Elementary Pre-Literature - Instructor Denise Trull (Both days & Locations)
Days: Wednesdays @ Canaan
Times: 9am - 10:30am or Thursdays @ Southgate 10:30am - 12pm
Length of Class: 90 minutes
Grades: 4th - 6th Grade
Tuition: $TBD per semester - Cost includes individual student tutor time
As quoted from the Hewitt Homeschooling website:
Language arts curricula should accomplish three objectives:
- Use whole books and other classic literature (short stories, poems, etc.)
- Teach deep reading and writing skills
- Maintain or even increase a child’s love of reading
At Berea Academy we are excited to have found the Lightning Literature Series. The Teacher Guide provides comprehension questions (and answers) for the reading, instructions for weekly compositions, and suggestions for further activities. The four-color Student Workbook is consumable and covers grammar and mechanics (including an introduction to diagramming sentences) and some literary topics. Answers to the Student Workbook are in the Teacher Guide.
Books for Grade 4 Lightning Literature by Elizabeth Kamath
These books are a balanced literary collection – realistic and fantasy fiction, historical and modern-day settings, male and female gender of the main character, cultural diversity – and all are high quality literature. There are no tokens here.
What is here are three pieces of historical fiction (including one fictionalized biography) and one other realistic story; one nonfiction book; four works of pure fantasy; stories that give glimpses into Chinese, Native American, Chilean, and Malawian culture; seven boys, five girls, and a gorilla who share their worlds with us; two books written entirely in verse; and 11 exciting and moving tales.
The Earth Dragon Awakes by Laurence Yep
This is a brief historical novel that follows two families, one white and the other Chinese, through the San Francisco Earthquake of 1906. The story is exciting, and Yep gives fascinating details about the earthquake and the city of that time.
Morning Girl by Michael Dorris
Winner of the Scott O’Dell Award for historical fiction, this book takes us back even further in time to a Taino family’s island life right before Columbus’s arrival. The chapters alternate between Morning Girl’s perspective and that of her brother, Star Boy.
The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
This recent Newbery winner tells a touching story from the point of view of a gorilla trapped in a tiny shopping mall circus.
Gone Fishing: A Novel in Verse by Tamera Will Wissinger
This short book tells a story using various types of poetry (free verse, acrostic, ballad, haiku, etc.). I use this book for the first two weeks of poetry.
The Family Under the Bridge by Natalie Savage Carlson
A Christmas tale of a homeless man who meets a struggling family on the streets of Paris, this book is a lovely blend of humor, warmth, and wisdom.
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin
Young Minli goes on a quest to save her family from the poverty that she sees crushing her parents’ spirits. One of the most elegantly structured stories for children I’ve read, this fairy tale-esque book contains many other Chinese folk tales within it. But rather than seeming shoved in or stuck on, the tales serve to further the plot, character development, and tone of the book.
The Dreamer by Pam Muñoz Ryan
This is fictionalized account of poet Pablo Neruda’s boyhood in Chile. Students don’t need to know anything about Neruda or his poetry to understand his struggles with growing up.
Love That Dog by Sharon Creech
What happens when you’re a boy in English class forced to study and even write poetry? What Jack does, after initial protests, is write surprisingly touching and revealing poetry (after being inspired by such poets as William Carlos Williams, Robert Frost, and William Blake). I use this book for the last two weeks of poetry.
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind (Young Readers’ Edition) by William Kamkwamba
Teenager William Kamkwamba overcame amazing odds to build a windmill for his family’s home in Malawi. This true story tells how he educated himself, helped his family through a terrible famine, withstood the antagonism of neighbors, and scrounged all the parts needed for the windmill.
Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
This is a beautifully-written, classic story that speculates on the question, “What if you could live forever?” This can often seem terribly attractive to children, and even adults, but Babbitt shows us that the answer isn’t as simple as we might think.
The Borrowers by Mary Norton
A classic tale of the tiny people that live in houses and borrow things from the giant owners (us). But amidst this fantastical setting is a girl ready to explore the world, a boy who can see more than most, and family love.
Materials for this course will be available through Hewitt Homeschooling Resources (www.HewittHS.com). There is a considerable discount for group orders; if you would like to be part of the group order for this class, please contact Judy Musick at email@example.com. The materials are not available "to the public" yet, but we will definitely have resources ready to use by the time the school year begins. I will be adding in some tested vocabulary development resources. The course will be interactive, fun, challenging, and a great way to introduce your student to cooperative learning in a classroom setting.
***For a service fee, you can sign up for a monthly payment plan. Payment plans must be arranged in person or by phone. The payment plan fee will be set up based off your tuition total. Payment plans will run for the entire school year. ***
$0-$500 service fee $25
$501-$1000 service fee $40
$1001-$1500 service fee $55
$1501-$2000 service fee $70
$2001-$2500 service fee $85
Credit: 1 Language Arts credit - There is no need for supplementation in grammar, vocabulary, cursive, etc.