SPRING 2020 COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

Spring semester begins January 21, 2020

PreK-Kinder | $220.00, plus $15 materials fee

Instructor: Mrs. Samantha Sanchez

SCHEDULE -classes are every Tuesday

  • 9:00am-12pm 

This class is a continuance of fall semester.  This age group is so full of wonder... BRANCHES looks forward to nurturing these little ones' natural desire to learn. Using music, play, and a variety of hands on activities, Mrs. Sanchez will foster their self-image as well as their relationship with Jesus and with each other. She will incorporate science, US history, art, music, literature, and character education along with an introduction to number and letter concepts.

CLASS DETAILS

  • Students must be 4 years old by September 1, 2019.

  • Maximum of 14 students

 

REQUIREMENTS

  • Materials fee, $15, paid at the time of registration via Venmo directly to the teacher.

  • Parents are required to volunteer helping in class at least two days per semester.

If you have any questions, email Mrs. Sanchez directly at sammiesanchez32914@gmail.com.

Science Fun 1 | $150.00

Grade 1 | Instructor: Mrs. Jodi Pinkous

SCHEDULE -classes are every Tuesday

  • 9:00am-10am

 

This class is a continuance of fall semester.  Students will gain a thorough Christian introduction to the study of physical sciences. Conversational, accessible lessons will have kids eagerly waiting to hear more about the wondrous world that surrounds them. This class provides hands-on activities and projects that incorporate fun into their learning. 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. 

CLASS DETAILS

  • Students must be 6 years old by September 1, 2019.

  • Maximum of 12 students

REQUIREMENTS

  • Parents must volunteer helping in class at least one day per semester.  

If you have any questions, email Mrs. Pinkous directly at jlpinkous@gmail.com.

Building Blocks 1 | $190.00, plus $5 materials fee

Grade 1 | Instructor: Mrs. Jodi Pinkous

SCHEDULE -classes are every Tuesday

  • 10am-12pm

 

This class is a continuance of fall semester.  First grade students are led through a variety of age-appropriate activities during this two-hour block.  The focus of this class is US history which includes reading maps, studying the states, historical leaders, and learning about other aspect of the foundation of our great country. Students will also begin to learn some of the fundamentals of Institute of Excellence in Writing (IEW) and explore the early stages of writing. Students will be guided through thematic units including stories, art, music, Bible, character building, and play. 

CLASS DETAILS

  • Students must be 6 years old by September 1, 2019.

  • Maximum of 12 students

 

REQUIREMENTS

  • Materials fee, $5, paid at the time of registration via Venmo directly to the teacher.

  • Parents must volunteer helping in class at least one day per semester.  

If you have any questions, email Mrs. Pinkous directly at jlpinkous@gmail.com.

Science Fun 2 | $150.00

Grade 2 | Instructor: Mrs. Jennifer Overby

SCHEDULE -classes are every Tuesday

  • 9:00am-10am

 

This class continues from fall semester and students will gain a thorough Christian introduction to the study of physical sciences at the second grade level. Conversational, accessible lessons will have kids eagerly waiting to hear more about the wondrous world that surrounds them. This class provides hands-on activities and projects that incorporate fun into their learning. 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. 

CLASS DETAILS

  • Students must be 7 years old by September 1, 2019.

  • Maximum of 12 students

REQUIREMENTS

  • Parents must volunteer helping in class at least one day per semester.  

If you have any questions, email Mrs. Overby directly at jensmil@gmail.com.

Building Blocks 2 | $190.00

Grade 2 | Instructor: Mrs. Jennifer Overby

SCHEDULE -classes are every Tuesday

  • 10am-12pm

 

Students are led through a variety of age-appropriate activities during this two-hour block.  The focus of this class is US history which includes reading maps, studying the states, historical leaders, and learning about other aspect of the foundation of our great country. Students will also continue to develop some of the fundamentals of Institute of Excellence in Writing (IEW) and explore the early stages of writing. Students will be guided through thematic units including stories, art, music, Bible, character building, and play. 

CLASS DETAILS

  • Students must be 7 years old by September 1, 2019.

  • Maximum of 12 students

 

REQUIREMENTS

  • Parents must volunteer help in class at least one day per semester.

If you have any questions, email Mrs. Overby directly at jensmil@gmail.com.

Intro to Physical Science | $150.00

Grades 3rd & 4th | Instructor: Mrs. Yanira Aguero

SCHEDULE -classes are every Tuesday

  • 9:00am-10am

This class is a continuance of fall semester.  Science isn't just for the specially gifted, and physics doesn't have to be reserved for high school! Students will learn the basic concepts of physics, including motion, electricity, magnetism, and matter. In this class children will gain knowledge of scientific principles that they can bring to bear when they reach the advanced sciences! Weekly instruction features readings and hands-on activities. Students will enjoy learning through hands-on experiments & activities, visually appealing & grade appropriate encyclopedias, reading & vocabulary assignments, memory work, narrations, lab reports, and more!

CLASS DETAILS

 

REQUIRED

 

Feel free to purchase books through your preferred vendor, link provided for your convenience.

If you have any questions, email Mrs. Aguero directly at aguero.yani7@gmail.com.

Intro to American History & Writing | $190.00

Grades 3rd & 4th | Instructor: Mrs. Yanira Aguero

SCHEDULE -classes are every Tuesday

  • 10:00am-12:00pm

This class is a continuance of fall semester.  In this 2-hour class, students will be gaining the benefit of two complete subjects-American history and writing with a light grammar component.

In the history portion of the class students will learn about life in America from before Europeans came through the first settlements to the late 1800s, including the beaver trade, Phillis Wheatley, the Constitution, circuit riders and camp meetings, Lewis & Clark, America's first school for the Deaf, the Lowell factory girls, Sojourner Truth, Reconstruction, and more. 

During the writing instruction, students will delight in classic children's tales while learning to write with structure and style! Characters and adventures will capture students' imaginations and provide rich writing content. 

CLASS DETAILS

  • In lieu of a materials fee, parents will be asked for donations throughout the semester.

  • Students must be 8 years old by September 1, 2019.

  • Maximum of 16 students

  • Syllabus and required class supplies

REQUIRED TEXTBOOKS (textbooks will be used for the entire school year)

  1. Our Star-Spangled Story Part 2 (spring semester only).

 

Feel free to purchase books through your preferred vendor, links are provided for your convenience. 

If you have any questions, email Mrs. Aguero directly at aguero.yani7@gmail.com.

God's Physical World | $150.00

Grades 5th & 6th | Instructor: Ms. Karina Vasquez

SCHEDULE -classes are every Tuesday

  • 9:00am-10am

This class is a continuance of fall semester.  In this class, students will cover an introduction to physical science through short, hands-on lessons.  Students will study the wonders of electricity, magnetism, light, and sound and learn about the many kinds of energy that power our lives. From fossil fuels to nuclear power plants, see how God provided for our energy needs.  Students will learn about God's design for heaven & earth with hand-on projects, weekly assignments, and by collaborating with their classmates.  

CLASS DETAILS

  • Students must be 10 years old by September 1, 2019

  • Maximum of 24 students

 

REQUIRED TEXTBOOK

  1. God’s Design for the Physical World: Inventions and Technology 4th edition

Feel free to purchase books through your preferred vendor, link provided for your convenience. 

If you have any questions, email Mrs. Vasquez directly at booteebear@gmail.com.

US History & Writing | $190.00

Grades 5th & 6th | Instructor: Ms. Karina Vasquez

SCHEDULE -classes are every Tuesday

  • Morning session: 10am-12pm

This class is a continuance of fall semester.  In this 2-hour class, students will be gaining the benefit of two complete subjects - US history and writing structure and style.

In the history portion of this class students will receive a very comprehensive state study of American history and geography. The class covers Native Americans to the present day and include American geography, exploration, and everything in between. 

During the writing instruction, students will learn to write with structure and style by using the methods of Institute of Excellence in Writing. They will complete a variety of writing assignments throughout the year.These assignments are meant to be completed and compiled in a notebook as an ongoing project to display .

CLASS DETAILS

  • Students must be 10 years old by September 1, 2019

  • Maximum of 24 studentsAmos fortune, free man by Elizabeth Yates

REQUIRED TEXTBOOK 

  1. A Child's Story of America (required books will be used for the entire school year) 

  2. Literature Book: Amos Fortune, Free Man, by Elizabeth Yates

 

If you have any questions, email Mrs. Vasquez directly at booteebear@gmail.com.

Junior High Physical Science | $200, plus $10 materials fee

Grades 7th-9th | Instructor: Mrs. Michelle Correia

SCHEDULE -classes are every Tuesday

  • MORNING 9:00am-10:30am

 

Physical Science Purposeful Design: Physical Science provides a year-long science course for Middle School students. This course continues from fall semester and provides an in-depth and age-appropriate study of specific science disciplines appropriate for students and is intended to accomplish the following:

• Excite students about the study of science through hands-on instruction and activity

• Instill and nurture the heart and mind in shaping a biblical worldview

• Foster critical thinking skills through scientific inquiry and investigation

• See the wonder of both the Creation and the Creator in every aspect of the study of science

• Critical thinking skills that are developed through scientific inquiry and investigation

• Hands-on learning activities that excite students to want to know more

• The language and processes of science

• Tools to help students be responsible for understanding concepts and lesson objectives

CLASS DETAILS

  • Students must be 12 years old by September 1, 2019

  • Maximum of 20 students

  • Materials fee, $10, paid at the time of registration via Venmo directly to the teacher.

REQUIRED TEXTBOOKS (Textbooks will be used for the entire school year)

  1. Purposeful Design: Physical Science Student Edition

Feel free to purchase books through your preferred vendor; links are just provided for your convenience.

If you have any questions, email Mrs. Correia directly at lousshell@yahoo.com.

Junior High American History & Writing | $200, plus $5 materials fee

Grades 7th-9th | Instructor: Mrs. Michelle Correia

SCHEDULE -classes are every Tuesday

  • MORNING 10:30am-12:00pm

In this 90 minute class, students will be gaining the benefit of two complete subjects- US history and writing.

This class continues from fall semester and covers the history of America from the time of the Pilgrims through the present day with an emphasis on the people and events that shaped American character. Stories of the lives of great Americans feature elements of their faith, patriotism, and moral conviction. Section reviews and chapter reviews provide opportunities for students to reinforce what they're learning. Maps, profiles, portraits, paintings, and other visual aids are included throughout. Key facts, terms, and people are bolded throughout.


In the writing portion, students will develop their skill with the Structure and Style Writing Method while learning about interesting, important people and events in U.S. history. The literature component will include reading novels that integrate with the historical topics used for writing assignments.

In Jr. High Classes, homework is required in order to maintain a full and complete understanding of the material presented. The classes are designed to give a full class curriculum with instruction on Tuesday, however parents are still the main teacher for their student. All assignments will be given with a weekly “homework” schedule to help keep your student on track. It is best to pace your student throughout the week to help them retain the most information. Each class is a full course and does not need additional assignments to be complete.

CLASS DETAILS

  • Materials fee, $5, paid at the time of registration via Venmo directly to the teacher.

  • Fees for literature books will be required throughout the year, paid to the teacher

  • Students must be 12 years old by September 1, 2019

  • Maximum of 20 students

REQUIRED TEXTBOOKS  (textbooks will be used for the entire school year)

  1. Abeka America: Land I Love in Christian Perspective, Third Edition

  2. No IEW materials to purchase

  3. Additional Literature Books TBD.  Required novels will be purchased in bulk by Mrs. Correia to ensure correct edition.  Additional dues will be collected first weeks of class.

 

Feel free to purchase textbook through your preferred vendor; links are provided for your convenience. 

If you have any questions, email Mrs. Correia directly at lousshell@yahoo.com.

Biology w/ Lab | 9-10:45am | $300.00, +$35 mat'ls fee

Instructor: Mrs. Suzanne Guerin

SCHEDULE

Tuesdays, 9:00-10:45am

This is a full year high school class and continues from fall semester.  This class can be applied toward graduation credits.  In this high school biology class, students will study God’s creation of life and living organisms through participation in both lectures and labs. Mrs. Guerin, who received a B.S. in Biology, will lead your student, maintaining a Creationist perspective, through the studies of botany, zoology, microbiology, human anatomy and physiology, cytology, genetics, and ecology.  The class will be structured with 45 minutes for lecture and one hour for lab work. 

 

Homework is required in order to maintain a full and complete understanding of the material presented. The classes are designed to give a full class curriculum with instruction on Tuesday, however parents are still the main teacher for their student. All assignments will be given with a weekly “homework” schedule to help keep your student on track. It is best to pace your student throughout the week to help them retain the most information. Each class is a full course and does not need additional assignments to be completed.

CLASS DETAILS

  • Students must be 14 years old by December 1, 2019

  • Maximum of 16 students

REQUIRED TEXTBOOK (textbook will be used for the entire school year)

  1. Materials fee, $35, paid at the time of registration via Venmo directly to the teacher.

  2. BJU Biology Student Text (5th ed.) OR Biology eTextbook ST (Students who purchase eTextbook must bring laptop to class every week to utilize the book)

  3. Biology Student Lab Manual (5th ed.)

Feel free to purchase books through your preferred vendor; links are provided for your convenience. 

If you have any questions, email Mrs. Guerin directly at mrsguerinteach@gmail.com.

9/10th Grades American History & Literature | 11am-12:30pm | $250

Instructor: Mrs. Shaena Torgerson

SCHEDULE

Tuesdays, 11:00am-12:30pm

The content and assignments in this class are geared toward 9th and 10th graders.  However, any high school students may enroll in this class.

In this 90 minute class and continues from fall semester.  Students will be gaining the benefit of TWO COMPLETE COURSES: 1) US History and 2) American Literature; each can be applied toward graduation credits! Students will be given the opportunity to complete assignments that can be applied toward high school credits for 2 classes; US History and American Literature.

In the history portion of the class students will explore the history of our great country.  They will use their text, maps, charts, and projects to explore the history of the fifty states of America. 

American novels will be read and discussed in Literature portion of this class.  The novels chosen will be geared toward early High School grades.  Together, Mrs. Torgerson and students discuss these novels as well as participate in projects and writing assignments that utilize the methods of  Institute for Excellence in Writing (IEW) students will put literary analysis skills into practice as they study and write about nine great works of literature from around the world. In-home assignments will consist of novel reading, book reports, projects, etc.

Grading will be based on accumulated point totals which may be earned through reading, viewing, writing, testing and quizzes. In order to receive grades for these complete courses, students must complete all the required work for each course subject.  Students will create a history and/or literature 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 grades.

 

CLASS DETAILS

  • Additional literature books will be required throughout the year.

  • Students must be 14 years old by December 1, 2019

  • Maximum of 16 students

REQUIRED TEXTBOOKS (textbooks will be used for the entire school year)

  1. United States History: Heritage of Freedom by Abeka (If digital version is purchased, student must bring laptop/device to class.)

  2. Excellence in Literature: American Literature by IEW

  3. Books to purchase:

    • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

    • The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

    • If time permits, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Feel free to purchase books through your preferred vendor; links are provided for your convenience. 

If you have any questions, email Mrs. Torgerson directly at shaena.torgerson@gmail.com 

11/12th Grades American History & Literature | 9-10:30am | $250

Instructor: Mr. Carlos Aguero

SCHEDULE

Tuesdays, 9:00am-10:30am

The content and assignments in this class are geared toward 11th and 12th graders.  However, any high school students may enroll in this class.

 

This class is a continuance of fall semester.  In this 90 minute class, students will be gaining the benefit of TWO COMPLETE COURSES: 1) US History and 2) American Literature; each can be applied toward graduation credits! Students will be given the opportunity to complete assignments that can be applied toward high school credits for 2 classes; US History and American Literature.

In the history portion of the class students will explore the history of our great country.  They will use their text, maps, charts, and projects to explore the history of the fifty states of America. 

American novels will be read and discussed in Literature portion of this class.  The novels chosen will be geared toward upper High School grades.  Together, Mr. Aguero and students discuss these novels as well as participate in projects and writing assignments that utilize the methods of  Institute for Excellence in Writing (IEW) students will put literary analysis skills into practice as they study and write about nine great works of literature from around the world. In-home assignments will consist of novel reading, book reports, projects, etc.

Grading will be based on accumulated point totals which may be earned through reading, viewing, writing, testing and quizzes. In order to receive grades for these complete courses, students must complete all the required work for each course subject.  Students will create a history and/or literature 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 grades.

CLASS DETAILS

  • Additional literature books will be required throughout the year.

  • Students must be 14 years old by December 1, 2019

  • Maximum of 16 students

 

REQUIRED TEXTBOOKS (textbooks will be used for the entire school year)

  1. United States History: Heritage of Freedom by Abeka (If digital version is purchased, student must bring laptop/device to class.)

  2. Excellence in Literature: American Literature by IEW

  3. Books to purchase:

    • Autobiography by Benjamin Franklin

    • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

    • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

    • The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

    • If time permits, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Feel free to purchase books through your preferred vendor; links are provided for your convenience. 

If you have any questions, email Mr. Aguero directly at aguero.drummer@gmail.com.

Chemistry w/ Lab | 11-12:30pm | $300, +$25 mat'ls fee

Instructor: Mrs. Suzanne Guerin

SCHEDULE

Tuesdays, 11:00-12:30pm

This is a full year high school class continued from fall semester and can be applied toward graduation credits.  In this high school chemistry class, while keeping God’s creation in mind, students will study the composition and properties of matter and investigate the ways in which they interact, combine, and change.  This is a rigorous course that will include both lectures and labs, requiring strong math skills.  Mrs. Guerin will be alternating between labs and math review each week in order to enhance the students' overall experience.

Homework is required in order to maintain a full and complete understanding of the material presented. The classes are designed to give a full class curriculum with instruction on Tuesday, however parents are still the main teacher for their student. All assignments will be given with a weekly “homework” schedule to help keep your student on track. It is best to pace your student throughout the week to help them retain the most information. Each class is a full course and does not need additional assignments to be completed.

CLASS DETAILS

  • Students must be 14 years old by December 1, 2019

  • Maximum of 16 students

REQUIRED TEXTBOOK (textbook will be used for the entire school year)

  1. Materials fee, $25, paid at the time of registration via Venmo directly to the teacher.

  2. Chemistry Student Text (4th ed.) OR Chemistry eTextbook Student Text (4th ed.) (Students who purchase eTextbook must bring laptop to class every week to utilize the book)

  3. Chemistry Student Lab Manual (4th ed.)

 

Feel free to purchase books through your preferred vendor; links are provided for your convenience. 

If you have any questions, email Mrs. Guerin directly at mrsguerinteach@gmail.com.

Elementary Spanish Continued | $150

Grades 3rd-8th | Instructor: Mr. Carlos Aguero

SCHEDULE

Tuesdays, 12:30-2:00pm 

This class is a continuance of fall semester.  This class is designed for 3rd grade to 8th grade students and my goal is to create a fun and relaxed atmosphere for kids to learn Spanish. This is a true multi-sensory program. Students learn through music, role-playing, listening to and watching practical conversations, movement (including sign language) the use of color, pictures, reading, speaking, drawing, and writing. Lessons cover the basics such as food and days of the week, as well as themes including the seasons, weather, and time. Each chapter includes a skit that combines vocabulary with conversation and a “cultural point” such as a page that tells about Pamplona, Spain.

*Although this class is a continuance to our current beginning Spanish course new students are encouraged to join.

CLASS DETAILS

  • Students must be 8 years old by September 1, 2019.

  • Maximum of 12 students

  • MATERIALS:

    • Two-pocket folder with prongs or three ring binder

    • Composition Book 9 ¾ in. by 7 ½ in., college ruled (For weekly writing practice)

    • 2 Sharpen pencils

    • Eraser 

    • Set of 16-24 crayon or a set of 16-24 colored pencils 

REQUIRED BOOKS

Feel free to purchase books through your preferred vendor, link provided for your convenience.

If you have any questions, email Mr. Aguero directly at aguero.drummer@gmail.com.

Good Steward's Life Skills | $150.00

Grades 5th-12th | Instructor: Mrs. Kelly Hart

SCHEDULE -classes are every Tuesday

  • 12:30pm-2pm

"Whatever you do, work heartily as for the Lord and not for men." Colossians 3:23

This class is a continuance of fall semester.  In this year-long class, students will learn to honor God through daily life skills.  This class will offer the biblical principles and practical applications on the following topics: time management, money matters and budgeting, manners, conversations skills, first aid, obtaining and keeping a job, starting a small business, dating etiquette, cell phone etiquette/social networking, and more!  Mrs. Hart will guide students through focused lessons each week with "real world" assignments to complete throughout the week at home.

CLASS DETAILS

  • Students must be 10 years old by September 1, 2019

  • Maximum of 24 students

If you have any questions, email Mrs. Hart directly at hart.kelly@ymail.com.

Performing Arts | Disney inspired "Aladdin" | $190

Instructor: Mrs. Nadia Castaneda

SCHEDULE

Tuesdays, 12:00-2:00pm 

Branches Homeschool Academy has been given the opportunity to offer your students of many ages a very special and interactive theater 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 classic performance inspired by Disney's "Aladdin." Each class will consist of basic theater and stage terminology, dance choreography, singing, acting and an audition for main roles. Although this will be a fun class, this class is meant to prepare students for an actual stage performance. In order to put together this production, students will need to come prepared, be attentive and focused, and memorize lines and choreography. All students will be required to participate in the final showcase at our end of the school year Open House. Please note that because we will only be meeting once a week, ATTENDANCE IS MANDATORY TO BEING IN THE CLASS (unless of course your child is sick).

CLASS DETAILS

  • Age requirements: 9yrs-15yrs (Due to the demand of this show, acceptance for any child younger than 9 years old will be determined after an evaluation by Mrs. Castaneda). ALL students MUST be able to easily follow directions and consistently participate in each class.

  • Schedule: Tuesdays, 12:00pm-2:00pm (lunch 12-12:20pm)

  • Maximum 25 students

  • Student should come prepared with a lunch. Mrs. Castaneda will allow time to lunch during the first 20 minutes of class.

  • Parent volunteer is required for costumes and stage set up.

 

TUITION DETAILS

$190 Student fee

$175 Sibling discount fee

 

If you have any questions, email Mrs. Castaneda directly at nadiavalenzuela@yahoo.com.

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meeting @The Flipside Church

10912 Jersey Blvd | Rancho Cucamonga | CA 91730

(909) 241-1624 | (909) 214-1731

brancheshomeschoolacademy@gmail.com

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