Following in His Footsteps

Traditional education in our middle grades is a lively mixture of teaching and discussion, hands-on projects, drill and memorization, and creative writing and speaking, all the while maturing our students' study skills and critical thinking abilities.

Our main goal in sixth, seventh, and eighth grades is to continue the process of teaching a Biblical worldview and developing each child's God-given potential. Old Testament and New Testament curricula lead young people to the love of Jesus and help them grow into a mature faith in Him.

God's plan for redemption is further seen in History: world history, United States history, and current events. The study of ancient times, the Middle Ages, and modern times all point to the return of Jesus Christ. U.S. Government is explored by spending a day in the House and Senate chambers in Augusta. World Geography is studied throughout the grades and is highlighted by Coastal Christian's participation in the annual National Geography Bee. Hands-on projects encourage historical and geographical creativity.

The physical world of God's creation, with its intricate complexity and majestic vastness, all controlled by God's sovereign laws of nature, is the subject of our Science classes. These are enhanced by various projects. Life Science and Health classes point students to how marvelously God created us, and then encourage them in good stewardship of that creation.

Mathematics classes review basic skills and then move on to advanced fractions, followed by decimals, percentages, and algebra. Word problems teach students to think mathematically and to apply math to everyday life.

Literature study encourages the enjoyment of good reading while developing the student's ability to understand, analyze, and evaluate the written word.

The student's own written expression is developed, from simple to complex writing, in book reports, research and term papers, essay and poetry competitions, and story composition. Oral expression/public speaking are developed by encouraging students to speak correctly, by giving opportunity for planned and extemporaneous class presentations, and by encouraging participation in our Christmas plays, which present to the community the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ and His love for mankind.

Throughout these middle years, teachers, parents, and students—with prayer for the Lord's guidance—work together, so that by the end of the eighth grade, students are ready, both academically and socially, to make the transition into high school.