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Chrysostom ACADEMY

Grammar School

Classical Grammar Level Approach

At Chrysostom Academy, each day in the classroom allows for new knowledge to be obtained through content that allows every student to grow in beauty, truth, and goodness. The choice of subjects are carefully constructed to provide every child with a deep understanding of basic skills to build greater knowledge upon each and every day.

Christian Studies

Grades K-2

  • My Faith, My Church, My Liturgy
    • Starting with what is most known to students (that is, those things they see, hear, and experience at home and in the Church), students will be taught the fundamentals of the Orthodox Christian Faith through songs, stories, and discussions.
  • Bible Stories
    • Students will learn about the great men and women of the Old and New Testaments.
  • Psalms and Bible Verses
    • Students will memorize Psalms and Bible verses.
  • Memorization, Narration, Picture Studies, Discussion, Coaching, and Lectures.

Grades 3-5

  • Liturgy and Sacraments
    • Students will begin to explore important components of the Liturgy and Sacraments focusing first on the who, what, and where, and gradually moving toward understanding why and how.
  • Old Testament Stories (Grades 3-4)
    • Building upon the stories of the men and women of the Old Testament, students will become familiar with the stories of salvation history, moving gradually from the Creation of the World up to the Birth of Christ.
  • New Testament Stories (Grade 5 ff.)
    • Birth of Christ through Apocalypse (Revelation)
  • Memorization, Narration, Picture Studies, Discussion, Coaching, and Lectures.
Phonics/Spelling Grammar & Composition

Grades K-2

  • Spell to Write and Read
    • Integrates spelling, reading, writing, and composition with foundation in phonics, spelling and grammar rules 
    • Student handwriting is emphasized with direct instruction for posture, hand position, etc. 
    • Leveled spelling assessments and reading level assessments are included as part of the instruction. 
    • More flexible, designed for differentiated instruction for struggling learners. 
    • Students build their own spelling textbook, so there is quite a bit more writing than in other programs. 
  • Memorizing, Narration, Repetition, Imitation

Grades 3-5

  • Grammatical Literacy (Classical Grammar and Composition)
    • Daily Grammar Practice (Grades 3-5)
    • Harvey’s Elementary Grammar (Grades 4 & 5)
    • Focus is on decoding grammatical structures and getting students familiar with the parts of speech, how they function in a sentence, and speaking well. 
  • Writing and Rhetoric Curriculum: Fable (Grades 3-5: Fable, Year 1, then Grade 3 Year 2, etc.
  • Writing and Rhetoric Curriculum Narrative I (Grades 4 and 5 Year 2, then Grade 4 Year 3)
  • Writing and Rhetoric Curriculum Narrative II Grades 5 and 6 Year 3, then Grade 5 Year 4)
  • Memorizing, Narration, Repetition, Imitation
Literature

Kindergarten to 5th Grade

  • Classical Children’s Stories, Poetry and Psalms
  • Read Aloud, Narration, Imitation, Repetition, Discussion
History/Geography

Grades K-2

  • General Principles
    • Classical Education is built upon the supposition that you begin with what’s more familiar to students and proceed to things that are not as known or familiar.
    • Thus, family, community (incl. Church), city, state, country, and world are used to root students in their places in history.
  • Story of America and Pennsylvania
    • Signs, Symbols, and Art.
    • Family is the most fundamental human social system and is a microcosm of the world around them.
    • Stories of the great men and women of America and Pennsylvania.
    • Local proceeds to State, State to National, National to World.
  • Students will be taught the who, what, where, and when of history, thus giving a broad survey of the great stories of history, of which they are an integral part.
  • Geography will be taught concurrently so students understand place, location, and space.

Grades 3-5

  • General Principles
    • Building upon the foundation they receive in K-2, students will begin exploring the history of the world, of which the Americas and the Orthodox Church are considered for their role and contribution to world history.
  • Story of the World
    • Ancient (Grade 3)
    • Medieval (Grade 4)
  • Students will be taught the who, what, where, and when of history, thus giving them a broad survey of the great stories of history, of which they are an integral part.
  • Timeline Journal
  • Geography will be taught concurrently so students understand place, location, and time.
  • Read Aloud, Narration, Imitation, Repetition, Discussion
Mathematics

Grades K-5

  • Right Start Math
    • This unique hands-on program de-emphasizes counting, uses visualization of quantities, and provides strategies (visual pictures) for learning the facts. Understanding and problem solving are emphasized throughout the curriculum.
    • The primary learning tool is the AL Abacus, a specially designed two-sided abacus that is both kinesthetic and visual. The AL Abacus is grouped in fives and tens for quick recognition of quantities. Children develop visual strategies as they use this manipulative. The back side of the AL Abacus teaches place value to the thousands. 
    • Practice is provided with math card games, minimizing review worksheets and eliminating stressful flash cards. These games provide interesting and varied repetition that is needed for the automatic responses to the facts. More importantly, these games provide an application for new information and create hours of fun learning math facts and concepts.
  • Narration, Imitation, Repetition, Discussion, Lecturing, Coaching
Science: Nature Study & Observation

Grades K-2

  • General Principles
    • Fostering Wonder and Imagination
    • Students begin with things most known to them:
      • Animals and Birds (K-1st)
      • Mammals (Grade 2)
  • Nature Journal
    • Students will be given a topic (e.g. a robin) and will be taught about the bird, what it eats, how it rests, what its nests look like, etc., and then will be taken outside to watch the robin in a natural environment. K-2 students (under the guide of a teacher) will make careful observations about the bird which will go into their journals)
  • Narration, Imitation, Repetition, Discussion, Lecturing, Coaching

Grades 3-5

General Principles
Fostering Wonder and Imagination
Ocean Life, Forest Animals (Grade 3)
Earth Science, Plant and Animal Life (Grade 4)
Biology, Earth Science, Animal Studies, and Inventions (Grade 5)
Nature Journal
Students continue to develop their observation skills
Students build upon what is most familiar to broader, bigger observations.
Narration, Imitation, Repetition, Discussion, Lecturing, Coaching

Classical Languages

Grades K-3

  • Languages
    • Greek
    • Latin
    • Arabic
    • Slavic
  • Prayers
    • Jesus Prayer
    • Our Father
    • Trisagion Prayers
  • School Song Greek and Latin
  • Alphabet, Vocabulary, Basic Grammar
  • Narration, Imitation, Repetition, Discussion, Lecturing, Coaching

Grades 4-5

  • Greek
    • Alphabet, Vocabulary, Basic Grammar
    • Koine
      • Emphasis on Biblical/Liturgical Greek
  • Latin
    • Alphabet, Vocabulary, Basic Grammar
  • Prayers (as in K-3)
  • Narration, Imitation, Repetition, Discussion, Lecturing, Coaching
Fine Arts and P.E.

Fine Arts K-2

  • Foundations of Music
    • Sounds, Symbols, Instruments
    • Composers
    • Classical Songs
  • Foundations of Art
    • Picture Studies, Mechanics of Art (techne’)
    • Colors and their purpose
    • Artists
    • Classical Art
  • Narration, Imitation, Repetition, Discussion, Lecturing, Coaching

Fine Arts 3-5

  • Elements of Music
    • Sounds, Symbols, Instruments
    • Composers
    • Classical Songs
    • Choir and Recorders
  • Elements of Art Studio
    • Picture Studies, Mechanics of Art (techne’)
    • Colors and their purpose
    • Artists
    • Classical Art
    • Introduction to Studio Art
  • Narration, Imitation, Repetition, Discussion, Lecturing, Coaching
Physical Education K-5
  • Physical Health Through Play
    • Running
    • Calisthenics
    • Group Activities
    • Strength Conditioning
  • Narration, Imitation, Repetition, Discussion, Lecturing, Coaching

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