Small Steps to Big Ideas has been years in the making. It’s not that it took that long to write it…only months actually…but the final product is the result of over thirty years in education and literally thousands of interactions with home schoolers who have told us what they need…what they have been looking for. So many folks have said to us, “We really like the Classical model of education but it just seems too inaccessible at times.” Since we wanted to produce a program that did indeed follow Classical Christian methodology but was also useful to parents, we joked that we should call this material “Practically Classical”. Not good marketing maybe, but the play on words accurately describes what Small Steps to Big Ideas is…”Classical” in its methodology and “Practical” in its structure and application.
Small Steps to Big Ideas is written for children who typically would be in Grades 4 to 6 (9 to 11 years of age)…although students a bit younger or older may benefit from this program depending on their skill set and needs. Skills taught and reinforced in Small Steps to Big Ideas include the following: reading, comprehension, copy work, dictation, summarisation, finding the main idea, outlining, oral narration, arranging events in chronological order, written narration, introductory logic skills, timeline and mapping skills, English grammar, memorization and recitation, and a host of necessary skills taught in our ground-breaking “Essential Skills Opener” to begin each day…dictionary, thesaurus, research and atlas skills, spelling rules, literary terms, art and music appreciation and much more.
Intriguing isn’t it? There’s more…we have taken these skills and concepts and organized them into a 120 day schedule based on a four day school week. This schedule covers topics typical to English Literature, Grammar, and Composition, History and Geography, Logic, and Bible. You just add Math, Science, and other subject areas you wish to cover. That’s not all…suggested answers are provided for the parent in this manual to quickly and efficiently check your child’s understanding. There is nothing quite like this program available on the home education market…and the best news for you, the busy parent…is that it is “Practically Classical”.
Optional Tuition – Small Steps is designed for parents to be able to evaluate work on a daily basis, Care has been taken to choose materials that have suggested answers or to provide them in the teacher’s manual. However, for those parents who wish to submit student composition work for evaluation the cost of tuition is $180. You will have opportunity to select this tuition option as you build your order in Levels 1, 2, or 3.