Curriculum

 REGINA ANGELORUM ACADEMY

CURRICULUM FRAMEWORK

It is the Mission of Regina Angelorum Academy to promote and nurture the intellectual growth and talents of elementary school children through the time-tested classical liberal arts course of study.  Students study and learn in a wholesome and rigorous academic environment.  The Catholic faculty integrates the Magisterial teaching, Scripture and Tradition of the Catholic Church throughout the curriculum.  In partnership with their families, boys and girls are taught to be effective Catholic citizens and leaders.  They are taught to know, love and serve God and neighbor, aware of their ultimate purpose in life – eternal happiness with God in Heaven.

The fundamental principles of classical education are based on practical wisdom that has been the foundation of Catholic education from the beginning.  The keystone of classical education is the Trivium which simply recognizes the natural development of a child.  These can be thought of as the knowledge, understanding and wisdom stages of human development.  “The Trivium applies in nearly every educational sphere because it accounts for the entire range of what education is supposed to do: The learner must acquire information, grasp it intellectually, and use it purposefully.”[i]  Sometimes these three development phases are termed the grammar, logic and rhetoric stages of learning.

 

Core Curriculum

 

At Regina Angelorum Academy, the core curriculum includes the five subject areas of English, math, history and geography, science, Latin, music and the arts.  English starts with early, systematic phonics instruction.  Reading, especially the classics, and writing are central to our program and critical to developing the articulation and learning skills that are so vital for success in today’s society.

 

The Catholic Faith is the foundation on which all course work rests and it is a part of its exposition.  All branches of knowledge are connected together because they are intimately united to the work of our Creator.  Catholic truth, therefore, will complete the appreciation of each subject and demonstrate the wholeness of that truth.  For example, history will focus on God’s plan of salvation.  Science will place emphasis on what the natural world tells us about God.  Reading and writing assignments will include the lives of the saints.  Art and music will focus on the sacred as well as the secular.

 

 

Grammar Stage

Grades 1 – 4

“What”

Knowledge Base

Direct Instruction

Building the Foundation

Logic/Dialectic Stage

Grade 5 – 8

“How”   “Why”

Understanding

Socractic Dialogue

Using Knowledge to Reason and seek truth and reason.

 

 

 

Developing the Foundation of Knowledge

Cognitive Taxonomy

Knowledge

Comprehension

Description Recalling or remembering something without necessarily understanding, using or changing it. Understanding something that has been communicated without necessarily relating it to anything else.
Skills Define, describe, identify, label, list, match, memorize, observe, point to, read, recite, recall, re-tell, select, state. Alter, account for, annotate, calculate, change, convert, dictate, group, explain, generalize, give examples, illustrate, infer, interpret, paraphrase, review, summarize, and translate.
Grades

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

Assessments

Iowa Achievement Test

Iowa Achievement Test

Iowa Achievement Test

Iowa Achievement Test

Evaluation Tools

Student Portfolios

 

Student Portfolios

 

Student Portfolios

 

Student Portfolios

 

History  Foundations of Civilization:

The Fertile Cresent, Sumeria, Egypt, Phonecians

The Story of the World: History for the Classical Child,  Vol. 1, The Ancient World, Susan Wise Bauer

The Classical World: Greece and Rome

 

The Story of the World: History for the Classical Child, Vol. 1 The Ancient World, Susan Wise Bauer

Middle Ages

The Story of the World: History for the Classical Child, Vol. 2: The Middle Ages, Susan Wise Bauer

Famous Men of the Middle Ages, John Haaren

Age of Exploration

The Age of Exploration, American Pioneers, Patriots and Founding Fathers

Pioneers and Patriots, Most Rev. Phillip J. Furlong

Literature Note: the lists are illustrative, not definitive or complete. Every grade will memorize select poems. Aesop’s Fables, Hans Christian Andersen’s Fairy Tales, The Story of Babar, Madeline Books.

The Land of Counterpane,Where Go the Boats, The Swing,  Foreign Lands, Robert Louis Stevenson

The Tales Of Peter Rabbit,  The Velveteen Rabbit,The Hundred Dresses, Daulaire’s Greek Myths, Mr. Popper’s Penguins.

Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening, Robert Frost

Psalm 100, The Bible

Land of Storybooks, Robert Louis Stevenson

Song of Mr. Toad, Kenneth Grahame

 

Amelia Bedelia, The Trumpet of the Swan, Pippi Longstocking Books,  Charlotte’s Web, Noah’s Ark, Abel’s Island.

The Village Blacksmith, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The Children’s Hour, Heny Wadsworth Longfellow

The Flag Goes By, William Holcomb Bennet

 

Percy Winn Series, Fr. Finn Francis,

St. Isaac and the Indians, Fr. Lomask;

Outlaws of Ravenhurst, Sr. Imelda Wallace

Columbus, Joaquin Miller

Spring, Alfred Lord Tennyson

Bruce and the Spider, Author unknown

Psalm 145

Language Arts and English Shurley Grammar;

Phonics/Spelling-Spalding’s Writing Road to Reading;

Sentence construction

Print handwriting

Shurley Grammar;

Phonics/Spelling-Spalding’s Writing Road to Reading;

Sentence and paragraph construction

 Cursive handwriting

Shurley Grammar;

Phonics/Spelling-Spalding’s Writing Road to Reading;

Sentence and paragraph construction

 Cursive handwriting

Shurley  Grammar;

Spelling-Spalding’s Writing Road to Reading

Composition using Institute for Excellence in Writing

Cursive handwriting

Catholic Faith Baltimore Catechism; Faith & Life Series Baltimore Catechism; Faith & Life Series Baltimore Catechism; Faith & Life Series Baltimore Catechism and  The Lives of the Saints
Mathematics Saxon Math (levels vary) Saxon Math (levels vary) Saxon Math (levels vary) Saxon Math (levels vary)
Science Elemental Science Grammar Stage  Series Elemental Science Grammar Stage Series Experimental investigation; Macmillan/McGraw Hill series Experimental investigation; Macmillan/McGraw Hill series
Latin Song School Latin 1 Song School Latin 2  Latina Christiana 1 Latina Christiana 1
Art and Music Theory, Drawing, Painting, Chorus Theory, Drawing, Painting, Chorus Theory, Drawing,Painting, Chorus Theory, DrawingPainting, Chorus
Physical Activity PE once/week; two recesses PE once/week; two recesses PE once/week; two recesses PE once/week; two recesses

 

LOGIC / DIALECTIC

Developing Understanding and Analysis

Cognitive Taxonomy

Application

Analysis

Description Using a general concept to solve problems in a particular situation; using learned material in new and concrete situations. Breaking something down into its parts; may focus on identification of parts and analysis of relationships between parts or recognition of organizational principles.
Skills Apply, adopt, collect, construct, demonstrate, discover, illustrate, infer, outline, point out, select, separate, sort, and subdivide. Analyze, compare, contrast, diagram, differentiate, dissect, distinguish, identify, illustrate, infer, outline, paraphrase, point out, review, select, separate , sort, and subdivide
Grades

5th

6th

7th

8th

Assessments

Iowa Achievement Test

Iowa Achievement Test

Iowa Achievement Test

Iowa Achievement Test

Evaluation Tools

Student Portfolios

Student Portfolios

 

Student Portfolios

 

Student Portfolios

History 

Integrated History & Literature program using the Catholic Text Book Project:

5th Grade: Sea to Shining Sea- Founding of the United States to the Civil War

6th Grade: All Ye Lands- Origins of world culture: pre-history through the Middle Ages

7th Grade: Light to the Nations 1- The Incarnation to the threshold of the Enlightenment

8th Grade: Light to the Nations 2- The Enlightenment to the Modern World

Literature Note: the lists are illustrative, not definitive or complete. Every grade will memorize select poems. Little Women, The Secret Garden, Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes, Canterbury Tales, Johnny Tremain, Tales from Shakespeare, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Sarah Plain and Tall, Great Classical Myths, The Red Badge of Courage, Great Expectations,  The Light in the Forest, The Gift of the Magi, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Sounder,   Screwtape Letters.
Language Arts and English Shurley Grammar;

Composition using Institute for Excellence in Writing; 

Cursive handwriting

Shurley Grammar ;

Composition using Institute for Excellence in Writing;

 Cursive handwriting

Shurley Grammar;

Composition using Institute for Excellence in Writing;

 Cursive handwriting

Shurley Grammar;

Composition using Institute for Excellence in Writing; 

Cursive handwriting

Catholic Faith Baltimore Catechism; Faith & Life Baltimore Catechism; Faith & Life The Catechism of the Catholic Church; The Bible Timeline; various supplementary readings The Catechism of the Catholic Church; The Bible Timeline; various supplementary readings
Mathematics Saxon Math (levels vary) Saxon Math (levels vary)   Pre-Algebra      Algebra
Science Experimental investigation; Macmillan/McGraw Hill series Experimental investigation; Macmillan/McGraw Hill series Life Science Earth Science
Latin Latina Christiana II Lingua Latina  Lingua Latina Lingua Latina
Logic

Introductory Logic

Introductory Logic

Art and Music Theory, Drawing, Painting Chorus Theory, Drawing, Painting, Chorus Theory, Drawing, Painting, Chorus Theory, Drawing,Painting, Chorus
Physical Activity PE once/week; two recesses PE once/week; two recesses PE once/week; two recesses PE once/week; two recesses

 

 Classical Education- The Movement Sweeping America, Gene E. Veith Jr. and Andrew Kem, Capital Research Center, 2001, p. 13