The GGIS Lower Elementary curriculum features the A Beka Book Reading Program and the Saxon mathematics program as its core components. ABEKA uses an intensive phonics approach to reading and writing: by the end of first grade, all students can read with comprehension and write with understanding. The Saxon Math curriculum features hands-on activities and rich mathematical conversations that actively engage students in the learning process. A variety of A Beka materials are also used for Bible, Science and Social Studies. The students enjoy special music and arts classes weekly, along with twice-weekly physical education classes.
With so many new skills to learn, our kindergarten is a full-day program designed to prepare the young student for a lifetime of learning. Students learn to sit for longer periods than they may be used to, practicing self-control and building listening skills.
In first grade, students learn phonetic reading strategies to help aid comprehension, and learn letter-sound associations, word parts, and context to identify new words. They are not only reading simple stories, but also beginning to write them. Reading well is the key to success in all subject areas, and we are committed to providing the very best reading instruction possible. Mathematics instruction uses a kinesthetic approach to shapes, addition, subtraction, graphing, measuring and much more. Students also begin to explore topics in health, community, science, and history.
In the second grade, students become skillful and confident readers and writers. In mathematics, they are developing deeper conceptual understanding, computational fluency, and problem-solving skills and strategies. In science they are exploring God’s world and principles of health, safety and manners. In social studies they study American history and geography, as well as the ancient civilizations of Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, Rome, China, and the Aztecs.
It is often said that in grades K, 1 and 2, the focus is on students learning to read , and in grade three the focus shifts to students reading to learn. Vocabulary and comprehension skills continue to be developed in the third grade with more complex reading provided by the content area texts in science and social studies. Students work to master their basic arithmetic facts of addition, subtraction, and multiplication, with the spiral Saxon Math program building the foundational concepts and critical thinking skills required for more advanced mathematics.
Over all, we were more than pleased with GGIS, and we would not hesitate to recommend the school and sing its praises.
John & Marija Fogarasi
U.S. Embassy June, 2000
Greater Grace International School | Szilágyi Erzsébet Fasor 22/B | 1125 Budapest, Hungary | +36 1 275-4795