The Northland Christian Elementary School program offers a variety of enrichment classes that enhance the core curricular program including:
Northland offers Advanced Reading classes to students who qualify in grades 4-5. Students in Advanced Reading work through a rigorous curriculum that is one year above grade level. Notification of the advanced level is noted on the students’ report cards.
Students in grades 3-5 have the option of participating in a stringed orchestra class in lieu of vocal music. Students may choose the violin, viola, cello or bass. Instruction is based on the Suzuki Method, which is drawn from the belief that children have the ability to become proficient on a stringed instrument at a young age. Students learn the basic foundations of music theory and how to read music. Studies show that playing a stringed instrument is linked to higher achievement scores in math and better multitasking skills. Students may continue their orchestra experience at NCS through the 12th grade. Two concerts are performed each year.
In an era where PE classes seem to be dissipating from schools, Northland recognizes the need for this all-important subject. All grade levels K-5 participate in daily physical education classes taught by experienced athletic instructors. Specific sports and skills are taught while teamwork is encouraged. Overall basic health concepts are also emphasized. A campus-wide physical education program is held every spring in which all students participate. Each child is spotlighted demonstrating various skills taught throughout the year.
Science Lab including robotics for 4th and 5th graders
Elementary Science curriculum is available to all students in grades K-5. A certified science specialist works in the science lab with students in grades 3-5 on a daily basis while K-2nd grade students visit the lab once a week for enrichment opportunities. Students are taught basic science skills using hands-on experiments and technology. Guest scientists from the community are often found sharing with the children in the Lab. An annual Science Night is also held to promote the love of Science and the enjoyment of hands-on learning.
The Science Lab operates on the foundation of the 4 E’s:
- Energy—potential or kinetic, solar or chemical
- Exploration—a process of trial and error
- Experiments—hands-on labs that make science come to life
- Excitement—developing student interest in the field of science
Northland has sustained a relationship with ExxonMobil for several years. The company provides experienced interns to assist our fifth grade students with their annual Science Fair projects. ExxonMobil representatives also serve as judges for the Science Fair. Grant funds received from this partnership provide Science Lab materials and curriculum items. Also, thanks to a grant from the NCS Foundation, Lego Robotics is implemented into 4th and 5th grades with a focus on computer programming and engineering skills within the robotics field.
Students in grades K-5 attend vocal music classes several times per week with an experienced vocal instructor. Northland believes that a strong music background for all of its students is essential to growing well-rounded children. Music Involves science, math, foreign language, history, physical education, and art. Most importantly it reveals the glory of our Creator. Students are exposed to a wide variety of composers and their works. They are taught to read music and to sing both individually and in groups. Learning takes place through playing games, group work, and physical movement. Two concerts are performed each year as well as Western Day square dancing and Reader’s Theater performances.
“Sing to the Lord all the earth, proclaim His salvation day after day.” I Chronicles 16:23
“What a tragedy it would be if we lived in a world where music was not taught to children.” (General Norman Schwarzkopf, United States Army)
Makerspace Mondays allow all Elementary students to participate in activities that are aligned with the STEAM movement (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art + Design, Mathematics) and provide students opportunities to create, explore, discover, and problem-solve.
BeeBot: BeeBot is a programmable robot, in which students have to do basic coding to program the robot to complete a maze. This station teaches coding, mathematics, problem solving, technology, directionality, sequencing, and estimation.
Osmo Monster: Osmo Monster takes your drawings and brings them to life using an iPad app. This center teaches problem solving, creativity, design, and technology.
Keva Planks: Keva Planks are small pieces of lightweight wood that can be stacked and built into virtually anything. Students build with them, while learning problem solving, engineering, creativity, design, spatial reasoning, communication, and team building.
Suspend: Suspend is a hanging balance game. It teaches problem solving, balance, weight and distribution, mathematics, dexterity, and fine motor skills.
Sphero: Sphero is a robotic ball that is controlled via Bluetooth using an iPad app. Sphero teaches coding, working with technology, problem solving, and directionality.
Cubelets: Cubelets are robotic, magnetic cubes, each with one certain function. Different combinations of cubelets create robots that do different things. This teaches technology, problem solving, design, engineering, and computational thinking.
Osmo Tangrams: Osmo Tangrams use classic wood tangram pieces which interact with the iPad app to give real-time feedback. This teaches special reasoning, non-verbal reasoning, engineering, mathematics, fine-motor skills, and executive functioning.
Osmo Numbers: Osmo Numbers uses dots and number tiles to add or subtract to the correct number and move up levels. This center teaches problem solving, counting, addition, subtraction, and technology.