Course Details:

Learners need to purchase or borrow the following books. Or they can bundle this course with our beautiful walnut-stained crates that include all 10 books.

(2019) Merci Suรกrez Changes Gears by Meg Medina
(2018) Hello, Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly
(2017) The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill
(2016) Last Stop on Market Street by Matt De la Peรฑa
(2015) The Crossover by Kwame Alexander
(2014) Flora & Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo
(2013) The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
(2012) Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos
(2011) Moon over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool
(2010) When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead

The Notables Asynchronous Book Club Curriculum

$165.00 every 6 months

Go back in time as your learner reads all 100+ novels that won the Newbery medal. In this asynchronous book club that serves as a dual Bible and literature course, students learn to cast a biblical light on secular literature, practicing applying knowledge and building wisdom. They develop critical discernment and how to analyze literature while discovering who they are as readers. In this 6-month subscription, we cover the ten novels that won the Newbery medal from 2010-2019. Every 6-months, learners receive access to 10 courses, covering the next decade of Newbery medal winners.

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Description

The fear of theย Lordย is the beginning of wisdom;

all those who practice it haveย a good understanding.

Hisย praise endures forever!

-Psalm 111:10

Build a Biblical Worldview Through Novel Studies

In all courses on Lemons-Aid, we begin with the Word of God, building a foundation of truth. When learners read a novel, we guide them in analyzing and evaluating the characters’ actions, the plot, the conflict, and the theme through a biblical lens.

In Psalm 111:10, “those who practice” wisdom refers to those who obey. When we study literature from a biblical perspective, children have the opportunity to practice applying biblical knowledge to real-life situations seen in the stories. When they face similar circumstances in their own lives, they will have practiced applying biblical wisdom and will be better equipped to obey and take action from their foundation of faith and wisdom.

For example, when we teach stories that deal with love, we start by studying two stories in the Bible. The first is Samson and the Philistine woman found in Judges 14. Samson was infatuated and it led him to disobey God with devastating consequences. Then we turn to Hosea and Gomer, a beautiful love story that shows what real love is. In fact, it’s the picture of God’s love for us; it’s the gospel! Now our high school students are ready to read two stories that deal with love, but they realize it’s just infatuation. They practice applying what they know from the Bible to better understand the stories.

Our prayer is that when they find themselves feeling infatuated, they recognize it in themselves and can act with wisdom, faith, and obedience. Praise the Lord forever!

10 Asynchronous Courses, Community, & Surprises

Asynchronous Online Courses

Each book is accompanied by an additional online asynchronous course where learners go through Bible and academic lessons. This course should be started before the book is read. An asynchronous course is where the teacher and student work together without live meetings.

Projects

When learners finish a book, they have an optional project to complete to demonstrate their learning.

Gamification

Surprises, celebrations, stamps, and more! Learners are motivated to keep reading!

Trinkets & Surprises

Each learner receives custom-curated surprises and treasures. This includes a craft or activity to help build focus and attention stamina. Also found inside is a way to mark the completion of each book. This is mailed to the learner!

Community

The release dates of the decade crates is set so that cohort groups of students can go through the adventure together. They have a special, moderated online space to discuss their books.

Academic Add-Ons

For learners and parents who want a writing component, students receive an optional writing assignment and parents receive a rubric and instructions on how to grade the work. We offer an add-on service if you want a Lemons-Aid teacher to give feedback.

Support for Starting a Local Book Club

Gather your friends and neighbors for a local group of learners to come together and talk about the books. We give you a discussion guide and a discount on your subscription.

Lesson Schedule

1
(2019) Merci Suรกrez Changes Gears by Meg Medina
2
(2018) Hello, Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly
3
(2017) The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill
4
(2016) Last Stop on Market Street by Matt De la Peรฑa
5
(2015) The Crossover by Kwame Alexander
6
(2014) Flora & Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo
7
(2013) The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
8
(2012) Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos
9
(2011) Moon over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool
10
(2010) When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead

Class Introduction Video

Coming soon…

Taught From a Christian Perspective

Our mission is to equip learners’ minds and shepherd their hearts. We want them to have saving faith in our Lord Jesus Christ and then develop a biblical worldview. This means they view their world, themselves, and God in a way that aligns with what the Bible teaches. This brings great peace and understanding to the believer because we serve a good, sovereign God. This course is taught with these goals in mind. In class, we may pray, read scripture, and discuss how to view the content from a Christian perspective.

We have adoptedย The Masterโ€™s Seminary Doctrinal Statement.

Build a Biblical Worldview Through Novel Studies

In all courses on Lemons-Aid, we begin with the Word of God, building a foundation of truth. When learners read a novel, we guide them in analyzing and evaluating the characters’ actions, the plot, the conflict, and the theme through a biblical lens.

In Psalm 111:10, “those who practice” wisdom refers to those who obey. When we study literature from a biblical perspective, children have the opportunity to practice applying biblical knowledge to real-life situations seen in the stories. When they face similar circumstances in their own lives, they will have practiced applying biblical wisdom and will be better equipped to obey and take action from their foundation of faith and wisdom.

For example, when we teach stories that deal with love, we start by studying two stories in the Bible. The first is Samson and the Philistine woman found in Judges 14. Samson was infatuated and it led him to disobey God with devastating consequences. Then we turn to Hosea and Gomer, a beautiful love story that shows what real love is. In fact, it’s the picture of God’s love for us; it’s the gospel! Now our high school students are ready to read two stories that deal with love, but they realize it’s just infatuation. They practice applying what they know from the Bible to better understand the stories.

Our prayer is that when they find themselves feeling infatuated, they recognize it in themselves and can act with wisdom, faith, and obedience. Praise the Lord forever!

Learners Need Explicit Instruction!

Explicit teaching is a method of instruction students desperately need! It is the opposite of a constructivist philosophy whereby students try to construct meaning themselves.

Well…

Instead of leaving students to magically figure out how to write an essay or read or do a geometry proof, we teach explicitly, which is backed by a large body of evidence, and it’s how Mrs. Lemons teaches her undergraduate and graduate teacher candidates in college to teach! We do it this way because it’s how kids learn.

Explicit instruction is “a structured, systematic, and effective methodology for teaching academic skills. It is called explicit because it is an unambiguous and direct approach to teaching that includes both instructional design and delivery procedures. Explicit instruction is characterized by a series of supports or scaffolds, whereby students are guided through the learning process with clear statements about the purpose and rationale for learning the new skill, clear explanations and demonstrations of the instructional target, and supported practice with feedback until independent mastery has been achieved.”
-Explicit Instruction: Effective and Efficient Teaching by Anita L. Archer and Charles A. Hughes.

Anita Archer trained Mrs. Lemons in workshops, and it changed her teaching. Read a little more about the research behind explicit teaching here and here.


To read more about your teaching and learning methods, read Mrs. Lemons’ blog.

 

The Lemons-Aid Team

Lemons-Aid teachers have a few things in common.
โค๏ธ They love their students and value each of their unique strengths and personalities that make our classes special. Our classes can be described as fun, personal, academic, challenging, and supportive.
๐Ÿคฉ We work to keep learners engaged, so there is always a degree of student accountability for their attention and focus, whether that be through asking them direct questions or by using the chatbox.
๐Ÿ’ญ We know all kids can learn, but sometimes things are hard! To support students, we teach them how to develop effective thinking and learning habits that will bring them success in class and in life.
๐ŸŒŸ Building relationships with students so they know we care about them helps us balance the high expectations we have for them regarding their effort, work quality, and behavior. Our students are encouraged, cared for, and they achieve!

๐™†๐˜ผ๐™๐™€๐™‰ ๐™‡๐™€๐™ˆ๐™Š๐™‰๐™Ž: English Language Arts
#High-Energy #Skilled #Experienced #Relational #Fun
Karen is the Founder of Lemons-Aid. She has a bachelor’s degree in English, a minor in Education, and a master’s degree in Education Administration from Liberty University. With a teaching certificate and a principal’s license in both Washington and Colorado, she has many years of experience teaching English Language Arts and History / Social Studies at the middle school and high school levels. Additionally, she is TESOL and TEFL certified and enjoys teaching English Language Learners from all over the world. She has worked in private and public schools at every level and is currently an affiliate faculty member at Colorado Christian University, supervising teacher candidates in their undergraduate and graduate teacher education programs. She is a teacher of teachers. A homeschool mom herself, she admits that teaching other people’s kids is easier than teaching her own teenage boys! She lives in the Denver, Colorado area where she cheers on the Broncos, Avs, and the Rockies, but her favorite athletes are her own kids who play hockey and baseball!
๐ŸŽฅ Karen’s Intro Video

 

๐‘ฑ๐‘ฌ๐‘ต๐‘ต ๐‘น๐‘ฐ๐‘จ๐‘ณ๐‘ฌ: English Language Arts
#Experienced #Knowledgeable #Empowering #Patient #Rises Above the Ordinary.
As a certified English teacher, Jenn has taught in some capacity over the course of the past twenty-five years. She has taught middle school and high school English classes in both private and public school settings, tutored international ESL students online, developed and taught literature and public speaking classes for a local homeschool co-op, and homeschooled her own two children. Jenn has a bachelorโ€™s degree in English Education. A strong believer in lifelong learning, Jenn has also taken several graduate-level courses related to teaching. Jenn enjoys spending time with her husband, Mark, and their two teenagers. She enjoys taking day trips close to where they live in upstate New York. In her spare time, Jenn enjoys singing and performing in plays. Additionally, she enjoys curling up on the sofa to read a good book. More than likely, one of her four cats will be curled up at her feet.
๐ŸŽฅ Jenn’s Intro Video

๐™†๐™๐™„๐™Ž๐™๐™€๐™‰ ๐™๐™๐™€๐™€๐™ˆ๐˜ผ๐™‰: Elementary
#Fun #Inspiring #LoveForLearning
Kristen has a Bachelor’s Degree in Education with a minor in child psychology from Liberty University. For nearly a decade, she has worked in elementary school classrooms, as a private tutor, and as an online ELL teacher. While passionate about education in general, her favorite subjects to both study and teach are reading, grammar, and writing. She and her husband are actively involved in a church where she works as a Sunday School teacher and Children’s Ministry teacher to ages 4-6. No matter where she is teaching, Kristen tries to find ways to connect with her students and to create an exciting classroom that builds a passion for education. It is her desire to not only teach a subject but also to foster a love of learning which inspires students to want to learn more even once the class is completed. Kristen lives in Virginia with her husband, daughter, and their new baby boy! In her spare time, Kristen loves to create teaching content such as interactive lesson plans, worksheets, and more! She also enjoys doing family outings and crafting.
๐ŸŽฅ Kristen’s Intro Video

๐™ˆ๐™๐™Ž. ๐˜ผ๐™‡๐™„:
Elementary
#Engaging #Fun #Patient #Kind #Encouraging
Ali has a Bachelorโ€™s Degree in Early Childhood Education and has worked with children over the last 11 years. She taught for 6 years in public school, 2 years in Kindergarten and 4 years in First Grade. She has worked as a reading tutor and ESL teacher online for the last 4 years; she has also tutored children in-person in reading, writing, and STEM. Ali believes that every child is a natural learner; she believes that an educatorโ€™s goal is to engage each child in the way that they learn best! She is passionate about creating a safe and FUN environment that teaches the whole child. Each time she enters a classroom, whether it is in-person or online, you can find her singing, playing games, and making learning fun. Ali lives in Missouri, near St. Louis with her husband and fur-child (an 80 lb. German Shepherd who doesnโ€™t know how big he is). In her free time she loves reading, writing, crafts, hiking, working out, and spending time with my family.
๐ŸŽฅ Ali’s Intro Video

๐™†๐™„๐™ˆ๐˜ฝ๐™€๐™๐™‡๐™” ๐™‹๐˜ผ๐™๐™„๐™‰๐™„๐™Ž๐™„: English
#Energetic #Kind #Encouraging #Authentic #Enthusiastic #Guide
Kim loves life, loves people, and loves learning! She views each student as a team member with his or her own unique talents, skills and life experience to bring to the group. She loves helping students expand their knowledge and sharpen their skills to reach their greatest potential. Kim has a Bachelor’s degree from Cairn University in secondary Education with certification in English (NY and PA) and endorsement in music. Her classroom experience has focused on English, PE and Bible education, but she has tutored in a variety of areas including ESL, special ed, math, history, science and music (piano and voice). She lives in northeast PA with her wonderful family. She has homeschooled all of her seven children. The youngest five are still in school and ensure that every day is an adventure. Kim also coaches intramural and competitive sports throughout the year. She loves music, sports, reading and taking long walks up her dirt road admiring wildflowers, listening to birds and reflecting on what she is learning in life!
๐ŸŽฅ Kim’s Intro Video

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