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Teacher Profile

Pattie Ahlstrom

email: pattie.ahlstrom@prepclasses.org

Pattie has just completed her first year of teaching for PREP and is thankful to be a part of this great organization.  She is a certified elementary education teacher and began her career teaching in public elementary schools.  Her most cherished and humbling job, though, has been partnering with her husband to homeschool their three children from kindergarten through high school graduation.  Throughout their family’s 17-year homeschooling journey, their children’s education was greatly enriched by the PREP community of teachers and families.

Married since 1991, Pattie &  Lee will celebrate their 30th anniversary this year and will also graduate their youngest child from high school.  As her personal homeschooling journey ends and a new season begins, Pattie is thrilled to continue teaching and looks forward to partnering with her students’ families.  Her desire is to inspire her students to become life-time learners who will enjoy the process of learning to write clear and stylistically engaging essays.

Having made Texas her home for nearly 24 years, yet having roots back on the east coast, Pattie enjoys travelling back to Delaware, Maryland and Pennsylvania to visit relatives and friends.  When at home in Texas, Pattie enjoys savoring a good cup of coffee while reading autobiographies, cooking for her family or playing games with family and friends.

Teacher's Classes

“Humorous characters and fascinating creatures will help young students enjoy learning to write with structure and style.” --IEW

All Things Fun and Fascinating, by the Institute for Excellence in Writing,  contains seven units which teach students to take notes, summarize narrative stories, write from pictures, put together a mini research report and compose creative essays.  The lessons incrementally introduce and review the models of structure and elements of style found in the Institute for Excellence in Writing’s Teaching Writing: Structure and Style. Additionally, 45 vocabulary words will be taught and required to be used in the students‘ compositions. ” –IEW

Syntax and vocabulary building will be enhanced through the memorization and recitation of poetry.  Parts of speech and basic grammar will be introduced within the writing curriculum and reinforced using the Critical Thinking Company’s Language Smarts, Level D.

Engaging literature selections will entertain and challenge the students to read independently for both enjoyment and enrichment.

 

Curriculum Purchased by Student

  • All Things Fun & Fascinating Student Book $29.00

https://iew.com/shop/products/all-things-fun-fascinating

Comes with a download of the Student Resource Notebook.  Do not print this out.  I will handout the relevant pages for students to place in their binders.

  • Language Smarts, Level D

 

Literature Selections Purchased by Student

  • A complete list of the literature selections and school supplies will be provided upon registration for this course.

 

Student & Parent Expectations: 

  • Parent Partnership: Parents are expected to be engaged with their student ensuring that they understand the classwork and complete their homework each week.

 

  • Prerequisites: Students must be 8 years old prior to September 1, 2021 and able to read easily at a third-grade level.  Students must be able to compose a sentence and be able to write legibly.

 

  • Homework: A ‘Homework Schedule’ will be sent home weekly. Students will be assigned daily work to complete at home.  Parental involvement and engagement is essential.  Parents will be responsible to ensure their student follows the weekly syllabus allowing them to complete their workin a timely way.

 

  • Parent Orientation: Parent orientation will be scheduled prior to the first week of class. 

 

  • Grading: Quarterly grades will be based on writing assignments, grammar and book quizzes as well as poetry recitation.

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“Let your students’ imaginations soar while enjoying classic children’s tales and learning to write with structure and style.” –IEW

Fables, Myths, and Fairy Tales, by the Institute for Excellence in Writing,  offers a wide variety of adventures which will supply a rich foundation for imaginative and enjoyable writing.  Your student will work through seven units as they learn to take notes, retell narrative stories, summarize references, write from pictures, and compose their own fables, myths, and fairy tales. ”—IEW

Syntax and vocabulary building will be enhanced through the memorization and recitation of poetry.  Parts of speech and basic grammar will be introduced within the writing curriculum and reinforced using the Critical Thinking Company’s Language Smarts, Level E.

Engaging literature selections will entertain and challenge the students to read independently for both enjoyment and enrichment.

 

Curriculum Purchased by Student

  • All Things Fun & Fascinating Student Book $29.00

https://iew.com/shop/products/fables-myths-and-fairy-tales-writing-lessons-student-book-only-0

Comes with a download of the Student Resource Packet.  Do not print this out.  I will handout the relevant pages for students to place in their binders.

  • Language Smarts, Level E

 

Literature Selections Purchased by Student

  • A complete list of the literature selections and school supplies will be provided upon registration for this course.

 

Student & Parent Expectations: 

  • Parent Partnership: Parents are expected to be engaged with their student ensuring that they understand the classwork and complete their homework each week.

 

  • Prerequisites: Students must be 9 years old prior to September 1, 2021 and able to read easily at a fourth-grade level.  Students must be able to compose a sentence and be able to write legibly.

 

  • Homework: A ‘Homework Schedule’ will be sent home weekly. Students will be assigned daily work to complete at home.  Parental involvement and engagement is essential.  Parents will be responsible to ensure their student follows the weekly syllabus allowing them to complete their workin a timely way.

 

  • Parent Orientation: Parent orientation will be scheduled prior to the first week of class. 

 

  • Grading: Quarterly grades will be based on writing assignments, grammar and book quizzes as well as poetry recitation.

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This course emphasizes structured & stylized writing, in-depth grammar enhancement and literature enrichment.

Utilizing curriculum from the Institute for Excellence in Writing (IEW), students will learn a variety of stylistic techniques as they work through nine structures of writing including; note-taking & outlines, writing from notes, retelling narrative stories, summarizing references, writing from pictures, summarizing multiple references, inventive writing, formal essay models and formal critique.  

Fix-It! teaches grammar at the point of need.  Students will learn to think about their writing and incrementally learn how to apply the grammar rules to written work.  The daily practice in editing will help instill the habit of editing anything they write.

Literature and poetry selections have been chosen based upon their dynamic sentence structure and syntax as well as the engaging nature of the content.  Students will respond to the independent reading assignments in a variety of ways.

Curriculum Purchased by Student

I recommend that these books are bought new from IEW.  Please have these books in your possession prior to the first day of class.

 

Literature Selections Purchased by Student

A complete list of the literature selections and school supplies will be provided upon registration for this course.

 

Student & Parent Expectations: 

  • Parent Partnership: Parents are expected to be engaged with their student ensuring that they understand the classwork, utilize the weekly syllabus and complete their homework each week in a timely manner.

 

  • Prerequisites: Students must be 10 years old prior to September 1, 2021 and able to read easily at a fifth-grade level.  Students must be able to compose a sentence and be able to write legibly.

 

  • Homework: A ‘Homework Schedule’ will be sent home weekly. Students will be assigned daily work to complete at home.  Parental involvement and engagement is essential.  Parents will be responsible to ensure their student follows the weekly syllabus allowing them to complete their work in a timely way.

 

  • Parent Orientation: Parent orientation will be scheduled prior to the first week of class. 

 

Grading: Quarterly grades will be based on writing assignments, grammar and book quizzes as well as poetry recitation.


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This course emphasizes structured & stylized writing, in-depth grammar enhancement and literature enrichment.

Utilizing curriculum from the Institute for Excellence in Writing (IEW), students will learn a variety of stylistic techniques as they work through nine structures of writing including; note-taking & outlines, writing from notes, retelling narrative stories, summarizing references, writing from pictures, summarizing multiple references, inventive writing, formal essay models and formal critique.  

Fix-It! teaches grammar at the point of need.  Students will learn to think about their writing and incrementally learn how to apply the grammar rules to written work.  The daily practice in editing will help instill the habit of editing anything they write.

Literature and poetry selections have been chosen based upon their dynamic sentence structure and syntax as well as the engaging nature of the content.  Students will respond to the independent reading assignments in a variety of ways.

 

Curriculum Purchased by Student

I recommend that these books are bought new from IEW.  Please have these books in your possession prior to the first day of class.

  • Structure and Style for Students, Year 1, Level B, Student Binder and Packet, $29.00

https://iew.com/shop/products/structure-and-style-students-year-1-level-b-binder-student-packet

  • Fix It! Grammar, Book 2, Teacher’s Manual and Student Book Combo $29.00

https://iew.com/shop/products/fix-it-grammar-robin-hood-book-2-teacherstudent-combo

 

Literature Selections Purchased by Student

A complete list of the literature selections and school supplies will be provided upon registration for this course. 

 

Student & Parent Expectations: 

  • Parent Partnership: Parents are expected to be engaged with their student ensuring that they understand the classwork, utilize the weekly syllabus and complete their homework each week in a timely manner.

 

  • Prerequisites: Students must be 11 years old prior to September 1, 2021 and able to read easily at a sixth-grade level.  Students must be able to compose a sentence and be able to write legibly.

 

  • Homework: A ‘Homework Schedule’ will be sent home weekly. Students will be assigned daily work to complete at home.  Parental involvement and engagement is essential.  Parents will be responsible to ensure their student follows the weekly syllabus allowing them to complete their work in a timely way.

 

  • Parent Orientation: Parent orientation will be scheduled prior to the first week of class. 

 

Grading: Quarterly grades will be based on writing assignments, grammar and book quizzes as well as poetry recitation.


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