2014–15 Calvert Education Catalog
Calvert Education, a leading provider of homeschool curriculum and support, is now offering High School. Calvert offers customized curriculum in grades Pre-K–9 as well as enrichments and transcript services.
NEW! CALVERT HIGH SCHOOL for 2014–15 Introducing: New for Grades 6–9: More options for support see page 24 for details see pages 22–25 Calvert PLUS and Calvert Academy 2014–15 Curriculum Catalog 1 Why Choose Calvert? The Calvert Philosophy When you choose Calvert, you can be confident that you have selected the highest quality education for your child. Since 1906, when the Calvert Day School in Baltimore, Maryland, published the first version of the Calvert curriculum for parents to educate their children at home, Calvert has educated more than 600,000 students from around the world. Calvert evolved throughout our history to chart new paths in education, and our goals remain steadfast: provide a rich educational experience; offer unparalleled support to our families; and, most importantly, inspire the best in our children. Today’s Calvert students engage in a classic education that employs 21st century learning tools. Courses are integrated across subjects, which reinforces learning and develops critical thinking. The Best Support Every Calvert enrollment includes access to a network of support, including Customer and Technical Support and Calvert Education Counselors — experienced educators who are available to you by phone, live chat, or e-mail. We are with you every step of the way, from enrollment questions to teaching tips. The Best Curriculum Calvert educators select the best educational resources and weave them together from subject to subject. This reinforces instruction quality and promotes content mastery while providing an engaging educational experience. Contemporary Resources In addition to the rigorous materials, Calvert offers age-appropriate online learning tools. By employing Calvert’s innovative educational tools, your child learns to manipulate information for higher-order thinking and better retention. Aligned Programs Calvert’s virtual instructional programs are aligned to iNACOL standards for Online Programs. Calvert regularly reviews all courses and introduces new materials after considering state standards and the standards established by the National Council for Teachers of Mathematics, National Council for Teachers of English, National Council for Teachers of Social Studies, and National Science Teachers Association, as well as the International Society for Technology in Education. 2 Our Mission The mission of Calvert Education Services, the leading, national provider of homeinstruction services, is to empower students to be independent and inquisitive lifelong learners through an inspiring educational experience, rigorous and proven curriculum, personalized support, and a user-friendly learning management system. Calvert Support Our team of professional educators helps you and your child every step of the way. Free Placement Individualized Learning Plans You may begin your Calvert experience with a free placement process to help determine the best course of study for your child. The placement evaluation includes both objective questions and a written composition to assess concept knowledge and skills application. In addition, our placement team evaluates skill performance and considers educational background and current academic needs when making a recommendation. • Customized Math Download a placement evaluation: www.calverteducation.com/placement • Live Instruction option in Calvert Academy Middle School and in the High School Plus and Calvert Academy • Customized Grammar/Composition/ Spelling A Community of Support Facebook • Verticy Learning for struggling readers Become a fan of Calvert on Facebook and meet other Calvert families, receive news and information, and link to virtual field trips and other valuable resources. Calvert Support facebook.com/calverteducation • Step-by-Step Lesson Manuals in Calvert Classic K–8 • Free webinars • Academic Coaches in High School Calvert Plus and Academy • Education Counselors • Customer Service Representatives available toll free (888) 487-4652 Monday through Friday: 9:00 am–9:00 pm EST Saturday: 9:00 am–5:00 pm EST Sunday: 12:00 pm–9:00 pm EST YouTube Check out our YouTube pages to find valuable learn-athome strategies. youtube.com/calvertschool Calvert Education Blog On the Calvert Education Blog you’ll find updates on Calvert, tips and tricks for educating your students, and fun and engaging posts to encourage you in your homeschool journey. blog.calverteducation.com Calvert Twitter Join the conversation! Follow Calvert on Twitter for information about Calvert promotions, webinars, interactive media suggestions, and ways to connect with other Calvert parents. twitter.com/calvertedu Calvert Pinterest Follow Calvert on Pinterest to find fun, hands-on activities for all subjects and grade levels, homeschool organization ideas, dinner ideas for busy homeschooling parents, and so much more! pinterest.com/calvertedu 3 PreK–8 Calvert Online Resources Learning made fun with interactive and multimedia resources. Calvert has integrated technology with textbooks and traditional resources to provide your child with a dynamic, fun, and enriching learning experience. Learning Guide Portal The Learning Guide Portal is your online tool to oversee, support and enhance your child’s academic journey. In this password-protected site, you will find: • Gradebook • Order history • Tracking for your student’s progress • Printable student ID card • Access to student tests • Easy access to support services • Answer keys • Calvert Connection, student newsletter My Calvert - Student Portal Each student receives access to an online portal containing links to instructional support, daily lessons and resources. These resources are customized to support your child’s course and are designed to enhance and reinforce lessons. 4 Curriculum Checkpoints Grades K–8 Online, concise, objective assessments at the end of every lesson are automatically graded to give you instant feedback regarding your child’s mastery of the lesson’s concepts. Calvert i-Library Grades K–8 Calvert i-Library contains interactive resources, tools, and supplemental activities including website reviews, age-appropriate activities, and even an astronomy portal. Online versions of Encyclopedia Britannica®, World Atlas, Merriam-Webster Dictionary, Collegiate Thesaurus and Multimedia Library are also included. PreK–8 Interactive Computer Skills Grades K–8 Computer aptitude is a vital skill. Calvert Computer Skills are subject-integrated, animated and child-friendly to help develop skills in word-processing, spreadsheets, presentation software, HTML basics, desktop publishing, and web research. Discovery Education STREAMING Game-Based Math Practice Grades K–8 Grades K–5 Calvert presents concept-specific videos from Discovery Education STREAMING. These videos, on topics from the solar system to citizenship, help bring lessons alive. You will be thrilled with the quality of the videos and the learning benefits. Learning math is fun with web-delivered supplemental math activities. This gamebased program uses rich, multisensory activities designed to improve learning while developing higher level problem-solving and reasoning skills. Calvert Mastery Series: Spelling e-Textbooks Grades 1–8 Publisher-provided electronic versions of selected textbooks contain additional resources, such as video clips, autograded practice tests, quizzes, and valuable support material. Grades 3–7 Incorporating dynamic activities while using “smart” technology to create individualized learning, Calvert’s online spelling program encourages the mastery of spelling skills. BrainPOP Grades K–8 Interactive multimedia activities are more than just fun; they increase comprehension. BrainPOP presents interactive tools featuring videos, games, and quizzes. Your child will love using the online activities that are an integrated part of the Calvert experience. Calvert Instructional Videos Grades 5–8 Calvert’s math, grammar, composition and history instructional videos are engaging and interactive. These tutorial videos are aligned to lesson objectives and help with retention. 5 PreK–8 Spend more time teaching and less time planning The Calvert Lesson Manual Lesson Manuals are the heart of the Calvert curriculum. They provide complete, step-by-step daily plans for all subjects to facilitate an efficient school day. Lesson Manuals are delivered in both online and print versions. Online manuals contain rich embedded instructional resources and links. Each Lesson Manual contains a course outline for each subject, a suggested daily schedule and tips for the Learning Guide. 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D 6 rowse our online Lesson Manual: B calverteducation.com/lessonmanual PreK–8 “The object is to open the child’s eyes to the world without and the world within… The enrichment of the course of study by the addition of many subjects to the primary course of former days, does not cause the three fundamentals, reading, writing, arithmetic to be neglected; on the contrary, the broadened application and the increased association make them better appreciated, more quickly learned and remembered—more profitable in every way.” Excerpt from Calvert and Hillyer 7 PreK–8 Pre-Kindergarten Learning through work and play Math Games and Play In preparation for Kindergarten, Math activities begin with an appreciation for simple measurements and patterns, and the recognition and writing of numbers 1–10. Hands-on activities, manipulatives, dramatizations, imitations, and mimicry focus your child’s readiness skills to prepare for an academic Kindergarten. Calvert Language Arts Your child will learn, sing, and enjoy favorite nursery songs. Paving the way for reading, Calvert’s vocabularybuilding activities and exercises are designed to stimulate visual and auditory discrimination. Your child will also learn to associate ideas, build logical sequences, and strengthen comprehension and memory skills. Discussion Music Things To Do Learning by doing is an important part of this program. Coloring, drawing, cutting, tracing, baking, pipe-cleaner construction, and even making musical instruments are activities that engage and help reinforce motor control. Discussions about community, family, home, helping, how other people live, and politeness help prepare your child to interact well with others. NEW TO HOMESCHOOLING? Calvert’s Education Counselors are available to help with any questions or roadblocks you may have. 8 INSIDE YOUR BOX • Lesson Manual • • • • • • • • • Open Eyes Read-to-Me Storybook Road to Reading Activity Book Path to Math Activity Book Favorite Nursery Songs Favorite Nursery Songs CD Kindergarten Fun Activity Book Stories & Poems Supplies ONLINE RESOURCES • Online Lesson Manual • Calvert i-Library Course content subject to change based on standards and curriculum updates. • Lesson Manual • Teacher Aids • Letters & Words • 19 Early Phonics Storybooks • The Music Break CDs (2) • Calvert Math Lesson Manual • Calvert Math Textbook • Calvert Math Workbook • Activity Pages • Poems & Prose • Read Aloud Books – Set of 30 • Word and Picture Book • Phonics Library • Practice Book, Volume 1 & 2 Supplies • ONLINE RESOURCES • Online Lesson Manual • Game-based Math Practice • Interactive Computer Skills • Curriculum Checkpoints • Calvert i-Library • BrainPOP Online Interactive Activities Discovery Education STREAMING • Kindergarten PreK–8 INSIDE YOUR BOX Hands-on, active learning Math Social Studies Students explore Math by learning about fractions, money, shapes, time, and simple addition and subtraction. Students discuss community, transportation, and significant people and events. Language Arts Word processing and graphics applications are introduced. This phonics-based approach uses colorful, read-aloud phonics storybooks and poetry to introduce and reinforce short vowel and consonant sounds, sequencing, auditory and visual discrimination, classifying and rhyming. Technology Music Students learn traditional children’s songs and finger plays. Science Art Students study topics such as the seasons, weather, the human body, plants and space. Students paint, draw with crayons and chalk, and complete craft activities to foster creativity and develop fine-motor skills. ADDITIONAL RESOURCES Math Manipulatives Course content subject to change based on standards and curriculum updates. 9 PreK–8 First Grade INSIDE YOUR BOX Foundational skills and exploration Math Options Language Arts Singapore Math Method – Students build a strong foundation in math skills and concepts through the Singapore math method. They study two- and threedigit numbers, addition and subtraction with and without regrouping, skip counting, measurements, telling time, and graphs. Through activities that develop phonemic awareness, phonics, comprehension, vocabulary, and fluency skills, students build on printing skills and begin to use the distinctive Calvert script. The formal spelling program overlaps with phonics instruction in reading. Students learn to compose sentences on a given topic, lines of poetry, and thank-you notes. Calvert Math – Students work with two- and three-digit numbers, skip counting, measurements, addition and subtraction of two-digit numbers without regrouping, telling time, and graphs. Science An exploration of living things, Earth, weather, matter, motion, and energy excites the imagination. Social Studies Students are inspired by biographies of famous explorers, political figures, inventors, and American leaders. Geography Students explore the five themes of geography and learn basic map skills. Technology Computer studies include word processing, computer navigation, graphics skills, and visual mapping basics. • Lesson Manual • Here We Go! • Let’s Be Friends • Surprises • Treasures • Wonders • Red Robin, Fly Up! • Reading Work Pages • Reading Word Cards • Calvert Speller • Phonics Library • Explore Your World I • Maps, Globes, Graphs: Level A • Stories and Longer Verses • Writing Fun Singapore Math Method Option: • Lesson Manual, Math in Focus Textbook A+B, • Math in Focus Workbook A+B Calvert Math Option: Lesson Manual, Calvert Math Textbook, Calvert Math Practice and Enrichment Workbook • Science: A Closer Look • Activity Pages • Tests • Science Kit • Math Kit Supplies • ONLINE RESOURCES • Online Lesson Manual • Game-based Math Practice • Interactive Computer Skills • Curriculum Checkpoints • Calvert i-Library • BrainPOP Online Interactive Activities • Discovery Education STREAMING • e-Textbooks Answer Keys • ADDITIONAL RESOURCES Math Manipulatives Advisory Teaching Service program for struggling readers CourseVerticy content subject to change based on standards and curriculum updates. Questions? Calvert’s experienced educators are here to help. Call 1-888-487-4652. 10 • Math in Focus Workbook A+B Calvert Math Option: Lesson Manual, Calvert Math Textbook, Calvert Math Practice and Enrichment Workbook • Science: A Closer Look • Activity Pages • Art Pictures • Tests • Science Kit • Math Kit Supplies • ONLINE RESOURCES • Online Lesson Manual • Game-based Math Practice • Interactive Computer Skills • Curriculum Checkpoints • Calvert i-Library • e-Textbooks • BrainPOP Online Interactive Activities • Discovery Education STREAMING • Answer Keys ADDITIONAL RESOURCES Second Grade PreK–8 INSIDE YOUR BOX • Lesson Manual • Adventures • Delights • Phonics Library • Reading Workbook • Rhymes and Verses • Explore Your World II • Maps, Globes, Graphs: Level B • Calvert Writer with Spelling Singapore Math Method Option: • Lesson Manual, Math in Focus Textbook A+B, Applying skills for real life Math Options Language Arts Singapore Math Method – Students build a strong foundation in math skills and concepts through the Singapore math method. Students perform complex addition and subtraction and are introduced to multiplication and division. They work with numbers up to a thousand, manipulate and measure geometric figures, develop skills with money and measurement, and represent data. Phonics storybooks and reading anthologies reinforce word analysis techniques and develop comprehension skills. Simultaneously, students begin writing dictated words and sentences, learn punctuation and spelling rules, and start to express ideas in original compositions. Calvert Math – Students perform complex addition and subtraction, manipulate and measure geometric figures, develop skills with money and measurement, represent data, and work with numbers up to a thousand. Science Students study heat, light, forces, the properties of rocks, the heart and lungs, plants, animals, and habitats. Social Studies Biographies of old-world figures, inventors, and leaders in American life expand an understanding of the world. Geography Students learn about exact and relative location, boundaries, and regions while continuing to build basic map skills. Art Students develop skills in drawing and studying famous paintings. Math Manipulatives Advisory Teaching Service program for struggling readers CourseVerticy content subject to change based on standards and curriculum updates. Technology Typing, spreadsheets, Internet, and e-mail skills are developed. 11 PreK–8 Third Grade Introduction to important concepts Math Options Science Singapore Math Method – Students use problemsolving and visual representations to perform addition and subtraction with and without regrouping, develop skills in fractions, multiply, divide with and without regrouping, work with metric and customary measurements, and calculate area and perimeter of two-dimensional shapes. Life cycles, ecosystems, matter, force, motion, astronomy, health, and mineralogy are studied. Calvert Math – Students are challenged by multiplication and division, estimation, improper fractions and mixed numbers, decimals, geometric figures, and simple equations. Language Arts Composition lessons help students further develop writing and reinforce spelling skills. Students are introduced to ancient mythology to foster literature appreciation. Smiling Hill Farm, a classic, but rare, children’s book reprinted exclusively for Calvert, is the first novel students read on their own. It is supplemented by story anthologies. Students begin a more formal, interactive, web-based spelling program. Social Studies Students begin a more formal study of social studies, focusing on communities. Geography Students learn to identify hemispheres, continents, and oceans. They gain an understanding of longitude, latitude and symbols on maps and graphs. Technology Spreadsheets, graphing, and presentation skills are employed throughout subjects. Art Students learn techniques in drawing, perspective, and color. INSIDE YOUR BOX • Lesson Manual Math in Focus Workbook A+B • Smiling Hill Farm • Tales From Far and Near, Tales of Long Ago • Rewards • Horizons • Reading Word Cards • A Child’s Study of Famous Americans • Gods of Greece • Let’s Read a Poem • Everyday Spelling • Reading Work Pages • Steck-Vaughn Phonics: Level C • NEW! Writing and Grammar Workbook • Maps, Globes, Graphs: Level C • Scott Foresman Communities • McGraw-Hill Science: A Closer Look • Art Cards • Singapore Math Method Option: Lesson Manual, Math in Focus Textbook A+B, Math Option: Lesson Manual, • CCalvert alvert Math Textbook, Calvert Math Practice • • • • Call 1-888-487-4652. 12 Tests Activity Pages Science Kit Supplies ONLINE RESOURCES • Online Lesson Manual • Game-based Math Practice • Interactive Computer Skills • Curriculum Checkpoints • Calvert i-Library • BrainPOP Online Interactive Activities • Discovery Education STREAMING • e-Textbooks • Calvert Mastery Series: Spelling • Answer Keys Calvert’s Advisory Teaching Service (ATS) can help with curriculum questions and keep your student on track. and Enrichment Workbook ADDITIONAL SERVICES AND RESOURCES Math Manipulatives Advisory Teaching Service Verticy Learning program for struggling readers Course content subject to change based on standards and curriculum updates. • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Lesson Manual Famous Legends Identities: An Anthology In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson Jackie Robinson: Strong Inside and Out Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH Thomas Edison: The Great Inventor Steck-Vaughn Phonics: Level D Everyday Spelling Grammar & Usage Art Cards and Art Pictures Maps, Globes, Graphs: Level D Regions -or- A Child’s History of the World Social Studies -or- History Workbook McGraw-Hill Science: A Closer Look Singapore Math Method Option: Lesson Manual, Math in Focus Textbook A+B, Math in Focus Workbook A+B Calvert Math Option: Lesson Manual, Calvert Math Textbook, Calvert Math Practice and Enrichment Workbook Tests Activity Pages Science Kit Supplies • • • • • ONLINE RESOURCES • Online Lesson Manual Game-based Math Practice Interactive Computer Skills Curriculum Checkpoints Calvert i-Library Learning Guide Portal My Calvert Calvert Instructional Videos Calvert Parent Community BrainPOP Online Interactive Activities Discovery Education STREAMING • • • • • • • • • • • • • Fourth Grade PreK–8 INSIDE YOUR BOX • Idea expression and scientific discovery Math Options Science Singapore Math Method – Students use problemsolving and visual representations to interpret data, create tables and graphs, add and subtract like and unlike fractions and mixed numbers, express decimals as fractions and mixed numbers, measure angles, and find area and perimeter. Students study life science, physical science, and earth science. Social Studies Calvert Math – Skills in mathematical processes, logical reasoning, and problem solving are taught as students explore addition and subtraction of decimals and fractions, functions, statistics, data analysis, and probability. Two tracks are available for Social Studies. In A Child’s History of the World, students survey world history from earliest times to the present. This course features a history workbook with outlines and enrichment activities. Using Regions, students study regions of the United States and basic geography using maps, globes and graphs. Language Arts Technology A focus on reading strategies helps students become better readers and connect more deeply with both fiction and nonfiction. Students use the writing process to develop original compositions. Art Spreadsheets, tables, charts, and graphs are integrated throughout the curriculum. Students improve skills using lines, light sources, and motion. e-Textbooks Calvert Mastery Series: Spelling Answer Keys ADDITIONAL SERVICES AND RESOURCES Math Manipulatives Advisory Teaching Service Verticy Learning program for struggling readers Course content subject to change based on standards and curriculum updates. 13 PreK–8 INSIDE YOUR BOX Fifth Grade Making connections among subjects Math Options Science Singapore Math Method – Students use problem solving and visual representations to multiply and divide fractions, simplify algebraic expressions, represent ratios in fraction form, multiply and divide decimals, and classify polygons. Animal and plant kingdoms, weather, ecosystems, physics of matter, forces, and energy are explored. Calvert Math – Math study advances as students learn about multiplication and division of fractions and decimals, percents, ratios, transformations and integers. Language Arts Students explore connections between American history, literature, and geography by reading classic historical novels such as Sing Down the Moon and The Sign of the Beaver. Students also continue their studies in grammar and learn how to write different kinds of compositions. History Students continue to learn about American history, from colonial times through the twenty-first century. Geography Students study the regions of the United States, the countries of Latin America, and Canada. Technology Research and basic HTML skills are introduced. Art Students learn different art techniques including contour, naturalism, and linear perspectives. Art History Using A Child’s History of Art: Painting, coauthored by Virgil Hillyer, students study paintings from ancient Egypt through the modern art movement. Are you already thinking of Middle School? Think Calvert for homeschool curriculum and Calvert Academy for online private school. Call for details 1-888-487-4652. 14 • • Core Lesson Manual Grammar/Composition/Spelling Manual – Includes Activities and Tests The Secret Garden Sing Down the Moon Number the Stars • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Shiloh The Sign of the Beaver Call It Courage Reading Comprehension: Level E Critical Thinking: Level E Everyday Spelling Grammar & Usage Science: A Closer Look American Tall Tales Build Our Nation Student Atlas A Child’s History of Art: Painting Art Card Portfolio Singapore Math Method Option: Lesson Manual, Math in Focus Textbook A+B, Math in Focus Workbook A+B Calvert Math Option: Lesson Manual, Calvert Math Textbook, Calvert Math Practice and Enrichment Workbook Core Tests Core Activity Pages Science Kit Supplies ONLINE RESOURCES • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Online Lesson Manual Game-based Math Practice Interactive Computer Skills Curriculum Checkpoints Calvert i-Library Learning Guide Portal My Calvert Calvert Parent Community BrainPOP Online Interactive Activities Discovery Education STREAMING Calvert Instructional Videos e-Textbooks Calvert Mastery Series: Spelling Answer Keys ADDITIONAL SERVICES AND RESOURCES Math Manipulatives Advisory Teaching Service Verticy Learning program for struggling readers Course content subject to change based on standards and curriculum updates. • Core Lesson Manual • GManual rammar/Composition/Spelling – Includes Activities and Tests • Theras and His Town • The Phantom Tollbooth Explorations: An Anthology • City: A Story of Roman Planning and Construction • • The Master Puppeteer • One Hundred Years of Poetry for Children • Esperanza Rising • Everyday Spelling • Elements of Language • Inside Earth • Chemical Building Blocks • Chemical Interactions • Earth’s Waters • Weather and Climate A Message of Ancient Days • Geography - The World and Its People, Eastern • Hemisphere • A Child’s History of Art: Sculpture • Art Card Portfolio • Singapore Math Method Option: Lesson Manual, Math in Focus Textbook A+B • Calvert Math Option: Lesson Manual, Calvert Math Textbook, • • • • Calvert Math Practice and Enrichment Workbook Core Tests Core Activity Pages Science Kit Supplies ONLINE RESOURCES • Online Lesson Manual • Interactive Computer Skills • Curriculum Checkpoints • Calvert i-Library • BrainPOP Online Interactive Activities • Discovery Education STREAMING • Calvert Instructional Videos • Calvert Mastery Series: Spelling • Answer Keys • e-Textbooks • Learning Strategies • How to Diagram a Sentence ADDITIONAL SERVICES AND RESOURCES Math Manipulatives Advisory Teaching Service Calvert Academy Middle School Verticy Learning program for struggling readers Course content subject to change based on standards and curriculum updates. Sixth Grade An emphasis on independent learning Math Options Singapore Math Method – Students draw on problem-solving skills and prior knowledge to develop an understanding of ratios and proportions, summarize data distributions, compare numbers with percents and ratios, write and evaluate algebraic expressions, and express and compute rates. Calvert Math – Problem-solving and critical-thinking skills continue to be developed as students solve proportions, graph functions, work with metric measurement, and perform operations with integers, decimals, and fractions. Language Arts Students develop literary analysis skills while enjoying poetry, drama, novels, and nonfiction. Grammar study is intensified as students learn how to diagram sentences. Composition skills are honed through various assignments, including a research report. History From the birth of Western civilization through the fall of Rome, students are awed by the past. Geography Students study the Eastern Hemisphere. Technology URLs, web searches, and presentations are critical skills used for study across subjects. Art Students study Egyptian line drawing, soft-dough sculpture, relief sculpture, and symmetry design. Lessons are coordinated with Art History study. Art History A Child’s History of Art: Sculpture offers the study of great sculpture from ancient times to the present. Science Earth science, the environment, weather and climate, and chemical properties and interactions are studied. 15 PreK–8 INSIDE YOUR BOX PreK–8 INSIDE YOUR BOX Seventh Grade • Inspired and integrated art and history Math Options Singapore Math Method – Students develop a strong conceptual understanding of math skills and concepts. They draw on problem-solving skills and prior knowledge to develop an understanding of proportional relationships, add and subtract integers, perform operations with rational and irrational numbers, simplify algebraic expressions, approximate probability and relative frequency, and construct different geometric figures. Calvert Math – Students are introduced to advanced topics such as exponents, scientific notation, inequalities, constructions, volume, and surface area, as well as prerequisite algebra concepts. Language Arts Students continue to build strong grammar and composition skills through descriptive narrative, expository writing, and poetry. Understanding and analysis of literature continue as students enjoy novels, poems, and works of nonfiction. Geography A study of thematic maps and the Western Hemisphere expands world knowledge. Technology More sophisticated topics such as networks, web research and validation, desktop publishing, and databases are introduced. Art Students apply concepts from Art History, including creating trilithons and step pyramids and designing various buildings. Art History A Child’s History of Art: Architecture is explored with applied lessons designing structures. Grammar/Composition/Spelling Manual – Includes Activities and Tests Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry The Door in the Wall Out of the Dust • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Are you already thinking of High School? Think Calvert for homeschool curriculum and Calvert Academy for online private school. Call for details 1-888-487-4652. 16 A Single Shard Classic Poems to Read Aloud Everyday Spelling Elements of Language Animals Human Biology and Health Motion, Forces, and Energy Sound and Light Across the Centuries Geography - The World and Its People, Western Hemisphere A Child’s History of Art: Architecture Art Card Portfolio Singapore Math Method Option: Lesson Manual, Math in Focus Textbook A+B Core Activity Pages Core Tests • • • • • Learning Strategies Science Kit Supplies ONLINE RESOURCES • • • • • • • • • • • History Across America on an Emigrant Train Calvert Math Option: Lesson Manual, Calvert Math Textbook, Calvert Math Practice and Enrichment Workbook • Life and physical sciences, characteristics of living things, and sound, light, motion, forces, and energy provide understanding of how things work. Core Lesson Manual Science Students are captivated by the past as they study the fall of Rome through the Enlightenment. • Online Lesson Manual Interactive Computer Skills Curriculum Checkpoints Calvert i-Library BrainPOP Online Interactive Activities Discovery Education STREAMING Calvert Instructional Videos Calvert Mastery Series: Spelling Answer Keys e-Textbooks Learning Strategies How to Diagram a Sentence ADDITIONAL SERVICES AND RESOURCES Math Manipulatives Advisory Teaching Service Calvert Academy Middle School Verticy Learning program for struggling readers Course content subject to change based on standards and curriculum updates. • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Core Lesson Manual Grammar/Composition/Spelling Manual – Includes Activities and Tests The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle The Pearl The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman Reflections: An Anthology Elements of Language The Growing Vocabulary Cells and Heredity Earth’s Changing Surface Astronomy Electricity and Magnetism Environmental Science America: History of Our Nation History and Geography Workbook Nystrom Atlas of United States History Singapore Math Method Option: Lesson Manual, Math in Focus Textbook A+B Calvert Math Option: Lesson Manual, Calvert Math Textbook, Calvert Math Practice and Enrichment Workbook Core Activity Pages Core Tests Learning Strategies • • • • • • • • • • Science Kit Supplies ONLINE RESOURCES • High school preparation and confidence building Stories in Verse Eighth Grade Online Lesson Manual Interactive Computer Skills Curriculum Checkpoints Calvert i-Library BrainPOP Online Interactive Activities Discovery Education STREAMING Calvert Instructional Videos Answer Keys e-Textbooks Learning Strategies How to Diagram a Sentence Math Options History Singapore Math Method – Students draw on problem-solving skills and prior knowledge to develop a deep understanding of algebra through statistical applications and representing and comparing functions. Students will also add and subtract using scientific notation, use exponential notation, graph linear equations, analyze data, and apply geometric transformations. Students study American History from the discovery of America to the modern United States. Calvert Math – Students learn problem solving, algebra, scientific notation, rational and irrational numbers, and graphing functions. Optional Algebra I track – For advanced students. (see page 21 for details) Language Arts Geography Students review geographic themes, such as spatial growth, demographic patterns, and climatic issues, in the historical context of the United States. Technology Students gain experience using presentation skills, desktop publishing, spreadsheets, and HTML. Learning Strategies Students master study skills, organizing, test taking, note‑taking, and research needed for high school. Narrative poetry and prose correspond to American History. Students are immersed in the country’s intellectual, physical, and political identities. Vocabulary, grammar skills, and reading comprehension are built through reading poetry, speeches, sonnets, plays, and award-winning novels. Science Physical, life, and earth sciences such as electricity, magnetism, the structure of plant and animal cells, genetics, space, topography, and erosion are studied. ADDITIONAL SERVICES AND RESOURCES Math Manipulatives Algebra I Advisory Teaching Service Calvert Academy Middle School Verticy Learning program for struggling readers Course content subject to change based on standards and curriculum updates. 17 PreK–8 INSIDE YOUR BOX • ADDITIONAL SERVICES AND RESOURCES Learning Beyond the Walls “(Hillyer)…recommends an education not only to get a living but to ‘make life worth living, education not only for a man’s eight hour work day, but for his eight hour play day.’” Excerpt from Calvert and Hillyer Grades K–8 Personalized feedback and evaluation from professional educators The Advisory Teaching Service (ATS), an optional service available to students enrolled in Kindergarten through Fifth Grades, helps motivate and support your child. Calvert Advisory Teachers are grade-level specialists in child development and instructional strategies. Consider ATS to fully experience the individual attention and guidance for which Calvert is known. ATS Features ATS Online Features • You and your child are assigned an ATS teacher who remains with you through completion of the course. • Online Gradebook, provides easy tracking of ATS test results. • Eight times throughout the year, a set of tests in each subject area is evaluated. • Online Grammar Review Videos are included for every ten lessons (Grades 4–8) • Evaluations include detailed feedback with suggestions on composition, mechanics, and processing skills. • Online Practice Tests, featuring questions from our core curriculum’s Calvert Test Series, are automatically graded online. • Read Alouds are recorded passages that allow the ATS teacher to provide feedback on fluency, pronunciation and expression. (Grades 1–3 and Verticy) (Grades 3–8) • Students receive a Certificate of Completion upon satisfactory course completion. • Transcripts are available upon request. • Assessments are submitted by mail or email Calvert Test Series Grades 1–8 Math and Core, Grades 5–8 Grammar/Composition/Spelling This complete set of tests with answer keys is ideal for parents who want to check their child’s work and maintain their own records. Transcripts and a Certificate of Completion are not provided with this test series. 19 ADDITIONAL SERVICES AND RESOURCES Advisory Teaching Service ADDITIONAL SERVICES AND RESOURCES Helps parents teach children who struggle with reading, writing, and spelling Children learn in different ways. Improve reading by 2–3 grade levels Learning Interventions For children with dyslexia or other Research indicates that Verticy works to significantly improve reading levels and independent reading ability in struggling readers, by as much as 2–3 grade levels. An intervention program is an individual supplement that can be used with other curriculums. You may focus on one or more subjects: language-based learning difficulties, conventional teaching strategies often do not work. Verticy Learning is Calvert’s solution for meeting the needs of not only dyslexic students, but those who learn differently. Does your child... •• struggle with reading due to difficulty sounding out words? •• struggle with spelling due to difficulty matching sounds to letters? •• hate writing due to reading and spelling difficulties? •• become angry or frustrated when reading or writing? If you answered yes to any of these questions, Verticy can end the frustration and help your child develop a love of reading, writing and learning, which leads to academic success. A curriculum personalized for your child Children benefit from a variety of instructional techniques: visual, auditory, tactile (touch), and kinesthetic (movement). The level of each Verticy course matches where your child is now, builds on existing skills and challenges your child to progress and excel. •• Verticy Reading Phonics/Spelling •• Verticy Writing Grammar/Composition •• Verticy Math Includes Calvert Math and Verticy Math Companion Courses can be customized in four areas: •• Grammar/Composition (four levels) •• Phonics/Spelling (four levels) •• Math (Grades 3–8) •• Core Subjects (Grades 3–8) (Social Studies/History, Science, Literature, Geography, Technology and Art) Learn more about Verticy at verticylearning.org 20 Have questions? Ready to order? Call: (888) 487-4652 Math Manipulatives Grades K-8 In mathematics, a manipulative is an object that is designed so that a learner can grasp a mathematical concept by physically manipulating an object to reinforce the principle. The use of manipulatives provides a way for children to learn concepts in a developmentally appropriate, handson and experiential manner. • Primary Math Manipulatives for grades K-3 • Intermediate Math Manipulatives for grades 4-8 Calvert Skills Workshops A great summer refresher! Only 20 minutes each day for 4 weeks! Grades 6-8 These four-week online programs are designed for middle school students to brush up on essential skills. Each lesson is comprised of an instructional video, an interactive game, a self-check assessment, and an assignment that will be graded by a Calvert education professional. • Grammar Level I • Grammar Level II • Math Level I • Math Level II "Discoveries" series Enrichment materials for Art, Reading and Music will stir your student’s creativity and foster a better understanding of the world. Discoveries in Early Reading Grades K and 1 Designed for young children familiar with the letters of the alphabet, our Discoveries in Early Reading DVD program is phonics-based and helps develop reading readiness skills. The set includes forty video lessons, a detailed guidebook, interactive activities, a beginning reader, and finger puppets. Discoveries in Reading Build your child’s confidence as a reader using our Discoveries in Reading series. Discoveries in Music Grades PK–3 Introduce your student to a variety of musical forms using our 32-lesson DVD hosted by the Mayor of Melody Lane. Included are a lap harp, triangle, and flutophone for hands-on learning activities. Algebra 1 Grades 7 and 8 Advanced students will benefit from our comprehensive Algebra I course, complete with a Lesson Manual with detailed instructions, easy-tofollow examples and a solutions manual. Discoveries in Art Grades 4–8 Bring art alive using our 32-lesson DVD Discoveries in Art course. Art supplies and an easy-to-use Lesson Manual are included. 21 ADDITIONAL SERVICES AND RESOURCES Math Resources CALVERT ACADEMY MIDDLE SCHOOL â€œThroughout the school the course of study has been arranged in accordance with the spirit of all modern elementary education, viz: that the whole realm of knowledge is the true field of study. Here, in such subjects as music, art, general information, mythology, mineralogy, weather, astronomy, geology, and nature study, lay fun.â€? Excerpt from Calvert and Hillyer 22 Now with more Live Instruction! Calvert Virtual Academy has become Calvert Academy Middle School. In addition to the high level of instructional support that you’ve come to expect from Calvert Education, Calvert Academy provides more live instruction and electives from which each student can choose. Calvert Academy continues to offer a complete online learning environment for grades 6-8. Each grade is assigned a homeroom teacher who provides live instruction each week. They will also participate in online discussions, assistance with projects, grading, feedback and tutorial sessions, if necessary. NEW for 2014! Electives Pacing These electives are actual High School course offerings and are available with live instruction each week. Calvert Academy students are able to choose one Elective per year. Calvert Academy Middle School is conducted on a variable school-year schedule. It is patterned after the traditional academic calendar, running September through June with semester breaks and a summer break. There are three individual start dates for each semester when a group of students will begin live instruction for their coursework. Students may move within these cohorts as needed to allow time for mastery of the material. Calvert Academy students on the School Year-Paced schedule may receive high school credit for select electives. Calvert Academy students that choose a flex-paced option have flexibility in beginning and completing courses with no pre-planned breaks during the year. Calvert Academy students that choose Flex-Paced will not receive high school credit for any electives. 6th Grade Electives: Music Appreciation/Digital Arts (one semester each), Health/Personal Fitness (one semester each), or Keyboarding 7th and 8th Grade Electives: Health/Personal Fitness (one semester each), Spanish I or II, Introduction to Information Technology, or Digital Arts /Music Appreciation (one semester each). Unparalleled Support Students receive dedicated support and oversight from their Homeroom Teacher and their course instructors. Each of these teachers is with your child throughout the school year. When necessary, the Homeroom Teacher will contact you and your child to assist in areas of concern or to provide additional guidance. Live Instruction Every Week Calvert Academy Middle School provides one full hour of live instruction every week. Following online classes, the instructor is available to respond to any student questions to help ensure uninterrupted studies. As with every Calvert Education course, the Education Counselors are available for support as well. Calvert Clubs The Calvert Clubs provide an excellent opportunity for students to work together with teachers and other enrolled peers in a safe environment. Your child can connect with children from around the world who have similar interests. All of our clubs are designed to enhance your child’s academics, foster creativity, and provide peer interaction. 23 CALVERT ACADEMY MIDDLE SCHOOL Middle School CALVERT HIGH SCHOOL “Throughout the school the course of study has been arranged in accordance with the ideas that Comenius put forth over two hundred years ago, and which are the spirit of all modern elementary education, viz: That the whole realm of knowledge is the true field of study and that school is not preparation for life—it is life.” Excerpt from Calvert and Hillyer 24 Calvert introduces an at-home high school environment, an individualized education plan, and the opportunity to earn a high school diploma. Calvert Education has created a virtual high school experience unmatched by the competition. PROGRAM OPTIONS This option is for families who want to homeschool their 9th grader with the parent as the primary instructor in all courses. Curriculum The centerpiece of Calvert High School’s academic program is the Calvert curriculum. The program offers a high degree of sophistication and complexity enabling each student to reach his or her potential and be prepared to succeed in our increasingly complex world. Pacing Options Students have the opportunity to choose from two different pacing options: • Traditional school year • Flex-paced Live Instruction Available in Every Course Calvert High School takes Live Instruction to a new level. Students are assigned to a specific teacher for each course and interact in real time with that instructor each week. In Calvert Academy, students receive Live Instruction in each course. Calvert Plus students select the individual courses in which they receive Live Instruction. These additional elements may be added to Calvert Classic to enhance the student’s learning experience. LIVE INSTRUCTION For families who want to homeschool their 9th grader with the parent as the primary instructor, but who may need live instruction from certified teachers in specific courses. MASTERY TRANSCRIPT This allows students to receive academic credit for their Calvert coursework without attending Calvert Academy on a full-time basis and provides a path to a diploma for homeschoolers. Teachers interact with students through multiple methods: • Weekly class sessions • Small group sessions • Office hours • Ad hoc sessions • Student-generated sessions The Calvert Academy is a complete online, private school designed for families who want their 9th grade student to attend an online high school full-time. Students attend Calvert High School for all courses and receive live instruction in every course. 25 CALVERT HIGH SCHOOL HIGH SCHOOL CALVERT HIGH SCHOOL Ninth Grade Using an inquiry-based approach to expand learning beyond the screen CORE COURSES - printed course guides are included • The Calvert high school is a primarily digital program that incorporates an approach called Learn-Use-Teach, that supports collaboration and active learning. The majority of instruction is online, but printed course guides are included for core courses to provide additional support and encourage students to take a break from the screen. For more information on Calvert high school, visit homeschool.calverteducation.com/homeschool-curriculum/highschool Math Options English Language Arts 9 Algebra 1 - Students develop fluency in working with linear equations and develop the algebraic skills and concepts necessary to succeed in advanced math and science courses. Students study The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet, The Red Badge of Courage and excerpts from The Odyssey, as well as a variety of fiction and nonfiction texts including short stories, dramas, essays, memoirs, poems, speeches, fables, myths, and magazine articles. Students share ideas while participating in speaking and listening activities including collaborative sessions. This reinforces strengths in the study of other subjects and disciplines. Geometry 1 - Geometry employs an integrated approach to the study of geometric relationships. Students develop Euclidean geometric knowledge and apply the resulting theorems and formulas to address meaningful problems. Biology Students investigate the relationship between structure and function from molecules to organisms and systems, and explore biological concepts through an inquiry approach. Students develop skills in Inquiry, Technology & Engineering, and Mathematics while learning about cells, interdependence, flow of matter and energy, heredity, and biodiversity and change. U.S. Government Students learn the function of political systems, the purpose of a party system, how policy is decided, elections, voting, and the basic ideas that are associated with a political system. 26 Algebra 1 H or Geometry H • • • • Civics - one semester Independent Research • Biology H English Language Arts 9 H U.S. Government - one semester ELECTIVES • Health/Personal Fitness - one semester each Introduction to Information Technology • • • • • Digital Arts/Music Appreciation - one semester each Spanish Language I Spanish Language II Advanced Placement – Human Geography OPTIONAL RESOURCES Calvert Academy Calvert PLUS H = Honors Level Course Available Course content subject to change based on standards and curriculum updates. Advanced Placement Human Geography Designed to provide students at the high school level a college level course that will prepare them for the AP exam at the end of the year. The course will examine the common geography themes and subjects of a traditional course while applying these concepts and ideas to specific regions and their communities throughout the world and how both interact with one another. In addition students will take the knowledge that they acquire on various regions and peoples and compare and contrast them in order to gain a better understanding of how humans and their environment relate to one another, both throughout history and within our own current era. Don’t Wait – Order Today! Payment Plans Return Policy Several different payment plan options are available. Choose the one that’s right for you. Calvert has a 30-day, no questions asked policy for returning either the complete box of Calvert curriculum and materials or providing notification of your desire to cancel access to the online Learning Management System – less a 10% processing fee. Go to: www.calverteducation.com/returnpolicy Calvert Classic, ATS and Calvert PLUS can have payments spread over a six-month period. Calvert Academy tuition is due in several installments. Call our experienced Education Specialists toll-free today at 1-888-487-4652 to begin the enrollment process. Let us help you decide if Calvert Education is the right opportunity for your child. You can also download a placement test online at: www.CalvertEducation.com/ placement 27 10713 Gilroy Road, Suite B Hunt Valley, Maryland 21031 homeschool.CalvertEducation.com firstname.lastname@example.org Call (888) 487-4652 to order. 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