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Liberal Arts

The 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 Charlotte Mason style pedagogy, the courses span seven levels, each on a two-year rotation, for a total of 14 years of unique material.  Class sizes are limited so that interactions within the classroom stay personal.

Level 1: Illustrated Classics - 2017/2018 Full Year Course

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Level 1: Illustrated Classics - 2017/2018 Full Year Course

from 150.00

Liberal Arts course prices are $25 off until July 15th

Recommended for Ages: 5-7

Books are not included in the course fee.

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Payment Details

  • Payments Plans:  A $50 non-refundable administrative fee will be charged when you check out; you will be billed the remainder of the full tuition in 9 equal monthly installments with the first installment being due on August 15, 2017
  • Returning families may reserve your child's seat by paying $25 immediately (non-refundable) and the remainder of tuition is due in full by July 15.  Please return to this page to make your second payment of $625 by July 15 or the seat will no longer be reserved.

Live Session Schedule

Teachers: Celeste Gregor and Elizabeth Johnson

Start Time: Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday at 10:10 am CST (see details below)

Class Dates

  • Fall 2017: September 5 - December 15
  • Spring 2018: January 15 to May 4
  • Breaks: Thanksgiving (Nov. 23-24), Holy Week and Bright Monday (April 2-9)

Level 1 Course Components

Next year (2017/2018) we are restructuring our Level 1 course to offer a new kind of experience for the students and parents.  Our goal is to add a new way for parents to connect with one another via live meetings while continuing to offer the best parts of what students have come to love about the Level 1 course.

We plan to add a parent discussion and consultation component which we believe will help reduce the time young children spend in front of the computer, increase the sense of connection and community among parents, and help parents connect with their children through the shared experience.

Thus, we plan to offer three components next year in the Level 1 course:

1) The Liberal Arts Curriculum

  • Literature-based lessons and projects from experienced homeschool families delivered online
  • Ongoing resources and support for parents and students
  • Pacing and structure with ample opportunities for expanded and deeper engagement with course topics
  • A wide variety of carefully selected texts, including:
    • poems
    • stories and quotations from Saints
    • stories and passages from Holy Scripture
    • myths, legends, and fables from around the world

2) Live class sessions for the student supported by a parent

  • Show-and-tell format of sharing projects with teacher and classmates
  • Lessons and read-aloud sessions with the teacher
  • Discussion and sharing
  • Student recitation of prayers, poems, and stories

3) Live meetings and consultations for parents

Parents and teachers will meet to discuss a variety of homeschooling topics, to ask questions, to share ideas, and to encourage one another through mutual support.


Course Structure

  • Two-week cycles:  Book lists will provide themes for two weeks of projects and learning activities. Most will be readily available classics which can often be found at the library or purchased online.  Celeste and Elizabeth will team teach the course, rotating in each two-week unit.  

  • Monday meetings will typically be a presentation by the teacher for both the parent and the student.

  • Tuesday meetings will be reserved for parent and teacher consultations (optional, recommended)

  • Thursday meetings will typically be spent on student presentations (show and tell, project sharing, recitations, etc…) 


 

Illustrated Classics Course Skills

Students who enroll in the course should be able to...

  • Identify all letters of the alphabet and most of their sounds
  • Sound out simple 3 or 4 letter words (with minimal help)
  • Draw a picture and tell about it
  • Identify their base shapes
  • Identify colors
  • Follow along in a book
  • Stay focused on one activity for at least 15 minutes

During the course, students will practice...

Reading

  • Reading selections of the best illustrated books
  • Vocabulary
  • Pronunciation and phonics
  • Learning about the world through a wide variety of literature

Discussion

  • Listening skills
  • Retelling narratives
  • Answering questions leading to definition, example and comparison

Composition

  • Completing creative projects on literary themes
  • Presenting in class using “show and tell” format
  • Writing vocabulary words from literature selections

Level Overview

2017/2018 Book Selections

Please Note:  Do NOT purchase books, yet.  A few substitutions may be made to this book list prior to the start of the semester.  A finalized book list will be emailed to all enrolled students.  Most books can also be checked out from the library.

Fall 2017

When We Were Very Young by Milne   ISBN: 978-0140361230
Ox-Cart Man by Hall   ISBN: 978-0140504415
How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World by Priceman   ISBN: 978-0679880837
Agate: What Good is a Moose? by Dey   ISBN: 978-0942235739
The Pumpkin Runner by Arnold    ISBN: 978-0803721241
Very Last First Time by Andrews   ISBN: 978-0888990433
Caps for Sale by Slobokina   ISBN: 978-0064431439
Owl Moon by Yolan   ISBN: 978-0399214578

Spring 2018

The Mitten by Brett   ISBN: 978-0750028677
A Pocket for Corduroy by Freeman    ISBN: 978-0670561728
Katy and the Big Snow by Burton   ISBN: 978-0395181553
Harold and the Purple Crayon by Johnson   ISBN: 978-0064430227
The Salamander Room by Mazer   ISBN: 978-0679861874
Just So Stories by Kipling   ISBN: 978-1909735682
How to Hide a Butterfly by Heller   ISBN: 978-0448404776
The Gardner by Stewart   ISBN: 978-0312367497