Petersen teachers use a wide variety of teaching modalities including technology-based instruction, collaborative activities, and independent practice opportunities. Listed below are the specific textbook series we utilize to aide in student instruction.
- Bible: Encounter Adventist Curriculum.
This program uses the Bible as the textbook and Jesus as the Guide for transforming not only your students’ relationship with Him and the world around them through our Students Engaged for Eternity (SEE) activities.
- Mathematics: Big Ideas Math: Modeling Real Life via Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
The program uses a Universal Design for Learning to create an engaging and innovative system that uses hands-on activities and scaffolded instruction. The instructional design guides students through concepts from surface-level to deep-level learning and allows them to transfer these skills to new concepts in a complete and comprehensive way. This allows for balanced lessons with built-in differentiation, as well as RTI support, that appeals to students and teachers alike.
- Literacy & Language Arts: Pathways 2.0 via Kendall Hunt.
Pathways 2.0 is built on the Adventist worldview and incorporates appropriately complex texts that will engage the children while incorporating research-based skills and strategies that enable them to become life-long learners. This program incorporates Word Study, Handwriting, Grammar, Writing, and Reading.
- Science: By Design: A Journey to Excellence via Kendall Hunt.
A creation-based program published by Kendall Hunt under the direction of the North American Division. By Design is based on a 5-step instructional model: Engage, Discover, Explain, Extend, and Assess/Reflect. This teaching model is used to promote inquiry-based learning and to stimulate a natural desire for knowledge and better understanding of God’s creation.
- Social Studies, Kindergarten - 4th Grade: Impact Social Studies via McGraw-Hill.
Students gain building blocks for critical thinking while they develop a strong reading and writing foundation, all while learning what it means to be responsible, active citizens.
- Social Studies, 5th - 8th Grade: Voices & Perspectives (United States History & World History) via McGraw-Hill.
Voices & Perspectives pushes students to understand the connections between the past and present as they work towards becoming future-ready citizens. This program helps them develop informed decision-making skills, explores the nuances of personal finance, and the public economy. Voices & Perspectives encourages critical thinking and social action.
- Physical Education.
Our teachers design engaging activities to promote physical activity, personal health, and an understanding of fair play.
- Fine Arts, Music & Visual Art.
Our teachers design engaging activities to explore music and art, both as a stand-alone experience and integrated with other subjects.
- Kindergarten: Stepping Stones: A Journey to Excellence through Discovery via Kendall Hunt.
The program is based on the belief that kindergarten is an important time of transition for young children. It is the bridge between home, early childhood education, and the primary grades of school. Stepping Stones is an integrated program that includes all subject areas with developmentally-appropriate activities designed to meet each individual child’s needs.