Mathematics is an integral part of all life and enables us to appreciate the orderliness and wisdom of God’s Creation. It is the language needed to function competently in our technological world. Therefore the knowledge, attitudes, and skills nurtured in mathematics will help students to grow and succeed in the life that God has given them to live. Immanuel uses Saxon Math curriculum.
The purpose of the writing portfolio is to provide samples of the student’s growth in use of the writing process from first through eighth grade. Each grade level has specific types of writing topics that are accumulated throughout the school year. These topics are chosen to enable the student to demonstrate an understanding of the skills being taught at that grade level. The teacher’s role is to guide the student through the writing process without interfering with the student’s independent work. These writing portfolios are passed on to the next grade level each year, until graduation, when they are given to the parents. If a student transfers out of the school, the portfolio is included with the school records.
Immanuel uses a reading and writing curriculum that develops thinking and language together through interactive learning. We focus on children’s oral language and developing early literacy through appropriately challenging learning. All grades draw on literature from many genres, time period, and cultures, and we provide for literacy in all forms of media (i.e. computers, the Internet, television, film, videos, and radio. With a focus on individual students, the curriculum builds on the language, experience, strategies, and interests that students bring to school in order to develop each student’s distinctive writing or speaking voice. Immanuel nurtures students’ sense of their common ground as productive citizens in order to prepare them for responsible participation in schools, community, and society.
Science provides students with the opportunity to grow in their knowledge that God is the Creator of the universe and all things in it. His love for us as His children is evident in the beauty and mystery of the world around us. Immanuel’s science curriculum promotes scientific thinking and practice, a knowledge of the content of science, and an understanding of how science affects the world around us. Students are taught to understand the processes of scientific investigations and use inquiry and scientific ways of observing, experimenting, predicting, and validating to think critically. In physical science, they learn the structure and properties of matter, the characteristics of energy, and the interactions between matter and energy. In life science, students are taught the properties, structures, and processes of living things and the interdependence of living things and their environments. In earth and space science, we teach the structure of Earth, the solar system, and the universe, the interconnections among them, and the processes and interactions of Earth’s systems. Finally, students are taught to understand how scientific discoveries, inventions, practices, and knowledge influence, and are influenced by, individuals and societies.
Computers & Technology
Technology literacy is the ability to responsibly use appropriate technology to communicate, solve problems, and access, manage, integrate, evaluate, and create information to improve learning in all subject areas and to acquire lifelong knowledge and skills in the 21st century. Students learn typing, the Microsoft Office suite, coding, and utilize specialty software programs.
Immanuel’s social sciences helps students learn to appreciate themselves as children of God, and to give students a basic knowledge and understanding of the relationship between themselves their family, community, state, region, nation, and the world. We provide students with the tools to utilize this knowledge in order to develop the positive attitudes and attributes necessary to become models of good citizenship. Students are taught to identify important people and events in order to analyze significant patterns, relationships, themes, ideas, beliefs, and turning points in New Mexico, United States, and world history. They learn how physical, natural, and cultural processes influence where people live, the ways in which people live, and how societies interact with one another and their environments. The curriculum covers the ideals, rights, and responsibilities of citizenship and understand the content and history of the founding documents of the United States with particular emphasis on the United States and New Mexico constitutions and how governments function at local, state, and national levels. Finally, students are taught basic economic principles and how to use economic reasoning skills to analyze the impact of economic systems (including the market economy) on individuals, families, businesses, communities, and governments.
Immanuel teaches students to know God, especially His seeking and forgiving love in Christ. Religion class helps students respond in faith and grow into Christian maturity; to Ssee themselves as the reconciled, redeemed children of God and individual members of Christ’s Body, the Church; and to live in peace with God, themselves, and their fellow human beings. There is an emphasis on express joy in worship of God and in loving service to others and in valuing all of God’s creative work in His world and the Church. In addition to religion curriculum, all classes have memory work that utilizes the Holy Bible, Luther’s Small Catechism, and the Lutheran Service Book.