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Grades 1-4

Curriculum Overview

At Rhema Christian School, we build strong readers by using a curriculum that encourages critical thinking skills while being supplemented with WordlyWise vocabulary, Merrill Phonics, SRA Reading Skills Builders, and Accelerated Reader. We use Four Square Writing to strengthen students’ written communication. 

We use enVision Math along with Math Facts in-a-Flash (computer practice and assessment).

We use ABEKA Science and Social Studies curriculum supplemented by various sources to create academically rich programs with a Biblical worldview.

We use Purposeful Design/ACSI Bible curriculum.

The Multiple Intelligence approach is used to teach in all areas.

Students also participate and compete in a regional speech meet.

First Grade

In first grade, we build upon the strong foundation that was laid in Kindergarten to produce independent readers through a clear understanding of phonics, sight words, daily reading and writing activities.

Students are taught addition and subtraction up to a sum of 18 through hands-on manipulatives that facilitate interactive and meaningful learning. Base ten skills, measuring, money, and time are also taught.

Students study God’s creation in Science and learn about people, places and cultures in Social Studies.

Second Grade

Second grade reinforces basic skills while continuing to build on the student's educational foundation. One of our goals in second grade is to increase reading fluency and comprehension. Students eagerly learn cursive writing in second grade.

Biblical principles are integrated across the curriculum. Good character and the fruits of the Spirit are strongly emphasized. Students memorize monthly Bible verses and learn the books of the Bible through song. Our history books teach geography skills and lay a strong foundation for patriotism and Christian citizenship.

Second grade math curriculum includes: numbers and operations (addition and subtraction plus multiplication and division), problem-solving, algebraic concepts, measurement, geometry, data analysis and probability.

Third Grade

By the end of third grade, students will demonstrate mastery of multiplication tables, be able to identify the parts of speech, use punctuation correctly, and write an eight-sentence paragraph. They will have mastered phonics skills and integrated them with specific reading skills.

The third grade Bible curriculum is centered on Jesus, His teachings, and the New Testament. We teach the eternal impact of the Gospel on our lives. It is our hope that each child will willingly give their hearts to Christ and live an obedient life in service to our Creator.

Fourth Grade

Our spiritual goal in fourth grade is to grow in understanding of God’s attributes and His purpose for us and the creation He has made, and to increase our repertoire of memorized Scripture.

In math, we develop deeper conceptual understanding through extended problem-solving activities in multiplication and division. The students will sharpen their computation skills in math and expand their knowledge of math concepts through both problem-solving and open-ended activities.

More complex creative writing assignments allow students to utilize and hone their language skills. In fourth grade we study the writing process, how to brainstorm, edit, and complete a written work. We apply these new skills through an in-depth study of Pennsylvania. The students finish the school year by writing and publishing a hardbound storybook, which they will share at an “Author’s Tea” for family and friends.


As God is the great creator (James 1:17 TLB) and as we are created in His image (Genesis 1:27), we are therefore creative beings, possessing creative abilities. Our goal in the art program is that students would be able to understand that God is the great Creator and that students would glorify God through the study and process of making art, recognizing their talents and developing them according to God’s purpose. Our curriculum focuses on themes including: looking at objects that can be called art, art forms, media, elements of art, and principles of design, art criticism and the creating process. Students explore various art mediums, including pencils, pastels, resist, charcoal, paints, clay, collage, origami, paper sculpture and wire sculpture. Students are encouraged to rely on God as they build on their natural talents and learned skills to become better observers of God’s creation and better able to communicate their ideas and feelings (Philippians 4:13).


Music is one of God’s greatest gifts to mankind. We emphasize the uniqueness and importance of this gift in several ways. In grades 3-6, students learn to read basic treble clef notes using instruments like the recorder and percussion bells, and each year builds upon the previous year in musical literacy skills. We study great composers like Beethoven and Mozart and celebrate the uniqueness of their amazing musical gifts as a reflection of the genius of our Creator. Students also focus on singing in various genres of music, including contemporary Christian, jazz, folk, classical and songs in various languages. Students learn to appreciate and enjoy the gift of music as given to us by our loving Creator.