Humanities is the foundation upon which our commitment to excellent education is built. It is a study of world cultures. It emphasizes the basic classical scholastic approach to moral philosophy, thus equipping students with the tools for a lifetime of learning. Humanities encompass a working knowledge of the timetables of history; a basic understanding of the great literary classics; a familiarity with the sweep of art, music, and ideas; a worldview comprehension of basic geography; a principled approach to discerning the significance of current events; and an emphasis on a Christian life paradigm.
The idea is to study human achievement in the context both in terms of its historical and societal sequence and in terms of its providential and cultural importance. Out of this integrated understanding of God’s world, every other subject and discipline is informed.
- Pre-K – Creation/Four Seasons
- Kindergarten – Creation/Science Units
- Grade 1 – Ancient Israel/Old Testament Survey/ Jewish Celebrations
- Grade 2 – Ancient Mesopotamia/Ancient Africa/Ancient Egypt/Ancient India/Ancient China
- Grade 3 – Ancient Greece and Rome
- Grade 4 – Barbarian Invasion of the Roman Empire/Feudal System of Japan/Birth of Islam/The Carolingians and the Birth of Christendom and Medieval Africa/Renaissance/ the Protestant Reformation
- Grade 5 – Mesoamerica/Natives of North America/ the Vikings/European Explorers/Colonization in America/Revolutionary War
- Grade 6 – Louisiana Purchase/ Westward Expansion/Abolition Era/Civil War/Reconstruction/World War I and II/Post Modernism
As children study humanities, they also learn about the world around them as it is now in relation to the historical period in their curriculum.
Map skills are taught at the most basic level, from finding our own hometown on the map to studying Africa, Europe, North and South America and Asia as their studies take students through history.