Fall & Spring 2013/2014
Ages 7 – 11. Spring Semester meets four times a week for 15 weeks from January 13 - May 2.
Section A meets from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. CST, Monday through Thursday.
Section B meets from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. CST Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday, and from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Wednesday.
Mathematics Elective meets from 2:00 to 2:45 p.m. CST Wednesday.
NB Because our Orthodox vision of education is an integrated curriculum it also calls for the integration of knowledge in each class, i.e., areas of knowledge distinct from one another but not separate. Miss Kiernan Schroeder, respectful of the identity of math from history, for example, creates an atmosphere of surprising interconnectedness, points of light as from distinct stars that make up one constellation. Therefore, while all subjects listed will be taught each week, students will experience more of a flow, a process of learning than otherwise indicated by a unbending schedule. With this is mind, students will always receive clear homework assignments in each discrete subject where it is required.
With the inclusion of the mathematics component, this program offers a full elementary curriculum, including some instruction in geography, art, music, and spelling, with the exception of Grammar. Miss Schroeder will provide suggestions for Grammar curriculum appropriate to the variety of ages in the class.
Miss Schroeder will provide a variety of readings and handouts throughout the year that can either be printed off of the internet or bought inexpensively through Amazon.com. While electronic copies of books are often a financial blessing, and parents will be welcome to use them, it is always better either to print a text and create a bound copy or to purchase an inexpensive copy. To further this end of growing your home library, please ensure that you have copies of the following books before the beginning of the year.
[Also, if your family library does not contain the books listed for the Nursery/Early Elementary years, be sure to purchase those and read them with your family in your free time!]
For math in Elementary, parents should examine this website, where a free curriculum has been chosen as the basis for the Spring Semester: http://www.cimt.plymouth.ac.uk/projects/mepres/primary/default.htm
Miss Schroeder will place portions of all books on screen, especially the illustrations.
It is important to bear in mind that the specifics of the assignments for the course – the reading, the homework, etc. – will develop to suit the unique needs of each year’s class of students and thus will shift depending on the size and character of the class.
Each week, parents will receive a set of homework assignments, along with links to suggested additional reading, listening, and other activities. Some homework assignments will be mandatory; others will be suggested. No other texts or workbooks will be required purchases. All homework should be completed with parental assistance.