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Catholic Review of: Mother Of Divine Grace 3rd Grade Syllabus

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Author:  Laura M. Berquist

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This item received 5 stars overall. (12/31/2011)

Orthodoxy: Completely orthodox.
Reading Level: Intermediate

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Structured Introduction to the Grammatical stage of Classical Education

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The Mother of Divine Grace (MODG) program was designed in keeping with the principles of founder Laura Berquist's Designing Your Own Classical Curriculum. As expressed via their Statement of Purpose:
It is designed in the light of the classical principle that the goal of education is to teach children how to think; to help them learn the art of learning. If children learn how to learn, they will be equipped for life, able to master any subject when it becomes necessary or desirable. Further, the curriculum is faithful to the doctrine and teaching of the Catholic Church, which enlightens and informs all the areas of the curriculum.
The tools offered by Mother of Divine Grace exist to make homeschooling a rich and rewarding experience for the entire family, whether you use the syllabus exactly as outlined or adopt a more flexible approach.
Grade 3 marks the beginning of the Grammatical Stage in the Mother of Divine Grace curriculum, which focuses on learning a body of knowledge, often via memorization and repetition, to serve as a foundation for the later acquisition of abstract reasoning skills. Berquist and other classical educators believe that children at this age level and stage are well-suited to acquiring a vast collection of facts about various subjects, as evidenced in childhood predilections for collecting baseball cards, learning all about horses, and other fact-filled pursuits enjoyed by children in this stage. 
Thus, the Mother of Divine Grace third grade syllabus focuses on skills like the memorization of basic mathematical facts, geographical knowlege, Latin vocabulary, and works of art. This builds upon the memorization skills learned in previous years via the study of poetry, which this year includes the reading and retelling of Bible stories.
Mother of Divine Grace incorporates a variety of texts from various retailers, many of which can be acquired through one's local library or swapped out with your family's personal favorites. 
This syllabus will provide a well-developed structure for your year of homeschooling, but even if you choose to only incorporate the MODG to certain subjects, it will remain a great resource. The rubrics for evaluating student work, in particular, will help you decide whether your child has remained on track in each of the subjects studied.
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