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“You must pray…without prayer, all the schooling in the world will not produce the effect God wants homeschooling to give.” Fr. John Hardon

ABOUT US

The mission of Grace Academy Learning Center is to provide families with the guidance and resources they need to ensure the proper education of their children in these scholastically uncertain times.  

CONTACT US

207-445-8239

 

363 Route 3
South China, Maine 04358

 

graceacademy2learn.info@gmail.com

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Grace Academy is an IRS-recognized 501(c)3 not-for-profit (nonprofit) organization.

Grace Academy is supported by the generosity of our benevolent donors. We believe that all families should have access to the support and resources they need to ensure the proper education of their children.

PRIMARY (K-2)

TRAINING THE MIND THROUGH

Reading       Writing       Spelling       Arithmetic

​CLASSES

We focus on training the mind through reading, writing, spelling, and arithmetic.

We focus on training the heart through Scripture, good work habits and godly attitudes.

 

At Highlands Kennebec Valley, we are offering a one-day a week program for K-2 designed to support families using the Memoria Press Core Curriculum packages in their homeschool.  Classes are from 8:00 am - 2:30 pm with breaks for lunch and recess (and rest time for Kindergarten).  Lunch and recess will be shared school-wide to encourage community across all ages.

At Highlands, the teacher will give all the instruction for the week (Monday's assignments from the Curriculum Manual) and complete the entire week's Literature and Enrichment section.

All curricula are from Memoria Press, a simple, beautiful, and affordable homeschool curriculum. We encourage each family to take advantage of the full curriculum packages; however, we only require the usage of the curriculum needed for cottage school.

We look forward to adding additional grade levels as we grow!

If you are interested in the cottage school for your K-2nd grader, please contact us.

A minimum of 4 students is required per class.

At Highlands, we do not teach to the test, but our focus on Christian culture and classical curriculum leads to impressive results!

Reading, writing, spelling, and arithmetic are the foundation upon which the tower of learning is built, and they are given the highest priority in K-2. The basic skills, work habits, and attitudes formed in the primary years are of critical importance.

Phonics and Reading

Phonics is the system of letter-sound association taught to children for the purposes of learning to read and spell. Phonics is most effective when taught systematically, thoroughly, intensively, and in a logical and time-tested sequence.

Our primary resource for phonics instruction in kindergarten is Memoria Press’ First Start Reading, a program which teaches correct pencil grip, manuscript form, consonant and short vowel sounds, three-letter word formation, consonant blends and long vowels/silent e.   Common words which do not fit into any word family are introduced after students learn to blend three-letter words. First Start Reading teaches students to read in kindergarten using stories with a high percentage of phonetic words.

Phonics and spelling continue in 1st and 2nd grades. In 1st grade, students continue to develop reading comprehension with whole books, which captivate and motivate children and are preferred over basal readers. Teachers monitor student reading skills through daily oral reading. First graders read children’s classics such as Little Bear, Caps For Sale, The Story About Ping, and Billy and Blaze. Second graders read The Courage of Sarah Noble, Little House in the Big Woods, and Mr. Popper’s Penguins. Spelling, penmanship, composition, and vocabulary lessons for each book are provided in the student study guide.

A rich language experience provided both at home and in school, is an important factor in reading success. Students memorize poems and Scripture and enjoy children’s classics read by teachers and parents during read-aloud time.

Spelling and Printing 

Students develop the visual memory for accurate spelling by a systematic study of phonics, word families, and spelling rules, and by a lifetime of seeing, reading, and writing words correctly. It is very important to reduce opportunities for children to write or see misspelled words; young students who are allowed to spell creatively or phonetically have a confused visual memory that is difficult to overcome.

Copybook is an exercise consisting of copying sayings, maxims, Scripture, and poetry in the student’s best handwriting. Copybook is an important step in developing good penmanship, punctuation, and spelling. Habits of good penmanship are instilled early and required at every grade level by every teacher. The discipline of neat and legible handwriting is an aid to spelling and instills the value of accurate, careful work – an important academic skill that carries over into every aspect of learning. In the 1st and 2nd grades, students continue to practice manuscript while also beginning cursive script with our New American Cursive program. Cursive is required for written work in grades 3 and up.

At Highlands Latin School our teachers work to help students form and maintain a proper pencil grip. Correct pencil grip reduces hand fatigue and as a consequence also reduces resistance to written work in general.

Arithmetic

Immediate recall of addition and subtraction facts through 18 is the focus in primary school. Number formation, counting, time, calendar, measurement, and money are the initial skills of K-2. In 2nd grade the students also begin multiplication with the 1x, 2x, 5x, and 10x facts. Students learn number sense by skip-counting, games, and drills, all of which make math time enjoyable.

Geography, History, and Science 

Our Read-Aloud Program consists of a set of thirty books, one set for each grade in K-2, one book for each week. These books provide a rich language experience for students, as each book is read aloud every day the class meets and is accompanied by oral questions and discussion. Students learn new and interesting words and delight in rhyme and wordplay.  They learn about holidays, history, geography, science and more. The read-aloud books, which are beautiful in both art and language, were chosen after extensive research and reading.

K-2 students study globes and maps to learn continents, oceans, major countries, and basic geography terms. Second graders are introduced to states and capitals. In science, students learn about seasons, weather, and local flora and fauna. They take nature walks in our beautiful China Lake neighborhood to collect leaves, flowers, acorns, insects, and other treasures.

Christian Studies, Music and Art

In Christian Studies students read or listen to Bible stories and memorize Scripture verses and prayers. Students have lessons in the basic elements of music, including ear training, note reading, and choral performance. In music appreciation, students are introduced to a well-known composer and piece of music weekly. Students draw and color every day in their composition books, illustrating copybook verses, poems, and composition lessons.  In art appreciation, primary students learn about an artist and study an art masterwork every week.

Physical Education 

Students have a scheduled recess time which provides 20 minutes of vigorous exercise as well as opportunities to play childhood games. Recess teachers work to develop basic motor and motion skills, such as running, skipping, running backward, and flexibility, as well as sportsmanship and team play.

2019-2020 Campus Day Schedule

Kindergarten:

  • 7:50 am    Students arrive

  • 8:00 am    Morning Assembly

  • 8:15 am    Recitation/Christian Studies

  • 9:00 am    Math

  • 10:00 am  Phonics

  • 10:30 am  Snack Break

  • 10:45 am  Reading

  • 11:45 am  Lunch/Recess

  • 12:30 pm  Rest Period/Classical Music

  • 12:50 pm  Copybook/Memory/Penmanship

  • 1:30 pm    Enrichment (Literature, Poetry, Science, Composer Study, Art Study, Crafts, etc)

  • 2:30 pm    Dismissal

 

1st Grade:

  • 7:50 am    Students arrive

  • 8:00 am    Morning Assembly

  • 8:15 am    Recitation/Christian Studies

  • 9:00 am    Math

  • 10:00 am  Phonics

  • 10:30 am  Snack Break

  • 10:45 am  Spelling A/Reading

  • 11:45 am  Lunch/Recess

  • 12:30 pm  Spelling B/Copybook/Memory/Cursive

  • 1:30 pm    Enrichment (Literature, Poetry, Science, Composer Study, Art Study, Crafts, etc)

  • 2:30 pm    Dismissal

 

2nd Grade:

  • 7:50 am    Students arrive

  • 8:00 am    Morning Assembly

  • 8:15 am    Recitation/Christian Studies

  • 9:00 am    Math

  • 10:00 am  Latin/Grammar

  • 10:30 am  Snack Break

  • 10:45 am  Spelling A/Reading

  • 11:45 am  Lunch/Recess

  • 12:30 pm  Spelling B/Copybook/Memory/Cursive

  • 1:30 pm    Enrichment (Literature, Poetry, Science, Composer Study, Art Study, Crafts, etc)

  • 2:30 pm    Dismissal

CLSA PARTNER MEMBER

The Classical Latin School Association (CLSA) is an association of elementary and secondary schools working to promote the transmission of the culture of the Christian West through the Classical Core Curriculum. As a member of CLSA, Highlands Kennebec Valley receives accreditation and training.

CONTACT

Email: Michelle Bourque, Executive Director | graceacademy.mb@gmail.com

We meet Mondays from 8:00 am - 2:30 pm at Grace Academy Learning Center in South China, Maine