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Grades 1-5

Westminster does not use one single curriculum for all subjects or all grades.  Through the collaboration of teachers and administration, curriculum in each subject is evaluated.  We tailor our various curricula to meet the academic needs of our students in each grade.

MATH
Sadlier-Oxford Progress in Mathematics • Mountain Math • Timed Drills
Math programs emphasize problem-solving, critical thinking skills, and concept development.

WRITING
4-Square Writing is used in grades 1-3; Composition writing in grades 4 and 5 is guided by the Harcourt Brace Language program

LANGUAGE ARTS
Grammar • Daily Grammar Practive • Open Court • Harcourt Brace
Handwriting • D’Neilian
Reading • VoWac • Open Court • Steck Vaugh, Sadlier-Oxford Vocabulary Workshop

SPELLING
Open Court • Steck-Vaughn • Wordly Wise 3000

SOCIAL STUDIES
1st – 5th grades: Harcourt

The fifth grade also uses Why America is Free to study the Revolutionary War era.

Our social studies series encourages students to learn about their world while reinforcing reading, math, and language.  Citizenship, geography, history, cultures, map skills, and government are some areas covered.

SCIENCE
Silver Burdett and Ginn • Harcourt Brace
Inquiry based science program with grade appropriate kits; hands-on units based on National Science standards. Science programs teach physical, earth, life, and health sciences through science texts, videos, computer resources, and field trips.  We have a major emphasis on scientific inquiry, including process skills and the scientific method.

BIBLE
Scripture memory program in all grades. Christian Schools International chronological study of key Old and New Testament stories in all grades.

There are weekly chapels in all grades.

COCURRICULAR
All grades have Physical Education, Library/Media, Computer Skills, Art and Music (Kodaly based, with Orff and Suzuki)

Art and Music have coordinated curricula on a five year cycle, running from the Medieval era through the 20th century.