Monday, February 17, 2020

Lower Grammar Group C

Lower Grammar Group C 

Grades: 2nd and 3rd grade

Years offered (alternates): 2020-2021 & 2022-2023 

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 Lower Grammar Group C 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. Lower Grammar Group C uses Song School Latin 1.

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.