EARLY GRAMMAR STAGE (PRESCHOOL - 2ND GRADE)

Traits

  • Obviously excited about learning
  • Enjoy games, stories, songs, projects
  • Short attention span
  • Wants to touch, taste, see, feel, smell
  • Imaginative and creative

In the Classroom
Students learn with guided discovery, exploration, tactile and sensorial learning, game, song, chant, movement, recitation and repetition.  They love to learn with art projects, show and tell, drama, and stories.  

 

GRAMMAR STAGE (2ND - 5TH GRADE)

Traits

  • Excited about new, interesting facts
  • Like to discover, explain, problem solve, talk
  • Want to relate topic to their own experience
  • Like collections and organizing items
  • Like clever chants and rhymes
  • Easily memorize
  • Easily assimilate other languages

In the Classroom
Guided discovery and exploration.  Lots of hands-on work, projects, field trips, drama, recitation, drills, memorization and games.  Integrated subjects and connections.

 

LOGIC STAGE (GRADES 6 - 8)

Traits

  • Excited about learning but needs challenge
  • Critical and quiestioning; enjoys debate
  • Want to explore the why for things and discover additional “hidden” information
  • Like to show off knowledge and act as though they are more knowledgeable than adults

In the Classroom
Formal logic and argument, research projects, evaluation and critique (with guidelines), debate, persuasive reports and presentations, role playing, re-enactments, drama, visual materials and projects, oral presentation, guest speakers, educational trips.

 

RHETORIC STAGE (9TH - 12TH GRADE)

Traits

  • Concerned with how they are viewed by others
  • Interested in current events, especially those that relate to their lives
  • Idealistic, believe in justice and fairness
  • Discovering special interests or topics
  • Can synthesize and work and think independently
  • Desire to express their own feelings and ideas

In the Classroom
Guided research and discovery in many areas with the goal of synthesis of ideas; written and oral presentation, debate, speech, responsibilities for leadership on campus, worldview discussions, in-depth field trips.