COURSES
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Kindergarten

Religion
Reading
Penmanship
Memory Training
Latin
Arithmetic Theory
Arithmetic Computation
Art and Music
Physical Education

First Grade

Religion
Reading
Spelling
Penmanship
Memory Training
Grammar
Latin
Arithmetic Theory
Arithmetic Computation
Art and Music
Physical Education

Second Grade

Religion
Reading
Spelling
Vocabulary
Penmanship
Memory Training
Grammar
Latin
Arithmetic Theory
Arithmetic Computation
Art and Music
Physical Education

KINDERGARTEN through 2nd GRADE

*** NOTE ***  We look upon the grades K, 1, and 2 as comprising a unit. When the student has satisfactorily completed the material for this unit, he will be promoted to third grade.

RELIGION The teacher teaches this course mainly by means of lectures. The students learn that God, the Father, is provident and loves us. They learn also about the fall of Adam, original and personal sin, the need for a redeemer and the role of Christ in our redemption. They learn the teachings of Christ regarding personal and social behavior, the Ten Commandments, and what role they, as believers, have in the world. They learn about the Church's seasons, what they are and what they mean. The teacher also tells stories about various appropriate saints. The students are also taught some of the hymns and prayers of our religion. In second grade, the students review what they learned in first grade. Then the students move on to do the St. Joseph Baltimore 1st Communion Catechism. They may also study Bible lessons.

READING, SPELLING, PENMANSHIP and GRAMMAR These make up a block course. The materials are combined so as to reinforce one another. Penmanship begins immediately with exercises for whole arm movement and goes directly into cursive writing. It uses the letters and words as introduced by the reading book as penmanship models and as phonic models. We use the McGuffey Readers . The spelling lists are made from the words in the reading book as they are given. Spelling is taught by means of the spelling words and spelling rules. The students eventually begin writing sentences for the spelling words. These sentences give one source for working with grammar as well. The students have a corresponding student text that uses questions on the stories as penmanship models. In answering the questions, the students also get work in comprehension.

Grammar studies involve sentences that appear in the penmanship, too. It covers such things as correct punctuation and also the proper use of words to make compound and complex sentences. The students also do what we call reading cards. First, they read a story. Then, they are required to answer questions about the story without looking in the book. This is done to build their reading comprehension

NOTE: The kindergarten spends time learning syllable sounds and basic reading skills. Therefore, they do not usually have spelling and grammar as subjects.

VOCABULARY This is a second grade course. The students are given a weekly list of words from their reading story. They are then required to look up the definitions in the dictionary. The students then write sentences using the vocabulary words. They are given a weekly quiz to make sure they are learning the material.

MEMORY TRAINING This course is special. We believe it is good for the students to memorize things. After all, everything we remember is essentially 'memorized'. By deliberately trying to memorize things, the students can train their own memories and thus make them more useful tools for learning in general. Besides, the things chosen for the students to memorize are chosen with a view of broadening their experience in other subjects: poetry, short speeches, religion items, and such - and, of course, their basic arithmetic facts.

LATIN This course is an introductory course meant mainly for the fun and the exposure. It requires no reading. The teacher talks to the students in Latin. The things the teacher says and the actions he uses cause the students to pick up some vocabulary. This vocabulary is built upon to the point that the students can act upon commands and eventually also make responses in Latin to simple questions asked by the teacher. The aim of the course is to develop sufficient vocabulary and an ear for Latin so that the students may more easily begin the Latin Reader used in third grade.

ARITHMETIC THEORY The students are introduced to some simple principles of geometry, and beginning analysis of word problems. They learn about open and closed figures, points, lines, and curves. They learn, by a method we have developed, to identify word problems by types and to figure out what sorts of answers to expect in terms of the information given. They also do problems with money - counting money and making change.

ARITHMETIC COMPUTATION The students are introduced to the fundamental operations of arithmetic. They become proficient, by means of drills, in all the basic addition and subtraction facts. They study also the multiplication facts for all single-digit multiplicands. Further, they learn to handle addition problems with multiple digits and carries, and subtraction ones with borrows. They may move on into double-digit multiplication and basic division if they master the required computation skills.

ART AND MUSIC The students are introduced to basic color theory (primary, secondary, and tertiary colors, the color wheel, blending of colors,). They then produce various art pictures using the knowledge they have learned. The students are also exposed to various styles of music such as classical, chant, marching music (John Phillip Sousa) and American folk music. The students also learn the basics of singing, including an introduction to sight-reading of music.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION We use the course in physical education to teach sportsmanship and genteel social behavior. We use the games played as opportunities to plant in the children a certain competitive drive while trying to balance it with good attitudes about winning and losing. We also teach the students the need to play fair and to follow the rules of the game. The games played also help develop the children's bodies and coordination.

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