Elementary Program

Kindergarten

CLASSROOM OVERVIEW

General Information:

Mission Hills Christian School kindergarteners typically begin their day with language arts – studying reading, phonics, English skills, handwriting, vocabulary and composition. They then proceed to physical education, technology, or chapel, depending on the day of the week. After recess and lunch, they return to their classroom for rotations where they participate in reading groups, various enrichment activities, thematic units, art, and learning games, followed by math. In math they study everything from counting and writing numbers to addition and subtraction to money and time. They conclude their day with prayers, worship, and Bible time. In addition, they have music and library time once a week and art once a month. All subjects are taught to meet or exceed California State Standards. Mission Hills is fully accredited by the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). All teachers are Christians and have valid teaching credentials.


SPIRITUAL & SOCIAL

Bible:

  • 30 minutes, 4 days per week
  • Emphasis on a host of Old and New Testament Bible stories and characters with a focus on studying the loving character and nature of God.
  • Students memorize and recite different Bible verses weekly. Children are taught that the Bible reveals God’s plan for living wisely and righteously and learn how to apply Bible truths to their everyday lives.
  • Textbook: K5 Bible Truths (BJU Press)

Chapel:

  • Chapel each week with worship and message

Social:

  • Emphasis on Christian character development and biblical conflict resolution. Each month a different character trait is highlighted throughout the school and across the curriculum. Students are encouraged to incorporate this character trait into their daily lives and acknowledge it in others.
  • Focus on introducing students to a structured classroom setting, encouraging good classroom and playground behavior, developing study habits, as well as instilling academic and social responsibilities that will serve students through their school years and beyond.


ACADEMIC

Mathematics:

  • 30 minutes, 5 days per week
  • Emphasis on teaching students to understand the introductory concepts of numbers 1 through 100, quantities, relationships between numbers, simple addition and subtraction, time, units of measurement, and money.
  • Textbooks: Number Skills (A Beka)

Language Arts & Reading:

  • 75 minutes, 5 days per week
  • Emphasis on teaching students how to read through the use of phonics, manuscript writing, and the introduction of opposites, analogies, rhyming words, and poetry.
  • Emphasis on teaching students proper manuscript writing of letters, words, and sentences, as well as each student’s first and last name.
  • Emphasis on teaching students vocabulary directly and systemically in order to provide a key to literacy that will allow them to become lifelong readers.
  • Special Activities: Field trip to the Rancho Santa Margarita Library
  • Textbooks: Beginnings (BJU Press), Handwriting Without Tears, Wordly Wise 3000, Reading Books for K5 (BJU Press), Phonics Stories (BJU Press), Basic Phonics Readers (A Beka)

Science & Health:

  • Weekly integrated units introduce students to a variety of age-appropriate themes and topics throughout the school year
  • Emphasis on exploring the world around us. Students will realize God’s plan for themselves, for weather, seasons, seeds, and for animals. Students also study nutrition.
  • Special Activities: Zoomars and the Grocery Store

History & Geography:

  • Weekly integrated units introduce students to a variety of age-appropriate themes and topics throughout the school year
  • Emphasis on studying community helpers and America.
  • Special Activities: Field trip to Pretend City & the RSM Fire station

ENRICHMENT

Physical Education:

  • Two days per week students participate in a variety of cardiovascular and strength building exercises. Throughout the year students play various games and activities to learn body awareness and basic movement skills including hopping, galloping, and skipping. Students are tested in the following basic motor skills each quarter: balance, jumping rope, skipping, and catching a ball.

Technology:

  • All MHCS students in kindergarten through eighth grade receive hands-on computer learning instruction from the technology teacher on a wireless laptop computer. Emphasis for kindergarten is on becoming comfortable with using a computer. Students integrate technology with a variety of themes and subject matter.
  • Programs taught: Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Publisher, web tools and research websites. Typing practice in grades 1-8.

Music:

  • Emphasis on keeping a steady beat, rote rhyme and song learning, and recognizing the musical elements of tone, duration, and pitch. Students explore rhythm instruments, rhythm patterns, and their four voices (speaking, singing, whispering, and shouting) with echo-speaking and vocal inflections. Students also learn to track symbols in groups on paper to introduce the concept of reading music.
  • Music in JK through 6th grade is taught by an Orff-Schuwerk certified instructor who incorporates her training into the curriculum at every grade level. The Orff-Schuwerk method integrates speech and singing, body percussion, recorder, unpitched and pitched percussion, and movement.
  • Students are taught the “Brain Dance” which is based on developmental movement patterns that are believed to wire the central nervous system so that the brain can operate at its full potential.

Art:

  • A hands-on program that introduces students to the great artists and their work. Students engage in creative expression by painting their own masterpieces using the techniques of the masters.

Library:

  • Emphasis on developing basic library research skills and on teaching students how to use the library as a resource to find age-appropriate books that match their interests for pleasure reading.

1st Grade

CLASSROOM OVERVIEW

General Information:

Mission Hills Christian School first graders begin each with pledges, prayers, and worship. Homeroom teachers instruct the students on the core subjects of math, science, language arts, social science, and Bible. The enrichment subjects of physical education, technology, music, Spanish, Art of the Master, Composer Countdown, and library are taught by teachers who specialize in those areas. The students conclude each day with prayer in their classroom. All subjects are taught to meet or exceed California State Standards. Mission Hills is fully accredited by the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). All teachers are Christians and have valid teaching credentials.


SPIRITUAL & SOCIAL

Bible:

  • 30 minutes, 4 days per week
  • Emphasis on reading familiar Bible stories that are expanded into a theme of “God’s Gifts to Me.” Students study how God gives us gifts of the world, family, friends, leaders, salvation, the church, and a way to live.
  • Emphasis on encouraging Bible reading and memorization. Students memorize and recite different Bible verses weekly. Children are taught that the Bible reveals God’s plan for living wisely and righteously in the present day.
  • Textbook: Bible Truths 1 – A Father’s Care (BJU Press)

Chapel:

  • Chapel each week with worship and message

Social:

  • Emphasis on Christian character development and biblical conflict resolution. Each month a different character trait is highlighted throughout the school and across the curriculum. Students are encouraged to incorporate this character trait into their daily lives and acknowledge it in others.
  • Focus on further developing students’ independent study habits, proper classroom and school ground etiquette, as well as instilling academic and social responsibilities that will serve students through their school years and beyond.


ACADEMIC

Mathematics:

  • 40 minutes, 5 days per week
  • Emphasis on learning basic mathematical functions and problem solving skills in such areas as classifying, patterning, time, measurement, place value, fractions, addition, subtraction, graphing, symmetry, geometry, and word problems.
  • Special Activities: Annual celebration of the 100th Day of School
  • Textbook: Math Expressions (Houghton-Mifflin)
  • Variety of extension activities.

Language Arts & Reading:

  • 180 minutes, 5 days per week
  • Emphasis on reading, comprehending, and responding to grade-level appropriate materials and significant works of literature, equipping students to analyze literature from a biblical world view. Improved reading fluency and comprehension is fostered through continued study of phonics, memorization of sight words, oral reading, and class discussion.
  • Emphasis on learning to write clear, coherent, and focused sentences and paragraphs while demonstrating a command of English grammar, sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, capitalization, and penmanship.
  • Accelerated Reader Program 1st-5th grades
  • Special Activities: ACSI Speech Meet and ACSI Spelling Bee
  • Textbooks: Reading (Houghton-Mifflin), English (Houghton-Mifflin), Wordly Wise (Cheryl Dressler), Handwriting Without Tears

Science & Health:

  • 30 minutes, 2 days per week
  • Emphasis on the study of states of matter (solids, liquids, and gases); plants (their environments, characteristics, and needs); animals (their habitats, characteristics, and needs); weather (measuring weather and seasons); and on recording and graphing observations and findings.
  • Students conduct a variety of experiments and participate in activities, including individual and group projects, to promote hands-on learning in a stimulating scientific environment.
  • Textbooks: Science (BJU Press)

Social Studies:

  • 30 minutes, 2 days per week
  • Emphasis on studying rights and responsibilities of citizenship, map skills, United States symbols and traditions, everyday life in different times and places, basic economic concepts, and cultural diversity.
  • Students participate in hands-on activities and projects based on California State Standards.
  • Textbook: Heritage Studies (BJU Press)

ENRICHMENT

Physical Education:

  • Two days per week students participate in a variety of cardiovascular and strength building exercises. Throughout the year students play a variety of games and activities to encourage coordination and movement as well as good sportsmanship. In addition, fitness testing is conducted at the beginning and end of the school year.

Technology:

  • All MHCS students in kindergarten through eighth grade receive hands-on computer learning instruction from the technology teacher on a wireless laptop computer. Emphasis on using technology in language arts for a family report, in social studies for studying community workers, and in science for an insects report.
  • Programs taught: Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Publisher, web tools, research websites, and typing practice.

Music:

  • Emphasis on keeping a steady beat, rote rhyme and song learning, and recognizing the musical elements of tone, duration, and pitch. Students explore rhythm instruments, rhythm patterns, and their four voices (speaking, singing, whispering, and shouting) with echo-speaking and vocal inflections. Students learn musical symbols which introduces them to the structure of reading music. Speech and singing games are taught to learn to sing in parts.
  • Music in JK through 6th grade is taught by an Orff-Schuwerk certified instructor who incorporates her training into the curriculum at every grade level. The Orff-Schuwerk method integrates speech and singing, body percussion, recorder, unpitched and pitched percussion, and movement.
  • Students are taught the “Brain Dance” which is based on developmental movement patterns that are believed to wire the central nervous system so that the brain can operate at its full potential.

Spanish:

  • Emphasis on teaching students how to speak in Spanish including how to say the alphabet and vowels, colors, numbers, days of the week, months of the year, words related to the family, Bible verses and prayers, as well as basic commands and phrases. Students are taught songs in Spanish that reinforce their learning.

Art:

  • A hands-on program that introduces students to the great artists and their work. Students engage in creative expression by painting their own masterpieces using the techniques of the masters.

Library:

  • Emphasis on developing basic library research skills and on teaching students how to use the library as a resource to find age-appropriate books that match their interests for pleasure reading.

2nd Grade

CLASSROOM OVERVIEW

General Information:

Mission Hills Christian School second graders begin each day with pledges, prayers, and worship. Homeroom teachers instruct the students on the core subjects of math, science, language arts, social science, and Bible. The enrichment subjects of physical education, technology, music, Spanish, Art of the Master, Composer Countdown, and library are taught by teachers who specialize in those areas. All subjects are taught to meet or exceed California State Standards. Mission Hills is fully accredited by the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). All teachers are Christians and have valid teaching credentials.


SPIRITUAL & SOCIAL

Bible:

  • 30 minutes, 4 days per week
  • Emphasis on studying Christian character traits demonstrated by the lives of Bible characters and how they apply to their daily life.
  • Emphasis on encouraging Bible reading and memorization. Students memorize and recite different Bible verses weekly. Children are taught that the Bible reveals God’s plan for living wisely and righteously in the present day.
  • Textbook: A Servant’s Heart (BJU Press)

Chapel:

  • Chapel each week with worship and message

Social:

  • Emphasis on Christian character development and biblical conflict resolution. Each month a different character trait is highlighted throughout the school and across the curriculum. Students are encouraged to incorporate this character trait into their daily lives and acknowledge it in others. Older students meet with younger students in Prayer Partners, a program to encourage mentoring relationships and habits of prayer.
  • Focus on further developing students’ independent study habits, beginning organizational skills, as well as instilling academic and social responsibilities that will serve students through their school years and beyond.


ACADEMIC

Mathematics:

  • 30-45 minutes, 5 days per week
  • Emphasis on studying regrouping, telling time to the nearest minute, rounding to the nearest ten, understanding fractions, introduction to multiplication, division, and introduction to concepts of geometry.
  • Special Activities: Annual school celebration of Pi Day, 100th Day of School
  • Textbook: Math Expressions (Houghton-Mifflin)

Language Arts & Reading:

  • 120 minutes, 5 days per week
  • Emphasis on studying phonics, spelling, prefixes, root words, suffixes, parts of speech, handwriting, reading comprehension, reading fluency, and writing strong paragraphs with main idea and supporting details.
  • Accelerated Reader Program 1st-5th grades
  • Special Activities: ACSI Speech Meet and ACSI Spelling Bee
  • Textbooks: Reading for Christian Schools 2 (BJU Press), English for Christian Schools 2 (BJU Press), Letters and Sounds 2 (A Beka Book), Handwriting (Zaner Bloser)

Science:

  • 30 minutes, 3 days per week
  • Emphasis on studying different plants and animals, things that work together, things that move, the air around them, the solar system, and our planet Earth.
  • Students conduct a variety of experiments and participate in activities, including individual and group projects such as tending a garden, to promote hands-on learning in a stimulating scientific environment.
  • Students Activities: Field trip to the Environmental Nature Center

Social Studies:

  • 30 minutes, 3 days per week
  • Emphasis on studying American history and patriotism. Students learn that God has a purpose for our nation. They study the people who lived and died to make America the country that it is today through the use of reading, discussion, and participation in individual and group projects.
  • Student Activities: Field trip to Centennial Heritage Museum and The Kellogg House

ENRICHMENT

Physical Education:

  • Two days per week students participate in a variety of cardiovascular and strength building exercises. Throughout the year students play a variety of games and activities to encourage coordination and movement, as well as good sportsmanship. In addition, fitness testing is conducted at the beginning and end of the school year.

Technology:

  • All MHCS students in kindergarten through eighth grade receive hands-on computer learning instruction from the technology teacher on a wireless laptop computer. Emphasis for second grade is on becoming familiar with using computers as a tool. Technology is integrated across second grade curriculum particularly in language arts for writing autobiographies and in math for completing a family birthday gift wish list.
  • Programs taught: Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Publisher, web tools, research websites, and typing practice.

Music:

  • Emphasis on rhyme and learning to read notation and music. Students perform “Rhythm Raps” to learn to count and follow the rhythm of music.
  • Music in JK through 6th grade is taught by an Orff-Schuwerk certified instructor who incorporates her training into the curriculum at every grade level. The Orff-Schuwerk method integrates speech and singing, body percussion, recorder, unpitched and pitched percussion, and movement.
  • Students are taught the “Brain Dance” which is based on developmental movement patterns that are believed to wire the central nervous system so that the brain can operate at its full potential.
  • Student Activities: Field trip to hear the Disneyland Band

Spanish:

  • Emphasis on teaching students how to speak in Spanish including how to say the alphabet and vowels, colors, numbers, days of the week, months of the year, words related to the family, Bible verses and prayers, as well as basic commands and phrases. Students are taught songs in Spanish that reinforce their learning.

Art:

  • A hands-on program that introduces students to the great artists and their work. Students engage in creative expression by painting their own masterpieces using the techniques of the masters.

Library:

  • Emphasis on developing basic library research skills and on teaching students how to use the library as a resource to find age-appropriate books that match their interests for pleasure reading.

3rd Grade

CLASSROOM OVERVIEW

General Information:

Mission Hills Christian School third graders begin each day in their classroom with their teacher leading them in pledges, prayers, and worship. Homeroom teachers instruct the students on the core subjects of math, science, language arts, social science, and Bible. The enrichment subjects of physical education, technology, music, Spanish, Art of the Master, Composer Countdown, and library are taught by teachers who specialize in those areas. All subjects are taught to meet or exceed California State Standards. Mission Hills is fully accredited by the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). All teachers are Christians and have valid teaching credentials.


SPIRITUAL & SOCIAL

Bible:

  • 30 minutes, 4 days per week
  • Emphasis on studying God’s plan for His Church through the life of Christ, through the Apostles, and finally through the life of believers as witnesses to the world. Study of scripture and Godly character traits equips students to grow and to become witnesses for Christ.
  • Emphasis on encouraging Bible reading and memorization. Students memorize and recite Bible verses weekly. Children are taught that the Bible reveals God’s plan for living wisely and righteously in the present day.
  • Special Activities: Field trip to Holy Land Bible Exhibit
  • Textbook: Following Christ 3 (BJU Press)

Chapel:

  • Chapel each week with worship and message

Social:

  • Emphasis on Christian character development and biblical conflict resolution. Each month a different character trait is highlighted school-wide. Students are encouraged to incorporate this character trait into their daily lives and to acknowledge it in others.
  • Focus on further developing students’ group and independent study habits, organizational skills, as well as instilling academic and social responsibilities that will serve students through their school years and beyond.


ACADEMIC

Mathematics:

  • 50 minutes, 5 days per week
  • Emphasis on mastering foundational facts in addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of whole numbers. Students participate in integrated technology lessons, activities, and projects to assist in mastering these concepts.
  • Additionally, students study decimals, fractions, money, measurement, basic geometry, graphs, and problem solving.
  • Special Activities: ACSI Math Olympics
  • Textbook: Math Expressions (Houghton-Mifflin)

Language Arts & Reading:

  • 100 minutes, 5 days per week
  • Emphasis on reading, comprehending, and responding through written and oral communication to works of literature, equipping students to analyze literature from a biblical world view. Emphasis is placed on reading fluency, word analysis, and systemic vocabulary development. Students read novels such as The Case of the Dognapped Cat and These Are My People.
  • Emphasis on writing clear, coherent, and focused sentences and paragraphs that develop a central idea while demonstrating a command of English grammar, sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, capitalization, and penmanship.
  • Accelerated Reader Program 1st-5th grades
  • Special Activities: ACSI Speech Meet and ACSI Spelling Bee
  • Textbooks: Reading and Language Arts (Houghton Mifflin), English (Houghton Mifflin)

Science & Health:

  • 40 minutes, 3 days per week
  • Emphasis on animal classification, matter, force and motion, and space.
  • Textbook: Science 3 (BJU)

History & Geography:

  • 40 minutes, 3 days per week
  • Emphasis on exploring American history from a Christian perspective through the fascinating stories of many famous Americans, including Native Americans and their cultures. Throughout the history course, students participate in valuable map skills lessons to enable them to read, question, and interpret various types of maps.
  • Special Activities: Field trip to the Environmental Nature Center, Metro train trip to Olvera Street and Chinatown in Los Angeles, Colonial Reenactment at Riley’s Farm
  • Textbook: Our American Heritage (A Beka)

ENRICHMENT

Physical Education:

  • Two times per week students participate in a variety of cardiovascular and strength building exercises. Throughout the year students play a variety of games and activities to encourage coordination and movement, as well as good sportsmanship. In addition, fitness testing is conducted at the beginning and end of the school year.

Technology:

  • All MHCS students in kindergarten through eighth grade receive hands-on computer learning instruction from the technology teacher on a wireless laptop computer. Emphasis for third grade is on becoming familiar with using computers as a tool. Technology is integrated across third grade curriculum particularly in language arts for a manners project, in social studies for a Christian character project, in math for multiplication activities, and in science for an animal classification project.
  • Programs taught: Word, Excel, Power Point, Mavis Beacon (typing), Internet Explorer

Music:

  • Emphasis on learning how to play the recorder. Students participate in “Recorder Karate” and earn belts and then beads by successfully completing musical assignments and challenges on their recorders.
  • Music in JK through 6th grade is taught by an Orff-Schuwerk certified instructor who incorporates her training into the curriculum at every grade level. The Orff-Schuwerk method integrates speech and singing, body percussion, recorder, unpitched and pitched percussion, and movement.
  • Students are taught the “Brain Dance” which is based on developmental movement patterns that are believed to wire the central nervous system so that the brain can operate at its full potential.

Spanish:

  • Emphasis on teaching students how to communicate in Spanish including how to read and speak the alphabet and vowels, colors, numbers, days of the week, months of the year, words related to the family, Bible verses and prayers, as well as basic commands and phrases. Students are taught songs in Spanish that reinforce their learning.

Art:

  • A hands-on program that introduces students to the great artists and their work. Students engage in creative expression by painting their own masterpieces using the techniques of the masters.

Library:

  • Emphasis on teaching students how to use the library as a resource to find age-appropriate books that match their interests for pleasure reading, as well as helping students develop research skills for integrated, cross-curricular projects.

4th Grade

CLASSROOM OVERVIEW

General Information:

Mission Hills Christian School fourth graders begin each day with pledges, prayers, and worship. Homeroom teachers instruct the students on the core subjects of math, science, language arts, social science, and Bible. The enrichment subjects of physical education, technology, music, Spanish, Art of the Master, Composer Countdown, and library are taught by teachers who specialize in those areas. The students conclude each day with prayer in their classroom. All subjects are taught to meet or exceed California State Standards. Mission Hills is fully accredited by the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). All teachers are Christians and have valid teaching credentials.


SPIRITUAL & SOCIAL

Bible:

  • 40 minutes, 4 days per week
  • Emphasis on understanding foundational Christian doctrine and its personal application while developing skills and implementing strategies to correctly understand the true meaning of the Bible.
  • Emphasis on encouraging Bible reading, memorization, and application. Students memorize and take weekly Bible memory verse tests.
  • Textbook: Bible Truths: God and His People (BJU Press), The Student Bible, New International Version (Zondervan)

Chapel:

  • Chapel each Thursday with worship and message

Social:

  • Emphasis on Christian character development and biblical conflict resolution. Each month a different character trait is highlighted school-wide. Students are encouraged to incorporate this character trait into their daily lives and to acknowledge it in others.
  • Focus on further developing students’ group and independent study habits, organizational skills, as well as instilling academic and social responsibilities that will serve students through their school years and beyond.


ACADEMIC

Mathematics:

  • 60-75 minutes, 5 days per week
  • Emphasis on computing and solving mathematical problems and developing reasoning skills. Areas of instruction include addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of whole numbers, decimals, fractions, and money. Additionally, students learn critical thinking skills, and to solve problems involving measurement, graphs, basic algebraic functions, and geometry.
  • Special Activities: ACSI Math Olympics, annual school celebration of Pi Day, weekly math superstars enrichment program
  • Textbook: California Mathematics (Macmillan McGraw-Hill)

Language Arts & Reading:

  • 90 minutes, 5 days per week
  • Emphasis on reading, comprehending, and responding to historically and culturally significant works of literature, equipping students to analyze literature from a Biblical world view.
  • Emphasis on writing clear, coherent, and focused sentences and paragraphs that develop a central idea while demonstrating a command of English grammar, sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, capitalization, and penmanship.
  • Students listen and respond critically and appropriately to oral communication and deliver brief recitations and oral presentations around a coherent thesis statement.
  • Development of written and oral responses to literature. Students read novels such as Saved at Sea, Island of the Blue Dolphins, By the Great Horn Spoon, and a variety of other books.
  • Accelerated Reader Program 1st-5th grades
  • Special Activities: ACSI Creative Writing Festival, ACSI Speech Meet, ACSI Spelling Bee, DUCKS Program (Reading is the Goal) and field trip to the Honda Center
  • Textbooks: Reading-Traditions, Grade 4 (Houghton Mifflin), English (Houghton-Mifflin)

Science & Health:

  • 60 minutes, 2 days per week
  • Emphasis on exploring and experiencing a variety of areas within the fields of physical science and health through reading, research, discussion, participation in group and individual projects, and through scientific experiments using scientific method.
  • Textbook: Understanding God’s World (A Beka Book)

History & Geography:

  • 60 minutes, 3 days per week
  • Emphasis on exploring the history and geography of California from its earliest inhabitants of indigenous Native Americans, through the settling of various peoples, to the contemporary times by using reading, research, discussion, and participation in individual and group projects.
  • Special Activities: Overnight, two-day field trip to Sacramento and Coloma; field trip to Mission San Juan Capistrano
  • Textbook: History – Social Science, California Studies (Houghton Mifflin)

ENRICHMENT

Physical Education:

  • Three times per week students dress in their school-provided P.E. uniforms and participate in a variety of cardiovascular and strength building exercises. Throughout the year students learn athletic fundamentals and play the following: flag football, volleyball, basketball, hockey, pickleball, badminton, and handball. In addition, fitness testing is conducted at the beginning and end of the school year.

Technology:

  • All MHCS students in kindergarten through eighth grade receive hands-on computer learning instruction from the technology teacher on a wireless laptop computer. Emphasis for fourth grade is on becoming familiar with using computers as a tool. Technology is integrated across fourth grade curriculum particularly in history for the missions report, in language arts for a personal narrative project, and in science for an insect newspaper project.
  • Programs taught: Word, Excel, Power Point, Paint, Mavis Beacon (typing), Internet Explorer

Music:

  • Emphasis is on playing the recorder, reading music notations, and learning to sing by reading printed music. Students participate in “Recorder Karate” and earn belts and then beads by successfully completing musical assignments and challenges on their recorders.
  • Music in JK through 6th grade is taught by an Orff-Schuwerk certified instructor who incorporates her training into the curriculum at every grade level. The Orff-Schuwerk method integrates speech and singing, body percussion, recorder, unpitched and pitched percussion, and movement.
  • Students are taught the “Brain Dance” which is based on developmental movement patterns that are believed to wire the central nervous system so that the brain can operate at its full potential.
  • Folk Dancing (3rd/4th quarter)

Spanish:

  • Emphasis on teaching students how to communicate in Spanish including how to read and speak the alphabet and vowels, colors, numbers, days of the week, months of the year, words related to the family, Bible verses and prayers, as well as basic commands and phrases. Students are taught songs in Spanish that reinforce their learning.

Art:

  • A hands-on program that introduces students to the great artists and their work. Students engage in creative expression by painting their own masterpieces using the techniques of the masters.

Library:

  • Emphasis on teaching students how to use the library as a resource to find age-appropriate books that match their interests for pleasure reading, as well as helping students develop research skills for integrated, cross-curricular projects.

5th Grade

CLASSROOM OVERVIEW

General Information:

Mission Hills Christian School fifth graders begin each day with pledges, prayers, and worship. Homeroom teachers instruct the students on the core subjects of math, science, language arts, social science, and Bible. The enrichment subjects of physical education, technology, music, Spanish, Art of the Master, Composer Countdown, and library are taught by teachers who specialize in those areas. The students conclude each day with prayer in their classroom. All subjects are taught to meet or exceed California State Standards. Mission Hills is fully accredited by the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). All teachers are Christians and have valid teaching credentials.


SPIRITUAL & SOCIAL

Bible:

  • 30 minutes, 4 days per week
  • Emphasis on Christian character traits demonstrated by the lives of Old Testament Bible characters and how they apply to students’ daily lives.
  • Emphasis on encouraging Bible reading, memorization, and application. Students memorize and recite Bible memory verses.
  • Textbook: Living in God’s Love (BJU Press), The Student Bible, New International Version (Zondervan)

Chapel:

  • Chapel each Thursday with worship and message

Social:

  • Emphasis on Christian character development and biblical conflict resolution. Each month a different character trait is highlighted school-wide. Students are encouraged to incorporate this character trait into their daily lives and acknowledge it in others.
  • Focus on further developing students’ group and independent study habits, organizational skills, as well as instilling academic and social responsibilities that will serve students through their school years and beyond.


ACADEMIC

Mathematics:

  • 50 minutes, 5 days per week
  • Emphasis on computing and solving mathematical problems and developing reasoning skills. Areas of instruction include addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of whole numbers, decimals, and fractions; ratios and proportions; and geometry.
  • Special Activities: ACSI Math Olympics and annual school celebration of Pi Day
  • Textbook: Mathematics, Applications and Concepts (Glencoe)

Language Arts & Reading:

  • 100 minutes, 5 days per week
  • Emphasis on reading, comprehending, and responding to historically and culturally significant works of literature, equipping students to analyze literature from a Biblical world view.
  • Emphasis on writing personal narratives with dialogue, persuasive essays, and responses to literature using 6 + 1 traits and “Step Up to Writing” techniques.
  • Development of written and oral responses to literature. Students read novels such as The Sign of the Beaver, Holes, Junior Great Books, and a variety of other stories.
  • Accelerated Reader Program 1st-5th grades
  • Special Activities: ACSI Creative Writing Festival, ACSI Speech Meet, and ACSI Spelling Bee
  • Textbooks: Reading Anthology (Houghton Mifflin), English (Houghton Mifflin)

Science & Health:

  • 35 minutes, 5 days per week
  • Emphasis on exploring a variety of areas within the field of science including life, physical, and earth sciences through the use of reading, research, discussion, participation in group and individual projects, and utilization of the scientific method and experiments.
  • Special Activities: Labs
  • Textbook: California Science (Harcourt)

History & Geography:

  • 35 minutes, 5 days per week
  • Emphasis is on the history of the United States. Students study American Indians and early settlers, exploring when, why, and from where they came. They learn about colonial government and its formation based on Christian principles. Students learn about the American Revolution, land conflicts, slavery, and westward expansion. They study the causes and effects of the War for Independence and study the people and events associated with the development of the U.S. Constitution while analyzing the Constitution’s significance as the foundation of the American republic.
  • Special Activities: Overnight field trip to The Pilgrim Ship in Dana Point; perform musical Westward Expansion; field trip to Riley’s Farm, state report
  • Textbook: The History of our United States (A Beka Book)

ENRICHMENT

Physical Education:

  • Three days per week students dress in their school-provided P.E. uniforms and participate in a variety of cardiovascular and strength building exercises. Throughout the year students learn athletic fundamentals and play the following: flag football, volleyball, basketball, hockey, pickleball, badminton, and handball. In addition, fitness testing is conducted at the beginning and end of the school year.
  • After-school sports programs are available to all fifth through eighth grade students. MHCS competes against schools in the Parochial Athletic League, whose major emphasis is on maintaining a Christian attitude of sportsmanship, honesty, respect, teamwork and responsibility. Sports programs are available for the following: girls’ and boys’ volleyball, boys’ flag football, girls’ and boys’ basketball, coed soccer, girls’ softball, and girls’ and boys’ track.

Technology:

  • All MHCS students in kindergarten through eighth grade receive hands-on computer learning instruction from the technology teacher on a laptop computer. Emphasis for fifth grade is on more independent work using the various programs. Technology is integrated across fifth grade curriculum particularly in math, state reports and science.
  • Programs taught: Word, Excel, Power Point, Paint, Mavis Beacon (typing), Internet Explorer

Music:

  • Emphasis is on understanding the basics of music appreciation and music theory through games and activities that reinforce the learning from earlier grade levels. During the first semester, recorder is continued and students also work on good singing and performance skills. Second semester students dance, experience drum circles, and transition to hand chimes as they continue to learn to read music
  • Special Activities: Perform at Christmas Chapel and various other venues during the school year. Auditioned groups are available with the Singing Saints and two musical productions.

Spanish:

  • Emphasis on teaching students how to communicate in Spanish including how to read and speak the alphabet and vowels, colors, numbers, days of the week, months of the year, words related to the family, Bible verses and prayers, as well as basic commands and phrases. Students are taught songs in Spanish that reinforce their learning.

Art:

  • A hands-on program that introduces students to the great artists and their work. Students engage in creative expression by painting their own masterpieces using the techniques of the masters.

Library:

  • Emphasis on teaching students how to use the library as a resource to find age-appropriate books that match their interests for pleasure reading, as well as helping students develop research skills for integrated, cross-curricular projects.

6th Grade

CLASSROOM OVERVIEW

General Information:

Mission Hills Christian School sixth graders begin each day with pledges, prayer, and worship. Students have weekly classes in Spanish and technology, as well as bi-weekly periods in music and library. Students also have physical education instruction three days per week. They conclude each day in prayer. All subjects are taught to meet or exceed California State Standards. Mission Hills is fully accredited by the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). All teachers are Christians and have valid teaching credentials.


SPIRITUAL & SOCIAL

Bible:

  • 30-45 minutes, 4 days per week
  • Overview of the entire Bible, a personalized study of vital passages, and application of these Scriptures to important issues faced by sixth graders.
  • Emphasis on sharing their individual testimonies through an integrated writing project and oral presentation.
  • Textbook: Bible Truths for Christian Schools: Redemption – God’s Grand Design (BJU Press), The Student Bible, New International Version (Zondervan)

Chapel:

  • Chapel each Thursday with worship and message

Social:

  • Emphasis on Christian character development and biblical conflict resolution. Each month a different character trait is highlighted school-wide. Students are encouraged to incorporate this character trait into their daily lives and acknowledge it in others.
  • Focus on further developing students’ group and independent study habits, organizational skills, as well as instilling academic and social responsibilities that will serve students through their school years and beyond.


ACADEMIC

Mathematics:

  • 50 minutes, 5 days per week
  • Emphasis on computing and solving problems using the four arithmetic operations with whole numbers, fractions, decimals, and positive and negative integers. Students use unknown variables to solve multiple step linear equations. Students use reasoning skills and explore introductory algebra.
  • Special Activities: ACSI Math Olympics and annual school celebration of Pi Day
  • Textbook: Mathematics, Applications and Concepts (Glencoe)

History & Geography:

  • 45 minutes, 4 days per week
  • Emphasis on studying the geography of the Eastern Hemisphere and becoming familiar with ancient history from a Christian perspective from creation through 500 AD.
  • Through the use of reading, research, discussion, and participation in individual and group projects, students explore the historical origins, political, religious, economic, and social structures of the early civilizations of Mesopotamia, Egypt, Kush, the Hebrews, Greece, India, China, and Rome.
  • Special Activities: Museum field trip; Ancient Civilizations Day
  • Textbooks: Heritage Studies 6 for Christian Schools (BJU Press)

Language Arts & Reading:

  • 100 minutes, 5 days per week
  • Emphasis on reading, comprehending, and responding to historically and culturally significant works of literature, equipping students to analyze literature from a biblical world view.
  • Emphasis on writing clear, coherent, and focused essays while demonstrating a command of English grammar, sentence structure, spelling, punctuation and capitalization.
  • Development of written and oral response to literature. Students read one to two novels throughout the school year.
  • Junior Great Books are used to enhance students’ abilities to read, comprehend, discuss and write about many different literature passages throughout the year.
  • Special Activities: ACSI Creative Writing Festival, ACSI Speech Meet, and ACSI Spelling Bee
  • Textbook: Reading Triumphs, California Edition (Houghton Mifflin), English 6 (Houghton Mifflin), Step Up to Writing (Sopris West)

Science & Health:

  • 45 minutes, 4 days per week
  • Emphasis on exploring a variety of areas within the field of science including life, physical, and earth sciences through the use of research, discussion, participation in group and individual projects, experimentation, and utilization of the scientific method.
  • Special Activities: Four-day overnight outdoor education science camp at Green Oak Ranch in Vista, California.
  • Textbook: Science 6 for Christian Schools (BJU Press)

ENRICHMENT

Physical Education:

  • Three days per week students dress in their school-provided P.E. uniforms and participate in a variety of cardiovascular and strength building exercises. Throughout the year students learn athletic fundamentals and play the following: flag football, volleyball, basketball, hockey, pickleball, badminton, and handball. In addition, fitness testing is conducted at the beginning and end of the school year.
  • After-school sports programs are available to all fifth through eighth grade students. MHCS competes against schools in the Parochial Athletic League, whose major emphasis is on maintaining a Christian attitude of sportsmanship, honesty, respect, teamwork and responsibility. Sports programs are available for the following: girls’ and boys’ volleyball, boys’ flag football, girls’ and boys’ basketball, coed soccer, girls’ softball, and girls’ and boys’ track.

Technology:

  • All MHCS students in kindergarten through eighth grade receive hands-on computer learning instruction from the technology teacher on a wireless laptop computer. Emphasis for sixth grade is on more independent work using the various programs. Technology is integrated across sixth grade curriculum, particularly in history for a country report project and in language arts for an author’s report project.
  • Programs taught: Word, Excel, Power Point, Paint, Mavis Beacon (typing), Internet Explorer

Music:

  • Emphasis is on understanding the basics of music appreciation and music theory through games and activities that reinforce the learning from earlier grade levels. Emphasis is on hand chime performance which involves note reading and rhythm mastery. Students also work on good singing and performance skills.
  • Special Activities: Perform at Christmas Chapel and various other venues during the school year. Auditioned groups are available with the Singing Saints and two musical productions.

Spanish:

  • Emphasis on teaching students how to communicate in Spanish, including how to read and speak the alphabet and vowels, colors, numbers, days of the week, months of the year, words related to the family, Bible verses and prayers, as well as basic commands and phrases. Students are taught songs in Spanish that reinforce their learning.

Art:

  • A hands-on program that introduces students to the great artists and their work. Students engage in creative expression by painting their own masterpieces using the techniques of the masters.

Library:

  • Emphasis on teaching students how to use the library as a resource to find age-appropriate books that match their interests for pleasure reading, as well as helping students develop research skills for integrated, cross-curricular projects.