WHAT WE LEARN
Our children dive deep into God’s Word each day to discover the invitation God extends to be in a relationship with Him and share His story with others. They start each day with worship, prayer, Bible reading, and devotions individually or corporately to grow closer to God and to one another.
ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS
Choice is the key foundation for student motivation in reading and writing. Our children have the freedom to choose the books they read and the topics they write about. The Daily 5 workshop is comprised with whole group mini lesson, independent practice in reading and writing, and conferring meetings/collaboration with peers and/or teacher. Writing narrative, expository, and persuasive pieces within the Handwriting Without Tears curriculum for Building writers and using mentor texts help develop writing skills.
Our children set their own goals before they begin their math work, while choosing the best math curriculum that would help them to reach their goals, either Singapore Math, Beast Academy, Kumon, or Montessori math. They learn, practice, and master math concepts independently, collaboratively, or with guided math instruction based on their learning needs. Mathematics is integrated into projects and field work each day as students apply mathematical understanding to the natural world. The children learn how math is used to solve problems they encounter as they continue to develop as learners and citizens.
Inquiry and investigation are at the heart of Freedom Christian Learning Community. Our children are immersed in field trip experiences that inspire them to explore their world, ask questions, and investigate science topics. They delve into new scientific discoveries through interesting inquiry-based, hands-on activities.
We value and cultivate an environment where students grow in their capacity to understand the world around them. Social studies is surveyed through collaboration, research, and communication. Our children probe topics that are interesting to them in order to learn how they can have an impact on their community through civic engagement. Our children gain building blocks for critical thinking, develop a strong reading and writing foundation, and learn what it means to be responsible, active citizens.
Our children have the freedom to discover, experiment with, and manipulate new tools and media. They explore elements of art, which encourage intuition and spontaneous expression by providing a variety of materials, allowing for free expression of ideas and space. They have access to variety of tools and materials such as markers, charcoal, pastels, crayons, watercolor, and tempera. Participation in different kinds of painting experiences gives them the opportunity to experiment with spatter, sponge, and string techniques, as well as color blending. They learn three-dimensional construction and enjoy mask making, sculpting in clay, creating dioramas, weaving, and puppet making. Group art projects like murals and quilts reinforce social connections and offer a sense of belonging to a group.
Music investigation through participation in introductory and exploratory music sessions to expose them to different musical instruments and musical styles, including various genres and music from other cultures. Specific music lessons may be available according to student-interest.
Our children are involved in various physical activities and sports throughout the year based on their interests. The students take part in physical education in various locations around the community such as recreational parks and sports centers to engage in activities of their choice.
2019 - 2020
Camping at school
Set up a tent
Build a debris shelter challenge
Hiking at Burton Park
PROJECT LEARNING 2020-21
September 8 - October 2, 2020
Boulder Ridge Animal Park
Kids Food Basket farm
Little meteorologists will learn about the work of meteorologists as they observe, describe, record, and predict the weather. They will learn about what goes into weather reporting, working with weather map symbols, building weather instruments, and giving their own weather report.
October 12 - November 20, 2020
Grand Rapids Public Museum
Novice geographers will explore the Earth as they learn to read maps, follow directions, and figure out tools they need to go geocaching. They will go beyond identifying the physical features of the Earth, understanding how humans interact with the world around them. They will tackle real life challenges such as analyzing how California rations water during a drought and researching the many ways climate change impacts humans across the globe.
CHRISTMAS AROUND THE WORLD
November 30 - December 18, 2020
Frederik Meijer Gardens
It's the most wonderful time of the year to learn about how Christmas is celebrated in different parts of the world. Our children will explore geography, history, and folklore, while enjoying the festive mood of the Christmas season.
ANCIENT WORLD HISTORY
January 4 - February 12, 2021
Oriental Institute Museum
Time travelers will create an itinerary which will take in specially chosen sites to provide a clear picture of the key developments of the ancient world. The children will learn about the different nations, civilizations and empires, each with their own distinct histories, but each contributing to the larger history of humankind.
February 22 - April 30, 2021
Roger B. Chaffee Planetarium
James C. Veen Obrservatory
Junior astronomers will explore the solar system, the stars, planets, and moon, comparing and contrasting their similarities and differences. They will also investigate what is in motion in our solar system, that Earth's movements give us the day and the year, that gravity keeps planets in orbit around the sun, and the moon in orbit around the earth.
May 3 - 28, 2021
Freedom Christian Community Expo
Celebrating our children's curiosity, creativity, and passion as they discover their calling from the Lord.
SUMMER DAY CAMP 2021
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays
10 am to 4 pm
JULY 6 -8
SESSION THEMES 2021 - 22
September 8 - October 8, 2021
October 18 - November 19, 2021
CODING AND ROBOTICS
November 29 - December 17, 2021
January 3 - February 11, 2022
EARLY AMERICAN HISTORY
February 16 - March 25, 2022
BOTANY AND GEOLOGY
April 11 - May 27, 2022