Grades K-2 Curriculum

In grades K-2 Belmont students develop their hearts, minds, and bodies. They feast on the best of children's literature; begin arithmetic studies; study history and geography; and begin their studies of reading, spelling, penmanship, composition, and Latin. They develop courtesy and character, and learn to create beautiful art and music. The materials, below, have been carefully chosen for students grades K-2, in preparation for success in the grammar school.


English

(Literature/ Grammar/ Composition)


Great books develop character and a growth mindset. We intentionally choose books that help students:

  • Increase in wisdom and virtue,

  • Boost reading comprehension,

  • Cultivate moral courage,

  • Emulate the best writers,

  • Enrich the vocabulary, and

  • Develop cultural literacy.


In Kindergarten reading instruction and printing are taught. Grades 1 and 2 continue explicit reading instruction and begin spelling and grammar instruction. Cursive is begun in Grade 1. In grades 1-2, students learn Belmont's systematic phonics program, designed to produce early, fluent readers and good spellers.


Classic and beloved literature selections, such as the following, form the core for our K-2 literature studies:

 

Owl Moon

Stone Soup

The Story of Ping

Cordoroy

Stellaluna

The King's Highway

The Little House

Katie No-Pocket

The Tale of Peter Rabbit

The Tale of Tom Kitten

The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin

Frog and Toad are Friends

Little Bear

Tales from the Odyssey

Make Way for Ducklings

The Tailor of Gloucester

Blacky the Crow

The Family Under the Bridge 

A Bear Called Paddington

My Father's Dragon

The Tale of the Pie and the

     Patty-Pan

The Tale of Jemima

     Puddle-Duck

The Adventures of Chatterer

     the Red Squirrel

The Adventures of Happy

     Jack

Classical Spelling Method
by Classical Materials

English Grammar Recitation 

by Memoria Press

 


 

Mathematics

A solid foundation in math, including mastery of arithmetic, is the key to success in science, technology, and engineering.

Math 5/4 
by Saxon Publishers

Math 6/5 
by Saxon Publishers

 

(according to individual student level)
 

Latin

Students in grade 2 begin a gentle introduction to Latin.

Prima Latina

by Memoria Press

Science

Students develop a love of science by enjoying the beauty and wonder of the natural world. Formal science instruction begins in Grade 1.

Patterns of Nature 

by Memoria Press
 

Bible/
Christian Studies/
Penmanship

Students find peace in Christ as they learn of Him. In Bilble/Christian Studies, students explore the history, geography and teachings of the Old and New Testaments, and commit scripture to memory.

Kindergarten - Bible Stories
 

Grades 1 and 2 - The Golden Children's Bible

History/

Geography

Students learn to draw maps and become acquainted with stories of  the great men and women in world and American history through a variety of literature selections.

Beginning in Grade 1:

Greek Myths

by Ingri d'Aulaire, Edgar Parin d'Aulaire 

Music

Music is a universal language of enormous power. Mathematical at its base, it develops the mental abilities of students while enriching the soul.

Our sequential music program instills a love of music in each student. Our music curriculum includes music theory, with the training of the voice as a primary instrument.

*Specific curriculum materials will change as we continuously improve while staying anchored to our mission.

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