PRIMARY AND ELEMENTARY COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

History

U.S. History (Fall only), Grades K-1

This class will give an introduction to World History, through hands-on interactive projects including: play acting, dress up, songs, literature and other projects. Students will need to read one chapter per week outside of class to keep current.  This class will include some classical conversations-type memory work as well.

Prerequisites:

Students need to be able to sit and focus for 30 minutes at a time. Depending on the student’s ability to focus, they will need to read the material for 15 minutes twice a week or 30 minutes once a week outside of class in order to accomplish the reading, or finish an occasional project.

Parent Responsibility: Parents are responsible to read one chapter of history aloud to their student weekly.

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U.S. History (Fall only), Grades 2-3

This class will give an introduction to World History, through hands-on interactive projects including: play acting, dress up, songs, literature and other projects. Students will need to read one chapter per week outside of class to keep current. In addition the students will complete mapwork and timelines.

Prerequisites:

Students need to be able to sit and focus for 40 minutes at a time. Depending on the student’s ability to focus, they will need to read the material, which takes about 30 minutes once a week outside of class. In addition, students may need to finish a map or other project on occasion.

Parent Responsibility: Parents are responsible to read one chapter of history aloud to their student weekly, and supervise a project when one is sent home to finish up.

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U.S. History with State Capitals (Fall only), Grades 4-6

This class will give an introduction to World History, through interactive projects, mapwork and timelines. Class time includes: songs, literature and other projects. Students will need to read one chapter per week outside of class to keep current. In addition the students will complete mapwork, timelines, vocabulary memorization, and minimal outside research.  

Prerequisites:

Students need to be able to participate respectfully in a classroom setting for 40 minutes at a time. They will need to read the material, which takes about 30 minutes, once a week outside of class. In addition, students will need to complete mapwork weekly.

Parent Responsibility: Parents are responsible to either read one chapter of history aloud to their student weekly or supervise the student’s reading. In addition, parents will need to monitor the map work or homework that is sent home weekly.

Science

Primary Science (Spring only), Grades K-5

Primary Science is a lab-based, discovery science taught from a Christian perspective meant to inspire love for science. It will cover a spectrum of studies including biology, botany, chemistry, physics, and more.  The students will learn and use the scientific method as well as a rudimentary lab/ note-taking method to document the lab work completed in class. There will not be a text required for purchase, however the experiments and source material will be provided from a variety of sources. This class will be highly experimental, so no homework will be assigned. Students will be required to memorize short vocabulary lists and participate in lab work.  Older students will record both hypotheses and results.  

Parent Responsibility: Help students complete projects whenever they do not finish in class. Help students memorize vocabulary and study for bimonthly tests.  

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Elementary Science, Grades 4-6 (Spring only)

Zoology 2 - Students will be immersed in the study of whales, dolphins, seals turtles and salamanders.  Children will also uncover the hidden world of crustaceans, sea snails, clams, and their soft-bodied friends like the octopus, squid, and nautilus. From the microscopic to massive, no reef is left unturned in this passage through the waters of the world. Each lesson ends with an experiment or project reinforcing the scientific method. Among other projects, your student will try on blubber, investigate a shark's ability to sense electrical currents, explore how whales can hear sounds that come from faraway, and learn through experimentation which creatures make the best fossils.

Some Scripture memory required. We will emphasizes hands-on activities to illustrate concepts. It is organized to facilitate the teaching of various levels simultaneously. Homework: Students must read, complete notebook pages, and study for tests at home.  Homework will take around 30 minutes/day M,W,F.

Prerequisites:

  • 5th grade reading level
  • Ability to write in complete sentences with legible writing, unassisted.  
  • Respectful: be able to listen to instructions and work in a group to complete activities.

Parent Responsibility:

Parents need to facilitate the correcting of notebooks and help students study for tests and complete notebook work. Parents must be willing to set up simple birdhouses and attract birds to at least one area of their yard. Help students correct work that is marked so that it is written in complete sentences and correct basic spelling mistakes marked by teacher. For 4th graders or students that struggle with reading fluency or retention, parents will need to read the material aloud to their student.