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Lower Elementary for Academic Year

CURRICULUM

 

Our classes for our lower elementary students (2nd & 3rd graders) are two hours long.  Students come in once a week.  The maximum number of students per class is generally about 9.  These classes are categorized as enrichment classes.  Enrichment classes are for students who are at or above grade level and want to go above and beyond what they are learning in their regular school classes. 

Our Lower Elementary Reading and Writing Program is broken up into two semesters.  However, a new student can begin our program at any time and does not have to wait for the next unit to begin.

1st Semester : August 28, 2018 to January 18, 2019

INFORMATIONAL READING & WRITING THROUGH RESEARCH

During our fall semester, the 2nd and 3rd grade students will read age appropriate non-fiction, otherwise known as informational texts. We have selected high-interest, thought-provoking topics, each hand-picked and reviewed by the BRWI instructors. Written with varied and engaging styles of writing, these non-fiction texts will excite our students about reading non-fiction as we introduce them to unsung heroes in history, cool kid inventors who changed our world, and strange and extraordinary animals. Written with higher level vocabulary and more complexity to challenge our students, our non-fiction texts will prompt students to think, respond, and interpret what they read. Students will:

  • determine the multiple main ideas of a text
  • hunt for the concrete details to support each central theme or idea
  • articulate the relationship or connection between the various ideas, events, and peoples found in the text
  • organize information into different organizational patterns: sequencing, description, cause/effect, compare/contrast and problem/solution
  • tap prior knowledge to better comprehend the context and technical content
  • practice visualizing, conceptualizing, and “reliving” the information to build personal connections and personal responses
  • develop under-the-surface commentary and make inferences based on the facts of the text
  • determine the overall impact each topic has on the individual and the world
  • summarize the author’s overarching message (the so-what)
  • use context clues to determine word meaning
  • identify multiple meanings and figurative language
  • practice useful study skills for understanding, remembering, and organizing the information they read, which includes annotating, note-taking, and outlining
  • articulate their own point of view and opinions and compare them to that of the author

Students will also write paragraphs about a variety of non-fiction topics, and they will be practice various types of informational writing (descriptive, sequence, opinion, cause and effect). Students will also write a master manual as their final project, showcasing their “expertise” in one informational topic of their choice.  When choosing their master manual topics, we will give students a variety of relatable topics to choose from in order to pique students’ interest and to give them the confidence to become an “expert” as they write about their topic.  Throughout the writing process, students will:

  • focus on brainstorming all the information needed to develop each topic
  • include essential facts and sufficient concrete details/examples from their own personal experience and from the real world
  • ensure ideas do not repeat or overlap by keeping details fresh and challenging students to build depth and creativity with each additional detail
  • organize their information according to these text patterns: descriptive, sequence, cause and effect, and opinion
  • use the basic paragraph structure with the topic sentence, supporting details, and concluding sentence
  • add proper transition words and technical vocabulary to enhance their writing
  • see the power and the fun of higher-level, more specific word choice to create tone and certain moods 
  • incorporate a variety of sentence structures as a way of changing the pace and feeling of each writing piece
  • include figurative language to create mental pictures for their reader
  • incorporate personal voice to cut through long details and to make writing flow
  • finish the full writing process for a final informational report (brainstorming, organizing, drafting, revising, editing)

2nd Semester : January 21, 2019 to May 31, 2019

LITERARY ANALYSIS THROUGH LITERATURE

During our spring semester, 2nd and 3rd grade students will read and analyze one age-appropriate full-length chapter book, along with a few short stories.  Students will read together in class, for the purpose of learning close reading strategies and reading with a pen in hand.  Our goal is to help students:

  • develop confidence in their comprehension skills
  • identify shifts in main ideas for the purpose of chunking their reading into manageable sections
  • practice the thinking and questioning skills needed to read for analysis rather than just for entertainment
  • engage in discussion about the stories’ mood, character personalities/feelings, and the essential themes
  • build the practice of annotating in the text margins          

As the students read through our selected stories, students will craft written paragraphs.  During the writing process, our students will:

  • summarize and analyze the main narrative elements: setting, protagonist, antagonist, conflict, climax, and resolution
  • organize details from notes and annotations
  • find specific, concrete details from the text to combine into concise, elaborating details in their own writing
  • dig under the surface of each essential detail to articulate the inferred big ideas that the author has conveyed
  • practice using the writing process to complete their final book reports (brainstorming, organizing, drafting, revising, editing)


SCHEDULE

 

Our Academic Year Program is broken up into two semesters.  However, a new student can begin our program at any time and does not have to wait for the next semester to begin.  Students come in once a week. Please choose from one of the following classes:

2nd Grade: 

  • Tuesday - 3:20 to 5:20 p.m.
  • Wednesday - 2:15 to 4:15 p.m.
  • Wednesday - 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
  • Thursday - 3:20 to 5:20 p.m.

3rd Grade: 

  • Tuesday - 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday - 2:15 to 4:15 p.m.
  • Wednesday - 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
  • Thursday - 3:20 to 5:20 p.m.
  • Thursday - 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
  • Friday - 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. 

2nd Semester

January 21, 2019 to May 31, 2019

LITERARY ANALYSIS THROUGH LITERATURE

1st Semester

August 28, 2018 to January 18, 2019

INFORMATIONAL READING & WRITING THROUGH RESEARCH


HOLIDAYS

Thanksgiving Holiday : November 19, 2018 to November 23, 2018

Winter Break : December 24, 2018 to January 4, 2019

Spring Break : April 1, 2019 to April 5, 2019


Fees, Information & Policies

 
  1. How much does it cost? $50 per hour.  Our classes are 2 hours per week for a total of $100 per week. Please note that our fees have increased this year (after 8 years of staying the same) due to increased expenses.  
  2. What do I need to pay when I register?  To register, you will need to pay a one-time registration fee of $45 on Eventbrite.  Upon registration, you will also be charged for the number of weeks that your child will attend until the next regular billing cycle.  For example, if your child will attend one week before the next regular billing cycle, then you will be charged $100.  After this initial pro-rata charge, you will be billed every 4 sessions.
  3. How do I register?  There are 2 simple steps to the registration process:
    • $45 Registration Fee. Please register online by clicking on the “Register” button to reserve your child’s spot in the class and pay the $45 registration fee.  The registration fee is nonrefundable. After you pay the registration fee on Eventbrite, you will automatically be directed to the Registration Form.
    • Complete the Registration Form. After you pay the registration fee, the registration system will automatically direct you to the Registration Form.  The Registration Form will require parent’s contact information, student information, and the credit card authorization for the recurring 4-session payments. Upon registration, you will also be charged for the number of weeks that your child will attend until the next regular billing cycle.  For example, if your child will attend one week before the next regular billing cycle, then you will be charged $100.  After this initial pro-rata charge, you will be billed every 4 sessions..
    • After you pay the registration fee and complete the registration form, we will send a Welcome Email within 2 to 3 days to confirm your child’s enrollment in our program.
  4. What are the terms of service? When you register you must agree to our Instructional Agreement.  Please review it carefully.  You may also download a pdf copy of the Instructional Agreement.
  5. How do I pay for the fees?  Our billing cycle is every 4 sessions (not every four weeks).  You will not be billed for holiday weeks.  Every 4-session period, we will automatically bill your credit card for the next 4 sessions.
  6. Do I have to pay by credit card?  Yes, and we do require a credit card to be kept on file for automatic billing.  The online credit card form is secured by SSL protocol and data encryption through Formstack.
  7. Do you offer sibling discounts?  Yes. For students with siblings in our program, the hourly rate is $45 for the additional sibling.  For example, if there are 2 children from one family, one child will be at $50 per hour and the sibling will be at the reduced rate of $45 per hour.
  8. What is the class size?  Up to 8 or 9 students.  However, some classes could be larger.
  9. How do I get on the waitlist if the class is full?  To be put on a waitlist for any of our classes, please submit a waitlist request and provide the requested information.  During the beginning of the academic year, we are always adding new classes so please submit a waitlist request.  We will pull students off the waitlist first when we open new classes.
  10. Is there a minimum contract period?  There is no minimum contract period.  We do not obligate you to any long term contract, but you must give 30 days prior written notice to withdraw from classes.
  11. What is your absence policy? There are NO REFUNDS  for absences.  However, you may email us at info@brwi.org to request a make-up class for another day during the same week. Make-up classes are not guaranteed and are subject to availability.
  12. What if I am late to pickup my child?  As stated in our Instructional Agreement, if the student in not picked up within 15 minutes after the end of class, there will be a $25 fee for each occurrence.
  13. Is there homework?  Students at Bridges will not receive any homework.  All work is done at Bridges.
  14. How many times a week does my child have class at Bridges?  Students come to Bridges once a week.
  15. Can my child bring a snack to Bridges?   In consideration of some of our students that have severe food allergies that could be life-threatening, we have a strict NO SNACK policy.  
  16. Do you require an assessment prior to registration?  No, an assessment is not required prior to registration.  It is only necessary for students with reading & writing skills significantly below grade level.  If you have any questions, or would like to discuss your child’s reading & writing skills, we offer free consultations with our education director.  Please submit a request by click on the Questions tab on the bottom of the page.