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Elementary

1st-6th Grades 

             


  Our Elementary department is a combined effort of parents to instruct our 1st - 6th graders in a cooperative setting.  At least one parent of each elementary-aged student is expected to actively participate each day in some way.  Most classes are taught by parent volunteers, while some electives are taught by paid tutors.  Other parents may assist with teaching, set-up, clean-up, or other behind-the-scenes activities.  We believe that the Lord has given each person unique gifts and talents, and that by contributing these, our collaborative is strengthened and our children are greatly benefitted.


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COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

To go directly to a course description, click on the course names below.

To register for the the 2020-2021 School Year click here: Class Registration


Tuesday Morning Core Classes

(A 6th grade transition class option is available, which is designed to prepare our older Elementary students for the coming Middle School years. See info below.)

1st thru 6th Grade:  Memory Work, Science Lab, Fine Arts block

Cost:  $190 for the 24-week year, paid to Anchor.

Homework Level:  Varies for each family

The Elementary Core program is set up to introduce new memory material each week to our 1st thru 6th graders. This process is based on the idea that children soak in new material very easily.  It is a great framework around which to build your weekly lessons at home.  New memory work each week will be given in the following areas: Timeline, History, Geography, Latin, English/Grammar, and Science. 

Students should memorize the memory work pieces each week. Parents are then responsible for supplementing their children's learning at home, with a workload that suits their family's needs.

Our Science Lab block consists of excellent experiments designed to reinforce new science information.  In Fine Arts, students will be exposed to various areas of the arts, which may include artists, composers, music genres, art media, and drama. Core classes will be broken down by age groups, dependent upon enrollment.

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6th Grade Core - Transition Class:  Memory Work, Science Lab, Fine Arts block, Research projects, Higher level thinking skills

Cost:  $200 for the 24-week year, paid to Anchor.

Homework Level: Moderate - 1-2 hours per week

Sixth grade is a time for our Elementary kids to “kick it up a notch", as these older Elementary students prepare for the rigors of Middle School. This class will have required homework each week, with several projects throughout the year.

If your 6th grader is not yet ready to meet these requirements, you may still enroll your child in the regular Core classes.

Each Tuesday morning, 6th graders will be given the opportunity to expand what they are learning in the Elementary Core subjects. A 4-week rotation will cover Math, Science, Geography, and History, with a bit of English and Latin Review.  Students will still participate in all other Core activities, but the Intro and Review times will be used for these higher-level learning opportunities.

Students will have the opportunity to present their own research. Each semester, students will complete three reports/projects: one biography, another will describe a timeline event or History sentence, and the third will expand on a science concept. Students will choose subjects at the beginning of the semester and be given presentation dates. A guideline of requirements will be supplied for the presentations, but children will be encouraged to be creative in how they share the information they learn.

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Tuesday Afternoon Elective Options

Our afternoon block offers multiple levels of Literature and Writing classes which are designed to meet the various needs of our students--from those who are just beginning to read and write to those who have reading and writing experience and are looking to further develop their skills.  


Literature Options:  

1st and 2nd Grade Literature

Tutor: Tina Jenkins

Required Texts:  None

Class Length:  60 mins/24 weeks

Class Time: Tuesdays 1:00-2:00

Course Fee: $124  Materials Fee: None

Homework Level: Light

Course Description:  Students will explore a variety of children's books and stories in this pre-writing, literature-filled class.  The elements of a story will be discussed, including characters, setting, and plot.  Drama, art, lap books,  and collaborative writing will be used as extension activities to achieve a deeper appreciation for the books that are read.

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3rd and 4th Grade Literature

Tutor:  Ammie DeGrange

Required Texts: A book list will be sent with the tutor's syllabus.

Class Length:  60 mins/24 weeks

Class Time: Tuesdays 2:00-3:00

Course Fee: $129  Materials Fee: $10

Homework Level: Moderate

Course Description: To instill a lifelong love of literature, students will read and explore books from many genres. They will develop and build literacy skills through various reading and interactive tasks, basic written responses, in-class activities and projects, and independent outside assignments. From modern literature, to poetry, to Shakespeare, students will explore literary elements of plot, setting, character, conflict, point of view, theme, mood, and tone. They will be encouraged to read approximately one age-appropriate text every three to five weeks to be prepared for class, and will be expected to maintain a “reading journal” throughout the year. Literary analysis and class participation modeled in virtue, truth, and beauty will be encouraged. Assignments will be evaluated with constructive feedback. 


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5th and 6th Grade Literature

Tutor:  Ammie DeGrange

Required Texts: A book list will be sent with the tutor's syllabus.

Class Length:  60 mins/24 weeks

Class Time: Tuesdays 1:00-2:00

Course Fee: $129   Materials Fee: $10

Homework Level: Moderate 

Course Description: To instill a lifelong love of literature, students will read and explore books from many genres. They will develop and build literacy skills through various reading and interactive tasks, basic written responses, in-class activities and projects, and independent outside assignments. From modern literature, to poetry, to Shakespeare, students will explore literary elements of plot, setting, character, conflict, point of view, theme, mood, and tone. Students will also be introduced to more advanced literary elements, such as, foreshadowing, imagery, simile, metaphor, symbolism, personification, and alliteration. They will be encouraged to read approximately one age-appropriate text every three to five weeks to be prepared for class, and will be expected to maintain a “reading journal” throughout the year. Literary analysis and class participation modeled in virtue, truth, and beauty will be encouraged. Assignments will be evaluated with constructive feedback. 

Writing Options:


IEW 3rd-5th Grade Writing

**Even though each IEW course spans three grade levels, each course is on a two-year rotation, covering two different textbooks.  It is recommended that students take both years of each course before moving on to the next level, providing a solid foundation of writing skills on which to build.  Once both texts have been completed within the course, a student should advance to the next higher class.**

Tutor: Cathy Backhaus

Class Length: 60 mins/24 weeks

Class Time: Tuesdays 1:00-2:00

Course Fee: $134   Materials Fee: $20

Class Maximum:  15 students

Pre-requisite: Student must be able to read at grade level comfortably, as well as be able to read and write a complete sentence. If the parent is unsure of proper placement, talking with Mrs. Backhaus is encouraged.

Required Text & Materials:  IEW (Institute for Excellence in Writing) Fables, Myths, & Fairy Tales Writing Lessons – by Maria Gerber.  Be sure you order the updated 3rd edition; copyright May 2019 (Student Book Only). ISBN # - 978-1-62341-309-5

Student Materials: 3-ring binder with paper and tabbed dividers; Any readable, quality thesaurus (siblings may share.); a sewn composition book for journal writing, sharpened pencils with erasers

Homework Level:  Approximately 30-40 minutes daily – varies from child to child.

Course Description:  In this class, the beginning student will study simple sentence construction that will lead to solid paragraphs, and on to three paragraph stories. Created to compliment what is being taught in Language Arts by the parent in the home, 3-5 Writing will provide the students with many tools that will improve their writing skills. Vocabulary words and proper grammar usage will also be taught. The students will learn to take notes, summarize narrative stories, summarize references, write from pictures, and create personal stories. Students will also do daily journal entries every other week to provide practice of these writing skills, in addition to creating a booklet of their work over the course of the year.  The Institute for Excellence in Writing mission is “to equip teachers and parents with methods and materials to aid them in training students to become confident and competent communicators.” Through class instruction and weekly homework writing assignments, your child will grow in confidence and writing ability.  (Student will benefit from parental guidance on assignments since one hour of instruction each week is not enough time for thorough coverage of subject.)

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IEW 5th-7th Grade Writing

**Even though each IEW course spans three grade levels, each course is on a two-year rotation, covering two different textbooks.  It is recommended that students take both years of each course before moving on to the next level, providing a solid foundation of writing skills on which to build.  Once both texts have been completed within the course, a student should advance to the next higher class.**

Tutor: Cathy Backhaus

Class Length: 60 mins/24 weeks

Class Time: Tuesdays 2:00-3:00

Course Fee: $134  Materials Fee: $20

Class Maximum: 15 students

Prerequisite: Please note – if the student has not had any previous practice writing complete sentences or if he/she struggles with reading at grade level, it may be best to start in the 3-5 Writing class where he/she will feel less intimidated.  Talking with Mrs. Backhaus about any of these concerns is encouraged before any final decision is made, or if the parent is unsure of placement.

Required Text: IEW (Institute for Excellence in Writing) Medieval-Based Writing Lessons, updated 5th Edition, Jan. 2019 (Student Book only) by Lori Verstegen; ISBN# - 978-1-62341-312-5

Student Materials: 3-ring binder with paper and tabbed dividers; any readable, quality thesaurus (siblings may share); a sewn composition book for journal writing; sharpened pencils with erasers.

Homework Level: Approximately 45-60 minutes daily – varies from child to child.

Course Description:  Created to compliment what is being taught in Language Arts by the parent in the home, this class will improve the student’s writing strength and depth with Medieval History content. Incrementally, all the IEW models of structure and elements of style will be taught, as well as proper grammar skills and vocabulary to enrich the students’ writing.  Daily journal entries every other week will be assigned to provide beneficial practice of these skills. The Institute for Excellence in Writing mission is “to equip teachers and parents with methods and materials to aid them in training students to become confident and competent communicators.”  As students are instructed and encouraged in the basics of this theme-based program, their confidence and writing ability will soar.


For 6th Grade & Up

Tutor:  Cathy Backhaus

Class Length: 60 mins/32 weeks* (*Follows the Middle School/High School calendar)

Class Time: Tuesdays 3:00-4:00

Course Fee: $180   Materials Fee: $60*

*Please note that the Materials Fees will be used to purchase a complete set of student maps, graphing paper used for this course, and a student atlas purchased by the teacher for each student.

Required Text: None – atlas, maps, and materials will be purchased by teacher with materials fee listed above. 

Student Materials:  1- one inch three-ring notebook with tabbed dividers and paper; a zipped plastic holder or container for the following individual items:

  • One or two #4 hard pencils (2H, 3H, 5H or 6H are okay)

  • One or two black razor-point pens (needed for thin fine lines in black ink)

  • Three or four razor-point pens in other colors for labeling (red, blue and green)

  • An excellent eraser – Art Gum or similar, that leaves no residue

  • A set of colored pencils (and sharpener)

  • White-out – quick dry kind

Homework Level: Light 

Course Description:  Students will learn to read and create maps of the world through David Smith's Mapping the World by Heart.  This will be a hands-on class with students learning how to understand maps and will be able to create their own world map by the end of the year.  For more information please refer to www.mapping.com. (No purchase necessary)


Thursday Classes


Course Fee:  None (Included in the cost of Elementary Core)

Class Length: 30 mins/24 weeks

Class Time: Thursdays 9:00-9:30

Children will play various review games to practice the memory work from previous weeks and reinforce what they have learned. This session is offered at no cost but is limited to those students enrolled in the Elementary Tuesday Core Classes. 

Mini Courses: Art, STEM, and U.S. Heritage and Cultures

Mini Courses offer our elementary students the opportunity to express themselves through artistic endeavors, problem-solve with STEM projects, and experience a bit of what life is like in other cultures. These areas of study are offered in 6-week blocks to expose students to a variety of activities throughout the year. This is a great way for our kids to grow academically, creatively, and cooperatively with their peers.

Class Length: 75 mins/24 weeks

Group A (approximately ages 6-8): Thursdays 10:45-12:00

Group B (approximately ages 9-12): Thursdays 9:30-10:45

Materials Fee: $100 for the 24-week year, paid to Anchor

Students registering for Mini Courses will participate in all four courses throughout the year, rotating every 6 weeks in a pre-set rotation.

ART: Children will explore different art media and elements of artistic creation as they learn to express themselves through original creative projects.

STEM: (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics)  Students are given the chance to participate in creative opportunities to explore STEM concepts and practice public speaking skills through activities such as building and presenting projects, problem solving, cooperative learning, and interactive math. 

U.S. HERITAGE AND CUSTOMS:  To coincide with the Elementary Core study of U.S. Geography, this Mini Course will expose our children to the diversity of the various regions and their unique heritage and customs.  Students will have the opportunity to play  games, try traditional foods, experience the arts, music, and traditional dress of various time periods in each region, and learn more about each culture through stories, hands-on activities, guest speakers, and more. 

Teacher: TBD

Required Text: TBD

Materials:  Class Length: 75 mins/24 weeks

Class Time: Thursdays 9:30-10:45

Course/Materials Fee: $124

Homework Level: Light

Course Description: This class will cover US History in a fun and creative atmosphere for children in 1st-3rd grades. Students will be engaged in hands-on learning activities to help them learn all about US History! Homework will be a light to moderate amount to help round out your social studies curriculum.

Teacher: Amy Stewart

Required Text: Story of the World, Volume 4: The Modern Age, Story of the World (Student book only.  Activity book is not required.)

Materials:  1 1/2" D-ring binder with numbered dividers 1-24, school box, pencils, pen, markers, glue sticks, scissors.

Class Length: 75 mins/24 weeks

Class Time: Thursdays 10:45-12:00

Grade/age: This class is intended for ages 9-12 or 4th-6th grades.

Course/Materials Fee: $124

Homework Level: Moderate

Course Description: Class time will be spent completing various corresponding activities, studying maps, and reviewing questions.  Reading must be done at home before class.  This class will be reading 1-3 chapters per week and occasionally other provided materials.  The required reading will coordinate with the Anchor weekly history sentence.  Work pages will be provided for for students. Families may choose to purchase the audio recording for Story of the World, but it is not required.  

Instructor: Kayla Handly

Class Length: 40 mins/24 weeks

Required Materials: Comfortable clothing and sneakers

Group A (4-8 year olds): Thursdays 1:00-1:40

Group B (9-12 year olds): Thursdays 1:45-2:25

Course Fee: $124/year

Course Description:  This class will be 40 minutes of high energy and fun-filled activity, starting with a dynamic warmup, a series of exercises, and ending with games. By making exercise fun, children get excited to move around.  Moving around results in becoming physically stronger and more energetic. It's a great first step on the road to cultivating a lifetime of health and fitness!

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Required Text:  None

Course Fee:  First 2 children in a family are $60 each, with a $120 family maximum

Class Length: 40 mins/24 weeks

Group A (6-8 year olds):  Thursdays 1:45-2:25

Group B (9-12 year olds):  Thursdays 1:00-1:40 

Recommended Homework:  15-20 mins per day

Course Description:  Students will work in groups to build math-fact fluency through various hands-on activities and games. Our focus will be on subitizing, meaning “instantly seeing how many.” Students will receive manipulatives to use at home for practicing math skills learned in class.  In Group A, students will begin with addition.  Group B students will focus on addition and multiplication.  Each student will need a 3-ringed binder. This class is intended to improve and enhance the students' math skills and is not considered enough to satisfy the math requirement for the student.    

         

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