Our Curriculum

Our academic program is designed to train students in all the skills and knowledge necessary for a well rounded elementary school education. We strive to meet all the educational goals of the Ontario Ministry of Education plus our additional goals of Bible education. It is the aim of Wallaceburg Christian School to be CHRIST centered, TEACHER directed and CHILD oriented.

The curriculum in the school is built upon the understanding that all of human life is religious and that humankind must serve God everywhere and in all things. All activities within the scope of education at WCS grow out of this starting point.

Devotions

Each day starts with classroom devotions. Songs of praise, the reading of God’s Word, the sharing together of prayers and prayer requests helps to set the tone for the rest of the day. Students and teachers together acknowledge that God is an ever present part of their everyday lives.

Bible

The Christian school exists to train students for a life of discipleship to the triune God in the world, and the Bible is indispensable for that development. It is used in a devotional context, along with meditation and prayer, and also in a distinctly academic approach, as a subject among other subjects.

The school's Bible program, The Story of God and His People, presents the Bible as the divinely inspired Word of God. In learning about God's people throughout history, students learn that through the high and the low points, God's continuing love for his people is evident. Despite doubt, rebellion, fear, or pressure to conform, each student (just like the people in the Bible) is on a spiritual journey under God's care. Students too, belong to the story. The Bible helps shape our sense of who we are, where we have come from, what we are living for, and where we are headed.

Mathematics

The mathematics program enables students to increase their understanding of God’s
creation and prepare them to serve effectively in the world in which they live. Math is taught 40-60 minutes every day. Students learn how to compute numbers, do word problems, and acquire age appropriate concepts. It is through their interaction with all the dimensions of this part of creation that students learn to appreciate the order and structure of the world in which they live.

Language Arts

God created people with the ability to use language to listen and respond to Him. Our curriculum, taught from a Christian perspective, provides the students with an overview in the areas of short stories, novels, poetry, media studies, writing, and skill development. The gift of language enriches every aspect of people’’s lives as they commune with God. We provide a variety of settings to enhance these experiences, such as learning centers, reading groups, literature circles, individual work and group presentations.

French

In Canada we have the opportunity of enjoying a multi-cultural society. Within this country we also have the privilege, opportunity and responsibility of developing an understanding and appreciation in the area of language through formal French speaking education taught within our Canadian school system. As educators, it is our task to inform and instruct children in the
area of language so that they can become better equipped Canadian citizens.

As image bearers of Christ we are ommanded to love one another. A visible sign of expressing love and acceptance towards our neighbour is taking the time to understand them. Within our Canadian school system we have the ability to understand our French speaking neighbour by studying their language within the context of their culture. We celebrate the cultural and linguistic diversity of God’s amazing creation and through French studies we hope to foster an appreciation for this diversity among our students.

Social Studies

In Social Studies, children learn about human interaction in the context of people’s and civilizations’ relationship with God. Through the Creation Studies Series and the DIGS Series students study the historical and geographical aspects of their own country, Canada. In addition, the study of other cultures and civilizations provides a contrast to their own experience.

In the intermediate division, students begin to think analytically, and are presented with the further division of the social studies content into the disciplines of geography and history.

Geography

The geography curriculum serves to remind students that all of life is associated with the natural environment. From an ecological perspective, students learn that each Biome or ecosystem is a dynamic, unified creational structure and that people use the land depending on their value systems. Students are guided to form questions that will allow them to consider decisions about resource use and stewardship.

History

God calls Christians to be part of His plan for redeeming the world. Understanding the past
can help students appreciate and direct their lives today into more obedient service to God
and their neighbours. The study of history enables us not only to learn the knowledge and stories of the past, but assists us to understand our contemporary society better. Students gain an understanding of how other cultures live. History gives us the opportunity to hear God's pain and joy in the various human actions of the past and to become historical co- workers with God in bringing reconciliation and building communities that truly reflect his will.

Science

God is the Creator and Sustainer of the entire universe in which we live. We humans are created beings, designed to live in perfect balance with animals, plants, and nonliving things of creation through biological, chemical, and physical laws which God has established.

Our science curriculum equips students to discover the infinite complexity and amazing orderliness of God’s world, to learn about themselves as a special part of God’s creation, and to recognize their role as caretakers of creation.