2019-2020 Class Information
Adventurers (ages 3 - 4 years)
We know that it is the younger siblings who are listening to what big brother or big sister are learning at home. For this reason, we provide just the right amount of structure for those eager learners while at ROCK. Short stories and activities keep their minds stimulated, while still allowing plenty of time to play and explore and develop social skills. These young Explorers will also have time for large motor development and music class.
Voyagers (ages 5 - 6 years)
This class is structured for children 5 years to 6 years old. Children at this age are curious about the world around them and are excited to learn and "do school". This class is just for them! Using literature as a springboard, a morning in this program provides opportunities for children to learn about people and events in history, fascinating creations of God, and Godly character. Similar in structure to a traditional PreK or Kindergarten program, children at ROCK Academy start the morning with Group Time where they learn calendar skills, talk about weather, learn and review memory pegs, and read a story. During the Explore & Play portion of the morning, children will explore learning stations that will focus on science, pre-reading, pre-math, fine motor, imaginative play and more! Later in the morning, the students will participate in a Phy. Ed. class, and experience Fine Arts with weekly alternating music and art.
A morning at ROCK Academy will keep curious kids busy while whetting their interest in “school”.
Navigators (1st & 2nd Grade)
Children at this stage are just beginning their education journey - and at ROCK we want to help flame the fire of learning! We know that at home, you are focusing on teaching your student the basics: Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic, so we give children at this age a taste of some of the other things: like science, art, music, structured Phys. Ed, and other traditional classroom experiences.
Focusing on the Grammar Stage of learning, children are exposed to a broad range of subjects and knowledge while learning memory pegs within the context of that topic/subject. During Group Time, the tutor reads historical literature to help captivate their imagination for the time period being studied. Science is examined up close as children use observation skills and create a nature study notebook in class and at home. At ROCK Academy, 1st and 2nd Grade students experience Science as part of our STEM program. (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. See description in the "Scholar" section below.) Oral presentations are given in a show-and-tell format or on Living Literature Day when they tell classmates about a favorite book they are reading, and children will explore the Fine Arts through fun and hands-on methods in art, music, and drama. And don’t forget time to run, play, and move their bodies! In this beginner gym class, children will learn basic group games and also have time just to run, jump, and throw!
Scholars (3rd-4th Grade)
The Scholar's classes begin with a gentle academic format. Subjects taught each morning are History, Language Arts, and Science. A Fine Arts component with an alternating, every-other-week Music and Art classes are also included as part of the morning schedule. Memory Pegs are introduced within context of each subject, and students are encouraged to work on memorization at home.
Language Arts class includes literature, writing, and light grammar. (For families seeking more grammar at home, we recommend Daily Grams.) Students will learn reading comprehension, recognize point of view, identify main idea, conflict, how to write a summary, identify the Five W's of a narrative, and so much more! Students will also have opportunities to read essays and amplified paragraphs they write to the class.
The Social Studies strand includes History and Geography. For 2019-2020, our focus will be World History through Geography. Grab your passport and tie up your hiking shoes and join us as we travel around the world learning about the history and culture of each continent. Students will read, explore, research, and maybe even experience people from all over the globe. As we trek around the world, we will also learn about the habitats and animals living in each of the various biomes - which ties in beautifully with Science!
Science The class format for Science in Grades 1-4 uses STEM Stations. If you are unfamiliar with STEM, it stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. During the class time, students will participate in teacher-lead, hands-on science labs related to our area of study, which for 2019-2020 is Enviromental Science. Carefully chosen iPad/laptop apps and games will be used at the Technology Station. Legos, K’Nex, Erector, Wedgits, and other manipulative toys will be in the Engineering Station with specific instructions on what to build. And the Math station will use various means to drive home common basic math concepts appropriate for each age. All of this creates a fun and educational environment for learning Science!
Intermediate (5th-6th Grade) and Middle School (7th-8th Grade)
These classes offers three 60-minute classes: History, Language Arts, and Science. Memory Pegs are introduced within context of each subject, and students are encouraged to work on memorization at home. The Intermediate and Middle School classes are similar in structure and content, however Middle School classes are a bit more challenging and have a higher accountability level than the Intermediate classes.
Language Arts class includes literature, writing, and light grammar. (For families seeking more grammar at home, we recommend Daily Grams.) In this course, students will learn to outline, to support a thesis statement, refute and confirm parts of stories, conclude an essay, understand comparison and contrast, write a four-to-six paragraph essay, and much more. Students will also have opportunities to develop elocution skills through oral recitations.
The Social Studies strand includes History and Geography with an emphasis for 2019-2020 on World History through Geography. Students will be given reading assignments, and mapping related to readings. In class, student will report their findings to the class related to the assignment or projects given as homework. Research paper skills learned in Language Arts will be applied to history reports, and occasional fishbowl discussions will begin to form and sharpen middle-school students' minds during this Logic stage.
Science for 2019-2020 ties in beautifully with our geography study as we focus on Environmental Science. Class will primarily consist of observing, exploring, an introduction to the Scientific Method, and keeping a lab notebook. Students will participate in many hands-on experiments each week during lab time as well as some labwork to do at home.
High School (9th Grade and UP)
This class offers three 60-minute classes: History, Language Arts, and Science. High schoolers are given the challenge to participate in the memory program if they have not already memorized key History, Science, and Grammar memory pegs.
Language Arts class includes literature, writing, and light grammar. In this course, students will learn to write a research paper, including notecards, outline, integrating sources, and citing sources, annotate texts, develop public speaking skills, understand autobiography and biography, as well as developing their use of analogies, similes, metaphors, and more.
The Social Studies strand for 2019-2020 is World History, as we take a geographical approach to learning world history. Students will be given reading assignments, and mapping related to readings. Student will also engage in classroom discussions.
Science for 2019-2020 ties in beautifully with our geography study as we focus on Environmental Science. High School students will spend equivalent to one semester studying Environmental Science and one semester in CLEP prep enabling those students who wish to take the CLEP test at the end of the year may do so.
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Infants & Toddlers
Child Care is a service for parents with Infants to age 3-years who have children in other Exploratory and Academic classes. For about $10 per week, your child will be well cared for in a safe environment by loving individuals while you have the opportunity to sit in on your older children's classes, be a classroom helper, and connect with other homeschool moms.