Writing From the Heart of Language (Intermediate Level)

2:00pm-3:30pm Thursdays     Ages 11-14

NEW!!! By Popular Demand!

"My daughter loves your class!" T.P., regarding the foundational level class

Based on Charlotte Mason & Classical education, multi-level and ability. This class is packed with individualized attention. Be inspired while thinking about language more deeply using self-paced Italic handwriting, practical English grammar, Latin & Greek roots, memory work using poetry, dictation (no copywork), and narration as comprehension and composition tool. Students will be introduced to some important styles of writing, and try some themselves. 

This year we will be writing small, specific assignments in class. Some technical, some creative, our writing projects will be open subjects more focused on style, intention, and conveying information. We will also explore writing both separately and socially.

There will be plenty of support in meeting the demands of assignments, with introduction to clear (self) grading rubrics, peer review, and (optional) group sharing. We will also learn about note taking, older forms of English and influences, and give special attention to punctuation, sentence structure, and creativity within technical specifications for writing. We will break apart words until we can see their roots, and compare similar words for meaning. A student armed with roots and meanings has clear advantage in many testing situations, and many fields of study: sciences, jurisprudence, and other languages, to name a few. 

Faster pace than the Foundational class, with some same resources. Your child must be a comfortable reader to be in this class. New and emerging writers welcome. This is to be approached as a year-long class. Welcoming both returning students in the age range, and new students, space permitting.

Annual AMNH scavenger hunt field trip to be arranged in June doubles as make-up. Field trips may include the NYCHEA Performance fair, or others as opportunities arise. 

"My daughter really enjoys Miranda's Language Arts class. She is being challenged to understand words as things that have evolved from the past. I highly recommend this class because it effortlessly helps the students turn English into a history lesson while word usage and spelling and vocabulary are all enhanced." -- M.R., regarding the foundational level class

IMPORTANT: The Foundational level is prerequisite for 9-year-old students to attend the Intermediate level. Returning students, please let me know the status of your current books. If you need new, let me know asap. New students need to be placed for books via email (by the enrollment inquiry button below). Ideally all books are ordered by Miranda by 4 Sept. Please pay in advance of the second class. $50 non-refundable deposit per child, per term.

Teacher: Miranda Norris

Using methods from Charlotte Mason, Waldorf and Classical, plus techniques proven fun and useful over 20 years of homeschooling her own children and teaching homeschool education classes for the past 11 years, Miranda brings fun to a subject that should be fun, but never at the expense of a healthy respect for the rules. Games galore with real learning.


Fall 2019 : $375 + $25 materials 14 days

Sept. 12th, 19th, 26th Oct. 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st. Nov. 7th, 14th, 21st Dec. 5th, 12th, 19th,

No Classes Nov 28th Thanksgiving Break


Winter 2020: $300 + $25 materials 10 Days

Jan 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th Feb 6th, 13th, 27th, March 5th, 12th, 19th

No classes Feb 20th Winter Break


Spring 2020 : $300 + $25 materials 10 Days

March 26th April 2nd, 23rd, 30th May 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th (field trip) June 4th, 11th

No Class April 9th and 16th (Spring Break)