boy reading in library March 29, 2018

Personalized Learning Plan: See How Students are Learning Literature at Excel Academy

For many students, a love of learning originates from a love of literature. It’s a subject that might be overlooked but has a reach that goes beyond building up a student’s library. For one thing, literature—which is noted for the excellence and enduring quality of its writer’s work—gives them a strong, functional foundation of literacy. It also presents a story of humanity and how people interact with each other, creating in the reader a sense of empathy that grows as they do. Literature also offers a creative lens to view math, science, and history.

With so many novels and pieces of literature available to Excel Academy students, they’re able to choose the readings that work for them so they can actually enjoy the subject. Here are five ways the flexible learning pathway at Excel Academy is helping students learn and value literature.

Through the Classical Method

While there are numerous novels students can choose to read that will take them on virtually any adventure, many students will still opt to start their literature journey via the Classical Method of homeschooling. With this, they’ll read more historical-based fiction that can cross over into other areas of study. For example, a student might be studying a certain historic event in a textbook and then create context and learn the relevance of the event through literature.

Across Grade Levels

Around age seven, a child is typically able to begin reading small, introductory chapter books. This opens the doors for a family, giving them the opportunity to learn about and discuss the same subject matter across all their students’ grade levels. Many families take advantage of this through unit studies, which allows them to integrate the same theme across multiple subjects in a way that can apply to each student at their level.

For example, a family with a second, fifth, and seventh grader can focus on the medieval period. The youngest child can read basic chapter books about knights, while the fifth and seventh graders read more complex novels that give them different details on the subject. Another family might be doing a unit on marine biology, using books about seahorses and seals for younger students and biographies about Jacques Cousteau for older students, to bring the science to life.

At Their Own Level

Students can challenge themselves with a book that may be slightly above their reading level. Other students, who may struggle with reading, can find books that are more tailored to their needs and that pique their interest—which could be crucial for keeping them engaged with their learning. With homeschooling, students don’t have to feel out of place or inadequate for being at a different level than their peers; instead, they can focus on finding their love of learning and literature at a pace that makes sense to them.

Based on Their Interests

Excel Academy’s Personalized learning pathway allows a child’s curriculum to be interest driven; so as long as the family can prove the literature meets basic requirements, a learning plan can be built around it. Excel Academy’s Education Specialists (ES) look for plot, setting, character, theme, point of view, conflict, and tone, and within that, most books are approved.

This works out  for those students who would rather spend their timing diving into books with themes related to dinosaurs, pirates, automobiles, computers, and the like.

In addition to the necessary academic literary requirements, we encourage our students to read all genres of literature. But families are encouraged to use their ES as a resource and sounding board to create curriculum that is personalized to their child’s unique interests while still maintaining academic vigorous qualities.

Through Their Unique Learning Style

Along with tailoring curriculum to a student’s interests and reading level, literature can also be personalized to a child’s learning style. Parents can work with their ES to brainstorm unique ways to teach literature that relate to their student. For example, a child who relies on auditory learning can listen to a book on tape as they read along, while a kinesthetic learner can complete hands-on projects that integrate their reading.

Our mission at Excel Academy is to help every student succeed—in literature and across every other subject as well. For more information on our flexible, personalized learning opportunities, visit us online.