10 Years of Excellence

In Spring 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 eagerly to the next 10 years!

Fall Semester Classes

We are now taking new enrollments for Fall 2017. Cllick on CLASSES on the menu to view the schedule, and email carren(at)outookacademy(dot)com to sign up for a class. Deadline to sign up is July 25.

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Recipes for Historical Meals

We host one historical meal each semester, such as Medieval Feast, Roaring '20s, Food Around the World, and more! Students dress in costumes, and parents bring the food! Click on NEWS for delicious recipes.

Fall 2017 Schedule PDF Print E-mail
Academy Days Co-op is now open to new enrollments for Fall 2017. To enroll, email carren(at)outlookacademy(dot)com with your name, phone, address, children's names, grade levels and what classes they would like. We will email you to confirm.
 

Fall 2017 Schedule
Below is a "quick list" of fall semester classes with available spaces. Scroll down for class descriptions and fees for each class.

First Period: (9:30-10:25 a.m.)
British Literature & Composition gr. 9-12 (1 space), Research Paper / Term Paper gr. 10-12 (FULL), Speech Communication & Public Speaking gr. 7-12 (5 spaces), Psychology gr. 7-12 (FULL: See the other Psychology class at 2nd period), Literature & Creative Writing gr. 7-9 (3 spaces), Study Hall gr. 7-12 (4 spaces), Writing Wranglers (Creative Writing) gr. 5-6 (FULL), Write On! (Creative Writing) gr. 3-4 (2 spaces), Grammar Jammers (Creative Writing) gr. 1-2 (FULL), Musical Mornings for Preschool-Kindergarten (3 spaces)

Second Period: (10:30-11:25 a.m.)
P.E./Game Hour gr. 6-12 (4 spaces), Spanish II gr. 9-12 (2 spaces), NEW! Psychology gr. 7-12
(8 spaces), Theatre/Drama gr. 7-12 (FULL), Study Hall gr. 7-12 (3 spaces), Scratch Computer Programming gr. 4-7 (1 space), Elementary French gr. 4-6 (7 spaces), Nifty 50: Fun with These United States gr. 1-4 (6 spaces),
LEGO™ Builders gr. 1-4 (2 spaces), P.E./Game Hour gr. 1-5 (2 spaces), Story Time & Activity for Preschool-Kindergarten (3 spaces)

Third Period: (12:30-1:25 p.m.)
U.S. History gr. 9-12 (2 spaces), British History gr. 7-12 (FULL), Entrepreneurship: Business Basics gr. 9-12 (2 spaces), Study Skills for High School and College gr. 7-12 (5 spaces), U.S. History gr. 7-9 (2 spaces), Study Hall gr. 7-12 (3 spaces), U.S. History gr. 5-6 (FULL), U.S. History gr. 3-4 (2 spaces), U.S. History gr. 1-2 (1 space), Fitness Fun (P.E./Playground) for Preschool-Kindergarten (3 spaces)

Fourth Period: (1:30-2:25 p.m.)
ACT Prep gr. 9-12 (6 spaces), Apologia's Advanced Biology (Human Anatomy & Physiology) gr. 10-12 (FULL), Apologia's Marine Biology gr. 8-12 (5 spaces), Apologia's Physical Science gr. 8-12 (4 spaces), Earth & Space Science gr. 7-12 (FULL), Study Hall gr. 7-12 (3 spaces), Up from the Garden and Down in the Dirt (Botany) gr. 5-6 (FULL), Scientific Explorers (Natural Science) gr. 3-4 (2 spaces), EveryBODY's Inside Out! (Anatomy) gr. 1-2 (FULL), Little Chemists for Preschool-Kindergarten (3 spaces)


CLASS DESCRIPTIONS AND FEES
Class descriptions/fees below are in order by period.


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

BRITISH LITERATURE & COMPOSITION gr. 9-12
Teachers: Carren Joye, Erin McAliley
Time: First Period (9:30 – 10:25 a.m.)
Credit: 1 for the year; 1/2 for semester
Cost: $10
Required book: Novel and play excerpts, short stories and poems will be provided.
Supplies Required: Internet access and printer at home, binder, pencils, 3 different colored highlighters, bookbag

Description: This course is designed for the beginner to intermediate literature and composition student. In this class, students will gain an appreciation for classic British literature while learning to analyze poems and stories and to develop and write critical-thinking essays. For composition, we will spend the first three weeks reviewing how to brainstorm, outline, draft and revise the standard 5-paragraph essay. During the course of the semester, students will write and revise three essays and four short-answer essays that they will encounter in college. Weekly homework assignments will include writing or revising their essays as well as reading, answering questions and defining literary terms. Over winter break, students will read a classic British novel and write two essays and three short-answer essays to keep their skills in practice. All essays will be graded using a standard essay rubric, but parents determine final grades and assign grammar, vocabulary and additional reading of classic British literature at home. (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.

RESEARCH / TERM PAPER gr. 10-12
Teacher: Tiffany Bihm, Angela Smith
Time: First Period (9:30 – 10:25 a.m.)
Credit: 1 for the year; 1/2 for the semester
Cost: $5
Required books: None
Required Supplies: Internet access and printer at home

Description: This upper-level high school course will teach students the techniques and steps necessary for writing quality research papers and prepare them for college-level writing. Students will learn how to choose research topics, write outlines and thesis statements, organize their writing, choose quality sources, and edit their work. Additionally, students will learn different styles for formatting research papers, a beneficial college-preparatory skill. Students will write two research papers during fall semester.

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.

SPEECH COMMUNICATION AND PUBLIC SPEAKING gr. 7-12
Teachers: Michael Ann Rushing, Barbara Haigler
Time: First Period (9:30 – 10:25 a.m.)
Cost: $5
Credit: ½ for semester; 1 for year
Supplies: pen or pencil, paper, access to computer, internet, and dictionary

Description: Some people are born speakers; others are not. This semester we will dive into the world of public speaking. Students will learn diction, articulation, body language, and facial expression as well as how to command the audience's attention and many other aspects of public speaking. We will also give speeches, including introductions, demonstrative, persuasive, entertaining and various other types of speeches. At the end of the class, the goal is to have students ready for any speaking opportunity they may face.

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.

PSYCHOLOGY gr 7-12 (also offered at 2nd period)
Teachers: Paige Black, Jamie Ellis
Time: First Period (9:30 – 10:25 a.m.)
Cost: $6 for printing of Quiz sheets and handouts
Credits: (For high school only) 1 per the year, ½ per one semester
Text: No text book required.
Supplies Needed: Every student will need a notebook, paper, and pencils/pens for taking notes and writing reports.

Description: This class will instruct the students in the basic study of Psychology and its related branches. Students will gain an insight into the varied fields of psychology and come to see how the branches of the Psychology tree help humans in the attempt to “know ourselves”. This course will help the students to see how mental processes affect behavior. Sensation-perception, motivation, emotion, spirituality, learning and thinking will all be addressed as factors of our psychological selves. Statistical analysis will be touched upon as it relates to the gathering of psychological data. The differences between psychoanalysis and behaviorist theories will be touched on, and environment verses inheritance will be covered. A Christian perspective will be used in order to define our basic and spiritual needs. A syllabus will be given at registration with clear assignments for the semester. This course will encourage family conversations on how we come to “know ourselves” as we relate to others. It will be fun for the students and their families.

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, Donna Hammock
Time: First Period (9:30 – 10:25 a.m.)
Cost: $8 for handouts
Credit: ½ for semester; 1 for year (only for 9th graders who complete the extra assignments)
Required Text: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
Required Supplies: Internet Access at home, Computer & Printer at home, Notebook, Pens or Pencils, Highlighters, Book bag

Description: The wonder, the magic, the excitement of Narnia! As students analyze the first book in The Chronicles of Narnia, they will learn various elements of literature such as theme, symbolism, and allegory. Each week students will read two chapters and a handout and answer questions in preparation for class discussion; if students have already read the book, they do not have to read it again unless they need to refresh their memory to answer a homework question. Students will engage in various forms of creative writing, such as poems, descriptive paragraphs, reports, and short stories. Occasionally, writing assignments will be given during the week, but most writing will be accomplished during class. Not all creative writing will be graded, but those that are will be graded using a standard rubric. Parents will determine final grades. Parents should assign grammar, vocabulary and additional reading at home during the week. We will study Prince Caspian during spring semester.

STUDY HALL
Grades: 7-12
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
Teacher: Hollie Chastain, Team teacher wanted
Time: First Period, 9:30 - 10:25 a.m.
Cost: $5
Supplies Required: Bookbag, notebook, paper, pencils. All other supplies will be provided.

Description: Students will play games and experiment with different forms of creative writing. We will discuss a variety of elements demonstrated in good writing as well as focus on various grammar aspects to increase knowledge, skills, and abilities in writing paragraphs. We will also focus on descriptive and interesting forms of writing. Students will not have homework. The nature of the schedule provides ample time to complete projects in class.

WRITE ON! (Creative Writing) gr. 3-4
Teachers: Steph Shuford, Apryl Halbrooks
Time: First Period, 9:30 - 10:25 a.m.
Cost: $7
Supplies Required: Bookbag, notebook, paper, pencils. All other supplies will be provided.

Description: Want to be a better writer? ‘Write on’! Daydream of writing stories or creating comic strips? ‘Write on’! Join Mrs. Apryl and Mrs. Steph as we take you on a writing adventure. We will learn about parts of a sentence, verbs, adjectives, nouns and so much more. We will be writing letters, creating a comic strip, teaching valuable writing techniques, to name a few. Come join our class and never wonder what you missed out on! Let’s ‘Write On’!

GRAMMAR JAMMERS (Creative Writing) gr. 1-2
Teachers: Jennifer Phillips, April Newell
Time: First Period, 9:30 - 10:25 a.m.
Cost: $8
Supplies Required: Bookbag, notebook, paper, pencils. All other supplies will be provided.

Description: We want to make learning the parts of speech fun through games and worksheets. Each week we will focus on a grammar fundamental to help your child develop strong writing skills. We will study nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs. At the end of each class, we will complete a fun craft or play a game. NOTE: Please make sure your child has a book bag to put their class work and crafts in to take home.

MUSICAL MORNINGS for Preschool - Kindergarten
Teacher: Charity Coon, Elizabeth Collins, Ashlie Thompson
Time: First Period, 9:30 - 10:25 a.m.
Cost: $5
Supplies Required: Bookbag, notebook, paper, pencils. All other supplies will be provided.

Description: Let's make a joyful noise this semester! This class is designed to introduce music and musical terms to your little entertainer using song, games, crafts, etc. We will learn to play a variety of instruments and even make a few of our own! 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, 2017, fully potty-trained, and not need naps.


**********SECOND PERIOD (10:30 – 11:25 a.m.)**********
P.E./GAME HOUR Gr. 6-12
(PE outside, board games inside during inclement weather)
Teacher: Hollie Chastain, Christie Jamison
Time: Second Period, 10:30 - 11:25 a.m.
Credit: 1 (½ for fall and ½ for spring) 
Cost:$7 for equipment, water, cups, and a stability ball that each student will keep
Supplies Required: None, but dress appropriately (sneakers, etc.)

Description: We will start each class with a 10-minute health/nutrition tip and a challenge for the week. We will alternate weeks with sports and fitness workouts. The sports/games will include dodge ball, basketball, soccer, flag football (with a twist), and the ever popular Gaga Pit. Our fitness workouts will involve Kickboxing, Interval/Circuit Training, Obstacle Courses, and Fitness Testing at the beginning of the Semester and at the end. During inclement weather we will do Yoga and/or Pilates indoors. Students should come dressed and ready to move and have fun every week!


SPANISH II gr. 9-12
Teacher: Katie Grimes Rotton, Clarissa Winchester
Time: Second Period, 10:30 - 11:25 a.m.
Cost: $10 for Audio cd, student workbook photocopies, free homework website with flashcards & quizzes, textbook
Credit: 1 for the year
Pre-requisite: approximately one year of Spanish
Text (provided by teacher): Arriba, Comunicacion y Cultura 5th edition, Zayas-Bazan, Bacon, Nibert, Pearson-Prentice Hall, 2007 ISBN: 0135136369 (NOTE: Textbooks are on loan only and MUST be returned to Mrs. Clarissa if a student drops out of the class and/or co-op, or at the completion of the school year. Students are not allowed to write in or highlight in the textbook, but may take notes on their own paper and take the textbooks home each week. Students MUST bring textbooks to class for use each week. Handouts are the students' to keep; thus, writing on photocopies is permitted.)

Required Supplies: Computer, printer and Internet access at home, pencil, paper, a 3-ring notebook, 16 divider tabs for the notebook

Class Description: Most of this class will be working alongside the teachers carefully and thoroughly. We will follow the textbook in the order that it is written to build a very solid foundation in the Spanish language. Beginning students are welcome as we will spend a good time in review from Spanish 1. Computer internet access is required as students will have weekly homework assignments to be submitted to the teachers before the next class period. Students will also have worksheets & textbook work to supplement and facilitate learning as well. Once a month, the class will break from language review to focus on a cultural survey of selected Spanish speaking countries. Señor Ojeda-Adams (Ms. Clarissa's father who hails from Yucatan, Mexico) will also visit for a show & tell presentation on Mexico. Homework will be given every week, and we ask, for the benefit of your student and the others in the class, that your student give the upcoming school year his or her genuine best effort to learn as much Spanish as he or she can. (Note: Parents will need to pick up a syllabus at Registration because homework is due the first day of class.)

Textbook Description: "Wake up to the new, 5th edition of Arriba! With each new edition, more and more instructors discover that Arriba! offers a solid, proven approach to reaching communicative objectives. Through its flexible approach -- one that allows instructors to adapt it to their own teaching styles and goals – Arriba! ensures success for both students and instructors. Built on a balance of solid grammar and communication skills, the eclectic, balanced approach of Arriba! enables students to receive the broad foundation that they need to succeed in Intermediate courses and beyond. Culture frames and infuses every chapter giving students a doorway into the cultures of the Spanish speaking world and bringing fun and excitement into your classroom. Rich in pedagogy and supported by carefully integrated supplementary materials, this complete and versatile program is the result of years of development and class testing. Now, more than ever, Arriba! brings the Spanish-speaking world to your students and gives them the tools and motivation to thrive in your classroom and the world at large."

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.

PSYCHOLOGY gr. 7-12
Teacher: Paige Black
Time: Second Period, 10:30 - 11:25 a.m.
Cost: $6 for printing of Quiz sheets and handouts
Credits: (For high school only) 1 per the year, ½ per one semester
Text: No text book required.
Supplies Needed: Every student will need a notebook, paper, and pencils/pens for taking notes and writing reports.

Description: This class will instruct the students in the basic study of Psychology and its related branches. Students will gain an insight into the varied fields of psychology and come to see how the branches of the Psychology tree help humans in the attempt to “know ourselves”. This course will help the students to see how mental processes affect behavior. Sensation-perception, motivation, emotion, spirituality, learning and thinking will all be addressed as factors of our psychological selves. Statistical analysis will be touched upon as it relates to the gathering of psychological data. The differences between psychoanalysis and behaviorist theories will be touched on, and environment verses inheritance will be covered. A Christian perspective will be used in order to define our basic and spiritual needs. A syllabus will be given at registration with clear assignments for the semester. This course will encourage family conversations on how we come to “know ourselves” as we relate to others. It will be fun for the students and their families.

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.

ART APPRECIATION gr. 7-12
Teacher: Michael Ann Rushing
Time: Second Period (10:30 – 11:25 a.m.)
Cost: $10
Credits: 1 for year; 1/2 for semester for high school only
Supplies Required: pen or pencil, paper, computer and internet access at home, crayons, markers, or colored pencils

Description: “Good art is not what it looks like, but what it does to us.” Roy Adzack In this class, we will study art and artists in different time periods from pre-history to the present day, including Prehistoric Art, Renaissance, Realism, Minimalism, Pop, Impressionism, as well as many more. We will also create some of the art work with our own interpretations. Some of the artists we will cover are Michelangelo, Rockwell, Picasso, Monet, O'Keefe, Dali, and Warhol. Art appreciation encourages critical thinking and will allow students to make their own interpretations of the artwork we discuss. In the words of Adzack, let's see what our art does to us!

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.

THEATRE / DRAMA gr. 7-12
Teachers: Elizabeth Collins, Wanda McCullers
Time: Second Period (10:30 – 11:25 a.m.)
Cost: $8
Credits: 1 for year; 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, learn teamwork and focus. 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 the November 7th co-op day.

STUDY HALL
Grades: 7-12
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.

SCRATCH COMPUTER PROGRAMMING gr. 4-7
Teacher: Cindy Goodwin
Time: Second Period, 10:30 - 11:25 a.m.
Cost: $5
Text: None
Required supplies: Laptop computer (Windows or Mac) with internet access, Scratch 2 Office Editor from https://scratch.mit.edu/scratch2download/, and Notebook and Pencil.

Description: This course is designed for the beginner programming student. We will learn some of the basics about computers and then we'll dive in to programming with Scratch! Students will learn what a "program" is and how to create their own programs using the Scratch programming language. We'll learn about the Scratch programming environment, graphics, animation, sound, procedures, variables, and decision logic. We'll use time in class to write programs that reinforce programming principles the student is learning. Homework will be optional, but don't be surprised if your student wants to do it. Students will need a laptop (Windows or Mac) and internet access. Please download and install the Scratch 2 Office Editor here: https://scratch.mit.edu/scratch2download/

Note: In order to save precious class time, students should have their computers set up and ready to go by the first day of class. Students will need an account with Scratch. Please visit https://scratch.mit.edu/ and click the "Join Scratch" link. Please bring your student's laptop to registration if you have any questions about setup.

ELEMENTARY FRENCH gr. 4-6
Teachers: Steph Shuford, Apryl Halbrooks
Time: Second Period, 10:30 - 11:25 a.m.
Cost: $6
Supplies Required: Bookbag, notebook, paper, pencils. All other supplies will be provided.

Description: Parlez-vous français? Do you speak French? Yes, you will and you'll start in the very first class. Come with us as we transport ourselves to France every week to explore the culture while also develop a love of the language. We'll learn French greetings, months, days, weather, seasons, colors, numbers, food, nouns, verbs, prepositions and so much more while also playing games, singing French songs, eating French food and even watching the French version of cartoons you already know and love. À bientôt! See you soon!

NIFTY 50: FUN WITH THESE UNITED STATES gr. 1-4
Teachers: Debbie Jackson, Charity Coon, Angela Segrest
Time: Second Period, 10:30 - 11:25 a.m.
Cost: $8
Supplies Required: Bookbag, notebook, paper, pencils. All other supplies will be provided.

Description: Pack your bags and take the journey of a lifetime as we learn about all 50 states and the District of Columbia. We will look at interesting facts about each state including nicknames, state birds and what makes each state famous as we do fun crafts and activities. Each student will receive a coloring page of each state we study. Get ready to be inspired by the inventiveness, beauty, and diversity of these United States!

LEGO™ BUILDERS gr. 1-4
Teachers: Lindsey Baughcum, Angela Wilson
Time: Second Period, 10:30 - 11:25 a.m.
Cost: $10 for supplies and LEGO kit per student
Supplies Required: Bookbag, notebook, paper, pencils. All other supplies will be provided.

Description: Students will learn about all aspects of LEGO building. They will work cooperatively to build and present creations. They will work with a partner to create something new each week and present to the class together. They will also have FUN together through LEGO games and activities. Games will include things such as playing BINGO and designing their own miii figures. They will also enjoy plenty of free build time, so we can see those creative imaginations! This is purely a "hands on" class – no pencils or paper required! Each child will receive his or her own LEGO build kit to use throughout the year and then keep at the very end!

P.E./GAME HOUR Gr. 1-5
(PE outside, board games inside during inclement weather)
Teacher: Karen Richey, Rhonda Littlefield, Donna Garnett-Elias
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 inside 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
Teacher: Paige Armstrong, Jessica Weihe
Time: Second Period, 10:30 - 11:25 a.m.
Cost: $8
Supplies Required: Bookbag, notebook, paper, pencils. All other supplies will be provided.

Description: 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, 2017, fully potty-trained, and not need naps.


**********THIRD PERIOD (12:30 – 1:25 p.m.)**********
U.S. HISTORY gr. 9-12

Teachers: Tiffany Bihm, Chris Welch
Time: Third Period (12:30 – 1:25 p.m.)
Cost: $5
Credits: 1 for the semester
Required Book: Great Documents in U.S. History Volume I by Richard Kollen (You can find this on Rainbow Resource for $19.95)
Required Resources: Computer with internet access (at home); MS Word; Printer (at home).

Description: This college-prep high school U.S. History course will cover Pre-Exploration through the Civil War during fall semester. Students will learn how to critically consider and discuss important events, people, and places related to U.S. history through primary and secondary sources. In addition to reading and answering questions on historical documents in the book, students will be expected to conduct independent historical research online, write one research paper of 5-8 pages, give presentations and one final project, and participate in class activities and discussions.

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.

BRITISH HISTORY gr. 7-12
Teacher: Paige Black
Time: Third Period, 12:30 - 1:25 p.m.
Cost: $5 for printing of Quiz sheets and handouts.
Credits: (For high school only) 1 per the year, ½ per one semester
Text: No text book required.
The internet will be a major source, thus students will need internet access. The following web site will be very important: http://www.britannia.com/history/h6f.html
British History books including the one listed below are available for purchase online for very nominal fees. The following book will be used to develop class discussions:
- The Story of Britain: From the Romans to the Present: A Narrative History by Rebecca Fraser
- Multiple books, sources and handouts will be used in class.
- Supplies Needed: Every student will need a notebook, paper, and pencils/pens for taking notes and writing reports.

Description: This class will instruct the students in a historical overview of British History. Students will learn about events, persons, and places related to the long and glorious history of the British people. Four time periods of British civilization will be covered each semester. During the Fall and Spring we will cover from ancient Britain to the modern United Kingdom. Students who complete both semesters will gain an overview of knowledge concerning British History that will aid them in any future studies in this area. History will be made fun, and historical figures will be interrelated to events in a way that they can be understood and remembered. This course will encourage further learning of history and will be fun for the students and their families.

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.

ENTREPRENEURSHIP: BUSINESS BASICS gr. 9-12
Teachers: Wanda McCullers, Karen Russo
Time: Third Period (12:30 – 1:25 p.m.)
Cost: $8
Credits: 1/2 for the semester; 1 for the year
Texts (not required): Business By the Book by Larry Burkett and Alpha Omega Small Business Entrepreneurship Elective (available in Monarch and SOS). NOTE: While the texts are not required, the Alpha Omega curriculum includes tests that parents may use for evaluation.
Supplies: Computer, Internet access, transportation to complete assignments at times. Presentation software may be helpful.

Description: Think you want to own your own business? Ready to be your own boss? Learn the good and the bad of business ownership as well as the skills and responsibilities necessary for running a successful business. This year-long course will overview the initial set up of a business, types of businesses, legal requirements and tax implications of each type. Lessons will also explore business ethics, marketing strategies, financing, accounting needs, and management and employment issues. Students will research entrepreneurs to learn how they have been successful. Classes will consist of discussions based on homework assignments. In addition to the texts suggested, many handouts and forms will be distributed in class for review and completion. Students will also conduct interviews and complete research to enhance understanding of practical business principles.

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.

STUDY SKILLS FOR HIGH SCHOOL AND COLLEGE gr. 7-12
Teacher: Debbie Jackson, Jennifer Barker
Time: Third Period (12:30 – 1:25 p.m.)
Cost: $9 for teacher's manual, copies, candy for prizes, and other materials
Required Text: Study Strategies Made Easy by Leslie Davis ($15.77 on Amazon.com) ISBN-13: 978-1886941038 ISBN-10: 1886941033
Supplies Needed: 2 packs of 3x5 or similar sized index cards, 2 different colored highlighters, notebook, paper, pencils

Description: Student-directed activities will develop good study skills for junior high and high school students' future high school and college years. Students will discover their best learning style and learn how to get organized, read more effectively, write good notes, take tests, and study efficiently. Three tests will be given in class to give students a chance to practice studying for and taking a test.

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.

U.S. HISTORY gr. 7-9
Teachers: Carren Joye, Jamie Ellis, Donna Hammock
Time: Third Period (12:30 – 1:25 p.m.)
Cost: $10 for handouts, project supplies, and candy for prizes
Credit: 1/2 for the semester, and 1 for the year (for high school only)
Text: Exploring America by Ray Notgrass (required only for high school students)
Supplies: Access to Internet and printer at home, notebook, looseleaf paper, pencils, blue or black ink pen, colored pencils, glue stick, 2 highlighters in 2 different colors

Description: This year we bring the focus of HIS-story to America! During fall semester, students will explore God's hand in the development of the United States from explorers through Reconstruction. We hope to provoke the students to think and analyze history, not just memorize facts and dates. Homework will include 1-3 pages of handouts or Internet pages to read and 3-5 questions to facilitate class discussion. Additional weekly research, map work, vocabulary, and projects will be assigned periodically. Purchase of Exploring America by Ray Notgrass is not necessary, but the syllabus will include optional chapters for students who wish to earn high school credit and for families who wish to complete the book at home. Class work will include a class timeline as well as group discussions, simulations, and student-led demonstrations on primary and secondary sources, archaeology, technological advances, and achievements in those time periods. Also, we will participate in the co-op “America Discovered” Feast with our own projects and costumes.

STUDY HALL
Grades: 7-12
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.

U.S. HISTORY gr. 5-6
Teachers: Kim Mason, Hollie Chastain
Time: Third Period, 12:30 - 1:25 p.m.
Cost: $8
Supplies Required: Bookbag, notebook, paper, pencils. All other supplies will be provided.

Description: Fall semester we will learn about U.S. History through hands-on activities and discussions. We will begin our study with Native Americans and the explorers who first landed in the Americas. During the semester we will cover the 13 Colonies and Colonial life, the Revolutionary War, the new nation, the Jeffersonian Era and the Age of Jackson, the growth of American Society, pioneers, slavery and the Underground Railroad. We will end our semester with the Civil War and Reconstruction.

U.S. HISTORY gr. 3-4
Teachers: Clarissa Winchester, Dan Corun
Time: Third Period, 12:30 - 1:25 p.m.
Cost: $8
Supplies Required: Bookbag, notebook, paper, pencils. All other supplies will be provided.

Description: In this class, we will be utilizing various curriculum including "America the Beautiful" by Notgrass, but books are not required by students. We will have fun with hands-on activities, games and crafts as we combine geography, literature and history of our great nation! We will focus on major events of each time period, including having a visitor or two from the American Village in Montevallo, Alabama. The goal for the students is to give them a visual memory timeline so when they hear of a particular period, they can recall certain events and facts.

U.S. HISTORY gr. 1-2
Teacher: Jennifer Phillips, April Newell, Kathy Abrams
Time: Third Period, 12:30 - 1:25 p.m.
Cost: $6
Supplies Required: Bookbag, notebook, paper, pencils. All other supplies will be provided.

Description: We will learn about U.S. History through the use of stories, coloring pages and games. At the end of each class, we will complete a fun craft. Our goal is to bring history "alive" for the children, teaching them that learning history is not just about memorizing people and dates. We will be learning everything from Native Americans to explorers, from the Revolutionary War to the Civil War. History can be lots of fun to learn, and hopefully we can pass that to our children so we all can have a great time together this semester! NOTE: Please make sure your child has a book bag to put their class work and crafts in to take home.

FITNESS FUN for Preschool - Kindergarten
Teachers: Karen Richey, Lindsey Baughcum, Hannah Bell
Time: Third Period, 12:30 - 1:25 p.m.
Cost: $3 for water, cups, snacks, balls, cones, etc.
Supplies Required: None, but dress appropriately

Description: Children will have a blast in the great outdoors 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 play on the playground! On rainy days, we 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, 2017, fully potty-trained, and not need naps.


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ACT PREP gr. 9-12

Teacher: Katie Grimes Rotton
Time: Fourth Period (1:30 – 2:25 p.m.)
Credit: 1/2 for the semester
Cost: $1
Required: Register at ACTStudent.org for the December 9, 2017 test before Co-op Registration in August.
Text: McGraw Hill's ACT 2017 Edition with 6 practice tests (ISBN-13: 978-1259642326 or ISBN-10: 1259642321), $9.26 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. McGraw Hill's 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. During fall semester, we will cover the book one section at a time in preparation for taking the ACT on December 9, 2017. 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 9, three weeks after the prep class, 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.

This ACT Prep Class is not open to 8th grade students.

APOLOGIA'S ADVANCED BIOLOGY with LAB (Human Anatomy & Physiology) gr. 10-12
Teacher: Kim Mason, Barbara Haigler, Angela Smith
Time: Fourth Period, 1:30 - 2:25 p.m.
Cost: $10
Credit: 1 1/2 (1 for class and 1/2 for lab for the year)
Pre-requisite: Biology
Required Texts (2):
- Apologia's The Human Body: Fearfully and Wonderfully Made by Wile (either First or Second Edition will be fine)
- The Anatomy Coloring Book by Kaplan, 5th Edition ISBN-13: 978-1-61865-598-1
- Optional: Solutions and Test Manual (highly recommended!!!)
- Optional: Multimedia Companion CD
Required Supplies: lab notebook, color pencils, bookbag

Description: This high school level course will cover the 11 systems of the human body. Class time will focus on completing the microscope experiments and dissections. Students will be expected to complete reading, vocabulary, "own your own" questions, unit reviews, and detailed coloring pages at home. Teachers will conduct periodic spot checks, but the parent is responsible for making sure her own child completes assignments and for administering tests at parent's discretion. Students will be required to maintain a detailed lab notebook of each experiment. Lab partners will be assigned by teachers. This is a very demanding course. Please make sure your student is prepared for the heavy workload at home to get the most out of this class. (NOTE: This course will include units on human reproduction and four modules to be completed over winter break at home.)

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 MARINE BIOLOGY with LAB gr. 8-12
Teacher: Tiffany Bihm, Kris Brockett
Time: Fourth Period, 1:30 - 2:25 p.m.
Cost: $34 (This includes dissection kit, specimens and slides.)
Credit: 1 1/2 (1 for class and 1/2 for lab for the year)
Pre-requisite: Algebra I
Texts (2): Apologia's Exploring Creation with Marine Biology by Jay Wile; Solutions and Tests for Exploring Creation with Marine Biology (optional, but recommended)
Required Supplies: 3-ring binder, 6 dividers, paper, pencils

Description: This course concentrates on marine wildlife and habitats. It provides a survey of members of each biological kingdom that live in marine environments. The student will learn about the microscopic organisms that make life in the ocean possible, including details about their interesting habits and life cycles. The student will also learn about the anatomy of many macroscopic marine creatures such as clams, starfish, and sharks. The student will then learn how these creatures and their physical surroundings form marine ecosystems such as intertidal zones, estuaries, coral reefs, continental shelf communities, epipelagic communities, and deep-ocean communities. The course ends with a study of marine resources and our relationship with the sea. Students will be expected to complete reading, vocabulary, "own your own" questions, and study guide questions at home during the week. We will cover Modules 1-6 in the fall semester and Modules 11-16 in the spring semester. Modules 7-10 must be completed at home during the winter break.

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 PHYSICAL SCIENCE with LAB gr. 8-12
Teacher: Angie Shields, Christie Jamison
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: $10
Prerequisite: Pre-Algebra
Required Texts: Apologia's Exploring Creation with Physical Science, 2nd Edition book and the accompanying Solutions and Tests book by Dr. Jay Wile. Note: If you already have the 1st edition, it is up to you as to whether you want to purchase the 2nd edition. There have been some changes made, such as: 1) more colorful illustrations and higher quality drawings, 2) more experiments, with some changes to existing ones to make them more interesting and easier to perform, and 3) an appendix that contains questions covering the entire course with answers provided in the solutions and tests manual.
Supplies Required:
- Pen and pencil
- Small ruler
- Graph Paper
- Scientific graphing calculator
- 3-ring binder
- 5 Notebook Dividers to be used for: lab reports, handouts, and completed assignments from each module (answers from “On Your Own” questions and Study Guides)

Description: This course covers topics such as the atmosphere, the hydrosphere, weather, the structure of the earth, environmentalism, the physics of motion, Newton’s Laws, gravity, and astrophysics. We will cover Modules 1-6 in the fall semester and Modules 11-16 in the spring semester. Modules 7-10 must be completed at home during the winter break. Students will be required to read the assigned pages for the week and answer all the “On Your Own” questions, as well as complete the Study Guide at the end of each Module. Students will need to memorize the vocabulary words that are stated in the study guide. We will go over their work in class and do fun experiments. The experiments will reinforce the concepts learned that week. Due to time constraints, tests will not be administered during class. (NOTE: Homework is due on first day of class!! Parent(s) must pick up syllabus at registration.)

Important Parental Notes:
1. Apologia’s Physical Science covers a lot of interesting and detailed information, far too much to be taught in one hour per week. Therefore, it is critically important that parents take an active role in the home portion of the class. This includes making sure that your child fully comprehends the concepts covered and that all assigned work is completed. This will ensure their full participation in all class discussions and experiments.

2. Algebra concepts will be used in this course. Generally, your child should be able to work with fractions, calculate rates and apply general equations and unit multipliers. Dr. Wile explains how to use unit multipliers in Module 1. The author recommends that students complete a pre-algebra course before starting this program.

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.

SPACE & EARTH SCIENCE gr. 7-12
Teacher: Cindy Goodwin, Donna Hammock, Ashley Watson
Time: Fourth Period, 1:30 - 2:25 p.m.
Cost: $15 for supplies
Text: None. Internet access required.
Supplies Needed: Internet access, notebook, paper, pencils, colored pencils

Description: How big is our solar system? What's out there beyond Pluto? Could we live on Jupiter? These are just a few of the questions we will answer in this course. We'll also learn about our moon, planets in our solar system, stars, our galaxy, other galaxies, and the universe. Fall semester will concentrate on space science, and then we'll cover science directly affecting our planet, Earth, in the spring. For homework each week, students will answer questions, look up terms, read text from web sites or watch videos, so Internet access is required. Engaging experiments and hands-on activities during class will reinforce the concepts from homework and help students develop lab skills needed to perform and analyze experiments. Optional additional homework assignments will allow students and 9th grade above to earn high school credit. During winter break, students will have six lessons to do on their own by February. (Note: Parents will need to pick up a syllabus at Registration because homework is due the first class.)

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
Grades: 7-12
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.

UP FROM THE GARDEN AND DOWN IN THE DIRT (Botany) gr. 5-6
Teacher: Erin McAliley, Wanda McCullers
Time: Fourth Period, 1:30 - 2:25 p.m.
Cost: $8
Supplies Required: Bookbag, notebook, paper, pencils. All other supplies will be provided.

Description: Join us as we learn about the nature of botany and the process of classifying plants using Apologia's Botany textbook. We will discuss the development of plants from seeds, the reproduction processes in plants, the way plants make their food, and how plants get their water and nutrients and distribute them throughout the body of the plant. As students study these topics, they also learn about many different kinds of plants in creation and where they belong in the plant classification system. We will incorporate many hands-on activities and projects using easy-to-find household items that will truly make the lessons come alive! They include making a light hut in which to grow plants, dissecting a bean seed, growing seeds in plastic bags to watch the germination process, making a leaf skeleton and more! We will record interesting facts and vocabulary terms in our own personal journals! So come on, let's GROW!

SCIENTIFIC EXPLORERS (Natural Science) gr. 3-4
Teacher: Elizabeth Collins, Tabatha Phillips
Time: Fourth Period (1:30 – 2:25 p.m.)
Cost: $8
Supplies Required: Bookbag, notebook, paper, pencils. All other supplies will be provided.

Description: In this class we will explore science by becoming scientists! We will learn to follow the scientific method for the many science experiments that we will do throughout the semester, and we will keep a scientific folder of all the experiments that we cover. Some of the experiments we will explore are Skin and Finger Prints, Taste Tests, Sun and Shadows, Bones and Muscles and many more.

EVERYBODY'S INSIDE OUT! (Anatomy) gr. 1-2
Teacher: Jennifer Phillips, Kathy Abrams, April Newell
Time: Fourth Period, 1:30 - 2:25 p.m.
Cost: $8
Supplies Required: Notebook, paper, pencils, bookbag. All other supplies will be provided.

Description: Have you ever wondered what happens to your food after you eat it? Or why does your body cover some injuries with scabs? And why does your heart beat? We will explore the human body and answer all these questions and more. Anatomy, the study of the human body, is important because we live in our bodies, and God created our bodies with purpose. We will learn all about how God designed our bodies to work and how we are more than just a human body! 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.

LITTLE CHEMISTS for Preschool – Kindergarten
Teacher: Amy Barrett, Shannon Dannelley, Jessica Weihe
Time: Fourth Period, 1:30 - 2:25 p.m.
Cost: $5
Supplies Required: Bookbag, notebook, paper, pencils. All other supplies will be provided.
Optional: An oversized shirt to protect clothing

Description: We will introduce our little chemists to the wonders of God's world through hands-on experiments, books, coloring pages, and activities. Experiments will cover everything from density to chemical reactions in fun ways kids can understand. 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, 2017, fully potty-trained, and not need naps.


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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.

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. 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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