Core study courses for third grade and up are offered in a-la-carte fashion. The four core classes are Latin, Classical Studies, Literature, and Composition, which are offered in 90-minute blocks. Specific course offerings within these blocks for the 2019-2020 school year will depend on enrollment numbers.
Course Offerings for the 2018-2019 school year are as follows:
The study of Latin is the core of a classical education. Latin begins in second grade and continues every year. Memorizing the Latin grammar is a great challenge and thrill for students. The mastery of the grammar greatly enhances English language skills and builds the kind of confidence that comes only from great achievement. Latin develops the mind of the young student like no other subject. There is no substitute for the mental development provided by the study of the Latin grammar.
- Latina Christiana (Grades 3/4)
- First Form Latin (Grade 5 or successful completion of Latina Christiana)
- Second Form Latin (Grade 6 or successful completion of First Form Latin)
Classical Studies: $425
Classical Studies is the natural companion to Latin. In classical studies, students study Greek mythology and Greek and Roman history and literature every year, gradually deepening their knowledge and understanding. This long grounding prepares students to read the classics of Greek, Roman, and English literature and to study and understand the modern world. Courses are not necessarily age dependent.
- Greek Myths (Grades 3/4)
- Famous Men of Rome (Grade 4/5)
- Famous Men of the Middle Ages (Grade 5/6)
An essential component in the development of superior language skills is the study of good literature, which provides models of correct English and excellence in writing. The ear and eye are trained by constant exposure to good English usage. Students learn best by imitation. Our classroom reading selections are carefully chosen to increase in reading difficulty each year. Books are read slowly and thoroughly in class, accompanied by our Literature Guides.
- Literature 3 (Farmer Boy, Charlotte’s Web, A Bear Called Paddington, Mr. Popper’s Penguins)
- Literature 4 (The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, Heidi, Lassie Come Home)
- Literature 5 (The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, Robin Hood, King Arthur)
- Literature 6 (Anne of Green Gables, The Hobbit, The Trojan War, The Bronze Bow)
Memoria Press’ composition program, Classical Composition, is based on the original classical method of teaching writing called the “progymnasmata.” It was the program that produced John Milton and William Shakespeare. This method involved learning fourteen skills, organized from the simplest and most basic to the most complex and sophisticated. In addition, the English Grammar Recitation program will solidify the grammar your child has learned in Latin through memorizing and reciting the essential grammatical and usage rules in English.
- All Things Fun and Fascinating (IEW) (Grade 3)
- Fable Stage (Grade 4+)
- Narrative Stage (Grade 5+)
- Chreia/Maxim Stage (Grade 6+)
Note: Students coming to Classical Composition at older ages may benefit from an accelerated sequence through the first two levels (Fable and Narrative). Please speak to the Director if this applies to your family.
3rd-6th Grade Enrichment Day
In addition to our Core Studies day, students are able to participate in elective courses on our Enrichment day. Because of the rigor of the Memoria Press curriculum, we would like to offer a few additional academic course options to our older students.
Our course offerings and schedule will be dependent on enrollment numbers and teacher availability.
Sample 3rd-6th Grade Enrichment Day Shedule
8:30-8:45 Opening Assembly
10:45-11:45 Speech & Drama
12:30-1:30 Math (Rod and Staff 3, 4, 5, or 6)
1:30-2:30 Science (Astronomy 3rd, Insects 4th, Birds/History of Medicine 5th, Trees and Exploring Biology 6th)
2:30-3:30 Christian Studies (Memoria Press)