First through sixth grades Language Arts program is divided into several categories: reading, English, spelling, and handwriting.
Reading readiness is emphasized by word families, letter-sound recognition, and syllable patterns. Phonemic awareness and reading readiness awareness are emphasized through second grade.
Students have a time of silent reading and enjoy active discussions during oral reading from interesting selections. Comprehension and discussion questions are challenged on four different levels – literal, interpretive, critical, appreciative.
The gift of language is the primary means God has given us to communicate with one another. Elementary English has themes which keep learning interesting and link topics with other subjects. The parts of speech are taught one part at a time with systematic concept review along with a variety of practice opportunities.
The major emphasis for elementary English is the development of writing skills. The students are taught through a step-by-step process for writing journals, reports, ads, poems, letters, and essays.
Correct spelling on a test and correct spelling in everyday life should be a natural connection for students. Three skills are taught in the spelling curriculum for comprehension focus: spell the word, understand it, and use it in context. These skills are taught through dictionary skills, weekly activities, and dictation sentences. Learning spelling words which are relevant to the student helps to internalize the list of words being taught each week.
Students have a natural tendency to form ovals and slanted lines. These slants and ovals are the foundation for both the pre-cursive and cursive systems. The early letter formation is similar to many printed fonts, enabling students to transition easily between reading and writing. Practice makes perfect, and consistent practice aids in consistent improvement.
A Narrative Presentation
Rather than simply teaching names and dates, the BJU Heritage Studies presents their program in a good narrative story. The students learn fascinating details about historical people, places, and events.
Students learn timelines, higher-level thinking, reading of maps, and many other activities. Supplemental materials are used to enrich the program, including historical fiction, biographies, and other books about the world and its wonders.
The founding and growth of America is taught from a Christian perspective. Students study the many wars fought for freedom: the Civil War, French and Indian War, American Revolutionary War, Trail of Tears, War of 1812, Spanish-American War, World War I, and World War II.
Students learn United States History from Native Americans to the founding of independent nations, Bill of Rights, Constitution, Presidents, political parties, branches of government, and flag etiquette.
The BJU Press Science focuses on the creative, designing hand of God and His infinite wisdom with creation and its laws.
The BJU Science has many hands-on learning experiences and lab activities. Students will learn of great scientists and their discoveries and how those discoveries were applied to scientific issues.
Students will also explore the many layers of the earth, seasons, weather, space, water, and natural resources. The earth produces movement called rotation, creating sunrise, sunset, daytime, and night-time. Students learn about the many layers of the soil, about minerals, and classifications of rocks.
Students desiring to become a meteorologist have an opportunity to learn about the air, air pressure, temperature, air masses, and fronts, winds, precipitation, clouds, storms, tornadoes, hurricanes, weather instruments, and reading weather maps.
Plants, animals, dinosaurs, and plant and animal classification are just a few concepts learned in Life Science.
Students will begin to understand the human body, including the senses, health and safety for our bodies, what makes up the body, and how health and exercise help our bodies. Curiosity will be satisfied as the students learn how the eyes and ears operate and study the processes of the digestive, circulatory, respiratory, nervous, and immune systems.
With Physical Science comes many opportunities for lab activities as learning takes place on topics such as friction, magnetic charges, volume, mass, weight, boiling, evaporation, and liquidation. Students will get a charge when studying static and current electricity, batteries, and integrated circuits.