CLASSICAL APPROACH

Christ Classical Academy embraces Classical Christian Education as a return to a time-honored approach to learning. The classical method is based on the centuries-old method of education known as the Trivium. In using the Trivium, we divide the teaching methods into three major stages according to the way children naturally develop. We like to say that we are teaching children “with the grain.”

  1. Pre-Grammar Polly Stage: Transitional Kindergarten (3-4 yrs)-Kindergarten Children in this stage are obviously excited about learning. They enjoy games, stories, songs. They have a short attention span and want to touch, taste, feel, smell, & see everything.  They are imaginative & creative and like chants, clever and repetitious word sounds.
  2. Grammar Stage: 1st – 4th grades Children in this stage are naturally inclined to memorize. The grammar stage capitalizes on their desire to memorize, recite, and chant. In this stage, we teach them the “grammar” of each subject, or each subject’s fundamental facts and rules.
  3. Logic Stage: 5th – 8th  grades In the logic stage, we capitalize on the student’s love of challenging others, arguing, and finding holes in communication. Logic is taught in this stage to enhance a student’s reasoning platform, to examine the construction of argument, and to strengthen debate and persuasion with articulation and research. As the students develop their positions of debate they draw on the facts learned in the grammar stage.
  4. Rhetoric Stage: 9th - 12th grade We look forward to including rhetoric stage this school year. In the rhetoric stage, students strive to express themselves. They will be taught how to communicate clearly in written and verbal forms, how to conduct research in all subject areas, and how to see relationships among subjects. In this final stage, the students learn how to communicate eloquently and persuasively, presenting the substance and applying the tools learned in the Grammar and Logic stages.  We will be adding 10th-12th grade in subsequent years to complete our Rhetoric stage!

Subject content, or knowledge and skills, is at the heart of the Classical curriculum. We believe our children will be better able to serve God, understand life,and succeed in their personal futures if they are equipped with a solid base of knowledge. In all of the Trivium, we seek to teach the students how to learn for themselves and how to express and defend what they learn. We desire for them to be lifelong learners.

Some key points about our program of study:

  • Classical education places an emphasis on the basics. We understand the basics to be subjects such as languages, arts, math, reading, writing, and history.
  • Classical education is designed to provide students with a core knowledge – a kind of cultural literacy – that will enable them to minister and live more effectively at this important stage of our country’s history.
  • Grades 3 – 7 study Latin in order to acquire a greater understanding of the English language as well as provide a base for learning foreign languages.
  • Grades 5 - 8 have formal Logic classes to learn the art of argument.

 

CCA Weekly Schedule

 

 

 

In Class

Home Study

Transitional

Kindergarten

(3-4 year olds)

*must be potty trained

Monday-Thursday

Half Day

8am-12pm

 

No  Friday option for Transitional Kindergarten.

Kindergarten

Monday-Thursday

Full Day (afternoon Nap)

 

FRIDAY

·       Students will work at home on home study assignments or they have the option to complete their work at school from 8am-12pm in a study hall setting.

 

Grammar

1st-5th grade

Monday-Thursday

Friday (Home Study)

 

 

FRIDAY

        Students will work at home on home study assignments or they have the option to complete their work at school from 8am-12pm in a study hall setting.

        Appt. with teachers for specialized tutoring

        Field Trips

        Community Service Opportunities

Logic

 6th-8th grade

Monday-Thursday

Friday (Home Study)

 

 

Rhetoric 9-11th grade

Monday-Thursday

Friday (Home Study)

 

 

 

CCA Curriculum Overview

Transitional Kindergarten

Pre-Grammar Polly

Kindergarten

Pre-Grammar Polly

1st-Grammar

2nd-Grammar

3rd-Grammar

4th-Grammar

5th-Logic

6th-Logic

7th-Logic

8th-Logic

Language Arts:

 

Five in a Row

 

Letter identification and

Sounds

Number Recognition

using large muscle activities

 

Large Books

 

Large Motor Skill integration

 

 

Language Arts:

 

Phonics & Spelling:

*Saxon Phonics K

 

Handwriting:

Alphabet Integration

 

Grammar:

*Shurley Grammar Jingles

 

Large Books

 

Fine Motor Skill integration

Language Arts:

 

Phonics, Spelling &

 

Writing:

*Saxon Phonics 1

 

 

Grammar:

*Shurley Grammar Jingles

 

 

Language Arts:

 

Phonics & Spelling:

* Phonetic Spelling

 

English-Grammar & Writing:

*Preparing to Build-

English 2

 Rod & Staff

 

*Shurley Grammar Jingles

 

 

 

Language Arts:

 

Spelling:

* Spelling Workout D

 

English-Grammar & Writing:

*Beginning Wisely-

English 3

Rod & Staff

*Shurley Grammar Jingles

 

 

Language Arts:

 

Spelling:

*Spelling Workout E

 

English-Grammar & Writing:

*Building with Diligence-

English 4

Rod & Staff

*Shurley Grammar Jingles

 

 

Language Arts:

 

Spelling & Vocabulary:

*Spelling & Vocabulary from Novels

 

English-Grammar & Writing:

*Following the Plan-

English 5

Rod & Staff

 

 

 

Language Arts:

 

Spelling & Vocabulary:

*Spelling &

*Vocabulary from Novels

 

English-Grammar & Writing

*Progressing with Courage-

English 6

Rod & Staff

 

 

Language Arts:

 

Spelling & Vocabulary:

*Spelling &

*Vocabulary from Novels

 

English-Grammar:

*Building Securely-

English 7

Rod & Staff

 

Writing:

*Progymnasmata-

Chreia

 

Language Arts:

 

Spelling & Vocabulary:

*Spelling &

*Vocabulary from Novels

 

English-Grammar:

*Preparing for Usefulness-

English 8

Rod & Staff

 

Writing:

*Progymnasmata-

Chreia

 

Novels:

Beowulf: Grendel the

Ghastly, Sir Gawain

And the Green Knight,

Canterbury Tales, The

Fairie Queene, Saint George and the

Dragon, Hamlet for Kids,

Macbeth for Kids, Romeo and Juliet for Kids,

The Inferno, Knights of

the Round Table

 

*Historical fiction and

Non-fictions

Novels:

Robinson Crusoe, Gulliver’s Travels,

Pilgrim’s Progress, Les Miserables, The

Three Musketeers, The Pied Piper of Hamelin,

Grimm’s Fairy Tales, A Christmas Carol,

Oliver Twist, Alice in

Wonderland, Through

The Looking Glass,

20,000 Leagues Under The Sea

 

*Historical fiction and

Non-fictions

 

Novels:

Little Women, The Yearling, The

Fellowship of the Ring, Journey

to the Center of the Earth,

Scottish Chiefs, Around the

World in Eighty Days,

A Christmas Carol

 

 

*Historical fiction and

Non-fictions

Novels:

Adventures of Don Quixote, Gulliver’s Travels, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner and Other Poems, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Rip Van Winkle, Pride and Prejudice,

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

 

*Historical fiction and

Non-fictions

Math:

*Five in a Row

Math:

*Saxon Math K

Math:

Saxon Math 1

Math:

Saxon Math 2

Math:

Saxon Math 3

Math:

Saxon 54

Math:

*Saxon 65

Math:

*Saxon 65

*Saxon 76

 

Math:

*Saxon 76

*Saxon 87

 

Math:

*Saxon 87

*Pre-Algebra

 

Science/Social Studies:

*Community Workers

*Weather

Science/

*Science through the Alphabet

Science:

*Exploring Creation-

Apologia

 

Science:

*Exploring Creation-

Apologia

 

Science:

* Exploring Creation with Physical Science

Apologia

 

Science:

*Exploring Creation with Chemistry & Physics

Apologia

 

History:

*Story of the World

Vol. 2: Middle Ages

 

History:

*Story of the World

Vol. 3: Early Modern

Times

History:

*Biblioplan: Medieval

 

History:

*Biblioplan: Early Modern

 

Bible:

*Integrated with Five in a Row

 

 

Bible & Social Studies:

*History for Little Pilgrims

 

Bible:

*Enjoying God’s Gifts

Positive Action Bible Curriculum

 

Bible:

*Building Life Castles

Positive Action Bible Curriculum

 

Bible:

*ESV Bible

*Christian Studies

Book 3

New Testament

 

Bible:

*ESV Bible

*Christian Studies

Book 3

New Testament

 

 

 

 

 

Latin:

*Latin Primer 1

Latin:

*Latin Primer 1

Latin:

*Latin Primer 2

Latin:

*Latin Primer 2

Latin:

*Latin Primer 2

Composition

Progymnastmata-

Refutation/Confirmation

 

 

 

 

 

 

Keyboarding: (1st Semester)

Mavis Beacon

Logic: (2nd Semester)

*Detective Fallacy, Nathaniel Bluedorn & Hans Bluedorn

 

Logic:

* Argument Builder

Shelly Johnson

Logic:

* Argument Builder

Shelly Johnson

Logic Applications

Debate

Mini Thesis

 

Other:

Art & Music

 

Other:

PE, Art & Music

 

Other:

PE, Art & Music

 

Other:

PE, Art & Music

 

Other:

PE, Art & Music

 

Other:

PE, Art & Music

 

Other:

PE, Art & Music

 

Other:

PE, Art & Music

 

Other:

PE, Art & Music

 

9th -Rhetoric

10th Rhetoric

11th Rhetoric

 

Honors English I or

English I

 

Iliad, Odyssey, The Cat of Bubastes, Bulfinch’s Greek and Roman Mythology, Epic of Gilgamesh, Eric Liddell,

Job, Psalms, Proverbs

 

 

 

Honors English II or

English II

 

Julius Caesar, Beowulf, Pilgrim’s Progress, Pride and Prejudice, The Hiding Place, Animal Farm, A Tale of Two Cities

 

Honors English III or

English III

 

Of Plymouth Plantation, 101 Great Poems, Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, The Scarlett Letter, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Red Badge of Courage, Billy Budd Sailor, Narrative of Fredrick Douglas

Honors Geometry

Geometry: An Integrated Approach

Larson

 

Algebra I:

Algebra 1

Smith

 

Honors Algebra II

Algebra and Trigonometry:

Functions & Applications

Foerster

 

Geometry:

Geometry: An Integrated Approach

Larson

 

Algebra II

Algebra and Trigonometry:

Functions & Applications

Foerster

 

 

Biology:

Exploring Creation with Biology

Wile

 

Chemistry:

Exploring Creation with Chemistry

Wile

 

Environmental Science

Environmental Science

Holt

 

History:

Ancient History & Literature

My Father’s World

 

History:

World History & Literature

My Father’s World

 

History

US History and Government

My Father’s World

 

Greek I – 9 & 10th Grade

Greek for Children: Primer A Christopher Perrin

Greek II – 10th Grade

A Primer of Biblical Greek Clayton Croy

 

 

Theology III (semester)

 

Rhetoric I (semester)

The Rhetoric and the Poetics of Aristotle

Johnson

Theology 1 (semester)

Bible Doctrine & Essential Teachings of the Christian Faith by Wayne

Grudem

 

Health & PE (semester)

 

 

Theology II (semester)

Bible Doctrine & Essential Teachings of the Christian Faith by Wayne Grudem

Academic Elective (semester)

Honors Psychology

Personal Finance

 

Academic Elective

Personal Finance

Honors Psychology

Honors Economics

Honors Sociology

 

Electives

Yearbook (year-long)

Teacher Aide (year-long)

Study Hall (no credit)

 

 

Electives

Team Sports, Strength Training (semester)

Yearbook/Media (year-long)

 Drama, Chorus (semester)

Teacher Aide (year-long)

Study Hall (No Credit)

Electives

Art I, Art II,

Team Sports, Strength Training

Yearbook/Media

Drama, Chorus

Teacher Aide

Study Hall (No Credit)

 Christ Classical Academy reserves the right to change any curriculum in this overview chart without notice. Revised 8/2/15



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