Our elementary school program promotes high academic 
achievement and a positive learning environment.  We 
encourage character traits of honesty, respect, 
kindness, and patience.
  

Children have a natural love for learning and minds like sponges.

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Elementary Course Offerings for 2017-2018
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Elementary
Math- Singapore 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, Saxon 6/5 
Science - Biology
Language Arts
History & Art

 
       

Reading assessment will be given to determine class level for each student

Children have a natural love for learning and minds like sponges. At NGA, we encourage home school parents to narrow the academic focus to reading, writing, and arithmetic for elementary school students. Often this is successfully accomplished by using techniques that incorporate music and interactive games and technology. Our two days per week program helps children develop the readiness and early literacy skills they need with age-appropriate activities.

Our first-grade students use the Sing, Spell, Read & Write curriculum because of its high interest use of phonics songs, interactive charts, and games to teach the alphabetic principle, phonemic awareness, sound/letter correspondences, short vowel sounds, and blending in a fun and meaningful way. The curriculum can be appropriate for students ages 5-8 years old.  By the end, students will be reading fully decodable storybooks and have mastered fundamental concepts in phonics, reading, writing, grammar, spelling, and vocabulary.

Our second through fifth graders learn vocabulary, reading fluency, and comprehension using McGuffey Original Eclectic Readers by Mott Publishing and a pre-selected reading list of novels and original works of literature. Grammar concepts are introduced using the Christian Light Grammar curriculum packets. Students practice grammar skills by incorporating techniques in their writing. Students build a grammar and writing binder of practiced and mastered concepts. Besides the McGuffey Readers and grammar packets, students also use a writing curriculum to ensure the mechanics of writing are followed from a systematic progression. The second graders use Write Away, the third graders use Write on Track, and the fourth and fifth graders use Writer’s Express. These titles are housed under the same publisher to ensure continuity for both the student and the teacher.



Math assessment will be given to determine class level for each student

Mathematics is the third leg of our narrowed 3R (Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic) academic focus for Pre-K through elementary school students. To prepare our children for an increasingly technology-driven world, NGA math classes meet twice per week.

We teach our Pre-K through 4th grade students the methodologies of Singapore math. Singapore mathematics refers to the teaching methods or the actual curriculum used for kindergarten through sixth grade in the small island country of Singapore.  This curriculum has become increasingly popular due Singapore students consistently  ranking at the top  on international assessments of student math achievement. Our curriculum, Math in Focus, is an authentic Singapore Math® curriculum—with problem solving as the center of math learning and concepts taught with a concrete–pictorial–abstract learning progression through real-world, hands-on experiences. Mastering fewer concepts on a deeper level is stressed rather than memorizing multiple concepts for test-taking purposes.

We teach our fifth grade through high school students the methodologies of the “Flipped classroom” model using the Saxon mathematics curriculum. In a “flipped” classroom, students view pre-lectured concepts online prior to attending class. Face-to-face classroom time is used to re-lecture difficult concepts, ask meaningful questions, model “I do, we do, you do” techniques, and to promote peer collaboration. The Saxon curriculum uses a spiraling technique to keep concepts fresh. For example, students working on lesson 78 will have homework problems from lesson 78 and will also have additional problems from any of the previously covered lessons 1-77.

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Although homeschool parents of Pre-K through elementary school students are encouraged to narrow their academic focus to reading, writing, and arithmetic (known as the 3R’s), NGA still offers science, history, Bible, and enrichment classes to this age group. These classes meet once per week. The goal is to provide a practical and interactive venue to enhance their 3R skills. All NGA students, including our elementary school students, have an opportunity to participate in both physical sciences and biological sciences. Each year an age-appropriate version of our high school science is included throughout our science course offerings for each grade level. For example, during the 2015-2016 school year, our elementary school students were introduced to higher-level Chemistry concepts such as the periodic table, elements, molecules, and they learned challenging concepts taught in Physics. They participated in hands-on projects and labs involving the scientific method. Each year a different science discipline is introduced on a revolving schedule. This schedule includes, but is not limited to, Environmental Science, Physical Science, Biology, Anatomy, and Chemistry. This year our elementary science students will be introduced to Environmental Science through exploring nature. Our curriculum is The Nature Connection: An Outdoor Workbook for Kids, Families, and Classrooms. “Ever since Richard Louv diagnosed nature-deficit disorder in his classic book Last Child in the Woods, parents and teachers have been looking for more ways to connect children with the outdoors.” During the 2016-2017 school year, our NGA science team seeks to do its part in helping to accomplish this goal through exploration, interactive projects, and hands-on activities.



Similar to our science program, our history program is determined by our revolving high school history course offerings. A revolving history cycle takes 4 years to complete. It begins with Creation and covers key periods in ancient world history through the present day events in America. This year our focus will be American history and the upcoming election. At NGA, we believe history is best understood as an evolving chronological story of man’s interactions with God and his fellow human beings. The character lessons of history are emphasized and the consequences and/or impact of our choices are explored.  Age appropriate concepts and projects are introduced to our elementary students. Our history class meets once per week. This year’s history curriculum-TBD.



According to the NGA philosophy, the two most important things a homeschooling parent should emphasize in early education is character and the 3 R’s (Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic). If the hurried homeschool parent’s schedule only leaves time for a single focus, we believe it should be character training based on biblical truths and principles. It has been said, “Good manners can open doors an ivy league education can not.” As educators, we encourage every child to reach for the highest academic experience the Lord allows. As Christians, we believe everything begins and ends with God, who has given us His infallible Word as a roadmap for life. Once per week, age-appropriate Bible lessons are taught using hands-on materials including  interactive songs, games, and children’s biblical literature. Rather than purchase curriculum, parents pay a copy fee.


As homeschooling parents, there are so many things we would love to do with our Pre-K and Kindergarten student if only there were more hours in the day. The intent of our enrichment time is to help set aside time to accomplish some of the things on that list. Field trips, circle time, presentations, nature walks, arts and crafts, remediation in the 3 R’s, and much more will be offered during our enrichment time. Young children are naturally curious and must enjoy learning that involves movement, peer collaboratives, and encourages creativity. Our enrichment time seeks to accomplish these goals through activities loosely based on Montessori concepts and methodologies.


NGA is blessed with several highly qualified Spanish teachers that are certified and/or native speakers. Foreign language is very difficult to teach without a fluent teacher. The typical American education allots 2 or 3 years for foreign language studies and rarely produces bilingual students. To encourage fluency, we offer Spanish to our students as early as first grade through twelfth grade. This year’s Spanish curriculum- TBD.

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