Foundational Language Arts B
Name of class: Foundational Language Arts level B
Instructor: Sherry Osbourne
Monthly Cost(s): $30
Materials fee: $33
PLACEMENT- BEFORE REGISTERING children MUST be evaluated. Email teacher to set up a 30 minute slot. Placement is based on skill level rather than grade level.
PREREQUISITES: New parents are required to attend the SHEEP class with their child to be trained in the method (younger siblings might be able to use the nursery.) This is a core class, not an extracurricular class, so it requires daily homework completion! Assignments are given for the other 4 school at home days each week, and should take 45-60 minutes each day. All Levels need to learn the 70 phonogram sounds and be able to write in cursive *before* SHEEP begins (using the cards that come in the SWR Core Teacher’s Kit, which you will need to purchase over the summer. Kit costs $100.) Learning cursive before SHEEP starts is essential due to limited class time. I recommend using the Cursive First curriculum which is cheap and step by step.
Most educators today teach reading first and expect that if a person reads a word often enough he will learn to spell it. Experience does not support that theory. Furthermore, “Researchers note that in nine cases out of ten the most glaring handicap or deficiency of entering college freshmen is in spelling” (Sanseri, p10). Spelling is the more precise skill and reading is a natural outgrowth of spelling instruction. We present the language in a way that has few exceptions and students are taught how to analyze the reasons behind a word’s spelling and pronunciation. This program addresses reading fluency issues and the often resulting reading comprehension problems.
All levels use the same phonograms, spelling rules, and multi-sensory methods but the application level will differ with each class. **Foundations classes satisfy elementary language arts needs for your student to include derivatives, Greek & Latin roots, grammar, and sentence composition. Please do not use another reading/phonics program on top of Foundations workload!