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Classical Curriculum Overview

Classical Education for a modern world.

Windsor uses a classical approach to assist parents in preparing their children to excel in academics, spirituality, and all of life, for the glory of God. Through a rigorous curriculum, students thrive because they are provided a firm foundation rooted in Christ and a mind to think critically, setting them on a path for the rest of their formal education.

Kindergarten

  • Bible – The Jesus Story Book Bible

  • Handwriting – StartWrite handwriting; print, including proper grip and letter formation

  • Phonics and Reading – Fundations by WRS, decodable books and children's literature

  • Mathematics – number identification and formation, addition, measurement, subtraction

  • Rhetoric - Memorization of pledges, poems, and scripture

  • Science, Geography and History through literature with a hands on approach

  • Art – aligns with classical literature themes by week 

  • Physical Education – Gross motor development through games and exercises

  • Music -

  • Latin - Sing Song Latin

1st Grade

  • Handwriting – StartWrite handwriting, preparation for cursive; 'fancy first grade', including proper grip and letter formation

  • Phonics and Reading – Fundations by WRS, Level 1, blend of decodable books, selected children's literature, and leveled readers

  • Spelling - rules-based aligns with Fundations

  • Writing - copy work, proper sentence formation

  • Mathematics – Horizones Math for 1st grade

  • Bible - Big picture Bible, memory verses, and catechisms

  • Rhetoric - Memorization of pledges, poems, and scripture

  • Science - Unit studies in biology and earth science, 

  • History through literature with a hands on approach

  • Art – aligns with classical literature themes by week 

  • Physical Education – Gross motor development through games and exercises

  • Music

  • Media - 

  • Latin - 

2nd Grade

  • Handwriting – StartWrite handwriting, cursive, including proper grip and letter formation

  • Phonics and Reading – Fundations by WRS, Level 2, blend of selected children's literature and leveled readers

  • Spelling - rules-based aligns with Fundations

  • Writing and Grammar- Shurley English

  • Mathematics – Horizones Math for 2nd grade

  • Bible - Big picture Bible, memory verses, and catechisms

  • Rhetoric - Memorization of pledges, poems, and scripture

  • Science - Unit studies in biology and earth science, 

  • History through literature with a hands on approach

  • Art – aligns with classical literature themes by week 

  • Physical Education – Gross motor development through games and exercises

  • Music

  • Media - 

  • Latin - 

3rd Grade

  • Handwriting – StartWrite handwriting, cursive, including proper grip and letter formation

  • Reading – Children's literature and leveled readers

  • Spelling - rules-based aligns with Fundations

  • Writing and Grammar- Shurley English

  • Mathematics – Horizones Math for 2nd grade

  • Bible - Big picture Bible, memory verses, and catechisms

  • Rhetoric - Memorization of pledges, poems, and scripture

  • Science - Unit studies in biology and earth science, 

  • History through literature with a hands on approach

  • Art – aligns with classical literature themes by week 

  • Physical Education – Gross motor development through games and exercises

  • Music

  • Media - 

  • Latin -

4th Grade

  • Saxon Math 6/5

  • Bible Survey 1 Kings 3 through Malachi

  • Science – Unit studies in Biology, Earth Science, Chemistry & Physics

  • Literature-based reading program

  • Phonetic Spelling using Spell to Write and Read

  • Classical Cursive Handwriting

  • English – Shurley Grammar 4

  • Composition – Progymnasmata (Fable)

  • History – Middle Ages, Renaissance and Reformation

  • Geography – Europe & Eurasia

  • Latin 4 – Latin for Children, Book B

  • Scripture and Catechism Memory Program

  • Art

  • Physical Education

  • Grammar of Music

5th Grade

  • Saxon Math Course 1

  • Bible Survey the Gospels

  • Science – Unit studies in Biology, Earth Science, Chemistry, and Physics

  • Literature-based reading program

  • Phonetic Spelling using Spell to Write and Read

  • Classical Cursive Handwriting

  • English – Shurley Grammar 6

  • Composition – Progymnasmata (Narrative)

  • History – Exploration, Settlement, and Colonization of Early America

  • Geography – US States and Capitals in depth, South and Central America

  • Latin 5 – Latin for Children, Book C

  • Scripture and Catechism Memory Program

  • Art

  • Physical Education

  • Grammar of Music

6th Grade

  • Saxon Math Course 2

  • Bible – Survey Acts to Revelation

  • Science – Unit studies in Biology, Earth Science, Chemistry, and Physics

  • Literature-based reading program

  • Vocabulary – Vocabulary from Classical Roots

  • English – Shurley Grammar 7

  • Composition – Progymnasmata (Chreia/Maxim)

  • History – 1812 to Present

  • Geography – World Geography

  • Latin – Lingua Latina

  • Scripture and Catechism Memory Program

  • Art

  • Physical Education

  • Grammar of Music

7th Grade

  • Composition and Grammar – Our Mother Tongue and English Grammar Composition: Second Course

  • General Science – Exploring Creation with General Science and God’s Design for Heaven and Earth

  • Latin I – Lingua Latina

  • Literature – Mere Christianity; The Hobbit; The Pilgrim’s Progress;  Animal Farm, The Scarlet Pimpernel, A Christmas Carol; Romeo and Juliet; and Silas Marner.

  • Vocabulary – Vocabulary from Classical Roots

  • Pre-Algebra – Elementary Algebra

  • Old Testament – The Holy Bible

  • Scripture and Catechism Memory Program

  • Art

  • Physical Education

  • Music

8th Grade

  • Algebra I – Elementary Algebra

  • Latin II – Lingua Latina

  • Logic – Introductory Logic for Christian & Home Schools and Intermediate Logic for Christian & Home Schools

  • Classical Literature & Composition I  – The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis (summer reading assignment), Gilgamesh, The Iliad by Homer, The Odyssey by Homer, Theogony and Works and Days by Hesiod, Agamemnon by Aeschylus, Oedipus Rex and Antigone by Sophocles, Medea by Euripides, Myths of Greece and Rome by H.A. Guerber (excerpts)

  • Vocabulary – Vocabulary from Classical Roots

  • Old Testament Biblical Theology –The Holy Bible, English Standard Version (excerpts) and A House for My Name by Peter Leithart

  • Western Civilization I – Histories – Herodotus, History of the Peloponnesian War – Thucydides, The Life of Alexander the Great – Plutarch, The Early History of Rome – Livy, The History of the Church – Eusebius, In Praise of Constantine – Eusebius, City of God – Augustine, Theaetetus – Plato, The Republic – Plato, Gorgias – Plato, Nicomachean Ethics – Aristotle, Meditations – Marcus Aurelius, The Didache, First Apology – Justin Martyr, On First Principles (Book IV) – Origen, The Seven Ecumenical Councils – Philip Schaff (ed)

  • Scripture and Catechism Memory Program

  • Art

  • Physical Education

  • Music

A Time-Tested Approach to Learning

A Classical Christian education at Windsor Christian Academy equips students to become lifelong learners.

We use time-tested educational methods to teach the classic works of literature, the history of the world, strong math and science curricula, and the arts. Our students start taking Latin in kindergarten. 

Jesus Christ is the center of our curriculum. Each grade has daily Bible class, and the school gathers for chapel each week. But it doesn’t end there: each subject is taught from the perspective that all truth is God’s truth. We seek to teach students the critical thinking skills of a classical education with the hope that this will allow them to follow Paul’s direction to believers: “Do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect” (Romans 12:2, ESV).

Windsor offers a full-day program of instruction for kindergarten through eighth grade students. 

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