Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten, Grades 1 & 2

At Manheim Christian Day School, we provide a strong literacy program that builds reading, writing, phonemic awareness, and word study. Our math programs include mental math, daily reviews, and the use of manipulatives for problem-solving and concept exploration. Primary students will learn life, earth and physical science, social studies, and spiritual principles introduced through bible stories, memory verses, daily devotions, and prayer.

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Intermediate

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Pre-Kindergarten

Kindergarten

Grade 1

Grade 2

Specials

Fun Fridays

Afternoon Club

PRE-KINDERGARTEN

Pre-Kindergarten Programs:

Monday/Wednesday:
9:00 am – 2:40 Pm

Tuesday/Thursday:
9:00 am – 2:40 pm

Overview of
Pre-Kindergarten programs:

Introduction to reading, writing and phonemic awareness
(Letter and sound association)

Mathematical concept awareness

Fine/large motor skill development

Daily Calendar awareness

Learning through play

Learn about God, themselves and the world

Develop positive social skills

Wendy Harley
Pre-Kindergarten Teacher
Mon/Wed & Tue/Thur

Christie Nissley
Pre-K Aide






























Sharon Ginder
Pre-K Aide

FUN FRIDAYS

OVERVIEW OF THE FUN FRIDAY PROGRAM:

Letter-themed days that compliment what is being learned in Pre-K

Field Trips

Science and nature experiences

Bible stories & lessons

Guided free play

Hot lunch available
























FUN FRIDAY PROGRAM:

Fun Fridays (Enrichment Program):
9:00 aM – 2:40 pm

Trish White
Fun Friday Teacher

Jen Kosydar
Fun Friday Aide

KINDERGARTEN

Kindergarten Programs:

3 Day Kindergarten
Mon/Wed/Fri

5 day kindergarten
MONDay–Friday

Jean Peachey
3 Day Kindergarten Teacher
Mon/Wed/Fri

Jordi Gawne
5 Day Kindergarten Teacher


















MATHMath Expressions
(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

Emphasis on number sense

Includes: addition, subtraction, greater than/less than, numeral recognition, geometric shapes, problem solving












BIBLEA Time of Wonder
(Journeys With God)


Emphasizes biblical stories as a whole and applies biblical truths to their personal lives




SCIENCE & SOCIAL STUDIES
As it integrates into weekly themes





















Cherry Crest Adventure Farm – explore the farm and take a wagon ride

Hershey Gardens – guided tour through the Children’s Garden and time to explore the full gardens

Typical Field Trips:

Reading Buddies – once a week reading time with Second Grade

Pumpkin Exploration Day

Gingerbread Houses

Seuss Days – two week theme with a special day of celebration

Themed STEM activities











Special Projects and Events:




















SCIENCE & SOCIAL STUDIES
As it integrates into weekly themes

BIBLEA Time of Wonder (Journeys With God)
Emphasizes biblical stories as a whole and applies biblical truths to their personal lives

MATHMath Expressions (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
Emphasis on number sense

Includes: addition, subtraction, greater than/less than, numeral recognition, geometric shapes, problem solving

WRITING Kid Writing
Emphasis on hearing sounds in words

Learn beginner writing skills

Students participate in different forms of writing: informational, opinion, and personal narratives

READING
Reading Street (Scott Foresman); Project Read; Primary Phonics

Emphasis on early literacy skills, including reading beginning level books

Includes: phonics, sight word recognition, vocabulary, phonemic awareness

Sing, Sign, and Read: learn to sign the letters of the alphabet and corresponding words through song

Curriculum:

Sharon Ginder
Kindergarten Aide


Kindergarten Aide











FIRST GRADE

First grade:

Julia Nolt
1st Grade Teacher

READING
Wonders (McGraw Hill)

Emphasis on Comprehension, Accuracy, Fluency and Expanding Vocabulary

Includes: Spelling, Phonics, Language, Writing Workshop and Handwriting

Daily 5 Program: Read to Self, Read to Someone, Word Work Centers, Work on Writing and Listen to Reading

Curriculum:



















MATH
My Math (McGraw Hill)

Emphasis on addition fluency to sums of 20

Includes daily math stations to reinforce: addition and subtraction strategies, problem solving, number sense to 120, introduction to money, time, measurement, fractions and 2-D, 3-D shapes







SCIENCE
Emphasis on Life, Earth and Physical Sciences

Includes: Plant life, Animal groups, Weather and Sky, Landforms, Caring for Resources, Matter, Simple Machines and Energy

SOCIAL STUDIES
All Together (Pearson Education, Inc.)

Emphasis on Our Community, Our Country and Our World

Includes: Community Helpers, Star Citizens, Where do I live?




















BIBLE
In the Family of God (Journeys with God)

Emphasis on The Beginning: Creation and The Founding Family (Abraham – Moses)

Jesus: Birth, Miracles, Parables, Resurrection and Great Commission

Includes: Advent Activities, Peacemaking skills, and Christians Around the World Unit

Bible Memory with practical application – My ABC Bible Verses: Hiding God’s Word in Little Hearts by Susan Hunt

Reading Buddies weekly with both 4th graders and Pre-Kindergarteners

Operation Christmas Child Mission’s Project with 4th grade buddies- raise money, shop for gifts and pack boxes for Operation Christmas Child.

Johnny Appleseed Week, Grandparents Day, 100 Day Festivities, Bear Hibernation Day

Poetry Festival – each 1st and 2nd grade student memorizes and recites a poem for parent audience











Special Projects and Events:














Flinchbaugh’s Farm and Orchard
The North Museum and Planetarium
That Fish Place and The Dutch Apple Children’s Dinner Theatre

Typical Field Trips:









Olivia Shenk
1st Grade Aide
























SECOND GRADE

SECOND grade:

Jennifer Christner
2nd Grade Teacher

READING
Reading Street (Pearson Education, Inc.)

Emphasis on word recognition, fluency, and comprehension

Includes: Spelling, Phonics, Vocabulary, Language, Writing and Handwriting

Curriculum:







MATH
My Math (McGraw Hill)

Emphasis on subtraction

Includes: addition and subtraction with and without regrouping, numbers to one thousand, money, time, and measurement







SCIENCE
A Closer Look (Macmillian/McGraw Hill)

Emphasis on Life, Earth and Physical Sciences, and STEM

Includes: Life cycles, habitats, weather, magnets, simple machines and creation care







SOCIAL STUDIES
Exploring Who We Are (McGraw Hill)

Emphasis on Communities, History, and Government

Includes: Community Helpers, landforms, 50 states, pioneers and biographies







BIBLE
A Place to Belong (Journeys with God)

Emphasis on Moses to the Promised Land and Jesus’ birth to Resurrection

Includes: Ten Commandments, Twelve disciples, Lord’s Prayer, and the Great Commission







Makerspace – weekly challenges using paper, cardboard, paper towel rolls, newspaper, pipe cleaners, k’nex, snap cubes, etc.

Reading Buddies – once a week read to Kindergartners

Trucker Buddy Pen Pal – monthly writing correspondence with a Trucker Buddy through truckerbuddy. org

Poetry Festival – each student memorizes and recites a poem

Animal Reports – using a structured framework, each student writes about one animal












Special Projects and Events:

Middle Creek Wildlife – learn about mammals and take a hike

MCC Material Resource Center and Ten Thousand Villages – opportunities to help people in other countries

Zoo America – observe and learn about North American animals

Typical Field Trips:








Brandi Pidcock
2nd Grade Aide





















































































































MISSION STATEMENT

The mission of MCDS is to pursue academic excellence in a Christ-centered environment where students develop Biblical values and perspectives to prepare them for a lifetime relationship with Jesus Christ.

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