Classical Education in the Grammar Stage


Grammar Stage (Kindergarten 
— 5th Grade)

The Lower School years are full of joy and excitement. Here strong foundations are laid for life-long learning. Our Lower School curriculum is built upon proven and time-honored methods of pedagogy which give important tools for future learning.  We call this the grammar stage.

At the grammar stage, emphasis is laid on review and repetition. One important way young children learn is through songs, chants, jingles, and rhymes. Historical information, timelines, science terms, rules of grammar, scripture—all these can be taught through songs and jingles. Because the very young rely so keenly on their senses, we direct our content to the eyes, ears, hands, and even bodies. 

   Early Grammar Stage
(K-2nd)
 Late Grammar Stage
(3rd-5th)
 Student Characteristics
  • excited about learning
  • shorter attention span
  • enjoys games, stories, songs, projects
  • wants to touch, taste, feel, smell, see
  • imaginative, creative
  • excited about new interesting facts
  • easily memorizes
  • likes to explain, figure out, talk
  • wants to relate own experiences to topic, or just to tell a story
  • likes collections, organizing items
  • assimilates language well
 




Teaching

Methods
  • guided discovery
  • tactile teaching
  • short creative projects 
  • sing, play games, chant, recite, color, draw, paint, build
  • show and tell, drama, hear/read/tell stories
  • field trips
  • lots of hands-on work, projects
  • field trips, drama
  • make collections, displays, and models
  • research projects
  • recitations, memorization
  • drills, games
  • oral/written presentations