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Elementary English Courses

Why Study Phonics

 

The One Day Academy phonics program is heavily based upon Romalda Spalding’s The Writing Road to Reading and Wanda Sanseri’s Spell to Write and Read and Teaching Reading at Home and School. This approach is based on the idea that students can read words that they can spell and have interacted with on multiple sensory levels.

 

In addition, we assign weekly word families for students to practice as well as “sight words,” many of which follow the regular phonics and spelling rules. Early mastery is encouraged, since these words are seen very often seen.

 

Success with this approach to reading, writing, and spelling depends upon parents’ daily interaction with students: practicing phonograms and sight words, writing phonograms, reading word lists and eventually spelling every day. Phonogram sounds, sight words, and handwriting strokes will be introduced for parents to practice with student each day.

Elementary Phonics 1
Suggested Age

5–7 years

 

Prerequisites

None

Purpose

The purpose of this class is to introduce students to the basic building blocks of our written language, so they may enjoy reading and writing independently. Specifically, we will:

  • Introduce the 70 basic phonograms that make up all words

  • Instruct in the use of phonogram knowledge to sound out and read words

  • Develop neat penmanship by practicing writing strokes, sounds, and words

Curriculum/Materials
Elementary Phonics 2
Suggested Age

5-7 years

 

Prerequisite

Elementary Phonics 1, or previous exposure to phonograms

 

Purpose

The purpose of this class is to build on the basic building blocks of our written language so that they may independently enjoy reading and writing. Specifically, we will:

  • Review the 70 basic phonograms that make up all words

  • Practice neat penmanship by practicing writing sounds and words

  • Instruct in the use of phonogram knowledge to sound out and read words

  • Build skills sounding and spelling words to reinforce fluent reading of words

 

Curriculum/Materials
Elementary
English 3
Suggested Age

8-9 years

 

Prerequisites

Elementary Phonics 2, or basic competency in reading and handwriting

 

Purpose

Students in this stage are gaining confidence in both their reading and writing skills. An introduction to the rules of grammar will spark an appreciation of the order and beauty upon which on language is constructed. With the Easy Grammar 3 workbook as our primary grammar text, our objective is to begin to identify and understand the eight parts of speech and their functions within the sentence. As these basics are mastered, students will become more confident and competent writers.

 

Process

Vocabulary assignments Include:

 

  • Charts to be filled out on each list, involving definitions and parts of speech

  • Reading comprehension exercises

  • Word games like scrambled words, alphabetizing words, word searches, and spelling “checks”

Parental Responsibilities

Each week parents are asked to oversee the completion of the following key-based assignments and grade them accordingly:

 

  • Spelling test over the student’s weekly vocabulary words

  • Vocabulary chart and corresponding sentences (a digital copy of keys are available from www.pahlowsenglish.com for $4.99)

  • Grammar pages assigned on the weekly lesson plan (keys are included in the teacher’s edition of the grammar text)

 

These grades should then be recorded on a Weekly Grade Report slip and submitted in the student’s folder.  Please include the student’s name, correct week number, and a parent’s signature.  A master copy of these slips is provided in the introductory pages of the student workbook from which subsequent copies should be made.

 

Compositions should be completed according to the rubrics provided in the student workbook and submitted to the student’s One Day Academy teacher for grading.

Curriculum/Materials
Elementary
English 4/5
Suggested Age

9-10 years

 

Prerequisite

Elementary English 3, or basic competency in reading and handwriting

 

Purpose

Students in this stage of their development love to learn the rules of how things work. Grammar is simply the study of how God’s beautiful language works and why He created it: for our learning and enjoyment. With the Easy Grammar 5 workbook as our primary grammar text, our objective is to identify and understand the eight parts of speech and their functions within the sentence. As these basics are mastered, students will become more confident and competent writers.

 

Process

Vocabulary assignments include:

 

  • Charts to be filled out on each list, involving definitions and parts of speech

  • Dictation exercises to improve retention and comprehension

  • Word games like scrambled words, alphabetizing words, word searches, and spelling “checks”

 

Parental Responsibilities

Each week parents are asked to oversee the completion of the following key-based assignments and grade them accordingly:

 

  • Spelling test over the student’s weekly vocabulary words

  • Vocabulary chart and corresponding sentences (a digital copy of keys are available from www.pahlowsenglish.com for $4.99)

  • Grammar pages assigned on the weekly lesson plan (keys are included in the teacher’s edition of the grammar text)

 

These grades should then be recorded on a Weekly Grade Report slip and submitted in the student’s folder.  Please include the student’s name, correct week number, and a parent’s signature.  A master copy of these slips is provided in the introductory pages of the student workbook from which subsequent copies should be made.

 

Compositions should be completed according to the rubrics provided in the student workbook and submitted to the student’s One Day Academy teacher for grading.

Curriculum/Materials
The Process of English

To raise kids who love to write, we must first show them that words are fun… and big words are big fun. Not only will students feel the thrill of the Big Word Challenge every week in class, but they will also gain confidence in using new words through their vocabulary assignments.

 

The most important step in writing is establishing the “comfort zone”. Students need to feel at ease conveying their thoughts onto paper. If critique comes too intensely in this early stage, students may doubt their abilities and feel discouraged. Therefore, our Writing Sparks compositions are:

 

  • Designed to be enjoyable, allowing students to be creative and expressive

  • Usually one or two paragraphs long

  • A prime opportunity for the teacher to highlight strengths, offer encouragement and suggestions, and impart a sense of accomplishment

  • A prime opportunity for students to employ the rules of correct grammar they learn in class

 
 
 
 

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