Christian Grammar School at Home

Four-Year Later Knowledge Guide Curriculum Overview

We’ve all been told that, from the earliest foundations of America til around 1900, most people only had an 8th grade education

Yet when you look at the books that average dirt farming Americans read for pleasure back then, the letters that they wrote, and examples of exams from their grammar schools, we can’t help but get the sneaking suspicion that they were smarter than we are, with our high school diplomas and college degrees!

For the past several years, we have been researching those old methods and striving to replicate them in a way that is practical for modern parents.  These methods are simple and organic, yet wonderfully effective.

At Christian Trivium Publishing, we are pleased to present, for the modern homeschool family…

…only an 8th grade education.

Christian Grammar School at Home

Read & Study 27 entire books of the Bible

  • Genesis
  • most of Exodus
  • Numbers
  • half of Deuteronomy
  • Joshua
  • Judges
  • Ruth
  • 1 Samuel
  • 2 Samuel
  • 1 Kings
  • 2 Kings
  • 1 Chronicles
  • 2 Chronicles
  • Ezra
  • Nehemiah
  • Esther
  • Job
  • Psalms
  • Proverbs
  • Daniel
  • Jonah
  • Matthew
  • Mark
  • Luke
  • John
  • Acts
  • 1 Peter
  • Jude
  • Revelation


The Book of 1 Peter

Christian Worldview

  • What Does the Bible Say About That?, by Kevin Swanson
  • Proverbs: The Companion Lesson Book, by Kevin Swanson


Thorough study of Arithmetic, including Pre-Algebra, using Saxon Math (or curriculum of parents’ choice)

Natural Philosophy (Science)

Informal Study

Grammar School Approach to English

  • Study the entire 1824 Blue Back Speller, by Noah Webster
  • Reading Aloud
  • Dictation
  • Oral Interpretation (Public Speaking)
  • Copywork
  • Summarizing & Outlining
  • Reading Great Books
  • Thorough Study of English Grammar

Literature & History

Christian literature, chosen to teach literary excellence, Christian character, & history:

  • 13 Christian biographies/autobiographies
  • 28 works of Christian literature
  • 8 books that are not explicitly Christian, but teach history and/or character from a Christian worldview perspective
  • 17 hymns (to memorize)


High school-level Latin I & II


Thorough study of biblical Greek alphabet and phonics


Light study of Hebrew alphabet and phonics

Religion & Morality

Unapologetic instruction in religion, character, and morality, from a historical Reformation Protestant, yet not denominational, perspective

The Complete Christian Grammar School at Home Curriculum


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