Grammar (K-6)

The Grammar portion of Providence spans from Kindergarten to 6th grade. Grammar students are very imaginative and creative—they want to touch, taste, feel, smell, and see while they learn—so the curriculum enables them to play games, read stories, sing songs, and create projects. They are also enthusiastic about learning new and interesting facts and have strong language skills at this age, so they easily memorize grammar, history, Latin, and science chants and songs.

Students are expected to be obedient and respectful, and teachers provide consistent and loving discipline to ensure students at the grammar level enjoy the opportunity to learn in an orderly and well-managed classroom.

Because of the discipleship model and community aspects of Providence, each student is seen as an integrate part of the school. Grammar students have the opportunity to interact with students of all ages, learning from the older students and being examples to the younger ones. This close community is apparent in the hallways and through events like the annual Read-a-thon and weekly Psalm sing when all students come together for learning and fellowship.

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Activities

Each grammar grade participates in competitions and events that encourage community and challenge students in aspects of classical education. Here are a few examples of what grammar students are involved in:

  • Bible Reading Challenge (grades 1-6). The Grammar principal challenges students to read at least a chapter of the Bible every day for 3 months. If successful, they are treated to dinner at a local restaurant.
  • Speech Meet (grades 1-6). All students pick a piece to memorize and present in front of their class, matching a selected theme. They are judged on their presentation and speaking abilities. The highest-ranked students will present to the whole grammar school and participate in a speech meet against another local school. As a classical school, speaking in front of others is an important part of the curriculum and the speech meet helps students to be well-trained in the art of representing their ideas clearly to others.
  • Spelling Bee (grades 1-6). All students practice and participate in a class-wide spelling bee, with winners moving on to a grammar-wide spelling bee and then to competitions with students from other schools. Students are given practice words appropriate for their grade and are encouraged to study words from the next grade level if they master their own.
  • Science Fair (grade 2-6). Students use the scientific method to explore a subject and present the results to peers and families at a grammar-wide science and art fair at the end of school.
  • Latin Club. Optional, extracurricular activity for students interested in learning even more about Latin than the core curriculum.
  • Geography Club. Optional, extracurricular activity for students interested in learning even more about geography than the core curriculum.

Curriculum

Here’s some of what students learn in the grammar grades:

Kindergarten – 3rd Grade

Kindergarten 1st Grade 2nd Grade 3rd Grade
Bible Genesis, Jesus’ life, Paul’s life, Catechism Life of the Israelites, Catechism Genesis-Joshua, 10 Commandments Judges-Chronicles
English The Writing and Spelling Road to Reading and Thinking RIGGS program 1, parts of speech, writing full sentences, spelling RIGGS program 2, spelling RIGGS program 3, spelling, compound sentences, descriptive paragraphs
Reading K-6 Literature list K-6 Literature list K-6 Literature list K-6 Literature list
Math Math in Focus Math in Focus book 1 Math in Focus book 2 Math in Focus book 3
History Our community Old Testament Ancient Egypt Ancient Greece
Fall of Roman Empire
Geography Our community Reading maps, continents, USA, Washington state Africa Southern Europe, North Africa, European rivers, mountains
Science Graphing and understanding graphs Spiders, plants, solar system Botany, fossils, the Earth, light, motion Animals, ecosystem, matter, energy, sound, cells, tissues, organs
Foreign Language Latin
Art 1 / week 1 / week 1 / week
Music 2 / week 3 / week 3 / week 3 / week
PE 2 / week 2 / week 2 / week

4th Grade – 6th Grade

4th Grade 5th Grade 6th Grade
Bible Kings and prophets The gospels and Acts Romans-Revelation
English Historical anecdotes, spelling, complex sentences and paragraphs Paragraph writing, outlines, oral presentations with written reports, spelling Parts of speech, writing complete and complex sentences, punctuation, spelling
and vocabulary, essays, research and biography reports
Reading K-6 Literature list K-6 Literature list K-6 Literature list
Math Math in Focus book 4 Math in Focus book 5 Math in Focus book 6
History Medieval and Renaissance, Reformation, Europe U.S. History 1500-1812 U.S. history 1815-modern
Geography European countries North and South America Europe, U.S. states, and capitals
Science Insects, human body, the moon, magnetism, oceans, ecosystems Minerals, fossils, dinosaurs, matter, heat, climate, sound and light energy, human respiratory and circulatory systems Cells and organisms, plant and animal classification, atoms and molecules, periodic table, nervous system, electricity and batteries
Foreign Language Latin Latin Latin
Art 1 / week 1 / week 1 / week
Music 3 / week 3 / week 3 / week
PE 2 / week 2 / week

Other Resources

You can learn more about the classroom supplies, reading lists, and activities for grammar on the Grammar School Resources page.