Curriculum Overview

We follow a five year history cycle from 4th through 8th grade that prepares students for high school humanities.  This is followed community wide and we choose our materials for most classes based on the time period of focus.  Our curriculum is taught as a “core” with homework required to be completed by students on a weekly basis in all classes considered 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 grade level. Upper grammar school will have reading assigned outside of class. Exploration of literature through the use of a story board, socratic discussion, written narrations, and embodied learning elements, all meant to deepen the student’s experience and understanding of the material discussed.
  • History – using the Guerber’s History series by Christine Miller 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 Primer B or 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 class is for all grades and 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. Our facility has a nature trail out back with additional access to greenways that boast creeks and a pond for further exploration.
  • Math – Upper Elementary I, II, III (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.
  • Math – Logic School A/B (Principles of Mathematics and Pre-Algebra or Study Hall) Students at the Logic level A will be given a choice of PM or PA and those in Logic B will have a choice of Pre-Algebra or a math study hall.  The curriculum used is by Katherine Loop and has a Biblical Worldview of math.
  • Logic– This Logic School A school class will focus on introducing logic and logical fallacies with class discussion using The Art of Argument curriculum.
  • 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 and professional instruction in techniques.  All levels of classes will experience art.
  • Music Theory/Instrument – This class for lower grammar school students will incorporate music theory through the use of a portable glockenspiel. Upper Elementary I & II 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 – Students will use the Writing & Rhetoric curriculum by Classical Academic Press. Students will learn the elements of good writing as they progress through the classical exercises of the progymnasmata.  Students will also be given opportunity to develop and practice rhetorical skills throughout the year.
  • Grammar/Poetry –  Students will be taught grammar in Upper Elementary I, II, & III with an overview of basic grammar and sentence analysis, including sentence diagramming.  Students will also learn grammar in an integrated context as part of their writing class and poetry.  Poetry will be taught using literary devices, poetry reading & writing and culminate in a poetry cafe’ learning celebration.
  • Theater – This class will use theater games and skits to help students learn the elements and skills of theater.  Upper Elementary I & II will have one semester of theater.  Upper Elementary III, Logic A & B will have theater all year long with an end of the year production.