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Preparing Your Child for Mountainville Academy



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Preparing a child for a new school is an important aspect of a successful educational experience. We encourage new families to familiarize themselves with the curriculum and teaching methods of Mountainville Academy, and to help prepare their new students for the rigorous curriculum and learning environment by following these suggestions:

  • Core Knowledge Sequence: We recommend that you obtain a copy of the Core Knowledge book, “What your (fill in the grade) Grader Needs To Know”, for the grade level your child is currently attending, or has just finished.  Review the content with your child and make sure he/she is familiar with the topics and understands the concepts for that level.  The series is available in most major book stores and public libraries.

  • Saxon Math Curriculum: Mountainville Academy will assess your student to determine what level he/she is currently at for placement in an appropriate math group, however you may wish to use the following steps to help prepare your child for the start of the new school year:

1. Administer the Saxon Math Placement Tests to determine what level your child may currently be at.  Follow instructions carefully.  Your child will need to complete the tests with at least 85% accuracy, without your assistance, and without a calculator.

2. If your child is far behind, take measures to bring him/her current, i.e. flashcards, workbooks, tutoring, math activities, math fact exercises, and other math enrichment, etc.

3. Mountainville Academy strives to use Saxon Math at an accelerated level with the ideal of having all children work one level ahead of grade.  Refer to the schedule below and, if your child is ready, obtain Saxon Math materials for the grade level your child is currently attending, or has just finished.  Once your child has mastered the concepts and content outlined for his/her grade level, he/she will be very well prepared for the new school year.

Kindergarten - Saxon 1
First Grade - Saxon 2
Second Grade - Saxon 3
Third Grade - Saxon 4 OR Saxon 5/4
Fourth Grade - Saxon 6/5
Fifth Grade - Saxon Course 1 (Saxon 7/6)
Sixth Grade - Saxon Course 2 (Saxon 8/7)
Seventh Grade - Saxon Course 3 (Algebra 1/2)
Eighth Grade - Saxon Algebra 1

  • Language Arts/Reading: Mountainville Academy will include the following novels in study this year.  We recommend that you select books from the reading list for the grade your child is currently attending, or has just finished:

Winnie The Pooh by A.A. Milne
1st Grade
Frog and Toad Together by Arnold Lobel
Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parrish
Junie B. Jones by Barbara Park
The House at Pooh Corner by A.A. Milne
Aesop's Fables 
2nd Grade
Charlotte's Web by E.B. White
Daulaire's Book of Greek Myths by Ingri and Edgar Parin d'Aulaire
Little House in The Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie

3rd Grade
Alice In Wonderland by Lewis Carrol (Sholastic/1988)
Old Yeller by Fred Gipson
The Wind in The Willows by Kenneth Grahame
4th Grade
Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
Robin Hood
Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving
Pollyanna by Eleanor Porter
Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
5th Grade
A Midsummers Night's Dream by William Shakespeare
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Don Quixote by Miquel de Cervantes
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
Tales of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
6th Grade
Julius Caesar For Young People by Diane Davidson (Swan Books)
Island of The Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell
The Secret by Frances Hodgson Burnett Garden
The Iliad and The Odyssey by Homer
Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls
The Prince and The Pauper by Mark Twain
7th Grade
The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane
Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand
The Chosen by Chiam Potok
Call of The Wild by Jack London
Anne Frank - Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
Dr. Jykell and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
8th Grade
Animal Farm by George Orwell
Anne Frank - Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare
Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry by Mildred Taylor
Homesick by Jean Fritz


 For additional guidance, please contact the school’s Curriculum Director, Christine Hadlock.

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