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Science/History 5-6

Grades 5 - 6
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Course Schedule
Class Follows K-6 Annual Schedule
Dates: 2022-08-23 to 2023-04-06
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Tue: 9:00 am to 10:30 am
Cost
Tuition: $150 / Annual
Supplies: $0
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About the Course
Science/History 5-6

On the first day of class, August 23rd, the balance is to be paid for all elementary classes. Since this class is being co-taught, please write out a check for $55 to Jacie Brengman for the balance of the science class portion and a check for $45 to Vilma Makram for the history portion.


The 5th/6th grade Science/History class is 90 minutes long.  Your student will need to bring his/her Science book, a pencil,  notebook paper (loose or bound in notebook), a folder with pockets, & crayons or colored pencils to class each day. 


Science: 


The science portion of the class lasts 60 minutes. The focus of this class will be hands-on science activities and labs, demonstrations, interactive lecture and discussion, and may also include memory work/songs, games and worksheets.  We will cover one unit per class, which includes several lessons. 


Answers In Genesis God's Design for Science curriculum of 4 books: 


 

Our Universe


(From the Heaven & Earth MB)



Properties of Ecosystems


(From the Chemistry & Ecology MasterBooks)


 


Inventions & Technology


(From the Physical World MB)


 


The Human Body


(From the Life MB)


These books are optional  to purchase, however, it is highly recommended the students purchase these books. If you have a young student who will be in elementary science for 3-4 years, you may consider purchasing the entire 4-book MasterBooks set from God's Design Science, because in 3 years, we will have taught all 12 of the books (there are 3 books within each Master Book). In order to cover a variety of science topics, each year we teach 4 books pulled from each set of large books. The books are available here at the main website:  https://answersingenesis.org/store/product/gods-design-complete-set/


or https://www.christianbook.com/gods-design-for-the-physical-world/debbie-lawrence/9781683441311/pd/441316?event=Homeschool%7C1004656


You do NOT need the teacher’s guides.  Also, look carefully to purchase the books I'm showing above (grades 3-8) and not the "for beginners" edition (K-2).


Here is another place to find these books: https://www.christianbook.com/gods-design-for-the-physical-world/debbie-lawrence/9781683441311/pd/441316?event=Homeschool|1004656


The books are truly valuable because students benefit best by reading the assigned unit before coming to class.


Students that read the lessons before our class lecture are able to follow along better and answer more questions. They absorb the content better and for much longer, even recalling facts for months after.


 


History:  


The history/geography portion of the class lasts 30 minutes.  This will include memory work/songs, the use of maps for geography, and lecture/discussion over some of the history events listed in the cards.


Classical Conversations History Cards THE ANCIENT WORLD period


It is optional to purchase the CC History cards.  These cards are part of a 4-time period set and are available to purchase here:  https://classicalconversationsbooks.com/products/fs049  We are just using the Ancient World cards this year. Sometimes you can find these used in Classical Conversations curriculum facebook groups.


Classical Conversations History Timeline song.  The History Timeline song can be purchased and downloaded but can also be found online for free. I will provide that to parents on the first day of school.  I encourage the students to listen to it frequently during the week to help with memorization.  We will sing it each time in class.  


 


To explain the history part of our class a little better,  Classical Conversations focuses on accumulation of concrete information in the early grades through repetition and memorization. History is first taught by requiring students to learn ESSENTIAL FACTS regarding certain historical events and people from around the world in a chronological sequence.

Memorizing in this way helps students grasp key events in relation to one another through history. Much like a wooden framework for a house is essential
for strength and support before adding on the insulation, drywall, roofing, etc,  once students have mastered the key events, they have a FRAMEWORK with which to associate other historical information they learn.


In our class, after singing and practicing the History Timeline Song,  we usually have a discussion over 1 or 2 events from the CC timeline ANCIENT WORLD cards (time permitting).

I work my way through them throughout the year. 


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The cost for each class will be $150 for the year, the final balance of which will be payable to the teacher, Jacie Brengman, on the first day of class.  This class will be enjoyable, educational and allow the students an opportunity to use their hands and minds.
The History Timeline song can be purchased and downloaded but can also be found online for free. I will provide that to parents on the first day of school.  I encourage the students to listen to it frequently to help with memorization.  We will sing it each time in class.


Again, the science books are truly valuable because students benefit best by reading the assigned unit before coming to class. Students that read the lessons before our class lecture are able to follow along better and answer more questions. They absorb the content better and for much longer, even recalling facts for months after. I can always tell my students who have the books at home and read them weekly.
 
I typically cover 1 unit a week, following our class schedule. 


I will send a weekly email to summarize what we covered and what to read for the next week.  



 I try to do a review/quiz day on the last class before Thanksgiving break, and again in the spring in the last week or so of school.

 

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About Jacie
Jacie

I am excited to be teaching your child elementary Science/History/Geography for grades 3-4 and 5-6! This will be my 3rd year teaching this class at Cornerstone Classical. In our class, we learn about engaging and fascinating topics in science, history and geography, all while giving glory to God our Creator.
My husband and I a have home educated our 3 children for 9 years. In 2001 I earned a Bachelor's of Science in Occupational Therapy from Indiana University. I have worked as an occupational therapist in different settings with both children and adults for 15 years. In the past I have taught in various environments such as preschool therapy groups, preschool/elementary-age Sunday School, middle school age cooking classes, marriage prep classes & Vacation Bible School at our church. Currently I teach Science/History/Geography at Cornerstone Classical School for grades 3rd/4th and grades 5th/6th. I am a sponsor for one of our children's homeschool Beta Club and in the past have been an assistant leader in our daughter's American Heritage Girls troop. I also enjoy singing, hiking and playing the flute.
I delight in learning new things along with my children, one of the great perks of homeschooling. Seeing the magic of learning happening though the eyes of students is a great joy for me. I am looking forward to teaching this class again for the 2022-2023 school year!

About Vilma
Vilma

Vilma Makram is excited to partner with Jacie Brengman. She will be teaching the History and Geography portion of the 3-4 and 5-6 elementary classes. She currently teaches Spanish part time at Ascension school, and she homeschools two of her three children. Vilma also taught four years for Classical Conversations. Vilma enjoys gardening, spending time outdoors, learning God’s word, and spending time with others.

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