Grammar and Logic Schools
The Grammar School
In her seminal essay "The Lost Tools of Learning," Dorothy Sayers discusses students in the grammar stage. She writes that "the [Grammar] stage is the one in which learning by heart is easy and, on the whole, pleasurable; whereas reasoning is difficult and, on the whole, little relished. At this age, one readily memorizes the shapes and appearances of things; one likes to recite the number-plates of cars; one rejoices in the chanting of rhymes and the rumble and thunder of unintelligible polysyllables; one enjoys the mere accumulation of things."
Here at Harvest we focus on delivering curriculum in the Grammar School in ways that are memorable, fun, engaging and encouraging, laying the foundation for advanced study. Additionally, a high emphasis on art, music, and theatre encourages our young scholars to love the Lord with all their heart, mind, soul, and strength.
The Logic School
In the Logic stage of the middle school years, students have begun to question “why.” They are analyzing the world around them and developing their ability to reason and discern truth. The formal logic skills we teach during this stage empower students to argue well while they learn to understand the world around them and their place in it.
Dorothy Sayers comments that "The [junior high] age...is characterized by contradicting, answering back, liking to "catch people out" (especially one's elders); and by the propounding of conundrums. Its nuisance-value is extremely high."
At Harvest, we want to fashion and hone our middle school students into young gentlemen and ladies who will discern and love Goodness, Truth, and Beauty.