The Grammar Stage: "Poll Parrot"
"...learning by heart is easy and, on the whole, pleasurable; whereas reasoning is difficult and…little relished" -Dorothy Sayers.
Kindergarten through Early Adolescence
During the grammar stage of learning, teachers provide a grounding in the "grammar" (or basics) of English, history, mathematics, science, art, and music using the Core Knowledge program developed by E. D. Hirsch. According to Sayers's essay, teachers emphasize observation, memorization, and recitation during the grammar stage. Students are called to master a broad range of knowledge carefully aligned between classes and grades.