Curriculum

Our Home School Curriculum

We designed this curriculum with the assistance of the Well Trained Mind’s Guide to Classical Education.


Grammar School (K-4th Grade)

Kindergarten

Subject Details Time Spent Days
Phonics/Reading Easy Reading lessons, and beginning readers 15-30 minutes M-F
Writing Writing With Phonics 5-10 minutes M-F
Mathematics Saxon Math, level K 20 minutes M-F
Physical Education Nature walks 30 minutes M-F
Music Sing-along, intro to instruments 20 minutes T, Th
Art I Can Draw series 20 minutes M, W, F
Manners You’ve Got Manners seriesbooks, class practice 5 minutes M-F
Religion My First Old Testament & My First New Testament 15 minutes M-F


First Grade

Subject Details Time Days
Reading Ancient literatures and guides (to supplement this year’s history curriculum)
Sabertooths and the Ice Age
Mummies and Pyramids
Ancient Greece
The Odyssey Series for Children
Ancient Rome and Pompeii
20 min M-F
Spelling Spelling Workout primers 15 min M-F
Grammar First Language Lessons 10 min M-F
Writing Writing With Ease 15 min M-F
Mathematics Saxon Math, level 1 30 min M-F
Physical Education Backyard playground, nature walks, games, running 45 min M-F
History/Geography The Story of the World vol. 1:  Ancient Times: 30 min M, W, F
Science Smithsonian Science vol. 1: Ancient Discoveries: From Aristotle to Newton 30 min T, Th
Music Listening to classical music, instrument lessons, singing 30 min M, W, F
Art Drawing Animals 30 min T, Th
Manners/Values Children’s Book of Virtues, basic etiquette, class rules 15 min M-F
Religion Discover the Scriptures: Old Testament 15 min M-F


Second Grade

Subject Details Time Days
Reading Medieval literature and student’s choices 30 min M-F
Spelling Spelling Workout, Level C 15 min M-F
Grammar First Language Lessons, part II 15 min M-F
Writing Writing With Ease 20 min M-F
Math Saxon Math, level 2 30 min M-F
PhysicalEducation Playground, nature walks, games, running, ball games 45 min M-F
History/Geography The Story of the World vol. 2: The Middle Ages 30 min M, W, F
Science Smithsonian Science vol. 2: Discoveries in Newton’s Day 30 min T, Th
Music Listening to classical music, continued lessons, singing 30 min M, W, F
Art Drawing Faces
30 min T, Th
Manners/Values Biographies of great men and women, basic etiquette, class rules 15 min M-F
Religion Discover the Scriptures: New Testament 15 min M-F


Third Grade

Subject Details Time Days
Reading Renaissance & Early Modern Literature/student’s choices 45 min M-F
Spelling Spelling Workout, level D 15 min M-F
Grammar First Language Lessons, level III 20 min M-F
Writing Writing With Ease 20 min M-F
Mathematics Saxon Math, level 3 30 min M-F
Foreign Language Vocabulary memorization 20 min M-F
Physical Education Nature walks, games, running, intro to sports 45 min M-F
History/Geography Story of the World, vol. 3: Late Renaissance to early modern times 30 min M, W, F
Science Einstein Adds a New Dimension 30 min T, Th
Music Listening to classical music, continued lessons, singing 30 min M, W, F
Art Drawing Our World 30 min T, Th
Manners/Values Making friends, being a friend, family relations 15 min M-F
Religion Personal reading, listening, or pondering time 15 min M-F


 

Fourth Grade

Subject Details Time Days
Reading Modern Literature & student’s choices 45 min M-F
Spelling Spelling Workout, Level D 20 min M-F
Grammar Rod & Staff: Grade 4 20 min M-F
Writing Writing With Ease 20 min M-F
Math Saxon Math, level 3 30 min M-F
ForeignLanguage Vocabulary memorization, rules of syntax 30 min M-F
PhysicalEducation Nature walks, games, running, intro to sports 45 min M-F
History/Geography Story of the World, vol. 4: Modern times (1850-present) 30 min M, W, F
Science Discoveries in history; emphasis on basic physics 30 min T, Th
Music Listening to classical music, continued lessons, singing 30 min M, W, F
Art Artistic Pursuits 30 min T, Th
Manners/Values Great biographies, social graces 15 min M-F
Religion Personal reading, listening, or pondering time 15 min M-F


Dialectic School (5th-8th grade)

Fifth Grade

Subject Details Time Days
Reading Ancient myths and legends (after history), “fun” books 60 min M-F
Spelling Spelling primers, oral/written quizzes, spelling bees 20 min M-F
Grammar Rod & Staff: Grade 5 20 min M-F
Writing Composition, cursive penmanship, personal narrative 20 min M-F
Math Saxon Math, level 54 45 min M-F
ForeignLanguage Vocabulary memorization, speech and pronunciation 30 min M-F
PhysicalEducation Nature walks, games, running, intro to sports 45 min M-F
History/Geography Ancient times, level II, map work, timelines, 45 min M, W, F
Science Biology, biographies of great scientists 45 min T, Th
Logic Logic puzzles 20 min M, W, F
Computers Touch typing, basic computer skills 20 min T, Th
Music Study of orchestral instruments 30 min M, W, F
Art Artistic Pursuits 30 min T, Th
Manners/Values Friendship, honesty, social skills 15 min M-F
Religion Personal reading, listening, or pondering time 15 min M-F


Sixth Grade

Subject Details Time Days
Reading Medieval/early Renaissance literature (after history), “fun” reading 60 min M-F
Spelling Spelling primers, oral/written quizzes, spelling bees 20 min M-F
Grammar Rod & Staff: Grade 6 20 min M-F
Writing Composition, cursive penmanship, creative writing 20 min M-F
Math Saxon Math, level 76 and “real-life” math 45 min M-F
ForeignLanguage Vocabulary memorization, grammar and speech 30 min M-F
PhysicalEducation Walks, running, sports, and ballroom dance 45 min M-F
History/Geography Medieval to early Renaissance (400-1600), map work, timelines 45 min M, W, F
Science Astronomy/earth science, biographies of great scientists 45 min T, Th
Logic Critical thinking 20 min M, W, F
Computers Touch typing, basic computer skills, intro to Internet, Internet ethics 20 min T, Th
Music Medieval/Renaissance music, composer bios (coordinated w/ history) 30 min M, W, F
Art Artistic Pursuits 30 min T, Th
Manners/Values Book of virtues, etiquette, manners 15 min M-F
Religion Personal reading, listening, or pondering time 15 min M-F


 

Seventh Grade

Subject Details Time Days
Reading Late Renaissance/early modern literature (w/ history), “fun” reading 60 min M-F
Spelling Spelling primers, oral/written quizzes, spelling bees 20 min M-F
Grammar Rod & Staff: 7th Grade 20 min M-F
Writing Composition, cursive penmanship, historical writing 20 min M-F
Math Pre-Algebra 45 min M-F
ForeignLanguage Vocabulary memorization, grammar and speech 30 min M-F
PhysicalEducation Walks, running, competitive sports, and ballroom dance 45 min M-F
History/Geography Medieval to early Renaissance (400-1600), map work, timelines 45 min M, W, F
Science Chemistry (with lab), biographies of great scientists 45 min T, Th
Logic Introductory logic 20 min M, W, F
Computers Touch typing, intermediate computer skills, Internet research 20 min T, Th
Music Medieval/Renaissance music, composer bios (coordinated w/ history) 30 min M, W, F
Art Artistic Pursuit: Jr. High 30 min T, Th
Manners/Values Self-improvement: physical, social, emotional, and academic 15 min M-F
Religion Personal reading, listening, or pondering time 15 min M-F


 

 

Eighth Grade

Subject Details Time Days
Reading Modern literature, 1850-present (w/ history), “fun” reading 60 min M-F
Spelling Spelling primers, oral/written quizzes, spelling bees 20 min M-F
Grammar Rod & Staff: 8th Grade 20 min M-F
Writing Composition, cursive penmanship, historical writing 20 min M-F
Math Algebra I 45 min M-F
ForeignLanguage Vocabulary memorization, grammar and speech 30 min M-F
PhysicalEducation Walks, running, competitive sports, and ballroom dance 45 min M-F
History/Geography Modern times (1850-present), map work, oral history interviews 45 min M, W, F
Science Physics (with lab), biographies of great scientists 45 min T, Th
Logic Intermediate logic, intro to debate 20 min M, W, F
Computers Touch typing, advanced computer skills, Internet research 20 min T, Th
Music Romantic and modern music, composer bios (coordinated w/ history) 30 min M, W, F
Art Artistic Pursuit: Jr. High 30 min T, Th
Manners/Values Intro to ethics 15 min M-F
Religion Personal reading, listening, or pondering time 15 min M-F

School of Rhetoric  (9th-12th grade)

**Coming soon!

  • Keep in mind the fact that these schedules include a more organic experience than simply a list of assignments–they also reflect days spent with good reads, enlightening discussion, and creative exploration.
  • While the time requirements here seem stringent, we have found that our children can easily finish a day’s work before lunch, leaving them the rest of the day to explore other talents, interests, and the world in which they live (through field trips and lessons, for example).
  • We also use Whole Books in our learning. For example: when studying the Polynesian Islands, we read novels and poems about them in well-written novels or stories (Whole Books), rather than just reading a table of statistics in a geography textbook (fake books).

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