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Suggested Reading

For further study and understanding of what constitutes a Christian Classical Education, the following books and articles are highly recommended:

  • The Lost Tools of Learning – Dorothy Sayers
  • Recovering the Lost Tools of Learning – Douglas Wilson
  • The Seven Laws of Teaching – John Milton Gregory
  • The Abolition of Man – C.S. Lewis
  • The Paideia of God – Douglas Wilson

The Trivium

Our instruction will be utilizing methods from the Classical Education model.  The design of Classical Christian education is to produce a student with the mental discipline and ability to read an in-depth book, write discerning, thoughtful essays on the book, present lectures or debates on the contents of the book, and evaluate its contents in light of the Christian worldview.  Its goal is to teach the student to think clearly and express himself persuasively. To accomplish this, we will be teaching children according to three stages of learning and development: the Grammar, Dialectic, and Rhetoric stages. These stages make up what is known as the Trivium. The word Trivium comes from the Latin prefix Tri meaning “three,” and the Latin root “via” meaning the way. The word Trivium literally means three-way, referring to the three ways of learning that coincide with a child’s cognitive development as he or she matures.

Core Curriculum

Our K-8 grade levels will be focused on teaching methodologies rooted in the Grammar and Dialectic stages. The span of our curriculum across these grade levels will include:

Reading / Literature  History/Social Sciences  Art
English Grammar    Geography    Physical Education
Bible   Latin  (2nd – 8th)   Music
Mathematics Science Computers
Logic  (7th, 8th) Spanish  (6th-8th) Library/Reference Skill

During the K-5 Grammar stage, the curriculum focuses on teaching the facts, rules, techniques and fundamentals of each subject. To facilitate accomplishing this, a portion of each day is devoted to language learning (90 minutes per day), and math (60 minutes per day). The Classical mind takes history as its organizing outline of study, also integrating all subjects together to better understand the world around us and God’s active role in it.

As a Christian school, we recognize that God has given boys and girls minds and bodies that enjoy recreation and play, games, competitions and sports, art, music, drama and dance. We will seek to instruct and provide opportunities for students in many of these areas, while also encouraging families to participate in various community recreational, athletic, and arts programs.

The Kindergarten Classroom

Our approach to the kindergarten classroom recognizes that reading, writing, listening, and speaking are not disembodied skills. Each skill exists in context and in relation to one another and must not be taught independently of each other. The kindergarten year is geared toward integrating and developing these skills in a manner pointing toward success with future curriculum and trivium stages. Learning objectives focus on physical, social, personal, and cognitive development in an encouraging environment that fosters a love for education. Our kindergarten program is an academic program which gives students the foundation for beginning reading.