Core Curriculum

Pre-K Curriculum

In our Pre-Kindergarten program, your child will be engaged in a variety of exciting and fun hands-on activities. In our classroom, we focus on readiness and writing, language and literacy, and numbers and math. Additionally, your child will be engaged in a variety of gross and fine motor skills across the content areas.

In our classroom, learning through play is important. Your child will be participating in various forms of play including functional/discovery play and symbolic play through the use of center time. In our classroom, there are many engaging centers that include: Dramatic play, Building Blocks, Writing, iPads, Library, Discovery, and Games.

In the library center, students will be engaging in print concepts, alphabet knowledge, vocabulary, phonological awareness, and word concepts.In the Dramatic Play Center, students will be engaging in role play. Within the Discovery Center, students will have the opportunity to learn through a sensory bin. Many skills can be learned and explored through sensory bin play including social and emotional communication, literacy, fine motor skills, and more! Students will be exploring through touch and feel.

In addition to the sensory bin, students will participate in various science, math, and social studies activities. In addition to centers, students will be exposed to new vocabulary daily during our morning word time. Students will be participating in lessons that incorporating reading, writing, readiness, numbers, and science.

Your student will be exploring the concepts listed and become mathematicians, writers, readers, scientists, and more. For a closer look into our Pre-K classroom environment, please click here.

Kindergarten- 2nd Grade Curriculum

Our kindergarten through Second Grade students are guided in their classroom each to think creatively and are provided with many opportunities to be successful. The philosophy that is exhibited in the classroom provides the students with an opportunity to excel in a positive learning environment. The teachers strive to meet the needs of all learners and to create lessons focused around different learning styles. We desire to have the students’ active in their learning environment where they can learn through a hands-on approach. The teachers work collaboratively with parents to ensure the best educational experience for each student.


In early elementary our science program is presented to the students through a unit-based approach. The units are designed around the Illinois State Standards Science Goals. The units allow the students to develop and demonstrate the following foundational scientific skills: application of learning, solving problems, communicating, using technology, working in teams and making connections.

Social Studies:

Our social science program is also presented with a unit-based approach. The units cover political systems, economics, history, geography and social systems and are designed around the Illinois State Standards for Social Science Goals.

Language Arts:

This includes: spelling, writing, reading, phonics, language arts
The Adventures of the Superkids. This curriculum covers a wide range of subjects integrating multiple subject areas of reading, writing, phonics, spelling and language arts. This is an exciting curriculum that allows students to think outside of the box and use their creativity. This language arts program engages the learner and introduces them to multiple texts. The program is set up in a unit based approach. This program provides differentiated instruction activities along with leveled texts to meet the needs of all learners.


The math curriculum we use is Saxon Math. Saxon Math is an exciting curriculum that provides many hands on activities allowing the students to learn by doing. The program provides many manipulatives and presents content in such a way that each lesson builds off of one another as the lessons progress. This program provides an ample amount of review allowing all learners to master content. This program includes review, direct instruction, hands on activities, and review sheets thus meeting the needs of all learning styles.

3rd Through 6th Grade Curriculum

The third through fifth grade students at CCPA are taught Spelling, English, Reading, Writing, Math, Science and History through various methods of instruction. Beside the traditional method of direct teaching, students also learn through activities based on Multiple Intelligence, Bloom’s Taxonomy, Cooperative and Multi-sensory learning. Inquiry-based learning also allows students to be hands on and active in their learning. Technology is also a part of the classroom, used to promote and further subject concepts and ideas.

We use a variety of texts to meet each grade’s subject objectives. Spelling, Reading, Science and History curriculum come from the Bob Jones University Press.

Spelling focuses on various word patterns, familiar words from previous reading, words that have irregular spelling and words students use on a regular basis. Bob Jones spelling also uses phonics skills to help students learn to spell correctly.

Bob Jones Reading curriculum focuses on developing higher-level thinking skills. Each story incorporates a variety of discussions and questions that help students move from answering basic literal type questions to critical/analysis type questions.

Bob Jones History curriculum teaches about history, geography, government, economics, as well as cultural skills.

Our science curriculum helps to establish foundational science facts and skills for further instructions. Students are taught about the scientific method through hands on activities, and how to apply their knowledge to everyday life.

Shurley English curriculum includes instruction on grammar, spelling, reading, vocabulary, writing, publishing, speaking and listening skills which provides our students with all the necessary tools to become fantastic writers.

Saxon math rounds out the upper elementary grades curriculum. Saxon Math curriculum allows for previously taught concepts and ideas to be continual brought back into focus, allowing the students to revisit objectives to allow for better understanding and retention.