CURRICULUM OVERVIEW

All summaries of this curriculum are from: veritaspress.com, welltrainedmind.com, Usborne.com

 

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Second, Third, and Fourth Grade:

 

Reading: Literature and Comprehension Guides

 

Students will continue to receive phonics and fluency practice, but most of the Reading curriculum is literature-based.  Students are instructed on the practices of good readers and then spend time reading quality literature.  Instructors use carefully selected model texts for direct instruction, and then guide students in their practice of reading and comprehending a multitude of picture books and chapter books.   

 

Language Arts:  Shurley English

The most astounding and effective grammar program available. The children learn jingles to memorize the parts of speech, enabling and encouraging them to chant till they start dreaming grammar lessons.  Students become efficient at classifying sentences, which then supports their writing and understanding of the structure of written language.  This incremental curriculum also includes vocabulary development and ongoing assessments. 

 

Writing: Classically Cursive  

Second grade is the best age to teach children cursive writing. The Classically Cursive Series is geared to follow the Phonics Museum, or any program using modern manuscript.  Students will be expected to be efficient at cursive by the end of third grade. 

  

Math: Saxon

 

Saxon teaches students using a spiral-format that consistently reviews older concepts, adding more and more information to concepts they've previously encountered.  The program is built on three principles:  Math instruction must be incremental.  Students are given time to understand, practice, and master smaller concepts before adding next steps.  This builds confidence and fluency as students advance to more complicated, multi-step mathematics.  Math instruction must be distributed.  Skills are not studied in isolated units or chapters but are steadily distributed throughout the school year.  This allows for consistent practice, review, and reinforcement of concepts.  Math instruction must be cumulative.  When practice and assessments are cumulative, it ensures students retain information and make meaningful connections between concepts.   

 

Science:  Rod & Staff Patterns of Nature

 

This study consists of 30 lessons bound in an illustrated 126-page workbook. Such subjects as seasons, seeds, wildflowers, weeds, trees, mammals, insects, songbirds, and the celestial bodies are introduced on the child's level. Through this study, students gain an enjoyment and appreciation of nature and recognize God as the Creator.

 

Geography: 1. Geography songs CD and Song Book  2.  Legends & Leagues South and East (Africa and Asia)

 

1. This thirty–four track CD and companion book take advantage of children’s natural aptitude for learning through exposure to music. By singing the songs while reading the lyrics, children can easily learn the names and locations of all 226 countries, oceans, continents, and planets.

2. Legends & Leagues, Ltd. is at your service, providing geographic services for anyone who needs help knowing how to get from Here to There! Using their old and new maps, Mr. Latitude and Mr. Longitude are able to take their clients anywhere, anytime. Dive into this storybook, where these two gentleman travel south and east to share the continents of Africa and Asia with students.  Throughout the South and East books, students not only learn the names of countries, capitals, and important landmarks – they learn stories, legends, traditions, and fascinating facts about African and Asia.   

 

History & Bible: 

1. Old Testament & Ancient Egypt   2.  New Testament & Greece and Rome  3.  Middle Ages – Renaissance and Reformation

 

Veritas Press curriculum has built these content-rich courses for the grammar years.  Students study 32 events from each time period as they see Biblical history in the context of all history.  The curriculum builds in such a way that students learn an ongoing timeline of the chronology of world history and they learn to see the tremendous way that the God of the Bible has been at work throughout all of history redeeming his people.   

 

Latin:  Song School Latin and  Latin for Children

Students will begin their study of Latin in second grade with Song School Latin and progress to Latin for Children in third grade.  The Song School Latin program is a gentle and delightful introduction to the language.  Students learn over 100 everyday vocabulary words for the seasons, body parts, food, animals, and common greetings.  The weekly lessons use songs, illustrations, stories, and activities to encourage memorization.  When students transition to Latin for Children, they continue chanting and singing more than 240 vocabulary words with the inclusion of noun declensions, verb conjugations, and grammatical explanations.

 

 

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