PHONICS PHACTORY GRADES 1st - 3rd
Learning for life!
Since the inception of the school in 1993, elementary classes emphasize a traditional educational philosophy. Foundational philosophies include:
- organization (the use of daily planners),
- proper study habits (the art of completing and turning in work,
- staying organized,
- learning to self manage, etc.),
- time management (how to start AND finish an assignment and how to work smart)
- and academic excellence (I Corinthians 10:31).
The process of learning is as important as the information learned. These formative years are the primary time in a student’s life to establish a successful work ethic. And most importantly, while learning to master these these abilities, leading the student to a life long adventure of loving to learn.
THE PHACTORY'S ACADEMIC CURRICULUM:
The CORE curriculum of the Phonics Phactory is published by A Beka Book, Inc. This is a phonics based reading program that emphasizes grammatical instruction through third grade. It is an advanced curriculum and it constitutes the major portion of our instruction in READING, LANGUAGE, HISTORY, and MATHEMATICS. History emphasizes our unique American History through learning the events of our founding. An emphasis is place on understanding our rights given us by our Creator: life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. A scope and sequence is available upon request.
A Science curriculum as been developed using the Association of Christian Schools, International science program. This curriculum emphasizes a hands-on approach discovering God's intricate design in creation. Students learn to identify a problem, pose possible solutions, and test their theories using scienttic concepts taught. State and National benchmarks are exceeded.
A Character Development curriculum was written and developed by Mr. Brian F. Mayer, Founder/Administrator/Professor. The moral values Christ taught are applied to everyday life and presented in a journal format. Weekly, students practice applying and journaling about the character trait of the week. All character values are based on scriptural verses and principles.
A Physical Education curriculum is taught once weekly during the lunch recess periods. Emphasis is placed on the Presidents' Physical Fitness Program (www.fitness.gov/) as well as instruction in team sports. Nutrition and health instruction is covered in the Health Curriculum provided by the school for home instruction.
PHONICS PHACTORY GRADES 4th - 6th
Phonics Phactory in grades 4th-6th is designed to focus students’ ability in the WRITING PROCESS. Accomplished writing skills are essential to achieving greatness. Writing is the primary basis upon which your work, your learning, and your intellect will be judged—in school, in the workplace, and in the community. Writing expresses who you are as a person.
4TH GRADE: INTRODUCTION to Thinking through WRITING
5TH GRADE: DEVELOPING Thinking through WRITING
6TH GRADE: MASTERING Thinking through WRITING
It is our goal to enable students to become skilled writers.
In the words of Maryanne Radmacher-Hershey:
Writing is the process to learn what is already
known deep within:
it sharpens the spirit,
disciplines the mind and
leads to solutions.
In the spaces between words of solitude
observe what happens when words and silence meet—
Write to learn what you know.
UNDERSTANDING the PHILOSOPHY
The three years your student will be enrolled are important years. This is the time the student moves from CONTENT centered learning (1st - 3rd grades) to CONTEXT centered learning. Context Learning: The circumstances that form the setting for an event, statement, or idea in terms of which it can be fully understood and assessed.
con (together) + texere (to weave)
Context learning teaches students to: apply the knowledge, analyze the parts, infer the conclusion through reasoning.
This can be simply understood as: the PROCESS is more important than the ANSWER. The changes your student will be making will take time to be translated into performance (grades). Students mature at different rates during this period of life. So, be patient. The goal is to arrive by the end of the 6th grade year. Stay with the process!
The changes your students will be making will be in the areas of:
- time management
- relating to peers
- relating to adults
ELEMENTARY SCHOOL TIMES
8:20am - 2:40pm