Columbia Lutheran School

School Philosophy / Subjects We Teach
What does a typical day look like at Columbia, in terms of our studies and activities? Here's a brief answer to that question.


2323 E. 12th St. ∙ The Dalles, Oregon
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Columbia's Subjects

All of these subjects relate to our knowledge of God and His Creation, so they are all taught in light of what He has revealed in the Bible.

Skip to upper grades

Lower Grades (K-4)

This is close to the typical daily order for these subjects.

  • Pre-Write
    A daily exercise teaching young students about the multi-step process required for good writing.
  • Spelling
    Standardized spelling in the English language requires that our students know how to spell the words they are using.
  • Composition
    How can you tell a good story, and tell it well? How can you put words together to describe yourself on a resumé? The study of composition will show you.
  • Handwriting or Penmanship
    Studies have recently shown that cursive handwriting unlocks creativity and discipline in the mind. We begin at the beginning.
  • Phonics (Letters and Sounds)
    We have a combined phonics class with K, first, and second grade students. A phonetic approach to reading is exactly what most students need for a rock-solid foundation.
  • Calc-u-ladder
    This progressive, 96-part exercise in arithmetic introduces and strengthens math skills across all grade levels.
  • Chapel
    Everything at Columbia relates somehow to God and the holy Scriptures where He reveals Himself. Daily chapel is a central feature of CLS.
  • Walk-Jog
    Students at Columbia avoid sitting too long through the morning with some fresh air and exercise.
  • Mid-Morning Snack
    Students learn best when they have enough nutritional fuel for their minds.
  • Bible History
    The Bible is the most important book in human history. Students at Columbia learn about it both in chapel and by studying the history that it describes.
  • Arithmetic
    Our lower grades receive a form of math instruction that dovetails with their phonics lessons. This transitions in fourth grade into the proven, traditional curriculum from John Saxon.
  • Latin Introduction
    Lower grades students are acquainted with the Latin language as they come into the upper-grade classroom daily for a few minutes with the older students.
  • History
    We travel throughout the world, learning about a new era each year.
  • Language
    Younger students begin learning English grammar in coordination with their phonics lessons.
  • English Grammar
    Students need to learn proper speech in order to communicate effectively. In third grade, they transition to a methodical and traditional series on grammar and writing.
  • Science
    Science comes from the Latin word scientia, which means knowledge. Science class covers the body of knowledge about God's Creation.
  • Physical Education
    Students learn about another important part of God's Creation: their own living bodies, which are made to glorify God through movement.
  • Music/Art
    Music and visual art are practical expressions combining knowledge and skills from all other subjects we teach, including math, language, history, and more.

Upper Grades

These are listed in the typical daily order, though we do not necessarily cover all of them each day.
  • Calc-u-ladder
    This progressive, 96-part exercise in arithmetic introduces and strengthens math skills across all grade levels.
  • English Grammar
    Students need to learn proper speech in order to communicate effectively.
  • Chapel
    Everything at Columbia relates somehow to God and the holy Scriptures where He reveals Himself. Daily chapel is a central feature of CLS.
  • Walk-Jog
    Students at Columbia avoid sitting too long through the morning with some fresh air and exercise.
  • Latin
    It's not just a foreign language, but the mother of several foreign languages, plus the foster-mother of English.
  • Composition
    How can you tell a good story, and tell it well? How can you put words together to describe yourself on a resumé? The study of composition will show you.
  • Logic
    Every human being has a mind, but not everyone knows how to use it in the most effective way. Logic teaches that.
  • History
    History is the story behind us all as the present time has unfolded on the Earth, from the Beginning to yesterday.
  • Math
    The use of numbers and arithmetic operations. In algebra, symbols are used to represent numbers when they are still unknown.
  • Reading/Literature
    The "Great Books" of western civilization and similar written works are important at Columbia.
  • Bible History
    The Bible is the most important book in human history. Students at Columbia learn about it both in chapel and by studying the history that it describes.
  • Christian Catechesis
    This class teaches the Christian faith using the brief summary known as the Small Catechism of Dr. Martin Luther.
  • Science
    Science comes from the Latin word scientia, which means knowledge. Science class covers the body of knowledge about God's Creation.
  • Music/Art
    Music and visual art are practical expressions combining knowledge and skills from all other subjects we teach, including math, language, history, and more.
  • Physical Education
    Students learn about another important part of God's Creation: their own living bodies, which are made to glorify God through movement.

Extracurriculars

  • Color Guard
    Upper-grade students learn the proper ways to handle the American flag with respect and dignity, as they raise it each morning and lower it in the afternoon to mark the beginning and end of the school day. [Will begin after our school flag has been installed.]
  • Instrument Lessons
    Expanding on general musical knowledge, students are encouraged to specialize in playing an instrument of their choice. Families need to buy or rent their own instruments and pay for instruction materials.
  • Concert Band
    The Dalles Christian Homeschool Band finds it convenient to practice at Columbia once a week, and welcomes Columbia students who can play at an appropriate skill level. In Fall, 2016, another section is planned for beginning players.


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