WONDER & DELIGHT: FOUNDATIONS OF KNOWLEDGE
In the classical model we follow at ACA, the elementary years, known as Grammar School, are, quite literally, foundational. These are the years when children learn the facts and fundamentals, (aka “grammars”) of language, critical thinking, and knowledge acquisition.
Children are natural learners and have a curiosity about the world in which they live. They delight in finding out how the world works, and in the School of Grammar, we train them to explore the world and master the basic fundamentals to build their knowledge and thinking skills. The classical approach recognizes that children learn through interaction with and discovery of the world around them, and that at this age they can learn quickly when given the right tools and the right environment, one that fosters their natural curiosity while giving them enough structure to make sense of it all.
Since God is sovereign and ever working, we teach our students to consistently return to God’s Word as the foundation for their exploration of God’s world (Psalm 119:11, Job 28:28). Hands-on experiential knowledge is augmented with careful study of the absolute truth of Scripture and investigation of history, English, classical languages, geography, science, and math that result in “scientia et delectatio,” or knowledge and delight.