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2013-2014 TUTORING PROGRAMS
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  • Levels 2nd through 4th
    Full year, 1 meeting/week
    $20 Curriculum and Materials Fee

    This program offers a well rounded language arts curriculum including; reading, writing skills, spelling, grammar (mechanics & punctuation), and cursive handwriting. Get to know heroes from the Bible while learning to write with structure and style using methods from the Institute for Excellence in Writing. We will be memorizing Bible verses, and reading from a Bible story book. Using Abeka Language workbooks, grammar, spelling and poetry will be taught on Mondays, with the expectation that children will complete assigned lessons, with their parents, during the rest of the week. Spelling will include practicing one spelling list per week with a test on Friday administered by the parent. Parents are expected to assist and supervise their children with 30 minutes of reading per day. On Mondays, we will play games incorporating grammar, spelling and vocabulary words from the lessons to engage children in the learning process.

    Expected Weekly Hours of Work and Preparation Required at Home:  3 - 4 (supervised work and preparation)
    Evaluation and Assessment Scale Offered for Program:  Pass/Fail
    Prior Knowledge and Skills Requirements:  2nd grade reading level, or better. Parents are expected to work with their children at home to help them complete assignments.
    Group size:  3-8

    Materials Provided (covered by Curriculum and Materials Fee)
    Abeka Language Arts 3 Curriculum, Lesson Plan Guide, Tests. Copies of IEW Bible Heroes lessons.

    Other Required Curriculum and Materials
    (not covered by Curriculum and Materials Fee)
    Abeka Language Arts 3 Writing & Grammar Work-text, Abeka Spelling and Poetry 3, Abeka Cursive Writing Skillbook 2 or 3 (depending on the child’s ability).

    Self enrolment
  • Levels 7th through 8th
    Full year, 1 meeting/week
    $100 Curriculum and Materials Fee

    This course will work through the IEW Bible Based Writing curriculum. It will include weekly writing assignments averaging three paragraphs in length. Daily grammar work will be required in the Easy Grammar workbook, and grammar tests will be given. We will also work on vocabulary, spelling and definitions with weekly tests. Kinesthetic learning and projects will be incorporated where possible, however this is a language arts program and the primary focus will be on reading, writing, critical thinking, spelling and grammar.

    Expected Weekly Hours of Work and Preparation Required at Home:  4-5
    Evaluation and Assessment Scale Offered for Program:  Letter Grade
    Prior Knowledge and Skills Requirements:  Some knowledge of the IEW writing approach is helpful, but not necessary
    Group size:  4-10

    Materials provided (covered by Curriculum and Materials Fee)
    IEW text, Easy Grammar Plus text, Spelling text and handouts

    Other Required Curriculum and Materials
    (not covered by Curriculum and Materials Fee)
    Bible KJV, NIV, and NLT translations

    Self enrolment
  • Levels 9th through 11th
    Full year, 2 meetings/week
    $100 Curriculum and Materials Fee
    $50 textbook deposit, to be returned in May*


    High School English 9-11 will attempt to encompass all state standards for 9th, 10th, and 11th grade. Our main text will be an anthology that utilizes a unit studies approach. All units will integrate grammar, essay writing, literary analysis and oral presentations. Reading selections will include the following genres: full length novels, short stories, nonfiction, drama, and poetry. Active participation is required and will be an important part of the grade. All participants must read The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain and The Call of the Wild by Jack London during the summer and be ready to discuss them on the first day of COG.

    *Half of the program fee MUST be received no later than July 1st to ensure that all materials will be available when we start, with the balance due on August 20th. If you require a payment plan for the balance, please contact me privately.

    Expected Weekly Hours of Work and Preparation Required at Home:  5-6 hours
    Evaluation and Assessment Scale Offered for Program:  Semester letter grades
    Prior Knowledge and Skills Requirements:  Mastery of 8th grade English curriculum
    Group size:  6-12

    Materials provided (covered by Curriculum and Materials Fee)
    Language Arts textbook, and supplemental novels.
    Program syllabus. Access to Engrade.com.

    Other Required Curriculum and Materials
    (not covered by Curriculum and Materials Fee)
    *$50 textbook deposit to be returned in May when textbook is received in good condition.  If you are registered with Stephen Lebbert at Sonoma County Office of Education, no deposit is necessary.
    Internet access, computer access (not just a smart phone), notebooks, paper,
    and a printer

    Self enrolment
  • Levels 10th through 12th
    Full year, 2 meetings/week
    $80 Curriculum and Materials Fee
    $50 textbook deposit, to be returned in May*

    American Literature is one part of a dual program that will integrate the study of American Literature and History. Readings will primarily be from the California Common Core Edition of Prentice Hall’s, Literature - The American Experience textbook. Reading, writing, mastering literary terminology, and developing grammar and vocabulary are integrated through both literature and history studies. Participants are expected to be prepared for and attend scheduled program times, as well as work at home under their parent’s supervision 4 to 6 hours a week. Parents will be expected to provide their children with editing and revision assistance on essays throughout the year.

    Required Summer Reading:
    The Gospel of Mark (Bible)
    Read 2 of these:
    The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin (Franklin, 144 pg, 1771-1790)
    Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass (Douglass, 96 pg, mid-1800s)
    The Red Badge of Courage (Stephen Crane, 146 pg, American Civil War)
    Christy (Catherine Marshall, 160 pg, early 1900’s)
    Mama's Bank Account (Kathryn Forbes, 160 pg, 1920’s)
    My Side of the Mountain (Jean Craighead George, 177 pg, 1950’s)
    Read 2 of these:
    1776 (David McCullough, 294 pg, 1776)
    Cheaper by the Dozen (Frank Gilbreth, 224 pg, early 1900’s)
    To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee, 384 pg, 1930’s)
    I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (Angelou, 300 pg, early to mid-1900’s)
    The Right Stuff (Tom Wolfe, 352 pg, mid-1900s)

    Expected Weekly Hours of Work and Preparation Required at Home:  4 to 6 (depending on reading comprehension and speed)
    Evaluation and Assessment Scale Offered for Program:  Engrade.com records, semester letter grades, written expectations and rubrics
    Prior Knowledge and Skills Requirements:  Completed summer reading assignment, keyboard and computer skills, 10th grade or better reading, writing, and vocabulary skills.
    Group size:  4-12

    Materials provided (covered by Curriculum and Materials Fee)
    California Common Core Edition of Prentice Hall’s, Literature - The American Experience, majority of copying costs, access to the course syllabus and rubrics.
    Program syllabus. Access to Engrade.com.

    Other Required Curriculum and Materials
    (not covered by Curriculum and Materials Fee)

    *$50 textbook deposit to be returned in May when textbook is received in good condition. If you are registered with Stephen Lebbert at Sonoma County Office of Education, no deposit is necessary.
    Internet access, computer access (not just a smart phone), at home printing costs, cost of 2 or 3 selected books that are available at the library or for purchase, textbook de- posit, binder or organizer, paper, pencils and pens.

    Self enrolment
  • Levels 3rd through 6th
    Session 1, 1 meeting/week
    $5 Curriculum and Materials Fee

    Beginning Spanish  will involve music, movement, and games as a beginning introduction to the language. Participants will learn basic vocabulary and sentence structure covering such topics as colors, numbers, body parts, etc. Children should come prepared to participate fully and have fun!

    Expected Weekly Hours of Work and Preparation Required at Home:  1 hour at most
    Evaluation and Assessment Scale Offered for Program:  None
    Prior Knowledge and Skills Requirements:  None
    Group size:  5-13

    Materials provided (covered by Curriculum and Materials Fee)
    Copies, materials for games

    Other Required Curriculum and Materials
    (not covered by Curriculum and Materials Fee)
    None

    Self enrolment
  • Levels age 13 and above
    Full year, 1 meeting/week
    $150 Curriculum and Materials Fee

    Advantages of studying Latin include: expansion of vocabulary, better understanding of English grammar, and a fundamental framework for early Christian history.

    Expected Weekly Hours of Work and Preparation Required at Home:  3-4
    Evaluation and Assessment Scale Offered for Program:  Letter grade
    Prior Knowledge and Skills Requirements:  None
    Group size:  No restriction

    Materials provided (covered by Curriculum and Materials Fee)
    All materials

    Other Required Curriculum and Materials
    (not covered by Curriculum and Materials Fee)
    None

    Self enrolment
  • Levels 9th  through 11th (or completion of pre-algebra placement test)
    Full year, 3 meetings/week -  (Fri. via Skype)
    $150 Curriculum and Materials Fee + Textbook Deposit

    Algebra 1 will cover all concepts required for mastery. We will be using Teaching Textbooks which includes video, dvd, workbooks and tests. (If you already possess the Algebra 1 Teaching Textbooks workbook you may subtract $70 from the cost of the program). Half of the fee MUST be received no later than July 1st to ensure that all materials will be available on the first day we meet, with the balance due on August 20th. If you require a payment plan for the balance, please contact me privately. We will be Skyping once a week on Fridays and internet access is mandatory. If you think your child is ready for Algebra 1 please contact me and I will email you a placement test with instructions.

    Expected Weekly Hours of Work and Preparation Required at Home:  5-6
    Evaluation and Assessment Scale Offered for Program:  Semester letter grades
    Prior Knowledge and Skills Requirements:  Must pass a placement test
    Group size:  4-12

    Materials Provided (covered by Curriculum and Materials Fee)
    Textbook, test book.
    Program syllabus. Access to Engrade.com.

    Other Required Curriculum and Materials
    (not covered by Curriculum and Materials Fee)
    Other Required Curriculum and Materials (not covered by Curriculum and Materials Fee)
    Calculator, graph paper, personal white board with markers, computer and
    internet access (not a just smart phone), and a Skype account.

    Self enrolment
  • Levels 7th and 8th grades

    Self enrolment
  • Levels 3rd through 4th
    Full year, 1 meeting/week
    $30 Curriculum and Materials Fee

    In this God-honoring study of birds, Exploring Creation with Zoology 1: Flying Creatures of the Fifth Day teaches your child about the glorious design and characteristics of flying creatures, including physical characteristics, nesting habits, flight patterns, and more! Your children will learn how to attract various bird species to your yard and identify them by looking at their special physical characteristics, diverse nests, and interesting domestic practices.

    Program Preparation
    Before the first day, please read with your child pages 1-7 in the text  and page 6 in the Journal (about the contents and use of the Journal).

    Expected Weekly Hours of Work and Preparation Required at Home: 1-2
    Evaluation and Assessment Scale Offered for Program: pass / fail
    Prior Knowledge and Skills Requirements: none
    Group size:6-8

    Materials Provided (covered by Curriculum and Materials Fee)
    ❏ Supplies for program activities, experiments and projects, and photocopying costs.
    ❏ Supply box containing scissors, colored pencils, glue stick etc. (which will be kept at COG for program activities)

    Other Required Curriculum and Materials
    (not covered by Curriculum and Materials Fee)
    Curriculum to be purchased by families and brought on the first day:
    Exploring Creation with Zoology 1: Flying Creatures of the Fifth Day ($25.35 on Christianbook.com)
    Junior Zoology 1 Notebooking Journal ($15.60 on Chrisianbook.com)

    Self enrolment
  • Levels 9th through 11th
    Full year, 2 meetings/week
    $100 Curriculum and Materials Fee
    $50 textbook deposit, to be returned in May*

    This program covers fundamental physical science, definitions, techniques & tools, forces & motion, work & power, buoyancy, machines, heat & energy, electricity & magnetism, waves, sound & light, energy production, and applications to technology.  Approximately 25% of the coursework will be hands on laboratory experiments with associated reports.

    Expected Weekly Hours of Work and Preparation Required at Home:  7+
    Evaluation and Assessment Scale Offered for Program:  Letter grade at end of each Semester, grades available online. Program is the High School equivalent of 1 year of a laboratory science.
    Prior Knowledge and Skills Requirements:  Grade level reading skills and general math
    Group size:  3-10

    Materials provided (covered by Curriculum and Materials Fee)
    Curriculum used (deposit required): Prentice Hall Physical Science (Text 1), Science Workshop Series Physical Science (Text 2), workbooks, lab equipment & materials, tests, and study pages.
    Program syllabus. Access to Engrade.com.

    Other Required Curriculum and Materials
    (not covered by Curriculum and Materials Fee)
    *$50 textbook deposit to be returned in May when textbook is received in good condition.  If you are registered with Stephen Lebbert at Sonoma County Office of Education, no deposit is necessary.
    Eye protection, apron or smock, disposable gloves.

    Self enrolment
  • Levels 10th through 12th
    Full year, 1 meeting/week
    $30 Curriculum and Materials Fee

    Using Apologia's Exploring Creation with Biology (2nd edition) text, along with labs and field study, this year long program is intended to be a college-prep biology course that provides a detailed introduction to the methods and concepts of general biology. The program will have a strong emphasis on vocabulary, experiments, and interactive instruction. The book supplies a solid background in biology and is presented in a readable, conversational tone, and, together with instruction, lab work, and home study, will help the participant master the material. A one time program fee of approximately $30 will be collected during the second quarter to pay for lab and dissection materials.

    Expected Weekly Hours of Work and Preparation Required at Home:  1-3 (depending on reading comprehension and speed)
    Evaluation and Assessment Scale Offered for Program:  Semester letter grades.  This program can be included as a life science with lab on high school transcripts.
    Prior Knowledge and Skills Requirements:  High school level reading, writing, and vocabulary skills.
    Group size:  4-12

    Materials provided (covered by Curriculum and Materials Fee)
    Program syllabus. Access to Engrade.com.

    Other Required Curriculum and Materials
    (not covered by Curriculum and Materials Fee)
    Apologia's Exploring Creation with Biology 2nd edition preferred, 1st edition is acceptable.
    Internet access, at home printing costs, binder or organizer, paper, pencils and pens.

    Self enrolment
  • Level 3rd and 4th graders

    Early American History

    Self enrolment
  • Levels 6th through 9th
    Full year, 1 meeting/week
    $90 Curriculum and Materials Fee

    This course is designed to help participants better understand the importance of geography and the world in which they live, and gain a global perspective in our ever-changing world through study and “hands on” activities. We will study where things are located, the physical and human characteristics that make each place distinct, how land and people affect each other, as well as what common, physical and human characteristics link one place to other parts of the world. Exposure to culture, art, music, and cuisine will be integrated as we study geography through world history.

    Expected Weekly Hours of Work and Preparation Required at Home:  2-4
    Evaluation and Assessment Scale Offered for Program:  Letter grade
    Prior Knowledge and Skills Requirements:  None
    Group size:  5-14

    Materials provided (covered by Curriculum and Materials Fee)
    Activity book, handouts, “map” lap book, arts & crafts supplies and food

    Other Required Curriculum and Materials
    (not covered by Curriculum and Materials Fee)
    This will be a very “hands on” program. While we’ve tried to cover the cost of our anticipated supplies, there may be a need for a small additional fee midterm.

    Self enrolment
  • Levels 9th through 12th
    Full year, 2 meetings/week
    $150 Curriculum and Materials Fee

    Using a two-volume world history series published by Bob Jones Press, this program will be a survey of the history of the world from 4000 B.C. to the present day. Topics covered will include the Ancient World, the Eastern World, the Medieval World, & the Awakening World as well as the Enlightened World, the European World, and the Modern World.

    Expected Weekly Hours of Work and Preparation Required at Home:  2
    Evaluation and Assessment Scale Offered for Program:  Letter grade
    Prior Knowledge and Skills Requirements:  None
    Group size:  No restriction

    Materials provided (covered by Curriculum and Materials Fee)
    Textbook and workbook.
    Program syllabus. Access to Engrade.com.

    Other Required Curriculum and Materials
    (not covered by Curriculum and Materials Fee)
    None

    Self enrolment
  • Levels 10th through 12th
    Full year, 2 meetings/week
    $100 Curriculum and Materials Fee (Textbook deposit, additional)

    U.S. History is one part of a dual program that will integrate the study of American Literature and History. Reading will focus on the textbook from Holt, Rinehart and Winston, Call to Freedom, and the Teaching with Primary Sources program from the Library of Congress and Stanford University at http://sheg.stanford.edu. History, geography, chronology, and developing analysis and communication skills are integrated through both literature and history studies. Participants are expected to be prepared for and attend scheduled program times, as well as work at home un- der their parent’s supervision 3 to 5 hours a week. Parents will be expected to provide their children with editing and revision assistance on essays throughout the year.

    Required Summer Reading.  Please read something new, not something you have already read.  The idea is to read more, to expose yourself to more, to learn more!

    The Gospel of Mark (Bible)

    Read 2 of these:
    The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin (Franklin, 144 pg, 1771-1790)
    Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass (Douglass, 96 pg, mid-1800s)
    The Red Badge of Courage (Stephen Crane, 146 pg, American Civil War)
    Christy (Catherine Marshall, 160 pg, early 1900’s)
    Mama's Bank Account (Kathryn Forbes, 160 pg, 1920’s)
    My Side of the Mountain (Jean Craighead George, 177 pg, 1950’s)

    Read 1 of these:
    1776 (David McCullough, 294 pg, 1776)
    Cheaper by the Dozen (Frank Gilbreth, 224 pg, early 1900’s)
    To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee, 384 pg, 1930’s)
    I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (Angelou, 300 pg, early to mid-1900’s)
    The Right Stuff (Tom Wolfe, 352 pg, mid-1900s)

    Expected Weekly Hours of Work and Preparation Required at Home:  3-5 (depending on reading comprehension and speed)
    Evaluation and Assessment Scale Offered for Program:  Engrade.com records, semester letter grades, written expectations and rubrics.
    Prior Knowledge and Skills Requirements:  Completed summer reading assignment, keyboard and computer skills, 10th grade or better reading, writing, and vocabulary skills.
    Group size:  4-12

    Materials provided (covered by Curriculum and Materials Fee)
    Holt, Rinehart and Winston’s Call to Freedom textbook, majority of copying costs, access to the course syllabus and rubrics.
    Access to Engrade.com.

    Other Required Curriculum and Materials
    (not covered by Curriculum and Materials Fee)
    Internet access, computer access (not a just smart phone), at home printing costs, textbook deposit, binder or organizer, paper, pencils and pens.

    Self enrolment
  • Levels 4th through 9th
    Full year, 1 meeting/week
    $10 Curriculum and Materials Fee

    This is a beginning band with no prior musical experience required.  There are some instruments available through the Wells Fargo Music 4 Schools program on a need based basis (please don’t pass up band because of need—let’s work together to make it happen!).  Instruments can be rented from local music stores for approximately $25-50 per month depending on the instrument.  We will have one concert in mid-Feb. and one in May.  Instruments must be chosen from the following list:  clarinet, sax, flute, trumpet, and drums (only 2).

    Expected Weekly Hours of Work and Preparation Required at Home:  2-3
    Evaluation and Assessment Scale Offered for Program:  No assessment
    Prior Knowledge and Skills Requirements:  None
    Group size:  4-20

    Materials provided (covered by Curriculum and Materials Fee)
    Copies, games, extra music

    Other Required Curriculum and Materials (not covered by Curriculum and Materials Fee)
    Band book ($10), music stand ($20), and instrument ($25-50)

    Self enrolment
  • Levels 9th through 12th
    Full Year, 2 meetings/week
    $100 Curriculum and Materials Fee

    How to Look At and Understand Great Art
    Award-winning Professor Sharon Latchaw Hirsh of Rosemont College has created a lecture series available through "Great Courses".  These richly illustrated lectures take you on an in-depth exploration of the practical skill of viewing art through the lenses of line, light, perspective, composition, and other crucial elements of craft and technique, using timeless Masterpieces.

    The World's Greatest Paintings
    This course will take us on a compelling discovery of some of the most significant paintings in Western art.

    **Monday's Art Appreciation class will begin with a 30 min. recorded lecture presented by one of the Professors listed above.  The next 60 min. of Monday's class will be discussion and study based upon the content of the lecture, and discussion and study based  upon the assigned reading from the books listed below.

    Dr. Betty Edwards's Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain, is the world's most widely used drawing instruction book. This book will give you greater confidence in your ability, and deepen your artistic perception, as well as foster a new appreciation of the world around you. The book focuses on the ability to draw on the strengths of the right hemisphere, and can serve as an antidote to the increasing left-brain emphasis in American life-the worship of all that is linear, analytic, digital, etc.  There are reproductions of master drawings throughout.

    COLOR A course in mastering the art of mixing colors also by Betty Edwards
    Now, much as artists progress from drawing to painting, Edwards moves from black-and-white into color. This much-awaited new guide distills the enormous existing knowledge about color theory into a practical method of working with color to produce harmonious combinations.
    Edwards provides a basic understanding of how to see color, and how to use it.

    ** Wednesday's program will focus on the application of the techniques learned from the readings and presentations on Monday.
    We will be "doing ART, and learning to love and appreciate ART".

    Expected Weekly Hours of Work and Preparation Required at Home:  1-2
    Evaluation and Assessment Scale Offered for Program:  Semester letter grades.  High School equivalent to 1 year of Elective credits
    Prior Knowledge and Skills Requirements:  High School reading & writing level
    Group size:  4-12

    Materials provided (covered by Curriculum and Materials Fee)
    Worksheets, tests, copies, The Great Courses video lectures
    Engrade.com records. Program syllabus.

    Other Required Curriculum and Materials
    (not covered by Curriculum and Materials Fee)
    Art supplies ($80+), computer and internet access (not a just smart phone), 3 ring binder, lined note paper, pens & pencils. Depending on donations, there may be an additional fee 2nd semester for supplies

    Self enrolment
  • Facilitator:  Volunteer Parents
    Levels 3 through 12
    Session 1, 1 meeting/week
    No fee

    An independent period for participants with the ability to quietly read and complete self-guided tasks.

    Expected Weekly Hours of Work and Preparation Required at Home:  0
    Evaluation and Assessment Scale Offered for Program:  n/a
    Prior Knowledge and Skills Requirements:  None
    Group size:  12 maximum

    Materials Provided (covered by Curriculum and Materials Fee)
    None

    Other Required Curriculum and Materials
    (not covered by Curriculum and Materials Fee)
    Material to study or book to read

    Self enrolment
  • Facilitator:  Volunteer Parents
    Levels 3 through 12
    Session 1, 1 meeting/week
    No fee

    An independent period for participants with the ability to quietly read and complete self-guided tasks.

    Expected Weekly Hours of Work and Preparation Required at Home:  0
    Evaluation and Assessment Scale Offered for Program:  n/a
    Prior Knowledge and Skills Requirements:  None
    Group size:  12 maximum

    Materials Provided (covered by Curriculum and Materials Fee)
    None

    Other Required Curriculum and Materials
    (not covered by Curriculum and Materials Fee)
    Material to study or book to read

    Self enrolment
  • Facilitator:  Volunteer Parents
    Levels 3 through 12
    Session 1, 1 meeting/week
    No fee

    An independent period for participants with the ability to quietly read and complete self-guided tasks.

    Expected Weekly Hours of Work and Preparation Required at Home:  0
    Evaluation and Assessment Scale Offered for Program:  n/a
    Prior Knowledge and Skills Requirements:  None
    Group size:  12 maximum

    Materials Provided (covered by Curriculum and Materials Fee)
    None

    Other Required Curriculum and Materials
    (not covered by Curriculum and Materials Fee)
    Material to study or book to read

    Self enrolment
  • Facilitator:  Volunteer Parents
    Levels 3 through 12
    Session 1, 1 meeting/week
    No fee

    An independent period for participants with the ability to quietly read and complete self-guided tasks.

    Expected Weekly Hours of Work and Preparation Required at Home:  0
    Evaluation and Assessment Scale Offered for Program:  n/a
    Prior Knowledge and Skills Requirements:  None
    Group size:  12 maximum

    Materials Provided (covered by Curriculum and Materials Fee)
    None

    Other Required Curriculum and Materials
    (not covered by Curriculum and Materials Fee)
    Material to study or book to read

    Self enrolment

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Community of Grace of Sonoma County, Inc. is a group of families united
by Christian principles. We are committed to equipping and encouraging one another with expectations of excellence and integrity.  We work together to educate our children, building men and women of wisdom, charity, and courage who inspire greatness in others and fulfill the Great Commandment and the Great Commission.

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