Classical education is a time-proven method for educating that teaches according to how God made us to learn.   K to 2nd grade students are very curious about learning things, excited about reciting what they know, willing and capable of memorizing lots of material. This is the grammar stage. It’s when we help them absorb lots of information and master language and math basics.  At this stage, they observe that learning is fun, and gain confidence in learning new things.

Our Academic Kindergarten

Math: Saxon 1

Phonics/Spelling: Sing, Spell, Read, Write/Saxon Phonics; phonemic awareness, phonograms, decoding, rules of pronunciation, fluency in word attack, consonants, short and long vowels, sight words, consonant digraphs

Reading: Saxon readers, children’s literature, teacher reads, individual sustained reading time, classroom library of wide range of children’s books, print awareness, genres-fiction vs. nonfiction, realistic fiction, Scripture

Social Studies: Student as a unique creation of God, family, church, school, community, state, country, continent, world, universe, community helpers, personal address, Christopher Columbus, Johnny Appleseed, Martin Luther, Martin Luther King, Jr., George Washington Carver, Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, Reformation Day, Thanksgiving Day Feast sponsor

Bible: Bob Jones Press (God’s Care for His People)

Science: Christian Schools International, observation, field trips, (5 senses, weather, soil and plants, birds (eggs, ostrich, quail, eagle), mammals (raccoon, pets, cats, lion, rabbit, fox), habitats, buoyancy and submersion

Art: Monart method ‘Elements of Shape’, drawing, shading, painting, color theory, hand dexterity and control.

Music: Basic concepts of sound, singing on pitch, melodic and rhythmic patterns, Kristalbell Handbells, tempo, solfege notes, stage presence

Handwriting: Pre-handwriting (motor) skills, and Abeka Cursive and Manuscript, capital and lowercase letters in manuscript and cursive, high frequency words in manuscript and cursive, first and last name in cursive

Other subject areas: P.E., Recitation

First Grade

Bible: Bob Jones Press (God’s Love for His People), scripture memory, Hymns of the Month, Westminster catechism questions, memorize the books of the Bible, and 12 Tribes of Israel

Math: Saxon 2

Phonics/Spelling: Saxon Phonics; phonemic awareness, phonograms, decoding, rules of pronunciation, fluency in work attack, consonants, short and long vowels, sight words, consonant digraphs, vocabulary development, dictionary skills, Sitton Spelling 1/2

History: Assorted texts, chronological study of Arizona History, geography of landforms, Arizona

Literature: Developmentally appropriate children’s literature:  sequenced literal comprehension, interpretation, critical comprehension, Scripture, genres- fiction vs. nonfiction, fables, folktales, literary devices, poetry, Biblical, animal, realistic fiction, scientific non-fiction, plays, drama, oral and pictorial book reports

Grammar: Shurley Grammar 1

Composition: Pudewa –Excellence in Writing, journaling, note writing, copy book, writing simple paragraphs

Handwriting: Abeka –cursive instruction, copy book

Art: Monart method ‘Elements of Shape’

Science: Abeka, Bob Jones, assorted texts:  Skills of Scientific investigation, Butterflies, tooth health, climates, desert animals, desert plants, water cycle, food pyramid, exercise, sound, annual science fair, field trips

Music: Basic concepts of sound, matching pitch, melodic and rhythmic patterns, Kristalbell Handbells, tempo, solfege notes, music history and listening related to topics in science and history, stage presence

Other subject areas: P.E., Recitation –puppetry, Study Skills

Second Grade

Bible: Veritas Press:  chronological study of Genesis through Joshua, scripture memory, Hymns of the Month, Westminster catechism questions, memorize the Days of Creation, plagues of Egypt, Ten Commandments,

Math: Saxon 3

Spelling/Phonics: Saxon/ Sitton –phonemes, spelling rules and corresponding lists, vocabulary from children’s literature Sitton Spelling 1/2

History: Veritas Press; Creation, Chronological study of Ancient Egypt to its conquering by Alexander the Great, timeline notebook, geography and nations of the Middle East and Africa, field trips, class projects, awareness of original significant historical documents (Rosetta stone, hieroglyphics, Carter’s discoveries, etc.)

Literature: Developmentally appropriate children’s literature:  sequenced literal comprehension, interpretation, critical comprehension, Scripture, genres-tall tales, mystery, book series studies, literary devices, poetry, realistic fiction, scientific nonfiction, drama-plays, oral and beginning, written book reports

Grammar: Shurley Grammar 2

Composition: Pudewa –Excellence in Writing, journaling, note writing, copy book, paragraphs

Handwriting: Abeka –cursive instruction, calligraphy, copy book

Art: Monart method ‘Drawing with Children’

Music: Basic concepts of sound, matching pitch, melodic and rhythmic patterns, Kristalbell Handbells, dynamics, tempo, meter, solfege notes, music history and listening related to topics in science and history, stage presence

Science: Abeka, Bob Jones, assorted texts: skills of scientific investigation, fossils, archaeology, insects, light, simple machines, rocks, water, preservation, other science studies related to ancient Egypt, scientific method, science fair, science field trips