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Class Descriptions 2019-2020

Tampa Covenant Homeschoolers

2019 - 2020 Class Descriptions

This is a list of classes being offered during the 2019 - 2020 school year. We may add to this list up to the start of the semester. The (very long) list is alphabetical by class name. It is recommended that you begin on the “Class Registrations” page to find a class (or classes) that interests you, then use the class name to find it in this alphabetical list.

 

Art - Create Like a Famous Artist

  • This class spans both semesters.
  • This class is perfect for students in 3rd - 9th grades.
  • Van Gogh, Rembrandt, Raphael, and Matisse are just a few of the artists the students will learn about in this class. They will then create art representing the artist using different mediums such as water color, sketching, acrylic, clay, and others. Prepare to be amazed at the creativity God has given you!
  • Instructor is Joyce Williamson: joycedwilliamson@gmail.com.
  • The class fee of $260 includes a $10 facility fee and a $75 materials fee. Additional online payment handling fee: $10.

Ballet for 4 - 6 year-olds.

  • Open to students ages 4 through 6, this class is designed for children who have not taken ballet before, those who were in Miss Gloria's younger ballet class last year (and will be 4 years-old by August 13th), and Kindergarteners. This beginner class will train young children in basic ballet movements, posture, and control. The class will perform a small recital at the end of each semester.
  • Ballet shoes, tights, and leotard are encouraged, but not required.
  • Instructor: Gloria Moore: edmoore201@gmail.com.
  • Class fee of $250 includes a $10 facility fee and a deposit/materials fee of $50. Additional online payment handling fee: $10
  • Deposit / Materials fee covers two costumes, one for each recital. There will be no additional costs. The recitals are free to all who wish to attend. Materials fee is not discounted if the students will not participate in the recital/s.
  • This class offers a 50% discount for siblings.

Ballet for 6 year-olds and older.

  • This class spans both semesters.
  • Open to students ages 6 (by August 10, 2018) and older, this class is designed for children who were in Miss Gloria's older ballet class last year, First Graders, Second Graders, and Combined Third/Fourth Graders. This beginner class will train children in basic ballet movements, posture, and control. The class will perform a small recital at the end of each semester.
  • Ballet shoes, tights, and leotard are encouraged, but not required.
  • Instructor: Gloria Moore: edmoore201@gmail.com.
  • Class fee of $250 includes a $10 facility fee and a deposit/materials fee of $50. Additional online payment handling fee: $10
  • Deposit / Materials fee covers two costumes, one for each recital. There will be no additional costs. The recitals are free to all who wish to attend. Materials fee is not discounted if the students will not participate in the recital/s.
  • This class offers a 50% discount for siblings.

Biology with Honors and AP/CLEP Level Options

  • This class spans both semesters.
  • This class is available to High School students and motivated Middle School students.
  • Labs are conducted during class. The labs include more than 15 microscope labs and 7 dissection labs.
  • Successful completion of this class awards 1 natural science with lab high school credit. Honors credit is awarded for completion of honors assignments.
  • This class uses the Science Shepherd Biology curriculum. Families are required to have the Text, 2nd Edition, the Test Booklet and the Lab Manual. The Answer Key / Parent Companion is optional.
  • For a detailed explanation about the choice of Science Shepherd curriculum, we have this information from Carolyn Lang, Instructor:
  • "For years, we taught biology from Apologia. When we chose it originally, it was the best on the market and the only real curriculum that a student could learn from independently. That was many years ago. It was never a terribly strong curriculum nor was it ever perfect, but the students could have a decent biology while meeting once a week. We have always supplemented the Apologia curricula as it does not cover the same content as a typical biology class in a public or private school. Over the last few years, this gap has grown and new curricula have been released that are better and more complete than the Apologia. Every year, we evaluate the available curricula and look for the best.
  • In past years, we tried using a college textbook but the explanations from the book were not clear enough for the students who only had access to an instructor weekly. We spent the year searching for better explanations and ended up supplementing as much as we did with the Apologia, but with simpler explanations instead of additional information.
  • We are switching to Science Shepard as it covers the information now expected in a high school biology class. This information is presented in a format that does not require the student to use information from the teacher’s edition to make sense because it provides clear explanations of the topics."
  • AP students are required to register with Preparatory Academy, Inc. (www.PreparatoryAcademyInc.org) for a second day of online lecture/discussion for an additional cost of $120. Note: All AP curricula treats evolution as a fact and a significant portion of the exam focuses on evolution. I present evolution as something they must regurgitate if they are going to pass the AP or CLEP exams. AP required text to be determined (must be approved by the College Board.)
  • Honors students are welcome to register for the extra lecture/discussion opportunity, but it is not required.
  • Instructor: Carolyn Lang, clang002@gmail.com.
  • The class fee of $376 includes a $10 facility fee and a $66 materials fee. Additional online payment handling fee: $12.

Chess Club

  • More details to come.

 

Destination Imagination 

  • This is an all-year class, spanning both semesters.
  • Your kids will LOVE this class!  I will be offering availability for (2) teams during this class period. (1) Elementary level team (4th/5th grade recommended) and (1) Intermediate level team (6th-8th grade).  Teams can be 2-7 members. Participants engage in project-based challenges throughout the year that are designed to build confidence and develop extraordinary creativity, critical thinking, communication, and teamwork skills.  (If you’ve heard of Odyssey of the Mind, this is a similar program.)  In the fall, teams will  select their preferred Challenge and work together to develop a solution to the Challenge, which is then presented at a competition in March.  Challenges include: Technical, Scientific, Engineering, Fine Arts, Game On, Improvisational or Service Learning.   This entirely learner-focused methodology empowers students to take the lead and provides a framework within which they can take risks and learn from failure. DI participants become lifelong problem solvers who are inspired to innovate creative solutions to real-world challenges quickly and collaboratively.  Problem solving, team building, and a respect for others and their ideas are at the foundation of all of the Challenges.  Please see the website for more detailed information.  https://www.destinationimagination.org
  • Instructor:  Amber Partricio: amberpatricio@gmail.com
  • This class requires a one day team competition commitment in Orlando (typically a Saturday in early March).  Date TBD
  • The class fee of $275 includes a $10 facility fee and a $50 materials fee.  $10 handling fee will be applied to online payments.

First Grade

  • Tampa Covenant Homeschoolers offers grade-leveled 2-day classes for Kindergarten, First Grade, Second Grade and 3rd Grade. Please visit the “Two-Day, Grade-Leveled Class Information” page of the website for more details.

Geography - Around the World in 30 Hours

  • This class spans both semesters.
  • This class is perfect for students in 4th – 8th grades.
  • Using the text, “Around the World in 180 days” as a guide, the students will study the geography, brief history, culture, key people, and current events of each of the 7 continents. Map skills, defining geography terms such as latitude and longitude, and drawing a map of each continent will also be included to help complete our course. While the text makes the trip in “180 days,” we don’t have that long! While we will not cover the entire text, the students will enjoy an overview of the 7 continents and will be inspired to research and learn more at home.
  • Instructor is Joyce Williamson: joycedwilliamson@gmail.com.
  • The class fee of $195 includes a $10 facility fee and a $50 materials fee. Additional online payment handling fee: $10.

Grammar - Foundation Grammar Rodeo

  • This class spans both semesters.
  • This class is ideal for students in grades 4 – 8.
  • Text to be announced after Homeschool Convention.
  • It’s time to round up all those Grammar skills and learn to apply them with ease. This course will rope you in and take you through the eight parts of speech. You will also learn how to diagram sentences, so you can visually see how each work has a place and a function in the sentence. We will also introduce you to phrases and clauses. Homework will be required for this course.
  • Instructor is Joyce Williamson: joycedwilliamson@gmail.com.
  • The class fee of $200 includes a $10 facility fee and a $50 materials fee. Additional online payment handling fee: $10.

History - Ancient Times: Story of the World, Volume 1

  • This class spans both semesters.
  • Ideal for 3rd - 6th graders.
  • Was there a curse in King Tut’s tomb? What was Hammurabi’s Code? How did Odysseus outwit the Cyclops? Who built the Great Wall of China? Through a mix of age-appropriate factual information and narratives from the ancient people of the Middle East, Asia, Africa, and Europe, the course makes ancient history come alive! Each class will begin with a brief review of information learned the previous week. Then, students will listen to the new chapter(s) while coloring/drawing a related picture and/or completing map work. Afterwards, there will be a hands-on craft or activity, including an archaeological dig, sand clay cuneiform, boat building, mask making, games, mini-plays, and much more.
  • Homework will be rare and optional (ex: a family history/family tree).
  • Instructor is Erika Greelish: erika.greelish@gmail.com
  • The class fee of $302 includes a $10 facility fee and $50 deposit/materials fee. Additional online payment handling fee: $10.

History of Science - The Last 4000 Years

  • This class spans both semesters.
  • This class is ideal for High School and Interested, Motivated Middle School Students.
  • This class, when all assignments are completed at the high school level, will award both a high school literature credit and a high school history credit.
  • In this class, we will read, write, and experiment while exploring the scientific developments of the last 4000 years. We will explore some of the cool experiments which do not neatly fit into the traditional high school science classes.
  • The book list is available by request. There are a few books used throughout theyear, but many are used for only a few weeks. Some are available as Kindle books for as little as 99 cents.The full book list is
  • There will be reading and writing assignments each week. We will focus on effectively conveying scientific information to others.
  • An optional Bible unit will not be covered in class due to time constraints, but it is available.
  • Instructor: Carolyn Lang, clang002@gmail.com.
  • The class fee of $376 includes a $10 facility fee and a $66 materials fee. Additional online payment handling fee: $12.

Kindergarten

  • Tampa Covenant Homeschoolers offers grade-leveled 2-day classes for Kindergarten, First Grade, Second Grade and 3rd Grade. Please visit the “Two-Day, Grade-Leveled Class Information” page of the website for more details.

LEGOS! With Bricks 4 Kidz - Moving Models and Art Focus!

  • This is a ONE SEMESTER CLASS, being offered in both the FIRST and SECOND semesters.
  • This year offers ENTIRELY NEW builds!
  • "Bricks 4 Kidz shows you a whole new way to create with LEGO® bricks! From pythons that slither and walking gorillas, to ferris wheels that spin and sailing pirate ships, our motorized models bring LEGO® bricks to life! But the fun doesn’t stop there…how about building 3-D LEGO® mosaic art, spinning tops that battle in their own arena, optical illusions and even brain-teasers and building challenges ALL with LEGO® bricks!?! It’s full S.T.E.A.M. ahead! Anything is possible in a Bricks 4 Kidz class…DON’T MISS THE FUN!!!"
  • Class fee of $165 includes a $5 facility fee and a $50 deposit / materials fee. Additional online payment handling fee: $8.

Mad Science!

  • This is a one-semester class, offered in both the first and second semesters. 
  • NEW SCIENCE this year!!!
  • Prerequisites: None except - Ability to work with others in a group & HAVE FUN!
  • From last year (updated information coming soon).  In Crazy Chemworks junior chemists will get to see what it’s like to work in a real “lab”. Delve into the world of atoms, unravel the “H” in pH and make SLIME and experiment with polymers. You will make bubbling potions while changing states of matterand uncover the chemistry of “glowing”. They will also be in a “sticky” situation as they unlock the mystery to what makes things “cling”, and see that “actions” really do result in reactions. Chemistry will never be so much fun!  You will build upon our understanding of chemistry to develop forensic and crime solving skills. You use new devices to collect & record your evidence and solve crimes, and then experiment with electrochemical reactions, create chemical compounds and make your own “brain goo”! Along the way to becoming a Crime scene expert you will also work with chemical bonds, discover conductivity, and make your own invisible ink to take home.
  • Class fee of $200 includes a $10 facility fee and a $50 deposit / materials fee. Handling fee of $9 required for online payments.

Math Enrichment

  • This class spans both semesters.
  • This class is perfect for 3rd – 8th graders.
  • In this class we will use activities, games, races, and challenges to explore math topics typical in the late elementary and middle school math curricula. Homework is provided but not required. All class activities are multi-leveled to meet students in every included grade.
  • Example topics are: place value through trillions and hundred thousandths, completing basic operations (+ - x / < >) with large numbers, fractions, and decimals, basic order of operations, basic set theory, roman numerals, plane geometry, solid geometry, probability, fractions, percentages, ratios, pattern recognition and extension, basic statistics (mean, median, mode and range), and word problmes.
  • Required text, Mathematics Power Learning Workbook 2 is included in your materials fee.
  • Instructor: Carolyn Lang: clang002@gmail.com
  • The class fee of $395 includes a $10 facility fee and an $85 materials fee. Additional online payment handling fee: $10.

Math for 4th and 5th grades

  • This class meets twice each week, and spans both semesters.
  • All 4th and 5th grade math concepts/chapters will be taught by the instructor in this class that meets twice each week. all worksheets will begin in class, and then taken home to complete throughout the week. Completed work will be returned to class each week to be graded so the students may be evaluated on their understanding of the material. The students will be responsible to bring their math book back and forth to each class meeting.
  • Required text: 3rd Edition BJU Press Math Student Worktext for 4th (catalog number 296814) or for 5th (catalog number 506782) (See the “Member Discounts” page for BJU contact and discount code before ordering.)
  • Instructor is Joyce Williamson: joycedwilliamson@gmail.com.
  • The class fee of $390 includes a $20 facility fee and $50 materials fee. Additional online payment handling fee: $10.

Mother's Morning Out - Thursday Mornings

  • This DROP-OFF class is for children who are at least 3 years-old on or before Sept. 1, 2019.
  • This is an all-year class, spanning both semesters.
  • Students will enjoy literature, songs, and crafts that go along with a weekly theme.  In addition, we will work on phonemic awareness, early math concepts, letters and fine motor development through playful and engaging activities.  Outside play is also an important part of the morning.
  • This class requires that a parent be in the classroom every class day.  With full enrollment, this means each parent would volunteer 3 days over the course of the year.  If there is lower enrollment, parents will have to volunteer additional days.  If you prefer not to volunteer, please add $100 to your class fee, and we will pay someone to cover your volunteer days.
  • The instructor is Natalie Mendoza, natalie.mendoza813@gmail.com
  • Class fee of $580 includes a $50 materials fee and a $30 facility fee.  Please add $18 for online payments.
  • Materials fee includes most materials.  Parents may be asked to donate items as the year progresses (paper plates or pencils, for instance).
  • Please add $100 if you prefer not to volunteer, and $5 if you pay that online.

Physical Science

  • This class spans both semesters.
  • This class is open to Middle School and High School students. It is an excellent course for students who want a challenging text to give them a strong foundation upon which to build their high school science experience. Students should have completed a pre-algebra or equivalent math course.
  • The course provides a solid introduction to the skills, concepts, and methods of scientific study specifically pertaining to physics and chemistry. It also includes mathematical problems as well as verbal exercises. Energy, work, Newton’s Laws of Motion, substances, electrical circuits, the atomic model, the periodic table, atomic bonding, and other subjects are closely investigated with Algebra I proficiency. Lab experiments emphasize method and skills used in real science labs. Scientific notation, metric prefixes, unit conversions, and the writing of lab reports are essential skills that students will learn in this course.
  • It is expected that students will complete a minimum of 5 – 7 hours of homework per week in addition to the in-class hours.
  • A scientific calculator is required for this course. The TI-30 type models are preferred.
  • A pencil is the preferred writing instrument; with a good eraser as a companion. A pen or highlighter for correcting homework and taking notes is also recommended.
  • It is advisable to have a notebook in which to keep homework assignments, class notes, handouts, and returned quizzes. Graphs are sketched on graph paper.
  • Successful completion of this class awards 1 high school natural science with lab credit.
  • Required Textbook: Novare Accelerated Studies in Physics and Chemistry (ASPC) 1st edition and the associated solutions manual. Be sure to get the 1st edition!
  • https://www.novarescienceandmath.com/product/accelerated-studies-in-physics-and-chemistry-aspc/
  • https://www.novarescienceandmath.com/product/solutions-manual-for-aspc/
  • Instructor: Carolyn Lang: clang002@gmail.com
  • Class Fee of $355 includes a $50 materials fee and a $10 facility fee. Please add $13 for online payments.

Reading - Tutor

  • The tutor is available to students at all reading levels.  The tutor will assess individual weaknesses and "coach" personalized phonetic drills and reading strategies. 
  • Each tutoring session is 10 weeks.
  • First time readers or those with difficulties find significant improvement with phonetic blends, eye tracking skills, as well as processing challenges such as letter reversals.
  • The reading tutor meets with each student for 20 - 45 minutes, one-on-one.  Therefore, times are flexible and will be worked out to the parent's and tutor's satisfaction.  You may also schedule a time to meet twice each week.  While there is homework assigned, if this is the student's only reading instruction, at-home assignments can be requested for each of the non-tutoring days, for an additional fee.
  • Class fee of $360 includes a $50 materials fee and $10 facility fee.  A $12 handling fee will be charged for those paying online.
  • Instructor is Peggy Moore: edmoore201@gmail.com
  • Please reach out to Peggy Moore to arrange a day and time for tutoring.

Science for 3rd - 8th Grades

  • This class spans both semesters.
  • This class is perfect for 3rd – 8th graders.
  • In this class, we will explore life science and basic microbiology using a combination of experiments, activities, projects, and brief presentations. Some of the skills students will learn are to use stereoscope and light microscopes, to dissect specimens, to draw scientific diagrams (including proper scale), to make detailed observations, and to report their results to others.
  • Instructor: Carolyn Lang: clang002@gmail.com
  • The class fee of $360 includes a $10 facility fee and a $50 materials fee. Additional online payment handling fee: $10.

Second Grade

  • Tampa Covenant Homeschoolers offers grade-leveled 2-day classes for Kindergarten, First Grade, Second Grade and 3rd Grade. Please visit the “Two-Day, Grade-Leveled Class Information” page of the website for more details.

Spanish, Culture and Conversation

  • This class spans both semesters and is perfect for students in 3rd-8th grades. Older students are welcome, however no foreign language credit is awarded for this class.
  • This is a conversational Spanish class with a strong emphasis on learning about Culture. They will learn how to introduce themselves and greet others. They will also learn basic vocabulary like colors and numbers as well as introductory grammar. They will explore many different Spanish speaking countries in South America, Central America and Europe. I hope to encourage a love for learning a second language that will continue long after the class has ended.
  • Instructor:  Susana Tucker, susitucker@gmail.com
  • Class fee of $235 includes a $50 materials fee and $10 facility fee.  Handling fee of $10 applies to online payments.

Third Grade

  • Tampa Covenant Homeschoolers offers grade-leveled 2-day classes for Kindergarten, First Grade, Second Grade and 3rd Grade. Please visit the “Two-Day, Grade-Leveled Class Information” page of the website for more details.

Writing and English for the SAT / ACT - Tutoring

  • This tutoring is completed in 10 week sessions.
  • Personalized, one on one structured sessions will cover all Reading and English components needed for success on the ACT/SAT exams. Students will learn general and specific information about the ACT/SAT including exposure to past exams, mock test completion, and comprehensive review of this sample tests, question-by-question. By the end of this course, easy students will be fully prepared, ready to overcome any “surprises” and engage the ACT/SAT with a new-found level of confidence.
  • Instructor is Peggy Moore: edmoore201@gmail.com
  • Please reach out to Peggy Moore to arrange a day and time for tutoring.
  • The class fee of $360 includes a $5 facility fee and a $50 materials fee. Additional online payment handling fee: $10.

Writing - Expository, Creative Writing, and Poetry (Oh my!)

  • This class spans both semesters.
  • This class is perfect for students in grades 4 – 8. Advanced 3rd graders will be considered.
  • Learning to write is a vital tool for every student. The first semester, the children will be doing their expository writing. Students will develop their own outline for cause and effect essays, problem and solution essays, and comparison and contrast essays. The second semester, the class will focus on creative writing and poetry. The students will write their own dramatic play that the other students will read in character. They will also be writing Limericks, Haiku, Free verse, and imaginary poetry.
  • Instructor is Joyce Williamson: joycedwilliamson@gmail.com.
  • The class fee of $195 includes a $10 facility fee and a $50 materials fee. Additional online payment handling fee: $10

Writing - IEW for beginners: All Things Fun and Fascinating

  • This class spans both semesters.
  • Ideal for students in 3rd - 6th grades.
  • Giant stinky flowers, soup made from a bird’s nest, inventors who changed the world, and a kid who flies away on a kite: These are just a few of the “fun and fascinating” things students will write about in this class. IEW (Institute for Excellence in Writing) continues to be one of the most popular and effective writing programs in the homeschooling world. This will be my 12th year teaching IEW and of all of their texts, this one is my favorite. The IEW method teaches how to compose paragraphs with proper structure and unique style and provides a solid foundation for the more advanced writing required in middle and high school. Students will learn how to take notes, summarize short informational pieces, write basic reports, and invent creative stories. Grammar, vocabulary, and a variety of stylistic techniques are addressed throughout this highly organized, sequential course.
  • Prerequisites: Students must be able to write several complete sentences easily and independently. Prior experience with journalng or writing multiple sentences about a topic is helpful. Parents must be willing to assist with weekly homework assignments and ensure that assignment are completed and turned in at each class. This is a comprehensive writing course. Parents, you should plan for your child to devote 2-3 hours per week completing assignments at home.
  • Required materials: 1.5 inch binder with pockets, loose-leaf paper, and several pencils.
  • Required text: https://IEW.com/shop/products/all-things-fun-fascinating
  • Instructor is Erika Greelish: erika.greelish@gmail.com
  • The class fee of $295 includes a $10 facility fee and $50 deposit/materials fee. Additional online payment handling fee: $10.