Mommy & Me (K–3)
Term: Yearlong 2020–21, September 8–May 28
Target Grade Levels: Grades K–3
Schedule: 1x / week, 45 min.
Price: $595.00 per Family
Course Sections (choose one)
Section 1: W 11:45 a.m. ET with Kellie Tandilyan-Presv.
Section 2: M 11:45 a.m. ET with Kellie Tandilyan-Presv.
Enrollment and Placement
- if the student falls outside of the stated age/grade range for the class.
- if the student needs to demonstrate a certain level of skill and proficiency for the course.
- if the student has completed prerequisite requirements somewhere other than Scholé Academy (e.g., at home or with another school). In this case, our instructors will need to verify that the student has adequately fulfilled the prerequisite requirements.
- if a placement assessment has been recommended by a Scholé Academy instructor.
- If a placement evaluation has not been administered, withdrawals requested before May 1 are granted a full refund, including the full $75 deposit.
- If a placement evaluation has been administered, withdrawals requested before May 1 are granted part of their $75 refund: $35 will be paid to the instructor for the placement evaluation, and the remaining $40 of the original deposit will be refunded.
Do you find yourself wondering how to lay the basis for a classical education with your young children? If so, you have come to the right place! This course is designed to provide children and parents with an integrated, virtue-based curriculum as well as a community of learners with whom to share delights, struggles, and successes.
Do you constantly search Pinterest to try to align your crafts with your learning? Do you want your activities to be fun and leisurely, hands-on and educational? No more endless hours pinning boards! This is not a worksheet-based class: learn through play, reading, discussion, and your senses. Along with the class once a week, you will be provided with follow-up and supplemental activities to do at home with your child.
The curriculum provided to you will be focused around building student virtue. This class is designed to help you as a parent form your students’ hearts as well as their minds. Each virtue will be taught directly, as well as through classical literature from the Bible, fairy tales, or mythology. Art projects, songs, science activities, and holiday activities are interconnected to provide a holistic experience for your child. Rather than teaching various fragmented subjects, your student can immerse himself fully and dive deep into one topic each month.
Being a homeschooling mom is hard work and it can be difficult to find support for yourself on this learning journey, especially if you are new to classical education and hoping to learn along with your child. This class is designed to provide support and community to mothers as well as children. Each week, parents and children together meet “live” with the instructor. The live class is intended to nurture parents and children by providing a community of learners, to guide parents by giving examples of various activities, to inspire wonder and awe in the children, and to provide a place to discuss questions regarding the implementation of the curriculum at home. The live class will not have grades or homework to be turned in because of the copious amount of supplemental material provided. It will be up to the mother to discern what restful learning looks like in her home and choose from the supplemental curriculum accordingly.
Each month, you will be provided with a packet (similar to the sample PDF) containing a mind map showing how the month’s activities interlace, a checklist of the month’s activities, a supply list, lessons to teach, and information to help you successfully implement the month’s activities in your home setting. The materials will give ideas how to differentiate your instruction to students in grades spanning K–3. This is a great way to give yourself a bit of scholé if you have 2 students in this age group! You can use one curriculum for both kids, making adjustments as indicated. My recommendation is to use the class curriculum for 2 days of your homeschooling week and on the other 3 days to supplement with math, phonics/grammar, and history instruction.
Sample Packet: View sample packet here.
Syllabus: View course syllabus here.
The Mommy and Me Literature Guides give children the opportunity to reflect on the stories they read in a variety of lenses. Each story is examined from the following perspectives:
-Phonics: The students examine words from the story in light of their syllables, initial, medial, final, and long/short vowel sounds, etc…
-Narration: Pupils tell back or re-present the story in a variety of ways including drawing, writing, and sorting.
-Vocabulary: Children reflect critically on the words in the text. Focusing on context clues, new words are added to your little ones’ word bank.
-Textual Evidence: Boys and girls learn the basics of stories by answering the questions who, what, where, when, why, and how.
-Lessons to Learn: Those who, with the aid of their mothers, are pursuing the path of wisdom engage in lively discussion about the virtues taught in each tale.
Literature Guide Sample: View Literature Guide sample here.
For each skill instructors have determined whether it is a prerequisite skill or a skill to be developed throughout the course. For lower school, instructors indicate where parent support is expected.
- With Parent Support: Skills that most lower school students will need help with.
- Developing: Skills that the instructor will help develop and emphasize throughout the year.
- Mastered: Prerequisite skills that the instructor is expecting students to possess.
- With Parent Support
- Be able to manage Schoology assignments and submissions (view assignments, check for teacher messages, submit homework as pdf file, submit revisions if necessary, set Schoology notifications for the class, view class notifications when posted, etc.).
- Be able to set notifications settings to alert the student of class announcements, homework assignments, due dates, instructor comments made on assignments, instructor comments made on individual student submissions, instructor comments made on graded items, etc.
- Be able to review notifications ongoing throughout the year; notifications which include: class announcements, homework assignments, due dates, instructor comments made on assignments, instructor comments made on individual student submissions, instructor comments made on graded items, etc.
- Spelling at grade-level
- Be able to hand-write answers in complete sentences.
- Be able to write sentences with basic sentence syntax (i.e. capitalization of first word in a sentence, punctuation at the end of each sentence, space between sentences, capitalization of proper nouns, each sentence having a subject and predicate, etc.).
- With Parent Support
- Be able to mark, underline or highlight important words, definitions or concepts within a text being read.
- Be able to read to learn not merely learn to read.
- With Parent Support
- Be able to type short answers in complete sentences.
- Be able to type paragraph essays (up to two pages).
- Follow along with teacher-led note-taking and record notes during class.
- Follow along with teacher-led workbook completion and record answers during class.
- Be prepared to answer questions when called on in a group setting, during class.
- Be prepared to volunteer comments, answers and ideas in a group setting, during class.
- After the instructor has provided instructions – the student should be able to use Wacom tablet (or other like iPad) to actively solve math problems during class, viewable to the instructor on Ziteboard.
Library List: In Class
- September: The Ugly Duckling, Hans Christian Andersen; illustrated by Robert Van Nutt
- October: Why Spiders Spin: A Story of Arachne by Jamie and Scott Simons
- November: Favorite Greek Myths by Mary Pope Osborne
- December: Jesus Storybook Bible
- January: Pinocchio, adapted by Lorenzo Mattotti
- February: The Six Swans, illustrated by Gerda Raidt
- March: “Daniel in the Lion’s Den” in Tomi DePaola’s Book of Bible Stories
- April: Jesus Storybook Bible
- May: Perseus and Medusa by C.J. Naden
Library List: At Home
- September: Jesus Storybook Bible
- October: The Frog Prince retold by Kathy-Jo Wargin
- November: Journeys with Elijah: Eight Tales of the Prophet by Barbara Diamond Goldin; illustrated by Jerry Pinkney
- December: Jesus Storybook Bible
- January: Family Bible
- February: The Twelve Labors of Hercules by James Riordan
- March: The Trojan Horse by Warwick Hutton
- April: Jesus Storybook Bible
- May: The Steadfast Tin Soldier, illustrated by David Jorgensen
Presvytera Kellie Tandilyan graduated from a Classical Christian high school in rural Montana before matriculating to Hilllsdale College to study Classical Languages and Literature. While there she was received into the Orthodox Church which led her to continue her studies at Hellenic College in Brookline, MA where she met and married a handsome seminarian from Armenia. She went on to receive her Master’s Degree in Education from the Waldorf Teacher training program at Antioch University with a thesis entitled “Making Space for the Sacred: The Creative Arts and the Spritual Development of Children”. Presvytera recently also completed the Master’s of Divinity degree at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology.
A veteren homeschooling mom of three, she has been teaching in and out of the classroom for over twenty years. Presvytera Kellie and Father Anthony live in Wilimington, MA and serve the Dormition of the Virgin Mary parish in Somerville. When not teaching, Presvytera enjoys making music with her children, gardening, hiking and keeping company with their 11 chickens. firstname.lastname@example.org
Computer: 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.
High-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.
Headset: 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
Zoom: 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. To download Zoom:
- Visit zoom.us/download.
- Click to download the first option listed, Zoom Client for Meetings.
- Open and run the installer on your computer.
- In August, students will be provided with instructions and a link for joining their particular class.
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