Saturday, February 1, 2020

Upper Grammar Group

Our Upper Grammar Group consists of 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.

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 4th and 5th grade.

Children continue recitation in the Upper Grammar Group. Each week, they work through a set of questions and answers. These range from "In Latin, noun groups are called" (declensions) to "how many books are in the Old Testament" (39) to "What mountain does the Olympics get its name from" (Mt. Olympus). 

These "grammar" 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.

This is the first year where the children start "real" grammar. 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. 

The first track of the Upper Grammar Group we go through Prima Latina and the second track we begin working through Latina Christiana. We cover the new material on Seattle Scholé's Monday class and then send home lessons for the remainder of the week.

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

The first year of Upper Grammar Group, we work through ancient history (from the beginning to the end of ancient Greece) using The Story of the World book 1. The second year of Upper Grammar Group, we work through the second half of ancient history mainly the Roman empire.

We cover pretty much everything on our Seattle Scholé Monday class (reading of text, comprehension, and light hands on activities. 

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.

We also try to cover geography by way of Kathy Troxel songs and we learn how to draw the countries that we learn. The first year, we cover country groups such as those of the Middle East and Northern Africa as those include countries that we are learning about.

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. 

A good deal of the work is done in class but there will be lessons to do on the remaining days of the week.