Curriculum


Christian Education

Children at Southminster School learn about the world God created and how God provides for them through His creation. They participate in chapel services where Bible stories teach about God and Jesus. They worship God together with their classmates, expressing thanks for God’s love and care. Children take comfort in learning that they can talk to God whenever they want and wherever they are.


Language Arts

Our Spelling curriculum is Purposeful Design Spelling published by the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI). This curriculum provides lessons that address various spelling rules within a Christian theme.


Reading Instruction is taught explicitly in lower grades via sight word study, phonics, and Guided Reading. Upper grades participate in literature circles, Writer's Workshop, novel studies, and a variety of activities geared towards the acquisition of the necessary comprehension skills.


Mathematics

Southminster School believes in math instruction focused on the progression of skills from the concrete to the abstract. We use Math in Focus, a Singapore math model, to teach our students the underlying reasons for problem solving, not just memorization of algorithms and steps. We believe that math instruction is the filling of a toolbox and that students have the flexibility to solve problems in the ways that work best for them!


Science

Our science curriculum is STEMscopes, a research-based curriculum developed by Rice University. The units, based on the 5 E's instructional model (Engage, Explore, Explain, Extend and Evaluate), ensure that our students  learn about science concepts in greater depth through hands-on labs, writing, and critical thinking about the topics discussed.


Social Studies

Social Studies instruction varies by grade level to include topics accessible to the children. Lower grades focus on social skill awareness and citizenship traits while children in upper grades focus on various themes or times in history such as Texas History or World History. Curriculum varies from the use of textbooks, Studies Weekly, and Scholastic News and Time for Kids.