As First Baptist Christian School continues to expand, we are striving to create an Enrichment Program with a comprehensive curriculum of diverse courses to produce well-rounded students. As a Christian school, we recognize that God is the Creator of all things. Because we are God's creatures, made in His image, He made us to find joy in creating. This explains why children are so eager to show us a picture they have made, or sing a song they have learned in music or Spanish. They present it to us as a "gift." The First Baptist Christian School Enrichment Program serves to develop the whole person in order to glorify God, from the most basic physical skills to the development of other God given gifts. As with the core classroom curriculum, FBCS has the highest standards for our enrichment classes. The skills taught are taken directly from the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) and the National Standards for each subject area.
It is the desire of FBCS to develop the mind, body, and spirit of our students through participation in physical education. Students gain confidence in themselves as they develop awareness of their body and its physical abilities. Our objective is to use P.E. as a tool to grow and develop Christian character qualities in our students as they experience teamwork, time management, goal setting, social interaction, strategic planning and competition. An emphasis is placed on developing muscle endurance and ball handling skills through applied physical activity. All grades participate in the President's Fitness Program and other fitness incentives. The school year is concluded with Track and Field Day activities.
P.E. Skills Include:
- Demonstrating competency in many movement forms and proficiency in a few movement forms
- Applying involvement concepts and principles to the learning and development of motor skills
- Exhibiting a physically active lifestyle
- Achieving and maintaining a health-enhancing level of physical fitness
- Demonstrating responsible personal and social behavior in physical activity settings
- Demonstrating understanding and respect for differences among people in physical activity settings
- Understanding that physical activity provides opportunities for enjoyment, challenge, self-expression, and social interaction
Music and Drama
Music and drama are employed as tools for communication, expression and worship. All students attend music and drama classes on a regular basis. Listening and participating are skills learned through a variety of opportunities. These are experienced in class and in performing musical presentations. Every student in the school participates in musical dramatic presentations each year.
Music Skills Include:
- Singing, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music
- Performing on instruments, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music
- Improvising melodies, variations, and accompaniments
- Composing and arranging music within specified guidelines
- Listening to, analyzing, and describing music
- Evaluating music and music performances
- Understanding relationships between music, the other arts, and disciplines outside the arts
- Understanding music in relation to history and culture
Drama Skills Include:
- Script writing by planning and recording improvisations based on personal experience, heritage, imagination, literature, and history
- Acting by assuming roles and interacting in improvisations
- Designing by visualizing and arranging environments for classroom dramatizations
- Directing by planning classroom dramatizations
- Researching by finding information to support classroom dramatizations
- Comparing and connecting art forms by describing theatre, dramatic media (such as film, television, and electronic media), and other art forms
- Analyzing and explaining personal preferences and constructing meanings from classroom dramatizations and from theatre, film, television, and electronic media productions
- Understanding context by recognizing the role of theatre, film, television, and media in daily life
EXCEL Challenge Lab
EXCEL classes are based on gifted and talented curriculum. The classes overtly teach "thinking skills." Every student in our school is invited to attend these gifted and talented classes. EXCEL students use Destination Imagination curriculum and other gifted and talented curriculum. This type of curriculum fosters creative thinking and problem-solving skills among participating students from kindergarten through sixth grade. Students solve problems in a variety of areas – from building devices with paper clips and paper to studying the principles of flight to giving their own interpretation of literary classics. Through the EXCEL Challenge Lab program, students learn to work with others as a team, evaluating ideas, making decisions and creating solutions while also developing self-confidence from their experiences.
EXCEL Challenge Lab Skills Include:
- Fostering creative thinking, critical thinking, and problem solving skills
- Developing teamwork, collaboration and leadership skills
- Nurturing research and inquiry skills involving both creative exploration and attention to detail
As we become world citizens, foreign language study and the ability to communicate is becoming more and more important to our students. Spanish classes are taught all or partially in the foreign language, attempting to give students listening, speaking, reading and writing skills as well as cultural awareness. Learning is enhanced with Spanish workbooks, oral activities, games, music, scripture memorization and skits. Spanish vocabulary words are sent home regularly in the students’ folders and parents are encouraged to review the new Spanish words with their students in order to reinforce learning.
Spanish Skills Include:
- Using communication by identifying common objects and using basic conversational skills
- Understanding Spanish speaking countries and their culture
- Understanding similarities and differences of English and Spanish
- Using learned skills beyond the school setting
By developing skills in art, students are able to give expression to their creativity. They have studied the old masters and created their own interpretations of the old master’s style. The students also took great pride in creating their own decorations for the school Christmas tree. Development of the artistic talents with which God has gifted us can be used to glorify Him.
Art Skills Include:
- Understanding and applying media, techniques, and processes
- Using knowledge of structures and functions
- Choosing and evaluating a range of subject matter, symbols, and ide
- Understanding the visual arts in relation to history and cultures
- Reflecting upon and assessing the characteristics and merits of their work and the work of others
- Making connections between visual arts and other disciplines
At First Baptist Christian School, students have use of books in the Church Library. Additionally, each class makes regular trips to the Public Library to check out books. The love of reading is highly encouraged with recognitions by the teachers for good performance.