FIRST FOCUS (Grades K-1)
Reading acquisition begins with explicit, systematic phonemic awareness and phonics instruction. First Focus provides deliberate coherent instruction in letter-sound correspondence. Instruction begins by teaching the children the “code” and by providing First Focus books that match only the sounds that the children know. Children do not learn the sound short “i” sound and then get presented with the word “said” in their reading. Books encourage reading because the words match the child’s learning.

HERITAGE ACADEMY has adopted the Core Knowledge Language Arts (CKLA) program for 2nd and 3rd grades. The program teaches reading, writing, listening, and communicating while also building students’ vocabulary and knowledge across essential domains in literature, world and American history and the sciences. CKLA focuses on oral language development through carefully sequenced read-alouds as well as systematic instruction in reading and writing skills.

Students at this age have made the transition from “learning to read” to “reading to learn.” The Core Knowledge Sequence directs the teachers’ selections of classical and modern novels to read, and it is the teacher’s goal to help students learn to love literature. To teach literary devices (foreshadowing, metaphor, simile etc.) books are either read together as a class or in small literature circles where each student (under the direction of the teacher) has the “job” of plot profiler, vocabulary enricher, discussion director, illustrator, or connector to other works of literature.


Starting in Kindergarten, both World and American History are taught each year in every grade. Students learn about cultures on all of the continents and about the important people and events that took place on those continents. They learn about the history of America and about our founding fathers and the constitution. All students learn the Pledge of Allegiance, the Star Spangled Banner, and God Bless America. Students also learn the importance of praying for our leaders.

History is presented through the Core Knowledge Sequence history books that are published by Pearson Publishing. In the early grades much of the presentation is in story form told orally by the teacher then discussed by the students. Art projects abound! In the upper grades the students read and discuss the material in class either individually or in groups. Projects include speeches, research papers, plays, readers’ theaters and technology presentations. It is essential that students grasp the importance of understanding how historical e events and people impact life today.


Very few schools teach grammar today. At HERITAGE ACADEMY, we value teaching children the importance of good diction and good written presentation. Through the Core Knowledge Language Arts Sequence in grades 1-2 or through Easy Grammar in grades 3-6, and in conjunction with IEW, children are taught the basics of English grammar. We even teach children to diagram sentences, which to them is solving an intricate puzzle. Diagramming encourages understanding of all the parts of speech. Understanding the basics of English grammar and the parts of speech provides an excellent groundwork for learning foreign language later on in school.

Students are also provided opportunities to give oral presentations on a regular basis through plays, readers’ theater, oral book reports, report presentations, and musical theater.

The Core Knowledge Sequence directs our curriculum in vocabulary, idioms, poems, and stories to be taught each year.

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