SUMMARY 2018-19

4th – 6th grade

Frameworks offers the best of both worlds – classroom learning combined with home education! Frameworks is an upper elementary program (4th-6th) that builds learning skills, introduces the classroom setting, and provides academic accountability — while maintaining home instruction as the primary source of education.

This program is for families who desire teacher-prepared lesson plans and an easy-to-follow weekly assignment schedule for Literature, Writing, History, and Science. 
Each self-contained classroom provides an engaging learning environment complete with hands on science experiments, group project opportunities and academic accountability. Most of all, Frameworks classrooms build a love for our Creator, His people, His history and His story.<
 

DETAILS

Are you looking for a program that:

  • Enables parents to partner with classroom teachers in the education of their student?
  • Provides academic accountability in core subject areas?
  • Gives students the opportunity to build relationships with teachers and peers?
  • Provides classroom structure, planned lessons, and assignments graded by teachers?
  • Offers preparation for the CCS middle school programs?

Frameworks Details

Is Frameworks right for you?:

Subjects we cover in the class and home:

Subjects you add in home studies:

Classroom teachers:

Parents:

Students:

  • Do you want to actively participate in your child’s education?
  • Would you and your student enjoy following teacher-assigned lessons and completing required school work?
  • Would your student benefit from classroom/home instruction and accountability?
  • Does your student’s behavior fit well in a structured classroom setting?
  • Is the primary parent-educator available to work with the student on home days?
  • Is your student at or above grade level?

If you need assistance in determining if Frameworks is right for you, please contact Program Director Gretchen Simmonds at gretchens@circlechristianschool.org

  • Literature
  • Writing Instruction
  • Grammar Usage
  • Vocabulary
  • History
  • Science
  • Math
  • Bible
  • Grammar Skills
  • Spelling
  • Hold degrees in elementary education
  • Have experience in public, private, and homeschool classrooms
  • Develop and provide lessons for home and school
  • Assign and grade work in subjects covered in the program
  • Assess required work as given on the Weekly Assignment Sheet (WAS)

  • Enjoy the benefit of a classroom teacher teaching lessons and assigning required work
  • Receive a WAS (Weekly Assignment Sheet) that contains 3 days of assignments to be completed at home and returned to the classroom teacher
  • Receive weekly classroom updates via email and the eLC (e-Learning Campus)
  • Have access to an online gradebook to monitor their student’s progress
  • Benefit from classroom community built in small classes
  • Enjoy multiple subjects with one classroom teacher
  • Develop peer relationships
  • Strengthen presentation skills, study habits, and academic accountability
  • Use the eLC (e-Learning Campus) to enrich their home studies and assignments

Subjects covered in the program:

  • Writing Instruction with light grammar
  • Literature with vocabulary
  • Science | History

Add these subjects to your home studies:
Math | Bible | Grammar | Spelling


Classroom teachers:

  • Hold degrees in elementary education
  • Have experience in public, private, and homeschool classrooms
  • Develop and provide lessons for home and school
  • Assess student’s work and progress

Parents:

  • Enjoy the benefit of a teacher Partner
  • Receive a W .A.S. (Weekly Assignment Sheet) that contains 3 days of assignments to be completed at home and returned to the classroom teacher
  • Receive weekly classroom updates via e-mail and the eLC (e-Learning Campus)
  • Have access to an on-line grade book

Students:

  • Benefit from small class sizes
  • Enjoy multiple subjects with one classroom teacher
  • Develop peer relationships
  • Strengthen presentation skills, study habits, and academic accountability
  • Use the eLC (e-Learning Campus) to enrich their home studies and assignments

Your Week:

  • Day 1 – Students attend class
  • Days 2, 3 & 4 – Students complete W .A.S. assignments at home
  • Day 5 – Parents extend, reinforce, and supplement as needed

This program is great for:

  • Students exiting public or private schools
  • Students that plan to attend middle school classes at Circle
  • Parents that would like easy-to-follow, teacher-prepared lesson plans
  • Parents and students that would like to develop relationships with amazing classroom teachers and peers

Additional:
In order to prevent disorganization and frustration, for both parents and students, we recommend that students are either at or above grade level.

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

CLASSROOM-HOME PARTNERSHIP

In the Frameworks program, there is one class day and assigned school work that must be completed at home. Teachers guide class lessons and assign weekly assignments. Parents help their student navigate the Weekly Assignment Sheet and ensure that all work is completed by the student.

For core subjects not covered in Frameworks – Math, Bible, Grammar, and Spelling – parents select curriculum, teach their students, and report monthly grades in accordance with Circle policy.

Here’s how the Frameworks school week is organized:

  • One (1) Class Day – Students attend class, receive instruction, turn in assignments
  • Three (3) Home Education Days – Students are required to complete all Weekly Assignment Sheet (WAS) work as planned by their classroom teacher, plus complete work in other core subject areas
  • One (1) Unplanned School Day – Students are able to take additional Circle classes, continue to work on WAS assignments, complete work in other required core subjects, or enjoy family field trips

FRAMEWORKS CLASSROOMS

Frameworks classrooms are grade specific and self contained. Our classroom teachers hold degrees in elementary education

ACADEMIC OPTIONS

Parents may select Frameworks for core academics only. All textbooks, assignments, and activities are required. Teachers grade student work in subject areas covered. Frameworks grades are automatically linked to Circle’s monthly reporting system.

FRAMEWORKS CLASSROOM TEACHERS & STAFF

Amy Smith

4th Grade Teacher – Frameworks

Mrs. Amy Smith is a graduate of the University of Central Florida with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and a Master’s Degree in Varying Exceptionalities. Along with 9 years of public and private school experience, she also spent two years teaching VPK at Northland Early Learning Center. This is Mrs. Smith’s 2nd year teaching Frameworks 4. She is passionate about the Frameworks program and how it impacts her students and their future success.

Contact Amy Smith

Rebecca Madonna

4th Grade Teacher – Frameworks

Mrs. Rebecca Madonna is thrilled to be a part of the Frameworks team  as a fourth grade teacher.  She holds a Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education from Florida State University and has enjoyed teaching preschool, substitute teaching, and homeschooling her three children for the past 7 years.  Having used the Frameworks program for many years, she looks forward to walking along and encouraging other families who might be new to this process.  

Contact Becky Madonna

Tina Seiple

5th Grade Teacher – Frameworks

Tina Seiple attended the University of Central Florida where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education. In addition to homeschooling her two sons, she has ten years of teaching experience in both public and private school settings. Her family has been part of Circle Christian School since 2009. She enjoys working with Circle students and families in the Frameworks program where she has been teaching for four years.

Contact Tina Seiple

Annalisa Smith

5th Grade Teacher – Frameworks

Annalisa grew up in Ohio as the oldest of four homeschooled children. After completing her B.S. in Elementary Education with a Music minor from Grace College in Indiana, she moved overseas. She thoroughly enjoyed 11 years of working in Christian international schools as a fifth grade teacher and homeschool consultant. She has called S. Korea, Thailand, and Cambodia home. Married just this past January, Annalisa looks forward to creating a lively and joyful learning environment for her class this year – her first year at Circle, and her first year as Mrs. Smith!

Contact Annalisa Smith

Gretchen Simmonds

6th Grade Teacher – Frameworks – Team Lead

Gretchen Simmonds holds a B.S. in Elementary Education from the University of Central Florida. She also holds a Florida Teaching Certificate for Elementary Education K-6. Along with homeschooling, Gretchen has been teaching in the public and private fields for the last twenty-two years and joined the CCS faculty as a HOUSE and Frameworks teacher six years ago.

Contact Gretchen Simmonds

Kelly Colangelo

6th Grade Teacher – Frameworks

Kelly Colangelo grew up in Rochester, NY and received her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary and Special Education from Roberts Wesleyan College. In 2004, she and her husband, Scott, moved to Central Florida where she taught fifth grade in the public school system for 8 years. Kelly also has a Master’s degree in Educational Administration from Stetson University. Kelly and Scott have two children, Colby and Piper. She is excited to be part of Circle Christian School and share her love of learning with Circle families!

Contact Kelly Colangelo

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