Core Program • K – 5th grade
In a classical education, the first years of schooling are called the “grammar stage”. This is not because students spend six years learning parts of speech, but because just as grammar is the foundation for language, these are the years in which the building blocks for all future learning are laid.
In the elementary school years, the mind is ready to absorb information. Education involves not only self-expression and self-discovery, but also memorization and the learning of facts. Children at this stage encounter rules of phonics, spelling, and grammar, poetry, the vocabulary of foreign languages, the stories of history and literature, descriptions of plants and animals and the human body, the facts of mathematics — and the list goes on. This information makes up the “grammar,” or the basic building blocks, in this first stage of education.
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