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Curriculum

6th Grade

middle school students in class

Bible

Goals for this year include memorizing and reciting the book of Philippians by studying 3-5 verses a week.  Together readers will race to discover: what the good news about Jesus is & how to learn it for themselves, how they can pass the baton of belief on to others, how they can stay faithful & run the race even when others quit.

  • Winning the Race: Students will discover how various Bible characters strove to win the race that God set for them.  This study also presents an overview of New Testament doctrine, including eschatology from the book of Revelation.

Spelling/Vocabulary

The Vocabulary Workshop program focuses on the words, their meanings, their ranges of application, and their uses in context.  The approach is systematic because it begins with and builds upon a word list drawn from vocabulary that students will encounter in their reading. It provides students with the vocabulary skills they will need to achieve higher-level reading proficiency and to succeed at standardized tests.

History/Latin

  • The Mystery of History, Volume III: The years of the Renaissance and Reformation were years of growth and change for both the world and the church.  The Renaissance, Reformation, and Growth of Nations presents the years 1461-1707 through Christ-centered lens, exploring the backdrop to and significance of major cultural and historical events, alongside events in the history of Christianity. Moving through time chronologically, achievements in art, music, literature, science and philosophy are studied using a Classical approach, with an emphasis on reading, writing, research and hands-on activities.
  • Latin: As enrichment to their history studies, our sixth grade students will explore the roots of the English language as they work through Latina Christiana Book 1.  Students will learn vocabulary words with corresponding English derivatives, Latin sayings that teach Christian or Classical heritage, and Latin songs, prayers and conversational phrases.  

Science

Students will learn the science of life in this colorful textbook that displays an engaging design sure to grab their attention from the very first day. Each chapter of Life Science includes well-researched material written at grade level, colorful images to reinforce text content, boxes with fun facts and helpful explanations, a list of key terms, a chapter summary, thought-provoking review questions, and extra questions to prepare students for standardized tests. Students will study cell biology, genetics, the history of life, microbiology, botany, zoology, ecology, and human anatomy and physiology, all within a biblical framework.

  • Life Science, ACSI Purposeful Design

Language

Explorations of Literature by Bob Jones University Press presents a compilation of stories, poems, and essays from a variety of authors and genres grouped by theme to develop critical thinking skills. Vocabulary glossaries explain unfamiliar words within the literature selections. Thinking Zone pages throughout the book ask questions to encourage the student to think about literature in at least four ways: comprehension, interpretation, analysis, and appreciation. In addition to teaching literary terms, these questions also develop the students' abilities to respond biblically to literature. Unit reviews provide additional review questions to prepare students for quizzes and tests.

  • Institute for Excellence in Writing
  • Grammar & Editing
  • Literature Analysis

Math

Fundamentals of Math covers concepts such as whole numbers, decimals, number theory, fractions, and an introduction to algebra and geometry. Each chapter contains "Dominion thru Math" exercises that apply mathematics to everyday life, "Mind over Math" and "Problem Solving" sections that promote critical thinking skills, and a chapter review section.

  • Fundamentals of Math, Bob Jones University Press

Reading

The students will read several literature selections in addition to the textbook readings throughout the sixth grade year. These books will encourage growth in Christian character as well as providing exposure to vocabulary words and the elements of literature. They are closely aligned with our history curriculum.

Physical Education

Northside Christian Academy's Physical Education Program was developed to help students recognize their abilities, and develop the skills given to them by God. Northside Christian Academy students are encouraged to learn new skills and work with their classmates to achieve their goals. Each student is encouraged to develop good sportsmanship skills, Christ-like attitudes, and problem solving through individual and team participation. All sports activities are designed to motivate students to enjoy a lifetime of health and fitness.

  • Physical Education for 6th graders

Arts

It is the purpose of the Art Curriculum to help students discover the ways the Creator's image is reflected in His Creation. Though "all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23), man still retains God-given abilities to create new images and forms. Concentrated studies in art history and culture are aimed at teaching students how man has used this creativeness to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ through whom "all things were made and without Him nothing was made that was made" (John 1:3). Projects are aimed at guiding students in the discovery of their
God-given talents and on improving their skills to appreciate art and express themselves artistically as it pleases God.

  • Arts for 6th graders

Music

The goal of this course is to not only to foster a love for music and the worship of our God through it, but to foster musical skills through active music making so that each student can achieve his or her musical potential.  Music touches every part of our lives, and often transcends words in its expression.  It is a powerful tool that can and should be used for the kingdom of God.   As students explore various facets of music, they will be enriched through an environment of varied tonalities, meters, and styles.  They will actively make music, rather than just talking about it and will seek out opportunities to bless the surrounding community with music as led by the Holy Spirit of God.   Psalm 33:1-4; Psalm 104:33-34; Psalm 40:3;Ephesians 5:18-20

  • Music for 6th graders

7th Grade

female students with arms around each other

Bible

Goals for this year include memorizing and reciting the book of I John by studying 3-5 verses per week. In this course, students uncover who God is by exploring His many names and what they mean. Discoveries from the Bible, memorable stories, and clever mazes and activities unfold the names of God and His attributes, such as creator, protector, provider, healer, and shepherd. 

  • The Life of Christ from the Gospel of John: The purpose of The Life of Christ from the Gospel of John is to make Jesus real to students. Our hope is that students will not only know Jesus more, but also love Him more.

 

Spelling/Vocabulary

 The Vocabulary Workshop program focuses on the words, their meanings, their ranges of application, and their uses in context.  The approach is systematic because it begins with and builds upon a work list drawn from vocabulary that students will encounter in their reading. It provides students with the vocabulary skills they will need to achieve higher-level reading proficiency and to succeed at standardized tests.

History/Latin

  • Mystery of History, Volume IV: Wars of Independence to Modern Times  spans three pressure-filled centuries from 1708 to 2014. Starting with Bach and Handel, two of four major composers included in Volume IV, the time period will see numerous “wars of independence.” From the American colonies, the heart of Mexico, the goldmines of Australia, the mountaintops of South America, the shores of Greece, and the walls of the Alamo, we will find mankind desperately striving for liberty and freedom through the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Most of the time, he will achieve it – but seldom without heartache, revolution, and bloodshed! 
  • Latin: As enrichment to their history studies, our seventh grade students will explore the roots of the English language as they work through Latina Christiana Book 2.  Students will learn Latin vocabulary words with corresponding English derivatives, five short “readings”, three scripture verses for memorization, and two hymns.  Conversational Latin phrases and weekly sayings will be taught as well. 

Science

Students will find that Earth science is also a battle of worldviews. This text clearly introduces students to the secular theories of where everything they see came from. They critique these theories. For each secular theory, the text affirms the conservative biblical view of Earth’s history shaped by Creation, the Fall, and the Flood. Students’ Christian worldviews will be shaped and strengthened as they learn about tectonic processes, landforms and earth materials, fossils, the oceans and oceanography, rivers and lakes, the atmosphere, weather and storms, climate and environmentalism, the solar system, the universe and cosmology, and space science.

  • Earth Science

Language Arts

Excursions in Literature by Bob Jones University Press helps students learn the foundational concepts necessary for the study and appreciation of literature while applying scriptural principles to the analysis of an author's ideas. Students sharpen their critical thinking skills as they observe the strengths of good writing and evaluate various techniques and themes of Christian and non-Christian writers. They hone their communication skills through writing assignments that challenge them to compose their own pieces. 7

  • Institute for Excellence in Writing
  • Grammar & editing
  • Literary analysis

Math

Algebraic expressions and linear equations are applied throughout a thorough review of operations on integers, fractions, decimals, percents, and radicals. Students explore relations and functions using equations, tables, and graphs. Chapters on statistics and geometry extend foundational concepts in preparation for high school courses.

  • Pre-Algebra

Physical Education

Northside Christian Academy's Physical Education Program was developed to help students recognize their abilities, and develop the skills given to them by God. Northside Christian Academy students are encouraged to learn new skills and work with their classmates to achieve their goals. Each student is encouraged to develop good sportsmanship skills, Christ-like attitudes, and problem solving through individual and team participation. All sports activities are designed to motivate students to enjoy a lifetime of health and fitness.

  • Physical Education for 7th graders

Arts

It is the purpose of the Art Curriculum to help students discover the ways the Creator's image is reflected in His Creation. Though "all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23), man still retains God-given abilities to create new images and forms. Concentrated studies in art history and culture are aimed at teaching students how man has used this creativeness to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ through whom "all things were made and without Him nothing was made that was made" (John 1:3). Projects are aimed at guiding students in the discovery of their
God-given talents and on improving their skills to appreciate art and express themselves artistically as it pleases God.

  • Arts for 7th graders

Music

The goal of this course is to not only to foster a love for music and the worship of our God through it, but to foster musical skills through active music making so that each student can achieve his or her musical potential.  Music touches every part of our lives, and often transcends words in its expression.  It is a powerful tool that can and should be used for the kingdom of God.   As students explore various facets of music, they will be enriched through an environment of varied tonalities, meters, and styles.  They will actively make music, rather than just talking about it and will seek out opportunities to bless the surrounding community with music as led by the Holy Spirit of God.   Psalm 33:1-4; Psalm 104:33-34; Psalm 40:3;Ephesians 5:18-20

  • Music for 7th graders

8th Grade

student taking notes

Bible

Goals for this year also include memorizing and reciting the entire book of James. Students will memorize 3-5 verses per week.

  • Proverbs: The Fountain of Life by Positive Action for Christ Solomon wrote in Proverbs that the fear of the Lord is wisdom.  This study will confront your students with this true, Biblical definition, showing them how they can, with God’s help, apply His wisdom in each decision through high school and beyond.

Spelling/Vocabulary

The Vocabulary Workshop program focuses on the words, their meanings, their ranges of application, and their uses in context.  The approach is systematic because it begins with and builds upon a work list drawn from vocabulary that students will encounter in their reading. It provides students with the vocabulary skills they will need to achieve higher-level reading proficiency and to succeed at standardized tests.

Science

Physical Science (Bob Jones University Press) is an exciting and engaging introduction to the world of physics and chemistry that will provide students with an essential foundation for subsequent science courses, including Biology, Chemistry, and Physics. This textbook also shows that true science involves glorifying God and serving our fellow humans. Through practical Bible integration, students learn that a Christian worldview permeates true science. 

  • Physical Science Honors

Language Arts

Fundamentals of Literature (Bob Jones University Press)  conveys the literature's foundational elements of conflict, character, theme, point of view, structure and tone. Students are also introduced to literary criticism and are encouraged to read and analyze literature in light of a Christian worldview. The literature selections are delivered in an attractive format accompanied by rich illustrations, author biographies, and application questions that promote critical thinking skills.

  • English I Honors

Math

 

In Algebra I honors, students will be motivated to see the usefulness of math around them as they see how our God is a God of order and pattern.  Algebra I  : Structure and Method, Book 1 provides a contemporary curriculum that is accessible to a wide range of students. Classroom-tested for effectiveness, this text contains carefully developed exercise sets with abundant practice skills and real-life applications. Activities also cover technology use, concept explorations, and critical thinking exercises.

  • Algebra I Honors

Physical Education

Northside Christian Academy's Physical Education Program was developed to help students recognize their abilities, and develop the skills given to them by God. Northside Christian Academy students are encouraged to learn new skills and work with their classmates to achieve their goals. Each student is encouraged to develop good sportsmanship skills, Christ-like attitudes, and problem solving through individual and team participation. All sports activities are designed to motivate students to enjoy a lifetime of health and fitness.

  • Physical Education I, high school credit

Computer Applications & Keyboarding

The core components of Microsoft Office: Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Publisher will be taught using an interactive curriculum. Students will be able to produce professional documents and presentations as well as apply the use of spreadsheets to real world applications.  Also students will understand basic computer hardware/software and computer history.  During the course of the year, students will develop touch-typing skill through various drills and timed writing exercises which will result in reaching a mastery level of 50+wpm.

Art

"The mind of man plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps." Proverbs 16:9

It is the purpose of the Art Curriculum to help students discover the ways the Creator's image is reflected in His Creation. Though "all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23), man still retains God-given abilities to create new images and forms. Concentrated studies in art history and culture are aimed at teaching students how man has used this creativeness to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ through whom "all things were made and without Him nothing was made that was made" (John 1:3). Projects are aimed at guiding students in the discovery of their
God-given talents and on improving their skills to appreciate art and express themselves artistically as it pleases God.

The goals of instruction are as follows:

• to help students appreciate the beauty and design in God's world
• to help students appreciate the manner in which different people groups express their cultures and viewpoints  through the visual arts, both past and present
• to encourage students to build new concepts and images upon the foundations of the past and the elements of art
• to develop students' emerging God-given abilities to express their thoughts and feelings in a variety of formats and media
• to influence students to employ their talents and abilities to honor and glorify the Lord Jesus Christ

Some or all of the classes will work with pastel chalk, oil pastels, watercolors, tempera and clay. There is a wide use of colored markers, crayons and colored pencils. Each student will experiment with various artistic techniques, including drawing, painting, color theory, printmaking, and crafts. The various art projects that the students pursue are grounded in the classical elements of art and the milestone works of art history, thus giving each student a basic understanding of art while at the same time allowing as much "hands-on" time as possible. Also, the art projects are age and grade adjusted to appropriately fit the various classes.
Each spring, Northside Christian Academy holds its own Art Festival where each Kindergarten through Eighth Grade student will have the opportunity to submit artwork. 

Music

“Rejoice in the LORD, O ye righteous: for praise is comely for the upright.  Praise the LORD with harp: sing unto him with the psaltery and an instrument of ten strings.  Sing unto him a new song; play skillfully with a loud noise.  For the word of the LORD is right; and all his works are done in truth.” Psalm 33:1-4 

Rejoice, praise, sing, play skillfully.  That’s exactly what we intend to do with this wonderful gift of music at Northside Christian Academy.  Our goal is not only to foster a love for music and the worship of our God through it, but to foster musical skills through active music making so that each student can achieve his or her musical potential.  Music touches every part of our lives, and often transcends words in its expression.  It is a powerful tool that can and should be used for the kingdom of God. 

As we explore various facets of music, we will be enriched through an environment of varied tonalities, meters, and styles.  We will actively make music, rather than just talking about it, and we will seek out opportunities to bless our surrounding community with music as we are led by the Holy Spirit of God. 

“I will sing unto the LORD as long as I live: I will sing praise to God while I have my being.  My meditation of him shall be sweet: I will be glad in the LORD.” Psalm 104:33-34 

“And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the LORD.” Psalm 40:3

“And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Ephesians 5:18-20

Physical Education

"Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought with a price. Therefore glorify God in your body."  I Corinthians 6:19-20

Northside Christian Academy's Physical Education Program was developed to help students recognize their abilities, and develop the skills given to them by God. Northside Christian Academy students are encouraged to learn new skills and work with their classmates to achieve their goals. Each student is encouraged to develop good sportsmanship skills, Christ-like attitudes, and problem solving through individual and team participation. All sports activities are designed to motivate students to enjoy a lifetime of health and fitness.

  • Jump Rope for Heart
  • Presidential Physical Fitness
  • Family Fun Fitness

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