Coming to school for the first time, the young student has one thought in mind—learning to read. In the primary years (K-2), mastering the tools of literacy through a phonics-based program is a major focus in order to expand the student’s enjoyment of books from actively listening to reading independently by the end of kindergarten. Pacing of this process is adjusted for the learner and supported with a robust resource program. By the end of the primary years, students move from “learning to read” to “reading to learn.”
In addition to early reading, the mastery of numeracy and number operations is begun during these years. Placing manipulatives alongside problem-solving, the learning process provides opportunity to experience both the “how” and the “why” of arithmetic.
Building and enjoying the classroom community is a critical part of success and students learn through Bible stories how to love God and care for one another.