Hope Christian School

At our school, we have qualified teachers and staff who offer:

  • Christ-centered learning
  • Academic excellence
  • Concern for the individual child
  • Frequent home-school communication
  • A family-friendly, open atmosphere
  • Small classroom setting
  • Religion classes / weekly chapel
  • Computer Lab / Chromebooks
  • Art & Music

Click each tab below to view grade-level curriculum.

Preschool Curriculum

Hope Christian Preschool believes the preschool years are a very important time in a child’s life, and has developed a curriculum to optimize this learning time.

Religion: Bible stories, prayer, God’s world

curriculum Levittown, PAMathematics: Counting, calendar, size and shapes, number recognition, and position words

Social Studies: Family living, self-awareness, community life, holidays, field trips, and self-help skills.

Reading/Language Arts: Name recognition, letter recognition, questions, ideas, stories, and objects about the theme that can be discussed by and with the children, rhyming words

Arts and Crafts: Projects correlated with the themes, lessons and holidays.

Science: Weather, plants, birds, animals and habitats, rocks, and ecology.

Music: Singing, listening, dancing, rhythmic activities, and music appreciation.

Social Skills: Sharing and giving an opportunity to discover and learn in a friendly atmosphere.

Fine Motor Skills: Cutting, tracing, gluing and snapping.

Gross Motor Skills: Running, jumping, catching, and throwing.

Our program includes a variety of activities and opportunities to encourage the children at their skill levels...

Handwriting & Fine motor skills, Songs and Finger play, Pre-reading skills, Pre-writing, Games, Bible stories / Chapel, Show and Tell, CD’s/tapes of stories and songs, Drawing and Coloring, Painting, Potty breaks, Religion, Story time, Lunch, Nap time, Cutting and Gluing, Recess/Outside Play in our Fenced Preschool Playground or Full-Sized Gym, Gross Motor Skills, Computer Classes, Field Trips.

Kindergarten Curriculum (Age 5)

Hope Christian School offers a complete Kindergarten experience within a Christian atmosphere. The program is designed to help each child grow socially, emotionally, physically, spiritually and intellectually.

preschool-cOur Kindergarten curriculum is highly structured. However, there is adequate time each day for non-structured play – we even have our own Kindergarten playground!

Our Curriculum Includes:

Religion: Bible Stories and songs, weekly chapel, singing during worship in Advent and Lent.

Language Arts: Whole language-based with an emphasis on phonics, poetry, folk tales from around the world, beginning and ending sounds, word-family rhyming, comprehension, sequencing, oral reading and small motor skills. Our “WOW” word curriculum introduces 100 sight words to the children over the course of the year.  Students also are engaged in writing workshop which enhances the students ability to express themselves through different writing styles.

Science: Introduction to Weather, Plants, Animals, and their environments.

Gym: Children can utilize our beautiful gymnasium and soccer field to learn & participate in physical activities.

Math Readiness: Number recognition with emphasis on numbers 1-20, addition & subtraction facts to 10, basic geometric figures, graphs, telling time, and using money.

Social Studies: Current events, holidays, and special events.

Art: Work on small motor skills, through the use of scissors, gluing, painting, clay projects and creating holiday crafts.

Music: A special Music teacher works on choral selections and the history of music by integrating instruments and rhythm.

Computers: Children are introduced to the computer & learn keyboarding with age-appropriate software while in our lab.

 

First Grade Curriculum

RELIGION:

The first grade religion curriculum consists of nine unit books that move us through the Bible from the beginning of the world , to Jesus death and resurrection,ending with Paul’s missionary journeys. The students study and learn how to worship and praise God in our lives today, trusting in His everlasting promises. One Bible verse is memorized each week. The students are taught that the Bible is God’s true and inspired Word. Videos, songs, crafts, and student prayers are all apart of their spiritual journey. Children are paired with an older student as a chapel partner. They attend chapel each week together and work together throughout the year helping each other to grow in their love and understanding of the Lord. Through this curriculum, the students are encouraged to be little missionaries in the world around them and share the love of Jesus with their families and friends. 


ENGLISH:

First graders will become acquainted with the parts of sentences and the usage of punctuation. Identifying parts of speech-nouns,pronouns,verbs, and adjectives-is introduced. Emphasis is placed on the proper usage of capitals, plurals, and end marks. Students will learn to write short paragraph stories with proper order of events. These new skills are reinforced through the completion of several special writing projects through the year. A hard cover book is written and shared during the year.


 

READING & SPELLING:

The reading series in first grade is composed of four hardcover readers. Each book has exciting,fun,and interesting stories. We work on many areas in reading such as comprehension, information, fluency, phonics, and sight words.A variety of resources is used to work with each student according to his/her abilities. Comprehension skills are augmented through the use of Accelerated Reader, computer software which takes each child at his/her level and pace through the reading and comprehension process. In first grade, the parents are encouraged to read with their children each night. Children are encouraged to share their reading assignments and experiences with their parents.  SPELLING: The children’s We spelling words complement their vocabulary words in reading. As the year progresses, the spelling words are used in conjunction with their sentence building and grammar.


MATH:

First Grade math begins with writing numbers, counting, comparing and ordering. cover patterns and learn different strategies for addition and subtraction. Problem solving skills are taught in each lesson. We also do story problems, basic shape geometry, and simple fractions. Learning how to tell time and organizing data is also stressed. Calendar skills, estimation, graphs, money, and measurement are presented. The year concludes with double-digit addition and subtraction. Various hands-on activities and Smartboard games are incorporated throughout the year.


SOCIAL STUDIES:

First grade social studies begins with units on school and families. We move into citizenship. geography, occupations, and learn about Americans of the past throughout each unit. We cover basic map skills and learn about current events from Scholastic News. Educational videos, Smartboard activities, group and individual projects bring the lessons to life. God is shared in and among these lessons. It is because of our loving God we have the history upon which our country is built.


SCIENCE:

Science in first grade covers units in technology, animals, environments, weather, matter, and forces and energy. We experience hands-on-experiments and activities. Also, we work with the Smart Board and use educational videos on their level. The children are tested on the content of the chapters and the projects we assign and do. A unit of live caterpillars to butterflies that are released is always a favorite in the spring.

Second Grade Curriculum

RELIGION:

God’s Word is shared with the children daily in second grade through the use of Scripture, student booklets, songs, prayer, and crafts. In second grade we learn that the Lord is faithful and has a plan for all His people. The students study many Bible stories from the Old Testament beginning with creation and continuing through the prophets. They also learn about the life of Jesus and how He fulfilled all the promises made in the Bible. The students are taught that Jesus is The Way, The Truth and The Life. Selected verses from the Bible are committed to memory. Finally, the students are encouraged to not only grow and mature in the faith—but to share their faith with others.


ENGLISH:

Second grade language arts develop sentence structure through grammar and the writing process. Grammar work includes types of sentences, nouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs. There is also a lot of work done with special kinds of words (i.e. synonyms, antonyms, words with prefixes and suffixes, etc.) Grammar skills are applied in writing workshop throughout the year.


MATH:

Second grade math builds on foundational work from kindergarten and first grade. The children work with addition and subtraction facts through eighteen. Work is also done with triple digits. There is extensive work with story problems. Other areas of math are developed such as measurement, fractions, geometry, telling time, and counting money. Introductory work in multiplication completes the curriculum. Most lessons use hands-on activities and learning games.   


READING & SPELLING/VOCABULARY:

Second grade reading expands the children’s knowledge and mastery of words through weekly stories. Each week the stories include new phonics, vocabulary, and skills essential for reading for both enjoyment and understanding. Story elements, study skills, comprehension skills, fluency, and much more enable students to be competent readers. These skills are learned through many modalities such as the computer, Smartboard, learning centers, crafts, games, story writing, and listening CDs. Spelling incorporates phonetic skills and new vocabulary used in weekly reading lessons. Words are also used in context in written materials, often requiring proofreading skills. A weekly quiz checks mastery. Children enjoy independently reading trade books and earning points through the online Accelerated Reader program.


SCIENCE:

Second grade science builds on work from first grade in life, earth, and physical sciences. Our little scientists are also introduced to the design process and topics related to engineering.  Each unit includes foundational vocabulary, investigations, and Smartboard activities. Inquiry skills help students to think like a scientist. Throughout the year, students experience the vast complexities of the world that God has created for them.  Each spring, second graders look forward to learning  about life cycles through a chick hatching project.


SOCIAL STUDIES:

Through the use of maps, student texts, and projects, second graders study the world around them in the areas of government, citizenship, history, economics, and geography. Current events topics are studied through the use of Scholastic. 

Third Grade Curriculum

RELIGION:

Students grow through the Word and Spirit of God. Through Bible stories, the children see the challenges that individuals faced in Biblical times. The child’s faith is nurtured as they learn about grace and God’s forgiveness. Students are taught the forgiving love of Christ and respond in faith as they grow in God’s grace. The students learn about God’s creation, and they continue their journeys through Scripture by studying the history of the people of Israel. Old Testament stories come alive as the students see how events from long ago can be applied to their lives. The life and teaching of Christ are taught in detail, and the students are encouraged to participate actively in God’s mission of saving the world.


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The reading curriculum offers the students opportunity to experience confidence and success in reading independently. The students learn strategies and apply critical thinking skills to comprehend and analyze the stories and passages they read. Vocabulary is emphasized and broadened. Students learn vocabulary which is introduced and utilized in their stories. Students become aware of phonetic and consonant/vowel patterns in words. Spelling words are reinforced and utilized in the reading curriculum.

The Writing/Grammar curriculum is designed to help the students to develop an understanding of the grammatical structure of language, including the proper use of nouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs. Students participate in a writing workshop where they receive daily practice in the writing process.  The writing workshop consists of a teacher-led focus lesson, independent writing time and group sharing time. Writing pieces include personal narratives, and comparative, persuasive, explanatory, expository, and creative writing.


MATH:

The math curriculum is designed to help the students develop an understanding of number patterns and compare values of numbers. Students apply place value concepts to counting, ordering, and grouping. Students demonstrate the knowledge of basic facts in four basic operations and solve single and double digit addition and subtraction problems with regrouping. Students are also encouraged to memorize the multiplication tables.  Other basic areas of math are developed such as estimation, elapsed time, measurement, fractions, and problem-solving strategies. 


SCIENCE:

The curriculum has students explore how living things change and grow in their ecosystems. The students will develop an understanding of the Earth’s resources and changes in weather. The students will identify planets, moons, and stars. The students will also observe matter and how it changes. Forces, motion, and forms of energy are also taught.


SOCIAL STUDIES:

The concept of community is the focus of the third grade social studies curriculum. Students read and explore culture, economics, citizenship, geography, government, history, and technology to better understand the world. Students also study and discover various map skills. Time for Kids is a supplement used to read and discuss current events at the appropriate age level.

Fourth Grade Curriculum

RELIGION:

Various Old Testament patriarchs and accounts are presented in lessons with emphasis on Old Testament prophecy which points the way to Christ. Significant time is devoted to the study of the New Testament, centering on the life, ministry, death, and resurrection of Christ. The curriculum is designed to help children grow in their faith, while reinforcing traditional Christian values. Materials are presented in such a way to teach children about key concepts of faith such as Law, Gospel, confession, repentnce, forgiveness, and grace. Integration of faith is incorporated across the curriculum.


READING/WRITING/GRAMMAR:

The reading curriculum offers the students opportunity to experience confidence and success in reading independently. The students learn strategies and apply critical thinking skills to comprehend and analyze the stories and passages they read. Vocabulary is emphasized and broadened. Students learn vocabulary which is introduced and utilized in their stories. Students become aware of phonetic and consonant/vowel patterns in words. Spelling words are reinforced and utilized in the reading curriculum.

The Writing/Grammar curriculum is designed to help the students to develop an understanding of the grammatical structure of language, including the proper use of nouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs. Students participate in a writing workshop where they receive daily practice in the writing process.  The writing workshop consists of a teacher-led focus lesson, independent writing time and group sharing time. Writing pieces include personal narratives, and comparative, persuasive, explanatory, expository, and creative writing.


MATH:

The basic concepts of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division are reinforced through a variety of avenues. Students are introduced to double and triple digit multiplication and long division. Later in the year students are challenged in working with the concepts of fractions, decimals, and word problem


SCIENCE:

The curriculum in 4th grade covers the areas of life, physical, and earth science. Each unit provides an opportunity for students to experience hands-on activities, independent work and study, along with SMART board digital lessons.. Students explore and learn to appreciate the world that God has given them.


SOCIAL STUDIES:

Students are introduced to five basic themes of geography (region, human/environment, interactions, location, place, and movement). Throughout the year the five key concepts help students describe their own adventures as they explore various regions of the United States. Various

projects throughout the year help the students to learn all fifty states and their capitals. Pennsylvania history is also an intricate part of the curriculum. Students are guided through the basic history and geography of their home state.

Middle School Curriculum

Hope Lutheran School offers a complete middle school program through grade eight.  Recognized in the community for outstanding early childhood and elementary education, Hope Lutheran School provides the same high-quality middle school program. 

The middle school is a community of fifth through eighth grade students who are in a unique stage of life. Daily study of the Scriptures, weekly chapels, and the integration of Christian values by knowledgeable, caring teachers in each of the disciplines creates a rich spiritual environment in which students have the opportunity to develop their walk with Christ. Structured social activities like field days, retreats, student government initiatives, outdoor education, and class trips allow ample opportunities for academic growth and provide students with the platform to learn appropriate interaction with others.

Hope Lutheran School offers a full range of academic subjects, plus art, music, computer, physical education, and Spanish, along with a  sports program.