Welcome to Central Christian Academy’s Fifth Grade Gentleness Fruit Stand!
Central Christian Academy is an accredited, Christian school servicing children from 2.5 years old through 6th grade.
The mission of Central Christian Academy is to provide an education that will equip saints with the knowledge and experiences they need to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and grow the fruit of the Spirit within their home, church, and school.
In fifth grade, the fruit of the Spirit is Gentleness.
All of the ACOs are observed during whole group instruction, cooperative learning activities, independent work, small group time, and project based learning.
In the first quarter, fifth-graders learn how gentleness is reborn.
During the first quarter in the Gentleness Fruit Stand, saints understand that gentleness is reborn through Biblical principles that correlate with spiritual, social, and academic growth. As they read The Lion The Witch and the Wardrobe, they understand how gentleness is reborn through Aslan, the Lion who sacrifices himself to save the children. The saints explore the allegory between Aslan and Christ and realize that Jesus sacrificed himself so they can be reborn into a new life in Christ. The saints examine advanced literary elements and apply these elements to a wide range of other readings. The saints research “The Age of Rebirth” and interpret history through primary and secondary sources to understand how choices made throughout history affect the world. In scientific investigation, molecules are reborn as saints experiment with combinations of elements. Through advanced math skills, saints investigate applications of large numbers through the hundred billions, and have number values reborn for them from decimals to fractional concepts.
In the second quarter, fifth-graders understand how to reform gentleness.
Throughout the second quarter in the Gentleness Fruit Stand, the fifth grade saint sees gentleness reformed. As they study the doctrine of the Holy Spirit, man, sin, and salvation, they discover that gentleness can reform them when they make Christ the center of their life. As the saints read Amos Fortune, Free Man, they learn about an African prince, who worked to buy his freedom after being made an American slave. His true freedom came when he accepted Christ and made Him the center of his life. In History, the saints study the reformation period of 1517 to 1572 A.D. They learn about how Martin Luther and John Calvin reformed the church as they sought to put Christ back in center of it. They also study scientists like Nicolaus Copernicus and Galileo Galilei who reformed our thinking toward the earth being in the center of our solar system.
In the third quarter, fifth-graders understand how to reason gentleness.
This quarter, saints in the Gentleness Fruit Stand experience gentleness reasoned. They reason through the doctrine of Heaven & Hell, Angels, and Jesus Christ. As they read Twenty-One Balloons, they discover the gentleness of the Krakatoans who shared their knowledge and wealth with Sherman. The saints explore the historical period that led men to an “Age of Reason.” They reason why Sir Francis Bacon believes “Knowledge is power” and compare that to the power of gentleness (placing our strength under God). Bacon is also responsible for the reasoning we use within the Scientific Method. The saints use that same method and Experimental Design to reason through knowledge of cell structures and functions, and the traits of organisms. As they reason through measurement concepts and information from multiple resources for research projects, they gain further perspective of how being gentle recognizes God’s ways are higher (Isaiah 55:9). As they humbly realize that man’s world views are shaped by exposure to sin and experience, they accept gentleness reasoned.
In the fourth quarter, fifth-graders resolve their gentleness.
After being reborn and reformed by gentleness, and seeing gentleness give reason for their lives, the saints in the Gentleness Fruit Stand can resolve to live a future for Christ. They study the doctrine of the church, eschatology, and the Christian Life. In Caddie Woodlawn, a tomboy confronts her future. She discovers that gentleness resolves her to be herself as she makes the journey into adulthood and puts others first. As the saints focus on their futures, they see how God resolved the earth scientifically through the flood and continues to resolve His gentle plan of redemption through them. The saints further explore history as they study people and events from the Age of Resolve and discover how the influences of this time affect their future. Authors such as John Bunyan, writer of A Pilgrim’s Progress, inspire saints to find their voice through creative writing of stories and chapter books. They resolve to use the unique gifts and talents God gave them to make the world a gentler place.