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Grades 4-5 Curriculum

Belmont students in grades 6-8 are increasingly ready to use the knowledge they have acquired in previous grades. They practice using correct grammar to express logical, reasoned thought; they apply arithmetic to solve abstract problems; they make connections; they compare and contrast concepts; and they predict cause and effect as they continue to seek the good, the true, and the beautiful. The materials, below, have been carefully chosen for students grades 6-8, as they prepare for high school and become leaders, influencers, and doers.


Belmont Classical Academy Curriculum, Grades  4-5

English Studies

(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.


English grammar, usage, and composition are taught each year. The ability to write with clarity, beauty, and power is further developed by our logic and rhetoric courses in the high school grades.

The Bronze Bow by Elizabeth George Speare
Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
The Lion, the Witch, & the Wardrobe
by C. S. Lewis
Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
Little Britches by Ralph Moody
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
by Mark Twain
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
by William Shakespeare
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

Classical Composition series
by Memoria Press
English Grammar Recitation
by Memoria Press


 

Mathematics

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

Math 6/5 
by Saxon Publishers
Math 7/6 
by Saxon Publishers
Math 8/7 
by Saxon Publishers
Algebra 1/2 
by Saxon Publishers
Algebra 1 
by Saxon Publishers
Algebra 2 

by Saxon Publishers
 

(according to individual student level)
 

Latin

Latin trains the mind. Students who study Latin develop mental discipline, precision, and word power. As students systematically learn the structure of this extraordinary language, their thinking becomes more organized and their writing abilities mature.

First Form Latin 

by Memoria Press


Second Form Latin 

by Memoria Press

Science

Students develop a love of science by enjoying the beauty and wonder of the natural world. As they carefully observe, they learn to classify, experiment, and expand their knowlege of morphology, physiology, habitats, and other aspects of science.

Introduction to Botany
The Book of Trees 

by Memoria Press
Physical Science

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, commit scripture to memory, and continually improve penmanship.

KJV Bible - New Testament
Christian Studies III 

by Memoria Press
Christian Studies IV

by Memoria Press

History/

Geography

A free society remains free as long as its people govern themselves with wisdom and moral purpose. From Greece and Rome, America's founders learned principles of self-government, and how to apply reason, wisdom, and virtue in the pursuit of happiness. We study Greece and Rome, today, for the same purpose.

The Book of the Ancient World
by Dorothy Mills
The Children’s Homer 

by Padraic Colum
The Book of the Ancient Greeks
by Dorothy Mills
The Book of the Ancient Romans

by Dorothy Mills
The Story of the Thirteen Colonies and the Great Republic 

by H. A. Guerber

US Geography and World Geography
by Memoria Press

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.