KONOS JUNIORS (GRADES 7-8)

OFFERS STUDENTS AN EXCELLENT ENVIRONMENT IN WHICH TO GROW, DEVELOP, AND PREPARE

Using the KONOS 5 D’s — Do, Dramatize, Discover, Dialogue, and Drill — students participate in the learning environment while becoming confident in their strengths as they move toward high school.

Students are immersed in learning about continents and cultures. They integrate the history, culture, and literature of each country. Speech and writing assignments are related to each country or continent.

Konos Juniors raise $1650 for South Sudan: “Students walk for water”

Our daughter has significantly furthered important skills such as critical thinking, persuasive expression, and research…We’ve enjoyed consistent and thorough communication with her teachers and have appreciated the God-honoring environment in all their activities.
J.L., KONOS Juniors mother

YEAR A & B PROGRAM OF STUDY

This program can be described as “classical plus.” Elizabeth Fry and Tiffany McBryde teach students who are ready for a more rigorous, structured program. The focus in this program is learning how to be successful students. They practice self-management skills, writing skills, and reasoning skills, which will prepare them for KONOS Academy high school. The academic focus is world cultures — the history, art, geography, religion, traditions, and daily life. With each culture, students read related classics, do hands-on activities, and work together on challenging projects. Vocabulary, grammar, and critical thinking lessons support the students’ reasoning and writing skills.

Year A (2016-17)

  • World Geography and Cultures
    – North America – includes emphasis on Georgia history and US government
    – Australia
    – Europe
    – Africa
  • English
    – Writing includes: writing an adventure story set in Europe and producing a Konos New Magazine)
    – Grammar – Daily Grammar Practice
    – Vocabulary – English from the Roots Up (Greek and Latin roots)
    – Literature – In 2016-17, students will read Treasure IslandCounting on GraceThe Captain’s Dog:  My Journey with Lewis and Clark,  StowawayThe Second Mrs. GiacondaMuch Ado about NothingA Father’s Promise, and A Long Walk to Water
  • Informal Logic – The Fallacy Detective
  • Drama

Year B (2017-18)

  • World Geography and Cultures
    – Russia
    – Middle East
    – Japan
    – India
    – China
    – Antarctica
    – South America
    – World Religions
  • English
    – Writing – Olympic Writing by Carole Thaxton
    – Literature – The Endless Steppe, Angel on the Square, Mud City, The Master Puppeteer, poems by Rudyard Kipling, Young Fu of the Upper Yangtze, Red Scarf Girl, Shackleton’s Stowaway, and Bruchko
    – Grammar – Easy Grammar Plus
    – Vocabulary – Wordly Wise 3000 Book 8
  • Drama – Seussical Jr.

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

World Cultures (history and geography)

The focus during the middle school years is exploring different cultures around the world from a biblical perspective.  During this two-year cycle, students learn about both the physical and human geography of selected regions, countries, and continents.  Each unit of study centers around a unifying question that focuses our learning. Team competitions, individual and group projects, presentations, map work, research and writing work together to expose students to key elements of culture, history, religion, and the physical world.  By reading literature pertaining to the same geographic region being studied, students are immersed in that culture for a time.  This appreciation of physical and human geography provides a solid foundation for the deeper study of world history and governments in the high school years.

Literature

Good literature should enhance our view of the world around us. It reveals patterns we see in the world and shows us important truths about ourselves. By encouraging an understanding of these truths and patterns in the light of the character of God and His Word, we learn tools for discerning what we read. For each work of literature we seek to identify story elements such as plot, character, setting, theme, and style, and we look at how the author uses figurative language and other literary devices to tell his story.

Grammar

We study grammar to understand how language functions and how it affects our communication. Our objective is to teach the parts of speech and their functions in sentences, different types of phrases and clauses, punctuation, and mechanics. We seek to apply these skills to the writing assignments so that our students will ultimately be able to use them within the context of becoming more proficient writers. Students practice the concepts through workbook exercises, class discussion and games.

Writing

Composition involves both the mechanical and creative aspects of writing. It is important to be sensitive to the personal aspect of writing while encouraging an understanding of the elements involved in composition. Class time is spent developing organizational skills, topic sentences, supporting details, etc. Assignments include short stories, narratives, outlines, note taking, essays, and poetry. Writing compositions are carefully graded with notations, and the students learn the editing process for improving their writing.

Vocabulary

We seek to increase the students’ knowledge and use of grade-level vocabulary words and Greek and Latin roots. The students are encouraged to apply their newfound vocabulary words through their writing and speaking and to look for them in books and news articles.

Critical Thinking

Critical thinking skills are an invaluable tool for our children as they prepare to engage with the world and defend their beliefs in the context of a Christian worldview. The students will learn to discern logical fallacies and assumptions and apply the concepts to real-life situations.

Speech & Drama

KONOS students participate in a variety of public speaking activities during the year, including speeches, PowerPoint presentations and drama. Each year KONOS students put on a dramatic performance directed by Dana Spears.  Some of the past productions have been MulanThe Music Man, Aladdin and Pirates of Penzance.

Art

Students explore art and artifacts from various historical periods and world cultures to discover the roles that art plays in the lives of people of a given time and place.

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