Saint Alfred's Scholars
Saint Alfred's Scholars is a one-morning-per-week cooperative with a specified curriculum and class offerings for early readers through upper elementary students. It consists of morning prayer, memory work/recitation (both Scripture & poetry), history, science, and writing (Levels II, III, and IV) or a thematically-related craft (Level I). Assignments are sent home each week in each subject. There are four levels offered:
Saint Alfred's Scholars is similar at the elementary level to the homeschool co-op model of Classical Conversations in the sense that
1) it offers curriculum guidance and outside accountability for some, but not all subjects (families still have the freedom to tailor their home education to their children/family and the responsibility to teach the 3Rs at home),
2) it provides students and families an opportunity once a week to learn and grow together in community, and
3) it offers families themed studies for each level, so the work at home (particularly in science & history) is all related throughout the different levels.
Saint Alfred's Pages
Saint Alfred's Pages is for the pre-reading, little-to-no-classroom experience student, of roughly ages 4-5 years. It meets Friday mornings, after the assembly time with St. Alfred's Scholars, and is primarily offered for the benefit of the younger siblings of the St. Alfred’s Scholars.
The Pages class includes instruction in classroom etiquette, singing, poetry and scripture memorization, Bible time, attentiveness, stories, sequencing games, and craft time.
White Horse Hall is about learning in community! Saint Alfred's Scholars (and Pages) is not limited classes, but also includes:
- Morning Prayer--We begin each Friday with a short liturgy of singing and prayer all together as a co-op.
- Memory Work & Recitation--Practicing the skill of reciting in front of other can be hard to work on at home, but together on Fridays we work on passages of Scripture and poetry, 2 terms recited aloud individually to a mom (not your own) and 2 terms as a family in front of the whole group.
- Quarterly Mom's Lunches--Dads and older students help oversee lunchtime while the moms enjoy a lunch together with a veteran homeschool mom speaker or selected topic for discussion.
- Family History/Science Projects--Once each semester families work together on a fun, larger project that we all get to display and enjoy!
- Quarterly Feasts--Rotating themes (celebrating our namesake, Alfred the Great, celebrating Christmas, reveling in the historical period we are studying, and finishing off with an end-of-year picnic) provide 4 opportunities a year to feast together along with Dads, grandparents, and siblings.
- Field Trips--each year we coordinate 2 field trips related to our History or Science studies! Trips to date have included the Whitman Mission and Ft. Walla Walla, St. John's Cathedral, the Spaulding Mission and Nez Perce historical sites, the natural history museum at WSU, and had in-house visits from the Raptor club, Wes Callihan on cathedrals, Dr. Gordon Wilson on reptiles.