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VSA Future Fall 2021

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2021 VIRTUAL CLASSES

Kindergarten–Grade 10

At VSA Future, we inspire a love for learning through rigorous academic classes that are also fun, interactive, and creative.
With intimate class sizes, live teaching, and individualized practice and feedback, our Zoom classes offer high-quality learning and personal attention for each student.
We believe in the power of a strong opinion, speech, or essay—and we teach students how to research, build, and support original ideas with clarity and precision in our English, writing, and Public Speaking classes. Equipped with a firm grasp on mathematical concepts and data analysis, our math students face the world of numbers and big data head on. 
 
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Sunshine Classes

Kindergarten–2nd Grade

Class format: 1-hour class, twice a week
Our K to 2nd Grade classes are specially designed to keep our youngest students learning and laughing! Our early education teachers keep students focused with fun songs, activities, and visually engaging slides. Students practice letter formation and writing on personal whiteboards and notebooks. 
 
ENGLISH
In English, our youngest students build foundational language skills in phonics, reading, spelling, and grammar during classes tailored for age-appropriate virtual learning. Through teacher modeling, peer collaboration, and guided and independent practice, students:
• Build phonics skills in vowel sounds, consonants, blends, and digraphs
• Read decodable books to practice fluency and reinforce phonics skills
• Practice comprehension strategies to identify story and picture elements, plot, characters, and setting
• Study parts of speech and grammar conventions
 
READING & WRITING (G2)
Students become excellent readers and creative writers in G2 RW. They study an array of literary genres and practice the writing
process, from outlining to revising. Students practice their handwriting while producing written pieces.
 
MATH
In Math, our youngest students build foundational skills in early math, including number and pattern recognition, geometry, measurement, and problem-solving skills. Students study base-ten notation, place value, addition, and subtraction, and they gain fluency in solving multi-step word problems. 

English, Reading and Writing
Grades 3–10

Class format A: 2-hour class, once a week
Class format B: 1-hour class, twice a week
 
Our two-hour class incorporates grammar, reading comprehension practice, and writing units to teach students the tools to express themselves on the page. Students approach writing with a critical eye as they move through the writing process. Teachers offer detailed feedback on each draft, and students become adept at making substantive revisions to produce polished essays. 
 
GRAMMAR AND READING COMPREHENSION
• Craft complex yet clear sentences with a confident grasp on grammar
• Enrich writing with literary and rhetorical devices
• Identify point of view, setting, plot, themes, and figurative language
• Use signal words for comparisons and contrasts
• Interpret supporting evidence
 
ESSAY WRITING
In each essay unit, students study mentor texts to understand the style and conventions of a broad array of essay genres:
Opinion writing: Learn how to form and defend an argument with compelling evidence
Literary analysis: Through close study of texts, craft in-depth analyses of themes, character development, and figurative language. 
Informative essays: Conduct research and synthesize sources to clearly and engagingly present information, evidence, and conclusions.
Narratives: Write myths, legends, and historical fiction with a firm grasp on plot, setting, and character. 

Mathematics
Grades 3-7

Class format: 1.5-hour class, once a week 
In weekly classes, students integrate a rigorous solving skills, data analysis, and mathematical through discussions, engaging activities, and collaborative problem solving.
ENGAGING & INTERACTIVE LESSONS
Each virtual math class features interactive lessons paired with guided
and independent practice. Students begin with Fast Math Facts to improve
fluency and mental math strategies, before moving on to the interactive
lesson.
INDIVIDUALIZED FEEDBACK
During practice, students apply their math concepts in online problems that
adapt to each student’s level—ensuring that everyone proceeds at their own
pace. Teachers receive real-time diagnostics and provide individualized
feedback and support.
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Pre-Algebra
Grades 6-7

Class format: 2-hour class, once a week
The comprehensive, year-long Pre-Algebra curriculum equips students with the knowledge and practice they need to be ready for Algebra. The unit structure creates a cohesive narrative, with direct instruction on topics ranging from ratios and proportions to algebraic equations and inequalities. Additional practice on a wide range of math skills prepares students for high school-level work. Unit assessments and periodic exams monitor student progress and growth.
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Algebra
Grades 7-8

Class format: 2-hour class, once a week
Our advanced, year-long Algebra I class complements our Pre-Algebra program.
Encompassing skill sets and standards for the late middle school and early high school years, the curriculum begins with a review of pre-algebra
concepts before diving into multi-step and linear equations. By the end of the year, students become adept at polynomials, quadratic equations, and
rational and radical expressions. Each class features direct instructions paired with guided and independent practice to help students be ready to pursue higher-level math courses in high school and beyond. Unit assessments and periodic exams
monitor student progress and growth.
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Public Speaking
Grades 3-10

Class format: 1-hour class, once a week
Speaking boldly and clearly has never been more important. In our Public Speaking course, students project their voices, make eye contact, and make their presence known, whether in person or through the computer screen. Our innovative course teaches students to effectively argue a strong stance, be persuasive, and hold an audience rapt with any topic they choose.
By studying famous speeches and writing original talks, Public Speaking students:
• Hone speaking fluency and articulation
• Build stage presence by practicing eye contact and focusing on posture and body language
• Adjust their speaking pace to keep audiences engaged
• Write weekly speeches on wide-ranging topics, from the serious—distance learning, cybersecurity, and scientific discoveries—to the light-hearted—vacations, favorite books and films, and how-to lessons.
• Dig deep into topics, gathering sources of information to support claims
• Organize research and arguments into clear, effective speeches
• Receive peer and teacher feedback on each speech
• Give constructive feedback to their peers