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PRESCHOOL

The new GCS 3&4 Preschool is designed to engage children, three and four years old, through play-based learning. Loving Christian teachers encourage development of social and learning skills with directed play and activities ensuring interaction and lots of fun!

Students in our Preschool 3&4 program learn through singing, story time, dramatic play, table time, and a wide variety of means.  Our program is primarily focused on social development, but does include academic learning such as shape, color, number, & letter recognition.  We love each student where they are, for who they are!

We offer full day, 1/2 day, 3 Day and 2 Day Preschool programs. Click HERE for more information on prices.


K4 & K5

Bible: Students will grow in knowledge of God and their love for Him as they discover the majesty of His glory. Students will learn about God’s amazing love through stories from creation of the world to its climax in life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, His son.

Phonics: At the age of 4, our students are eager to learn how letters make words by using simple phonics. Each consonant has a specific sound and each vowel has a special job. Once the sounds are learned, the reading begins and the children soar like rockets!

Writing: Along with learning sounds, the students will learn how to form each letter neatly. They will use a house as a guide for where letters start and stop.

Math: Counting to 100 is one skill that is mastered as a K4 student. Beginning addition, basic geometry, clock skills, and counting coins are also learned.

Science & Social Skills: As the students learn about the calendar and seasons, they learn about how God has created everything and given everything a purpose. Cultures are discussed and the geography of each is covered.

Bible: Kindergartners will focus on the many gifts of love provided for us by God. Emphasis will be on aspects of creation, our families, friends, possessions, Jesus Christ and God’s care for us.  

Phonics & Writing: Students will develop a desire to learn and read as they are challenged with vocabulary, character stories, and writing skills. They will take spelling tests and complete writing pages to improve penmanship.

Math: K5 adds, subtracts, counts to 100 by 1’s, 2’s, 5’s, and 10’s, learns to tell time and count money. Calendar skills are increased and cooperative learning is practiced.  

Science & Social Skills: God’s plan is the basis for each unit in social studies and science. Weather, seasons, seeds, animals, seashore, and me are some examples of how God has created many purposes in His creation.

With a maximum of 15:1 student to teacher ratio, our students are given a lot of one on one attention through out the day.  Each student is important to us & we will support them through their educational, spiritual, and social developments while at GCS.


ELEMENTARY: 1st through 5th Grades

1st Grade:

Bible: BJU Press – Bible Truths 1: A Father’s Care – Students will be introduced to Bible truths through familiar Bible characters presented chronologically in a study of Old and New Testaments. Dramatic segments, application stories that reveal God’s character, various hands-on-activities, and visuals reinforce students’ learning experience and help them learn to trust God and rely on Him.

  • Units include:
    • God Creates His World
    • God Keeps His Promises
    • God Protects His People
    • Christmas: God Sends His Son
    • God Guides His People
    • God Rules over His People
    • God Cares for His People
    • Easter: God Offers His Son
    • God Strengthens His People
    • God Speaks with His People

Handwriting

Math: BJU Press – Math 1 uses manipulatives and real-life experiences to teach place value, addition, subtraction, geometry, time, money, measurement, and fractions—all with engaging themes and characters. Writing equations, reading graphs, and other concepts are introduced as part of problem-solving skills.

Phonics: BJU Press – Phonics skills are the foundation for a lifetime of reading. We desire to build the student’s reading confidence through the teaching of phonics and comprehension skills. The lessons combine listening, phonics skills, grammar, oral communication and writing activities. The program emphasizes phonics as the key to word recognition and teaches it in a logical format, through the use of word families. It develops comprehension skills through fun themed lessons.

Reading: BJU Press – Our first grade reading program introduces young readers to a variety of colorfully illustrated fiction, poems, plays, articles, and Bible stories. Reading selections are developed to incorporate phonics, English skills, service words, and word families. New vocabulary words for each story are introduced in sample sentences to provide context clues. Discussion questions and teaching strategies give opportunities to develop critical thinking skills and comprehension. Both oral and silent reading habits are developed.

Science: BJU Press – Science 1 starts students on the path of scientific inquiry with an introduction to the senses, heat, sound, animals, and heavenly bodies–presenting God as the Creator of all things.

  • Units Include:
    • Senses
    • The Weather
    • Seasons
    • Health and Safety
    • Tame Animals
    • Wild Animals
    • Matter

Social Studies: BJU Press – Heritage Studies 1 follows the events in the New World from pre-1000 to 1682. Students will learn about the Vikings, Columbus, Plymouth Plantation, trading, Native Americans, and early homes and schools.

  • Units Include:
    • God’s World
    • Your Family
    • Your Community
    • Your State
    • Your Country
    • Your Country’s Capital
    • Native Americans
    • Christopher Columbus
    • Jamestown
    • Plymouth
    • Today and Long Ago

2nd Grade:

Bible: BJU Press – Bible Truths 2 helps students understand God’s truth for practical living through a thematic, chronological study of the Old and New Testaments. The educational materials include scripturally supported overviews of key biblical doctrines, unit memory verses and hymns, as well as the integration of a missionary story and an application novel.

  • Units Include:
    • God Is My King
    • An Obedient Heart
    • A Humble Heart
    • Christmas: Birth of the Savior
    • A Serving Heart
    • A Courageous Heart
    • A Forgiving Heart
    • Easter: He Lives
    • Jesus the Messiah
    • A Generous Heart

English: BJU Press – English 2 emphasizes traditional grammar, such as parts of speech, sentence structure, and mechanics, and provides practice with essential reference skills. The English educational materials explain the step-by-step use of the Writing Process for eight different types of writing assignments, such as a friendly letter, a make-believe story, instructions, a book report, and more.

Handwriting: BJU Press – Students are provided detailed direction for good handwriting techniques. Students will practice consistent letter formation for the Pre-Cursive alphabet and transition to the cursive alphabet.

Math: BJU Press – Math 2 develops understanding of place value, addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. Manipulatives are used to help students visualize the math concepts they learn. Basic word problems are introduced to exercise students’ problem-solving skills.

Reading: BJU Press – Reading 2 encourages higher-level thinking, emphasizes character traits and Biblical principles and truths, and helps students grow in reading comprehension with compelling stories.

Science: BJU Press – Science 2 teaches the student how to use science process skills to learn and tell about Gods creation. The program focuses on what scientists do, living things, plants, environments, fossils and dinosaurs, the layers and features of the earth, how the earth moves, natural resources, light, forces and motion, and how the body works. The student develops his science process skills as he participates in hands-on activities and projects.

  • Units Include:
    • What Scientists Do
    • What Living Things Do
    • How Plants Grow
    • Where Things Live
    • What Fossils Show Us
    • What Makes Up the Earth
    • What Natural Resources Are
    • How the Earth Moves
    • How Light Works
    • How Matter Changes
    • How Things Move
    • How the Body Works

Social Studies: BJU Press – Heritage Studies 2 explores American culture in colonial times from Jamestown to the War for Independence. The students will learn through discussions of colonial farming, shop keeping, clothing, and also interesting information about kings and queens in Europe ruling at the time.

  • Units Include:
    • God So Loved the World
    • Community Life
    • Liberty and Justice for All
    • Land That I Love
    • Exploring Our Past
    • The New England Colonies
    • The Middle Colonies
    • The Southern Colonies
    • The Revolutionary War
    • A Nation Is Born

Spelling – Abeka Spelling and Poetry – Our goal is to guide our students to be super spellers! With 32 word lists, the students will build their vocabulary with hundreds of words that they know how to spell correctly. Starting in the second semester, students will boost their language skills even more with vocabulary words complete with definitions.

3rd Grade:

Bible: BJU Press – Bible Truths 3 explores Bible accounts in the Old and New Testaments and encourages solid Bible study skills. Missionary stories and stories from church history are also included to inspire students and help them apply biblical principles to their everyday lives.

  • Units Include:
    • A Christian’s Salvation
    • A Christian’s Mind
    • A Christian’s Purity
    • Christmas: The King Is Born
    • The Master’s Work
    • The Master’s Exaltation
    • A Christian’s Willingness
    • Easter: God’s Love Complete
    • A Christian’s Friendships
    • A Christian’s Guide

English: BJU Press – English 3 emphasizes traditional English grammar and essential reference skills. The grammar instruction is balanced with effective writing instruction. Students are guided in the step-by-step use of the Writing Process to apply to a variety of writing assignments, such as game instructions, book reports, compare-contrast essay, and more.

Handwriting – BJU Press – Handwriting 3 reinforces good handwriting habits and establishes a consistent, legible writing style. Handwriting practices include copying poems, paragraphs, Bible verses, and writing personal compositions.

Math: BJU Press – Math 3 provides practice and review of basic math and introduces the fundamental principles of fractions and geometry. The math educational materials seek to develop problem solving skills through word problems. A Chapter Review and a Cumulative Review are included in each chapter to reinforce the covered math concepts.

  • Units Include:
    • Addition and Subtraction Facts
    • Place Value to 1,000,000
    • Addition and Subtraction: 2 and 3 Digit Numbers
    • Data
    • Addition and Subtraction: 4 and 5 Digit Numbers
    • Multiplication Facts to 5
    • Division Facts to 5
    • Time and Calendars
    • Customary Measurements
    • Fractions

Reading: BJU Press – Reading 3 deepens reading skills and comprehension by challenging the students with a collection of engaging reading material for the 3rd grade level. Students will expand their abilities as they build reading comprehension, grow in phonics skills, and absorb character-building stories that demonstrate biblical truth and timeless virtues.

Science: BJU Press – Science 3 provides age-appropriate scientific information through text, diagrams, and charts, as well as captioned photographs, illustrations, and special interest boxes. Each section ends with Quick Check questions to assess student understanding. The first pages lay a foundation building a biblical worldview.

Social Studies: BJU Press – Heritage Studies 3 relates in understandable language the story of America from the framing of the Constitution up until the days of the Wild West. Students will relive key moments in our nation’s history and discover interesting traditions from the past. Exciting activities provide students with an outlet for the facts they learn such as building a model log cabin, folding the American flag, learning early American songs, and making musical instruments.

  • Units Include:
    • Beginnings
    • Constitution
    • Presidents and Precedents
    • Jefferson and Moving West
    • The War of 1812 and National Growth
    • Andrew Jackson and American Democracy
    • Growth in the East
    • The United States Spreads West
    • A Nation Dividing
    • The Civil War

4th Grade:

Bible: BJU Press – Bible Truths 4 encourages students to read their Bible regularly and learn to listen to His truth. They will learn from examples of people from the Bible that listened to God and followed His will. Background information and historical context is provided to increase understanding of what life was like in Bible times. This class stresses the importance of good Bible study skills and explains how to develop these skills, while encouraging Christlikeness in the lives of students.

English: BJU Press – English 4 places an emphasis on English grammar and usage as well as practice with essential reference skills for using dictionaries and encyclopedias. Parts of speech and sentence structures are examined in detail to help students gain a mastery of grammar. The Writing Process is explained step-by-step to be implemented in a variety of writing assignments, such as a personal narrative, a research report, and a business letter.

Handwriting: BJU Press – Handwriting 4 refines handwriting skills and reinforces a legible and consistent cursive alphabet. The student will practice preserving legible writing while using an ink pen.

Math: BJU Press – Math 4 provides an interactive approach to build your student’s understanding of multiplication, division, decimals, fractions, geometry, and pre-algebra.

Reading: BJU Press – Reading 4 provides engaging reading material for the 4th-grade level. The literature selections and poems are designed to increase reading comprehension, build vocabulary, and develop an interest in reading.

Science: BJU Press – Science 4 allows students to explore creation through an understandable and engaging presentation of text, diagrams, photographs, and illustrations. This class will expand the student’s understanding of science with interactive experiments, projects, and activities. It promotes higher-level thinking skills through brief writing exercises. The class will discusses a spectrum of scientific fields including ecosystems, plants, insects, the eye, the digestive system, and principles of motion and energy.

Social Studies: BJU Press – Heritage Studies 4 brings to life our history from the founding of America to World War II from a biblical perspective. The lessons include a study of the regions of the United States. The student is also given a timeline of the events to begin to help them understand the order of events within American history.

5th Grade:

Bible: BJU Press – Bible Truths 5 encourages students to apply the Bible knowledge they learn to their everyday lives. This class provides historical information about the Bible stories discussed to increase understanding of the passages. Students demonstrate and improve their knowledge about the Bible passages presented. Good Bible studying techniques are explained and encouraged.

English: BJU Press – English 5 studies traditional grammar and guides students through the step-by-step use of the Writing Process for a variety of writing assignments, such as compare-contrast essays, persuasive business letters, research reports, and more. This course contains a good balance of grammar and writing instruction for the fifth grade student.

Handwriting: BJU Press – Handwriting 5 refines students’ handwriting skills and guides students in maintaining consistent, legible penmanship.

Math: BJU Press – Math 5 builds on the mathematical foundations of multiplication, division, and place value, and develops the student’s understanding of geometry, fractions, decimals, ratios, and measurements. Students will read and interpret a variety of graphs and charts. The practical use of the Problem-Solving Plan is emphasized as well as mental math computation and the memorization of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division facts.

Reading: BJU Press – Reading 5 provides engaging reading material for the 5th grade level. The literature selections help students build reading comprehension, exercise critical thinking skills, and cultivate an appreciation of literature.

Science: BJU Press – Science 5 explores God’s creation in a study of minerals and rocks, fossils, matter and heat, sound and light, weather, ecosystems, and the respiratory and circulatory systems. Students develop science process skills by participating in hands-on activities and projects.

Social Studies: BJU Press – Heritage Studies 5 continues the narrative of American history from the development of the automobile in the late 1800s through the inauguration of President Obama in 2009. Topics are presented from a biblical perspective and include the invention and influence of the automobile and airplane, World War I, the Roaring Twenties, the Great Depression, World War II, the Vietnam War, struggles over civil rights, the war on terror, Afghanistan and Iraq wars, and immigration decisions.


JUNIOR HIGH: 6th through 8th Grades

Bible: Students will study the Old and New Testament in various classes using Positive Action curriculum. Bible classes will include courses from Proverbs, courses on the study of the Gospel of John, and courses on Dynamic Christian Living.

Math: Students will use Bob Jones University Math curriculum. Students will learn the following:

    • 6th Grade Math: Whole numbers and decimals; Data and Graphs; Patterns and variables; number theory and fractions; Adding, Subtracting, Multiplying, and Dividing fractions; ratios, proportions, and percents; tools of geometry; Geometry and measurement; exploring probability; Integers; Equations and Inequalities.
    • 7th Grade Math: Decimals and Integers; Exponents, Factors, and Fractions; Operations with Fractions; Equations and Inequalities; Ratios, Rates, and Proportions; Percents; Geometry; Measurement; Patterns and Rules; Graphing in the Coordinate Plane; Displaying and Analyzing Data; Using Probability.
    • 8th Grade Math: Algebra: Integers and Algebraic Expressions; Rational Numbers; Real Numbers and the Coordinate Plane; Applications of Proportions; Applications of Percent; Algebra: Equations and Inequalities; Geometry; Measurement; Using Graphs to Analyze Data; Probability; Algebra: Functions; Algebra: Polynomials and Properties of Exponents.

Language Arts: Students will use the Abeka English Curriculum.

    • 6th Grade: Students will be guided to see how grammar applies to writing and speaking. The course will give a systematic presentation of grammar, composition, and mechanic in a clear and appealing manner.
    • 7th Grade: Students will learn to recognize the different parts of speech together to form sentences, join sentences together to make paragraphs, and organize paragraphs into compositions. They will also learn to develop complete and orderly thoughts and to communicate those thoughts clearly, and concisely, so that they can use God’s gift of language effectively.
    • 8th Grade: Students will build upon what was learned in 7th grade by being provided foundational practice of proper grammar and developing the basic composition skills used in outlining, summarizing, describing, researching, and letter-writing. Students will also be introduced to new grammar rules and new editing techniques that will allow them to expand their writing skills.

Reading and Literature: Students will use Bob Jones University Curriculum. The following are some of the literary skills that will be taught.

    • 6th Grade: Setting; plot; conflict; mood; theme; crisis; flashback; foreshadowing; cliffhanger; denouement; open/closed endings; point of view; irony; sarcasm; hyperbole; understatement; allusions
    • 7th Grade: fables; drama; poetry; hymns; Scripture; short story; biography; autobiographical accounts; historical essays; essays
    • 8th Grade: short fiction; novel; drama; poetry; hymns; folktale; personal essay; humorous essay; diary

Spelling: Students will use ACSI curriculum for spelling. Skills that will be taught are:

    • Word Analysis, Vocabulary, Word Study Strategies, and Writing.
    • Increase skill development in use of words with Greek and Latin roots
    • Expand vocabulary, word building, and editing skills

Science: Students will use Bob Jones University Curriculum and study courses in Life Science, Earth Science, and Physical Science. Science at GCS is taught with a Biblical worldview.

Social Studies: Students will learn in courses that cover Ancient Civilizations (from creation to AD 1500), World Cultures (creation to present), and American History. Each course will cover geography, history, government, economics, religion, and culture of each particular area of study. As with other courses at GCS, Social Studies is taught using a Biblical Worldview.


SENIOR HIGH: 9th through 12th Grades

The following courses are specifically required as part of the 24 total hours required to graduate from Galesburg Christian School. These are the minimum requirements and for college entrance students may be required to take additional courses.

CREDIT SCHEDULE:

4 Bible
4 English I, II, III, IV
4 Math
4 Social Studies
4 Science
1 Art, Music, Foreign Language or Vocational
1/2 Consumer Ed -or- Pass Illinois Proficiency Test
1/2 Health
3 1/2 Physical Education -or- Qualify for a P.E. Waiver
1/2 Driver’s Education

Writing of at least 2 years. This is defined in 105 ILCS 5/27-22 STATE GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS One Year must be in English course, the second year may be provided in another course.

Math: Algebra, Algebra II, Geometry, Pre-Calculus, Trigonometry

Social Studies: World History, American History, American Government

Science: Physical Science, Biology, Chemistry, Advanced Health

Electives vary from semester to semester and can include a wide variety of things.  Examples include: Yearbook, Computer Fundamentals, Journalism, Astronomy, and Speech.

In an effort to support college readiness, GCS allows students to participate in Dual Credit courses at Carl Sandburg College to meet or exceed graduation requirements.  For more information please contact our administrator.