The Henry Buckner School (HBS) uses three different curriculums—Sing, Spell, Read, and Write; the A Beka Program; and the Creative Curriculum.
The overall goal of the HBS early childhood curriculum is to help children become enthusiastic learners. This means encouraging children to be active and creative explorers, who are not afraid to test thoughts and ideas. Our goal at HBS is to help children become independent, self-confident, inquisitive learners. HBS teaches children how to learn. Children learn at their own pace and in ways that are best for them, developing good habits and attitudes, and, particularly, a positive sense of self.
Sing, Spell, Read, and Write
In 1987, HBS adopted and incorporated the nationally acclaimed Sing, Spell, Read, and Write curriculum. HBS children are introduced to Sing, Spell, Read, and Write in preschool. Children learn from the curriculum at the appropriate level until they have completed first grade. Sing, Spell, Read, and Write uses phonics songs, interactive charts, and games to teach the alphabet, to teach phonemic awareness, sound/letter correspondence, short vowel sounds, and blending in ways that are fun and meaningful. By the end of kindergarten, children read fully-decodable storybooks with single- and short-vowel words.
A Beka Program
As one of its primary goals, the A Beka Program focuses on character training in all traditional subject areas. The A Beka program provides a well-rounded systematic approach to reading/comprehension and writing composition. The program offers a simple, logical phonetic system coupled with reading texts that are interesting, challenging, and geared toward the development of Christian character. All A Beka lesson plans include goal setting and tracking as well as game ideas to complement the basic concept.
Infants/toddlers and pre-school children use the Creative Curriculum. The Creative Curriculum promotes a high quality program that is developmentally, individually, and culturally appropriate. The curriculum is based on the belief that children learn best by doing, which requires active thinking and experimenting to find out how things work. The curriculum is rooted in the philosophy and theories of Erik Erikson and Jean Piaget, and is built on principles of physical development and on an appreciation of cultural influences.