Academics

Elementary School

Proverbs 22:6

Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.
From Kindergarten to 5th-grade students grow at a fast pace! The foundation set now is critical for a lifetime of learning and growth. At Christian Academy of Knoxville, our elementary school faculty and staff are committed Christians who seek to help students grow intellectually, physically, socially, and spiritually. Our goal is to encourage students to develop self-discipline, seek high academic achievement, and become followers of Jesus Christ seeking to develop the fruit of the Spirit in their lives.

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  • Bible

    Bible Instruction at the Elementary School level helps students acquire knowledge and encourages children to grow in faith and demonstrate that faith by their behaviors.
    As faith and application is personal, students will come to apply Scripture over the course of time as they grow in their relationship with God. Overarching themes in our Bible program, Purposeful Design by ACSI, are key to the development of a Christian worldview. Per the scope and sequence of the Purposeful Design program, elementary children learn how to access scripture and recall Bible verses related to the following overarching themes:

    • God tells us His story through the Bible.
    • God’s word is truth.
    • God loves everyone.
    • Everyone needs to come to a saving faith in Jesus.
    • Christ-like behavior, evangelism, ministry and stewardship are all applications of spiritual growth in Christ.
    • Bible study, prayer, and worship are disciplines for spiritual growth.
    • Students need to know and understand spiritual concepts.
    Preschool – In Preschool, we focus on familiar Bible truths that emphasize God’s love. Beginning with creation, children learn about relationships, kindness, compassion through Bible stories where God’s love toward individuals or groups of people is evident. 


    Kindergarten – In Kindergarten, the focus shifts slightly to God’s loving care. Using familiar Bible stories, children grow in knowledge and understanding of relationships, faith, courage, prayer and listening to God. 

    First Grade – A more in-depth understanding of God’s relationships with people is gained by exploring God’s unconditional love, forgiveness, salvation, trust and obedience through familiar Bible stories.   

    Second Grade – Students study character traits of various people in the Bible and apply those truths to their personal lives.  The importance of listening to God, obedience, loyalty, and selflessness key concepts.

    Third Grade – Students study and learn about the life of Christ, the early church, and missions. Learning about Jesus from the cradle to the cross, children focus on God’s lesson for us through the life of Jesus, especially through His messages to believers and non-believers, miracles, and actions. 

    Fourth Grade – Students learn about basic doctrines, including:

    • The Bible is truth.
    • The Bible is inspired.
    • The Bible endures.
    • God is omnipresent, omniscient, and omnipotent.
    • We are created in God’s Image.
    • We are sinners and there are consequences for sin.
    • God extends salvation to us by grace and through faith.
    • Salvation is in Christ alone.

    Fifth Grade – Studies in the Old Testament emphasize choices and consequences, as well as personal application in life, is the focus of Bible instruction. Students learn more about how the consequences of the choices made by Abraham, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, Saul, David and others in the Old Testament are applicable to us today.
  • Reading

    Reading instruction focuses on building a firm foundation in phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary and comprehension.
    In a literature-rich environment designed to instill a lifelong love of reading, students are exposed to an array of genres including various styles of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. The goal of reading instruction is for students to read, comprehend, and enjoy complex literature and informational texts.  

    Whole group and small group instruction allows for a more personalized approach based on the individual. Students progress in comprehension skills from literal/factual to the higher-level skills of understanding, applying, analyzing, and evaluating. There is added emphasis on speaking and listening. 

    Textbooks, leveled readers and novels are used to support reading instruction. These resources provide an integrated approach to instruction that often spans across disciplines.
  • Writing

    Writing skills are developed using the six traits model of writing instruction. Instruction in these areas are progressively more complex as students progress from grade to grade.
    The six traits are: 

    Ideas (clarity, focus, quality details, strong support, documentation)

    Organization (leads, sequencing, transitions, pacing, conclusion)

    Voice (passion, enthusiasm that comes from knowledge, engagement of the reader, individuality)

    Word Choice (precise language, strong verbs, sparing use of modifiers, words that paint pictures)

    Sentence Fluency (crafting of sentences, rhythm of language, varied sentence beginnings and lengths) 

    Conventions (grammar, punctuation, usage, layout and presentation of text on the page). 

    Students learn to write for a variety of purposes and audiences, including instruction in narrative, descriptive, expository and persuasive writing. Writing often includes the use of research and media tools. In addition, in-class technology allows students to share and publish their work.
  • Mathematics

    In mathematics, it is important that students not only memorize basic facts and master fundamental computational skills, but apply learning and knowledge to solve new problems.
    An increased focus on problem-solving develops students who are thinkers and problem-solvers. 

    Instruction progresses from the most concrete (using manipulatives) to symbolic, more abstract and complex skills and concepts. There is an emphasis on appropriate and consistent vocabulary from grade to grade. 

    Christian Academy of Knoxville utilizes the Singapore approach to math instruction. The Framework of Singapore Math states, "Mathematical problem solving is central to mathematics learning. It involves the acquisition and application of mathematics concepts and skills in a wide range of situations, including non-routine, open-ended and real-world problems. The development of mathematical problem solving ability is dependent on five interrelated components: Concepts, Skills, Processes, Attitudes and Metacognition." Modeling is a core component of the Singapore approach. Students are encouraged to attend to precision and make use of structure to reason critically.
  • Science

    The goal of our science program is built upon the natural curiosity of children through relevant scientific content.
    Our approach is designed to engage elementary students using hands-on investigations when possible as well as interaction with content in all disciplines of science.  As students progress through elementary school, instruction becomes more formal in nature, progressively building on more complex science concepts. Elementary school students are given a firm foundation in science which serves as a base from which to develop a deeper understanding of science in grades 6-12. 

    Concepts in Physical Science, Life Science, and Earth and Space Science are introduced and studied. STEM projects integrating science, technology, engineering, and mathematics are weaved throughout the elementary years.
  • Social Studies

    Our elementary program focuses on concepts from the four core social studies disciplines: civics, economics, geography and history.
    Students are introduced to the knowledge and skills necessary to become contributing participants and leaders in our democratic society. Our goal is to equip our students with the skills necessary to understand, participate in, and make informed decisions about the complex world in which we live, all through the lens of what the Bible teaches us. As students are introduced to social studies content, we focus on relationships between various groups of people and developing knowledge and understanding of the past at an age-appropriate level. The nature of elementary social studies lays the framework for more in-depth learning and application in grade 6-12.
  • Specials

    "We are all God’s masterpieces, created for good works." - Ephesians 2:10
    Art

    Welcome to the wonderful world of art where students can be creative and use their imaginations to explore all the beautiful things God has blessed us with. Preschool-5 th grade CAK art students learn and review the elements of design, the color wheel and various color schemes. Art history is incorporated as students learn about the lives and artistic style of artists such as Georgia O’Keeffe, Vincent VanGogh, Pablo Picasso, Claude Monet and Andy Warhol. The students get to experiment and explore various media which include watercolor and tempera paint, oil and chalk pastels, markers, crayons, colored pencils and clay. Each fall students have the opportunity to order special products from Art to Remember featuring their own artwork. Not only is this special for our students to see their artwork featured on these unique gift items, but it is a great opportunity to help raise funds for the art program as well. Other fun things happening in the art room include art contests, collaborative art pieces with high school art students and creating pieces of art that go hand in hand with what the students are learning in their regular classrooms. One unique art project completed by every student in the elementary school is a clay nativity set. Every year, starting in Kindergarten, students make a nativity piece so by 5 th grade they have a complete nativity set. They not only learn the basics of clay and how to use the tools properly, but they also have very special art piece that our CAK families treasure for years to come.

    Health

    The desire of CAK’s Physical Education program is to provide a challenging yet developmentally appropriate physical learning environment striving for motor skill development, physical fitness and cognitive awareness as recognized by the Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE) and the Tennessee Department of Education.  Please know that we are passionate about impacting children through physical education, constantly striving to look for new ways to improve our teaching, build relationships and inspire your child’s dreams through games and sport.

    In our class, you’ll get a look at 21st-century physical education, including a view of fun-packed games and activities that have been developed or modified to engage and motivate students. We focus on movement-based education; lessons that promote communication, personal responsibility, and activities that encourage cooperation, skill and fitness. Your child will learn how to become physically fit, develop skills, be a good teammate and most importantly......have FUN in Physical Education.

    Library

    The Elementary Library is a warm and welcoming place for our students. Elementary students have a scheduled library time each week. With collaborative planning, the library serves to support classroom instruction. Library activities include storytimes for younger students to beginning research projects for older elementary students. Students are encouraged to become effective and creative users of information in all formats. Digital literacy and technology skills are shared along with quality literature and positive reading experiences, thus promoting life-long learners and responsible citizenship. Reading incentive programs, author visits, book fairs and other reading activities support the development of student literacy.   

    Music

    Elementary music classes employ a variety of musical components, such as singing, movement, playing of instruments, reading and writing music, and learning musical terminology.  In addition, we spend the majority of one semester preparing for a musical program- either a Christmas performance or spring musical performance. Music classes begin with scripture and praise and worship songs which are then used in our weekly chapels.  We work to ensure that there is a smooth transition from our Preschool-2nd grade music classroom to our 3rd-5th grade music classroom by sequencing our curriculum. 

    Physical Education

    Elementary physical education classes focus on moving and exercise. In addition to learning proper form for sports-related movement, students play various games to learn games and practice good sportsmanship. Students also learn basic skills for several team and individual sports. 

    Spanish

    As foreign language skills are more easily acquired at a younger age, the goal of Spanish instruction at the elementary level is to learn basic language skills and gain knowledge and understanding of Spanish-speaking cultures. Emphasis is on the acquisition of basic vocabulary and simple conversational skills. In lower elementary grades, understanding and speaking the language is the primary focus, while students at the upper elementary grades also learn to read and write in the language. Various instructional strategies, including Total Physical Response, partial immersion, songs and skits are used in the elementary school. As elementary Spanish is introductory in nature, students are not expected to become proficient or fluent. We hope that early exposure leads our students to pursue additional language instruction in later years.   

    STEM

    STEM is a collaboration with classroom teachers to promote interdisciplinary Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math activities into core curriculum that coincides with each grade's science curriculum.  Rich student-centered learning experiences built around STEM concepts are delivered through project-based learning methods, which incorporates a variety of instructional techniques and instructional media, that guide the learning process toward curriculum goals and student learning.  STEM is a blended approach that encourages hands-on experience and gives students the chance to gain and apply relevant, real world knowledge in the classroom. 

    French (4th & 5th grades only)

    Growing up on the mission field in France and in other French-speaking countries, Ms. Thomas was able to see her parents love and reach a people group in their native language. She believes that the most effective way to learn a new language is to encounter it at a young age. At CAK we begin introducing students to French in 4th and 5th grade. The class focuses on learning phonetics, the alphabet, colors, numbers and greetings. During class, students learn about French culture, Parisian attractions, and other French-speaking countries around the world through project-based learning activities and skits. We build upon what they learn in elementary school in the middle school courses. The end goal is for the students to begin using conversational French, and to get excited about French in the years to come at CAK.

List of 2 members.

  • Photo of Jessica Thomas

    Jessica Thomas 

    Elementary Principal
    (865)-690-4721, ext. 105
  • Photo of Kimberly Giles

    Kimberly Giles 

    Assistant Principal - Elementary
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