FALL 2019 COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

Fall semester begins September 3, 2019

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

Instructor: Mrs. Samantha Sanchez

SCHEDULE -classes are every Tuesday

  • 9:00am-12pm 

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. Sanches directly at sammiesanchez32914@gmail.com.

Science Fun 1 | $150

Grade 1 | Instructor: Mrs. Jodi Pinkous

SCHEDULE -classes are every Tuesday

  • 9:00am-10am

 

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

 

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, $5.00, 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

 

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. Oversby 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

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

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

  • Maximum of 16 students

  • Supplies list

 

REQUIRED

 

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

If you have any questions, email Mrs. A 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

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 through out the semester.

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

  • Maximum of 16 students

  • Student supplies list

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

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

 

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

If you have any questions, email Mrs. A 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

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

  • Supplies list coming soon

REQUIRED TEXTBOOK

  1. God’s Design for the Physical World: Heat and Energy 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

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 students

  • Supply list coming soon

 

REQUIRED TEXTBOOK 

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

 

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

Junior High Physical Science | $200, plus $15 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 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

  • Materials Fee $15 per semester will cover all experiments done during class (due at registration).

  • 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. 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 (FULL)

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 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. Semester 1 – The Witch on Blackbird Pond – Elizabeth George Speare (PDF Version) Johnny Tremain – Esther Forbes (Still looking for which version).

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

  • Required material fee paid at the time of registration, $5

  • 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. 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 that 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 (due at the time of registration)

  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, 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:

    • 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 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.

 

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 that 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

  • Supply fee TBD based on enrollment (fees must be paid in order for students to participate in labs).

  • 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 (due at the time of registration)

  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.

Acting | $190 (sibling discount available)

Instructor: Mrs. Castaneda

SCHEDULE: Tuesdays, 12:00-2:00pm 

SIBLING DISCOUNT: $190 for first student and $175, for each additional sibling

Performing Artist Kids acting class (P.A.K.) provides training in scene study, cold reading, audition technique and improvisation with an emphasis on television commercial work. Students will have so much fun and build their self-confidence along the way. Students will have a blast working together in works of comedy and drama as well as filming and directing their own commercial. The benefits of learning to act go beyond dreams of being a “Movie Star,” but offer valuable lesson that can be applied to many different areas of life as a whole. P.A.K. offers valuable lessons that promote reading, creative writing, public speaking and articulation, self confidence and good old fashion imaginative fun!

 

This class is for students who are serious about learning and will require consistent attendance and regular participation. Although our acting class will incorporate mind and body creativity, students must be prepared each week to follow directions and not speak out of turn. Our class will follow the three strike rule. The first strike is a simple warning. The second strike will involve a student siting out of the class, and a third strike will entail a discussion with the student’s parents and possible removal from class. 

 

Mrs. Castaneda’s goal is to cultivate and encourage an atmosphere of trust, support and a whole lot of fun.

 

CLASS DETAILS

  • Grades 3rd-12th (an audition and interview will be required by Mrs. Castaneda for younger students who are serious about participating)

  • Maximum 25 students

  • Mrs. Castaneda will allow time to lunch during the first 10-15 minutes of class; bring lunch.

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

Elementary Spanish Continued | $150

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

SCHEDULE

Tuesdays, 12:30-2:00pm 

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

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

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BRANCHES Homeschool Academy

meeting @The Flipside Church

10912 Jersey Blvd | Rancho Cucamonga | CA 91730

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

brancheshomeschoolacademy@gmail.com

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