Greetings to you all and welcome to the upcoming Summer Sampler class. I am looking forward to meeting you all in the classroom next week, and wanted to take the opportunity to pass on a bit of information by way of preparation.
As you may already be aware, this Sampler class will include students who are registering (or considering registering) for either Elementary Level 1 or Elementary Level 2. This does mean that there will be a bit of a span between the students' reading and writing abilities (wider than will be for the actual classes in the fall). In order to accommodate this and also since we will be together for only five days, I have chosen an illustrated classic rather than an early chapter book (Level 2). However, older more advanced students in the Sampler class will be given the opportunity to complete assignments on a higher level according to their abilities, while the younger students work at their level. I have selected a book that I believe will be well suited to this approach. The book we will be reading, A Pair of Red Clogs by Masako Matsumo, is summarized thusly: "A child's delight in a new pair of shoes is the same all over the world, whether the shoes are patent-leather sandals, straw alpargatas, deerskin moccasins or wooden clogs. For Mako, a little Japanese girl, the new shoes were clogs painted with red lacquer that shone beautifully. This is the story of what happened after she cracked the new clogs playing the weather-telling game and so longed for a bright, shiny new pair to replace them that she almost did a dishonest thing."
Please note: we will read the book together in class, but if you have the opportunity to get it from a library or order on line (I realize the time is short), you may wish to do so. The amazon link is as follows: Amazon: A Pair of red Clogs
I am also pleased to announce that during the upcoming week your student will have the opportunity to meet Celeste Gregor who will be team teaching with me throughout our Summer Sampler week. This past year Mrs. Gregor was a guest teacher in a few of the Early Elementary classes and developed quite a fan base among the students ! She has now joined St. Raphael School and will be teaching the Elementary 1 level in the coming fall semester.
Feel free to email me with any questions you may have prior to class; we will also take plenty of time Monday morning to introduce you to the inner workings of the online ELecta Live program before we begin our book and lessons. Please plan to spend the class time with your child at the computer in order to assist them when needed and to assure their comfort and focus with the online class.