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2023 - 2024 3rd - 5th Grade Schedule

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2023 - 2024 3rd – 5th Class Descriptions

IEW LEVEL A 4th-5th

Teacher: Shannon Singler

Suitable ages, abilities, or skill level needed for this class: 4th-5th (strong 3rd graders can be enrolled with approval of elementary coordinator and teacher)

Class Fee: $15 per semester

Maximum number of students: 12

Minimum number of students: 4

Class Description: Parent involvement is necessary for this class! This is an introductory course to the IEW writing program. Through guided lessons, we will learn how to write with structure and style. My goal for this class is for students to see that writing can be easy and enjoyable.

**There are a few things to note regarding this class:**

1) Students must be able to read the IEW source texts fairly well (not perfectly). Refer to pages 14 and 16 of the following link for sample source texts: https://iew.com/sites/default/files/paperbasedcourse/fileattachment/FMF-S_Sample.pdf

2) Students must also be able to write in complete sentences before taking this class.

3) Writing assignments will be completed at home. Students should expect about an hour of homework each week.

4) Students will need to purchase a copy of All Things Fun & Fascinating before our first class. https://iew.com/shop/products/all-things-fun-fascinating All other materials will be provided.

5) We will not complete the entire IEW book, but we will cover most units.

 

Required materials: IEW coursebook All Things Fun & Fascinating

 

 

EVERYDAY NUMBERS 3rd-5th

Teacher: Christin Matthews
Grade level: 3-5 grade
Class fee: $15 per semester
Maximum number of students: 15
Minimum number of students: 4
Objectives: To assist students in understanding everyday numbers through hands on activities, dissecting numbers to understand, with 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.
Textbook/workbook information: Each student will be provided with a 3 ring binder for exclusive use for this class.
Description of enrichment or homework activities: Please check 3 ring binder each week for any unfinished worksheets and discuss material found in binder, finishing worksheets is not required but encouraged.
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.

 

 

WORLD GEOGRAPHY 3rd-5th

Teacher: Dana Boone

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

Class Fee: $10 per semester

Class supplies: provided by the teacher

Maximum number of students: 12

Minimum number of students: 4

Course Description: This course will serve as an introduction to the world around us and will provide students with a basic foundation for future social studies classes. Students will learn about continents, oceans, people, cultures, animals, climates, and foods around the world. Most learning activities and assignments will be completed during class time. Occasionally, students may need to complete an activity at home.

 

 

MIND, BODY, MOTOR  1st – 2nd and 3rd – 5th combined

Teacher: Becky Dykes 
Suitable ages, abilities, or skill level needed for this class: 1st – 2nd and 3rd - 5th 
Class Fee: $5 for each student per semester
Maximum number of students in the class: 20 total (10 per grade group)
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. Such as – Brain Gym games and exercises, body awareness, and basic fine and gross motor skills. 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.

 

 

INTRO TO MUSIC 3rd-5th

Teacher: Karen Graves

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

Class Fee: $18 per semester

Maximum number of students in the class: 10

Minimum number of students in the class: 4

Objectives of this class: This class is to nurture a love for music and foster an appreciation of the styles and eras.

Description of the general class: Students will learn basic terms for musical elements, names of notes, how to count beats, and the names and sounds of most instruments in an orchestra. Students will learn to play the hand bells, sing songs in unison, and get familiar with the xylophone.

Description of enrichment or homework activities: No activities are required outside of class.

 

 

ELEMENTARY SPANISH – 1st-5th

Teacher: Elizabeth Haynie

Suitable ages, abilities, or skill level needed for this class- 3rd – 5th grades 
Class Fee: $10 per semester
Maximum number of students: 12 total (6 per grade group) 
Minimum number of students: 2

Class Description: Focus on correct pronunciation through conversation and building vocabulary.

Description of the general class: Some prior knowledge of Spanish would be very helpful in this class, but it 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.

Description of enrichment or homework activities: No written homework will be assigned. However, students are strongly encouraged to practice their vocabulary each week.

 

 

APOLOGIA ANATOMY/ASTRONOMY 3rd-5th

Teacher: Shazia Lackey

Class fee: $15 per semester

Suitable age, ability, or skill level needed for this class: 3rd-5th Grade

Maximum number of students: 12

Class Description: 

Fall semester: Anatomy

Exploring Creating 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 student will voyage through 14 lessons covering many subjects.

Spring semester: 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.

Required textbooks: Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology by Jeannie K Fulbright and Exploring Creation with Astronomy by Jeannie K Fulbright 1st or 2nd edition

Class format: Students (or their parents) will read the lesson material at home and keep a science journal. In class, we will discuss the material while we utilize hands-on activities to further understand the material.

Homework activities: Doing the assigned reading at home will ensure adequate understanding for your student to participate in class. Assignments will not be graded, but they will enrich your student’s learning potential for this course.

**YOU CAN NOT REGISTER FOR BOTH THIS CLASS AND NATURE STUDY. CHOOSE ONE OR THE OTHER.

 

 

NATURE STUDY 3rd-5th   

Teacher: Lisa Rawls
Suitable ages, abilities, or skill level needed for this class: 3rd-5th  
Class Fee: $25 per semester
Maximum number of students: 10 
Minimum number of students: 4 
Objectives of this class: A Charlotte Mason-inspired approach to God’s creation, we will cover 3 broad topics per year and work on a rotation to repeat each topic every 5 years (A student can take all 5 years and never repeat material).  Fall 2023 will be trees, winter will be stars and sky, and spring will be amphibians. Students will have hands-on activities to learn and observe and will be guided through nature journaling their observations and discoveries.  At the end of each term, students will have the opportunity to present something of their choice to the class from the topic covered (for example, for the tree study presentation, a student may choose to present a cedar, loblolly pine, or red maple, etc.).

**YOU CAN NOT REGISTER FOR BOTH THIS CLASS AND APOLOGIA ANATOMY/ASTRONOMY. CHOOSE ONE OR THE OTHER.

 

 

 

BASIC GRAMMAR 3rd-5th

Teacher: Sommer Emerson

Suitable ages, abilities, or skill level needed for this class: 4th and 5th graders. Students must be strong readers.

Class Fee: $15 per semester

Maximum number of students: 12

Minimum number of students: 4

Class Description: The goal of this class is to learn and review basic grammar with a heavy focus on parts of speech. We will also incorporate poetry memorization and light copy work. Games will be played most weeks so that learning will take place in a fun and engaging way.

Homework: homework assignments will be assigned each week; most can be completed independently. It will consist of reviewing flash cards and completing 5-10 minutes of simple review exercises, about three days a week. While homework is optional, it is highly encouraged.

 

In order to participate without feeling frustrated, students need to be reading fairly well. For example, the following sentences from The Courage of Sarah Noble should be read easily:

               “Now Sarah held her courage a little more firmly. She also held tightly to her father’s hand. And so they came, with Thomas, down the long hill into the place that would be their home”

 

 It is my hope that students enjoy their class time and learn to appreciate the role grammar plays in speaking and writing.

 


DRAMA FUN 3rd-5th

Teacher: Rebecca Leech

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

Class fee: $15 per semester

Maximum number of students: 10

Minimum number of students: 4

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, dictation, projection, and facial expressions.

Description of the general class: 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.

Description of enrichment or homework activities: No written homework will be assigned.

 

 

ART EXPLORATION – IMAGINATION “YEAR 1”  3rd-5th

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 

**If you have taken Art for 2 years now, please do not sign up for the class. This class is on a 2-year rotation of 3rd – 5th to ensure everyone has a chance to take the Art classes.  If you attempt to enroll for a 3rd year, you will be removed and asked to select a different class.

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Objectives of this class: Our focus in Art class is learning to enjoy, appreciate and create art. We look at different styles, cultures, and periods of art, as well as create our own.  Your child will learn to manipulate a variety of media with increasing sophistication as his/her fine motor skills develop throughout the year. 

Students incorporate and express their ideas in Art using a basic “language” known as the Art Elements. These Elements include Space, Shape, Texture, Line, Form, Value, and Color. 

  

Description of the general class format: Art Exploration-Imagination (1) and Art Exploration-Inspiration (2), these classes will be part of a 2-year curriculum. One class need not be taken before the other. The class will be structured with 10 minutes of information/history about an artist followed by about 30 minutes of students’ hands-on creativity. 

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 textbooks, 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. 

 

 

PICKLEBALL FUN FOR ELEMENTARY 3rd-5th

Teacher: Christine Davis

Suitable ages, abilities, or skill level needed for this class: 3-5th grade students who are capable of running and playing sports

Class fee: $10 per semester

Maximum number of students in this class: 16

Minimum number of students for the class: 4

Description of the class: This course is for students who have never played Pickleball. Pickleball is a fun paddle sport played using a plastic ball, similar to a wiffle ball, over a tennis type net on a badminton sized court. This class will be geared, towards working on coordination, having fun volleying the ball, includes drills and playing various games using the Pickleball. Instructor will purchase and provide indoor and outdoor balls, Pickleball paddles for each class period, and training equipment.

Students are welcome to bring their own paddle, if desired. 

 

 

BOYS SURVIVAL 3rd-5th

Teacher: Eric Platt

Class Fee: $10.00 per semester

Maximum number of students: 8

Minimum number of students: 4  

  

Class Description: If you're thinking by the title that this class will help your son survive the zombie apocalypse, think again. Maybe...

While some skills your son will learn may help out if the waters rise, that's not [necessarily] the point.

The focus of this class is to teach boys essential skills, many of which have been overlooked for half a century. These skills will help them in modern life and, potentially, even if times get tough. 

What are these skills? 

• Practical Knots

• The basics of building a fire (without lighter fluid)

• How to siphon... water

• Basic hand tools

• And more

Objectives of this class:  

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

2. The boys will learn essential lifesaving skills

Description of the general class format:  

Boys will have plenty of outdoor play, age-appropriate life skills, age-appropriate fitness, and occasional indoor games.  Each class will begin with a 5-10 minute devotional that will compliment the survival lesson taught for that day.

 

 

Cooking 101 3rd-5th

Teacher: Maranda Cater

Grades: 3rd – 5th  

Class Fee: $20 per semester

Maximum numbers of students: 10 

Minimum numbers of students: 4 

Class Description: The 3-5th grade intro to cooking will be a fun class for kids to learn the basics.  We will be learning the importance of kitchen safety and hygiene, cooking lingo, healthy choices for food, how to read a label and recipe, manners for eating, and how to set a table.  It will be a fun class to learn the essentials needed in the kitchen.  

 

 

STEM 3rd – 5th  

Teacher: Susan Roach 

Grades: 3rd – 5th  

Suitable ages, abilities, or skill level needed for this class: Geared towards upper grades of 3rd-5th, mature, critical thinking, can-do attitude, students.  

Class Fee: $15 per semester

Maximum number of students in the class: 8 

Minimum number of students in the class: 4 

**THIS COURSE IS CURRENTLY NOT OFFERED AS A ROTATION. MOST PROJECTS WILL BE REPEATED EACH YEAR

 

Objectives of this class:  

In STEM class we will focus on using science, technology, and creativity to solve real-world problems.  

 

Description of the general class format: Students will build in every class & learn how to safely use a variety of hand tools. Students will work as teams to brainstorm, design, build, troubleshoot, and present their solutions to the class.  

Textbook/workbook information: not required in this class 

 

Description of enrichment or homework activities: In an effort to preserve our class time for building, there will be the occasional handout with background information for the kids to learn prior to class. It should take no longer than 15-20 minutes.  

 

 

PLAYDOH ECONOMICS 3rd-5th

Teacher: Amanda Addison

Class Fee: $12 per semester

Maximum number of students: 12

Minimum number of students: 4

Objectives: To be able to identify the basic concepts and vocabulary of economics (on an elementary level). Participate in a realistic “token” economy. Be able to identify God’s principles of money.

Class format: Each class period will consist of games, hands-on activities, and using Playdoh. Independent thinking and creativity will be needed throughout the class year. This class may aspire children to start their own business, open their own bank account, etc. Each class period, students will earn a “paycheck” and will learn to tithe, pay rent, etc. Lessons on how we earn extra income and how we lose incomes will be taught.

Homework: At times, homework may be assigned. Even though the homework is optional, students will be encouraged to complete assignments. Students will earn “play” money for completed assignments.

 

 

GIRLS SURVIVAL 3rd-5th

Teacher: Jennifer Platt

Class Fee: $10 per semester

Maximum number of students: 8

Minimum number of students: 2

Description of the general class: In this engaging “Modern Survival Class”, students will master essential skills such as plant/tree identification, navigation basic knots, and shelter building. The class fosters strong team building and lasting friendships, while each lesson begins with a short devotional to set the tone for a positive and enriching experience. Participants will not only learn valuable survival techniques, but also experience the importance of cooperation and social connections.

 

 

GIRLS CLUB – Home Economics/sewing/crafting 3rd-5th

Teacher: Heather Rucker

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

Class Fee: $20 per semester

Maximum number of students: 12

Minimum number of students: 4

Class Description:  To foster friendships and promote good sportsmanship among the girls with a chance for fellowship while having fun. We will split our time between sewing/home economics and crafting. We plan to have fun.  *Must inform the teacher of any food allergies

 

 

CHESS/GAMES WITH STRATEGY 1st-5th combined

Teacher: Jason Moore

Suitable ages, abilities, or skill level needed for this class: 1st – 5th. students need to be able to listen to instruction and have a significant interest in chess and other strategic board games.

Class Fee: $10 per semester

Maximum number of students: 16 total (8 per grade group)

Minimum number of students: 4

Objectives for this class: Students will learn strategic games such as checkers, chess, risk, ticket to ride, etc.

Description of the general class: Students will learn decision making skills and improve their problem-solving abilities through board games. By playing strategy games such as chess, students will improve their memory, use creativity, improve their concentration, build resilience, learn patience, and learn good sportsmanship.

 

 

BEGINNING SIGN LANGUAGE 1st-5th combined

Teacher: Meg Wingard

Grades: 1st-5th

Class Fee: $10 per semester

Maximum number of students: 10 (5 per grade group)

Minimum number of students: 2

Objectives of this class: Beginning level to American Sign Language. Topics include vocabulary, history, finger spelling, numbers, and Deaf culture

Description of the general class: We will play, sing, and sign along with Signing Time DVDs. We will also practice what we have learned with flash cards and do worksheets in class.

Description of enrichment or homework activities: Child will be encouraged to teach siblings and parents the signs they have learned.

Required Materials: None

BOYS CLUB 3rd-5th

Teacher: Adondra Betts
Class fee: $10
Maximum number of students: 10
Minimum number of students: 4

Suitable ages, abilities, or skill level needed: 3rd-5th grade boys

Objectives of this class:
1.    The goal will be for the boys to foster friendships with other boys close to their same age
2.    The boys will learn good sportsmanship and how to be a team player

Description of the general class format:
Boys will have lots of outdoor play, age-appropriate life skills, age appropriate fitness, and occasional indoor games. A meaningful lesson will be incorporated into each class. 

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