Grammar School

Grammar School (K-5th):

The years at Providence during the Grammar years are a time of fun, joy, and exploration as students make new discoveries each day with both their classmates and family. Students begin with the phonetic recognition of letters and sounds of the English language that become the foundation of wonderful classical literature. 

As you walk the hallways, you can overhear the classrooms that are often filled with the chanting, laughing, rhyming, singing voices of excited children who are learning new concepts that will lay the foundation of their education. They learn poetry, folktales, and stories of the past; they also write the stories of the present and the future with creativity and innocence. When Providence students leave fifth grade, their knowledge is bountiful, and their hearts are full of memories that will last a lifetime.

As at traditional five-day schools, grammar school involves teachers, students, and parents. However, the roles of Providence teachers and parents are unique. The teachers bring a new world to students with an exceptional teacher’s heart to reach the hearts of children and convey passion for the subjects they teach. This takes place in a cutting-edge schedule of classes. Also, particularly unique is the “co-teacher” role of the parent. On satellite campus days during the school year, parents can be found in their home continuing the teaching process with their children. During on-campus school days, parents are welcome to be involved with activities, field trips, or recesses; some parents have been seen throwing a football with students on the playground. We are a family ministry, and parents feel an open door to be a part of this wonderful time in their child’s life.

The grammar years of ABC’s and 123’s usually seem to go by fast for parents, but there is great pleasure for all in these rich school years at Providence Academy.

Kindergarden
1st
2nd
3rd
4th
5th

Kindergarten is a fun year for Providence students to explore and experience the world around them. Some of the curriculum highlights are:

A phonics program that is a learning-to-read curriculum that uses 36 carefully sequenced systematic, explicit phonics instruction to build fluent independent readers.

In math, students will start their education at an advanced pace (one grade ahead), which contains “hands-on” manipulatives. In addition, teachers add supplemental material to create a wonderful, complete program.

In Bible, we utilize curriculum to help students memorize key Bible verses through a system that incorporates auditory, visual and repetitive learning.

Students are exposed to phonetic readers and also incorporate a wide variety of outstanding classical literature in class. At home, parents continue the goal of training children to have a lifetime love for reading.

Students are introduced to Latin in kindergarten through a customized, age-appropriate curriculum.

In handwriting, students will be able to develop beautiful penmanship skills through daily practice using a scripture-based curriculum.

In addition to recess, students are able to take advantage of the many electives offered, such as PE, cheerleading, art, music, and many more.

Providence offers many field trips for students, such as theatre performances at the Walton Arts Center, local museums, the Northwest Botanical Garden, and additional events sponsored by the Parent-Teacher Association.

First Graders are expanding their horizons in a year of building on what was learned in Kindergarten at Providence. Students will continue to be introduced to classical literature, poetry, and classical masters of the time period.

Math skills continue at an advanced pace, utilizing manipulatives and customized supplemental material to ensure mastery of the material for the students.

Students expand their phonics program in first grade through a phonics program where reading, writing, spelling, grammar, and comprehension are integrated with social studies, drama, and music for a more dynamic program

In Bible, we utilize curriculum where scripture will be hidden in your child's heart and bursting out in song. From Genesis and Revelation to Psalms, Proverbs, and Jesus' parables, students read their favorite Bible stories and sing their favorite Bible songs.

Students continue their education in Latin utilizing a classical, musical-based curriculum that incorporates songs, illustrations, hand-writing practice, stories and activities for easy mastery and memorization.

In handwriting, students continue to develop beautiful penmanship skills through daily practice using a scripture-based curriculum.

In addition to recess, first-grade students are able to take advantage of the many electives offered, such as PE, cheerleading, art, music, and many more.

Providence offers many field trips for students, such as theatre performances at the Walton Arts Center, local museums, the Northwest Botanical Garden, and additional events sponsored by the Parent-Teacher Association.

In Second Grade, Providence students are becoming more independent in their education. Our rich literature program includes the reading of classics such as the Boxcar Children and Little House in the Big Woods. Phonics will continue to allow students to build their skills in reading, writing, spelling, and grammar. Students will continue to study Math, where all new concepts are developed through hands-on activities and rich mathematical conversations that actively engage students in the learning process. Concepts are developed, reviewed, and practiced over time. Students move from the concrete to the pictorial to the abstract.

In History, students begin the Trivium process of studying Ancient History. The richness of the history of the world comes to life at Providence, as students will learn key facts and timelines. Students at Providence move beyond traditional history textbooks to learn from different authors about the nomads, as well as ancient civilizations. With so many parents having learned in traditional classrooms as children, Providence 2nd grade history is truly a wonderful experience for both parents and students. In Latin, our program includes weekly lessons with a grammar skill, vocabulary words with corresponding English derivatives, a practical Latin phrase, and one line of a prayer that is learned in totality over multiple lessons. Our goal is to provide an early foundation of Latin and lay the foundation of a rigorous language arts program.

Second-grade students are able to take advantage of the many electives offered, such as PE, cheerleading, art, music, and many more.

Providence offers many field trips for students, such as theatre performances at the Walton Arts Center, local museums, the Northwest Botanical Garden, and additional events sponsored by the Parent-Teacher Association.

Providence Third Graders continue to develop more independent study skills. They are expected to begin to manage their time more efficiently, as they work through their weekly assignments. In addition, they will begin working on projects to bring their classroom subjects to life. The mathematics department curriculum continues to expand their horizons with multiplication and division.

In History, students will move into a time of studying the Roman Empire, the foundation of our democratic system by exploring the history of Greece. Also, Literature is alive and well at Providence, as students are traveling to Narnia, and many other distant lands as they explore the rich, great classical novels of the past. In grammar, students continue to learn the English language along with an understanding of how it's correctly used. Students will repeatedly practice old and new skills, developing a mastery of English in reading, writing and even thinking skills.

As a cornerstone of the Providence education, the study of Latin continues with a step beyond just an exposure to the language, it trains students in grammar, vocabulary and English derivatives in a lively, interactive way that is perfectly suited to students in the grammar stage.

In science, students learn about the human body, with an emphasis on the sense organs and how they work. Students then explore the world of plants, and later, the world of animals, becoming familiar with invertebrates and vertebrates and how to classify them. Students will "visit" the ocean, desert, pond, forest, and field, observing plants, vertebrates, and invertebrates in these environments from a Christian perspective.

In fourth grade, students continue to expand their horizons as they gain more independence in their education. In Mathematics, students continue to master their multiplication and division facts, as well as move into division algorithms, fractions, and writing numbers as improper fractions. The mathematics program Providence uses is designed for students to understand more mathematics, become more confident in doing math, and prepare them for success in the upper school courses.

The science course allows students to observe and understand in the world around them. They are able to interpret cloud formations, appreciate the miracle of plant germination, the causes of weather, and understand the ecology of the ocean.

In History, students expand their knowledge of the Middle Ages, Renaissance, and Reformation time periods through the study of the historical facts such as the barbarian invasions, European feudalism, the development of nation-states, and the rise of Christendom in Europe. The study and understanding of classical literature is also expanded through the eyes of authors such as Marguerite De Angeli, E.L. Konigsburg, Sid Fleischman, and many other great writers of the past. Latin instruction is also continued with expanded Grammar training, and students are encouraged to do more reading in Latin.Providence offers both summer introductory Latin courses for new students, as well as tutorial sessions outside of class to ensure students are able to master the material.

The study of Bible is a cornerstone of the Providence education, blended throughout all of the subjects and material. It is the goal of the academy to prepare students to possess a Biblical Worldview, as well as be able to defend their Christian faith.

Students throughout Providence are able to take advantage of the many electives offered as part of their education. A few of the elective courses are Classical Art, Spanish, Aviation, PE, Web Design, Computer Applications, and Keyboarding.

As students move into fifth grade, the curriculum continues the school’s mission to "train students in a classical education with a Biblical worldview, all to God’s glory”. Emphasis is placed upon providing students with rich and quality curriculum and instruction from our gifted college of faculty, as well as high expectations and willingness of students. Successful Providence students in the fifth grade should be able to study independently at home, and parents and students need to understand the value of a college-preparatory education.

The History curriculum is also designed to equip the students for service to God. This is achieved by teaching from a Christ-centered worldview; by providing instruction in the Christian faith; by following the classical model to develop learning, thinking, and rhetorical skills.

The “core” courses at Providence for fifth grade include history, Latin, mathematics, natural science, and Bible study. In History, students learn about early American history from the time of explorers to the foundations of the colonies. The study of Latin continues as part of the classical education atProvidence, and famous authors of the past come to life in the classroom through selected literature. Students will be able to master writing two-point expository paragraphs, as well as gain a sound base for writing three-point expository paragraphs.

In science, the course introduces students to great scientists and naturalists, as well as expands their understanding of light, energy, and minerals. In mathematics, students will learn estimation, patterns, and percentages. In addition, they will learn about square roots, unit conversions, and probability word problems. In Bible, this course will reinforce basic knowledge of the gospels: the central events, places, and themes of the ministries of Jesus, the historical framework of This remarkable period when God became man and dwelt among us.