Kindergarten – 6th Grade
Grammar School Overview
The Grammar School at The Cambridge School consists of grades K-6. The Grammar School can be described in terms of its pedagogy (teaching methods), curriculum, and culture.
Grammar School Pedagogy
During the Grammar School years, students are taught important information by means of songs, chants, jingles and rhymes. Historical facts and timelines, science facts, math facts (addition, subtraction, multiplication), Latin vocabulary, rules of grammar–all are taught using songs, chants, jingles, and rhymes.
The classical pedagogy also favors review and repetition, which occurs frequently, but without boring students, who love to sing various songs over and over again until it is a part of their deep, long-term memory.
Other traditional teaching methods are also present in the Grammar School, including: teachers reading to students, students reading in and out of class, math instruction with manipulatives, written assignments, direct instruction, discussion, and oral reports. The Grammar School has a multi-modal pedagogy as well–students learn by seeing (there are many visual aids of all types in each classroom), hearing (many songs and chants), and moving (children sing with hand and body motions). Therefore, students who are primarily visual, auditory, or kinesthetic learners all learn well at The Cambridge School.
Grammar School Curriculum
The Curriculum of the Grammar School is challenging, but well within the reach of students with average ability who put forth reasonable effort. Students in the early grades (K-2) focus especially on the subjects of reading and math–two subjects which must be mastered early on to ensure success later in the curriculum.
English grammar is introduced beginning in first grade, introducing students to the 8 parts of speech and basic sentence diagramming and classification. Latin is introduced in the Kindergarten. Latin is taught at a time when students are able to quickly learn language; the study of Latin both enriches their English vocabulary (50% of English words come from Latin) and reinforces their study of grammar.
Students in the Grammar School also study history, science, Bible, geography, art, music, Latin, Mandarin and PE.
Grammar School Culture
The culture of the Grammar School is one of order, peace, courtesy, and enthusiasm. Families and students that come to The Cambridge School are interviewed and screened to insure that respectful, courteous behavior is both taught at home and supported in the school. Our school and classroom behavior guidelines are clear and enforced so that students are secure in an environment that is safe and predictable, even while being lively and robust.
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