We follow a four year history cycle community wide and choose our materials for most classes based on the time period of focus. Our curriculum is taught as a “core”. Parents will be helping students to complete assignments and work through the curriculum on days they are not on campus.
- Great Books– This literature class is taught from selected Great Books lists specific to each grade level. Upper grammar school will have reading assigned outside of class. Exploration of literature through literary devices, elements of a story, poetry reading & writing, socratic discussion, and a poetry cafe’ learning celebration, among other activities. All meant to deepen the student’s experience and understanding of the material discussed. Lower Elementary will pursue a jr. Great Books class for the coming year with a focus on learning simplified elements of a story, literary devices and poetry.
- History – using the Mystery of History as our spine, students will explore the main events of history relative to the current history cycle through discussion, hands on projects, and in class celebrations.
- Latin – will be taught using Song School Latin for upper elementary I, which is geared towards children starting their Latin studies and meant to be a fun introduction to Latin. Upper Elementary II & III will learn Latin for Children Primer A/B and Logic School will be doing Latin Alive.
- Science Experimentation – A hands on class, seeking to expose students to the wonder of science through vocabulary, and experimentation using the scientific method in practice. Our source text will be Berean Builders for students in upper grammar classes and students will participate in science experimentation and demonstration weekly. Logic school will be utilizing Rainbow’s General Sciences book with weekly lab time for experimentation.
- Nature Study – This lower and upper grammar class, will range from outdoor exploration seeking to impart awe and wonder at God’s world in which we live, to outdoor exploration through discovery, identification, classification, nature journaling and in class research. Nature study will be a semester long study for logic school students. Our facility has a beautiful nature trail with creeks and a pond that serve as a the backdrop for most of our nature walks.
- Math – Model Drawing/Recitation – Focused on strengthening the students’ ability to do solve word problems through Singapore’s Model Drawing method. Students will also work on chorale recitation of math facts appropriate to their grade level. Logic school will teach a Pre-Algebra class. This can be used as a core math curriculum if parents would like, or it can be used as a review of mathematic principles for those pursuing their own curriculums at home in math.
- Logic– This logic school class will focus on introducing logic and logical fallacies with class discussion using The Art of Argument curriculum and the Argument Builder. Debate will be part of the 8th grade curriculum experience.
- Fine Arts – A Schole’ approach to fine art through art appreciation, exploration of fine artists, and learning to master the fundamentals of art through art projects. All levels of classes will be offered.
- Music Theory/Instrument – This class for lower grammar school students will be one semester long and incorporate music theory through the use of a portable glockenspiel. Upper grammar and Logic school will explore chorale singing and continued music theory for a semester. Each class will also explore composer studies relative to our year’s history cycle and music appreciation exercises.
- Writing & Rhetoric/Grammar – Students will use the Writing & Rhetoric curriculum by Classical Academic Press. Students will begin each year in the Grammar school with an overview of basic grammar and sentence analysis. Students will then continue to learn grammar in an integrated context as part of their writing. Students will learn the elements of good writing through the use of the progymnasmata. Students will also be given opportunity to develop and practice rhetorical skills throughout the year. Logic School will be taught formal, comprehensive grammar through the use of Our Mother Tongue.
- Theater – This class will use theater games and skits to help students learn the elements and skills of theater. Grammar school will have one semester of theater. Logic school will have theater all year long with an end of the year production.