Levels of Instruction

     The goal for Joy in Learning is to attain academic and learning goals through a joyful experience for your child and your family. Children are placed in one of the four levels described below. The levels are designed so that students are first challenged and then led to master material, experience success, and develop a sense of accomplishment at their level. New families will be invited to one of the four levels.

    The classroom atmosphere benefits by having students who confidently contribute to classroom discussions and projects. Classroom participation creates a positive synergy, resulting in a stimulating and engaging environment for all; therefore, completion of homework assignments by all students is essential.
    As a group, we meet for 30-60 minutes per subject once a week, giving families the flexibility to schedule the rest of the week as it best suits their educational goals. This combination of parental control and flexibility, set within the framework of the challenging academic goals, blended resources, and weekly accountability, is the strength of the Joy in Learning program.


Brief description of the levels

RHETORIC (9th-12th grade): Reading material at a high school and some college level; lectures up to an hour long that require note taking; group discussions or projects that might include mature topics; doing group/lab work with minimal supervision;  in-depth reading, research and detailed writing assignments during the week; expected to schedule and do majority of homework independently; expected to complete homework before next class meeting. Assignments at this level require independent work, as well as interdependent project completion. All students must complete their portion of the project and assignments in order for the class as a whole to move forward.  For this level, work is graded and grade reports are available using Engrade.com. Admission to Rhetoric level is subject to review of Engrade records and instructor evaluations. Rhetoric level is college prep, with the following expectations:

  • Deliver written, oral and multimedia presentations that are fluid and polished.
  • Maintain poise and focus during activities, such as mock trials or debates, or in responding to feedback, such as audience questions or peer reviews.
  • Be prepared to address mature topics, themes, and images that arise in college-prep or college-level curricula.
  • Write fluent essays that well-researched, supported by reason and evidence, and follow MLA conventions.

LOGIC (6th-8th grade): Reading material at middle school level and above, lessons up to 60 minutes long; research and intermediate writing assignments during the week; group discussions and projects in class; work with some supervision at home.  All homework assignments are expected to be completed. For this level, work is graded and grade reports are available using Engrade.com; progress is reviewed before considering advancement to Rhetoric.  Following are expectations for this level:

  • Be able to read and comprehend text with content level for ages 12 and up
  • Be able to write compositions with coherence and depth that include research.
  • Be able to work independently and follow detailed instructions.
  • Be able to participate and lead discussion.
  • Make clear and organized oral presentations and be able to clearly express oneself in class.
  • Provide evidence in text to respond to open ended questions, modify predictions, and confirm or reject hypothesis, and to infer.
  • Independently, analyze several works that have a common theme.
  • At home, read and take notes on multiple reading materials. Define the focus of each, formulate questions, arrange information in an orderly manner. Be able to turn these into a multi paragraph composition.

GRAMMAR (4th-5th grade): Reading material at upper elementary level and above; lessons around 45 minutes long; moderate homework including reading and writing assignments during the week; independent work in class; group discussion and projects in class; work with some assistance or supervision at home. All homework assignments are expected to be completed.  Following are expectations for this level:

  • Be able to read and comprehend text with content level for ages 9-12.
  • Be able to write compositions with coherence and depth.
  • Be able to work independently and follow instructions.
  • Be able to participate in discussion.
  • Make clear and organized oral presentations and be able to clearly express oneself in class.
  • Use evidence in text to respond to open ended questions, modify predictions, and confirm or reject hypothesis, and to infer.
  • Analyze several works that have a common theme.
  • At home, read and take notes on reading material. Define the focus, formulate questions, arrange information in an orderly manner.

EARLY GRAMMAR (1st-3rd grade): Early reader; group activities or projects in class for a full day; take-home work that needs parental assistance. Parents of students in this level are required to be in the building during the school day.  Following are expectations for this level:

  • Be able to read and comprehend text with content level for ages 6-9.
  • Be able to write.
  • Be able to follow instructions.
  • Be able to participate in discussion.
  • Make oral presentations and be able to speak in class.
  • Respond to open ended questions
  • Discuss several works that have a common theme.
  • At home, read and complete assignments.