students in grades 4-6 will be placed in classes with students who are around the same age and ability level. For the reading and math courses students are placed in classes that reflect their academic proficiency. Students who are in the 6th grade may be placed in a 4th-6th grade class or the 6th-8th grade class depending upon their intake assessments in reading and math.
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Spelling/ Grammar: In English class we will use The Logic of English: Essentials levels C and D, which is a research based English curriculum that uses systematic instructional techniques to teach students the fundamentals of reading and spelling. In addition to phonics instruction, in this class your child will have the opportunity to gain fluency in reading and to further develop skills associated with vocabulary, grammar, spelling, handwriting, and composition. Students will come to have a new understanding of the English language as they learn phonograms and spelling rules and apply this knowledge to guided reading passages and writing assignments. They will enjoy learning and applying their knowledge through games, activities, songs, and workbook assignments. Students will also be introduced to Latin and Greek roots and be taught the importance of morphology, or the smallest units of a word that carry meaning. As students grow, the study of morphology will be a valuable tool that will be used in other areas of study.
Students will be taught writing using the Institute for Excellence in Writing: Style and Structure for Students: Level A. In this class students will be taught how to construct a piece of writing, how to create an outline, and how to use an outline as a platform for both paragraph and essay writing. They will also be taught how to dress-up their writing through the use of strong verbs, “ly” adverbs, adjectives and prepositions. In addition, students will learn how to decorate their writing with similes, metaphors, alliteration and other literary elements.
In literature students will read a number of novels. Literature guides will be used to assure comprehension of the text and build vocabulary relating to the reading selections. Enrichment activities will add a level of creativity and hands on learning to our literature units. Literature selections may include: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and Prince Caspian by C.S. Lewis, Fine Print: A Story about Johann Guetenburg by Joann Johansen Burch , From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Franweiler by E. L. Konigsburg and Knights of the Round Table.
Delta:: Now that students have learned and can fluently recall their times tables, they are ready to dive into division. Students will use strategies based on understanding division as solving for an unknown factor and will use their knowledge of multiplication as they learn to divide single and multi-digit numbers. Students will also complete word problems using all four operations. In addition, they will learn about Roman Numerals, work with money, learn about rays, points, segments, and lines, learn how to classify shapes based on their attributes, and be taught how to compute both area and volume. Students will also play games, apply strategic thinking, work to solve real word problems, and create a math reference notebook that will be a valuable resource as they move into higher level math.
Epsilon: Now that students have mastered addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division with whole numbers they are ready to dive into the world of fractions. Here they will learn about equivalent fractions, and gain fluency with adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing fractions. They will also learn about mixed numbers, how to simplify a fraction and factorization. Of course, students will apply these skills and knowledge to solving word problems as well. In addition they will learn about plotting fractions on a number line, classifying quadrilaterals, and finding the circumference of circles. Hands on resources will be used in this class to engage students at a deeper level and explore the relationships between fractions as we visualize and quantify what fractions are and how they relate to whole numbers. Students will enjoy learning about this topic as we explore, play games, make charts, and interpret data.
Students in all grades will study the same time period of history each year. During the 2021-2022 school year we will use The Story of the World: Volume II (The Middle Ages) as the spine of our studies. In this course we will use the Story of the World activity pages, hands-on projects, comprehension activities and narration exercises to explore this time period. Studies will begin with the fall of Rome and continue through the exploration of the New World. Students will delight in this course as they come to a rich understanding of the Medieval world. This course will include but is not limited to the fall of Rome, the spread of Chritianity, various peoples of the Middle Ages including the Franks, the Vikings, the English, Joan of Arc, and Henry the Navigator as well as other explorers. They will also learn about Martin Luther and the Reformation. Additionally, they will also be introduced to the Renaissance and the art, music, inventions, and scientific discoveries of the times.
In grades 4-5 we will use the Energy unit study written by the Good and the Beautiful as well as rich children’s literature to learn about what energy is and how it is created, harnessed and utilized. In this semester class students will use this integrated curriculum to participate in weekly hands-on activities and experiments as we explore energy as it relates to the sun, heat, electricity, magnets, light, sound and other sources as well. Students will also use guided reading passages to learn about scientists and the unique contributions they have made to society, create and keep a science journal to note observations, and track experiments.
In Bible class students will learn about events and people from the Old Testament. Beginning with Chronicles and working through Malachi and Job, students will use the Bible, The Children’s Story Bible and teaching materials from Veritas Press and Homeschool in the Woods as they discover God’s story and learn about his covenant promises. This year students will learn about Elijah & the Prophets of Baal, the Reign of Jehu, the Ministry of Jeremiah, Esther, Nehemiah rebuilding the walls, and more. We will also trace themes that begin in the Old Testament through their fulfillment in the New Testament. Students will delight in this course as they engage in singing, memory work and projects.
In grades four-six students will perceive and respond to works of art found in various mediums as well as objects of nature and in the environment. They will further develop their vocabulary as it relates to the elements of art and learn to express their observations. Students will express themselves creatively and individually as they receive rich instruction in painting and drawing techniques, make cultural and historical connections and engage their imaginations. An introduction to the art and art masters of the Middle Ages and Renaissance will be presented.
Students in this level will begin to blend vocal registers at this developmentally appropriate stage. They will have the exciting opportunity to explore and sing pieces with counter melodies and experience the wonderful world of creating harmony! They will continue to explore and apply the elements of music through their playing, singing and moving to music
In grades 4-6 students will enjoy learning a number of different games, participate in fun obstacles, learn to develop strategies and have the opportunity to work as a team. Activities will include obstacle courses, relay races, and various games. While in class students will be expected to demonstrate safe practices and respect their peers. This is a fun, action packed class to get your feet moving!
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