Traditio Nostra or "Our Tradition" is a great books, discussion based set of courses that is arranged into three chronological cycles: Ancient & Classical Times, The Christian Age, and Modern Times. The courses are available for both intermediate (7th-9th) and advanced (10th-12th) grade levels. The courses are available as LIVE, Independent Study Plus, and Independent Study classes, and are also featured in the intermediate co-op suite for Schola Rosa.
The study of Latin is a wonderful way to teach advanced grammar skills - the first leg of the mediaeval trivium. No less importantly, it opens up the student to the living language of the Church and Her vast library of contributing authors. Engagement with "real" Latin from the original sources begins immediately, with selections that complement the readings in the Traditio Nostra cycles. Three years are available. All grammar is covered in years I and II; memory work in those years includes both grammar and over 40 Latin prayers and hymns. Year III is reading intensive.
The "three ways" or Trivium of classical education are the language arts of grammar, logic, and rhetoric. Though they are best understood as an integrated whole, we might describe grammar as the study of the parts and pieces of language; its building blocks. Logic is the art of expressing correct reasoning using those blocks. Rhetoric is the art of communicating "well," adding the perfections of beauty to the truths of language. Grammar is studied, formally, in our Latin program; here you find Logic and Rhetoric in years I and II. These arts are the tools that precede and make possible all further studies, especially philosophy and theology. In the third and final course, the students examine how the tools they have learned find application in a variety of specific sciences, setting up the transition from the Trivium to the Quadrivium, learning still more about logic and rhetoric, and pausing to look over the whole range of the arts and sciences to note how they fit together and point man to God.
We are pleased to offer elective classes in German. Its complexity rivals that of Latin and its literature and philosophy are immensely important for modernity. All three years include spoken language, grammar, reading, and composition elements. Basic prayers and poems are included in the memorization work. The books German Made Simple by Arnold Leitner and German Grammar Drills by Ed Swick are used in years I and II.
See the complete listing in the COURSE CATALOG.
Our French courses are similar in layout to our Latin classes in that they emphasize reading and writing, the first two years cover grammar, and the third focuses upon reading. Similar to German, French literature and philosophy are of special importance to modern thought. This elective language utilizes the titles Practice Makes Perfect - A Complete French Grammar, Easy French Reader, and Read & Think French. Third year readings are chosen based on student interests.