Grades 2-5

Grammar School Curriculum Overview

Are you tired of the overuse of computers as well as lessons in extraneous or even harmful topics? Enjoy seeing your child continue to build a strong foundation in true academic areas during his Grammar School years.

Students are pushed towards the solidifying analysis and communication of the logic and rhetoric levels of learning, though the primary focus at this age is on filling the mind with knowledge. At OH you may see 5th graders having a class debate of British vs. Colonists, 4th graders giving discovery presentations about electricity, 3rd graders acting out ancient customs or 2nd graders dressing up for a play.

4 Year History and Bible Courses

History and Bible Courses using Veritas curriculum emphasize learning events and historical figures through projects as well as by answering questions in complete sentences and short essays. Students learn to do independent research using pre-selected sources.

History Bible
Ancient Egypt Genesis through Joshua
New Testament Greece and Rome Judges through Kings
Middle Ages, Renaissance & Reformation Chronicles through Malachi and Job
Explorers to 1815 (Exploration, New World & founding of the Republic) Gospels

Reading

Students continue to practice Reading aloud in class using great literature that they love as well as many books that mirror their history study.

Reading during Middle Ages, Renaissance & Reformation Year
The Cricket in Times Square This was John Calvin The Hobbit, J.R.R. Tolkien
The Silver Chair, C.S. Lewis A Door in the Wall Beowulf, tr. by Heaney
Dangerous Journey, Bunyan Duncan’s War, Douglas Bond 100 Cupboards, N.D. Wilson
Robin Hood, Roger Green Mary Poppins, P.L. Travers

4 Year Science and Math Curriculum

Students travel to our lab to study science using Apologia curricula. They learn scientific method and how to organize a laboratory notebook.

Science Course Saxon Math, 1+ Year ahead
Elementary Chemistry Saxon Math 3
Astronomy Saxon 54
Science of the Industrial Age Saxon 65
Elementary Physics Saxon 76

English Grammar Courses

English Grammar and sentence diagramming are mastered using Shurley English levels 2-5

Writing

Andrew Pudewa’s Imitation in Writing approach and curriculum from Logos:

Writing Poetry
Imitations in Writing: Fairy Tales - Logos Writing Poetry with Children - Evan Moor
Writing & Rhetoric, Book 1: Fable Pudewa’s Linguistic Development through Poetry Memorization, Level 2
Medieval Legends Imitations - Logos Linguistic Development through Poetry Memorization, Level 3
Writing & Rhetoric, Book 5: Refutation & Confirmation Linguistic Development through Poetry Memorization
4 Year Penmanship Courses, mostly from Classical Conversations PreScripts
Writing with Phonics, Skillbook 2, A Beka
Cursive Letters and Coloring: World History
Cursive Words and Drawing: Scripture
Cursive Words and Drawing: Math Terms
Spelling Phonics
Building Spelling Skills 4, Evan Moor Victory Drill Book
Our own spelling list Phonics Pathways
Building Spelling Skills 6
Pudewa’s Phonetic Zoo Level C

Latin

Latin using Timothy Griffith’s Orbis Pictus: the Natural World

Music

Music classes emphasize literacy using our own Kodály method curriculum. Each student is trained to see music as a language. When he sees a piece of music, he can sing it. (The voice is an instrument.) When a song is heard, the student can write it. Elementary students learn…

  • To read music written in the pentatonic scale
  • To identify basic rhythmic patterns
  • To notate basic melodic and rhythmic patterns
  • To sing in parts with canons, partner songs, and ostinatos

Art

Art is taught as an integral part of history and other courses. Students make trips to the National Gallery and learn drawing and appreciation each week from Dr. Justin Sutters.