School Supply List: Classic Lit & American Lit

3 ring binder with clear view/insert cover. This way the students can keep the syllabus in view at all times.

5 tabbed dividers: notes, handouts, quizzes, tests, papers

Pen and pencil

5 retractable highlighters: orange, green, blue, pink, yellow

Student composition book (sewn type, not spiral) to use for a Commonplace Book: a place to collect vocabulary, quotes, and examples from their reading

PREP Orientation Dates

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Mark your calendars!

PREP West Orientation  Monday August 15, 6:00 PM, Cornerstone Presbyterian Church

PREP Northwest Orientation  Tuesday August 16, 6:00 PM  Cypress Bible Church

If possible, attend the campus where your child is registered. If not, you are welcome to attend the other campus. If you will be absent, please plan to visit the first class for the first 15-20 minutes.

Welcome New Families!

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If you have registered for the 2016-2017 school year, you will be hearing from me soon. Expect some emails explaining the remainder of the registration process (supply fee, curriculum purchases, etc.).

Upcoming dates: Orientation for the new school year will be in August. I’ll let you know as soon as we have dates/times in place.

I’m looking forward to meeting you!

Let’s Talk About Literature

One of the joys of teaching is the chance to introduce students to new friends: inside the pages of their books. One way I do this is by discussing what we read. Our talks are informal and, I hope, instructive. Sometimes they are no more than a skate across the surface as we endeavor to see the big picture. Other times we plumb the depths of theme and characterization as we seek to see the inner-workings of the story before us.

Mortimer Adler says it beautifully:

“The teacher’s role in discussion is to keep it going along fruitful lines—by moderating, guiding, correcting, leading, and arguing like one more student! The teacher is first among equals. All must have the sense that they are participating as equals, as is the case in a genuine conversation…These basic insights are epitomized by Socrates…he describes his role as a teacher by analogy with the service performed by a midwife who does nothing more than assist the pregnant mother to give birth with less pain and more assurance. So, according to Socrates, the teacher assists the inquiring mind of the learner to give birth to knowledge, facilitating the process of discovery on the learner’s  part.” ~ Mortimer Adler

School Supplies: The List

Orientation Reminder: If you aren’t able to attend either orientation, August 17 (Cypress) or August 20 (Katy), please plan on attending a brief session the first 15 minutes of class.

Here is the list of supplies for each class:

Reading & Writing 2 :

WriteShop 2 (student edition only)

Synonym Finder (or other thesaurus) – for use at  home

Current Novel: we begin with The Wind in the Willows

The Magic Lens II- grammar book

3 ring binder with clear view/insert cover. This way the students can keep the syllabus in view at all times.

Tabbed Dividers: Notes, Grammar, Handouts, Writing, Returned Work

Include a pocket divider with one side labeled “take home” and the other side “bring back” to keep track of papers

Colored pencils

Pen (blue or black)

Notebook paper (white)

Classic & American Lit:

3 ring binder with clear view/insert cover. This way the students can keep the syllabus in view at all times.

5 tabbed dividers: notes, handouts, quizzes, tests, papers

Pen and pencil

5 retractable highlighters: orange, green, blue, pink, yellow

Student composition book (sewn type, not spiral) to use for a Commonplace Book: a place to collect vocabulary, quotes, and examples from their reading

(American Lit – Bring your copy of Ben Franklin. Classic Lit – Bring your copy of Windows to the World. I will be distributing your Lost Tools of Writing texts at Orientation/First day of class)

Ready….Aim…. College!

Preparing for College 
Join PREP Classes as we host an evening all about college.
 Dr. Robert Stacey, Associate Provost at HBU, Sarah Maney, Former Assistant Director of Admissions Texas Tech, and several others will speak to us from their unique perspectives.
Breakout sessions will cover: ? Building a Transcript ? College Admissions Testing ? College Admissions Process ? Curriculum Planning from Jr. High with college in mind
Preregistration is required.  Go to the front page of prepclasses.org and in the lower left click on the link.  A minimal charge of $5 reserves your place.  Handouts for the evening will cover all of the topics.
Visit the PREP website for registration details. prepclasses.org
 Thursday, April 30th, 6 – 8:30 p.m. Bear Creek Community Center 3055 Bear Creek Dr., Houston, TX 77084
Light refreshments will be served.
For Questions: jan.snow@prepclasses.org

It’s Here!

brochure-9inx12in-halffold-insideThis is the project I’ve helped with for the past year. The new, fifth edition of The Lost Tools of Writing is even better than the last. I’m excited to be able to use this in the upcoming school year with my Classic Literature and Composition students. I’ll have a sample available at the PREP Open House this spring.

 

Merry Christmas! Class Schedule

CiRCE Online Academy – resumes week of January 5

PREP Classes resume week of January 12

“When I think of Christmas Eves, Christmas feasts, Christmas songs, and Christmas stories, I know that they do not represent a short or transient gladness. Instead, they speak of a joy unspeakable and full of glory. God loved the world and sent His Son. Whosoever believes in Him will not perish, but have everlasting life. That is Christmas joy. That is the Christmas spirit.”   – Corrie Ten Boom

Christmas blessings to you and your families,

Mrs. Mathis

Faster Than a Speeding Bullet

I like this planning tool! It’s free, easy to learn, customizable, and very flexible. The video is less than 3 minutes long and gives you everything you need to get started. Except the notebook. You need to find your own notebook.