Grace & Truth Co-Op

Classical Christian Education

Pretoria Campus

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The following provides an overview of the 2024 curriculum for the Pretoria Campus.

Welcome to Claritas Memory Class. Four cycles have been written, that is covered over the period of four years. Each cycle consist of 28 weeks of material and contains memory work that covers the following subjects: Scripture, History, English, Latin, Math, Science, Geography, Hymn and a Timeline. Each fact is set to an engaging tune to aid the kids in learning and memorizing the information remarkably fast. This course is recommended for kids of the grammar age, who will at first just learn a list of words and facts. Then, comprehension of the meaning of these facts and finally application of the facts which should bring joy and a sense of accomplishment. Included in every cycle are Scripture verses and hymns. A history timeline is introduced over the course of the year, that is repeated in every cycle. For Math and English, the first part of each cycle will introduce memory work which will be repeated each year and Cycles 1 & 3 are the same and Cycles 2 & 4 are the same. This is a great way to reinforce these important skills. The Latin subject material covers verbs and nouns declensions, as well as passages from Scripture. Finally, Geography covers many of the locations that have been learned through the history sentences. (Follow this link for more information: https://www.crossseven.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Claritas-Curriculum-Info.pdf)

This class studies the first year-plan in the Tapestry four-year rotational study of history and worldview and covers the history of the world from Creation to the fall of Rome in 450 AD.
Students pay special attention to the origin and nature of human civilizations, especially the great civilizations that form the foundations of our modern world. Our main textbook is the Bible, and the students will work through the Old Testament as we study these civilizations. We also have a range of world history books made available for the students to read. We will also pay special attention to the redemption story by working through the Old Testament as we study these civilizations to see the themes of God’s goodness, man’s sinfulness and God’s plan to save those who believe in Him.

This course will be done through fun crafts and activities in order to make history come alive for young historians.

This exciting course for students grades 4-6 will build on the principles laid down by the Institute for Excellence in Writing. Instead of writing based on short source texts in the student manual, the students will have the whole scope of their history readings as a source from which to synthesize and write different responses. Through practice, students will add a variety of Graphic Organizers to their pre-writing toolkit. In our weekly class, the teacher will introduce each new genre using the Writing Aids textbook and Talking Points. She will also give students feedback through detailed grading rubrics. Parents are responsible to help students complete their assignments and submit them on Canvas and keep their work organized. Make sure you make time to read and celebrate their completed work! 

A few subjects covered in Dialectic Writing Aids:

  • Analytical Essays
  • Dictation
  • Editorials
  • Formal Outlines
  • Narrative Writing
  • Research Paper
  • And much more!

Homework can be completed in about two hours per week.

A sample Homework Assignment from Week 5:
Using the correct graphic organizer for each genre, do the prewriting for two paragraphs. You may need to so some outside research; here are some topic suggestions:
☐ Expository: Clearly explain the trading routes of the Fertile Crescent.
☐ Descriptive: Choose any story of Abraham’s life to describe in detail.
☐ Narrative: Tell the story of Abraham’s rescue of Lot and encounter with Melchizedek.
☐ Persuasive: Pretend to be a citizen of Babylonia and persuade your neighbors not to build the Tower of Babel.
Write rough drafts for your two paragraphs. In your Grammar & Composition Notebook, file these under “Work in Progress” for use in Week 7

To be combined with Ancient History Based Literature for 1 High School English Credit
Must be taken in conjunction with TOG Dialectic History & Worldview

This exciting course for students grades 6-12 will build on the principles laid down by the Institute for Excellence in Writing. Instead of writing based on short source texts in the student manual, the students will have the whole scope of their history readings as a source from which to synthesize and write different responses. Through practice, students will add a variety of Graphic Organizers to their pre-writing toolkit. In our weekly class, the teacher will introduce each new genre using the Writing Aids textbook and Talking Points. She will also give students feedback through detailed grading rubrics. Parents are responsible to help students complete their assignments and submit them on Canvas and keep their work organized. Make sure you make time to read and celebrate their completed work!

A few subjects covered in Dialectic Writing Aids:

  • Analytical Essays
  • Dictation
  • Editorials
  • Formal Outlines
  • Narrative Writing
  • Research Paper
  • And much more!

Homework can be completed in about two hours per week.

A sample Homework Assignment from Week 5:
Using the correct graphic organizer for each genre, do the prewriting for two paragraphs. You may need to so some outside research; here are some topic suggestions:
☐ Expository: Explain the role of gods and goddesses in Mesopotamian lives.
☐ Descriptive: Choose one aspect of everyday life in Mesopotamia to describe.
☐ Narrative: Tell the story of the events that led to the Tower of Babel.
☐ Persuasive: Pretend to be a citizen of Babylonia and persuade your neighbors not to build the Tower of Babel.
Write rough drafts for your two paragraphs. In your Grammar & Composition Notebook, file these under “Work in Progress” for use in Week 7.

 

This course is designed to teach the students what science is all about from a Biblical Creation perspective. From where science comes from, including the famous historic scientists to basic biology; how the body is composed of millions of minute little cells to the various complex systems that our bodies are made of. All beautifully designed by our awesome Creator. The course consists of 16 modules spread over 32 weeks. In the first week of every module, we read through the text and work on the experiments and our Lab journals. The Lab journals are there to teach the student how to observe and explain their surroundings through the scientific method (observation, hypothesis, experimentation, results, conclusion). This also teaches them how to write a correct lab report. The second week, we try and memorize as much of the work as possible and answer the questions for that module. After this, a short test is written to help the children prepare for their semester exam at the end of 8 weeks.

Welcome to Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology. This course is designed the help the student explore the inner workings of the human body using a variety of activities like reading, interactive questions and links, experiments and helpful videos. The material is presented in such a way that makes it fairly easy for kids to gain a good understanding of the topics covered in the book and the accompanying notebooking journal helps to establish the facts firmly in the minds of the student. 

There are 14 lessons in this book. Each lesson will be covered over a period of 2 weeks. After every 2nd lesson, we have a built-in review week, in which we will have a combination of review games and experiments. Each student will have a Notebooking Journal that accompanies the text book. At the end of each week, there will be various note booking activities assigned to the students to complete. This includes various assignments like crossword puzzles, drawing diagrams, copy work etc. You will find these notebooking activities to be important tools for providing a record of progress and learning. And it is highly recommended that the student follows the timetable that the facilitators have designed in order to finish these notebooking activities in a timely manner and also that they can be prepared for the in-person class on a Friday. 

There is also a fun and unique project that you will complete throughout the course of the year that is found in the notebooking Journal. “The  Personal Person” project will have you create a model of the human body which you will make your own by adding a photo of your own face to it. After each lesson, instructions will be given as to how to add various parts (ie, bones, lungs, heart etc.) to your “Personal Person”. This hands-on activity is a lot of fun and is not only a great visual for the students, but will help them to remember the location of vital organs.

This course can also be done for a history credit from Grade 8 – 12

This class studies the first year-plan in the Tapestry four-year rotational study of history and worldview and covers the history of the world from Creation to the fall of Rome in 450 AD.
Students pay special attention to the origin and nature of human civilizations, especially the great civilizations that form the foundations of our modern world. Our main textbook is the Bible, and the students will work through the Old Testament as we study these civilizations. We also have a range of world history books made available for the students to read. We will also pay special attention to the redemption story by workings through the Old Testament as we study these civilizations to see the themes of God’s goodness, man’s sinfulness and God’s plan to save those who believe in Him.
This course will be lead by Socratic discussions, where the students read and prepare for class, and come to discuss and connect the dots of history and redemption.

Omnibus is a Great Books curriculum for grades 7–12 that teaches students the lessons from the past in order to live in the present. In Latin, Omnibus means “all-encompassing.” The Omnibus curriculum from Veritas Press is designed to help enlighten, train, and develop young minds through the study of everything important, long-lasting, and true: the ideas, arguments and expression of the Western Canon as expressed in the Great Books. 

Omnibus II Course

In Omnibus II Primary reading track we will cover the period of history from Church History writer Eusebius to the Time of the Reformation with Martin Luther’s “The Bondage of the Will.” In our secondary reading track we cover writers such as JRR Tolkien, Dorothy Sayers, Shakespeare and others. We have also included one South African History book called “Robbert Moffat: Missionary Hero of Kuruman” by David J. Deane. Omnibus is designed to prompt discussions from the Great Books in accordance with a Biblical worldview. Students must be equipped for doing what Paul tells us in 2 Corinthians 10:5 We are destroying arguments and all arrogance raised against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ. Omnibus provides an opportunity to meet with these ideas from the books we read, the interactions we have in class and the world we live in.

This class is taught on Zoom and is worth half a credit for Grade 9 – 12 Mathematics

Welcome to our Thinking Toolbox course. This should be part of a student’s journey through high school. It is aimed at teaching children critical thinking skills, reasoning skills and argumentative skills. Students are encouraged to take this course because it is meant to teach them how to think about the world around them. “How to think?”, you may ask. “Isn’t that something that happens  involuntarily?” Well yes, and no! Martin Luther, the great Reformer once said that “one cannot prevent a bird from flying over your head, but you can prevent it from nesting in your hair”. Of course thoughts happen involuntarily, but it is also the result of the input our brains receive. The problem in our world is that we are being overwhelmed with input into our brains, and somehow we have to make sense from all this input. As we get older, we need to learn to sort through all of this input and discard what is not worthy to allow to nest inside our heads. This course will help the student develop a set of skills to do just that. Its aim is to help the student learn to critique input, from opinions and respond with a well-thought argument. This course also helps them excel in many other courses through high school, like English, History and even Mathematics. Although this isn’t a Bible course per se, it should also help the student grow in his/her relationship with the Lord. Used correctly, it should help them make sensible, obedient choices, worthy of a child of God.

All skill levels are welcome here as we combine our talents to make music together. From praise songs to classical melodies, we sing and play together to enjoy the reward of creating something beautiful together and have fun doing it. In our class we will cover the basics of music theory, with challenging practical challenges for the more advanced players. Through listening to and discussing music from all eras and styles we will find new ways to interpret our own music. Making music stimulates your brain, stirs your emotions, and fuels your creativity.

What a blessing it is to share your God-given talents with others!

Books

Each family is responsible to source their own books for each class. Grace and Truth Online provides book rental packages for some classes. These digital books remain the property of GTO but future students in the same family may rent the same Kindle account for free. Some of our books are available locally some need to be imported from America.

**TOG Booklists are available on the Loom after you have purchased TOG Spools for that Level, or you can search the TOG Amazon Store.  In the search bar you can type Y1 UG for Year 1 Upper Grammar and you will see the collections.

A = Alternate  /  P = Primary (in importance).

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The above information is also available in a downloadable PDF page.

Registration Fees

  • Application fee R1000 per family (R600 until 31 October 2023)
  • Annual Co-Op tuition fees can be paid in 10 monthly instalments

Discounts

Discounts for Volunteers and Facilitators

  • Talk to Michelle Viljoen about teaching or volunteer positions available to reduce your fees.

Family Discount

  • 3rd child gets ½ price, additional children after the 3rd are free

Grammar for the Well Trained Mind

  • Grade 4-8 Zoom class R3000 (R2000 for students taking Writing and Literature or Omnibus)

Books

Each family is responsible to source their own books for each class. Grace and Truth Online provides book rental packages for some classes. These digital books remain the property of GTO but future students in the same family may rent the same Kindle account for free. Some of our books are available locally some need to be imported from America.

**TOG Booklists are available on the Loom after you have purchased TOG Spools for that Level, or you can search the TOG Amazon Store.  In the search bar you can type Y1 UG for Year 1 Upper Grammar and you will see the collections.

A = Alternate  /  P = Primary (in importance).

Download

The above information is also available in a downloadable PDF page.

Registration Fees

  • Application fee R1000 per family (R600 until 31 October 2023)
  • Annual Co-Op tuition fees can be paid in 10 monthly instalments

Discounts

Discounts for Volunteers and Facilitators

  • Talk to Michelle Viljoen about teaching or volunteer positions available to reduce your fees.

Family Discount

  • 3rd child gets ½ price, additional children after the 3rd are free

Books

Each family is responsible to source their own books for each class. Grace and Truth Online provides book rental packages for some classes. These digital books remain the property of GTO but future students in the same family may rent the same Kindle account for free. Some of our books are available locally some need to be imported from America.

**TOG Booklists are available on the Loom after you have purchased TOG Spools for that Level, or you can search the TOG Amazon Store.  In the search bar you can type Y1 UG for Year 1 Upper Grammar and you will see the collections.

A = Alternate  /  P = Primary (in importance).

Download

The above information is also available in a downloadable PDF page.

Registration Fees

  • Application fee R1000 per family (R600 until 31 October 2023)
  • Annual Co-Op tuition fees can be paid in 10 monthly instalments

Discounts

Discounts for Volunteers and Facilitators

  • Talk to Michelle Cantrell about teaching or volunteer positions available to reduce your fees.

Family Discount

  • 3rd child gets ½ price, additional children after the 3rd are free

Grammar for the Well Trained Mind

  • Grade 4-8 Zoom class R3000 (R2000 for students taking Writing and Literature or Omnibus)

Books

Each family is responsible to source their own books for each class. Grace and Truth Online provides book rental packages for some classes. These digital books remain the property of GTO but future students in the same family may rent the same Kindle account for free. Some of our books are available locally some need to be imported from America.

University Preparation Costs

High School Students must register with Home Life Academy to receive a High School Diploma. See the fees for International Students on their website. They must also take the SAT (a three hour multiple choice exam that covers mathematics, reading and logic skills. See the College Board website for registration fees, times and locations (https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat). You can use Khan Academy for free SAT preparation. After completion of grade 11 and taking the SAT exam you can apply to an American University (runs about $80 but can be free if you do it before the early application deadline of November 1 (https://www.masters.edu/admissions/undergrad/). You then submit your HomeLife Academy Diploma and American University acceptance letter to the South African Universities Board in Pretoria to apply for a foreign conditional exemption based on your American qualification (https://mb.usaf.ac.za/united-states-of-america/).

See website for application fees (https://mb.usaf.ac.za/). This conditional exemption will then become complete when you are accepted by the South African University. If you have a South African I.D. book, you will pay local university fees not international fees.  Please confirm the fees with the individual institutes. 

Download

The above information is also available in a downloadable PDF page.