2020-2021 3rd and 4th Grade Class Descriptions


50 States

8:00 – 9:00 a.m.
Teacher: Hilarie Eskew
Tuition: 24 weeks (1-hour class) – $168
Materials Fee: $5

Class Description: We will be traveling through our wonderful country learning state capitals, state animals, state birds, famous landmarks, and much more, even history! We will study our states by our 5 regions, starting with the Northeast. This is a two-year course. There is so much information that we absolutely can’t cover all 50 states in one year. We will study 25 states this year and 25 next year. I am looking forward to teaching your student this year!
Required Textbooks and Materials: 1-inch 3-ring binder with 5 dividers (if you took this class last year, please use that same binder)
Homework Estimate: None


Sewing & Yarn Art

8:00 – 9:00 a.m.
Teacher: Sarah Schaefer
Tuition: 24 weeks (1-hour class) – $168
Materials Fee: $35

Class Description: This is a ceative, crafty, and fun course! We will begin with sewing a pin cushion, a cute cinch bag, and moving on to designing and sewing our own zipper pouches. We will then move on to making our zoo! The zoo will consist of pom pom creatures and animal plushies. We will end the year with a wild embroidery project. It will be SEW much fun!
Required Textbooks and Materials: None
Homework Estimate: Optional and varies by week


Sign Language

8:00 – 9:00 a.m.
Teacher: Susan Meyer
Tuition: 24 weeks (1-hour class) – $168
Materials Fee: $0

Class Description: Let your hands do the talking! Throughout these 24 weeks we will be learning many things in Sign Language class. We will learn what sign language is, why some people use it, and what a sign language interpreter is. The first thing is to start with the building blocks: the alphabet and numbers. Through the weeks, more words will be added, including people, animals, food/drink, things you find around the house, colors, sports/activities, and many more. We will learn to form sentences and have a small conversation. Also, what better way to learn sign language than through music? We will sign the ABC song; 1, 2 Buckle My Shoe; The Itsy Bitsy Spider; and more.
The only “homework” will be practicing what we learned in class and a few fun activities to do at home.
We will have small “quizzes” periodically containing 20 questions/signs. I usually bring treats, such as Starbursts or Tootsie Rolls for the quiz. They will receive one treat for every four they get correct.
We will also perform a song at the end of the year.
Required Textbooks and Materials: No required textbook
Homework Estimate: No homework, but practice makes better


STEM

8:00 – 9:00 a.m.
Teacher: Briana Froud
Tuition: 24 weeks (1-hour class) – $168
Materials Fee: $25

Class Description: Science. Technology. Engineering. Math. Using a completely hands-on approach, students will be able to use critical thinking skills to solve problems, build bridges, create rollercoasters, and even blow giant bubbles. We have so much fun!
Required Textbooks and Materials: None
Homework Estimate: None


Archery

9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Teacher: Mike Hudson
Tuition: 24 weeks (1-hour class) – $168
Materials Fee: $10

Class Description: In Archery class, a student will learn the 11 steps to shooting Archery equipment, known as the National Training System taught and created by USA Archery: 1.) Stance, 2.) Nock, 3.) Hook and Grip, 4.) Posture/ Alignment (Set), 5.) Raise Bow (Set-Up), 6.) Draw (To Load), 7.) Anchor, 8.) Transfer to Hold, 9.) Aim (Expand/Aim), 10.) Release / Follow Through, 11.) Feedback.
Required Textbooks and Materials: Equipment is provided.
Homework Estimate: No homework.


Drama 1st-4th Grade

9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Teacher: Elizabeth Rhea
Tuition: 24 weeks (1-hour class) – $168
Materials Fee: $20

Class Description: In this class we learn some of the different techniques used in drama and participate in activities to enhance some of what we have learned. The student learns audition skills, stage direction, and the importance of getting to know your character. Every student is involved in a winter and spring stage production to take what they have learned and put it into action.
Required Textbooks and Materials: None.
Homework Estimate: Practicing scripts at home.


LEAD

9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Teacher: Tracy Dowell
Tuition: 24 weeks (1-hour class) – $168
Materials Fee: $10

Class Description: LEAD = Leadership, Engage, Advise, Direct. Students will develop a sense of what it means to be a leader in and out of the classroom. Students will learn how to work with peers and create a culture of ownership and collaboration in the classroom and community. The students will take an active role in their educational process while developing skills needed to become the leaders they are meant to be. Students will work with peers through group projects, team-building activities, and engaging, hands-on activities. Throughout the year, students will expand their knowledge of leadership by focusing on the following attributes:
Teamwork
Perseverance
Negotiation
Decision Making
Confident Communication
Planning and Goal Setting
Required Textbooks and Materials: None
Homework Estimate: None


Spanish-The Language and Culture

9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Teacher: Taleen Lambert
Tuition: 24 weeks (1-hour class) – $168
Materials Fee: $15

Class Description: Students will experience the language and engaging culture of Latin America through music, movement, games, and crafts. The language goal of this class will be to introduce the sounds of a new language and accustom their ears to hearing it in an immersion environment. Students will practice basic conversation through introductions and greetings. Music, songs, and games will be used extensively to assist in long-term assimilation of vocabulary, including colors, numbers, basic actions, family members, and food items. The cultural goal of this class will focus on introducing students to the music, customs, foods (even sampling a few), and holidays of Latin America.
Required Textbooks and Materials: 1 folder
Homework Estimate: None required – however, practice at home will increase retention.


Bible Grades 1-4

10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Teacher: Karenda Bolich
Tuition: 24 weeks (1-hour class) – $168
Materials Fee: $10

Class Description: Over the last 3 years, we have journeyed through the Jesus Storybook Bible curriculum. We will be continuing that journey this next year, moving from the OT into the NT from first semester to second semester. Our class will focus on Jesus being the fulfillment of the Scriptures. All that God has spoken to us finds its ultimate fulfillment in the person of Jesus. This next year, as we journey from the OT to the NT portions of our Bible, we will discover this truth and find together how it applies to our life.
Required Textbooks and Materials: None
Homework Estimate: None


Math Skills

10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Teacher: Brittany Root
Tuition: 24 weeks (1-hour class) – $168
Materials Fee: $0

Class Description: In this class, we will practice 3rd and 4th grade math skills! We will work on building fact fluency and play games to make the learning process fun. We will cover topics such as adding/subtracting multi-digit numbers, multiplication, division, fractions, and measurement.
Required Textbooks and Materials: No textbook, but bring a composition book
Homework Estimate: No homework


Super Science

10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Teacher: Jessica Auth
Tuition: 24 weeks (1-hour class) – $168
Materials Fee: $25

Class Description: Super Science will be an interactive and fun class where we will learn chemistry and biology concepts. We will cover a new concept each week and watch it come to life with a hands-on project or experiment. I will be using The Good and the Beautiful science units this year.
Required Textbooks and Materials: Binder
Homework Estimate: Optional occasional homework


Write About It

10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Teacher: Misty Hunter
Tuition: 24 weeks (1-hour class) – $168
Materials Fee: $10

Class Description: Students will be encouraged to be creative writers and have fun expressing themselves through writing. Students will be encouraged to work with partners and within the group to take prompts, adventures, scenarios, and stories to another level.
Along the way, students will learn the basic steps of the writing process: pre-writing, drafting, revising, and editing, as well as how to use graphic organizers and outlines to organize their thoughts during the writing process. Students will learn the basic structure of sentences and paragraphs. Student will learn to “revise” their own writing by correcting spelling and punctuation and by adding descriptive words, details, and dialogue to make their writing pieces strong and interesting. Students will also explore the different types of writing: informative, persuasive, narrative, and descriptive.
Students will work at their own pace on each writing project. My goal is that every student becomes a better writer, but most importantly that students view writing in a positive light.
Required Textbooks and Materials: binder, dividers
Homework Estimate: Students will be able to work at their own pace with each writing assignment. Parents will have the option to have students continue to work on their writing pieces at home or save it for the next class meeting.


Learning Through Literature

12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
Teacher: Marla Poole
Tuition: 24 weeks (1-hour class) – $168
Materials Fee: $15

Class Description: A year of learning to love literature by diving into classic, time-honored books. Children will read in and out of class and complete activities and literature packets that will help them gain a better understanding of literary concepts, work on comprehension skills, and increase vocabulary. Hands-on fun and projects will be included. Please note that the book selection changes yearly so the class can be taken in both 3rd and 4th grade.
Required Textbooks and Materials: Each student will need his/her own copy of each title we use in class and a 1-inch binder to store class handouts in.
Homework Estimate: At-home reading of 20 minutes per day. Students can read the material or it can be read aloud to them. Some in class work may be finished at home, and there are fun end-of-book projects that will be done at home.


Native Americans/Famous Explorers

12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
Teacher: Wanda Brandon
Tuition: 24 weeks (1-hour class) – $168
Materials Fee: $10

Class Description: We will learn about 8 different Native American tribes from the Arctic to the southeastern United States. We will learn about heritage, customs, and values as well as types of shelters, kinds of foods they ate, and the natural resources available to them. We will also follow the journeys of 10 famous adventurers. We will look at historical background facts and maps while creating a timeline and a variety of craft projects.
Required Textbooks and Materials: None
Homework Estimate: None


Super Science-The Human Body

12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
Teacher: Jessica Auth
Tuition: 24 weeks (1-hour class) – $168
Materials Fee: $25

Class Description: Super Science-The Human Body will be an interactive and fun class that explores concepts of the human body. We will learn about the structures and function of human anatomy. I will be using The Good and the Beautiful human body science unit as well as additional projects.
Required Textbooks and Materials: Binder
Homework Estimate: Optional occasional homework


Taekwondo Grades 1-6

12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
Teacher: Jason Warren
Tuition: 24 weeks (1-hour class) – $168
Materials Fee: $40

Class Description: Students will learn basic martial arts fundamentals and self-defense. There will be an emphasis on personal development such as confidence, discipline, focus, and respect.
Required Textbooks and Materials: N/A
Homework Estimate: None is required but recommended.


Zoology

1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Teacher: Lisa Widelock
Tuition: 24 weeks (1-hour class) – $168
Materials Fee: $20

Class Description: Become a zoologist and join our adventure as we discover God’s amazing animal kingdom! We will study fascinating creatures and learn about their behaviors, habitats, diets, life cycles, and more. Activities and hands-on fun will make it a wild year!
Required Textbooks and Materials: The World of Animals [God’s Design for Life] 3rd edition by Debbie & Richard Lawrence (has a big bug, panda, dolphin on cover)
***can be purchased on eBay
Publisher Answers in Genesis
ISBN-10 1600921604
ISBN-13 9781600921605
Homework Estimate: Occasional homework activities


Concert Band Grades 3-6

1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Teacher: Jennifer Owens
Tuition: 30 weeks (1-hour class) – $220
Materials Fee: $50

Class Description: Students will learn how to play their instrument, the correct practice techniques, how to take care of their instrument, and how to perform individually as well as with a group. They will work on note and rhythm reading, beginning sight reading, and beginning scale studies. Students will need to practice 90 minutes weekly. Prizes will be given to those who practice 120 minutes weekly and fill out their practice sheet. Performances in December and April/May.
Required Textbooks and Materials: Instrument (I can help you find one), music stand, pencils, instrument accessories.
Homework Estimate: 90 minutes weekly


P.E. Grades 1-4

1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Teacher: Vickie Fry
Tuition: 24 weeks (1-hour class) – $168
Materials Fee: $10

Class Description: I will be using Family Time Fitness’s Physical Education Core 1 for ages 5-10 to plan many of our classes this year. We will use physically active games, fun activities and exercises to work towards improving on various skills:
-locomotor skills like running, hopping, skipping, and crawling
-body management skills like balance and weight transfer
-manipulative work like throwing, catching, dribbling, and passing
-rhythm skills like jump roping and hula hoop
-cooperative skills like working in pairs and small groups (one example is parachute play)
-fitness skills like strength training, cardiovascular fitness, and flexibility/stretching
-special awareness, like personal space and boundaries
PE class will be held outside if possible. Otherwise, we will hold class inside in the gymnasium.
Required Textbooks and Materials: None
Homework Estimate: None


World Cultures

1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Teacher: Karenda Bolich
Tuition: 24 weeks (1-hour class) – $168
Materials Fee: $10

Class Description: Our world is diverse and filled with many different cultures and ethnic groups. Our class will survey the various cultures, both past and present around the world, and compare them to our own.
Required Textbooks and Materials: None
Homework Estimate: None


Art

2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Teacher: Carol Marion
Tuition: 24 weeks (1-hour class) – $168
Materials Fee: $30

Class Description: This art class combines teaching about famous artists and works associated with them with hands-on art projects to support this learning. We will work with various mediums, including watercolors, acrylics, oil pastels, markers, chalk, and clay. Each student will earn techniques to help them in their artistic endeavors. We will encourage discipline, creativity, and imagination, which are essential parts of learning and appreciating art.
Required Textbooks and Materials: None.
Homework Estimate: None.


Creative Crafting

2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Teacher: Ms. Delaney Brandon
Tuition: 24 weeks (1-hour class) – $168
Materials Fee: $30

Class Description: Creative Crafting is a hands-on arts and crafts class that focuses on projects that have meaning behind them, will become keepsakes for the family, and teach the kids a little something along the way – whether that be a lesson about art or a holiday or a useful skill. The class will involve projects with paints, crochet, hand sewing, and much more!
Required Textbooks and Materials: None
Homework Estimate: No homework


Heroes Past and Present

2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Teacher: Lisa Widelock
Tuition: 24 weeks (1-hour class) – $168
Materials Fee: $25

Class Description: What is a hero? Have you ever met a hero? Can you be a hero? We will explore the answers to these questions as we learn about many heroes and the character traits they possess. We will study Biblical heroes, American heroes from the past, and heroes of today. Join us, and find the hero in you!
Required Textbooks and Materials: All materials provided
Homework Estimate: Occasional homework activities