2018-2019 Course Offerings
Latin and Greek | 8:00 – 10:00
Latina Christiana | $375 | 3rd Grade
Latina Christiana was designed as a beginning course for students of all ages. This course was specifically written for the teacher with no background in Latin. Students who have completed Latina Christiana are now ready for the Form Latin series. Memoria Press recommends students move directly from Latina Christiana to First Form Latin. LC has a delayed start. The class begins at 8:30, but parents are welcome to drop off at 8:00.
First Form Latin | $500 | 4th Grade
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 | $500 | 5th Grade
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! Second Form employs the identical format of First Form—an attractive, concise Student Text, systematic presentation in five units, extensive Workbook exercises, and a Teacher Manual.
Third Form Latin | $500 | 6th Grade
Third Form Latin continues the journey of Latin grammar by reviewing all material in First and Second Form, completing the verb paradigms for all four conjugations in the indicative active and passive, and much more. Third Form employs the identical format of First and Second Form—an attractive, concise Student Text, systematic presentation in five units, extensive Workbook exercises, and a Teacher Manual.
Fourth Form Latin | $500 | 7th Grade
Fourth Form Latin completes the journey of Latin grammar by reviewing all material in First, Second, and Third Form, completing all verb forms for all four conjugations by studying participles, infinitives, gerunds, and much more.
Introduction to Latin (Henle I) | $500 | 7th Grade +
This course is for students in 7th grade or older, who have no previous Latin experience. The Form series is based on the Henle Latin I program, broken down into four parts. This course works through the same material, only in one year. Upon completion of this course, the student is ready for Henle II.
Henle II | $500 | 8th Grade +
Students are invited to embark upon a world of discovery translating Caesar’s De Bello Gallico. The Henle Second Year text has a simplified version of Caesar’s original work in order to ease the student into reading the classics in their original language. This course develops translation skills, which are the pinnacle of the study of Latin.
First Form Greek | $500 | 7th Grade +
Based on the revolutionary First Form Latin series, First Form Greek is written for parents and teachers with or without a Greek background. Its goal is to present the grammar so logically and so systematically that anyone can learn it. At the same time, we have adapted the Latin First Form Seriesto account for the differences between Greek and Latin, such as the new alphabet, overlapping sounds, more variation within paradigms, and less regularity. First Form Greek overcomes these challenges with the addition of weekly vocabulary reviews, more frequent recitation, and an “expanded” dictionary entry for Greek verbs.
First Form Greek teaches ancient Greek. Its general vocabulary and grammar will prepare the student for further study focused on the Greek New Testament and Septuagint or Classical Greek authors like Xenophon and Plato.
*Students are highly encouraged to complete Memoria Press’ Greek Alphabet program prior to start of class
Classical Studies | 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Greek Myths | $375 | 3rd & 4th Grades
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 | $375 | 5th & 6th Grades
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.
Homer and History of Ancient Greece | $375 | 7th and 8th Grade
Western civilization begins with the Iliad and Odyssey. This is a perfect place to start your study of the Great Books. Our study guides will help bring Homer’s great works alive for your student. Our Teacher Guide has inset student pages with answers, teacher notes for each lesson, quizzes, and tests, giving the teacher all the background information needed to teach these books.
The journey continues, starting in Crete and ending in the Hellenistic Age, ushered in by Alexander the Great. Students learn about the development of democracy, the primordial defense of democracy in the Persian wars, the heyday of Athens (also known as the Golden Age), and that sad self-destruction known as the Peloponnesian Wars. But it is not history alone—culture, values, and life lessons are taught.
Greek Tragedies | $375 | 9th+ Grades
In this class students will conduct a survey of Greek dramatic literature by reading a selection of Greek plays and other related texts (Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides.
The Oresteian Trilogy by Aeschylus: Aeschylus was the first of the three great tragic playwrights. The Oresteia is the exciting trilogy about the end of the curse of the House of Atreus. Join Orestes as he seeks to revenge his father’s murder, but discovers, along with us, that revenge only begets revenge – that mercy and litigation are the better ends of justice.
The Three Theban Plays by Sophocles: Sophocles, “famous for wisdom,” won the playwright competition at the Festival of Dionysus many times. Here is the story of Oedipus, fated to unknowingly kill his father and marry his mother. This is the great myth, influencing all subsequent literature. Fate, free will, the quest for knowledge and truth—the glory and downfall of Western civilization.
Medea & Other Plays by Euripides: Euripides further developed the tragedy, instituting the deus ex machina, a prologue with a background, and greater realism. His heroes are less resolute and more psychological, fraught with internal conflict. Here is the revenge of Medea and Hecabe, and the exciting adventures of Heracles in the Underworld.
English Literature | 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
English 3 | $500
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.
English 4 | $500
This program is an exploration of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Heidi, and Lassie Come-Home. 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 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.
English 5 | $500
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.
English 6 | $500
This program is an exploration of The Trojan War, Anne of Green Gables, The Bronze Bow, and The Hobbit.
English 7 | $500
This program is an exploration of The Wind in the Willows, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Treasure Island, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
English 8+ | $500
The texts for this class will be Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, and The Tale of Two Cities.
Logic | 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Traditional Logic | $375 | 7th Grade +
A logic course for all ages but designed for use as young as 7th grade, Traditional Logic is an in-depth study of the classical syllogism. Along with a basic understanding of the Christian theory of knowledge, the text presents the four kinds of logical statements, the four ways propositions can be opposed, the three ways which they can be equivalent, and the seven rules for the validity of syllogisms. Each chapter explains challenging concepts in clear, concise language.
Material Logic | $375 | 7th Grade +
What are the ten ways in which something can be said to exist? What are the five ways in which something can be said of something else? What are the four questions you must answer in order to really know something? In ancient and medieval times, the answers to these questions were common knowledge among educated people.
When most people think of logic, they think of formal logic—the study of the structure or form of reasoning. But what most educators don’t realize is that formal logic is only one part of a complete logic program. The other branch of logic study was called “material logic,” and focused not on the form of reasoning, but on its content. In short, while formal logic studied the “how” of reasoning, material logic studied the “what.”
Composition | 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Introduction to Composition | $375 | 3rd Grade
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.
Fable Stage | $375 | 4th Grade
In this initial Classical Composition course, The Fable Stage, students look at a single story or idea and begin to learn how to use words to engage the imagination of the audience. They master the structures of thoughts and 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. Writing is done primarily at home, with final drafts being graded by the teachers.
Narrative Stage | $375 | 5th Grade
In Classical Composition II: The Narrative Stage, 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.
Chreia and Maxim Stage | $375 | 6th Grade
In the third stage of the Classical Composition program, Chreia and Maxim, students gain the ability to create a story through the use of the narrative categories and variation through paraphrase. Students learn to demonstrate the truth of the Commonplace through what the Ancient Greek writer Aphthonius calls “eight heads of development,” and students deal more explicitly and thoroughly with what in modern composition theory are referred to as “support points.” The ability to invent four specific types of narrative through these “heads of development” and to paraphrase in two specific ways are the foundational skills to be learned in this stage.
Refutation and Confirmation Stage | $375 | 7th Grade
In Classical Composition IV: Refutation & Confirmation, there are two sets of exercises, Refutation and Confirmation, which would correspond to an argumentative essay in modern composition theory. The students are learning how to structure their thought, and thus their communication process, when given the task of arguing for and then against an idea, thought, chain of events, method, or story.
Study Hall | $50
Study Hall is offered to students during the Classical Studies and Literature blocks (10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.).
Second Grade Program | 8:30 – 3:30 | $1400
The Highlands Latin Cottage School Second Grade program is a full-day class, meeting from 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. with breaks for lunch and recess. The program will cover all 2nd grade subjects, including Latin, Literature, Penmanship, Phonics, Spelling, and Math. Class will be conducted in the Primary Building of the Spring Meadows Campus, but students may be dropped off at normal drop-off time with siblings in the Patrick Cottage.