Students in the Third through Sixth Grades at CCS will be taught Michael Clay Thompson’s approach to grammar analysis. This new Caesar’s English I Classical Education Edition includes an abundance of photo images that give children wide-ranging insight into the ancient world and its contribution to our lives. The volume has a vocabulary component “based on Latin stems and lists of Nonfiction Words made from the stems as well as lists of Advanced Words and Classic Words.” The grammar lessons, Grammar Town, reflect the four levels of grammar analysis so students study parts of speech, parts of the sentence, to phrases and to clauses. Included in this classical approach is the study of poetry, Building Poems, which demands a whole-brain appreciation and produces better readers and writers.
Students in the Third through Sixth Grades at CCS will continue to be taught the 6 + 1 Writing Traits, an internationally renowned program developed by educator, Ruth Culham. This methodology breaks the writing process down into the seven traits used by an effective writer: ideas, organization, voice, word choice, sentence fluency, conventions, and presentation. Instruction is based on the appropriate developmental abilities of young writers. Writing prompts are created by the teacher and are woven into the Bible, Science, Literature, and Social Studies units being taught in the classroom. Thus, writing becomes an integral part of how a student responds to his or her every-day learning. Students in Grade 4 will continue to learn the Zaner-Bloser cursive method of handwriting.
Students will progress in their ability to write effectively in all four genres of writing: Narrative, Descriptive, Expository and Persuasive. Students will be taught to edit and revise their own writing and will be given the tools to assess their own writing,
as well as that of others.
Students will use the Veritas curriculum with supplemental texts, such as Exploring World History, The Story of the World: History for the Classical Child, and the Kingfisher Atlas of the Medieval World to study the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, and the Protestant Reformation. The great leaders and events of these time periods in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East are studied in chronological order, beginning with the fall of the Roman Empire and extending through the High Renaissance in England. The students learn the Five Themes of Geography, and apply those as they learn the countries of the European, African, and Asian continents. Classical literature, such as Beowulf, The Hobbit, and Adam of the Road bring these time periods to life as the students read and study these great works of fiction. Primary source documents and artifacts are studied, and critical thinking skills, problem solving, and decision-making skills are emphasized throughout the social studies curriculum.
In fourth grade our math curriculum remains again with Saxon Math 5 where students will use what they have learned in previous years but new concepts are added in this year to continue their rigorous curriculum. Saxon Math spirals through skills learned in earlier years to build on new skills learned this year. Students will learn about the number theory, estimation, computation, geometry, fractions, decimals, percents, exponents, negative numbers, ratios, coordinates, area, volume, capacity, using data (algebra skills), and rates. Students will continue working on problem solving skills.
In Physics for the Grammar Stage, the students will use their student workbook as a tool to create a lasting memory of their study for the year. Students will learn several types of scientific investigations processes. Ongoing projects are designed to be done over several weeks. Ongoing physics projects include making a potato clock, making a gumdrop castle and making a newspaper stool. The students will to develop their understanding of the scientific method and how a scientific test works by performing experiments, making observations then writing up the experimental process. The write-up page becomes more refined with this grade level. The page has four sections, the materials list, the procedure, the results and the conclusion. Additionally, each unit has coordinating memory work assignments on the unit overview sheet. The memory work include poems that serve as tools to aid students in memorizing key facts from the unit and are designed to reinforce what the student has learned.
Fourth grade studies the last portion of the Old Testament, Major and Minor Prophets, many of the kings of Israel and Judah, and the life of Job. Studying this period helps children better understand the relationship between covenantal faithfulness and covenant blessing.