Grammar Stage: (Knowledge; Grades 1-4)

The Grammar Stage focuses on presenting information, the broad acquisition of facts and laying the foundation of knowledge. Grammar refers in this context to the simple concrete artifacts, basic building blocks or fundamental rules which inform a subject matter or exercise. This is the critical stage when students are learning “how to go to school”, how school and learning works, and what expectations of behavior, conduct, and intellectual involvement are appropriate. The students explore in simple and concrete ways the basic elements of reading, math, art, language and science. Memorization and simple observation in a rich environment both of which come quite naturally and with delight at this stage, are maximized. Reading and being read to are at the heart of this stage as all students become fully fluent in reading and develop a love for stories, poetry, and the spoken and written word. The student becomes familiar with various parts of disciplines and future skills, in a basic but comprehensible. The student’s developing intellect will more fully appreciate and synthesize the elements of this fact-focused stage as he grows in age and wisdom.

GRAMMAR Developing Knowledge Asking “What”
Cognitive Taxonomy Knowledge Comprehension
Description Recalling or remembering something without necessarily understanding, using or changing it. Understanding something that has been communicated without necessarily relating it to anything else.
Skills Define, describe, identify, label, list, match, memorize, observe, point to, read, recite, recall, re-tell select, state. Alter, account for, annotate, calculate, change, convert, dictate, group, explain, generalize, give examples, illustrate, infer, interpret, paraphrase, review, summarize, and translate.
Grades 1st 2nd 3rd 4th
Assessments Iowa Tests Iowa Tests Iowa Tests
History (2-3 times per week) Ancient History
(5000 BC-400 AD)
The Story of the World: History for the Classical Child, Volume 1: The Ancients (Wise)

The Gods and Goddesses of Olympus (Aliki)

Egyptian Gods and Goddesses (Barker)

Medieval-Early Renaissance History (400 AD-1600)

The Story of the World: History for the Classical Child, Volume 2: The Middle Ages (Wise)

 

Late Renaissance-Early Modern History (1600-1850; emphasis on United States)

The Story of the World: History for the Classical Child, Volume 3: The Renaissance (Wise)

American Geopraphy – memorizing states and capitals, labeling maps

Modern History
(1850-Present)
The Story of the World: History for the Classical Child, Volume 4: The Modern Era (Wise)

Map Skills E (Continental Press)

 

Literature (Daily)includes adaptations of classic works to the appropriate grade level -list is illustrative, not definitive or complete, some non-period literature as well.

Every grade will memorize select poems from Berquist’s The Harp and the Laurel Wreath

Book of Greek Myths (D’Aulaire)

The Trojan Horse, (Hutton)

The Odyssey & Greek Myths (McCaughrean)

Thesus and the Minotaur (Fisher)

The Adventures of Spider (McDermott)

Pandora (Burleigh)

The Aesop For Children (Winter)

Twelve Labors of Hercules (Rioradan)

Junior Great Books: Series 2 (The Great Books Foundation)

Magic Tree House Research Guide to Knights and Castles (Osborne)

The Knight at Dawn (Osborne)

Knights of the Round Table (Gross)

Robin Hood (Ingle)

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (Conan Doyle)

The Adventures of Pinocchio (Collodi/Philpot)

Hunchback of Notre Dame and Les Miserables (Hugo)

Oliver Twist (Dickens)

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (Twain/Kulling/Christopher)

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (Verne)

Midsummer Night’s Dream (Shakespeare)

War of the Worlds (Wells)

Children’s Book of Virtues (Bennett)

 

Little House In Big Woods (Wilder)

Sarah Plain and Tall (MacLachlan)

Strawberry Girl (Lenski)

Wind in the Willows (Grahame)

Swiss Family Robinson (Wyss)

Homer Price (McClosky)

Ivanhoe (Scott)

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (Lewis)

Harp and Laurel Wreath: Poetry and Dictation for the Classical Curriculum (Berquist)

Some Original Texts Some Adaptations

Language Arts

(Daily)

Heinemann Phonics, Spelling, and Word Study System for Grade 1

Units of Study in Opinion, Information, and Narrative Writing, Grade 1

Units of Study for Teaching Reading, Grade 1

Little Angel Readers

Scott Forsman Leveled Readers

Harp and Laurel Wreath: Poetry and Dictation for the Classical Curriculum (Berquist)

Heinemann Phonics Lessons, Grade 2

Units of Study in Opinion, Information, and Narrative Writing, Grade 2

Units of Study for Teaching Reading, Grade 2

Writing Our Catholic Faith – Grade 2 (Wasylyk)

Wordly Wise 3000 Book 2

Harp and Laurel Wreath: Poetry and Dictation for the Classical Curriculum (Berquist)

Voyages in English 3 (Loyola)

Units of Study for Teaching Reading, Grade 3

Units of Study in Opinion, Information, and Narrative Writing, Grade 3

Writing Our Catholic Faith – Grade 3 (Wasylyk)

Wordly Wise 3000 Book 3

Voyages in English 4 (Loyola)

Writing Our Catholic Faith – Grade 4 (Wasylyk)

Wordly Wise 3000 Book 4

Religion (Daily)

(includes stories of Saints Bible Readings, Prayers, and Songs)

Faith & Life Text and Activity Books Gr.1 (Casa Maria) Faith & Life Text and Activity Books Gr. 2

Image of God Series– Grade 2: Who Am I?

Faith & Life Text and Activity Books Gr. 3

Image of God Series– Grade 3: Who is Our Example?

Faith & Life Text and Activity Books Gr.4 (Casa Maria)

 

Mathematics (Daily) Saxon Math 1 Saxon Math 2 Saxon Math 3 Saxon Math Intermediate 4
Science (2-3x a week) Emphasis on Biology

Harcourt Science Big Book

Harcourt Science 2

Emphasis on Earth Science

Harcourt Science 2

Emphasis on Biology (exclude rocks and minerals)

Harcourt Science 3

Emphasis on Physics and Chemistry

Harcourt Science 4

Latin (Occasional) Prayer: Hail Mary, Glory Be Prayers: Our Father Prayers: Mass Parts Into Prayers: Mass Parts Mastered
Art and Chorus 1x a week/Physical Education 2x a week Various Art Projects Various Art Projects Various Art Projects Various

 

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