10 Years of Excellence

Back in Fall 2016, Academy Days celebrated 10 years with a proven track record for college- and career-bound homeschoolers. With the blessings of Christian families, committed church, and supportive cover school, we look forward to the next 10 years!

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Fall 2018 Schedule PDF Print E-mail
Academy Days Co-op is now closed for new enrollments for Fall 2018. To be placed on the notification list for Spring 2019, email carren(at)outlookacademy(dot)com with your name, phone, address, children's names, grade levels, and the classes they want. We will confirm via email and then contact you when we open for new enrollments again in mid-November. 

Below are a quick list of classes followed by detailed class descriptions with fees. This will give you some idea of what classes we'll have in Spring 2019 as most classes, but not ACT Prep, will continue for spring. We should have the Spring 2019 schedule posted in early November.

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Fall 2018 Schedule
Below is a "quick list" of classes. Scroll down for detailed class descriptions, fees and available spaces for each class.

First Period: (9:30-10:25 a.m.)
Shakespeare gr. 7-12, Greek Mythology gr. 7-12, Genealogy gr. 6-12, Health & Nutrition gr. 7-12, Literature & Creative Writing gr. 7-9, Study Hall gr. 7-12, Writing Wranglers (Creative Writing) gr. 5-6, Write On! (Creative Writing) gr. 3-4, Grammar Jammers (Creative Writing) gr. 1-2, Little Builders for Preschool-Kindergarten

Second Period: (10:30-11:25 a.m.)
P.E./Game Hour gr. 6-12, Spanish I gr. 8-12, Computer Science gr. 8-12, Acrylic Painting gr. 7-12, Theatre/Drama gr. 7-12, Study Hall gr. 7-12, Cake Decorating gr. 4-6, Draw, Paint, Make: Intro to Mixed Media gr. 3-6, Sign Language gr. 1-4, P.E./Game Hour gr. 1-5, Story Time & Activity for Preschool-Kindergarten

Third Period: (12:30-1:25 p.m.)
World Geography gr. 9-12, Constitutional Literacy gr. 8-12, Current Events gr. 7-12, ACT Prep gr. 9-12, World Geography gr. 7-9, Study Hall gr. 7-12, World Geography gr. 5-6, World Geography gr. 3-4, World Geography gr. 1-2, Fitness Fun (P.E./Playground) for Preschool-Kindergarten

Fourth Period: (1:30-2:25 p.m.)
Chemistry gr. 9-12, Apologia's Biology gr. 8-12, Forensic Science gr. 7-12, Apologia's General Science gr. 7-12, Study Hall gr. 7-12, Supercharged Science! gr. 5-6, Young Scientists gr. 3-4, Space Explorers gr. 1-2, Our Father's World for Preschool-Kindergarten


CLASS DESCRIPTIONS AND FEES

********** FIRST PERIOD (9:30 – 10:25 a.m.) **********


GREEK MYTHOLOGY gr. 7-12
Teachers: Carren Joye, Tiffany Bihm
Time: First Period (9:30 – 10:25 a.m.)
Credit: ½ for semester; 1 for year
Cost: $10 for copies, supplies and rewards
Required book: D'Aulaires' Book of Greek Myths ($12.99 on ChristianBook.com and $16.35 on Amazon; ISBN-10: 0440406943; ISBN-13: 978-0440406945)
Supplies: Internet access and printer at home, notebook, paper, pen or pencil

Description: Greek mythology abounds with exciting tales of angry pagan gods, harrowing journeys, cunning animals, horrible beasts and the mighty heroes and heroines who vanquished them. Students will learn how these famous anecdotes helped the Ancient Greeks make sense of the world and continue to shape today’s society in advertising, movies, literature, art and music. Weekly homework will consist of reading a story or two in the classic D'Aulaires' Book of Greek Myths and answering questions as we take our time to enjoy these age-old stories and analyze them for such literary elements as theme, symbolism and conflict. In class, we'll discuss the myths from a Christian perspective, connect these ancient tales to today's world and experiment with different ways to express individual creativity.

PLEASE NOTE: As a high school class, weekly class discussions and activities revolve around the homework assignments. For this reason and for the sake of serious students, we request that only students who are seriously interested in this subject, intend to complete the assignments, and are prepared to participate in class sign up.

SHAKESPEARE gr. 7-12
Teacher: Kris Brockett
Time: First Period (9:30 – 10:25 a.m.)
Credit: 1 for the year; 1/2 for semester
Cost: $8 for handouts and rewards
Optional materials: a copy of A Midsummer Night’s Dream in print or on e-reader (the play is available for free through many sources such as Kindle)
Supplies Required: Internet access, binder, paper, pens or pencils

Description: Students will be introduced to Shakespeare by learning about iambic pentameter, a biography of William Shakespeare, the Globe Theater, Elizabethan theater, and memorization and performance tips. Students will memorize speeches, read through and watch monologues, and watch portions of the play A Midsummer Night's Dream at home. This is an Arts elective course. There will be some written assignments but will not substantiate a composition credit. While there will not be an abundance of written homework, the memorization assignments are essential to class participation. The second semester will focus on performance and presentation.

PLEASE NOTE: As a high school class, weekly class discussions and activities revolve around the homework assignments. For this reason and for the sake of serious students, we request that only students who are seriously interested in this subject, intend to complete the assignments, and are prepared to participate in class sign up.

GENEALOGY gr. 6-12
Teachers: Paige Black, Karen Russo
Time: First Period (9:30 – 10:25 a.m.)
Cost: $7 for family tree worksheets
Credits: (For high school only) 1 per the year, ½ per one semester
Text: No text book required, but we will access two research web sites:
www.familysearch.org
www.ancestry.com
Supplies Needed: Every student will need a notebook, paper, pencils and a personal computer (lap top) or tablet device with Wi-Fi ability; this will be a necessity. Family pictures, stories and histories will be shared.

Description: Who do you think you are? Students don't have to be celebrities to take a journey of self-discovery and uncover the mysteries of their ancestral history. This class will teach students the basics of researching their own genealogy. They will learn to complete a five-generation pedigree chart and use family research web sites in order to add to their family lines. They will learn more about whom they are, and the lives of those who came before will become alive to them. On the web site www.familysearch.org, they will build a family tree that all the family can access and add to over the years. Homework (personal research) will be assigned as needed and any extra research they do will only add to their experience. During the winter break, they will be expected to gather family data that will enhance their family stories or add to their tree. This will be explained and worksheets given. No assignment for the first class, but the laptops will be needed so that we can test the Wi-Fi and hopefully open the free accounts with familysearch. The syllabus at registration will list what is expected by the 2nd class. The students will be able to share what they learn with the entire family.

PLEASE NOTE: As a high school class, weekly class discussions and activities revolve around the homework assignments. For this reason and for the sake of serious students, we request that only students who are seriously interested in this subject, intend to complete the assignments, and are prepared to participate in class sign up.

TOTAL HEALTH & NUTRITION gr. 7-12
Teachers: Chrystal Logan, Barbara Haigler
Time: First Period (9:30 – 10:25 a.m.)
Cost: $10
Credits: 1/2 for 1 semester; 1 for whole year
Textbook: Total Health: Choices for a Winning Lifestyle - A Health Textbook for High School by Susan Boe (ISBN-13: 978-1-58331-2261. May be purchased at christianbook.com for $24.60)
Supplies Needed: For class - paper, pencils, 2" binder, book bag, calculator. For special projects - poster boards & project supplies (tape, glue, construction paper, lettering, markers, etc.). Teachers will provide students with labeled dividers for binder and parents with copies of test & quizzes.

Description: “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly” (John 10:10). God desires for us to live our lives “abundantly.” But how do we do this? What choices in life lead us to having “abundant” health and life? In Health and Nutrition, we will be looking at what factors and choices affect our total health. The course will be concerned with all areas of health: physical, mental, social and spiritual. We will define health vocabulary, study key health concepts, explain and discuss health questions, and participate in fun and practical health activities, which we will record in our “handy dandy” notebook binders. Students will learn what constitutes healthy choices and practice how to make healthy choices. An example of such practical activities will be to look at how our choices of nutrition, fitness and exercise affect not only our physical, but also our mental, social, and spiritual health. Other examples of topics to be covered are: overview of the human body and its interrelated systems; LIFE management; responsibilities, attitudes, and relationships; stress and anxiety; safety, first aid and emergency care; personal hygiene; infectious versus non-infectious diseases; keys to spiritual fitness and consistency. We will learn to protect ourselves from the thief that aims to steal our abundant total health.

PLEASE NOTE: As a high school class, weekly class discussions and activities revolve around the homework assignments. For this reason and for the sake of serious students, we request that only students who are seriously interested in this subject, intend to complete the assignments, and are prepared to participate in class sign up.

LITERATURE AND CREATIVE WRITING gr. 7-9
Teachers: Angie Shields, Ashley Watson
Time: First Period (9:30 – 10:25 a.m.)
Cost: $5 for copying and candy (as rewards for games)
Credit: ½ for semester; 1 for year (only for 9th graders who complete the extra assignments)
Required Text: D'Aulaires Book of Greek Myths ISBN 0-440-40694-3

Description: Students will study fables, folktales, tall tales and myths from a biblical perspective! For the first 4 weeks, students will explore the literary elements of fables, folktales and tall tales. For the remainder of the semester, students will study mythology and its influence on our own culture, language and literature. Although myths began as religious stories, over time they have lost their religious significance, and we read them today for their excellent literary qualities. For homework, students will read handouts or selections from D'Aulaires Book of Greek Myths, look up literary terms, and answer questions. Through class discussion, students will explore literary concepts such as allusion, personification, archetype, theme, etc. Through practice, students will learn the steps to good writing, including brainstorming, paraphrasing, summarizing, writing, editing, and revising. It is strongly recommended that students work with quality grammar and vocabulary programs at home and that parents assign additional reading from classic literature. Writing assignments will be scored on a standard rubric, but parents will determine final grades. (Note: The students will have an assignment given out at orientation that they MUST have completed by the first class.)

STUDY HALL gr. 7-12
Parent: TBA
Time: First Period (9:30 – 10:25 a.m.)
Cost: $0 (but still prepare an envelope for Registration)
Supplies Required: Student's own books and materials to study or read quietly

Description: Study Hall is a No Cell Phone Zone. It is designed for those high school students taking two or three non-consecutive classes and needing somewhere to go during their free period. This way, high school students may stay all day without having to take unnecessary classes. Study Hall is exclusively for working or reading independently and quietly; it is not a “hangout” time.

WRITING WRANGLERS (Creative Writing gr. 5-6)
Teachers: Michael Ann Rushing, Erin McAliley
Time: First Period, 9:30 - 10:25 a.m.
Cost: $6
Supplies Required: Bookbag, notebook, paper, pencils. All other supplies will be provided.

Description: The 5th and 6th grade writing class will focus on the writing process along with parts of speech and grammar. Students will write each week and learn to improve their writing by focusing on building strong sentences, sentence variety, word choice, voice, and conventions. Various writing purposes will be explored in class, including poetry, business letters, mysteries, descriptive writing, fables, research papers, and magazines. Students will receive instruction for moving through all five steps of the writing process: planning, drafting, revising, proofreading, and publishing. Students will learn the components and skills necessary for writing instructions (using time-order words), a friendly letter, a persuasive essay, a story, a book report, a sound poem, a research report, and a compare-and-contrast essay.

WRITE ON! (Creative Writing gr. 3-4)
Teachers: Joy Woodfin, Hollie Chastain, Dakota Leach
Time: First Period, 9:30 - 10:25 a.m.
Cost: $7
Supplies Required: Bookbag, notebook, paper, pencils. All other supplies will be provided.

Description: Our class will cover the basic parts of a sentence as we learn to write good sentences and good paragraphs. Students will practice several different kinds of writing, including descriptions, opinions, instructions, and persuasive writing. The semester will culminate with each student beginning to write his or her own autobiography!

GRAMMAR JAMMERS (Creative Writing gr. 1-2)
Teachers: Jennifer Phillips, April Newell, Kathy Abrams
Time: First Period, 9:30 - 10:25 a.m.
Cost: $8 for copies and supplies
Supplies Required: Backpack. We supply everything else!

Description: The goal of this class is to get children writing and to teach them basic grammar. We will study nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs. Before the end of each class, we will complete a fun craft. We hope to begin a love for writing that will last for many years!

NOTE: Your child MUST have a book bag to put their class work and crafts in to take home.

LITTLE BUILDERS Preschool-Kindergarten
Teachers: Apryl Halbrooks, Lindsey Baughcum, Heather Estes
Time: First Period, 9:30 - 10:25 a.m.
Cost: $5
Supplies Required: Bookbag, notebook, paper, pencils. All other supplies will be provided.

Description: Imagine it. Build it. Little Builders lets students explore building everything from simple towers to elaborate mazes. We'll learn how these structures work before building them up and even tearing them down. Come learn with us. Come play with us. In Little Builders, your kids will do both!

PLEASE NOTE: This class is open only to siblings of older students enrolled in co-op. Students must be 3 years old by September 1, 2018, fully potty-trained, and not need naps.


********** SECOND PERIOD (10:30 – 11:25 a.m.) **********

P.E./GAME HOUR Grades 6-12
(PE outside, board games inside during inclement weather)
Teachers: Karen Colburn, Dakota Leach, Dane Self
Time: Second Period, 10:30 - 11:25 a.m.
Credit: 1 (½ for fall and ½ for spring) 
Cost: $6 for equipment
Supplies Required: None, but dress appropriately (sneakers, etc.)

Description: Classes will begin with a short health/nutrition tip and a challenge for the week. Then we will engage in a variety of activities, including stretches & fitness workouts, and team sports/games such as dodge ball, basketball, soccer, flag football, gaga pit, etc. During inclement weather, we will do indoor activities. Students should come dressed and ready to move and have fun every week!

SPANISH I gr. 8-12
Teachers: Katie Grimes Rotton, Hollie Chastain
Time: Second Period, 10:30 - 11:25 a.m.
Credit: ½ per semester for 1 credit for the year
Cost: $10 for additional handouts and supplies
Text: The link below is for a beginner Spanish workbook that can be purchased used for around $15.
https://www.amazon.com/SPANISH-minutes-day-beginning-Bilingual/dp/1931873305/

Description: This course is an introduction to the Spanish/Hispanic language and culture. Emphasis is on the development of basic listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. Students will need internet access for homework and must plan to spend time listening to a Spanish resource of their choice or from a list that will be provided. An invitation will be sent to join a DUOLINGO club to compete for the Weekly Winner with the Top XP points!

PLEASE NOTE: As a high school class, weekly class discussions and activities revolve around the homework assignments. For this reason and for the sake of serious students, we request you sign up only students who are seriously interested in this subject, intend to complete the assignments, and are prepared to participate in class.

COMPUTER SCIENCE gr. 8-12
Teachers: Cindy Goodwin, Shannon Dannelley
Time: Second Period, 10:30 - 11:25 a.m.
Cost: $11
Credits: (For high school only) 1 per the year, ½ per one semester
Text: None
Supplies Needed: At Home: Computer (Windows or Mac) with internet access and a printer. In Class: Laptop, 3-ring binder (1/2"), pen or pencil. Note: If you do not have a laptop that can be brought to class then please let the teachers know. A tablet may be substituted or the student can be paired up with a student who does have a laptop.

Description: Computer Science I is an introductory computer science course that introduces students to the world of computers. This course allows students to engage with computer science as a medium for creativity, communication, problem solving, and fun. Computer Science I introduces students to tools and programming languages that are accessible for beginners while offering more advanced students opportunities to create sophisticated projects. Using Code.org’s Computer Science Discoveries course at https://studio.code.org/courses/csd, students will learn about problem solving, web development, animation and games, the design process, data and society and physical computing.

PLEASE NOTE: As a high school class, weekly class discussions and activities revolve around the homework assignments. For this reason and for the sake of serious students, we request that only students who are seriously interested in this subject, intend to complete the assignments, and are prepared to participate in class sign up.

ACRYLIC PAINTING gr. 7-12
Teachers: Ashley Watson, Donna Hammock, Tiffany Bihm
Time: Second Period, 10:30 - 11:25 a.m.
Credit: 1/2 for semester; 1 for year
Cost: $5 for additional supplies
Supplies required:
-4 Canvases (11x14 up to 14x18) your choice. You can get a mulit-pack at Hobby Lobby or Michael's for a good price. Additional canvases will be supplied by teachers.
-Brushes: You may choose your brush quality but remember better brushes will give a better result. I have some cheaper and some more expensive, and all are useful. Purchase a variety of brushes including different sizes and types. Be sure your set includes a bigger brush (no bigger than 1"), a fine brush for details, and an angled brush.
-Old towel to use as a drop cloth
-A box or plastic container to keep your child's paint supplies to bring each week.
-Paint: You may choose cheaper paints (2 oz bottle) or more expensive acrylics (4 oz tube). Windsor & Newton Galleria, AppleBarrel, and Liquitex are fairly pricey to mid-priced paints that still produce exceptional finished products. Be sure to include the following colors or color reflecting a similiar shade and consistency:
--Prussian Blue
--Cammium Red
--Raw Umber
--Cadmium Yellow
--Black
--2 bottles of white (I recommend a tube or two of Titanium White)
--A variety (couple of shades) of the following colors: green, orange, purple, and any other colors that appeal to you.

Description: Students will learn and practice various acrylic painting techniques used throughout history that will build a foundation and confidence for art. Students will explore different ways to manipulate acrylic paint on a variety of surfaces. The goal for this course is to equip students for a lifetime of painting experiences that will extend beyond the boundaries of this course. Students must bring supplies every week to week.

NOTE: Additonal paint colors, paint brushes, easel and sketch paper will be provided. Please remember to bring your child's supplies every week, or he or she will be sent to study hall. If your child misses a week, his or her painting will not be as well done or completed because each project will take about 1 1/2 to 2 class sessions; missing a week will affect the results. I really want students to complete their assignments in class so that they will have art to hang on the wall or to give as a gift.

THEATRE/DRAMA gr. 7-12
Teachers: Elizabeth Collins, Wanda McCullers
Time: Second Period (10:30 – 11:25 a.m.)
Cost: $12
Credits: 1/2 for semester for high school only
Supplies Required: None

Description: Theater/Drama class focuses on developing basic performance skills and having a great time doing it! Theater games and exercises will teach students to explore, observe, listen, focus and learn teamwork. In each class we will cover a different aspect of putting on a show: Auditions, casting, set and costume design, blocking, etc. During the rehearsal process students work on speech, movement, character development and learn basic stagecraft. They will also learn to work together toward a common goal. Students who prefer not to be on stage can learn about assistant directing, stage management and stage crew. Finally, we will perform our play for our friends and family during Week 13.

STUDY HALL gr. 7-8
Parent: TBA
Time: Second Period (10:30 – 11:25 a.m.)
Cost: $0 (but still prepare an envelope for Registration)
Supplies Required: Student's own books and materials to study or read quietly

Description: Study Hall is a No Cell Phone Zone. It is designed for those high school students taking two or three non-consecutive classes and needing somewhere to go during their free period. This way, high school students may stay all day without having to take unnecessary classes. Study Hall is exclusively for working or reading independently and quietly; it is not a “hangout” time.

CAKE DECORATING gr. 4-6
Teachers: Kim Martin, Charity Coon, Mariah Reilly
Time: Second Period, 10:30 - 11:25 a.m.
Cost: $8 for practice kits and ingredients
Text: There is no text required, but I will be using Wilton Decorating Basics Course 1 as a guideline for most of the class.
Supplies: 1/2 gallon or 1-gallon ice cream bucket with the lid to be used as a cake plate/cover (Dates to bring this to class will be on syllabus)

Description: This class is going to be so much fun! We'll start with icing a cake smoothly, then learn to dress it up with borders, writing, flowers and decorations. All cakes, cookies, cupcakes, and icings will be provided, and each student will have his/her own set of tips, practice boards and basic tools to work with. There won't be any baking required, but we will send home any recipes in case your child wants to practice at home.

DRAW, PAINT, MAKE: INTRO TO MIXED MEDIA gr. 3-6
Teachers: Erin McAliley, Debbie Jackson, Elaine Cost
Time: Second Period, 10:30 - 11:25 a.m.
Cost: $10
Supplies Required: Paint brush set (look for a set with a wide variety of brushes), set of Acrylic paints (Crayola brand is fine), wet of Watercolor paint (any set with basic primary colors is fine), old T-shirt to serve as a smock, bookbag. All other supplies will be provided. NOTE: You can find art supplies at Hobby Lobby, Five Below in East Chase, and WalMart.
Description: This class will be a fun introduction to a variety of mediums and techniques! We will work each week to create our own unique artwork using water color, tempera, and chalk pastels, to name a few. This class is designed to foster and encourage joy in the process of creating while gaining a deeper appreciation for art while learning.


SIGN LANGUAGE gr. 1-4
Teachers: Ann Carter, Angela Segrest
Time: Second Period, 10:30 - 11:25 a.m.
Cost: $6
Supplies Required: Bookbag, notebook, paper, pencils. All other supplies will be provided.

Description: Join us this fall as we have fun learning sign language! From the ABCs and 1-2-3s to complete sentences, this fun class will teach all the basics. We will play games, sign songs, and learn to communicate with each other using the vocabulary gained each week. In addition to our themed weekly lessons, students will have the opportunity to learn bonus signs based on class interests and current events. By the end of the semester, students will be familiar with 100-150+ signs and comfortably signing dozens of phrases using PSE (ASL vocabulary signed in English word order).

P.E./GAME HOUR gr. 1-5
(PE outside, board games inside during inclement weather)
Teachers: Karen Richey, Lindsey Baughcum, Alysa Flater, Paige Armstrong
Time: Second Period, 10:30 - 11:25 a.m.
Cost: $4 for water, cups, and PE equipment
Supplies Required: None, but dress appropriately (sneakers, etc.)

Description: This class will play fun, organized outdoor games! During inclement weather, we will remain indoors to play "indoor" games. Good attitudes toward teamwork and peers will be emphasized. All students who enroll are expected to participate in class activities.

STORY TIME AND ACTIVITY for Preschool-Kindergarten
Teachers: Jessica Weihe, Apryl Halbrooks, Dan Corun
Time: Second Period, 10:30 - 11:25 a.m.
Cost: $8
Supplies Required: Bookbag, notebook, paper, pencils. All other supplies will be provided.

Description: Your little ones will continue their co-op day with delightful stories and fun activities in this class! Pre-readers will improve upon literacy skills needed to get ready for reading during our K3-K5 story time. We will read books and participate in a variety of fun activities such as songs, games, simple crafts, and other interactive activities.

PLEASE NOTE: This class is open only to siblings of older students enrolled in co-op. Students must be 3 years old by September 1, 2018, fully potty-trained, and not need naps.


********** THIRD PERIOD (12:30 – 1:25 p.m.) **********

WORLD GEOGRAPHY gr. 9-12
Teachers: Kim Mason, Angela Smith
Time: Third Period (12:30 – 1:25 p.m.)
Cost: $4
Credits: 1 for the year (1/2 for each semester)
Required Book: Around the World in 180 Days by Sherrie Payne (The NOTEBOOK approach workbook) ISBN: 1935495585, ISBN-13 9781935495581.  Christianbook.com $26.88 including shipping, rainbowresource.com $24.70 including tax
Optional, but strongly suggested: Classroom Atlas by Rand McNally (ISBN-13 978-0528015144). Amazon $7.88; geomatters.com $12
Supplies Required: Internet and printer at home, notebook with dividers (for map notebook), colored pencils.

Description: In this high school World Geography course, we will not only complete maps of each country, but also look at a brief overview of the history, religion and culture, key people, and current events/issues of each continent. We will work weekly on our map notebook as well as have various reports and activities. We will cover Europe, Asia, Africa and Antarctica this fall semester. There will be homework due each week. Note: Parents will need to pick up a syllabus at registration because homework is due the first day of class.

PLEASE NOTE: As a high school class, weekly class discussions and activities revolve around the homework assignments. For this reason and for the sake of serious students, we request that only students who are seriously interested in this subject, intend to complete the assignments, and are prepared to participate in class sign up.

CONSTITUTIONAL LITERACY gr. 8-12
Teachers: Wanda McCullers, Dan Corun
Time: Third Period, 12:30 - 1:25 p.m.
Cost: $8 for class activities and handouts
Text: Constitutional Literacy Workbook (2nd Ed) and DVD Series by Michael Farris
Required Book: The 2nd edition workbook (ISBN : 978-1-940110-29-5) is required for the course assignments. This spiral bound workbook is available from HSLDA, Amazon, CBD, Apologia, and other suppliers. The DVDs will be viewed in class so the DVD set is not required but may be helpful for home use.
Supplies Required: Internet and printer at home, notebook, paper, pencils. NOTE: DVD player will be needed if DVDs are purchased for use at home.

Description: We will join Dr. Michael Farris as he delves into the history of our nation’s most important document and provides the training to turn America back toward a proper understanding of American Liberty. Dr. Farris brings the U.S. Constitution to life for modern Americans by examining these questions: What does the Constitution actually say? What does it mean? What were the Founders’ intentions for this document? And how is it being interpreted to shape our laws and way of life today? We will use the DVD series in class to start discussion and the workbook activities to further develop and reinforce concepts.

PLEASE NOTE: As a high school class, weekly class discussions and activities revolve around the homework assignments. For this reason and for the sake of serious students, we request that only students who are seriously interested in this subject, intend to complete the assignments, and are prepared to participate in class sign up.

CURRENT EVENTS gr. 7-12
Teachers: Katie Grimes Rotton, Kris Brockett
Time: Third Period (12:30 – 1:25 p.m.)
Cost: $10
Credits: 1/2 for the semester; 1 for the year as a social studies/geography/cultural studies class
Text: None
Supplies required: Internet access at home, notebook/binder for notes and handouts

Description: The class goal is to prepare students for college, become informed citizens before they reach voting age, and discover what issues are important to them by raising awareness and staying informed on current issues around the world. We will research and examine headlines (and people in the news) from a variety of sources covering local, regional, and global issues and encourage dialogue in a safe environment. Students will determine whether news stories and sources are credible, objective, or biased. We will build an atlas and use maps each week as we discuss new headlines around the world and focus on the coinciding regions as the geography classes. The class will discuss and may create a news show to video if there is an interest. Each week students must be prepared to discuss the week’s news and present a summary of a selected story of their choice or as assigned. *There will be a project assigned to coincide with the Geography Fair in the spring.

PLEASE NOTE: As a high school class, weekly class discussions and activities revolve around the homework assignments. For this reason and for the sake of serious students, we request that only students who are seriously interested in this subject, intend to complete the assignments, and are prepared to participate in class sign up.

ACT PREP gr. 9-12
Teacher: Carren Joye
Time: Third Period (12:30 – 1:25 p.m.)
Credit: 1/2 for the semester
Cost: $5 for copies and teacher's book
Required: Register at ACTStudent.org for the December 8 test before Co-op Registration on July 31. (NOTE: If this is not possible, please inform the teacher.)
Text: McGraw-Hill Education ACT 2018 Edition with 4 practice tests (ISBN-13: 978-1260010466
ISBN-10: 1260010465), $14.80 on Amazon.com NOTE: DO NOT get a Kindle version. It must be paperback.
Supplies: several sharpened #2 pencils, calculator (must conform to the ACT calculator requirements at http://www.actstudent.org/faq/calculator.html), bookbag

Description: Whether taking the ACT for the first time or taking it again to improve a score, all the experts say that proper preparation is essential to success. The McGraw-Hill Education ACT provides excellent preparation through in-depth reviews of every test subject and question type, full-length practice tests, and valuable time- and stress-management skills that will help students stay calm, focused, and ready to do their best. Academy Days Co-op has used this book every year, and every student who has taken the course and completed the homework has improved his or her score significantly. During fall semester, we will cover the book one section at a time in preparation for taking the ACT on December 8, 2018. During the week, students will be expected to do sections at home for discussion and practice at co-op. This class will not be an intense, arduous “cram” course, but rather a valuable weekly opportunity for accountability and review, so homework is essential. The class will not only prepare students for taking the test, but also reveal any significant gaps in their learning so they can focus on those areas before taking the ACT. (Note: Parents will need to pick up a syllabus at Registration because homework is due the first day of class.)

IMPORTANT: Studies show that the more time between studying for the ACT and taking the ACT, the less effective the class will be. If you do not plan for your child to take the ACT on December 8, three weeks after the prep class ends, it may be best to wait until the next school year to take this class, especially if your child has not yet taken geometry or needs an English credit.

Additionally, the ACT Prep class requires a LOT of homework during the week, studying the individual subjects and doing the practice exercises. Consider this class carefully if your student has a heavy academic load at home or a busy extracurricular schedule. We're counting on parents to ensure that their child is fully prepared for class each week.

PLEASE NOTE: As a high school class, weekly class discussions and activities revolve around the homework assignments. For this reason and for the sake of serious students, we request that only students who are seriously interested in this subject, intend to complete the assignments, and are prepared to participate in class sign up.

WORLD GEOGRAPHY gr. 7-9
Teachers: Donna Hammock, Ashley Watson
Time: Third Period (12:30 – 1:25 p.m.)
Cost: $10
Text: online resources and handouts supplied by teachers
Supplies Required: Internet access and printer at home, notebook, paper, pencil or pen, and colored pencils for maps

Description: The 7-9 grade level World Geography class will emphasize becoming proficient in quickly locating countries on the map! We will follow the same course of study as other geography classes: Europe, Asia, Africa, and Antarctica. At Week 9 we will participate in the Food Around the World Fall Feast. During the course we will use Internet resources, class discussions and student reports to examine geographic features and how they have played a role in the development of the culture. We will also have a variety of hands-on learning activities and games to increase map skills. There will be 1-2 hours of homework, including research on assigned countries and Internet games to aid in map proficiency! Note: Parents will need to pick up a syllabus at Registration because homework is due the first day of class.

STUDY HALL gr. 7-12
Parent: TBA
Time: Third Period (12:30 – 1:25 p.m.)
Cost: $0 (but still prepare an envelope for Registration)
Supplies Required: Student's own books and materials to study or read quietly

Description: Study Hall is a No Cell Phone Zone. It is designed for those high school students taking two or three non-consecutive classes and needing somewhere to go during their free period. This way, high school students may stay all day without having to take unnecessary classes. Study Hall is exclusively for working or reading independently and quietly; it is not a “hangout” time.

WORLD GEOGRAPHY gr. 5-6
Teachers: Cindy Goodwin, Charity Coon, Deanne Trego
Time: Third Period, 12:30 - 1:25 p.m.
Cost: $8
Supplies Required: Bookbag, notebook, paper, pencils. All other supplies will be provided.
Text: No Text Required. Handouts provided by teachers.

Description: Let's go on an adventure around the world! We will learn the geography of our world and basic map skills through the use of fun activities, games and maps. Students will be introduced to the seven continents and a few countries within each continent. By the end of the course, each student will have completed a "passport" notebook to have as a keepsake.

WORLD GEOGRAPHY gr. 3-4
Teachers: Debbie Jackson, Kim Martin, Angela Segrest
Time: Third Period, 12:30 - 1:25 p.m.
Cost: $8
Supplies Required: Bookbag, notebook, paper, pencils. All other supplies will be provided.

Description: Travel around the world with us! Through fun hands-on activities and map work, students will focus on a few countries on each continent throughout the semester. They will locate countries, read and create maps, identify key geographical terms, learn about national customs, and more. Let's go – no passport needed!

WORLD GEOGRAPHY gr. 1-2
Teachers: Jennifer Phillips, April Newell, Kathy Abrams
Time: Third Period, 12:30 - 1:25 p.m.
Cost: $6 for copies and supplies
Required Materials: Backpack. We supply everything else!

Description: Join us for a trip around the world! We will learn the geography of our world and basic map skills through the use of stories, coloring pages and games. Students will be introduced to the seven continents and a few of the countries within each continent.

FITNESS FUN for Preschool - Kindergarten
Teachers: Karen Richey, Jessica Weihe, Valerie Presley
Time: Third Period, 12:30 - 1:25 p.m.
Cost: $3 for snacks, balls, cones, etc.
Supplies Required: None, but dress appropriately

Description: Children will have a blast participating in obstacle courses and games such as beanbag toss and catch for the first half of class, then we will set them free to enjoy the playground! On rainy days, they will enjoy indoor games and imaginary play.

PLEASE NOTE: This class is open only to siblings of older students enrolled in co-op. Students must be 3 years old by September 1, 2018, fully potty-trained, and not need naps.


********** FOURTH PERIOD (1:30 – 2:25 p.m.) **********

CHEMISTRY with LAB gr. 9-12
Teachers: Chrystal Logan, Barbara Haigler
Time: Fourth Period, 1:30 - 2:25 p.m.
Cost: $20 for lab supplies
Credit: 1 1/2 (1 for class and 1/2 for lab for the year)
Prerequisite: Algebra 1
Required Text: Discovering Design Through Chemistry by Dr. Jay L. Wile. ISBN: 978-0-9962784-6-1. CBD stock number: NW278417 https://www.christianbook.com/discovering-design-with-chemistry-2-volumes/jay-wile/pd/278417?event=ESRCN

Description: This high school level chemistry course covers fundamental aspects of chemistry such as classification of matter, atomic structure, spectroscopy, chemical bonding, molecular geometry, physical change, chemical change, stoichiometry, solutions, ideal gases, acid/base chemistry, reduction/oxidation reactions, thermochemistry, thermodynamics, kinetics, and chemical equilibrium. This course does require a good understanding of the mathematical principles covered in Algebra 1 and does involve chemical calculations. Class time at co-op will be spent mostly on performing experiments and reinforcing concepts covered in assigned homework. There will be assigned course work to be done over the holiday break between semesters, but experiments will be done together when we return to co-op in the spring.

PLEASE NOTE: As a high school class, weekly class discussions and activities revolve around the homework assignments. For this reason and for the sake of serious students, we request that only students who are seriously interested in this subject, intend to complete the assignments, and are prepared to participate in class sign up.

APOLOGIA'S BIOLOGY with LAB gr. 8-12
Teachers: Kim Mason, Karen Colburn
Time: Fourth Period, 1:30 - 2:25 p.m.
Credit: 1 1/2 (1 for class and 1/2 for lab)
Cost: $15
Required Texts (2): Apologia Exploring Creation with Biology, 1st or 2nd Edition book and the accompanying Solutions and Tests book by Dr. Jay Wile (Please let teachers know which edition your child will be using by e-mail)
Supplies Required:
-Lab Notebook: Students will use a composition book to keep all written lab reports.
-Biology 3-ring Binder: Used to take notes, answer homework questions, and store handouts.
-Writing Materials: Pens, pencils and a small ruler.

Description: This biology course provides a detailed introduction to the methods and concepts of general biology. Heavily emphasizing the vocabulary of biology and word roots, it provides the student with a strong background in the scientific method, the five kingdom classification scheme, microscopy, biochemistry, cellular biology, molecular and Mundelein genetics, the creation model of origins, the evolutionary model of origins, dissections, and ecosystems. It also provides a complete survey of five kingdoms in Creation. Students will be well-trained in the basic skills and foundational concepts of biology to be successful at the college or university level.

Parents will supervise a period of time, usually about an hour a day, to complete the assigned work. All “On Your Own” and “Study Guide” questions should be completed. For each experiment, students are required to read and begin writing their lab report with the title, purpose, hypothesis, materials and procedure before class. The rest will be done during the class. There is no formal evaluation process taking place in class. Parents will administer tests at the end of each module every two weeks. (Note: Parents will need to pick up a syllabus at Registration because homework is due the first day of class.)

PLEASE NOTE: As a high school class, weekly class discussions and activities revolve around the homework assignments. For this reason and for the sake of serious students, we request that only students who are seriously interested in this subject, intend to complete the assignments, and are prepared to participate in class sign up.

FORENSIC SCIENCE with LAB gr. 8-12
Teachers: Katie Grimes Rotton, Donna Hammock
Time: Fourth Period, 1:30 - 2:25 p.m.
Credit: 1 1/2 (1 for class and 1/2 for lab for the year)
Cost: $15
Supplies required: Internet access to complete homework assignments, a binder to hold handouts and other information, pencils

Description: This course will explore the many roles of a Forensic Scientist and the methods used to collect, preserve, and analyze evidence from crime scenes and during a criminal investigation. The subject matter in this class is for mature students, and they will be expected to complete all homework assignments and be prepared to discuss assignments and/or projects in class. Key topics in forensic chemistry will include: glass, soil, fingerprints, hair, fiber, firearms, ammunition, chemical analysis, drugs, autopsies, and DNA typing. The class will be studying various cases to dissect the forensic evidence and applying logic with analysis to solve complex cases.

PLEASE NOTE: As a high school class, weekly class discussions and activities revolve around the homework assignments. For this reason and for the sake of serious students, we request that only students who are seriously interested in this subject, intend to complete the assignments, and are prepared to participate in class sign up.

APOLOGIA'S GENERAL SCIENCE gr. 7-12
Teachers: Angie Shields, Sonja Angell
Time: Fourth Period, 1:30 - 2:25 p.m.
Cost: $15 for lab supplies

Required Text: Apologia Exploring Creation with General Science, 1st or 2nd Edition book and the accompanying Solutions and Tests book by Dr. Jay Wile (Please let me know which edition your child will be using by e-mail, thank you!)

Supplies: 3-ring Notebook, 6 Dividers for the Notebook, Notebook Paper, Pens and Pencils, Colored Pencils, Ruler, Scissors, Calculator (simple functions), Safety Glasses

Description: This course gives middle school students an opportunity to explore a variety of science topics where the inquiry method will be primarily implemented through hands-on activities. It will focus on how science works from a biblical perspective emphasizing the use of basic science process skills to make thoughtful conclusions. Topics covered will include: Simple machines, Archeology, Paleontology, Geology, Fossil and Geological Record, DNA and Life, Classification of Life, Energy of Life and the Systems of Human Body. Students will be expected to complete daily work and all homework. Testing is the responsibility of the parent. Over winter break, students must complete Module 7 through Module 10 before the first class in spring.

PLEASE NOTE: As a junior high school class, weekly class discussions and activities revolve around the homework assignments. For this reason and for the sake of serious students, we request that only students who are seriously interested in this subject, intend to complete the assignments, and are prepared to participate in class sign up.

STUDY HALL gr. 7-12
Parent: TBA
Time: Fourth Period (1:30 – 2:25 p.m.)
Cost: $0 (but still prepare an envelope for Registration)
Supplies Required: Student's own books and materials to study or read quietly

Description: Study Hall is a No Cell Phone Zone. It is designed for those high school students taking two or three non-consecutive classes and needing somewhere to go during their free period. This way, high school students may stay all day without having to take unnecessary classes. Study Hall is exclusively for working or reading independently and quietly; it is not a “hangout” time.

SUPERCHARGED SCIENCE! gr. 5-6
Teachers: Kim Martin, Alysa Flater, Tricia Adamson
Time: Fourth Period, 1:30 - 2:25 p.m.
Cost: $8
Supplies Required: Calculator, bookbag, notebook, paper, pencils. All other supplies will be provided.

Description: Experiments, experiments and more experiments! We will be working our way through Life Science, Human Anatomy, Astronomy, and Energy, using simple but fun and informative experiments.

YOUNG SCIENTISTS gr. 3-4
Teachers: Elizabeth Collins, Shannon Dannelley, Valerie Presley
Time: Fourth Period (1:30 – 2:25 p.m.)
Cost: $5
Supplies Required: Bookbag, notebook, paper, pencils. All other supplies will be provided.

Description: We will use the days of creation and lots of hands-on experiments to introduce our young scientists to a wide range of scientific concepts, including the nature of light, energy conservation, the properties of air and water, and introductory botany in the fall plus our solar system, basic zoology, and some aspects of human anatomy and physiology in the spring. The textbook "Science in the Beginning" by Dr. Jay Wile will be our guide, but students do not need the book.

SPACE EXPLORERS gr. 1-2
Teachers: Jennifer Phillips, Kathy Abrams, April Newell
Time: Fourth Period, 1:30 - 2:25 p.m.
Cost: $8
Supplies: Backpack. We supply everything else!

Description: This fall we will explore space. The trip will begin with the sun and move through our galaxy, stopping at each planet. We will also encounter stars, space rocks, and dwarf planets! Come marvel at God's awesome creation: outer space!

NOTE: As required by all co-op students, please make sure your child has a book bag in which to put their class work and crafts to take home.

OUR FATHER'S WORLD for Preschool - Kindergarten
Teachers: Jessica Weihe, Ashley Dias
Time: Fourth Period, 1:30 - 2:25 p.m.
Cost: $5 for items for experiments and hands-on learning
Supplies Required: Bookbag and water bottle. All other supplies will be provided. 

Description: Join us as we explore creation through observation and hands-on exploration! We will begin each lesson in Genesis learning about how God created the world in six days, and then we’ll branch off into sub-topics as we discover the world around us using our senses. Lessons include: light, color, space, weather, seasons, states of water, plants, the solar system, ocean animals, birds, land animals, and people. This class is designed to be interactive and to cultivate a deeper appreciation and understanding of Our Father’s World.

PLEASE NOTE: This class is open only to siblings of older students enrolled in co-op. Students must be 3 years old by September 1, 2018, fully potty-trained, and not need naps.

Full Classes
We keep our classes small, usually 5-10 students depending on subject matter, so some classes may fill up. Don't let that discourage you! You can sign up all day or just for one, two or three classes while you wait on spaces in a full class. Also, siblings of high school students and children of team teachers have priority, so if you have a high schooler or if you offer to team teach a class, your child is eligible for any possible reserved spaces. Email us to find out. Plus, so many things happen over summer and winter breaks that openings will likely crop up when you least expect them. We can place you on the waiting list and notify you if an opening becomes available, so email us soon!

Fees
Academy Days Co-op aims to be affordable, so no one at co-op gets paid. Class fees pay for supplies only. Individual class fees usually range from $1 to $18, but average about $8, and are for the entire semester, not per week nor per month. The $75 family registration fee covers insurance, facility rental and general co-op supplies; however, we offer several discounts that can be combined to reduce the total. In fact, most families pay only about $20 or less! All fees are due and payable in cash at Registration & Orientation two weeks before the start of each semester. Click here for more information on fees and discounts.

Team Teachers
All classes have what we call "team teachers" (two or three teachers) to ensure a low teacher-student ratio. Our teachers are fellow homeschooling parents with a degree, special knowledge, work experience or passion for the subject that they want to share with students. You do NOT have to teach a class to enroll your child, but team teaching just one class holds your child's spots all day and earns an extra discount! Also, you do not have to team teach your own child's class.

Registration
To sign up, email carren(at)outlookacademy(dot)com with your name, city, phone, children's names, ages, grades, and what classes they would like. If you miss the deadline, we will put you on the early notification list for the following semester.

 

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