The purpose of the grammar level is to teach students to "speak without error" by understanding the grammar or foundational facts of all subjects.
Imitation in Writing
The study of the classical language, Latin, is the core of a classical education. In the grammar stage, the emphasis will be on the memorization of Latin grammar by the ancient method of oral recitation and form drills. Additionally, students will learn rigorous vocabulary, chants, and derivatives. As students move through the program levels, they will work on Latin translation. There is extra help available to students through e-flash cards and an instructional DVD.
In this course, students will move through the entire Bible during a four-year cycle. This class will focus on the people, events, and chronology of the Bible. Biblical study will be enriched by an understanding of the history of the time. Special emphasis is placed on memorization of key dates, people, facts, and Bible verses. In addition, older grammar students will be introduced to basic theology and how to identify theological themes.
Once a student reaches twelfth grade following a classical Christian education, he will be able to think logically and express himself well both on paper and through speech. The foundation of clear communication begins with a strong command of English grammar. The best curriculum we have found to build this strong foundation is Shurley Grammar. Because of the importance of English grammar in a classical Christian education, we require all C.C.A. students to follow the Shurley Grammar series through levels 3, 4, and 6. In our Applied Grammar class, we rely on a variety of resources to teach students to easily identify parts of speech, edit/proofread, build vocabulary, document sources, and take notes.
All Grammar Level students will learn the same science subject. Over four years the students will cover Anatomy and Physiology, Astronomy and Botany, Zoology: Land Animals, and Zoology: Flying Creatures and Swimming Creatures using Apologia science curriculum.
In the afternoon, our Grammar Level students are treated to a learning experience that challenges them to think differently, think deeply, and think actively.
Literature and Composition:
Students in this class will engage in thought-provoking writing prompts, discussion-driven literature circles, opportunities for peer review, and valuable exercises in fable (G1), narrative (G2-3), and chreia (G4), the first three stages of the progymnasmata. These progymnasmata exercises were developed by the ancient Greeks and are a valuable tool to help students become proficient, logical, and eloquent writers. Students will imitate excellent writing models, which allow them to create within a limited framework while paying close attention to the target language skills appropriate for their developmental level. Students at all levels will read purposefully chosen, high-quality historical fiction corresponding with the period being studied for the year. In addition, students will spend time during the second semester writing their very own original piece of literature. The capstone to the course is an exciting, end-of-the-year “Meet the Author” event complete with author presentations and book signings. It’s a can’t-miss end to a year full of exciting and meaningful writing opportunities!
Students will experience an exciting afternoon of history, beginning with a short lecture about the week’s history focus that will provide an opportunity to practice their note-taking skills. Students then engage in a thought-provoking, student-driven discussion circle that will allow an opportunity for insights, questions, and observations from both students and the instructor. Each student presents a “famous person” to help us engage with the history of the people we are studying. Our history course is taught chronologically, integrating biblically recorded history with events not recorded in Scripture. This helps our students know the relationship between what they study in history books and what they read in the Bible. Special emphasis is placed on memorizing key dates, people, and facts. Students won’t just learn about history – they will interact with history!
While students will participate in geography mapping exercises every week, a special emphasis is placed on geography every fourth week. Students will experience a “visit” to specific countries (states for G1) and learn about their culture and their people during this class. Geography center activities and focused student research projects bring the world to life in this class! Students don’t just learn about countries – they experience them!
Fine Art Appreciation and Execution:
The ending to this great afternoon of learning is our Art Appreciation and Execution time. The focus is on art and music directly relating to the periods being studied in history. This class makes the art of the historical time period being studied come alive!
Math is a critical subject that should be taught and reinforced every day. For younger students, the one-day-per-week learning model doesn’t work as well with math. As a result, we ask that parents shepherd their students through the math program that works for their student. We highly recommend Horizons Math and provide an assignment schedule, grade recording, and test grading for the students following Horizons Math curriculum levels 3-6. If you need a math curriculum with more teaching support, we recommend Dive/Saxon (www.DiveIntoMath.com). To supplement, on our core day, we will lead students in math fact chants and focused teaching on measurement and mental math. On study days, math tutoring will be available.
This is the booklist for G1 (3rd), G2 (4th), G3 (5th), and G4 (6th) Levels for a four-year rotation of science, history, and literature.
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