Saturday, February 1, 2020

Upper Grammar Group A


Upper Grammar Group A

Grades: 4th - 5th grade (some 6th graders as well)
It's ideally 4th-5th grade but 6th graders who have no latin experience and have yet to do ancient history are ideal for this class as well.

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. 





Latin:
This is the first year where the children start "real" Latin. Not that the younger groups have fake grammar but this is the first year where they will begin learning the nuts and bolts of Latin. 

Upper Grammar Group A will go through Prima LatinaWe cover the new material on Seattle Scholé's class day and then send home lessons for the remainder of the week.




History:
This is the first year where we officially start the cycle of history that is often a main part of classical education. 

Upper Grammar Group A will work through ancient history (from the beginning to the end of ancient Greece) using The Story of the World book 1. They will finish the second half of the book in Upper Grammar B.

Kids will read the designated chapter at home before class and then we work through comprehension questions in class. Light activity pages and maps are scheduled for at home.

Although it is not mandatory, we do encourage a bit of review work with Quizlet and a test at the end of the week for those who would like to do tests. 

We also provide additional books and video links that would be helpful in reinforcing the weekly lesson. As well as a "living book" list that corresponds to the history text.




Geography (optional at home):
We also try to cover geography by way of Kathy Troxel songs and we learn how to draw the countries that we learn. We cover country groups such as those of the Middle East and Northern Africa as those include countries that we are learning about. 




Writing/Composition:
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 Upper Grammar Group A, the children will learn how to write by learning from ancient fables which ties in quite nicely to their ancient history lesson. 

A good deal of the work is done in class but there will be lessons to do on the remaining days of the week. (There are videos that the kids can watch for the more difficult home lessons)