At Sons + Daughters Academy we believe it is extremely important to provide a curriculum that is surrounded by the Christian faith. God is in everything we do in our lives and we believe that having God in the center of the learning experience provides a foundation for the children to have that relationship with God as they grow.
Here at SDA we use the Abeka curriculum. Abeka gives students a biblical world view through each daily lesson. A biblical world view means educational lessons are taught surrounding God's word and incorporate truth through scripture within each lesson. Not only does Abeka provide educational lessons with a biblical worldview, but they also incorporate phonics, which provide students the opportunity to learn to read by the time they reach kindergarten. Giving students the opportunity to learn to read and write by the time they are ready to start school sets them up for a successful season of schooling.
While lessons are important, we also believe that structure, order, and well mannered behavior is a key factor in a child's development. When children attend a classroom that is orderly and calm, they will be able to learn more, thrive more, and learn manners. We believe honor is something that is lacking in today's culture, and we like to incorporate that within the classroom. We believe teaching students to honor one another and honor their teachers and other adults is a biblical skill they can take with them throughout their life.
In short - SDA knows that while lessons, and learning are extremely important to the development of each student, we also are strongly passionate about teaching each student morality, honor, and kindness that will set them up for success in all they do.
Through art, children can express themselves in different ways which enhances creativity. Art improves hand and eye coordination, increases confidence, developes fine motor skills, teaches creative problem solving, and more. Studies have shown that children who do art on a regular basis do better in science and math.
Music is more than just song and dance. We believe that music can be used as a tool to bring peace and joy to the body, mind, and spirit. Music is offered throughout the day in every classroom and worship music is played over the children while they sleep during nap. Dancing to music allows children to develop gross motor skills and allows them to practice self expression.
Research suggests that promoting movement and activity in young children can help increase memory, perception, language, attention, emotion and even decision making. When language is combined with movement, learning increases 90 percent. Movement has also been shown to help calm and promote alertness in infants.
The ability to analyze ideas, even basic ones, such as hot versus cold depends on language. Through language, children make sense of experiences and the world around them. In fact, language is the foundation for most learning—whether it is factual knowledge, social skills, moral development, or physical achievement.
Developing math skills at an early age positively impacts a child's cognitive, social/emotional, physical, and literacy development. Concepts such as problem solving, number sense, and spatial relationships help students gain the basic understanding of math to build upon.
Research shows that outdoor play is imperative for a Childs physical development. Physical skills are important for growth, physical coordination, and the movement of the body. When children play outdoors they increase their ability to balance, jump, climb, throw, run and skip. Children learn predominately through their sensory and physical experiences which also supports brain development.