The Grammar School includes Kindergarten through 5th Grade, and priority during these years is given to reading, writing, grammar and math. These years are a time of wonder and excitement as our teachers strive to develop in students a deep love of learning. Classical education teaches a child how to learn, and reading is particularly important because classical education places great weight on the written word. In addition, both classical education and the UMS approach emphasize the development of wisdom and virtuous character.
This stage focuses on the fundamental facts and rules of a subject along with discovering and ordering basic information on a subject. Because young students’ minds function like sponges with the ability to soak up a great deal of information, there is much emphasis on exposure to facts in this stage of learning. Teaching methods such as singing, chanting, and recitation are utilized when presenting facts, appealing to children in this age range. Hands-on projects and manipulatives are also utilized in the grammar stage to provide greater opportunity for discovery.