Middle School Curriculum
6th grade students are introduced to Luther’s Small Catechism. The catechism focus is on the Ten Commandments and how the commandments point to our need for Jesus, our Savior, as well as how they teach us how to live. Students also read and discuss several books of the Bible and apply their readings to their daily lives. Readings in the Gospels remind students of God’s love for them. Memory assignments are given weekly and cover much of Luther’s Small Catechism as well as other Bible verses.
In 7th grade Religion class, students work through the One in Christ series and review the Bible along with related truths. Students also cover the basics of Lutheranism.
In 8th grade Religion class, students complete a basic Christian teachings class, a discipleship study and a discovery of our Spiritual gifts. Memory assignments from the bible are given weekly and include an explanation of the Law, the Gospel and a personal application.
Mathematics education is differentiated in the Middle School; students are placed into grade-level math courses or accelerated math courses. Students who complete the grade-level math courses are well prepared for Algebra 1 as High School freshmen. Students who complete the accelerated math courses are well prepared to enter sophomore level mathematics in High School.
Students will learn and practice the processes of scientific inquiry and technological design to investigate questions, conduct experiments, analyze data, and solve problems. Students will investigate God’s world through the principles and interconnections of the Life, Physical, and Earth/Space sciences. Instruction will encourage students to learn not only the “content”, but also to apply the content to their daily lives, their society, and the world in which they live.
In English, Middle School students learn study skills, grammar, punctuation, word usage, sentence structure, paragraph structure, and basic essay form. Students learn to express themselves through descriptive, narrative, expository, and persuasive writing.
Students read a wide variety of classic short stories, poems, dramas, and novels. Reading comprehension and analysis of story or poetic elements are stressed. Independent reading for enjoyment and practice is encouraged through the Accelerated Reader Program.
Grade level vocabulary workbooks are used in a systematic way to improve vocabulary skills in the Middle School. Students are tested after each unit as well as in cumulative tests.
Students in 6th grade study world geography from pre-historic times through the Middle Ages.
Students in 7th grade study U.S. History from the European exploration to the Civil War.
8th grade students continue their study of U.S. History from the Civil War to modern times.
Middle School students not only learn the facts of history, but also have the opportunity to apply and participate in the social studies.
The Spanish curriculum revolves around vocabulary development, grammar clarification, and culture appreciation. Vocabulary and grammar are taught visually, with rules, through examples, and in context so that all learners can understand. Activities progress from controlled to transitional to open-ended to assure development of accurate oral and written communication. Each unit focuses on a particular country in order to explore the cultural aspects of the language and create an appreciation and awareness of diversity. Middle school Spanish begins with Level 1a at the beginning of 6th grade, and continues through the end of Level 1b at the conclusion of 8th grade. The Spanish curriculum is designed to address the specific readiness skills needed to begin studying a foreign language, the foundational skills to continue language development, and essential skills to master necessary competencies, giving students a solid foundation and appreciation of the language and its culture for further study.
Middle School students learn the core concepts of art while completing projects that encourage their creativity and their unique personality. Art students will gain a basic understanding of the different elements and principles of art through purposeful projects using various mediums. They will also grow in their appreciation and awareness of how art is used in various settings.
In Music Education class at St. Peter, we will be using the God Made Music book series meant for Christian schools. In this class, students will learn about basic music concepts, instruments of the orchestra, composers, classical listening, and beginner vocal performance techniques. The course is meant to equip students with basic musical knowledge and to instill in them an appreciation for the music God has created.
Students will understand that their body is a gift from God. They will use physical education knowledge and concepts to enhance life through activity. Students will perform skills efficiently in a variety of leisure activities, sports, creative movement, and work-related activities. They will demonstrate control when performing combinations and sequences in locomotor, non-locomotor, and manipulative motor patterns. Students will demonstrate sports skills that will enable students to lead a more active lifestyle including team and individual activities. Students will develop an interest and desire to participate in lifelong fitness.