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Elementary

When students conclude their Elementary School journey at RSMCS, they are well-prepared for the things which await them in Junior High. Our teachers excel at implementing challenging, yet developmentally-appropriate, curriculum.

K-6: 8:15am - 2:45pm

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When students conclude their Elementary School journey at RSM Christian School, they are well-prepared for the things which await them in Junior High. Our teachers excel at implementing challenging, yet developmentally-appropriate, curriculum.

RSM 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 the California State Standards. RSM Christian School 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 and 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 RSM Christian School 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:

  • Our music program places emphasis on keeping a steady beat, rote rhyme, song learning, and recognizing the musical elements of tone, duration, and pitch. Students explore rhythm instruments and rhythm patterns while playing with one another as a musical ensemble. Students learn musical symbols which introduces them to the structure of reading music. Using the Solfege System, students are able to become familiar with sight-singing, harmony, and musical intervals.

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.

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