Reading Incentive Program
Grade Levels: All Grades
Description: With an updated library, including works of literature, history, science, etc. inspired by the classical pursuit of learning through original documents, students will have ample opportunity to fulfill their literature requirements. As added incentive, points will be awarded upon completion of tests and essays meant to assess comprehension. These points may be used at a special “store” twice a year to purchase books, toys, and other things.
Grade Level: Grammar I (1-2)
Description: Using Memoria Press’s phonics and spelling series, this class offers instruction for your student at any level of proficiency. Whether your child is a non-reader, beginning reader, or proficient reader, exercises will be chosen to reflect their abilities, as well as push them towards improvement.
Grade Level: Grammar I (1-2)
Description: Good handwriting builds fine motor ability and leaves a good impression on those who see it. Students will have regular instruction and practice in handwriting using printables, journals, etc.
Grade Levels: Grammar I (1-2), Grammar II (3-4), and Grammar III (5-6)
Description: Students will memorize a timeline of history set to music, as well as several passages of Scripture throughout the year. Daily study will be required, and class time will offer reinforcement through review and games.
Grade Levels: Grammar I (1-2), Grammar II (3-4), and Grammar III (5-6)
Description: Grammar I: The study of American history through literature read in class, including Rush Revere, Childhood of Famous Americans, YWAM biographies, Freedom Crossing, Child’s History of the World, Story of the World, and others. The class will focus on a different period each quarter, done chronologically, while making use of a timeline, recitation, and discussion.
Grammar II and III: The story of the Middle Ages is told through the lives of Attila the Hun, Charlemagne, William the Conqueror, Edward the Black Prince, and Joan of Arc, among others. Famous Men of the Middle Ages 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.
Poetry for the Grammar Stage
Grade Levels: Grammar II (3-4)
Description: Let your students learn the beauty of poetry through the masters who have perfected their craft. Your child will see the many ways poems are structured and develop the confidence to attempt their own. Poetry study includes questions to help students analyze meanings of the poems, including vocabulary work. Poems increase in difficulty as students move through the book over a two-year period.
Grade Levels: Grammar II (3-4) and Grammar III (5-6)
Description: This class seeks to nurture a love of the English language with an understanding of how it is correctly used. Using the Shurley English curriculum, this class will introduce and review grammar concepts and practice "jingles" as memory aids. Games and other exercises will be used to reinforce learning.
Grammar II will be studying from Level 3
Grammar III will be studying from Level 6
Grade Levels: Grammar II (4th grade only), Grammar III (5-6), Dialectic (7-9), and Rhetoric (10-12)
Description: Starting with Latina Christiana or First Form Latin, students will take a grammar first approach to the ancient language which is suitable for those just beginning, as well as those in the Grammar Stage. Second and Third Form reviews all material in the previous Forms, completes the verb paradigms for all four conjugations in the indicative active and passive, and much more! Fourth Form Latin completes the journey of Latin grammar by reviewing all material in First, Second, and Third Form, completing all verb forms for all four conjugations by studying participles, infinitives, gerunds, etc.
Grade Levels: Grammar III (5-6), Dialectic (7-9), and Rhetoric (10-12)
Description: Ancient writers invented a way of teaching writing known as the progymnasmata, which provided a method of teaching composition that not only taught budding writers a disciplined way to approach communication, but also helped them appeal to the heads of their audience. The progymnasmata gave them the stylistic tools to appeal to their hearts as well.
The greatest communicators of ancient times, Quintilian and Cicero among them, employed the progymnasmata to teach their students the art of communication. The 14 exercises, organized from the simplest and most basic to the most complex and sophisticated, were the core education of a classical speaker, designed to produce what Quintilian once called "the good man, speaking well."
Grade Level: Dialectic (7-9) and Rhetoric (10-12)
Description: Wednesdays Only -Traditional Logic is an in-depth study of the classical syllogism. Along with a basic understanding of the Christian theory of knowledge, this class presents the four kinds of logical statements, the four ways propositions can be opposed, the three ways which they can be equivalent, and the seven rules for the validity of syllogisms. Students must begin with Traditional Logic I, regardless of grade, before moving on with Traditional Logic II, Material Logic, or Rhetoric.
Grade Level: Dialectic (7-9) and Rhetoric (10-12)*
Tuition: $90/year, plus $65 materials fee for required text
Description: Mondays Only - Designed to be taught in three grammar "seasons" over three years, Analytical Grammar is not your average grammar program! Used successfully with students of varying abilities, the innovative and logical method is not only effective, but actually enjoyable. The step-by-step approach will prepare students for the rigor of college work, while the comprehensive scope ensures mastery. Approaching grammar with the idea that students learn it and then move on, rather than continually re-learning the same concepts over and over, the "spiral" method will help students master grammar once and for all.
*course is offered for the higher level if students are behind in grammar.
Omnibus (History, Theology, Literature)
Grade Levels: Dialectic (7-9) and Rhetoric (10-12)
Description: With lively group discussions focusing on ideas rather than just information, this course will tackle a goldmine of great books of Modern Era historical literature from a Christian worldview using the Omnibus VI curriculum from Veritas Press. Readings from some of the greatest authors impacting the time period from the 1600s through modern times will give us the opportunity to look at a wide range of the philosophies and ideas which have had a tremendous influence on the world we live in and analyze them according to the principles of scripture. This class seeks to help students grow in the ability to contribute to good discussion, learn to prepare good questions for discussion, and to encourage others’ participation.
Students in the Dialectic (Grades 7-9) and Rhetoric (Grades 10-12) stages will have some variation in length or number of assignments as appropriate. Dialectic students will be building independence in completing readings, building comprehension skills, and applying what they read in ever improving discussion skills. Rhetoric students will be doing these things as well as leading the way in recognizing ideas and philosophies and analyzing them from a Christian worldview. Since our goal is to enjoy challenging ourselves with these great works, the workload may be modified for students at different levels in a way that will still allow for fruitful group discussion, and parent input is welcomed and encouraged.
Students will get a chance to study the very best from an already amazing selection of books which covers works such as Milton’s Paradise Lost, Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe, Hobbes’ Leviathan, Pascal’s Pensees, Austen’s Emma, Foundational American Documents, Deuteronomy, Melville’s Moby Dick, McPherson’s Battle Cry of Freedom, Nietzsche’s Beyond Good and Evil, Remarque’s All’s Quiet on the Western Front, Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises, Ecclesiastes, King’s Letter from Birmingham Jail, 1 & 2 Timothy, Titus, Augustine’s On Christian Doctrine, Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Lewis’ Out of the Silent Planet, Payne’s Common Sense, Irving’s Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Crane’s Red Badge of Courage, Whitman’s Leaves of Grass, Lamentations and Ezekiel, Sinclair’s The Jungle, Poetry of T.S. Eliot, Matthew, and more.
Grade Level: Rhetoric (10-12)
Description: Wednesdays Only - Students must have completed Traditional Logic I and II before entering this class. To the ancients, rhetoric was the crowning intellectual discipline. It took the knowledge the student had gained over the course of his years of schooling, and the understanding of logical principles gained from the study of traditional logic, and molded them into powerful tools of persuasion. To Aristotle, the art of rhetoric was the chief weapon in the service of truth.
Classical Rhetoric also familiarizes students with three model speeches as examples of the three branches of classical oratory: The Appeal of the Envoys to Achilles, from Homer’s Iliad; the Apology of Socrates, from the dialogue of Plato; and Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. Students will also be asked to analyze Marc Antony’s Funeral Oration from William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar as an example of a great speech that defies categorization.
Grade Level: Rhetoric (10-12)*
Description: Mondays Only - Utilizing Aristotelian logic and the Socratic method, along with skills developed in Classical Composition IV, students approach debate with a high emphasis on oration. Topics will be drawn from Omnibus VI.
*Class may be substituted for Analytical Grammar if you feel your higher level student is behind on grammar and/or is taking Logic I
v Discounts are available for those who enroll their students in all courses in their grade level, for siblings, and members of St. Peter Lutheran Church