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Spring Academic Enrichment Class Registration Begins

May 7 @ 8:00 am - June 5 @ 5:00 pm

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Spring Academic Enrichment Class Registration Begins

May 7 @ 8:00 am - June 5 @ 5:00 pm

CGS Academic Enrichment Classes are open to all. This is a difficult time for everyone, but it can be particularly difficult for families with school-age children. While many schools are doing their best with limited resources, it is a fact that many children aren’t getting the kind of in-depth education that a classroom setting can provide.  Parents have expressed concern over learning loss and the impact on test scores.  And parents with 7th graders taking the MAP-NWEA this fall for the CPS Selective High School process have asked for classes and test preparation.

  • Due to the nature of Chicago Grammar School–small class sizes focused on deep analysis of materials and a discussion-based model that adapts well to Zoom calls–we have seen great success in maintaining our class rigor and quality.
  • We are providing an option for those families looking to supplement what their schools are able to offer during this crisis.
  • These courses are open to all:  non-CGS students as well as CGS students.  They are not part of current CGS classwork, but rather self-standing classes using the CGS methods and activities. Therefore, students need not have familiarity with our curriculum.
  • Students will need access to Zoom (no camera necessary if you’d prefer) and a g-mail address with which to access Google Classroom. All links, documents, questions, etc. will be shared in that space. Parents will have access to the work via that platform as well.
  • Classes Offered: Roots of English for Grades 5-7, Language Arts for Grades 5-8, Math for Grades 5-8, Fundations Reading Program for Grades K-1
  • Classes begin May 19th.  Register here.
Course Descriptions

Roots of English for Grades 5-7

Words with Latin and Greek roots are longer and more difficult than the short words for ordinary objects that form the first layer of an English-speaking child’s vocabulary. Their meanings are more nuanced, more specialized. In order to acquire these words and learn how to use them appropriately, a student needs to understand the meanings of their roots, prefixes, and suffixes. This class supports the following MAP-NWEA goals:

  • Uses definitions to determine the meaning of Latin and Greek roots.
  • Applies knowledge of Greek or Latin roots to determine the meaning of a word in the 6-8 grade band.
  • Uses definitions of roots and affixes to determine word meaning.

Dates and Times
Wednesdays, May 20, 27, June 3 from 2:15 – 3:00 pm.
Thursdays, May 21, 28, June 4 from 2:15 – 3:00 pm.
Fridays, May 22, 29, June 5 from 2:15 – 3:00 pm.

Cost
$270 for the 3-week session with a minimum enrollment of 5 students.  Register here.

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Language Arts for Grades 5-8

Direct instruction and guided analysis of songs, poems, and short stories from various points in history.  Student interests will help to guide material selection, so no book necessary. Everything will be available open-source online (or written and provided by the teacher.)

Students will use these materials to build and support skills in making inferences, recognizing literary devices, understanding character motivation, examining storytelling formats and analyzing how they change from format to format, and presenting their thoughts clearly both orally and in writing. The following MAP-NWEA goals will be addressed:

  • Analyze the effect of figurative language in literary and informational text.
  • Analyze the effect of imagery in the text.
  • Make inferences in literary and informational text.
  • Each week students will be introduced to one or more items to read and discuss.

Dates and Times
Tuesdays, May 19, 26, June 2 from 3:15 – 4:00 pm.
Thursdays, May 21, 28, June 4 from 3:15 – 4:00 pm.

Cost
$180 for the 3-week session with a minimum enrollment of 5 students. Register here.

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Math for Grades 5-8

During the recent transition to remote learning, many families are finding their children’s online math programs to be little more than repetitive worksheets. Math is a topic that is best investigated via rigorous inquiry, and a format that emphasizes repetition without the opportunity for question and answer can leave students feeling confused and disengaged. At CGS, our online math instruction maintains the qualities that have helped our students thrive and succeed, whether in preparation for high school entrance exams or on our CGS MATHCOUNTS team: small class sizes, ongoing teacher-student interaction, and lesson structures that emphasize student participation.

  • Each session will contain a structured series of lessons on core middle school topics, such as exponents, coordinate geometry, probability, and solving linear and quadratic equations.
  • It will also involve the sort of integrated problem-solving work that we do at school in our weekly Math Club.
  • The following MAP-NWEA goal will be addressed: Solve real-world problems using appropriate problem-solving strategies and evaluate the reasonableness of the solutions.

Dates and Times
Wednesdays, May 20, 27, June 3 from 3:15 – 4:00 pm.
Fridays, May 22, 29, June 5 from 3:15 – 4:00 pm.

Cost
$180 for the 3-week session with a minimum enrollment of 5 students. Register here.

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Fundations Reading Program for Grades K-1

Continued reading practice is particularly useful for young emerging readers.  Kindergarten and First Grade students will use Fundations, a Wilson Reading Program, which is a systematic multisensory phonics, spelling, and handwriting program.  We will focus on:

  • Letter formation
  • Phonological and phonemic awareness
  • Sound mastery
  • Phonics, word study, and advanced word study
  • Irregular (trick) word instruction, also known as sight words
  • Vocabulary- we will define new vocabulary words using context clues within reading passages
  • Fluency- focusing on accuracy, rate, expression, and punctuation
  • Comprehension strategies- such as identifying the setting, characters, problem, solution, cause and effect, plot, character traits
  • Written composition (spelling and handwriting)
  • Materials will be provided each week and extension activities will be sent after each session.

Dates and Times

Wednesdays, May 20, 27, June 3 from 3:15 – 4:00 pm.
Thursdays, May 21, 28, June 4 from 3:15 – 4:00 pm.

Cost
$180 for the 3-week session with a minimum enrollment of 5 students. Register here.

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Details

Start:
May 7 @ 8:00 am
End:
June 5 @ 5:00 pm