This class will include a grammar lesson, writing/journaling, and oral storytelling.
Grammar: Lessons will be taught primarily through games, but will also include sentence editing and memorization using songs or chants. Grammar skills will be applied to writing as we add adjectives, vary word order, etc.
Writing: Over the course of the term students will be asked to describe objects or characters, journal thoughts or experiences, narrate back stories in their own words and write stories from prompts. Students will be given the opportunity to incorporate drawings and dictate to a teacher or parent volunteer. This will lessen the mechanical challenges of writing, enabling kids to focus on original thought.
Oral storytelling: We will build on each other’s sentences and make collective (likely silly!) stories. Narrating back or changing the endings of stories we read aloud will encourage creativity, comprehension and playing with words
Homework will be mandatory and weekly, but not require a lot of time. They will be given four sentences to edit/label at home and we will look at them together the following class. Older or confident students will be permitted to work ahead in the book. If appropriate we will break into groups for this short portion of class. They will also be asked to write in a journal at least five sentences a week. (This can be spread out or done at all at once. It can be done independently or dictated to an adult.)
Prerequisites for grammar – Before class begins, your child should be able to identify a noun, adjective and verb with relative consistency. They should know to capitalize the first word of a sentence and punctuate the end. We will review these skills and quickly move on to articles, adverbs, pronouns, prepositions and homophones such as they’re/their/there.
Prerequisites for writing – Although those who need to will be able to dictate to teachers, they should have the endurance to write at least three sentences independently if asked.
Kelly believes developing a love for language and stories is the best way to start learning to use language. She has a BA in communication with minors in writing and dance.
For as long as she can remember, Jennifer has enjoyed finding just the right words to express an idea or story. She has a BA in French Literature and works as a curriculum developer, primarily in early childhood language arts.
Family must register for LOGYC Coop in order to sign up for classes.