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    #16
    Re: Henle 2 lesson plans

    Cheryl,

    Thanks also for your question about the HLS classes lining up with the Online Academy. In many respects this is the case, but we also do a few things differently in the Online Academy. We use the same books for Mathematics, many of the same books for Science, and Lower School Literature, as well as Writing and Classical Studies Sometimes the difference is related to the format of our online classes, the amount of time we have to accomplish things, and what people are actually willing to sign up for. In the online academy we typically meet once or twice per week, not every day, so things don't always line up 100%, although most of the curriculum is the same, and many of the teachers we have are from HLS. Sometimes the relationship is reciprocal. For many years HLS took two years to complete their American History sequence. We worked with a teacher who taught at HLS and narrowed it down to one year in the Online Academy instead. Then, they implemented this at HLS and it seems to work better and free things up.

    The second difference to keep in mind is that HLS, like any good school, constantly reviews what what works and what doesn't for students. This is also true of the Online Academy. All of this is an effort to improve the quality of teaching and education that we offer folks here in Louisville, and as a result, to the homeschooling families that use Memoria Press. This includes how we structure things and the books we use, although this stays fairly consistent. This means that things can and will be in a certain state of flux, although we've done a pretty good job of getting things narrowed down and solidified over the years.

    The last thing to mention is that we also have classes in the Online Academy that are continually offered, despite not being offered at HLS. These are classes that have been around for a long time, and which our students and parents have deemed to be very helpful and enjoyable. At HLS there is only so much time during the day because of a fairly rigid schedule; our classes are offered à la carte and students and parents choose which courses are the best fit for their family. An example of this would be our English I: The Short Story and English II: The Novel. Often times we have students who come into the Online Academy and they have no background with reading good, quality literature, so we introduce them to it through these classes. In those classes we teach students how to read, think critically about the stories they are reading, how to see the basic plot structure, identify main characters, key themes, etc., in the story. Many or most students at HLS have been there several years, and don't need to take this kind of class, but we've found it to be a wonderful help for students just starting out with us for literature.

    As the Upper School curriculum packages are finished at Memoria Press, you will very likely see these offered as options in the Online Academy. We will also probably retain some of the really helpful and popular classes like I've mentioned above.

    I hope this helps you! Thank you for the questions!

    Scott Piland
    Director
    Memoria Press Online Academy
    onlineacademy@memoriapress.com

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      #17
      Re: Henle 2 lesson plans

      Originally posted by spiland View Post
      Cheryl,

      Thanks also for your question about the HLS classes lining up with the Online Academy. In many respects this is the case, but we also do a few things differently in the Online Academy. We use the same books for Mathematics, many of the same books for Science, and Lower School Literature, as well as Writing and Classical Studies Sometimes the difference is related to the format of our online classes, the amount of time we have to accomplish things, and what people are actually willing to sign up for. In the online academy we typically meet once or twice per week, not every day, so things don't always line up 100%, although most of the curriculum is the same, and many of the teachers we have are from HLS. Sometimes the relationship is reciprocal. For many years HLS took two years to complete their American History sequence. We worked with a teacher who taught at HLS and narrowed it down to one year in the Online Academy instead. Then, they implemented this at HLS and it seems to work better and free things up.

      The second difference to keep in mind is that HLS, like any good school, constantly reviews what what works and what doesn't for students. This is also true of the Online Academy. All of this is an effort to improve the quality of teaching and education that we offer folks here in Louisville, and as a result, to the homeschooling families that use Memoria Press. This includes how we structure things and the books we use, although this stays fairly consistent. This means that things can and will be in a certain state of flux, although we've done a pretty good job of getting things narrowed down and solidified over the years.

      The last thing to mention is that we also have classes in the Online Academy that are continually offered, despite not being offered at HLS. These are classes that have been around for a long time, and which our students and parents have deemed to be very helpful and enjoyable. At HLS there is only so much time during the day because of a fairly rigid schedule; our classes are offered à la carte and students and parents choose which courses are the best fit for their family. An example of this would be our English I: The Short Story and English II: The Novel. Often times we have students who come into the Online Academy and they have no background with reading good, quality literature, so we introduce them to it through these classes. In those classes we teach students how to read, think critically about the stories they are reading, how to see the basic plot structure, identify main characters, key themes, etc., in the story. Many or most students at HLS have been there several years, and don't need to take this kind of class, but we've found it to be a wonderful help for students just starting out with us for literature.

      As the Upper School curriculum packages are finished at Memoria Press, you will very likely see these offered as options in the Online Academy. We will also probably retain some of the really helpful and popular classes like I've mentioned above.

      I hope this helps you! Thank you for the questions!

      Scott Piland
      Director
      Memoria Press Online Academy
      onlineacademy@memoriapress.com
      Thank you so much for taking the time to so thoroughly answer my question! The clouds of confusion have cleared :-)
      Cheryl, mom to:

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