... the Kimber Way
The curriculum used at the GJK Academy is written and designed to best achieve the spiritual as well as the academic goals outlined in the the GJK Academy Mission Statement. It is very important that all those associated with the GJK Academy understand the curriculum, and how it is taught, and the reasons behind its methodology and philosophy. At the academies, part of each monthly Parent Meeting is devoted to helping parents understand the various aspects of the curriculum.
In order to understand the curriculum used at the GJK Academy, it is important to understand the reasons for which it was written. These reasons are explained as part of the Intrinsic Values for each subject. Each subject is designed to motivate and train students to become the best servants of God that they can be. To accomplish this, every textbook and study guide is designed with three main goals which should be accomplished in the lives of students:
- To increase the student’s testimony of God and develop a closer relationship with Him.
- To help each student gain knowledge by developing a mastery of the subject itself.
- To ingrain within each student the Intrinsic Values of each subject, which will help develop life-enhancing talents.
Explaining Intrinsic Values
Intrinsic Values are the internal qualities within the method of study that will assist the student to develop talents. Since each subject enhances a different Intrinsic Value, the students will learn and develop a different talent with each subject studied.
Talents are developed and strengthened by frequent practice. For example, the intrinsic value for Language Arts is practicing “academic service.” If a student performs one academic service project during a year’s time, a talent for service is really not firmly established. However, doing 40 academic service projects every year (nearly one per week with the language arts principles), a talent and a love for service cannot fail to be developed.
The Five Intrinsic Values
which create life-enhancing talents
- Learning to apply the scriptures to Everyday Life
- Learning to Think and Self-Govern Using Correct Principles
- Learning to Lose Oneself in Academic Service
- Learning How to Search the Scriptures
- Learning to Ponder in One’s Heart
1. RELIGIOUS STUDIES Intrinsic Value: Learning how to apply scriptures to everyday life. “But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. (James 1:22)
At the GJK Academy, students of various religious beliefs will have an opportunity to study the scriptures of their choice, to learn how to know scripture and how to apply it throughout their lives. Students will learn how to use the hook-date method of retention, so that the information that they learn may be remembered with greater quantity of information and quality of content. Students are taught specifics on how to apply their knowledge of the scriptural messages, rather than merely learning about them. The 5 Intrinsic Values
2. MATHEMATICS Intrinsic Value: Learning to think and self-govern, using correct principles. “For the Lord giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.” (Prov.2:6)
The Glenn J. Kimber Academy Math curriculum is principle-based. The students first read and memorize a principle, are shown examples of its use, and then they create and solve their own math problems. This allows students to progress at their own depth. Since our Math curriculum covers over 300 specific principles, students will soon learn how to use correct principles and govern themselves. This talent of “learning how to self-govern using correct principles” will be of invaluable worth all their lives. The 5 Intrinsic Values
3. LANGUAGE ARTS Intrinsic Value: Learning how to lose oneself in academic service. “For whosoever will save his life shall lose it:and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.” (Matthew 16:25)
Language Arts is the art of communication. After students learn a Language Arts principle, they refer to the scriptures to see how the Lord used it. Then the students practice the principle by using it in an academic service project. Reading and writing skills are developed as students discover ways to share with others and perfect what they have learned. Students are taught that knowledge is only theirs if they learn to give it away. The more they share their knowledge, the more it is theirs. As students progress through their Language Arts studies, they will have the opportunity to perform over 160 academic service projects over a four-year period. After completing these service projects, students will have developed the talent of “learning how to lose oneself in academic service.” The 5 Intrinsic Values
4. SCIENCE Intrinsic Value: Learning how to search the scriptures. “Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.” (John 5:39)
Each of the Science books directs the student to answer two questions— “How God Created” a particular facet of the creation, and “Why God Created” everything. The HOW question is answered as students research, illustrate, define, and label major vocabulary words from academic reference books from the library, encyclopedias, or internet resources, etc., related to that subject. The WHY question leads the students to study the scriptures of their choice to discover testimony-building answers from God’s revealed word. In this way students develop the talent of “learning how to search the scriptures,” and other reference books to find their answers. The 5 Intrinsic Values.
5. HISTORY Intrinsic Value: Learning how to ponder in one’s heart. “Seek ye the Lord while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near:…For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord.” (Isaiah 6, 8)
History is more than facts. History can be defined as a study of “God’s dealings with mankind, and mankind’s dealings with each other.” It is this concept that makes history important and sacred. In the Glenn J. Kimber Academy History program students learn “Hook Dates.” These are significant dates to which are attached specific people and events. Each school day, students have the opportunity to recall the information they previously learned and then they are taught additional material. This develops within the student the ability to mentally assemble vast quantities of information at a given time, thus allowing students to ponder over the subject. As students do this day after day, they develop the talent of “learning how to ponder.”