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Class Info

English 3 (NW)

Class Year:  2022-2023
Time:  Wed 09:00 am - 10:00 am;
Teacher:  Becky Thompson
Tution:  $550 / Year or $50 / Month for 10 Months (Discount for Early Payment)
Supply Fee:  N/A
Location:  Northwest (Cypress)

Age/Grade Level:  Students should read on or above third grade level. Must be eight years of age prior to September 1, 2022.

Teacher:  Becky Thompson, BS Elementary Education with English Specialization, Baylor University; Masters in Math Education, University of Houston

Tuition: 

* Early Bird Tuition Rate, Postmarked by June 30:    $500/year or 10 payments of $50

* Regular Tuition Rate, Postmarked AFTER June 30:  $550/year or 10 payments of $55

Supply Fee:  None

Class Description:

This class is designed to prepare students for PREP’s thorough upper-level English classes. It  will provide weekly instruction and parent/child accountability in the subject areas of sentence-to-paragraph composition and penmanship, as well as reading and grammar enrichment.  Mrs. Thompson’s classes are rigorous but highly rewarding, challenging but flexible, and always, ALWAYS tons of fun. 

COMPOSTITION:  To fulfill the composition component, the teacher will use Creating Sentences by The Write Foundation.  Originally written for students who struggled with and hated writing, this program soon proved itself to be a great fit for advanced and budding writers.   Students will write poetry regularly, practice expanding sentences weekly, and compose well-structured short paragraphs by year end. 

PENMANSHIP:  Cursive handwriting will be taught in class and practiced with parent oversight throughout the week. Students will write entirely in cursive by January.  Neatness and organization are required. Students who already write in cursive will review with new learners, and the teacher will modify accordingly.

READING ENRICHMENT:  Students will read poetry, short stories, and chapter books of various genres, all with an emphasis on reading for comprehension, oral expression, and enjoyment. 

GRAMMAR ENRICHMENT:  Grammar, which is included in The Write Foundation curriculum, will be light but thorough, covering punctuation, capitalization, proper word usage, parts of speech and basic sentence structure. 

Requirements at Home: 

  1. Homework: Students will have daily assignments and need regular parental instruction/oversight.
  2. Parent oversight/instruction:  At home, the parent is still the teacher. While no advance preparation is required, parents will provide personal one-on-one instruction each day followed by intermittent oversight.  Parents will help students follow the syllabus and check their student’s work each day, so the student can make timely corrections.
  3. Grading:  The teacher will grade all writing assignments and provide a cumulative grade each semester. 
  4. Time Required: Students will need to spend approximately 30-60 minutes per day on their assignments depending on their maturity, attention span and writing dexterity.  Parents should break this time up into natural segments as they see fit.

Texts and Chapter Books: 

WHAT PARENTS SAY ABOUT THE TEACHER…

  • “My child has truly blossomed under Mrs. Thompson’s instruction! He has become a strong writer, enthusiastic reader, and his handwriting is remarkable. This progress could not have been made without the infectious passion Mrs. Thompson has for literary arts.

~J.F., April 2021

  • “We have loved English this year with Mrs. Thompson! My daughter talks frequently about how nice, kind, fun and helpful Mrs. Thompson is.  As a parent and a former teacher, I appreciate her thoroughness in teaching many aspects of reading and writing that often get neglected.  I also appreciate her nurturing spirit towards the students and friendliness in our parent/teacher relationship.  She loves what she does, and it shows.  She’s the best!”

~ R.P., April 2021

  • As an accidental homeschool family (Thanks, Covid!), this class has been such a blessing. My 3rd grader really struggled with writing in public school.  With Mrs. Thompson’s guidance and encouragement through IEW, his progress this year has been so tremendous that I would not believe it had I not been reviewing his work every day this year.  We are so grateful for this class and can’t wait to see what progress he makes next year!

~ A.G., April 2021

  • Thompson challenges, encourages, and loves her students. My daughter has grown so much from being in her class. 

~A.M., April 2021