JILL DIXON'S ECLECTIC ACADEMY OF LEARNING LINKS

Detailed answers to other questions - What sets us apart:

Our Four-Fold Purpose:
(1) To provide parents with a structured curriculum/program in a classroom environment to assist them in home-educating their children.
(2) To equip students in the five most important elements of a superior education – reading, writing, speaking, listening, and thinking.
(3) To prepare students for higher education and/or superior performance in the work force.
(4) To instill character and moral excellence through the reading of great literature, the study of history, class discussions and questions, and the opportunity to learn responsibility and self-discipline in a classroom environment.

Overview: What You Can Expect In Four Years:
* Thinking Skills to help you evaluate, analyze, and understand quality educational material.
* Core Knowledge in World and American History, World and American Geography, Fine Arts, World and English Literature, Humanities, Writing, The English Language, and the Bible.
* Superior writing skills in all 16 writing genres in addition to learning to write a research paper, take notes, write a short novel, and write an autobiography.
* Exceptional vocabulary skills learned by mastering Greek and Latin roots and mastering the most frequently used words tested on the SAT and ACT.
* Important research skills needed for a superior education including dictionary skills, encyclopedia, concordance, periodical, almanac and map skills.
* Literary analysis, appreciation and comprehension skills beginning in 4th grade.
* Experience in speaking, recitation and drama.
* Complete mastery of editing, proofreading, and note-taking skills.
* Complete literacy and fluency in reading and writing, as well as an exposure to a variety of literary genres.
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Thorough preparation for the Verbal Section of the SAT/ACT.
* Supplemental classes are offered in Science and Math (grades K - 8).

A Sample of a Few of the Activities Your Student Will Experience
(1) Cook and eat real pottage used as a staple food in Medieval times.
(2) Participate in several mock trials from various periods of history.
(3) Act out various characters from “The Canterbury Tales.”
(4) Participate in the first Olympics.
(5) Make and eat hard tack, a main staple of Civil War soldiers.
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Learn colonial era dances, Medieval dancing, and square dancing.
(7) Participate in a "realistic" Egyptian mummification.
(8) Perform Macbeth before a live audience.
(9) Sing famous Civil War Ballads.

Specifics: What Your Child Can Expect to Accomplish In Four Years:

Explorers Program [Grades K-3]
- See the informational flyer for the Explorer's Program Opens in a new window (close window to return)

Younger Program [Grades 4-8]: Middle School

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Participate in the writing of his own school newspaper emphasizing ancient times.
-  Write and publish a journal about a fictional historical character who lived between 30-1600 A.D.
-  Write and publish his own autobiography.
-  Write and publish his own short historical novel.
-  Learn to write 7 different genres proficiently.
-  Master over 200 Greek and Latin roots and over 600 new vocabulary words.
-  Gain priceless oral speaking skills and stage confidence and performance.
-  Grasp the “big picture of history” beginning at Creation and ending in modern times.
-  Discover his main style of learning and learn to attain knowledge this way.
-  Learn extensive world geography, including the memorization of countries and important related knowledge of countries, memorization and understanding of terms, and mastery of map skills.
-  Learn extensive U.S. geography, including specific important details about each state.
-  Learn over 450 key figures in World and U.S. History and how they influenced the world by the choices they made.
-  Read, comprehend and analyze over 35 historical novels, moving biographies and inspirational books.
-  Master all grammar usage and editing skills necessary for excellent writing.
-  Learn, discuss and understand moral excellence and character.
-  Adopt Critical Thinking Skills necessary for life and learning.
-  Acquire research skills such as dictionary, Internet, encyclopedia, almanac and thesaurus use.
-  Learn period art, dance, music and recipes and participate in 6-8 history celebrations.

Older Program [Grades 9-12]: High School

-  Write a research paper each year on a topic related to that year's study of literature.
-  Master the SAT 25 minute essay.
-  Learn to write 9 different genres proficiently, including essays and literary critiques.
-  Master over 200 new Greek and Latin roots and over 2100 SAT and ACT vocabulary words.
-  Grasp the “big picture of history” beginning at Creation and ending in modern times.
-  Learn extensive world geography, including the memorization of countries and related knowledge of countries and history.
-  Learn over 450 key figures in World and U.S. History and how they influenced the world by the choices they made.
-  Learn to read historical documents and information, take notes on it and analyze and comprehend it critically.
-  Read and analyze over 300 poems in American, British and World Literature.
-  Read over 50 famous novels, life changing plays and short stories from American, British, and World Literature.
-  Survey the Old Testament in relation to ancient history.
-  Survey church history in relation to world history.
-  Grasp all grammar, usage, and editing skills necessary for excellent writing and proficiency on the SAT and ACT.
-  Memorize, understand and use at least 50 literary terms necessary for analyzing literature and mastering AP literature exams and CLEP English and literature exams.
-  Learn, discuss and understand moral excellence and character.
-  Ascertain his main and best style of learning and learn to study and acquire knowledge through this learning style.
-  Adopt critical thinking skills necessary for life and learning.
-  Gain priceless oral speaking skills and stage and performance confidence.
-  Discover his main style of learning and learn to attain knowledge this way.
-  Learn period art, dance, music, and recipes and participate in 6-8 history celebrations.

How do I sign up? Parents and/or legal guardians are required to complete three online forms as part of class registration. These forms must be completed in order to secure your student registration and to qualify for the corresponding homework coursepacks. After all forms are completed, you will be invoiced for coursepacks. The final step in securing your student in class enrollment is to pay the annual coursepacks invoice. The emails containing the online forms links are sent to everyone at the appropriate time before the school year begins. Make sure that we have your name and email address in order to sign up.

Some Pursuits/Accomplishments of Former Students:
*  Degree in law
*  Undergraduate degree in honors English with plans for a Master's and Doctorate
*  Manager of nationally franchised restaurant
*  Degree in Computer Science
*  Degree in Pre-med with plans to attend Chiropractic college
*  Dance instructor
*  Cartoonist [graduate of premier art school]
*  English teacher to Spanish children in Spain
*  Assistant Director of Admissions at a Christian college
*  Published author

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