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Liberal Arts Level 1: Illustrated Classics

The Liberal Arts Level 1: Illustrated Classics course is designed to be an early elementary course for young learners and parents who are embarking upon learning together at home. The focus of the curriculum is on building a love of learning via stories, the natural world, music, art, and the rhythms of the Eastern Orthodox Christian faith. The class will meet two hours a week online. Curriculum provided will include phonics building activities, copywork, and enrichment activities related to the natural world, cooking, music, and crafts for use throughout the week at home. The class meeting time includes time for prayer, reciting poetry, read-aloud stories, songs, music, and other engaging activities to keep young minds engaged in the joy of learning.

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Required Materials:
Books and supplies are not included in the purchase of the course.


  • A Child’s Garden of Verses, Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Our Hymn of the Mother of God, All Saints Greek Orthodox Monastery

Scripture and Saints’ Lives:

  • Book of Bible Stories, Tomie dePaola
  • Celebrate the Earth, Dorrie Papademetriou
  • Saint Nicholas and the Nine Gold Coins, Jim Forest

Story books:

  • The Tale of Peter Rabbit, Beatrix Potter
  • The Velveteen Rabbit, Margery Williams
  • Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me, Eric Carle
  • Becoming Bach, Tom Leonard
  • One Grain of Rice, Demi
  • Last Stop on Market Street, Matt de la Peña
  • A Pair of Red Clogs, Masako Matsuno
  • The Monk Who Grew Prayer, Claire Branderburg
  • Harold and the Purple Crayon, Crocket Johnson
  • Caps for Sale, Esphyr Slobodkina
  • They All Saw a Cat, Brendan Wenzel
  • The Storm, Cynthia Rylant
  • Wagon Wheels, Barbara Brenner
  • In the Candle’s Glow, Elizabeth Johnson
  • Stellaluna, Janell Cannon
  • Chicken Sunday, Patricia Polacco
  • A Letter to Amy, Ezra Jack Keats
  • Peter and the Wolf, Serge Prokofiev, trans. Maria Carlson, ill. Charles Mikolaycak

**Anna Voellmecke **received her bachelor’s degree in 1982 from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, having received a degree in German and Secondary Education. She earned her Master’s degree in TESOL in 1996 from Oklahoma City University. She has have taught in public and private schools and colleges, having had the blessing of teaching students in the subjects of German, English Language Arts, and ELL from age 4 up to senior citizens. She also served as the choir director of St. Benedict Russian Orthodox Church for 33 years. Children bless and challenge her, and she feels that learns as much from her students as they learn from them. Her goal is always to help her students acquire knowledge to help them draw closer to God and learn His will.

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.

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:

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  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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