Elementary Courses

Ages 8-12

Reading and Writing (Pre-Fable)

Description: In this course, elementary-level students will begin to explore Aesop’s classic fables. Each week, a new tale will be introduced. Students will discuss its different plot components, practice retelling the story in their own words, and work on understanding the moral. Students will also be introduced to new vocabulary words with each fable and practice cursive writing. 
Times: T, TH, F 1:30-2 PM ET
Required Text: New American Cursive Penmanship Workbook 1. Published by Memoria Press.  Handouts will be uploaded weekly.  

Classical Composition: Fable

Description: In this first section of the progymnasmata (stages leading up to the study of rhetoric), following the belief that students learn good writing by imitating good writing, students will learn to paraphrase (tell or write in their own words) fables. Along the way, they will learn to determine the three plot components in each fable (recognition, reversal, and suffering), practice variation (using different words and phrases that mean the same thing), learn the figures of description (devices that make their writing come jump to life with vividness), and the basics of grammar (capitalization, punctuation, and parts of speech). 
Times: W, F 8-8:50 AM ET.
Required Text: Memoria Press’ Classical Composition: Fable and English Grammar Recitation I

Classical Composition: Narrative

Description: The second section of the progymnasmata (stages leading up to the study of rhetoric) is Narrative. In Narrative, students move on to paraphrasing myths, folk tales, and Bible stories. They build on what they’ve learned in Fable by learning to determine the six narrative components (agent, action, time, place, manner, and cause), learning literary devices to add style, and learning more grammatical concepts, such as principal parts, participles, and verb tenses.
Times: W 1-1:50 PM ET, F 9-9:50 AM ET 
Required Texts: Memoria Press’ Classical Composition: Narrative and English Grammar Recitation II

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Modern Greek I

Description: This is a very introductory level course of modern Greek geared towards elementary students. Students will learn the Greek alphabet, basic greetings, colors, numbers, and common vocabulary words. They will practice reading and speaking.  Much of the learning will take place through song, repetition, and games. Students will also be introduced to puppet characters that will help them hear the Greek dialogue. 
Times: T, TH, F 10-10:30AM ET
Required Text: None. Handouts will be uploaded weekly.

Modern Greek II

Description:  This course is a continuation of Modern Greek. Students will review and continue learning basic vocabulary and minimal conversational skills. They will work on reading, writing, and speaking sentences. Some simple grammar will also be introduced. 
Times: T, TH, F 2-2:30 PM ET
Required Text: None. 

Logic I

Description:  To write or speak well, we must think well. This is precisely why we should study logic; logic is the science of right thinking. If we look to history, to ancient Greece and Rome, on the one hand, and to medieval Christendom, on the other hand, we see that the study of logic played an integral role in a student’s education. In this course, the student will be introduced to formal logic, as developed by Aristotle and used extensively by the Fathers of the Church. We will also be using a variety of methods to analyze the use of logic. One of these methods will be humor. We will analyze the use of logic in Alice in Wonderland to demonstrate the use of logic through humor.
Times: W 12:30-1:00PM ET, TH 11:30AM-12PM ET
Required Text: Traditional Logic: Introduction to Formal Logic, Martin Cothran, published by Memoria Press

 

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REGISTRATION AND PAYMENT

Fall Semester Dates: September 12th-December 30th (New Style)

Spring Semester Dates: January 16th-June 16th (New Style)

There are two payment options:

1) Two payments of $400 (per course)  at the start of each semester, or

2) One payment of $725 (per course) at the beginning of the first semester (a $75 value!).

For more information about classes, please email orthodoxeducationalinitiative@gmail.com or call 215-987-2655.