Liberal Arts Level 2: Early Chapter Books

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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 2021–2022 school year, you only need to purchase the books for Rotation B.

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

The Liberal Arts Level 2: Early Chapter Books course is designed to build on skills and love of learning built in our Level 1 course. Like Level 2, this course encourages love of learning via stories, the natural world, and the rhythms of the Eastern Orthodox Christian faith. The curriculum is built around a wonderful and engaging selection of early chapter books and collections of short stories that will capture the interest and imagination of students. The class will meet twice a week, with one day for students and the instructor to meet, discuss, and share work. As young learners work and interact at home and in class, they will build the skills they need to become attentive students, supportive and respectful classmates, curious learners, and independent critical thinkers. Students will begin to build writing skills via creative assignments and writing tasks, including writing poems, personal letters, stories, and practicing renarration strategies. This class is intended to create a strong foundation of curiosity and confidence for future learning.

Prerequisites
Students who enroll in this class should be able to do the following:
• Read at a beginner level (books that are too challenging for the student may be read with or aloud by the parent)
• Show an understanding a story by asking and answering questions about it
• Converse with and listen to others, including asking questions and waiting their turn to respond
• Be responsible for completing and turning in assignments with the help of a parent
• Parent presence is required on the second class of each week

View the Liberal Arts curriculum K-12 course map.

Syllabus

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Required Materials*

Poetry/Hymnography:
Provided monthly by instructor

Hagiography:
101 Orthodox Saints by Sarah Wright and Alexandra Schmalzbach

Short Stories:
Provided by instructor

Picture Books:
Maybe Something Beautiful by Isabelle Campoy and Theresa Howell

Short Novels:
My Father’s Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett
Shepherding Sam by Melinda Johnson
Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder
The Birchbark House by Louise Erdrich
Finding Langston by Lesa Cline-Ransome
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White

Other Resources will be shared by the instructors throughout the
academic year.
Any edition of the above texts is acceptable!

*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.

Printable Reading List

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NOTE: The books listed above are for the upcoming 2022–2023 school year and are required texts. The books listed below are for the next rotation of this class, which will run in the 2023–2024 school year. The Rotation B texts below are listed for reference only and will not be used in the upcoming 2022–2023 school year.

2021–2022: Rotation B

Poetry/Hymnography:

  • A Family of Poems, compiled by Caroline Kennedy
  • Our Hymn to the Mother of God, All Saints Greek Orthodox Monastery (to be shared in class, not required to have at home)

Scripture:

  • Children’s Bible Reader, published by the Greek Bible Society

Short stories and Saint’s Lives:

  • James Herriot’s Treasury for Children
  • A Child’s Paradise of Saints, Nun Nectaria McLees
  • Brother Wolf, Sister Sparrow, Eric A. Kimmel (to be shared in class – not required to have at home)

Short novels

  • The Boxcar Children, Gertrude Chandler Warner
  • A Lion to Guard Us, Clyde Robert Bulla
  • The Chalk Box Kid, Clyde Robert Bulla
  • The Courage of Sarah Noble, Alice Dalgliesh
  • Spyridon’s Shoes, Christine Rogers
  • A Bear Called Paddington by Michael Bond
  • The Railway Children by Edith Nesbit
  • Winnie the Pooh, A. A. Milne

Additional texts and materials will be provided by the instructor.

Presvytera Jennifer Moore was born and raised in Davenport, Iowa. The youngest of four children, she became an aunt at the age of five and thus began her career as an educator. Presvytera Jennifer attended Indiana Wesleyan University, completing coursework and practicums for both Children’s Ministry and Secondary English Education, eventually graduating with a B.A. in English Language and Literature from Southern New Hampshire University. She has a passion for education, especially language, writing, literature, and faith studies. Presvytera Jennifer has volunteered as a Sunday school teacher, worked as an ESL teacher on an international platform, and created and implemented a multi-generational Orthodox family education program in her previous parish.  She married her high school sweetheart in 2003. Father Matthew was ordained in 2014 and currently serves Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Steubenville, Ohio. They have three daughters, Adeline, Katherine, and Beatrice, all of whom Presvytera Jennifer has home-educated over the past ten years. Their family has multiple bonus features, such as ADHD, Tourette Syndrome, asynchrony, and sensory issues. Presvytera Jennifer believes in the potential of every child, and it is her great joy and privilege to help facilitate their growth and achievement. She is an insatiable reader of anything she can get her hands on and a writer of creative nonfiction and poetry in her free time. She also volunteers as a social media manager for a local philanthropic organization and enjoys time with her incredible family and friends. Presvytera Jennifer believes that both literature and Orthodoxy Christianity can change the world. j.mooreraphaelschool@gmail.com

 

Milica (Minic) Savić was born in Belgrade, Serbia. At the age of six she immigrated to the United States with her parents and younger brother. Growing up in south Florida, and visiting her family in Serbia every summer, grew her love for travel, culture, history, and learning. When deciding on a track in college she chose International Relations as it blended many of her interests and life experiences. Upon graduating from the University of Central Florida, she took a teaching position at Paideia Classical Academy in Coconut Creek, Florida. She started out as a teacher’s assistant, and the following year she was offered her own class. Milica taught the first and second grade levels for two years. More recently, she was the Administrative Assistant in the Missionary Department for the Orthodox Christian Mission Center in St. Augustine, Florida. Currently, Milica lives in Belgrade with her husband Stefan, where they met on a monastery road trip with mutual friends. Thanks to her grandfather’s encouragement to read what became her favorite novel, The Count of Monte Cristo, Milica became an avid reader. In her spare time she is often found reading. Milica also especially enjoys spending time with family, exploring the countryside, and visiting monasteries. She has a deep love for the art of dance, particularly ballet. She hopes to one day chassé her way back to a dance studio again. This is a year full of new adventures and experiences for Milica, and she is thrilled that teaching has reentered her life! msavic.srs@gmail.com

 

 

 

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  3. Open and run the installer on your computer.
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