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The primary goal of WCS's Bible curriculum is to make the Word of God more meaningful in the lives of our students. While factual knowledge of the Bible is extremely valuable, we view their ability to see the truth of the Scriptures at work in their lives as even more important. It is our goal that students find knowledge, wisdom, and understanding for themselves from the Word of God, that they may find within it instructions on how to live from their earliest childhood experiences.
Students will begin during the second semester of first grade to find easily located Scriptures to answer questions. Second and third grade students will focus on a specific book of the Bible and follow the story line through the book to find scriptural truth. Fourth grade students will be able to use the entire Bible as their source with passages from various books used in each lesson.
While it is important to begin with factual knowledge of the Bible, students need to go beyond this to grow in wisdom and understanding. Our Positive Action Bible Curriculum presents them with the kind of material that will help them comprehend, discern, apply, analyze, and evaluate a variety of concepts for themselves. This material helps students form personal convictions, supporting these from their own study of God's Word.
A primary goal of our curriculum is to allow the Holy Spirit to work in the lives of our students to "conform them to the image" of Jesus Christ (Romans 8:29). Therefore, a strong emphasis is placed on character development with practical lessons enabling the students to make life-changing decisions for themselves, even at a young age.
At WCS, our science curriculum allows students to experience science from a Biblical worldview. An emphasis on inquiry-based learning leads students to gain proficiency in research, work collaboratively, think critically, and solve problems using scientific tools. Our Purposeful Design curriculum utilizes the Scientific Method, which develops process and organizational skills, fosters critical thinking, and helps students apply knowledge to new situations.
With a renewed emphasis on hands-on instruction, our science curriculum stimulates a passion for learning. We aim to develop in each student the ability to learn, think creatively, make decisions, and solve problems, that they may succeed in meaninful and productive jobs as adults. Using a variety of equipment, including digital balances, hydrometers, prisms, graduated cylinders, geologic mineral and test kits, students develop these important skills through investigation and use of scientific technology and techniques.
Studies show that students who are taught science in inquiry-centered elementary school classrooms are more successful in middle and high school classes than were students taught in more traditional ways, such as lecture and reading a textbook (The Foundations of Science Education, ODE). Wooster Christian School continues to move in the direction of inquiry-based science.
Our systematic, age appropriate science program covers life, physical, and earth and space sciences and includes education in the areas of health and the human body. Using a Biblical worldview, our creation science unifies science and faith and identifies God as the designer and creator of life.
Wooster Christian School uses EasyTech from Learning.com to provide our students with the finest technology program available today. Components of our program include:
Wooster Christian School's Cognitive Enhancing Music Education program includes keyboard training for all students in grades K through 4. With 16 levels of proficiency, our students work on keyboard skills, rhythm, and accompaniment, all the way up to beginning composition and theory. We include worksheets and checklists in grades 1 through 4 so you can track your child's progress.
In addition, curriculum includes singing, rhythm instruments, and music history. Scripture songs, including classic hymns of the faith, make up the majority of songs taught in music class, and students learn sign language for most of them. Signing the songs deepens comprehension and expediates memorization by using both right- and left-brain activities simultaneously.
Overwhelmingly, scientific studies have shown that in active music making, not just passive listening, brain power is increased in children. This may be the missing link for increased success in reading, math, and science.
Research studies show that it's never too early to start. After only six months of piano lessons, preschoolers performed 34% higher on spatial-temporal testing than those who received no training or computer training.
A recent article in Neurological Research noted that after learning eighth, quarter, half and whole notes, second and third graders scored 100% higher than their peers who were taught fractions using traditional methods.
That's just the beginning. College bound seniors with school music experience scored 57 points higher on the verbal portion of the SAT and 41 points higher in math according to research done by the College Board.
Here at WCS, we realize the importance of music and its life-long effects on our children. Yet, if you look around in this day and age of school budget cuts, it's often the music programs that are one of the first things to go. While other schools are cutting music programs, we're busy expanding ours.
The WCS Art Curriculum is designed to develop each student's individual sense of creativity and self-expression through a well-rounded study of art, which includes history, theory, criticism, and hands-on application. Students are exposed to a wide variety of art forms and media, which are introduced in a historical context. Just a few of the processes covered during the year include drawing, oil pastels, acrylic painting, printmaking, collage, and ceramics. In the past, students have studied Frida Kahlo, Piet Mondrian, Georgia O'Keefe, Michelangelo, and a variety of contemporary artists as part of their art education.
At WCS, we view art as an opportunity to worship the Lord. Unlike many schools, WCS celebrates the prevalence of Christian themes within the art world throughout history. Several projects contain a spiritual emphasis.
Throughout the course of the year, students enjoy many opportunities to glorify God and experience a sense of personal accomplishment through their art via both formal and informal displays of their work on campus and throughout the community. As part of our annual Fine Arts Night, awards are given to recognize exceptional works. Students in grades 3 though 8 may participate in the regional ACSI Art Festival, an opportunity to appreciate works from students of other area Christian schools and be recognized for their own abilities. Year-end awards to outstanding artists are also given.