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Well-Ordered Language 1

CLICK HERE for the Well-Ordered Language Program Scope and Sequence

The Well-Ordered Language series presents the study of language in a way that appeals to a child’s inborn curiosity and desire to collect, gather, and order. It teaches grammar in a clear, orderly way, while simultaneously seeking to cultivate a child’s wonder of language by presenting instruction in the context of narrative language, attractive illustrations, with samples taken from classic children’s literature and poetry. This course is designed for students to actively engage with the grammatical concepts in each lesson, using language skills—reading, writing, speaking and listening—along with physical movement, songs, and chants. Through Well-Ordered Language’s unique, creative, and orderly method of analyzing the grammatical functions of the parts of speech, students will find the mastery of grammar achievable, meaningful, and delightful.

In the first semester, students encounter the following concepts: the four kinds of sentences (declarative, interrogative, imperative, and exclamatory), subjects and predicates, verbs, adjectives, direct objects, subject pronouns, and helping verbs. In the second semester, students are introduced to object pronouns, prepositional phrases (adverbial), introductory prepositional phrases, compound subjects, compound verbs, and compound direct objects. For a closer look at the texts used in this course, please follow these links and click “Look Inside”: Level 1A and Level 1B.

Schedule: This course is designed with young learners’ brains in mind! The course meets 3 times per week for 45–60 minutes, affording adequate instructional time while keeping on-screen sessions to a healthy duration for our youngest learners.

Placement: Please read about our new process in the Student Parent Handbook.

  • This course is designed as an introductory grammar course; no prior grammar instruction is required. Students should be comfortable reading fluently and independently writing sentences (legibly!) by hand.
  • The course is geared toward rising 4th–5th graders. When considering whether this course is a good fit for your student, please keep in mind that in addition to readiness for the course content, students should be developmentally prepared to engage in a 4th- to 5th-grade corporate learning environment as well as the online classroom dynamic.
  • If your student is outside the target grade range, or if you have further questions about placement, please contact us. Watch the recent Well Ordered Language Classroom Experience with Alison Johansen
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Required Materials:

Please note: The Well-Ordered Language Level 1 songs and chants will be provided to the students enrolled in this course at no charge.

Optional Resources:

  • Student Whiteboard, Dry Erase Markers and Eraser
  • Highlighter, pencil, colored pencils

Alison Grace Johansen is teaching Introduction to the Art of Poetry, Formal History of Poetry, Writing & Rhetoric Level 4, and Well-Ordered Language Level 1. She earned her Juris Doctor from the Dickinson School of Law in Carlisle, Pa., and her Bachelor of Arts in political science from the University of Richmond. She worked as a journalist in Washington, D.C., for over 13 years before pursuing writing and editing in all forms of media. She hopes to help inspire her students to discover the many ways they can use their own words to express themselves with truth, goodness, and beauty. Alison lives in Virginia with her husband and two children. Her dedication to her faith and children influences every part of her life, from teaching Sunday school and writing a children’s picture book, to exploring the beauty of God’s world with her family. If they aren’t birdwatching and enjoying a walk outside, you might find them reading together or playing their favorite instruments: the piano, flute, guitar, ukulele, and drums! You can learn more about Alison in her Scholé Academy video  and blog post about fortitude in poetry.

Kara Lobley, enjoys finding answers and imparting those discoveries to everyone. This passion for truth inspired her to earn her bachelor’s degree in history at Patrick Henry College (PHC), in Purcellville, VA. The classical experience at PHC and her own experience being homeschooled outside the classical tradition (K-12) showed Kara the beauties of each approach. She delights in witnessing how classical homeschooling equips students to identify and discover “the true, the good, and the beautiful” in the world around them and to share those revelations with others.
Kara began working with children as a high schooler at children’s theater camps and at her church’s Vacation Bible Schools. During college and post-graduation, she spent five years as a high school writing tutor and one year as a preschool teaching assistant. Kara has spent the past three years teaching lower school Well-Ordered Language and Writing and Rhetoric with Scholé Academy and is excited to return for a fourth year this year. Outside of the classroom, Kara can be found reading, hiking, or singing.

Esther Deiana was born and raised in a little town by the sea, in the island of Sardinia (south of Italy). Growing up in a land of ancient traditions she was always fascinated by learning about the history, language and artifacts of her ancestors and that fascination quickly turned into unending curiosity for all different civilizations. She graduated with a B.A. in Italian Grammar and Literature and then pursued her passion for the symbolic lives of cultures through her master's degree in Anthropology. She has been teaching on and off for the last 20 years and has experienced a variety of learning scenarios; she has worked as an in-person and online private tutor teaching Latin, Spanish, Italian and English as a foreign language. She has also taught group classes for adults as well as children, in the three countries she has lived (Italy, Spain and US). Esther is now married with three kids, and she can't but recognize the fractal similarities between raising kids and the calling of being an educator. Her dedication to teaching is only exceeded by her enthusiasm for learning and her love for Beauty in all its forms; she is eager to share this new chapter of her journey with her family in Christ, at the Schole Academy.

Quarter 1

WOL Book 1A, revised version

  1. Chapter 1: Four Kinds of Sentences
  2. Chapter 2: Principal Elements-Subject and Predicate
  3. Chapter 3: Principal Elements-Subject and Predicate Verb
  4. Chapter 4: Adverbs

Quarter 2

WOL Book 1A, revised version

  1. Chapter 5: Adjectives
  2. Chapter 6: Direct Objects
  3. Chapter 7: Subject Pronouns
  4. Chapter 8: Interrogative Sentences 

Quarter 3

WOL Book 1B

  1. Chapter 1: Object Pronouns
  2. Chapter 2: Pronoun Review
  3. Chapter 3: Prepositional Phrases-Adverbial
  4. Chapter 4: Introductory Prepositional Phrases 

Quarter 4

WOL Book 1B

  1. Chapter 5: Compound Subjects
  2. Chapter 6: Compound Verbs
  3. Chapter 7: Compound Direct Objects

Red checkmarkComputer: You will need a stable, reliable computer, running with a processor with a speed of 1 GHz or better on one of the following operating systems: Mac OS X with Mac OS 10.7 or later; Windows 8, 7, Vista (with SP1 or later), or XP (with SP3 or later). We do not recommend using an iPad or other tablet for joining classes. An inexpensive laptop or netbook would be much better solutions, as they enable you to plug an Ethernet cable directly into your computer. Please note that Chromebooks are allowed but not preferred, as they do not support certain features of the Zoom video conference software such as breakout sessions and annotation, which may be used by our teachers for class activities.

Red checkmarkHigh-Speed Internet Connection: You will also need access to high-speed Internet, preferably accessible via Ethernet cable right into your computer. Using Wi-Fi may work, but will not guarantee you the optimal use of your bandwidth. The faster your Internet, the better. We recommend using a connection with a download/upload speed of 5/1 Mbps or better. You can test your Internet connection here.

Red checkmarkWebcam: You may use an external webcam or one that is built in to the computer. Webcam Recommendations: Good (PC only) | Best (Mac and PC)

Red checkmarkHeadset: We recommend using a headset rather than a built-in microphone and speakers. Using a headset reduces the level of background noise heard by the entire class. Headset Recommendations: USB | 3.5mm

Red checkmarkZoom: We use a web conferencing software called Zoom for our classes, which enables students and teachers to gather from around the globe face to face in real time. Zoom is free to download and easy to use. unnamed-e1455142229376 To download Zoom:

  1. Visit
  2. Click to download the first option listed, Zoom Client for Meetings.
  3. Open and run the installer on your computer.
  4. In August, students will be provided with instructions and a link for joining their particular class.

Red checkmarkScanner: In this class, students frequently submit homework assignments by scanning pages from their workbooks. Students and/or their parents should have easy access to a scanner and the ability to use it.


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