The Lower School consists of students in Classes (Grades) 1 through 5
Habits that were taught and reinforced throughout the Enrichment years continue to be emphasized in the Lower School. The program’s focus is on students learning core knowledge with increased skill acquisition in reading, writing, and mathematics.
LOWER SCHOOL SCHEDULES
LOWER SCHOOl curriculum
The Language Arts program at Heritage integrates spelling, reading, written expression, oral expression, vocabulary, and grammar. These programs are multi-sensory. As students “see it,” “say it,” “write it,” they experience greater success and higher retention of the materials taught.
In younger grades, a major part of Language Arts instruction focuses on listening comprehension, speaking well, learning to decode printed text through phonics, and learning to write words and sentences. Reading is taught phonetically through comprehensive phonics instruction and exposure to controlled reading material. By integrating spelling, reading, grammar, and phonics, students engage as many senses as possible as they begin to “break the code” of learning.
As students mature, more emphasis is placed on reading comprehension skills, formal grammar instruction, and beginning composition.
Mathematics is taught in a balanced, practical way. Concepts are taught and experienced through concrete means, such as the use of hands-on manipulatives. As students master concepts on a concrete level, they then memorize the basic computation facts. Mastery of basic math facts promotes mathematical fluency in the higher grades. Students are challenged to demonstrate mastery of mathematical knowledge through applied problems and critical thinking. Heritage uses Sadlier-Oxford Progress in Mathematics for EII - Class 5 to ensure continuity and consistency with math.
The Veritas History program is used for classes 1-8. Lower School studies are as follows:
Class 1Creation through the Fall of Rome
Class 2St. Augustine through John Knox, Scottish Reformer
Class 3Prince Henry the Explorer through the Missouri Compromise
Class 4The Monroe Doctrine through Modern Day
Class 5Minoan Culture through the end of the Roman Empire
Appropriate historical songs are taught in each class as a means of facilitating students’ grasp of key periods of history. These songs provide “hooks” that enable students to recall more quickly the flow of history. Abstract concepts of history are often difficult for young children to understand. To help young students learn history, Heritage uses biographies as well as “living” books covering the lives of historical figures. This enables students to become familiar with the lives of men and women during the time periods being studied.
Nature Study comprises the core of the science curriculum for EI-Class 2. The study of nature helps children to develop all of their senses and trains them to observe, count, classify, interpret, draw, and record. These skills form the basis for the future study of science, history, and the visual arts.
Science is taught in Classes 3-5. The curriculum explores:
Class 3The Human Body
Class 4The Solar System
Class 5General Science
Latin study begins in Class 3. Students, at this stage in their development, have a natural proclivity for memorization. It is the prime time for these students to acquire the grammatical forms of Latin by means of learning chants and stem endings. A student’s affinity for memorization also promotes vocabulary acquisition.
Class 5 initiates a more advanced study of English grammar. Class 5 students compare and contrast Latin and English grammar. This comparison increases their understanding of the structure of language.
For all class levels, Picture Study provides students with an opportunity to learn to recognize and appreciate the work of the Masters. Picture Study develops students’ memory skills and speaking abilities. Studying the history, style, and unique qualities of great works of art, including the lives of the great artists, enhances students’ learning skills and speaking abilities.
All Lower School students are exposed to classical musicians and their works. Students are taught to listen and to hear discriminately in order to begin to understand musical ideas. They also learn to sing, as accurately as possible, and to develop a working knowledge of musical notation.
Lower School students learn many elements of art such as: shape, line, color, and texture. In addition, students are introduced to the use of different mediums: clay, tempera paint, watercolor, charcoal, and crayon. The time periods studied in Art align with the periods studied in History. These are as follows:
Class 1Egyptian and Roman designs
Class 2Byzantine, Romanesque, and Gothic Artwork
Class 3From Renaissance Art to the Impressionists
Class 4From Post-Impressionism through Modern Art of the 20th Century
Class 5Greek, Roman, and Early Christian paintings, drawings, and mosaics
The goal of Physical Education is to prepare students for a lifetime of healthy living while training them in activities that will inspire as well as equip them to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Heritage believes that the athletic and physical training, in which students regularly participate, will produce lifelong results by strengthening their bodies, minds, and character through discipline, skills acquisition, consistent practice, self-control, and teamwork.
computers and technology
The computer is a tool. As with any tool, it has its appropriate place and usage. Heritage recognizes the benefits of such a tool and actively encourages its use by teachers during classroom presentations and by students in upper grades for research and writing assigned papers. Heritage also recognizes that computers have their deficiencies as well, including, but not limited to, passive learning. Heritage begins to instruct students formally in keyboarding, basic computer and Internet use in Class 4.
Weekly Chapel is planned and implemented to inspire students to learn the joy and importance of worship. Chapel takes place every Friday morning for all students in Classes 1-8. Parents and guests are encouraged to participate.
Heritage students attend churches representing a wide variety of worship styles, from liturgical to traditional to contemporary. Chapel aims to enable students to become better worshippers no matter what their families' denomination or style of worship may be.
The Chapel experience is a fundamental and distinctive part of Heritage education. Its purpose is to provide the spiritual overtone that should guide students’ decision-making in their daily lives.
Competition with Other Schools
- Spelling Bees
- Math Olympics
- Creative Writing Contests
- Art Festivals
- ERB Standardized Testing
- The National Latin Exam
Heritage offers various clubs that complement the core curriculum of the school and allow students to pursue increased understanding and competency in a variety of interest. Club offerings vary from quarter to quarter and are offered to Enrichment II through Class 4.
Students in Classes 1-5 select a specific service project that they will complete during the school year and present as a project report to their classmates in the spring.
The Bible curriculum in Classes 1-8 utilizes the Walking with God and His People series distributed through Christian Schools International.
Each curriculum in classes 1 through 4 begins with the study of a New Testament epistle, challenging students to find ways they can live their faith in Jesus Christ.
The Class 5 curriculum focuses on God’s covenant promises.