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Teacher Profile

Becky Thompson

email: becky.thompson@prepclasses.org

Becky and her husband Frank Thompson have been married since 1987 and have homeschooled their four children in the Cypress/Tomball area since 2001.  They have three daughters who are now graduated from college and a teenage son still at home.  The Thompsons attend The Brook Church in Tomball.

Becky’s teaching career began in Katy ISD where she taught 6th grade Language Arts and Math.  From public school, she moved into the private sector and operated her own tutoring and enrichment service Academics in Action.   In 1988, Becky helped her husband open Thompson Tumblers, a mobile gymnastics company in the Katy/Cy-Fair area, and they started their family in 1989. She, with some hesitation, began homeschooling in 2001 and has loved every minute of the experience.  Now, for over 30 years, Becky has managed their home and school and helped Frank with his various business ventures. Through it all, teaching and discipling their four children has been the couple’s greatest passion.  Along their homeschooling way, Becky has thoroughly enjoyed numerous teaching roles in her church and several homeschool circles.  Her favorite subjects are Bible, American Government, writing and literature.

Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, Baylor University
Masters in Math Education, University of Houston

Teacher's Classes

Tuition: 

* Early Bird Tuition Rate, Postmarked before July 1: $500/year or 10 payments of $50

* Regular Tuition Rate, Postmarked after June 30:   $550/year or 10 payments of $55

 

Supply Fee:  $50, a one-time, non-refundable fee for class supplies and teacher-created materials.

Class Description: Strong written communication is foundational to every subject in a child’s education.  When this critical base is formed early and well, it provides students with priceless academic ability and confidence throughout their schooling years.  This class lays the groundwork for writing, grammar and reading success in the year to come and the years to follow.

For writing, the teacher will use the Institute for Excellence in Writing’s (IEW) All Things Fun and Fascinating, where humorous characters and fascinating creatures will help young students enjoy learning to write with structure and style. Students will practice expanding sentences weekly and will write well-structured short paragraphs by year end.

Grammar will be light but thorough, covering punctuation, capitalization, proper word usage, the eight parts of speech and basic sentence structure.  The teacher will provide a grammar syllabus, weekly introductions/reviews, and regular quizzes/tests; but on the whole, grammar will be taught at home by a parent.  The required “open-and-go” curriculum should eliminate any advance preparation for parents.

In addition to writing and grammar, students will read four classic, on-level chapter books from various genres and study a sprinkling of poetry. The teacher will also provide an at-home book list for extra credit.

After Spring Break, cursive handwriting will be mandatory on final writing assignments except in cases where parents feel modifications are needed. Neatness and organization are required.

What Parents Say About Mrs. Thompson’s Classes:

  • “My child has truly blossomed under Mrs. Thompson’s instruction! He has become a strong writer, enthusiastic reader, and his handwriting is remarkable. This progress could not have been made without the infectious passion Mrs. Thompson has for literary arts.~J.F., April 2021
  • “We have loved English this year with Mrs. Thompson! My daughter talks frequently about how nice, kind, fun and helpful Mrs. Thompson is.  As a parent and a former teacher, I appreciate her thoroughness in teaching many aspects of reading and writing that often get neglected.  I also appreciate her nurturing spirit towards the students and friendliness in our parent/teacher relationship.  She loves what she does, and it shows.  She’s the best!”~ R.P., April 2021
  • As an accidental homeschool family (Thanks, Covid!), this class has been such a blessing. My 3rd grader really struggled with writing in public school.  With Mrs. Thompson’s guidance and encouragement through IEW, his progress this year has been so tremendous that I would not believe it had I not been reviewing his work every day this year.  We are so grateful for this class and can’t wait to see what progress he makes next year!~ A.G., April 2021
  • Mrs. Thompson challenges, encourages, and loves her students. My daughter has grown so much from being in her class. ~A.M., April 2021 

Requirements at Home: 

  1. Homework: Students will have daily assignments and need regular parental instruction/oversight.
  2. Parent oversight/instruction:  At home, the parent is still the teacher. While no advance preparation is required, parents will provide personal one-on-one instruction each day followed by intermittent oversight.  Parents will help students follow the syllabus and check their student’s work each day, so the student can make timely corrections.
  3. Grading:  Parents will grade all grammar assignments, and students will turn grammar tests in to the teacher.  The teacher will grade all writing assignments and provide a cumulative grade each semester. 
  4. Time Required: Students will need to spend approximately one hour per day on their assignments depending on their maturity, attention span and writing dexterity.  Parents should break this time up into natural segments as they see fit.

Parent Orientation:  A required parent orientation will be scheduled prior to the first class.

Texts and Chapter Books: 

  • All Things Fun and Fascinating Student Book by Institute for Excellence in Writing (Teacher e-book is complimentary with web purchase). Click Here to Purchase
  • Language Smarts Level D by The Critical Thinking Co. (Answers in back of book. No teacher manual required.)
  • Chapter Books: Dolphin Adventure by Wayne Grover, Charlotte’s Webb by E.B. White, Stone Fox by John Reynolds Gardner, and Helen Keller by Stewart and Polly Anne Graff

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Tuition: 

* Early Bird Tuition Rate, Postmarked before July 1: $500/year or 10 payments of $50

* Regular Tuition Rate, Postmarked after June 30:    $550/year or 10 payments of $55

Supply Fee:  $50, a one-time, non-refundable fee for class supplies and teacher-created materials.

Class Description: Strong written communication is foundational to every subject in a child’s education.  When this critical base is formed early and well, it provides students with priceless academic ability and confidence throughout their schooling years.  This class lays the groundwork for writing, grammar and reading success in the year to come and the years to follow.

For writing, the teacher will use the Institute for Excellence in Writing’s (IEW) Fables, Myths, and Fairy Tales, where a wide variety of adventures will supply a rich foundation for imaginative and enjoyable writing. Students will write well-structured, short, imaginative paragraphs throughout the year.  Grammar and usage cover punctuation, capitalization, proper word usage, the eight parts of speech and basic sentence structure. Students will practice expanding sentences weekly and will write well-structured three-paragraph reports and stories by year-end.  

Grammar will be light but thorough, covering punctuation, capitalization, proper word usage, the eight parts of speech and basic sentence structure.  The teacher will provide a grammar syllabus, weekly introductions/reviews, and regular quizzes/tests; but on the whole, grammar will be taught at home by a parent.  The required “open-and-go” curriculum should eliminate any advance preparation for parents.

In addition to writing and grammar, students will read four classic, on-level chapter books from various genres and study a sprinkling of poetry. The teacher will also provide an at-home book list for extra credit.

After Spring Break, cursive handwriting will be mandatory on final writing assignments. Neatness and organization are required.

What Parents Say About Mrs. Thompson’s Classes:

  • “My child has truly blossomed under Mrs. Thompson’s instruction! He has become a strong writer, enthusiastic reader, and his handwriting is remarkable. This progress could not have been made without the infectious passion Mrs. Thompson has for literary arts.~J.F., April 2021
  • “We have loved English this year with Mrs. Thompson! My daughter talks frequently about how nice, kind, fun and helpful Mrs. Thompson is.  As a parent and a former teacher, I appreciate her thoroughness in teaching many aspects of reading and writing that often get neglected.  I also appreciate her nurturing spirit towards the students and friendliness in our parent/teacher relationship.  She loves what she does, and it shows.  She’s the best!”~ R.P., April 2021
  • As an accidental homeschool family (Thanks, Covid!), this class has been such a blessing. My 3rd grader really struggled with writing in public school.  With Mrs. Thompson’s guidance and encouragement through IEW, his progress this year has been so tremendous that I would not believe it had I not been reviewing his work every day this year.  We are so grateful for this class and can’t wait to see what progress he makes next year!~ A.G., April 2021
  • Mrs. Thompson challenges, encourages, and loves her students. My daughter has grown so much from being in her class. ~A.M., April 2021

 

Requirements at Home: 

  1. Homework: Students will have daily assignments and need regular parental instruction/oversight.
  2. Parent oversight/instruction:  At home, the parent is still the teacher. While no advance preparation is required, parents will provide personal one-on-one instruction each day followed by intermittent oversight.  Parents will help students follow the syllabus and check their student’s work each day, so the student can make timely corrections.
  3. Grading:  Parents will grade all grammar assignments, and students will turn grammar tests in to the teacher.  The teacher will grade all writing assignments and provide a cumulative grade each semester. 
  4. Time Required: Students will need to spend approximately one hour per day on their assignments depending on their maturity, attention span and writing dexterity.  Parents should break this time up into natural segments as they see fit.

 

Parent Orientation:  A required parent orientation will be scheduled prior to the first class.

 

Texts and Chapter Books:

https://iew.com/shop/products/portable-walls-structure-and-style%C2%AE-students#slideshow-1


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Tuition: 

* Early Bird Tuition Rate, Postmarked before July 1: $550/year or 10 payments of $55

* Regular Tuition Rate, Postmarked after June 30:    $600/year or 10 payments of $60

Supply Fee:  $50, a one-time, non-refundable fee for class supplies and teacher-created materials.

Class Description: This class will provide weekly instruction and parent/student accountability in the subject areas of writing and grammar as well as reading enrichment. For writing, the teacher will use the Institute for Excellence in Writing’s (IEW) Structure and Style for Students, Year 1 Level A, where a wide variety of adventures will supply a rich foundation for imaginative and enjoyable writing. Students will write well-structured, short, imaginative paragraphs and multi-paragraph stories, summaries, and reports throughout the year.  Grammar study will be thorough and cover punctuation, capitalization, proper word usage, the eight parts of speech and basic sentence structure. For reading enrichment, students will read four classic, on-level chapter books from various genres and study a sprinkling of poetry. The teacher will also provide an at-home book list for extra credit.  Neatness and organization are required. After Christmas, cursive handwriting is required.

What Parents Say About Mrs. Thompson’s Classes:

  • “My child has truly blossomed under Mrs. Thompson’s instruction! He has become a strong writer, enthusiastic reader, and his handwriting is remarkable. This progress could not have been made without the infectious passion Mrs. Thompson has for literary arts.~J.F., April 2021
  • “We have loved English this year with Mrs. Thompson! My daughter talks frequently about how nice, kind, fun and helpful Mrs. Thompson is.  As a parent and a former teacher, I appreciate her thoroughness in teaching many aspects of reading and writing that often get neglected.  I also appreciate her nurturing spirit towards the students and friendliness in our parent/teacher relationship.  She loves what she does, and it shows.  She’s the best!”~ R.P., April 2021
  • As an accidental homeschool family (Thanks, Covid!), this class has been such a blessing. My 3rd grader really struggled with writing in public school.  With Mrs. Thompson’s guidance and encouragement through IEW, his progress this year has been so tremendous that I would not believe it had I not been reviewing his work every day this year.  We are so grateful for this class and can’t wait to see what progress he makes next year!~ A.G., April 2021
  • Mrs. Thompson challenges, encourages, and loves her students. My daughter has grown so much from being in her class. ~A.M., April 2021

Requirements at Home: 

  1. Homework: Students will have daily assignments and need regular parental instruction/oversight.
  2. Parent oversight/instruction:  At home, the parent is still the teacher. While no advance preparation is required, parents will provide personal one-on-one instruction each day followed by intermittent oversight.  Parents will help students follow the syllabus and check their student’s work each day, so the student can make timely corrections.
  3. Grading:  Parents will grade all grammar assignments, and students will turn grammar tests in to the teacher.  The teacher will grade all writing assignments and provide a cumulative grade each semester. 
  4. Time Required: Students will need to spend approximately one hour per day on their assignments depending on their maturity, attention span and writing dexterity.  Parents should break this time up into natural segments as they see fit.

 

Parent Orientation:  A required parent orientation will be scheduled prior to the first class.

 

Texts and Chapter Books:

https://iew.com/shop/products/portable-walls-structure-and-style%C2%AE-students#slideshow-1


Read more

Tuition: 

* Early Bird Tuition Rate, Postmarked before July 1: $550/year or 10 payments of $55

* Regular Tuition Rate, Postmarked after June 30:   $600/year or 10 payments of $60

Supply Fee:  $50, a one-time, non-refundable fee for class supplies plus teacher-created materials.

Class Description: This class will provide weekly instruction and parent/student accountability in the subject areas of writing and grammar as well as reading enrichment. For writing, the teacher will use the Institute for Excellence in Writing’s (IEW) Structure and Style for Students, Year 1 Level A, where a wide variety of adventures will supply a rich foundation for imaginative and enjoyable writing. Students will write well-structured, short, imaginative paragraphs and multi-paragraph stories, summaries, and reports throughout the year.  Grammar study will be thorough and cover punctuation, capitalization, proper word usage, the eight parts of speech and basic sentence structure.  For reading enrichment, students will read four classic, on-level chapter books from various genres and study a sprinkling of poetry. The teacher will also provide an at-home book list for extra credit.  Neatness and organization are required. After Spring Break, cursive handwriting is required.

What Parents Say About Mrs. Thompson’s Classes:

  • “My child has truly blossomed under Mrs. Thompson’s instruction! He has become a strong writer, enthusiastic reader, and his handwriting is remarkable. This progress could not have been made without the infectious passion Mrs. Thompson has for literary arts.~J.F., April 2021
  • “We have loved English this year with Mrs. Thompson! My daughter talks frequently about how nice, kind, fun and helpful Mrs. Thompson is.  As a parent and a former teacher, I appreciate her thoroughness in teaching many aspects of reading and writing that often get neglected.  I also appreciate her nurturing spirit towards the students and friendliness in our parent/teacher relationship.  She loves what she does, and it shows.  She’s the best!”~ R.P., April 2021
  • As an accidental homeschool family (Thanks, Covid!), this class has been such a blessing. My 3rd grader really struggled with writing in public school.  With Mrs. Thompson’s guidance and encouragement through IEW, his progress this year has been so tremendous that I would not believe it had I not been reviewing his work every day this year.  We are so grateful for this class and can’t wait to see what progress he makes next year!~ A.G., April 2021
  • Mrs. Thompson challenges, encourages, and loves her students. My daughter has grown so much from being in her class. ~A.M., April 2021

Requirements at Home: 

  1. Homework: Students will have daily assignments and need regular parental instruction/oversight.
  2. Parent oversight/instruction:  At home, the parent is still the teacher. While no advance preparation is required, parents will provide personal one-on-one instruction each day followed by intermittent oversight.  Parents will help students follow the syllabus and check their student’s work each day, so the student can make timely corrections.
  3. Grading:  Parents will grade all grammar assignments, and students will turn grammar tests in to the teacher.  The teacher will grade all writing assignments and provide a cumulative grade each semester. 
  4. Time Required: Students will need to spend approximately one hour per day on their assignments depending on their maturity, attention span and writing dexterity.  Parents should break this time up into natural segments as they see fit.

 

Parent Orientation:  A required parent orientation will be scheduled prior to the first class.

 

Texts and Chapter Books:

https://iew.com/shop/products/portable-walls-structure-and-style%C2%AE-students#slideshow-1


Read more