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Grammar School Course Catalog & Planning Sheet

2021-2022 School Year

The Veritas Academy Course Catalog is our annual listing of courses available for the indicated academic year. This section of the catalog focuses on Core and Elective offerings for PreSchool-4th Grade students enrolled in the Grammar School. 

As you read through course offerings, you can also prepare for Online Course Requests by filling out a Course Planning Sheet. Even though you will not turn the sheet in, it will help you plan and discuss options as a family.

GS Course Planning Sheet 

 


Grammar School Core & Specials Wheel

 
PreSchool Core  (M/W) 8:20-1:55 pm
PreS-Core
 
During this PreSchool year children will be given the distinct opportunity to experience wonder, revel in creative play, and deepen their natural curiosity, all while providing for these young learners a comfortable structure through which they will begin preparing their minds and bodies for school. Through structured and play-based activities, children will be exposed to math, science, and language/literacy concepts. Music, singing, and movement activities are also of great importance as they add a joyful dimension to daily activities and serve as a great mnemonic device.
 
Parent Role: Co-Teacher
Course Prerequisites: None
 
 

PreK Core  (M/W) 8:20-1:55 pm
PreK-Core
 
Our PreK course introduces students to a classroom setting with the purpose of teaching each child how to become a student. Students learn how to listen and follow directions in an educational setting, work cooperatively with classmates, and work in groups. Students learn beginning letter sounds, letter recognition and formation, and handwriting skills. A variety of quality literature is used to develop within students the skills for listening and recall. Basic math skills are also introduced and include sequencing, numbers, comparing quantities and size, learning patterning, recognizing and writing numerals 1-20, understanding the calendar, counting by 1s to 31, and identifying and writing numbers. During the day students take part in an organized movement class designed to stimulate the brain and develop gross motor skills.
 
Parent Role: Co-Teacher
Course Prerequisites: None
 
 

Kindergarten Core
KIN-Core
 
Language Arts
This course introduces phonetic principles, handwriting skills, reading, grammar, and spelling. The purpose is to fully prepare the student with strong foundational skills in both decoding and encoding words as they learn to read fluently, spell, and express themselves in oral and written form using complete sentences. Individualized reading instruction begins in the fall with a combination of approaches including the use of sight words, context, and phonetic skills as students progress at their own rate. A classical literature component is designed to enhance literary awareness by presenting various types of literature throughout the year. Listening, recall, and comprehension skills are also stressed. During the day students take part in an organized movement class designed to stimulate the brain and develop gross motor skills.
 
Math
Using a multi-sensory approach, students are taught to sequence numbers, compare quantities and size, learn patterning, count forward to 100 and backward from 20, count by 2s, 5s and 10s, recognize and read numbers to 1000, identify ordinal position to tenth, recognize the names and value of coins, tell time to the half-hour, understand the operations of addition and subtraction, master addition facts, as well as numerous other skills. In the spring, emphasis is placed on mastering addition facts. Also, focus is given throughout the year to developing neural pathways to improve auditory and visual processing.
 
Parent Role: Course Monitor
Course Length: Year-long
Course Prerequisites: None
 
 

Core 1 (Grade 1)  (M/W) 8:20-2:55 pm
COR0100
 
Combining all four core subjects—language arts, math, history, and science—into one block, allows the teacher flexibility in integrating subjects and expanding the instruction of some subjects such as language arts that require a disproportionate amount of time compared to the other subjects. Descriptions of each of the subjects taught in this Core Block are below.
 
Language Arts 1
First grade Language Arts uses a multi-sensory approach to teaching phonics, spelling, handwriting, grammar, and reading in a logical sequence. Students are introduced to the phonograms—the basic building blocks of the English language—which are then applied in oral and written spelling exercises as well as in reading. Our reading instruction also utilizes the recognition of sight words and contextual skills to teach students to become fluent readers with well-developed comprehension skills. In grammar, students take part in copywork, narration, and other classical techniques to develop excellent language abilities. This course lays the foundation for writing by reinforcing proper mechanics and techniques through the narrative style.
 
Math 1
Using a multi-sensory approach, first grade students are taught addition/subtraction of 2- and 3-digit numbers; 2- and 3-dimensional shapes; measurement in metric and standard units; patterns and mental math; place value to 1000; one-step word problems; addition/subtraction of money; and graphs. Emphasis is placed on mastering addition and subtraction facts. Focus is also given to developing neural pathways to improve auditory and visual processing.
 
History 1
Students in grades 1-4 will be introduced to a sweeping view of history from Creation through modern times as they study and learn together, family-style. Each year, the curriculum will highlight specific historical times and events in order to make Biblical connections, examine culture and arts, read rich literature, and participate in living history events.
 
Science 1
Students in grades 1-4 will enjoy a hands-on, family-style approach, attempting to understand the world around them and how it works. We will begin our first year of a four-year science rotation by studying the seven days of Creation through a scientific lens, incorporating many disciplines in the field of science. Families will read, discover, experiment, and learn together how God created our wonderful world.
 
Parent Role: Co-Teacher
Course Prerequisites: Successful completion of Kinder Core or approval from Head of Grammar School  
 
 

Core 2 (Grade 2)  (M/W) 8:20-2:55 pm
COR0200
 
Combining all four core subjects—language arts, math, history, and science—into one block, allows the teacher flexibility in integrating subjects and expanding the instruction of some subjects such as language arts that require a disproportionate amount of time compared to the other subjects. Descriptions of each of the subjects taught in this Core Block are below.
 
Language Arts 2
Second grade Language Arts builds upon the solid skills of reading and writing that were developed in first grade. Reading fluency and comprehension are expanded through daily practice using a variety of approaches including contextual and phonetic. Students take part in copy work, dictation, narration, and other classical techniques to develop excellent language abilities. Using passages and sentences from classic children’s literature, students practice writing skills while absorbing the style and grace of great authors. They begin to express themselves in writing and to develop fluency in various forms including descriptive, narrative, and expository.
 
Math 2
In this course students learn to compare numbers to 1000; understand hundreds, tens, and ones; add/subtract 3-digit numbers; measure lengths/weight in standard and metric units; multiply/divide; solve mental addition and subtraction; count money; recognize fractions; tell time; recognize time intervals; recognize 3- dimensional shapes; and solve one-step word problems.
 
History 2
Students in grades 1-4 will be introduced to a sweeping view of history from Creation through modern times as they study and learn together, family-style. Each year, the curriculum will highlight specific historical times and events in order to make Biblical connections, examine culture and arts, read rich literature, and participate in living history events.
 
Science 2
Students in grades 1-4 will enjoy a hands-on, family-style approach, attempting to understand the world around them and how it works. We will begin our first year of a four-year science rotation by studying the seven days of Creation through a scientific lens, incorporating many disciplines in the field of science. Families will read, discover, experiment, and learn together how God created our wonderful world.
 
Parent Role: Co-Teacher
Course Prerequisites: Successful completion of Core 1 or approval from Head of Grammar School
 
 

Core 3 (Grade 3)   (M/W) 8:20-2:55 pm
COR0300
 
Combining all four core subjects—language arts, math, history, and science—into one block, allows the teacher flexibility in integrating subjects and expanding the instruction of some subjects such as language arts that require a disproportionate amount of time compared to the other subjects. Descriptions of each of the subjects taught in this Core Block are below.
 
Language Arts 3
This comprehensive course includes spelling, grammar, writing, and reading. The solid grammar and writing skills introduced in first and second grade are further developed with the addition of sentence diagramming and further development of narrative summaries. Using passages and sentences from classic children’s literature, students practice writing skills while absorbing the style and grace of great authors. In reading, students begin utilizing the fluency and comprehension strategies taught in earlier grades to interpret and respond to literature read as a class and independently.
 
Math 3
This course covers number patterns; numbers to 10,000; place value — thousands, hundreds, tens, and ones; addition/subtraction of 4-digit numbers; multiplication and division facts; multiplication/division of 3-digit numbers by 1 digit numbers; two-step word problems; mental calculation in addition/subtraction of 2-digit numbers and multiplication/division of 10 and 1000 by 1-digit; bar graphs; fractions — equivalent, mixed numbers, and improper fractions; geometry — angles, right angles, area and perimeter; decimal notation; and beginning algebraic concepts.
 
History 3
Students in grades 1-4 will be introduced to a sweeping view of history from Creation through modern times as they study and learn together, family-style. Each year, the curriculum will highlight specific historical times and events in order to make Biblical connections, examine culture and arts, read rich literature, and participate in living history events.
 
Science 3
Students in grades 1-4 will enjoy a hands-on, family-style approach, attempting to understand the world around them and how it works. We will begin our first year of a four-year science rotation by studying the seven days of Creation through a scientific lens, incorporating many disciplines in the field of science. Families will read, discover, experiment, and learn together how God created our wonderful world.
 
Parent Role: Co-Teacher
Course Prerequisites: Successful completion of Core 2 or approval from Head of Grammar School
 
 

Core 4 (Grade 4)   (M/W) 8:20-1:55 pm
COR0400
 
Combining all four core subjects—language arts, math, history, and science—into one block, allows the teacher flexibility in integrating subjects and expanding the instruction of some subjects such as language arts that require a disproportionate amount of time compared to the other subjects. Descriptions of each of the subjects taught in this Core Block are below.
 
Language Arts 4
This is a comprehensive course including spelling, grammar, writing, and literature. Using classical techniques of memorization, dictation, and narration, students further develop foundational language skills. Using passages and sentences from classic children’s literature, students practice writing skills while absorbing the style and grace of great authors. As in third grade, students are introduced to great works of classical literature and continue building the skills necessary to respond to the text using classroom read-aloud books.
 
Math 4
This course will cover whole numbers and place value up to 10 million; factors and multiples; estimation in addition/subtraction/multiplication/division; multiplication/division of 4-digit numbers by 1- and 2-digit numbers; addition/subtraction/multiplication of fractions; tables and graphs; geometry; area and perimeter; addition/subtraction/multiplication/division of decimals; conversion between decimals and fractions; division of money and measurement units; and beginning algebraic concepts.
 
History 4
Students in grades 1-4 will be introduced to a sweeping view of history from Creation through modern times as they study and learn together, family-style. Each year, the curriculum will highlight specific historical times and events in order to make Biblical connections, examine culture and arts, read rich literature, and participate in living history events.
 
Science 4
Students in grades 1-4 will enjoy a hands-on, family-style approach, attempting to understand the world around them and how it works. We will begin our first year of a four-year science rotation by studying the seven days of Creation through a scientific lens, incorporating many disciplines in the field of science. Families will read, discover, experiment, and learn together how God created our wonderful world.
 
Parent Role: Co-Teacher
Course Prerequisites: Successful completion of Core 3 or approval from Head of Grammar School
 
 

All students in Grades 1 through 4 will take part in a specials wheel that includes a half-semester each of Physical Education, Music, Art, and Nature Study. This wheel is scheduled during the core day and is not an optional component.

Specials Wheel: Grade 1
 
Physical Education
In PE, students learn the importance of teamwork through organized games. Students will also learn the fundamentals of fitness and movement skills.  Students should expect occasional physical contact in this class.
 
Art
This course is an introduction to art for first grade students and is intended to lay a solid foundation for subsequent art classes. Students receive instruction and practice in drawing and painting. Even at this early age, their artistic awareness is developed as they discover the basic principles of art—types of lines, basic shapes, color, texture, foreground/background, symmetry, and linear movement—through their experience with a variety of media.  This art class lines up with the first-grade study of Ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome with a focus on this period’s artistic contribution.  Special events may be held in conjunction with the student’s classroom.
 
Music
The goal of the Music course is to instill within students the joy of music. A musical foundation is laid by introducing the elements of music at a basic level: beat and harmony, rhythm and melody, expression and instruments, listening and creating, and form and cultural context. Students play musical games, read and write rhythm patterns, develop their singing voice, identify and sing songs that help us celebrate holidays/seasons, and perform songs from a variety of cultural heritages.  Students will also learn about the music created by the ancient civilizations to connect to their core classroom instruction.
 
Nature Study  
Nature is all around us. We have only to pause and look intentionally to benefit from it. In this course, students will get outside in nature, observing and learning about God's creation. Using the Charlotte Mason approach, children will "learn to know and delight in natural objects as in the familiar faces of friends," discovering more about the flora and fauna that surrounds us.
 
Parent Role: Course Monitor
Course Length: Year-Long on M/W, 1 quarter each class
Course Prerequisites: None
 
 

Specials Wheel: Grade 2

 
Physical Education
In this course, students learn the importance of teamwork through organized games. Students will also learn the fundamentals of fitness and movement skills. Students should expect occasional physical contact in this class.
 
Art
This course for second grade students continues to lay a solid foundation for subsequent art classes. Students receive instruction and practice in drawing, painting, mixed media, and collage. Artistic awareness is developed as they discover the basic principles of art—integration of lines, geometric shapes, color temperatures, texture, value, overlapping perspective, and radial balance—through their experience with a variety of media. This art class lines up with the second-grade study of Renaissance & Medieval history with a focus on this period’s artistic contribution. Special events may be held in conjunction with the student’s classroom.
 
Music
The goal of the Music course is to build on the student’s love of music by analyzing and demonstrating the structure of music as well as its history. The course builds upon a musical foundation of beat and harmony, rhythm and melody, expression and instruments, listening and creating, and form and cultural context. Students play musical games, read and write rhythm patterns, develop their singing voice, identify and sing songs that help us celebrate holidays/seasons, and perform songs from a variety of cultural heritages. They will also learn about the music created by the Medieval and Renaissance composers to connect to their core classroom instruction.
 
Nature Study   
Nature is all around us. We have only to pause and look intentionally to benefit from it. In this course, students will get outside in nature, observing and learning about God's creation. Using the Charlotte Mason approach, children will "learn to know and delight in natural objects as in the familiar faces of friends," discovering more about the flora and fauna that surrounds us.
 
Parent Role: Course Monitor
Course Length: Year-Long on M/W, 1 quarter each class
Course Prerequisites: None
 
 

Specials Wheel: Grade 3
 
Physical Education
In PE, students learn the importance of teamwork through organized games and begin to learn the fundamentals of such team sports as football, basketball, soccer, and volleyball. Students further their knowledge in fitness and movement skills. They also learn about individual conditioning and its value to good health. Students should expect physical contact in this class.
 
Art
In this Art course, third grade students learn to demonstrate competency in various styles, techniques, and media. Students receive instruction and practice in graphite and charcoal drawing, wet and dry media, mixed media, collage, and sculpture. Artistic awareness is developed as they discover the basic principles of art—fine control of lines, using shapes and forms to create movement and balance, blending and mixing color, texture contrast, value as contrast, overlapping perspective, and radial balance. In addition, students develop a working visual and cognitive vocabulary of art concepts. This art class lines up with the third grade’s study of Early American history with a focus on this period’s artistic contribution. Special events may be held in conjunction with the student’s classroom.
 
Music
In Music, third graders build upon the previous first and second grade courses by reviewing the key elements of music: beat and harmony, rhythm and melody, expression and instruments, listening and creating, form and culture. In this Third-Grade music class, students learn names and values of notes, perform/notate rhythm patterns from a repertoire, reproduce melodies alone and with a group, identify instruments of the orchestra, and perform and listen to songs from a variety of cultural heritages and historical periods. Rhythm exercises, singing and musical productions using the recorder combine to make this a fun course for students as they learn to praise and glorify God through music. Students will also learn about the music created by the early modern composers as well as patriotic songs to connect to their core classroom instruction.
 
Nature Study  
Nature is all around us. We have only to pause and look intentionally to benefit from it. In this course, students will get outside in nature, observing and learning about God's creation. Using the Charlotte Mason approach, children will "learn to know and delight in natural objects as in the familiar faces of friends," discovering more about the flora and fauna that surrounds us.
 
 

Specials Wheel: Grade 4
 
Physical Education
In PE, students learn the importance of teamwork through organized games and begin to learn the fundamentals of such team sports as football, basketball, soccer, and volleyball. Students further their knowledge in fitness and movement skills. They also learn about individual conditioning and its value to good health. Students should expect physical contact in this class.
 
Art
In Art, fourth grade students learn to demonstrate competency in various styles, techniques, and media. Students receive instruction and practice in graphite and charcoal drawing, wet and dry media, mixed media, collage, printmaking, and sculpture. Artistic awareness is developed as they discover the basic principles of art—sketches as lines, relationships between shapes and forms, value as color, one-point perspective, and asymmetrical balance. In addition, students develop a working visual and cognitive vocabulary of art concepts. This art class lines up with the fourth grade’s study of the history of the modern world with a focus on this period’s artistic contribution. Special events may be held in conjunction with the student’s classroom.
 
Music
Music for fourth grade builds upon the previous courses by reviewing the key elements of music: beat and harmony, rhythm and melody, expression and instruments, listening and creating, form and culture. Students learn names and values of notes, perform/notate rhythm patterns from a repertoire, reproduce melodies alone and with a group, identify instruments of the orchestra, and perform and listen to songs from a variety of cultural heritages and historical periods. Rhythm exercises, singing and musical productions using the recorder combine to make this a fun course for students as they learn to praise and glorify God through music. In addition to recorders, students will receive instruction on handbells. Students will also learn about the music created by the early modern composers to connect to their core classroom instruction.
 
Nature Study   
Nature is all around us. We have only to pause and look intentionally to benefit from it. In this course, students will get outside in nature, observing and learning about God's creation. Using the Charlotte Mason approach, children will "learn to know and delight in natural objects as in the familiar faces of friends," discovering more about the flora and fauna that surrounds us.
 
Parent Role: Course Monitor
Course Length: Year-Long on M/W, 1 quarter each class
Course Prerequisites: None
 
 

Grammar School Opt. Electives

 
PreSchool Extended Play Elective (M/W 2:00-2:55 pm)
PS-Elec

This optional child-centered class provides an extension to the PreSchooler's time of exploring classroom building, science, and art centers, and sensory play. This elective adds one hour to the day for preschoolers on Mon/Wed.

 
Parent Role: Co-Teacher
Course Prerequisites: None
 
 

PreK Afternoon Elective Block (M/W 2:00-2:55 pm)
PK-Elec

This is an optional year-long elective block for PreK students that includes a 50-minute block at the end of each school day - 25 minutes of physical education and 25 minutes of music. See specific descriptions below.

 
Physical Education
For 25 minutes each school day, PreK students learn the fundamentals of fitness and movement skills. Students learn to follow directions and work with peers. The focus is on coordination and cooperation through simple, fun games and activities.
 
Music
The goal of this 25-minute course is to instill within students the joy of music. A musical foundation is laid by introducing the elements of music at a considerably basic level; beat and harmony, rhythm and melody, expression and instruments, listening and creating, and form and cultural context. Students play musical games, read & write rhythm patterns, develop their singing voice, identify and sing songs that help us celebrate holidays/seasons, and perform songs from a variety of cultural heritages.
 
Parent Role: Course Monitor
Course Length: Year-long
Course Prerequisites: None
 
 

Kindergarten Afternoon Elective Block (M/W 2:00-2:55 pm)
K-ELEC
 
This is an optional elective block for kindergartners that includes two 50-minute courses that each meet once a week at the end of the school day—one afternoon of Physical Education and the other of Art.  See specific descriptions below.
 
Physical Education
For 50 minutes one afternoon a week, kindergartners will learn the fundamentals of fitness and movement skills. Students learn to follow directions and work with peers. The basic techniques of organized sports such as basketball and soccer are introduced.
 
Art
For 50 minutes one afternoon a week, kindergartners will attend an art class that will introduce the elements and principles of design such as color, texture, and shape through the appreciation and reproduction of the great masterpieces. Students will learn about artists such as Leonardo da Vinci, Claude Monet, and Vincent Van Gogh as they seek to create their own works of art.
 
Parent Role: Course Monitor
Course Length: Year-long
Course Prerequisites: None
 
 

Possible electives for Grades 1-4
*The final list will be published during Course Requests.*
All 1st-4th grade electives are M/W 3:00-3:55 pm
 
Choir 2/3/4 (Grades 2, 3 and 4)
CHR0300
 
2/3/4 Choir is an introduction to choral music. Students will begin to develop their ability to sing various styles of music in unison and in two-part harmony. Using folk, classical, sacred, contemporary, and world music, students will learn proper singing techniques and will develop their ability to sing independently and, in a group setting. Opportunities for students to gain an appreciation for music and its history, as well as skills needed for music reading. The class will also explore how music relates to our faith and will help students begin to understand and embrace its role in ministry and worship, as well as in the world around us. Students will experience at least one in-class performance opportunity.
 
Parent Role: Course Monitor
Course Length: One quarter
Course Prerequisites: None
 
 
 
Intro to Sports Skills (Grades 1 and 2)
SPORTS0100
 
In this course, students learn the importance of teamwork through organized games.  Students will also learn the fundamentals of fitness and movement skills. Students should expect occasional physical contact in this class. 
Parent Role: Course Monitor
Course Length: One quarter
Course Prerequisites: None
 
 
 
Etiquette 1/2 (Grades 1 and 2)
ETQ0100
 
This course is designed to give grammar school students an understanding of the basic principles of etiquette and how to apply them in the context of their daily lives.  Topics include: why and when we need manners; getting along well with others; using good manners at home, at school, in public places, and at special events; practicing good sportsmanship; learning correct table manners, letter and invitation writing, conversation skills, communication skills, and social skills; developing good grooming and dressing habits; communicating effectively through body language; caring for the elderly, sick, and people in need; appreciating people with disabilities; respecting and serving our neighborhood, community, and country.  These young ladies and gentlemen will enjoy learning courteous practices through literary examples, object lessons, games, role-play, crafts, tea-times, and even a few mini (on-campus) field trips.  While the overall goal of the class is to develop good etiquette habits, more emphasis will be placed on developing character qualities such as kindness, honor, and respect. Students will learn to practice these principles as an outward expression of inner virtue, rather than superficial teaching of rules and behaviors. 
 
Parent Role: Course Monitor
Course Length: One quarter
Course Prerequisites: None
 
 
 
Mission Minds 1/2 (Grades 1 and 2) 
MIS0100
 
Explore the world and how you can be an active participant in it!  In this course, students will travel around the globe learning characteristics of continents and countries.  Hands-on activities allow students to examine the people, cultures, and geography of each area from a missions perspective. Students will become familiar with using basic map skills such a compass rose and legend.  Geography terms such as hemispheres, latitude and longitude, and landforms are introduced. It will include a heavy emphasis on how we can pray for and reach these parts of the world with the Gospel.
 
Parent Role: Course Monitor
Course Length: One quarter
Course Prerequisites: None
 
 
 
Mad Scientists 1/2 (Grades 1 and 2)
MAD0100
 
Explore states of matter, chemistry, energy, magnetism, and much more in a fun, hands-on way.  Students will learn science concepts through engaging demonstrations and simple experiments and will discover how science can help us better understand the world around us. 
 
Parent Role: Course Monitor
Course Length: One quarter
Course Prerequisites: None
 
 
 
Book Cooks 1/2: Literature Based Classroom Cooking (Grades 1 and 2)
COK0100
 
Love to read?  Love to cook? In Book Cooks, students will be immersed in quality children’s literature and will participate in various readers’ response activities.  Students will then learn basic cooking skills as they follow a recipe that correlates with each book. Students will gain an appreciation for and better understanding of literary concepts in a fun and engaging way.  Cooking integrates core academic subjects such as math, science, geography, and culture, as well as builds important social skills such as cooperation and following directions. 
 
Parent Role: Course Monitor
Course Length: One quarter
Course Prerequisites: None
 
 
 
Math Pentathlon 1/2 (Grades 1 and 2)
PEN0100
 
After receiving some instruction, students will work together in cooperative groups to play math games and solve math puzzles. These games are designed to create an environment where students are required to communicate ideas to one another, listen critically, and work together to creatively problem solve. These games will promote critical and reflective thought. 
 
Parent Role: Course Monitor
Course Length: One quarter
Course Prerequisites: None
 
 
 
Nature Explorers 1/2 (Grades 1 and 2)
NAT0100
 
This course is designed to provide opportunities for students to study nature and see God's beautiful design in the world around us. Students will complete experiments and activities that study sciences such as botany, geology, biology and ecology while incorporating art, writing, and reading. Students will participate in discussions and lessons, followed up by exploring and experimenting outdoors through structured, hands-on activities. We will explore God's amazing design in the ultimate classroom.
 
Parent Role: Course Monitor
Course Length: One quarter
Course Prerequisites: None
 
 
 
Lego Lab 1/2 (Grades 1 and 2)
LEGO0100
 
This course is designed to provide students the opportunity to design and create biblically themed Lego projects. Students will gain a deeper appreciation for the overarching narrative of the Bible and how Jesus is at the center of it all. Using The Jesus Storybook Bible, students will hear a different story each week followed by a related Lego design challenge to create and build. Students will grow in resourcefulness, creativity, and learning how to work collaboratively through the occasional partner and group challenges. A Lego Lab journal will document each student's creations, and enrichment opportunities for creative writing and public speaking will be available.
 
Parent Role: Course Monitor
Course Length: One quarter
Course Prerequisites: None
 
 
 
Geography and World Cultures (Grades 1 and 2)
GEO0100
 
Explore the world! In this course students will travel around the globe learning characteristics of continents and countries. Hands-on activities, including crafts, games and cooking, allow them to examine the people, cultures, and geography of each area being studied. Students will become familiar with using basic map skills such a compass rose and legend. Geography terms such as hemispheres, latitude and longitude, and landforms are introduced.
 
Parent Role: Course Monitor
Course Length: One quarter
Course Prerequisites: None
 
 
 
Fruits of the Spirit (Grades 1 and 2)
FOS0100
 
Students will learn what it means to abide in the Vine (Jesus) and grow the fruit of the Spirit in their lives. The class will explore each of the nine qualities of the Spirit's fruit with fun and practical Bible lessons that will motivate them to grow as Jesus’ disciples. 
 
Parent Role: Course Monitor
Course Length: One quarter
Course Prerequisites: None
 
 
 
 
Basketball/Soccer (Grades 3 and 4)
BBSC0300
 
This course is designed to give students a running start to the sports offered in 5th and 6th grades at Veritas. Students will learn the basic skills behind basketball and soccer along with the rules of and some strategy associated with these sports. Students will also have the opportunity to meet some Varsity Veritas players! 
 
Parent Role: Course Monitor
Course Length: One quarter
Course Prerequisites: None
 
 
 
Kids Can Sew (Grades 3 and 4)
KCS0300
 
The goal of this quarter long class is to teach the basic skills needed for hand and machine stitching. Students will gain an appreciation for the construction process of making clothes and accessories out of fabrics. The class will consist of different projects from sewing on buttons to making clothing. Students will learn the important parts of a sewing machine and how to prepare sewing with teacher supervision. Students will expand their creativity while gaining self-confidence by making items for themselves and loved ones. Students will need to provide materials as needed for projects.
 
Parent Role: Course Monitor
Course Length: One quarter
Course Prerequisites: None
 
 
 
Flag Football (Grades 3 and 4)
FFB0300
This course is designed to give students a running start to the sports offered in 5th and 6th grades at Veritas. Students will learn the basic skills behind football along with the rules of and some strategy associated with the sport. Students will also have the opportunity to meet some of the Varsity Veritas players!
 
Parent Role: Course Monitor
Course Length: One quarter
Course Prerequisites: None
 
 
 
Volleyball/Running (Grades 3 and 4)
VBR0300
This course is designed to give students a running start to the sports offered in 5th and 6th grades at Veritas. Students will learn the basic skills behind volleyball along with the rules of and some strategy associated with the sport. Proper running technique will also be taught, and students will participate in different running activities. Students will also have the opportunity to meet some Varsity Veritas players!
 
Parent Role: Course Monitor
Course Length: One quarter
Course Prerequisites: None
 
 
 
Etiquette 3/4 (Grades 3 and 4)
ETQ0300
 
This course is designed to give grammar school students an understanding of the basic principles of etiquette and how to apply them in the context of their daily lives.  Topics include: why and when we need manners; getting along well with others; using good manners at home, at school, in public places, and at special events; practicing good sportsmanship; learning correct table manners, letter and invitation writing, conversation skills, communication skills, and social skills; developing good grooming and dressing habits; communicating effectively through body language; caring for the elderly, sick, and people in need; appreciating people with disabilities; respecting and serving our neighborhood, community, and country.  These young ladies and gentlemen will enjoy learning courteous practices through literary examples, object lessons, games, role-play, crafts, tea-times, and even a few mini (on campus) field trips.  While the overall goal of the class is to develop good etiquette habits, more emphasis will be placed on developing character qualities such as kindness, honor, and respect. Students will learn to practice these principles as an outward expression of inner virtue, rather than a superficial teaching of rules and behaviors.
 
Parent Role: Course Monitor
Course Length: One quarter
Course Prerequisites: None
 
 
 
Fairy Tale Fun 3/4 (Grades 3 and 4)
FTF0300
Students will have fun with fairy tales and develop literature, writing, and math skills at the same time! We will begin our time together learning about Hans Christian Anderson and the Brothers Grimm, the writers of many classic fairy tales. We will read traditional fairy tales and then read a take-off of the traditional story. Using the elements of a fairy tale, students will have the opportunity to write their own fairy tale. We will do a fun math activity directly related to each tale we read. Math activities will reinforce and extend concepts such as measurement, telling time, counting money, multiplication, and multi-digit addition.
 
Parent Role: Course Monitor
Course Length: One quarter
Course Prerequisites: None
 
 
 
Storytelling (Grade 4)
STO0400
 
Students will practice the lost art and skill of storytelling. Students will learn how to use their own expression and insight to tell stories to their audience. This course is required for any student interested in participating in this event in PSIA. Our three PSIA participants in this event will be selected from this class.
 
Parent Role: Course Monitor
Course Length: One quarter
Course Prerequisites: None
 
 
 
Mission Minds 3/4 (Grades 3 and 4)
MIS0300
 
Explore the world and how you can be an active participant in it!  In this course students will travel around the globe learning characteristics of continents and countries.  Hands-on activities allow students to examine the people, cultures, and geography of each area from a missions perspective. Students will become familiar with using basic map skills such a compass rose and legend.  Geography terms such as hemispheres, latitude and longitude, and landforms are introduced. It will include a heavy emphasis on how we can pray for and reach these parts of the world with the Gospel.
 
Parent Role: Course Monitor
Course Length: One quarter
Course Prerequisites: None
 
 
 
Home Economics 3/4 (Grades 3 and 4)
HOM0300
 
Students will have the opportunity to learn some basic and helpful skills.  These skills include basic sewing, nutrition, menu planning, food preparation, budgeting, cleaning, and laundry.  Students will be given many hands on opportunities to develop and practice these skills at school to then use at home!  
 
Parent Role: Course Monitor
Course Length: One quarter
Course Prerequisites: None
 
 
 
Math Pentathlon 3/4 (Grades 3 and 4)
PEN0300
 
After receiving some instruction, students will work together in cooperative groups to play math games and solve math puzzles. These games are designed to create an environment where students are required to communicate ideas to one another, listen critically, and work together to creatively problem solve. These games will promote critical and reflective thought. 
 
Parent Role: Course Monitor
Course Length: One quarter
Course Prerequisites: None
 
 
 
Nature Explorers 3/4 (Grades 3 and 4)
NAT0300
 
This course is designed to provide opportunities for students to study nature and see God's beautiful design in the world around us. Students will complete experiments and activities that study sciences such as botany, geology, biology and ecology while incorporating art, writing and reading. Students will participate in discussions and lessons, followed up by exploring and experimenting outdoors through structured, hands-on activities. We will explore God's amazing design in the ultimate classroom. Enrollment is limited to 16 students per class.
 
Parent Role: Course Monitor
Course Length: One quarter
Course Prerequisites: None
 
 
 
Lego Lab 3/4 (Grades 3 and 4)
LEGO0300
 
This course is designed to provide students the opportunity to design and create biblically themed Lego projects. Students will gain a deeper appreciation for the overarching narrative of the Bible and how Jesus is at the center of it all. Using The Jesus Storybook Bible, students will hear a different story each week followed by a related Lego design challenge to create and build. Students will grow in
resourcefulness, creativity, and learning how to work collaboratively through the occasional partner and group challenges. A Lego Lab journal will document each student's creations, and enrichment opportunities for creative writing and public speaking will be available. 
 
Parent Role: Course Monitor
Course Length: One quarter
Course Prerequisites: None
 

Scholé Enrichment and Friday Options

 
Scholé: Friday Enrichment (PreK-4)
Scholé will meet on Fridays from 8:20am-12:15pm

The Grammar School Scholé Day provides the opportunity for students to partake in leisurely and meaningful learning experiences. Students will rotate through a series of 4 units of study during the school year, divided into two age groups - PreK/K/1st and 2nd/3rd/4th. Terms include Gardening, Exploring Our World Through Art, Animal Adventures, and Building Servants, all with hands-on learning and fun experiences!

Gardening
In this class, students will learn the grammar of growing plants for food and beauty. Experiential learning in the garden through age-appropriate activities, exploration, and observation in an outdoor classroom. Students will enjoy a relaxed pace with time for wonder and the opportunity to develop a greater appreciation for God's creation.
 
Exploring Our World Through Art
Creating art is fun. Learning about our world is intriguing. This class endeavors to meld both concepts together by having students learn about different art mediums and artists from around the world. There are a plethora of visual art movements and mediums, like Jackson Pollock's splatter painting, Japanese brush painting, British artists Andy Goldsworthy's nature art, or Alexander Calder’s wire art. In this class, students will gain knowledge about these artists and more as well as broaden their overall understanding of art history. Best of all, students will also get to expand on their artistic skills by exploring the different mediums of the artists or art movement we are learning about.
 
Animal Adventures
This course will offer students opportunities to take a specific, in-depth look at the world of animals. We will explore the five main vertebrate groups learning through art, stories, and science how God created beautiful diversity in the animal kingdom. This unit of study offers fun opportunities for special visitors and animal-related service projects.
 
 
Building Servants
Building Servants offers a hands-on approach giving students an opportunity to serve our Veritas community as well as local charities serving our neighbors.  Students will learn ways to serve those in need and learn about what various organizations do for the community. 
 
Parent Role: Course Monitor
Course Length: Year-Long on Fridays
Course Prerequisites: None
 
 

PreSchool Optional Friday Morning (PreS)
PreSchool Friday morning is from 8:20 am – 12:15 pm

PreSchool students have the opportunity for an extra morning on campus together with structured play and activities. The optional Friday is year-long.

 
 
Extended Scholé Friday will meet on Fridays from 12:30-2:55 p.m. 
 
*1st-4th grade students may either enroll in Extended Friday OR 1st-4th History/Science Friday but not both.*
 
 

Extended Scholé Friday (PreK/Kindergarten; 1st/2nd; 3rd/4th)
 
For Friday Scholé students who would like to stay longer than 12:15pm, the Friday Extended Day will include an afternoon of organized recreation time including outdoor leisure, sports, reading, and games. 
 
OR

Friday 1st-4th History/Science (Grades 1-4)

Free up some time on your Tuesday/Thursday School at Home days by letting us teach the Science and History curriculum for you. Students will discover, learn, and experiment alongside their classmates as teachers complete the assigned Science and History lessons for the week. This class will take place on Friday afternoon, following the morning Scholé program. 
 
Please note: Co-teachers will still be responsible for any classroom projects, recitations, or class presentations that may be assigned to their child’s science or history class. This Friday offering will teach content, experiments, and daily homework that is assigned.
 
Friday History/Science Schedule:
12:30-1:30pm Science
1:30-2:00pm Recess and Snack
2:00-2:55pm History
 
 

PreSchool Optional Friday afternoon (PreS)
PreSchool Friday afternoon is from 12:30 pm-2:55 pm

PreSchool students have the opportunity for an extra afternoon on campus together with structured play and activities. The optional Friday afternoon is year-long.

 

 
 
 
 

Learning Support Services

The Learning Support Services department exists to serve identified Veritas students who qualify for additional special academic support.  In order to enroll in classes in this department, students must (1) qualify through a proper diagnosis for a reading or similar disability, and (2) be approved by Veritas administration for the class(es).  Enrollment is limited.

 
Multi-Sensory Reading and Spelling (“MRS”)
The Multi-Sensory Reading and Spelling (MRS) Program offered at Veritas Academy is designed for currently enrolled students who have received a diagnosis for reading differences through a professional assessment and who have also received administrative approval. The program applies the effectiveness of individualized instruction using research-based, multi-sensory curriculum for dyslexia — the curriculum follows a systematic, phonics-based approach to reading, writing, spelling, and verbal skills. Enrollment in the program includes tuition separate from core classes.

Our MRS faculty member, Mrs. Mia Potts, is an employee of Veritas Academy, not an independent consultant. Therefore, services provided through the MRS program are subject to all policies at Veritas Academy, as outlined in the Veritas Student Handbook.

Parent Role: Positive Motivator
Course Prerequisites: Enrollment in this course is by invitation only. 
 

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