Liberal Arts Level 3: Advanced Chapter Books
Term: Yearlong 2020–21, September 8–May 28
Target Grade Levels: 4–5
Schedule: 4x / week, 55 min.
M/T/W/Th 10:05 a.m. ET with Erin Moulton (Trinity Time with Pres. Maria Koulianos) (Section Full: Join Waiting List)
Section 2: M/T/W/Th 1:30 p.m. ET with Presv. Kellie Tandilyan
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 2020–2021 school year, you only need to purchase the books for Rotation A.
Click here to view the scope and sequence of our Liberal Arts Curriculum.
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 personal letters, narratives, essays, creative pieces, and journal writing. Students will use the multistep writing process to develop, revise, evaluate, and improve each written piece of work. 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.
Trinity Time is the catechism component for Level II and Level III St. Raphael School students. The once-a-week catechism lessons are intended to help each student grow in their love for God and the church, cultivating a deeper understanding of how to live as Orthodox Christians in the world. 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.
View a sample syllabus from the 2019–2020 academic year here. (The syllabus for the 2020–2021 academic year is forthcoming!)
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.
NOTE: The list of required materials for the 2020–2021 academic year is forthcoming. The below list of titles is a sample from the 2019–2020 academic year.
- 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
*Required materials are not included in the purchase of the course.
NOTE: The books listed above are a sample list of the required texts from the 2019–2020 academic year. The books listed below are sample titles for the Rotation B cycle of this class and supplied for reference only.
- 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
- The Cricket in Times Square by George Selden
- A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
- Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren
- In addition, this course will have the following 3 unit studies. No books need to be purchased for these; materials will be provided online and in class.
- Poetry Unit: Shakespeare Meets Pooh
- Fairy Tale Unit: Cinderella and Company
- Fables Unit: To Aesop and Beyond!
- Other materials: 2 spiral or bound notebooks
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
Presvytera Kellie Tandilyan graduated from a Classical Christian high school in rural Montana before matriculating to Hilllsdale 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 Spritual Development of Children””. Presvytera recently also completed the Master’s of Divinity degree at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology.
A veteren 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 Wilimington, 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. email@example.com
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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.
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