Writing & Reading
At Brighter Bee, This course will expose children to the fundamentals of strong writing and the writing process. The writing project will capture children’s attention by appealing to their creative side, while the material and assignments will teach them to think logically and communicate their ideas effectively. Students will learn grammar principles and elevate their vocabulary through reading activities and homework assignments.
2nd Grade English Literacy Through Classic Literature
In this course, second grade students will read yet another classic novel: the beloved Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder, which is the first book in the Little House on the Prairie series. Students will read independently throughout the week, completing vocabulary activities, comprehension questions, and brief writing assignments for homework. Ms. Sydney will lead classroom discussions that explore themes, similes, metaphors, characterization, and other literary devices, with the goal of understanding how these devices contribute to the work as a whole. Through such guided conversations, students will learn how to evaluate and appreciate classic works of literature. There will be various age-appropriate writing assignments incorporated throughout the semester.
Ms. Sydney completed her literature teacher training at the Center for Lit, an organization that has developed an excellent methodology called Teaching the Classics that helps students to understand and connect to classic works of literature. This methodology emphasizes the Socratic method and Ms. Sydney employs this strategy of teaching through asking purposeful questions in each of her classes. Students learn not what to think, but rather how to think.
Ms. Sydney is also a Registered Instructor at The Institute for Excellence in Writing. She will incorporate various IEW writing principles and techniques into the lessons in this course. Students will receive substantive feedback from Ms. Sydney on each of their writing assignments.
Students who enroll should be prepared to read at home regularly, with the expectation of 1-2 hours of reading and writing assignments per week.
This course is designed to supplement the English Language Arts learning that takes place in an elementary classroom. Ms. Sydney teaches students how to break works down using a unique method and she imparts foundational language skills that enable her students to excel in their schoolwork and standardized ELA testing.
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Besides writing for and editing magazines from 2009 to 2015, Sydney Hoff has also had teaching experience as an English language tutor, communication coach and teaching assistant.