Children are taught phonics, the system of letter-sound association, for the purposes of learning to read and spell. Phonics is most effective when taught systematically, thoroughly, intensely, and in a logical and time-tested sequence. Students are encouraged to read with fluency, accuracy, and comprehension, and to develop a life-long love of learning through classic and noble literature.
We seek to equip every student with the skills necessary for good composition, including proper grammar. Students identify and decode the parts of speech and learn to use correct punctuation and capitalization rules. Students also learn to spell accurately by making a systematic study of phonics, word families, and spelling rules, as well as by continuously seeing, reading, and writing words correctly. An important step in developing good penmanship, punctuation, and spelling is copy work. This is an exercise consisting of copying sayings, maxims, Scripture, and poetry in the student’s best handwriting. Every teacher in every grade level requires good penmanship.
Student’s memory work includes poems, great literature, and Bible verses. Literature for teacher read-alouds includes Fairy Tales, Aesop’s Fables, Bible stories, and other children’s classics.