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.
We offer after school care on Wednesdays, and Thursdays until 3:00 pm. This is led by teachers on a rotating basis.
On Tuesdays, we have our enrichment program from 12:10-3:00.
The following are taught on a rotating basis:
These elementary extras are $15/day/child.
A science fair is a new fun addition to our elementary program. This takes place in late spring.
Young Artists Concert
This concert usually takes place during school hours in February and is an opportunity for elementary students who take music, dance, or art classes to perform in front of their peers and parents.
Another new addition is our school spelling bee. This takes place in January and is for grades 4 - 8.
We have a handwriting contest in February. This is for grades K - 6.