Liberal Arts Level 4: Children’s Classics

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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.

This liberal arts class is designed to increase student’s communications skills through reading, writing, speaking and listening, and the study of the English language. Additionally, we will focus on nature studies, and composition of personal letters, narratives, and short speeches. This year students can expect to read a variety of novels, short stories, poetry, essays, and nonfiction. At times, history will be discussed, as it plays a fundamental role in shaping  literature. In particular, we will study two works of history which will introduce the students to stories from ancient Greece and Israel. These literary pieces will model the different writing styles we will be working on in class. Writing assignments will include timed responses, journal writing, essays, critiques, and creative pieces. Vocabulary, spelling, and grammar will be an important part of this class and will be reinforced holistically through each composition piece. Because we are a community of learners, we will work together as a class and each student will present information to their peers in groups or individually.

Each student should have two composition books or notebooks to use for the year. One will be for their own Interactive Literature Student Notebook that will be used in class for practice and growth in the areas like mastery of writing styles, grammar, vocabulary, comprehension, and analysis of literary pieces through journaling, and the other for a Reading Journal. Both will prepare students for discussions, retelling narratives, and answering questions leading to definitions, examples, and comparisons of literature. See documents on class Interactive Student Notebooks and Reading Journals.

Our major units of study will include but are not limited to:
● Poetry, Short Stories, and Novels
● Narrative, Expository, Technical and Persuasive Writing
● Speech Writing and Delivery
During our writing units, we will also utilize the multi-step writing process to develop, revise,
evaluate, and improve each written piece of work. In our course of study in all the units, we will
address various elements of specific genres including but not limited to organization, purpose,
audience, narration, conflict, tone, and theme.

Scope and Sequence: Click here to view the scope and sequence of our Liberal Arts Curriculum.

 

Syllabus

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Required Materials*

2022-2023

Literature Books and Texts
My Side of the Mountain (Jean Craighead George)
The Wind in the Willows (Kenneth Grahame)
The Illustrated Our Young Folks’ Josephus (William Shepard)
Alice in Wonderland (Lewis Carroll)
The Hobbit (J.R.R. Tolkien)
Peter Pan (J.M. Barrie)
Call of the Wild (Jack London)
The Endless Steppe (Esther Hautzig)
The Story of the Greeks (H.A. Guerber)
The Jungle Books (Rudyard Kipling)
The Art of the Personal Letter (Margaret Shepherd)

Additional Required Materials

  • Composition book or notebook for Interactive Student Literatur Notebook
  • Additional composition or notebook for Reading Journal

Sarah Fothergill has been teaching for 13 years. She holds a BA in 7-12 English and History Education and an MA in Secondary Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Nebraska at Kearney. Throughout her career, Sarah has taught writing, literature, and speaking to both middle and high school students. Sarah offers her students a passion for studying literature, history, poetry, and nature, and looks forward to helping them learn, grow, and reflect on “the good, the true, and the beautiful” in everything. In addition to teaching, Sarah is blessed to serve as Youth Ministry Coordinator and chanter at St. George Orthodox Church in Kearney, Nebraska. She also loves spoiling her two young nieces, reading, writing, gardening, coffee and conversation with friends, and spending time with her husband and two cats. sfothergill.schole@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

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.

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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.

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  1. Visit zoom.us/download.
  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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