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In Isaiah 55, God says that our ways are not like His. He goes on to clarify that His ways, and thoughts, are higher than ours. With that in mind, we take the study of God’s Word very seriously since it is God’s special revelation of His ways and His thoughts. As the passage progresses, it promises that the Word of God does not return void, or empty, but it will accomplish its purpose. We trust that if we are faithful in sowing the Word of God into student’s lives that there will be a harvest.
The truths of the Bible are the foundation of everything done at Wooster Christian School from math to physical education to our method of discipline. God’s Word is an integral part of every component of our school. We also see, however, the value of devoting instructional time specifically to the teaching of the Scriptures.
In fifth and sixth grade, we use Positive Action curriculum. Fifth graders have an overview of the Old Testament in their study entitled “Possessing the Land.” Sixth grade students have a topical study that parallels our Christian walk with athletic training in “Winning the Race.”
Seventh graders use an intensive study of Proverbs titled “Wise Up,” which takes a look at the Biblical definition of wisdom and how to make good decisions. Although the study is based in Proverbs, the entire Bible is used to gain examples of Godly people, character, and actions.
Our Eighth graders are currently using “Lightbearers,” a curriculum published by Summit Ministries, which helps them to take a look at the development of their worldviews. The fact is that everyone has a worldview and it is our desire to see our students building their worldview on God’s truth. An emphasis in this class is not just on what to think but how to think.
In all areas of our Bible program, we place an emphasis on application to our lives. In so doing, we hope to help our students be doers of the Word and not hearers only (James 1:22).
At WCS, Language Arts covers a broad range of language skills, including phonics, grammar, spelling, composition, vocabulary, reading, and speech. A wide variety of texts, novels, and curriculum are used to create a deep understanding and appreciation for all applications of the English language.
In addition, student writings are submitted for publication throughout the year, as well as in the Anthology of Poetry and Creative Communication. A study of poetry in each grade helps enable students to be more effective at reading and writing the genre.
In preparation for the monthly “Passport Lunch,” a collaboration between our social studies and language arts classes, students from grades 7 and 8 study and write about a particular region of the world. Each student then prepares and shares a dish from the region for peers and teachers to enjoy during the luncheon.
Students are able to share their skills in several competitions throughout the year, namely the ACSI Spelling Bee, the Wayne County Spelling Bee, the ACSI Speech meet, and the Creative Writing Festival. In another cross-subject collaboration, students may compose an art criticism piece for a statewide art criticism competition.
Wooster Christian School has partnered with the University of Richmond to provide our students with the finest technology program available today. Components of our program include:
Integration Training for Teachers - A comprehensive training program designed to develop our teachers' skills in instructional theory, curriculum integration, and application software. Our teachers earn continuing education credits for their participation in our technology workshops.
Integrated Curriculum - Our technology program is based on over 350 literacy objectives in ten different technology areas. Curriculum is designed to be integrated with our classroom studies so our students use the computer as a tool to develop projects and presentations.
Primary Technology Focus: Word Processing/Graphics
Ongoing Technology Focus: Operating Systems, Hardware, Applied Technology, Internet
Academic Focus: Social Studies
Description: Students effectively combine graphics and text in their study of communities and civilizations. Development of map skills, use of drawing tools and online research tools are also learned.
Primary Technology Focus: Desktop Publishing
Ongoing Technology Focus: Word Processing, Telecommunications, Graphics, Applied Technology
Academic Focus: Social Studies, Language Arts
Description: Students develop desktop publishing skills to create a thematic game board and instructional brochure. Layout and design skills are emphasized throughout the unit.
Primary Technology Focus: Databases
Ongoing Technology Focus: Word Processing, Telecommunications, Operating Systems, Applied Technology
Academic Focus: Science
Description: Students use the computer to catalogue data and manipulate the information in databases as they study the impact of civilizations on the environment. Students also create and format data fact cards.
Primary Technology Focus: Multimedia
Ongoing Technology Focus: Word Processing, Telecommunications, Graphics, Applied Technology
Academic Focus: Language Arts, Science, Social Studies
Description: Students research, write, and create a multimedia presentation to share with their class. Speech outlines are also created using the outline view. Scanners, digital cameras and Internet research are used to enhance the presentations.
In the Bible, the psalmist declares “Let everything that has breath praise the Lord!” (Psalm 150:6) In keeping with this verse, the goal of the music program at WCS is to develop students’ God-given musical talents so that they can use those gifts to worship Him.
In middle school, students have the opportunity to participate in instrumental music (band) or vocal music (choir). Students may also elect to participate in both ensembles. While the classes are performance based, emphasis is placed in both band and choir on learning the fundamentals of music. While rehearsing and performing a variety of musical styles, we seek to bring glory to God in all that we do.
A number of additional opportunities for musical expression are available. The chapel band meets regularly after school and is set up like a contemporary worship band. This group then helps lead students in musical worship at selected chapel services throughout the year. Students also have the option of entering solos and ensembles into the ACSI music festival each spring.
Throughout the year, students have a chance to perform for events such as school concerts, Grandparents' Day, Fine Arts Night, and the music festival. Each year, we also make it a goal to expose students to musical performance. In the past, students have gone to a college campus and spent the day with the university marching band. We also have hosted a variety of musical performances at the school.
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, ceramics, and textile art. 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 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 through 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.
At WCS, we believe that music is an integral part of every person’s life and we have chosen to make it an emphasis in each child’s education. Just as the Psalmist believed that every living thing could worship their creator, we, too, believe that each child can learn to make and enjoy music to the glory of God.
In middle school social studies, our students study the history and geography of many different regions and civilizations. Atlas studies in each grade cover geographical terms, land features, countries, and capitals. Special hands-on projects are woven into the curriculum to help each student develop a richer appreciation for the subject matter. In addition, a biennial field trip to Washington, DC allows our seventh and eighth-grade students to experience our nation's capital first-hand.
Fifth grade - New World History and Geography: Students in fifth grade learn about the far north, Canada, the United States of America, Mexico, Central America, the West Indies, and South America.
Sixth grade - Old World History and Geography: Students in sixth grade investigate everything from ancient civilizations to the modern countries as they exist today.
Seventh grade - History of the World: Our seventh-grade students take a comprehensive look at the continents of Asia, Africa, Europe, Australia, and Antarctica.
Eighth grade - American History: Eighth-graders commence on an in-depth study of American history which includes the study of our system of government.