Milton Christian School offers a challenging, dynamic and innovative curriculum, which exceeds Ontario standards of education. The Christian perspective and Biblical worldview is interwoven into every facit of our curriculum and programming. We offer an academic curriculum that recognizes each student's uniqueness, and challenges students to fully develop the spiritual, intellectual, artistic and physical gifts God has given them. We believe that education should be tailored to the individual, designed for each students unique abilities, passions and interests.
The curriculum consists of:
The Art's, that being curriculum comprising of both the literary, visual and performing arts; enables children to recognize beauty as well as to explore, their God-given creative talents. The Art's are an integral component of the curriculum of Milton Christian School. The arts are a vast subdivision of culture, composed of many endeavors (or artforms) united by their employment of the human creative impulse. The term implies a broader range of disciplines than "art", which in modern usage usually refers only to the visual arts. The other major constituents of the arts are the literary arts, more often called literature – including poetry, novels and short stories, among others – and the performing arts, among them music, dance, theatre, opera and film. Literary arts and creative writing are actually interchangeable terms. These divisions are by no means absolute as there are artforms which combine a visual element with performance (e.g. film) and the written word (e.g. comics). This list is by no means comprehensive, but only meant to introduce the concept of the arts.
Students learn to use different media skillfully, apply concepts of line, colour, shape, form, space and value, learn how to perform in front of groups in a wide variety of forms, and devlope an appreciation and knowledge of many other forms of the Arts. In all grades, art is often interrelated with other areas of the curriculum.
Since we have been created with one of the finest musical instruments, our voices, singing and music are important parts of our curriculum. Milton Christian School also encourages the development of music through the use of musical instruments from recorder, to hand chimes, and various band instruments. All students are encouraged to participate in choir and vocal performance. Instrumental music begins in grades 4 through 8.
While Bible is a specific curriculum subject at Milton Christian School, it is the starting point for everything we do, both in philosophy and action. God's word is the standard and the purpose of teaching Bible is to (a) impart knowledge of the Bible, (b) open up ways for children to know and love their Lord, (c) move children to deeper faith leading them to live lives of joyful service and obedience. The Bible is integrated into all subjects taught at Milton Christian School.
Language instruction is an important aspect to the curriculum at Milton Christian School. The student body learn English, French and Spanish. Languages are taught formally to students in grades one through eight. Our purpose is to learn to speak and understand certain languages and to appreciate the cultures that involve such languages. Our languages program are taught primarily through a conversational method. Vocabulary, pronunciation, and grammatical structures are developed mainly through situation dialogues. Since God's gift of language is intended for communication, enjoyment, and praise, we affirm that students need skills in reading, writing, speaking, and listening, and thus develop their gifts to God's honour. A natural language environment will involve a great deal of student interaction. Children should read together, discuss, solve problems, talk about experiences, listen to others, question, and see and read their own words in print.
As grade one students learn their phonics, they also use those skills for spelling. Grades two to eight have lessons, using spellers or class appropriate lists reflecting frequently misspelled words.
In a Christian school, students are encouraged to see, in the ever-increasing mass of mathematical knowledge, evidence of the greatness, majesty and faithfulness of their Maker. In His wisdom, God has laid down unchanging mathematical principles or laws which govern His creation.
Creation Studies and the Sciences
A Christian curriculum in creation studies and sciences should begin with the basic understanding that all of history is people's obedient or disobedient response to God's mandate: “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air and over every living thing that moves upon the earth.” Genesis 1: 28. A key concept in the teaching of science in a Christian school is the concept of creation. In the beginning, God created all things and he still upholds his universe. God not only created the world, but he also established the laws according to which it functions. Every created thing must be taught in unity so that students see the diversity of creation and the interrelationships of its various parts. A science curriculum should help students understand how science, technology and society influence one another. When seen in the light of the Word, the study of science reveals the majesty, wisdom and power of God.
The emphasis in physical education is on the use of physical activity as a development medium in which the primary goal is not the activity itself, but rather the achievement of personal potentials through the activity. Physical education is education of and through the physical. In the primary and junior grades the emphasis lies on the development of motor co-ordination, development of muscle tone, and creative movement, as well as some sports skills. The intermediate grades of 5 through 8 are developing specific skill and interest in a wide variety of skills and hobbies, including but not limited to; skiing, curling, tennis, volleyball, track and field, etc.