Primary School classes at Regent Academy are nurturing, creative, and exploratory in nature, while still offering our students structure and routine.
We believe students at the Primary level need to be well grounded in literacy and numeration, and these are therefore a main focus of our class time.
Foundations for reading are laid with the aid of a combination of learning materials designed to build and strengthen abilities in the early years.
The phonics component of the "Open Court" reading program is used in conjunction with carefully selected readers and novels to develop language awareness and skills.
Many of our materials are distinctly Christian so that our students are taught Biblical values and character traits while they learn to read.
Literature appreciation and a love for reading is fostered through our participation in events such as "100 Nights of Reading" , Buddy-reading (combining younger & old grades for storytime), and hosting author visits.
Spelling is taught using the Sequential Spelling program which teaches students how to recognize and build upon letter/sound/meaning patterns in words.
Students are given opportunities to explore and develop their creative writing skills through journals, poetry, stories, and a variety of other writing experiences.
Along with these opportunities, we believe that students need to be given the tools to be creative, and therefore we deliver a strong language mechanics program.
Our primary grades use the highly effective Saxon Math program. Through a combination of clear, directed instruction followed by related practice and review, students develop and build upon foundational math skills. Mastery of basic addition, subtraction and multiplication facts is an important facet of the program with timed drills at the beginning of each lesson.
Students are taught to use a variety of problem solving strategies to solve word problems. The use of correct math language is encouraged in each area of study.
As with our entire curriculum, Social Studies classes follow the BC Ministry of Education curriculum guidelines, but are taught from a Christian perspective, teaching our students to see their world from a Biblical viewpoint even at a young age.
Science classes explore the wonder of creation and strive to strengthen students' faith by providing instruction in truth.
Scriptural truth is also taught through Bible classes, where students starting in Kindergarten begin to learn how to use the Bible and apply Biblical truths to their lives.
Scripture memory is a key component in every grade at RCA. Our desire is to teach all our students to have answers ready for what they believe.
At RCA, we believe that our students benefit from an early introduction to the joys of learning a second language.
French language instruction is begun in Kindergarten and continues through the primary grades.
Students have fun learning new vocabulary through songs, stories, and games. Each year we also get a taste of French culture with our participation in the school-wide "Fete d'hiver" (Winter carnival) in February.
Many of the academic programs and principles taught in our Primary School are common to those taught in Middle School and also throughout High School. In this way, our students are offered a thread of learning that carries them through their entire education at Regent Christian Academy.