Liberal Arts Level 3: Advanced Chapter Books

Term: Yearlong 2019–20, September 3–May 22
Target Grade Levels: 4–5
Schedule: 4x / week, 55 min.
Price: $725.00

Course Sections
Section 1:
M/T/W/Th, 10:05 a.m. ET with Elizabeth Johnson 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.

Liberal Arts Level 3 Advanced Chapter Books is a two-year program designed to provide students with an overview of literature genres. Throughout the program, students will have the opportunity to foster an enthusiasm for reading and establish a strong connection with books. Through classroom discussion they will increase verbal communication skills and develop listening skills as other students and the teacher reflect on the reading. Retelling narrative, answering questions leading to definitions, examples, and comparisons, and identifying and discussing important themes are central components of the curriculum. Responding to the reading through composition will include: personal letters, narratives, essays, creative pieces, and journals. The multistep writing process will also be utilized to develop, revise, evaluate, and improve each written piece of work. Vocabulary, spelling, and grammar will be an important part of this class. Building community through shared learning experiences is foundational to all we undertake as disciplines and virtues are encouraged and nurtured.


Trinity Time

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.



View course 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:

2019-2020: Rotation B

  • History studies and science themes will be taught in conjunction with these required books.
    • The Silver Chair by C.S.Lewis
    • The Door in the Wall by Marguerite de Angeli
    • Cricket in Times Square by George Seldon
    • A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
    • Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren
  • In addition we will have the following 3 unit studies. No books need to be purchased for these; materials will be provided online & in class.
    • Poetry Unit: Shakespeare Meets Pooh
    • Fairy Tale Unit: Cinderella and Company
    • Fables Unit: To Aesop and Beyond!
  • Other materials: Two spiral or bound notebooks.

*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 cycle 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

  • Historical Fiction: The Perilous Road by William O. Steele
  • Folktales: Wonder Tales from around the World by Heather Forest
  • Biography: Leonardo da Vinci by Diane Stanley
  • Fantasy:The Father Christmas Letters by J.R.R Tolkien
  • Adventure: The Wolves of Willoughby Chase by Joan Aiken
  • Autobiography: Sampler Through Picture Books
    • Through My Eyes by Ruby Bridges
    • Maybe Something Beautiful by F. Isabel Campoy & Adriana Sananes
    • The Wall by Eve Bunting

Elizabeth Crispina Johnson draws from her experiential background as well as her academic. Having started homeschooling the first of her three children in 1983, she continues homeschooling with three of her eight grandchildren. As time allows, Elizabeth also writes children’s books, four of which have been published by Ancient Faith Publishing. She holds a master’s degree in intercultural training, a bachelor degree in Bible and theology, an associate degree in early childhood education, and also attended a one-year missiology program at Fuller Theological Seminary. Elizabeth lives in western New York and attends St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church in Rochester.

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.


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 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.

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. Webcam Recommendations: Good (PC only) | Best (Mac and PC)

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. Headset Recommendations: USB | 3.5mm

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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