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Liberal Arts Level 3: Advanced Chapter Books

The Liberal Arts Level 3: Advanced Chapter Books course is designed to provide students with an overview of literary genres. Reading selections give students the opportunity to foster an enthusiasm for reading and establish strong connections with books. Through classroom discussions, students increase verbal communication skills and develop listening skills. The course focuses on retelling narratives; answering questions leading to definitions, examples, and comparisons; and identifying themes. Reading assignments are given on a daily basis. In class readings and discussions follow the liturgical and festal cycle of the Orthodox Church.

Writing assignments include personal letters, narratives, essays, creative pieces, and journal writing. Vocabulary, spelling, and grammar are an important part of this course and are reinforced holistically through each composition piece. As a community of learners, we work together as a class to build the shared learning experiences as well as to encourage and nurture disciplines and virtues.

Each unit begins with study of a specific form of poetry, both through reading and creative composition of our own poems. Each unit also includes relevant science, nature, geography, music, or visual art studies and culminates with a creative project.

View Liberal Arts Curriculum Map

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

Folktales

  • Wonder Tales from Around the World, Heather Forest

Historical Fiction

  • Sign of the Beaver, Elizabeth George Speare
  • Ben and Me, Robert Lawson

Music History

  • Beethoven Lives Upstairs, Barbara Nichol

Epistolary novel

  • Letters from Father Christmas, J.R.R Tolkien

Adventure

  • The Wolves of Willoughby Chase, Joan Aiken

Novel in verse

  • Brown Girl Dreaming, Jacqueline Woodson

Biography

  • Leonardo da Vinci, Diane Stanley

Autobiography

  • Through My Eyes, Ruby Bridges

Sacred Stories

  • Elder Cleopa stories, varied volumes

    • (to be shared together in class – not required to have at home)

Stephanie Jones has been teaching in some capacity for over a decade and has a deep love for Christian education. She graduated in 2002 with a double major in Business Management and Marketing. She has volunteered as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for the last seven years, advocating for eleven foster children in her area. Brandon and Stephanie also work weekly at pregnancy home in their area, helping the young women find stability for them and their new babies. She also serves as co-chair of the Children’s Education committee at her home parish Holy Ascension Orthodox Church in Norman Oklahoma. She teaches church school and assists in implementing a four year cycle of children’s curriculum for the parish. Stephanie and Brandon have four adopted children, all of whom she has educated at home over the past 12 years. Sjones.scholeacademy@gmail.com

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 zoom.us/download.
  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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