Curriculum Outline

In Language Arts and Math, students work in small groups to receive individualized instruction and to ensure that concepts are mastered completely before advancing. This mastery of information builds self confidence and allows children to develop their knowledge base in an orderly manner. Independent seat work is also an important component of each child’s educational program. This helps children learn to focus and to build stamina for larger and more complex projects as they progress.

Combination Classroom

In a combination class younger students are provided with a preview of the upcoming year and older students are provided with a review of the previous year. The Carden method is a highly individualized approach to teaching. This allows all children of all learning levels to thrive to their fullest potential.


Language Arts

Grade One:

Increased knowledge of phonetics

Comprehension Techniques: Keywords & Titles, word grouping; present and past tense, regular statement, question and not forms

Contraction, Nouns, Verbs, Adjectives

Sentence analysis (who, doing, what, where, when, how)

*Participation from all pupils in class:

Poetry, Drama, and Plays


Foundation for rythmic reading and the basic phonetics are established (long and short sounds)

Play names and real names reading of words and sentences

Establishement of the mental image

Recall of consonant chart. Alphabet chart- those before, after and between

Letter writing, pencil holding, spelling of words

Acquisition of an increased vocabulary

Comprehension techniques which require the application of grammer


Introduction to the appreciation of a good story is presented to the children in a way that they develop a taste for literature, and a desire for it. An emphasis of the development of the story and the pattern of its structure gives the child an insight that leads him to an understanding of story telling and story writing.


Phonics. Understanding of a basic spelling lesson and vowel chart. Establishment of the Carden Vowel Chart. Vocabulary Building.


Recall and Printing

Cursive- Grade One


Science is taught from a biblical, creationist perspective, emphasizing God’s handiwork in the world around us. Three units will include: The World of Plants, The World of Animals, The Human Body.
Each Lesson includes read aloud sections that cover the basic material, fun hands on activities that involve the child and reinforces what was read. Life Science is displayed in the ever changing seasons around us, bringing nature right inside our door.


Grade One

Introduction of number concepts up to 9

1’s, 10’s, and 100’s houses

Pairs 5 to 9

Addition and Subtraction to 20

Multiplication tables: 2, 3, 5 and 10

Math word problems (addition, subtraction, number needed)

Money, Time

Measurement of inches and centimeters


Modern math terms


Number concepts from one to five including the following:

Boxes: 1-9

Chart of one to five

Number line from 1-9

Addition and subtraction with sum or remainder to equal 5 or under


State Map; United States; Countries of the world


Sight singing; Songs, Pitch, Rhythm

Social Studies

Schools Now and Long Ago; At Home with My Family; In and Around our Land; My World and Me; Idaho; Local Community: Firefighters, Police

Manners and Etiquette


Oral and Written
Vocabulary and phrases related to: date, shapes, parts of the body, places in the city, the home, time, professions, music and musical instruments, seasons, days, months, clothing, sports, emotions, transportation
Grammar: Nouns, Verbs, Adjectives
Introduction to written French based on vocabulary topics
Development of speaking, reading, and writing skills

Physical Education

7 weeks fall horseback riding lessons, 6 weeks fall swimming lessons; 9 weeks weekly skiing lessons; 8 weeks spring swimming lessons.
Development of the individual and individual as a member of a team.
Good sportsmanship
Posture exercises