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.

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IEW Fix It Grammar I – The Nose Tree Story Workbook Part I of II (Thu, 3:30pm)

Overview

This is a beginning grammar class for students in grades 3-5 to learn fundamental grammar principles. This class will use The Institute for Excellence in Writing’s Fix It! Grammar Nose Tree workbook. Ms. Sydney will introduce new grammar principles each week and then for homework, students will become detectives who seek and correct grammar errors in sentences that tell an ongoing story. This unique approach to grammar learning is both effective and enjoyable, and most importantly, it teaches students to apply grammar rules to their own writing, resulting in stronger writing in class assignments and on standardized state testing. Students who enroll should be prepared to complete fifteen minutes of homework per day throughout the week and they will need to purchase the workbook for $15.

COURSE HIGHLIGHTS AND OBJECTIVES

  • Foundational grammar principle taught in class each week

  • Students seek and correct grammar errors in sentences

  • Aids in transfer of grammar knowledge to students’ own writing

GRAMMAR PRINCIPLES

  • Parts of Speech: Noun, Article, Action Verb, Pronoun

  • Punctuation: End Marks, Quotation Marks, Apostrophe

  • ​Homophones: Their/there/they’re, Too/two/to

  • Stylistic Techniques: Strong Verb, Who Clause, Which Clause

Class Structure

Ms. Sydney teaches grammar principles and their application each week in class.
Then, students take turns parsing sentences, labeling parts of speech, and correcting errors in class under her guidance.

Homework

Students seek and correct errors in daily passages that tell a story. Then, they re-write the story correctly.

Ages 7+ 
Sydney Hoff

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.
 

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IEW Fix It Grammar II – The Nose Tree Story Workbook Part II of II (Thu, 3:30pm)

Overview

This fall, Brighter Bee will offer a Part II of our summer grammar program so that summer students may continue their grammar learning.

This class will continue to use The Fix It! Grammar’s Nose Tree workbook. This unique approach to grammar learning is both effective and enjoyable, and most importantly, it teaches students to apply grammar rules to their own writing, resulting in stronger writing in class assignments and on standardized state testing.During the Part II course, students will complete the remainder of the workbook so that by the end of the course, they will have correctly written the entire story. We will host a small celebration to commemorate this milestone and then at this time, students will be eligible to progress to the more challenging Robin Hood Workbook 2 in the Fix It! Series, which Brighter Bee will offer in the spring. Note: Only students enrolled in Ms. Sydney’s summer grammar class may enroll in the Part II class. New grammar students, regardless of their grade level or language skills, should enroll in Part I.

COURSE HIGHLIGHTS AND OBJECTIVES

  • Grammar principles become more complex

  • Students will complete the remainder of the workbook so that by the end of the course, they will have correctly written the entire story

  • We will host a small celebration to commemorate this milestone

  • Aids in transfer of grammar knowledge to students’ own writing

GRAMMAR PRINCIPLES

  • Parts of Speech: Adjectives, Prepositions, Coordinating Conjunctions

  • Punctuation: Exclamation Marks, Capitalization Rules, Contractions

  • Homophones: To/two/too, Its/it’s, Your/You’re

  • Stylistic Techniques: Quality Adjective, -ly Words, Clause Starters

Class Structure

Ms. Sydney teaches grammar principles and their application each week in class.
Then, students take turns parsing sentences, labeling parts of speech, and correcting errors in class under her guidance.

Homework

Students seek and correct errors in daily passages that tell a story. Then, they re-write the story correctly.

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2nd Grade English Literacy Through Classic Literature (Tue, 4.45pm)

Overview

In this course, students in 2nd grade will read and interpret beloved classic works of literature. Students will explore themes, similes, metaphors, characterization, and other literary devices, with the goal of understanding how these devices contribute to the work as a whole. They will also learn how to evaluate literature thoughtfully and systematically. Under the guidance of Ms. Sydney, students will engage in brief, age-appropriate writing assignments to communicate their comprehension of the work as well as their opinions of it, and 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 upper elementary classroom. The literature consumed in this class is advanced, but 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.

COURSE HIGHLIGHTS AND OBJECTIVES

  • Read and interpret beloved classic works of literature

  • Explore literary devices with the goal of understanding how these devices contribute to the work as a whole

  • Students complete regular writing assignments to demonstrate their understanding of the texts while incorporating learned writing techniques

Class Literature

  • Aesop’s Fables and Classic Myths
    The Ant and the Grasshopper
    The Miser

  • Poems
    Godfrey Gordon Gustavus Gore by William Brighty Rands
    The Yak by Hillaire Belloc

  • Novels
    The Trumpet of the Swan by E.B. White

LITERARY DEVICES

•Characterization

•Theme

•Diction

•Foreshadowing

•Symbolism

•Tone

Homework

1-2 hours of reading and writing per week


Students must read in order to participate in class discussions!

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3rd Grade English Literacy Through Classic Literature (Tue, 3:30pm)

Overview

In this course, students in grades 3-5 will read and interpret beloved classic works of literature. Students will explore themes, similes, metaphors, characterization, and other literary devices, with the goal of understanding how these devices contribute to the work as a whole. They will also learn how to evaluate literature thoughtfully and systematically. Under the guidance of Ms. Sydney, students will engage in narrative, expository, and persuasive writing assignments to communicate their comprehension of the work as well as their opinions of it, and 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 upper elementary classroom. The literature consumed in this class is advanced, but 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.

COURSE HIGHLIGHTS AND OBJECTIVES

  • Read and interpret beloved classic works of literature

  • Explore literary devices with the goal of understanding how these devices contribute to the work as a whole

  • Students complete regular writing assignments to demonstrate their understanding of the texts while incorporating learned writing techniques

LITERARY DEVICES

•Characterization

•Theme

•Diction

•Foreshadowing

•Symbolism

•Tone

Homework

1-2 hours of reading and writing per week


Students must read in order to participate in class discussions!

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