We will cover phonemic awareness, phonics, word work, vocabulary, and comprehension skills. We will use Raz Kids A-Zreading and Epic Books.


We will utilize The Six Traits of Writing as well as Empowering Writers and cover spelling, sentence structure, ideas, organization, word choice, and voice. We will cover opinion, expository/informative, research, narrative, and book analysis as well as poetry and story writing.

One of my amazing students

Autumn has worked with me for the past three years.  Here she is reading her own poetry.

  • Mr. Bertsch,

    We cannot thank you enough for sharing your gift with our children, and our family. Our girls light up like a Christmas tree when class begins and they see your face. The way in which you coach, guide, challenge and engage these kiddos is incredible to witness. It does not go unnoticed how much energy and work you put into each and every session. Thank you for leaving a legacy with our girls, and certainly all of your students. We believe Kindness Ripples will change the world.

    Enjoy your summer – you certainly deserve it!

    Holly, Chip, Charley & Penelope

Materials Checklist

These links go to Amazon for your convenience.  I have researched these items and have found that they are consistently up to the task for homeschooling and online learning.

  • Dry Erase Board and Markers


  • Letter Magnets – Big Box

  • Lined Notebooks 1 each for: math, writing, words, handwriting

  • Pencils

  • Crayons

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