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Academics

Our school has a vision to encourage the next generation to become lovers of Christ and lovers of learning. Therefore…

Sun & Shield Christian Academy:

Acknowledges that the Bible gives the responsibility to parents to instruct their children and that by enrolling their child in Sun & Shield Christian Academy, they are entrusting us to help them to bring their child up “in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.”

Believes that God’s character is revealed not only in His Word, but also in every facet of the creation.  Therefore, we teach that all knowledge is integrated and can instruct us about God himself.  We also believe that no subject or situation is neutral; therefore, we desire to instill in our students a Biblical worldview, equipping them with spiritual discernment.

Cultivates an environment that is distinctly Christ-centered and conducive to a stimulating academic program.  We recognize that God desires us to love Him with our minds, as well as with our hearts, souls, and strength.  Therefore, we seek to individually challenge children at all levels and teach them how to learn.

Method

Discipleship

The goal of our teachers is not only to teach curricula but also to train character.  Our frequent communication with parents and low student-to-teacher ratios enable teachers the opportunity to mentor each child individually.

Procedures

Sun & Shield Christian Academy practices the Grammar learning stage, as asserted in "The Lost Tools of Learning,"  for our kindergarten through sixth grade classes.  These methods include: Field trips, Drills & Games, Drama & Recitation, Songs & Chants, Hands-on Projects, and Models & Displays

While students in K-3rd are given instruction in science and history, our focus in these formative years are the basics of old: Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic. Therefore, our traditional curriculum is material that has been successfully used for decades.


Materials

A Beka Phonics leads to early independence in reading by developing early-word analysis and comprehension skills.

Saxon Math is unique because the entire program is based on introducing a topic to a student and then allowing the student to build upon that concept as they learn new ones.



Kindergarten

Language Arts

Phonics and Reading
The students will

  • Learn recognition of name, sound, and picture of long and short vowels and consonants
  • Develop sounding of blends, one– and two–vowel  words with special sounds
  • Master beginning phonics rules and special sounds
  • Practice reading of sentences and stories from twelve books containing one– and two-vowel words and special sounds
  • Be introduced to classic children’s literature through read-aloud sessions

Manuscript Writing
The students will

  • Practice writing all letters, blends, words, and sentences neatly and with correct penmanship
  • Practice writing their name

Language
The students will

  • Learn to recognize sentences by capital letters and periods

Poetry
The students will

  • Memorize six poems
  • Become familiar with famous Nursery Rhymes

History

The students will study

  • Community Helpers
  • Thanksgiving & Pilgrims
  • Farms
  • Our Nation
  • Symbols
  • Landmarks
  • Holidays

Science

The students will study

  • Seasons
  • Apples
  • Safety & Manners
  • Our Senses
  • Plant Cycle

Mathematics

A Beka

  • Form numerals 0-9
  • Learn months of the year and days of the week
  • Learn even and odd numbers
  • Skip count by 1’s, 2’s, 5’s & 10’s
  • Compare and order numbers
  • Identify place value to 100
  • Identify ordinal position to tenth
  • Identify a sorting rule
  • Identify and extend patterns
  • Develop an understanding of basic addition and subtraction to begin mastery of math facts
  • Add and subtract two-digit numbers without regrouping
  • Use comparison symbols
  • Picture and name fractions
  • Measure using inches, feet, and centimeters
  • Order events by time
  • Count pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters
  • Create, read, and write observations from real graphs, pictographs, and bar graphs

Special Events

Kindergarten students will have the opportunity to participate in the following special events/field trips as well as 2-4 additional field trips:
Apple Celebration Day… This is a fun-filled day that wraps up the fantastic apple unit. The students get to taste dozens of apple dishes!
Thanksgiving Feast… This is the culminating event for our study of Native Americans and the history of Thanksgiving.
Shamrock Farms… The students tour a dairy farm to gain an understanding and appreciation of the people and processes God uses to provide us with milk!
Tucson Symphony Orchestra Kinder Konzert… The children have an opportunity to hear the Tucson Symphony Orchestra play together in a setting both fun and educational.

1st & 2nd Grades

Language Arts

Phonics & Reading
The students will

  • Review vowels, consonants, blends, one– and two– vowel words, and consonant blends
  • Learn to recognize and use all phonics special sounds in reading
  • Memorize spelling rules: doubling consonants, dropping silent e, changing y to i
  • Study weekly phonics-based word list

Writing & Penmanship

1st-Manuscript / 2nd-Cursive
The students will

  • Review letter formation
  • Practice creative writing
  • Complete daily seatwork practice in all academic areas
  • Independently write sentences
  • Collectively construct paragraphs
  • Identify a topic sentence and proper time order

Grammar
The students will

  • Identify noun, verb, adjective, adverb, and preposition
  • Recognize declarative and interrogative sentences
  • Be introduced to capitalization and punctuation rules

Science

The students will study

  • Habitats
  • Water cycle and weather
  • Moths and butterflies
  • Human body systems: skeletal, circulatory
  • The 5 classes of vertebrates: birds, fish, amphibians, reptiles, mammals

History

The students will study

  • Maps and map making
  • Cultures and highlights of:
  • The United States
  • Latin America
  • Africa
  • Europe
  • Asia
  • Oceania

Mathematics

A Beka Math 1

  • Skip count, compare and order numbers
  • Master all basic addition and subtraction facts
  • Add and subtract two-digit numbers
  • Multiply by 0,1,2,5,10
  • Identify commutative and associative properties of addition
  • Measure to the nearest half inch, centimeter, and foot
  • Be familiar with basic geometric shapes, their names and uses
  • Identify place value in a three-digit number
  • Picture and name fractions
  • Count pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters
  • Measure perimeter and area
  • Tell time to 5 minute intervals
  • Show change from $1.00
  • Identify geometric solids
  • Create, read, and write observations from graphs

A Beka Math 2

  • Identify place value
  • Identify ordinal positions to the twentieth
  • Identify and complete patterns
  • Master all basic addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division facts, add/subtract multi-digit numbers, multiply a multi-digit number by a single-digit number
  • Divide by single-digit divisors
  • Add positive and negative numbers
  • Picture, name, and order fractions
  • Add and subtract fractions with common denominators
  • Measure to the nearest quarter inch, millimeter, foot, and yard
  • Measure perimeter and area
  • Tell time to the minute
  • Count money and make change
  • Identify angels and lines of symmetry
  • Create, read, and write observations from graphs

Special Events

1st—2nd grade students will have the opportunity to participate in the following special events/field trips as well as 2-4 additional field trips:
Barnes and Nobles Bookstore Tour… Children learn about the life of a book as they tour the processing area and book sections of the store. They are encouraged to become authors themselves and listen to a story read aloud.
Botanical Gardens and Butterfly Garden… After studying plants and their life cycles, the children explore a variety of local and foreign plants. They are exposed to the beauty and diversity of God’s creation. A special focus is the butterfly garden which ties in with our spring unit on moths and butterflies.
Sabino Canyon… The children explore this riparian place of wonder and astonishment with a trained docent, looking at the geology, the varied plant and animal life, and the Native American history of the area.
Tucson Symphony Orchestra… Throughout the school year, the students will learn about the musical instruments that make up an orchestra. As a culminating activity, the children will attend a performance downtown.

3rd and 4th Grades

Language Arts

Grammar The students will
  •  Learn the 4 sentence types
  •  Study the 8 parts of speech
  •  Identify sentence patterns with direct objects
  •  Demonstrate comprehension of capitalization and punctuation rules
  •  Study regular and irregular verbs and verb tenses
Literature The students will
  •  Read 5-8 classic novels as a class (most of the selections will complement what they are learning in history)
  •  Learn to recognize literary elements such as setting, characters, plot, simile, metaphors, imagery, etc.
  •  Be trained to evaluate texts from a Biblical world-view
  •  Independently read and report on 6 pre-approved books
  •  Review the principles of phonics
  •  Challenge their speed and comprehension with timed readings
Writing The students will
  •  Master cursive penmanship
  •  Use the A Beka 3rd and 4th grade spelling text
  •  Learn and practice writing friendly letters
  •  Create a 3-point outline
  •  Write a 3-point paragraph
  •  Study and practice narrative and expository writing
  •  Learn about and practice writing several styles of poetry

History

The students will study
  •  Ancient Greece
  •  Ancient Rome
  •  Mini-unit study on the branches of our government
  •  Mini-unit study on the Civil War

Science

The students will study
  •  Natural disasters and weather
  •  Important inventions and inventors
  •  Plant Kingdom
  •  Human body
  •  Rocks and minerals

Mathematics

A Beka Math 3
  •  Whole number concepts and computation
  •  Properties and order of operations
  •  Equations
  •  Multi-step word problems
  •  Patterns and sequences
  •  Reading and writing numbers
  •  Concepts of time
  •  Numerical comparisons
  •  Scales
  •  English and metric measurement
  •  Congruence and similarities
  •  Estimation
  •  Fractions, decimals, mixed numbers, and percent
  •  Square roots
  •  Perimeter and area
  •  Graphs and tables
  •  Averaging numbers
  •  Monetary operations
A Beka Math 4
  •  Whole number concepts and computation
  •  Estimation
  •  Patterns and sequences
  •  Fractions, decimals, and mixed numbers
  •  Word problems
  •  Properties of operations
  •  Integers
  •  Divisibility concepts
  •  Square roots
  •  Statistics
  •  Probability
  •  Ratios
  •  Perimeter and area
  •  Measurement and unit conversion
  •  Volume
  •  Symmetry
  •  Transformations

Special Events

3rd and 4th grade students will have the opportunity to participate in the following special events/field trips as well as 2-4 additional field trips: Tucson Symphony Orchestra…Throughout the school year, the students will learn about the musical instruments that make up an orchestra. As a culminating activity, the children will attend a symphony performance downtown. Greek Festival…Opa! Wear your togas and sample feta, Greek olives, pitas and other Greek foods as the classes conclude their study of Greek history. U of A Architecture Tour…The children will walk the campus of the University of Arizona and examine examples of classic Greek architecture. ASARCO Mine Tour…The students investigate the history and operations of an open pit mine.

5th and 6th grades

Language Arts

Grammar The students will
  • Know the 8 parts of speech
  • Identify sentence patterns with indirect and direct objects, predicate nouns, and predicate adjectives
  • Demonstrate mastery of capitalization and punctuation rules
  • Identify compound, complex, and simple sentences
Writing The students will
  • Use the A Beka 5th and 6th grade spelling texts
  • Learn and practice writing friendly and business letters
  • Create 5-point outlines
  • Write a 5-paragraph paper using pre-writing, drafting, and editing
  • Study and practice narrative and expository writing
  • Learn about and practice writing several styles of poetry
Literature The students will
  • Read 5-8 classic novels as a class (most of the selections will complement what they are learning in history)
  • Learn to recognize literary elements such as theme, mood, point of view, imagery, etc.
  • Be trained to evaluate texts from a Biblical world-view
  • Independently read and report on 6 pre-approved books

History

The students will study
  • The Middle Ages
  • The Renaissance
  • The Reformation
  • The early explorers
  • A mini-unit on the Revolutionary War

Science

The students will use the BJU Press science textbook to study:
  • Rocks and fossils
  • Matter and heat
  • Sound and light
  • Weather
  • Biomes
  • Ecosystems

Mathematics

A Beka Math 5
  • Simplifying expressions containing parenthesis
  • Operations with signed numbers
  • Graphing functions
  • Word problems
  • Powers and roots
  • Ratios and proportions
  • Percents, fractions, decimals, and mixed numbers
  • Divisibility concepts
  • Prime factorization
  • Estimation
  • Integers
  • Unit multipliers
  • Statistics and probability
  • Frequency tables
  • Data collection, display, and analysis
  • Formulas
  • Geometric constructions
  • Scale factor
  • Capacity and volume
  • Complementary and supplementary angles
A Beka Math 6
  • Measurement and estimation
  • Word problems
  • Rate
  • Powers and roots
  • Geometric proofs
  • Scientific notation
  • Graphing functions
  • Quantitative comparisons
  • Balancing equations
  • Transformation of formulas
  • Literal equations
  • Algebraic terms
  • Irrational numbers
  • Factoring algebraic expressions
  • Substitution
  • Graphing linear equations and inequalities
  • Geometric construction
  • Scale factor and indirect measure
  • Similar and congruent figures
  • Data collection, display, and analysis
  • Probability and statistics

Special Events

5th—6th grade students will have the opportunity to participate in the following special events/field trips: Tucson Symphony Orchestra… Throughout the school year, the students will learn about the musical instruments that make up an orchestra. As a culminating activity, the children will attend a symphony performance downtown. Medieval Festival… The students and parents are invited to participate in a medieval style feast at school as a culmination of the year’s history studies. ASARCO Mine Tour… The students investigate the history and operations of an open pit mine. Sabino Canyon… The students participate in “Creek Critters” program which studies water quality and analyzes data collected. Federal Court House… The class will visit a judge’s courtroom and witness people becoming citizens of the U.S.

Spiritual Focus

Devotions The students will Spend each morning discussing and considering personal application of the Bible Commit to memory a monthly Bible passage Be given the opportunity for sharing of personal needs and concerns Spend time daily in prayer Chapels The students will Join grades K-6th in a weekly chapel time for worship and singing. Be challenged by speakers to consider their own personal expression of the challenges found in the Bible to       live out their faith Bible Class The students will Study stories and events from the books of Chronicles through Malachi Memorize the books of the Bible and the disciple’s prayer