Cottage Garden Homeschool Co-op of Tyler, Texas

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3rd -5th Grade 2017-2018

3rd-5th Class Descriptions

Name of class: Grammar Lit. 3rd-5th 

Teacher: Charl Rae 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: 12 

Minimum number of students for the class to make:

Objectives of this class: We will explore a different genre of literature each week during the Fall semester and a variety of reference books during the Spring semester. I would like to pull all that we can from each story and expand their love for both reading and writing. Students will learn about story mapping, to identify protagonists vs. antagonists, and whether the location or the time frame impacts the fundamental story. 

We will build essential grammar skills by using employing kinesthetic, auditory, and visual learning techniques to teach capitalization, punctuation, parts of speech, sentence structures, and diagramming sentences together during the Fall semester. Writing principles such as note taking, outlines, word choice, and writing voice will be the focus during the Spring semester and students may participate in our voluntary weekly writing adventures either as authors or as a listening audience. (This has inspired a lot of synergy in our current class!) 

Homework: Assigned homework will be minimal. 5th grade can have grammar assignments for the week from the Easy Grammar workbooks. This is optional (parental discretion) but highly encouraged. Weekly writing adventures are a chance for these budding authors to use the grammar and writing tips presented each week in a creative way. Students are encouraged to discuss the books they have read at home between classes and to discuss their interest in the variety of books the teacher brings into the class each week as examples of the genre being introduced. 

Other important information: My hope for this class is that they claim a passion for learning more than anything else. 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: $5.00 per-semester for supplies such as extra pencils, copies and incentive prizes. 

Name of class: World Geography

Teacher: TBA

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

Class Fee: $10

Maximum number of students in the class: 12

Minimum number of students for the class to make: 4

Objectives of this class: Students will learn to read a map, use one and make their own maps. Glove vs. map, longitude/latitude, hemispheres, direction, continents, and oceans will be taught. Students will learn geography terms such as peninsula, hill, etc. We will learn how different children on different continents live.

Description of the general class format: Through hands on activities and worksheets, students will learn about world geography.

Description of enrichment or homework activities: On occasion students may study/memorize a number of countries for a bee, and may continue to explore at home a subject discussed in class. There may be enrichment activities available for parents to assign to their discretion.

Name of class: Art

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: 10

Minimum 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 technique, with the final few minutes used for cleaning up and sharing. The emphasis of the class is exploration. There will be consecutive weeks that we work on the same technique and project. Mediums include painting, drawing, chalk, mosaics, sculpture, collage, & printing. The students will use class time exploring and developing skills in this creative endeavor. The emphasis is on exploration...not always on a finished product.

Description of enrichment or homework activities: No written homework will be assigned. Most work will be done during class time. There may be occasions where students are asked to focus on an area of expertise to be ready for the next class. Mrs. Helvey will also encourage students to participate in local competitions/art shows if the opportunities arise. Students will create and choose at least one piece of their artwork to display at the end of the year, Awards Ceremony. 

Textbook/workbook information: Projects are taken from various text books, art websites, dvd art lesson tutorials.

Other Important Information: Students will be using different mediums as they explore the various techniques. It may be advisable to have a smock or t-shirt to protect clothing.

Name of class: Anatomy/Astronomy

Teacher: Rachel May 

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

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: 

Anatomy: Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology is an elementary level Anatomy and Physiology book that gives glory to God as children discover all that goes on in their bodies from their heads to the nails on their toes! Beginning with a brief history of medicine and a peek into cells and DNA, your students will voyage through fourteen lessons covering many subjects.

Astronomy: To introduce elementary-level students to the wonders of our solar system, the stars, and beyond. Our tour of the universe begins with our sun, the planets, the asteroid belt, dwarf planets, and the Kuiper belt. Then we set off across the stars to explore galaxies, nebulae, and even black holes as they reveal the marvel and might of our loving Creator.  

Description of the general class format: Students (or their parents) will read lesson material at home.  In class, we will discuss the reading assignment and do activities and 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:  Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology by Jeannie K. Fulbright and Exploring Creation with Astronomy 1st or 2nd edition by Jeannie K. Fulbright

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.

Name of class: Sign Language

Teacher: TBA

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

Class Fee: $5

Maximum number of students in the class: 12

Minimum number of students for the class to make: 4

Textbook/Workbook information: None

Name of class: Beginning Spanish􀀀

Teacher: Kimberly Fenton

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

Class Fee: $7.00

Maximum number of students in the class: 12

Minimum number of students for the class to make: 4

Objectives of this class: Focus on correct􀀀pronunciation through conversation

and building vocabulary.

Description of the general class format: Some prior knowledge of Spanish

would be very􀀀helpful in this class, but is􀀀not a requirement. Each class will include

some conversation time followed by fun hands-on activities and games that teach

new vocabulary. Each week, we will􀀀review previous vocabulary terms􀀀then add

new ones􀀀and􀀀practice them through conversation. The􀀀class will teach students􀀀to

recognize common Spanish expressions, greetings and simple conversational

words and how to respond appropriately in Spanish. There will be very little

written work and an occasional craft project when it applies to that week's

vocabulary. Spanish grammar will not be taught.

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Description of enrichment or homework activities: No written homework will

be assigned. However, students are􀀀strongly encouraged to practice their vocabulary at home and quickly put it to memory so that they will be prepared for

new vocabulary the following week. 􀀀

Textbook/workbook information: folder with brads and pockets

Name of class: Everyday Numbers

Teacher: Christin Matthews

Grade Level: 3-5 grade

Class fee: $15

Maximum number of students: 12 
Minimum number of students: 5

Objectives: To assist students in understanding everyday numbers through hands on activities, dissecting numbers to understand, songs and keeping an organized exclusive notebook we are going to make it make sense.

Description of the general class format: White board explanation, class participation and hands on activities, keeping an ongoing notebook.

Description of enrichment or homework activities: Please check 3 ring binder each week for any unfinished worksheets and discuss material found in binder.

Textbook/workbook information: Each student will need to bring a 1-2 inch 3 ring binder for exclusive use for this class. 

Other important information: We will be doing some wonderful hands on activities including; building to scale, timeline scaling, making our own abacus, kitchen capacity measuring, white board competition, outdoor measure & other in class projects.
1st semester
Clock & Calendar, 2 classes
Time: adding & subtracting, elapsed time, 2 classes.
Place Value: Tenths & hundredths place, Ones to Millions, 2 classes 
Measurement: English Linear Measure, 2 classes

Building to Scale, 3 classes

Review, 1 class

2nd semester
Timeline scaling, 2 classes 
Measurement: Capacity, 2 classes 
Multiplication, 3 classes 
Fractions, 3 classes

Review, 2 classes

Word problems will be integrated throughout the year 

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: 8

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: 1st-5th Grade Boys’ Club

Teacher: TBA

Suitable ages, abilities, or skill level needed for this class: This class is for boys 1st through 5th grade. (Unless there are enough boys to split into older and younger)

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 in this class: 12

Minimum number of students in this class: 8

Description of enrichment or homework activities:

None

Textbook/workbook information: none

Name of class: Mind, Body and Motor (2nd - 6th grade)

Teacher: TBA

Suitable ages, abilities, or skill level needed for this class: 2nd - 6th grade

Class Fee: $5 each student

Maximum number of students in this class: 12

Minimum number of students in this class: 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.

Revised 4/2/17