The following provides an overview in each grade and in each subject as to the tools utilized in meting out the elements of the classical Christian curriculum. The classical Christian approach teaches each subject within a Christ-centered framework.  The classical “tools of learning” are employed in the classroom, which accelerate children’s acquisition of academic skills and comprehension.

Third Grade

Bible: Veritas Press: Judges through Kings, scripture memory, Hymns of the Month, Westminster catechism questions, memorize the major divisions of the books of the Bible

Math: Saxon 5/4

Spelling: Sitton –spelling rules, rhymes, corresponding lists, vocabulary from children’s literature

History: Veritas Press; Chronological study of Ancient Greece and Rome to the Fall of Rome, timeline notebook, geography of Mediterranean, field trips, songs, poems, class projects, famous leaders and their impact, seven ancient wonders of the world, memorization of the 50 states and capitals, atlas study, awareness of original significant historical documents

Literature: Developmentally appropriate children’s literature:  sequenced literal comprehension, interpretation, critical comprehension, Scripture, genres-myth, mystery, adventure, literary devices, poetry, Greek and Roman mythology, epic tales, oral and written book reports.

Grammar: Shurley Grammar 3

Latin: Latin for Children, Classical Academic Press, Book A

Composition: Pudewa –Excellence in Writing, journaling, note writing, copy book, short essay answers

Handwriting: Abeka –cursive instruction, calligraphy, copy book

Art: Monart method ‘Elements of Shape’

Science: Abeka, Bob Jones, assorted texts:  skills of scientific investigation, astronomy, planets, stars, constellations, birds, human body, other science areas related to the chronological study of ancient Greece and Rome, biannual science fair, field trips

Music: Matching pitch, intervals, melodic and rhythmic patterns, singing in a round, partner songs, beginning part singing, beginning recorder, music history and listening related to topics in science and history, stage presence

Other subject areas: P.E., Recitation, Study Skills, Research Skills

Fourth Grade

Bible:  Veritas Press; Chronicles through Malachi, scripture memory, Hymns of the Month, Westminster catechism questions

Math:  Saxon 6/5

Spelling:  Sitton –spelling rules, thematic lists, vocabulary studies

History:  Veritas Press –Chronological study of Middle Ages, Renaissance, and Reformation, timeline notebook, maps and detailed geography of Europe and Eastern Europe, field trips, songs, poems, class projects, famous leaders and their impact, literature, art, music, dance, and scientific advancements during this time period, study of original significant historical documents, Reformation Day Festival

Grammar:  Shurley Grammar 4 and 5

Latin:  Latin for Children, Classical Academic Press, Book B

Composition:  Pudewa –Excellence in Writing, journaling, note-writing, short essay answers, short stories, etc.

Handwriting:  Abeka –cursive mastery, calligraphy, copy book

Literature:  Developmentally appropriate children’s literature:  sequenced literal comprehension, interpretation, critical comprehension, Scripture, genres-fables, folktales, legends, myth, mystery, adventure, nonfiction, author studies and series, literary devices, poetry, allegory, scientific nonfiction, historical fiction, science fiction, biography, oral and written book reports

Science:  (Science4Kids, Abeka, Bob Jones)  scientific method, steps of inquiry, ancient inventions-catapult, pendulum, flight, human body, organ systems, diseases, birds and falconry, and other science areas related to the chronological study of the Middle Ages, biannual science fair, field trips

Art:  Monart method ‘Elements of Shape’

Music:  Matching pitch, melodic and rhythmic patterns, singing in a round, intervals, partner songs – beginning part singing, Continue on recorder, music history and listening related to topics in science and history, stage presence

Other subject areas:  P.E., Recitation, Study Skills, Research Skills

Fifth Grade

Bible:  Veritas Press—The Gospels, scripture memory, Hymns of the Month, Westminster catechism questions

Math:  Saxon 7/6 or 8/7

Spelling/Vocab:  Sitton –spelling rules, thematic lists, Wordly Wise-vocabulary studies, word origin studies

History:  Veritas Press; Chronological study of Explorers and History from 1400 to 1815, timeline notebook, detailed physical and social geography of North and South America, field trips, songs, poems, class projects, famous leaders and their impact, literature, art, music, dance, and scientific advancements during this time period, detailed map and compass study, study of original significant historical documents, major battles, Thanksgiving Feast co-sponsor

Literature:  Developmentally appropriate children’s literature:  sequenced literal comprehension, interpretation, critical comprehension, Scripture, genres- folktales, legends, myth, mystery, adventure, nonfiction, historical fiction, science fiction, biography, literary devices, poetry, diaries, drama, oral and written book reports

Grammar:  Shurley Grammar 6

Latin:  Latin for Children, Classical Academic Press, Books B and C

Composition:  Pudewa –Excellence in Writing

Handwriting:  Abeka –cursive mastery, copy book

Science:  Science4Kids, Abeka, Bob Jones and others –scientific method, steps of inquiry, compass, latitude, longitude, ocean studies, cave studies, bat, sundial, and other science areas related to the chronological study of colonial America, inventors and famous inventions, biannual science fair, science field trips

Art:  Monart method ‘Elements of Shape’

Music:  Matching pitch, melodic and rhythmic patterns, singing in a round, intervals, partner songs –beginning part singing, Continue on recorder, music history and listening related to topics in science and history, stage presence

Other subject areas:  P.E., Recitation, Study Skills, Research Skills