With the K-5 elementary school courses at Serving Institute, you can prepare your young students for success in middle school and beyond. Our certified teachers and responsive staff can help you nurture and educate your children in an ideal learning environment. When you work with us, you’ll have access to all the resources and materials you need to give your students a quality education and prepare them for the future.
Getting started is easy. Once you’ve completed the application and submitted your student’s official academic records from his/her previous school, we will complete the enrollment process by setting up a course schedule. Take a look at the elementary school courses we offer and find out how a Christian curriculum can provide your young students with an academic and spiritual learning experience.
Participating in an online elementary school program means you will be able to access the curriculum 24/7, whenever it is most convenient for you. Online classes also mean you will be able to view student grades at your convenience. Quality education depends on you taking an active role in the process. Take a look at the courses we offer and discover how a Christ-centered curriculum can provide your young students with an academic and spiritual learning experience.
Literacy course incorporates phonics, writing, early reading, science, and social studies. The interactive Reading Eggs program aids the student in the understanding and practice of various literacy skills. This course integrates a Biblical worldview within the numerous lessons and activities.
Bible course encourages students to get to know the Bible. The students will learn about the lives of various people in the Bible. The Bible course teaches students how much Jesus loves them and will encourage them to pursue a personal relationship with Christ.
Math course engages students in various areas of mathematics. This course gives students an opportunity to connect a real-life Biblical worldview with everyday math situations. Students are provided with engaging, exciting, and interactive lessons that build upon one another.
1st Grade Literacy course seeks to nurture and further develop students’ literacy skills garnered in kindergarten. The course focuses on phonics, reading, writing, spelling, vocabulary, and grammar. The entire literacy course is interwoven with God’s truths and principles. The literature selections are taken from both fiction and non-fiction texts and will benefit the students in developing strong reading comprehension and fluency skills. Additionally, creative writing strategies are used in this course to assist students in expressing their thoughts effectively. Students will explore a wide range of topics, including developing a reading and writing toolbox, types of writing, discovering the main idea, and retelling stories.
History (First Semester)
The standards for first-grade students include an introduction to the lives of leaders in the history of Virginia and their contributions to the Commonwealth. Students should develop basic map skills. They should study the economic concepts of goods and services, consumers and producers, and making economic choices. Students should learn to apply the traits of a good citizen and recognize that communities in Virginia have local governments. They should learn that communities include people who have diverse ethnic origins, customs, and traditions, who make contributions to their communities, and who are united as Americans by common principles.
Science (Second Semester)
1st grade Science course presents students with a wide range of scientific concepts and truths. Students will learn how to classify based on characteristics, understand the relationships among objects and their interactions with one another, realize the basic effects the sun and Earth have on each other, and study the connection between seasonal changes and plant and animal activities. Each lesson’s design is interactive and engaging, incorporating many exciting experiments and activities. The course focuses on fully integrating a Biblical worldview into an often secularized subject. Students will explore a wide range of topics, including the Scientific Method, force, motion, energy, matter, Earth and space systems, life processes, and Earth’s resources.
1st grade Bible course allows students to explore important people in the Bible and what they can learn from them. They will also explore stories and verses in the Bible that teach them how to live their life for Jesus Christ. Each lesson asks them a question and then takes them through a lesson that helps them to find the answer. The life verse in each lesson is a verse they should practice and try to memorize to hide God’s Word in their heart. At the end of each lesson, there is a prayer suggestion that teaches the student how to talk with God.
1st grade Math places an emphasis on counting, comparing, and ordering sets of up to 110 objects; recognizing and describing simple repeating and growing patterns; and tracing, describing, and sorting plane figures. Students’ understanding of number is expanded through recognizing and describing part-whole relationships for numbers up to 10, solving story and picture problems using addition and subtraction within 20; using nonstandard units to measure, and organizing and interpreting data. Fractional concepts will be expanded through sharing scenarios involving halves and fourths. The acquisition of specialized mathematical vocabulary and language is crucial to a student’s understanding and appreciation of the subject and fosters confidence in mathematics communication and problem-solving. Problem-solving is integrated throughout the content strands. The development of problem-solving skills is a major goal of the mathematics program at every grade level. The development of skills and problem-solving strategies must be integrated early and continuously into each student’s mathematics education.
2nd Grade Bible course will utilize Scripture and Bible characters to teach character in everyday life by applying what these historical people did in their part of history. Not only will students learn to apply positive character traits in their own daily living, they will learn Scripture through Bible verses and will learn how to apply these verses in life.
2nd grade Language Arts program will enhance literary skills in each student. Literary sections with spelling, grammar, and writing skills are included. The student will progress in phonetic strategies when reading. This course will focus on comprehension and ways to decode words. Fiction and non-fiction books will be utilized in teaching literary components. All components will be based upon Biblical truths as found in the Bible. Students will read a wide range of books which include: Frog and Toad by Arnold Lobel, Henry and Mudge by Cynthia Rylant, Arthur’s Reading Race by Marc Brown, Duck on a Bike by David Shannon, Helen Keller by Margaret Davidson, and Sarah Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan.
2nd-grade math course extends the study of number and spatial sense to include three-digit whole numbers and solid geometric figures. Students will continue to learn, use, and gain proficiency in the basic addition facts through the tens table and the corresponding subtraction facts. Students will begin to use U.S. Customary and metric units of measure; predict, using simple probability; and create and interpret picture and bar graphs. Students will work with a variety of patterns and will develop knowledge of equality by identifying missing numbers in addition and subtraction facts. Mathematics has its own language, and the acquisition of specialized vocabulary and language patterns is crucial to a student’s understanding and appreciation of the subject. Students should be encouraged to use correctly the concepts, skills, symbols, and vocabulary identified in the following set of standards. Problem-solving has been integrated throughout the six content strands. The development of problem-solving skills should be a major goal of the mathematics program at every grade level. Instruction in the process of problem-solving will need to be integrated early and continuously into each student’s mathematics education. Students must be helped to develop a wide range of skills and strategies for solving a variety of problem types.
2nd-grade history program includes an introduction to the lives of Americans and their contributions to the United States as well as the heritage of the American Indians, past and present. Students should continue developing map skills and demonstrate an understanding of basic economic concepts. The students will identify selected American individuals who have worked to improve the lives of American citizens. The students will recognize that the United States is a land of people who have diverse ethnic origins, customs, and traditions, who make contributions to their communities, and who are united as Americans by common principles.
Science course will show God’s creation in all of science. Many hands-on activities will be incorporated to show exactly how a concept works or is displayed. Journals will be used to observe and note observations that are made. God’s creation and design of our world will be the emphasis of the science program.
The Liberty University Online Academy’s 3rd grade Bible course encourages and teaches students how to make Jesus the Ultimate Teacher of their lives. Through the utilization of God’s Truth, engaging materials, and intriguing technological activities, students will explore the life of Jesus and the choices He wants us to make for our lives. Additionally, students will research the lives of Biblical figures and examine Christian character traits. Students will learn Christian values, strengthen their faith, memorize Scripture, and most importantly, apply it to their daily lives. This Bible course is designed to help students expand their knowledge of Christ and His teachings. Ultimately, it will provide valuable opportunities for students to develop closer and more powerful relationships with Christ our Savior.
3rd Grade Language Arts course utilizes innovative technology resources and engaging activities for students. The course focuses on spelling, vocabulary, correct word usage, punctuation, capitalization, and the utilization of the parts of speech. The entire language arts course is interwoven with God’s truths and principles. Literature selections will benefit students in developing strong reading comprehension and fluency skills. Additionally, creative writing strategies are used in this course to assist students in expressing their thoughts effectively.
3rd Grade Math Course provides students with exceptional opportunities to make real Biblical worldview connections to math through engaging and exciting lessons, materials, and activities. The math course utilizes a Biblical theme in each math module that helps the students to review their prior knowledge and continue to build a solid foundation for continued future knowledge. An end of the course math review and simulation allows the students to utilize their acquired math skills through an innovative process that will encourage and excite each student’s interest in math.
3rd Grade History Course provides students with exciting and engaging opportunities to explore historical events, people, and places that have helped to shape the United States. Biblical truths are woven continuously throughout the course allowing students to see and experience God’s incredible plan throughout history. The in-depth explorations pave a clear path for students to embrace past history patterns that are preparing them and future generations to be Christ-followers. A special student history showcase at the end of the course allows students to utilize their own special God-given talents, interests, and historical knowledge in a unique project.
3rd Grade Science Course provides students with an opportunity to discover scientific topics through interactive and engaging activities and lessons. Students will study various aspects of God’s creation and will do so with imperative Christian values as the guide. The truths of Creation and God’s design will be interwoven throughout the course allowing students to learn sound scientific knowledge framed in a Biblical worldview.
4th Grade Bible course immerses students in God’s Word in an effort to help them understand who God is, what He’s done, and what He offers each individual. Students will study the life of Jesus, the Psalms, the Proverbs, the Fruit of the Spirit, how God deals with sin, and how God blesses obedience.
4th-grade language arts course allows students to interact with exciting reading text, practice grammar skills, embrace the components of great writing, and spell grade level appropriate words. Students will enjoy reading books like The Tale of Despereaux, Because of Winn-Dixie, Stone Fox, I Survived the Sinking of the Titanic, Chocolate Fever, Jackie Robinson, and read a book about a Famous American. Students will complete a written and oral presentation on the Famous American book they choose.
4th-grade math course promotes problem-solving skills by teaching students how to add, subtract, multiply, divide, average, and write the value of multi-digit numbers. Students learn how to apply mathematical concepts to everyday life using decimals, fractions, estimation, probability, measurement (US and Metric), graphs, word problems involving making change with money, and basic geometry.
4th-grade history course gives students an overview of how America came to be. Students will see the development of the new nation and study the events and people that contributed to the free America we live in today. Students will take a journey through Jamestown, the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, and present-day America.
4th-grade science course challenges students to gain a better understand of God as they investigate the world through research, projects, and activities. The fourth-grade science course is comprised of exciting units that cover the following: creation, space, weather, rocks and minerals, plants, insects, ecosystems, friction, force, and electricity.
5th grade Bible course encourages and teaches students the importance of daily Bible reading and Scripture memory. Through the utilization of God’s Truths and engaging materials, students will explore the following topics: God’s Judgment and Grace, the Armor of God, Fruits of the Spirit, Building Godly Character, and Obedience. Students will also study how they can be Christ followers and carry God’s message around the globe and in their own community.
5th-grade language arts course places an emphasis on reading comprehension by comparing fiction and nonfiction texts. In fiction texts, students will explain plot development and conflict resolution and differentiate between first and third person points of view. Fifth-grade students will have an increased emphasis on nonfiction reading by identifying the authors’ organizational patterns and using the text to support opinions and conclusions. The student will continue to expand vocabulary using knowledge of roots, affixes, synonyms, antonyms, and homophones. Students will use the writing process to write in a variety of forms including narrative, descriptive, expository, and persuasive. Students will demonstrate the ability to collaborate with diverse teams working respectfully with others, using active listening skills, and showing value for individual contributions. Students will deliver multimodal presentations and compare/contrast a variety of techniques used in media messages. The student will demonstrate comprehension of the research process by evaluating the relevance, reliability, and credibility of information collected to create a research product. The student will define the meaning and consequences of plagiarism.
5th-grade math course places emphasis on number sense with whole numbers, fractions, and decimals. This focus includes concepts of prime and composite numbers, identifying even and odd numbers, and solving problems using order of operations for positive whole numbers. Students will develop proficiency in the use of fractions and decimals to solve practical problems. Students will collect, display, and analyze data in a variety of ways and solve probability problems, using a sample space, a tree diagram, or the Fundamental Counting Principle. Students will also solve problems involving volume, area, and perimeter. Students will be introduced to expressions with a variable. Students will solve problems using strategies including place value and the properties of addition and multiplication. All of these skills assist in the development of the algebraic concepts needed for success in the middle grades. Problem-solving is integrated throughout the content strands. The development of problem-solving skills is a major goal of the mathematics program at every grade level. The development of skills and problem-solving strategies must be integrated early and continuously into each student’s mathematics education.
5th-grade history course provides students with skills for historical and geographical analysis to explore the early history of the United States and to understand ideas and events that strengthened the union. The standards for this course relate to the history of the United States from pre-Columbian times until 1865. Students will continue to learn fundamental concepts in civics, economics, and geography as they study United States history in chronological sequence and learn about change and continuity in our history. They will also study documents and speeches that laid the foundation for American ideals and institutions and will examine the everyday lives of people at different times in the country’s history through the use of primary and secondary sources.
5th Grade science course emphasizes the importance of selecting appropriate instruments for measuring and recording observations. The organization, analysis, and application of data continue to be an important focus of classroom inquiry. Science skills from preceding grades, including questioning, using and validating evidence, and systematic experimentation are reinforced at this level. Students are introduced to more detailed concepts of sound and light and the tools used for studying them. Key concepts of matter, including those about atoms, molecules, elements, and compounds, are studied, and the properties of matter are defined in greater detail. The cellular makeup of organisms and the distinguishing characteristics of groups of organisms are stressed. Students learn about the characteristics of the oceans and the Earth’s changing surface.