Elementary Course Descriptions

2019-2020 School Year

NOTE:  Elementary courses cover Science or Social Studies (read course description); they do not cover Mathematics or Language Arts.

Grade Kindergarten: Expanding Our Horizons - "GO"

Teacher: Beth Whitmarsh

Rainbows and reptiles and robots, oh my! There are so many amazing things in the world around us and even more amazing people to share those things with! So let's get to know each other! Together we'll explore God's world and our role in it through fun and exciting hands-on activities that promote communication, cooperation, mutual respect, empathy, self-discipline, problem solving and age appropriate academic skills. Run, jump or skip to join us! I can't wait to meet you!

 

Grade 1st:  Animals in God's Creation - "GO"

Teacher:  Amy Boogher

Did you know that Polar Bears actually have black skin? Grab your binoculars and come explore God's incredible creation with us! We will become little scientists as we investigate all different types of animals. We will learn about their habitats, life cycles, needs, and adaptions.  Be sure to bring your curiosity and questions along for the extraordinary experiments and amazing adventures that lie ahead!

Activity Fee: Your child's teacher will send a classroom welcome letter and will include information about the materials fee.

 

 

 

 

Grade 2nd:  Time Travelers- "GO"

Teacher:  Katie Dillard 

Climb aboard the time machine as we go back about 6,000 years and discover how planets and our bodies were formed, how dinosaurs roamed the earth, and how weather affects our lives today. These are just a few of the many scientific wonders that we will cover in our explorations. So be sure to set your time dial for KDO and tune in for our big adventures in September. See you there my little time travelers! 

Activity Fee:  The activity fee for 2nd grade is $35.00. Your child's teacher will send a classroom welcome letter and will include how and when these fees will be collected. 

Grades 3rd & 4th:  Cantering across America - "GO"

Teachers:    Laura Page and Donielle Mann 

Come join us in 3rd and 4th grade as we Canter our Country!  We will be exploring the United States through geography, science, history, language arts, and character building disciplines.  By the end of our year, your child will have a deeper understanding and appreciation of this great nation that God has blessed!   We'll be creating a U.S. notebook full of wonderful information and fun memories.  So saddle up your horses and put your feet into the stirrups 'cause here we go across the country!

Activity Fee:  The activity fee for 3rd/4th grade is $35.00. Your child's teacher will send a classroom welcome letter and will include how and when these fees will be collected. 

Grades 5th & 6th: Vikings, Samurai & Crusaders: Highlights in History from the Resurrection of Christ to the Reformation "GO"

Teachers:  Erin Pearce and Jamie Menges

Come join the 5th and 6th grade class as we travel through exciting adventures in the Mystery of History Volume II covering the resurrection of Christ to the Reformation. We'll pick up at the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, then expand on the fall of the Roman Empire and the Dark Ages that followed. We'll dress in costumes and delve into the chivalry of knights and damsels, kings and queens, and the peasants who faithfully served them. Visit Vikings and villains; castles and crusades through this fascinating hands-on study which centers on history and branches out to include art, science, Bible, literature, geography, drama, music, architecture, and creative writing. It's designed to engage students of all learning styles. Students will learn through creating, designing, discussing, debating, role-playing, reenacting, illustrating, researching, reporting, and much more. Come discover with us this year!

At-home work is provided in the 5th/6th class. The assignments are leveled and scalable, with the intention of providing you the ideal amount of support you desire for your educational objectives. Some at-home reading (or listening to the audio version) from our class text is built into the expectations for the class. The elementary KDO teachers do not assign grades for the work completed and the parent maintains the level of involvement in the learning process they see fit. KDO is designed to be a service to your homeschooling journey. Parents may choose one of two “levels” that best suit their student and is scaleable at the parent’s discretion. The Foundation option for your student accomplishing 30 min. /wk of preparation for class to provide a basis for steady in-class dialog and momentum. The Grow option for your student accomplishing 2-3 hrs. /wk of preparation for class to provide a fuller history experience, meeting many history objectives. The student should need only limited parental involvement in their weekly assignments.

Activity Fee: Your child's teacher will send a classroom welcome letter and will include information about the materials fee.

 

Text requirements:

Mystery of History, Volume 2 Second Edition, Paperback  ISBN: 1892427060

OR Audio CD's (Great for the auditory learner) ISBN: 0615392261

For those with 2 students in this class, ONLY ONE TEXT or CD set PER FAMILY REQUIRED

Last name A-L, please purchase: Rand McNally Historical Atlas of the World ISBN-10: 0528004913

Last name M-Z, please purchase: The Student Bible Atlas by Tim Dowley ISBN-10: 0806620382

For families with 2 students in this class, PLEASE PURCHASE ONE OF EACH.

5th Period: Elementary Science I (Grades 5-7): An Introduction to Chemistry and Physics (Full Year) 

Introduce your children to the fascinating world of chemistry and physics! They’ll begin by exploring the basic building blocks of creation, atoms and molecules, and then journey through simple chemicals, the laws of motion, and energy in its many forms, before discovering concepts of electricity and magnetism. All the while, God will be glorified as the Master Designer of all that they’re discovering about the world and how it works. This exciting course will help give your students a confidence in science that will carry them through the school years and beyond.  Students should expect to spend 60-90 min/week reading the text and completing assignments in preparation for class.  Quizzes will be given to assess the student’s level of learning and progress, but a number grade will not be assigned to each student, in conjunction with all other elementary classes at KDO. 

Instructor:  Christa Miller;  $7.00/wk 

Text Requirements

Young Explorer Series Exploring Creation with Chemistry and Physics ISBN 978-1-935495-98-7

Young Explorer Series Chemistry and Physics Notebooking Journal  ISBN 978-1-940110-05-9

--Material Fee:  $10 per student; paid directly to the teacher at the beginning of the semester

 

IMPORTANT: Is your child ready to be enrolled at KDO?  Click the Requirements for Enrollment page to find out.

IMPORTANT: Is your child ready to be enrolled at KDO?  Click the Requirements for Enrollment page to find out.