Liberal Arts Level 2: Early Chapter Books
Term: Yearlong 2021–22, September 7–May 27
Target Grade Levels: 2–3
Schedule: 2x / week, 55 min.
Section 1: M/W 11:05 a.m. ET with Erin Moulton
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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 Curriculum.
For the 2021/22 school year we have made some changes to the structure of our elementary classes. For an explanation of those changes, please read the document “St. Raphael School Elementary Program Redesign Notes.”`
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. The second day is devoted to mentoring and discussion with parents to build upon the activities provided during the week for use at home. 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.
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
2021–2022: Rotation B
- 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)
- 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)
- 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.
*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 2021–2022 school year and are required texts. The books listed below are for the next rotation of this class, which will run in the 2022–2023 school year. The Rotation B texts below are listed for reference only and will not be used in the upcoming 2021–2022 school year.
2022–2023: Rotation A
- Poetry Collection
- The Children’s Classic Poetry Collection compiled by Nicola Baxter
- Fall 2020
- Spring 2021
Erin Moulton has a deep love for education and has been teaching in some capacity for over two decades. She holds a PhD in Slavic linguistics from the University of Kansas and has also studied at Washington University in Saint Louis, Missouri, and in Saint Petersburg, Russia. In the past, she served as an instructor of Russian language, literature, and culture at University of Kansas. She works professionally as an editor and project manager in the field of international compliance and serves as youth communications liaison for the Orthodox Church in America Diocese of the Midwest and as board president of the Orthodox Christian Translation Society. Erin and her husband, Christian, are parishioners at Holy Trinity Church in Overland Park, Kansas, where she teaches church school and assists in creating a multiyear cycle of curriculum for the parish. Erin and Christian have four sons, all of whom she has educated at home over the past 13 years. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 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.
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.
Webcam: You may use an external webcam or one that is built in to the computer.
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.
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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