Fall 2014 - September 8 - December 19
(No class held Nov. 27 - 28)
Meets 5 days per week on Monday through Thursday from 12:00 to 1:00 pm CST with Mrs. Kelly Cone and the Elementary Math Enrichment course meets on Wednesdays from 10:55-11:55 am CST with Mrs. Olena Fitza.
The purpose of the SR Elementary curriculum, like all SR courses, enriches the present homeschool curriculum that parents may have already chosen. We have found that parents make use of the SR Programs, Early Elementary through High School, in a variety of ways. Not just Elementary but all our Programs furnish the Orthodoxcentered worldview. Our goal will not be only to master subjects, but to conform our hearts to Christ's as He, the Master Teacher, forms our souls.
You may wonder why the majority of our reading list is largely comprised of literature, stories and poetry. It is precisely these books that delight and also lend themselves to commentaries on history, science and the natural foundations of our Ancient Faith. St. Basil the Great and St. Gregory of Nyssa, both recipients of a pre-
Christian education in Athens, wrote extensively of the importance of a literary education, even from secular sources, as preparation for cultivating the heart and mind for greater familiarity with the sublime dramas of Salvation History and the classic literary style of the Fathers of the Church. Still, in our time, literary based materials have an immediate appeal to children's hearts and imagination that help them form and retain permanent ideals of good over evil, beauty above ugliness, truth that conquers falsehood. And, practically speaking, a historical novel about the American Revolution, for example, has the charm of a good story while at the same is replete with the important events, geography, time lines and culture of the period.
Your children will have Church history as well. Over the summer, we received permission from the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese Education Department to reprint and distribute an excellent but out of print edition of their Church History in three volumes from which we will select appropriate lessons and send free of charge to our students as electronic documents.
Also, our Natural Science text, For The Beauty of the Earth (given to students as handouts), integrates the timeless stories from mythology, classic children's poems, Bible stories, that accompany each unit and lesson, with real observable experiences about the world around us – Creation – with units on Astronomy, Plants, Trees, Flowers, and so on.
As the Elementary class continues to fill up, please contact me any time with your questions and comments at <email@example.com>. Our family has just moved from one state to another and I am still busy completing the adjustment into a different house and location. But I will keep my eye on my Inbox!
A Writer's Workshop will be taught by Elizabeth Crispina Johnson utilizing her book "And Then Nicholas Sang: The Story of the Trisagion Hymn" published by Conciliar Press/Ancient Faith Publishing. This book is recommended, but not required. The pages will be placed on the whiteboard for students to see during class time.
The Elementary Math Enrichment course is a delightful offering for Elementary students so parents are able to continue with their math program already in progress at home. Mrs. Fitza will be using Mathematicians are People, Too: Stories from the Lives of Great Mathematicians by Luetta and Wilma Reimer for this course. We will cover different Mathematicians throughout the semester, learn their mathematical principals, and see how we use those principals in every day life.