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Do you know the best time to begin reading great books?  Right now! Regardless of the age of the student or the reading level of the story, the same principles of good reading apply.  What’s more, some of the very best stories ever told were written for children! Students in our elementary classes will learn basic principles of good reading and then apply them to a hand-picked selection of uplifting, inspiring stories.  Not only will they love the experience in the moment, but they’ll be acquiring skills that will last a lifetime.   

CenterForLit  instructors use the Socratic method to conduct online discussions of classic books.  This method involves asking questions that force them to think carefully about their reading, and then to think carefully about their thinking.  Using the author's theme as the goal of the discussion, instructors encourage students to understand his message by discussing the structural and stylistic components that make up his story.  Next, students are drawn by further questioning to critically examine their own assumptions about the author's theme.  As a result, students gain a deeper understanding of the book, and also of themselves as readers and thinkers. 


We are thrilled to announce that Miss Megan Andrews will be returning as our Elementary Lit instructor this year! Megan earned her B.A. in English from Hillsdale College in 2016, and helped create the CenterForLit elementary class in 2017. She is thrilled to be rejoining the CenterForLit faculty.

You can reach Megan via email at 


Course Details: 

A sample discussion from the CenterForLit Online Academy.

  • Instructors: Megan Andrews

  • Schedule: Monthly 90-minute Socratic discussions with optional weekly writing classes (see full schedule and titles below) are held at 10:00 AM Pacific Time (1:00 PM Eastern) on Mondays.

  • NEW FEATURES! Online meeting software (included in tuition) provides screen sharing and live audio with chat. Students raise hands to participate aloud, chat with instructors, and see instructors via live video.

  • Recordings: High quality audio recordings of each class (with discussion notes in PDF format) allow students to participate at their own pace if desired. Students receive an email invitation to join the student database, where they have access to recordings and notes from each discussion.

  • Grades and Credits (optional): Grades and Credits: Writing students receive regular report cards with suggestions for improvement. All students receive a certificate of completion/attendance upon request.

  • Tuition: $450 annually for the discussion-only class; an additional $300 for the optional writing section.


Optional Writing Section:

A sample of CenterForLit's Online Writing Academy.

  • Availability: Open to students enrolled in the discussion course.

  • Instructor and Tutor: Megan Andrews

  • Schedule: Weekly 45-minute classes on Thursdays at 8:00 AM Pacific time (11:00 AM Eastern)

  • Assignments: 32 weekly assignments addressing the fundamentals of English composition, beginning with vocabulary-level activities, proceeding to sentence structure and syntax, and concluding with paragraph-length compositions. Students submit assignments via the student database and receive line-by-line comments according to a pre-determined schedule.

  • Recordings: Writing lessons are recorded to allow for asynchronous participation; however, assignment due dates are not flexible.

  • Grading: Grades and Credits: Writing students receive regular report cards with suggestions for improvement. All students receive a certificate of completion/attendance upon request.

  • Teacher access: Instructor and tutors are always available via email to answer specific questions. Emails are generally returned within 24 hours.

  • Click here to download a sample essay prompt

  • Click here to download a sample writing lesson

  • Click here to download a sample graded assignment

  • Click here to download a sample report card


Discussion Schedule:

All discussion classes meet once per month at 10:00 AM Pacific time (1:00 PM Eastern) on Mondays. Section A and Section B meet on different weeks according to the following schedule:


Writing Class Schedule:

The optional writing class is available to students enrolled in the Socratic discussion course.  Classes meet at 8:00 AM Pacific time (11:00 AM Eastern) according to the following schedule:


Upon enrollment, you will download a registration packet with complete instructions
for joining each online discussion and participating in the conversation board.
If you would like more information, you can call our office any time at (509) 738-2837.

Tuition, Discounts, and Enrollment:

Tuition is $450 annually for the discussion-only class, with an additional $300 for the optional writing section.

Early Bird Registration: Students enrolling before June 1, 2019 receive a 10% discount on all tuition fees for every course.

Pelican Society Discount: Pelican Society members receive 10% off all tuition fees for every course in addition to all other applicable discounts. Enrollment must originate inside the Pelican Society. Log in now or click here to join!

Sibling Discount: If you are enrolling more than one student from the same family, our system will automatically apply a sibling discount in addition to any other discounts or coupons. Simply make sure all registrations appear in the same shopping cart. You’ll receive a discount on each registration based on how many students are enrolling. Please note that our sibling discount structure amounts to a 100% tuition waiver for student number four!


Elementary Literature
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We appreciate the responsibility involved in choosing curriculum materials for your students, and we ask you to make this decision carefully. If your plans change and your student must withdraw from a class, Center For Lit can transfer your registration to a different class or to a future term; however, THERE ARE NO REFUNDS FOR ONLINE CLASS REGISTRATIONS.