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Lower School

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 sixth grade makes up the Lower School at Memorial Lutheran School. These are the years in which the building blocks for all other learning are laid. In these 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. 

Curriculum

Religion — Learn by Heart by Concordia Publishing and illustrated Bible storybooks, daily Chapel attendance

Math — Singapore Math

Handwriting, Phonics, and Literature — The Writing Road to Reading by Spalding: phonics, handwriting, spelling, and vocabulary

History/Social Studies — Friends and Neighbors Social Studies by Macmillan/McGraw Hill publisher

Science/Health — Elemental Science Intro to Science: chemistry, physics, zoology, botany, geology, and meteorology

Music — Twice weekly

Physical Education —Twice weekly with the Athletic Director, recess outside twice daily (weather permitting).

Art — Art projects coordinated with classroom curriculum, art class twice weekly with art instructor

Library — Once weekly with librarian to check out books that are kept in the classroom

 

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 — Singapore Math

Language Arts — The Writing Road to Reading: phonics, handwriting, reading, and spelling. Students begin to read classic storybooks and novels.

History /Geography — The Story of the World: Part 1

Science — Elemental Science: Biology

Latin — Song School Latin (Classical Academic Press) 

Physical Education — Twice weekly PE classes with athletic director, outdoor recess twice daily (weather permitting)

Music — Twice weekly for singing, elective participation in strings program.

Art — Twice weekly with art instructor: basic techniques of painting, drawing, and sculpting

Library — Once weekly with librarian to check out books, learn areas of the library, and build research skills.

Religion — Illustrated Bible storybooks, weekly Memory work, daily Chapel

Math — Singapore Math

Language Arts — The Writing Road to Reading by Spalding: phonics, handwriting, reading, and spelling. Students begin to read classic storybooks and novels.

History /Geography — The Story of the World: Part 2 

Science — Elemental Science: Earth Science and Astronomy

Latin — Prima Latina by Memoria Press

Physical Education — Twice weekly PE classes with athletic director, daily outdoor recess (weather permitting)

Music — Twice weekly, elective participation in strings program

Art — Twice weekly classes with art instructor: basic techniques of painting, drawing, and sculpting

Library — Once weekly class with librarian to check out books, learn areas of the library, and build research skills.

Religion — Bible, Luther's Small Catechism, weekly Memory work, daily Chapel

Math — Singapore Math

Language Arts — The Writing Road to Reading by Spalding: phonics, handwriting, reading, and spelling. Students begin to read classic novels.

History /Geography — The Story of the World: Volume 2, 50 States and Maps

Science — Elemental Science: Chemistry

Latin — Latina Christiana by Memoria Press

Physical Education — Twice weekly PE classes with athletic director, daily outdoor recess (weather permitting)

Music — Twice weekly, elective participation in strings program

Art — Twice weekly classes with art instructor: basic techniques of painting, drawing, and sculpting

Library — Once weekly class with librarian to check out books, learn areas of the library, and build research skills.

Religion — Bible, Luther's Small Catechism, weekly Memory work, daily Chapel

Math — Singapore Math

Language Arts — The Writing Road to Reading by Spalding: phonics, handwriting, reading, and spelling. Students begin to read classic novels.

History /Geography — Texas History

Science — Elemental Science: Physics

Latin — First Form Latin by Memoria Press

Physical Education — Twice weekly PE classes with athletic director, daily outdoor recess (weather permitting)

Music — Twice weekly, elective participation in strings program

Art — Twice weekly classes with art instructor: basic techniques of painting, drawing, and sculpting

Library — Once weekly class with librarian to check out books, learn areas of the library, and build research skills.

Religion — Bible, Luther's Small Catechism, weekly Memory work, daily Chapel

Math — Singapore Math

Language Arts — The Writing Road to Reading by Spalding: phonics, handwriting, reading, and spelling. Students begin to read classic novels.

History /Geography — The Story of the World: Volume 2, 50 States and Maps

Science — Elemental Science: Biology

Latin — First Form Latin by Memoria Press

Physical Education — Twice weekly PE classes with athletic director, daily outdoor recess (weather permitting)

Music — Twice weekly, elective participation in strings program

Art — Twice weekly classes with art instructor: basic techniques of painting, drawing, and sculpting

Library — Once weekly class with librarian to check out books, learn areas of the library, and build research skills.

Testing/Assessment

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.