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FUN-damentals of Reading (1st-2nd)

This class is designed to reinforce and enrich phonics, reading, and writing through the use of children’s books, poetry, manipulatives, and games. Students will realize that reading and writing can be fun; it doesn’t have to be a grueling experience. This class will meet students where they are in terms of phonemic awareness/knowledge and build upon that to strengthen it so they can be confident in their reading and writing. Some class time will consist of a read aloud with hands-on activities and writing. The books will be themed and author-based and will be used to spark creative stories of their own. Students will keep a journal of their writing activities and stories. Poetry will be used throughout the class to strengthen phonemic awareness/knowledge and to improve decoding and comprehension. Manipulatives and games will also be incorporated to enhance reading skills. (2024-2025)


Required texts:
Students will need a primary journal like the one found here:

Copy/Supply Fee: $35 (paid directly to Stephanie York at Orientation or at the first class your student attends)

Tuition: $340 ($34/month for 10 months, August-May, or $38/month if prorated or on a 9-month payment plan)


Stephanie York

B.S. in Psychology and Masters in Education

Stephanie is a native of Chesterfield County. She attended VCU and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Education. Throughout her college career, she worked with children in a local daycare and summer camp programs. Following graduation, she taught elementary school in Chesterfield County Public Schools. Several years later, she and her husband, Chris, were blessed with their first child, and she left the school system to focus on being a mom to her son. As their family grew to a family of five with three boys, she returned to work at her church as the preschool and daycare director and later implemented a private Kindergarten program. It wasn’t long before the Lord placed on her heart the desire to homeschool, so she left the work place to become mom and teacher to her 3 elementary aged boys. During her years of homeschooling, Stephanie has taught numerous homeschooling classes ranging from elementary age to high school at various co-ops in the area. She has a passion for teaching and loves to make learning come alive for students. Each of her boys are now “grown and flown,” and she and her husband are blessed with amazing daughters-in-law who love Jesus. As of February 2024, they are eagerly awaiting the arrival of their first grand daughter. Stephanie is very active in her church and serves in leadership as a trustee and elder. She also assists in leading women’s ministry in and outside of her local church.

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