Grammar stage students have a quick memory and find joy in repeating or chanting various facts, rhymes, and lists. They acquire a good deal of important facts easily and are not pushed to reason abstractly with this information. In these grades, students at JH Classical Academy learn the grammar, or building blocks, of subjects.
The logic stage consists of the middle years of education. Students in this stage begin to ask “why?” very frequently. They develop powers of reasoning and argumentation. Abstract thinking becomes possible, especially toward the end of the logic stage. Students begin to form arguments by drawing on what they have learned and applying logical reasoning.
The rhetoric stage is about independent expression. Students continue to study all the subjects but see the interplay between them. Students use their knowledge to synthesize and create. A student who has completed the rhetoric stage finds some personal outlet for expression, whether in the arts or sciences.