By Mrs. Amanda Webber

Granite City Baptist Academy uses the Accelerated Christian Education (A.C.E.) curriculum.  It is a wonderful curriculum that prepares pre-school students with a foundation for learning to read in kindergarten.  The curriculum also gives the kindergarten student the ability to learn to read in a short amount of time.  Below is information about our Pre-School and Kindergarten programs:

ABCs with Ace and Christi Reading Readiness (Pre-School)

The Pre-School Kindergarten with Ace and Christi program is a full-year kindergarten program featuring a complete scope and sequence of concepts and skills needed to prepare K3-K5 children to read. After having taken the ABCs with Ace and Christi Reading Readiness Test and the Coordination Development Tests, five-year-old children who are entering kindergarten, and any children who are diagnosed "NOT ready to read," should be enrolled in the Pre-School Kindergarten program for a full year. The curriculum is filled with Bible and animal pictures, coordination development activities, and full-color picture stories, all of which encourage a love for reading. A child learns the phonetic sounds for all letters so that when he is ready to learn to read, he will do so. He will also learn social skills, the wonders of God's world, and the reality of God's love.   

Benefits - Foundation for Reading Readiness

Prepares child for the A B Cs with Ace and Christi (learning-to-read) program
Enables child to develop the skills, master the concepts, and achieve the level of physical development necessary or success in reading
Lays a solid foundation on which to build the rest of a child's education
ABCs with Ace and Christi (Kindergarten)

Accelerated Christian Education's learning-to-read program is called ABCs with Ace and Christi. This is a multi-sensory, phonetic program, designed to prepare a child for the individualized instruction of the A.C.E. program. This learning-to-read program should be attempted only after a child has been diagnosed "ready to read" using the Ace and Christi Reading Readiness Test. Within a period of 12 to 15 weeks, he will become acquainted with phonics through animals, songs, and stories. These features will help him to learn and associate letter sounds, alphabet sequence, and word relationships. Additional activities have also been designed to help the student in his physical and character development. The ABCs with Ace and Christi utilizes a number of outstanding reading tools, such as a specially developed *alphabet sequence, songs for each of the sounds, poems, displays, and physical activities. Additionally, character development activities and Bible stories are built in.

Benefits - Foundation for Reading Mastery

Prepares your child for success in the Accelerated Christian Education PACE curriculum
Enables your child to develop the skills, master the concepts, and achieve the level of physical development necessary for success in reading
Lays a solid foundation on which to build the rest of your child's education
 *The specially developed alphabet sequence is one of the reasons the students are able to learn to read in a short amount of time. For example, the first four letters the students learn are the three phonetic sounds for the letter “A” and the phonetic sound of the letter “M”.  When those four sounds are made into blends, then the blends put into the words, they are able to read these words:  mama, may, aim, am. (They also are taught about silent letters at this time so that they know that the “y” in may and the “i” in aim are silent and are not used to pronounce the words.) So within four lessons a student is able to begin to learn how to read.

The next phonetic sound they learn is “s”, and that gives them the ability to read the words: say, same, Sam, mass, saw.  The curriculum continues with the specially developed sequence so that with each letter learned the student is able to read words with that letter in it.

As the kindergarten supervisor, it amazes me to see how quickly a student can begin to read words, as the foundation is laid for each phonetic sound of the alphabet.  I am so thankful that A.C.E. from its beginning has maintained high Biblical and academic standards and remained committed to setting children on a path for success. The goal is the same now as it was when they began: to prepare children for the world today, and give them the academic and spiritual tools necessary to achieve their God-given potential.  A.C.E. concepts are based on the following Five Basic Laws of Learning:

A child must be at a level where he can perform.

He must have reasonable goals.

His learning must be controlled, and he must be motivated.

His learning must be measurable.

His learning must be rewarded.  

I am so thankful that God gave Pastor Campbell the vision to start a Christian Academy and the wisdom to know what curriculum would be the best to use.  It is a blessing that our children can have a Bible-based, Christ-honoring education through the A.C.E. curriculum within our Christian Academy.  As we send our children to Granite City Baptist Academy, let it not be just for a good education; but as an “investment for eternity”, as they learn more about Jesus Christ while learning the A, B, C’s.               

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