Cottage Garden Homeschool Co-op of Tyler, Texas

 Training Young People 
       Since 1996

3rd -5th Grade 2018-2019

3rd-5th Class Descriptions

Name of class: American Heroes

Teacher: D. Boone

Suitable ages, abilities, or skill level needed for this class:

This class is designed for 3rd-5th grade students with the following characteristics:

1. The ability to listen attentively to a 30 minute "radio theatre" type CD each week.

2. The ability to express their comprehension of what they have heard by writing in complete sentences.

3. The ability to participate in a class discussion and politely listen to others.

Class fee: $10.00 per semester

Maximum number of students in the class: 12

Minimum number of students in the class: 4

Objectives of this class:

1. To inspire students to seek to do great things.

2. To improve listening and expressive writing and speaking skills.

3. To learn more about the lives of great American historical figures.

Description of the general class format:

1. Class will begin with a 30 minute audio story about the life of an historical American hero. (Your Story Hour, volume 6). The audios are interesting and are produced by professional actors. A different hero is generally studied each week, though the first few lessons will focus on the life of Christopher Columbus. though parents may choose to have their child complete other portions of the worksheet pages at home, or do further research.

Textbook/workbook information:

There are no textbooks or workbooks to purchase. All worksheet packets will be provided from the class fees. Students need to have pencils, pens, coloring pencils and/or colors with them in class each week.

Other important information:

Success in this class will depend on the student's ability to listen attentively and work independently on written assignments.

2. Students will discuss the story and related character traits.

3. Students will be given a 4-5 page packet of related worksheets each week. The worksheets provide a variety of activities for the student to complete independently, according to their age and ability level. Worksheet activities include matching, true and false, fill-in-the blank, short essay, and coloring activities. Students may pick and choose their favorite activities to complete each week. Students will work on these activity pages until the end of the period. The worksheet pages will be sent home and will be optional additional enrichment if the parent wishes to use the material.

Description of homework activities:

There will be no assigned homework,


Name of class: Mind, Body and Motor (3rd - 6th grade)

Teacher: TBD

Suitable ages, abilities, or skill level needed for this class: 3rd - 6th grade

Class Fee: $5 each student

Maximum number of students in the class: 20 (with 3 teachers)

Minimum number of students for the class to make: 4

Objectives of this class: We will be using exercises to improve motor skills that were developed and have been proven to help children with their cognitive development.

Description of the general class format: In this class, we will work on different areas of development. We will also work on body awareness and basic fine and gross motor skills. During bad or extremely hot weather, we will play educational games or fitness activities geared for the indoors. We will have competitions and work on developing a healthy competitive spirit. Class participation is absolutely required.

Description of enrichment or homework activities: None

Textbook/workbook information: None

Other Important Information: Class participation is absolutely required.


Name of Class: 3-5 Strategic Games

Teacher: Christian Matthews

Suitable ages, abilities, or skill level needed for this class: 3-5 grade taking turns, listening and waiting to speak are skills that will be needed for success in this class.

Class Fee: $10.00

Maximum number of students in the class: 12

Minimum number of students for the class to make: 4

Objectives of this class: For students to learn different techniques in problem solving and develop strategies for puzzle and game playing. Students will also work as a group to build projects, experiments and discussions will be carried out using the scientific process to predict and observe outcomes.

Description of the general class format: Most of the work in class will be done as a group. Occasionally the students will work in groups to build a project. One class every month will be devoted to actually playing games involving strategy like checkers, chess or other games.

Description of enrichment or homework activities: There may be optional enrichment activities, but very little required homework.

Textbook/workbook information: None needed.

Other important information: Class participation is vital in this class.


Name of class: 3rd-5th Grade Boys’ Group

Teacher: Jonathan Flanders

Fee: $10.00

Suitable ages, abilities, or skill level needed for this class: This class is for boys 3rd through 5th grade. Fee covers the cost for water cups and any small supplies.

Objectives of this class:

1. The goal will be for the boys to develop friendships.

2. The boys will also learn good sportsmanship.

Description of the general class format:

Boys will have plenty of outdoor play and occasional indoor games.

Maximum number of students: Maximum will be about 14 students.

Description of enrichment or homework activities:

None

Textbook/workbook information: none


Name of Class: Drama Fun

TEACHER: Mellissa Jones

Suitable, ages, abilities, or skill level needed for this class: 3rd-5th grades. Minimal reading adjusted to student age level; must be able to follow instructions and have fun; students to dress for movement.

Class Fee: $15.00

Maximum number of students: 24

Minimum: 6

Objectives of this class: To give children an outlet for their God given creative abilities. Explore stories, especially from a Godly view. Learn some basic theater terms, work on skills that will benefit future thespians, diction, projection, and facial expressions.

Description of the general class format: We will use the following techniques to explore and have fun:

Narrative Pantomime stories: A technique in which the teacher or leader tells a story and each student, usually working independently, “acts out” the story.

Physical and Pantomime Activities: These Activities all teach physical control and pantomime communication.

Improvisation Activities: Virtually all Creative drama involves improvisation, but these plans focus in part on building improvisation skills.

Role drama Activities: These lessons use the technique known as role drama, in which students are in role and must make choices and relate to each other in a role.

THERE WILL BE NO REQUIRED MEMORIZATION.

Description of enrichment or homework activities: No written homework will be assigned. I will email parents with a report of the exercises done in class.

Textbook/workbook: NONE


Name of Class: Girls’ Club

Teacher: Debra Taylor

Suitable ages, abilities or skill level needed for this class: 3rd-5th grade

Class Fee: $20.00

Maximum number of students in this class: 12

Minimum number of students in this class: 5

Objectives of this class: To foster friendships and promote good sportsmanship among the girls with a chance for fellowship while having fun.

Description of the general class format:

This year we will split our time between crafts and games. We plan to have fun.

Description of enrichment or homework activities: None

Textbook/workbook information: None

Other Important Information: Please inform the teacher if your daughter has any allergies to food, etc.


Name of class: Art Exploration

Teacher: Becky Helvey

Suitable ages, abilities, or skill level needed for this class: 3-5 grades

Class Fee: $35 per semester

Maximum number of students in the class: 12

Mininum number: 4

Objectives of this class: Students will learn about art found in caves, tombs, pots, streets, churches, windows, and books as the teacher introduces fundamental principles of the visual arts. Students will study the Great Masters (Renaissance- modern) by observing some of their works. The goal of the class is to encourage students in the area of art while they explore different mediums and techniques.

Description of the general class format: The class will be structured with 10 minutes of information/history about an artist followed by about 30 minutes of student exploration in the artist's


Name of class: English and Literature 3rd,4th and 5th

Teacher: Charl Rea Cobb

Suitable ages, abilities, or skill level needed for this class: 3-5 Grades

Class Fee: $5.00

Maximum number of students in the class: 10      

Minimum number of students for the class to make: 3

Objectives of this class: To build knowledge of grammar usage at practice with essential reference skills. I would like to pull all that we can from each story and expand their love for Literature.

Description of the general class format: We will be learning traditional English grammar and usage as well as practice with essential reference skills. Capitalization and punctuation, parts of speech and sentence structures will be taught in detail to help students master their grammar skills according to their grade level. They will be expected to complete worksheets in class and will have the option of completing extra worksheets at home with a parents help if needed.

Description of enrichment or homework activities: Overall they will be learning different types of nouns, verbs, pronouns, and clauses. I will adjust the work according to their age and skills. Homework will be minimal 5th grade will have grammar assignments for the week. This is optional but highly encouraged.

As for Literature we will be reading books in class, going over vocabulary, pulling all that we can from each story that we read. I hope to form a sort of Book club with them.

Textbook/workbook information: Other important information: My hope for this class is that they claim a passion for learning more than anything else. Easy Grammar English workbooks will be needed. I believe in having fun while learning and hope that they love coming to this class as much as I will love teaching them!

Class fee will be $5.00 per-semester so for supplies such as extra pencils, copies and incentive prizes. This fee will also help cover the cost of the purchase of Lit. Books.


Name of class: Planet Earth, Weather, & Water Studies

Teacher: Rachel May 

Suitable ages, abilities, or skill level needed for this class: 3-5 Grades 

Class Fee: $12.00 

Maximum number of students in the class: 12 

Minimum number of students for the class to make: 4 

Objectives of this class: 

The study of the earth into three general categories. First, there is meteorology, the study of the atmosphere surrounding the planet. Then there is geology, the study of the lithosphere, or the actual solid Earth itself. Finally, there is oceanography, the study of the oceans of Earth. All of these studies help us to understand the wonderful world God has created for us to live on.

Description of the general class format: Students (with help from their parents) will read lesson material at home.  In class, we will discuss the reading assignment and do activities/experiments to further understanding of the reading material. 

Description of enrichment or homework activities: It is important for children to have read the textbook material when they come to class so they can participate in class discussion. 

Textbook/workbook information:  2 books are needed for this class

Fall semester - Our Planet Earth book by God's Design for Heaven & Earth, 4th Edition by Debbie & Richard Lawrence

Spring semester - Our Weather & Water book by God's Design for Heaven & Earth, 4th Edition by Debbie & Richard Lawrence

Other important information: A creationist world view is stressed throughout this text. Time and time again, God is glorified as the Master Creator of all that the students are studying.

Revised 4/2/18