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.

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

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6th Grade Transition Class

Children's Literature (1st & 2nd)

Children's Literature (3rd & 4th)

Children's Literature (5th & 6th)

Core Classes (1st-6th grades)

Fitness

Grammar Review

IEW Writing (3rd-5th)

IEW Writing (5th-7th)

Mapping the U.S. by Heart

Math Games

Mini Courses

Story of the World

 

Tuesday Morning Core Classes

Cost:  $185 for the 24-week year, paid to Anchor.

Includes the Tuesday 1st thru 6th Grade Core session or the 6th Grade Transition Class option from 9:00-12:00 on Tuesdays and Grammar Review on Thursday mornings from 9:00-9:30.

 

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 Core

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

6th Grade Transition Class Option

Homework Level: Moderate (2-3 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.

        

  Week 1-- Our focus will be on math, logic, and problem solving, allowing children to practice mathematical reasoning that is independent of their current skill level in arithmetic.  

Week 2--Core science subject matter will be taken a step further, as students dig

into the details and get a little messy!

         Weeks 3 & 4-- Students will have the opportunity to present their own research. Each semester, students will complete three reports/projects: one about a State, another describing 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. Any extra time will be used for review of English and Latin.

 

Tuesday 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.  

 

Mapping the U.S. by Heart (5th grade & up) is also available on Tuesday afternoons.  **Please note that the Mapping class follows the Middle & High School calendar and runs for 32 weeks, while all other Elementary options are 24 weeks.**

 

Children's Literature Options

 

1st & 2nd Grades

Tutor: Tina Jenkins

Required Texts:  None

Class Length:  60 mins/24 weeks

Class Time: Tuesdays 1:00-2:00

Course Fee: $120  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.

 

3rd & 4th Grades

Tutor:  Barbara Mederos

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: $120  Materials Fee: None

Homework Level: Moderate

Course Description:  Students will investigate eight genres of literature (Historical Fiction, Realistic Fiction, Traditional Literature, Fantasy, Mystery, Biography, Poetry, and Non-Fiction/Informational) through reading and interactive group activities. Students will develop and build upon their literary analysis skills through various reading and interactive notebooking tasks, basic written responses, in-class whole group projects, and independent outside assignments.  Literary elements of plot, setting, character, conflict, point of view, theme, mood, and tone will be introduced and discussed throughout the year.

 

Students will be encouraged to read approximately one age-appropriate text every three weeks to be prepared for discussions and rudimentary assignments. Students will develop and maintain a commonplace book to be used throughout the year as a "yearbook" of their reading accomplishments. There will be opportunities to participate in outside class trips and assignments, but these are not required. Literary analysis from a Biblical worldview, with supporting Scripture, will be modeled and encouraged. Assignments will be evaluated with constructive feedback, but grades will not be awarded. This course is designed for students to learn how to delight in literature!

5th & 6th Grades

Tutor:  Barbara Mederos

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: $120  Materials Fee: None

Homework Level: Moderate 

Course Description:  Students will investigate eight genres of literature (Historical Fiction, Realistic Fiction, Traditional Literature, Fantasy, Mystery, Biography, Poetry, and Non-Fiction/Informational) through reading and interactive group activities. Students will develop and build upon their literary analysis skills through various reading and interactive notebooking tasks, basic written responses, in-class whole group projects, and independent outside assignments. Literary elements of plot, setting, character, conflict, point of view, theme, mood, and tone will be introduced and discussed throughout the year. Students will also be introduced to more advanced literary devices like: foreshadowing, imagery, simile, metaphor, symbolism, pun, personification, understatement, hyperbole, onomatopoeia, and alliteration.

 

Students will be encouraged to read approximately one age-appropriate text every three weeks to be prepared for discussions and rudimentary assignments. Students will develop and maintain a commonplace book to be used throughout the year as a "yearbook" of their reading accomplishments. There will be opportunities to participate in outside class activities and trips for those families that are interested; however, these are not requirements.  Literary analysis from a Biblical worldview, with supporting Scripture, will be modeled and encouraged. Assignments will be evaluated with constructive feedback, but grades will not be awarded. This course is designed for students to learn to delight in literature!

 
 

IEW 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: $130   Materials Fee: $15

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) All Things Fun & Fascinating, 2nd Ed., Jan. 2012 (copyright date 2009) by Lori Verstegen. (Student Book Only). ISBN # -978-0-9801005-2-5;

 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.  Each student will need a “Portable Wall”, which may be purchased from Mrs. Backhaus at the reduced price of $5.00.

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, the 3rd-5thgrade class will improve the student’s writing strength and depth. 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.

 

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: $130  Materials Fee: $15

Class Maximum: 15 students

Prerequisite: If the student has not had any previous practice with writing complete sentences and paragraphs, or if he/she struggles with reading at grade level, it may be best to start in IEW 3rd-5th Grade Writing, where he/she will feel less intimidated.  Talking with Mrs. Backhaus about any of these concerns is encouraged if the parent is unsure of placement.

Required Texts & Materials:  IEW (Institute for Excellence in Writing) Ancient History-Based Writing Lessons, 5th Ed., Jan. 2018 (Student Book only) by Lori Verstegen. ISBN:  978-1-62341-295-1 (Please note: This is a newly revised textbook!); 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.  Each student will need a “Portable Wall”, which may be purchased from Mrs. Backhaus at the reduced price of $5.00.

Please Note: The Student Resource Notebook is a necessary component of this course. This supplementary resource is included free with your textbook purchase as an e-book for you to download and print (110 pages), or you may purchase it printed and spiral-bound on the IEW website. (If you do not place your order online through the website, please check the copyright page in your textbook for download information.)

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, 5th-7th Grade Writing course 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, 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 with Ancient History content, 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.)

 
 
 

Mapping the U.S. by Heart

For 5th 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: $170   Materials Fee: $30

Please note that a large portion of the Materials Fee will be used to purchase a complete set of student maps and graphing paper for each student.

Text Used by Tutor Only:  

Mapping the U.S. by Heart.  Student does not need to purchase text.

Required Materials: Each student will need an atlas, which will be ordered by the tutor. Payment for the atlas will be expected once class begins. (The exact amount is unknown at this time but will be less than $25.)  The tutor will send a list of other needed supplies.

Homework Level: Light 

Course Description:  Students will learn to read and create maps of the USA through David Smith's Mapping the USA by Heart. This will be a hands-on class with students learning how to understand and create their own map of the United States by the end of the year. We will also be exploring each state and researching information for periodic classroom presentations. For more information please refer to www.mapping.com. (No purchase necessary)

Thursday Electives

 

Grammar Review

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

Class Length: 75 mins/24 weeks

Group A (approximately ages 6-8): Thursdays 9:30-10:45

Group B (approximately ages 9-12): Thursdays 10:45-12:00

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, Health & Nutrition, STEM, and World Cultures

Mini Courses offer our elementary students the opportunity to express themselves through artistic endeavors, learn about healthy eating and healthy habits, 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. 

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ART

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

 

HEALTH & NUTRITION

Students will learn about caring for their bodies based on the biblical truth that our bodies are the temple for the Holy Spirit and should be treated as such. From diet and exercise, to developing life-long healthy habits, a broad spectrum of topics will be covered. This course may include guest speakers from within the health field. 

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. 

WORLD CULTURES

 To coincide with the Elementary Core study of Europe and South America, this Mini Course will expose our children to the beauty of the European and South American cultures.  Students will have the opportunity to play cultural games, try native foods, experience the arts, music, and traditional dress of each region, and learn more about each culture through stories, hands-on activities, guest speakers, and more.  

 

Story of the World

Teacher: Denny Wayson 

Required Text: Story of the World, Volume 2: Middle Ages

and Volume 3: Early Modern 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: 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

Course/Materials Fee: First 2 children in each family are $120 each.  

A multiple-child discount of 50% off ($60) is given for 3rd+ child(ren)

Homework Level: Group A--Light to moderate / Group B--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.  

Group A will be reading 1-2 chapters per week.  Group B will be reading 1-3 chapters per week and occasionally other provided materials.  The required reading will coordinate with the Anchor weekly history sentence.  A licensing fee for the student pages will be purchased by the teacher for the year, and the teacher will provide all copies needed for class.  Parents will be given the ability to print the coloring pages from home.  Families may choose to purchase the audio recording for Story of the World, but it is not required.    

 

Fitness

(Students may register for one or both semesters.)

Instructor: Kayla Thompson

Class Length: 40 mins/Two 12-week semesters

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: $60 per semester

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!

Math Games

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 year. 

 
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