COLM CILLE CLUB
Get from Sandy and Melinda. Explain here the crossover from 3rd to 4th grade?
In 4th grade CCC students begin.
LOWER SCHOOL CURRICULUM
MEMORY WORK/HISTORY CLASS
Elementary students in the Colm Cille Club follow a “spine” of shared material which covers English and Poetry, Catechism, Science, Art, Music, History, Geography, Math, and Latin and incorporates the Classically Catholic Memory program. History follows a three-year cycle: Ancient, Medieval, and Modern.
Elementary students learn to memorize, present and recite before others, and work together in a group setting. Each week they participate in a hands-on science lab and receive instruction in music and the fine arts.
CATECHESIS OF THE GOOD SHEPHERD
After three years in Level 1 atrium, the children enter the Level 2 Atrium. Level 2 (ages 6-9) continues the reflection on the "moment of gift" and begins to awaken in the child the question of their personal response. The controlling image is Christ the True Vine, and the History of the Kingdom of God. The child begins to discover the vast cosmic history of God's plan of salvation and that they have something to contribute to it. Moral sensitivity/awareness begins here and grows with the presentations of Jesus' Maxims, Moral Parables, and Reconciliation. The child's desire to carry out the requests of the Good Shepherd naturally flow from the relationship of loving trust that was established in
the previous level. FIrst Communion preparation is offered to all children of the co-op who have been in the program at least two years. We have a First Communion Mass every other year. For more information, please click here.
CCC does not currently offer a Level 3 Atrium, but intends to do so in the future. Students in grade 5 participate in a weekly Catechism class called Catlab, where they learn from visiting priests and religious and engage in lively discussions about their faith. Grade 5 uses the Faith and Life student text for Grade 5: Credo: I Believe.
Beginning in fourth grade students will begin instruction in writing at co-op, mastering the art of narrative and descriptive paragraph writing based on a literature list related to the history time period of the year. Students receive weekly writing assignments which they can turn in for feedback from their teacher.
Science at Colm Cille Club is taught in a three year cycle using memory work from the Classically Catholic Memory curriculum. In Year One, students explore plant and animal life. Year Two covers earth science and astronomy, and Year Three explores the basics of chemistry and physics. Each week students participate in hands-on lab experiments. Older students learn to keep nature journals, write a lab report, and even complete dissections.
Students from Kindergarten to second grade continue their study of music and movement, and begin their study of harmony and Gregorian chant. Using bells and other instruments, children learn basic chord patterns and accompaniments. Singing simple partner songs and rounds, they develop their ability to sing in parts.
Students from grades three to five have the opportunity to participate in a Ward Method Gregorian chant class taught by Dr. Jennifer Donelson, Director of Sacred
Music at St. Joseph's Seminary. The Ward Method is a comprehensive music education method, developed by Catholic convert Justine Ward in the 1920s. The method has as its goals the education of the child in the beauty of the Church’s sacred music, and helping children participate well in the sacred liturgy through the singing of Gregorian chant. The method incorporates ear training so that children are able to both intelligently hear and sing written music at sight, as well as a thorough grounding in musical notation which lends itself to other musical studies. Each student learns to match pitch and sing with good vocal technique. Games which develop composition and improvisation skills are incorporated
All students in grades 4-8 may participate in an annual Shakespeare production led by professional theater instructors. Performances have included Macbeth, As You Like It, and A Midsummer Night's Dream, among others.
First through fourth grade Art will explore the evolution of Art from pre-Historic times to the Roman Empire using our own Art History curriculum.
On co-op day, students will become familiar with and further their understanding of the seven elements of art: line, shape, form, space, value, texture, and color as they develop their drawing and painting skills.