Classical Education

“I will teach you lessons from our past – stories we have heard and known, stories our ancestors handed down to us.  We will not hide these truths from our children; we will tell the next generation about the glorious deeds of the Lord, about His power and His mighty wonders.”

Psalm 78:2-4
Overview of Classical Education

Kingdom Classical Academy will utilize the classical education method that employs a three-stage approach – the Trivium – that aligns with the natural developmental stages of children and ignites a passion for learning.  Classical education cultivates wisdom and virtue through a genuine love of truth, goodness, and beauty found in all subjects and explores how they are interwoven.  Classically educated students are problem solvers, critical thinkers, and effective communicators who are adaptable in an ever-changing society because they have been equipped and prepared for a lifetime of learning.

Why did the classical education movement begin and what impact will it have?
Preparing our students to make a difference

The trivium (Latin for “three ways”) – is an approach to learning, an approach to each subject, and a set of subjects, that “teaches with the grain” aligning with the natural developmental stages of children.  The trivium applies a learning process where students gain knowledge first, then understanding, then wisdom.  In order to achieve this, the classical Trivium divides learning into three stages, Grammar, Logic, and Rhetoric.  Grammar is the foundational building blocks, Logic is determining the logical relationship between the foundational building blocks, and Rhetoric is expressing what was learned in Grammar and Logic in an eloquent manner.

Grammar Grades pre-K-4th, emphasis is on mastery and memorization of basic facts and figures at an age where children naturally enjoy and absorb information.  Students in the Grammar Phase memorize hundreds of facts, from rules of English grammar, to history timeline, to math facts, to bones of the body. 

Logic Grades 5th-8th, emphasis is teaching rules of order – logic – at a point where children naturally are questioning and arguing – and helping them to do so in a well-trained fashion.  Students in the Logic phase are encouraged to question and probe and discover how their grammatical knowledge makes sense, i.e, writing to support an argument or applying the scientific method.

Rhetoric Grades 9th-12th, emphasis is on clarity of expression at a point where young adults are seeking to define and express themselves.  Students in the Rhetoric phase are able to compose in-depth essays and eloquently speak and argue points passionately with a depth of knowledge and understanding in all subjects.

Vertical Integration of Subjects 

Within a single grade

Classical education focuses on the interrelation of all knowledge by exploring how all academic subjects are interwoven.  Math has everything to do with science, history has everything to do with literature, and the Bible has everything to do with them all.  Life is integrated, and our education should be, too.  This is where the classical method stirs the heart and mind to invite curiosity and ignite a passion for learning!  

Recommended Reading

Kingdom Classical Academy encourages you to read the following works to gain a deeper understanding of and appreciation for classical, Christian education.