Lower School Curriculum Overview
Assembly Since the core of our identity as people is our worship of the Triune God and since the foundation of all learning and wisdom is the fear of the Lord, students begin each day praying, reciting the Scriptures, singing hymns, and cultivating a Godward orientation of hearts, minds, and bodies for the good of others.
Bible Through stories from the Old and New Testament, Bible songs, and Catechism questions, students begin to gain a faithful overview of the biblical narrative of redemptive history. Special focus on the first part of the OT discussing God’s purpose in creation, His promise of redemption, and His provision through Abraham, Moses, and Joshua. Special focus on the second part of the OT discussing God’s rule, judgment, and restoration leading up to the coming of Christ. A comprehensive overview of the four gospels with special emphasis on the names of Jesus. An overview of the book of Acts as the Spirit of God establishes Christ’s church through his Apostles despite dangers from within and without. Study at a deeper level the OT building on the knowledge students have gained previously with a focus on God’s promise of redemption.
Grammar All letters are introduced phonetically as well as some work in basic vowel diphthongs and consonant blends. Selections of age-appropriate books and classic works are read aloud to students. The fundamentals of grammar are introduced through identifying and labeling parts of a sentence and writing two-point paragraphs. Students learn basic parts of speech, types of sentences, and are introduced to narrative and descriptive writing. Students cover the 8 parts of speech, all sentence types, prepositions, along with expository writing. Students continue to build on previous material with a focus on analyzing more complex sentences, outlines, along with writing letters. Students daily review previously learned material such as parts of sentence, figures of speech, sentence combining, etc. Students daily review previously learned material such as parts of sentence, figures of speech, sentence combining, etc.
Composition Through large motor and tactile activities, students are taught the print alphabet and numerals. Copywork is practiced to encourage beautiful penmanship. Reinforce correct cursive handwriting formation including complete sentences with capitalization and punctuation. Learn to compose key word outlines, learn to expand and summarize excerpts from select classics, and practice copying texts accurately. Learn to creatively imitate sentences and fables (progymnasmata), identify basic parts of a story, and practice good penmanship. Introduction to classic writing exercises (progymnasmata) with narratives, practice in good penmanship, and the requirement of more critical thinking in composition work. Work in classic writing exercises (progymnasmata) with chreia/maxim, practice in good penmanship, and more independent critical thinking in composition work.
Latin Formal Latin begins with an introduction of Latin vocabulary and Latin grammar related to nouns and verbs. Begin introducing Latin grammar related to first verb conjugation and first and second declension nouns. Focuses on the five noun declensions and six indicative active tenses of first two verb conjugations and continues growing Latin vocabulary. Learn to incorporate vocabulary and grammar knowledge to translate sentences. Grow vocabulary, including 1st/2nd declension adjectives. Add to vocabulary to include pronouns and prepositions. Grow in knowledge of Latin grammar rules to aid in improving translation skills. Translate larger passages thus incorporating growing vocabulary and grammar knowledge.
Arithmetic Helps students visualize concepts and strategies for memorizing basic math facts. Practice is provided through Math Card Games. Students continue to build their mathematical language, and further master addition and subtraction facts. Having mastered basic facts, students begin to understand relationships between math facts and are introduced to algebraic concepts. Students focus on a mastery of multiplication facts and gain a good understanding of this operation in relation to previously learned concepts. Students begin to solve problems using all four arithmetic operations with proficiency. Students take their mastery of math facts and their basic understanding of the four operations and apply them to the study of fractions. The concept of place value is extended to the right of the decimal point, with preparation made for the more analytical concepts of algebraic mathematics.
Music Students learn musical literacy through a developmental approach that teaches a love of music, the ability to read music vocally, an understanding of rhythm through chanting, and a familiarity of major composers and works.
Art Introduces students weekly to key elements of design and gives them an appreciation of great art and artists within the context of being image-bearers of a creative, beatific God.
History Interesting facts and stories to familiarize students with Arkansas, the United States, and the world. A chronological, God-centered study of the ancient world from Creation to the Egyptians. A chronological, God-centered study of the Greek and Roman cultures. An exploration of the spread of Christianity into Europe and the rise of Western culture. A study of Western civilization with the dawning of the age of exploration to the Americas. A study of the events and figures that shaped the modern world with a particular focus on the United States.
Natural History A cultivation of wonder and enjoyment of the Creator through a focus on the animal kingdom in its great and amazing variety. Students learn about and draw familiar creatures of God’s creation focusing mainly on insects and woodland animals. Students learn about and discuss plant and animal life. Students learn about the wonders of the human body and what makes us different from other creatures God created. Begin developing knowledge of the wonders of God’s universe. Students learn about the wonders of Earth and the weather God created. Students build on their knowledge of plant and animal life. Students build on their knowledge of the human body and the wonders of God’s universe and our Earth that He created.
Literature Students gain a taste for good stories through listening to a variety of selected children’s literature. Students begin to develop oral reading skills while continuing to listen to and enjoy great children’s literature. Students grow in their reading proficiency and begin to read selections corresponding with their study of history. Students grow into strong, independent readers both orally and silently, and continue select readings related to their study of history. Students work through more challenging literature and have a good balance between oral and guided reading in class. Students continue to grow through the reading of challenging literature, as well as begin to master key elements of a story. Students continue to grow through the reading of challenging literature, as well as to begin mastering key elements and themes of a story.

Upper School Course Sequence (7th-12th Grades)*
Humanities✦ Mathematics Foreign Languages Composition# Logic / Rhetoric Science
Omnibus I Pre-Algebra Fourth Form Latin Refutation/Confirmation Introductory Logic 1 General Science
Omnibus II Algebra Latin 1 Common Topic Introductory Logic 2 Physical Science
Omnibus III Geometry Latin 2 Encomium Intermediate Logic 1 Biology
Omnibus IV Algebra 2 Latin 3 Characterization Intermediate Logic 2 / Rhetoric I Chemistry
Omnibus V Pre-Calculus Greek 1 Description Rhetoric II Biology 2
(Anatomy & Physiology)
Omnibus VI Calculus Greek 2 Thesis/Law Rhetoric III Physics
*Students also take art (encompasses study of artists and the elements of art) and music (focuses on music theory, music history, and vocal performance).
✦Humanities course combines history, literature, and theology through the study of primary texts and through extensive writing on the ideas presented in those texts. Socratic dialogue and classical writing are the primary means of instruction.
#Composition courses follow the classical pedagogy of the progymnasmata (literally preliminary exercises) for the development of skill in rhetoric: rhetoric is defined as “The art of a good man speaking well.”
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