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OUR CORE CURRICULUM INCLUDES:

Spiritual and Social Development-
Trinity Lutheran is about Excellence

We value personalized attention, hard work and a commitment to be the very best that a student can be.  This is why students at Trinity Lutheran Christian School receive opportunities to grow in academics, character, leadership, service, the arts, athletics, and the Christian faith.  We believe in Holistic Education – Educating the whole child…mind…body…spirit.

At Trinity Lutheran Christian School, students are free to express their relationship to Christ in their writing, praying, singing and conversations.  We help our students develop a clear understanding that God loves all and that each individual is unique and beautiful in their own way.  We teach and help our students build each other up with character and be problem solvers through words and positive actions.  Our approach to social interactions assures that each student learns and develops through friendship with their culturally diverse peers.  Older children have the opportunity to mentor younger children as “chapel buddies.”

Math
Our Mathematics curriculum at Trinity presents content through a combination of engaging, inquiry based activities, step by step direct instruction and frequent, sequenced practice.  Mathematics instruction is supported by technology at all levels through the use of SMART boards, IXL Math practice, iPads (K-5th) and laptops (6th-8th).  Problem solving and critical thinking skills are strongly encouraged, to prepare students for high school and real world mathematics applications.  Our Lower School Math Program includes proper math vocabulary, addition and subtraction, geometry, time, money, measurement, word problems, and multiplication and division (2nd-4th).  Our Middle School math program offers Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II to students who are able to go above and beyond grade level expectations.

Reading
Strategies in reading are introduced, modeled and practiced as a class, and individually to increase comprehension.  Word study skills are continuously honed throughout the school year.  In our Lower School, students apply decoding skills while reading and recognize sight words, read fluently and comprehend written material, understand vocabulary across the curriculum, and demonstrate proficiency in reading skills for their level.  Our students in the Middle School experience the excitement of reading through the use of books and accompanying story tapes/CD’s and workbooks to reinforce the learned skills.  Students also have the opportunity to bring the stories they read to life, through drama.  Reading instruction is woven through all subjects, and individualized to reflect students’ varying reading level.  Movie and Book compare and contrast projects to promote critical thinking, retention and comprehension.  Various book projects are also designed to combine reading and writing skills.

Christian Education
Christian Education at Trinity at all grade levels recognizes that God, through His word, is the absolute authority and basis for all truth and grace.

We believe that effective education is carried out through quality and experimental learning programs that relate the Christian faith to every aspect of life.

We believe that the uniqueness of Christian Education:

  1. Views the pupil through the cross of Christ.
  2. Has the Father’s given reasons for educating man.
  3. Is empowered by the Spirit for accomplishing its purposes.

We believe that the Lutheran school’s uniqueness:

  1. Gives adequate time for Christian instruction.
  2. Provides teaching by professional Christian teachers.
  3. Exemplifies the “Body of Christ” at work.
  4. Endeavors to meet the learner’s educational needs in a single school setting.

In addition to their daily Christian Education classes, the students attend Chapel each week and actively participate in the music and in the presentation of the themes.  A major emphasis in the entire Christian Education program is to lead students to faith in Jesus Christ, God’s Son, as the one and only way of salvation.

Accelerated Reader/AR
What is Accelerated Reader (AR?)  AR is a computer program that helps teachers manage and monitor Kindergarten – Grade 8 children’s independent reading practice.  Children pick a book at their own level and read it at their own pace.  When finished, the child takes a short quiz on the computer.  (Passing the quiz is an indication that a child understood what was read.)  AR gives both children and teachers feedback based on the quiz results, which the teacher then uses to help a child set goals and direct ongoing reading practice.  Children using AR choose their own books to read, rather than having one assigned to them.  This makes reading a much more enjoyable experience as they can choose books that are interesting to them.  According to research, children who read at least 20 minutes a day with a 90% comprehension rate see the greatest gains.  As a faith-based school, reading is vitally important to have the ability to read and understand the Word of God.  II Timothy 2:15, “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.”

Science
Our Science program is designed around inquiry based learning.  Students are encouraged to design experiments to explore the scientific concepts being taught.  Many of the units our Lower School students study are weather, plants, animals, environments, matter, forces, machines, space, energy, electricity, magnetism, light, sound, the earth, seasons, and the senses.  Experiments are a vital part of any Science curriculum and our 6th-8th grade students have access to a fully functioning lab where hands on opportunities are plentiful.  In the Lower School, our students also learn the Scientific method and conduct experiments and STEM projects.

All students in Middle School are also required to participate in the Science Fair that showcases their personal interests and aptitude for Science.

STEM
STEM is an approach to teaching and learning that integrates the content and skills of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.  Students learn through hands-on experience by asking questions, experimenting, designing, creating, and gathering evidence.  Some examples of STEM projects our students have accomplished are listed below.

Examples of Lower School STEM Projects

1st Grade
Design and construction of miniature bridges out of recyclable materials.  Measuring how much weight they can hold depending upon the design and materials used.

2nd Grade
Design and construction of Popsicle stick towers by using marshmallows to hold the sticks together.  Measuring the height to determine the tallest tower without it falling over.

3rd Grade
Design and construction of compound machines using simple machines and determination of the machines that are able to do the jobs they are constructed to do.

4th Grade
Design and construction of marshmallow catapults.  Measuring the distance where the marshmallows landed.

Examples of Middle School STEM Projects

 5th Grade
Students designed a Fossil Exhibit Hall, a Mobile Ecosystems Lab and used an Astrolabe to find the elevation of stars.

6th Grade
Students learn about the planet we live on in Earth Science.  Students participate in a simulated excavation of rock samples, build volcanoes and solar ovens and explore the weather by manipulating weather maps.

7th Grade
Students learn about Life Science through a variety of dissections, simulated viral epidemic and the use of compound microscopes.  Students learn how to prepare slides for examination under the microscope and look at bacteria cells in yogurt.

8th Grade
Students explore the world of chemistry and physics in Physical Science.  Students begin the year examining the Periodic Table of Elements, learning about chemical reactions and completing clock reactions.  They end the year with three projects that demonstrate their knowledge of physics and the scientific method.  Students build mousetrap cars, create enormous soap bubbles and build an egg drop project to demonstrate what they have learned

Language Arts
The Language Arts classes at Trinity Lutheran Christian School strive to instill a deep love for literature.  Students in the Middle School read many classic and modern novels on their way to becoming lifelong readers.  In addition, the students compare and contrast several film versions of the stories to the novels they have read.  Students learn the art of poetry as well as prose.  Our students have the opportunity to participate in various essay and poetry competitions on local, statewide, and national levels.  The study of grammar and vocabulary is an important part of every grade level, thereby rounding off a truly integrated Language Arts program.  Students in the Lower School learn to express ideas clearly and effectively when speaking and writing using the appropriate grammar, vocabulary, punctuation, and capitalization.

Social Studies
Our Middle School students explore our communities and our world.  History of our majestic land includes:  early pioneers, first Americans, the State of Maryland, government and much more.  Projects are a wonderful way to introduce our students to family values and explore and embrace Biblically-based cultural diversity.  In the Lower School, units include holidays, maps and globes, geography skills, communities, various culture groups, government, history, regions, and the State of Maryland.

Spanish Curriculum
Students need to know the basics of the language of Spanish in order to be able to communicate with the speakers of the language at any given time.  This is especially important for a faith-based school because of the emphasis placed on missions.  Students will come in contact with Spanish-speaking people in the United States and in travels who need to hear about the love of God.  By learning the basics of speaking Spanish, students will be able to communicate with many different people in many different situations.  Our curriculum includes listening, speaking, reading, writing and vocabulary.  Emphasis is placed on the acquisition of a broad vocabulary as the students begin to learn basic words in the languages and will further develop as they enter higher grades.  As a part of our curriculum, students will be introduced to Spanish.  They will learn about the culture, and to speak, read and write in Spanish, and gain better understanding of this beautiful language.

Physical Education
Trinity Lutheran Christian School PE program offers a variety of activities based on each age level.  Movement education, cooperative games, ball handling and striking skills as well as fitness, dance, tumbling and gymnastics are taught in our lower grades.  Students learn skills and rules needed to play team sports through lead-up games.  In our Middle School, higher level sport skills and strategy is taught, along with physical fitness, cardiovascular conditioning, body strength development and recreational and competitive sports.  All grades learn the value of sportsmanship, teamwork and cooperation.  Both a gymnasium and athletic field provide our students the opportunity for directed activities on a regular basis.  Special events for promotion of health, nutrition and life skills include Jump Rope and Hoops for Heart, Walkathon, Alumni Volleyball Tournament and Field Day.

Athletics
The Athletic Department of Trinity Lutheran Christian School strives to instill knowledge, skills, commitment and the value of teamwork.  Membership on a team is a privilege and carries with it a great responsibility.  Team members promote school spirit, develop a sense of sportsmanship, and build excellent relationships with coaches and other players.  Players develop the values of integrity, determination and hard work…Christ-like character.  Interested students can participate in soccer, basketball, cross-country, and cheerleading.  They compete with other school and programs.  An annual recognition assembly is held to honor these athletes participation.

Music
Music is a unique and valuable modality in which individuals can become proficient in a complex skill while accessing creativity and self-expression.  General music education, offered from Kindergarten through 8th grade, aims to provide students with an increasing level of musical knowledge while becoming confident performing within an individual and/or group setting.  Students will grow in their knowledge of musical concepts including:

  • Rhythm
  • Musical Notation
  • Instrument Familiarization
  • Music History
  • Music Literature (traditional and contemporary to be prepared and performed regularly)

Beginner Band is available to 4th and 5th grade students and Advanced Band to 6th-8th grade.  Middle School students may elect participation in various performing ensembles including:  chorus, hand bells, musical theater/drama, dance, and praise team.

Students 6th through 8th grade will be eligible to participate in the Spring Musical.  This special presentation provides the opportunity to contribute to a full-staged production.  Students will receive musical and dramatic direction in performing as individuals and as an ensemble on stage.

Art
The K-8 Art Program at Trinity seeks to develop students fine motor skills, introduce students to a wide range of 2-Dimensional and 3-Dimensional media, better student understanding and use of the elements and principles of art, engage them in art appreciation activities, and increase their awareness of art’s role in culture.  Students begin their art education by learning about lines, colors and shapes.  Students practice using art tools properly.  Many of these skills are practiced as students learn about famous artists and the importance of art in different cultures.  As students’ progress through the lower school, they are introduced to new media like chalk and clay pastels.  They learn about the element of space and practice using color schemes and thoughtful compositions to create interesting works of art.  Many projects align with what students are studying in Social Studies, Language and even Math.  The sixth grade year is especially aligned to their study of ancient civilizations.  In seventh and eighth grade, students have the opportunity to create cast works of art with plaster.  Students complete independent research on famous artists and use their unique styles as inspiration in their works.

Drama
Every child is a gift from God.  The Dramatic Arts classes at Trinity Lutheran Christian School give students the opportunity to use their talents to glorify God through the spoken word, song and dance.  As Christians, we are called to be disciples and share the message of Jesus Christ.  Jesus taught us to love one another and to live by the “Golden Rule.”  The students taking drama focus on “The Golden Rule” as they use teamwork, dedication and commitment to produce each show.  The program enables the students to improve their self-esteem, character, and confidence through production, improve games and individual acting work.  Students from Trinity have gone on to successfully perform in theater programs in both high school and college.