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Thanksgiving Month! 

Tuition is Due by Monday the 5th.

Our Teacher meeting is Monday the 5th and the Mom's on playground duty to watch kids, are Stacy Lazzapino and Hilda Perez.

Thanksgiving Feast is almost here and Jessica Shaer is working hard to make this year's festivities a success!  Please be sure to sign up for food and volunteer station.  It's a big job and we look forward to working together to make this a wonderful family event.  

The Christmas Program is about to get underway. Hilda Perez is overseeing GCA's Christmas festivities. We'll be practicing on Thursday's during the Chapel and in class. 

Mrs. Perez is also the coordinator for the Christmas Shoebox program. We fill special boxes with gifts for children around the world who otherwise would not receive much. We have the boxes available in the office.  

 In His name,

Monica & Aranda



The Best of Both Worlds!         

GCA provides homeschooled students a 2-day a week structured classroom experience. Our focus is on Christ-centered instruction, hands-on learning, group activities and critical thinking. We provide structure, guidance, oversight, and accountability while studying courses like science, writing, and history. Classes take place on Mondays and Thursdays from 8:30-2: 30 pm.   


Mission Statement : We are committed to supporting homeschooling families as we raise godly, productive children by providing both community and Christ-focused education assistance.

Philosophy: To provide a classroom experience that digs deeper into material through group study, activity based, hands-on learning, public speaking, and discussions that stimulate critical thinking.  All instruction is filtered through the lens of a Christ-centered and created universe, and intended to promote personal responsibility and problem solving. We want our students to "get it" not just "get through it". 

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Dear GCA families you'll find the supply and curriculum lists for the Fall 2018 school year on the member-only page.  

We are excited to start the year!

In His name,

Monica and Aranda


Kindergarten students at GCA will visit countries around the globe and explore their art, culture and food!  Our kindergarten class gets messy cooking, doing science experiments and creating works of art. Students count, sing, pray and play while learning history, geography, science, how to speak in front of a group, and much more.
  1. Goals
    1. The students and their families will love Jesus.
      1. Teacher will show Jesus’ love to students.
      2. Teacher will teach students about Jesus and his love.
      3. Students will be challenged to find ways to show Jesus’ love to others.
    2. The students will love each other and their families.
      1. Students will treat each other with kindness.
      2. Teacher will facilitate a community environment in the classroom.
      3. Teacher will invite parental involvement in the classroom.
    3. The students will love learning.
      1. Learning activities will be engaging and multi-sensory.
      2. Students will be encouraged to participate in many different learning opportunities.
      3. Teacher will create routine and a safe environment in the classroom.
  2. Subjects
    1. Geography (Galloping the Globe)- Students will travel to other continents (within the classroom) to explore and learn about other people and places in the world.
    2. My Father’s World (Science, Bible, Literature, Art)-
    1. Students will memorize verses and Biblical concepts
    2. Outside exploration to discover more about God’s creation
    3. Teacher will use literature to facilitate discussion and learning about God’s creation.
    4. Students will create works of art to display learning
    1. Circle Time
      1. Greet each other and learn to pray
      2. Practice rules and routines.
      3. Reinforce math skills through calendar skills, seasons and weather, hundreds chart (counting by 1, 2, 5, 10)
      4. Reinforce literacy skills through nursery rhymes, phonics, and reading stories.
      5. Citizenship through pledges and patriotic songs.
    2. Show and Tell- Thursdays
    3. Centers- Student will develop fine motor skills, writing concepts, and social skills.

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GCA Parents are reminded that they are responsible for ensuring proficiency in Math, Printing, and Reading. GCA will be reinforcing these subjects through a variety of in-class activities and curriculum including Quirkles and McRuffy Science, Aesop's Fables, Magic Treehouse, Dr. Seuss, Galloping the Globe and a variety of other resources.

The focus for Kindergarten and First grade is to introduce students to a range of subjects and instill a love of learning through hands-on activities that reinforce basic skills. Groundwork is laid here to prepare students for more concentrated learning in second grade. Topics covered generally include science, music, art, literature, history, and geography. Again, parents are responsible for making sure their children are proficient in math, reading, and printing. GCA tutors are responsible for reinforcing these areas within daily activities. Songs, memorization, words, rules, numbers, historical events, and dates can all be utilized to reinforce learning math, reading, and writing. Concepts to be covered in Kindergarten and First grade includes:

  • Bible stories – reading the bible, character lessons, attributes of God.

  • Calendar- days of the week, months, seasons, special holidays.

  • Numbers- skip counting, money, time.

  • Science – plants, animals, geology, chemistry, and weather.

  • Social Studies – maps, geography, world cultures, foods, and history.

  • Language Arts Elements – letters, sounds, blends, sight words, reading aloud.

  • Classroom Training – following rules, respecting others, obedience. Students must not talk over the tutor or others, they must raise their hand and wait to be called upon, they must not tease or criticize others, they should be taught about teamwork, getting in line and walk nicely, etc..

  • Public Presentation – show and tell, or my mom/dad is a “tell whatever their job is” types of sharing in front of their peers, book reports, favorite vacation etc…

  • Music/Art - An introduction to art basics, mediums and artists and lots of projects, while music covers various musicians, types of music, music theory, instruments and more.

  • Sing-alongs – patriotic and classic songs and nursery rhymes.

Second grade is a transitional year at GCA. Students will begin formal writing lessons, as and start learning to be responsible for completing small amounts of homework. They will study American history, science, and writing together. (Students will also receive instruction in music and art)  Please purchase the following curricula for your student:

  • IEW Institute for Excellence in Writing  Bible Heroes:  Writing Lessons in Structure and Style, by Lori Verstegen
  • Science: by Dr. Wile, Science in the Beginning

Please note that only Bible Heroes will be transported to and from school in the students’ backpacks.  The science book will just be used at home.  Our American history curriculum is Adventures in U.S. History, from My Father’s World.  No purchase is required on your part for our history study.

DAILY SCHEDULE  SECOND GRADE

8:30-9:40 HISTORY

9:40-10:40 ART/MUSIC/TEACHER CONFERENCE

10:40-11:10 RECESS

11:10-11:40 LUNCH

11:50-12:50 SCIENCE

12:50-12:55 BATHROOM BREAK

12:55-1:55 IEW

2:00-2:30 CHAPEL

2:30 DISMISS TO PARENTS


IEW or Institute for Excellence in Writing, is at the root of GCA's language arts program. Other aspects of LA at GCA  include literature, public speaking and grammar.

2nd Grade - Bible Heros

3rd/4th Grade - IEW "All Things Fun and Fascinating"

5th/6th Grade -  IEW "Medieval History" student book   

Teaching students to Listen. Speak. Read. Write. Think!  is the goal of IEW and GCA.  IEW teaches students how to become confident and competent communicators and thinkers. Using the four language arts—listening, speaking, reading, and writing—IEW methods have been proven to be effective for students of all ages and levels of ability. It teaches students to write well, think clearly, and express themselves eloquently and persuasively.

Students learn how to

  • outline and summarize
  • generate cohesive paragraphs
  • create stories
  • produce reports and critiques
  • develop essays
  • translate their thoughts and ideas into writing
  • vary sentence structure
  • use interesting vocabulary
  • add literary devices
  • memorize poetry & other works
  • perform memorized pieces


Lower and upper elementary students have a separate science subject rotation. Young students are introduced to science subjects from biology to chemistry. A variety of resources are used to provide hands-on experiments and promote curiosity including Quirkels, My Father's World, and McRuffy Science. 

Grades 3-middle school utilize curriculum published by Apologia, The Young Explorer Series. This Year students will study Botany by Fulbright.  

Immersion in one scientific topic for an extended period of time gives students the opportunity to develop a love for the field and an appreciation for the intricacies and patterns God has embedded within it for us to discover. As with all subject areas, Science is taught from a Biblical perspective. Hands-on projects and experiments are incorporated in order to give concrete understanding.

Art and Music are given special attention on a daily basis through 2nd grade, and both are introduced through a variety of mediums. Each day students will devote time listening to classical music, learning about various composers, and studying famous artists and their work. 

Art is pursued through hands-on crafts, projects, and paintings.  They also use art as a means of digging deeper into history and culture. In a previous year, students made clay soldiers while studying the Terracotta Army of China. 

Multi-Studies provides students with an opportunity to explore electives and various topics in addition to GCA's regular curriculum.  This class takes the place of music and art for the older students.  Full courses or unit studies may be used to introduce students to Social Studies, Civics, Geography, Poetry, Math Lab, Latin, Etiquette, and various other topics.  


GCA utilizes The Mystery of History, by Bright Ideas Press "MOH" to provide a three-year rotational study of history and geography. MOH is a Biblically based worldview from creation to modern times that creates a full and robust picture of the world during Bible times up to the modern day.  Notes, timelines, hands-on projects, map skills, crafts and other projects make this comprehensive program engaging and fun.   Fall 2018 will utilize Mystery of History Vol. II for third through 6th grade.  

History and geography are incorporated into lower elementary grades through Galloping the Globe, My Father's World, and various American History resources. The goal is to introduce lower elementary students to different places, people, their foods, and cultures through history and geography.

The Fall of 2018 blesses GCA with a small class of  Junior High 7th and 8th graders. This year they will be studying Biology, English 1 and World Studies. 

Biology from Apologia.  They will need the student textbook, the tests, and the Student Notebook

World Studies 3rd Edition by Dennis Bollinger- BJU Press, student text, and tests.

English 1 with Mrs. Tovar:   On the very first day of school you will need to bring all of your supplies and your poetry book. We will be using them.

Supplies

6 dividers

Something to write on – loose-leaf paper or spiral notebook

Something to write with – pencil or pen

Phone, tablet, or laptop with internet connectivity – optional

Texts

A Child’s Introduction to Poetry, by Michael Driscoll

Little Worlds: A Collection of Short Stories for the Middle School, edited by Peter Guthrie and Mary Page

The Outsiders, by S.E. Hinton

And Then There Were None, by Agatha Christie

No Fear Shakespeare: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (ISBN13 978-1586638481)

Please click on the links provided to print registration paperwork. You may also call administration for an appointment to meet at the school or to have the forms sent via email. 

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In His name,

GCA Admin

Thank you for your interest in working at Grace Christian Academy. Please fill out the application and call GCA for an appointment.  ?We will be happy to meet with you to review your application and conduct an interview. ??????

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1 per family. Please supply the pastor with a return envelope stamped and addressed to Grace Christian Academy.

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The 8th & Harrison Church of Christ release of liability form. 1 per family.

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Dear Applicant,

We are happy to review your application as soon as possible.  Scholarships are subject to availability and must be renewed annually. Please read the scholarship application information and instruction sheet before filling out the application.  Please print and return the required letters and documentation to GCA administration for review. We look forward to serving you.

In His name,

GCA Administration 

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Scholarship Application

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Non-Discrimination Policy

Grace Christian Academy admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origins to all the rights, priviledges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at teh school.  GCA does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in admistration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.