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My name is Lauren Holmes, I love Jesus with all my heart and I am happily married with 2 tween kids.  In addition to acting as co-op Administrator this year, I will also be teaching Spanish and High School Writing. I learned Spanish in school starting in 5th grade and studied throughout college, doing coursework in Spanish Language and Literature while at Duke University and George Mason University.  I have since done both oral and written translations both here as well as in Mexico for work and on mission trips.  I love the Spanish language and the culture of its people.

My academic background consists of degrees and studies at Duke University, George Mason University, and Regent University, and I have served as a Professor, Lead Faculty Area Chair and Mentor for the State of VA at two Universities, Faculty Mentor, Teacher, Curriculum and Workshop Developer and Leader, and owned multiple businesses. 

Spanish I Description

This class is designed for beginners who have never studied the language before. Spanish I is also a class where students can expect to learn to speak the language easily, with little effort, and quickly. They should be able to speak practical phrases after the first class! Even though the course is designed as an introduction to the language, students will be able to progress rapidly and easily.

Textbooks and Supplies

The following textbooks and supplies are to be purchased by parents.


Textbook:


¡Buen viaje! Level 1, Student Edition
(GLENCOE SPANISH)
2nd Edition, Spanish Edition

Payments can be made to Lauren Holmes (friends and family gifts only):
Paypal Lholmes79@gmail.com friends and family gifts
Venmo @lauren-elizabeth-271

 

Spanish II Description

The second year of Spanish continues what was learned in Spanish I. The emphasis is on spoken Spanish along with listening. More grammatical procedures are emphasized. Past tense construction, etc., is studied, enabling the student to describe the world around us more accurately—as created by God, including past events and future possibilities. Students will be able to speak with each other in conversations at an appropriate level. Spanish II is enjoyable and interesting.

Textbooks and Supplies

The following textbooks and supplies are to be purchased by parents.


Textbook:


Buen Viaje! Level 2, Student Edition
(Glencoe Spanish)
First Edition, English and Spanish Edition

Payments can be made to Lauren Holmes (friends and family gifts only):

Paypal Lholmes79@gmail.com friends and family gifts

Venmo @lauren-elizabeth-271

Spanish III Description

Spanish III emphasizes both speaking and listening skills. Students will also be exposed to some Spanish literature appropriate to the level and appropriate to a biblical worldview. This is a most enjoyable course because students should be able to communicate effectively and naturally at this level. Of course, advanced grammatical constructions will be taught, but they are easy to understand. The instructor understands that not all students will have the same background, and as a result, they will be helped to catch up when needed without any feeling of not being at the same level as the other students. This class should be enjoyable and interesting. The approach will be for a natural usage of advanced grammatical techniques and ease of conversation. 

Textbooks and Supplies

The following textbooks and supplies are to be purchased by parents.

Textbook:


¡Buen viaje! Level 3, Student Edition
(GLENCOE SPANISH)
2nd Edition, Spanish Edition

Payments can be made to Lauren Holmes (friends and family gifts only):

Paypal Lholmes79@gmail.com friends and family gifts

Venmo @lauren-elizabeth-271

High School Writing

This writing course is designed for students who enjoy formal and creative writing to express their voices better. Students will explore the elements of numerous forms of writing: personal narratives, expository essays, persuasive essays, poetry, creative non-fiction, and children’s literature, among others. Students will engage in developmental lessons, writing studies, and peer review/conferences to develop original writing pieces. While writing is the essential component of the class, games and projects are also included to enhance the student’s knowledge of literary elements, format, and structure. The final work must be typed and printed for most essays and projects. MLA format will be taught and is required for some essays, as instructed. Writing skills will be emphasized in this course. Students will practice writing journals, essays, reports, poetry, creative pieces, and multi-paragraph analysis papers. The course will include exams/quizzes focusing on literary elements, grammar and IEW.  Students will complete Outlines, Peer Reviews, Rough Drafts and Final Drafts for the following essay types: Narrative, Autobiographical, Expository, Persuasive and Descriptive. Some essays will include Works Cited and in-text citations.

Class Cost: $40/month for the Wednesday class, $5 off for the 2nd sibling

Materials Fee: $10/student one time fee

*No book is needed - materials will be supplied in class

Payments can be made to Lauren Holmes: 

Paypal Lholmes79@gmail.com friends and family gifts

Venmo @lauren-elizabeth-271

Cash app $Lholmes79

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