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 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.

 

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 9-10th 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:

 

 

Saxon Early Learning

alternated with

Five in a Row

 

Letter identification and

Sounds

Number Recognition

using large muscle activities

 

Large Books

 

Motor Skill integration

 

 

Language Arts:

 

Phonics & Spelling:

*Saxon Phonics K

 

Handwriting:

*A Reason for Handwriting

 

Grammar:

*Shurley Grammar Jingles

Language Arts:

 

Phonics, Spelling & Writing:

*Saxon Phonics 1

 

Handwriting:

*A Reason for Handwriting

 

Grammar:

*Shurley Grammar Jingles

 

Novels:

Trojan Horse, The Odyssey, Black Ship

Before Troy: The Story of

the Iliad, The Gods and

Goddesses of Olympus,

Pandora, King Midas: The

Golden Touch, Pegasus,

Aesop’s Fables, The

Adventures of Spider: West

African Folktales,

D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths

 

Language Arts:

 

Phonics & Spelling:

* Phonetic Spelling

 

English-Grammar & Writing:

*Preparing to Build-

English 2

 Rod & Staff

*Shurley Grammar Jingles

 

 

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,

Twelfth  Night for Kids,

The Inferno, Knights of

the Round Table

*Historical fiction and

Non-fictions

Language Arts:

 

Spelling:

* Phonetic Spelling

 

English-Grammar & Writing:

*Beginning Wisely-

English 3

Rod & Staff

*Shurley Grammar Jingles

 

 

 

Novels:

Robinson Crusoe,

Gulliver’s Travels,

Pilgrim’s Progress, Les

Miserables, The

Three Musketeers,

Songs of Innocence, The

Pied Piper of Hamelin,

Grimm’s Fairy Tales,

A Christmas Carol,

Great Expectations,

Oliver Twist, Alice in

Wonderland, Through

The Looking Glass,

20,000 Leagues Under

The Sea,

Language Arts:

 

Spelling:

*Spelling & Vocabulary from Novels

 

English-Grammar & Writing:

*Building with Diligence-

English 4

Rod & Staff

*Shurley Grammar Jingles

 

 

 

Novels:

Kidnapped, Mysteries of

Sherlock Holmes, Heidi,

The Adventures of

Pinocchio, War of the

Worlds, The Blue Fairy

Book, Wind in the

Willows, Peter Pan, Just

So  Stories, The Jungle

Book, How the Camel

Got His Hump,

Rikki-Tikki-Tavi

Language Arts:

 

Spelling & Vocabulary:

*Spelling & Vocabulary from Novels

 

English-Grammar:

*Following the Plan-

English 5

Rod & Staff

 

Writing:

*Progymnasmata

Fable Stage

 

 

Novels:

Rascal, Alice’s Adventures

In Wonderland, White Isle,

The Phantom Tollbooth,

Detectives in Togas, Where

the Red Fern Grows, Black

Ships Before Troy, The Wanderings of Odysseus,

D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths,

Tales of Ancient Egypt, Two and

Again, Pinocchio

Language Arts:

 

Spelling & Vocabulary:

*Spelling 6

Rod & Staff

*Vocabulary from Novels

 

English-Grammar:

*Progressing with Courage-

English 6

Rod & Staff

 

Writing:

*Progymnasmata-Narrative Stage

 

 

Novels:

The Hobbit, The Call of the Wild,

King Arthur and the Knights of

the Round Table, Peter Pan,

Adam of the Road, The Hawk that Dare Not Hunt by

Day, Edith Hamilton: Mythology,

Redwall, Swiss Family Robinson,

 CarryOn Mr. Bowditch, the Wind and

the Willows

 

Language Arts:

 

Spelling & Vocabulary:

*Spelling 7

Rod & Staff

*Vocabulary from Novels

 

English-Grammar:

*Building Securely-

English 7

Rod & Staff

 

Writing:

*Progymnasmata-

Chreia

 

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

Language Arts:

 

Spelling & Vocabulary:

*Spelling 8

Rod & Staff

*Vocabulary from Novels

 

English-Grammar:

*Preparing for Usefulness-

English 8

Rod & Staff

 

Writing:

*Progymnastmata-

Refutation/Confirmation

 

 

Novels:

Tales from Shakespeare, David

Copperfield, Adventures of Tom

Sawyer, The Legend of Sleepy

Hollow, City Boy, The Adventures of Herbie

Bookbinder, Washington Square,

An Occurrence at Owl Creek and  

Stories, The Curious Case of

Benjamin Button and Other Jazz

Age Stories, The Red Badge of Courage, The Short

Stories of O. Henry, The Play…The

Importance of Being Earnest,

Captains Courageous

Math:

*Saxon Early Learning

*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/

Social Studies:

*Exploring Creation-Botany

Apologia

 

Science:

*Exploring Creation-Botany

Apologia

Science:

*Exploring Creation-Botany

Apologia

Science:

*Exploring Creation-Botany

Apologia

Science:

*Exploring Creation

Apologia

Science:

* Exploring Creation with General Science

Apologia

 

Science:

* Exploring Creation with General Science

Apologia

Science:

*Exploring Creation with General Science

Apologia

Science:

*Exploring Creation  with General  Science

Apologia

History:

*Story of the World

Vol. 1: Ancient Times

History:

*Story of the World

Vol.2: Middle Ages

History:

*Story of the World

Vol. 3: Early

Modern Times

History:

*Story of the World

Vol. 4: The Modern

Age

History:

*Biblioplan: Ancients

 

History:

*Biblioplan:

Ancients

 

History:

*Biblioplan:

Medieval

 

History:

*Biblioplan:

Medieval

 

Bible:

*Integrated with Five in a Row

Bible:

*The Stories of God and

His People

 

Bible:

*The Stories of God and

His People

 

Bible:

*The Stories of God and

His People

 

Bible:

*The Stories of God and

His People

 

Bible:

**The Stories of God and

His People

 

Bible:

*ESV Bible

*Genesis-Deuteronomy

Patriarchs, Tabernacle, Passover with  Feasts

Bible:

*ESV Bible

*Genesis-Deuteronomy

Patriarchs, Tabernacle, Passover with  Feasts

Bible:

*ESV Bible

*Genesis-Deuteronomy

Patriarchs, Tabernacle, Passover with  Feasts

Bible:

*ESV Bible

*Genesis-Deuteronomy

Patriarchs, Tabernacle, Passover with  Feasts

 

 

 

 

 

Latin:

*Latin Primer 1

Latin:

*Latin Primer 1

Latin:

*Latin Primer 1

Latin:

*Latin Primer 1

Latin:

*Latin Primer 1

Composition

 

 

 

 

 

 

Logic:

*Introductory Logic, James Nance &

Douglas Wilson

 

Logic:

*Introductory Logic, James Nance &

Douglas Wilson

Logic:

* Introductory Logic, James Nance &

Douglas Wilson

 

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

 

Honors English or

English I

 

Romeo and Juliet, Scarlett Letter, Huckleberry Finn, Oliver Twist, Red Badge of Courage, The great Gatsby, Animal Farm, To Kill a Mocking bird

 

 

 

Algebra I:

Algebra 1

Smith

 

 

Biology:

Exploring Creation with Biology

Wile

 

 

History:

Ancient History & Literature

My Father’s World

 

 

Spanish I

En Espanol 1

Mc Dougal Littell

(with a possible option of Greek I)

 

 

Theology 1 (semester)

Health & PE (semester)

 

 

Electives

 

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



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