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Lower School

At [OV] Christian Academy, students learn about God's love

Students learn best by being actively involved with new knowledge and having the opportunity to explore and construct understanding. A knowledge base is imperative, but students must use and experience that knowledge in many ways involving the senses.

We desire to allow students to explore and be challenged in their learning in a safe and nurturing environment, always fostering a love of learning. All that we teach comes from a biblical worldview, seeing how truth is from God and how that knowledge impacts each of us.

We aim to disciple the next generation's hearts for God's glory through Christian Education.

Kindergarten — 5th Grade


We must know what His word says to glorify God in our lives. Our students study a scripture or bible story every day and learn how to apply it to their lives. In the lower grades, stories of the Old and New Testaments lead to the profound truths of the Gospels, Epistles, and other portions of Scripture for older students. The curriculum is designed to be specifically and systematically taught so that students in the program will become thoroughly acquainted with the essential portions of the Scriptures. “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3: 16-17


History is the written record of mankind-the story of what man has done with the time God has given him, from creation to the present. BJU Press emphasizes the people behind events of history. The story of the events of history would only have happened with the people. What can we learn from the stories of others to be sure our story continues to line up with God’s level? Students learn map skills and are introduced to economics during this time.


We believe students need the following components to be successful readers:

  • Phonemic Awareness (the sounds you hear)
  • Phonics
  • Vocabulary Development
  • Fluency
  • Comprehension
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Starting in kindergarten, we review the letters and teach the sounds through the BJU curriculum. This approach helps students understand how English works; it is about more than memorizing letters and sounds. By the end of second grade, students will have a strong foundation in phonics and word knowledge to build on. Vocabulary development intensifies in kindergarten and continues throughout the Lower School. Weekly spelling activities, quizzes, and reading take vocabulary beyond rote memorization and allow students to apply their newly learned words to the context of reading and writing.

Fluency is an essential component because it is the bridge to comprehension. Teachers are well-equipped with various techniques to improve a student’s fluency level. Fluency levels are assessed multiple times a year.

Comprehension Strategies (Visualizing, Inferencing, etc.) are taught in kindergarten through fifth grade utilizing picture books. Teachers assess their students by the middle of kindergarten to determine their reading level. Reading levels are attained at least three times a year. The more a child reads materials appropriate for their class, the better their reading ability becomes. It is a muscle that needs to be worked for many hours. This approach to reading allows students to be working at their level.

OVCA utilizes BJU Press which is committed to Christian education. Christian teachers and administrators play a crucial role in educating students for the next generation. To support Christian educators, BJU Press produces textbooks and materials that shape a biblical worldview, are academically rigorous, encourage critical thinking, and are backed with technology solutions.


Knowing the importance of understanding the why and the how behind math, we utilize a complete program of work texts and daily lesson plans teaching students to master basic arithmetic. The program’s spiral method within each grade and from one step to the next ensures repetition and continuous maintenance of basic skills. With an emphasis on problem-solving, students learn.


We utilize the six writing traits: ideas, sentence fluency, organization, word choice, voice, and conventions. In kindergarten, we start with students writing a correctly punctuated sentence in cursive; by the end of fifth grade, students should be able to write a well-written five-paragraph essay.


We study God’s orderly world through experimentation. In fifth grade, they can join the Middle School Science Fair. Students are taught the scientific method culminating in a fifth-grade science fair.
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