EARLY CHILDHOOD   |   LOWER SCHOOL   |   MIDDLE SCHOOL

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Lower School is an exciting time for your student to explore, learn and grow. 
 
In Lower School, we challenge and nurture Mind, Body, and Spirit through a robust and diverse curriculum. Because each student is unique, we strive to help them develop physically, mentally, spiritually, and emotionally by creating a nurturing and supportive environment where teachers, students, and parents work actively together.   
 
 
 
Lower School Highlights
Discovering the world around you, by exploring, learning and growing
 
knowledge
discover the world by expanding
reading and comprehension
 
grow
expand mathematical
skills and reasoning
explore
hands-on learning through science, technology, geography
 
 
 
Outside the Classroom 
 
We believe giving kids opportunities to explore outside the classroom is essential to shaping their overall education. Students explore activities like: working a day in a real life profession, experiencing pioneer life, discovering how machines work and learning about environments and life cycles of creatures in our area.
 
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 Our Principal 
 
 
 
 
“Our lower school teachers love making connections with their students. When the connection is made, success is the result.” 
 
 Our teachers
 
 
 
 
Curriculum

1st Grade
  • Mathematical vocabulary
  • Comparison
  • Place values
  • Addition and subtraction
  • Problem solving
  • Introduction to fractions
  • 2D and 3D shapes
  • Sorting, estimating, graphing
  • Time and money
2nd Grade
  • Transition from concrete to abstract concepts
  • Problem solving skills
  • Place values to the hundreds
  • Two-digit addition and subtraction
  • Geometry
  • Time and money
  • Standard and metric measurement
  • Fraction identification
  • Construction and interpreting graphs
  • Introduction to multiplication
  • Introduction to division
3rd Grade
  • Computation and problem solving skills
  • Real-world application
  • Multi-step addition, subtraction, multiplication and division
  • Time and money
  • Geometry
  • Fractions and decimals
  • Standard and metric measurement
  • Data gathering
  • Probability
4th Grade
  • Computation and problem solving skills
  • Critical thinking skills
  • Real world application
  • Addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division
  • Fractions and decimals
  • Place value through billions
  • Standard and metric measurement
  • Geometry
  • Graphing

1st Grade
  • Physical Science
  • Life Science
  • Earth and Space Science
2nd Grade
  • Physical Science
  • Life Science
  • Earth Science
  • Develop scientific skills
3rd Grade
  • Life science, physical science, Earth and space science
  • Scientific skills of observation, classification, prediction, experimentation, recording and interpretation
  • Hands-on activities and group and individual lab work
4th Grade
  • Studies focus on life science, physical science, and Earth science
  • Introduction of long term projects/papers
  • Group and individual work
  • Focus on the appreciation of God’s amazing creations in this world

1st Grade
  • Communities around the world
  • Basics of economics
  • Geography
  • United States History
  • Government and Citizenship
2nd Grade
  • Communities
  • Cultures of Others
  • American Symbols and Holidays
  • Needs vs. Wants
  • Goods and Services
  • United States History
  • Government
3rd Grade
  • Global and United States geography
  • History of Native Americans, the pilgrims, colonial times, and immigration
  • Exposure to famous people and events in United States history
  • Countries of the world and their different cultures
  • Introduction to United States government
  • Completing written projects and oral presentations
4th Grade
  • Study of the 50 States
  • Division of 4 different US regions and how they differ in climate, history, culture, and population
  • Map reading skills

1st Grade
  • Introduction to basic art concepts
  • Various themed projects
2nd Grade
  • Basic art concepts
  • Create original artwork
3rd Grade
  • Study of master artists using the Art Adventure program
  • Drawing and painting in various media
  • Concept of color and texture in art and nature
  • Various seasonal-themed or curricular-themed projects
4th Grade
  • Study of different artists and appreciation of their work
  • Drawing, painting, collage, stitchery, clay, and other artistic activities to create a variety of projects
  • Exposure to different art media including pencils, colored pencils, markers, chalks, watercolor and tempura paints, to encourage creativity

1st Grade
  • Introduction to a variety of sports and games
  • Gross motor skills, balance and coordination
  • Introduction to physical fitness
  • Introduction to a variety of equipment
2nd Grade
  • Develop gross motor skills, fine motor skills, cardiovascular fitness, flexibility, strength, and muscle coordination
  • Learn cooperative games
  • Introduction to volleyball, basketball, and soccer
3rd Grade
  • Refinement of fundamental gross motor skills, fine motor skills, cardiovascular fitness, flexibility, strength, and muscle coordination
  • Cooperative games, moderate to more strenuous fitness, movement education, themed activities
  • Moderate to more strenuous introduction to team sports and activities
  • Focus on positive attitude, effort, and sportsmanship
  • Learn and appreciate the benefits of physical fitness
4th Grade
  • Moderate to more strenuous introduction to traditional sports and games
  • Focus on cooperative learning, motivational strategies such as goal setting and student reflection, social interaction, problem solving, shared leadership, and challenge and risk in a safe environment
  • Refinement of fundamental gross motor skills, cardiovascular fitness, flexibility, strength, and muscle coordination

1st Grade
  • Reading
  • Grammar
  • Spelling
  • Writing
  • Handwriting
  • Phonics
2nd Grade
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Spelling
  • Vocabulary
  • Grammar
  • Comprehension
  • Fluency
3rd Grade
  • Reading Fluency
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Reading and writing activities
  • Exposure to novels in literature
  • Accelerated Reading Program
  • Cursive handwriting
  • Spelling, Vocabulary, and Grammar
  • Proofreading and editing skills
  • Oral presentations
4th Grade
  • Narrative, persuasive, expository, and descriptive writing exercises
  • Reading and writing comprehension and proficiency
  • Inferential reasoning
  • Organizational and study skills
  • Cursive handwriting
  • Spelling, vocabulary, and grammar
  • Proofreading, editing skills, and an introduction to word processing while writing different papers

1st Grade
  • Introduction to basic words
2nd Grade
  • Introduction to Spanish

1st Grade
  • Singing
  • Rhythm
  • Pitch
  • Introduction to classical music
  • Parts of worship
2nd Grade
  • Singing technique
  • Rhythm
  • Pitch
  • Tempo
  • Dynamics
  • Syllables
  • Harmony
  • Instrument families
3rd Grade
  • Concepts of melody, rhythm, harmony, dynamics, tempo, pitch, and note values
  • Group and independent singing
  • Hymns and christian songs of praise
  • American patriotic songs
  • Cultural music from countries of the world
4th Grade
  • Daily singing as we add to our devotions and sing praise to God
  • Study of basic musical structure and how to read music
  • Introduction to different instruments
  • Developing confidence in using our singing voices

1st Grade
  • Bible lessons (Old or New Testament)
  • Apply lessons to their life
  • Learn and recite bible passages
  • Introduction to using the Bible and Hymnal
2nd Grade
  • Learn Bible lessons
  • Apply Bible truths to their lives
  • Memorize Bible passages and Commandments
  • Use the Bible and Hymnal
3rd Grade
  • Old Testament Bible lessons from Creation – Job (odd number years)
  • New Testament Bible lessons from Births of John and Jesus – Apostle Paul (even number years)
  • Memorization of Bible passages, hymn verses, 10 commandments, the conclusion to the commandments, and the 3 Articles of the Apostles’ Creed
  • Worship together each Friday in a matins service
4th Grade
  • ChristLight curriculum focusing on Old Testament/New Testament lessons alternating each school yearNew Testament Bible lessons from Births of John and Jesus – Apostle Paul (even number years)
  • Study of Bible lessons while applying Bible truths to our daily lives
  • Memorization of Scripture as it applies to our Bible lessons/daily lives
  • Worship together each Friday in a matins service
  • Morning and afternoon devotions and prayer throughout the day
 
Reasons to check out COL Lower School
 
Outside opportunities gives kids real world hands-on learning experiences
COL teachers are not only great at what they do, they make learning fun
Students learn to problem solve and are challenged to work toward success
Students not only learn a new language but are exposed to the Spanish culture 
 
 
15:1
Student: Teach 
Ratio
Whether in music, art, PE or math, teachers and students reflect the love of Jesus in all that they do
 
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