- Cell Structure and Cellular Respiration
- Genetics
- Biblical Creationism vs. Biological Evolution
- Plants
- Invertebrates and Vertebrates
- The Ecosystem
- Functions of the Body

Social Science

- Middle Ages and Early Modern Era.
- Cultural Studies
- Historical Interpretation
- Research and Analysis

Bible

- Weekly Memory Verses
- Worldviews
- Origin
- Purpose

Morality - Ethics

Reading

- Dramatic literature
- Novel Structure
- Character development
- Conflict and Thematic Elements

Writing

- Jane Schaffer Writing Program: Four Three-chunk paragraphs
- SAT Vocabulary Program
- Argument/Opinion Writing
- Poetic Writing
- Compound and Complex Sentences

Pre-Algebra

- SAT Math Program
- Order of Operations
- Rational Numbers Operations
- Algebraic Equations and Inequalities
- Rational Numbers and Exponents
- Equations and Inequalities
- Geometric shapes
- Bar Graphs and Histograms
- Variables, Equations and Exponents
- Integers
- Factor Trees, Greatest Common Factor and Lowest Common Multiple
- Scientific Notation
- Fractions, Mixed Numbers, Decimals and Percents
- Distributive Property
- Angles

Algebra 1

- SAT Math Program
- Solving for a variable
- Linear functions
- Inverse Operations
- Linear Equations
- Quadratic Functions
- Exponential Growth and Decay
- Exponential functions
- Statistics and Statistical Charts

Science

- The Atmosphere
- Weather
- The Ocean
- Introduction to Chemistry
- Introduction to Geology
- Introduction to Physics

Social Science

- United States History (to 1914)
- Geography

## Discover Application – 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th Grades

*By the time students graduate RCS, they will be able to apply Biblical Truth and use all of the skills and content learned to be fully equipped for daily living and eternal life.*

Bible

- Weekly Memory Verses
- Scripture Exposition
- Christian Growth
- Christian Maturity
- The Inductive Bible Study Method

Reading

- Literature Survey
- Novel Analysis
- Plays
- Poetry

Writing

- Jane Schaffer Writing Program: Multiple Chunk Paragraph Writing
- SAT Vocabulary Program
- Informative Writing
- Grammar: Eight Parts of Speech
- Research Paper Writing
- Timed Writing

Algebra 1

- SAT Math Program
- Solving for a variable
- Linear functions
- Inverse Operations
- Linear Equations
- Quadratic Functions
- Exponential Growth and Decay
- Exponential functions
- Statistics and Statistical Charts

Geometry

- SAT Math Program
- Geometric Reasoning (proofs)
- Classifying Triangles
- Triangle Congruence
- Attributes of Polygons and Quadrilaterals
- Trigonometry
- Transformational Geometry
- Properties of Triangles
- Volume, Area, and Angles of Polygons
- Similar Triangles
- Trigonometric Functions

World History (AP and College Prep)

- The Roots of Democracy
- Philosophy in the Age of Reason
- Nationalism and Industrial Change
- Imperialism and Conflict

- Bible
- Weekly Memory Verses
- Scripture Exposition
- Book of Acts
- Historicity of the Bible
- Reading
- Non-Fiction and Informational Text
- World literature
- Novel Analysis
- Plays
- Poetry
- Mythology
- Greek Roots
- Cloze Reading

Writing

- Jane Schaffer Writing Program: Multiple Chunk Paragraph Writing
- SAT Vocabulary Program
- Informative Writing
- Response Writing
- Timed Writing
- Opinion/Argument Writing

Geometry

- SAT Math Program
- Geometric Reasoning (proofs)
- Classifying Triangles
- Triangle Congruence
- Attributes of Polygons and Quadrilaterals
- Trigonometry
- Transformational Geometry
- Properties of Triangles
- Volume, Area, and Angles of Polygons
- Similar Triangles
- Trigonometric Functions

Algebra 2

- SAT Math Program
- Parent Functions and Transformations
- Advanced Simplification of Algebraic Expressions
- Quadratic Functions
- Polynomial Functions
- Exponents and Logarithms
- Right Triangle Trigonometry

Algebra 2 with Trigonometry

- SAT Math Program
- Parent Functions and Transformations
- Advanced Simplification of Algebraic Expressions
- Quadratic Functions
- Polynomial Functions
- Exponents and Logarithms
- Right Triangle Trigonometry
- Foundations of Rational Expressions and Equations
- Foundations of Trigonometry
- The Unit Circle
- Solving Triangles
- Rewrite Reciprocal and Pythagorean trigonometric identities
- Introduction to Conic Sections

Biology (Honors and College Prep)

- Cells and Genetics
- Discovery Voyage
- Origins of Life: Creation and Evolution
- Plants and Animals
- Human Biology
- Dissections and STEM Labs
- Bioethical Issues

Bible

- Weekly Memory Verses
- Scripture exposition
- Decision Making
- New Testament Theology

Reading

- American Literature.
- Non-fiction Essays and Articles
- Literature Analysis
- Analytical Reading for Summarization

Writing

- Jane Schaffer Writing Program
- SAT Vocabulary Program
- Argument/Opinion Writing
- Advanced Grammar
- Timed Writing
- Research and Analytical Writing
- Lab Reports

Algebra 2 with Trigonometry

- SAT Math Program
- Parent Functions and Transformations
- Advanced simplification of Algebraic expressions (including: order of operations, combining like terms, distributive property, properties of exponents, and solving for a variable)
- Quadratic Functions
- Polynomial Functions
- Exponents and Logarithms
- Right Triangle Trigonometry
- Foundations of Rational Expressions and Equations
- Foundations of Trigonometry
- The Unit Circle
- Solving Triangles
- Rewrite Reciprocal and Pythagorean Trigonometric Identities
- Introduction to Conic Sections

Advanced Math

- SAT Math Program
- Domain and Range of Functions
- Input and Output Values of a Function
- Translations of functions
- Parent Functions and Transformations
- Trigonometry
- The Unit Circle with Reference Angles and Trigonometric Identities
- Laws of Exponents and Laws of Logarithms
- Algebraic and Geometric Sequences

Chemistry (AP and College Prep)

- Matter and Energy
- Atoms and Miles
- Periodic Table
- Chemical Equations and Reactions
- Stoichiometry
- States of Matter
- Acids and Bases
- Reaction Rates

Physical Science

- Matter and Energy
- Acids and Bases
- Periodic Table
- States of Matter
- Biotic Chemistry (ex: Photosynthesis and respiration equations)
- Basic Thermodynamics
- Aerodynamics and Flight
- Solar System
- Geology/Earth Structure
- Paleontology/Fossilization
- Uniformitarianism vs Catastrophism
- Levels of an Ecosystem/Interconnectivity of Biotic and Abiotic

U.S. History (AP and College Prep)

- American Domestic and Foreign Policy (1700s-present)
- American Government and Political Ideas
- American Military Engagements
- American Social Issues
- American Cultural History

Bible

- Weekly Memory Verses
- Ethics
- Apologetics
- Christian Service
- Evangelism

Reading

- Poetry Analysis
- Literary Analysis in Fiction and Non-Fiction
- British Literature

Writing

- Jane Schaffer Writing Program
- SAT Vocabulary Program
- Argument/Opinion Writing
- Timed Writing
- Writing STEM Lab Reports

Advanced Math

- SAT Math Program
- Domain and Range of Functions
- Input and Output Values of a Function
- Translations of functions
- Parent Functions and Transformations
- Trigonometry
- The Unit Circle with Reference Angles and Trigonometric Identities
- Laws of Exponents and Laws of Logarithms
- Algebraic and Geometric Sequences

AP Calculus (AB)

- SAT Math Program
- Limits
- Finding the Y-Value a Function is Approaching
- Derivatives
- Derivative Rules, Related Rates, Position, Velocity, Acceleration
- First and Second Derivative Test, First and Second Fundamental Theorem
- Integrals
- Area and Volume, Riemann Sums, Disc and Washer Method
- Trigonometry Deriving and Integrating

Physics

- Kinetics
- Gravity
- Properties of Matter
- Light
- Heat
- Sound

Economics (AP and College Prep)

- Scarcity, Choice, and Opportunity Costs
- Comparative Advantage, Specialization, and Trade
- Economics from a Biblical Worldview
- Supply and Demand
- The Role of Government

Government

- Biblical Understanding of Human Government
- Formation of US government
- Functions of Each Branch of Government
- Declaration of Independence and Constitution
- Analysis of Supreme Court Decisions
- Key Roles of Political Parties
- Liberal and Conservative Philosophies

Understanding the Times (UTT)

- Epistemology
- Worldviews
- Biblical Interpretation
- Analytical Thinking
- Analytical Writing
- Biblical Hermeneutics
- Systematic Theology

Speech

- Public Speaking
- Verbal and Nonverbal Communication
- Organization
- Pronunciation and Enunciation
- Discernment
- Gathering data