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 collaborative setting.  At least one parent of each elementary-aged student must participate in classes. Lead positions earn compensation. Parents are required 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 2022-23 School Year, click here: Class Registration.

A  breakdown of Elementary tuition and fees can be found here: Elementary Course and Material 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 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.


Core Program- 1st thru 5th Grades and 6th Grade Transition:  Memory Work, Science, History 

Memory Work (1st-5th graders) 

Class Length:  60 mins/24 weeks

Required Texts: all materials provided by Anchor

Course Fee: $30  Materials Fee: none

Homework Level: Light, varies greatly by family

Course 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.

6th Grade Memory Work/Transition Class

Homework Level: Students will be expected to spend time weekly at home reviewing the memory work.  A total of 4 in-class presentations will be given over the course of the year.  Weekly work to reinforce skills taught in class regarding research, notetaking, writing essays and grammar practice will also be included. 

Course Description: The transition class is designed to prepare 6th graders for transitioning to middle school classes. This class will be introducing skills they needed to excel in the middle school grades.  Students will have 4 six-week blocks focusing on Presentations, Research & Notetaking, Essay Writing, and Grammar.  The first 10 minutes of class will be dedicated to introducing that week's memory work.    The remaining class time will be used to focus on the block topic content. 


Science 

Tutors: Sarah Nicholson (1st/2nd, 3rd/4th), Molly Czarcasty (5th-6th) 

Class Length:  60 mins/24 weeks

Required Texts:  Lead Tutor will Specify

Course Fee: $80  Materials Fee: $50 

Homework Level: Light-Moderate 

Course Description: All Science classes will have engaging lessons that reinforce each week's memory work. Students 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 

Tutors: Renata Janes (1st-2nd), Renata Janes (3rd/4th), Brenda Gibbs (5th-6th) 

Class Length: 60 mins/24 weeks

Required Text: Story of the World, Volume 2: The Middle Ages,  Story of the World, Volume 3: Early Modern Times  (Student book only.  Activity book is not required.)

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

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

Course Fee: $80  Materials Fee: $50

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.  


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: $135   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) Fables, Myths, and Fairy Tales Third Edition, May 2019  ISBN: 978-1-62341-309-5 by Lori Verstegen. (Student Book Only). 

Required 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 3:00-4:00

Course Fee: $135  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) Medieval History-Based Writing Lessons, 5th Edition December 2019 (Student Book only) by Lori Verstegen.

ISBN  978-1-62341-311-8

Required 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 Medieval 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

Tutor:  Jessica Kruse 

Class Lenth:  60 minutes on Tuesdays and 90 minutes on Thursdays

Class Times:   Tuesdays 1:00-2:00 (60 min) and Thursdays from 1:00-2:30 (90 min)

Course Fee:  $465.  Material Fee:  $25

Homework Level:  Assignments on Monday, Wednesday, Friday

Pre-Requisite:  Students should be working on at least 6th-grade math. If you are unsure if your student is ready, please email Caroline Allie at [email protected]

Course Description: This class will focus on the skills your students need to prepare for Pre-Algebra. The tutor introduces two to three new skills each week and work closely with students to ensure comprehension of new information.   Students must complete assignments outside of class to keep up with the pace of the course.  During class time, students will be working independently and in groups and instructed to maximize involvement and understanding. Topics reviewed and reinforced will include Whole numbers, rational numbers, integers, positive & negative numbers, combining terms, inequalities, ratios, area, and volume. You can find outlines here: 6th Grade Outline, 7th Grade Outline. The class will use a variety of these 2 curricula.


Crazy 8 Math Club

Tutor:  Michele Pietila (3rd-4th)/TBD (1st/2nd) 

Class Length:  60 min 

Class Times:   Tuesdays 2:00-3:00 (3rd-5th grade)/Tuesdays 3:00-4:00 (1st-2nd grade) 

Course Fee:  free!  Materials Fee:  $15

Homework Level:  none

Course Description: Crazy 8s is a math club unlike any other! It offers unique, high-energy math activities that appeal to kids of all math abilities.  The club offers a range of materials to handle a wide range of abilities, even among kids in the same grade. Each session includes bonus activities so kids ahead of the curve will have plenty to chew on. If your family is on campus during these times, we strongly encourage you to utilize your student's time this way by enrolling them in Crazy 8 Math Club.    

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: Drama, Music, ASL: American Sign Language, Health

Mini-Courses offer our elementary students the opportunity to express themselves through artistic endeavors, communicate through American Sign Language, to express themselves through music and 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: 50 mins/6 weeks each

Course Fee: $25 for each course ($100 for the year) paid directly to each lead tutor.  Materials Fee: $25 

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

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

Music (Liesl Schiavone): Students will explore the structure and genres of music, growing in their appreciation of the art. 

ASL-American Sign Language (Angla Somers): 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. 

Health (Kate Smith): Students will explore many aspects of health, including the importance of exercise, good nutrition, healthy life habits, and wise relationship choices.  

Tutor
Class Length: 50 minutes/24 weeks
Required Materials: none 
Course Fee: $80/year  Materials Fee: $50
Course Description: Children will explore different art media and artistic creation elements as they learn to express themselves through original creative projects.

Tutor: Robin Shultz

Class Length: 50 mins/24 weeks

Required Materials: Comfortable clothing and sneakers

Course Fee: $80/year  Materials Fee: none 

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!

Memory Games (1st-6th grade) 

Lead by Anchor moms

Class Length: 30 mins/24 weeks

Required Materials:  none 

Course Fee: included in Tuesday Core material fee Materials Fee: none 

Course Description:  On Thursday morning this time will be allotted to play games to help students review weekly memory work topics.  There will also be time devoted to reciting any memorized work. 

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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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