For Grades 2-3
Live Online – Wednesday 10:00-10:55 am
In this class, young learners will be introduced to a variety of social studies topics including geography, historical biographies, government and democracy, culture, and economics. Hands-on learning activities make each of the units interactive and fun!
For Grades 4-7
Live Online – Monday 1:30-2:25 pm
Students love the creative writing units in my popular IEW writing classes, and they keep asking for more! This class is for students who love to write stories and want to keep learning. We will begin by introducing and reviewing the IEW story sequence chart, and write three-paragraph stories based on that easy to follow “recipe” for short stories.
We will start with familiar fables and fairytales, and then get creative with borrowing a plot and creating our own versions of these fanciful tales. We will also have fun with the ever-popular IEW three-picture story model (always a student favorite in my IEW classes).
Here’s what parents are saying about this class:
My daughter took Mrs. Dodson’s creative writing class this year and she loved it! This was our first time having Mrs. Dodson as a teacher, and I was so impressed with her. The class was engaging, well thought out, and she graded the homework so quickly with encouraging, yet constructive words. My daughter grew immensely in her ability to write this year due to Mrs. Dodson’s help and encouragement. She now wants to be a writer when she grows up! Thank you, Mrs. Dodson! –Michelle B.
Our daughter has been taking virtual classes with Ms. Holly for two years now. Watching her grow in both her confidence level and enjoyment of writing has been amazing! She looks forward to class and often feels so inspired by the class time that she gets right to work on her own story assignment. We are so grateful to have found these virtual classes that fit into our homeschool schedule and provide inspirational, supportive, direct instruction to our child. —Sarah G. (Glass)
Get a sneak peek at Holly’s most popular live online class: Beginning IEW Writing. This video gives you a glimpse of how IEW works, and how interactive and fun Holly’s live online classes are. Kids learn excellent writing skills from the comfort of their own homes, while interacting with a professional writing instructor and their peers.
For Grades 3-4
Live Online – Monday 11:00 – 11:55 am
Grammar is an important component of written and oral language, and understanding grammar is key to communicating in a way that is clear, interesting, and precise.
In this class, we will focus on each of these three key components of effective communication. Students will learn and review rules of capitalization, punctuation, parts of speech, and how to apply these rules to effective writing. Students will use the Wordly Wise vocabulary curriculum, which features a variety of activities and approaches to apply and extend their vocabulary.
Exercises will incorporate the use of context clues, the study of roots, prefixes, suffixes, synonyms, and antonyms, reading comprehension, and writing. Finally, students will receive instruction on spelling rules and patterns, and practice lists of grade-appropriate spelling words that include compound words, words with silent letters, homophones, etc.
For Grades 4-6
Live Online – Thursday 9:00 – 9:55 am
In this class, students will read a variety of engaging and challenging literature including realistic fiction, historical fiction, nonfiction, award winning novels, and shorter nonfiction articles. We will focus on reading comprehension and critical analysis, learn about literary devices and story elements, work on literature based vocabulary, and more. Written assignments will be based on the reading, and will include a variety of styles, including summaries, character sketches, narratives, and opinion.
The material is always just right! Doable and appropriately challenging. Enough to keep it interesting and fun, yet not discouraging or frustrating.
The books were age appropriate with a mixture of fiction and non-fiction, challenging them to view circumstances through the lens of the protagonist to develop better compassion for what others are going through. It helped improve critical thinking skills as well.
My son loved the class. He found the books interesting, the assignments fun, and the classroom encouraging. He loves how the classes are always different and unique.
According to my child, she answered that her rating of 10/10 is “because of how Mrs Dodson teaches the class, the books she chooses for us to read are good, the discussions are good, and the homework is fun.” –J. Cedano