Grammar Level (4K-6th Grade)
In the first three hours of the community day, students learn memory sentences through songs and hand motions in nine subjects: scripture, hymn, timeline, English grammar, Latin, math, science, geography, history), then review the memory work for the previous six weeks through games. They also hone their public speaking skills by delivering 2-3 minute presentations to their class.
The lower elementary classes (4K-2nd grade) participate in weekly experiments and demonstrations that correspond to the memory work. We utilize material from The Good and the Beautiful - Energy and Focus on Elementary Physics curricula.
The upper elementary classes (3rd-6th) utilize Elemental Science's Physics for the Grammar Stage for weekly experiments and demonstrations. In addition to the in-class hands-on material, students complete reading and notebooking assignments outside of class.
All students enjoy 10 weeks of music appreciation classes, with lessons pulled from SQUILT's "Modern Era" curriculum and the Beethoven Who? Family Fun with Music book.
The remaining 18 weeks are spent on art-- both art history and art technique. Lower elementary students receive lessons from Artistic Pursuits' Art of the Northern Countries, while the upper elementary students improve their drawing skills through lessons from Artistic Pursuits' The Elements of Art and Composition.
Composition & Literature
In this class, fifth and sixth graders (as well as mature fourth graders) develop composition skills utilizing IEW's Modern History Based Writing Lessons. Students mirror at home techniques the tutor presented in class and complete one composition (working from a single paragraph to a multi-paragraph research essay) each week.
In the literature portion of the course, students engage in Socratic discussions of several novels.
The younger students (8 and under) listen to a passage from The Story of the World, then complete a project from BiblioPlan's Hands-On Modern History Crafts. They also listen to a selection of read-alouds, then participate in a narration exercise (think: Charlotte Mason). The afternoon is rounded out with a gym class/recess period.
Logic Level (7th-8th Grade)
By working through Cornerstone Curriculum's Starting Points Worldview Primer, students develop their own worldview, drawing inspiration from a selection of Christian writers and Bible passages. Later in the year, students learn to approach literature, culture, and history through a worldview lens while also practicing identifying the worldview of a person (author, historical figure, etc.).
Students continue to practice techniques learned in IEW by writing compositions that align with the Starting Points Worldview course material.
By working through The Discovery of Deduction by Classical Academic Press, students are introduced to Formal Logic. They practice deductive reasoning and spend ample time analyzing the form of various arguments.
Through Apologia's Exploring Creation with Physical Science, 7th and 8th grade students complete in-class several controlled experiments in Chemistry, Physics, and Earth Science. They also sit for in-class exams. Outside of class, students read from their textbook, answer reading comprehension questions, and complete lab reports.