During the Grammar stage, children are particularly adept at memorization. Young children learn songs, rhymes, and recite facts with relative ease. Because young children are so eager to memorize and they enjoy nonsensical rhymes (e.g. Dr. Seuss), the Trivium challenges them by providing substantial subject matter for them to memorize. Each subject has its own grammar. For example, in science, children memorize facts about nature. In math, children memorize times tables. In Latin, children memorize vocabulary. Throughout each year in the grammar stage, classically educated children learn the factual foundation of each subject, using songs, chants, and rhymes to help them enjoy the learning experience.
Pre-Grammar (Grades K4-2nd)
Students are taught to read through a strong phonics program and are introduced to classic children’s literature. Mathematics instruction includes basic facts as the foundation on which students will build. Good behavior is encouraged as students learn from the heart what God expects of them.
KINDERGARTEN 4’s and 5’s
Our four and five-year-old kindergarten class is a one- or two-year program, depending upon the age a child enrolls. Children must be four by September 1st to begin the four-year-old kindergarten and five to start our five-year-old kindergarten. In kindergarten, phonics, reading, writing skills, and math are the main subjects taught. Science, history, and art are introduced. The children learn how to get along and how to love one another while playing in learning centers.
FIRST AND SECOND GRADES
First and second graders continue with the phonics, reading, writing, and math, while also introducing grammar, history, geography, and science. Singing and memorizing is a critical part of learning at this stage. Poetry is also memorized on a monthly basis. Second graders begin to learn cursive handwriting are introduced to Latin in a fun way.
Grammar (Grades 3-6)
The child readily soaks up information and memorizes facts. In the grammar stage, students learn the who, what, when, and where of subjects as they learn multiplication facts in mathematics; land formations, capitals and countries in geography; names and dates of important events and people in history; and, vocabulary in English and Latin.
THIRD AND FOURTH GRADES
These grades continue with an emphasis on grammar, writing, and the reading of classical literature. They are also introduced to the Latin language.
History is taught from a classical Christian worldview. They learn about Greek and Roman history one year, and Renaissance and Reformation the other year. Art projects, plays, and activities make the learning fun. They learn about the many different cultures in geography, including both in the United States and the rest of the world.
FIFTH AND SIXTH GRADES
These grades continue to learn grammar, Latin, and the proper form of writing. Diagramming is stressed in the grammar class. American history is taught, with various classical literature books being read. In geography, they learn how to label every country in the seven continents, as well as the capitals of each. Poetry is memorized and read as well.
Code of Conduct
Student behavior will be held to the standard of the Law of God, as expressed summarily in the two great commandments and in the Ten Commandments.
While each individual is responsible for his/her own behavior, those in positions of authority (the teachers and administrators of the school) will work with the student in keeping with the Larger Catechism, 129:
It is required of superiors, according to that power they receive from God, and that relation wherein they stand, to love, pray for, and bless their inferiors: to instruct, counsel, and admonish them; countenancing, commending, and rewarding such as do well, and discountenancing, reproving, and chastising such as do ill; protecting and providing for them all things necessary for soul and body; and by grave, wise, holy and exemplary carriage, to procure glory to God, honor to themselves so to preserve that authority which God hath put upon them.
Of the students, the following is expected:
The honor which inferiors owe to their superiors is, all due reverence in heart, word, behavior; prayer and thanksgiving for them; imitation of their virtues and graces; willing obedience to their lawful commands and counsels; due submission to their corrections; fidelity to, defense and maintenance of their persons and authority, according to their several ranks, and the nature of their places; bearing with their several ranks, and the covering them, in love, so that they may be an honor to them and to their government. Larger Catechism, 127
Attitudes and behavior to be avoided by students include: The sins of inferiors against their superiors are, all neglect of the duties required toward them; envying at, contempt of, and rebellion against their persons and places, in their lawful counsels, commands and corrections; cursing, mocking, and all such refractory and scandalous carriage, as proves a shame and dishonor to them and their government. Larger Catechism, 128
Students will always be on their honor to do their work according to the rules of the assignment.
Students are not permitted to use cell phones or other electronic devices capable of recording or providing information (dedicated calculators excepted) in class. A ringing or vibrating phone will be confiscated and only returned to the parent. If used for cheating, the phone will be permanently confiscated, and all student phones will be banned from the building.