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Class Descriptions 2020-2021

Tampa Covenant Homeschoolers

2020 - 2021 Class Descriptions

This is a list of classes being offered during the 2020 - 2021 school year. We may add to this list at any time. 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.

 

American Sign Language - Middle School (Grades 6-8)

  • Have you ever wondered what people were saying when they were moving their hands but not their mouth? Maybe the room is too loud and you can’t hear what your friend is saying? Try learning American Sign Language! It’s such a fun and unique way to learn a second language and the best part of it all... No accent to perfect!
  • In this class you will learn vocabulary, grammatical structure, and Deaf Culture.
  • Required: Practice is required during the week. A fun way to practice would be to teach your mom or sibling the signs you have learned that week. This class requires a project to do on sign language in a different country or a short report about a famous Deaf person.
  • Required text and/or materials to be announced.
    • Class: $175
    • Facility: $10
    • Deposit and/or Materials Fee: $50
    • Total (check): $235
    • Handling fee: $10*
    • Total (online payment): $245
  • * This fee is waived for those paying by check.
  • Please direct questions about this class to the instructor, Laura Anderson at mitch64622@yahoo.com. Please direct general co-op questions to admin@tampacovenanthomeschoolers.com.

Art - Developing Your Artistic Style (Grades 4-8)

  • Art is a creative activity that expresses imaginations and technical skill. It produces something timeless for others to experience. We will work on the technical skill that each medium requires, in order to develop the creativity and unique style of the artist.
  • Colored pencils, charcoal pencils, acrylics, watercolors, block printing, and cut sea glass art are just a few of the mediums we will be using.
    • Fee Breakdown:
    • Class Fee: $260
    • Facility Fee: $10
    • Deposit and/or Materials Fee: $75
    • Total (check): $350
    • Handling Fee: $13 * waived for those paying by check
    • Total (online payment): $363
  • Please direct questions about this class to the instructor, Joyce Williamson, at joycedwilliamson@gmail.com. Please direct general co-op questions to Mary Lynch at admin@tampacovenanthomeschoolers.com.

Ballet for 4 - 6 year-olds.

  • Open to students age 4 through 6, this class is designed for children who have not taken ballet before, those who were in the younger ballet class last year (and will be 4 years-old by August 10th), 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 the first semester and the end of the second semester.
  • Ballet shoes, tights and leotard are encouraged but not required.
    • Fee breakdown:
    • Class: $190
    • Facility: $10
    • Deposit and/or Costume Fee: $50
    • Total (check): $250
    • Handling fee: $10 * This fee is waived for those paying by check.
    • Total (online payment): $260
  • Deposit/Costumes fee covers two costumes, one for each recital. There will be no additional costs. The recitals are free to all who wish to attend.
  • This class offers a 50% discount off the class fee for siblings!
  • Please direct questions about this class to the instructor, Bonnie Van Voorst at bonnievanvoorst@gmail.com. Please direct general co-op questions to admin@tampacovenanthomeschoolers.com.

Ballet for 6 year-olds and older

  • This class is designed for children who were in Miss Bonnie's ballet class last year (and will be 6 years old by August 11th), First, Second, and Third Graders. This class will train children in basic ballet movements, posture, flexibility, and control. The class will perform a small recital at the end of the first semester and the end of the second semester.
  • Ballet shoes, tights and leotard are encouraged but not required.
    • Fee breakdown:
    • Class: $190
    • Facility: $10
    • Deposit and/or Costume Fee: $50
    • Total (check): $250
    • Handling fee: $10 * This fee is waived for those paying by check.
    • Total (online payment): $260
  • Costume fee covers two costumes, one for each recital. There will be no additional costs. The recitals are free to all who wish to attend.
  • This class offers a 50% discount off the class fee for siblings!
  • Please direct questions about this class to the instructor, Bonnie Van Voorst at bonnievanvoorst@gmail.com. Please direct general co-op questions to admin@tampacovenanthomeschoolers.com.

Beginning Block-Based Coding (Grades 2-6)

  • This block-based coding class is perfect for students with little coding experience. We will use a combination of analog and computer-based exercises to explore the world of coding and build basic programs.
  • Usually, assignments from this class will not require time outside class. There will be one out of class project per semester. There are additional assignments available for students who would like to continue programming outside class.
  • Required materials: Each student will need a device (a tablet or laptop) to participate in class.
  • Minimum requirements for object-based coding to run properly:  Windows, Mac, or Linux operating system.   Adobe AIR version 2.6+    Over 23 megabytes of free hard drive space.
  • Fee Breakdown:
    • Class: $300
    • Facility: $10
    • Deposit and/or Materials Fee: $66
    • Total (check): $376
    • Handling fee: $13 * This fee is waived for those paying by check.
    • Total (online payment): $389
  • Please direct questions about this class to the instructor, Carolyn Lang at clang002@gmail.com. Please direct general co-op questions to admin@tampacovenanthomeschoolers.com.

Creation Care (Grades 3 – 8)

  • The Creation Care class will take students on a journey through God's word, various environments around the globe, and our shared human experience. We will discuss how all of creation suffers as a result of the fall, and seek to understand our place in the story of the fall, and redemption as it plays out in the natural world. While focusing on the Biblical principle of stewardship, students will engage with the many pressing environmental issues that are even now defining their future. Caring for our environment is an integral part of loving our neighbors. As it is the poorest and the powerless who suffer the most when the natural world is neglected.
  • This class is an introduction to Environmental Science, grounded in God's call for us to care for it. Class will include hands on activities, projects, and plenty of group conversation about glorifying God through our interaction with and care for His Creation. Topics will include deforestation, ocean use, carbon cycle, water cycle, declining wildlife populations, the fashion industry and over consumption... Most importantly, we will discuss how we can respond to the crisis in a way that is glorifying to our Creator and loving to our neighbors.
  • *This is not a Creationism class. For clarity, the following topics will NOT be discussed: 1. How God created the world, 2. When He created the world. Rather, we will be focusing on the facts that God created the world and that He has called us to care for it.
    • Fee Breakdown:
    • Class Fee: $150
    • Facility Fee: $10
    • Deposit and/or Materials Fee: $50
    • Total (check): $210
    • Handling Fee: $9 * waived for those paying by check
    • Total (online payment): $219
  • Please direct questions about this class to the instructor, Sara Liebelt at saracycles82@gmail.com. Please direct general co-op questions to admin@tampacovenanthomeschoolers.com.

Creative Writing with the TCH Newspaper (Grades 4 – 8)

  • Extra Extra Read All About It!!!
  • We’re starting a school newspaper and you get to name our newspaper, write the articles, edit the copy work, take the pictures and conduct the interviews! Each student will take turns being the Editor, Assistant Editor, Journalist, Illustrator, Copy Editor (proofreaders), Photographer, and much more. This course will develop creative writing, art, and teamwork in order to put out the best newspaper in Tampa! The student will learn the process of what it takes to produce a newspaper, sticking to deadlines, and the pride of seeing their writing talent in print.
  • (We are working on adding "Yearbook" to this class and will keep you posted.)
    • Fee Breakdown:
    • Class Fee: $200
    • Facility Fee: $10
    • Deposit and/or Materials Fee: $75
    • Total (check): $285
    • Handling Fee: $13 * waived for those paying by check
    • Total (online payment): $298
  • Please direct questions about this class to the instructor, Joyce Williamson, at joycedwilliamson@gmail.com. Please direct general co-op questions to Mary Lynch at admin@tampacovenanthomeschoolers.com.

Economics / Enterprise Village and Finance Park (Grades 4-6 and 7-8)

  • Cost and planning of the field trip to the Enterprise Village/Finance Park are included in this class. The field trip is usually held on a Friday. Date to be determined.
  • What does it take to run a business? What do you do at the bank besides get money out? What are checks used for? How do we exchange goods and services with one another in a community?
  • This very practical hands on learning class, will teach the students about our economy, buying and selling, money basics, banking, saving, budgeting, our duty to vote, and the importance of hard work while earning a paycheck. The class will interview for jobs in a company and will then spend the day at Enterprise Village working in an assigned business located at the Stavos Institute in St. Pete. This unique opportunity is offered to all students in the school system and we have been invited to join other homeschoolers around the Tampa Bay Area working our business for the day.
  • For more information please visit their website here: http://www.stavrosinstitute.org/enterprise-village
  • From the website: "Enterprise Village meets the needs of a diverse group of students by providing engaging, academically enriching experiential lessons. Following participation in the Enterprise Village experience, student will be able to:
    • Discuss the roles they, as citizens, play in their community as workers and consumers and relate these personal roles to the free enterprise system.
    • Discuss the importance of citizens’ rights and responsibilities in a community.
    • Demonstrate a basic understanding of the free enterprise system.
    • Understand the importance of nonprofit organizations in our communities.
    • Build money management skills through practical knowledge of economic concepts and banking practices.
    • Develop an understanding of basic business practices and responsibilities.
    • Display the soft skills necessary for successful participation in the world of work."
  • GREAT NEWS for 7th and 8th graders. You have your own village called Finance Park. We will attend the same campus at the same time In February. Finance Park is a reality based, hands-on simulation for students that enables them to build foundations for making intelligent lifelong personal finance decisions. You will deal with the development of a personal budget. You will develop basic personal finance concepts, and utilize quality concepts to plan personal finances. You will understand the advantages of saving ,investing, using credit, and allocate time wisely while following a time schedule. You will also learn to work within a group structure evaluating, organizing, and maintaining information. Guess What? You will do all this while having fun being challenged.
    • Fee Breakdown:
    • Class Fee: $275
    • Facility Fee: $10
    • Deposit and/or Materials Fee: $50
    • Total (check): $335
    • Handling Fee: $13 * waived for those paying by check
    • Total (online payment): $348
  • Please direct questions about this class to the instructor, Joyce Williamson, at joycedwilliamson@gmail.com. Please direct general co-op questions to Mary Lynch at admin@tampacovenanthomeschoolers.com.

Expository Writing for Middle School (Grades 6-8)

  • Expository writing is an important type of writing in which the author informs, explains, or describes a topic to the reader. It is the kind of writing essential for growth in many subjects, such as literature, history, and science. We will cover all the basics of expository writing, including how to respond to a prompt and stay on topic, outlining, introductions and conclusions, using supporting details, descriptive/sensory writing, using transitions, how to construct sentences in a variety of ways, and how to incorporate researched information into a report or expository piece. In the classroom, the children will experience modeled writing, shared writing, writing in small groups, with partners, and independently. Students’ compositions will be graded with specific written feedback according to the guidelines given for each assignment.
  • Prerequisites: Students must be able to write a 5-sentence paragraph independently in class.
  • Materials required: binder, loose leaf paper, pencils. Access to a computer with internet at home will be necessary for some assignments.
  • Additional requirements: Print out two packets. From time to time, I will e-mail additional attachments and ask that they be printed out for students.
  • Homework: Students should expect to write 2-3 paragraphs per week. Other assignments will include, but not be limited to, basic note taking and outlining. Length of papers will be dependent on age/ability of student. Some assignments will be integrated with students’ other subject areas. Parents must assist with time management throughout the week and ensure assignments are completed according to given directions each week.
    • Fee Breakdown:
    • Class: $250
    • Facility: $10
    • Deposit and/or Materials Fee: $50
    • Total (check): $310
    • Handling fee: $13 *This fee is waived for those paying by check.
    • Total (online payment): $323
  • Please direct questions about this class to the instructor, Erika Greelish, at erikagreelish@gmail.com. Please direct general co-op questions to admin@tampacovenanthomeschoolers.com.

Grammar/English II (Grades 5-8)

  • Understanding the use of words and sentences is a vital tool for successful writing. This course is an enhancement of last year's Grammar course. If you did not attend that class, no worries! Attending my previous class is not a prerequisite for this class. However, though plenty of review will be given, a basic knowledge of the 8 parts of speech and foundational grammar concepts are required to get the most out of Grammar/English II.
  • With the grammar foundation laid, we will delve deeper into word structure which is the building blocks of written and spoken language. This class will polish the students grammar and writing skills preparing them for upper level English Composition courses.
    • Fee Breakdown:
    • Class Fee: $200
    • Facility Fee: $10
    • Deposit and/or Materials Fee: $60
    • Total (check): $270
    • Handling Fee: $13 * waived for those paying by check
    • Total (online payment): $283
  • Please direct questions about this class to the instructor, Joyce Williamson, at joycedwilliamson@gmail.com. Please direct general co-op questions to Mary Lynch at admin@tampacovenanthomeschoolers.com.

Handicrafts (Grades 2 – 8)

  • Handicrafts are defined as ‘A particular skill of making decorative objects by hand.’ More than simply arts and crafts, students will learn valuable life skills that will allow them to create useful, beautiful objects.
  • We will explore skills such as crocheting, knitting, hand stitching, embroidery, weaving, cake decorating and more.
  • Because of the nature of the class, parents may be asked to provide additional materials in addition to the materials fee (ex, providing an undecorated cake for class, fabric to sew on, etc.)
    • Fee Breakdown:
    • Class: $100
    • Facility: $10
    • Deposit and/or Materials Fee: $50
    • Total (check): $160
    • Handling fee: $8 *This fee is waived for those paying by check.
    • Total (online payment): $168
  • Please direct questions about this class to the instructor, Rochel Melendez at tchtreasurer@yahoo.com. Please direct general co-op questions to admin@tampacovenanthomeschoolers.com.

Hands-on Literature

  • Grades: 3rd-5th grade
  • Students will explore several different books throughout this year-long literature course. We will do literature studies of each book, as well as engage in fun projects and activities during class time.
  • Books will be adjusted based on the reading level/ability of the class, but are likely to include:
    • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
    • Farmer Boy by Laura Ingles Wilder
    • When the Sea Turned to Silver by Grace Lin
    • Treasures of the Snow by Patricia St. John
  • The goal will be to complete 6 novels during the school year. Students will be expected to read assigned chapters, answer comprehension questions, and complete various projects at home.
  • Materials fee includes the cost of all books. Due to the nature of the activities in class, students may be asked to bring in additional supplies which are not included in the materials cost.
    • Fee Breakdown:
    • Class: $150
    • Facility: $10
    • Deposit and/or Materials Fee: $75
    • Total (check): $235
    • Handling fee: $10 *This fee is waived for those paying by check.
    • Total (online payment): $245
  • Please direct questions about this class to the instructor, Rochel Melendez, at tchtreasurer@yahoo.com. Please direct general co-op questions to admin@tampacovenanthomeschoolers.com.
  1. HAVE A DREAM! Thirty Historical American Biographies Of Famous People Who Made a Difference. (Grades 4 – 8)
  • “The ultimate measure of a person is not where he or she stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he or she stands at times of challenge and controversy”.
    • Martin Luther King,Jr.
  • Come with me and walk through the halls of history and see what can happen if you never give up. This course will introduce thirty important people In American History that made a difference through great challenges and controversy. We will study George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Ben Franklin, Amelia Earheart, Rosa Parks, Hellen Keller and many other well-known famous Americans. This course will highlight each character, and what gave them the determination to keep on even through the toughest times. The goal is to cover one person each class period. Special activities to help the children remember these men and women will round out the class.
    • Fee Breakdown:
    • Class Fee: $200
    • Facility Fee: $10
    • Deposit and/or Materials Fee: $75
    • Total (check): $285
    • Handling Fee: $13 * waived for those paying by check
    • Total (online payment): $298
  • Please direct questions about this class to the instructor, Joyce Williamson, at joycedwilliamson@gmail.com. Please direct general co-op questions to Mary Lynch at admin@tampacovenanthomeschoolers.com.

Literature with a History Twist (Grades 5-8)

 

  • Come with me and learn about two brave young people who helped change the world around them. Fourteen-year-old Johnny Tremain is the gifted apprentice of Ephraim Lapham, a silversmith, set during the Revolutionary War. It focuses on the title character who loses the ability to practice his trade in an accident and is forced to seek his fortune elsewhere. This character is taken into the middle of the Revolutionary War, and he helps his countrymen in many exciting ways.
  • Behind Rebel Lines is the true story of Emma Edmond. Emma Edmond is called upon to help President Abraham Lincoln with the Civil War as a spy. Knowing that she can not go behind Rebel lines as a woman, she hides her identity through many different characters.
  • Walk with me as we live through our character's lives and experience the two wars that changed history. Our focus will not only be on the literature themes, but we will be diving into the history of these two settings as well.
  • Class books (included in the materials fee) are Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes, American Revolutionary War, and Behind Rebel Lines, the Incredible Story of Emma Edmonds, the Civil War Spy by Seymour Reit.
    • Fee Breakdown:
    • Class Fee: $200
    • Facility Fee: $10
    • Deposit and/or Materials Fee: $75
    • Total (check): $285
    • Handling Fee: $13 * waived for those paying by check
    • Total (online payment): $298
  • Please direct questions about this class to the instructor, Joyce Williamson, at joycedwilliamson@gmail.com. Please direct general co-op questions to Mary Lynch at admin@tampacovenanthomeschoolers.com.

Marine Biology - Middle School (Grades 6-8)

  • This year we will use a combination of videos, books, hands- on projects, and web resources to explore the diverse life that exists in the many marine ecosystems on our planet. The lessons in this class will coordinate with the lessons of the 3rd-6th Science, with age appropriate work and projects. The videos are appropriate for family viewing.
  • Students should expect 3-4 hours of work outside class each week.
  • Required materials: None
    • Fee Breakdown:
    • Class: $300
    • Facility: $10
    • Deposit and/or Materials Fee: $66
    • Total (check): $376
    • Handling fee: $13 *This fee is waived for those paying by check.
    • Total (online payment): $389
  • Please direct questions about this class to the instructor, Carolyn Lang at clang002@gmail.com. Please direct general co-op questions to admin@tampacovenanthomeschoolers.com.

Marine Biology – Upper Elementary (Grades 3-6)

  • This year we will use a combination of videos, books, hands-on projects, and web resources to explore the diverse life that exists in the many marine ecosystems on our planet. The lessons in this class will coordinate with the lessons of the 6th-8th Science, with age appropriate work and projects. The videos are proper for family viewing.
  • Students should expect a maximum of 2-3 hours of work outside class each week.
  • Required materials: None
    • Fee Breakdown:
    • Class: $300
    • Facility: $10
    • Deposit and/or Materials Fee: $66
    • Total (check): $376
    • Handling fee: $13 *This fee is waived for those paying by check.
    • Total (online payment): $389
  • Please direct questions about this class to the instructor, Carolyn Lang at clang002@gmail.com. Please direct general co-op questions to admin@tampacovenanthomeschoolers.com.

Mastering Fractions, Decimals, Percents and Complex Figures

  • (Grades 5-6)
  • Fractions, decimals, percentages, and complex figures are the concepts that students must master and understand before they go into pre-algebra.
  • The beauty of homeschooling is that we do not have to be pushed by curriculum, and we can take our time to be sure we master certain mathematical facts. This course will go deeper into these concepts through games, fun activities and many reviews.
    • Fee Breakdown:
    • Class Fee: $175
    • Facility Fee: $10
    • Deposit and/or Materials Fee: $50
    • Total (check): $235
    • Handling Fee: $10 * waived for those paying by check
    • Total (online payment): $245
  • Please direct questions about this class to the instructor, Joyce Williamson, at joycedwilliamson@gmail.com. Please direct general co-op questions to Mary Lynch at admin@tampacovenanthomeschoolers.com.

Math - Middle School (Grades 6-8)

  • Through group and individual challenges, games, and projects, we will learn 1) integer, fraction, and decimal operations; 2) order of operations; 3) proportions, percentages; and 4) geometric and graphing concepts This class will use a mastery grading approach as opposed to a numeric or letter grade.
  • Students should expect 2-4 hours of work outside class each week. This work may include short videos, games, worksheets, interactive online work, and/or work from a textbook.
  • If you are unsure of your child’s proper placement, please contact me. While I have a placement test, other factors may influence the decision. I will consider older and younger students if the class is mathematically appropriate for the student.
  • Required materials: Textbook TBA (by grade), notebook, wide ruled paper, graph paper, and pencils.
    • Class: $300
    • Facility: $10
    • Deposit and/or Materials Fee: $50
    • Total (check): $360
    • Handling fee: $13 *This fee is waived for those paying by check.
    • Total (online payment): $373
  • Please direct questions about this class to the instructor, Carolyn Lang at clang002@gmail.com. Please direct general co-op questions to admin@tampacovenanthomeschoolers.com.

Math - Upper Elementary (Grades 4-6)

  • In this class, we will use both group and individual challenges, games, and projects to learn whole numbers, fractions, mixed numbers, ratios, rates, proportions, percentages, number systems, basic geometric, and graphing concepts I will use a mastery grading approach as opposed to a numeric or letter grade.
  • Students should expect 2-3 hours of work outside class each week. This work may include short videos, games, worksheets, interactive online work, and will include work from a textbook. Each grade will have an at home schedule of work.
  • If you are unsure of your child’s proper placement, please contact me. While I have a placement test, other factors may influence the decision. I will consider older and younger students if the class is mathematically appropriate for the student.
  • Required materials: Textbook TBA (by grade), notebook, wide ruled paper, graph paper, and pencils.
    • Class: $300
    • Facility: $10
    • Deposit and/or Materials Fee: $50
    • Total (check): $360
    • Handling fee: $13 *This fee is waived for those paying by check.
    • Total (online payment): $373
  • Please direct questions about this class to the instructor, Carolyn Lang at clang002@gmail.com. Please direct general co-op questions to admin@tampacovenanthomeschoolers.com.

Math Facts Mastery: Add, Subtract, Multiply, Divide

  • This year-long course will encourage the student to master the 4 basic mathematical operations. Class time will be spent reviewing math facts for rapid recall. We will do different math activities and play games to reinforce the memorization of facts.
  • Students will be expected to do fact review sheets daily at home. Expect to spend 5-10 minutes each day reviewing math facts until mastered.
    • Fee Breakdown:
    • Class: $100
    • Facility: $10
    • Deposit and/or Materials Fee: $50
    • Total (check): $160
    • Handling fee: $8 *This fee is waived for those paying by check.
    • Total (online payment): $168
  • Please direct questions about this class to the instructor, Rochel Melendez, at tchtreasurer.com. Please direct general co-op questions to admin@tampacovenanthomeschoolers.com.

Mother's Morning Out for 3 and 4 year-olds

  • This DROP-OFF class is for children who are at least 3 years-old on or before August 11, 2020.
  • 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 typical enrollment, this means each parent would volunteer 6 days over the course of the year. If there is lower enrollment, parents will have to volunteer additional days. If there is full enrollment, each parent would volunteer 3 days over the course of the year.
    • Fee breakdown:
    • Class: $500
    • Facility: $30
    • Deposit and/or Materials fee: $50
    • Total (check): $580
    • Handling fee: $18 *This fee is waived for those paying by check.
    • Total (online payment): $598
  • Materials fee includes most materials. Parents may be asked to donate items as the year progresses (paper plates or pencils, for instance).
  • If you have questions about this class, please email the teacher, Tiffany Larsen at chadandtiffanylarsen@gmail.com. If you have general co-op questions, please email admin@tampacovenanthomeschoolers.com.

Paper Folding and Origami for Engineering (Grades 4-8)

  • This class will start with the basics of paperfolding and move through a series of paper folding projects to improve fine motor skills, visual motor integration, 3D spatial manipulation, and the ability to comprehend and follow multi-step directions. Once the students have a basic proficiency, we will use paper and the engineering design process to build and improve projects.
  • Why paperfolding? While the educational benefits of paperfolding and origami have been appreciated for centuries, there have been many additional reasons for students to become proficient paper folders. Here is a video from NASA highlighting some of the new technology using origami and paperfolding: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ly3hMBD4h5E
  • Usually, this class will not require time outside class. There will be one out of class project per semester.
  • Required materials: None
    • Class: $300
    • Facility: $10
    • Deposit and/or Materials Fee: $66
    • Total (check): $376
    • Handling fee: $13 *This fee is waived for those paying by check.
    • Total (online payment): $389
  • Please direct questions about this class to the instructor, Carolyn Lang at clang002@gmail.com. Please direct general co-op questions to admin@tampacovenanthomeschoolers.com.

Pre-Algebra

  • A “flipped class” where students read the text book (Pre-Algebra: A practical step-by-step approach by Gary S. Goldman, PhD), watch video lessons, work problems several days a week, and meet weekly to with a teacher and other students to play coordinated math games or work on challenging problems, group and individual challenges, and projects. This class will use a mastery grading approach as opposed to a numeric or letter grade.
  • Students should expect 2-4 hours of work outside class each week. This work may include short videos, games, worksheets, interactive online work, and/or work from a textbook.
  • If you are unsure of your child’s proper placement, please contact me. While I have a placement test, other factors may influence the decision. I will consider older and younger students if the class is mathematically appropriate for the student.
  • Required materials: Textbook (a printed copy of https://ppstest2.com/PreAlgebraBook.pdf ), notebook, wide ruled paper, graph paper, and pencils.
    • Class: $300
    • Facility: $10
    • Deposit and/or Materials Fee: $50
    • Total (check): $360
    • Handling fee: $13 *This fee is waived for those paying by check.
    • Total (online payment): $373
  • Please direct questions about this class to the instructor, Carolyn Lang at clang002@gmail.com. Please direct general co-op questions to admin@tampacovenanthomeschoolers.com.

Python - Coding for Advanced Beginners (Grades 4-8)

  • This class will use the book Python for Kids to build a good foundation in the basics of text-based programming and will progress through a series of programming challenges.
  • Usually, assignments from this class will not require more than one hour outside class. There will be one out of class project per semester.
  • Required materials: Python for Kids: A Playful Introduction to Programming by Jason R. Briggs ISBN-13: 978-1593274078
  • Each student will need a device (a tablet or laptop) to participate in class. There are additional assignments available for students who would like to continue programming outside class.  For Python, you must work hard to find a device that will not run Python. Here is a link to a list of the platforms no longer supported: https://www.python.org/dev/peps/pep-0011/. If you have a device from this century, it will probably run Python.
  • Prerequisites: Students should be comfortable with spelling and typing and have some experience with block-based coding. The student should know the math skills adding, subtracting, multiplying, division, and order of operations. If in doubt, enroll your child in block-based coding.
    • Class: $300
    • Facility: $10
    • Deposit and/or Materials Fee: $66
    • Total (check): $376
    • Handling fee: $13 *This fee is waived for those paying by check.
    • Total (online payment): $389
  • Please direct questions about this class to the instructor, Carolyn Lang at clang002@gmail.com. Please direct general co-op questions to admin@tampacovenanthomeschoolers.com.

Spanish Culture and Conversation Year 1

  • 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.
  • Fee Breakdown:
    • Class Fee $175
    • Facility Fee $10
    • Deposit and/or Materials Fee $50
    • Total (Check): $235
    • Handling Fee: $10 *waived for those paying by check
    • Total (online payment): $245
  • If you have questions about this class, please reach out to the instructor, Susana Tucker at susitucker@gmail.com. If you have general co-op questions, please contact admin@tampacovenanthomeschoolers.com.

Spanish, Culture and Conversation II

  • For students who completed the Spanish, Culture and Conversation I course during the 2019-2020 school year.
  • Much like Spanish I, this is a conversational Spanish class with a strong emphasis on culture. We will continue with the 5 units following Spanish I. We will be learning more about telling time, “que te gusta” (what do you like), “la corrida de toros”, “la comida Latina” and get into depth more on how to carry on a conversation in Spanish. Participation in class is a requirement in order for the students to learn how to speak the language. I will also be requiring that students practice at home with their parents or do at least four weekly hours of Duolingo to keep up with the class.
    • Class: $175
    • Facility: $10
    • Deposit and/or Materials Fee: $50
    • Total (check): $235
    • Handling fee: $10 *This fee is waived for those paying by check.
    • Total (online payment): $245
  • Please direct questions about this class to the instructor, Susana Tucker, at susitucker@gmail.com. Please direct general co-op questions to admin@tampacovenanthomeschoolers.com.

STEAM Challenge - Middle School (Grades 6-8)

  • This class will encourage creative innovation, critical thinking, problem solving, teamwork, and a growth mindset through a series of group and individual hands-on learning experiences and challenges.
  • Usually, this class will not require time outside class. There will be one out of class project per semester.
  • Required materials: None
    • Class: $300
    • Facility: $10
    • Deposit and/or Materials Fee: $66
    • Total (check): $376
    • Handling fee: $13 *This fee is waived for those paying by check.
    • Total (online payment): $389
  • Please direct questions about this class to the instructor, Carolyn Lang at clang002@gmail.com. Please direct general co-op questions to admin@tampacovenanthomeschoolers.com.

STEAM Challenge - Upper Elementary (Grades 3-6)

  • This class will encourage creative innovation, critical thinking, problem solving, teamwork, and a growth mindset through a series of group and individual hands-on learning experiences and challenges.
  • Usually, this class will not require time outside class. There will be one out of class project per semester.
  • Required materials: None
    • Class: $300
    • Facility: $10
    • Deposit and/or Materials Fee: $66
    • Total (check): $376
    • Handling fee: $13 *This fee is waived for those paying by check.
    • Total (online payment): $389
  • Please direct questions about this class to the instructor, Carolyn Lang at clang002@gmail.com. Please direct general co-op questions to admin@tampacovenanthomeschoolers.com.

Story of the World, Vol. 2: The Middle Ages (Grades 4-8)

  • How did Beowulf defeat the monster Grendel? What did Martin Luther nail to the Church door? How did the daughter of a circus bear-trainer become the Empress of Rome? Why did Genghis Khan terrorize much of Asia? How did Sinbad the Sailor escape from the Valley of the Snakes? Who really discovered America?
  • Through a mix of age-appropriate factual information and narratives from the peoples of Western Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East, this course makes medieval 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) read by Jim Weiss on audiobook while completing related activity pages, which include things such as map work, word searches, crosswords, mazes, games, and related coloring pages. Afterwards, there will be a hands-on craft or activity, ranging from string block printing, clay sculpting, boat building, mask making, games, mini-plays, and much more.
  • Prerequisites: Students must be able to listen quietly when directed and follow directions for the activities/crafts.
  • Homework: None
    • Class: $270
    • Facility: $10
    • Deposit and/or Materials Fee: $55 includes student pages/binder and craft/activity materials. All supplies provided.
    • Total (check): $335
    • Handling fee: $13 *This fee is waived for those paying by check.
    • Total (online payment): $348
  • Please direct questions about this class to the instructor, Erika Greelish, at erika.greelish@gmail.com. Please direct general co-op questions to admin@tampacovenanthomeschoolers.com.

Study Skills (Grades 5-8)

  • This class focuses on developing the skills required for a student to be an organized, independent learner and on note taking and test-taking skills. This includes lessons to encourage the student to keep track of assignments, deadlines, learning material, and study time; to focus for a set time and to refocus his or her self when concentration is broken, and to use focused time wisely; and to keep track of the completed work and get it to the correct place on the correct day. I will introduce students to various note taking formats, and the students will practice taking notes from lectures, textbooks, and from outside sources. I will introduce students to various study and test taking strategies; the students will practice these strategies.
  • While there will be work outside class, the work will support work from other classes.
  • Required materials: Getting Things Done for Teens: Take Control of Your Life in a Distracting World by David Allen ISBN-13: 978-0143131939, Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity by David Allen ISBN-13: 978-0143126560, The Getting Things Done Workbook: 10 Moves to Stress-Free Productivity by David Allen ISBN-13: 978-0143133438
    • Class: $300
    • Facility: $10
    • Deposit and/or Materials Fee: $50
    • Total (check): $360
    • Handling fee: $13 *Waived for those paying by check.
    • Total (online payment): $373
  • Please direct questions about this class to the instructor, Carolyn Lang at clang002@gmail.com. Please direct general co-op questions to admin@tampacovenanthomeschoolers.com.

The Science of Writing: Inventions and Discoveries (IEW style, created by Erika Greelish)

  • Grades 4-6 (3rd graders who enjoy reading and writing can also take this class.)
  • Take a trip through time and learn about amazing discoveries and inventions in various natural science fields, all while learning useful note taking and outlining skills, grammar and stylistic techniques, and solid paragraph-writing skills. It's all the stuff you love from other writing curricula but hand-crafted to be more student and parent-friendly. And did I mention SCIENCE??!
  • Prerequisites: Students must be able to write a few sentences by hand independently and be able and willing to copy writing from the board in class. Students should be able to read proficiently, as the source texts contain domain-specific scientific vocabulary.
  • Materials required: Loose leaf paper, pencils, access to a dictionary and a thesaurus. Access to internet/computer will be necessary for some at-home assignments.
  • Homework: Students should expect to spend 2-3 hours per week on assignments, meaning that they cannot be done the night before class. Parents must assist students with time management throughout the week and help ensure assignments are completed according to given directions.
    • Class: $270
    • Facility: $10
    • Deposit and/or Materials Fee: $50
    • Total (check): $330
    • Handling fee: $13 *Waived for those paying by check.
    • Total (online payment): $343
  • Please direct questions about this class to the instructor, Erika Greelish, at erika.greelish@gmail.com. Please direct general co-op questions to admin@tampacovenanthomeschoolers.com.

Vocabulary The Fun Way (Grades 4-8)

 

  • What is Mnemonics? Mnemonics is the study and development of systems for improving and assisting the memory. This is an exciting way to not only memorize vocabulary, but this method when learned, can follow your child all the way through college. In this course, the students will remember words and definitions by associating what they are trying to remember with something they already know.
  • Rhymes and poems also serve as mnemonics. Remember this? “Columbus sailed the ocean blue in fourteen hundred ninety two.” We never forgot that date! How about the word ALOOF? If you are having trouble with the definition, you find a word that rhymes with ALOOF? How about ROOF? Ask yourself what is on the roof? You might answer the cat is on the roof. Now, try to make a mental picture. It might look like this:
  • "The cat was so aloof, when guests came she hid on the roof." Aloof means not friendly or forthcoming cool and distant.
  • These words were chosen because they are used in National Achievement Tests as well as the ACT and SAT.
  • I’m excited about being creative with your children as we learn about words and their meanings.
  • We will use the texts Vocabulary Cartoon Of The Day and Vocabulary Cartoons, Third edition, which are included in your materials fee.
  • Fee Breakdown:
    • Class Fee: $150
    • Facility Fee: $10
    • Deposit and/or Materials Fee: $50
    • Total (check): $210
    • Handling Fee: $7 * waived for those paying by check
    • Total (online payment): $217
  • Please direct questions about this class to the instructor, Joyce Williamson, at joycedwilliamson@gmail.com. Please direct general co-op questions to Mary Lynch at admin@tampacovenanthomeschoolers.com.

2020-2021 Class descriptions will be posted on this page in the first week of March.