The Grammar Stage at KCCS
Each day will begin with Bible reading, hymn singing and catechism-based songs, and a time of prayer together. Short stories and poems will be read, and the children will be given opportunities to put their newly-developing language skills into practice by reading to their classmates. Calendar activities and a schedule board will be used to provide a clear vision for the day. Children will do daily memory work and recitation, with text selections from the Bible and other great literary works (e.g. poetry relevant to the curriculum in other subject areas).
Literature plays an integral role in learning, and the child’s natural love for stories is fostered as students read and listen to a wide selection of great books. Many reading selections are intentionally connected to the history topics being studied.
reading, writing and spelling
Students will continue their multisensory phonics program (All About Reading, Level 2). They will review prior content learned in Level 1, and will learn 12 new phonograms, including EE, ER, AR, OR, OY, AW, and OW. They will expand their vocabulary through understanding homophones, synonyms and antonyms. Students will be taught to make predictions, compare and contrast main characters, and make inferences from the text.
Children will do written history narrations (two to five sentences), often accompanied by drawings. These will be kept in a History Notebook that will serve as the child’s record of his/her history study. Proper penmanship will continue to be practiced using Zaner-Bloser Handwriting.
Formal spelling will begin with students learning encoding skills, reliable spelling rules, and multisensory strategies for spelling.
history and geography
Students will begin the chronological study of History, starting with the Ancients. They will work through Story of the World Volume 1: Ancient Times, a curriculum that brings to life the people, discoveries, conflicts, and stories that shaped human history. Topics include Egypt, Hammurabi and the Babylonians, Ancient China, Ancient Africa, the Exodus, The Greeks, Rome, and more.
Basic geography commences with map work that is designed to show students that history happens, not in a vacuum, but in real places in our world!
Students will continue to be introduced to key mathematical concepts using concrete examples and pictures. They will then be led progressively and logically to understand the abstract concepts (Singapore Math).
Topics covered in Grade 1 will include number bonds, addition/subtraction facts to 100, comparing numbers, word problems, multiplication, division, halves/fourths, time/calendar, coins, shapes, length, weight, and capacity.
Topics covered in Grade 2 will include counting to 1000, manipulating between place values, addition and subtraction with and without renaming, methods for mental math, multiplying and dividing by 2, 3, 4, 5 and 10, money, simple fractions, time, capacity and length.
Students will memorize vocabulary through songs, games, pictures and flashcards. They will begin to read and write Latin words with assistance.
Biology will be studied using Elemental Science: Biology for the Grammar Stage. This program includes a twenty-week study of animals, a ten-week study of the human body, and a six-week study of plants using visually appealing encyclopedias. Hands-on experimentation, supplemental outside reading, and narration pages will be used to encourage interest in science and to guide children into discovery of the complex, ordered and wonderful world that God has made.
Children’s souls are nourished when God’s truth, beauty, and goodness are revealed through instruction in music and the visual arts. Students will learn about the work and lives of well-known artists and composers, and will be taught to imitate and enjoy these great works, employing creative expression through individual and group endeavors.
Students are taught wisdom, courage, justice and temperance through playing team sports, running and other exercises. We will emphasize both physical and cognitive growth by focusing on the rules, training methods, and specific skills for a wide range of sports.