2017/2018  Course Descriptions

Performing Arts

Homeschool Connections has been given the opportunity to offer your students of many ages a very special and interactive performing arts class. This is your child’s opportunity to engage in active learning with the incorporation of acting, singing and dancing.  Your students will have a blast working together on a “101 Dalmatians” inspired performance.  Each class will consist of a vocal and body warm up, basic theater and stage terminology, dance choreography, singing and acting.  

**Although this will be a fun class, this class is meant to prepare students for the stage.  In order to put together this production, students will need to come prepared, be attentive and focused, and work hard. All students will be required to participate in the final showcase at our end of the school year Open House and Talent Show. Please note that because we will only be meeting once a week, attendance is VERY IMPORTANT.**

Tuition Fee:  $190/semester and $100 for siblings 

Current student Discount fee(applies to students who are enrolled in the fall classes) : $175/semester and $100 for siblings

Instructor:  Nadia Castaneda

Grades: 4 yrs - 13 yrs (due to the demand of this show Mrs. Castaneda will evaluate 4 & 5 year olds)

Schedule: Tuesdays, 12:00PM-2:00PM

(Maximum 25 students)

Preschool

Preschool: This age group is so full of wonder, and Connections looks forward to nurturing these little ones' natural desire to learn. Through the one morning per week, Mrs. Ebiner will foster their self-image as well as their relationship with Jesus and with each other. She will incorporate science, art, music, literature, and character education along with an introduction to number and letter concepts.

Tuition: $200 (9:00-12:00) or $175 (10:00-12:00)/semester

Instructor: Allison mcleod

Grades: 4-5 year olds (must be 4 years olD by OcT 1, 2017)

Schedule: Tuesdays, 9:00am-12:00pm

requirements: * Parents are required to volunteer helping in class at least two days per semester  

                                                  * Parents are required to provide snacks for the class for at least one day per semester

(maximum of 12 students)

Kinder-1st Grades

Science 1: Students will gain a thorough Christian introduction to the study of living things. Conversational, accessible lessons will have kids eagerly waiting to hear more about the wondrous world that surrounds them. Lessons focus on biological classification, plant life, bird structure, and types of mammals in the wild. Individual lessons include a "Teaching Time" section and a "Hands-On Time" section. Students will enjoy learning about the wondrous world God created for them. 

Tuition: $150.00/semester

Instructor: dIANA oCEGUERA

Grades: k-1st (MUST BE 5 YEARS OLD BY OCT. 1, 2017)

MORNING SCHEDULE: Tuesdays, 9:00am-10:00am 

requirements: Parents are required to volunteer helping in class at least one day per semester  

(Maximum 14 students)

BUILDING BLOCKS 1:  Students are lead through a variety of age-appropriate activities during this two-hour block.  The curriculum used for this class includes Language Arts and is usually combined with arts and crafts. Students will also begin to learn the fundamentals of Institute of Excellence in Writing (IEW) and explore the early stages of writing as well as explore some historical figures and events of ancient history.  The students will also participate in math, character building activities, and Bible. 

TUITION: $190/SEMESTER

INSTRUCTOR: diana oceguera

GRADES: k-1st (must be 5 years old by oct. 1, 2017)

MORNING SCHEDULE: Tuesdays, 10:00am-12:00Pm

requirements: Parents are required to volunteer helping in class at least one day per semester  

(maximum 14 students)

Science 2: Students will build on last semester and  discover God's world by focusing on the life sciences. A study of plants will include their structure, reproduction, and types, as well as the study of the habitat and behavior of animals. Students will use a variety of materials including videos and online learning materials. Experiments and nature observations will enhance their learning and understanding. Students will have the opportunity to present their experimental findings to an audience.

 

Tuition: $150.00/semester

Instructor: Yanira Aguero

Grades: 2nd-3rd (MUST BE 7 YEARS OLD BY OCT. 1 2017)

mORNING Schedule: Tuesdays, 9:00am-10:00am

(maximum 18 students)

Required text: Nature journal

2nd-3rd Grades

BUILDING BLOCKS 2: In this two-hour class, students will continue to study a variety of subjects with an emphasis on ancient history and writing.  Mrs. Aguero will build upon fall semester and use fun activities to engage the students while developing them academically.  The class will be using grade-appropriate literature to dive into their history lessons and the Language arts using the methods of IEW (Institute of Excellence in Writing). Along with history and writing, students will read great literature, dig into God's Word, develop some math practices, and get creative with fabulous art activities. This class is a fun way to prepare them for the upper grades ahead of them. 

 

TUITION: $190/SEMESTER

INSTRUCTOR: yanira aguero

GRADES: 2nd-3rd (MUST BE 7 YEARS OLD BY OCTOBER 1, 2017)

mORNING SCHEDULE: TUESDAYS, 10:00AM-12:00PM

(Maximum 18 students)

Required TExts: Ancient Egypt and her Neighbors, Visits to Africa, & Institute for excellence in writing-Student Writing Intensive Level A.

4th-6th Grades

Science 3: Students are able to explore the living world around them by studying Life Science.  This class will take your children on a journey to discover grasslands and forests, aquatic and extreme ecosystems, animal behaviors, and even valuable lessons on conservation. At the end, sum up everything studied with exciting hands-on final projects.

 

In Science 3 students practice and hone their skills at classifying, categorizing, observation, and record keeping, all while playing games, participating in hands-on activities, and experiments.  Students will keep a notebook of vocabulary words, observations, and enjoy many hands-on projects and experiments throughout the course. This is a complete science course and students are given reading assignments and activities to be completed at home during the week.  

 

Tuition: $150.00/semester
Instructor: Kelly Hart
Grades: 4th-6th
(MUST BE 9 YEARS OLD BY OCTOBER 1, 2017)
mORNING Schedule: Tuesdays, 9:00am-10:00Am

Required text: Properties of Ecosystems (4th Edition): God's Design for Chemistry and Ecology

(Maximum 24 students)

BUILDING BLOCKS 3: In this class, students will continue to cover the subjects of history, geography, writing, literature, poetry, Bible, math, and art.  This year, students will focus on the study of ancient history. History is HIS story and students will learn how Christianity had an impact upon the life and development of the ancient civilizations. As we study the geography, discovery, landmarks, and changes of the world in ancient times, students will develop their writing skills, make maps, collect information, and develop a history notebook with various writing assignments. Students will build upon the fall semester and develop their writing skills with the methods and strategies of Institute of Excellence in Writing (IEW). This is a complete History and Writing course.  Students are given reading assignments and activities to be completed at home during the week.

 

TUITION: $190/SEMESTER + small materials fee

INSTRUCTOR: KELLY HART

GRADES: 4TH-6TH (MUST BE 9 YEARS OLD BY OCTOBER 1, 2017)

MORNING SCHEDULE: TUESDAYS, 10:00AM-12:00PM

REQUIRED TEXT: Vol. 1: The Ancient Times, Story of the World (text only)

                                   IEW: Ancient History-Based Writing Lessons Student Book

(Maximum 24 students)

Junior High 

Life SCIENCE: The Life Science standards emphasize a more complex understanding of change, cycles, patterns, and relationships in the living world. Students build on basic principles related to these concepts by exploring the cellular organization and the classification of organisms; the dynamic relationships among organisms, populations, communities, and ecosystems; and change as a result of the transmission of genetic information from generation to generation. Students will use observation, experimentation, models, evidence, and systematic processes based on logical thinking in their work.

This is a complete course that is continued from the fall semester.  Reading and assignments will be given to complete at home throughout the week in order to progress in class each Tuesday.

 

Tuition: $170/SEMESTER + Lab and materials fee

INSTRUCTOR: michelle correia

GRADES: 7TH-9TH (MUST BE 12 YEARS OLD BY OCTOBER 1, 2017)

SCHEDULE: TUESDAYS, 9:00-10:30AM

REQUIRED TEXT: The World of Plants (4th Edition): God's Design for Science Curriculum

Junior High world history and Writing: This is the second semester of a complete History and Writing course.  Reading and assignments will be given to complete at home throughout the week in order to progress in class each Tuesday.

Writing: Using the methods of Institute of Excellence in Writing (IEW), students will combine history and literature to produce a portfolio that shows the progression of history while showcasing their writing.

 

World History (Middle Ages- Modern Era) : Students will use a text supplemented by outside viewing and reading to gain the “big picture” of the people and events that shaped the modern world.

 

Grading will be based on accumulated point totals which may be earned through reading, viewing, writing, testing and quizzes. 

 

Scrapbook: Students will create a History and/or Literature scrapbook (portfolio), which should include all of the class handouts, drawings, maps, reports, scoring sheets, etc.  This becomes the portfolio that constitutes the basis of their grade.

 

TUITION: $170/SEMESTER

INSTRUCTOR: michelle correia

GRADES: 7TH-9TH GRADEs* (MUST BE 12 YEARS OLD BY OCTOBER 1, 2017)

*The class accommodates and modifies for multiple grade levels

schedule: Tuesdays, 10:30am-12:00PM

REQUIRED TEXT: IEW: Medieval History Student Book

                                      IEW: Fix It Grammar Robin Hood

                                      Memoria Press: The Book of the Middle Ages (Text Only)

High School

High School world history and High school English:

This is the second semester of a complete History and English course that high school students may take for credit that meets the A-G Requirements.  Reading and assignments will be given to complete at home throughout the week in order to progress in class each Tuesday. FULL PARTICIPATION IS NECESSARY IN ORDER TO RECEIVE CREDIT.

 

World History:The focus of this course is the study of the historical development of people, places, and patterns of life from the Middle Ages through the Modern Era. Students will use skills of historical and geographical analysis to explore the history of the world. This course will provide a general introduction to several of the most prominent civilizations from across the globe, introducing the student to the most salient features of each and examining its major influences on those who came later on. Historical literature and other reading passages will be intertwined with the Language Arts portion of this course.

 

Writing: Institute for Excellence in Writing (IEW) lays a solid foundation of writing skills. Over the course of the year, students will learn how to effectively use a wide range of structural models and stylistic techniques in their compositions, as they write on a variety of enjoyable fiction and non-fiction topics, as well as the history content from the ancient history portion of this course.

Grading: will be based on accumulated point totals which may be earned through reading, viewing, writing, testing and quizzes. 

 

Scrapbook: Students will create a History and Writing scrapbook (portfolio), which should include all of the class handouts, drawings, maps, reports, scoring sheets, etc.  This becomes the portfolio that constitutes the basis of their grade per subject. The requirement is greater if a student is wishing to earn credits for a History AND an English course.

TUITION: $200/SEMESTER

INSTRUCTOR: christine goodwin

GRADES: 9TH-12TH GRADEs* (MUST BE 14 YEARS OLD BY OCTOBER 1, 2017)

*The class accommodates and modifies for multiple grade levels

schedule: Tuesdays, 9:00-10:30AM

REQUIRED TEXT: Following Narnia IEW Volume 2

                                      The Silver Chair- C.S. Lewis

                                      The Last Battle - C.S. Lewis

                                      World History, Abeka 3rd Edition

High School Biology: The major purpose of this laboratory-based college preparatory course is to provide understanding of the basic biological concepts: the diversity of organisms; the cell; heredity; matter, energy, and organization of living systems; evolution of living systems; physiology; the biosphere and interdependence of abiotic and biotic factors. Focus is on active student participation in laboratory investigations and the development of critical-thinking skills.  

 

This is the second semester of a complete course and Biology meets the Grades 9-12 life science graduation requirement (Students must complete one year of a physical and a life science requirement). This course meets one year of the University of California ‘d’ entrance requirement for laboratory science.

Full participation is necessary. Reading and assignments are required to be completed at home throughout the week in order to progress in class each Tuesday and receive credit for this course.

 

Tuition: $200/SEMESTER + lab and materials fee

INSTRUCTOR: christine goodwin

GRADES: 9TH-12TH (MUST BE 14 YEARS OLD BY OCTOBER 1, 2017)

*The class accommodates and modifies for multiple grade levels

SCHEDULE: TUESDAYS, 10:30AM-12:00PM

REQUIRED TEXT: Biology, Bob Jones Press 3rd Edition

Music

Private Music Lessons include: Piano, Guitar, Violin, Cello, Bass and Voice (other instruments are available upon request).

Lessons are conventionally divided into three segments. The first segment is dedicated to warm-up exercises for building proper techniques and include scales, arpeggios, chords and rudimentary music theory. The second segment is adaptable for each student’s interest but is usually devoted to a book series for music literacy and sight reading. Other additions for this segment include music theory, chord study, composition, and ear training which the Instructor may choose to include at any given lesson. The third segment of each lesson is devoted to songs that the Student will choose with the Instructor to master for the recital performance which will be held at the end of the semester at Sierra Vista Baptist Church.

 

Tuition fee

Private Lessons | $280/semester | Contact instructor directly to schedule

 

GROUP BEGINNER VOICE | 12:30-1:30PM | $160/SEMESTER
 

Instructor: Josiah Moore
Grades: All grades

Math Tutors

Connections has a qualified math experts available for our families.  If you are in need of a private tutor for your family, feel free to contact our experts.  

Stephanie Eacrett

Stephanie has been in education for 18 years and is a graduate of Azusa Pacific University where she received her math degree and teaching credential.  Stephanie taught in the classroom for 15 years, teaching high school math subjects including Pre-algebra, Intro to Algebra, Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2, and Trigonometry/Pre-Calculus.  She now has were own private tutoring company and would be happy to help out your family.

 

Subjects: Pre-algebra, Algebra 1 & 2, Geometry, Trigonometry, Calculus

fees: $35/hour

phone: (909) 560-5709

email: eacrettfamily@hotmail.com

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