Community Christian School offers the Literacy Library Program, developed in order to strengthen student leadership and literacy skills. Coordinated by Mrs. Kristina Girdley, literacy ambassadors are trained to share library books and literacy skills with students in preschool through fourth grade.
Each year a theme is selected by the coordinator. Student ambassadors are then trained in monthly collaborative meetings where the ambassadors develop strategies and art projects to promote a literacy learning environment where the theme could be easily understood.
Once the planning session has taken place, ambassadors are then ready to individually go to classrooms of the younger students— to read, ask Socratic questions, and give the young students opportunity to learn with hands on projects about the year’s theme.
Themes of the past include story elements, the elements of mystery, and characterization. Currently, students are working on the theme of ‘finding the moral of the story.’
Literacy ambassadors were nominated by teachers, scored on nomination rubrics, and selected for their qualities that would develop into leadership. As new ambassadors are added each year, they are trained by the veteran ambassadors. From beginning to end, all involved are asked to use the gifts God has given them to greatest potential, and with gratitude.
To prepare our students to take on 21st century learning initiatives, we have integrated one-to-one computer technology into core subject teaching and learning. Upper elementary and middle school students enjoy our one-to-one technology initiative which allows us to provide a computer to each student during the school day.
To help our students feel confident using technology, we teach important skills such as keyboarding and general computer use to prepare them for their education at and beyond CCS.
By incorporating technology with standard teaching methods in the classroom, CCS has empowered students to do more complex and creative work. We also work to instill in our students the precept of Colossians 3:23 which says, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart.”