2022-2023 Junior High (7th & 8th Grade) Class Descriptions


Teacher: Barbie Byrnes

Physical Science Grades 8-12

8:00AM – 9:00AM
Teacher: Barbie Byrnes
Tuition: 30 weeks (1-hour class) – $230
Materials Fee: $ 25
Optional Lab:
Class Description:
Topics covered include: measurement and units so that students can convert between units in scientific study; earth, atmosphere, hydrosphere, and lithosphere; weather; an introduction to physics to understand the mechanics of motion, forces, and energy; Newton’s laws and the forces in creation to understand friction, static and kinetic energy, gravity, electromagnetic forces, and electrical circuits; solar system, stars, and galaxies to introduce the wonders of our universe; an introduction to chemistry for a basic introduction to atoms and molecules. Students will be expected to fully read each module, complete vocabulary worksheets, complete experiments and answer related questions, complete Study Guide questions, and select a science fair project to complete, and attend the science fair. All assignments will be reviewed in class to assist with quizzes and tests. **Students may take this in 8th grade if they are enrolled in Pre-Algebra or a higher level math course.**
Required Textbooks and Materials:
“Apologia’s Exploring Creation with Physical Science” 2nd Edition. MP3 recommended, but not required. The Solutions/Test Manual and Student Notebook are NOT required. I will purchase tests/quizzes, worksheets, and lab kit. Students will be required to perform lab studies at home with household items.
Homework Estimate: 1 hour each day, 4 days per week.
Teacher Bio:
My name is Barbie Byrnes. This will be our 9th year of homeschooling, and we have been a part of CCA for 5 years now. This will be my 4th year of teaching and I am so excited. I have a Master of Science in Nursing, a Family Nurse Practitioner, and I have been a Registered Nurse since 2003. I love teaching my girls, and I truly have enjoyed my teaching thus far at CCA. I have 3 beautiful daughters who will be in 8th, 4th, and 2nd. I pray for my students to come and in years past for another wonderful year of learning.

Teacher: Kelly Weaver

Jr. High Math Grades 7-8

8:00AM – 9:00AM
Teacher: Kelly Weaver
Tuition: 30 weeks (1-hour class) – $230
Materials Fee: $ 15
Optional Lab:
Class Description:
Saxon is unique in its math approach. The philosophy of the curriculum is that students learn by doing and that students cannot fully learn a concept on the day it is introduced. Therefore, this system uses spiral teaching and students spend most of their math homework time reviewing past lessons while slowly building in the new concepts from each lesson. I will introduce new concepts each week during class and work a few practice problems on each lesson. Students will work on the same lessons during the week I cover on Tuesday. A syllabus will be given in August with each week’s lessons covered. Students will complete the practice problem set for the lessons indicated for each week and a parent will check answers. A test will be given every week for graded work. We will also drill math facts throughout the year. Students will be prepared for a Pre-Algebra class upon completion of this course.
Required Textbooks and Materials:
“Saxon 7/6” fourth edition student text, “Saxon 7/6 Lessons and Investigations Solutions manual,” Spiral notebook, Pencils
Homework Estimate: “1 hour per day ”
Teacher Bio:
“My name is Kelly Weaver. I love teaching, and I love Math! I have worked in the education field for over 30 years. When my twin boys were born I knew I wanted to homeschool them. I raised and homeschooled 4 beautiful children from Kindergarten through 12th grade. I have taught 7th grade math and Pre-Algebra for the last 13 years including 2 years at CCA and tutored math privately for over 20 years. It’s a privilege to be able to continue teaching and serving in the homeschool world. ”

Teacher: Heather Butler

Computer Application (Fall Semester) Grades 7-12

8:00AM – 9:00AM
Teacher: Heather Butler
Tuition: 15 weeks (1-hour class) – $115 (1 semester)
Materials Fee: $ 0
Optional Lab:
Class Description:
Students will be learning Microsoft Suite (Word, Excel, Publisher, and PowerPoint). We will also learn useful tools on the computer. This class will teach your student computer knowledge and daily use of their computer. They must bring their laptop to class.
Required Textbooks and Materials:
Laptop (preferably not Mac), Software: MicroSoft Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Publisher)
Homework Estimate: 1-2 hours per week
Teacher Bio:
My name is Heather Butler. My husband Steve and I live in Watertown, TN and we have 2 adult children. I love to garden, fish, camp and bake. I have used my passion for baking as the baker at The Adopted Farmhouse Coffee Co in Watertown, TN. I am a member of the Watertown Chamber of Commerce and I assist with the graphic design projects for the community. I have a Visual Communications Degree from Art Institute of Houston.

Teacher: Heather Butler

Graphic Design (Spring Semester) Grades 7-12

8:00AM – 9:00AM
Teacher: Heather Butler
Tuition: 15 weeks (1-hour class) – $115 (1 semester)
Materials Fee: $ 0
Optional Lab:
Class Description:
Students will learn all aspects of Graphic Design with projects such as logo design, billboard design, advertising design, collaborative projects, and so much more. Laptops will be brought to class every week. Software: Corel Draw
Required Textbooks and Materials:
Laptop Computer (PC preferred), Software: Corel Draw
Homework Estimate: 2-3 hours per week
Teacher Bio:
My name is Heather Butler. My husband Steve and I live in Watertown, TN and we have 2 adult children. I love to garden, fish, camp and bake. I have used my passion for baking as the baker at The Adopted Farmhouse Coffee Co in Watertown, TN. I am a member of the Watertown Chamber of Commerce and I assist with the graphic design projects for the community. I have a Visual Communications Degree from Art Institute of Houston.

Teacher: Robyn Collins

IEW Level B Grades 7-8

9:00 am – 10:00 am
Teacher: Robyn Collins
Tuition: 30 weeks (1-hour class) – $230
Materials Fee: $ 10
Optional Lab:
Class Description:
Level A experience recommended but not required. Students will practice writing using the “Structure and Style” method of IEW. Students will write assignments about prominent people and events from U.S. History such as Franklin, Washington, Jefferson, the Mayflower, the Civil War, the American flag, and more. They will learn how to take notes and outline before writing a rough draft, then edit the draft, and finally write a final draft. Each student will finish this course equipped to write paragraphs, stories, reports, and some essay. Grammar will be covered using the “Fix It! Grammar.” *Parents are expected to check the “Fix It! Grammar” homework each week and edit the rough drafts of all writing assignments. I will grade the final drafts.
Required Textbooks and Materials:
“U.S. History Based Writing Lessons” student book (2nd ed.) ISBN 9781623413248 Vendor: IEW; “Fix It! Grammar Level 3 Robin Hood” Teacher/Student combo (4th ed.) ISBN 9781623413774 Vendor: IEW; Supplies: 1.5 in. three-ring binder, notebook paper, dividers, pencils, yellow highlighter, pack of clear sheet protectors (50), 2 plastic folders, access to computer and printer for typing all writing assignments
Homework Estimate: 2 hours per week
Teacher Bio:
My name is Robyn Collins. I am a Christian and a homeschool mom. I have homeschooled all eleven of my children; nine have graduated, and two more to go. We have been part of the homeschool community for about 28 years. We have participated in co-ops, tutorials, and even hosted small co-op groups in our own home. I have taught at CCA for 5 years. I enjoy teaching English, History, Geography, and Home Life Skills. In my free time I love to garden, can, cook, sew, the beach, and spending time with my family.

Teacher: Taleen Lambert

Advanced Cooking Grades 7-12

9:00 am – 10:00 am
Teacher: Taleen Lambert
Tuition: 30 weeks (1-hour class) – $230
Materials Fee: $ 40
Optional Lab:
Class Description:
This class is designed to help students to gain confidence in the kitchen, discover the joy of creating with the culinary arts, challenge their taste-buds by exploring new flavors, and learn about planning nutrient-dense meals that they can cook for themselves and their families. Students will gain skills in measuring, reading and understanding recipes, expanding/reducing recipes, safely handling food, cutting food, preparing and cooking food and much more. They will also be using hands-on methods for learning the difference between basic cooking terms like cube and dice. The student will walk away from this class with 20+ recipes organized in a recipe binder and be taught how to make those recipes on their own. The kids will be using the oven and stove with guidance. 2-3 times throughout the year, the students will be asked to bring in prepared recipes or food items to go along with a recipe. The first semester, students will design and turn in a full menu plan. The second semester, students will turn in their binders with all of the recipes from the year, organized by category. Other than that, there is no homework.
Required Textbooks and Materials:
1 binder with dividers
Homework Estimate: Occasional
Teacher Bio:
My name is Taleen Lambert. We have been homeschooling since 2018. I received a Bachelor’s in Special Education from Harding University and have taught a wide-range of subjects and age levels over the past 15 years. I have a deep love for the culture and language of Latin America since I was born and grew up in Guatemala as the daughter of missionary parents, and I have also had the privilege of traveling extensively throughout Central and South America. I love teaching and challenging students to see the world our God created for us from new perspectives.

Teacher: Heather Junkin

7th Grade English Grade 7

9:00 am – 10:00 am
Teacher: Heather Junkin
Tuition: 30 weeks (1-hour class) – $230
Materials Fee: $ 5
Optional Lab:
Class Description:
This course will focus on grammar, writing skills, vocabulary, and reading comprehension. Through class discussions, homework assignments, group participation, and critical writing, we will explore 4-5 novels (selected from the list in the Required Textbooks) and several poems. This is a very interactive class with class discussion and participation highly encouraged.
Required Textbooks and Materials:
Students will need a 1″ binder with tabs and the following books: “Classic Poetry: An Illustrated Collection” by Michael Rosen (also used in 8th grade English) ISBN: 9781564028907 and “Writing & Grammar 7 Worktext” (4th ed.) BJU Press ISBN – 978-1-62856-635-2. 4-5 novels will be selected from the following: “The Giver” by Lois Lowery, “The Time Machine” by H. G. Wells, “True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle” by Avi, “The Prince and the Pauper” by Mark Twain, “The Midwife’s Apprentice” by Karen Cushman, “White Fang” by Jack London, “A Wrinkle in Time” by Madeleine L’Engle, “Red Kayak” by Precilla Cummings.
Homework Estimate: 2-3 hours per week
Teacher Bio:
When I was young, I knew that I would truly enjoy teaching, and in 2008, I earned a Bachelor’s degree in English, minoring in Secondary Education. After student teaching, however, I discovered that the public school system was not where I needed to be and put a teaching career on the backburner. Life happened. Then after a husband, two kids, dog, cat, MBA, and a small business, here I am, teaching at CCA and revisiting my love for all things in the English language arts department. This fall marks my 4th year of both homeschooling my two children (ages 11 and 7) and teaching at CCA. I look forward to the 2022-2023 school year and to meeting your students!

Teacher: Carolyn Todd

Intro to the US Military (Fall Semester) Grades 7-12

9:00 am – 10:00 am
Teacher: Carolyn Todd
Tuition: 15 weeks (1-hour class) – $115 (1 semester)
Materials Fee: $ 0
Optional Lab:
Class Description:
Want to learn more about our mighty military or investigate military career options? Come learn about the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard and Space Force. We’ll answer questions like: What is the difference between Officer and Enlisted? Who salutes whom? What do Special Forces do? Through the story of Tennessee war hero Alvin York, we’ll discuss conscientious objectors and read what the Bible says about military service. We’ll talk with service members and meet up on a different weekday for an optional field trip to the Veterans Museum in Lebanon. No written tests. Homework will be light – like memorizing a few lines of “The Star-Spangled Banner” or learning the name and story of a Medal of Honor recipient, plus reading about 10 pages of the story of Sergeant York to discuss in class most weeks. Very little writing.
Required Textbooks and Materials:
“Sergeant York” by John Perry ISBN 1595550259
Homework Estimate: 30 min per week
Teacher Bio:
I’m Carolyn Todd – As a Sergeant in the Army Reserves, I learned electronics (in a tri-service school of Army, Navy and Air Force). I served at Fort Meade and Fort Bragg, met my Tennessee-born paratrooper husband, and spent 5 years as a military spouse. I worked for several years with the Air Force and Army ROTC programs at the University of Alaska. I’m a Mom of two teenagers and second-year CCA tutor. In 6 years homeschooling, I’ve taught at 2 previous co-ops. I started tutoring at a Science Learning Center at Rutgers, where I earned a BA in Physics. I trained adults on technology for many years at Dow Jones, Providence Health Systems, and the University of Alaska. We moved to Wilson County in 2019. I’m a born-again Christian and a member of Grace Life Baptist Church in Lebanon. I love helping young people learn about God through His creation, His history, and His Word with active learning in class.

Teacher: Carolyn Todd

Technology of War (Spring Semester) Grades 7-12

9:00 am – 10:00 am
Teacher: Carolyn Todd
Tuition: 15 weeks (1-hour class) – $115 (1 semester)
Materials Fee: $ 20
Optional Lab:
Class Description:
In this class we’ll study technologies developed for war – like the metallurgy of medieval armor, the physics of walkie-talkies, and the chemistry of dynamite. We’ll learn why they were developed and how these technologies benefit us today, a reminder that “The LORD has made everything for its own purpose.” – even war. We will also use tools occasionally to build models of catapults, arrows and more. No tests or quizzes.
Required Textbooks and Materials:
A few basic hand tools will be needed on occasion (pliers, hammer, etc) – syllabus will indicate when tools needed. There may be a few videos to watch for homework, so internet access needed.
Homework Estimate: Average 30 minutes/week.
Teacher Bio:
I’m Carolyn Todd – I’m a Mom of two teenagers and second-year CCA tutor. In 6 years homeschooling, I’ve taught at 2 previous co-ops. I started tutoring at a Science Learning Center at Rutgers, where I earned a BA in Physics. I trained adults on technology for many years at Dow Jones, Providence Health Systems, and the University of Alaska. As a Sergeant in the Army Reserves, I learned electronics, served in a training unit, and met my Tennessee-born husband. We moved to Wilson County in 2019. I’m a born-again Christian and a member of Grace Life Baptist Church in Lebanon. I love helping young people learn about God through His creation, His history, and His Word with active learning/hands-on activities in class

Teacher: Kelly Weaver

Pre-Algebra Grades 7-8

9:00 am – 10:30 am
Teacher: Kelly Weaver
Tuition: 30 weeks (1.5-hour class) – $310
Materials Fee: $ 10
Optional Lab: Math Lab available on Monday
Class Description:
Saxon Algebra 1/2 is for 8th grade students, strong 7th grade math students or students who have completed Saxon 7/6. Students will be ready for High School level Algebra 1 upon completion of Saxon Algebra 1/2. This class and curriculum is challenging. Saxon is a course specifically designed to be completed incrementally in a spiral approach. The philosophy of the curriculum is that students learn by doing and that students cannot fully learn a concept on the day it is introduced. Therefore, this system uses spiral teaching, meaning, students will be spending most of their math time reviewing past lessons and slowly integrating the new concepts. A syllabus will be given in August with each week’s lessons covered. Students will complete the lessons indicated for each week and a parent will check answers. A test will be given every other week for graded work. I will teach each lesson and work out practice problems with students. **If your student struggles to work independently on math, you may want to consider the math lab.
Required Textbooks and Materials:
“Saxon Algebra 1/2” third edition student text. Spiral notebook. Pencils.
Homework Estimate: “1 hour per day ”
Teacher Bio:
“My name is Kelly Weaver. I love teaching, and I love Math!! I have worked in the education field for over 30 years. When my twin boys were born I knew I wanted to homeschool them. I raised and homeschooled 4 beautiful children from Kindergarten through 12th grade. I have taught 7th grade math and Pre-Algebra for the last 13 years including 2 years at CCA. It’s a privilege to be able to continue teaching and serving in the homeschool world. ”

Teacher: Charles Bridgers IV

Algebra 1 Grades 8-12

9:00 am – 10:30 pm
Teacher: Charles Bridgers IV
Tuition: 30 weeks (1.5-hour class) – $310
Materials Fee: $ 0
Optional Lab: TBA
Class Description:
Algebra 1 topics include recognizing and developing patterns using tables, graphs, and equations. In addition, students will explore operations on algebraic expressions and apply mathematical properties to algebraic equations. Students will solve problems using equations, graphs, and tables to investigate linear relationships. Algebra 1 students are encouraged but not required to have a graphing calculator; preferably a TI-84. A TI-83 is okay as well. Students will be taught how to use them to make the most of their studies.
Required Textbooks and Materials:
“Algebra 1: An Incremental Development,” 3rd Edition (Saxon Algebra 1) 3rd Edition, by John H. Saxon, Jr, ISBN: 1565771346; Optional: Graphing Calculator (TI-84 is preferred, TI-83 is okay)
Homework Estimate: 3-5 hours/wk
Teacher Bio:
I graduated from Middle Tennessee State University with a B.S. in Audio Production. I have been working in the system as a tutor, substitute teacher, and a teacher for years. I have been teaching at Cornerstone for three years and tutoring students at Hermitage Learning Center for nearly four years. CCA is a great place to teach and be taught and I am honored to be here for a fourth school year, completing the homeschool hat trick.

Teacher: Marsha Orbke

What Is Christian Apologetics? Grades 7-12

10:00AM – 11:00AM
Teacher: Marsha Orbke
Tuition: 30 weeks (1-hour class) – $230
Materials Fee: $ 35
Optional Lab:
Class Description:
What is Christian Apologetics? Whether you are a new Christian, seasoned Christian or not a Christian, every student needs this class! TRUTH? “Can you handle the Truth?” or as Pontius Pilate famously asked, “What is Truth?” In a world where truth is quickly eroding, Christians must be ready to defend the faith as well as contend for it earnestly, like an athlete striving for victory with extreme intensity, as Jude says in the scriptures. By learning the 12 points that prove Christianity is true (Dr. Norman Geisler), through the best-selling book, “I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist” (Geisler & Turek), students will see Christianity is not only more reasonable but also more rational than any other belief system in our world. Let’s begin the journey! We need to be strong in our convictions & know how to critically think in a world that wants nothing of that, especially if you are a Christian! **This is a graded class and is a great elective class for HS students to earn credit (7-12th welcome). So we will have reading & some homework, but we will work together on weekly assignments as the information is much more important than learning for the grade! We will also have class discussions, videos, and examples of real-life objections being answered.**
Required Textbooks and Materials:
Each student will need to purchase the book (not the study guide), “I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist” by Norman L. Geisler & Frank Turek (can order from Amazon, Apologia.com, or Christianbook.com for $15-$16). A small binder or folder will be helpful to keep any additional notes from class. (All other materials are provided with the materials fee.)
Homework Estimate: 1-2 hours per week
Teacher Bio:
My name is Marsha Orbke. I’m a homeschooling Momma of 4 kids (5, 11, 14, 17). I have been homeschooling for almost 9 years. I have been a part of CCA since it first opened its doors! I’m grateful for Mary and the many people who have dedicated so much of their time to CCA to make this a great tutorial family for homeschoolers! I graduated from the University of TN, Knoxville, where I met my husband of 21 years. now. I began my career outside of the home in Recreation Therapy, where I worked in many fields before staying at home full time with my kiddos! The Lord has continued to stir my passion in homeschooling but also in teaching apologetics and evangelism. So in the last three years or so, I have been studying and taking courses to better do that! I am also a part of the Apologetics Team at my home church (The Journey Church- where CCA meets). I love being a part of the CCA teaching team and hope to grow and learn as well as deepen friendships and fellowship with those here.

Teacher: Joann Marlow

General Science Grades 7-8

10:00AM – 11:00AM
Teacher: Joann Marlow
Tuition: 30 weeks (1-hour class) – $230
Materials Fee: $ 40
Optional Lab:
Class Description:
Prepare to be awed by God’s amazing creation as we dive into a variety of science topics, including the scientific method, earth science, life science, and human anatomy. There are 16 modules in the textbook, with 2 weeks spent on average per module. At home, students will read each module, complete vocabulary worksheets, and answer selected On Your Own/Study Guide questions. In class, students will be guided to take some simple notes, and quizzes will be given over the key concepts of each module. Most experiments will be performed in class. We end the year with dissections. Science Fair participation is required for a grade in this class. Whether your students have had a robust elementary science education or this is their first official science class, they will complete this course having a well-established knowledge of the basics in all areas of science and will be prepared to transition and engage in upcoming high school level sciences.
Required Textbooks and Materials:
Apologia’s “Exploring Creation With General Science,” 2nd Edition by Jay Wile (No need to purchase the Solutions/Test Manual or the Student Workbook) All lab & dissection supplies will be purchased by the teacher with materials fee, except for simple materials student already has available at home.
Homework Estimate: About 30-45 minutes per day
Teacher Bio:
I’m excited to be given the opportunity to explore with students the details of God’s amazing creation & to expand their views of how great our Creator is! This will be my fourth year of formal teaching at CCA, 8th year at CCA, and my 13th year as a homeschool mom. I have 4 children ranging from 12th to 5th grade. In my previous life I worked as a registered nurse and have earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing. Through the years, I’ve always had a heart for teaching. Understanding the why and the how behind things not only helps us retain & apply the information, but it also allows us to marvel at the tapestry of God’s detailed plan and worship Him at a deeper level. I currently teach High School Biology, High School Health, and Jr. High General Science at CCA. In my spare time, I serve on the Board of CCA out of a desire to be of assistance to the wonderful families who attend and those who run this fabulous organization.

Teacher: Jayd-Lynn Perez

Theatre Grades 7-12

10:00AM – 11:00AM
Teacher: Jayd-Lynn Perez
Tuition: 30 weeks (1-hour class) – $230
Materials Fee: $ 20
Optional Lab:
Class Description:
In this class we will explore our creativity and learn new skills through Theatre! Students will work on individual and team activities to learn new things about how Theatre can teach us to express ourselves, appreciate the process of the dramatic arts, and understand scripts as a form of literature that we get to be a part of! Together we will learn about several aspects of what goes into a theatre show, and then put what we’ve discovered into action for winter and spring stage productions.
Required Textbooks and Materials:
None. A folder to keep their scripts will be provided at the top of the semester. I ask that students keep track of it for use during class— if it is lost I just ask that they provide the replacement.
Homework Estimate: Occasional homework (reviewing their script at home as needed)
Teacher Bio:
The 2022-2023 school year will be my first year with CCA! I am a graduate of MTSU where I received my BS in Theatre with a focus in theatre education and administration. I absolutely love every aspect of the creation of theatre and have experienced theatre work in many areas such as performance, admin. duties, cast management, crew work, developing new shows, and more! (But my favorite has always been working in children’s theatre!) I love to share with students the many different ways that we can all find a place to belong in the theatre, and how every personality and skill set is valuable and loved here! When I’m not being a grown up Drama Club Kid I am spending time with my big family and enjoying lots of podcasts! I love creative writing and telling absolutely everyone about all the funny stuff my two year old does!

Teacher: Carolyn Todd

Electricity & Magnetism (Fall Semester) Grades 7-12

10:00AM – 11:00AM
Teacher: Carolyn Todd
Tuition: 15 weeks (1-hour class) – $115 (1 semester)
Materials Fee: $ 15
Optional Lab:
Class Description:
Learn hands–on in this course, making batteries, electromagnets, motors, compasses, and more. Increase your knowledge of a mysterious part of God’s creation – electromagnetism. See surprising ways animals use magnetic and electric fields, how people live “off-the-grid”, what causes lightning, and how electricity is used to keep the refrigerator running. Understand everyday items like lightbulbs and computer chips, and surprising facts about radios and X-rays.
Required Textbooks and Materials:
None. All supplies included in materials fee.
Homework Estimate: No required homework. For families who wish to make this a semester high school credit class, I’ll assign a project and provide weekly additional assignments.
Teacher Bio:
I’m Carolyn Todd – a Mom of two teenagers and second-year CCA tutor. In 6 years homeschooling, I’ve taught at 2 previous co-ops. I started tutoring at a Science Learning Center at Rutgers, where I earned a BA in Physics. I trained adults on technology for many years at Dow Jones, Providence Health Systems, and the University of Alaska and taught Sunday School for several years for preteens. As a Sergeant in the Army Reserves, I learned electronics, served in a training unit, and met my Tennessee-born husband. We moved to Wilson County in 2019. I’m a born-again Christian and a member of Grace Life Baptist Church in Lebanon. I love helping young people learn more about God through His creation, His history, and His Word with active learning/hands-on activities and practical applications in class.

Teacher: Carolyn Todd

Food Science (Spring Semester) Grades 7-12

10:00AM – 11:00AM
Teacher: Carolyn Todd
Tuition: 15 weeks (1-hour class) – $115 (1 semester)
Materials Fee: $ 20
Optional Lab:
Class Description:
In this fun science class, we’ll use the kitchen as our laboratory. We’ll learn science related to God’s gift of food and answer food related questions like: What makes something a food? What does a calorie actually measure? What part of the cow is the hamburger? What is Jesus referring to when He talks about salt or leaven? We’ll be doing hands-on learning (and tasting!) in many food-related sciences including Nutrition, Chemistry, Zoology, Agriculture, Genetics, and Neuroscience.
Required Textbooks and Materials:
None. All lab materials included in materials fee.
Homework Estimate: Occasional homework of 15-30 minutes. For families who wish to make this a semester high school credit class, I’ll assign a fun semester project and provide weekly additional assignments.
Teacher Bio:
I’m Carolyn Todd – a Mom of two teenagers and second-year CCA tutor. In 6 years homeschooling, I’ve taught at 2 previous co-ops. I started tutoring at a Science Learning Center at Rutgers, where I earned a BA in Physics. I trained adults on technology for many years at Dow Jones, Providence Health Systems, and the University of Alaska and taught Sunday School for several years for preteens. As a Sergeant in the Army Reserves, I learned electronics, served in a training unit, and met my Tennessee-born husband. We moved to Wilson County in 2019. I’m a born-again Christian and a member of Grace Life Baptist Church in Lebanon. I love helping young people learn more about God through His creation, His history, and His Word with active learning/hands-on activities and practical applications in class.

Teacher: Bobby Smith

Archery Grades 7-12

10:00AM – 11:00AM
Teacher: Bobby Smith
Tuition: 30 weeks (1-hour class) – $230
Materials Fee: $ 25
Optional Lab:
Class Description:
Welcome to Archery Class. We will start from the beginning using the USA Archery National Training System. The goal of this class is to not just get kids to shoot a bow, but to understand that Archery is about technique, form and having fun. We will apply the steps of the NTS and learn about the equipment we shoot, the different styles of archery, scoring and targets of each and mostly how to have fun in a sport we grow to love. They will do some target building, learn about bow mechanics, and ultimately leave this class with a great understanding of what Archery is truly about. Discipline, structure and focus on Archery typically makes a child become a great steward of life. To me, the real blessing is just that. Thank you for your interest in CCA Archery Class!
Required Textbooks and Materials:
You may bring your own bow & arrows or rent a bow from CCA for $75 for the year. (An additional Materials Fee check will need to be written to CCA for $75 dated 5/1/22 at time of registration.) If you are buying your own, **please contact Bobby Smith *before buying* to ensure you are purchasing what is needed.** In general, a Recurve or Genesis Compound Bow and Arrows are needed for this class. The type can depend on your child’s size and what the bow will possibly be used for in the future. Additionally, an Archery Tab is needed to aid in shooting the bow (preferred is Bateman TC3 Three Finger Under Tab https://lancasterarchery.com/products/bateman-tc3-three-finger-under-tab ). http://www.lancasterarchery.com is a good source for finding the equipment needed. A soft or hard-shelled case for transport and containing equipment at CCA is essential. Optional equipment needed: resistance exercise bands for physical therapy (Amazon/ Walmart).
Homework Estimate: None
Teacher Bio:
My name is Bobby Smith. Most kids and parents call me Coach Bobby. I have a wonderful wife and 2 kids. My wife Patricia and I have been married for 27 years and our 2 kids are Caleb (22) and Hailey (17). I have been involved in youth ministry for around 10 years now. I have been coaching Archery for 12 years. I love the great outdoors and hunting and fishing are just a couple of ways I spend my time. I also compete in archery as an adult and in the last tournament I shot at a national level I finished in 5th place. My wife works in education in Murfreesboro TN for the city school system, my son Caleb attends Tennessee Tech University and my daughter Hailey is in homeschool. I spend approximately 20 hours a week donating my time to archery education in Rutherford County in 2 Archery programs as well as doing private tutorial. I look forward to helping kids and adults find their place in the world of archery.

Teacher: Lisa Widelock

8th Grade English Grade 8

11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Teacher: Lisa Widelock
Tuition: 30 weeks (1-hour class) – $230
Materials Fee: $ 10
Optional Lab:
Class Description:
Embarking on a journey through literature, while mastering God’s gift of language, we will grow in knowledge and understanding through a Biblical worldview! Meeting interesting characters from different times in history, some real and some invented, reading stories of great triumph and tragedy and mystery. An exciting year awaits!
Required Textbooks and Materials:
BJU 3rd Edition “Writing and Grammar 8 Student Textbook” ISBN: 1606821806; BJU 3rd Edition “Writing and Grammar 8 Teacher’s Edition” ISBN: 1591663639; BJU Press “Writing & Grammar Grade 8 Tests” third Edition ISBN: 1591663652; “Classic Poetry: An Illustrated Collection” by Michael Rosen; “Amos Fortune, Free Man” by Elizabeth Yates; “The Miracle Worker” by William Gibson; “The Endless Steppe” by Esther Hautzig; “Journey to Topaz” by Yoshiko Uchida; “The Breadwinner” by Deborah Ellis; “Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library” by Chris Grabenstein; three-ring binder
Homework Estimate: 4-5 hrs per week
Teacher Bio:
“I am excited to be teaching and working with the students at CCA! I have a BS degree in Elementary Education/Early Childhood from the University of South Florida and have taught grades k-8 in the public school systems in Tampa, South Florida, New York, and at homeschool tutorials in Tennessee and Florida. My husband, Robert, and I have been married thirty-two years, and we have four children that have all graduated from our homeschool. Our oldest, Emily is a Physician’s Assistant, Elora is a Physical Therapist, Eliza is a Registered Nurse, and Ezra is a sophomore at Tennessee Tech. majoring in Biology and playing football. I love Jesus, my family, animals, working out, chocolate, coffee, the beach, the mountains, and living in this exceptional country! Looking forward to a wonderful school year at CCA! God is good all the time, and all the time God is good! ”

Teacher: Vickie Fry

Spanish Grades 7-8

11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Teacher: Vickie Fry
Tuition: 30 weeks (1-hour class) – $230
Materials Fee: $ 10
Optional Lab:
Class Description:
For this class, we will be using the “Spanish for You!” curriculum. We will be using the theme “Conversaciones,” which means “Conversations.” Students develop listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills useful in everyday life within the context of these five units: The Park, The Grocery Store, The Shopping Center, The Movie Theater, and The Restaurant. There is a focus on being able to have Spanish conversations in and about these places. The students will be speaking in full simple Spanish sentences within the first few weeks! “Spanish for You!” teaches the key foundational concepts of pronunciation, vocabulary, grammar, syntax, and verb conjugation. This curriculum is challenging for students, but they learn so much and will be more than ready for high school Spanish classes. This class uses the same curriculum company as last year’s 5/6 and 7/8 grade classes I taught, but this is an entirely different package and focus, with completely different vocabulary; therefore it will build on concepts from last year, but will also be a great class for beginning Spanish students. This is a pretty fast-paced class, especially at the start of the year when everything is new. We will also have several fun days such as unique country holiday celebrations with typical foods and country cultural presentations to learn about Hispanic language, culture and geography. The class is very interactive and we play lots of games. All students will be participating verbally in class. That is the only way to learn to speak a language!
Required Textbooks and Materials:
“Spanish for You! Conversaciones Homeschool Co-op Student Package” for $44.95. (Plus a 15% group discount code) Website: https://spanish-for-you.com/product/spanish-for-you-conversaciones-homeschool-co-op-student-package/. This package contains all the curriculum materials you will need. Students will also need a 1.5” 3-ring binder (or bigger), a notebook pouch (to hold flash cards), tabbed dividers, index cards or paper for flash cards, pencil, colored pencils or markers, scissors, glue stick.
Homework Estimate: 30 minutes per day, 4 days a week. Weekly study time outside of class is imperative to keeping up with the pace of this class.
Teacher Bio:
My family has been homeschooling for ten years. My husband, Chris and I live in Lebanon, with our three kids: Emma, Walker ,and Olivia, plus our cocker spaniel, Milo. We have been at CCA for 5 years. We worship with the Maple Hill Church of Christ, where I have served a few years as the Children’s Ministry Coordinator. I also spent several years running a cooking business out of my home, Food from the Frys. In January of 2019, I began working part-time with a non-profit missionary organization, Great Cities Missions, where I serve as the Latin Team’s Women’s Consultant. My husband works full-time with the organization as the Director of Latin Mission Teams. We previously spent almost 8 years in Asuncion, Paraguay, working with a mission team to plant a church in the heart of the city. We studied the Spanish language before moving to Paraguay, but truly became fluent by being immersed in the language and culture. Our jobs take us often to Mexico, Honduras, Colombia and Cuba. We have a passion for working among Hispanic people, culture and language.

Teacher: Marla Poole

Life Science Grades 7-8

11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Teacher: Marla Poole
Tuition: 30 weeks (1-hour class) – $230
Materials Fee: $ 15
Optional Lab:
Class Description:
This is a life science course that investigates fields such as botany, anatomy, zoology, microbiology, and ecology. If it’s alive, we study it! Everything is approached from the Christian perspective with the conviction that God is the Creator and Sustainer of the universe. This class prepares students to succeed in high school biology.
Required Textbooks and Materials:
“Abeka Science Order and Design” 2nd edition textbook, “Abeka Science Order and Design Activity Book”, Binder, 2-pocket folder
Homework Estimate: 2-4 hours per week
Teacher Bio:
“Marla has a degree in education and taught both public and private school before beginning the homeschooling journey. She has taught a variety of subjects at several homeschool tutorials over the last 8 years and loves time in the classroom with the students. ”

Teacher: Carolyn Todd

Great Inventions and Inventors (Fall Semester) Grades 7-12

11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Teacher: Carolyn Todd
Tuition: 15 weeks (1-hour class) – $115 (1 semester)
Materials Fee: $ 15
Optional Lab:
Class Description:
In this class, we’ll learn the science behind world-changing inventions like the camera, antibiotics, and the refrigerator. We’ll examine great everyday products like bicycles, windshield wipers and Velcro. Through studying influential inventors like Pasteur, Edison, and Tesla, we’ll explore patents and why they are included in the US Constitution. We’ll also discuss the idea of progress, the process of invention, and creativity as a reflection of God the Creator. No quizzes or tests, just learning (hands-on when possible). There will be a mock ‘Shark-tank’ where students ‘pitch’ the sharks on invention ideas from history.
Required Textbooks and Materials:
Pocket-sized wire-bound notepad
Homework Estimate: No required homework.
Teacher Bio:
I’m Carolyn Todd – a Mom of two teenagers and second-year CCA tutor. In 6 years homeschooling, I’ve taught at 2 previous co-ops. I started tutoring at a Science Learning Center at Rutgers, where I earned a BA in Physics. I trained adults on technology for many years at Dow Jones, Providence Health Systems, and the University of Alaska. As a Sergeant in the Army Reserves, I learned electronics, served in a training unit, and met my Tennessee-born husband. We moved to Wilson County in 2019. I’m a born-again Christian and a member of Grace Life Baptist Church in Lebanon. I love helping young people learn about God through His creation, His history, and His Word with active learning/hands-on activities in class.

Teacher: Carolyn Todd

Topics in Aviation (Spring Semester) Grades 7-12

11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Teacher: Carolyn Todd
Tuition: 15 weeks (1-hour class) – $115 (1 semester)
Materials Fee: $ 10
Optional Lab:
Class Description:
We’ll be learning about aviation related topics in a variety of fields, such as Science, History, and Geography. We’ll do fun hands-on activities, and study parachutes, jet engines, radar, and hi-tech paint. Through studying the development of aviation, missionary pilots, and so much more, we’ll understand how humans use flight and how it has charted the course of history.
Required Textbooks and Materials:
None. All materials included in materials fee.
Homework Estimate: 10 to 30 minutes per week
Teacher Bio:
I’m Carolyn Todd – I’ve always been fascinated with aviation, took ground-school as a teenager and have had a few small airplane adventures. I worked with the Air Force ROTC for several years as well. I’m a Mom of two teenagers and second-year CCA tutor. In 6 years homeschooling, I’ve taught at 2 previous co-ops. I started tutoring at a Science Learning Center at Rutgers, where I earned a BA in Physics. I trained adults on technology for many years at Dow Jones, Providence Health Systems, and the University of Alaska. As a Sergeant in the Army Reserves, I learned electronics, served in a training unit, and met my Tennessee-born husband. We moved to Wilson County in 2019. I’m a born-again Christian and a member of Grace Life Baptist Church in Lebanon. I love helping young people learn about God through His creation, His history, and His Word with active learning/hands-on activities in class.

Teacher: Wendy Sewell

Intro to Music Business Grades 7-12

11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Teacher: Wendy Sewell
Tuition: 30 weeks (1-hour class) – $230
Materials Fee: $ 25
Optional Lab:
Class Description:
For Intro to Music Business, I will be using what I have learned in my studies on the subject at Belmont University and my experience in the Music Business. We will become familiar with such topics as music publishing, production, management, studio engineering, studio and live musicians, booking, venues, stats, touring, merchandising and branding, etc. Occasionally I will have professional experts in each field come and share with the class and take questions. This will be an excellent opportunity to gain knowledge and connect more personally with the industry that we live amongst here in the Nashville area.
Required Textbooks and Materials:
Small binder with college-rule paper and dividers
Homework Estimate: Occasional
Teacher Bio:
I homeschooled my two children from the time they were in elementary until they graduated from tutorial. They are both in college now, but I continue to devote much of my time to teaching. I have taught at several tutorials over the past 20 years. I now also teach private music lessons in piano, guitar, voice, ukulele, song writing, and music theory at my home studio. I studied acting at Brenau College and majored in Vocal Performance and Music Business at Belmont University. Through the past thirty years I have gained extensive experience in music theater, television, and film. I was also a professional songwriter for EMI music publishing for many years. I am so happy to have the opportunity to share some of what I have learned with your student.

Teacher: Amanda Phillips

Drawing with Mixed Media Grades 7-12

11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Teacher: Amanda Phillips
Tuition: 30 weeks (1-hour class) – $230
Materials Fee: $ 20
Optional Lab:
Class Description:
Drawing with Mixed Media class is based on “Drawing from the Right Side of the Brain,” a technique that allows students to draw what they see instead of what they think they see. Our early drawing of a house might be a square with a triangle on top. While that drawing is a representation of a house, it is not what a house really looks like. This technique gives instruction on how to draw the intricate details that make a drawing look “real,” while also enabling the students to portray their projects with perspective and proportion. This will be similar to Ginger Latham’s techniques and continue on with her teaching style. As the year progresses, students will learn shading techniques, which give depth and value to a drawing. Students will also be instructed on how to effectively use other mediums such as pen and ink and colored pencils. After a few basic drawings are completed, students will be allowed to choose from other materials supplied and will progress at their own speed.
Required Textbooks and Materials:
None. All materials provided.
Homework Estimate: None
Teacher Bio:
Amanda Phillips was homeschooled growing up and she has studied art under Kathy Chester throughout middle school and high school. Amanda went to MTSU where she received her bachelor’s and master’s in Business Management. She studied art history in Italy and has travelled many places to learn more about historic pieces of art. She has since gone back to MTSU to study visual arts and wants to teach others what she has learned over the years.

Teacher: Hilarie Eskew

American History Grades 7-8

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Teacher: Hilarie Eskew
Tuition: 30 weeks (1-hour class) – $230
Materials Fee: $ 10
Optional Lab:
Class Description:
We will be studying and traveling through American history from a biblical perspective. There will be weekly reading, mapwork, questions, quizzes, vocabulary, worksheets, and at least 2 war projects throughout the year. During class, we will be discussing topics to be covered for the week and taking notes for quizzes. Looking forward to a great year!
Required Textbooks and Materials:
We will be using the text, “America from the Beginning” published by Answers in Genesis. *There is no need to purchase this book.* It will be distributed the first day of class by the teacher and will need to be returned in good condition at the end of the school year.
Homework Estimate: 30 minutes a day
Teacher Bio:
This will be my eleventh year homeschooling. I have 3 wonderful children, Mollie (graduated), Lillie (9th), and Noah (8th). I will be married to my hard working husband for 23 years this year. Homeschooling is a call on our lives, and we love our homeschooling community. This will be our seventh year being a part of this awesome CCA family. We are looking forward to many more years here.

Teacher: Jason Warren

Physical Education Grades 7-12

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Teacher: Jason Warren
Tuition: 30 weeks (1-hour class) – $230
Materials Fee: $ 0
Optional Lab:
Class Description:
P.E. is a great way to keep your kids active through warm-up drills, stretching, and even sports-oriented games. It’s also a great time for them to interact after classes where their focus is essential.
Required Textbooks and Materials:
None
Homework Estimate: None, but exercise is recommended
Teacher Bio:
My name is Jason Warren and this is my 5th year at CCA. My background is in martial arts so with that experience I can keep the kids active while making it a fun environment.

Teacher: Gwen Schaetz

Public Speaking and Debate Grades 7-12

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Teacher: Gwen Schaetz
Tuition: 30 weeks (1-hour class) – $230
Materials Fee: $ 20
Optional Lab:
Class Description:
Students will overcome one of the most feared things on planet Earth… the fear of public speaking! They will learn proper body language, posture at the podium, voice control, gestures, expressions, tips for eye contact, go over mock job interview tips, etc. Fear is less of an issue when you know exactly what you are doing! After these have been mastered, we will move into the Debate course. Here we will learn the format of a typical policy debate and learn to focus on critical thinking, analyzing and organizing our thoughts and content, etc., then putting all their skills together to persuade, influence, and inspire others. Students will be graded mostly on in-class participation, skill assessments, and preparation (when needed) for a speech, presentation or debate.
Required Textbooks and Materials:
None. All materials provided.
Homework Estimate: Homework would only be necessary when they need to prepare a quick speech or prepare for a debate – no more than 1 1/2 hours a week or less
Teacher Bio:
This is our 5th year at CCA and my 4th year teaching here. We love it so much! I have 5 children ranging from 29 yrs all the way to 12 yrs old! ( also added 2 sons and a daughter by marriage this last year) Growing up in a home where my mother had a “Finishing Touch” business out of our home, I learned the importance of learning the skills that set you up for success- manners and public speaking! I saw quickly how those skills gave me the confidence I needed in my life. I am a graduate of The University of Tennessee and my first job was teaching a 4 yr. old kindergarten class. I have loved teaching ever since! I love teaching summer bible studies to my grown kids and their friends each summer. I have a real passion to equip young people with skills that will make their lives easier and help them walk in confidence, success and victory!

Teacher: Shauna Bridgers

Junior High Science Lab Grades 7-8

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Teacher: Shauna Bridgers
Tuition: 30 weeks (1-hour class) – $230
Materials Fee: $ 60
Optional Lab:
Class Description:
In this lab, students will see the wonders of science come alive before their eyes every week. We will be performing exciting experiments that are designed to teach students fundamental lessons in the life sciences of biology, chemistry, and even the realm of physics! When they are not in the lab, students will also have the opportunity to participate in nature programs where they will be exposed to real live animals and the wonder of the outdoors in their very own community. Students will learn the basics of the scientific method, learn how create their own experiments, and yes, there will definitely be homemade slime by the end of the year. The Science Lab will be led by Ranger Shauna, a special instructor who has been using her Biology degree to educate kids at Cedars of Lebanon State Park for 15 years now. Through hands-on experiences and the expertise of Ranger Shauna, students will emerge from the lab with a newfound excitement for all of the disciplines of science!
Required Textbooks and Materials:
Notebook
Homework Estimate: None
Teacher Bio:
I’m a wife, mother, and a Park Ranger. I have a B.S. in Biology and have been a Park Ranger for 15 years at Cedars of Lebanon State Park. I love teaching about Nature at the park and now get to bring the park and my love for science to the children of CCA.

Teacher: Amanda Phillips

Drawing with Mixed Media Grades 7-12

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Teacher: Amanda Phillips
Tuition: 30 weeks (1-hour class) – $230
Materials Fee: $ 20
Optional Lab:
Class Description:
Drawing with Mixed Media class is based on “Drawing from the Right Side of the Brain,” a technique that allows students to draw what they see instead of what they think they see. Our early drawing of a house might be a square with a triangle on top. While that drawing is a representation of a house, it is not what a house really looks like. This technique gives instruction on how to draw the intricate details that make a drawing look “real,” while also enabling the students to portray their projects with perspective and proportion. This will be similar to Ginger Latham’s techniques and continue on with her teaching style. As the year progresses, students will learn shading techniques, which give depth and value to a drawing. Students will also be instructed on how to effectively use other mediums such as pen and ink and colored pencils. After a few basic drawings are completed, students will be allowed to choose from other materials supplied and will progress at their own speed.
Required Textbooks and Materials:
None. All materials provided.
Homework Estimate: None
Teacher Bio:
Amanda Phillips was homeschooled growing up and she has studied art under Kathy Chester throughout middle school and high school. Amanda went to MTSU where she received her bachelor’s and master’s in Business Management. She studied art history in Italy and has travelled many places to learn more about historic pieces of art. She has since gone back to MTSU to study visual arts and wants to teach others what she has learned over the years.

Teacher: Robyn Collins

World History Grades 7-8

2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Teacher: Robyn Collins
Tuition: 30 weeks (1-hour class) – $230
Materials Fee: $ 10
Optional Lab:
Class Description:
From a biblical worldview, students will journey through history from creation until today’s modern way-of-life, exploring all of the world empires, cultures, geography, religion, the church’s history, the Reformation, wars, and modern times. Abeka is a textbook approach, therefore students will have some projects occasionally to spice up the class. Some class projects may include a Medieval feast, report writing, kings/queens presentation, assembly line, world timeline, etc. Homework will consist of reading the chapter, answering the section review questions, map work, and occasional projects. I will check and grade all work.
Required Textbooks and Materials:
“Abeka History of the World in Christian Perspective” (5th ed.) student book Code: 183202; Supplies: 1.5 in. three-ring binder, notebook paper, pencils, colored pencils or twistable crayons (for map work), dividers, 2 plastic folders
Homework Estimate: 2 to 2.5 hours per week
Teacher Bio:
My name is Robyn Collins. I am a Christian and a homeschool mom. I have homeschooled all eleven of my children; nine have graduated, and two to go. We have been part of the homeschool community for about 28 years. We have participated in co-ops, tutorials, and even hosted small co-op groups in our own home. I have taught at CCA for 5 years. I enjoy teaching English, History, Geography, and Home Life Skills. In my free time I love to garden, can, sew, cook, the beach, and spending time with my family.

Teacher: Jason Warren

Self-Defense (Fall Semester) Grades 7-12

2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Teacher: Jason Warren
Tuition: 15 weeks (1-hour class) – $115 (1 semester)
Materials Fee: $ 35
Optional Lab:
Class Description:
This course allows students to learn basic self-defense techniques that could possibly save their lives one day. The focus will be on all types of attacks such as chokes, holds, and even weapon attacks. A heavy emphasis will be placed on proper technique so they don’t injure themselves if they ever had to use their skills.
Required Textbooks and Materials:
None. MMA Gloves provided with supply fee.
Homework Estimate: None. Practice is recommended.
Teacher Bio:
My name is Jason Warren and this is my 5th year at CCA. I am a 6th degree black belt in Taekwondo and also have experience in boxing, kickboxing, Karate and some Jiu-Jitsu. I have 32 years of martial arts experience.

Teacher: Jeff Leurs

Home Maintenance and Life Skills Grades 7-12

2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Teacher: Jeff Leurs
Tuition: 30 weeks (1-hour class) – $230
Materials Fee: $ 40
Optional Lab:
Class Description:
We will be going over many home repair pojects and knowledge of tools, plumbing, electrical, carpentry, HVAC, locksmithing, and basic car repair and maintenance. Firearm safety and knowledge will also be apart of this class. We will have a week that we do a suicide prevention class. This class is to learn the signs to look for in friends and classmates to be able to get them help. We will also go over other related subjects that the class maybe interested in. Feel free to contact me if you need more information.
Required Textbooks and Materials:
None
Homework Estimate: Little to none
Teacher Bio:
We have been at CCA now for 5 years. I have taught for 3 years and have enjoyed passing my knowledge down. I have many years of experience in home repair and building. I love the outdoors and enjoy being outside. I have loved the last couple of years teaching and watching the kids learn new things they didn’t know.

Teacher: Daniel Donaldson

Beginner’s Woodworking Grades 7-12

2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Teacher: Daniel Donaldson
Tuition: 30 weeks (1-hour class) – $230
Materials Fee: $ 100
Optional Lab:
Class Description:
Students will learn the basics of woodworking using mostly hand tools such as: hand saws, planes, and brace and bit. We will go over using different types of squares and other layout tools. We will spend some time learning to read a tape measure and use a little math here and there to add and subtract fractions. Students will use what they learn to complete several woodworking projects throughout the year.
Required Textbooks and Materials:
None
Homework Estimate: None
Teacher Bio:
I am a father of two. My wife and I have been homeschooling for 4 years now. I grew up helping my dad do handyman projects around the house, which is where I developed a love for working with my hands. I got a job about 10 years ago as a cabinet maker, and just fell in love with woodworking. I’ve started my own woodworking business where I build cabinets and furniture. I am very excited to share my passion for woodworking with our students.

Teacher: Caitlin Davis

Leadership & Team Building (Spring Semester) Grades 7-12

2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Teacher: Caitlin Davis
Tuition: 15 weeks (1-hour class) – $115 (1 semester)
Materials Fee: $ 5
Optional Lab:
Class Description:
This course will teach students about how to be effective leaders within the classroom and their community. We will cover and develop basic leadership skills, take personality tests, and work frequently in groups for students to get comfortable with collaboration. We will discuss conflict resolution, problem-solving, time management, building trust & respect, brainstorming, delegating, and more. This class should prepare students to work in groups on higher-level projects if they go to college or in their careers. I hope this course helps instill confidence in them to go out and be influential leaders in the future.
Required Textbooks and Materials:
Occasionally they will need to bring their Bibles!
Homework Estimate: Occasionally
Teacher Bio:
I am a recent college graduate from MTSU with a degree in public relations but now work as a real estate agent. During high school I competed at the national level on various teams through the National FFA Association and was president of my 50-100 person chapter at Mt. Juliet High School. I truly feel like these experiences in leadership put me ahead when I got to college, and I want to share that with students. My cousins have attended CCA for the last 5 years, and this will be my 2nd year teaching at CCA. I am excited to be a part of this community.

Teacher: Kelly Weaver

Pre-Algebra Online Grades 7-8

Online – Wednesday
Teacher: Kelly Weaver
Tuition: 30 weeks (1.5-hour class) – $310
Materials Fee: $ 0
Optional Lab: Math Lab available
Class Description:
For Parents/students who prefer a different curriculum other than Saxon or need a different time, a Pre-Algebra class will be available through CCA on Wednesdays. It is a 1 1/2 hour/week course. It is designed for 8th grade or a strong 7th grade student. We will use books 1 – 6 from the “Key To Algebra” curriculum along with supplemental materials for geometry and review skills worksheets. The full 10 book Key to Algebra series is an Algebra course but it falls short to prepare students for Algebra 2 and the ACT. However, it is perfect to prepare the Pre-Algebra student for a tougher Algebra course. The Key to Algebra books are consumable workbooks. Our class will only cover the first 6 books. Pre-Geometry will be taught as well. No books are needed but materials will need to be printed. Each week students will have an assignment sheet with each day’s assignment. Parents will check each day’s work and indicate the number of correct answers on the sheet. Parents will also initial each day to confirm the student’s work. Students will need to be able to zoom with a camera (not a cell phone but a computer), have access to a printer AND be able to use Schoology to upload assignments. I will meet with students via zoom as a group for teaching and working with students. The time is tentative but will be on Wednesday. Payments will be made through CCA just as if it were a regular CCA Tuesday class. Students will be prepared for a full, robust Algebra and Geometry course upon completion.
Required Textbooks and Materials:
“Key to Algebra” Books 1 – 6, Solutions books for Books 1 – 7. A nice compass, protractor, spiral notebook, calculator, & plenty of pencils. Access to a printer, the ability to zoom & the ability to upload assignments to Schoology is also a necessity. *Parents will need to print materials from Schoology.*
Homework Estimate: “My goal is to help students work independently on homework. This will be the purpose of 2 days so I can follow up with students after they have had an opportunity to work on homework. Students should spend an hour or less each day on homework. ”
Teacher Bio:
My name is Kelly Weaver. I love teaching and I love Math!! I have worked in the education field for over 30 years, public and homeschool. When my twin boys were born I knew I wanted to homeschool them. I raised and homeschooled 4 beautiful children from Kindergarten through 12th grade. I have taught 7th grade math and Pre-Algebra for 12 years at another homeschool tutorial. It’s a privilege to be able to continue teaching in the homeschool world.