Grammar School

Third – Eighth Grade

Students in grades three through eight participate in a full day of rich academic courses aimed at streamlining and simplifying the journey through classical education for our families. In each subject, all instruction for the week is given in the classrooms, with moderate assignments to be completed by the student during the remainder of the week. A formal classroom environment provides structure, accountability, and opportunity for dynamic interaction which complements and enhances parental guidance and supervision in the development of wisdom and virtue.

Latin

Latina Christiana: Introductory Latin course for third graders.

First Form Latin: Introductory Latin course for grades four and up. The first year of the four-part Form Series, which covers the entire Latin grammar. Enrichment from Lingua Angelica.

Second Form Latin: Intermediate Latin course for grades five and up; prerequisite: First Form Latin or Director’s approval with high passing score on the First Form Latin final exam. Enrichment from Lingua Angelica.

Third Form Latin: Intermediate Latin course for grades six and up; prerequisite: Second Form Latin. Enrichment from Lingua Angelica.

Composition/Grammar

Intro to Composition: Using passages and comprehension questions based on books from the third grade literature class, students develop solid sentence and paragraph construction skills. Students also complete English Grammar Recitation I workbookThird grade.

Classical Composition I, Fable: The first level of Memoria Press’s seven-year composition program based on the original classical method of teaching writing, the Greek “progymnasmata”. A series of fourteen distinct “pre-exercises” designed to develop writing, logic, and rhetorical skills in students, the progymnasmata is the writing program that produced Shakespeare and John Milton, among other many others. This class also uses English Grammar Recitation II workbook. Fourth and fifth grade.

Classical Composition II, Narrative: Students in this course continue to build invention skills as well as the ability to engage the imagination of an audience. They master the structures of thought that originate narratives and learn to create recognition by using figures of description. They develop the ability to communicate the same idea using a variety of words, sentence structures, and various perspectives. Also, the English Grammar Recitation II workbook. Fifth grade and up.

Classical Composition IV, Refutation & ConfirmationIn this stage, there are two sets of exercises, Refutation and Confirmation, which would correspond to an argumentative essay in modern composition theory. The students are learning how to structure their thought, and thus their communication process, when given the task of arguing for or against an idea, thought, chain of events, method, or story. The categories of development (or paragraphs) that make up these essays are essential elements in the rhetorical process (they are identified as Heads of Purpose in later stages of the Progymnasmata) that must become second nature in the mental processes of our students. Also, the English Grammar Recitation IV workbook. (Students in grades nine and up will complete Logic I in place of the English Grammar course. This course is appropriate for students seventh grade and up. (Pre-requisite: completion of Classical Composition III, or Director approval through completion of work over the summer.) 

 

Classical Studies

Greek Myths: The beautifully illustrated and narrated D’Aulaire’s Greek Myths is the text for this rich course. Third grade.

Famous Men of Rome: A comprehensive historical overview of the rise and fall of Rome in 30 stories, which tell of the lives of famous Romans. Fourth grade and up.

Famous Men of the Middle Ages: With lessons on Attila the Hun, Charlemagne, William the Conqueror, Edward the Black Prince, and Joan of Arc, among others, this course guides students through the turbulent “dark age” of history and illustrates the transition from the end of ancient times to the birth of the modern era. Fifth grade and up.

Famous Men of Greece: If the Romans were history’s great men of action, the Greeks were history’s great men of thought. Dive into the lives and minds of thirty-two famous Greeks through stories detailing the rise, Golden Age, and fall of Greece. The triumphs of Aristotle, Ptolemy, Odysseus, Pericles, Alexander the Great, and many others will enable your students to understand why the scope of Greek accomplishment is still known today as “The Greek Miracle.” Seventh grade and up.

 

Literature

Third Grade Literature: Comprehensive Literature guides carry students through Farmer Boy, Charlotte’s Web, Mr. Popper’s Penguins, A Bear Called Paddington, as well as related poetry from Poetry for the Grammar Stage. 

Fourth Grade Literature: Students will continue to develop their appreciation for excellent literature as they study The Cricket in Times Square, Homer Price, The Blue Fairy Book, Dangerous Journey (a carefully arranged version of The Pilgrim’s Progress), and related poetry from Poetry for the Grammar Stage. 

Fifth/Sixth Grade Literature: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe; Heidi; Lassie Come-Home; and related poetry from Poetry for the Grammar Stage. 

Seventh/Eighth Grade Literature: The Bronze Bow, Anne of Green Gables, The Hobbit, the Trojan War, and related poetry from Poetry for the Grammar Stage.

 

Science

Astronomy: This course covers constellations, the motion of the earth, and the names of stars, as well as the sky as seen throughout all the seasons, including the “Summer Triangle” and the fall and winter zodiacs. Students delight in mastering the material covered in this course, and will enjoy reciting the 15 brightest stars, and recognizing dozens of constellations from star diagrams. Practical application comes from the memory work which teaches students to navigate the stars from key constellations. After completing a study of Astronomy, the night time sky will never look the same! Third Grade.

Insects: This course uses a narrative approach to the introduction and identification of different kinds of insects, insect anatomy, and more. Peterson First Guide on Insects guides students in the recognition of insects in their natural habitats. Fourth grade.

Birds/History of Medicine: Using several classic books on birds, this course teaches students to observe and recognize a beautiful and easily noticeable part of our natural world: birds. Students will become familiar with the appearance, behavior, anatomy, habitat, and calls of 25 common birds. After this, students will move on to a fascinating historical overview of the history of medicine, using the John Tiner text, Exploring the History of Medicine. From surgery to vaccines, man has made great strides in the field of medicine. Quality of life has improved dramatically in the last few decades alone, and the future is bright. But students must not forget that God provided humans with minds and resources to bring about these advances. A biblical perspective of healing and the use of medicine provides the best foundation for treating diseases and injury. In Exploring the World of Medicine, author John Hudson Tiner reveals the spectacular discoveries that started with men and women who used their abilities to better mankind and give glory to God. The fascinating history of medicine comes alive in this book, providing students with a healthy dose of facts, mini-biographies, and vintage illustrations. Fifth and sixth grade.

Trees/Exploring the World of Biology: “How do trees grow? Why do leaves change color? What kind of tree is that?” After you and your children read this book, you’ll know! Featuring 33 different trees that grow in North America, the Tree Book‘s beautiful illustrations show each tree as it appears in a particular season, as well as life-size depictions of its buds, leaf, flower, fruit, and seed. Histories of each tree bring to life its character and significance to us. During the second half of the year, the development of the study of life is explored in John Tiner’s inspiring text. The field of biology focuses on living things, from the smallest microscopic protozoa to the largest mammal. In this book you will read and explore the life of plants, insects, spiders and other arachnids, life in water, reptiles, birds, and mammals, highlighting God’s amazing creation. 

Students with unique academic needs or experience may take classes outside of their standard grade level. Highlands Latin Phoenix will create a beautiful academic experience each student.

Please contact Laura Hall with questions.