Children learn best when they are safe, known and loved by an expert teacher. Relationship is the key that unlocks a love for learning and at Mt. Bethel Christian Academy, relationship makes all the difference. Jim R. Callis, Head of School “
“ Lower School Main Campus Children will learn and grow more in their lower school years than at any other time in their lives. Their attitude towards school and learning will be shaped during these foundational years. The lower school at Mt. Bethel has been designed with the young learner in mind. It is filled with happy, motivated children who are thriving in the classroom and growing in their walk with God. Within our Christ-centered environment, our expert faculty love and inspire each child to love learning and love Christ. Our math curriculum builds confidence and mastery through repetition by creatively reinforcing key concepts throughout the year. The program relies heavily on the use of manipulatives and interactive games to make the learning more enjoyable, more memorable and more effective for tactile learners. Our language arts program reflects an integrated model of literacy. Instruction and application in the four strands – Reading and Literature, Writing, Speaking and Listening, and Language – are linked to the complex texts and topics with which students engage. The phonics component explicitly and sequentially addresses three of the Five Essential Elements of Reading: phonemic awareness, phonics, and vocabulary development, with fluency and comprehension development occurring as a result of automaticity in decoding. The rigorous program focuses on repeated reading of complex text, developing academic vocabulary and reading skills. Scaffolding and differentiation are part of everyday instruction to ensure the needs of every child are met. Expert faculty and a powerful curriculum would be insufficient without the opportunity to know each student by head and by heart. We achieve an unparalleled level of intimacy in our lower school by limiting class size and doubling the number of adults in each room. Each lower school teacher partners with a full-time paraprofessional to ensure that every student is known, challenged and loved.