Get from Sandy and Melinda. Explain here the crossover from 3rd to 4th grade?
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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.
Children in the K class begin their studies together in a fun and nurturing environment. As they sing skip-counting songs, memorize simple poems and Latin prayers, and study important figures and events throughout history, they also practice taking turns and listening to others, and learn to love learning! The K class prepares for first Communion using the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd in our Atrium.
First and Second Graders
Second and third graders in the Colm Cille Club continue their study of faith and the world and begin their study of Latin and Greek. Each week they review memory work and practice reciting and presenting for one another. From world geography to a 150-item timeline of history, second and third graders soak up knowledge like sponges! They also receive their spiritual formation in the atrium.
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 third grade students will begin instruction in writing at co-op. Third graders complete short exercises in narration and dictation in class. In fourth and fifth grade students spend an hour in writing class, mastering the art of paragraph writing, diagramming sentences, building their vocabularies, and learning how to self edit. 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 weekly theater classes with a trained actor from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. CCC puts on a Shakespeare play every spring. In March 2019, CCC students put on an abridged version of Macbeth. In 2020, they will perform As You Like It.
Kindergarten through 5th Grade Art will explore the evolution of Art from pre-Historic times to the Roman Empire. While focusing on a variety of media, students will have the opportunity to identify great works of art while creating their own. Through historically inspired projects, students will become familiar with and further their understanding of the seven elements of art: line, shape, form, space, value, texture, and color.
CurriculumThe curriculum format aligns with CCC’s study of ancient civilizations through the Greek and Roman Empires. Inspired by the works of master artists the
children will gain a better grasp of the historical and cultural context in which art evolved throughout antiquity.
A focus on the seven principles of art are incorporated with each lesson. Guided by our tutors who place emphasis on beauty meaning and creativity into each project, each child is encouraged to make his/her work a unique composition, connecting with its source.