Curriculum

A classical Christian education can be difficult to achieve at home; however, Comm. Central has researched and created a curriculum guide for each grade level that will alleviate the stress, research, and preparation involved in lesson planning and allow parents to invest those hours in quality family time.

The curriculum is user-friendly for both parent and student. The parent/student is provided with curriculum lists, lesson plans, and daily checklists with detailed assignments for thirty weekly units. Conveniently, students in different grades will be studying the same time period and science topics, providing common themes for family discussions. Integrating history, literature, composition, Christian worldview, and oral communication, the unit study aspects of this curriculum promote retention of material and higher learning with less homework!

See individual grade for specific information!

Four Stages of Education:

The Comm. Central Curriculum is divided into four stages that progress as your student matures: Echo, Elements, Exploration, and Expression.

Echo (K4-2nd Grade):  This stage is entitled “Echo” because a huge component of classical education is imitating the masters. You are the master the Lord has placed before your child, and you will play a huge role in his/her education as you speak and write and your child echoes you using the skills of listening, narration, memorization, recitation, and copywork.

Elements (3rd-6th Grade): This stage encompasses students who are building foundational skills (elements) in all subjects. While they will still be practicing the skills from the Echo stage, the assignments will transition to a focus on research, summarization, and discerning connections.  Students will also practice communication skills and learn discussion techniques.

Exploration (7th-8th Grade): Not only do students in the Exploration stage become more inquisitive, pondering the “hows” and “whys” within the subjects they are studying, but they also begin to develop a deeper understanding of who they are as individuals and the particular interests, skills, and abilities with which God has equipped them. While they are still practicing the foundational skills of the "Elements" stage with an inquisitive mind-set, encouragement and opportunity is provided to explore and express their gifting.  

Expression (9th-12th Grade): High School students will use all the skills they have honed thus far and the interests and abilities they've explored in order to develop a unique approach to master high school subject matter and to also express their uniqueness through further exploration of their specific areas of interest.

Comm. Central Criteria for Curricula Selection

Much time, effort, and scrutiny has been invested in the selection of the curricula that is utilized in the Comm. Central curriculum guide.

History

When selecting a history text, a strong Christian worldview is of utmost importance. The text must also include a detailed account of historical events, not just an overview or summary, allowing the reader to examine cause and effect and see God’s hand in not only the large picture, but also the minor details of each person’s decision. The texts we have chosen are as follows:

Echo - Selected readings from the following:

  • Famous Men Series 
  • Story of the World by Susan Wise Bauer

Elements - Selected readings from the following:  

  • Famous Men Series 
  • Story of the World by Susan Wise Bauer
  • The Story of the Thirteen Colonies and the Great Republic by H.A. Guerber 

Exploration (7-8th Grade):  

  • Guerber's Histories from Nothing New Press
  • Story of the World by Susan Wise Bauer
  • American Republic by Bob Jones

Expression: Bob Jones

Literature

Classics are important for the understanding of literary elements and the examination of character development. Also, historical fiction read alouds are included as read-alouds to develop auditory learning, vocabulary, and an understanding of the culture of the historical period. Older students may choose to read these independently.  

In high school, the Comm. Central curriculum will introduce students to the literary period that correlates with the historical time period being studied. A list of classics and historical fiction will be provided aligning with each period for the student to choose from according to his/her interests.

Composition

The Institute for Excellence in Writing is used for composition instruction due to its focus on structure and style in the early stages. It also follows the classical model in not requiring self-expression at an early age when students have not yet mastered this skill, but provides source material, allowing students to learn from consistent modeling. It is also important for composition assignments to correlate with the time period being studied for a greater retention of the material. For this reason, we have provided source texts within the curriculum guide that correlate with the history being studied.

As the student matures, Comm. Central’s curriculum will guide them into the area of self-expression and increasingly provide them the skills of gleaning information from their brain and ordering it in a persuasive manner.

Grammar

An introduction to grammar and editing begins in fourth and fifth grade using Fix-It! Grammar.  The rigorous study of grammar through diagramming sentences is a lost art that needs to be re-instilled in order to master the English language and use it effectively. The study of grammar using Analytical Grammar begins in the sixth grade. It is an intensive program that covers all grammar concepts in a short amount of time with bi-weekly review to maintain skills learned.

Bible

Students should gain a thorough understanding of the Bible in 3-6th grade so that in the rhetoric years, they can apply the fundamentals of this knowledge to persuasive arguments in favor of a Christian worldview. To accomplish this, we’ve chosen God’s Great Covenant series from Classical Academic Press. Students seventh grade and above should be encouraged to join a group of their peers for Bible study and accountability.

Latin

Recognizing that an early introduction to foreign language is important, Comm. Central has chosen the fun and engaging Song School Latin series for second and third grade. For fourth through sixth grade, Latina ChristianaLatin for Children, and First Form Latin  have been chosen because, not only do they focus on grammar forms and vocabulary, but they also have an easy-to-follow format and ample drill to ensure mastery.

Science

Believing that the best methodology to teaching science is to start early, that facts are fun, that kids love to memorize things, and that children are curious about how things work, Comm. Central begins in the Echo stage with the study of life science and earth science utilizing real books that correlate with the weekly memory work and the topics listed in the curriculum guide.

The Elements stage uses the God’s Design Science series. Not only does this curriculum have a Christian worldview, but it is very captivating, has great project ideas, and links for additional learning.

The Exploration and Expression stages utilize the Apologia curriculum series which has been chosen because critical thinking exercises have been incorporated into the curriculum. These application exercises are beneficial in that the student has to process the knowledge gained in order to answer these questions. In addition, Apologia is directly written to the student and the numerous labs included are achievable in a household setting, allowing the homeschool student to not only learn through reading, but also through doing.