Course Descriptions

Elementary


Spell to Write and Read:

Teachers: May Neer and Dorothy Cramer 

Tuesdays 10:00am-11:00am

Cost = $300 for 30 weeks ($10 per week)

Beginner Class - 5-8 yr olds

Advanced Class - 9-12 yr olds (or students that have completed Beginner Class)

Spell to Write and Read is a curriculum designed by Wanda Sanseri and inspired by Ramalda Spalding’s Writing Road to Reading. It covers K-12th grade spelling to teach how the English language works using reliable principles that help the student to internalize (spell), recognize (read), compose (write), and comprehend (understand) words. (Google “Literacy Today: What is Wrong and How Can We Fix It?” in order to gain better understanding of the program.)

Starting with penmanship, I will teach the class Cursive First (as a dyslexic mother of four boys I have found this to be invaluable!) along with phonics. Students will learn letter shapes and sounds simultaneously. Quickly, the class will progress to spelling words by breaking them down into sounds ( using the “think to spell” method ), all the while learning multi-letter Phonograms, and the rules that govern our English language.

In class, I will drill the phonograms progressing each week until all 70 phonograms are covered; I will drill and quiz phonograms every class. I will also teach a new spelling list and give a spelling test. These test are designed to help the students succeed! On occasion, I will include enrichments to help the students develop what they have learned.

As the parent/teacher you will be required to understand the program. You will also be required to drill/review the materials I covered in class and help with writing assignments. The Wise Guide has a list in every lesson of practical ways to review, these will benefit your student greatly. The work at home should take no more than 20 minutes a day, 2-3 days a week.

This will be a fun class! Our goal is exposure to many words, not mastery. Mastery of words will come with mastery of all 70 phonograms and the rules, which our children will learn, and learn well! If you are considering this class, it is not age based. It is for any student ready and able to control a pencil, needing to learn the phonograms, and the rules to spelling and reading.

Required Materials: Each family will need one copy of each book:

1. Spell to Write and Read by Sanseri

2. Wise Guide for Spelling by Sanseri  

3. Cursive First by Elizabeth Fitzgerald.

All three of these can be used for the whole family and are valuable through multiple grade levels.

Materials  required for class: 

Primary Learning Log for each student

Recommended:

Phonogram Cards, Phonogram CD Spelling Rule Cards

Science: Apologia Zoology 2

Teachers: Regina Gossage & Jackie Allen     

Tuesdays 11:00am-12:00pm

Cost = $300 for 30 weeks ($10 per week)

Younger Class - 5-8 yr olds

Older Class - 9-12 yr olds

                   

Science: Apologia Zoology 2 - Flying Creatures of the Fifth Day Young Explorer Series K - 6th grades

Every week students will study the language of science (terms and definitions) and participate in hands on projects and experiments using the scientific method. Each student will build a Lab Workbook in order to learn the importance of documenting data collection and emphasize organization. The goal being to form good habits for future science classes. The textbook will be required for students who are able to read. For students who are still learning to read, the textbook is optional depending on the parents goals for the class. (In order to gain the most information the parent or another reader will need to read the text to the student.) There are 14 lessons in this text covering:  swimming creatures from the microscopic to the massive.  Each chapter will be split up and covered over two weeks. We will utilize the beautiful camp to the fullest, exploring and experimenting! This is going to be a fun class, designed to encourage the love of studying God’s creation.

     

                     

 

Elementary PE and Art:

Teachers: TBD

Tuesdays 1:00am-2:00am

Cost = $300 for 30 weeks ($10 per week)

All Students - 5-12 yr olds (Groups will be divided by age)

We will offer PE for the 1st and 2nd quarters in the Fall, and the 4th quarter which will be March and April. During the third quarter, which falls during  our cold months, we will offer 8 weeks of art classes.

PE classes will involve students working  weekly on skills that are part of the Presidential Fitness Test. Students will also learn new sports such as volleyball, soccer, basketball, dodgeball, etc.  and the skills required for each of them.

Art classes will teach the art basics of drawing and will introduce students to different types of painting mediums.

Ancient History:

Teachers: Dorothy Cramer 

Tuesdays 2:00pm-3:00pm

Cost = $300 for 30 weeks ($10 per week)

Younger Class - 5-8 yr olds

Older Class - 9-12 yr olds

We will explore Ancient History by using the Story of the World Curriculum: Volume 1: Ancient Times by Susan Wise Bauer. Africa, China, Europe, the Americas―find out what happened all around the world in long-ago times. This first  volume begins with the earliest nomads and ends with the last Roman emperor.

On Tuesday afternoons, we will use map activities, board games, puzzles, cooking, science experiments, crafts, etc.  to help students learn and understand ancient history in a new way.

Parents will need to purchase the Story of the World Volume 1 book or the CD set to read or listen to at home. Assignments will be given at the beginning of the school year.