Physical: 460 High Road, Ellsworth, Maine 04605

Mailing: P.O. Box 1146

Southwest Harbor, ME 04679

240-GO-MIRUS

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STEP INTO A CLASSROOM AT MIRUS ACADEMY

      It is difficult to truly comprehend what a classical education offers without stepping inside a classroom.  All the theory melts into practicality and the wonder truly begins to emerge.  

 

     Below is a collection of videos that shows some of the poetry that the students memorize.  The subject links below give you a glimpse of what a kindergartener learns at Mirus Academy.

POETRY RECITATION

      Poety recitation is perhaps the easiest way to see the classical model of education at work.  The students are given a new poem every week and once their minds have been trained, they are able to recite the new poems with ease by Friday.  The classical model teaches "with the grain," that is, the method teaches children in the grammar stage to memorize large volumes of information because their minds are oriented to absorb information in this fashion.  The amazing result is that though the students may be in week 12 they can still recite all the previous poems with ease.  See the results below.

 

"Nobility"

"Violet"

"Tutor of Toots"

"Recipe for an Appetite"

"The Flint"

"Baker's Reply to the Needle Salesman"

Weeks 5-6

Week 3

Week 4

Week 2

 

HISTORY

     Below is a quick snapshot of what students learned in the first 3 months at Mirus:

 

  • Time lines (Before Christ and Anno Domini, including how to read events sequentially in B.C. and A.D.)

  • Geography of Ancient Egypt, the Nile, the Nile Delta, Upper and Lower Egypt, the Fertile Crescent, Mesopotamia, the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, Akkadian Empire, Jericho, Ur, Kish.

  • Nomads, King Narmer/Menes unified Egypt in 3200 B.C., the crowns of Upper and Lower Egypt, mummification, the pyramids, hieroglyphics, the tale of Osiris and Set, the gods Re (Ra), Osiris, Horus, Anubis and their roles in Egyptian religion.

  • King Sargon unifying Mesopotamia in 2334 B.C., cuneiform, military dictator, the Gilgamesh epic

  • Memorized Israelite patriarchs:   Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Dan, Naphtali, Gad, Asher Isaachar, Zebulun, Joseph, and Benjamin.

  • Ur, Jericho, Haran, Canaan, Dead Sea, Jordan River

  • Babyon/Babylonia, Hammurabi, Code of Hammurabi, 1792 B.C., stele, Gate of Ishtar, ziggarauts, Ziggaraut of Ur

  • Assyria, Assur, Shamshi - Adad and his cruel reign 

  • Hittites, 1400-1200 B.C.,Hatti, Hattusas, Asia Minor, iron smelting, chariots, "people of a thousand gods" etc.

  • Phonecians, 1100 B.C., Tyre, Sidon, Carthage, purple dye, boats, alphabet

  • India, 2000 B.C., Harrapan Civilization, Indus River, Himalayan Mountains, Mohenjo-Daro

  • China, Huang Di, discovery of silk, Yellow River, Yangtze River,

  • Ancient Africa, Sahara Desert, Whale Valley, Anansi Tales

  • Middle and New Kingdoms of Egypt - Ahmose, Amenemhet 1991 B.C., Sisostris, Nubians, Hyksos, Thutmose I 1524 B.C., Hatshepsut, King Tut, Ramses II, Battle of Kadesh.

  • Exodus of Israel, 1440 B.C., the Egyptian gods each of the 10 plagues addressed.

 

        After this, they went on to learn about The Neo-Babylonian Empire, the Exiles of Israel and Judah, the Persians, The Iliad, Crete and the Minoans, the founding of Greece, and the Greco-Persian War.

 

 

PHONICS

 

 The students spend a great deal of time in phonics.  Their morning work is copywork of sentences from Aesop or some other moral tale.

 

  • All 26 letters and all the sounds each make (ex. long, short, and other sounds as "O" also says "oo" in "do")

  • 25 letter teams and their sounds (ex. "ee" says "e,"   "ea" says "e," "eh," and "a")

  • In under a month, students have progressed in fluency from reading 10 words per minute to 30 words per minute with some reaching 66 wpm.

  • 5 reasons for a silent final e

  • Base words do not end i (usually)

  • Doubling of l, s, and d after a single vowel (often)

  • 12-14 spelling words a week

  • 5 elements to a complete sentence. (Writing a sentence from scrambled vocabulary).

  • Reading fluency of 30-60 words per minute.

  • Dictation - Teacher reads a sentence out loud and the students write the sentence correctly on their papers.

  • Grammar rules (5 components of a sentence, subject-verb agreement, etc.)

BIBLE

 

The students are learning to tell the story of the Bible.  They are really attentive to the stories and the outcomes.

 

  • All the books of the Bible memorized (by mid-October!)

  • Verses memorized to date: 

  • Gen. 1:1

  • Gen. 3:15

  • Gen. 9:13

  • Gen. 15:5-6

  • Gen. 22: 7-8

  • Gen. 28:15

  • Gen. 50:20

  • Ex. 3:14

  • Ex. 20:3-17 (Ten Commandments)

  • Ex. 32:32

  • Josh. 24:15

  • Judges 8:23

  • Judges 16:30

  • 1 Sam. 15:22

  • 1 Sam. 16:7

  • 1 Sam. 17:45

  • Ezra 10:4

  • Psalm 139: 7-10

  • Proverbs 3:5-6

  • Proverbs 8:33-36

  • Dan. 3:25

  • Dan. 6:26

  • 1 Kings 18:37

  • 2 Kings 6:16

  • Matt. 13:44

  • Lk. 24:26-27

  • John 3:16

  • John 11:25-26

  • Acts 9:15-16

  • Acts 21:13

  • Rev. 21:1-2

  • Shorter Catechism - Q 1-60

MATH

 

      Math is essential to a classical education because it teaches students how to correctly order their minds.  The beauty of numbers is learned through this great discipline.

 

  • Counting forward and backward from 20

  • Skip counting by 2's and 5's to 60

  • Greater than and less than symbols

  • Odds and evens

  • Telling time to the minute (ex. 12:25)

  • Number line

  • Word problems

  • Place value

  • Addition with Missing Addends

  • Subtraction

  • Addition and Subtraction with double digits

  • Addition and Subtraction with three digits

  • Fractions

ART

 

    The students are learning the fundamentals of art while experiencing various art techniques used by the ancients.   

 

  • Students can construct shapes to make a drawing

  • Students use depth to make form (Florentine relief, recycled products, clay, etc.)

  • Foreground, background, composition 

  • Drawing shapes to construct animals

  • Still life drawings

  • Ancient art techniques including dyeing, bas-relief, constructing amphorae

  • Primary colors, Secondary colors, color wheel, ROY G. BIV

  • Painting fundamentals - proper brush grip, painting within lines, etc.

  • Positive and Negative Space

MUSIC

 

    The students are learning the fundamentals of music and the development of music through history.   

 

  • Treble clef:  All students can sight read the notes and find them on the keyboard.

  • Students can recognize the four instruement families both by sight and sound

  • Students are able to distinguish between instruments of the same family by sound

  • Rhythm, whole notes, dotted half notes, half notes, quarter notes, eighth notes, and rests

  • Vocal training

PHYS. ED.

 

    Having control over one's body is important for maturing.  The students are learning how to control their movements.

 

  • Balance

  • Non-locomotor skills

  • Sprinting

  • Jogging

  • Leaping

  • Jumping

  • Stretching

  • Supine position

  • Prone position

  • Soccer

  • Gymnastics

  • Coordination

  • Balloon volleyball

  • Presidential Fitness Test

  • Obstacle Courses

SCIENCE

 

  The students are discovering the fundamentals of science - observation, measurement, etc.  All the while, they are learning the fundamentals of biology as well.

 

  •  Compass Rose (N,E,S,W)

  •  7 continents

  •  5 oceans

  •  Days of the week

  •  Months of the year

  •  Number of days in each month

  • Biotic vs. Abiotic

  • 7 Biomes:

  • Temperate forest, deciduous trees, deeper roots, hibernation

  • Taiga, confierous trees, shallow roots

  • Tundra, permafrost, alpine, artic

  • Desert, nocturnal, burrowing

  • Grasslands, temperate and tropical, burrowing animals

  • Rainforest, temperate and tropical, soil condition etc.

  • Aquatic - freshwater and marine

  • Taxonomy - Kingdom, Phylum, Class, Order, Family, Genus, Species

  • Animal Kingdom, vertebrates, invertebrates, exoskeleton, heterotrophic

  • Plant Kingdom

  • Fungi Kingdom

  • Protist Kingdom

  • Archaebacteria Kingdom

  • Eubacteria Kingdom

  • 5 senses and the organs that use them

  • Scientific name for 11 bones of the body

  • Scientific name for 9 muscles of the body