Grammar Stage (K-6th Grade)

When we learn a new subject, we must first learn the basic grammar, that is, the basic facts and rules that form its foundation. Students in the grammar stage of development enjoy learning through memorizing information in chants, songs, and other repetitive activities. Students during this stage also enjoy learning through literature, multi-sensory activities, and are naturally imaginative and creative.

At Trinity Academy, our teachers will use classical teaching methods that utilize these natural learning tendencies of children in the grammar stage. We teach spelling and reading with a strong phonics-based program that teaches students why words are spelled the way they are. Our students learn to write by imitating good writing and focusing on the rules of English grammar. They will also learn the foundation of mathematics, a basic chronology of history, and a survey of the Bible. Classical literature is enjoyed and students learn science through interactive discovery and fact memorization.

Beginning-Grammar (Pre-Polly) Grammar (Polly-Parrot)
Ages Ages 4-8 (approximate) Ages 9-11 (approximate)
Student Characteristics
  • Enthusiastic learners
  • Enjoy games, songs, stories, projects
  • Short attention span
  • Learns through multi-sensory activities (touch, taste, smell, see, hear)
  • Imaginative, creative
  • Excited about new and interesting facts
  • Enjoys games, songs, stories, projects
  • Likes chants, clever word usage, and jokes
  • Likes to explain, solve problems, and talk
  • Relate personal experiences to topics
  • Tell stories
  • Likes collections, organizing items, patterns
  • Easily memorizes
  • Can assimilate another language well
Teaching Methods
  • Sing, recite, and chant
  • Guide discovery
  • Learning games
  • Paint, color, build, and create
  • Short, creative projects
  • Multi-sensory activities and use of tactile manipulatives to illustrate concepts
  • Show and Tell
  • Drama
  • Hear, read, and tell stories
  • Purposeful field trips
  • Recitations, memorizations, and chants
  • Multi-sensory activities and investigations
  • Subject integration
  • Make collections, displays, and models
  • Oral/written presentations
  • Fact drill and games
  • Research and science fair projects
  • Drama
  • Purposeful field trips