The Lower School at North Cobb Christian lays a strong foundation by challenging and inspiring students within a supportive, spiritual, and nurturing environment. Teachers are dedicated to guiding students in discovery of what it means to be responsible and self-motivated learners who participate, contribute and engage in their education. We believe that learning experiences should foster critical thinking, effective communication skills, and an understanding of what it means to impact our community for Christ. Lower School Students have many opportunities to explore and expand their God given gifts and talents on a daily basis. It is a privilege to partner with you to encourage growth of character and leadership skills within our young students.
Language Arts Summaries K3 – 4th grade
Our language arts program focuses on the skills students need to be strong readers and writers. This includes developing the relationships between oral and written communication (listening, speaking, reading, and writing). Our comprehensive language arts program includes: spelling, vocabulary, phonics, reading, grammar and writing. As the students reading and writing skills develop, they progress from learning to read to reading to learn. Our lower school produces students who are independent, confident readers and authors.
Reading K5-4th Grade - Foundations & Frameworks
The Reading curriculum is designed to teach critical thinking skills as well as
reading comprehension. The Foundations & Frameworks Instructional Reading Program is research-based and research supported. Thinking skills are intentionally taught and modeled by the teacher. High quality literature is used for skill instruction and includes fiction, nonfiction, and biography. Small group instruction is a daily practice in which students use visual tools to organize and represent patterns of thinking. The vocabulary component emphasizes complete word understanding. “Intellectual Art” allows students to explore a book as “a whole” and in depth. Through Foundations & Frameworks, students learn to evaluate an author's intended message and weigh it against the Truth, establishing a thorough and Biblical approach to reading.
Phonics K3 - 2nd grade
Research indicates that purposeful phonics instruction leads to better readers. We begin by developing phonemic awareness that provides a foundation for comprehensive phonics instruction. This is modeled and taught intentionally while providing sufficient practice and review. In addition, phonemic awareness is paired with solid phonics instruction, enabling students to blend and decode by applying phonics principles. Finally, we focus on fluency that enables students to automatically decode, provide immediate word recognition and word meaning association.
Writing K5 - 4th Grade - Writer’s Stylus
“While traditional writing training often advocates a multi-step “writing process,” it frequently lacks specific strategies to help students produce creative, compelling, and convincing writing. Focused attention on revision drives instruction within the Writer’s Stylus program.” Each major unit includes grammar mechanics, revision skill instruction & practice, genre exposure & writing, and editing skills.
Math - Sadlier Oxford
The Lower School math program develops mathematical thinkers who can compute, solve problems, and think flexibly. Skills build each year in the math program’s six strands: number sense, operations and computations, measurement and geometry, patterns and relationships, mathematical reasoning, and data analysis. Math concepts are taught through direct instruction, guided practice with manipulative materials, and texts and technology. Collaboration with peers strengthens the learning experience and provides opportunities to develop problem solving skills.
Bible - ESV Bible, Positive Action for Christ, Abeka Bible Cards
Our Bible curriculum emphasizes character development by focusing on life-changing knowledge and understanding. By studying the ordinary people that God used in the Bible, students learn that God has an extraordinary plan for their lives. The curriculum also surveys all major sections of Scripture and encourages the use of thinking skills to develop comprehension, discernment, application, analysis, and evaluation. Students learn that they can find the wisdom for everyday life in the Word of God, in part by memorizing God’s Word and learning to apply it to their daily lives.
Science - Purposeful Design
Science in lower school is designed to stimulate age-appropriate scientific inquiry while gaining a deeper appreciation of God’s World. Through a Biblical worldview, students are introduced to a variety of topics in the life, physical, and earth sciences. Each year develops skills of questioning, observing, hypothesizing and experimenting. With this engaging, hands-on, instructional program, students learn to acquire new information by working collaboratively with peers, gaining proficiency in research and learning to think critically to solve problems and evaluate results.
In the Lower School Social Studies Program, we equip students to understand how God accomplishes His will in people’s lives through the social studies strands of history, geography, government, economics, and diversity. Learning from the failures and successes of the past, we further prepare our students to impact their culture.
Lower School Chapel
One of the greatest privileges of being a student at NCCS is the opportunity to gather as a school for Chapel each week. Lower school students meet in the gym on Tuesday mornings for a time of worship, teaching, skits, videos, and other elements designed to help our students grow in Christ. Speakers include our Head of School, Principals, Student Life Directors, staff, students, and other guests. Parents and guests are always invited to join us for chapel.
Lower School Chapel is on each Tuesday morning. 1st through 4th grade chapel is in the gym from 8:10am-8:40am and K3-K5 chapel is in the LS cafeteria from 8:50am-9:25am. At times we will have combined chapels (K3-4) at 8:30am in the gym.
Lower School Community Service
At NCCS, service is one of our Core Values. Mark 10:45 says, "For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve and to give His life as a ransom for many." Our desire is to reach students with the good news of Jesus Christ and to help them become devoted followers of Christ. The best way to be the hands and feet of Christ is to serve others in His name. We provide our lower school students with opportunities to participate in projects and events geared to share the love of Christ.