Cottage Garden Homeschool Co-op of Tyler, Texas

 Since 1996

1st – 2nd Class Descriptions  2018-2019

Name of Class: Exploring the States

Teacher: Jennifer Hobbs

Grades: 1st and 2nd

Class Fee: $20

Maximum number of students: 10

Minimum number of students: 4

Objectives of this class: To have FUN learning about the states and their roles in our country

Grab your suitcase and let’s go on a trip across the USA! We will learn interesting facts about each state we visit and what makes it unique to our country. We will highlight important historical events, people, geography, and/or landmarks during our visits. We will also become familiar with the United States map, as well as all fifty states and capitals.

During each class, we will work on a state project, complete a fun activity, and enjoy a state-related snack. Our state projects will be compiled into a special keepsake at the end of the year. Weekly activities may include crafts, stories, hands-on play, songs, games, puzzles, etc. Crafts will be sent home as they are completed each week. All materials will be provided.

* This class is designed to cover all 50 states over a two-year rotation. States will be studied in alphabetical order, with 25 states being studied each year.

*We will be eating snacks each week, so please let us know if your child has any FOOD ALLERGIES.


Name of class: Exploring Literature 1st-2nd

Teacher: A. Morgan

Suitable ages, abilities or skill level needed for this class: 1st-2nd grade

Class fees: $10.00

Maximum number of students: 10

Minimum number of students: 4

Objectives of this class: To develop your child’s desire to explore the world through literature.

Description of the general class format: A class to take your child on a literary adventure through beautifully illustrated and carefully selected story books. Our day will start with one or two stories being read by the teacher followed by many fun activities for continued learning. The teacher will pull as much learning out of the book as possible such as vocabulary, geography, and history while still making it fun and exciting.

Description of enrichment or homework activities: None

Textbook/workbook information: None

Other Important Information: Please make sure that your teacher knows of any allergies.


Name of class: Girls Club 1st-2nd

Teacher: TBD

Suitable ages, abilities or skill level needed for this class: 1st-2nd

Class fee: $12.00

Maximum number of students: 10-12

Minimum number of students: 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. The plan is to have FUN!

Description of enrichment or homework activities: None

Other Important Information: Please inform the teacher if your daughter has any allergies to food ect…


Name of class: Boys Adventure 1st-2nd

Teacher: B. Ivey

Class fee: $10.00

Suitable ages, abilities, or skill level needed for this class: This class is for boys in 1st and 2nd grade.

Maximum number for class: 14

Minimum number for class: 6

Objectives for this class:

  1. The boys will be encouraged to develop friendships.
  2. The boys will learn good sportsmanship.
  3. The boys will learn to follow directions while playing games, building craft projects, and working together.

Description of the general class format: Boys will exert energy while participating in indoor and outdoor group games and working on projects. This is meant to be a FUN time!

Descripting of enrichment or homework activities: None

Textbook/workbook information: None


Name of Class:  Fun Science (2 year rotation)

Teacher: Ravanesi

Suitable ages, abilities, or skill level needed for this class- 1st and 2nd grade

Class Fee- $20.00 (this covers all supplies)

Maximum number of students: 12

Minimum number of students: 6

Objectives of this class: To open young minds to the wonders of Science and to teach them that safety and respect of the wonders of Science.

Description of the general class: Basic general hands on science experiments, work sheets, and several lab folders. This class will be a 2 yr. rotation so that both and 1st and 2nd grade will have a good understand of what science and a good concept of science safety for when they move up to 3rd grade. Each yr. will cover different material. A certificate of completion will be given at the completion of 2 yrs.

Description of enrichment or homework activities: Most experiments will be completed in class. On occasion experiment kits with instructions will be sent home to complete due to lack of time required for the experiment to be a success and our limited time at CG. Emails and reminders will be sent out.

Textbook/workbook: None (All supplies including Crayola’s, pencils, ect.. will be provided)

Other Important Information: Some experiments will involve mild chemicals, potting soil, grass, and nuts and other food items. Gloves and aprons will be provided. Allergy forms will be handed out and need to be returned to your child’s teacher at the beginning of the school year.


Name of class: Sibling play

Teacher: Debra Taylor

Suitable ages, abilities, or skills level needed: Kindergarten-2nd grade

Class fee: $7.00

Maximum number: 12

Minimum number: 2

Objective of this class: This class is a 5th period class for children whose older siblings are in class or parents are teaching this period.

Description of the general class format: There will be a light snack, movie, games, crafts and outdoor play weather permitting.

Description of enrichment or homework activities: None

Textbook/workbook information: None

Other Important Information: Please let the teacher know of any known allergies.


Name of Class: Art Exploration
Teacher: Becky Burton
Suitable ages, abilities, or skill level needed for this class: 1st-2nd grades
Class Fee: $15 per Semester
Maximum Number of Students: 10
Minimum: 4
Objectives of this class: Students will learn to use basic art techniques and various media to express their creativity. They will learn simple art vocabulary and become familiar with famous artists and their art styles.
Resources: Discovering Great Artists by Mary Ann F. Kohl and Kim Solga
Description of the general class format: The first semester will focus on learning art basics and vocabulary while trying out different media and techniques. The second semester we will study different artists' lives and their artistic styles. Then we’ll create an art project following that artist’s style. We will end each semester with an art show to display our beautiful work.
No written homework will be assigned and students will not need a textbook.


Name of Class:  Drama Fun 1st & 2nd

Teacher: S. Taylor

Class fee: $15.00

Maximum number: 12

Minimum: 2

Objectives of this class: To give children an outlet for their God given creative abilities. Explore stories, especially from a Godly view. Learn some 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.