"We are new to MLS and our children are absolutely thriving - more than they ever have, to be honest!"
- Debbie Flores
The curriculum of Memorial Lutheran School drives toward a five-fold end. Students are to be wise unto salvation, masters of language, well-rounded and eager students, discerning with sound reason for the sake of love toward the neighbor. The academic program of the Lower School develops all five of these, but the main content can be divided into three subsets: the Trivium (also called the Language Studies), the Quadrivium (also called the Mathematical Studies), and the Studia Humanitatis (also called the Humanities Studies). These subsets comprise all of the academic subjects. The Language Studies include phonics, spelling, reading skills, literature, English grammar, Latin grammar, and writing. The Mathematical Studies include science and mathematics at all levels. The Humanities Studies include religion (theology), history, geography, literature, music, and art.
Kindergarten through fifth grade makes up the elementary level of education at Memorial Lutheran School. These are the years in which the building blocks for all other learning are laid. In the elementary school years, the mind is ready to absorb information. Children at this stage of learning to enjoy memorization where they learn all the basic facts, such as the rules of phonics and spelling, rules of grammar, the vocabulary of foreign languages (Latin), stories of history and literature, descriptions of plants and animals, and the human body, and the facts of mathematics. This information makes up the basic building blocks as they begin preparing for middle school.
Religion — Learn by Heart by Concordia Publishing is used, along with illustrated Bible storybooks. Students attend Chapel each morning
Math — First grade Saxon Math is used where students learn addition and subtraction, graphing, money, telling time, and recognizing patterns
Handwriting, Phonics, and Literature — The Writing Road to Reading by Spalding incorporates phonics, handwriting, spelling, and vocabulary
History/Social Studies — Friends and Neighbors Social Studies, by Macmillan/McGraw Hill publisher
Science/Health — Elemental Science curriculum covers chemistry, physics, zoology, botany, geology, and meteorology.
Music — The children visit the music room for singing twice weekly. Students may elect to join the strings program.
Physical Education — Students attend P.E. twice a week with the Athletic Director. Children go outside for recess after lunch each day (weather permitting).
Art — Art projects are coordinated with the classroom curriculum. The students visit the art room twice a week when they learn various techniques such as painting, sketching, and sculpture.
Library — The Kindergarten students visit the library once a week to check out books that they keep in the classroom.
1st through 5th Grade Curriculum
Religion — The teachers use the Bible, Luther's Small Catechism, and illustrated Bible storybooks in the classroom. Memory work is assigned each week. The students attend Chapel each morning
Math — Saxon Math textbooks are used.
Language Arts — The Writing Road to Reading by Spalding is a comprehensive program incorporating phonics, handwriting, reading, and spelling. Students begin to read classic storybooks and novels.
History /Geography — The Story of the World, History for the Classical Child, and current events are used in 1st and 2nd grades. The Story of the World, Middle Ages, and The 50 States and Maps are introduced in the 3rd grade. Components of Texas History are added in the 4th grade. The History Fair is held every other year (alternates with a science fair).
Science — Elemental Science curriculum — The Science Fair is held every other year (alternates with history fair)
Latin — Song School Latin (Classical Academic Press) 1st grade; Prima Latina (Memoria Press) 2nd grade; Latina Christiana I Fourth Edition (Memoria Press) 3rd grade; First Form Latin (Memoria Press) 4th grade.
Physical Education — The athletic director spends time with each class emphasizing exercise through games and various sports. Each day after lunch (weather permitting), classes go outdoors for recess and physical activity. Students attend P.E. twice a week.
Music — Music class is offered twice a week for singing and introduction to musical instruments. Students may elect to participate in the strings program.
Art — Students attend art class twice per week when they learn the basic techniques of painting, drawing, and sculpting. Projects are based on what is being taught in history and literature.
Library — Children visit the school library weekly to check out books, learn areas of the library, and build research skills.
The Comprehensive Testing Program (CTP) is administered to students in 3rd-6th grade in April. CTP5 is an assessment in reading, listening, vocabulary, writing, and mathematics. Verbal and quantitative reasoning subtests are part of the CTP beginning. The CTP helps compare content specific, curriculum-based performance to the more conceptual knowledge base found in reasoning tests - CTP overview