With solid foundations, our Logic School students have a natural tendency to ask “why?” or “what if?” Questioning, searching, vetting, and arguing are pivotal and important in our Logic School curriculum choices.
Our focus in logic school is helping students learn to critically analyze more complex issues by applying the difficult “why” and “how” questions to each subject area. Through the study of formal logic, they develop reasoning skills, recognize and avoid invalid conclusions, and construct persuasive arguments. Our literature discussions lead students through questions such as “What should or shouldn’t have X done in this situation? Why or why not?” as well as asking them to put themselves into the shoes of an unexpected role in history, science, or theology. Going deeper into mathematics, English grammar, Latin studies, history, and science, Logic students entertain thoughts of a wide variety and, by grace, learn to love their neighbors more deeply as a result.
Guide for Dependent Study
In Logic School, the role of parent transitions to a Guide for Dependent Study and becomes more hands-off than the co-teacher role in Grammar School. The student in logic school is at a dependent age where disciplined study habits must be developed - not by parental force - but through positive encouragement and through the student's growing awareness of personal consequences. Parents will still read each lesson plan, assist student with time management, offer assistance as needed, and check assignments for understanding of concepts and completeness. In order for the class to be successful, the classroom teacher is dependent upon the parent to make certain that the student keeps up with the course assignments and communicates with the teacher if difficulties arise.
In Logic Language Arts, students continue to develop their understanding of writing and grammar through the utilization of various grammar resources, IEW, and Lost Tools of Writing Level I. While the development of their writing skills is similar across grade levels, going deeper as they age, the literature in Language Arts changes each year, providing students an opportunity to cultivate a love for reading while learning how to commonplace and discuss the key components of any literary work. Some of the classic books read by our Logic students include Little Women, Romeo and Juliet, Oliver Twist, Macbeth, The Screwtape Letters, The Odyssey, The Inferno and various excerpts from the Confessions of St. Augustine throughout the year.
In Logic Mathematics, students begin the transition from arithmetic to algebra while focusing on developing a foundation for why variables are a crucial component of mathematics. In 6th Grade, students begin the year reviewing Grammar concepts including addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, and fractions before experiencing a taste of negative numbers, solving simple linear equations, and graphing. In 7th Grade, students dive deeper into solving expressions including negative numbers by developing rules and chants which further assist them in applying their foundational understanding to simplifying expressions with multiple variables by the end of the year. In 8th Grade, students apply their rules and chants to solving linear equations, graphing, complex fractions, speed and rate, and further develop their foundation to move forward in Rhetoric Geometry.
In Logic Science, students begin with the study of Anatomy and Physiology where they study the body and its skeletal structure, muscular system, digestion, cardiovascular system, and more through discussion and labs. In 7th Grade, students study General Science focusing on the history of science in relation to the creation of the World and different scientific studies including simple machines, archeology, geology, paleontology, and biology. In 8th Grade, students study Physical Science, applying mathematical concepts to sciences through study of units of matter, the laws and equations of physics, gravity and gravitational force, and the physics of sound.
In Logic History, students begin locally with the study of NM History, learning about the physical features of New Mexico before discussing its settlers, exploration, becoming a territory of the United States, and officially becoming a state in 1912. In 7th Grade, students look beyond New Mexico to study US History, discussing the Early Americas and European Exploration, European colonization of America, the Revolutionary Era, the Constitution, Westward Expansion, and the Industrial Revolution. In 8th Grade, students begin to consider countries outside of the US, learning about their geographical locations, discussing their cultures, and experiencing different aspects of them through videos, music, and food.
In Logic Latin, students begin to apply the Latin grammar they have learned as they use 1st and 2nd conjugation verbs while learning to decline nouns and adjectives in the 1st -5th declensions. As the students acquire more vocabulary, they are given more opportunities to translate sentences from Latin and English with understanding. In the 7th grade, students use the noun and adjective vocabulary they have acquired as they study verbs of the 3rd and 4th conjugation, the Perfect tenses and the Passive Voice. Students learn to recognize noun and verb endings in order to read and understand Latin sentences in all 6 tenses, and both Active and Passive voices. 7th graders have ample opportunities to read and translate Latin and are able to orally read a story written in Latin with accurate comprehension. In 8th grade, students use the understanding they have of declining and conjugating and are expected to apply the grammar by focusing on translation. 8th graders read interesting sentences and stories each week that they translate from Latin to English. They continue to deepen their understanding of Latin by practicing the more challenging skill of translating sentences from English to Latin, which prepares them for the Latin reading they will encounter in Rhetoric Latin.
Math: Decimals & Percentages or Pre-Algebra
Latin: Form II First Half
Fine Arts: Orchestra, Choir, Drama, Art