Introducing new courses for the 2021-2022 school year including science, coding, and vocabulary!
Our distinction between "classical" and "traditional" courses is a bit of a misnomer. Our traditional courses are classical in many important ways--they use great books and foster biblical wisdom and virtue in every area of study. However, our traditional courses are taken independent of parallel history or literature studies.
NOTE: all book lists are tentative. Finalized book lists will be provided to registered students in May.
WRITING & GRAMMAR COURSES
UPPER GRAMMAR WRITING AND GRAMMAR: LEVEL 1
Full Year Course Focusing on grammar and writing, students will learn and apply the basic components of writing on a weekly basis. Students will meet once a week online and then be provided daily exercises to complete the remainder of the week. Individual daily work will include: review and application of concepts taught in class and daily writing exercises, including dictation and diagramming of sentences. Topics for the writing assignments will not be year-specific to the Tapestry curriculum; therefore, students can participate in class regardless of where they are in their history and literature studies.
Typical topics for UG Level 1: understanding and applying the eight parts of speech, dictionary skills, capitalization rules, quotations, dictation, diagramming sentences, writing sentences, developing paragraphs, book reports, giving directions, narrative paragraphs, outlining, poetry and friendly letter writing.
Note: Assignments for this class are typically due Monday at 5:00 PM ET
Age: Minimum age 10-11. Recommended for 4th & 5th graders
Full Year Course Building on grammar and writing skills, students will learn and apply the basic components of writing on a weekly basis. Students will meet once a week online and then be provided daily exercises to complete the remainder of the week. Individual daily work will include: review and application of concepts taught in class and daily writing exercises, including dictation and diagramming of sentences. Some research will be required at this level. Topics for the writing assignments will not be year-specific to the Tapestry curriculum; therefore, students can participate in class regardless of where they are in their history and literature studies. This is a wonderful class for preparing a student to move to the dialectic level of study.
Typical topics for UG Level 2: review of the eight parts of speech, constructing four types of sentences: simple, compound, complex, and compound-complex, dialogue, capitalization rules, irregular and regular verbs, in-depth work with types of pronouns, adverbs, and nouns, dictation, diagramming sentences, outlining, summarization, book reports, biography writing, personal narrative, graphic organizers, persuasive writing, and poetry.
Note: Assignments for this class are typically due Monday at 5:00 PM ET.
Age: Minimum age 11-12. Recommended for 5th & 6th graders
This full-year hands-on science course offers upper grammar students an introduction to the sciences of chemistry and physics. Topics to be investigated include types of matter, compound chemistry, mixtures, Newton's laws, gravity, forms of energy, sound, light, thermodynamics, electricity, magnetism, and simple machines. Class time will be spent learning and discussing new concepts, playing review games, taking short quizzes, as well as watching videos to enrich learning. Each student will be required write short lab reports and complete several small projects. The abounding hands on activities and other homework assignments that will be completed at home will reinforce understanding of the concepts presented during class. Apologia's Exploring Creation with Chemistry and Physics is the main text resource for this course. The regular notebooking journal that accompanies this textbook is also required for all students.
Age: Minimum age 10. Recommended for upper grammar students in 5th-6th grade. Required Resources:
Apologia’s Exploring Creation with Chemistry and Physics textbook
Apologia’s Chemistry and Physics Regular Notebooking Journal for Exploring Creation with Chemistry and Physics
Weekly Experiment Supplies (Supply List will be available prior to first class meeting)
Fun with coding (upper grammar)
Fall-Semester Course This fun 1-semester course is designed to inspire Upper Grammar students and teach them how to code, while developing problem-solving and critical-thinking skills. Students will learn to use coding devices such as movement, loops, if/then, and variable to create fun animations. At the end of the semester, they will even create their own game!
Age: Minimum age 9. Recommended for 4th-6th graders. Upper grammar students who successfully complete this course in the fall may be admitted to Exploring Coding spring course upon teacher approval.
Scratch (free software)
Junior coding (lower grammar)
Fall-Semester Course This fun 1-semester course is designed to introduce lower grammar students to coding concepts. Students will create animated stories and games, and in the process, they will learn to solve problems, design projects, and express themselves creatively on their computer.
Age: Minimum age 5. Recommended for K-3rd graders. Parental supervision during class and at-home projects may be required.
ScratchJr (free software)
vocabulary from classical roots
This full-year course meets bi-weekly to equip students to determine unknown word meanings using Greek and Latin roots. This knowledge increases student vocabulary and reading comprehension, provides students with a useful, transferable technique for making sense of unfamiliar vocabulary across content areas, and over time prepares students for standardized tests including the SAT and ACT. The course consists of lecture, class activities, homework assignments, and quizzes.