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GRAMMAR SCHOOL (1ST-6TH)

Grammar School

As every shoe-buying parent knows, grades one through six span years of astounding growth! While students lose an entire set of baby teeth, we work hard to help them acquire language mastery.

Latin instruction begins in third grade, laying an invaluable foundation for English grammar and vocabulary, writing, modern languages, science, law, theology, and medicine. Higher standardized test scores may be viewed as icing on the Latin cake. Young students enjoy absorbing all kinds of knowledge through songs, recitation, and games.

As students grow and their minds mature, they will have solid foundation of knowledge on which to build understanding and wisdom.

Classically educated students learn how to think critically and independently, and how to perceive the inter-relatedness of all subjects.

First Grade Overview

Chapel
Thursday mornings (8:15-8:45)

Math
Saxon Math 1

Science
Biology (Animal Classes, Human Anatomy, Plant Life)

Literature Readings
One Monday Morning, Sammy the Seal, Oliver, Little Bear,
Little Bear’s Friend, Little Bear’s Visit, Frog and Toad Are Friends, Frog and Toad All Year, Down by the Bay, Curious George, Curious George at the Parade, Corduroy, Harry the Dirty Dog, Henry and Mudge in Puddle Trouble, The Magic Fish, Caps for Sale, Miss Nelson is Missing, Billy and Blaze, Billy and Blaze and the Gray Spotted Pony, Madeline, Nate the Great and the Lost List, Stone Soup, Ox-Cart Man, A Bargain for Frances, The Biggest Bear, Make Way for Ducklings, Blueberries for Sal

History Examined
The Story of the World, Volume 1: Ancient Times, by Susan Wise Bauer

Bible
Genesis to Joshua

Fine Arts/P.E.
Music, Visual Art, and PE

Day Trips/Activities
Ridley 4-H Center, Nashville Children’s Theater, Visit a working farm, Symphony at the Schermerhorn

Organizational Skills
Following class rules and routines, participating in class, developing homework/study skills, organizing backpack/desk supplies, etiquette and interaction with adults and peers.

Scripture Memorization
The Days of Creation, Genesis 12:2-3, 12 Sons of Jacob, 10 Plagues
Exodus 3:14-15, Ten Commandments, The Priestly Blessing – Numbers 6:22-27, Deuteronomy 6:5, Joshua 1:7-9

Second Grade Overview

Chapel
Thursday mornings (8:15-8:45)

Math
Saxon Math 2

Science
Earth Science and Astronomy

Literature Readings
Norman the Doorman, The Story about Ping, The Emperor’s New Clothes, The Little House, Mike Mulligan’s Steam Shovel, The Biggest Bear, A New Coat for Anna, The Bears on Hemlock Mountain, The Velveteen Rabbit, The Boxcar Children (Books 1-3), Magic Finger, Magic Treehouse: Viking Ships at Sunrise, The Mouse and the Motorcycle, Sarah Plain and Tall, Who was Neil Armstrong?, Winnie the Pooh, Charlotte’s Webb, Mr. Popper’s Penguins

History Examined
The Story of the World, Volume 2: The Middle Ages from the fall of Rome to the Rise of the Renaissance, by Susan Wise Bauer

Bible
Judges, Ruth, I and II Samuel, I Kings, I and II Chronicles, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon

Fine Arts/P.E
Music, Visual Art, and PE

Day Trips/Activities
4-H Center Nature Day, Art Lady – Clay Project, Symphony at the Schermerhorn, Nashville Children’s Theater, Adventure Science Center, Castle Project, Reading Contest and Celebration

Organizational Skills
Following class rules and routines, participating in class, developing homework /study skills, organizing backpack/desk supplies, etiquette and interaction with adults and peers.

Scripture Memorization
Psalm 28:7, Psalm 107:1, Memorize the Judges, Psalm 8:1-4, Judges 6:36-37, Psalm 100, Ruth 1:16-17, Psalm 34:13, 1 Samuel 2:8-9, Proverbs 16:1-3, Psalm 23, Proverbs 1-7, Psalm 62:1-2, Proverbs 3:5, Psalm 33:1-4, I Kings 8:22-24, II Chronicles 5:1

Thrid Grade Overview

Chapel
Thursday mornings (8:15-8:45)

Math
Saxon Math 3

Science
Chemistry

Literature Readings
The Courage of Sarah Noble, Squanto: Friend of the Pilgrims, The Matchlock Gun, A Lion to Guard Us, Skippack School, The Big Wave, See Saw Girl, Li Lun, Lad of Courage, Sign of the Beaver, Toliver’s Secret, Meet Thomas Jefferson, Homer Price, Little House on the Prairie

History Examined
The Story of the World, Volume 3: Early Modern Times – From Elizabeth the First to the Forty-Niners, by Susan Wise Bauer

Latin
Latin for Children Primer A

Bible
I and II Kings, II Chronicles, Psalms, Proverbs, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel, Daniel, Hosea, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah

Fine Arts/P.E.
Music, Visual Art, and PE

Day Trips/Activities
Mansker’s Station, The Hermitage, Adventure Science Center, The Frist, Symphony at The Schermerhorn

Organizational Skills
Following class rules and routines, participating in class, developing homework /study skills, organizing backpack/desk supplies, etiquette and interaction with adults and peers.

Scripture Memorization
The Kings of Judah and Isaiah, 2 Chronicles 15:2b-4, Isaiah 6:1-8, Micah 6:6-8, Psalm 100, Psalm 67, Daniel 3:16-18, Daniel 4:34-35, Jeremiah 32:17-19, Lamentations 3:22-23, Isaiah 9:2-6

Fourth Grade Overview

Science
Physics

Literature Readings
Little Women, Caddie Woodlawn, The Magician’s Nephew, The Lion, the Witch, & the Wardrobe, A Wrinkle in Time, The House of Sixty Fathers

History Examined
The Story of the World, Volume 4: The Modern Age – From Victoria’s Empire to the End of the USSR, by Susan Wise Bauer

Latin
Latin for Children Primer B

Bible
II Kings, I and II Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther, Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Daniel, Joel, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi

Day Trips/Activities
Battle of Franklin Field trip including Carter House and Carnton Plantation, The Frist, Symphony at the Schermerhorn

Organizational Skills
Following class rules and routines, participating in class, developing homework /study skills, organizing backpack/desk supplies, etiquette and interaction with adults and peers.

Scripture Memorization
Psalm 137:1-6, Proverbs 20:8-9, Nehemiah 9:5-6, Psalm 1, Persian Kings, Esther 4:13-16, Ezekiel 36:26-27, Isaiah 40:28-31, Proverbs 25:30-34, Job 1:20-21

Fifth Grade Overview

Math
Saxon 65

Science
Human Anatomy and Physiology; Zoology

Literature Readings
Pharaohs of Ancient Egypt, Tirzah, The Golden Goblet, Tales of a Chinese Grandmother, African Myths & Legends, Tales from India, D’aularies Book of Greek Myth, The Children’s Homer, Children of Odin, Alexander the Great, Archimendes & the Door of Science, The Bronze Bow

History Examined
Ancients: Mystery of History Vol 1 and Vol 2, Linda Lacour Hobar

Latin
Latin for Children Primer C

Bible
Bible Survey

Day Trips/Activities
Tomb Raider, The First, The Synagogue, The Parthenon, Vanderbilt Dyer Observatory, Symphony at the Schermerhorn, US Space and Rocket Center, celebrate Biblical historical holidays

Organizational Skills
Following class rules and routines, participating in class, developing homework /study skills, preparing for tests, organizing backpack/notebooks/lockers, etiquette and interaction with adults and peers.

Scripture Memorization
Genesis 50:20-21, Luke 9:23-26, Numbers 14:18, I Corinthians 13:4-8, Deuteronomy 6:4-9, Phillipians 4:4-8, II Chronicles 7:12-14, Hebrews 12:11, Joel 2:13, James 1:19-22 Micah 6:8, James 5:12, I Peter 1:24-25, Matthew 28:19-20

Sixth Grade Overview

Math
Saxon 76

Science
Astronomy and Rocketry

Literature Readings
Tales from Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Canterbury Tales, Robin Hood, Shadow Spinner, The King Shadow, The Hobbit, The Trumpeter of Krakow, Anna of Byzantium, Beowulf

History Examined
Middle Ages: Mystery of History Vol 2 and Vol 3, Linda Lacour Hobar

Latin
Latin I – Latin Alive! Book 1

Bible
The Gospels

Day Trips/Activities
The Frist, Pi Day, US Space and Rocket Center, Symphony at the Schermerhorn, Vanderbilt Dyer Observatory, Nashville Public Library, Shakespeare Puppet Theater

Organizational Skills
Following class rules and routines, participating in class, developing homework /study skills, preparing for tests, organizing backpack/notebooks/lockers, etiquette and interaction with adults and peers.

Scripture Memorization
John 3:14-17, Matt. 5:43-48; 6:19-21, Luke 12:22-3, Matthew 7, Apostles Creed

Communication

The school communicates closely with Grammar School students’ parents through the following:

1. The Post is a weekly newsletter emailed to parents.

2. Gradelink is our online student information systems, in which parents may check their children’s grades and attendance, and see information teachers post about specific classes.

3. Communication Folders and Assignment Books – Students take these to and from school daily. Parents may check these to see homework assignments, upcoming tests, and any written parent – teacher communication. Some teachers also email parents a weekly update.

4. Progress Reports are issued mid-quarter to gauge progress by class and subject.

5. Report Cards are released at the end of each Quarter, approximately every nine weeks.

6. Parent Conferences are scheduled before school begins (mandatory), at the end of each quarter as needed, and any other time either the teacher or parent desires.

7. Teacher emails are provided in the Staff Directory. Most also provide a phone number at which students and parents may contact them.

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