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Friends Christian Preschool

5151 Lakeview Avenue
Yorba Linda, CA 92886-4936
714-777-4356 | E-mail Us

Little Friends Preschool

4231 Rose Drive
Yorba Linda, CA 92886-1635
714-528-8402 | E-mail Us

Friends Christian Elementary School

5151 Lakeview Avenue
Yorba Linda, CA 92886-4936
714-777-3009 | E-mail Us

Friends Christian Middle School

4231 Rose Drive
Yorba Linda, CA 92886-1635
714-524-5240 | E-mail Us

Elementary School Curriculum

The academic program at Friends Christian Elementary School provides a solid foundation in core subjects as well as the opportunity for students to explore areas of their own interests or gifts.

Kindergarten

Language Arts

Students are instructed in reading readiness skills using a phonics-based integrated reading program that encourages emerging readers as well as those experiencing early success at decoding and comprehension. Decoding and fluency skills are taught in both small groups and whole language instruction. The students are given instruction in basic principles of sentence writing and then practiced in children's writing samples. A love of reading is encouraged through read aloud books, big book class experiences, and a variety of book choices for individual use. Every class visits the library once a week for 20 minutes to select and read books for enjoyment.

Math

Students receive instruction and hands-on experience in basic concepts of numeration and the mathematical functions of addition and subtraction. The children develop counting and cardinality skills for numbers 1–20, they learn to identify basic shapes, develop skills with addition and subtraction, tell story problems and represent them with drawings, and compare groups and numerals. They are introduced to and compare length, height, weight, and capacity.

Science

Students in kindergarten experience science instruction and activity for 30 minutes a week, plus an all grade level assembly with Mr. Science for 30 minutes once a month. The curriculum includes the study of wind, force, and motion, the water cycle, the solar system, electricity, animals, landforms, earthquakes and volcanoes, and insects.

Social Studies

The kindergarten program integrates History/Social Studies into thematic studies that include a variety of hands-on activities with the use of literature and writing opportunities. The theme of the studies is We Learn Together and it includes learning to work together, exploring where we work and live, identifying work that people do, our country, and learning from the past including studies of Columbus, Native Americans, and the Pilgrims.

Bible

Students experience four different themes throughout the year: God Created the Perfect World; Choices in the Family; God Becomes the Perfect Person; and, Jesus is Our Example. There are seven lessons and a quarter project for each topic. Students memorize a weekly scripture verse and attend chapel once a week that includes worship and praise through song and sharing of God's Word.

Technology

Students concentrate on acquiring beginning technology skills with a strong focus on developing mouse, typing, and word processing skills. Pixie software is used by students to create original artwork and text.

First Grade

Language Arts

Students are instructed in reading using a phonics-based integrated reading program and are given a weekly experience in whole language instruction using selected children's literature. Comprehension skills are taught in both the reading groups and whole language instruction. The students are given instruction in basic principles of sentence writing and beginning paragraphs. The principles of language and grammar are introduced and then practiced in children's writing samples. The students are introduced to spelling as an outgrowth of beginning phonics instruction. Every class visits the library for 30 minutes weekly to give the students the opportunity to select and read books for enjoyment as well find resources for class assignments and activities.

Math

Students receive instruction in basic concepts of numeration and the mathematical functions of addition and subtraction. Problem solving techniques are introduced. Concepts are introduced with manipulatives that transition from concrete to the abstract level. Throughout the year, students experience patterning, sorting, graphing, and estimation

Science

Students are given experience in the scientific method with special emphasis on the use of the five senses as God-given tools used for observation and experimentation. Six animal groups are studied by the end of the year.

Social Studies

The social studies curriculum focuses on family, neighborhood, and school with strong emphasis on history, geography, citizenship, economics, and the humanities with lessons about other countries integrated into the units.

Bible

Familiar Bible truths that emphasize God's relationship to people are the focus of the first grade Bible program. Students memorize a weekly scripture verse and attend chapel once a week that includes worship and praise through song and sharing of God's Word.

Technology

Students continue on a path of acquiring basic computer competency. Students explore the basic functions of Microsoft Word by learning to change font sizes, styles and colors, as well as insert, size and position clipart, add page borders and print documents. Students explore their creativity with the art programs by using Pixie.

Second Grade

Language Arts

Through an integrated Language Arts program and a novel study, students are introduced to written language using grammar, creative writing, and reading comprehension skills. They participate in reading activities using phonics, comprehension, vocabulary, writing, and language arts skills. When they complete the program, students will demonstrate the ability to spell words and use phonetic rules on practice activities and weekly tests. Every class visits the library for 30 minutes weekly to give the students the opportunity to select and read books for enjoyment as well find resources for class assignments and activities.

Math

Students develop their ability to perform basic mathematical functions and problem the areas of addition, subtraction, place value, measurement, geometry, fractions, and beginning multiplication.

Science

Students receive instruction and have the opportunity to explore nutrition, physical science, earth science, and life science, taught from the Biblical perspective of God's creation.

Social Studies

Social studies includes a focus on neighborhoods and communities, stressing history, geography, economics, citizenship, and the humanities with lessons integrated into the units about other countries and important characters from past and present that have made a difference in our history.

Bible

Students study the character traits of various people in the Bible and how to emulate these traits in their daily lives. Students memorize a weekly scripture verse and attend chapel once a week that includes worship and praise through song and sharing of God's Word.

Technology

Students demonstrate an understanding of technology operations. At the beginning of the year, students receive an introduction to touch typing, correct keyboarding posture and technique. Students expand their knowledge of word processing, Microsoft PowerPoint, and Internet research.

Third Grade

Language Arts

Students receive instruction through the use of an integrated Language Arts program and the study of two novels to improve their vocabulary and comprehension and to develop a life long interest in reading. They receive instruction and practice in the use of the major skills basic to the language arts: grammar, mechanics and usage, composition, vocabulary, study skills, sentence combination, and language and reasoning. Through a variety of interesting activities, students work on weekly spelling lists. Students also incorporate spelling with vocabulary development, grammar, dictionary skills, and creative writing. Students receive instruction and practice in cursive writing, including an emphasis upon legibility, neatness, and correct letter formation. Every class visits the library for 30 minutes weekly to give the students the opportunity to select and read books for enjoyment as well find resources for class assignments and activities.

Math

Students develop their ability to perform basic mathematical functions and problem solving in the areas of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. They also work in the areas of measurement, place value, time, money, graphing, basic geometry, fractions, and decimals.

Science

Students use a variety of methods to explore the wonder of God's creation. They read, discuss, and investigate scientific process, life science, earth science, and physical science.

Social Studies

The social studies program initiates the student's first study of the American land, its early people and their culture, and how the land is changing. The curriculum also includes a study into the history of the local community.

Bible

Students study the life of Christ, the early Church, and missions from the time of Paul until now. As students are personally guided through the Gospels, they learn and apply principles from the messages, parables, miracles, and life events of Jesus. Moving into Acts, students see the building of God's church as the Gospel spreads through the missionary journeys of Paul. Students memorize a weekly scripture verse and attend chapel once a week that includes worship and praise through song and sharing of God's Word.

Technology

Students complete projects that challenge them to research facts, collect images, name, store, manage files, and create multimedia presentations. Students work with a variety of computer applications including PowerPoint, Word, Google Docs, and a web-based keyboarding program.

Fourth Grade

Language Arts

Through the use of an integrated Language Arts program and the study of novels, students explore the rich literary works from fiction to non-fiction, prose to poetry, through the use of reading, research, discussion, and participation in individual and group projects. Students develop an understanding of the major skills basic to the language arts: grammar, mechanics and usage, composition, vocabulary, study skills, sentence combination, and language and reasoning. Students incorporate spelling with vocabulary development, grammar, and creative writing. Students receive instruction and practice in cursive writing, including an emphasis upon legibility, neatness, and correct formation. Every class visits the library for 30 minutes weekly to give the students the opportunity to select and read books for enjoyment as well find resources as for class assignments and activities.

Math

Students develop their ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide whole numbers, add and subtract fractions, and apply these skills in the area of problem solving. Two levels of math classes are offered and student enrollment in the grade level math or advanced math class is determined by assessment results.

Science

Students use a variety of methods to explore the wonder of God's creation. Students are introduced to the scientific method to explore and gain understanding of life science, earth science, and physical science by reading, observing, participating in class discussions, and participating in hands-on activities.

Social Studies

Students explore the history of California, from the earliest explorers to modern day, through the use of reading, discussion, and participation in individual and group projects. A two-day field trip to Sacramento and the gold country is the culminating activity for this study.

Bible

Students study the basic doctrines of the Church prepared for their grade level. Students not only gain an understanding of the doctrines, but how the doctrine applies to them personally. Students memorize a weekly scripture verse and attend chapel once a week that includes worship and praise through song and sharing of God's Word.

Technology

Students are involved in word processing, PowerPoint presentations, and a variety of research assignments. Students work with a variety of computer applications including PowerPoint, Word, Google Docs, and a web-based keyboarding program. Digital citizenship is introduced and students learn about proper online etiquette and research skills.

In addition, all elementary students participate in physical education, music, art, and computer classes.

Technology

In the Friends Christian Elementary Computer Lab students will learn and develop 21st century skills that are needed in today's educational environment. Computer lab projects are creative, innovative, and integrate grade level curriculum. Activities include word processing, PowerPoint presentations, internet research, Google Docs, courses for basic code, and keyboarding. Students are encouraged to be independent and confident on the computer by using critical thinking skills to make informed decisions.

Physical Education

Physical education classes emphasize healthy living through exercise and participation in team activities such as soccer, football, basketball, volleyball, and running.

Visual Arts

Students are encouraged to express their creativity through visual arts projects across the content areas in kindergarten through fourth grade. Formal art instruction begins on the elementary campus through the Meet the Masters art program. The students learn about a different artist each month during an assembly. The week following the assembly, students participate in an art lesson taught by parent volunteers who have been trained by Meet the Masters. The lessons utilize a variety of media and provide the opportunity for students to create an art piece in a similar genre as the artist they studied.

Music and Performing Arts

Activities in the performing arts are integrated throughout the elementary program. Students in kindergarten through grade four attend music class weekly to learn basic music theory and experience instrumental and vocal music through listening, singing, and the use of basic rhythm and percussion instruments. All of the students participate in a Christmas program that includes music and opportunities for drama and recitation. The third and fourth grade students can be a part of a choir that practices after school, performs at various venues throughout the year, and presents a musical in the spring.

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About Us

Friends Christian School exists to develop, nurture, and equip students to positively impact their world for Jesus Christ.

Admissions

A nurturing, Christ-centered environment, great teachers, outstanding academics, art, music, technology, physical education and competitive athletics—Friends Christian has it all.

Spiritual Life

SPEAK LIFE—“Encourage one another and build each other up.”
(I Thessalonians 5:11)

Academics

Dedicated teachers, proven curriculum, friends who encourage you and challenge you to do your best—Friends Christian School is a place where students love to learn!

Arts

Artistic expression allows students to discover things in a different way, opening new avenues for creativity and growth.

Athletics

Discipline, teamwork, effort, and fun! Since 1985, Friends Christian School has produced champions in athletic competition.

The Friends Experience

It's the whole package that makes The Friends Experience—the focus on a relationship with Christ, great academics, art, music, sports, robotics, friends who encourage you—it's all here!

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