Humanities methods are diverse and age-appropriate. They emphasize bringing subjects together into a cohesive and comprehensive learning opportunity. All levels including Grammar, Logic, and Rhetoric meet weekly for 1-4 days using a college or family school model. This model allows for increased student engagement and better class involvement (Other courses or subjects are taught on different days). Currently, the humanities program is taught on Wednesday and Thursday of each week. Students are provided daily and weekly instructions, assignments, guided practice and assignments. Below is a general breakdown of each level/ school and group-
Grammar School will emphasize student exposure to and comprehension of core knowledge in the Bible, literature, writing, grammar, vocabulary, history and geography, and fine arts. The curriculum incorporates methods developed by Charlotte Mason, including narration, memorization, picture study, and sketching. The academic program has been created to challenge students to think critically and grow in their knowledge of humanities through reading, projects, the study of Latin root-words and the integration of biblical truth in all subjects. Students participate in combined grade-level learning environments (1/2 and 3/4) allowing them to interact with a larger group of peers. However, mastery is different for each grade level ensuring that students develop and transition properly.
Grammar Curricular Themes
Grades 1/2: Year A) Ancient Times & Places around Me
Year B) Middle Ages & Neighborhoods
Grades 3/4: Year A) Early Modern Times & Communities
Year B) Modern Age & State/Regions
In Logic and Rhetoric School all subjects are taught from a distinctively Biblical world view. The curriculum integrates language arts (writing, literature, and research); social sciences (history, geography, and ethics); religion (Christian worldview, Bible and theology); and key integrated skills (research, logic, debate/speech, technology, communications, critical thinking, etc). Vocabulary development is a major component of the curriculum generally culminating significantly higher reading levels and skills. Opportunities are provided for foreign language acquisition including furthering Latin skills. Students participate in combined grade-level learning environments (5/6, 7/8 and 9-12) allowing them to interact with peers and promotes robust classroom discussion and group projects. Assignment and course mastery is determined based on grade and skill level allowing students to present different levels of mastery-based on grade level.
Logic Curricular Themes
Grades 5/6: Year A) Early American History & Geography
Year B) Early World History & Geography
Grades 7/8: Year A) The Middle Ages & European Geography
Year B) Modern History & Geography
Rhetoric Curricular Themes
Grades 9-12: Year A) American History & Literature; Research-Based Writing; and New Testament Studies
Year B) Government & Comparative Literature; Research, Presentations, & Public Discourse; and Christian Worldview
Year C) Ancient World History & Literature; Poetry and Public Discourse; and Old Testament Studies
Year D) Modern World History & European Literature; Research Writing & Creative Expressions; and Old Testament Studies
While separate from the main program Summer School or Online opportunities may be provided to further, enhance, expand or enrich on various topics. During summer sessions students in Grammar skill focus on math and reading skill development. Logic ages focus on critical thinking, logical thinking and idea development. Finally, Rhetoric ages are provided opportunities in advanced Christian worldview, literature, and thinking as well as other relevant topics and themes.