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English: Critical Thinking Through Poetry (Gr 5th – 9th)

Analysis is a skill needed for the ACT, SAT, and high school and college coursework. Furthermore, critical thinking skills learned through analysis can be used in myriads of life situations. Studying shorter works of poetry is a great introduction to these important life skills. Through fun, relatable poems and group interaction, students will learn how to analyze, write, and even enjoy poetry in this class. The teacher, Catherine, is a certified, second-level Institute in Excellence in Writing instructor and a passionate scribbler of poetry.

English: How to Dress Up Your Essays (Adv 2nd-5th)

Students will learn fundamental structures of writing – how to outline, create strong paragraphs, summarize information, and write basic stories and reports. They will also learn some different stylistic techniques such as strong action words, descriptive language, and varied sentence patterns that will bring their writing to the next level. The teacher, Catherine, is a certified, second-level Institute in Excellence in Writing instructor.

English: Vocab Building from Greek & Latin Roots (Adv 2nd – 5th)

By learning vocabulary words from the perspective of their Greek and Latin root words, a student can grow their vocabulary faster. Also, it increases their ability to know the meaning of new words when they come across them on tests or in reading by quickly spotting familiar “roots.” This is a skill needed from elementary school through college. 

English: Structure and Style (Gr 6th – 8th)

Students will learn how to outline, craft strong paragraphs, and create essays – all skills needed to succeed in high school. The class will incorporate a lot of group writing and participation. The main goal: for kids to improve their writing skills in a fun, interactive way. The teacher, Catherine, is a certified, second-level Institute in Excellence in Writing instructor. From her years tutoring junior high schoolers, this course is designed specifically to target the main areas she’s observed they struggle with before high school.

English: Vocab Building from Greek & Latin Roots (Gr 6th – 8th)

Knowing the origins of words is imperative to comprehensive reading, which leads to higher scores on exams such as the ACT. By learning vocabulary words from the perspective of their Greek and Latin root words, a student can grow their vocabulary faster. Also, it increases their ability to know the meaning of new words when they come across them on a test or in reading by quickly spotting familiar “roots.”

English: Vocabulary & Structure to Make Beautiful Sentences (Gr 6th – 8th)

Through interactive teaching and group participation, junior high schoolers will learn how to create stronger sentences by studying proper phrasing and vibrant vocabulary. By modeling strong sentence patterns, group writing, and individual practice, students will perfect strong sentence skills. They will also grow their vocabulary by learning about synonyms, descriptive words, and how to use a thesaurus. The teacher, Catherine, is a certified, second-level Institute in Excellence in Writing instructor.

English: How to Dress Up Your Essays (Gr 9th – 12th)

By teaching the basics of strong sentence structure, providing easy-to-follow models, and giving helpful examples, the student is equipped with the skills necessary to master any form of writing needed for high school or college. Topics include prewriting, outlining, stylistic techniques, topic sentences and thesis statements, summarizing reference material, and more. While this class cannot cover every aspect of writing, it will lay a solid foundation with a focus on essay writing. Students will learn how to write reports and different types of essays. The teacher, Catherine, is a certified, second-level Institute in Excellence in Writing instructor.

Math: Logic & Puzzles (Gr 2nd – 5th)

Math: Solving Word Problems with Bar Modeling (Gr 3rd – 5th)

Math: Number Sense (Gr 1st – 3rd)

Math: Algebra in Elementary Grades (Gr 2nd – 5th)

Math: Critical Thinking (Gr 2nd – 5th)

Math: Mental Math Strategies (Gr 3rd – 5th)

Math: Fun with Numbers (Gr 2nd – 5th)