Liberal Arts Level 2: Early Chapter Books
Term: Yearlong 2019–20, September 3–May 22
Target Grade Levels: 2–3
Schedule: 4x / week, 55 min.
Section 1: M/T/W/Th 12:15 p.m. ET with Celeste Gregor and Trinity Time teacher, Presbytera Maria Koulianos
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 two-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 in the course materials tab. For the 2019–2020 school year, you only need to purchase the books for Rotation B.
Click here to view the scope and sequence of our Liberal Arts Curriculum.
The Level 2 Liberal Arts Course is built around a wonderful and engaging selection of early chapter books to capture the interest and imagination of the student as we discuss many subjects and topics related to the stories. Mrs. Gregor will help students build the skills they need to be attentive students and supportive and respectful classmates, as well as curious learners and independent critical thinkers.
Students enrolling in Level 2 Early Chapter Books will have the opportunity to develop a variety of skills throughout the year that they can hone to better approach the courses, lectures, readings and teachers they will face in their future academic coursework. Students are encouraged to answer and pose questions, share ideas and practice critical thinking. Each week the teachers goal is to get children comfortable THINKING and SHARING their thoughts. There is less emphasis on right and wrong answers as we strive to create a strong base of curiosity and confidence for future learning.
Trinity Time is a catechism course for St. Raphael School students in Levels II & III. The purpose of the lessons is to help each student grow in their love for God and the church, cultivating a deeper understanding of living as Orthodox Christians in the world. Students and families will be invited to spend time during the week praying, reading Scripture, meeting the saints, reading stories, learning the hymns of the church, and reinforcing the foundational teachings of the faith.
Syllabus: Coming soon.
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.
2019–2020: Rotation B
- Book List
- Poetry Collection
*Required materials are not included in the purchase of the course.
NOTE: The books listed above are for the upcoming school year and are required texts. The books listed below are for the next rotation of this class which will run in the 2020–2021 school year. These texts are listed for reference only and will not be used in the upcoming school year.
2020–2021: Rotation A
- Poetry Collection
- The Children’s Classic Poetry Collection compiled by Nicola Baxter
- Fall 2018
- Mary on Horseback by Rosemary Wells
- My Father’s Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett
- A Gift for Tia Rosa by Karen T. Taha
- The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes
- Spring 2019
- The Light at Tern Rock by Julia L. Sauer
- The Cabin Faced West by Jean Fritz
- Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
- The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
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.
Presbytera Maria Koulianos has been an educator for over 20 years, loving every minute, with vast experience in both public and private schools as a classroom teacher, in developing and implementing learning programs for students, and as an area administrator. She earned her bachelor of science in education from Indiana University with certifications in elementary education, 7/8 nondepartmental, language arts 1–9, and computer education K–12. She holds a master of divinity and a master of theology from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Brookline, MA, where she wrote her thesis, “The Annunciation of the Theotokos from a Liturgical Perspective.” Presbytera Maria and her husband, Father Dionysios, live in the greater Boston area, where he is the priest of Saint Catherine’s Greek Orthodox Church in Braintree, MA. She hopes to inspire her students to love literature and become lifelong learners.
Computer: 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 much better solutions, as they 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.
High-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.
Headset: 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. Headset Recommendations: USB | 3.5mm
Zoom: 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.
- Visit zoom.us/download.
- Click to download the first option listed, Zoom Client for Meetings.
- Open and run the installer on your computer.
- In August, students will be provided with instructions and a link for joining their particular class.
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