First Presbyterian Day School

Curriculum

Jump to a grade: K3 | K4 | K5 | 1st | 2nd | 3rd | 4th | 5th | 6th



K3 Preschool
K3 students will focus on developmentally appropriate pre-reading skills, concentrating on a letter sound each week. Bible stories, characters and concepts will be taught daily. Science and social studies topics will be woven throughout. Special subjects such as music will be included during weekly class time.


K4 Preschool
K4 curriculum will include SuperKids Happily Ever After and developmentally appropriate math. Science and social studies topics will be woven throughout. Special subjects such as music will be included during weekly class time.


K5 Kindergarten
Kindergarten at FPDS is the important beginning of education, forming the child’s attitude toward school. Foundations are laid for learning to read, getting along with others, listening and obeying, and, most importantly, knowing what it means to know and love God. Our talented and loving teachers share and model their faith through daily Bible story time and by using “teachable moments” throughout the day.

  • Handwriting: D’Nealian Handwriting is a flexible and efficient program that focuses on legibility and provides an easy transition to cursive.
  • Mathematics: Saxon Math builds a firm mathematical foundation and develops and reviews concepts through hands-on activities and discussion.
  • Reading/ Language Arts: Superkids integrates all of the language arts. This curriculum develops reading skills in concert with other language skills so that children understand the relationship between written and spoken language. Children are taught to encode what they decode from the very beginning, so they can read what they write and write what they read. FPDS integrates the Orton-Gillingham method and Superkids to provide our students with a comprehensive language arts program.


First Grade

  • Bible: Bible instruction is taught using the Walking With God and His People curriculum published by Christian Schools International. Teachers also share daily devotionals and prayer time with students. Scripture memory and personal application of biblical truths are part of daily instruction. Please visit our Bible page for more details.
  • Handwriting: First graders are taught using the D’Nealian Handwriting program.
  • Mathematics: First grade uses the Saxon Math curriculum to build a firm mathematical foundation. Saxon uses hands-on activities and “mathematical conversations” to develop concepts. These concepts are developed, reviewed, and practiced to build mathematical fluency.
  • Reading/Language Arts: Superkids integrates all of the language arts. This curriculum develops reading skills in concert with other language skills so that children understand the relationship between written and spoken language. Children are taught to encode what they decode from the very beginning, so they can read what they write and write what they read. FPDS integrates the Orton-Gillingham method and Superkids to provide our students with a comprehensive language arts program.
  • Social Studies: Social Studies is an enrichment subject taught throughout the year using the Bob Jones-Heritage Studies curriculum. Topics of study include: explorers, famous Americans, indians, pilgrims, and plymouth settlement.


Second Grade

  • Bible: Bible instruction is taught using the Walking With God and His People curriculum published by Christian Schools International. Teachers also share daily devotionals and prayer time with students. Scripture memory and personal application of biblical truths are part of daily instruction. For more information, please visit our Bible page.
  • Handwriting: Second graders are taught using the D’Nealian Handwriting program.
  • Mathematics: Second grade uses the Saxon Math curriculum to build a firm mathematical foundation. Saxon uses hands-on activities and “mathematical conversations” to develop concepts. These concepts are developed, reviewed, and practiced to build mathematical fluency.
  • Reading/ Language Arts: Superkids integrates all of the language arts. This curriculum develops reading skills in concert with other language skills so that children understand the relationship between written and spoken language. Children are taught to encode what they decode from the very beginning, so they can read what they write and write what they read. FPDS integrates the Orton-Gillingham method and Superkids to provide our students with a comprehensive language arts program.
  • Science: Science is a one-semester enrichment subject taught during weekly visits to our state-of-the-art Science Lab. Units of instruction include hands-on experiments and studies in the areas of: butterflies, creation, health, matter, nutrition, the senses, and weather.
  • Social Studies: Social Studies is an enrichment subject taught throughout the year. Topics of study include: the beginning of the 13 colonies, the beginning of our country, importance of maps, and life in Colonial America. The Heritage Studies curriculum published by Bob Jones University is used.


Third Grade

  • Bible: Bible instruction is taught using the Walking With God and His People curriculum published by Christian Schools International. Teachers also share daily devotionals and prayer time with students. Scripture memory and personal application of biblical truths are part of daily instruction.
  • Handwriting: Third graders are taught using the D’Nealian Handwriting program.
  • Language/Grammar: The A BEKA Language program is used in third grade to teach important grammatical skills.
  • Mathematics: Third grade uses the Saxon Math curriculum to build a firm mathematical foundation. Saxon uses hands-on activities and “mathematical conversations” to develop concepts. These concepts are developed, reviewed, and practiced to build mathematical fluency. Third grade also uses the Accelerated Math program for additional math practice and enrichment.
  • Reading: Daily reading instruction using quality children’s literature is given using the multi-sensory Foundations and Frameworks reading program, curriculum based on sound educational research. Knowing that just as children learn to walk and talk at different times, they learn to read at different times, this program is structured to be developmental in its approach. In the upper grades, we move on to true reading comprehension instruction so that our students will be able to read and understand what they read. Children are placed in groups according to the books they are reading and given daily opportunities to write about and discuss their reading to help develop their comprehension, critical thinking, collaboration, and communication skills.
  • Science: Science is a one-semester enrichment subject taught during weekly visits to our state-of-the-art Science Lab. Units of instruction include hands-on experiments and studies in the areas of: electricity, muscular system, nervous system, personal interactive science, plants, skeletal system, solar system, and stars.
  • Social Studies: Social Studies is taught one semester. Topics of study include: the American Revolution, Civil War, the Constitution, maps, geographical features, and Westward Expansion.


Fourth Grade

  • Bible: Bible instruction is taught using the Walking With God and His People curriculum published by Christian Schools International. Teachers also share daily devotionals and prayer time with students. Scripture memory and personal application of biblical truths are part of daily instruction.
  • Handwriting: Fourth graders are taught using the D’Nealian Handwriting program.
  • Language/Grammar: The A BEKA Language program is used in fourth grade to teach important grammatical skills.
  • Mathematics: Fourth grade uses the Saxon Math curriculum to build a firm mathematical foundation. Saxon uses hands-on activities and “mathematical conversations” to develop concepts. These concepts are developed, reviewed, and practiced to build mathematical fluency. Fourth grade also uses the Accelerated Math program for additional math practice and enrichment.
  • Reading: Daily reading instruction using quality children’s literature is given using the multi-sensory Foundations and Frameworks reading program, curriculum based on sound educational research. Knowing that just as children learn to walk and talk at different times, they learn to read at different times, this program is structured to be developmental in its approach. In the upper grades, we move on to true reading comprehension instruction so that our students will be able to read and understand what they read. Children are placed in groups according to the books they are reading and given daily opportunities to write about and discuss their reading to help develop their comprehension, critical thinking, collaboration, and communication skills.
  • Science: Science is a one-semester enrichment subject taught during weekly visits to our state-of-the-art Science Lab. Units of instruction include hands-on experiments and studies in the areas of: acids and bases, body systems, energy, hydrosphere, life design, light and sound, order of life, and person interactive science.
  • Social Studies: Social Studies is taught one semester. Topics of study include: continents, fifty states, immigration, market economics, and workings of American democracy (branches of government and constitution), United States history including reconstruction, westward expansion, and World War II.


Fifth Grade

  • Bible: Bible instruction is taught using the Walking With God and His People curriculum published by Christian Schools International. Teachers also share daily devotionals and prayer time with students. Scripture memory and personal application of biblical truths are part of daily instruction.
  • Handwriting: Fifth graders are taught using the D’Nealian Handwriting program.
  • Language/Grammar: The A BEKA Language program is used in fifth grade to teach important grammatical skills.
  • Mathematics: Fifth grade uses the Saxon Math curriculum to build a firm mathematical foundation. Saxon uses hands-on activities and “mathematical conversations” to develop concepts. These concepts are developed, reviewed, and practiced to build mathematical fluency. Fifth grade also uses the Accelerated Math program for additional math practice and enrichment.
  • Reading: Daily reading instruction using quality children’s literature is given using the multi-sensory Foundations and Frameworks reading program, curriculum based on sound educational research. Knowing that just as children learn to walk and talk at different times, they learn to read at different times, this program is structured to be developmental in its approach. In the upper grades, we move on to true reading comprehension instruction so that our students will be able to read and understand what they read. Children are placed in groups according to the books they are reading and given daily opportunities to write about and discuss their reading to help develop their comprehension, critical thinking, collaboration, and communication skills.
  • Science: Science is a one-semester enrichment subject taught during weekly visits to our state-of-the-art Science Lab. Units of instruction include hands-on experiments and studies in the areas of: natural cycles, life cycles, Earth, natural resources, weather/climate, sun, moon, force and work, changing matter, and personal interactive science.
  • Social Studies: Social Studies is taught one semester. Topics of study include: the economy, geography review, inventors and inventions, and World Wars I and II.


Sixth Grade
Our sixth graders begin the day in homeroom with devotion and prayer. Students stay with their homeroom classmates as a group but change classrooms and teachers throughout the day.

  • Bible: Bible instruction is taught the last two terms. Sixth graders study the life of Christ in the Gospel of John, and the Charater Quest series by Lifeway is used to emphasize godly character traits that we want to develop in our graduating class. Teachers also share daily devotionals and prayer time with students. Scripture memory and personal application of biblical truths are part of daily instruction.
  • Handwriting: Sixth graders are taught using the D’Nealian Handwriting program.
  • Language/Grammar: The A BEKA Language program is used in sixth grade to teach important grammatical skills.
  • Mathematics: Sixth grade uses the Saxon Math curriculum to build a firm mathematical foundation. Saxon uses hands-on activities and “mathematical conversations” to develop concepts. These concepts are developed, reviewed, and practiced to build mathematical fluency. Sixth grade also uses the Accelerated Math program for additional math practice and enrichment.
  • Reading: Daily reading instruction using quality children’s literature is given using the multi-sensory Foundations and Frameworks reading program, curriculum based on sound educational research. Knowing that just as children learn to walk and talk at different times, they learn to read at different times, this program is structured to be developmental in its approach. In the upper grades, we move on to true reading comprehension instruction so that our students will be able to read and understand what they read. Children are placed in groups according to the books they are reading and given daily opportunities to write about and discuss their reading to help develop their comprehension, critical thinking, collaboration, and communication skills.
  • Science: Science is taught all year in our sixth grade classroom/lab. Units of instruction include: botany, cell structure and function, chemistry, drug awareness, landforms, machines and variables, magnets and motion, measurements, micro-worlds, mixtures, solutions, and personal interactive science.
  • Social Studies: Social Studies is taught the first two terms. Topics of study emphasized to prepare students for high school history are: the origin of man, evolution vs. creationism, geography, archaeology, current events, and early civilizations.

K5 Kindergarten
Kindergarten at FPDS is the important beginning of education, forming the child’s attitude toward school. Foundations are laid for learning to read, getting along with others, listening and obeying, and, most importantly, knowing what it means to know and love God. Our talented and loving teachers share and model their faith through daily Bible story time and by using “teachable moments” throughout the day.

  • Handwriting: D’Nealian Handwriting is a flexible and efficient program that focuses on legibility and provides an easy transition to cursive.
  • Mathematics: Saxon Math builds a firm mathematical foundation and develops and reviews concepts through hands-on activities and discussion.
  • Reading/ Language Arts: Superkids integrates all of the language arts. This curriculum develops reading skills in concert with other language skills so that children understand the relationship between written and spoken language. Children are taught to encode what they decode from the very beginning, so they can read what they write and write what they read. FPDS integrates the Orton-Gillingham method and Superkids to provide our students with a comprehensive language arts program.

First Grade

  • Bible: Bible instruction is taught using the Walking With God and His People curriculum published by Christian Schools International. Teachers also share daily devotionals and prayer time with students. Scripture memory and personal application of biblical truths are part of daily instruction. Please visit our Bible page for more details.
  • Handwriting: First graders are taught using the D’Nealian Handwriting program.
  • Mathematics: First grade uses the Saxon Math curriculum to build a firm mathematical foundation. Saxon uses hands-on activities and “mathematical conversations” to develop concepts. These concepts are developed, reviewed, and practiced to build mathematical fluency.
  • Reading/Language Arts: Superkids integrates all of the language arts. This curriculum develops reading skills in concert with other language skills so that children understand the relationship between written and spoken language. Children are taught to encode what they decode from the very beginning, so they can read what they write and write what they read. FPDS integrates the Orton-Gillingham method and Superkids to provide our students with a comprehensive language arts program.
  • Social Studies: Social Studies is an enrichment subject taught throughout the year using the Bob Jones-Heritage Studies curriculum. Topics of study include: explorers, famous Americans, indians, pilgrims, and plymouth settlement.

Second Grade

  • Bible: Bible instruction is taught using the Walking With God and His People curriculum published by Christian Schools International. Teachers also share daily devotionals and prayer time with students. Scripture memory and personal application of biblical truths are part of daily instruction. For more information, please visit our Bible page.
  • Handwriting: Second graders are taught using the D’Nealian Handwriting program.
  • Mathematics: Second grade uses the Saxon Math curriculum to build a firm mathematical foundation. Saxon uses hands-on activities and “mathematical conversations” to develop concepts. These concepts are developed, reviewed, and practiced to build mathematical fluency.
  • Reading/ Language Arts: Superkids integrates all of the language arts. This curriculum develops reading skills in concert with other language skills so that children understand the relationship between written and spoken language. Children are taught to encode what they decode from the very beginning, so they can read what they write and write what they read. FPDS integrates the Orton-Gillingham method and Superkids to provide our students with a comprehensive language arts program.
  • Science: Science is a one-semester enrichment subject taught during weekly visits to our state-of-the-art Science Lab. Units of instruction include hands-on experiments and studies in the areas of: butterflies, creation, health, matter, nutrition, the senses, and weather.
  • Social Studies: Social Studies is an enrichment subject taught throughout the year. Topics of study include: the beginning of the 13 colonies, the beginning of our country, importance of maps, and life in Colonial America. The Heritage Studies curriculum published by Bob Jones University is used.

Third Grade

  • Bible: Bible instruction is taught using the Walking With God and His People curriculum published by Christian Schools International. Teachers also share daily devotionals and prayer time with students. Scripture memory and personal application of biblical truths are part of daily instruction.
  • Handwriting: Third graders are taught using the D’Nealian Handwriting program.
  • Language/Grammar: The A BEKA Language program is used in third grade to teach important grammatical skills.
  • Mathematics: Third grade uses the Saxon Math curriculum to build a firm mathematical foundation. Saxon uses hands-on activities and “mathematical conversations” to develop concepts. These concepts are developed, reviewed, and practiced to build mathematical fluency. Third grade also uses the Accelerated Math program for additional math practice and enrichment.
  • Reading: Daily reading instruction using quality children’s literature is given using the multi-sensory Foundations and Frameworks reading program, curriculum based on sound educational research. Knowing that just as children learn to walk and talk at different times, they learn to read at different times, this program is structured to be developmental in its approach. In the upper grades, we move on to true reading comprehension instruction so that our students will be able to read and understand what they read. Children are placed in groups according to the books they are reading and given daily opportunities to write about and discuss their reading to help develop their comprehension, critical thinking, collaboration, and communication skills.
  • Science: Science is a one-semester enrichment subject taught during weekly visits to our state-of-the-art Science Lab. Units of instruction include hands-on experiments and studies in the areas of: electricity, muscular system, nervous system, personal interactive science, plants, skeletal system, solar system, and stars.
  • Social Studies: Social Studies is taught one semester. Topics of study include: the American Revolution, Civil War, the Constitution, maps, geographical features, and Westward Expansion.

Fourth Grade

  • Bible: Bible instruction is taught using the Walking With God and His People curriculum published by Christian Schools International. Teachers also share daily devotionals and prayer time with students. Scripture memory and personal application of biblical truths are part of daily instruction.
  • Handwriting: Fourth graders are taught using the D’Nealian Handwriting program.
  • Language/Grammar: The A BEKA Language program is used in fourth grade to teach important grammatical skills.
  • Mathematics: Fourth grade uses the Saxon Math curriculum to build a firm mathematical foundation. Saxon uses hands-on activities and “mathematical conversations” to develop concepts. These concepts are developed, reviewed, and practiced to build mathematical fluency. Fourth grade also uses the Accelerated Math program for additional math practice and enrichment.
  • Reading: Daily reading instruction using quality children’s literature is given using the multi-sensory Foundations and Frameworks reading program, curriculum based on sound educational research. Knowing that just as children learn to walk and talk at different times, they learn to read at different times, this program is structured to be developmental in its approach. In the upper grades, we move on to true reading comprehension instruction so that our students will be able to read and understand what they read. Children are placed in groups according to the books they are reading and given daily opportunities to write about and discuss their reading to help develop their comprehension, critical thinking, collaboration, and communication skills.
  • Science: Science is a one-semester enrichment subject taught during weekly visits to our state-of-the-art Science Lab. Units of instruction include hands-on experiments and studies in the areas of: acids and bases, body systems, energy, hydrosphere, life design, light and sound, order of life, and person interactive science.
  • Social Studies: Social Studies is taught one semester. Topics of study include: continents, fifty states, immigration, market economics, and workings of American democracy (branches of government and constitution), United States history including reconstruction, westward expansion, and World War II.

Fifth Grade

  • Bible: Bible instruction is taught using the Walking With God and His People curriculum published by Christian Schools International. Teachers also share daily devotionals and prayer time with students. Scripture memory and personal application of biblical truths are part of daily instruction.
  • Handwriting: Fifth graders are taught using the D’Nealian Handwriting program.
  • Language/Grammar: The A BEKA Language program is used in fifth grade to teach important grammatical skills.
  • Mathematics: Fifth grade uses the Saxon Math curriculum to build a firm mathematical foundation. Saxon uses hands-on activities and “mathematical conversations” to develop concepts. These concepts are developed, reviewed, and practiced to build mathematical fluency. Fifth grade also uses the Accelerated Math program for additional math practice and enrichment.
  • Reading: Daily reading instruction using quality children’s literature is given using the multi-sensory Foundations and Frameworks reading program, curriculum based on sound educational research. Knowing that just as children learn to walk and talk at different times, they learn to read at different times, this program is structured to be developmental in its approach. In the upper grades, we move on to true reading comprehension instruction so that our students will be able to read and understand what they read. Children are placed in groups according to the books they are reading and given daily opportunities to write about and discuss their reading to help develop their comprehension, critical thinking, collaboration, and communication skills.
  • Science: Science is a one-semester enrichment subject taught during weekly visits to our state-of-the-art Science Lab. Units of instruction include hands-on experiments and studies in the areas of: natural cycles, life cycles, Earth, natural resources, weather/climate, sun, moon, force and work, changing matter, and personal interactive science.
  • Social Studies: Social Studies is taught one semester. Topics of study include: the economy, geography review, inventors and inventions, and World Wars I and II.

Sixth Grade
Our sixth graders begin the day in homeroom with devotion and prayer. Students stay with their homeroom classmates as a group but change classrooms and teachers throughout the day.

  • Bible: Bible instruction is taught the last two terms. Sixth graders study the life of Christ in the Gospel of John, and the Charater Quest series by Lifeway is used to emphasize godly character traits that we want to develop in our graduating class. Teachers also share daily devotionals and prayer time with students. Scripture memory and personal application of biblical truths are part of daily instruction.
  • Handwriting: Sixth graders are taught using the D’Nealian Handwriting program.
  • Language/Grammar: The A BEKA Language program is used in sixth grade to teach important grammatical skills.
  • Mathematics: Sixth grade uses the Saxon Math curriculum to build a firm mathematical foundation. Saxon uses hands-on activities and “mathematical conversations” to develop concepts. These concepts are developed, reviewed, and practiced to build mathematical fluency. Sixth grade also uses the Accelerated Math program for additional math practice and enrichment.
  • Reading: Daily reading instruction using quality children’s literature is given using the multi-sensory Foundations and Frameworks reading program, curriculum based on sound educational research. Knowing that just as children learn to walk and talk at different times, they learn to read at different times, this program is structured to be developmental in its approach. In the upper grades, we move on to true reading comprehension instruction so that our students will be able to read and understand what they read. Children are placed in groups according to the books they are reading and given daily opportunities to write about and discuss their reading to help develop their comprehension, critical thinking, collaboration, and communication skills.
  • Science: Science is taught all year in our sixth grade classroom/lab. Units of instruction include: botany, cell structure and function, chemistry, drug awareness, landforms, machines and variables, magnets and motion, measurements, micro-worlds, mixtures, solutions, and personal interactive science.
  • Social Studies: Social Studies is taught the first two terms. Topics of study emphasized to prepare students for high school history are: the origin of man, evolution vs. creationism, geography, archaeology, current events, and early civilizations.