Students enter the Logic stage as children and leave as young adults. It is a critical age in a student’s development, and our teachers and staff come alongside students, shepherding and influencing them as they grow physically, emotionally, and spiritually. We recognize that students in the Logic School are beginning to ask existential questions that classical, Christian education is uniquely equipped to answer: utilizing a Great Books approach, students see their own humanity and their opportunities to glorify God as image-bearers.
These challenging academic years will teach students how to become self-learners, manage their schedules, and think critically and logically. The Logic curriculum is formulated to add understanding to their years of Grammar school knowledge, alongside an introduction to the appropriate use of technology in learning, with students being prepared for Rhetoric level courses through continued instruction in the arts, mathematics, Latin, English, science, Bible, and history.
building the foundation of knowledge
The following is the planned Course of Study for the Lower School for the academic year. Variations may be made depending on class size and student needs.
1st grade: Desiring God Ministries curriculum
2nd through 5th grade: Study of the major events in the Bible using Classical Academic Press and Veritas Press.
Classics and other significant literature selections comprise the students’ reading materials for 1st – 5th grades.
Shurley English along with other sources are utilized to strengthen a student’s ability to write effectively.
Spelling lists are the foundation for vocabulary instruction. Words from other subjects such as science, Latin, and literature are also included on the lists.
Focused instructive in cursive begins in Kindergarten and continues through 1st and 2nd grade. The rationale behind teaching cursive handwriting in addition to manuscript handwriting is as follows:
To help the students learn better letter recognition and usage by being able to read manuscript, book face, and cursive lettering
To aid the students in word flow and directionality in writing
To minimize the reversal/confusion of written letters
To set the students on a path to beautiful penmanship
The study of God’s providential and sovereign hand throughout history is fundamental to classical education. At GCA, history is taught chronologically and in repeating cycles.
1st grade: South Carolina History – Teacher-created units introduce children to the Revolutionary War, Independence/Statehood, Civil War and present day. On any given day, you may find students learning about life in the colonies, re-enacting the Battle of Cowpens, or making colonial friendship pillowcases!
2nd through 5th grade: Veritas Press History and supplemental materials summarizing key historical events. Students enrich their understanding of each event through projects, primary source readings and illustrations, games, art projects, theatrical scripts, maps, and more. By the time students complete the five-year cycle they will have memorized 160 key events in history from Creation to Modern America.
1st through 5th grade: Rod and Staff
Greenville Classical Academy believes that Latin is highly beneficial to our students for three fundamental reasons.
Latin teaches English. Studying Latin leads to a deeper, more thorough understanding of our own language, and this study will equip students with the ability to think and write with greater clarity and effectiveness.
Because of the nature of the language, Latin teaches critical thinking. We do not want our graduates to declare that they “learned to study in college.” Instead, we want our students to learn how to learn at a young age so they are able to maximize the advantages a higher education provides.
Latin enhances a student’s ability to learn other languages. We do not know what opportunities await our graduates, but we aim to broaden those opportunities by enhancing their ability to learn additional foreign languages.
3rd grade: Song School Latin – Classical Academic Press
Song School Latin is a gentle and delightful introduction to Latin. Each weekly lesson is peppered with songs, illustrations, hand-writing practice, stories and activities for easy mastery and memorization.
4th & 5th Grades: Latin For Children series – Classical Academic Press
Students will learn 350+ common Latin words, understand many English derivatives, conjugate six tenses of verbs, use 1st-5th declension nouns, and perform simple translations.
1st through 5th grade: ACSI Purposeful Design
From the publisher, “Engage students in investigating, observing, and thinking about the created world. Weave the wonders of creation and a biblical worldview into your science instruction. Highlight God’s design throughout His creation. Purposeful Design Science allows you to accomplish these objectives with its colorful pages, hands-on experiments, shared ideas, and highly interactive lessons.”
Music appreciation and art history are integrated throughout the curriculum. As a part of our history curriculum, students are exposed to the great artists of the past. In addition, students have formal classes in music, art and drama.
All students in 1st – 5th grades have scheduled daily recess times and formal instruction in Physical Education once a week.
GCA provided the best option based on our desire to provide our children with a rigorous Christian education and to entrust them to Biblically sound teachers. It was very important for us to place them in a virtuous environment shaped by the Scriptures where they could learn to observe other children, interpret social cues, and learn to adjust their behavior accordingly. GCA was the best option in Greenville for learning foundational Truth, shaping Christian worldview, equipping our children to articulate Truth effectively, and to love and honor others in a community of other believers.
Melton & Lynda