Course: Elementary Language Arts
Grade Level: advanced 1 – 2 (only highly advanced 1st graders may apply)
Day/Time: Monday 1:40 – 2:55pm (we will give the students a 5 minute break ½ way thru class)
Instructor: Ali Roedder
Cost: $36 per month + $25 application fee
Books: Shurley Grammar: Level 2 – Student Workbook (Paperback), ISBN# 978-1585610457. Shurley Grammar Workbooks can be purchased through shurley.com, 1-800-566-2966, or cbd.com. Henry and Mudge: The First Book, ISBN# 0689810059; Frog and Toad Are Friends, ISBN# 0064440206; Nate the Great, ISBN# 044046126X.
Description: Words!  Words!  Words!  Come have fun with us as we begin exploring the basics of grammar, reading, writing, vocabulary and spelling! Students will choose their own literature to read (fiction, non-fiction, biographies, etc.), according to their reading level, and they will have opportunities to share mini book reports (verbal or written) with their classmates.  In addition, we will read 3 books together as a class.  We will slowly introduce the “ever-so-catchy” Shurley Grammar chants that are the foundation for understanding grammar.  Students will also compile a “Journal of the Year”, marking major events and people involved in their lives, as a treasured keepsake for years to come. This class will be a fun and non-threatening introduction to the exciting world of words!  Of note, the class has been designed and set up for 2nd graders.  However, highly advanced 1st graders who can read and write at a 2nd grade level may apply for this class.  Last, this is a one-year curriculum and we will not rotate to a different curriculum next year.
Supplies List: 1″ 3 Ring Binder filled with Notebook Paper, a Folder with Pockets, and a Pencil.  Later in the semester, each student will need to have a packet of 3×5 post it notes.

Course: Elementary Literature*
Grade Level: 3-4
Day/Time: Monday 10:30 – 11:45am
Instructor: Ali Roedder
Cost: $48 per month + $25 application fee
Books:  Mercy Watson to the Rescue, by Kate DiCamillo, ISBN #0763645044; The Boy on Fairfield Street: How Ted Geisel Grew Up to Become Dr Seuss, by Kathleen Krull, ISBN #0375855505; Henry Huggins, by Beverly Cleary, ISBN #  978038079120; The Lion and the Mouse, by Jerry Pinkney, ISBN #9780316013567; CS Lewis: The Man Who Gave Us Narnia (Heroes for young readers), by Renee Taft Meloche and Bryan Pollard, ISBN #1576584372; The Boxcar Children #1, by Gertrude Chandler Warner, ISBN #0807508527.  Books may be ordered through Amazon, half.com, and other used book websites.
Description: Kate DiCamillo said, “Reading should not be presented to children as a chore or a duty. It should be offered to them as a precious gift.” Among the main goals of this class will be to delve into enlivening books and to ignite a love and enjoyment of children’s literature.  Join us as we come to see ourselves as readers and writers!  Students will have the opportunity to read and discuss several pieces of literature from award winning authors. In addition they will be given the opportunity to become the writer of a wordless picture book.  The culminating activity for this class will allow the students to write, illustrate, and share an original piece of children’s literature.  This class will embark upon a year of celebrating a love for literature!  We will come together to learn about children’s authors who love to read and write. We will explore literary elements, increase our vocabulary, and strengthen our comprehension. Weekly homework will be assigned and assessed by the teacher, along with periodic quizzes, projects and tests.  Come enjoy a literary journey together! Of note, a 2-year rotation of books is incorporated so your child can take the class 2 years in a row without repeating information, homework, tests, etc.
*This literature course will also offer an optional Advanced Reading Program to be completed by reading books other than the ones assigned, as an additional way to celebrate the adventures of reading.
Supplies List: 1″ 3 Ring Binder filled with Notebook Paper, a Folder with Pockets, and a Pencil.  Later in the semester, each student will need to have a packet of 3×5 post it notes.

Course: Elementary Literature*
Grade Level: 5-6
Day/Time: Monday 12:10 – 1:25pm
Instructor: Ali Roedder
Cost: $50 per month + $25 application fee
Books: The Year of Miss Agnes, by Kirkpatrick Hill, ISBN#0689851243; Gifted Hands, Kids Edition: The Ben Carson Story (Zonderkidz Biography), by Greg Lewis and Deborah Shaw, ISBN#0310719038; Because of Winn Dixie, by Kate DiCamillo, ISBN#0763644323; Flotsam, by David Weisner, ISBN#0618194576; The One and Only Ivan, by Katherine Applegate, ISBN#0061992259; The Original Adventures of Hank the Cowdog, by John R. Erickson, ISBN # 1591881013.  Books may be ordered through Amazon.com, CBD.com, or other used book websites.
Description: Author Kate DiCamillo said, “Reading should not be presented to children as a chore or a duty. It should be offered to them as a precious gift.” Among the main goals of this class will be to delve into enlivening books and to ignite a love and enjoyment of children’s literature.  Join us as we come to see ourselves as readers and writers!  Students will have the opportunity to read and discuss several pieces of literature from award winning authors. In addition they will be given the opportunity to become the writer of a wordless picture book.  The culminating activity for this class will allow the students to write, illustrate, and share an original piece of children’s literature.  This class will embark upon a year of celebrating a love for literature!  We will come together to learn about children’s authors who love to read and write. We will explore literary elements, increase our vocabulary, and strengthen our comprehension. While this class looks similar to Literature for grades 3-4, the books are different and grade level weekly homework will be assigned and assessed by the teacher, along with periodic quizzes, projects and tests.  Come enjoy a literary journey together!  Of note, a 2-year rotation of books is incorporated so your child can take the class 2 years in a row without repeating information, homework, tests, projects, etc.
*This literature course will also offer an optional Advanced Reading Program to be completed by reading books other than the ones assigned, as an additional way to celebrate the adventures of reading.
Supplies List: 1″ 3 Ring Binder filled with Notebook Paper, a Folder with Pockets, and a Pencil.  Later in the semester, each student will need to have a packet of 3×5 post it notes.

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