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Grammar (grades 1-4)

In the homeschool, the grammar years are when parents help students grow in mastery of their native tongue. Every subject has its grammar: rules, facts, dates, stories. In the Grammar stage, capitalizing on students' incredible capacity to memorize, teachers focus on developing a mastery of the basics and fundamental rules for each subject.

At Greenhouse, the four core courses for Grammar students are:

  • History & Literature
  • Art
  • Science, and
  • Performing Arts. 

Each year all of our Grammar and Logic students study the same time period, but each level focuses on different aspects of that time period and develops different intellectual skills. 

The four time periods are:

  1. Antiquities - Creation to AD 476
  2. Medieval/Renaissance - 400-1650
  3. Reformation/Early Modern - 1500-1815
  4. Modern/Contemporary - 1800 to present

Students should expect 2-4 hours of homework per week. If a family does nothing other than attend and prepare for classes in Art, Performing Arts, and Science, the students will receive a solid education in those areas.  

We recommend that families supplement History and Literature with additional readings and projects.

The core program does not offer math and language arts.