Liberal Arts Level 1: Illustrated Classics

Term: Yearlong 2020–21, September 8–May 28
Target Grade Levels: K–1
Schedule: 3x / week, 55 min.
Price: $675.00

Course Section
Section 1:
M/T/W 2:15 p.m. ET with Celeste Gregor (Section Full)

Ongoing Enrollment

While our courses are no longer available for purchase on the website, St. Raphael School is open to inquiries about enrolling in courses at any time during the year.  If you wish to enroll in a Yearlong course for the 2020-2021 school year after the official add/drop deadline (September 21), you will need to contact us directly.  We will consider each request on a case-by-case basis after considering several factors, including size of the class, the preparedness of the student, the willingness of the instructor to accommodate a late addition to the class, and the content of the course.  If you would like to submit a request for enrollment in an ongoing course, please visit our Contact Us page.

Two-Year Rotation: Click for Details

Our Liberal Arts Curriculum is designed to offer the heart of a classic literature–based education integrated into a single course. Taught in the spirit of Orthodox Christianity through a restful (scholé) pedagogy, the courses span 6 levels on a 2-year rotation, plus level 7, for a total of 13 years of unique material. Class sizes are limited so that interactions within the classroom are personal and cultivate depth of learning.

Book lists for both Rotation A and Rotation B are listed under the Course Materials tab. For the 2020–2021 school year, you only need to purchase the books for Rotation A.

Click here to view the scope and sequence of our Liberal Arts Curriculum.


The Liberal Arts Level 1: Illustrated Classics course is designed to be an interactive early elementary course for young learners that will cultivate their love of and delight for reading and story. Mrs. Gregor will work closely with parents to deepen the innate wonder young learners possess and to create a community among the students as they gather regularly to read and enjoy great children’s storybooks. Please note that due to the young age of Level 1 students, a parent or other adult helper is required to be with the student during the class to help facilitate their participation and to assist them in completing and submitting homework assignments. The course will contain the following components:

  • Literature-based lessons and projects, from experienced homeschool families, delivered online
  • Ongoing resources and support for parents and students
  • Thoughtful pacing and structure, with ample opportunities for expanded and deeper engagement with course topics
  • A wide variety of carefully selected texts, including:
    • Poems
    • Stories and quotations from saints
    • Stories and passages from Holy Scripture
    • Myths, legends, and fables from around the world


  • Reading selections from the best illustrated books
  • Vocabulary
  • Pronunciation and phonics
  • Learning about the world through a wide variety of literature


  • Developing listening skills
  • Retelling narratives
  • Answering questions leading to definition, example, and comparison


  • Completing creative projects on literary themes
  • Making in-class presentations using show-and-tell format
  • Writing vocabulary words assigned from literature selections


Students who enroll in this class should be able to do the following:

  • Identify all letters of the alphabet and most of their sounds
  • Sound out simple 3- or 4-letter words (with minimal help)
  • Draw a picture and tell about it
  • Identify basic shapes
  • Identify colors
  • Follow along in a book
  • Stay focused on 1 activity for at least 15 minutes


You can view the syllabus here.

Liberal Arts Core Curriculum Features

  • Classical Arts: Grammar, Dialectic & Rhetoric
  • Complete Subjects: History & Literature
  • Bonus Science Supplement
  • Orthodox teachers
  • 24/7 access to Schoology LMS
  • Semesters scheduled according to the Orthodox Church year (New Calendar)

Scope and Sequence: Click here to view the scope and sequence of our Liberal Arts Curriculum.

Introduction Video from the Teacher

Required Materials*

2020–2021: Rotation A

*Required materials are not included in the purchase of the course. We have supplied links to Amazon for convenience, but any edition of the book is acceptable.

NOTE: The books listed above are for the upcoming 2020–2021 school year and are required texts. The books listed below are for the next rotation of this class, which will run in the 2021–2022 school year. The Rotation B texts below are listed for reference only and will not be used in the upcoming 2020–2021 school year.

2021–2022: Rotation B


Celeste Gregor is the product of classical and literature-based home education, from kindergarten through high school. During high school she found a passion for textiles, which eventually led to a year of study abroad at an arts folk school in Sweden. There she fell in love with making the practical and mundane things in life beautiful, bringing nature into the home and daily life, and using the beauty that can be found around us to bring joy, depth, and learning into family life.

Celeste now lives in the Finger Lakes region of New York with her husband, David, their 2-year-old daughter, Dulcy Lucia, and her two stepdaughters, Meredith and Samantha. The family attends Saint John the Baptist church in Rochester. In addition to supplementing the older girls’ public school experience with home-based learning, Celeste is enjoying planting the seeds of a lifelong love of learning, and building a foundation for future homeschooling with Dulcy.

Red checkmarkComputer: You will need a stable, reliable computer, running with a processor with a speed of 1 GHz or better on one of the following operating systems: Mac OS X with Mac OS 10.7 or later; Windows 8, 7, Vista (with SP1 or later), or XP (with SP3 or later). We do not recommend using an iPad or other tablet for joining classes. An inexpensive laptop or netbook would be a much better solution, as such devices enable you to plug an Ethernet cable directly into your computer. Please note that Chromebooks are allowed but not preferred, as they do not support certain features of the Zoom video conference software such as breakout sessions and annotation, which may be used by our teachers for class activities.

Red checkmarkHigh-Speed Internet Connection: You will also need access to high-speed internet, preferably accessible via Ethernet cable right into your computer. Using Wi-Fi may work, but will not guarantee you the optimal use of your bandwidth. The faster your internet, the better. We recommend using a connection with a download/upload speed of 5/1 Mbps or better. You can test your Internet connection here.

Red checkmarkWebcam: You may use an external webcam or one that is built in to the computer.

Red checkmarkHeadset: We recommend using a headset rather than a built-in microphone and speakers. Using a headset reduces the level of background noise heard by the entire class.

Red checkmarkZoom: We use a web conferencing software called Zoom for our classes, which enables students and teachers to gather from around the globe face to face in real time. Zoom is free to download and easy to use.

To download Zoom:

  1. Visit
  2. Click to download the first option listed, Zoom Client for Meetings.
  3. Open and run the installer on your computer.
  4. In August, students will be provided with instructions and a link for joining their particular class.


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