The elementary years are a time of exciting growth and new opportunities. At LCA, we want our students to enjoy and take responsibility for learning at a young age. Children are challenged to think critically, explore difficult concepts, and ask questions as they progress through the curriculum. Biblical education is foundational at the elementary level as they build a biblical worldview and foundational understanding of Christ-like behavior. They will continue to grow as young men and women of God throughout their years at LCA. Students will take these skills and knowledge far beyond elementary school.
Students thrive in our classrooms because there is a focus on individualized attention by our dedicated and compassionate teachers. The curriculum builds upon itself every year as it challenges students to grow emotionally, cognitively, and spiritually. Our students excel on standardized tests by not only having the knowledge to do so but also having well-developed critical thinking skills. This curriculum is enriched through music, theatre, visual arts, and athletics. Students have the opportunity to express their own creativity while admiring the work of our Creator and developing Christ-like attitudes.
Children in LCA’s lower elementary build a foundation of literacy, mathematical, and biblical understanding that will propel them into their upper elementary journey. Your child will be challenged to think critically, explore difficult concepts and ask questions as they progress through the curriculum. Our lower elementary students are located on our Buffalo Street campus.
ArtArt is taught from a distinctly Christian viewpoint in that, in each lesson, God is given credit for being the ultimate creator, the epitome of creative genius, and the model for all our efforts to express our own creative energies. God is the supreme artist and was pleased with His creative work at the time of creation. He has made a world filled with many various shapes, objects, textures, and movements, showing His wonderful creativity. Rich and abundant colors of every shade and hue permeate this created world. In art, the great beauty of the creation is explored and appreciated. God has given individuals the ability of expression that can be used to reflect His beauty and bring Glory to His name.
MusicHere at LCA, we offer music, choir, band, chimes, and a musical. Our overall goal is to instill in students a well-rounded appreciation of music as a gift from God and an avenue of praise to Him. Our curriculum goals are based on the National Standards for Music Education. These goals are put into practice through singing, moving, chanting, playing instruments, reading music, and listening on a weekly basis. Music curriculum is adjusted to the appropriate grade level for each class. Beginning in preschool, students learn to explore the sounds and experiences of music. Each year the curriculum builds on this knowledge and experience. In third grade, students begin learning to play the recorder. Fourth-grade students learn all about instruments, bands, and orchestras in preparation for the option to start a band instrument. Guitars are introduced in fifth grade, and sixth grade finishes the year with the annual musical. “The aim and final end of all music should be none other than the glory of God and the refreshment of the soul.” ~ Johann Sebastian Bach
TheatreTheater Arts Education is offered to grades K-3 for the purpose of developing musical, dramatic, and movement skills both in solo and ensemble work, and in large and small theater productions. Theater Arts is offered in several formats. Christmas and spring programs in the form of all school revues of small theater productions are open to grades Pre-k – 3rd at the discretion of the music teacher. All theater arts productions are designed to offer opportunities to teach vocal music, both solo and ensemble of the stage, drama and choreography. They also offer opportunities for teaching technical theater skills in stage management, such as set, props and scene changes. All students are encouraged to use their talents for the glory of God.
Physical EducationAt the primary level, the focus of physical education is the development of physical fitness, motor skills, manipulative skills, and team sports skills. A strong emphasis is made to teach the children the rules and strategies of games as well as to demonstrate a Christ-like attitude toward self and others. When students reach the upper elementary level, the focus of physical education is the development of physical fitness, individual and team sports skills, manipulative skills, and lifetime leisure activities. The students learn good sportsmanship and develop team-building skills that benefit them across all subjects of school.