It is the aim 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. Students 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.” Sometimes these three development phases are termed the grammar, logic, and rhetoric stages of learning.

Our Classical Curriculum

At Regina Angelorum Academy, the core curriculum includes the 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 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.

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. 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

Narration

Socratic Dialogue

Building the Foundation

Logic/Dialectic Stage

Grades 5 – 8

“How” and “Why”

Understanding

Narration

Direct Instruction

Socratic Dialogue

Using Knowledge to Reason and Seek Truth

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 Assessment

Cognitive Abilities Assessment

Iowa Assessment

Cognitive Abilities Assessment

Iowa Assessment

Cognitive Abilities Assessment

Iowa Assessment

Cognitive Abilities Assessment

Evaluation Tools

Student Portfolios

Student Portfolios

Student Portfolios

Student Portfolios

History

Ancient History: Cradle of Civilization and Egypt.

Historical fiction

Ancient History: Greece and Rome

Historical fiction

Middle Ages- Age of

Exploration

Historical fiction

Early American History

Historical fiction

Literature

Note: the lists are illustrative, not definitive or complete. Every grade will memorize select poems.

Aesop’s Fables

Hans Christian Andersen’s and Grimm’s Fairy Tales

Beatrix Potter stories

Catholic Children’s Treasure Box stories

American Tall Tales

Greek and Roman Mythology

Billy and Blaze Series

King of the Golden City

The Family Under the Bridge

The Little House

Tommie de Paola books

The Trumpet of the Swan Charlotte’s Web

Little House on the Prairie Books

Paddle to the Sea

St. Benedict

Peter Pan

The Jungle Book

Heidi

Treasure Island

A Tree for Peter

Percy Wynn Series

St. Therese

Language Arts

Shurley Grammar;

Explicit Phonics Instruction using an Orton-Gillingham based program.

Composition using Institute for Excellence in Writing

Poetry

Print handwriting

Shurley Grammar;

Explicit Phonics Instruction using an Orton-Gillingham based program.

Composition using

Institute for Excellence in Writing

Poetry

Cursive handwriting

Shurley and Fix It!Grammar

Explicit Phonics Instruction using an Orton-Gillingham based program

Composition using Institute for Excellence in Writing

Poetry

Cursive handwriting

Shurley Grammar;

Spelling using Just Words

Composition using Institute for Excellence in Writing

Poetry

Cursive handwriting

Catholic Faith

Baltimore Catechism

Lives of the Saints

Faith & Life

Education in Virtue

Participation in the Sacramental life of the school.

Baltimore Catechism

Lives of the Saints

Faith & Life

Education in Virtue

Participation in the Sacramental life of the school.

Baltimore Catechism

Lives of the Saints

Faith & Life Series

Education in Virtue

Participation in the Sacramental life of the school.

Baltimore Catechism

Lives of the Saints

Faith and Life Series

Education in Virtue

Participation in the Sacramental life of the school.

Mathematics

Saxon Math 2

Saxon Math 3

Saxon Math 4

Saxon Math 5/4 or 6/5

Science

Developmental Biology—Describing the Life Stages of Human Beings

Botany—Observing Trees

Earth and Space—Exploring Sunlight, Water, and Soil

Zoology—Investigating Animals and Their Habitats

Anatomy—Discovering What Is Inside Our Bodies

Entomology—Examining Characteristics of Insects

Physics—Investigating the Physical Properties of Matter

Geology—Observing Rocks and Minerals

Physics—Investigating Forces and Work

Physics—Examining Simple Machines

Physics—Exploring Sound and Light

Ornithology—Investigating Birds

Astronomy—Exploring Our Solar System

Chemistry—Investigating Elements and Compounds

Physics—Observing Physical Changes

Meteorology—Investigating Changes in Our Atmosphere

Geology—Exploring the Earth’s Structure

Botany—Examining the Structure and Function of Parts of Seed Plants

Zoology—Investigating Amphibians and Reptiles

Biology—Exploring the Characteristics of Cells

Botany—Examining and Classifying Plants

Zoology—Investigating Characteristics of Animals

Ecology—Examining Ecosystems

Physics—Exploring Energy

Physics—Investigating Electricity

Latin

Song School Latin 1

Song School Latin 1

Song School Latin 2

Latin for Children: Primer A

Art

Artist study

Art Theory

Drawing, painting, and other artistic techniques

Artist study

Art Theory

Drawing, painting, and other artistic techniques

Artist study

Art Theory

Drawing, painting, and other artistic techniques

Artist study

Art Theory

Drawing, painting, and other artistic techniques

Music

Composer study

Music appreciation and theory Ward Method* of choral singing

Composer study

Music appreciation and theory Ward Method* of choral singing

Composer study

Music appreciation and theory Ward Method* of choral singing

Composer study

Music appreciation and theory Ward Method* of choral singing

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

Greece and Rome

Medieval and Renaissance

Reformation and

Enlightenment

Civil War to WWII

Literature and Poetry

Note: the lists are illustrative, not definitive or complete. Every grade will memorize select poems.

Little Women, Beowulf, The Secret Garden, The Whipping Boy, Johnny Tremain, Tales from Shakespeare, Chronicles of Narnia, Greek and Roman Myths, The Red Badge of Courage, Animal Farm, The Light in the Forest, The Gift of the Magi, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Sounder, The Hobbit, Where the Red Fern Grows, Anne of Green Gables, Canterbury Tales, Outlaws of Ravenhurst, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, To Kill a Mockingbird, Lives of the Saints, Shakespeare, Treasure Island, Fierce

A variety of classical poems are memorized throughout the year.

Language Arts

Fix It! Grammar

Composition using Institute for Excellence in Writing

Cursive handwriting

Spelling

Fix It! Grammar

Composition using Institute for Excellence in Writing

Cursive handwriting

Spelling

Fix It! Grammar

Composition using Institute for Excellence in Writing

Cursive handwriting

Spelling

Fix It! Grammar

Composition using Institute for Excellence in Writing

Cursive handwriting

Spelling

Catholic Faith

Introduction to Sacred

Old Testament Scripture: The Bible Timeline

Faith & Life Series

Education in Virtue

Lives of the Saints

Sacraments, Ten Commandments and the Creed

Faith & Life Series

Education in Virtue

Lives of the Saints

New Testament and the Person of Jesus Christ

Faith and Life Series

Education in Virtue

Lives of the Saints

The Church: Living as an

Intentional Disciple of Christ

Faith and Life Series

Education in Virtue

Lives of the Saints

Mathematics

Saxon Math 6/5 or 7/6

Saxon Math 7/6 or Saxon Algebra 1/2

Saxon Algebra ½ or Algebra 1

Algebra 1 or Geometry

Science

Astronomy—Exploring the Universe

Chemistry—Examining the Structure of Matter

Chemistry—Investigating Matter and Its Interactions

Environmental Science—Examining the Interactions of the Earth’s Systems

Physics—Exploring Forces and Motion

Engineering—Investigating Tools and Machines

Earth Science

Demonstrations and Experimental investigation

Physical Science

Demonstrations and Experimental Investigation

Life Science

Demonstrations and Experimental Investigation

Latin

Latin for Children Primer B

Lingua Latina

Lingua Latina

Lingua Latina

Art

Artist study

Art Theory

Drawing, painting, and other artistic techniques

Artist study

Art Theory

Drawing, painting, and other artistic techniques

Artist study

Art Theory

Drawing, painting, and other artistic techniques

Artist study

Art Theory

Drawing, painting, and other artistic techniques

Music

Composer study

Music appreciation and theory

Ward Method* of choral singing

Composer study

Music appreciation and theory

Ward Method of choral singing

Composer study

Music appreciation and theory

Ward Method of choral singing

Composer study

Music appreciation and theory

Ward Method of choral singing

Physical Activity

PE once/week; two recesses daily

PE once/week;two recesses daily

PE once/week; two recesses daily

PE once/week; two recesses daily

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

*The Ward Method of Music Instruction is classical pedagogy for students in Pre-Kindergarten through Eighth Grade. It is unique in that it is a progressive program of music instruction encompassing modern music theory as well as Gregorian chant.