Registration Schedule

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Wednesday, April 24

Teachers & Coordinators:
Thursday, April 25

 

2018-19 Class Schedule

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Returning Families:
Thursday, May 2

New Families:
Monday, May 13

 

2019-20 Class Schedule

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Our Classes (2019-20)

Schedule Under Construction

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Instructor:
Laura Poore

Intro to Drama (5-9)

Advanced Drama (7-12)

 

Instructor:
Laura Poore

Music (K-2)

Music (3-4)

Chorus (5-12)

Instructor:
Ricki Gemmel

ASL 2 (9-12)

Instructor:
Carolyn Graessle

Survey of Maryland (3-5)

 

Instructor:
Rebekah Kunz

Mapping the World by Heart (6-8)

 

Instructor:
Sherri Hastings

US History (9-12)

Instructor:
Kristin Bell

Core Block (1-2)

 

Instructor:
TBA

IEW Writing (5-8)

 

Instructor:
Carolyn Graessle

Lit Based Writing (3-5)

Lit Based Writing (5-8)

Am Lit/Writing (9-12)

 

Instructor:
Shelly McCloskey

PE (K-2)

PE (3-4)

PE (5-7)

PE (6-10)

Instructor:
Erin Kluever-Taylor

Intro to Logic (6-8)

 

Instructor:
TBA

Intro to Public Speaking (5-8)

Our Classes


                                                        

Advanced Drama

Teacher:
Laura Poore

Class Periods:
7-12 (1st Period)

 

(Grades 7-12)

Fees:
$205 Tuition / $55 Supplies

Required Materials:
• Notebook for Journal entries
• Pencil and highlighter

Description:
This full-year course will consist of auditions, casting, rehearsals, and plays performed at CSM LaPlata for Christmas and Open House. Students will develop a solid acting technique while having fun in the process. They will discover what it’s really like to work on stage and experience the thrill of improvisation while learning the fundamentals of acting in a supportive and energetic environment.


                                                        

American Sign Language 2

Teacher:
Ricki Gemmel

Class Periods:
9-12 (1st-2nd Periods)

 

(Grades 9-12)

Fees:
$370 Tuition / $5 Supplies

Required Materials:
• Signing Naturally Units 7-12 (Student Set)

Description:
American Sign Language 2 (ASL 2) is a fun and interactive class designed to give students an introduction to intermediate ASL grammar and vocabulary. Course content will include fingerspelling, numbers, and vocabulary to express and understand simple likes, haves, needs and wants. We will explore cultural information about the Deaf community and the history of ASL.


                                                        

Apologia Biology

Teacher:
Sherri Hastings

Class Periods:
9-12 (3rd Period)

 

(Grades 9-12)

Fees:
$185 Tuition / $20 Supplies

Required Materials:
See below

Description:
As the Apologia website states: “This course is designed to be the student’s first high school science course and is a college-prep biology course that provides a detailed introduction to the methods and concepts of general biology. Heavily emphasizing the vocabulary of biology, it provides the student with a strong background in the scientific method, the five-kingdom classification scheme, microscopy, biochemistry, cellular biology, molecular and Mendelian genetics, evolution, dissection, and ecosystems. It also provides a complete survey of the five kingdoms in Creation. Students who take and understand this course will be very well-prepared for a tough university biology course.”

During class there will be lectures and as many experiments as we can fit in (both those from the book and others that aren’t). There will be microscope work and dissections (more dissections than are scheduled in the book). The student will be responsible for all readings and chapter questions outside of class. There will be regular chapter tests.

Required Materials:

• Exploring Creation with Biology – 2nd EDITION, Apologia Educational Ministries (ISBN: 978-1-932012-54-5)
• Solutions and Tests manual (ISBN: 978-1-932012-55-2). These are usually sold as a set.
• 1.5-2in 3-Ring Binder
• 16 Dividers
• Paper
• Pencils
• Colored Pencils


                                                        

Apologia Chemistry & Physics

Teacher:
Kristin Bell

Class Periods:
5-7 (5th Period)

(Grades 5-7)

Fees:
$185 Tuition / $20 Supplies

Required Materials:
See below

Description:
Discover the foundational elements of the universe and the building blocks of creation with Exploring Creation with Chemistry and Physics! Study how the universe functions through this exploration of matter and energy; lessons cover atoms and molecules, pH levels, types of mixtures, mechanics, laws of motion, dynamics of motion, energy, waves, light, machines, magnets, and more.

Required Materials:
• Exploring Creation with Chemistry & Physics,  Jeannie Fulbright
• Exploring Creation with Chemistry & Physics Notebooking Journal
• Colored pencils, scissors
• Glue stick
• Two pocket folder


                                                        

Apologia Flying Creatures

Teacher:
Kristin Bell

Class Periods:
3-4 (4th Period)

 

(Grades 3-4)

Fees:
$185 Tuition / $20 Supplies

Required Materials:
See below

Description:
Let your child’s imagination soar with this fascinating study of birds, bats, and flying insects. Your young zoologist will investigate the dynamics of flight, learn classification skills, keep a field journal, and explore how the design we see in flying creatures points us toward our Creator.  Class activities will include projects, labs and experiments, as well as lesson reviews and class discussions.

Required Materials:
• Exploring Creation with Flying Creatures,  Jeannie Fulbright
• Exploring Creation with Flying Creatures Notebooking Journal
• Colored pencils, scissors
• Glue stick
• Two pocket folder


                                                  

Apologia Flying Creatures Jr.

Teacher:
Kristin Bell

Class Periods:
1-2 (3rd Period)

 

(Grades 1-2)

Fees:
$185 Tuition / $20 Supplies

Required Materials:
• Colored pencils, scissors
• Glue stick
• Two pocket folder

Description:
Let your child’s imagination soar with this fascinating study of birds, bats, and flying insects. Your young zoologist will investigate the dynamics of flight, learn classification skills, keep a field journal, and explore how the design we see in flying creatures points us toward our Creator.  Class activities will include projects, labs and experiments, as well as lesson reviews and class discussions.


                                                  

Apologia General Science

Teacher:
Sherri Hastings

Class Periods:
7-8 (2nd Period)

 

(Grades 7-8)

Fees:
$185 Tuition / $5 Supplies

Required Materials:
See below

Description:
As the Apologia website states: “This course is designed to be a student’s first systematic introduction to the sciences. The course covers such topics as the scientific method, designing experiments, simple machines, archaeology, geology, paleontology, biology, and human anatomy and physiology. Its scope, therefore, is quite wide. There are many hands-on experiments.” 

During class there will be lectures and as many experiments as we can fit in (both those in the book and many that aren’t). The student will be responsible for all readings and chapter questions outside of class. There will be regular tests, most of which will be taken at home. We will also be using the Student Notebook published by Apologia.

Required Materials:
• Apologia’s Exploring Creation With General Science – 2ND EDITION (ISBN: 978-1-932012-86-6)
• Exploring Creation with General Science STUDENT NOTEBOOK (ISBN: 978-1-935495-70-3)
• Pencils


                                                  

Apologia Physical Science

Teacher:
Sherri Hastings

Class Periods:
8-9 (1st Period)

 

(Grades 8-9)

Fees:
$185 Tuition / $5 Supplies

Required Materials:
See below

Description:
As the Apologia website states, “Exploring Creation With Physical Science provides a detailed introduction to the physical environment and some of the basic laws that make it work. The fairly broad scope of the book provides the student with a good understanding of the earth’s atmosphere, hydrosphere, and lithosphere. It also covers details on weather, motion, Newton’s Laws, gravity, the solar system, atomic structure, radiation, nuclear reactions, stars, and galaxies. Typically, we recommend that the student take this course during the same year that he or she is taking prealgebra.”

During class there will be lectures and as many experiments as we can fit in (both those in the book and many that aren’t). The student will be responsible for all readings and chapter questions outside of class. There will be regular tests, most of which will be taken at home. We will also be using the Student Notebook published by Apologia.

Required Materials:
• Apologia’s Exploring Creation With Physical Science – 2ND EDITION (ISBN: 978-1-932012-77-4)
• Exploring Creation with General Science STUDENT NOTEBOOK (ISBN: 978-1-935495-71-0)
• Pencils


                                                  

Art Foundations

Teacher:
Michelle Cabrera

Class Periods:
5-6 (3rd Period)

5-10 (2nd & 4th Periods)

7-10 (5th Period)

(Grades 5-10)

Fees:
$185 Tuition / $15 Supplies

Required Materials:
Information pending

Description:
During this class, students will learn to express their ideas as they learn about painting and drawing composition, color theory, proportion, planes, volume, tone/shading, continuous line, gesture, negative and positive space, and basic perspective. Students will also learn about different artists, art history, art movements and style (e.g., Georgia O’Keeffe, Andy Warhol, abstraction, aboriginal art).

Additionally, students are encouraged to think about an artist or technique they would like to learn about so that it can be incorporated into the class. They will learn about what elements are important in the work, and then they will try it themselves. Students will experiment with a mix of materials such as graphite, oil crayons, pastels, charcoal, acrylics, tempera, watercolor, ink on canvas board, mylar or canvas paper.


                                                  

ART-Tastic

Teacher:
Lisa Everly

Class Periods:
K-2 (3rd & 6th Periods)

3-4 (2nd & 4th Periods)

(Grades K-4)

Fees:
$185 Tuition / $20 Supplies

Required Materials:
None

Description:
This class provides a relaxed and fun environment in which a wide array of artistic media are provided to allow children to explore their creative expression. Children’s book authors and illustrators are the inspirational basis for many of our projects. Activities are varied and include a literature connection, painting techniques using watercolor, and other paints, collage, oil pastels, and other media. Above all, we will seek to glorify the Lord and consider biblical principles while exploring art and various artists. Other goals will be to bless others around us, foster friendships and a lifelong interest in art. It is perfect for both the first time art student and for any student who enjoys creating art. There will be no homework.


                                                  

Chorus

Teacher:
Linda Henry

Class Periods:
5-12 (6th Period)

 

(Grades 5-12)

Fees:
$185 Tuition / $15 Supplies

Required Materials:
• Folder
• Sharpened pencil

Description:
Choral Ensemble is a full year course designed to provide an atmosphere for the enjoyment, appreciation, and performance of choral music. The instruction and improvement of voice quality, intonation, ability to read music, ability to sight-sing, and the overall development of musicianship is stressed in conjunction with the learning of each piece of music. The Chorus will perform at the Christmas Festival and in the spring at the Open House events. Attendance at these performances and dress rehearsals are a course requirement.


                                                  

Core Block

Teacher:
Kristin Bell

Class Periods:
1-2 (1st & 2nd Periods)

 

(Grades 1-2)

Fees:
$370 Tuition / $25 Supplies

Required Materials:
• Pencils
• Crayons or Colored Pencils
• Scissors
• Glue Stick
• Two-Pocket Folder

Description:
During this two-period class, students will engage in a variety of fun and age appropriate activities in the areas of language arts, social studies, and math. Children’s literature will be spotlighted for language arts, and vocabulary and comprehension will be emphasized through discussion of the story or poem. Social studies will have a geographical focus as the children gain a gentle introduction to the seven continents. Math games will be Montessori-inspired and explore different mathematical focuses using multi-sensory materials. Weather permitting, we will enjoy a brief recess time on the playground.


                                                  

IEW Writing

Teacher:
Rebekah Kunz

Class Periods:
5-8 (2nd Period)

 

(Grades 5-8)

Fees:
$185 Tuition / $15 Supplies

Required Materials:
See below

Description:
Created to complement what is being taught in Language Arts by the parent in the home, this class will improve the student’s writing strength and depth with fascinating content. Incrementally, all the IEW models of structure
and elements of style will be taught, as well as proper grammar skills and vocabulary to enrich the students’ writing. Daily journal entries every other week will be assigned to provide beneficial practice of these skills. The Institute for Excellence in Writing mission is “to equip teachers and parents with methods and materials to aid them in training students to become confident and competent communicators.” As students are instructed and encouraged in the basics of this theme-based program, their confidence and writing ability will soar.

Required Materials:
• One “Portable Walls”
• 3-ring binder with paper and tabbed dividers
• Any readable, quality thesaurus (siblings may share.)
• Sewn composition book for journal writing
• Pens
• Sharpened pencils with erasers


                                                  

Intro to Drama

Teacher:
Laura Poore

Class Periods:
5-9 (2nd Period)

 

(Grades 5-9)

Fees:
$205 Tuition / $55 Supplies

Required Materials:
• Notebook for Journal entries
• Pencil and highlighter

Description:
Calling all young actors! Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a character or act in your own scenes? In this class you will develop confidence, self-expression, and group interaction through improvisation, acting games, and vocabulary. This class is perfect for the beginner as well as the intermediate young actor. This class will provide exposure to enrichment activities in the areas of following directions, reading, drama, music, history, and comprehension. Students will have the opportunity to perform in a play at the spring Open House with an additional possible performance mid-year.  Less than one hour of homework per week.


                                                  

Intro to Logic

Teacher:
Erin Kluever-Taylor

Class Periods:
6-8 (6th Period)

 

(Grades 6-8)

Fees:
$185 Tuition / $TBD Supplies

Required Materials:
• The Fallacy Detective
• The Thinking Toolbox
• Spiral or Composition Notebook

Description:
In the first semester, we will learn how to recognize different types of fallacies – common errors in reasoning.  In the second semester, we will be covering different tools for various critical thinking tasks.  Logic exercises and games will be included, as time permits.  This not a formal logic class, but instead it is a course that will teach a variety of critical thinking skills.


                                                  

Literature-Based Writing

Teacher:
Carolyn Graessle

Class Periods:
3-5 (1st Period)

 

(Grades 3-5)

Fees:
$185 Tuition / $15 Supplies

Required Materials:
TBD

Description:
The course is designed to provide language arts experiences for 3rd and 4th grade students according to Charlotte Mason principles. Students will practice writing activities such as narration, copywork, poetry recitation, with some attention given to grammar and literary styles concepts. Homework assignments will include quality read-aloud literature, daily poem reading, copywork, gentle journaling and various activities. Since the literature has been selected for content, it is understood that some or all may need to be read aloud by the parent or listened to via audiobooks.


                                                  

Literature-Based Writing

Teacher:
Carolyn Graessle

Class Periods:
5-8 (2nd Period)

 

(Grades 5-8)

Fees:
$185 Tuition / $15 Supplies

Required Materials:
TBD

Description:
The course is designed to provide writing experiences for 5th and 6th grade students, and advanced 4th graders according to Charlotte Mason principles using quality literature as the jumping off point for writing activities. Students will practice writing activities such as narration, copywork, with some attention given to grammar and literary styles concepts. Homework assignments will include literature reading, daily poem reading, copywork, narration style journaling and various writing activities. Since the literature has been selected for content, it is understood that one or more books may need to be read aloud by the parent or listened to via audiobooks.


                                                  

Mapping the World by Heart

Teacher:
Rebekah Kunz

Class Periods:
6-8 (3rd Period)

 

(Grades 6-8)

Fees:
$185 Tuition / $20 Supplies

Required Materials:
See below

Description:
Students will increase their knowledge of the geography of the United States as they learn to draw the countries from memory. Students will learn to use maps and atlases, and understand latitude and longitude. They will be able to identify continents, countries, capitals, large cities, and some important land features and bodies of water. The culminating projects will be researching and creating a display about one state in the fall, and producing a map of the US from memory that shows as much of their understanding as possible in the spring. I will primarily be using curriculum from Mapping the World by Heart by David Smith and Draw the USA by Kristin J. Draeger. The methodology will include direct instruction, drawing, and games each week. Weekly homework and practice will be required.

Required Materials:
• 1”three ring notebook with pocket dividers and tabbed dividers and paper; a zipped plastic
holder or container for the following individual items:
• Mechanical pencils
• One or two black razor-point pens* (needed for thin fine lines in black ink)
• Three or four razor-point pens* in other colors for labeling (red, blue and green) * it is
essential that the pens do not bleed through
• An excellent eraser – Art Gum or similar, that leaves no residue
• A set of colored pencils (and sharpener)
• White-out – quick drying kind
• Two fine-point dry-erase markers in different colors
• One World Atlas per family 


                                                  

Music

Teacher:
Laura Poore

Class Periods:
K-2 (4th Period)

3-4 (5th Period)

 

(Grades K-4)

Fees:
$185 Tuition / $15 Supplies

Required Materials:
• Folder
• Sharpened pencil
• Recorder

Description:
Students will learn the basics of music theory and rhythm through fun interactive games and activities. We will explore instruments while learning about the lives of famous composers and their works. Students will apply what they learn through song and perform as a choir for the closing program each semester. This class is ideal for students who already take private music lessons or have had one full year of music class before, though it is not necessary.

Students in third and fourth grade music class build on the basics of music in a hands-on learning environment. Students will continue to learn the basics of music theory and rhythm through fun interactive games and activities. We will explore instruments while learning about the lives of famous composers and their works. Students will learn to play the recorder during the spring semester and will perform selections at the open house in May. Students will apply what they learn through song and perform as a choir for the closing program each semester.


                                                  

PE

Teacher:
Shelly McCloskey

Class Periods:
K-2 (5th Period)

3-4 (6th Period)

5-7 (4th Period)

7-10 (3rd Period)

(Grades K-10)

Fees:
$185 Tuition / $0 Supplies

Required Materials:
None

Description:
Our goal is to provide a friendly introduction to sports and fitness while building coordination and self esteem.  JumpBunch® uses a hands-on approach that integrates the physical and mental aspects of each lesson: children have a chance to see, touch and experience each sport. We gear our program for their maximum enjoyment, while learning team skills, cooperation and sportsmanship. Every child is a part of our “team”, no matter what their level of skill. We guide students through all phases of physical development: eye/hand coordination, large and fine motor skills, muscle development, body balance and cardio-respiratory enhancement.

It is important that your children dress appropriately for physical activity. Tennis shoes or sneakers are a must. Children should wear comfortable clothing with freedom of movement. Dresses or skirts are not recommended.


                                                  

Survey of Maryland

Teacher:
Carolyn Graessle

Class Periods:
3-5 (3rd Period)

 

(Grades 3-5)

Fees:
$185 Tuition / $0 Supplies

Required Materials:
• Pencil, Eraser, & Pencil Sharpener
• Crayons or Colored Pencils
• Scissors
• Glue Stick

Description:
This class is an overview of Maryland geography, natural history (plants & animals, habitats), state symbols, counties, government and history from pre-colonial to modern times. Class time will include read alouds, coloring, some map work, cut & paste, timelines, student presentations of their projects and review games. Since this class is interdisciplinary in nature, it will not cover an entire traditional year of history or science. A list of optional readings and projects will be available for families desiring more in-depth content throughout the year. The class will have the opportunity to go on one or two Maryland related field trips.


                                                  

US History

Teacher:
Sherri Hastings

Class Periods:
9-12 (4th Period)

 

(Grades 9-12)

Fees:
$185 Tuition / $5 Supplies

Required Materials:
Exploring America Third Edition (2014) -Volume 1/Volume 2/ American Voices (sold as a three book set) by Ray Notgrass (ISBN: 9781609990695)  Student review pack NOT required.

Description:
From the Notgrass website: “The student will survey American history from the time of the Native Americans and first European explorers to the 21st Century. The course discusses actions and developments on the national level, especially involving the Federal government, as well as issues and events in American culture. The student will read a significant number of original documents and speeches while studying the narrative of lessons.” Work will be assigned to be completed before the first class meeting. There will be daily readings and questions, weekly quizzes, and regular test and papers.

Note: The course will only cover the History portion of this three-part curriculum, not the included Bible and Literature portions.