CLASSICAL METHODS OF EDUCATION
The New, Old Way to Teach
We build on God’s creation of the child as a natural learner and help equip students with the tools of self-learning as they progress through the “trivium.” Ancient and Medieval education was structured around these three roads of learning. The students progress through subjects within each of the three stages of development:
Pre-Grammar (Junior-Kindergarten through second grade)
Through age-appropriate, integrated activities, students study language arts, math, science, Bible, and social studies and receive instruction in art, music, and physical education.
Grammar (grades three through six)
Children readily soak up information and memorize facts. In the grammar stage, students learn the who, what, when, and where of subjects.
Students are exposed to classic children’s literature and are taught to read and write using a strong phonics program. Mathematics instruction includes basic facts as the foundation on which students will build. Latin instruction begins in the second grade. Behavior pleasing to the
Lord is encouraged as students’ hearts are shepherded toward what God expects of them.
Logic/Dialectic (grades seven through eight)
At the stage when God has designed children to question things around them, students are taught the skill of reasoning out the relationships among facts. They develop the skills to discern fact from fallacy and proof from propaganda. God’s Word is always used as the plumb line for determining truth and for developing a Christian worldview. As the mastery of facts continues, students develop skills to define and analyze key relationships among sets of facts.
Rhetoric (grades nine through twelve)
Students learn to master the tools of learning. They begin to synthesize what they have learned. They learn to make practical use of the knowledge they have gained and learn to express their knowledge in creative and persuasive ways. Students are able to express their ideas eloquently in speech and in writing, drawing from their knowledge of all subjects as they debate and defend their propositions.
The Bible says we are always to be prepared “…to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect… .” (1 Peter 3:15, ESV)
God tells us that we are to reason and dispute from the Scriptures with persuasive and convincing arguments. (Galatians 1:10, 2 Corinthians 5:11, and Acts 13:43)
Latin, mathematics, and music are the basic and universal languages. They develop the intellectual powers of the mind as no other subjects can, enabling students to reach their full intellectual potential. The singing of sacred music awakens the soul to God and assists in creating a school community of faith, hope, joy, and love. A careful reading of the classics, in the light of Christian faith, develops wisdom and virtue.