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Living Books Curriculum offers eleven core areas of study

To help you visualize the content taught during each grade level, Living Books Curriculum created a scope and sequence for each area of study. Living Books Curriculum's scope and sequence denotes a particular subject's content (the scope) and the order in which the material is presented (the sequence) within the curriculum. To view a scope and sequence, simply click on the subject title.

Bible Study & Christian Faith Studies

The purpose of Bible study is to provide students with an introductory knowledge of the Old and New Testaments and an understanding of God’s work in the life of the Jewish nation through the stories of the principle people involved. The children show their understanding of this study by memorization, narration, and storytelling.

Discipleship is the purpose of Bible study. It is also the foundation of Living Books Curriculum. Beginning with Foundation Year, each grade has Scripture reading and memorization and a study of biographies (Heroes of the Faith). In Grade Three, students study Church History and begin “Practical Work.” Practical work is included as a means of applying the principles of discipleship that are learned. 

Scope & Sequence

Foundation Year

Understanding of the essential events of the Bible through story and scripture recitation.

Grade One

Scripturally-based devotionals, overview of the Bible, and scripture recitation and learning the names of God.

Grade Two

Introduction to Christian character qualities; Heroes of the Faith; devotions on worship.

Grade Three

Church History - Book of Acts; practical work; history's greatest missionaries

Grade Four

Church History - Rise of Christianity, practical work, Heroes of the Faith - Middle Ages, and scripture reading and recitation according to Charlotte Mason's PNEU syllabi.

Grade Five

Church History - Reformation, practical work, Heroes ofthe Faith - Renaissance and Reformation, and scripture reading and recitation according to Charlotte Mason's PNEU syllabi.

Grade Six

Old and New Testament readings according to the schedule used by Charlotte Mason’s PNEU schools. Heroes of the Faith: Our Island Saints. Practical work

Grade Seven

Old and New Testament readings according to the schedule used by Charlotte Mason’s PNEU schools. Practical work.

Grade Eight

Complete plan begun in Grade Seven

Mathematics

LBC offers mathematics in the Foundation Year, Grade One, and Grade Two. The mathematics plan does not include a workbook but rather concepts to be taught using simple objects around the home.

Scope & Sequence

Foundation Year

Children are introduced to pre-arithmetic concepts with the books: Exactly the Opposite, Inch by Inch, Math Counts: Shape, Math Counts: Size, and Math Play: Eighty ways to count and learn.

Grade One and Two

Grades One and Two feature instruction in mathematic thinking and problem-solving. Actually the book, The Three R’s, that we have for these grade levels covers Grades 1 – 3, using playful actives and hands on experience.

Language Arts

Language arts entails communicating through writing, speaking, reading, and listening. All of the various subjects studied in language arts such as phonics, grammar, comprehension, handwriting, punctuation, and spelling are tools for effective reading, listening, writing, and speaking. The various subjects of language arts instruction assume their proper emphasis when we see them for what they are, simply tools to help children communicate well. This curriculum uses reading aloud, storytelling, and narration as teaching tools. It includes instruction in reading (phonics, letter recognition, etc.) and writing. It also provides essential experiences in orality (speaking and listening), which provides the foundation for lasting literacy.

Scope & Sequence

Foundation Year

Pre-reading/writing
Oral language expression: storytelling, singing, recitation
Bookmaking

Grade One

Reading aloud
Reading instruction
Oral language expression: storytelling, singing, recitation, narration
Penmanship instruction
Poetry

Grade Two

Practice reading
Oral language expression: storytelling, singing, recitation, narration
Penmanship instruction, copy work
Poetry

Grade Three

Practice reading
Oral language expression: storytelling, singing, recitation, narration
Grammar (second half of the year), dictation, spelling
Penmanship instruction, copy work
Poetry
Shakespeare
Daily written narrations
Creative writing activities

Grades Four - Six

Poetry exploration into poetry of each era studied in American and World History.
Shakespeare
Grammar—continued experiences in practice of good grammar through guides and written narrations.
Daily written and oral narrations.
Oral language expression—storytelling, recitation.
Copy work
Dictation/Spelling
Journal Activities

Grade Seven and Eight

Poetry: Jabberwocky: Poetry for Junior High Studies
Shakespeare—As You Like It (7) and Hamlet (8)
Grammar—continued experiences in practice of good grammar through guides and written narrations.
Lessons in composition begin in Grade Eight.
Daily written and oral narrations.
Oral language expression—storytelling, recitation.
Copy work
Dictation/Spelling
Literature: Best-loved Literary Fairy Tales (7) and Best-loved Short Stories (8)

Science

Foundation Year to Grade Three science curriculum addresses four major strands: Life, Physical, Earth, Health. Within these strands, we touch on eleven themes: plants, animals, ecology, matter, energy, technology, the Earth, weather, space, human body, and well being.

Scope & Sequence

Foundation Year

Colors and shapes; fine and gross motor skills; matter and energy, the Earth, the cosmos, and living things; George Washington Carver—a science biography.

Grade One

Basic scientific principles; plant reproduction; science in everyday living; five senses; Thomas Alva Edison—a science biography; the world of mountains, jungles, and deserts; sorting and classifying.

Grade Two

Plant growth and seasonal changes; human skeleton and names of the major bones of the body; extinction; nutrition; beginner geology; moon phases; energy forms; clouds and weather; ancient Egyptians in the field of science.

Grade Three

Natural world—from the flower to deep-sea creatures; Galen—a science biography; science behind flight; Archimedes—a science biography; electricity; weather.

Grade Four

Full year's study of astronomy.

Grade Five

Principles of good health, introduction to physics, history and science of technology.

Grade Six

Story-book of Science covers biology, earth sciences,and physics. Additional biographies of scientists.

Grade Seven

Apologia’s Exploring Creation with General Science

Grade Eight

Apologia’s Exploring Creation with Physical Science.

Nature Study

The purpose of nature study is to provide children ample time to experience and observe nature. Nature study, a key tool of learning, is basically spending time outdoors enjoying and looking at nature; learning plants, animals, and insects names; and studying the elements of their lifecycles. Children keep a nature journal and bring “treasures” in from outside to study further.

Art

Every year of Living Books Curriculum includes art instruction. Painting, drawing, sculpting, and craft-making build habits and life-long skills that add immeasurably to the fullness of adult life. By exploring artistic processes, children learn the elements of art: shape, color, form, line, and texture.

Picture Study

Picture study is the study of all types of art in order to appreciate and understand the artist and artistic process. By examining and discussing many works of art, children build a habit of enjoying art in a thoughtful way and develop an aesthetic sense for what is truly worthwhile and beautiful.

Composer Study

Music, like art, engages the child’s love of beauty. The Foundation Year music curriculum introduces children to music and movement by engaging them in singing, playing games that involve song, and listening to beautiful music. From Grade One through Eight, the children will explore the musical composers of the Baroque, Classical, Romantic and Contemporary periods, as well as Christian worship music. Each time period will include biographies of each of the composers studied.

American and World History

Knowledge of history is indispensable to learning and character development. History provides a chronological framework for understanding human endeavor and God’s providential action in the lives of men and women. It also readies students for later work in any thoughtful endeavor because they have a framework from which to work.

Living Books Curriculum history includes a study of American history and world history. World history covers the major historical periods of western and eastern civilizations and begins with creation. The typical approach to world history is to begin with the onset of recorded history (about 4000 BC). A great deal takes place in the two thousand years before we have documented historical artifacts. Drawing from Genesis and archaeological information, our curriculum gives a sense for the sweep of time and God’s hand in it.

Living Books Curriculum offers American history coursework each year (as opposed to introducing it in third or fourth grade) for the following reasons:

* It is critical for children to grow up knowing the history of our nation in-depth.
* Godly men and women founded the United States with a desire for freedom of worship and self-governance.
* Learning our nation’s history is essential to a full, participatory citizenship.

A full understanding of our role in the world today takes time. The American History curriculum extends from 1000 AD to the late 1900s in the first six years of coursework. We revisit these epochs in the following two years. The twentieth century is added in Grade Seven. By Grade Eight, students are studying primary documents of American life.

Scope & Sequence - World History

Grade One

Ancient Civilizations

Grade Two

Ancient Egypt

Grade Three

Greece & Rome

Grade Four

Middle Ages

Grade Five

Renaissance and Reformation

Grade Six

Enlightment to Modern Age

Grade Seven and Eight

Study of history from ancient times to the modern age, covered in a two-year period.

Scope & Sequence - American History

Grade One

Exploration & Colonial Period—1000-1775

Grade Two

Birth of the Nation—1775-1789

Grade Three

Growth of the Nation & Westward Expansion—1790 -1877

Grade Four

Civil War and Reconstruction—1850-1865

Grade Five

Industrialization and continued expansion—1865-1920

Grade Six

Modern Age—1900-1970

Grade Seven and Eight

Study of American history from the age of discovery to the modern age, covered in a two-year period.

Geography

Living Books Curriculum geography begins with developing a spatial sense, knowledge of one’s home country, and familiarity with the seven continents. Children then develop an understanding of nation-states and people groups and their placement on the planet and recognize places and regions where historical events took place.

In Grade Four, mapping is introduced. Each year, students will focus on one or two continents. By Grade Eight, students will be able to recall a significant portion of the globe from memory.

Scope & Sequence

Foundation Year

Familiarity with directions, maps, immediate surroundings

Grade One

Memorize the continents and oceans, map work, use of atlas

Grade Two

Relief maps, ancient Egypt, review of Grade One work

Grade Three

US States & capitals, regions; ancient Greece and Rome

Grade Four

Post-Roman Europe, Asia, South United States

Grade Five

Europe of the Renaissance, history of map making, historic places in nineteenth-century United States.

Grade Six

Global geography with Around the World in Eighty Days

Grade Seven

A Book of Discovery used to study explorations from the earliest times to the present age. Map work and Book of the Centuries used.

Grade Eight

Continued from Grade Seven



Latin and Other Language Studies

Living Books Curriculum suggests Latin studies beginning in Grade Three or Four and recommends the award-winning Latin curriculum Latinae Christiana (www.memoriapress.com) We do not provide a Latin program because the decision to include a language is a highly individual one.

The study of Latin is encouraged for three reasons. First, Latin teaches English better than English teaches English. Students will be able to understand English syntax and grammar far better with an understanding of Latin forms. Second, Latin is the mother tongue of Western civilization - a language that incorporated the best ideas of the ancient Greeks, and which, after the conversion of Rome, put them into the service of Christian truth. Third, the mental discipline Latin instills in students makes it the ideal foreign language to study because there is a high carry-over into other language studies. While Living Books Curriculum does not sell language instruction, but we do allow for it in planning for the week’s work.

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