Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Welcome to Seattle Scholé!

Welcome to Seattle Scholé!
-Christian Classical homeschool education by way of scholé-

First things first: definitions!

Seattle: We are focused on the city of Seattle

Scholé: (pronounced skoh-LAY) comes from the Greek word for leisure (it’s also where we get the English word for school). But before you think this means leisurely educating... it does not. 

This is leisure in the sense that we can education our children restfully knowing the direction we are steering them towards as oppose to anxiously educating them to pass tests. 

Seattle Scholé is a homeschool group focused on coming alongside homeschooling parents to allow them to give the benefits of Christian classical education without having to rely on costly private schools or competitive and time consuming co-ops.

Seattle Scholé is a Christian classical education homeschool group. 

We offer parents two ways to incorporate Seattle Scholé into their homeschooling.

1) Simply incorporate the Seattle Scholé subjects into your current favorite homeschooling curriculum.

2) Make use of Seattle Scholé as a full curriculum. The Seattle Scholé would provide your family with the lesson plans for the school year (Monday - Friday) and let you know which curriculum/books you would need to buy. - This method is offered as we know that many parents feel overwhelmed with choosing and planning curriculum for their children and we realized that we can easily offer this to ease their anxieties.

What a Seattle Scholé day looks like:

We start our Monday group with prayer, a hymn, and a virtue lesson before breaking up into individual classes.

In the Fall of 2020, we plan to have 3 groups:

Primary Group: Kindergarten/1st grade
Lower Grammar Group: 2nd grade/3rd grade
Upper Grammar Group: 4th-6th grade

The Primary Group focuses on a read aloud as well as art, poetry, music, and the science that flows out of the read aloud. This is a very gentle yet foundation laying method of starting children to become active readers and natural learners.

The Lower Grammar Group focuses on a read aloud as well as art, poetry, music, and the science that flows out of the read aloud. 
This is similar to the Primary Groups lesson but it is a bit more in-depth and does incorporate a bit of writing. The Lower Grammar Group also learns Latin with a very fun and sing song curriculum as a way of gentle introducing the kids to Latin which is a backbone to classical education.

The Upper Grammar Group is separated into three different subjects: Latin, History, and Composition/Writing. 
This is the first year where the students begin a more traditional Latin curriculum (while still remaining at their age level). 
The history is set in ancient history through the Greeks and will include comprehension and hands on activities to help the history stick with the child. 

This this also the first year that the children will be introduced to classical composition (progymnasmata). This is a method of teaching writing that has been used for centuries until just very recently. In the first year, the children will learn how to write by learning from ancient fables which ties in quite nicely to their ancient history lesson.