Upper Grammar Students
The Upper Grammar School serves grades 4 through 6. Meeting weekly, this school is designed to compliment and guide existing homeschool programs. The Master’s Study focuses heavily on the elements of Humane Letters – history, literature, writing – and begins to expose students to other classical elements such as Latin, science, art, and music. Students will see a noticeable increase in writing and reading demands for their assignments in the Upper Grammar School.
Upper Grammar students travel to each of their five 45-minute classes and one 90-minute Humane Letters class:
- Science – focus on nature studies and exploration
- Recitation with Dictation – development of early writing & oratory skills
- Latin – introduction to Latin vocabulary, grammatical concepts, and derivatives
- Art – development of art technique, exploration of mediums, art concepts, and history
- Choir – includes music appreciation and performance elements for one public performance annually
- Humane Letters is a 90-minute class which weaves together topics in history and her subsets, literature, and writing.
- Literature choices are driven by the period of history under study.
- Writing elements of the program use the exercises and methods associated with the Progymnasmata.
- Families may choose to review a booklist for a fuller picture of this program.
All classes are staffed with a lead teacher; classroom size is capped in order to maximize the student experience. Families with 4th grade students might want to review the Student Readiness document to gauge their student’s readiness. In addition, the transition from 4th to 5th grade is one to carefully evaluate as well.
For a better understanding of the student, parent/teacher, and TMS teacher/tutor relationship in the Upper Grammar school, please review the Parent and Student Expectations document.