Core Curriculum

At First Lutheran Christian School our core curriculum includes:

Spiritual and Social Development – At First Lutheran School students are free to express their relationship to Christ in their writing, praying, singing and conversations. We help our students develop a clear understanding that God loves all and that each individual is unique and beautiful in their own way. We teach and help our students build each other up with character and be problem solvers through words and positive actions. Our approach to social interactions assures that each student learns and develops through friendship with their culturally diverse peers. Older children have the opportunity to mentor younger children as “chapel buddies.”

Math – Our dedicated teachers apply practical applications of mathematical skills in the classroom, but they don’t stop there. Each week our students are encouraged to stretch their logical and creative thinking skills to solve math problems in the real world. Going above and beyond the Common Core, we offer Algebra I to our Middle School students.

Reading – Strategies in reading are introduced, modeled and practiced as a class, and individually to increase comprehension. Word study skills are continuously honed througout the school year. Our students experience the excitement of reading through the use of books and accompanying story tapes and workbooks to reinforce the learned skills. Students also have the opportunity to bring the stories they read to life, through drama. Reading instruction is woven through all subjects, and individualized to reflect students’ varying reading level.

Science – Conducting hands on experiments helps our students discover the various disciplines of science. Each year our students, at every grade level, conduct experiments, take field trips, and follow the scientific method to discover the joys of science. Following the California State Standards, our elementary students enjoy raising silkworms, frogs and butterflies. They learn body systems by examining squids, and the heart and brain of a pig. Our 6th graders explore rocks and physical features of the land around us, and build their own water wheels. By 8th grade, our students are ready to focus on Physical Science in preparation for high school Physics coursework. All students participate in a Science fair either individually or as a class, depending on grade level.

Language arts – At First Lutheran our language arts classes include literature where our students read many classic novels. In addition, the students create movies and other creative projects that relate to one of the novels. In writing composition students participate in Poetry and Writing workshops led by a local author. Our students also have the opportunity to participate in First Lutheran’s bi-annual “Flash Fiction Writing Contest”. Grammar, punctuation and vocabulary are regular staples at every grade level. In drama, when possible, we take our students to local theater productions that tie into our literature.

Social studies – Our students explore our communities and our world. History of our majestic land includes: early pioneers, first Americans, our golden state, government and much more. Projects are a wonderful way to introduce our students to family values and explore and embrace cultural diversity.

Physical Education – While budget cutbacks have forced many schools to omit physical education from their curricula, at First Lutheran Christian School & Arts we continue to make it a priority. Students participate in a regular exercise routine emphasizing cardiovascular fitness and strength training. We also educate our students about good nutrition and encourage them to eat a healthy diet. We emphasize to students the importance of regular exercise – helping reduce the risk of obesity and disease. Daily exercise also helps our students boost their self-confidence and reduce stress.

Athletics – Volleyball, soccer, basketball and running are included as part of our general fitness program for boys and girls. We focus on team building and fun. Interested students in the upper grades can join the FLS basketball team for their age group and compete with players from other schools in Glendale and neighboring communities.

Technology – Our computer technology instruction is a fully integrated curriculum that spans the core subjects. Students from grades K-8th learn computer and word processing basics and navigate their way to earning their “technology driver’s license.” Commonly used applications include; Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. As students learn advanced formatting techniques, they can create MLA reports to accompany projects, construct databases/tables for their mathematical and scientific work, and develop necessary presentation tools that can be used in their core classes. Tablets  are integrated into the middle school lesson plans.

Art – Our K-8th visual art program focuses on four categories; painting, sculpture, architecture, and photography. In each segment our students select their favorite artists and their work, which is followed by a related workshop. Our students also write a report about a particular artist every year and share with the class.

Music – Music education, taught in Kindergarten through 8th grade, at First Lutheran includes basic music theory and notation, sight reading, and  choir. In our Christmas and Spring Musical programs our middle school students get unique opportunities to contribute in every aspect of the show, including tech crew, choreography, and main acting roles.

Culture Hour at First Lutheran Christian School & Arts – Beginning Fall of 2013 our school will be offering students a second language of their choice as a part of their curriculum.

Armenian – As a part of our daily curriculum students will be studying Eastern Armenian. They will learn about the culture, history, to read and write in Eastern Armenian, and gain better understanding of this beautiful and rich language which surrounds us.
Spanish – As a part of our daily curriculum students will be studying Spanish. They will learn about the culture, to read and write in Spanish, and gain better understanding of this beautiful language. Spanish 1A and 1B in middle school enable graduates to begin High School in Spanish 2.

 

Field Trips – At First Lutheran School & Arts we believe that classroom learning is only a part of the process. Off-campus education for all grade levels provides our students with wonderful opportunities for hands-on discoveries. For that reason, each school year we continue to take advantage of the many wonderful resources in the area through timely field trips. Our past excursions include:

Getty Museum
Glendale Planetarium
Autry Museum
Local Recycling Center
Doctor’s House Museum
Brand Library
Los Angeles Science Museum
Los Angeles Zoo
Riley’s Farm
Getty Villa Museum
Grammy Museum
Arboretum
Reagan & Nixon Libraries
Pumpkin Patch
El Camino Pines
Catalina Island
Sacramento
Environmental Science Camp
Washington D.C.

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