PRIMARY AND ELEMENTARY COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

Primary Language Arts

Phonics/Language Arts, Grades K-2 (Levels K, A, B)

The following will cover two class periods each Monday and Thursday. This class is a multi-sensory introduction to phonics, beginning reading, beginning spelling, and handwriting. Methods will be used to appeal to various learning styles (kinesthetic, auditory, visual, etc.) Includes games and interactive instruction.

The second class period will focus on handwriting, eventually leading to copy work and journal-style writing. It will provide instruction on beginning reading as well as very basic elements of grammar, such as end marks, capitals at the beginning of a sentence, and jingles for nouns and verbs. It will support the phonics class with review of the phonograms and move on to how these sounds combine to make words, eventually reading at or beyond a first-grade level or higher (depending on the child). In handwriting (penmanship), instruction will begin with pencil grip and basic strokes and move on to lowercase letters, then uppercase, and finally on to spelling words.

Parent’s Responsibility:

Plan to spend 1.5 hours per day working on Language Arts. Students will need a parent to spend time each day practicing phonograms, penmanship, and spelling, as well as daily reading to your child and listening to them read to you. In addition, you will be asked to complete and supervise activities with your child at home daily.

Curriculum:

Saxon Phonics Level K, 1 or 2 depending on results of placement testing.

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Language Arts, Grades 3-4

In this class, we will take children who are writing simple sentences and train them in the art of paragraph production. Beginning with understanding correct sequencing and using topics and conclusions, they will learn 8 parts of speech and how to locate them in a sentence by using jingles and interactive songs. This is a complete grammar and writing curriculum. It should be chosen by mothers who want a complete program and are willing to facilitate a little more than an hour a day of homework on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Prerequisites:

Your student needs to be able to sit and focus for 35-40 minutes, read at a 3rd grade level, write complete sentences with capitals, periods, and legible printing to be able to be successful in this class.  We will begin the year writing approximately four sentences a day and end the year writing small paragraphs, stories and letters. The level will be determined after placement testing according to the student’s understanding of grammar and his or her reading comprehension.

Parent’s Responsibility:

We will set up the students’ notebooks on Mondays and teach the week’s lesson.  You will find a review of each lesson as well as a day-by-day assignment list in their notebook.  You will need to facilitate the reciting of jingles daily, discuss concepts listed in the daily assignments and help your child complete the written work for Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday.  The teacher is available for answering questions by email. This curriculum will prepare the students for 4th grade language arts. But due to the age of the students, it will be a partnership between parent and teacher.

Curriculum:

Level C: A Combination of Paragraph Production, Grammar Songs by Cathy Troxtel and a curriculum written by Rachel Worcester.

Level D: Shurley Grammar Level 4, All Things Fun and Fascinating by Lori Verstegen

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Phonics and Spelling with Handwriting, Levels C-D

Levels C- D use All About Spelling to teach the fundamentals of spelling and phonics. It is especially good for struggling spellers as they work to memorize the rules of spelling in a systematic and fun way. It will also include a cursive hand-writing component, with specific stroke patterns and writing instruction in class as well as handwriting workbooks (A Reason for Handwriting student workbook) used at home for Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday.  Homework will include practicing spelling lists, phonograms, and spelling rules as well as dictation of sentences. The instructor will use visual aids and tactile lessons to make the phonics concepts “stick.” These aids include: books for placing words that break the phonics rules into jail, silent “e” rules books, and other projects that help students group like words together.

 

Parent’s Responsibility: Parents will need to pretest spelling words and dictate sentences daily.  They will also help with tracking the more difficult words and run the activities for triggering memory.  

It is the parent’s job to prepare the students for their spelling test by isolating and using the activities that the teacher provides to learn words.

 

Three days a week, students will need to write and say their spelling words, drill flash cards with a parent or family member, and complete a writing practice with parental supervision, including correction of incorrect letter formation and pencil position.  Homework should take less than one hour per day.

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Elementary Language Arts

Grammar and Composition, Level E

In this class, we will begin with a basis in grammar using the Shurley method and memorizing songs and jingles. We will take children who are writing paragraphs and teach them skills in improving or “dressing up” their writing using the IEW method (www.excellenceinwriting.com).  We will begin the year writing very small paragraphs and editing them to create strong and colorful writing. By the end of the year, they will compose an original story, write multiple book reports and an autobiography. In addition they will memorize twelve parts of speech and learn to diagram sentences. This is a complete grammar and writing curriculum. It should be chosen by mothers who want a complete program and are willing to facilitate a little more than an hour a day of homework on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday.

Prerequisites:

Your student needs to be able to sit and focus for 45 minutes, read at a 5th grade level, write complete sentences with capitals, periods, and legible printing to be successful in this class.  

Parent Responsibility:

Teacher will set up the students’ notebooks on Mondays and teach the week’s lesson. You will find a review of each lesson as well as a day-by-day assignment list in their notebook. You will need to facilitate the listening of jingles daily, discuss concepts listed in the daily assignments and help your child complete the written work for Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday. The first month and a half, we will be learning grammar exclusively.  After this point, your student will need parental help in revising and editing their work, before turning it in on Monday. Due to the age of the students, it will be a partnership between parents and teachers.

Curriculum:

Shurley Grammar, Level 5 and Medieval History-based Writing Lessons by Verstegen

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Phonics and Spelling with Handwriting, Level E

Level E will use English from the Roots Up to study English roots, prefixes and suffixes for vocabulary building and spelling practice. In addition, spelling and phonics E will study Greek and Anglo-Saxon etymology to trace the spelling of more difficult words.  This class will also use A Reason for Handwriting to practice handwriting, but typing practice will be added to their assigned tasks as well.  Homework will include practice spelling lists, phonograms, and spelling rules, as well as dictation and dictionary drills.

Parent’s Responsibility: Parents will need to pretest spelling words and dictate sentences daily.  They will also help with tracking the more difficult words and run the activities for triggering memory.  

It is the parent’s job to prepare the students for their spelling test by isolating and using the activities that the teacher provides to learn words. Three days a week, students will need to write and say their spelling words, drill flash cards with a parent or family member, and complete a writing practice with parental supervision, including correction of incorrect letter formation and pencil position.  Homework should take less than one hour per day.  

Curricula:

English from the Roots Up Vol. 1 and A Reason for Writing Level E

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Vocabulary and Latin, Level F-- Level F will be postponed until Fall 2019

Using Greek and Latin roots, students will learn vocabulary words and spelling roots, suffixes and prefixes to both gain understanding of words and mastery or spelling these words.  In addition, students will learn to use cursive writing in daily work.  These students will use the book Prima Latina for a gentle introduction to Latin.

Prerequisites: Your student needs to be able to sit and follow directions for a 50 minute class. Students must be reading at a 6th grade level, write complete sentences with capitals, periods, and legible cursive (or printing) to be successful in this class. Students will need help from home for memory work and spelling practice.

Parent Responsibility: Teacher will set up the students’ notebooks on Mondays and teach the week’s lesson. Parents will find a review of each lesson as well as a day-by-day assignment list in their notebook. They will need to facilitate the daily assignments and help their child complete the written work for Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. The first month and a half, will focus more on vocabulary. After this point, the student will continue with the cursive writing and English vocabulary, but also move on to Latin vocab.x  Due to the age of the students, it will be a partnership between parent and teacher.

Curriculum: First Form Latin book 1 by Memoria Press

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Spelling and Vocabulary, Level F

No handwriting. This group will have typing exercises to complete daily. Spelling will be taught with vocabulary from Vocabulary from Classical Roots, Book A by Norma Fifer. Level F will also have an introductory course in Latin with First Form Latin, Book 1 by Memoria Press. Pace will be slower and less stressful so they might not finish this book.