The 4th Grade Classical Curriculum


Continuing the curriculum path established in 3rd grade, Gulf Pointe Academy's 4th grade curriculum utilizes Memoria Press' highly acclaimed classical liberal arts education model.  The cultivation of wisdom and virtue is accomplished in two ways:  first, through training in the liberal arts; and secondly, through a familiarity with the great books and the great thinkers of the Western tradition.


The liberal arts are the generalizable linguistic and mathematical skills that enable a person to excel in every academic area—as well as in the practical activities of life. In classical and medieval times, there were thought to be seven of these arts or skills: grammar, logic, and rhetoric (the “trivium”), as well as arithmetic, geometry, astronomy, and music (the “quadrivium”). The first three were linguistic arts, and the last four were mathematical. We would probably say today that there are more than just the four mathematic skills worthy of mastery, but the liberal arts remain the greatest summary of the skills a person should be expected to know in order to be accounted an educated person.


Through the study of the greatest that has been thought and said by Western writers and thinkers, we pass our cultural heritage on to our children. Western civilization is made up of three elements: the Greeks, the Romans, and the Hebrews—and the coalescing of these three cultures into what later became known as Christendom, the Christian civilization that remained the dominant cultural force in the West until the early 20th century. A familiarity with the Greeks, the Romans, and, most importantly, the Christian Bible is essential to understanding our culture.


The liberal arts are the “how” of education, and the study of Western culture is the “what”. A mastery of both of these is the best way to prepare a child, not only for college, but for life.

Complete Curriculum

Book of Insects Reader

Book of Insects Student Workbook

Peterson First Guide: Insects

Christian Studies II Student Book

Classical Composition I: Fable Stage Student Book

English Grammar Recitation Workbook Two Student Guide

Famous Men of Rome Flashcards

Famous Men of Rome Student Guide

Famous Men of Rome Text

First Form Latin Flashcards

First Form Latin Student Text (year 3)

First Form Latin Student Workbook

Greek Alphabet

Geography I: Middle East, North Africa, and Europe

United States Student Workbook

Heidi

Heidi Student Guide

Lassie Come-Home

Lassie Come-Home Student Guide

Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe Student Guide

Rod and Staff Grade 4 Math Speed Drills

Rod and Staff Grade 4 Math Student Guide

Rod and Staff Grade 4 Math Tests

Spelling Workout Level E Student

Spelling Workout Level E Teacher





Read-Aloud Program

An Old Fashioned Thanksgiving

The Story of the Treasure Seekers

The Birds' Christmas Carol

Peter Pan

The Apple and the Arrow

Farmer Giles of Ham

The Black Stallion

Swallows and Amazons

The Reluctant Dragon

The Wolves of Willoughby Chase

Just So Stories