Lower School Curriculum
“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” Psalm 119:105
At the Master’s Academy, we believe that God’s Word is living and active. We are passionate about equipping our students with the skills needed to read, understand, and meaningfully communicate to others. As a Lower School, we have integrated Collaborative Literacy, a curriculum that builds a core foundation in reading, vocabulary, word work, writing, and grammar. Our goal is to engage our students to think critically and deeply about their studies and to engage the world around them.
Being A Reader (K-2) builds a foundation for young readers by teaching them phonological awareness, phonics, and sight words they need to be successful in language. This is done through large and small group settings — whatever will best meet a student’s needs in leveled reading groups.
Making Meaning(K-5) teaches students how to use reading strategies to understand complex texts and apply those strategies during time spent reading a variety of available literature each day through the addition of leveled classroom libraries.
In Being a Writer(K-5), students are exposed to content-rich mentor texts and given the opportunity to apply their learning into their own writing with tailored instruction. Students spend time writing each day as they practice their craft, conferring with their teacher and peers to reach new depths of understanding. Our students are thrilled to become skilled authors as they inspire one another to write for a purpose, sharing with the writing community during Author's Chair.
Woven throughout this curriculum are opportunities for students to practice making their thinking explicit through engaging social and emotional activities. Our students love it, and we do too! We are so blessed at TMA to deepen our ability to comprehend so we can understand God's Word and practice communicating more like Jesus through these supportive and engaging learning experiences.