Elementary


Program


1st-6th Grades 

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          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 actively participates each day in some way.  Parents are encouraged to choose a class to lead. Lead positions earn compensation which helps offset tuition costs.  Parents also serve as volunteers to assist the lead teachers.  Parents are needed to assist with set-up, clean-up, and 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 2021-22 School Year, click here: Class Registration.

A  breakdown of Elementary tuition and fees can be found here: Elementary Tuition and Fees



Tuesday Morning CORE ProgramAnchor


The Tuesday Morning Core Program is designed to introduce students to the Classical Model of Learning.  In this model, elementary school children are asked to absorb information-not evaluate it but to learn it. Memorization and repetition are the primary teaching methods; children are expected to become familiar with a certain body of knowledge, but they are not yet asked to analyze it. We spend time on Tuesdays learning the new memory work, studying science related to our new grammar terms, and history as learned in our memorization.  Due to the program's structure, we require students and families to sign up for all of the components on Tuesday mornings. 

 A $100 supply fee will be collected for all Tuesday morning classes.


Core Program- 1st thru 6th Grades:  Memory Work, Science, History 

Memory Work

Class Length:  60 mins/24 weeks

Required Texts: all materials provided by Anchor

Course Fee: $25  Supply fee: included in the $100 Tuesday fee 

Homework Level: Light, varies greatly by family

Description: 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 workpieces each week. Parents are then responsible for supplementing their children's learning at home with a workload that suits their family's needs. We will enhance the memory work component with Science and History on Tuesday mornings.  More information about the Classical Model can be found here: Classical Model at Anchor.

Science 

Required Texts:  Lead Tutor will Specify

Class Length:  60 mins/24 weeks

Course Fee: $75  Supply fee: included in the $100 Tuesday fee 

Homework Level: Light-Moderate 

All Science classes will have engaging lessons that reinforce each week's memory work. 3rd-4th and 5th-6th class will receive weekly homework pages and reading selections from a Science book selected by the lead tutor for each grade level.

History: Story of the World 

Required Text: Story of the World, Volume 1: The Ancient Times (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: 60 mins/24 weeks

Grade/age: We will modify the class for each age group to present a developmentally appropriate lesson.

Course Fee: $75  Supply fee: included in the $100 Tuesday fee

Homework Level: 1st-2nd: Minimal 3rd-6th: 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 (or listening to)1-2 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 students. Families may choose to purchase the audio recording for Story of the World, but it is not required.  


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Tuesday Afternoon Elective Options

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


Literature Options 

1st and 2nd Grade Literature

Tutor: Ammie DeGrange

Required Texts:  None

Class Length:  60 mins/24 weeks

Class Time: Tuesdays 1:00-2:00

Course Fee: $125  Materials Fee: $25

Homework Level: Light

Course Description: To instill a lifelong love of literature, students will explore and learn about many genres through fun, engaging picture books, and hands-on activities.  Each month’s books and activities will focus and be formed around a different Christian virtue as students learn about the goodness, truth, and beauty around them.  This is a fun, engaging, highly entertaining class. Reading skills are not required for this class.

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3rd and 4th Grade Literature

Tutor:  Ammie DeGrange

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

Class Length:  60 mins/24 weeks

Class Time: Tuesdays 3:00-4:00

Course Fee: $125  Materials Fee: $25

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. Each month’s book choice and class activities will focus and be formed around a different Christian virtue as we explore literary elements of plot, setting, character, conflict, point of view, theme, mood, and tone.  Students will be expected to maintain a “reading journal” throughout the year. Literary analysis and class participation modeled in goodness, truth, and beauty will be encouraged.

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5th and 6th Grade Literature

Tutor:  Ammie DeGrange

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

Class Length:  60 mins/24 weeks

Class Time: Tuesdays 2:00-3:00

Course Fee: $125   Materials Fee: $25

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. Each month's book choice and class activities will be focused around a different Christian virtue as we explore literary elements of plot, setting, character, conflict, point of view, theme, mood, and tone. Students will be introduced to more advanced literary elements such as foreshadowing, imagery, symbolism, simile, metaphor, personification and alliteration.  They 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. The tutor will evaluate assignments 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 2:00-3:00

Course Fee: $134   Materials Fee: $30

Class Maximum:  15 students

Pre-requisite: Students must be able to read at grade level comfortably and 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) All Things Fun & Fascinating –Second Edition-January 2012-(copyright date 2009) by Lori Verstegen. (Student Book Only). 

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 three-paragraph stories. Created to complement what is being taught in Language Arts by the parent in the home, 3-5 Writing will provide the students with many tools to 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 and create a booklet of their work over the course of the year.  The Institute for Excellence in Writing's 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 the 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 1:00-2:00

Course Fee: $134  Materials Fee: $30

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) Ancient History-Based Writing Lessons, 6th Edition December 2020 (Student Book only) by Lori Verstegen.  Please note that this is a revised edition.

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 complement what is being taught in Language Arts by the parent in the home, this class will improve its writing strength and depth with Ancient History content. Incrementally, all the IEW models of structure and elements of style will be taught, and proper grammar skills and vocabulary to enrich the students’ writing.  Daily journal entries will be assigned every other week to provide beneficial practice of these skills. The Institute for Excellence in Writing's 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 this theme-based program's basics, their confidence and writing ability will soar.

Additional Tuesday Options

Mapping the USA by Heart

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, the 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 the teacher with the materials fee listed above. 

Student Materials:  1- a 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: Moderate, but mandatory!

Course Description: This class's nature lends itself easily as a transition course to help all 6th-8th graders feel ready for the rigors of work beyond their present capabilities. It will also benefit those high schoolers who need more confidence in time management, research, and class presentations. Mapping the USA by Heart will have required homework and mapping practice each week, with state projects and presentations throughout the year. Students will be given a guideline of requirements for the presentations but will be encouraged to be creative in sharing the information they learn. Weekly class sessions will consist of mapping, research, interactive games, and coaching in preparation for their final task of actually mapping the USA by heart!    

Thursday Enrichment Program

The Thursday Enrichment Program is designed to offer a variety of experiences to enhance the Tuesday Core Program. Students participate in Art, a rotation of mini-courses, and fitness. These classes are offered on a rotation. Due to the program's structure, we require students and families to sign up for all of the components on Thursdays. This keeps the groups cohesive, allows friendships to form, and streamlines Thursday mornings for the cooperative. 



Mini-Courses: STEM, ASL: American Sign Language, Drama, Music

Mini-Courses offer our elementary students the opportunity to express themselves through artistic endeavors, problem-solve with STEM projects, learn to communicate through American Sign Language, to express themselves through drama. These study areas 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: 60 mins/6 weeks each

Tuition: $20 for each course ($80 for the year) paid directly to the lead tutor. Materials Fee: $150 for all Thursday morning classes paid to Anchor

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

STEM: (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics)  Students are given a 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. 

ASL-American Sign Language: The primary focus of the course is to introduce students to American Sign Language.  In this 6-week mini-course, students should develop a basic ASL vocabulary of signs and numbers; we are excited to introduce Christian signs!  Students should be able to greet each other and share about themselves using the learned vocabulary. 

Drama: Students will engage in fun, interactive lessons, and games that encourage them to express themselves openly in front of others.

Music:

Instructor: Our talented Anchor moms
Class Length: 60 minutes/24 weeks
Tuition: $80/year 
Course Description: Children will explore different art media and artistic creation elements as they learn to express themselves through original creative projects.

Instructor: Kayla Handly

Class Length: 40 mins/24 weeks

Required Materials: Comfortable clothing and sneakers

Course Fee: $120/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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Instructors: Caroline Allie and Jessica Kruse

Class Length: 45 mins/24 weeks

Class Size: 1-3

Required Materials: These sessions require you to have a math curriculum you are working on at home.

Course Fee: $10/week for a small group, paid per semester. $25/week 1:1, paid per semester.

Course Description:  These sessions will offer students a chance to work through their math questions in a small group setting. Students will be required to bring their math curriculum with them. If you need help choosing a math curriculum, please reach out! We will group students after we gauge interest and levels.


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