To provide an opportunity for students to acquire a high degree of academic excellence, to inspire a passion for Gods truth, to train students to think critically from a biblical framework, and encourage independent learning.
Repetitio mater memoriae “Repetition is the mother of memory”
Knowledge is the foundation for any student who wants to build complex, critical, and relevant opinions. Knowledge is obtained through memorization. And if you cannot immediately recall your knowledge, then it is useless. Here is a quote by Socrates on the importance of memorization:
“...this discovery of yours will create forgetfulness in the learners’ souls, because they will not use their memories; they will trust to the external written characters and not remember of themselves. The specific which you have discovered is an aid not to memory, but to reminiscence, and you give your disciples not truth, but only the semblance of truth; they will be hearers of many things and will have learned nothing; they will appear to be omniscient and will generally know nothing; they will be tiresome company, having the show of wisdom without the reality.”
Legacy students memorize information in all the grades. However, in K-5, students have a special block time once a week dedicated to singing, chanting, and moving around as they memorize everything from math facts to Latin charts. This not only builds community between ages/grades, but the kids have fun learning. And, hopefully, they won’t fall into the trap of “forgetfulness in the learners’ souls”.
Saxon Math™ is the nation’s most comprehensive and most thoroughly researched homeschool math program, with more than 30 years of proven success. Saxon Math for Grades K-12 is based on the teaching principles of incremental development, continual practice and review, and cumulative assessment. Students who have used this program receive consistently high scores on standardized math tests.
K-3 uses manipulatives to teach basic concepts, plus geometry, patterns, and time. Math 5/4-8/7 transitions students for the use of textbooks, plus algebraic and geometric reasoning. High school texts prepare students for college, from Algebra 1 to Calculus.
REGARDING HIGH SCHOOL MATHETATICS
Saxon took an approach that, while common to other countries, is uncommon in the United States. They integrated algebra, geometry, and trigonometry into three textbooks, titled Algebra 1, Algebra 2, and Advanced Mathematics. Most high schools teach one course in algebra, then geometry, then return to algebra. Legacy chooses the Saxon “Classic Edition” approach. We spend two years in Advanced Mathematics.
Geometry is scattered throughout Algebra 1 and 2. By the time students have completed both books they will have studied about one semester’s worth of geometry. They complete their geometry requirement with the Advanced Mathematics book.
Algebra 2 Third Edition covers standard second-year algebra topics, although its inclusion of a significant amount of trigonometry is not a standard feature of all second year courses.
Advanced Math includes the equivalent of the second half of geometry, plus advanced algebra, pre-calculus, and trigonometry. In the revised second edition, much of the geometry was moved to the front of the book rather than being spread out. This should make it easier for students who need to get through the geometry in preparation for PSAT tests in their junior year. In addition geometric proofs are taught early on, then used throughout the first half of the book. Among other topics covered are logarithms, conic sections, functions, matrices, and statistics. This text moves even more into the theoretical math realm than do earlier Saxon texts.
By the time students complete Saxon’s Advanced Mathematics, they should be on a par with students who have completed a pre-calculus course.
Calculus will incrementally build and reinforce their knowledge through continual practice and review. Following a condensed summary of key algebra, trigonometry, and analytic geometry topics, students explore limits, functions, and the differentiation and integration of variables.
K-5: Students use memory work, copy work, discussion and labs to experience the world around us. Unlike traditional classic schools that focus on one domain such as a year of Astronomy, Legacy breaks the year into four domains (Life, Earth, Physical, and Human Anatomy) and focus on each domain for nine-week cycles. Each level provides a deeper understanding than the year before.
Students in grades 6 and up will take a variety of the following courses: General Science, Earth Science, Life Science, Physical Science, Biology, Marine Biology, Chemistry 1, Chemistry 2, Physics 1, Physics 2, and Advanced Physics.
At Legacy Classical Christian Academy, teachers teach using the Young Earth philosophy: the world was created by God in six twenty-four hour days and He rested on the seventh. Families do not have to be Creationists to attend Legacy; however, out of respect for all our Christian brother and sisters, it is important we are transparent on how the school approaches this topic.
Including handwriting, reading acquisition, spelling, genre writing, literature, grammar, and speaking skills, Legacy Classical Christian Academy strives to adopt curriculum that will allow the average child to excel and the gifted child to be challenged while staying true to a classical method of learning. We have adopted the following programs that are appropriately sequenced throughout the school years.
- Handwriting without Tears
- All About Reading and All About Spelling
- Institute for Excellence in Writing
- First Language Lessons and Shurley English 2013
- The Lost Tools of Writing
- Teaching the Classics
- Progeny Press Study Guides
Literature books for grades K-3 are fun, early childhood classics and on level with current national standards. Literature books for grades 4 has students reading both award winning novels as well as novels that parallel the historical time period in which students are studying.
Students in grades K and 1 learn the history of the holidays we celebrate as well as dive into American history. Students learn through song, make butter, and enjoy hands-on activities.
Between grades 2 and 6, students learn major historical events and people from Creation to the present. At the core of each year are the history cards, beautifully illustrated with famous artwork and containing informative text. The cards are arranged as a timeline to illustrate the flow of history. This timeline integrates Bible history as well as non-Biblical history to help students understand the intersection between Scripture and history. Each year, students memorize 32 famous people and events as a timeline.
UPPER LEVEL HUMANITIES
Logic and Rhetoric students attend an intentionally created block called Humanities. This 2 1/2 hour, 2 day a week course covers genre writing (progymnasmata), literature, history, and theology.
Beginning around the age of 12 (traditionally 7th grade), students are enrolled into Logic School. These students use Notgrass Publishers Civics and World History textbooks as a springboard for learning. Students begin to dig deeply into formal logic studies and more demanding Latin translations.
Beginning around the age of 14 (traditionally 9th grade), students are enrolled into Rhetoric School.
Rhetoric School students are exposed to a wide variety of literary classics. Each year, students will read literature that supports the historical time period in which they are studying. Using the Veritas Press Omnibus textbooks as the educational springboard, students will read 8-12 Great Books. Each chapter in the Omnibus text examine[s] the author, context, significance, main characters, summary and setting, worldview, and provide[s] an in-depth essay analyzing and teaching the important points of the work. Chapters conclude with cultural analysis, biblical analysis, application, summa questions, recitation comprehension questions, lateral thinking, review questions, and evaluation questions.
Each year of Rhetoric, students engage in listening, viewing, reading and speaking activities with an emphasis in the importance of understanding presuppositionalism, evaluating worldview, and having a Christo-centric understanding of the world.
In keeping with our desire to allow the average child to excel and the gifted child challenged while staying true to a classical method of learning, we do not read all the books that Omnibus suggests.
LATIN AND LOGIC
Students at Legacy begin learning Latin in Kindergarten using Classical Academic Press Song School Latin curriculum. Fun songs and games help them with conjugation and declension chants. The purpose of Latin in K-4 is to demystify the language and make it engaging. Next, students use CAPs Latin for Children Books A, B, and C. Excelling students will be able to translate and understand a small Latin Reader by the end of Book B.
Logic school students new to Legacy are placed in an introductory Latin course.
Advanced Logic students (traditionally 8th grade), first year Rhetoric students (traditionally 9th grade), or Rhetoric students new to the school, will begin CAPs Latin Alive! Book 1. The Latin Alive! series is based on teaching the grammar of Latin systematically, rather than topically, in order to increase retention, understanding, and translation. Featuring original Latin texts from writers and poets, students are provided the opportunity to translate them.
During the students Advanced Logic year, they begin systematically learning the subject of logic through the use of The Art of Argument by Aaron Larson. Beginning Rhetoric students continue their studies through the use of The Discovery of Deduction by Joelle Hodge. By the end of these two years, students will leave with an in-depth study of the classical syllogism. Along with a basic understanding of the Christian theory of knowledge, the text presents the four kinds of logical statements, the four ways propositions can be opposite, the three ways in which they can be equivalent, and the seven rules for the validity of syllogisms.