A Rich Curriculum
Trinity is a school with a rich curriculum.
We think that children, like all of us, have
a natural appetite for knowledge and understanding.
So our job is to set before them a rich feast of learning:
Living books, myths and stories, nature studies,
masterpieces of music and art.
Nothing gives us more satisfaction
than waking the imagination.
Rich Classroom Experiences, Illustrated
"It's one thing to read about the glorious 'golden' days of Ancient Greece; it's another to live for a week under a simulated system of that civilization. Each fall, Trinity's fifth grade students participate in Polis Projects. They are divided into competing polis groups (the polis was the ancient Greek city-state). For one week they must follow our "Rules of Athenian Democracy," meaning that, for these few days, the boys will be responsible for making all decisions and doing special work assignments (naming each polis, writing and keeping laws, writing paragraphs detailing the jobs they've chosen—potter, actor, politician, etc.), while the girls will be charged with keeping each polis clean (and writing diary accounts of their daily lives). One rule forbids a girl from leaving 'home' without an escort—so the boys have to walk the girls to Art, PE, recess, etc. What a way to explore the roles of men and women in ancient Greece!
"We also have a mock trial in the manner of that early Greek government (using a makeshift water-clock). Most students actually come to enjoy the responsibility (privilege) of taking care of each other; they also learn to work as a team to earn points each day.
"I'm glad that Trinity School celebrates this type of applied learning experience. It is rewarding to see the children connect with information as it springs off the written page, promoting good discussion and thoughtful questions. Speaking of questions...you should see them interact with Socrates when he comes to visit the classroom! But that's another topic."
– Trinity's fifth grade teachers
Articles of Interest
"Owning an Education," Chip Denton
"Charlotte Mason with a British Accent," Chip Denton
"On Textbooks and Living Books," Chip Denton
"Playing Around at Trinity," Chip Denton
A Summary of Charlotte Mason's Pedagogy