Children are taught phonics, the system of letter-sound association, to learn to read and spell. Students are encouraged to read fluently in order to develop a lifelong love of learning through classic, high-quality literature. We use the Spell to Write and Read (SWR) curriculum.
Good penmanship, proper punctuation and correct spelling are goals at this stage of education. An important step in developing these is copy work. In addition, we seek to equip every student with the skills necessary for good composition, including correct grammar. Students identify and decode the parts of speech and use correct punctuation and capitalization rules. Our grammar and composition texts are those published by Memoria Press.
Students’ 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.