Grades 4-5 Curriculum

In grades 4-5 Belmont students develop their hearts, minds, and bodies. They feast on the best of children's literature; master arithmetic; study history and geography; and practice 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 4-5, in preparation for success in upper grades.
 


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.


English grammar, usage, and composition are taught each year. In grades 4-5, students learn Belmont's systematic phonics program, designed to produce early, fluent readers and good spellers.


Aesop's Favorite Fables

Little House in the Big Woods

Just So Stories

Farmer Boy

Charlotte's Web

The Cricket in Times Square

 

The Sign of the Beaver

The Story of Doctor Doolittle

Lassie Come-Home

Caddie Woodlawn

Justin Morgan Had a Horse

The Boy Who Fell off the     

      Mayflower

The Blue Fairy Book

Adam of the Road

The Adventures of Robin

     Hood

King Arthur and His Knights

     of the Round Table

Classical Spelling Method by Classical Materials

 

English Grammar Recitation by Memoria Press

Classical Composition 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 begin Latin in third grade. As they systematically learn the structure of this extraordinary language, their thinking becomes more organized and their writing abilities mature.

Latina Christiana  and Prima Latina

by Memoria Press

Science

Students develop a love of science by enjoying the beauty and wonder of the natural world.

The Book of Astronomy 

by Memoria Press

 

The World of Mammals by Memoria Press

 

What's That Bird? 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.

KJV Bible - New Testament
 

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.

Greek Myths

by Ingri d'Aulaire, Edgar Parin d'Aulaire 

Story of the World: Ancient Times by Susan Wise Bauer

Famous Men of Rome by Memoria Press

Story of the World: Early Modern Times by Susan Wise Bauer

Guns for General Washington: A Story of the American Revolution by Reit

Ben and Me by Lawson

Famous Men of the Middle Ages by Memoria Press

Story of the World: The Middle Ages by Susan Wise Bauer

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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