School of Grammar

The School of Grammar at Trinitas includes grades 1-6 and corresponds to the grammar stage of the trivium, in which the focus is on giving students the basic building blocks (or grammar) of each subject. The grammar of each subject is the foundation of factual knowledge needed for building understanding and wisdom. Students learn the grammar of history, Bible, English, and Latin (beginning in the 3rd grade), as well as literature, music, drama, and art, all within the context not only of a Christ-centered curriculum but also of a Christ-centered class environment. With an average class size of 15, classes are large enough to be viable but small enough to provide individual attention to particular students’ needs.

Kindergarten

Bible – Scripture memory passages
Stories From The Old Testament, The Children’s Illustrated Bible, The Big Picture Bible Timeline, The Child’s Story Bible, Bible (NKJV), and Betty Luken flannel board and figures
Phonics & Spelling – Riggs Institute: Phonics, Spelling, and Handwriting, The Writing and Spelling Road to Reading and Thinking, Level I
Literature – Amelia Bedelia, Little Bear’s Visit, Frog and Toad are Friends, Madeline
Writing – Thank you notes
Math – Saxon 1
History – Veritas Press: Sing ‘N Learn, Florida, US Presidents, American Heritage
Science – AIMS: Primarily Plants, Lyrical Life Science
Physical Education – Various games that promote sensorimotor growth, movement awareness, understanding the body, and relating to others
Music – Hymns, Reading Rhythmic patterns, Instruments of the Orchestra
Art – Elements of Art, Elements of Design demonstrated as a cake – proprietary curriculum

 

First Grade

BibleVeritas Chronological Curriculum: Genesis-Joshua
Phonics & SpellingThe Writing and Spelling Road to Reading and Thinking – Level I
Penmanship – Riggs Institute
LiteratureThe Ugly Duckling, Caps for Sale, The Magic Fish, The Bears on Hemlock Mountain, Miss Nelson is Missing, Pioneer Cat, The Velveteen Rabbit, Bill & Blaze, Balto, selections from the Beatrix Potter collection
GrammarThe Shurley Method – Level 1
Writing – 
Math – Saxon Math 2
History – U.S. & World Geography using Geography songs
Science – Lyrical Life Science
Physical Education – Team Sports – Learning creative movement perceptions, developing and using manipulative and creative skills, understanding self (I can)
Music – Chorale singing
ArtElements & Principles of Design, Children & Painting, How to Teach Art to Children

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Second Grade

BibleVeritas Chronological Curriculum: Judges-David
Phonics & SpellingThe Writing and Spelling Road to Reading and Thinking – Level II
Penmanship – Cursive (2nd semester)
LiteratureGrandma’s Attic,
Little House on the Prairie,  
Pinocchio,
Hans Christian Andersen Fairytales,
Boxcar Children,
Brothers Grimm Fairytales

GrammarThe Shurley Method – Level 2
Writing – 
Math – Saxon Math 3
HistoryVeritas Chronological Curriculum – Old Testament and Ancient Egypt Series
Science – AIMS: Primarily Plants, Lyrical Life Science, Exploring Creating with Botany
Physical Education – Team Sports Developing specific motor abilities, internalizing the fitness feeling, understanding the importance of exercise and play
Music – Chorale singing
ArtElements & Principles of Design, Children & Painting, How to Teach Art to Children

 

Third Grade

BibleVeritas Chronological Curriculum: Judges-Kings of Judah & Israel
Phonics & SpellingThe Writing and Spelling Road to Reading and Thinking – Level II
Penmanship – Cursive
LiteratureDaulaires’ Book of Greek Myths
Misty of Chincoteague
Detectives in Togas
Chitty-Chitty Bang Bang
Black Ships Before Troy
Children’s Homer

GrammarThe Shurley Method – Level 4
WritingClassical Composition:  English Composition I:  Fable Stage
Math – Saxon – Math 54
HistoryVeritas Chronological Curriculum – Greece and Rome Series
Science – AIMS: Primarily Physics, Logos Elementary Science Program Guide
Physical Education – Team Sports – Fitness building, creative play, building strength and flexibility, producing integrative movements
Music – Chorale singing
ArtElements & Principles of Design, Children & Painting, How to Teach Art to Children

 

Fourth Grade

BibleVeritas chronological curriculum:  Chronicles through Malachi and Job
Spelling – Riggs: Using words from History, Bible, and Literature curricula
LiteratureCharlie and the Chocolate Factory, Twenty-one Balloons, Dangerous Journey, selections fromKing Arthur, From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
GrammarThe Shurley Method – Level 5
WritingClassical Composition: English Composition I: Fable Stage
Foreign Language – Henle Latin I
Math – Saxon 65
HistoryVeritas Press: Middles Ages, Renaissance, and Reformation Series
Science – AIMS: Bubbles, Lyrical Life Science: The Human Body
Physical Education – Team Sports – Movement and sport skill development, fitness building responsibility sharing
Music – Chorale Singing, & Music Theory, Ear Training
Art – Color and Value: Children and Painting, The Art Teacher’s Book of Lists, History of Art for Young People, How to Teach Art to Children, Crystal Elements & Principles of Design

 

Fifth Grade

BibleVeritas chronological curriculum: Gospels Series
Spelling – Riggs: Using words from History, Bible, and Literature curricula
LiteratureSwiss Family Robinson, Tuck Everlasting,Where the Red Fern Grows, Heidi, The Hobbit, Treasure Island, Tom Sawyer, Secret Garden
GrammarThe Shurley Method – Level 6
WritingClassical Composition: English Composition II: Narrative Stage
Foreign Language – Henle Latin I
Math – Saxon 76
HistoryVeritas Press: Explorers to 1815 Series
Science – AIMS: Through the Eyes of the Explores, Mostly Magnets
Physical Education – Team Sports – Team sports orientation, fitness building teamwork
Music – Choral Singing, & Music Theory, Ear Training
Art – Space: Children and Painting, The Art Teacher’s Book of Lists, History of Art for Young People, How to Teach Art to Children, Crystal Elements & Principles of Design

 

Sixth Grade

BibleVeritas chronological curriculum: Acts through Revelation Series
Spelling – Riggs: Using words from History, Bible, and Literature curricula
LiteratureAround the World in Eighty Days, A Christmas Carol,
Pilgrim’s Progress,
Great Expectations, The Call of the Wild, The Jungle Book

GrammarOur Mother Tongue:  A Guide to English Grammar
WritingClassical Composition: English Composition III & IV:  Chreia and Maxim
Foreign Language – Henle Latin I
Math – Mathematics, Structure and Method Course 1
HistoryVeritas Press: 1815 to Present SeriesA History of US, United States History, World History and Cultures, United States History for Christian Schools
Science – AIMS: Crazy About Cotton, Exploring Creation with Zoology: Swimming Creatures of the Fifth Day
Physical Education – Team Sports – Expressive movement play, fitness building, developing tactics, refining creative movements
Music – Choral Singing, & Music Theory, Ear Training
ArtChildren and Painting, The Art Teacher’s Book of Lists, History of Art for Young People, How to Teach Art to Children, Crystal Elements & Principles of Design