The Grammar Years
The goal of our grammar school curriculum is to prepare our students for the logic and rhetoric programs of our secondary school. Every skill and subject in the curriculum is selected to prepare our students for the best possible education, a Christian and classical education.
Bible: Beginning with an overview, the students will then study each section of Scripture, reading and discovering the Word of God under the guidance of their teacher. Stories, songs, and scripture memory give our students a solid foundation in Bible knowledge. A passion for the Gospel enables these stories to connect with each student as a unique image bearer.
English: Students are taught the grammar of their own language and its fundamental rules and principles using Shurley English. Classifying and diagramming sentences gives students the ability to understand the structure of sentences and how to write skillfully. Students write about what they have learned in all subjects with growing skills in being succinct, effective and eloquent.
Reading: A strong emphasis on phonics is presented in all grades using the Spalding Method in every grade. Starting in second grade, the students are introduced to mythology, poetry and fables from around the world. Each grade also features classic children’s literature that is age appropriate.
History/Geography/Science: History and science are taught chronologically. Beginning with what they know, students first learn about their own families and the state of Texas; their knowledge of the world grows academic each year. Map skills are integrated into history lessons and students memorize the countries, rivers and important geographic features of the world. Beginning in second grade, students begin to study the Story of the World, with an emphasis in understanding God’s redemptive purposes for every culture.
The information from the scientific domains of chemistry, physics, earth science and biology are presented to children as it pertains to their historical studies so that the facts that they memorize have both context and meaning. Students complete grammar school with a solid foundation of history and science in the context of a Christian world view.
Math: Singapore Math and Big Ideas Math are excellent resources for teaching the grammar of mathematics and problem solving. Rich in mathematics vocabulary and balanced in all areas of math skills, these lessons provide a framework for teachers to enrich with hands-on materials, stories, chants and songs.
Latin: Latin instruction begins in third grade and continues through tenth grade using resources from Classical Academic Press (Latin for Children-grades 3-6 and Latin Alive!-grades 7-8). Students learn Latin grammar: parts of speech, conjugations, declensions and principles for interpretation.
Fine Arts: Art history and appreciation are presented in the context of historical studies so that culture and beauty are put in the proper light. Students are trained in skills and techniques as appropriate to ability as they seek to replicate and imitate classic art. Students are exposed to good, true and beautiful things to imitate so that their creations will reflect these values.
Music appreciation and history are intertwined with developing strong vocal skills. Students are introduced to the essentials of performance, music theory and notation along with a love for music through monthly hymns and composers.
Physical Education: Students are taught to move with skill and coordination that will prepare them for a lifetime of fitness. Character training and endurance is of the utmost importance in training future warriors for Christ.