Thinking Skills

“Thinking is an art, with its own purposes, standards, principles, rules, strategies, and precautions.  And it is and art well worth learning, for every important thing we do is affected by our habits of mind.”
- V.R. Ruggiero.

General awareness is important.  The youth is bombarded by information overload, which does not easily allow for discerning and critical thinking.  Thinking and reasoning skills impact our entire life, yet it often does not serve curricula, or education ideologies as the solid foundation it should be.  The Socratic method is the departure point for all classes offered here.

Writing Skills

Two types of courses are offered. IEW™ courses, and Research-based courses, using the IEW™ methodology. All courses are offered online. Hybrid, and small groups classes at my home is available on special request. There are courses for students who have never taken an IEW™ course, and for those well versed due to previous exposure.
Instruction for all IEW™ courses includes:

• Grammar
• Spelling
• Speaking
• Vocabulary enrichment
• Latin and Greek root words instruction*
• Poetry Memorization

All students who had taken IEW™ courses in the past, are to complete the FixIt!™ and Vocabulary from the Roots placement test before curriculum is purchased.

Writing Across the Curriculum

There are three research-based courses on offer for the 2019-2020 academic year. The winning IEW™ writing methodology forms the basis of writing instruction for all three courses. All nine IEW™ Units are covered during these courses, while at the same time incorporating the following subjects: Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Biology, Geography, History, Research Skills, Character Studies. Different approaches of how to organize paragraphs for a particular purpose are exercised during this journey.

• Ernest Shackleton’s Endurance Expedition, Gr. 9-12
• Great Alaskan Race: From anchorage to Nome, Gr. 5-12
• Music History and Appreciation Writing Class, Gr. 6-12

Preparing junior and senior students for tertiary study calls for an integrated project based approach, hence the study of Shackleton’s Endurance Expedition, and Great Alaskan Race: From Anchorage to Nome. The Music History and Appreciation course are aimed at students who play an instrument and would possibly like to pursue music studies at a tertiary level. Your student will also cover:
• Critical thinking
• Research methodologies
• Referencing using MLA, Harvard, APA
• Presentation skills
• Emotional Intelligence as part of studying character traits of real people in real situations. Emotional Intelligence affects every part of our lives. How we cope, what decisions we make, how happy we are, all contribute and are determining factors, of how well we will succeed in all walks of life. Training these skills during adolescence have lifelong   benefits. Students at this age sometimes need to ‘hear’ the same message from a different source!