Curriculum

Our curriculum rotates in a four-year learning cycle. Many families use the Joy in Learning curriculum as their main focus of study. Math is studied conceptually, and foreign language is not covered, but many families share their experiences and offer support for these subjects. Computer science is studied every year.

Students at all levels complete both individual and group projects and presentations in multiple subjects throughout the year. Many classes offer occasional in-class quizzes to help develop and enhance test taking skills.   Students from all levels work together on end of semester projects. Examples of activities include Madrigal Dinner, World Feast, Invention Fair, Science Fair, Debate, Shakespeare play, and Mock Trial (all the way to the Supreme Court!). The Logic and Rhetoric level students do 1-2 mock trials, debates, or presentations each year, as well.


 SUBJECT    

 YEAR 1

(2009-2010, 2013-2014)

 YEAR 2

(2010-2011, 2014-2015)

 YEAR 3

(2011-2012, 2015-2016)

 YEAR 4

(2012-2013, 2016-2017)

LANGUAGE ARTS 

Writing 

Units of Study by Lucy Calkins

Grammar, Paragraph editing, Analogies, Wordly Wise

Institute for Excellence in Writing 

Writing

Units of Study by Lucy Calkins 

Grammar, Paragraph editing, Analogies, Wordly Wise 

Speech Boot Camp

Journalism Unit

Institute for Excellence in Writing

Writing

Units of Study by Lucy Calkins 

Grammar, Paragraph editing, Analogies, Wordly Wise

Institute for Excellence in Writing

Writing

Units of Study by Lucy Calkins  

Grammar, Paragraph editing, Analogies, Wordly Wise 

Rhetoric: 1.5 hours ACT/SAT Test Prep - English, Reading, Writing, Science, Math

Institute for Excellence in Writing

SCIENCE & MATH, COMPUTER SCIENCE

Chemistry (all levels, weekly lab)

Computer Science - all levels (code.org, and MIT Scratch)

Logic:  Historical Connections in Math, Computer programming, and MIT AppInventor)

Grammar and Early Grammar: Math puzzles

Physics (all levels, weekly lab)  

Computer Science - all levels (code.org, and MIT Scratch)

Rhetoric: online physics lectures and class time labs & presentations (flipped)

CS:  edX: Programming in Scratch (flipped)

Grammar and Early Grammar: Math puzzles

Earth Science (all levels, weekly lab)  

Computer Science - all levels (code.org, and MIT Scratch)

Big History Project (Rhetoric, flipped)

Critical Thinking:  Think Again: How to Reason and Argue (Rhetoric, flipped)

Logic: World Physical Geography, Pattern Explorer, The Basics of Critical Thinking

Grammar and Early Grammar: Math puzzles

Biology (all levels, weekly lab)  

Computer Science - all levels (code.org, and MIT Scratch)

Grammar and Early Grammar: Math puzzles

HISTORY 

Ancient World

Rhetoric: Flow of History, World History for Us All, Critical Thinking in World History, Document Based Questions (DBQs)

Logic: World History Detective

Medieval & Renaissance World

Rhetoric: includes lectures from Yale's The Early Middle Ages, 284-1000

Current Events

Modern World

Rhetoric: Flow of History, World History for Us All, Critical Thinking in World History, Document Based Questions (DBQs)

Logic: World History Detective

United States

Rhetoric: World History for Us All, Critical Thinking in US History, Document Based Questions (DBQs)

SOCIAL SCIENCE 

Current Events 

Philosophy all levels (including Picture Book Philosophy)

Philosophy: Harvard University's Justice with Michael Sandel (flipped)

Mystery Class 

World Geography 


World Geography 

Mystery Class

Psychology (Rhetoric): Introduction to Psychology (flipped)

United States GeographyU.S. Constitution & Civics, Mock Trials

LITERATURE 

Ancient World Literature

Rhetoric: Excellence in LiteratureMovies as Literature

2013-14 Reading List

Medieval & Renaissance World Literature

Rhetoric: Excellence in Literature

2014-15 Reading List

Modern World Literature 

Rhetoric: Excellence in Literature

American Literature 

Rhetoric: Excellence in Literature

2012-13 Reading List

FINE & CREATIVE ARTS 

Arts Appreciation, Greek play production and performance, Create a restaurant! (Grammar Level), knitting, etiquette, square dancing, multicultural presentations 

Musical Rhythms, Folk Songs, Madrigals

Logic/Rhetoric: Shakespeare: A Midsummer's Night Dream performance

Rhetoric: edX: Shakespeare: On the Page and in Performance

Logic/Rhetoric: Art History (and Khan Academy)

Art Journaling, papier mache, pastels, sketching, portraits, quilling, Zentangle

American Art, folk songs

ELECTIVES


Each year all levels have an elective course, such as:

Introduction to Logic, Economics, Critical Thinking, Psychology, Art History

In addition to providing students experience with classroom quizzes and tests, JiL includes standardized test prep strategies for students, especially those at the Logic and Rhetoric levels.