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Monday, May 04, 2015

Spanish Level I Online Course - Fall of 2015

Online Spanish Level 1 Course

This fall I will be offering a Spanish Level I course for students in Grades 8 – 12 (Students in 7th grade may also participate if they have taken a prior Spanish course.)

This course will be taught online in a group setting using Google+ Hangouts. In order to participate, students must have a Google+ account and a scanner. Students will be required to scan their homework assignments and email them to me. All tests and quizzes will be emailed to the students. Students will receive a Certificate of Completion award at the completion of the full course.

My Background: Being born in Puerto Rico, my native language is Spanish. I have taught Elementary and High School Spanish to homeschooled students for a total of 4 years and have also assisted as a translator in several business environments. I have a B.S. in Business Management and have been a homeschool parent for the past 10 years.

Course Description: The main objectives of this course are to help students develop effective communication skills in Spanish through the elementary development of the four basic language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing), while focusing on aspects of everyday life in Spanish-speaking nations. Students learn the elements of Spanish through a gradual presentation of grammar that guides them to formulate rules inductively.

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to conjugate verbs in the present tense. They will learn numbers from 0-100, along with the alphabet, and be able to speak in simple sentences as well as communicate using vocabulary related to:  greetings, food/drink, days/months, weather/seasons, family members, school, activities, colors, body parts, greetings, telling time, professions, household items, and pastimes. At the end of this course, students will receive one course credit and be prepared to continue into any Spanish Level II course.

Cost: $7.50/class hour. Each class will be held once a week and will be 2 hours in length.

Class Size: Maximum of 9 students. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Payment:  A non-refundable deposit of $60/student is required to register for the class and should be paid to me via Paypal by July 24. If you register for the class by paying for the entire course by 7/24/15, you will receive a 5% discount, making the total for the course $384.75. Payment must be received via PayPal by 7/24/15 in order to receive your discount. I will provide you with an email address. There will be no refunds once payment has been received. A student will be able to participate in the class only after payment has been received. You can choose to pay the cost in full or in three installments as follows:

Regular Rate:                                     
September 30, 2015: $115               
December 1, 2015: $115                   
March 8, 2016:  $115                         

When: Tuesdays starting October 6

Class Time: 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Text Book: Spanish is Fun Book 1 (Softcover): $19
Workbook: Spanish is Fun Book 1 Companion Workbook: $9
Spanish/English Dictionary (recommended)

You can order these books and learn more about them by visiting this link: http://www.perfectionlearning.com/spanish-is-fun (Note: Their delivery time is 10 to 14 days.)

Additional Information: Students will have to spend at least 30 minutes each day at home practicing their Spanish and completing their daily assignments. They should have a spiral notebook for note taking. Each class will be archived so that students can refer back to the class recording if needed. Students who miss a class will be required to watch the archived recording so as not to fall behind in class. If a student misses a class, he/she is responsible to watch the video and turn in their assignments by the due date given. Grading and Evaluation: 40% Tests, 30% Quizzes, 20% Homework, 10% Class Participation

You can email me at clara@asliceofhomeschoolpie.com if you have any questions.

Class Dates Are As Follows:

2015                               
Oct. 6                                                    
Oct. 13                                                                        
Oct. 20                                                                                    
Oct. 27                                                                                      
Nov. 3                                                                                     
Nov. 10                                                             
Nov. 17                                                                       
Nov. 24 - No class                                          
Dec. 1                                              
Dec. 8                                                  
Dec. 15                                                                                              
Dec. 22 or Dec. 29 – No class

2016
Jan. 5
Jan. 12
Jan. 19
Jan. 26
Feb. 2
Feb. 9
Feb. 16
Feb. 23
Mar. 1 –No class
Mar. 8
Mar. 15
Mar. 22 – No Class
Mar. 29
Apr. 5
Apr. 12
Apr. 19
Apr. 26
May 3
May 10 – Last class

To celebrate the completion of the Spanish I course, my students and I had a delicious Mexican meal together. This gave the students an opportunity to put their new Spanish speaking skills into practice.

Testimonials:

"I really enjoyed Mrs. Stacko's Spanish class. She was very understanding and patient. I really felt at ease while learning and stumbling through a new language. I'd recommend to any of my friends to take Mrs. Stacko's Spanish class." ~Joy (Spanish I)

"I have to say, I did not expect learning Spanish to be so easy! It wasn't overly complicated and it was very well taught. We covered a lot in this course, but at no point was it overwhelming. I enjoyed this course a lot more than I would've ever thought I would. I learned a lot from it!" ~Andrew (Spanish I)

"My daughter has had the privilege of participating in Clara Stacko's Spanish class for two years. My husband and I are so impressed with how far our daughter has progressed in those two years! Not only does she know a lot of words in Spanish, she actually understands the language and how to correctly speak in Spanish. Best of all, Clara makes the learning process fun so that our daughter looks forward to class and has never once complained about the homework or the class itself. Clara has developed in her a true love of the Spanish language and a desire to fully learn and comprehend it. I am so thankful that Clara decided to offer these Spanish classes and that we chose to take lessons through her rather than use the Rosetta Stone program I had previously purchased. I believe there are numerous benefits to learning a foreign language from someone who speaks it fluently.

By the way, Mackenzie is speaking in Spanish ALL THE TIME!!!! I may have to take it soon, too!" ~Janelle (Parent)

"Spanish has not come easy to me these past couple of years, but Mrs. Stacko's class has really given me a better understanding of the language. I can speak and understand Spanish so much better now!" ~Adam (Spanish I) 


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Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Diary of A Homeschool Parent - The High School Years - Guidance Counselor and Transcripts

Diary of a Homeschool Parent The High School Years - Guidance Counselor and Transcripts

I have been a homeschool parent for the past 10 years. In May my oldest son will finish his first year of high school lessons, and this past winter I added a new title to my homeschool resume. This new title is Guidance Counselor. Having absolutely no past experience in this regard, I find this new position challenging.

For those of you who have not yet started down this road called the high school years, I thought I'd share my journey with you in a new series of posts which will read more like a diary. My hope is that by reading my "entries," it will assist you in preparing for this phase of your homeschooling career, or if you're already driving down this path, that we will be able to come alongside each other in order to help steer one another in the right direction.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

A Homeschool Mom's Deep, Dark Secret

A Homeschool Mom's Deep, Dark Secret by ASliceOfHomeschoolPie.com

I believe that most people who know me probably think that I have it all together as a homeschool parent. My house is pretty organized (on most occasions), I am a strong cheerleader for the homeschooling movement, I lead a homeschool support group, and my children are performing academically well. However, what people may not know is that I have a deep, dark secret, one that I feel lead to share.

Are you ready?

Monday, September 29, 2014

Excelerate Spanish - A Homeschool Spanish Curriculum (Review)

Excelerate Spanish - Review by ASliceOfHomeschoolPie.com

I first learned about Excelerate Spanish through an article I read in the 2014 annual print book of The Old Schoolhouse Magazine. What captured my attention was that Excelerate Spanish used a method of teaching foreign language that was new to me, Teaching Proficiency Through Reading and Storytelling (TPRS).

Friday, September 05, 2014

Under Drake's Flag (Audio Theater) by Heirloom Audio Productions (Schoolhouse Crew Review)

Under Drake's Flag (Audio Theater) Review by ASliceOfHomeschoolPie.com

I am very eager to share this review with you! If you and your family enjoy audio dramas as much as my family does, then you will be excited to learn about Heirloom Audio Productions' Christian audio drama, Under Drake's Flag. This story was written by author G.A. Henty, who is well known for his historical adventure stories. My children and I were delighted to add this to our collection.

Under Drake's Flag is an enthralling story about a boy named Ned Hawkshaw who embarks on an exciting adventure which offers him the opportunity to set sail with one of the most admired sea captains of his time, Sir Francis Drake. This sixteenth-century teenager experiences first-hand the struggle between Great Britain and Spain for preeminence over the high seas. You will be kept in suspense as you listen to Ned as he fights off a shark attack. You will also find yourself asking questions such as, "Will he survive the shipwreck? Is he going to get through these battles? How is he going to handle the Spanish Inquisition?"

You can listen to a 60-second summary of the story by visiting Heirloom Audio Production's website.

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Are Your Students Afraid of Public Speaking?

Communicators for Christ Conference 2014

Even though communication skills are vital to their success, many students (and most parents!) are still terrified of public speaking

Let us help. Join us for the 
Communicators for Christ Conference

Through this two day integrated communication and leadership training conference hosted by the Institute for Cultural Communicators (ICC), we'll help students overcome their hesitation to effectively engage audiences of all sizes. Our activities, workshops, and exercises provide a safe and encouraging environment where everyone has a chance to succeed, regardless of their public speaking experience. This allows them to see past their fears to a greater mission of impacting those around them - one person at a time.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Encourage Your Students to Write by Sharing This List of Writing Contests With Them

List of Writing Contests for Students by ASliceOfHomeschoolPie.com

Want to encourage your students to write? One excellent motivator is having them enter a writing contest.

You can perform your own Internet search for current writing contests, however, I have already done some of the work for you to help you get started. When doing your own search, use a phrase such as, "writing contests 2014 (or 2015) for middle school (or high school)".

Before spending too much time reading about a particular contest, make sure to look for a deadline date.  If you've missed the deadline, make a note of the contest in your calendar or a notebook for the following year. Also, bookmark the website.

Make sure to to look for the list of prizes. Some offer a monetary prize, others offer plaques and/or certificates.