With the Bible as the textbook and high-interest activities that make the Bible stories real for every student, the Elementary Encounter Bible curriculum nurtures each student's friendship with Jesus. A strong academic foundation based on Biblical teachings combined with "heart learning" where a student truly realizes how much he or she is loved by God creates a powerful environment that inspires service to others as a disciple of Jesus.
RAA has adopted the Lucy Calkins Units of Study writing curriculum for its elementary students because it develops narrative, opinion, and informational writing skills using the learner-friendly writer's workshop presentation format. Students at all grade levels practice drafting and then revising their writing to make it better. "When you think you're done, you've only just begun,” takes on a deeper meaning each time a powerful new writing tool is introduced and students look for ways to use it their compositions.
Teachers coach student authors toward grade-appropriate independence by helping them set goals, scheduling ample time to write, equipping them with checklists for self-evaluation, and providing opportunities for peer and instructor feedback. In addition, teachers show how published authors craft their writing and students acquire the skill of seeing the work of others with a "writer's eye." Teachers affirm the high value of student compositions with writing celebrations to conclude each unit. Students are motivated to practice spelling, handwriting, and keyboarding skills to make it easier to share their ideas and creativity with others.
RAA takes special care of its youngest readers by providing 1st and 2nd graders with the foundation-building phonics curriculum from Saxon to ensure strong growth towards fluency. Grades 1-4 use the Houghton Mifflin reading curriculum. Grades 4-6 engage in fiction and non-fiction literature studies by reading trade books such as Esperanza Rising, Number the Stars, and Mystery of the Ancient Pyramids.
Math is learned and understood through hands-on exploration, manipulation of concrete objects, and real-life experiences. Students learn how to represent their experiences with pictures and models before moving to the abstract process of using number symbols and formulas, like P=2a+2b, to communicate their mathematical understanding. RAA's Elementary classrooms use the Go Math curriculum from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt because it allows students to develop analytical skills and explore math concepts the way that research confirms children learn math best.
Science instruction is planned to engage and challenge each student while at the same time leading them to develop a love and curiosity for Science. Through inquiry, hands-on activities, and projects our students learn to explore God's creation while developing critical thinking skills. Elementary classrooms use the By Design Science curriculum which is designed to offer a rigorous curriculum that invites students to view the natural world through the lens of the Bible.
Students learn about History and the social world through classroom exploration and discussion of big themes in history. Projects, field trips, and primary sources are used to bring history to life. The Networks Social Studies program by McGraw Hill guides a balance exploration of history and society while teaching students to think like a historian.