Cottage Garden Homeschool Co-op of Tyler, Texas

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Junior High 2017-2018

If you are looking for the description of a class that may be considered junior high/high school, and you cannot find it here, you may also want to look in the high school section for it.


Junior High Class Descriptions

Name of class: 6-8 Grade English Prep

Teacher: Catherine Pratt

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

This class is suitable for 6th-8th grade. Students should be able to read on their own at a 3rd grade level or higher and answer comprehension questions. They should be able to write a complete sentence. 

Class prerequisite: 

Please see statement above.  

If your child is a struggling reader I recommend Saxon intervention.  I would be happy to visit with you and help you get this started. 

Class Fee: $18 per semester 

Maximum number of students in this class: 8 

Minimum number of students in this class: 2 

Objectives of this class:  

1. That students will learn to love reading and writing.  

2. That students would be academically prepared to succeed in future JH English classes.  

Description of the general class format: 

 This will be a multi-sensory JH English class.  Multi-sensory teaching has to do with teaching in such a way that all five senses are used, engaging students in several different areas of the brain. Most of the instruction and activities in the class will focus on oral and written language. Some attention will also be given to literature and comprehending what we are reading.  

Description of homework activities: 

1. There will be literature, writing, and grammar assignments each week. 

2. Expect an hour of homework for this class every day. 

3. Parents will need to help keep their child organized and prepared to turn in homework in each of these English-related subject areas (grammar, literature, and writing). 

Textbook/ Workbook Information:  

Parents will have two options for literature: 

The teacher may use the Bob Jones 6th grade literature book (or another literature book TBD soon; will confirm by the middle of April) for weekly reading and comprehension questions. (Do not buy the book or workbook that goes along with the literature book YET.  I will confirm the reading curriculum by the middle of April.)   If you prefer, you can have your child read literature of your choosing and turn in short book reviews. The teacher will have the book review form. If you have an avid reader, your child can do both. 

Grammar: 

Grammar will be taught from Winston grammar workbooks. Please purchase the student workbook for your child.   Be sure you have the colored cards that go with the workbook.  We will use these in class.

Writing: (I am in the process of looking at a new writing curriculum so this may change.) 

 Oral to Written Expression will be used as a source for writing assignments. Do not purchase this. Worksheets will be provided. 

Other important information: 

Students are expected to complete homework assignments as assigned. Failure to complete assignments may result in the reassignment of the student to study hall. Parents need to be involved in checking their child's assignments at this age. Checking grammar pages, reading over sentences and paragraphs your child turns in, and checking that literature questions are answered fully will keep the parent informed about how your child is progressing this year. 

Students will need the following supplies: 

Yellow pocket folder- writing 

Spiral notebook -  comprehension questions

Spiral notebook- journal writing 

One 1 inch 3 ring binder with dividers  

Pens and pencils and sharpener

I will be emphasizing creative writing.  I will be grading for some punctuation but will not mark every punctuation mistake.  

Bio:  I taught elementary school (all subjects) and middle school language arts (and Social Studies) for 12 years in Indiana and Colorado in both public and Christian schools.  During those years, I taught 4th through 8th grade students in diverse settings with a variety of academic needs, including struggling students, gifted students, ESL students, and more.  My passion is to help students to love learning and to gain the skills they need to succeed academically so that they will have the keys they need to be and to do all the Lord has for them in this world, beginning with knowing Him, honoring Him, and making Him known in this world. 

Name of Class: Junior High/High School Literature

Teacher: Tracy Coffey

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

7th, 8th, and 9th grade students. This class will entail a lot of reading, so please make sure your student is on level and will be able to keep up.

Class fee: $20.00/ semester

Maximum number of students in the class: 16

Minimum number of students in the class: 4

Objectives of this class:

1. To enhance a love of reading

2. To expose students to age appropriate literature

3. To understand works, their elements, and how to discuss

4. To develop critical thinking skills when evaluating a novel

5. To prepare students for the level of responsibility they will need to succeed in high school English

Description of the general class format:

The class will study age appropriate, current and classical literature. They will read great works of literature and discuss various elements of the books as a class. They will also evaluate the works and write about them.  Group discussion is extremely important to this class set-up. ***Students must keep up with reading assignments to be able to contribute to the discussions. Please expect instruction time each week with the expectation of the students taking notes.

Description of homework activities:

1. There will be literature reading and writing assignments each week.

2. Students will read one novel each month with reading assigned daily.

3. Students will need to participate in discussions and take novel exams.

4. Parents will need to help keep their child organized and prepared to turn in homework.

5. High school students: All assignments will be graded according to CG High School Policy Guidelines.

Textbook/workbook information:

Literature: A book list will be sent out to students as soon as final selections have been made.

Students will answer comprehension questions in class and at home. 

Writing: Writing assignments will be related to the literature that is being read. Grading will be based on knowledge of content. Journaling will be done weekly.

Other important information:

Students are expected to complete homework assignments as assigned. *Failure to complete assignments may result in the reassignment of the student to study hall. Parents need to be involved in checking their child's assignments at this age.

**A grade report will be kept in front of their notebook.

Students will need the following supplies:

-spiral notebook

-loose notebook paper

-pencils

-1- 1/2-inch binder

-tabbed dividers

-lined 3X5 notecards (color preference doesn’t matter)

Name of Class: Junior High/High School WriteShop 1 or 2/Grammar

Teacher: Tracy Coffey

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

7th, 8th, and 9th grade students who have completed at least 6th grade level English instruction. 

Class fee: $20.00/ semester

Maximum number of students in the class: 16

Minimum number of students in the class: 4

Objectives of this class:

1. To enhance a love of language and communication

2. To increase vocabulary and the understanding and use of correct grammar

3. To develop writing skills

4. To prepare students for the level of responsibility they will need to succeed in high school English

Description of the general class format:

The class will study writing and grammar. Students will learn to write different types of writings, and they will learn to write one, three, and five paragraph essays. The students will also work together to brainstorm and edit papers. The students will use sentence diagramming to analyze sentences and the jobs of each word in a sentence. Please expect instruction time each week with the expectation of the students taking notes.

Description of homework activities:

1. There will be grammar and writing assignments each week.

2. Students will need to study for occasional exams.

3. Expect at least an hours’ worth of homework for this class every day.

4. Parents will need to help keep their child organized and prepared to turn in homework.

5. High school students: All assignments will be graded according to CG High School Policy Guidelines.

Textbook/workbook information:

Writing: I will be using WriteShop 1 and WriteShop 2. (I prefer students to take WS1 before taking WS2. Talk to me before purchasing curriculum if you think your student can go straight to WS2.) A student workbook will need to be purchased and placed in a separate binder. Proper writing skills will be taught with a variety of types and styles. Journaling will be done daily to practice and improve learned writing skills.

Grammar: Please read the following information carefully.

Students will work on assignments in grammar from Easy Grammar Plus (the Red book).  Some of this material may be a repeat for some students. If this is the case for your child, you are encouraged to buy a new book that has not been written in. Please understand that it will not hurt for students to repeat this material: rather, the repetition will reinforce and solidify the concepts and build confidence for them.  

The entire book will be covered this year. This book is used as a reference during high school years, so please hang onto it! It contains lists of grammar rules that students can refer to in the future.  

*Please note: Red Grammar Workbooks labeled "student workbook" do not have answer keys in them.

Other important information:

Students are expected to complete homework assignments as assigned. *Failure to complete assignments may result in the reassignment of the student to study hall. Parents need to be involved in checking their child's assignments at this age. Checking grammar pages and reading over paragraphs your child turns in will keep parents informed about how your child is progressing this year.

**A grade report will be kept in the front of their notebook.

Students will need the following supplies:

-loose notebook paper

-black or blue pen

-colored pencils

-1 ½ inch binder

-tabbed dividers

-extra binder for WriteShop curriculum

Name of Class: Double Science  

Teacher: Andrea Durbin

Suitable ages, abilities, or skill level needed for this class: 6th - 8th grade  

Class Fee: $15.00 per semester  

Maximum number of students in the class: 12  

Minimum number of students in the class: 4  

Objectives of this class: We will be learning about God and His creation as we explore chemistry and physics.  

Description of the general class format: Beginning with chemistry, we will do weekly activities and experiments to reinforce the information presented in the textbook.  In the second semester, we will glimpse into materials, laws, and structures of God's thoughtful design and careful building of His universe through hands-on activities.  

Description of enrichment or homework activities: Reading of the text will be assigned before class. It is important to complete these assignments so students will be able to participate in class discussions and demonstrations.  

Textbook/workbook information: Exploring Creation with Chemistry and Physics by Jeannie Fulbright 

Required supplies:   

pencil or pen  

Name of Class: General Science 

Teacher: Allison King 

Suitable ages, abilities, or skill level needed for this class: 7- 8th grade

Class Fee: $8.00 

Maximum number of students in the class: 12 

Minimum number of students for the class to make: 3

Objectives of this class: We will learn the history of science, implementation of the scientific method, the history of life, human anatomy, and some of the amazing living creatures that exist in God's creation. 

Description of the general class format: We will complete experiments and lab reports in class. There will be some lecture. 

Description of enrichment or homework activities: This is a full science curriculum. Weekly reading assignments and homework will be required each week including On Your Own questions, lab reports, study guides, and tests. Expect four hours of homework per week. The teacher will check for homework completion each week. 

Textbook/workbook information: Apologia Science/ Exploring Creation with General Science by Jay Wile 2nd edition. Both the textbook and the study guide/test manual are needed.

Name of Class: Physical Science

Teacher: Kelly Dickerson

Suitable Ages, Abilities or Skill Level Needed for this Class: The Physical Science course can be for High School credit. This class is for an 8th or 9th grade student who has completed the General Science course (preferably), and has already taken or will be concurrently taking Pre-Algebra and is strong in Math.  Students should display a maturity level that is appropriate for High School level work. 

Cost: $10 per student per semester

Maximum Number of Students: 10

Minimum Number of Students: 2

Objectives of this Class: from Dr. Jay L. Wile, “This course will take you on an amazing journey! It will begin with a detailed discussion of the world around you and what makes it work. It will then take you out into the Universe so that you may learn the majesty of God’s creation.”

Description of the General Class Format: Class time will be devoted to discussing, performing and recording experiments and maintaining a lab notebook, as well as reviewing material from each module.

Description of Enrichment or Homework Activities: The student will be given a schedule of daily reading assignments and questions to answer at home. Occasionally, parents will lead experiments at home that were not completed in class because of time. Every other week the student will complete a study guide. Homework will require about one hour of work per day at home. Lab reports, study notes, OYO questions, & tests are also required assignments.

Textbook Information (available via Scroll book order form)The textbook is Exploring Creation with Physical Science, by Dr. Jay L. Wile 2nd Edition. The textbook, as well as the “Solutions and Tests” manual must be purchased by each participating family.

Other Important Information:

Grading Method:

Module study notes = 15% of grade

Lab reports = 15% of grade

OYO questions = 10% of grade

Study guide = 10% of grade

Tests = 50% of grade

It is my desire to have good communication with parents throughout the year regarding grades. I will have a grade book page for each student available for periodic review.

Name of class: Math Masters

Teacher: Shirley Amaro

Suitable ages, abilities, or skill level needed for this class: 6th grade and above. Participation in class quizzes, games, and activities will be a major component of this class. A basic knowledge of multiplication tables up to 10 will be assumed-we will work on increasing speed in class.

Class Fee: $10/semester

Maximum number of students in the class: 12

Minimum number of students for the class to make: 3

Objectives of this class: to improve speed, accuracy, and confidence in math; to improve math skills through games.

Description of the general class format: weekly multiplication speed drills, with each student graphing and tracking their own progress;  learning through games like math-based jeopardy, bingo, board slam, (math)battleship, etc.;  memorization of ten math facts each week (ex. times tables 1-12, square and cubes, metric equivalents, fraction-decimal-percent equivalents, etc.) and common formulas such as areas of squares, triangles, circles, Pythagorean theorem, etc. – facts that will be helpful as students move on to pre-algebra and algebra.

Description of enrichment or homework activities: There will be assigned memorization each week. This daily review/memory work is vital to success in class.  Expect to spend about 10 minutes per day at home.  No written homework will be required.

Textbook/workbook information: All necessary materials will be distributed in class.

Other important information: This class is not a substitute for a full year of math instruction. It is reinforcement and e enrichment of what the student is studying in his/her curriculum at home.

Name of class: Pre-Algebra

Teacher: TBA

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

The student needs to have a solid background in mathematics. The student should solidly have multiplication, division, addition, and subtraction facts in place. The student needs to have a good understanding of fractions, decimals, percents, and other basic concepts of math.

Class prerequisite:

Student must take a Cottage Garden math placement test to determine readiness. These are available from the Jr. high coordinator.

Class fee: $10

Maximum number of students in this class: 12

Minimum number of students: 2

Objectives of this class:

To equip the student with the ability to solve algebraic equations and to prepare for higher math, such as algebra I.

Description of the general class format:

Concepts for the week will be introduced to the students. Students will be expected to fill in notes from the notebook during class. Students will be allowed to practice related problems and demonstrate to the teacher that they have understanding.

Description of homework activities:

Students will have daily homework assignments that must be completed. Expect about 1 hour of homework each day, 4 days a week.

Required Textbook/supplies:  Math-U-See Pre-Algebra Student Workbook and Test Book (Instructional Manual and Instructional DVD optional for parents to help student at home)

Other important information:

Students will be expected to complete all assigned homework, grade assignments, re-work any problems that were missed, and study for exams. Homework assignments will be due before 9:00 a.m. each class day and graded each week. In addition, there will be exams which will be completed at home under supervision.

Name of class: World Geography Junior High / High School students

Teacher: Kelly Hall

Class Fee: $25/semester supply fee will be used to provide copies and PACE booklets

Maximum number of students in the class: 12

Minimum number of students in the class: 3

Description of homework assignments: 45 -60 minutes/day

Your student needs to be able to read well, answer questions, research using the internet and manage their time.

There will be weekly homework assignments, class discussions, turning in notebooks for grading and perhaps other special projects, such as an end of year project.

Textbook/workbook information: PACE booklets x5 (I will order) and then copies (personally made curriculum)

Other important information:

All assignments will be graded according to the high school policy guidelines in the Cottage Garden policy form and will count for honor roll. There will be homework given for 3 weeks during the 7-week Thanksgiving/Christmas break.

Whether in JRH or HS, your student will earn a HS credit for World Geography by taking this class.

Name of class: Art

Teacher: Becky Helvey

Suitable ages, abilities, or skill level needed for this class: Jr. High-High School

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: Reader's Theater

Teacher: Melissa Jones

Suitable ages: 6th-8th

Class Fee: $10

Maximum number of students: 12

Minimum number of students: 4

Objectives of this class: Readers Theater is a dramatic presentation of a written work in a script form.  It will facilitate improved reading fluency and comprehension.  Readers read from a "script" and reading parts are divided among the readers. No memorization, costumes, blocking, or special lighting is needed. Scripts are held by the readers. Description of the general class format:  All Readers Theater activities will be done in class.  There will be no outside performances or practices.  There will be no homework. Textbook/workbook information:  There is no textbook.  Scripts will be supplies by the teacher.

Name of class: Basic Computer

Teacher: Rachel Mohn 

Cost: $10 for copies; $20 equipment fee (one time per year fee, payable to Cottage Garden) 

Suitable ages, abilities, or skill level needed for this class: Middle School Students, also available to high school students who need beginner level instruction. 

Maximum Number of Students in this class: 10 

Minimum Number of Students in this class:

The overall objective is to teach students how to use any word processing, spreadsheet, presentation software, and publisher/draw for their personal and/or educational use . I want to provide students with useful experience that will be helpful for school and their personal lives. 

Texts: None 

Objectives: 

· Increase the student's knowledge of how to use a word processing, spreadsheet, presentation software, publisher/draw for their own personal/educational use. We will be using LibreOffice (a free version of the Word Suite). 

-Increase typing speed to a minimum of 30 wpm in an online typing software. 

-Introduce student to 10 key using online typing software 

-Expectations: 

-Students will organize class handouts in a notebook. 

-Students will complete an assignment at home each week from handouts (to be printed and/or emailed as determined by teacher). Assignments being emailed must be received by teacher prior to class each week. 

-Students will practice typing each day for 15 minutes in online computer typing program and reach a minimum of 30 wpm by the end of the school year. 

-Students will come to class prepared with the previous week’s assignment completed. 

Homework: 1-2 hours outside of class

Requirements: 

-Home computer or laptop 

-Access to the internet and email 

-Libre Office (free download) at home 

-USB flash drive (if not bringing laptop to Cottage Garden) 

-Access to printer for printing completed assignments

Name of class: Logic

Teacher: Carrie Deever

Suitable ages, abilities, level needed for this class: 6-8th grade 

Class fee: $10.00

Maximum number of students in the class: 12

Minimum number of students in the class: 4

Objectives of the class: 

Since we use logic every day it's important to study it so that we can reason more reliably. As Christians, logic can help us understand and remain in God's truth and prevent us from falling prey to error. Logic can assist our teens in preparation for almost any calling they have in life. In this engaging & interactive class students will learn: 

1.To become better listeners & speakers as they interact in weekly discussions & activities about the material presented in the text or brought in by the teacher or their peers.    

2. To be able to identify bad reasoning, put a higher value on good reasoning, & know how to spot fallacies in their own reasoning.

3. To develop a "toolbox" full of all kinds of tools that they can use for different thinking tasks.

Description of the general class format: Each class period will consist of a combination of activities including discussion of chapters & questions from the text, interactive critical thinking activities, short peer presentations, logic games, and occasional tests. 

Description of enrichment or homework activities: Homework will involve reading short chapters from the books, answering review questions, drilling definitions, seeking out fallacies in daily life & the media, & occasional writing and practicing of 2-3 minute presentations about identified fallacies or bad reasoning. Estimated homework time outside of class is about 2 hours a week. 

Textbook or workbook information: 

Students will need to purchase The Fallacy Detective for the fall semester & The Thinking Toolbox for the spring semester. Other activities from The Art Of Argument, Mind Benders, & The Critical Thinking Company will be included but these resources do not need to be purchased. We will also spend occasional class days playing various logic & critical thinking games. 

Name of class: Spanish I

Teacher: Abigail Halberstadt 

Suitable ages: This is a high school level course but a 8th grade student ready to work hard could succeed in this class. 

Class Fee: $10/semester 

Textbook/workbook information: Each student must have access to “Spanish I for Christian Schools” 2nd edition Student Text by BJU press (available via Scroll book order form). The other materials offered by BJU are NOT needed. 

Minimum number of students:

Maximum number of students: 12 

General description of the class: Spanish 1 introduces students to beginning Spanish. Students will learn how to ask and answer questions in Spanish, give and follow directions, purchase items, and make small talk. The textbook is rich with activities to help students gain confidence with the Spanish language.

Name of class: Homemaking
Teacher: Tasha Gaines
Suitable ages, abilities, or skill level needed for this class: High School & Junior High (Please carefully read the possible homework assignments)
Maximum Number of Students in this class: 8
Minimum Number of Students in this class: 3
Class Fee: $20 per semester and students will need to purchase some supplies for projects that they will be taking home.
Objectives of this class: To teach students skills for maintaining a home in a fun and engaging way.
Description of the general class format: Class time will be spent in discussion with hands-on activities and demonstrations. There will be several field trips pertaining to topics as well. Listed below are some of the skills that will be learned.
- Time Management
- Budgeting
- Meal planning and grocery shopping
- Nutrition and Whole Foods
- Techniques in food preparation
- Hospitality & Party Planning
- Home Organization
- Cleaning/Maintaining a Home
- Homemade items including detergents, nut butters, nut milks, etc.
- Sewing
- DIY projects for decorating, gift giving, etc.
- Growing herbs

Description of possible homework assignments: There will be occasional assignments pertaining to the weekly topic, such as creating and executing a meal plan and shopping trip, planning and hosting a social event, a DIY décor project and making a household product from scratch.
Textbooks/workbook information: No textbooks or workbooks needed.

Name of class: Life Skills

Instructor: Jimmy Burton

Suitable ages, abilities, or skill level needed for this class: High School & Junior High

Class Fee: $20 per semester

Maximum Number of Students in this class: 15
Minimum Number of Students in this class: 3

Objective: To provide a hands-on learning experience for using hand tools and power tools in practical ways around the house.

Format: Each week we will use tools and equipment to practice for and complete a specific task relating to carpentry, metal working, or vehicle maintenance/repair.

Each semester teams of students will complete a building challenge using their imaginations and newly acquired skills to create a practical product.

Revised 4/2/17