In the Providence grammar school (grades K-6) the curriculum in each grade builds on the prior year. Moreover these formative years are purposefully building toward the upper school curriculum and the cultivation of our ideal graduate. As a school, we use Spell to Write and Read (a curriculum based on the Spalding method) to teach phonics and spelling. We also use Asian-based RightStart for math. Grades 1-4 study grammar with Shurley English, switching to Rod and Staff English for fifth and sixth grades. You will find time-tested tools in our classrooms such as singing, chanting, copy-work, dictation, note taking, and reciting, in addition to writing, discussing, and debating. Each class reads classics of children’s literature appropriate for their grade level. In history, a time period is assigned to each grade, covering history from ancient to modern in a four-year cycle. The students systematically learn the narratives of the Old and New Testaments. Providence has recently implemented a Bible memory system which includes memorization of 17 key Psalms, the book of Romans and 32 verses dealing with key themes during a student’s time at Providence. Beginning in fourth grade, Providence students study Latin using Latin for Children and Lingua Latina. Each year the students complete a grade-based Kodaly music literacy program. Their art classes emphasize drawing and sketching. We invite you to read more about the material and methods used in each grade.
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