Liberal Arts Level 3: Advanced Chapter Books

Term: Yearlong 2021–22, September 7–May 27
Target Grade Levels: 4–5
Schedule: 3x / week, 55 min.
Price: $595.00

Course Sections
Section 1: M/T/W 1:30 p.m. ET with Presv. Kellie Tandilyan
Section 2:
M/T/W 10:00 a.m. ET with Erin Moulton
Section 3:
M/T/W 12:15 p.m. ET with Erin Moulton (Full: Join Waiting List)

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 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 3: Advanced Chapter Books course is designed to provide students with an overview of literature genres. Throughout the year, reading selections will give students the opportunity to foster an enthusiasm for reading and establish a strong connection with books. Through classroom discussions, students will increase verbal communication skills and develop listening skills as they reflect with their fellow students and the teacher on the readings. Additionally, the course will focus on skills such as retelling narratives; answering questions leading to definitions, examples, and comparisons; and identifying important themes.

Writing assignments will include reflections, personal letters, narratives, creative pieces, and journal writing. Vocabulary, spelling, and grammar will be an important part of this course and will be reinforced holistically through each composition piece. Because we are a community of learners, we will work together as a class to build the shared learning experiences that are foundational to all we undertake, as well as to encourage and nurture disciplines and virtues.

Each class will begin with prayer and a brief reflection from the liturgical year. Students and families will be invited to spend time during the week praying, reading Scripture, learning about the saints, reading stories, learning the hymns of the church, and reinforcing the foundational teachings of the faith. One class period a month will be reserved for a group parent meeting with the instructor.

Required texts for 2021-22

Science Fiction:
Mrs. Frisby and the Rats and Nimh, Robert C. O’Brien

Historical fiction:
A Door in the Wall, Marguerite de Angeli
Kite Fighters, Linda Sue Park

Lad: A Dog, Albert Payson Terhune

The Story of the Treasure Seekers, E. Nesbit

The Wright Brothers, Quentin Reynolds

The Story of My Life, Helen Keller

Novel in verse:
Love That Dog, Sharon Creech

Grammar-land, M.L. Nesbitt

Hagiography and moral tales:
Elder Cleopa stories, varied volumes (to be shared together in class – not required to have at home)

*Required materials are not included in the purchase of the course.

NOTE: The books listed above are the required texts from the 2021–2022 academic year. The books listed below are sample titles for the Rotation A cycle of this class and supplied for reference only.

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: Letters from Father Christmas by J.R.R Tolkien
  • Adventure: The Wolves of Willoughby Chase by Joan Aiken
  • Autobiography: Students will study this genre through a sampler of picture books.
    • Through My Eyes by Ruby Bridges
    • Maybe Something Beautiful by F. Isabel Campoy and Theresa Howell
    • The Wall by Eve Bunting

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:


Presvytera Kellie Tandilyan graduated from a Classical Christian high school in rural Montana before matriculating to Hillsdale College to study Classical Languages and Literature.  While there she was received into the Orthodox Church which led her to continue her studies at Hellenic College in Brookline, MA where she met and married a handsome seminarian from Armenia.  She went on to receive her Master’s Degree in Education from the Waldorf Teacher training program at Antioch University with a thesis entitled “”Making Space for the Sacred: The Creative Arts and the Spiritual Development of Children””.   Presvytera recently also completed the Master’s of Divinity degree at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology.

A veteran homeschooling mom of three, she has been teaching in and out of the classroom for over twenty years.  Presvytera Kellie and  Father Anthony live in Wilmington, MA and serve the Dormition of the Virgin Mary parish in Somerville.  When not teaching, Presvytera enjoys making music with her children, gardening, hiking and keeping company with their 11 chickens.

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.


Step 1


Step 2


Step 3


Step 4

Explore our courses!

First, read the available course descriptions, noting prerequisites, target grades, and course objectives. If you think your student is prepared for the course, go ahead and register. After registration, a placement assessment may be provided to students, depending on the course and the student’s previous enrollment with Scholé Academy. Registration is finalized when the student’s placement assessment has been returned by the course instructor with placement confirmation.

All Courses | By Subject | By Grade

Read the Student-Parent Handbook.

Please take careful note of our teaching philosophy, our technology requirements, our school policies, the parent agreement, and the distinctions between our grade levels.

Double-check the course section dates and times.

Make sure they don’t conflict with other activities in your schedule or other courses you are purchasing. Our system will not catch double-bookings!

You’re ready to add course selections to your cart!

Our Assistant to the Principal will be in touch with you after your enrollment to help you with next steps, including any placement evaluations that may be required for your course selections.

This registration will be finalized when the student’s placement assessment has been returned by the course instructor with placement confirmation.

Want to hear about our upcoming courses?

Join our email list to received the latest news from St. Raphael School.

You have successfully subscribed!