Phonics and Reading
Phonics is the system of letter-sound association taught to children for the purposes of learning to read and spell. Phonics is most effective when taught systematically, thoroughly, intensively, and in a logical and time-tested sequence.
Our primary resource for phonics instruction in kindergarten is Christian Light's Learning to Read program. It is a total program introducing the beginner to the basics of all the language arts areas. The beginner learns the sound of a letter and how to write it. He learns how to blend sounds together to both spell and read words. The lessons cover visual discrimination, listening, handwriting, phonics, spelling, and reading.
Once the students complete Learning to Read, they continue their phonics instruction with Christian Light's Reading 1 and Reading 2. Students continue to develop reading comprehension with whole books, which captivate and motivate children and are preferred over basal readers. The teacher monitors student reading skills through daily oral reading. First graders read children’s classics such as Little Bear, Caps For Sale, The Story About Ping, and Billy and Blaze. Second graders read The Courage of Sarah Noble, Little House in the Big Woods, tales from Beatrix Potter, and Mr. Popper’s Penguins.
Aberdeen Latin School uses Christian Light’s Language Arts program to teach spelling, handwriting, grammar, composition, listening, oral communication, research, and study skills.
For handwriting, our teachers work to help students form and maintain a proper pencil grip. Correct pencil grip reduces hand fatigue and as a consequence also reduces resistance to written work in general. Habits of good penmanship are instilled early and required at every grade level by every teacher. The discipline of neat and legible handwriting is an aid to spelling and instills the value of accurate, careful work – an important academic skill that carries over into every aspect of learning. We use Memoria Press' Copybook series as a copy work tool to reinforce the development of good penmanship, punctuation, and spelling. Copy work is an exercise consisting of copying sayings, maxims, Scripture, and poetry in the student's best handwriting.
Cursive script is learned in the primary school years and required on all written work in grades three and up.
Immediate recall of addition and subtraction facts through 18 is the focus in primary school. Number formation, counting, time, calendar, measurement, and money are the initial skills of K-2. In 2nd grade the students also begin multiplication with the 1x, 2x, 5x, and 10x facts. Students learn number sense by skip-counting, games, and drills, all of which make math time enjoying. Aberdeen Latin School uses Christian Light's Mathematics program.
A rich language experience, provided both at home and in school, is an important factor in reading success. Students memorize poems and Scripture and enjoy children’s classics contained in Memoria Press' Read-Aloud program. Students draw and color in Memoria Press' Composition & Sketchbooks, illustrating their weekly enrichment lessons.
Geography, History, and Science
Our Read-Aloud Program consists of a set of thirty books, one set for each grade in K-2, one book for each week. These books provide a rich language experience for students, as each book is read aloud every day the class meets and is accompanied by oral questions and discussion. Students learn new and interesting words and delight in rhyme and word play. They learn about holidays, history, geography, science and more. K-2 students study globes and maps to learn continents, oceans, major countries, and basic geography terms. Second graders are introduced to states and capitals. In science, students learn about seasons, weather, and local flora and fauna.
Christian Studies, Music and Art
In Christian Studies students read or listen to Bible stories and memorize Scripture verses and prayers. In music appreciation, students are introduced to a well-known composer and piece of music weekly In art appreciation, primary students learn about an artist and study an art masterwork every week.