What is the Logic Stage?
During the dialectic stage the student’s capacity for formal reasoning develops. So why not stick the peg where it fits? This is the stage when learning facts is not enough. Questioning and arguing is commonplace, and often even a nuisance. Children reaching this age are eager to challenge ideas and exercise their newly developing reasoning abilities. Learning formal logic and the correct methods of reasoning fit in this stage like hand-in-glove. Logic, as a subject, matches the structure of their developing minds. Amazingly, classical and Christian schools have been quite successful in teaching college level logic to eighth graders (including formal syllogisms, fallacies, truth tables, and digital logic)!
Strawbridge, Gregg. Classical & Christian Education. Veritas Press, 2002. Third Edition
Logic School Program Overview
Logic School at Christian Heritage School consists of sixth grade through eighth grade students. Transition is probably the best word to describe the Logic School stage in education. Students at this age begin a transition from being children to young adults; from learning mainly through memorization to learning which involves reasoning; and from having one main teacher to several instructors.
What makes CHS Logic School different from other schools? As a classical, Christ-centered school, we approach our subjects from a biblical worldview and encourage the development of character as well as academic achievement. Our curriculum includes the core subjects (math, history, science, and English), but also includes two distinctive subjects, logic and Latin.
The classical approach to teaching recognizes the various stages in a child’s development. Students at the Logic School level typically love to question everything and engage in arguments. To teach to this developmental stage, we incorporate logic into our curriculum. This trains the mind to think as well as to recognize and to construct good arguments. Studying logic helps our students think critically and prepares them for English/History (comparing and contrasting, etc.), math (analyzing problems for their solution), and science (deductive reasoning, analysis, etc.).
Logic School students also continue their study of Latin. Latin helps in learning the Romantic languages (French, Spanish, etc.), has a strong influence on the English vocabulary (at least 50% of our English words come from Latin), develops the mental ability to sort and analyze, and makes English grammar easier to learn.
Field trips in Logic School correspond to our curriculum for each of the grade levels. Sixth grade history focuses on the Middle Ages, Reformation and Renaissance Periods. To correlate with this study, the students attend Medieval Times in Dallas. Since science in the sixth grade concentrates on botany and zoology, the students also attend the Institute of Wilderness Studies sponsored by the Pine Cove Christian Camps.
Seventh grade students study Texas History, and as part of the curriculum, the students travel to San Antonio for a three-day trip.
Eighth grade students begin their two-year study of United States History, and attend museums and a reenactment of the Civil War period.
All sixth grade students learn keyboarding and basic computer operation. Logic School students also participate in P.E. and have strings or choir and art as elective choices. Extracurricular activities include volleyball, soccer, basketball, and baseball.
Logic & Rhetoric School Courses Include:
Anatomy & Physiology
Students in Logic school and rhetoric school continue to enjoy various field trips each year that enhance their educational experience. Frequent destinations include Medieval Times, the Institute of Wilderness Studies at Pine Cove, San Antonio, war reenactments, area museums, area colleges and universities, the Passion conference, Washington, D.C., and more.
Rhetoric school students enjoy a back-to-school, off-campus retreat each year prior to the first day of classes.
A team of Bible teachers and senior students lead chapel services for all logic & rhetoric school students to begin each day. Students participate in worship, prayer, and small group discussions.
Community and International Service
Led by our Student Council, students at CHS contribute to various community and international service projects, such as assisting the Hi-Way 80 Rescue Mission at Thanksgiving, fund-raising for a well-building project in Africa, and leading a can drive.