What is Christian Classical Education?

The classical method originated in ancient Rome and Greece over 1,000 years ago and until recently was used throughout the Western world.  Most of America’s founding fathers as well as the world’s philosophers, scientists, and leaders between the 10th and 19th centuries were educated this way.  It has taken modern educators only 50 years to disassemble an educational system that took thousands of years to refine and establish.
The classical method, or “trivium”, refers to the three stages of learning that coincide with a child’s natural development as he matures.  These are the 1) grammar stage, 2) logic stage, and 3) rhetoric stage.
Grammar Stage: Children in Kindergarten through about 4th grade are in the grammar stage and have a natural ability to memorize tremendous amounts of information.  Classical education takes advantage of this ability by giving the students the factual foundations of each subject to memorize such as math facts, poems, hymns, Scripture, and phonics and grammar rules.  Songs, chants and rhymes are used to help children enjoy the learning process.
Logic Stage: This stage includes students in about 5th through 8th grade.  These students are beginning to think independently and are taught to order facts into organized statements and arguments.
Rhetoric Stage: This stage includes students in the 9th through 12th grade.  Rhetoric is the art of communicating well.  Once a student has learned the facts and can organize them, he must then be able to communicate the facts to others and form opinions based on the facts he has learned.
A Classical Lutheran education is focused on teaching reading, writing, and arithmetic.  All subjects are taught with a Christian worldview. A Christ-Centered Education is the foundation of the curriculum we teach.
The subjects we teach encourage our students to learn of the wonders of God’s creation, witness His plans for mankind, rejoice in His gifts of music and art, and learn about His love and plan for salvation.
Each school day begins with a chapel service, held in Good Shepherd Lutheran Church’s sanctuary, and with prayer.  We encourage family and friends to worship with us.
Phonics prepares students for reading.  The English language is based on the recognition of letters and the pronunciation of sounds.  Learning to read phonetically enables children to understand the grammatical aspects of the English language.
Half of all English words have a Latin origin.  The study of Latin enables children to develop and understand a wider range of vocabulary in the English language.  We begin teaching Latin in 3rd grade.
Music education can unlock a child’s ability to think, reason and learn.  Studies have shown that children who learn music at a young age become more proficient in other subjects as well.  We provide a music experience which includes performing, listening, and learning about important musical works.