What is meant by Truth, Goodness and Beauty?
Our curriculum is classical emphasising the seeking after truth, goodness, and beauty and the study of authentic liberal arts and the great, or living books. We will rotate through one of three cycles each year with the specific content within each strand (subject) differing year to year. Our curriculum is history-led, meaning this informs our literature, poetry, geography and fine arts studies for the year. We will rotate yearly through one of the three cycles of historical study- Ancient Civilizations, Pre-Reformation to Modern and American History. Our content has everyone in the family engaging with the same general strands of study (memory work, virtue education, geography, history, science. nature study, poetry, literature, narrations, art and music appreciation) with each appropriately scaled and will rotate through one of three cycles per year. This lends itself to unison throughout our community and in our homes.
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In a Snapshot, This Year We Will Study...
Bible One Bible passage will be provided, studied and memorized each term.
Virtue One virtue will be provided, discussed, and practiced each term with additional resources.
Hymn One hymn will be provided, studied, sung and learned each term.
Poetry Students will spend a whole term reading and delighting in selections of poetry from the specific world culture focuses of each term. The main purpose of this practice is to familiarize students with the beauty and delight of poetry. Students will be encouraged to commit one poem (or selection) to memory each term.
Picture Study Students will spend each term beholding representative works from the specific world culture focuses of each term. On occasion, this will be accompanied by imitation of masterworks in various media (watercolors, chalk, pencils, etc.).
Music Appreciation Students will spend a whole term learning about the musical works and instruments representative of the specific world culture focuses of each term.
Literature One or two living books related to the time period under study will be suggested to be read aloud per term. In addition, each term Upper Grammar (3-6th) students will be invited to read one one assigned book, related to the time period under study. This book will be discussed once virtually at the end of each term.
History Students will be introduced to 24 facts, or pegs of knowledge each year from various historical happenings. Corresponding living history books will be suggested to be read aloud and narrated / illustrated each week. A list of optional Hands On History explorations for further study within each term’s specified ancient civilizations / cultures will be provided as well as opportunity to explore world cultures through weekly Cultural Cooking experiences.
Timeline Each week seven events from a timeline set will be introduced and studied using a timeline song with American Sign Language. Students will also be encouraged to make one entry in their Book of Centuries weekly.
Geography This year the students will focus on various parts of the world through map study and weekly map tracing and drawing. In addition, each year students will study one of Holling C. Holling’s delightful story books, integrating geography lessons to give students a firm grasp of North American geography. This year families will be encouraged to read Paddle to the Sea in Term 5 as a supplement to our study of Canada.
Science Students will be introduced to 24 facts, or pegs of knowledge each year from various fields of science. In addition to the weekly memory work, this year we will focus more intently on Human Anatomy and Physiology. We will delve into this field of study more deeply through books, narration notebooks and suggested hands on explorations.
Nature Study Students will explore nature weekly through outdoor discoveries and learning the art of nature journaling, focusing on the study of insects, birds, rock and formations, weather and wilderness survival.
Memory Work Students will learn other essential facts, or pegs of knowledge, in addition to History, Science and Timeline, in English Grammar, Math and Latin, with catchy corresponding songs, and chants.
Tea Time Liturgy Each term a tea time liturgy will be provided to set aside a special time to delight and discuss truth, goodness and beauty with others while introducing and practicing basic table etiquette.