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The 1st Grade Classical Curriculum

Continuing the curriculum path established in Kindergarten, Gulf Pointe Academy's 1st grade curriculum utilizes Memoria Press' highly acclaimed classical liberal arts education model.  The cultivation of wisdom and virtue is accomplished in two ways:  first, through training in the liberal arts; and secondly, through a familiarity with the great books and the great thinkers of the Western tradition.

The liberal arts are the generalizable linguistic and mathematical skills that enable a person to excel in every academic area—as well as in the practical activities of life. In classical and medieval times, there were thought to be seven of these arts or skills: grammar, logic, and rhetoric (the “trivium”), as well as arithmetic, geometry, astronomy, and music (the “quadrivium”). The first three were linguistic arts, and the last four were mathematical. We would probably say today that there are more than just the four mathematic skills worthy of mastery, but the liberal arts remain the greatest summary of the skills a person should be expected to know in order to be accounted an educated person.

Through the study of the greatest that has been thought and said by Western writers and thinkers, we pass our cultural heritage on to our children. Western civilization is made up of three elements: the Greeks, the Romans, and the Hebrews—and the coalescing of these three cultures into what later became known as Christendom, the Christian civilization that remained the dominant cultural force in the West until the early 20th century. A familiarity with the Greeks, the Romans, and, most importantly, the Christian Bible is essential to understanding our culture.

The liberal arts are the “how” of education, and the study of Western culture is the “what”. A mastery of both of these is the best way to prepare a child, not only for college, but for life.

Complete Curriculum

Memoria Press Copybook 2

Memoria Press Composition & Sketchbook

New American Cursive 1

The Golden Children's Bible

Christian Liberty Nature Reader (Book K)

Animal Alphabet


Classical Phonics

SRA Phonics 2


Story Time Treasures

More Story Time Treasures

Math (Rod & Staff)

Beginning Arithmetic 1 & 2: Student Workbook

Rod & Staff Blacklines

Readers (American Language Series):

Little Bear by Else Holmelund Minarik
Little Bear's Visit
by Else Holmelund Minarik
Caps for Sale
by Esphyr Slobodkina
Blueberries for Sal
by Robert McCloskey
Make Way for Ducklings
by Robert McCloskey
Billy and Blaze by C.W. Anderson
Blaze and the Forest Fire by C.W. Anderson
The Story About Ping by Marjorie Flack and Kurt Wiese
Keep the Lights Burning, Abbie by Peter and Connie Roop
Stone Soup by Marcia Brown
The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton
Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney

A Little House Christmas Treasury by Laura Ingalls Wilder

Christmas in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder

Winter on the Farm by Laura Ingalls Wilder

Read-Aloud Program

Miss Spider's Tea Party by David Kirk
The Ink Garden of Brother Theophane
by C.M. Millen
A House Is a House for Me
by Mary Ann Hoberman
Miss Twiggley's Tree
by Dorothea Warren Fox
Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile
by Bernard Waber
A Picture Book of Christopher Columbus
by David A. Adler
Katy No-Pocket
by Emmy Pane
Wynken, Blynken, and Nod
by Eugene Field, Illustrated by Johanna Westerman
The Caboose Who Got Loose
by Bill Peet
The Owl and the Pussycat
by Edward Lear
The Little Island
by Margaret Wise Brown
The Very First Thanksgiving Day
Rhonda Gowler Greene
Choo Choo
by Virginia Lee Burton
The Polar Express
by Chris Van Allsburg
How the Grinch Stole Christmas
by Dr. Seuss
Snowflake Bentley
by Jacqueline Briggs Martin
The Moon Shines Down
by Margaret Wise Brown
Norman the Doorman
by Don Freeman
Pickle-Chiffon Pie
by Jolly Roger Bradfield
The Star-Spangled Banner
Illustrated by Peter Spier
Abe Lincoln: The Boy Who Loved Books
by Kay Winters
White Snow, Bright Snow
by Alvin Tresselt
Patrick - Patron Saint of Ireland
by Tomie de Paola
Doctor DeSoto
by William Steig
Little Toot
by Hardie Gramatky
Rabbit School
by Albert Sixtus, translated by Roland Freischlad
The Glorious Flight
by Alice and Martin Provensen
Saint Francis and the Wolf
by Jane Langton
Fly High, Fly Low
by Don Freeman
Millions of Cats
by Wanda Ga'g
The Storm Book
by Charlotte Zolotow
Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel
by Virginia Lee Burton
A Time to Keep
by Tasha Tudor

A Child's Book of Poems by Gyo Fujikawa
Animals Animals
by Eric Carle