Lower Grammar Stage (K – 2nd)

The basic learning temperament of this child is a natural excitement for learning! They enjoy games, stories, songs, projects. Although they have a short attention span, they are captivated by all their senses, and their ability to imagine and create. The lower grammar stage classical educator creates a learning environment for these children through:

  • Memorization
  • Guided exploration & discovery
  • Finding things visually, physically
  • Song, recitation
  • Coloring, drawing, painting, building
  • Use of body movements
  • Short, creative projects
  • Show and Tell, drama,
  • Hear/read/tell stories
  • Games

Upper Grammar Stage (3rd – 4th)

The basic learning temperament of this child is being able to make personal connections with ideas. This age of a child is excited to learn facts, to make connections through making and organizing collections. This age enjoys relating their own experiences to a topic, or just telling a story. They continue to enjoy to memorize while also be able to use what they learn to make connections to bigger ideas. They easily assimilate language. The upper grammar stage classical educator creates a learning environment for these children through:

  • Collecting, displaying, modeling
  • Observing, explaining, describing,
  • Hands-on projects, activities
  • Memorization & recitation of works
  • Drills, games
  • Acting out dramatic episodes
  • Making cross-curricular connections
  • Gathering, summarizing research
  • Oral and written presentations
  • Field trips

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