lower school classes (kindergarten-5th grade)
Our goal in the lower school is to spread a broad feast of truth, goodness, and beauty according to Charlotte Mason’s educational principles through the study of fine arts, nature, and living books.
Composer study, combined with basic principles of music theory and note recognition, will encourage students to understand, appreciate, and enjoy music.
NATURE STUDY –
We believe in cultivating a young student’s love, respect and curiosity for God’s creation before asking him or her to play with or manipulate it. With this in mind, we emphasize nature studies with some excursions into general science.
Literature selections sourced from classic children’s stories will instill habits of careful listening and proper language use. Students will participate in oral and written narration and with discussion-based integration of literary analysis, history, and grammar.
A semester-long study of one of Shakespeare’s plays will involve memorization of specific speeches, historical and literary analysis of the play, discussion of morality and character, and will culminate in a theatrical presentation.
Classic works of assigned poetry are memorized each week at home and children recite them in class, giving them exposure to the beauty of language and confidence with public speaking.
Pursuit of truth, goodness, and beauty extends to the visual arts as students learn to appreciate the works of great artists and practice the fundamentals of drawing and working with diverse artistic mediums.
LATIN (elective) –
Through straight chanting and games, younger students focus on memorizing noun endings from all declensions, 1st conjugation verb endings, and some familiar Latin vocabulary. We use the classical pronunciation.