We offer full day Primary School programs for Kindergarten through Second Grade. Primary School classes are directed by a lead teacher. Mornings focus on academic work and afternoons focus on the entire week’s Literature and Enrichment portion from the Memoria Press Core Curriculum. These classes are offered to support families who use Memoria Press’s curriculum in their homeschool. The only class option is the full day program.
Sample Primary School Schedule
8:30–8:45 Opening Assembly
8:45–10:00 Recitation, Christian Studies, Literature, Latin, Reading, Phonics/Spelling
10:00–10:30 Mid-Morning Recess
10:30–11:45 Copybook, Penmanship, Memorization, Math
12:30–1:45 Enrichment, Read-Aloud Selections, Music, Art Appreciation, Poetry
1:45–2:15 Mid-Afternoon Recess
2:15–3:30 History, Science, Culture, Read-Alouds, Activities
We offer four subjects of study for grades 3–6: Latin, Classical Studies, Literature, and Composition. Each course is taught in a 90-minute block. Students may take the full day, or choose classes à la carte.
The study of Latin lies at the core of a classical education. Latin begins in second grade and continues every year. Memorizing Latin grammar is a great challenge and thrill for students. The mastery of Latin grammar greatly enhances students’ English language skills and builds in them the kind of confidence that comes only from great achievement. Simply put, Latin develops the mind of the young student like no other subject.
Latina Christiana (Grades 3 & 4)
Latina Christiana was designed as a beginning course for students of all ages. Students who have completed Latina Christiana are ready for the form Latin series. Memoria Press recommends students move directly from Latina Christiana to First Form Latin.
First Form Latin (Grades 4, 5, & 6)
First Form’s grammar-first approach focuses on grammar forms and vocabulary because these are the skills suitable for the grammar-stage student. All beginners—regardless of age—are in the grammar stage of learning. Syntax (how to use the grammar) and translation are logic- and rhetoric-stage skills, respectively, and quickly overwhelm the student unless introduced at a slow, gentle pace and taught for mastery. First Form is the ideal program for all beginners, grades 5 & up, or is a great follow-up to Latina Christiana at any age.
Second Form Latin (Grades 4, 5, & 6)
Second Form Latin continues the journey of Latin grammar. Building on what the student learned the previous year, Second Form reviews all material in First Form, completes the verb paradigms for all four conjugations in the indicative active and passive, and much more! Once they have finished Second Form, students will have crossed the halfway mark on their Latin journey!
Classical studies are the natural companion of Latin study. In classical studies, students study Greek mythology and Greco-Roman history and literature every year, gradually deepening in their knowledge and understanding. A good grounding in classical studies prepares students to read the classics of Greek, Roman, and English literature, as well as to study and understand the modern world. Over the course of four years students will master a total of 60 events. In order to keep of these events organized in their minds, students will need a timeline that they memorize, build upon, and recite every year. The classical studies courses offered will depend on enrolled students and their experience with the Memoria Press curriculum. They are not age-dependent.
Greek Myths & Timeline (Grades 3 & 4)
While Rome illuminates the formation of governments and societies, Greece illuminates the human condition. Introduce your students to the kinds of characters they will surely meet in life through the entertaining and exaggerated stories of the Greek gods. You will want to read it to your family first and then let your children read the stories again and again. The beautiful artwork is a wonderful teaching tool that allows you to ask questions about each detail. Greek myths are timeless and universal stories that serve as archetypes for the human character and the search for the divine.
Famous Men of the Middle Ages & Timeline (Grades 5 & 6)
The story of the Middle Ages is told through the lives of Attila the Hun, Charlemagne, William the Conqueror, Edward the Black Prince, and Joan of Arc, among others. Famous Men of the Middle Ages guides students through the turbulent “dark age” of history and illustrates the transition from the end of ancient times to the birth of the modern era.
An essential component in the development of superior language skills is the study of good literature, which provides models of correct English and excellence in writing. The ear and eye are trained by constant exposure to good English. Students learn best by imitation. Our classroom reading selections are carefully chosen to increase in reading difficulty each year. Books are read slowly and thoroughly in class, accompanied by Memoria Press literature guides.
Literature 3 (Grade 3)
This program is an exploration of Charlotte’s Web, Farmer Boy, and The Moffats. Children who are asked to read slightly above their comfort level will develop into superior readers. Reading is not a passive activity for pleasure. Reading requires an active, discriminating mind that is challenged to think, compare, and contrast. Students who have been challenged by good literature will never be satisfied with the poor-quality books that are so readily available today.
Literature 4 (Grade 4)
This program is an exploration of The Blue Fairy Book, Dangerous Journey, and A Bear Called Paddington. Literature study guides train students to become active readers. Our guides focus on vocabulary, spelling, comprehension, and composition skills. Each lesson includes a word study to help students build their vocabulary. The comprehension questions challenge students to consider what they have read, identify the important content of each story, and compose clear, concise answers (a difficult skill at any age). Writing is thinking, and good questioning stimulates the child to think and write. Poetry for the Grammar Stage is also studied in class. Poetry study includes questions to help students analyze meanings of the poems, including vocabulary work. Poems increase in difficulty as students move through the book over a four-year period.
Literature 6 (Grades 5 & 6)
This program is an exploration of Adam of the Road, Robin Hood, and King Arthur. The class is guided through each novel, with particular emphasis placed on vocabulary-building, critical reading, and analysis. Most reading is done at home, where the study guides are also completed. Lecturing and reading takes place in the classroom, as well as most testing. Poetry for the Grammar Stage is also studied in class. Poetry study includes questions to help students analyze meanings of the poems, including vocabulary work. Poems increase in difficulty as students move through the book over a four-year period.
Memoria Press’s composition program, Classical Composition, is based on the original classical method writing instruction called the προγυμνασμάτα (“progymnasmata”). It was the program that produced the likes of John Milton and William Shakespeare. The method involves learning fourteen compositional skills, organized from the simplest and most basic to the most complex and sophisticated.
Introduction to Composition (Grades 3)
This class will use IEW’s All Things Fun and Fascinating Writing Lessons, providing a solid foundation for students to learn to write. Students will take notes, summarize narrative stories, write from pictures, put together a mini research report, and compose creative essays. With scheduling ideas, games, vocabulary, and more.
Classical Composition: Fable (Grades 4)
In the fable stage, students look at a single story or idea and begin learning how to use words to engage the imagination of the audience. They master the structures of thought or ideas that go into a narrative and learn to create recognition by using figures of description. Students learn to restructure facts to tell the same story or idea. They also discover that words are symbols representing ideas, and as writers they can communicate the same idea using a variety of words and sentence structures.
Classical Composition: Narrative (Grades 5 & 6)
In Classical Composition II: Narrative, students continue to build invention skills as well as the ability to engage the imagination of an audience. They master the structures of thought that originate narratives and learn to create recognition by using figures of description. They develop the ability to communicate the same idea using a variety of words, sentence structures, and various perspectives.
Sample Grammar School Schedule
8:30–8:45 Opening Assembly
8:45–10:15 Latina Christiana, First Form Latin, Second Form Latin
10:15–11:45 Greek Myths, Famous Men of the Middle Ages
12:30–2:00 Literature 4, Literature 6
2:00–3:30 Classical Composition I: Fable, Classical Composition II: Narrative
Following the Memoria Press motto:
DOCERE • DELECTARE • MOVERE
“to teach” • “to delight” • “to move”