Logic Level Courses (7th and 8th Grades)
A classical approach to learning about God includes a study of biblical chronology (Grammar level), theology (Logic level) and apology (Rhetoric level). Building on their knowledge of biblical chronology, in this course, students will learn to understand, explain, and scripturally support the basic doctrines of the Christian faith. Where applicable, students will be introduced to divergent views that exist in orthodox Christianity and will be encouraged to discuss these with charity and grace, at all times relying on the Holy Scriptures as the ultimate source of authority. Students will learn the importance of “catholicity” among the people of God, being able to appreciate the unity of the church in the past, present, and future.
Since the biblical understanding of history is the record of God working to redeem a people for His Son, it should be argued that all of history is church history and not a mere subset of secular history as is often supposed. Rather, seeing with the eyes of faith, the history of the Church drives the rest. The objective of this course is to help students catch a vision that is sorely lacking in our day: that the Church has an awe-inspiring history and a glorious and certain future.
The study of the classical language, Latin, is the core of a classical education; as a result, we require students to continue their study of Latin at the Logic level. Students must complete Latin IA before they are able to take a different foreign language in the Logic and Rhetoric levels.
Spanish will be taught using Vistas. This program offers C.C. students the opportunity for daily language practice utilizing many on-line components such as vocabulary and grammar tutorials with practice activities, audio, video, and digital voice recording. Students will also use a workbook and lab manual for their weekly assignments, which are designed to build competency in all four of the language acquisition areas: speaking, listening, reading and writing. C.C.’s four-year program will prepare students for advanced study of the Spanish language.
L1 students are scheduled to take General Science and L2 students are scheduled to take Physical Science. The math prerequisite for Physical Science is pre-algebra. If your student hasn’t successfully completed pre-algebra before entering L2, he/she will be allowed to have a study hall period during the scheduled science class. He/she will be required to take Physical Science in the R1 year. If your student needs to take a science class other than the science scheduled for his/her grade level, please let us know and we can try to accommodate your student. All science courses will follow Apologia science curricula.
The Omnibus course covers history, literature, and theology. It leads students through the Great Works with sharp focus on the ideas rather than just the facts. This course is also designed to apply and further develop the students’ skills in composition, logic, theology, and aesthetics. Veritas Press’s Omnibus course curriculum will be used. 7th through 12th graders will all be taught the same period of history. L1, L2 and R1 students will be taught using the Omnibus texts I-III. R2, R3 and R4 students will be using the Omnibus texts IV-VI. Students are in a rotation of Biblical and Classical Civilizations, Church Fathers through the Reformation, and Protestant Reformation through Modern Times. Then the cycle repeats every three years using literature that takes students deeper into the ideas born in each time period. Although writing assignments will be required of all students in all classes, specific writing instruction will be given in this class reinforcing the progymnasmata exercises to help prepare the student for classical rhetoric. The instructor will use a combination of sources to help students develop into confident and accomplished writers.
Logic and Critical Thinking
Logic and the discipline of critical thinking teach students to think clearly and argue well. L1 students will study Formal Logic, the science of reasoning well. L2 students study the process of critical thinking and learn how to apply it to all aspects of their lives.
Classical Composition II and III
These courses build upon the foundation formed in Literature and Composition and Classical Composition I. Consistent with the modes of learning inherent in this stage of the trivium, students will advance in their study of the progymnasmata with constant review of previously learned material and focused instruction in the subsequent stages of refutation / confirmation and common topic. In doing so, students will be better able to apply the tools learned in Formal Logic and Critical Thinking by examining how gifted writers from the past have used writing to construct solid arguments. The objective of these courses is to train logic level students to examine a given idea, action, or event from multiple perspectives and to write presenting those various perspectives fairly.
At home, parents must teach students math, spelling, penmanship, and grammar on their own. Shurley Grammar is required with tests being given by the parent and graded by C.C. To help ensure that students are prepared well in the area of math, Pre-Algebra and Algebra classes are offered to students on Thursdays at Village Church of Barrington.