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A Cooperative

Kardia Learning Center meets each week for a full day of History, Art, Literature, Science, Music, Drama, Latin, Writing and Composition, Physical Education, and Scripture Memory.   Group activities, organized games, and lunch are part of our day and provide additional social time for the younger children.   For the Rhetoric (High School) students, appropriate electives are offered which may include Christian World View, Economics, Logic, Choir, Art, Government,  or Foreign Languages.
Parent-staffed classes include Infant & Toddler Nursery, Preschool age, Pre-K, Kindergarten  Primary grades 1 & 2, Grammar Grades 3-6, Dialectic Grades 7 & 8, and the Rhetoric classes for grades 9-12.   Professional teachers complement the 7th through 12th grade classroom experience.
Participation of parents as classroom assistants in our program facilitates quality instruction, helps maintain an orderly atmosphere, and keeps tuition reasonable.  One parent (typically Mothers) are expected to attend the learning center with her children.  We expect Moms to assist with outside functions in various ways - for example: teaching, helping in Nursery or with Preschool age children, administrative duties, fundraising, or organizing field trips and other special events.

The Classical Model

Kardia Learning Center employs the wise use of the three phases of a student's learning (Grammar, Dialectic (or Logic) , and Rhetoric) to focus and drive the education of our children.
  • The Grammar Phase focuses on memorization of facts, rules, dates, stories, etc.  We tell the students what they need to learn through hands-on experiences, narration and lots of reading.
  • During the Dialectic (sometimes called the Logic) Phase, students begin to relate the facts to one another and ask the question, "Why?" We challenge them to think logically by allowing them to discover knowledge for themselves, focus on dialogue, understand the value of an argument, and learn how to validate a point of view.

  • In the final stage of learning, the Rhetoric Phase, students gain the ability to express themselves orally and in writing. The High School years help students to build on the foundation of knowledge and the logical arguments they gained in the two previous phases.
  • In all phases of education, Kardia focuses on "great books" and plenty of reading.  Kardia places a strong emphasis on communication skills at all levels, including speaking and writing, along with music and dramatic performance.
Apply your heart to instruction
    and your ears to words of knowledge.

Proverbs 23.12