COURSES: GRADES 1-3
Please note that students in grades 1-3 will be placed in classes with students who are around the same age and ability level. For the reading and math students are placed in level that reflect their academic proficiency. If students are not able to work within the levels that are offered, it will be considered tutoring and additional fees may apply.
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In grades one and two, students will be taught using The Logic of English: Foundations program. This program will provide students with the foundational knowledge and skills needed to help them to become successful readers. This multisensory approach to teaching both reading and spelling will transform the way students perceive the English Language. Systematic instruction in phonemic awareness, spelling rules, and handwriting will provide strong skill development and help to lead students to a broader understanding of the English language. Students will enjoy learning through songs, playing games, and reading stories together. In addition to teaching reading, spelling, and writing, students will be taught basic grammar skills, develop a stronger vocabulary, and be instructed in reading comprehension as they acquire skills and strategies. As students work through this program they will gain confidence in their ability to navigate the written word. Students will also enjoy various read-alouds and read-alongs from selected classic children’s literature.
In the level one class students will be learning from “Foundations B and C.” In this course we will cover the introduction and systematic practice of the 77 phonograms. Readers at this level are written by Logic of English. They are designed to provide systematic practice of the phonograms and spelling patterns taught in class.
In the level two class students should have a firm understanding of all phonograms. In this course we will reinforce the learned phonograms and advance quickly through spelling rules and patterns. Students will read guided readers provided through Logic of English along with traditional leveled readers including Little Bear, Frog and Toad, Henry and Mudge as well as others. During the second semester they will transition to Essentials 1-7 as they progress in their studies.
Literature and Writing 1-2
In the level one course first and second grade, students are introduced to great stories through the Veritas Press: First Favorites collection. This collection uses great literature such as Curious George, Henry and Mudge, Little Bear, Miss. Nelson is Missing, Stone Soup and more. This great introduction to classic literature will spark their imagination and provide a great framework for class projects, hands on activities, the development of comprehension skills, handwriting practice and following directions.
Students who are ready for our level two literature and writing course will begin to explore longer reads with associated comprehension guides. Some of the selections will include Nate the Great, My Father’s Dragon, 100 Dresses, Sarah Plain and Tall and other selections.
In English class we will use The Logic of English: Essentials 1-15 program, which is a research based English curriculum that uses systematic instructional techniques to teach students the fundamentals of reading and spelling. In addition to phonics instruction, in each class your child will have the opportunity to gain fluency in reading and to further develop skills associated with vocabulary, grammar, spelling, handwriting, and composition. Students will come to have a new understanding of the English language as they learn phonograms and spelling rules and apply this knowledge to guided reading passages and writing assignments. They will enjoy learning and applying their knowledge through games, activities, songs, and workbook assignments. Students will also be introduced to Latin and Greek roots and be taught the importance of morphology, or the smallest units of a word that carry meaning. As students grow, the study of morphology will be a valuable tool that will be used in other areas of study.
Writing: In level 3, students will be taught writing using the Institute for Excellence in Writing: Bible Heros. In this class students will be taught how to construct a piece of writing, how to create an outline, and how to use an outline as a platform for both paragraph and essay writing. They will also be taught how to dress-up their writing through the use of strong verbs, “ly” adverbs, adjectives and prepositions. In addition, students will learn how to decorate their writing with similes, metaphors, alliteration and other literary elements. This fun introduction to the IEW method incorporates games and familiar stories to aid students in their understanding of the writing process. Additionally students will create “Grammar Notebooks” as they learn about the part of speech and how to identify them and use them appropriately.
Literature: Students in level 3 will read guided passages that correspond with the Logic of English as well as literature selections such as Homer Price, Charlotte's Web, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and Mr. Popper’s Penguins. The literature selections will be accompanied by comprehension guides to help students read with purpose and increase their understanding of the text.
All new students will obtain placement testing to assure that they are placed in the appropriate math class. For levels 1-3, the following courses will be offered.
In the Alpha level of Math-U-See students will come to understand numbers as they learn about both numerical value and place value. They will learn fun songs to help them remember how to count in various number patterns and will apply this knowledge as they begin to add and subtract single digit numbers. They will also learn how to tell time, how to use a ruler to make basic measurements, explore simple fractions, and practice reading and solving word problems. In addition to using Math-U-See, students will participate in a math meeting where they will discuss telling time, the days of the week and the months of the year. Students will enjoy playing games and singing songs as we reinforce their understanding of a variety of math concepts.
In the Beta level of Math-U-See students will use the knowledge of addition and subtraction that they learned in Alpha and apply it to multi-digit numbers. Additionally, students will gain greater practice solving word problems that involve both addition and subtraction. They will gain automaticity with telling time, adding and subtracting money, measurement, and perimeter. In addition to using Math-U-See, students will also participate in a math meeting where they discuss time, including the days of the week and the months of the year. Students will also enjoy playing games and singing songs as we reinforce our math knowledge and understanding.
With a firm grasp on the concepts of addition and subtraction, students are now ready for Gamma. In Gamma, students will apply their knowledge of numbers to multiplication. They will learn and practice single and multiple digit multiplication. In addition they will practice solving real world problems that involve addition, subtraction and multiplication. They will also learn how to find the area of a rectangle. They will begin to explore fractional relationships as well as estimating, interpreting data, and measurement. In addition to using Math-U-See, students will participate in math games and chants, providing them with the foundational skills and knowledge needed to progress to Delta.
Students in all grades will study the same time period of history each year. During the 2021-2022 school year we will use the timeline from The Story of the World: Volume II (The Middle Ages) as the spine of our studies to design a course called People, Places and Themes of the Middle Ages. In this course we will use literature, picture books, dynamic crafts, lapbook activities, and hands-on projects to explore the people, places and cultures related to the fall of Rome through the exploration of the New World. Students will delight in this course as we integrate the subjects of Bible and history to provide students with a rich understanding of the Medieval world. This course will include but is not limited to the fall of Rome, the spread of Chritianity, various peoples of the Middle Ages including the Franks, the Vikings, the English, Joan of Arc, and Henry the Navigator as well as other explorers. They will also learn about Martin Luther and the Reformation. Additionally, they will also be introduced to the Renaissance and the art, music, inventions, and scientific discoveries of the times.
ENERGY: THE GOOD & THE BEAUTIFUL
In grades 1-3 we will use the Energy unit study written by the Good and the Beautiful as well as rich children’s literature to learn about what energy is and how it is created, harnessed and utilized. In this semester class students will use this integrated curriculum to participate in weekly hands-on activities and experiments to explore energy as it relates to the sun, heat, electricity, magnets, light, sound and other sources of energy as well.
In Bible class students will learn about events and people from the Old Testament. Beginning with Chronicles and working through Malachi and Job, students will use the Bible, The Children’s Story Bible and teaching materials from Veritas Press and Homeschool in the Woods as they discover God’s story and learn about his covenant promises. This year students will learn about Elijah & the Prophets of Baal, the Reign of Jehu, the Ministry of Jeremiah, Esther, Nehemiah rebuilding the walls, and more. We will also trace themes that begin in the Old Testament through their fulfillment in the New Testament. Students will delight in this course as they engage in singing, memory work and projects.
Art: Grades 1-2 In art class students will enjoy learning the grammar of the subject as we explore color, shape, and line. Students will begin to understand the correlation of drawing and seeing and will be taught to reproduce objects using basic lines and shapes. They will practice skills relating to eye-hand coordination and increase their fine and gross motor development. They will also explore art as it relates to the history of the middle ages and the Renaissance through examining examples of the art of that time period and participating in projects and activities as we make cross curricular connections.
Art: Grade 3: In grade 3 students will learn about and apply various techniques, media and processes as they explore their creative sides. Students will continue to “draw what they see” and will also work with pastels, tempera, and watercolor paints. They will gain an understanding of art-related vocabulary as they review color, shape, and line. Projects that introduce them to texture and space will be included. Additionally students will gain an understanding of how the visual arts relate to history and culture as we integrate art with our study of the middle ages and the Renaissance.
Music: Students in this level will begin exploring the fascinating core elements of music by exploring melody through songs and rhythm through chanting rhymes and poetry.
Physical Education: In grades 1-3 students will enjoy learning a number of different games, participate in fun obstacles, learn to develop strategies and have the opportunity to work as a team. Activities will include obstacle courses, relay races, and various games. While in class students will be expected to demonstrate safe practices and respect their peers. This is a fun, action packed class to get your feet moving!