Traditionally, school subjects are taught separately as isolated areas of study. Concentrated time on each subject is scheduled throughout the day. New Hope Academy takes a different approach to teaching. We are guided by the classical education model in which subject areas are integrated to help students not only learn the facts but also see the connections between subjects, helping them develop a solid comprehension and awareness.
The building process of integrated curriculum begins with our curriculum’s focus on the study of Humanities. Incorporating important people of a particular time period for each grade level, along with its corresponding culture, geography, philosophy, religion, art, and music. The Humanities theme is studied throughout the year in great depth. For example, our students study the Early Africa/Egyptian period in second grade, and the Greco-Roman period in third grade.
The discovery (science) units are informed by the Humanities curriculum, allowing these two units to intersect, overlap, and connect. Reading is incorporated into the Humanities using “living” books and biographies. Art and music appreciation studies correlate to the curriculum whenever possible. The Bible is not taught as a separate subject; rather the truth of God’s character and His creation found in Scriptures are interwoven into all subjects.