We will explore award-winning children’s literature: A Wrinkle In Time, Frisby and the the Rats of NIMH, and the Westing Game. Our reading curriculum will also include the ABeka Reading program and we will be using Voyage of Discovery. We also utilize Accelerated Reader computer generated quizzes, which are individualized.
We use A Beka language curriculum to teach language mechanics. Learning in the areas of spelling and vocabulary is drawn from Sadlier/Oxford, a program that teaches the basics as well as critical thinking and standardized test preparation. Creative writing and non-fiction writing are also studied.
Progress in Mathematics, from Sadlier-Oxford forms the core of our program. Assignments correlate to both the California State and the Common Core standards. Some students may be eligible to work at a faster rate and move on the pre-algebra, and, in some cases, algebra. This curriculum is strong in higher thinking skills, problem solving, and fluency with basic math skills.
We memorize weekly Scripture verses and/or portions of the Westminster Catechism. Our Bible Curriculum is published by Positive Action for Christ – Level 6 – “Winning Your Race”, a program that employs both Bible Study and application. Prayer and God’s righteousness permeates everything we do! Students participate in a Discipleship Training program; there is one for our young ladies, and a separate one for our young gentlemen.
We utilize a curriculum by Houghton-Mifflin that lines up with state mandated standards. Preparing a multi-step Science Fair Proposal and Project is required of all sixth graders. We also cover disaster preparedness.
We study world history and ancient civilizations and conclude with the Middle Ages as experienced in European countries. Our materials are prepared by a Christian company. We also complete an archaeology unit utilizing materials from the Skirball Cultural Center.
An introductory course in Spanish is taught all year at the sixth grade level. Students do earn a grade in this subject. We begin with basic phonics and cover vocabulary, expressions, and simple conversations. A highlight of this study is the Fiesta featuring Spanish songs, speeches, dances, art projects, piñatas, and Mexican food. Parents, grandparents and other adults are invited to attend this celebration which usually takes place during the last trimester of the school year.
Computers – Students receive instruction to expand their use of basic programs and the internet. Topics relate to other areas of our curriculum. We enhance our knowledge of word processing through writing projects, and we strengthen keyboarding skills through drill and games.
Physical Education, Music, Library, & Art – Students receive instruction in these areas by teacher specialists.
Mrs. Kathy Casillas began her long relationship with Valley Presbyterian School while working in our Day Care during college. Mrs. Casillas earned her B.A. Degree and teaching credential from C.S.U.N. She began teaching Third Grade at V.P.S. in 1985. For two years (2007-2009), Mrs. Casillas taught Sixth Grade. Her versatile teaching talents then took her to teaching at the Fifth Grade level for five years. Mrs. Casillas is now returning back to teaching Sixth Grade.
Mrs. Casillas’ daughter and son graduated from V.P.S. Mrs. Casillas also serves as the Assistant to the Principal.
“It has been an honor and a privilege to teach children about God’s love and serve Him in a Christian environment. I also love the staff and parents who have become lifelong friends.”
Favorite verse: Lamentations 3:22, 23 Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.