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Ancillary Programs to Support the ES Instructional Program

The Resource teacher collaborates with the classroom teacher to provide academic accommodations through individual and small group instruction. Elementary students entering FBA with a formal protocol receive services through the Resource Program.

Students participate in Related Arts classes each week. These classes include : Art, Music, PE, Technology and Library. See Fine and Performing Arts for class descriptions. Additionally, students lead worship at elementary chapels. Students participate in annual musical productions, and class chapel presentations.

Students enjoy weekly chapels coordinated to support the annual school-wide theme. Students participate in leading pledges, prayer, Praise and Worship. Each week in chapel students are publically recognized by the principal for exemplary Christian Character. There are several special chapels each year.  We focus on the Annual School Theme and each grade level presents a Chapel program.

Each week, students in grades two and four collaborate in the LEGO Lab to design and construct LEGO structures with programed robotic moving parts.

Students in grades K4-5 participate in a monthly STEAM class focusing on 21st Century Skills through Project and Problem-based learning. Students learn about  Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math as they create and innovate.  The culminating activity for STEAM Class is a Family Fun Night in April. The 2016.17 STEAM theme is “Carnival of Construction & Innovation”.

FBA provides HSE students with the opportunity to participate in Related Arts Classes as a part of tuition. HSE students are invited to participate in class Field Trips and chapel.


 

Curriculum Extensions to Support & Promote Expected Student Outcomes

Each grade level K4-5 adopts a Class Ministry Project, to practice the Spiritual Discipline of Service. Some classes go off campus and minister in low income schools, some send cards and gifts to soldiers, some collect baby clothes for area shelters. Third grade sponsors “Helps Tackle Hunger”- collecting canned goods for local food pantries. Each time FBA scores a touchdown at football games to equal the number of touchdowns.

Elementary classes take learning outdoors for hands-on Science experiments and to explore God’s creation. There is a dedicated area of the playground designed for Outdoor Learning.  Field Trips extend learning beyond classroom walls of FBA. Teachers also use technology to provide virtual Field Trip experiences in the classroom. One such example- 4th Grade curriculum focuses on Florida Studies, providing opportunities for students visit significant historic Florida sites and participate in Florida Cracker Day activities.

Students have many opportunities to collaborate, create and present individually and in small group. Each grade level project is tied to the curriculum and  includes a presentation component. K5 students  share Christmas traditions at Christmas Around the World. Students incorporate technology in presentation. Gr 1 students construct  3D Creation Boxes and tell the Bible account of Creation.  Gr. 2 hosts an Animal Fair, Gr. 3 conducts a State Fair, Gr. 4 holds a Florida Great Brain Festival, and Gr. 5 students dress in costume to recite a student-written monologue for the Great American Wax Museum.

Each fall, students participate in a Manners mini unit to learn and practice Table Manners.  A professional chef is invited to speak to students about appropriate table  manners. Students participate in a mock restaurant  meal, complete with formally set dining table. A culminating activity to the Manners unit is  for students to demonstrate their manners as they  enjoy a formal Thanksgiving Feast held annually in the school cafeteria.

Students in grades K4- 5 plant and maintain twelve container gardens and two raised bed gardens on the FBA campus. Gardening provides many opportunities for Outdoor Learning as students develop a greater appreciation for the beauty and intricacies of God’s creation. Students learn about plant growth, Nutrition, Water Cycles, and stewardship of God’s creation.

Students in grades K-5 have the option to participate in quarterly After School Enrichment classes.  Students take a variety of classes. Examples of current class offerings include: Spanish, STEAM, Astronomy , Mathletes, LEGO Lab, and Art.

Each year fifth grade students campaign and are elected by their peers as Class Officers. Those same students serve on the Student Leadership Team under the direction of the principal. Student leadership Team meets twice a month with the principal for Leadership Training, to share ideas promoting the school mission, and to plan service projects. SLT members lead chapels, participate in FBCN Trunk -N- Treat, help with playground clean up, and serve as Student Ambassadors for FBA Open House.


 

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