Kindergarten, 1st & 2nd Grades
The GGCA K-2 curriculum features the A Beka Bible program, the Superkids reading program and the Saxon mathematics program as its core components. A Beka materials are also used for Science and Social Studies. The students enjoy music and art classes and twice-weekly physical education classes in our well-equipped gymnasium. Students also enjoy regularly scheduled field trips, which include visits to farms and firehouses, theaters and museums, and the Baltimore aquarium.
With so many new skills to learn, our kindergarten is a full-day program designed to prepare the young student for a lifetime of learning. Students learn to sit for longer periods than they may be used to, practicing self-control and building listening skills. The Superkids Reading Program (www.rowlandreading.org) is a comprehensive phonics based reading and language program with a cast of characters that children love. A fundamental principle in the Superkids program is that students hear it, see it, say it, and write it. Students learn to decode words smoothly and quickly, leading to automaticity and fluency. The Saxon math curriculum features hands-on activities and rich mathematical conversations that actively engage students in the learning process.
In first grade, students learn reading strategies to help aid comprehension, and learn letter-sound associations, word parts, and context to identify new words. They are not only reading simple stories, but also beginning to write them. Reading well is the key to success in all subject areas, and we are committed to providing the very best reading instruction possible. The Superkids made their first appearance in kindergarten 2010 are now part of the first and second grade reading programs. Math skills are developing in earnest, with the Saxon Math Program guiding these young students from the concrete to the pictorial to the abstract. Parents are asked to provide daily practice at home regularly.
In the second grade, students become skillful and confident readers and writers. In mathematics, they are developing deeper conceptual understanding, computational fluency, and problem-solving skills and strategies. Our grade 2 students typically score very high in mathematics on the Stanford 10 standardized test: Last year our students scored in the top 10% of the nation’s second graders.
A Beka's Bible Program (www.abeka.com) presents the Bible in the narrative style in which it is written. The stories of the Old and New Testaments in the lower grades lead up to a presentation of the profound truths of the Gospels, the Epistles, and the other portions of Scripture for older students. The lessons flow from the Word of God, through the heart of the teacher, to the heart of the student. This curriculum features beautiful full colored "Flash-A-Cards" which illustrate the narrative and help make the Bible come alive for our young disciples.