Monday, February 17, 2020

Lower Grammar Group

Our Lower Grammar Group consists of 2nd Grade and 3rd Grade.

While we would love to have each grade have its own specific class, we simply do not have the space or teachers to do so. The curriculum does rotate between two sets of curriculum every other year thus guaranteeing that your child will not sit through two duplicate years in their 2nd and 3rd grade.

Children continue recitation in the Lower Grammar Group. Each week, they work through a set of questions and answers. These range from "what are the four directions" (north, south, east, west) to "name the seven continents" to "how many hours are in a day".

These early years are a key time to harness the kids' natural ability to memorize facts and jingles. We do send home the weekly recitation questions so that parents can practice with their children the remainder of the week, we do not require parents do so.

It is also in the Lower Grammar Group where children begin to learn how to be active listeners and natural learners. Our curriculum is designed to expose the children to the good, the true, and the beautiful.

The Lower Grammar Group is the children's first introduction to latin. Learning latin is fun as we use Song School Latin which teaches latin words and phrases with fun songs and chants.

Enrichment is the bulk of the Primary Group's classwork. Enrichment encompasses literature, science, history, social studies, art, and more. It is this part of the class which gently teaches children to be active listeners, advanced thinkers, and appreciative observers.

Each lesson is focused around a single picture book which has been expertly selected for their quality, age level, and subject matter.

Through these read-aloud books, children are introduced to the subjects of literature, poetry, history, culture, science, art, music. Each of these subjects all relating to the read-aloud book.

For example: When the children read "Johnny Appleseed", they work through:

  • Reading comprehension questions (literature)
  • Learn about the different types of apples, the parts of apples, how they grow, (science)
  • Study a famous painting "Apfelbaum I (apple tree)" which ties in nicely to the apple theme (art appreciation)
  • Listen to a piece of classical music which we try to match to the theme however that is sometimes a stretch (for this lesson it is Hoe-Down from Rodeo by Aaron Copland (music appreciation)
  • Read a poem that relates to the theme
  • Create an art project that matches the theme

When the children are this young, you could use this weekly Seattle Scholé class as their history, science, literature, etc for the whole week. Not much is needed at this age.

That said, we do provide parents with a list of additional books that they could read in the remainder of that week, which reinforces what the child learned in class. These books are usually easily borrowed from the library.

*Note for the second track of the Lower Grammar Group we focus more on US History so the enrichment section is more tailored to US history, art, poetry, etc.