KONOS Juniors (Grades 7-8)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 attend the one-day program on Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday and 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.
Contact KONOS Juniors Lead Teacher – Elizabeth Fry
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 (2018-19)
- World Geography and Cultures
– North America – includes emphasis on Georgia history and US government
– Writing – learning a variety of academic formats (Jensen’s Format Writing), and creating an adventure story set in Europe
– Grammar – Daily Grammar Practice; The Only Grammar Book You’ll Ever Need
– Vocabulary – Mastery and application of 100 Greek and Latin roots
– Literature – novels set in geographical regions of study: Treasure Island, Counting on Grace, The Captain’s Dog: My Journey with Lewis and Clark, Stowaway, The Second Mrs. Giaconda, Much Ado about Nothing, A Father’s Promise, and A Long Walk to Water
- Informal Logic – The Fallacy Detective
Year B (2019-20)
- World Geography and Cultures
– Middle East
– South America
– World Religions
– Writing – Olympic Writing by Carole Thaxton
– Literature – The Endless Steppe, Angel on the Square, Mud City, The Master Puppeteer, poems by Rudyard Kipling, Red Scarf Girl, Shackleton’s Stowaway, and Bruchko
– Grammar – Easy Grammar Plus
– Vocabulary – Wordly Wise 3000 Book 8
- Drama – Disney’s Aladdin Jr.
World Cultures (history and geography)
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.
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.
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.
Speech and 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 Joanne Lee. Some of the past productions have been Mulan, The Music Man, Aladdin and Pirates of Penzance.
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.