Grammar Stage

Grammar Level Grades

In the early grades, students enjoy reciting, memorizing facts, and demonstrating what they know. The curriculum and teaching methods utilized during the grammar stage play to the students’ natural abilities and interests, equipping them with the rules and basic facts of each academic discipline. The Grammar school curriculum builds the foundation and focuses on the “building blocks” necessary for future development.

Kindergarten Curriculum

Kindergarten students begin a chronological study of the Old Testament narrative. Additionally, systematic phonics instruction, number sense development, and character formation are key tenants of the kindergarten program.
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1st Grade Curriculum

First-grade students see God' story unfold in the New Testament, and further develop phonics, spelling, and reading skills through direct instruction. Students study early American history and strengthen their basic skills using manipulatives.
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2nd Grade Curriculum

Second-grade students begin a chronological study of history and Bible beginning with Ancient civilizations and the Old Testament. Works of literature that inspire imagination and character development are read and discussed while foundational grammar and writing skills are emphasized.
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3rd Grade Curriculum

Students in third grade continue a chronological study of history and Bible focusing on Ancient Greece and Rome. Great works of literature that integrate with the historical time period are read, discussed, and analyzed. Grammar and writing skills are developed and refined through direct instruction, projects, and repetition.
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4th Grade Curriculum

The Middle Ages and Renaissance come alive for the fourth-grade students. Organized around the outline God has provided through history, literature, grammar, and writing skills are enhanced.
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5th Grade Curriculum

Fifth-grade students begin to look at historical themes as they dig into early American history starting with explorers and ending with the Civil War. Students' love and understanding of God develops through their study of the Gospels and an integrated biblical worldview continues across all subjects.
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Kindergarten Curriculum

Kindergarten students at Arma Dei Academy begin a chronological study of the Old Testament of the Bible, which serves as the history course as well. Reading and math skills are also a central focus. Additionally, handwriting, beginning grammar, and science are studied.

Bible & History

Kindergarten students at Arma Dei Academy begin a chronological study of the Old Testament of the Bible, which serves as the history course as well.

Bible: Old Testament (English Standard Version)

  • Six days of creation
  • Adam and Eve
  • Noah and the flood
  • The tower of Babel
  • Abraham and Sarah
  • Isaac, Jacob, and Sarah
  • Moses and Egypt
  • Christmas and Easter narratives

Each subject is taught from a biblical perspective at Arma Dei Academy. While each day opens with prayer and a formal study of scripture, biblical discussion is not limited to a particular class period. Scripture memory is a critical component of the curriculum.

Character Qualities

Attentiveness, Obedience, Truthfulness, Orderliness, Gratefulness, Forgiveness

Phonics

Logic of English: The Logic of English is a systematic, multi-sensory approach to learning how to read, spell, and write. In Foundations A & B students gain phonemic awareness, learn to read and write basic phonograms, and increase reading fluency through structured and playful activities.

Phonics and Reading Instruction: LOE Foundations A & B

  • Phonemic Awareness
  • Sounds of A-Z
  • Short Vowel Words
  • Long Vowels
  • Schwa Sounds
  • Multi-letter phonograms
  • Short Sentences
Spelling

Spelling: LOE Foundations A & B

  • Learn and apply 8 spelling rules
  • Spelling analysis
Penmanship

Penmanship: The innovative Rhythm of Handwriting™ method, which is integrated within the Logic of English curriculum, aids students in developing fluid handwriting. Beginning in kindergarten, students learn cursive penmanship.

  • Taught and practiced using a rhythmic approach
  • Targets and develops both gross and fine motor skills
  • Emphasizes uppercase and lowercase letter formation and spacing
Math

Math in Focus: A Singapore Approach

Science

During Kindergarten Enrichment Only

Elemental Science: Exploring the World Around Me

Music

God Made Music K
Introduction to Music

  • Rhythm clapping and tapping
    Melody
  • Singing on key and in tempo
  • Movement to music
  • Folk Songs, children's worship songs with movement, hymns, and attribute songs
Art
  • Basic elements of art
  • Color theory
  • Basic concepts
  • Beginning level guided drawing and painting techniques

Kindergarten Enrichment

Arma Dei Academy offers half day Kindergarten options. In addition, enrichment opportunities are available for AM Kindergarten students to extend their day to 8:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Space is limited.

Please contact Ms. Bowman with any questions.

1st Grade Curriculum

Bible

First graders are introduced to a survey of the New Testament. While each day opens with prayer and a formal study of scripture, biblical discussion is not limited to a particular class period. Scripture memory is a critical component of the curriculum. The English Standard Version of the bible is used for memory work; readings come from The Child’s Study Bible.

History/Geography

Overview of Early American History, Introduction to Colorado state history

  • Columbus
  • Pilgrims/Plymouth
  • Squanto
  • Pocahontas
  • George Washington
  • Paul Revere
  • Abraham Lincoln
  • Civil War
  • George Washington
  • Carver
  • Buffalo Bill
  • Daniel Boone
  • Betsy Ross
  • Molly Brown

The First Grade presents an Early American History Festival in November.

Literature

Students are introduced to the power and beauty of story through quality literature selections. Literature read in first grade may include, but is not limited to the following books:

  • Elson Reader Book 1 (Lost Classics Book Company)
  • Miss Rumphius
  • Animal Folk Tales from America
  • The Courage of Sarah Noble
  • Prairie School
  • Little House in the Big Woods
  • Tale of Tom Kitten
  • Billy and Blaze
  • Billy and Blaze Forest Fire
  • Story about Ping
  • Keep the Lights Burning Abby
  • Stone Soup
  • The Little House
  • Tale of Town Mouse
  • Benjamin Bunny
  • Peter Rabbit
  • Lexi’s Hope
  • Treasures in the Snow
  • Little House on the Prairie
Phonics

At Arma Dei Academy we use Logic of English, a systematic, multi-sensory approach to learning how to read, spell, and write. The method is based upon 74 basic phonograms and 31 spelling rules that together explain 98% of English words. Learning these essential tools eliminates unnecessary ‘exceptions’ in spelling, explains hundreds of commonly misspelled words, and brings order to the English language.

Reading and Phonics Instruction

Phonics & Reading Instruction:
Logic of English Foundations C & D

  • 74 Basic phonograms
  • Silent Final E
  • Compound WordsTwo
  • Syllable Words
  • Three Syllable Words
  • Contractions

Skills Emphasis

  • Phonemic awareness
  • Comprehension
  • Word Decoding
  • Reading fluency
Spelling

Spelling: Logic of English Foundations C & D

  • 15 Spelling Rules
  • Prefixes
  • Suffixes
  • Contractions
  • Homographs
Cursive Penmanship

Cursive Penmanship Students develop beautiful penmanship through the practice of cursive handwriting using the Rhythm of Handwriting™ method.

Grammar

Grammar: Logic of English Foundations C & D

  • Parts of speech and punctuation
  • Classification of pattern one sentences
  • Complete sentences and simple paragraphs
  • Identify fragments and beginning editing
Math
  • Math in Focus: A Singapore Approach
  • Classical Math 2
Science

Students learn about God’s creation: vertebrates, invertebrates, plant life, and the human body.

First grade students also spend time each semester participating in STEM activities in the science lab.

Music

God Made Music 1

  • Introduction to music notation
  • Grand staff
  • Patriotic songs
  • Treble and bass clef signs
  • Major/Minor chord
  • IdentificationHalf
  • rest/whole rest/eighth note/two-eighth note
  • Music and composing of early American history and Colorado folk songs
Art
  • Basic elements of art
  • Color theory
  • Beginning guided drawing and painting
  • Draw and paint artists from early American history

First grade students at Arma Dei Academy strengthen phonics, spelling, and reading skills through an in-depth systematic phonics program producing strong readers. Students learn about early American history with a focus on Colorado state history. Geography is an integral part of the history curriculum as well. Students continue their study of Math in Focus: A Singapore Approach coupled with a Classical Math review. Students mature in their cursive penmanship expertise and are introduced to English grammar.

2nd Grade Curriculum

Bible

God’s Great Covenant: Genesis to Ruth (Classical Academic Press)

  • Creation
  • Noah
  • Abraham
  • Joseph
  • Moses
  • The Tabernacle
  • Joshua

Each subject is taught from a biblical perspective at Arma Dei Academy. While each day opens with prayer and a formal study of Scripture, biblical discussion is not limited to a particular class period. Scripture memory is a critical component of the curriculum.

History/Geography

Old Testament and Ancient Egypt, The Story of The World Volume 1 (Bauer).

Ancient civilizations studied include:

  • Mesopotamia
  • Egypt
  • Africa
  • IndiaAncient Americas
  • China

Geography study focuses on Africa and the Middle East, the areas discussed in history and the Bible. Through map work and song, students learn the geography of each region studied.

Poetry & Song
  • Ozymandias (Shelley)
  • How Doth the Little Crocodile (Carroll)
  • Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening (Frost)
  • Twelve Sons of Jacob (Veritas)
  • Creation Song (Veritas)
Literature
  • My Father’s Dragon (Gannett)
  • Boxcar Children (Warner)
  • Encyclopedia Brown (Sobol)
  • Owls in the Family (Mowat)
  • Charlotte’s Web (White)
  • A Child’s Garden of Verses (Stevenson)
  • Who Was King Tut? (Edwards)
  • Baby Island (Brink)
  • Winnie the Pooh (Milne)
  • Magician’s Nephew (Lewis)
  • The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (Lewis)
Phonics, Spelling, Grammar

Logic of English Essentials

  • 75 Basic Phonograms & multiple Advanced
  • Phonograms
  • Open, closed, and R-controlled vowels
  • Schwa: The Lazy Vowel
  • Spelling Rules
  • Prefixes and Suffixes
  • Capitalization, End marks, Commas, Quotes
  • Six parts of speech
  • Sentence, Verb, Noun, Pronoun and Preposition Jingles
  • Latin and Greek Roots

Spelling Master C

Cursive Penmanship

Cursive Penmanship Students develop beautiful penmanship through the practice of cursive handwriting using the Rhythm of Handwriting method.

Composition

Institute for Excellence in Writing

Students write vibrant sentences, paragraphs, and full narratives in second grade. They focus on retelling who, what, when, where, why, and how of works such as Aesop’s Fables. Beautiful poetry is introduced weekly and is used to bolster emerging writing skills as well.

Math

Math in Focus: A Singapore Approach
Classical Math 3

Science

The Grammar of Biology (Hudson)

Students learn about God’s creation: vertebrates, invertebrates, plant life, and the human body. Second grade students also spend time each semester participating in STEM activities in the science lab.

Music

God Made Music 2

  • Five Note Scale
  • Note Movement in melody
  • Quality and beauty in singing
  • Music of Egypt
  • Basic dynamics symbols and their meanings (piano, forte, diminuendo, crescendo)
Art
  • Introduction to elements of shape
  • Color theory
  • Beginning level guided drawing techniques
  • Draw and paint from artists from Egypt

Second grade students at Arma Dei Academy begin a chronological study of history and Bible, beginning with the creation of the world. Works of literature that inspire imagination and character development are read and discussed. Grammar and writing skills are sharpened and enhanced through direct instruction, Logic of English, and the Institute for Excellence in Writing.

3rd Grade Curriculum

Bible

(Veritas Press), ESV Bible
The Veritas Press curriculum outlines major stories and events from approximately 1500 BC until 400BC.

  • Judges of Israel
  • Kings of Israel & Judah
  • Life of David
  • Solomon's Reign
  • Parables, Proverbs, and Psalms

Each subject is taught from a biblical perspective at Arma Dei Academy. While each day opens with prayer and a formal study of scripture, biblical discussion is not limited to a particular class period. Scripture memory is a critical component of the curriculum. Students memorize passages from Ruth, Judges, I & II Samuel, Psalms, Proverbs, and I Kings.

History/Geography

New Testament, Greece, and Rome (Veritas Press)

  • Minoan Culture
  • Mycenaean Culture
  • Trojan War
  • Phoenicians & the
  • Alphabet
  • Homer & Greek Myths
  • The Olympics
  • Rise and Fall of Rome
  • Colonization of Greece
  • Democracy in Greece
  • Roman Republic
  • Persian Wars
  • Greek Philosophers
  • Alexander the Great
  • Reign of Julius Caesar
  • Birth-Ascension of Christ

The Third grade students present a Ancient Greece & Rome Festival in February.

Geography
Geography is taught throughout History, Bible, and Literature units.

Literature

Students discuss in depth the story elements of plot, setting, and characterization. Students also learn how to recognize, understand, and use figurative language such as metaphor, simile, inference, symbolism, and allegory.

  • Detectives in Togas (Winterfeld)
  • The Odyssey (Cross)
  • D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths
  • Aesop’s Fables
    Cleopatra by (Stanley & Vennema)
  • Homer Price by (McCloskey)
  • Misty of Chincoteague (Henry)
Logic of English/Grammar

Logic of English: A complete course in the structure of written English that enables students to read, spell, and write successfully is utilized in third grade. The program includes phonics instruction, spelling analysis, fluency practice, morphology, vocabulary, and composition.

Grammar Logic of English Essentials

Students master sentence classification and develop punctuation and editing skills
The eight parts of speech are taught and reinforced through song and question and answer flows

Composition

Institute for Excellence in Writing
Students continue to write vibrant sentences, paragraphs, and full narratives in third grade. The complexity of students’ writing increases as they learn to incorporate a variety of sentence openers. Third grade focuses on retelling who, what, when, where, why, and how of Greek Myths and Aesop’s Fables.

Latin

Song School Latin (Classical Academic Press)

Penmanship

Students develop beautiful penmanship through the practice of cursive handwriting using the Rhythm of Handwriting method.

Math

Math in Focus: A Singapore Approach
Multiplication Jingles through 9’s

Science

The Grammar of Astronomy and Earth Science (Hudson)

Third grade students also spend time each semester participating in STEM activities in the science lab.

  • Planet Earth
  • Rocks & Fossils
  • Weather
  • The Solar System
  • Continents Poem
Art
  • Elements of art
  • Color theory
  • Beginning level guided drawing and painting techniques
  • Recreate simple pieces of art from Greece and Rome
Music

Introduction to the recorder

Counting in 3/4, 4/4 and 6/8 Time

Intervals (step/skip; 2nds and 3rds)

Beginning composition and conducting

Ensemble and multi-instrument songs

Identify music alphabet on piano: ABCDEFG

Music and composing of

Greece and Rome

Recognition: flat, sharp, C, E, and G key signatures on staff

Students in third grade at Arma Dei Academy continue a chronological study of history and Bible focusing on Ancient Greece and Rome. Great works of literature that integrate with the historical time period are read, discussed, and analyzed. Grammar and writing skills are sharpened and enhanced through direct instruction, projects, and practice.

4th Grade Curriculum

Bible

Chronicles through Malachi and Job (Veritas Press)

  • Elijah and Elisha
  • Jonah
  • The Fall of Israel and
  • Judah
  • Major and Minor
  • Prophets
  • The Life of Daniel
  • Esther
  • Job

Each subject is taught from a biblical perspective at Arma Dei Academy. While each day opens with prayer and a formal study of scripture, biblical discussion is not limited to a particular class period. Scripture memory is a critical component of the curriculum.

History/Geography

Middle Ages, Renaissance, and Reformation (Veritas Press) Story of the World (Bauer)

  • Fall of Western Roman Empire
  • Rise of Christianity and
  • Byzantine Empire
  • Barbarian and Viking
  • Invasions
  • Rise of Islam
  • Feudalism
  • Holy Roman Empire and the Crusades
  • Renaissance
  • Reformation

Ecclesiastical Architectural Tour Students see the east/west schism in living history throughout downtown Denver.

Medieval Festival in April.

Geography
European Geography is taught throughout history, Bible & literature units.

Literature
  • Dangerous Journey (Pilgrim's Progress) (Bunyan)

  • Whipping Boy (Fleischman)

  • Dangerous Journey (Pilgrim’s Progress) (Bunyan)

  • Rolf & The Viking Bow (French) – Read Aloud

  • The Door in the Wall (de Angeli)

  • Beowulf the Warrior (Serrailier)

  • Robin Hood (Green)

  • ‘Crispin (Avi)

  • Shakespeare Stealer (Blackwood)

  • I, Juan De Pareja (de Trevino)

Song and Poetry

  • Illumina O Culos Meos
  • Of the Father’s Love Begotten
  • Dona Nobis Pacem

     

Memorized Portions

  • Beowulf (Old English)
  • Canterbury Tales (Middle English), Chaucer
  • Band of Brothers (Early Modern English), Shakespeare
Grammar

Shurley English Made Easy & Institute for Excellence in Writing
Students master five sentence patterns as well as sharpen editing skills, subject/verb agreement, and verb tense consistency.

Latin

Latin for Children A (Classical Academic Press)
Libellus de Historia: Latin History Reader (Moore)

Vocabulary

Extracted from literature & integrated in composition.

Cursive Penmanship

Students develop beautiful penmanship through the practice of cursive writing.

Composition

Using the principles and methodology of the Institute for Excellence in Writing, students learn how to use words to engage the imagination of the audience. IEW builds on the principle of learning by imitation and incrementally teaches students to write with clear structure and compelling style.

Math

Math in Focus: A Singapore Approach

Science

Chemistry for The Grammar Stage

  • Chemistry and the periodic table of elements
  • The Elements (Lehrer)
  • Scientific method taught and applied during labs
  • Engineering design process of projects
  • Labs and engineering projects correlate with curriculum and provide hands-on learning of specific content
Music

God Made Music 4

  • Reading Music and Harmonizing
  • Two part harmony
  • Reading music on the staff
  • Singing rounds and story songs
  • Identification of 4th - 8th intervals
  • Music and composing of the studied historical period
  • Identification of treble and bass clef staff notes in key of C

Choral Music

  • Rhythm recognition
  • Ear training
Art
  • Introduction of elements of shape
  • Practice of straight lines, curved lines, angle lines, circles, and dots
  • Beginning level guided drawing and painting techniques
  • Draw and paint artists from the Medieval Period
  • Recreate simple pieces of art from the Medieval Period
  • Complete a canvas painting

Students in fourth grade at Arma Dei Academy continue a chronological study of history and Bible focusing on the Middle Ages and Renaissance. Great works of literature that integrate with the historical time period are read, discussed, and analyzed. Grammar and writing skills are sharpened and enhanced through direct instruction and application of the Institute for Excellence in Writing principles and methodology.

5th Grade Curriculum

Bible

Bible Gospels (Veritas Press)

  • Birth & Ministry of John the Baptist
  • Birth of Jesus
  • Ministry of Jesus
  • Miracles and Parables
  • Death, Crucifixion and Resurrection
  • Great Commission

Each subject is taught from a biblical perspective at Arma Dei Academy. While each day opens with prayer and a formal study of scripture, biblical discussion is not limited to a particular class period. Scripture memory is an integral component of the curriculum.

History/Geography

American History; Explorers-Civil War

  • Exploring the Americas
  • Colonial America
  • Creating a Nation
  • Declaration of Independence
  • Launching the Republic
  • Nationalism/Sectionalism
  • Civil War and Reconstruction

Students participate in a colonial Interaction simulation during STEM. Colonial groups select cargo and sail to the New World where they encounter the hardships and decisions that many of the colonial settlers faced.

Fifth grade students will present a colonial celebration festival in the second semester.

Geography is integrated throughout Bible, history, and literature.

Literature
  • Voyage to Freedom by David (Gay)
  • Witch of Blackbird Pond (Speare)
  • Sign of the Beaver (Speare)
  • Calico Captive (Speare)
  • Johnny Tremain (Forbes)
  • Carry on Mr. Bowditch (Latham)
  • Salt (Frost)
  • Little Britches (Moody)

Fifth grade students at Arma Dei regularly engage with poetry through corporate reading, discussion, and memorization. Poems include, but are not limited to:

  • Eldorado (Poe)
  • Columbus (Miller)
  • Paul Revere’s Ride (Longfellow)
  • Independence Bell (Anonymous)
Grammar

Shurley English Made Easy & Institute for Excellence in Writing

Students master five sentence patterns as well as sharpen editing skills, subject/verb agreement, and tense consistency.

Latin

Latin for Children B (Classical Academic Press)
Libellus de Historia: Latin History Reader (Moore)

Vocabulary

Extracted from literature and integrated in composition.

Penmanship

Students continue to develop beautiful penmanship through the practice and application of cursive handwriting.

Composition

Using the principles and methodology of the Institute for Excellence in Writing, students learn how to use words to engage the imagination of the audience. IEW builds on the principle of learning by imitation and incrementally teaches students to write with clear structure and compelling style. Students write across the curriculum and move from imitation to innovation.

Math

Math in Focus: A Singapore Approach

Science

The Grammar of Physics; Physics: Investigate the Mechanics of Nature (Gardner)

  • Scientific method taught and applied during labs
  • Engineering design process of projects
  • Labs and engineering projects correlate with curriculum and provide hands-on learning of specific content

Fifth grade students also spend time each semester participating in STEM activities in the science lab.

Art
  • Elements of art
    Review color theory
  • Practice guided drawing and painting techniques
  • Draw and paint artists from the Colonial Period.
  • Recreate simple pieces of art form the Colonial Period
Music

God Made Music 5

  • Writing lyrics
  • Periods of music
  • Introduction to opera
  • Composition of original melody
  • Three-part harmony and descant
  • Choral excellence and vocal precision
  • Expanded orchestra instrument knowledge
  • Composer study with song and listening samples
  • Music of the studied historical period
Physical Education

Introduces students to fitness through exploration and participation in team and individual sports.

Students in fifth grade at Arma Dei Academy continue a chronological study of history and geography focusing on European explorers and early American history through 1900. Great works of literature that integrate with the historical time period are read, discussed, and analyzed. The Bible curriculum spans the Gospels. Grammar and writing skills are sharpened and enhanced through direct instruction and application of the Institute for Excellence in Writing principles and methodology.

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