program practicals

CTK is a hybrid between homeschooling and a traditional classical school. It combines the best elements of both educational environments under the wisdom and authority that is in the Body of Christ for the intellectual and spiritual formation of children in the Kingdom of God. At CTK, children are taught together two days a week on the church campus and taught at home by a parent the other three days a week. Every family uses the same curriculum and is nurtured by the same Word and Spirit coming from Christ in His church—which creates unity within a child, facilitates the transfer of a biblical and Kingdom worldview, and forms an atmosphere of love and light that causes children to excel in every way.


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What is classical education?

  • We use a variety of curricula including Veritas, Sonlight, The Institute for Excellence in Writing, and Apologia.

  • Students are given a proficiency level according to our unique structure instead of a traditional grading system.

CTK's hybrid style of schooling:

  • Mondays and Thursdays at school taught in classrooms by parents and volunteers

  • Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at home

  • Homeschooling curricula and materials are guided by pastoral and teacher oversight

What ages attend CTK?

  • Preschool through high school

Information from the handbook

  • CTK runs on the powerful force of volunteers. Every family that joins CTK is committed to participating in its program as a teacher or in a position of service. We’re all in this together to provide top-notch education for our children, and we’ve found this cooperative system to be full of life and energy.  
  • The parent is assigned a primary teaching responsibility and one assistantship or service.
  • With the direction and help of her team leader, each teacher is equipped to prepare for her class, developing simple lesson plans and materials pertaining to the subject.   
  • Books and materials may be purchased by parents once students are registered.
  • A school year consists of three terms. The Fall session runs from September to December, the Winter session from January to March, and the Spring session from May to June.

proficiency levels

CTK’s class program is structured by proficiency levels. Please read the descriptions below and choose the appropriate program based on the current readiness of your child. Students who are new to CTK require an assessment. 

  • preschool

    CTK’s preschool program focuses on preparing the children for learning. Activities reinforce attentiveness, the development of gross/fine motor skills, relating to authority, and building healthy social skills. While the learning of numbers, counting, the alphabet, and letter sounds is emphasized, the goal is to build a foundation for reading. Reading will be taught at the Grammar Stage. To enter the preschool program, children must be the age of 3 by September 1 of the year they wish to enroll.


    Preschoolers do not have to be potty-trained to participate in CTK’s program. However, a parent must be onsite to change her child’s diaper, if necessary. Teachers and assistants are not released to provide this service.

  • grammar stage

    (Typically seven or eight years to complete)


    Non-reader (G-NR):  

    • Age range: 5 - 6
    • Learning to follow verbal directions
    • Maturing in sustained attention in class environment
    • Expressing eagerness to learn
    • Growing as an attentive listener of picture book and short story read-alouds
    • Developing fine motor strength  
    • Learning to hold a writing instrument properly
    • Developing in usage of scissors
    • Learning to trace simple shapes and letters

    The student is homeschooled in reading and math using the CTK’s recommended curriculum.   


    Emerging Reader (G-ER):  

    • Age range: 5 - 7
    • Developing in the early stages of sounding out words, and reading with assistance
    • Growing in attentive listening to 20 mins of daily read-alouds with minimal/no pictures
    • Learning to interact with basic daily assignments from a weekly schedule
    • Holding a writing instrument correctly and comfortably
    • Developing accurate control of scissors
    • Learning to write in print
    • Progressing in math at the kindergarten to first grade levels

    The student is homeschooled in reading and math using the CTK’s recommended curriculum. 


    Reader (G-R):  

    • Age range: 6 - 7
    • Learning to read instructions and grade 1 literature with growing fluency and minimal assistance
    • Growing as attentive listener to 30 mins of daily read-alouds without pictures
    • Learning to follow basic daily assignments from a prepared weekly schedule
    • Learning to work independently for 2 ½ hours with minimal distraction
    • Mastering print writing and learning cursive
    • Progressing in math at the first grade t0 second grade levels

    The student is homeschooled in language arts and math using the CTK’s recommended curriculum. Class work and assignments are prepared for the Reader level who is reading at grade 1 level.


    Level 1 (G-L1):  

    • Age range: 7 - 9
    • Developing fluency and comprehension in literature for grade 2 and above
    • Listening attentively to 30 mins of daily read-alouds
    • Reading and following basic daily assignments from a prepared weekly schedule
    • Increasing in capacity to handle more subject material
    • Mastering independent learning with minimal distraction
    • Mastering cursive writing
    • Progressing in math at the second grade t0 third grade levels

    The student is homeschooled in language arts and math using the CTK’s recommended curriculum. Class work and assignments are prepared for the Level 1 student who is reading at Grade 2 level and above.


    Level 2 (G-L2):  

    • Age range: 8 - 9
    • Developing fluency and comprehension in literature for grade 3 and above
    • Listening with ease to 30 mins of daily read-alouds
    • Habitually completing daily assignments from a weekly schedule
    • Writing legibly in cursive writing
    • Learning to read other’s cursive handwriting
    • Ready for training in writing and study
    • Progressing in math at the third grade t0 fourth grade levels

    The student is homeschooled in language arts and math using the CTK’s recommended curriculum. Expectations are increased for repeated subjects; new classes are added.



    Level 3 (G-L3):  

    • Age range: 9 - 10
    • Developing fluency and comprehension in literature for grade 4 and above
    • Learning and practicing the rudiments of foreign language
    • Mastering the skills of technique and style in writing a well-formulated paragraph
    • Ready for study of foreign language
    • Displaying increased maturity in self-management, self-direction, and personal responsibility for class assignments and deadlines
    • Progressing in math at the fourth grade t0 fifth grade levels

    The student is homeschooled in language arts and math using the CTK’s recommended curriculum. Classes will building on skills mastered in level 2.


    Level 4 (G-L4):  

    • Age range: 10 - 12
    • Developing fluency and comprehension in literature for grade 5 and above
    • Demonstrating consistency as an independent worker and completing assignments on time
    • Growing in mastery of a foreign language
    • Mastering the skills of technique and style in writing a three paragraph essay
    • Expressing healthy independence in self-organizing and personal responsibility for school assignments and deadlines
    • Ready for the logic stage
    • Progressing in math at the fifth grade t0 sixth grade levels

    The student is schooled in language arts and math using the CTK’s recommended curriculum. Classes will building on skills mastered in level 3 . This year is preparation and transition into the Logic Stage. 


  • logic level

    (Typically three or four years to complete)


    Level 1 (L-L1):  

    • Age range: 11-13
    • Maintaining healthy independence in self-organizing and personal responsibility for school assignments and deadlines
    • Developing comprehension of literature for adult readers
    • Growing in verbal and written mastery of foreign language
    • Mastering the skills of technique and style in creative writing and in writing an essay of three or more paragraphs.
    • Developing in early stages of critical thinking skills-problem solving, evaluating and following connections to fit facts into a logical framework, analyzing arguments of others
    • Learning how to interact in meaningful discussions with thoughtful, fact-based questions and responses
    • Growing in public expression of facts and ideas in class discussions
    • Progressing in math at the sixth grade to seventh grade levels


    Level 2 (L-L2):  

    • Age range: 12-14
    • Strengthening comprehension of literature for adult readers
    • Continuing growth in verbal and written mastery of foreign language; developing conversational fluency
    • Practicing learned skills of technique and style in creative and essay writing
    • Demonstrating in early stages of critical thinking skills--problem solving, evaluating and following connections to fit facts into a logical framework, analyzing arguments of others
    • Interacting in meaningful discussions with thoughtful, fact-based questions and responses
    • Practicing public expression of facts and ideas and meaningful debates primarily in class discussions
    • Progressing in math at the seventh grade t0 eighth grade or pre-algebra levels


    Level 3 (L-L3):  

    • Age range: 13 - 15
    • Comprehending literature for adult readers
    • Strengthening conversational fluency and writing in foreign language. Developing in comprehension of foreign literature
    • Practicing learned skills of technique and style in creative and essay writing
    • Strengthened critical thinking skills and readiness for instruction in formal logic
    • Comfortable in discussions offering thoughtful, fact-based questions and responses
    • Learning formal speech training
    • Strengthened public expression of facts and ideas in class discussions and ready for formal debate training
    • Progressing in math at the eighth grade/pre-algebra level to algebra 1.
    • Ready for transition to the rhetoric stage

preparation for a school year

Besides filling out the paperwork and ordering uniforms and books, you might be wondering if there is anything your family can do to get ready for the next school year.   Yes! Here’s what we suggest:

Put your kids on a daily schedule!  Since CTK relies on school work being managed and completed at home in a systematic fashion, a healthy daily routine is necessary.  We’ve seen the fruit of those who embrace a daily school schedule: the kids thrive and the home is filled with peace. To help with this, the registration packet includes some sample schedule templates that you can use for the school year.  However, we recommend that you start before the school year begins in order to get your kids used to a daily routine. Even though it’s summer vacation, we suggest a regular time for breakfast, a consistent morning activity or chore, and a regular time for  individual reading and family reading. For helpful ideas about this, talk to Febe Kuey or Nicole Kauffman.  


A Culture of Reading


CTK places a strong emphasis on family read-alouds. We feel so strongly about it that we included it as a growth point in our proficiency levels, and require it for our history and literature classes. Our expectation is that parents are habitually reading good books for 30 minutes a day, five times a week. Please start this BEFORE the beginning of the school year. Believe us, this will make all the difference in your child’s education.


It is REQUIRED that you listen to this 15 minute read-aloud podcast by Sarah MacKenzie and Andrew Pudewa at http://readaloudrevival.com/1/ before you register your child/children at CTK. It will envision you for the purpose of reading aloud to your children.


Not sure where to start? The following link has some Reading Suggestions with helpful book lists. In general, we recommend you read books appropriate for your oldest child. The younger ones will quickly learn to engage with the story. 


Piano Lessons  


CTK’s vision includes systematic music education for each student. To accomplish this, we require each of our students, age seven or older, to take private piano lessons for a minimum of three years. CTK has secured a university-trained teacher who, with her team of equipped teachers, provides the lessons. These lessons occur on Mondays and Thursdays. Student lesson times will be determined before the start of the school year. Every CTK family of a piano student is required to purchase a full-sized piano (acoustic or digital) prior to the start of the school year.  



CTk class programs

Grammar Years (Terms 1 & 2)


Preschool (3-4 yrs)

Mondays (9:30 am - 12:30 pm)

Thursdays (9:30 am - 11:30 pm)


Non-reader and Emerging Reader

Mondays (9:30 am - 12:30 pm)

Chapel

Science

Geography

Thursdays (9:30 am - 3:30 pm)

Geography

Art

Reading Comprehension

Singing


Reader and Level 1

Mondays (9:30 am - 2:30 pm)

Chapel

History

Love for Literature

Science

Thursdays (9:00 am - 3:30 pm)

Independent Learning Lab

Scripture Memory

Art

Singing

Readers Theatre


Levels 2,3, and 4

Mondays (9:00 am - 3:30 pm)

Chapel

History

Writing and Literature

Science

Spanish (Level 3 & 4 only)

Thursdays (9:30 am - 3:30 pm)

Independent Learning Lab

Scripture Memory

Art

Singing

Readers Theatre



Logic Years (Terms 1 & 2)


Levels 1, 2, and 3

Mondays (9:30 am - 3:30 pm)

Chapel

History

Writing and Literature

Science

Spanish

Thursdays (9:00 am - 3:30 pm)

Independent Learning Lab

Scripture Memory

Art

Singing

Logic or Readers Theatre

Piano lessons (optional after three years)



Rhetoric Years (Terms 1 & 2)


Levels 1, 2, and 3

Mondays (9:30 am - 3:30 pm; 9:30 am - (;30 pm twice a month)

Chapel

History

Writing and Literature

Science

Spanish

Concert Choir

Thursdays (9:00 am - 3:30 pm)

Independent Learning Lab

Scripture Memory

Art

Singing

Speech

Piano lessons (optional after three years)



Term 3 (Spring Term)

CTK’s third term structure is much the same way as the 1st and 2nd terms with core academic classes continuing to the end of the school year. However, non-core classes end after the 2nd term to make room for elective-style classes such as gym, cooking, square dancing, gardening, bird calls, and others.