GS Curriculum & Events
Grammar School Curriculum Overview
Grammar School is a time of wonder and excitement as our teachers strive to develop in students a deep love of learning. The curricular emphasis during these years is on learning basic facts and figures during a time when children love to memorize—and when they are best at doing so.
As part of the University-Model, Grammar School students attend classes on campus two days a week on Monday and Wednesday. During School@Home days a parent/co-teacher will follow lesson plans written by the classroom teacher.
The rules of grammar are taught and then integrated into writing as early as possible. Students learn to compose by mimicking the writing of good authors as they are mentored by their professional teachers in the art of drafting, revising and publishing pieces.
Spell to Write and Read by Wanda Sanseri
Individualized Reading Program by Dr. Frank Guszak, retired University of Texas professor
First Language Lessons by Jessie Wise
The Complete Writer: Writing with Ease by Susan Wise Bauer
Handwriting Without Tears
Early Learning Foundations (for grades PreK, K, and 1) by Little Giant Steps
Saxon Math (for grades 2, 3, and 4)
Rapid Recall (for grades 2, 3, and 4) by Little Giant Steps
A variety of manipulatives including base ten blocks, counters, clocks, measurement tools, etc.
The Story of the World by Susan Wise Bauer
America the Beautiful by Charlene Nutgrass
A variety of age appropriate historical fiction and reference books
Real Science 4 Kids by Rebecca W. Keller, PhD
Archimedes and the Door to Science by Jeanne Bendick
A variety of other books relating to specific areas of study
Song School Latin by Classical Academic Press
Getting Started with Latin by William E. Linney
Veritas ROCKS—PreSchool kicks off the Veritas Rocks tradition by learning about the Veritas ROCKS and practicing these standards of behavior. At the end of the year when other grade level teachers present each student with a specific character trait rock, PreSchool students will receive a “Jesus is my rock” rock that they help create.
Feast of Blessings—Students participate in a Turkey in Disguise Family Project each fall when they discuss and create art projects that demonstrate the things for which they are thankful. PreK students and parents then join together for a feast to build community and discuss our many blessings.
Teddy Bear Picnic—PreK culminates their Teddy Bear Unit by inviting their favorite teddy bears (and parents!) to a family style picnic. The picnic is traditionally held towards the end of the school year and is a great time to bring our families together.
Thanksgiving Feast—Students choose to research either a Pilgrim or Wampanoag Indian and assemble a presentation based on the lifestyle of these First Thanksgiving participants. Students also have the opportunity to dress the part for their presentation.
Fairy Tale Presentation—Students dress as a fairy tale character and share information about their character in a brief classroom presentation. Students also participate in a “fairy tale character parade” through the halls of school that day.
100th Day of School—We celebrate the 100th day of school in style by putting our counting skills to the test! Students count out and bring 100 items to share with their classmates.
Egyptian Feast—After researching and presenting to their class as an ancient Egyptian or Hebrew character, First Grade students enjoy a “feast” of ancient activities which include mummy wrapping, pyramid building, and tasting exotic dishes.
Roman Olympics—After their study of the Romans, students design and construct a chariot (cardboard) to participate in a chariot race and other relays. This eventful afternoon culminates in a traditional medal ceremony.
Meteorologist Visit—After their study of weather, students study God’s creation through the lens of a professional meteorologist.
Volcano Experiment—As a part of their study of Earth Science, classes create and erupt volcanoes outside at our sand pit.
Renaissance Festival—After both their study of chivalry & knights and the Renaissance period, students celebrate by dressing as royalty, playing ancient games, and enjoying a feast.
Colonial Christmas—After studying the colonial period of the United States, students have the opportunity to dress up in their best colonial garb and practice their best calligraphy, make a pomander, sock doll, or toy boat, and learn how to make homemade butter.
Nutrition Feast—A study of nutrition and healthy eating culminates with the Nutrition Feast where students put to practice what they have learned as they make wise lunch choices and participate in nutrition trivia.
Johnny Texas Day—Students participate in activities just like the character of their book, Johnny Texas, might have done. This includes making some strawberry jam!
Cowboy Day—After studying the American cowboy, students put their skills to the test with cow (balloon) wrangling, target practice, and a chuck wagon.
‘50s Day—Students participate in activities right out of the 1950’s including a sock hop, watching black & white TV shows, and interviewing family members who were alive during the ‘50s!
Poetry Cafe—The Fourth Grade’s study of poetry (both in reading and writing) culminates with the Poetry Café when students recite some of their best poetry to classmates and parents.