This is the letter I sent to my Essentials Parents for the first week of class. My plan is to send this overview letter each week with encouragement and ideas of how to use CC at home during the week.
Some of this won't apply to you. Each community and essentials class is a bit different. BUt this may give you ideas of what you can do for your class.
Classical Conversations Essentials tutor letter to parents week one, use this as an example.
Essentials of the English Language (EEL) at Home
Essentials of the English Language (EEL) - At Home week one.
Work on memorizing Chart A.
Remember the goal is to learn the
chart. Do it how your child learns best.
Copy work is a fantastic option. If the younger students struggle with
writing so much, do oral drill work. But don't underestimate them. As the
year progresses their writing hands will get stronger and they'll be able to
write more and more.
Review Purpose, Structure and Patterns
subject and predicate. Definitions are on page 25 of your EEL
guide. My simple definitions I gave last week. Subject – Who or what the sentence is
about. Predicate – What the subject is
Phrase and Clause. These
are actually definitions learned in Cycle 3 wk 20 of Foundations. (Look at pg
115 in the Foundations Guide) I’m adding
them to the EEL because our kids have not done cycle 3 yet and I think it will
be helpful for them to know.
Read the ‘At Home’ section for more
Here is a link to the motions that I
taught for the 4 Structures.
adapted what she did just a bit and she also has some other grammar
The 4 Structures, 8 Parts of Speech, 5 Parts of a Sentence
Here is a link to an awesome grammar
website. Great for you as the teacher if
you want to clarify grammar learning Grammar Revolution
Institute for Excellence in Writing (IEW) at Home
IEW – at Home
Use paragraphs on pgs 6 and 7. You have the option of using other lesson one
pages as well.
Do – keyword outline one or both paragraphs
Write paragraphs with strong adjectives.
Pg 11 of
the TWSS Syllabus has suggestions for scaling up or down.
Scale down, only keyword outline each paragraph
and tell back.
outline paragraphs and tell back, parent writing down or typing out the tell
only outline, try to at least write one sentence using a strong adjective =
Scale up, outline and write both paragraphs,
then have student find own paragraph to outline and write a third paragraph.
from last year might write both paragraphs creating a 2 paragraph essay. Then
add a introduction and conclusion sentence.
Remind them of the Title, clincher rule.
3 Tickets possible - one for doing the assignment according to
teachers scaling, one for using strong adjective, one for picture. Teachers please indicate tickets earned.