Younique East 

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Younique East Homeschool Co-Op

  Class Descriptions and Costs, 2014 -2015


 

 All class costs are for the entire year and include all needed resources unless otherwise noted.

 

Younger siblings will be offered hands-on educational activities and art/crafts with free and active play times.

Cost: $10

 

In addition to the following classes students will have a social period known as Coffee Club where the students decide on projects, games, etc.

 

 

Elementary Classes (K-2)

Language Arts

We will be using Step-by-Step Writing Lessons for K- 1 which uses picture books to encourage emerging writing skills.  We will also be using the books for discussion to strengthen reading comprehension.  We will also use Grammar Tales to introduce students to basic grammar skills.


Cost: $5  (no books required but a journal is recommended)

 

Ancient History

We will be using Volume 1 of Story of the World to introduce children to ancient history.

Cost $15


Beginning Science

This course is loosely based on Elemental Science’s Program

Biology- animals, human body, plants

Following a classical model, we will be reading small age appropriate snippets of information and doing experiments in class.  There will be very simple record sheets (mostly coloring) for students to learn to fill out with  each experiment. These sheets are designed to encourage better observation and help form good lab habits. 

We cover a broad range of science topics as we work on following instructions step by step, measuring, using descriptive vocabulary, making and testing hypothesis, and cleaning up after ourselves.

There will be a book list and suggestions for those who would like to expand on the program by working at home throughout the week.

Cost: $50 for materials

 Optional book list will be available soon.

 

Math Enrichment

Hands-on activities and games to practice basic math skills.

Cost: $10

 

Reading/Phonics

Phonics and beginning reading skills incorporating the Sing, Spell, Read, and Write program.

Cost:  will be determined by number of students

 

Art

This class will focus on the foundations of art including, line, color, form, etc. while geared toward the younger student. We will also be covering the basic skills needed for the younger student, including following directions, and scissors skills. This class will explore a variety of media, including - but not limited to paint, drawing media, and clay. K-3rd grade

Cost- $30

 

Drama

 As the students learn to express themselves dramatically, we will be working on an end of the year performance.  We will also be working on costumes, sets, etc.

Cost: $70/semester

 

 Intermediate Classes  (3rd-6th)

 

Language Arts

Students will explore award winning historical fiction to compliment their study of early American history.  Students will write creatively on various topics in a two-week-cycle, with a rough draft due on Week 1 and a finalized, edited draft due the following week.  Using gradually more difficult writing checklists, students'  focus will be on applying grammatical concepts, developing and organizing complete thoughts, vocabulary development, and improving individual writing style.  We will study a unit on poetry, with an emphasis on American poets.  To round out the program, students will have weekly assignments in Latin and Greek roots, vocabulary and grammar.

 

Cost: $15

 Required Resources

 English From the Roots Up cards, Vol. II

 Price, $13.95 (Rainbow Resource); one per family

Easy Grammar Grade 5 Workbook, $10.95

 

Literature Books

The following are a few of the titles we may read during this school year.  Titles marked with * are definitely going to be used.  I will have a final required book list available in early July.  This list is by no means complete, and is subject to change until the final draft is available.

 

*The Sign of the Beaver

 By Elizabeth George Speare

 Left alone for months to guard his family's wilderness home in eighteenth-century Maine, Matt doubts that he can survive until a resourceful Indian boy befriends him and teaches him how to live in the forest.

 

*The Witch of Blackbird Pond

 By Elizabeth George Speare

 When sixteen-year-old Kit Tyler tries to aid a woman accused of witchcraft in colonial New England, she herself is brought to trial as a suspect. Kit's young friend, Prudence, whom she has taught to read, and Nat, a sailor who has fallen in love with Kit, come to her defense.

 

*Johnny Tremain

 By Esther Forbes

 After a burn severely cripples his right hand, Tremain becomes a courier for the Committee of Public Safety and a hero in the early days of the American Revolution. The excitement he experiences includes the Boston Tea Party and the Battle of Lexington.

*Justin Morgan Had a Horse

 By Marguerite Henry

 A hardy little Vermont work horse becomes the sire of the famous breed of Morgan horses and is ridden by President James Monroe.

The Secret of the Sealed Room

 By Bailey MacDonald

Boston, 1721. Fourteen-year-old Patience Martin, an indentured servant, faces a dilemma when her mistress suddenly dies. Rather than be sold to a stranger, Patience runs away and turns to young Ben Franklin for help when she is accused of murdering her mistress and stealing her money.

*Pedro’s Journal

 By Pam Conrad

 Because he has been taught to read and write, Pedro de Salcedo has been selected to sail with Christopher Columbus on his first voyage to America. During the trip Pedro keeps a journal of what happens and what he sees as the ship crosses the Atlantic. Pedro recalls leaving his mother for the first time, the first sighting of land, and how he sank the Santa Maria.

*Amos Fortune, Free Man

 By Elizabeth Yates

Born an African prince, Amos Fortune is captured by slave traders when he is fifteen. He is sold in Boston, where he learns the tanner's trade. At age sixty, Fortune is able to purchase his freedom, and he begins to save money for the freedom of other slaves.

The Fighting Ground

 By Avi

 Early on April 3, 1778, thirteen-year-old Jonathan slips away from his New Jersey farm to answer a call to arms. That same afternoon, he loads a gun to fire on enemy Hessian mercenaries. Instead he becomes their prisoner and learns war's harsh lessons.

 

Ben And Me

 By Robert Lawsen

 In 1745 Amos, a church mouse, leaves his home to find a better place to live. He ends up with Benjamin Franklin and becomes his confidant and traveling companion. When Franklin dies, many writers extol his achievements, but Amos decides to set the record straight with his own accounts.

  

Math Enrichment

We will be doing circuit training and assessments, real world applications, etc.   We will all use our own curriculum at home.

 

Cost: $10

 

US History

 Using the All American History curriculum, we will begin a two year study of American History.  The first year is a comprehensive study that will begin with the first explorers of North American and the United States and conclude just before the beginning of the Civil War.  Students will be expected to complete weekly course assignments including workbook pages, maps and timeline notebooking pages.  They will also be participating and complete four projects throughout the year.  We will also include work on the States and their capitols.  Tests will be given at the end of each unit to provide feedback on how the students are doing in the course.  We will also be attending several field trips throughout the year.  The field trips will be held on non-class days and will not be mandatory for class. 

The cost of the class is $15.00 to cover incidentals needed for the class.

Each student will need a workbook.  The cost of the workbook is $12.00 if ordered in bulk from the publisher.  We will be placing a bulk order before the beginning of the school year  for those who want to take advantage of this reduced rate.

Each family will be required to have a textbook.  The cost of the textbook is $45.00 unless we order as a group.  The cost drops to $32.00 if we order six or more books.  Depending on the number of books needed, we may be placing an order with the publisher for textbooks at the reduced rate.  This book can also be found used.  The ISDN numbers are ISBN-10: 1892427125: ISBN-13: 978-1892427120

 

Science

  Forensic Science – all lab work and no homework. Graphic novels to go with the curriculum, real crimes to study through history, critical thinking

Cost: $60

 

 Art-Sculpture

 This class will focus on 3 dimensional art. We will explore various techniques, artists, and art movements. We will also explore a variety of media, including wood, clay, plaster, recycled items, and wire. Second Semester will also incorporate set design. Students will learn terminology associated with sculpture. Students will also be required to prepare a report every nine weeks on an artist or movement. 3-6th grade

Cost- $40

 

Drama

 As the students learn to express themselves dramatically, we will be working on an end of the year performance.  The children will learn that a play is more than just acting.  We will be making costumes, sets, etc.

Cost: $70/semester

 

Middle/High School

 

 

 

 Language Arts

Students will explore award winning historical fiction to compliment their study of early American history.  Students will write creatively on various topics in a two week cycle, with a rough draft on Week 1 and a finalized, edited draft due the following week.  Focus will be on advanced application of grammatical concepts and vocabulary, developing and organizing content, and mastering individual writing style using various literary concepts.  We will study a unit on poetry, with an emphasis on American poets, during which students will assemble a poetry anthology.  Students will complete a unit on writing a formal research paper, complete with notes, outline, bibliography, thesis, etc.  To round out the program, students will study vocabulary and grammar.  Vocabulary emphasis will be placed on common words used on the SAT and other standardized tests, and grammar reviews will build knowledge of the eight parts of speech and punctuation.

 

Cost: $10

Resource Needed:

 Easy Grammar Ultimate Series Grade 8 Student Workbook

 ISBN: 9780936981628

 Author: Dr. Wanda C. Phillips

 Price: $10.45, (Rainbow Resource)

 I may require a research paper resource; this will be decided and announced by early July.

 Literature Books

 The following are a few of the titles we may read during this school year.  Titles marked with * are definitely going to be used.  I will have a final required book list available in early July.  This list is by no means complete, and is subject to change until the final draft is available.

 *The Witch of Blackbird Pond

 By Elizabeth George Speare

 When sixteen-year-old Kit Tyler tries to aid a woman accused of witchcraft in colonial New England, she herself is brought to trial as a suspect. Kit's young friend, Prudence, whom she has taught to read, and Nat, a sailor who has fallen in love with Kit, come to her defense.

 

*Johnny Tremain

 By Esther Forbes

 After a burn severely cripples his right hand, Tremain becomes a courier for the Committee of Public Safety and a hero in the early days of the American Revolution. The excitement he experiences includes the Boston Tea Party and the Battle of Lexington.

*Justin Morgan Had a Horse

 By Marguerite Henry

 A hardy little Vermont work horse becomes the sire of the famous breed of Morgan horses and is ridden by President James Monroe.

*The Fighting Ground

 By Avi

 Early on April 3, 1778, thirteen-year-old Jonathan slips away from his New Jersey farm to answer a call to arms. That same afternoon, he loads a gun to fire on enemy Hessian mercenaries. Instead he becomes their prisoner and learns war's harsh lessons.

Ben And Me

 By Robert Lawsen

 In 1745 Amos, a church mouse, leaves his home to find a better place to live. He ends up with Benjamin Franklin and becomes his confidant and traveling companion. When Franklin dies, many writers extol his achievements, but Amos decides to set the record straight with his own accounts.

 

Title: Constance: A Story of Early Plymouth 256 pages. Grades 6+. Plymouth, Massachusetts. 1620's. 

 This novel gives us an imaginary journal kept by Constance Hopkins from the time she sails on the Mayflower until her wedding five years later. Although a work of fiction, the book sticks quite closely to the facts and gives us a personal look at the day to day life in Plymouth.

 

*Author: Durrant, Lynda.

 Title: The Beaded Moccasins: The Story of Mary Campbell

 Title My Brother Sam is Dead  (1974)

 Tim Meeker is divided in his loyalty when his brother Sam joins to fight for the Americans during the Revolution, while his family tries to stay neutral in a Tory town.  

 

Title: Saratoga Secret

 In 1777, as General Burgoyne and his British troops invade the Upper Hudson River Valley, sixteen-year-old Amity must carry a secret message to the Continental army to give warning of an impending attack.

 

Title: Fever , 1793  (2000)

 In 1793 Philadelphia, sixteen-year-old Matilda Cook, separated from her sick mother, learns about perseverance and self-reliance when she is forced to cope with the horrors of a yellow fever epidemic.  

 

Author: Hansen, Joyce

 Title: The Captive  (1994)

 When Kofi's father, an Ashanti chief, is killed, Kofi is sold as a slave and ends up in Massachusetts, where his fate is in the hands of Paul Cuffe, an African-American shipbuilder who works to return slaves to their homeland in Africa.  

 
  

US History

 Using the All American History curriculum, we will begin a two year study of American History. The first year is a comprehensive study that will begin with the first explorers of North American and the United States and conclude just before the beginning of the Civil War. Students will be expected to complete weekly course assignments including workbook pages, maps and timeline notebooking pages. They will also be participating and complete four projects throughout the year. We will also include work on the States and their capitols. Tests will be given at the end of each unit to provide feedback on how the students are doing in the course. We will also be attending several field trips throughout the year. The field trips will be held on non-class days and will not be mandatory for class.

The cost of the class is $15.00 to cover incidentals needed for the class.

Each student will need a workbook. The cost of the workbook is $12.00 if ordered in bulk from the publisher. We will be placing a bulk order before the beginning of the school year for those who want to take advantage of this reduced rate.

Each family will be required to have a textbook. The cost of the textbook is $45.00 unless we order as a group. The cost drops to $32.00 if we order six or more books. Depending on the number of books needed, we may be placing an order with the publisher for textbooks at the reduced rate. This book can also be found used. The ISDN numbers are ISBN-10:1892427125: ISBN-13: 978-1892427120

 

 

 Math Enrichment

 

We will be doing circuit training and assessments, real world applications, breaking apart for pre-algebra and up.   We will all use our own curriculum at home.

Cost: $10

 

Science

Forensic Science – all lab work and no homework. Graphic novels to go with the curriculum, real crimes to study through history, critical thinking

Cost: $60

 

Art-Sculpture

This class will focus on 3 dimensional art. We will explore various techniques, artists, and art movements. We will also explore a variety of media, including wood, clay, plaster, recycled items, and wire. Second semester will also incorporate set design. Students will learn terminology associated with sculpture. Students will also be required to prepare a report every nine weeks on an artist or movement. 6th grade up

Cost- $40


 

Drama

As the students learn to express themselves dramatically, we will be working on an end of the year performance.    The children will learn that a play is more than just acting. We will be making costumes, sets, etc.

Cost: $70/semester