10 Years of Excellence

In Spring 2016, Academy Days celebrated 10 years with a proven track record for college- and career-bound homeschoolers. With the blessings of Christian families, committed church, and supportive cover school, we look forward eagerly to the next 10 years!

Spring Semester Classes

We are now taking new enrollments for Spring 2017. Cllick on CLASSES on the menu to view the schedule, and email carren(at)outookacademy(dot)com to sign up for a class. Deadline to sign up is January 31.

Read about Co-op in the News
Academy Days Co-op and our members have been in the news many times over the years. Click on NEWS on the menu and scroll down to read the articles.
Recipes for Historical Meals

We host one historical meal each semester, such as Medieval Feast, Roaring '20s, Food Around the World, and more! Students dress in costumes, and parents bring the food! Click on NEWS for delicious recipes.

Spring 2017 Schedule PDF Print E-mail
Academy Days Co-op is closed to new enrollments for Spring 2017. To get on the notification list for Fall 2017, email carren(at)outlookacademy(dot)com with your name, phone, children's names and grade levels. We will email you when the fall schedule is posted and when you can enroll in fall classes.

In the meantime, you can get an idea of what classes we offer by reading the spring semester schedule below.
 

Spring 2017 Schedule
Below is a quick list of fall semester classes, but scroll down for individual class descriptions, fees and available spaces.

First Period: (9:30-10:25 a.m.)
American Literature & Composition (gr. 9-12), Better Essays in Less Than an Hour (gr. 9-12), Composition (gr. 9-12), Genealogy (gr. 6-12), Literature & Creative Writing (gr. 7-8), Study Hall (gr. 7-12), Creative Writing (gr. 5-6), Creative Writing (gr. 3-4), Creative Writing (gr. 1-2), Creation Station (Preschool-Kindergarten)

Second Period: (10:30-11:25 a.m.)
P.E./Game Hour (gr. 6-12), Spanish I (gr. 9-12), Life Skills (gr. 9-12), Acrylic Painting (gr. 7-12), Study Hall (gr. 7-12), Beginning Sewing (gr. 3-8), Elementary Spanish (gr. 4-6), The Curious Artist (gr. 1-4), P.E./Game Hour (gr. 1-5), Story Time & Activity (Preschool-Kindergarten)

Third Period: (12:30-1:25 p.m.)
World History (gr. 9-12), Medieval History (gr. 7-12), Computer Programming (gr. 8-12), Logic (gr. 7-12), World History (gr. 7-8), Study Hall (gr. 7-12), World History (gr. 5-6), World History (gr. 3-4), World History (gr. 1-2), P.E./Playground (Preschool-Kindergarten)

Fourth Period: (1:30-2:25 p.m.)
Chemistry (gr. 9-12), Apologia's Biology (gr. 8-12), Forensic Science (gr. 8-12), Apologia's General Science (gr. 7-12), Study Hall (gr. 7-12), Swimming Creatures (gr. 5-6), Junior Einsteins (gr. 3-4), Space Voyages (gr. 1-2), Creepy Crawlies (Preschool-Kindergarten)


CLASS DESCRIPTIONS AND FEES
Read below for class descriptions, fees and available spaces. The classes are in order by period.

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FIRST PERIOD, 9:30 - 10:25 a.m.
AMERICAN LITERATURE & COMPOSITION Grades 9-12
Time: First Period, 9:30 - 10:25 a.m.
Teachers: Carren Joye, Angie Brailsford
Credit: 1 for the year; 1/2 for semester
Cost: $15 for copies of all stories, poems, and "how to write" handouts, plus candy for prizes
Required Book: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee ($5.44 and below at Amazon.com). All short stories and poems will be provided.
Supplies Required: Internet access and printer at home, binder, pencils, 3 different colored highlighters, bookbag

Available spaces: Full

Description: As a continuation from fall semester, this course is designed for the beginner to intermediate literature and composition student, but new students may enroll for spring if they have had at least one semester of essay-writing. We will continue to read and analyze some of the best poems, short stories and books of American literature! Students will learn how to recognize the prominent features of American literature as we examine literary elements such as symbolism, theme and style in poetry, short stories and novels. For spring semester, we will concentrate on the periods since the Civil War and study one novel in depth. For composition, we will spend only the first two weeks reviewing how to brainstorm, outline, draft and revise the standard 5-paragraph essay. During the course of the semester, students will write and revise three essays and four short-answer essays that they will encounter in college. Weekly homework assignments will include writing or revising their essays as well as reading, answering questions and defining literary terms. All essays will be graded using a standard essay rubric, but parents determine final grades and assign grammar, vocabulary and additional reading of classic American literature at home. (Note: Parents will need to pick up a syllabus at Registration because homework is due the first day of class.)


LITERATURE AND COMPOSITION Grades 9-12
Time: First Period, 9:30 - 10:25 a.m.
Teachers: Melanie Patrick, Barbara Haigler
Credit: 1 for the year
Cost: $7
Required books: Alone Yet Not Alone by Tracy Leininger Craven. Cost for paperback is $6.99 and up. ISBN-10: 0310700086; ISBN-13: 978-0310700081. Additional reading excerpts will be provided by teachers.
Other requirements: Laptop or tablet device with Wi-Fi ability to bring to co-op each week as well as Internet access at home, printer, binder, pencils. Bound composition notebook for literary journaling will be provided with syllabus.
Recommended, but not Required: A Writer’s Reference, Seventh or Eighth Edition, by Diana Hacker and Nancy Sommers, OR a similar comprehensive guide to writing, the essay and research process, and MLA format. We strongly recommend that college-bound students purchase this book now. It will be an invaluable resource for them now as they practice using it, and when they get to college.
Required Supplies: Internet access and printer at home, binder, composition notebook, pencils, bookbag

Available spaces: 2 

Description: This class is primarily an intermediate writing lab for students who need writing practice but already have writing background. The teacher will present an essay topic or writing prompt in class, where students will develop the thesis and outline for review. Students will write the rough draft at home for correction the next week, and their revision will be due the following week. Over the course of the semester, students will also read one non-fiction book as well as other selected short readings for which students will answer questions as homework in preparation for brief class discussion and writing lab. Homework will also be assigned to help students cultivate a strong writing style by using variety in sentence structure, strong and precise vocabulary, and compelling content. All essays will be graded using a standard rubric, but parents will determine final grades and should assign grammar, vocabulary, and additional reading of classic literature at home during the week.

 

BETTER ESSAYS IN LESS THAN AN HOUR Grades 9-12
Time: First Period, 9:30 - 10:25 a.m.
Teachers: Katie Grimes Rotton, Tiffany Bihm
Text: None
Cost: $5 for copies
Credit: ½ for semester
Supplies: Laptop with WiFi and email access at co-op, Internet access and printer at home, 4 different colored highlighters, 50 sheets of lined notebook paper, at least two sharpened #2 pencils

Available spaces: 1

Description: New students may enroll for spring semester only if they already know how to write an essay. Students are frequently required to write essays in short time windows in college classes and on the ACT and SAT, so this course will help your student improve his or her writing speed to complete essay exams faster and more efficiently. Since this course will not teach your student how to write an essay, he or she should already be experienced with writing a standard, 5-paragraph essay. Handouts will provide tips for approaching various types of essays with ease, and examples of high school and college essays will serve as models for structuring and writing papers. Each week students will be assigned a timed essay to write and turn in by the end of the 55-minute class for a total of seven standard essays, two ACT essays, one SAT essay and six short-answer essays over the course of the semester. All essays will be graded using a standard rubric, but parents will determine final grades.

GENEALOGY Grades 6-12
Time: First Period, 9:30 - 10:25 a.m.
Teachers: Paige Black, Elizabeth Collins
Cost: $7 for famiily tree worksheets
Credit: ½ for semester; 1 for year
Text: No text book required, but we will access two research web sites:

  • www.familysearch.org

  • www.ancestry.com

Supplies: Every student will need a notebook, paper, pencils and a personal computer (lap top) or tablet device with Wi-Fi ability; this will be a necessity. Family pictures, stories and histories will be shared.


Available spacee: Full

Description: This course continues from fall semester, but new students may enroll for spring. Who do you think you are? Students don't have to be celebrities to take a journey of self-discovery and uncover the mysteries of their ancestral history. This class will teach students the basics of researching their own genealogy. They will learn to complete a five-generation pedigree chart and use family research web sites to add to their family lines. They will learn more about who they are, and the lives of those who came before will come alive to them! On the web site www.familysearch.org, they will build a family tree that all the family can access and add to over the years. Homework (on-their-own research) will be assigned as needed, but any extra research they do will only add to their experience. 


LITERATURE AND CREATIVE WRITING Grades 7-9
Time: First Period, 9:30 - 10:25 a.m.
Teachers: Erin McAliley, Angie Shields
Cost: $10 for copying and candy (as rewards for games)
Credit: ½ for semester; 1 for year (only for 9th graders who complete the extra assignments)
Required Text: Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell
Required Supplies: Internet Access at home, Computer & Printer at home, Notebook, Pens or Pencils, Highlighters, Book bag

Available spaces: 1

Description: During spring semester, students will analyze Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell and learn to write a good 5-paragraph essay. We will take the essay one step at a time, from brainstorming, developing the thesis and outlining to writing each paragraph, formatting correctly and revising the final essay. Weekly homework assignments will include reading handouts and 3-4 chapters from the book, answering questions, defining literary terms and writing paragraphs. Through class discussion, students will explore literary concepts such as characterization, symbolism and theme. Through in-class games and activities, students will learn to use active voice, avoid fragments and vary their sentence structure. Parents should work with their children on grammar, vocabulary and spelling at home and assign additional reading from classic American or world literature. Writing assignments will be scored on a standard rubric, but parents will determine final grades. (Note: The students will have an assignment given out at orientation that they MUST complete by the first class.)


STUDY HALL Grades: 7-12
Time: First Period, 9:30 - 10:25 a.m.
Parent: TBA
Cost: $0 (but still prepare an envelope for Registration)
Supplies Required: Student's own books and materials to study or read quietly

Available spaces: 2

Description: Study Hall is a No Cell Phone Zone. It is designed for those high school students taking two or three non-consecutive classes and needing somewhere to go during their free period. This way, high school students may stay all day without having to take unnecessary classes. Study Hall is exclusively for working or reading independently and quietly; it is not a “hangout” time.

CREATIVE WRITING Grades 5-6
Time: First Period, 9:30 - 10:25 a.m.
Teachers: Diana Moore, Hollie Chastain
Cost: $8
Text: Easy Narrative Writing by Brookdale House (purchase NOT required!)
Supplies Required: Bookbag, notebook, paper, pencils. All other supplies will be provided.

Available spaces: 2

Description: Our creative writing course will be a variation of Easy Narrative Writing by Brookdale House. Throughout the course, students will develop foundation writing skills as they transition from sentence to narrative writing. To help students understand how words work within the sentence, some basic level grammatical elements, such as dependent clauses, independent clauses, coordinating conjunctions, subordinating conjunctions, and verbals, are covered. The primary focus of Easy Narrative Writing is on composing complex sentences, writing with varied sentence openers, rewriting fables, writing dialogue, expanding and condensing narratives, and writing slanted narratives. We will also include fun games and activities to help the students understand these concepts.


CREATIVE WRITING Grades 3-4
Time: First Period, 9:30 - 10:25 a.m.
Teachers: Michael Ann Rushing, Steph Shuford, Karen Russo
Cost: $7
Supplies Required: Bookbag, notebook, paper, pencils. All other supplies will be provided.

Available spaces: 1

Description: Let's get creative! We will begin our study reviewing basic grammar. Then, we will move on to writing fiction, letters, comic strips and newspaper articles. We will use worksheets and games to aid in learning. Plus, each day we will do a class Mad Lib to give the children a fun opportunity to reinforce the lessons we are studying. The class will grow the love your child has for using his or her imagination!


CREATIVE WRITING Grades 1-2
Time: First Period, 9:30 - 10:25 a.m.
Teachers: Jennifer Phillips, April Newell
Cost: $6
Supplies Required: Bookbag, notebook, paper, pencils. All other supplies will be provided.

Available spaces: 6

Description: The goal of this class is to get children writing in the hope that it begins a love for writing to last for many years! We will learn how to take various words and make complete sentences through the use of fun worksheets. At the end of each class, we will complete a fun craft. No matter what level of writing experience your child has, the goal of this class is to foster a love of creative writing and build confidence in his or her ability. Students MUST bring a backpack to class.


CREATION STATION Grades: Preschool – Kindergarten
Time: First Period, 9:30 - 10:25 a.m.
Teachers: Jolynn Coiro, Stacey Turner, Evelyn Blackwell
Cost: $8
Supplies Required: Bookbag, notebook, paper, pencils. All other supplies will be provided.

Available spaces: 1

Description: Welcome to Creation Station! In our twelve-week class, students will get their creativity on! We will build, paint, decorate, and create many masterpieces with all sorts of materials. At the same time, we will reinforce letters and numbers in engaging ways. Get ready for some fun and adventure!

PLEASE NOTE: Students must be 3 years old by February 1, 2017, fully potty-trained, and not need naps.


SECOND PERIOD, 10:30 - 11:25 a.m.
P.E./GAME HOUR Grades 6-12

(PE outside, board games inside during inclement weather)
Time: Second Period, 10:30 - 11:25 a.m.
Teachers: Barbara Haigler, Steph Shuford, Paige Armstrong
Credit: 1 (½ for fall and ½ for spring) 
Cost: $4 for water, cups, and PE supplies
Supplies Required: None, but dress appropriately (sneakers, etc.)

Available spaces: 2

Description: This semester the weekly sports activities will vary and some activities will include gaga pit, soccer, dodge ball, ultimate frisbee and flag football to name a few. We will also add in some special activities which students have expressed an interest in for this semester such as self-defense and tabata workouts. All students who enroll in this class are expected to participate unless otherwise sick. We will do indoor friendly physical education during inclement weather.


SPANISH I Grades 9-12
Time: Second Period, 10:30 - 11:25 a.m.
Teachers: Fatima Offutt
Cost: $5 for copies and candy for prizes
Credit: 1 for the year
Curriculum: Easy Peasy All-in-One High School at https://allinonehighschool.com/spanish-1/
Required Supplies: Computer at home to access homework on provided flash drive, Internet and printer at home for some assignments, binder, notepaper, pen, bookbag.

Available spaces: 2

Description: This high-school level course continues from fall semester, so new students may NOT sign up unless they have already had one semester of Spanish at home or can complete the fall semester assignments at home over winter break. This high-school level course introduces students to effective strategies for beginning Spanish language learning, and to various aspects of Spanish speaking culture. This course encourages interpersonal communication through speaking and writing, providing opportunities to make and respond to basic requests and questions, understand and use appropriate greetings and forms of address, participate in brief guided conversations on familiar topics, and write short passages with guidance. This course also emphasizes the development of reading and listening comprehension skills, such as reading isolated words and phrases in a situational context and comprehending brief written or oral directions. Additionally, students will examine the practices, products and perspectives of Spanish-speaking culture; recognize basic routine practices of the target culture; and recognize and use situation-appropriate non-verbal communication. This course further emphasizes making connections across content areas and the application of understanding Spanish language and culture outside of the classroom. The base of this course is “Spanish 1” offered by Georgia Virtual Learning. Much of the wording and assignments come from there except more activities have been added to it. The course was altered where necessary to make it usable at home with a parent/teacher who doesn’t know Spanish. (NOTE: Parents will need to pick up a syllabus at Registration because homework is due the first day of class.)


LIFE SKILLS: How To Make It On Your Own! Grades 9-12
Time: Second Period, 10:30 - 11:25 a.m.
Teachers: Cindy Goodwin, Wanda McCullers
Cost: $7
Credit: 1/2 for semester; 1 for the year
Supplies Required: Notebook and Pencil. Other supplies will be provided.

Available spaces: 5

Description: This course continues from fall semester, but new students may enroll for spring. Whether your student is work-bound or college-bound, this class will help teach your teens about job search, credit, credit cards, auto and health insurance, taxes, banking, daily life skills and many other subjects they'll face once they're on their own. This class is a compilation of all the practical things you wish you'd been taught in high school. Now you can make sure your teens are ready for life "out of the nest." (NOTE: Parents will need to pick up a syllabus at Registration because homework is due the first day of class.)


ACRYLIC PAINTING Grades 7-12
Time: Second Period (10:30 – 11:25 a.m.)
Teachers: Diana Moore
Cost: $40 (This breaks down to $3.33 per week and covers all supplies for the semester – brushes, paints, canvases, etc.)
Supplies Required: All will be provided.

Available spaces: 2

Description: This course continues from fall semester, but new students may enroll for spring. Developing a skill like painting provides the stimulus we need to be successful in all aspects of life. Plus, painting allows us to gain a lifelong appreciation of art, express our creativity and have fun! This class is a basic art course featuring the medium of acrylic paints. We will complete 8-12 projects over the course of the semester. All supplies are included in the cost of the course, so you don't have to worry about gathering the correct supplies and bringing them every week!


STUDY HALL Grades 7-12
Time: Second Period (10:30 – 11:25 a.m.)
Parent: Kristi Gardner
Cost: $0 (but still prepare an envelope for Registration)
Supplies Required: Student's own books and materials to study or read quietly

Available spaces: 4

Description: Study Hall is a No Cell Phone Zone. It is designed for those high school students taking two or three non-consecutive classes and needing somewhere to go during their free period. This way, high school students may stay all day without having to take unnecessary classes. Study Hall is exclusively for working or reading independently and quietly; it is not a “hangout” time.

BEGINNING SEWING Grades 3-8
Time: Second Period, 10:30 - 11:25 a.m.
Teachers: Apryl Halbrooks, Terri Reed
Cost: $8
Text: None
Required supplies: Sewing machine, scissors, needles and thread (every week)

Available spaces: 4

Description: This class continues from fall semester, but new students are encouraged to enroll for spring. Whether your child can wind bobbins in her sleep or thinks “feed dogs” is something you do for your pets, we'll have guidance each step of the way so everyone can learn the joy of sewing. We'll review sewing basics while also taking on fun new projects that help develop those sewing skills, including making a fabric greeting card, pajama pants and even how to use your sewing machine to applique clothing!


ELEMENTARY SPANISH Grades 4-6
Time: Second Period, 10:30 - 11:25 a.m.
Teachers: Michael Ann Rushing, April Newell, Team teacher wanted
Cost: $5
Supplies Required: Bookbag, notebook, paper, pencils. All other supplies will be provided.

Available spaces: 2

Description: Aprendamos Español! Let's learn Spanish! We will dive into the basics of the Spanish language as we study phrases and vocabulary such as animals, school items, and common food. We also will learn about the gender of words as well as verbs, so that we can began speaking complete sentences. We will celebrate Cinco de Mayo and other seasonal holidays. Fun worksheets and games will aid the students in learning and remembrance. NOTE: This is a continuing class from fall semester, but new students may enroll for spring.

NOTE: This is a continuing class from fall semester, but new students may enroll for spring. The teachers will provide the fall semester vocabulary list for new students to review over winter break so they will feel more comfortable.


THE CURIOUS ARTIST Grades 1-4
Time: Second Period, 10:30 - 11:25 a.m.
Teachers: Debbie Jackson, Team teacher wanted
Cost: $8
Supplies Required: Bookbag, notebook, paper, pencils. All other supplies will be provided.

Available spaces: 6

Description: We will be using Science Arts by Mary Ann F. Kohl and Jean Potter. During spring semester we will expose the students to science by challenging their minds and amazing them through the arts. They will learn basic science concepts through beautiful and amazing art activities.


P.E./GAME HOUR Grades 1-5
(PE outside, board games inside during inclement weather)
Time: Second Period, 10:30 - 11:25 a.m.
Teachers: Karen Richey, Elizabeth Collins, Pam Gabehart
Cost: $4 for water, cups, and PE equipment
Supplies Required: None, but dress appropriately (sneakers, etc.)

Available spaces: 3

Description: This class will play fun, organized outdoor games! During inclement weather, we will remain indoors to play "indoor" games. Good attitudes toward teamwork and peers will be emphasized. All students who enroll are expected to participate in class activities.


STORY TIME AND ACTIVITY Grades: Preschool-Kindergarten
Time: Second Period, 10:30 - 11:25 a.m.
Teachers: Erin McAliley, Lindsey Baughcum, Team teacher wanted
Cost: $8
Supplies Required: Bookbag, notebook, paper, pencils. All other supplies will be provided.

Available spaces: 1

Description: Pre-readers will improve upon literacy skills needed to get ready for reading during our K3-K5 story time. We will read books and participate in a variety of fun activities such as songs, dramatics, games, simple crafts, flannel boards, sensory bins and other interactive activities.

PLEASE NOTE: Students must be 3 years old by February 1, 2017, fully potty-trained, and not need naps.


THIRD PERIOD, 12:30 - 1:25 p.m.
WORLD HISTORY Grades 9-12
Time: Third Period (12:30 – 1:25 p.m.)
Teachers: Jolynn Coiro, Melanie Patrick
Cost: $12 for copies and supplies
Credits: 1 for the semester
Required book: Cry, the Beloved Country, by Alan PatonISBN-13: 978-0743262170. This book may be available through your public library. Cost varies from $3.99 up. Other assigned selected readings will be available on the internet.
Supplies Required: Access to Internet and printer at home, bookbag, notebook, looseleaf paper, pencils, blue or black ink pen, colored pencils, glue stick, 2 highlighters in 2 different colors

Available spaces: 4

Description: This course continues from fall semester, but new students may enroll for spring. We will continue exploring HIStory of the world from approximately 550 through 1848. We will study early African, American and Asian Civilizations as well as focus on the Vikings, Medieval Times, Renaissance, Reformation, Age of Exploration, the Enlightenment and Scientific Revolution, and the Age of Revolution. We will explore the Lord's hand in history and the influences of history on our world today. Homework will include reading handouts and/or Internet sites and answering questions to facilitate class discussion. Additional weekly research, map work, vocabulary and projects will be assigned periodically. Students will also regularly prepare and give presentations for teachers and fellow students throughout the semester. Presentation topics and related resources will be provided with the student syllabus. Class work will include a class timeline as well as group discussions, simulations, and student-led demonstrations on primary and secondary sources, archaeology, technological advances and achievements in those time periods. Also, we will participate in the co-op Medieval Feast with our own projects and costumes. (Note: Parents will need to pick up a syllabus at Registration because homework is due the first day of class.)

 

MEDIEVAL HISTORY Grades 7-12
Time: Third Period, 12:30 - 1:25 p.m.
Teachers: Paige Black, Kim McDaniel
Cost: $5 for copies
Credits: (For high school only) 1 for the year, ½ for the semester
Text: No text book required, but multiple books, internet sources and handouts will be used in class.. The internet will be a source so students will need internet access. The following web sites will be very important:

  • http://www.timemaps.com/civilization/Medieval-Europe

  • http://www.britannica.com/event/Middle-Ages

Optional: Medieval or Middle Ages History books are available for purchase on line for very nominal fees. The following are good examples:

  • The History of the Medieval World: From the Conversion of Constantine to the

  • First Crusade by Susan Wise Bauer

Supplies Needed: Internet access and printer at home for researching and printing reports, notebook, paper, pencils/pens for taking notes

Available spaces: 2

Description: This course continues from fall semester, but new students may enroll for spring. This class will instruct students in a historical overview of Medieval History. Students will learn about events, persons, and places related to the Middle Ages or medieval period which lasted from the 5th to the 15th centuries. Over the course of the two semesters, a thousand years of history will be covered. Fall semester covered 466 AD to 1000 AD, and spring will cover 1000 AD to 1500 AD. We will touch on world events that occurred during this span of time. European history will be the focus with reference to multiple lands, peoples and cultures outside of Europe during the same years. The student who completes both semesters will gain knowledge of the world as it moved from the beginning of the Dark Ages at the fall of the Roman Empire into the light of the Renaissance and Age of Discovery. This course will encourage further learning of history and will be fun for the students and their families. (Note: Parents will need to pick up a syllabus at Registration because homework is due the first day of class.)


INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTER PROGRAMMING Grades 8-12
Time: Third Period (12:30 – 1:25 p.m.)
Teachers: Cindy Goodwin, Team teacher wanted
Cost: $5
Credits: 1/2 for the semester; 1 for the year
Required Text: "Beginning Visual Basic 2015" by Philip Conrod and Lou Tylee

Supplies Required: Laptop (running Windows operating system) with Internet access to bring to co-op every week, Internet access at home, wifi

Available spaces: 3

Description: This course continues from fall semester, so new students may NOT enroll for spring except upon some prior computer programming instruction and approval of the teacher. In this Introduction to Computer Programming class students will learn the fundamentals of modern computer programming using the Visual Basic.NET language. Students will learn new programming concepts each week, and they will then be guided to write a program using these new concepts. In-class discussions will build upon principles learned from the homework each week, and in-class programming activities will give more practice.


PLEASE NOTE:

  1. It's very important that the computer the student will be using for class is all set up and ready to go by the first day of class. Instructions will be provided in the syllabus via email prior to Registration.

  2. PARENTS MUST BRING THEIR STUDENT'S LAPTOP TO REGISTRATION so it can be checked prior to class.

  3. There is homework due on the first day of class, so parents will pick up a syllabus at Registration.

  4. We will share files using cloud storage such as Google Drive. This will enable the teacher to easily check homework and to share additional class files with students.


LOGIC Grades 7-12
Time: Third Period (12:30 – 1:25 p.m.)
Teachers: Amy Kelley, Team teacher wanted
Cost: $3
Credits: 1/2 for the semester (only for high school students or gr. 7-8 students who complete the workbook and take the tests)
Required Text: Art of Argument Student Book, 2010 Edition (one per family - siblings can share and use notebook paper to answer questions.)
Optional for Parents only: Art of Argument Teacher's Guide, 2010 Edition (If you prefer to check your child’s own work or tests then you need to buy it. Some reviews are to be completed within the same week as the tests, so any mistakes on reviews will not have a chance to be corrected before the test is given. Tests will be e-mailed to the parents' email address for parents to administer at home.)
Supplies Required: Binder/Folder, notebook paper for answering questions, pencils

Available spaces: 1

Description: This course continues from fall semester, but new students may enroll for spring and must read up to page 79 and complete work in Art of Argument before February 1. Logic teaches you how to think. It teaches you what is (in)correct reasoning and how to recognize fallacies and check soundness of arguments. These are skills that are needed in a variety of real-life situations. In this class, students will master 28 fallacies (such as begging the question, the straw man, ad hominen, et al) by studying many pertinent examples. The text features a variety of dialogues, worksheets, real world applications, phony advertisements, dialectic discussion questions and tests to make the study of logic entertaining and enjoyable. Even more importantly though, this resource comes from a Christian publisher, so you can feel good about the content. The Art of Argument will be workbook style and include reading, answering questions, tests and class discussions. Tests will be sent home for parents to administer. Students will bring tests to class completed, and teachers will grade and return. It will be at the parent's discretion whether to allow open book tests. 7th and 8th graders will be expected to read the required materials but will not be expected to answer questions or take tests; however, this course will not be worth high school credit if they don’t do the workbook and tests. Note: Homework will be due the first day, so parents must pick up a syllabus at Registration.


WORLD HISTORY Grades 7-8
Time: Third Period (12:30 – 1:25 p.m.)
Teachers: Carren Joye, Angie Brailsford, Debbie Jackson
Cost: $12 for handouts and supplies
Supplies: Access to Internet and printer at home, notebook, looseleaf paper, pencils, blue or black ink pen, colored pencils, glue stick, 2 highlighters in 2 different colors

Available spaces: 4

Description: This course continues from fall semester, but new students may enroll for spring. We will continue exploring HIStory of the world from approximately 550 through 1848. We will study early African, American and Asian Civilizations as well as focus on the Vikings, Medieval Times, Renaissance, Reformation, Age of Exploration, the Enlightenment and Scientific Revolution, and the Age of Revolution. We will explore the Lord's hand in history and the influences of history on our world today. Homework will include reading 1-3 pages of handouts or Internet sites and answering 3-5 questions to facilitate class discussion. Additional weekly research, map work, vocabulary and projects will be assigned periodically. Class work will include a class timeline as well as group discussions, simulations, and student-led demonstrations on primary and secondary sources, archaeology, technological advances and achievements in those time periods. Also, we will participate in the co-op Medieval Feast in costume. (Note: Parents will need to pick up a syllabus at Registration because homework is due the first day of class.)


STUDY HALL Grades 7-12
Time: Third Period (12:30 – 1:25 p.m.)
Parent: TBA
Cost: $0 (but still prepare an envelope for Registration)
Supplies Required: Student's own books and materials to study or read quietly

Available spaces: 1

Description: Study Hall is a No Cell Phone Zone. It is designed for those high school students taking two or three non-consecutive classes and needing somewhere to go during their free period. This way, high school students may stay all day without having to take unnecessary classes. Study Hall is exclusively for working or reading independently and quietly; it is not a “hangout” time.

WORLD HISTORY Grades 5-6
Time: Third Period, 12:30 - 1:25 p.m.
Teachers: Kim Mason, Hollie Chastain, Donna Hammock
Cost: $8
Supplies Required: Bookbag, notebook, paper, pencils. All other supplies will be provided.

Available spaces: FULL

Description: Let's continue our trip back in time! Spring semester we will learn world history through hands-on activities and discussions. We will start with early African, American and Asian Civilizations, moving through time with the Viking Age, Medieval Times, Renaissance, Reformation, Age of Exploration, the Enlightenment and Scientific Revolution, and ending with the Age of Revolution. Also, we will display some of our best projects at the co-op Medieval Feast. Our goal is to bring history "alive" for the children, teaching them that learning history is more than memorizing people and dates.


WORLD HISTORY Grades 3-4
Time: Third Period, 12:30 - 1:25 p.m.
Teachers: Clarissa Winchester, Don Corun, Jamie Ellis
Cost: $8
Supplies Required: Bookbag, notebook, paper, pencils. All other supplies will be provided.

Available spaces: 1

Description: Get ready for a continuation of our hands-on ride through world history this spring! We will begin with early African, American and Asian Civilizations and work our way forward through the Viking Age, Medieval Times, Renaissance, Reformation, Age of Exploration, the Enlightenment and Scientific Revolution, and the Age of Revolution. We will use fun activities to help students learn the important defining times in the history of our world! Some of our best projects will be displayed at the co-op Medieval Feast.


WORLD HISTORY Grades 1-2
Time: Third Period, 12:30 - 1:25 p.m.
Teachers: Jennifer Phillips, Kathy Abrams, Jan Palmer
Cost: $8
Supplies Required: Bookbag, notebook, paper, pencils. All other supplies will be provided.

Available spaces: 5

Description: We will continue to explore world history through lots of fun projects and hands-on activities! For spring semester, we will focus on early African, American and Asian civilizations as well as the Viking Age, Medieval Times, Renaissance, Reformation, Age of Exploration, the Enlightenment and Scientific Revolution, and the Age of Revolution. Some of our best projects will be displayed at the co-op Medieval Feast. History can be lots of fun to learn, and we hope to pass that on to our children so we all can have a great time together this semester!


FITNESS FUN Grades: Preschool - Kindergarten
Time: Third Period, 12:30 - 1:25 p.m.
Teachers: Amy Barrett, Karen Richey, Hannah Bell
Cost: $3 for snacks, balls, cones, etc.
Supplies Required: None, but dress appropriately

Available spaces: 3

Description: Children will have a blast participating in obstacle courses and games such as beanbag toss and catch for the first half of class! Then we will set them free to enjoy the playground. On rainy days, they will enjoy indoor games and imaginary play.

PLEASE NOTE: Students must be 3 years old by February 1, 2017, fully potty-trained, and not need naps.


FOURTH PERIOD, 1:30 - 2:25 p.m.
CHEMISTRY with LAB Grades 10-12
Time: Fourth Period, 1:30 - 2:25 p.m.
Teachers: Barbara Haigler, Lisa Hudson 
Cost: $7
Credit: 1 1/2 (1 for class and 1/2 for lab for the year)
Pre-requisite: Biology
Text: We will use www.allinonehighschool.com for our base curriculum.
Required Supplies: Internet access at home, notebook, paper, pencils. All other supplies will be provided.

Available spaces: 3

Description: This class continues from fall semester, so new students may NOT enroll for spring unless they have had a full semester of chemistry and receive approval from the teacher. This course is based on Georgia Virtual Learning’s High School Chemistry course but uses other resources throughout. This curriculum includes topics such as matter, atomic theory, the periodic table of the elements, bonding, chemical equations, chemical bonding, stoichiometry, gas laws, acids, bases, and salts, reaction rates, thermonuclear and nuclear chemistry, and equilibrium. Students learn through texts, videos, online tutorials, as well as through hands-on and virtual laboratory experiments. A midterm and final exam will be given for parents to administer at home. (NOTE: Parents will need to pick up a syllabus at Registration because homework is due the first day of class.)


APOLOGIA'S BIOLOGY with LAB Grades 9-12
Time: Fourth Period, 1:30 - 2:25 p.m.
Teachers: Kim Mason, Melanie Patrick
Credit: 1 1/2 (1 for class and 1/2 for lab)
Cost: $20 for copies, dissection kit, creatures kit and other experiment supplies

Required Texts (2): Apologia's Exploring Creation with Biology, 1st or 2nd Edition book and the accompanying Solutions and Tests book by Dr. Jay Wile (Please let teachers know which edition your child will be using by e-mail)

Supplies Required:

  • Lab Notebook: Students will use a composition book to keep all written lab reports.

  • Biology 3-ring Binder: Used to take notes, answer homework questions, and store handouts.

  • Writing Materials: Pens, pencils and a small ruler.

Available spaces: 2

Description: This class continues from fall semester, but new students may enroll if they have completed Modules 1-10 by February 7 or have already completed one semester of biology. This biology course provides a detailed introduction to the methods and concepts of general biology. Heavily emphasizing the vocabulary of biology and word roots, it provides the student with a strong background in the scientific method, the five kingdom classification scheme, microscopy, biochemistry, cellular biology, molecular and Mundelein genetics, the creation model of origins, the evolutionary model of origins, dissections, and ecosystems. It also provides a complete survey of five kingdoms in Creation. Students will be well-trained in the basic skills and foundational concepts of biology to be successful at the college or university level.

Parents will supervise a period of time, usually about an hour a day, to complete the assigned work. All “On Your Own” and “Study Guide” questions should be completed. For each experiment, students are required to read and begin writing their lab report with the title, purpose, hypothesis, materials and procedure before class. The rest will be done during the class. There is no formal evaluation process taking place in class. Parents will administer tests at the end of each module every two weeks. Additionally, students will have 4 modules to complete over winter break. (NOTE: Parents will need to pick up a syllabus at Registration because homework is due the first day of class.)


FORENSIC SCIENCE with LAB Grades 8-12
Time: Fourth Period, 1:30 - 2:25 p.m.
Teachers: Wanda McCullers, Katie Rotton, Team teacher wanted
Cost: $18 for lab supplies
Text: None; web sites and handouts will be provided.
Required Supplies: (4 mandatory items) Internet connection and computer at home, dedicated notebook, and magnifier (Can be purchased from http://www.acornnaturalists.com/store/5X10X-JEWELERS-LOUPE-P1308C47.aspx?UserID=93747642&SessionID=anGj95ib2DA0p3KolN6O for $4.90. Alternatively, you may buy a standard handheld magnifier at least 5x that you feel is appropriate for your child.) 

Available spaces: FULL

Description: This course continues from fall semester, so new students may NOT enroll for spring. Forensics is the application of science to criminal activity for the purpose of discovery. This course is about how, why, and where to examine evidence in order to get the most pertinent information from a crime scene. The main part of the course details many of the more popular topics in forensic chemistry: glass, soil, fingerprints, hair, fiber, firearms, ammunition, chemical analysis, drugs, autopsies, and DNA typing. Students will learn and practice how each type of evidence is discovered and processed. Forensic science offers the opportunity to engage in various concepts such as chemistry, anatomy, biology, genetics, physics, sociology, communications and law. The class will be studying various cases to dissect the forensic evidence and applying logic with analysis to solve sometimes complex cases. Students must be mature minded, and PARENTS MUST SIGN A WAIVER OF UNDERSTANDING THAT INDICATES THE STUDENT WILL BE EXPOSED TO MATURE MATERIAL NOT SUITABLE FOR ALL AGES. Cases used will be previewed for content and approached from a clinical manner. Professionals in the forensic field will be asked to come and address the students. All types of media will be employed to investigate as much as possible for the best learning experience for the students. Students will be required to keep a notebook and actively participate in all classroom discussions. (NOTE: Parents will need to pick up a syllabus at Registration because homework is due the first day of class.)


APOLOGIA'S GENERAL SCIENCE Grades 7-12
Time: Fourth Period, 1:30 - 2:25 p.m.
Teachers: Amy Kelley, Angie Shields
Cost: $10 for copies, experiment supplies, etc.
Required Texts (2): Apologia's Exploring Creation with General Science, 1st or 2nd Edition book and the accompanying Solutions and Tests book by Dr. Jay Wile (Please let teachers know which edition your child will be using by e-mail.)

Available spaces: 3

Description: This class continues from fall semester, but new students may enroll. Students returning from fall semester must complete Modules 7-10 over winter break by February 1, but this does not apply to new students. This course gives students an opportunity to explore a variety of science topics where the inquiry method will be primarily implemented through hands-on activities. It will focus on how science works from a biblical perspective emphasizing the use of basic science process skills to make thoughtful conclusions. Topics covered will include: Simple machines, Archeology, Paleontology, Geology, Fossil and Geological Record, DNA and Life, Classification of Life, Energy of Life and the Systems of Human Body. Students will be expected to complete daily work and all homework, including On Your Own and Study Guide questions. Additionally, students will have 4 modules to complete over winter break. (NOTE: Parents will need to pick up a syllabus at Registration because homework is due the first day of class.)


STUDY HALL Grades 7-12
Time: Fourth Period (1:30 – 2:25 p.m.)
Parent: TBA
Cost: $0 (but still prepare an envelope for Registration)
Supplies Required: Student's own books and materials to study or read quietly

Available spaces: 2

Description: Study Hall is a No Cell Phone Zone. It is designed for those high school students taking two or three non-consecutive classes and needing somewhere to go during their free period. This way, high school students may stay all day without having to take unnecessary classes. Study Hall is exclusively for working or reading independently and quietly; it is not a “hangout” time.

SWIMMING CREATURES OF THE SEA Grades 5-6
Time: Fourth Period, 1:30 - 2:25 p.m.
Teachers: Erin McAliley, Elizabeth Collins, Team teacher wanted
Cost: $8
Supplies Required: Bookbag, notebook, paper, pencils. All other supplies will be provided.

Available spaces: 1

Description: Dive into science with us! Swimming Creatures of the Sea will take you on an exploration through the oceans of the world with hands-on activities and experiments. We will discover many of the charming, exotic and fascinating creatures God has created. 


JUNIOR EINSTEINS Grades 3-4
Time: Fourth Period (1:30 – 2:25 p.m.)
Teachers: Jolynn Coiro, Team teacher wanted
Cost: $8
Supplies Required: Bookbag, notebook, paper, pencils. All other supplies will be provided.

Available spaces: 2

Description: Young children are natural scientists. Children observe, explore, experiment and love to figure out how things work in the physical world. This class takes their natural inclinations and incorporates core science into fantastically fun sessions of hands-on experiments designed to stimulate and create a love of science and nature. Our science class will offer experiments that deal with the following: weather and water cycle, climate and seasons, sun and earth, moon and earth, the planets and stars, properties of matter, solids-liquids-gas, position and motion, work and energy, force and simple machines, heat and sound, light and electricity.


SPACE VOYAGES Grades 1-2
Time: Fourth Period, 1:30 - 2:25 p.m.
Teachers: Jennifer Phillips, Kathy Abrams, April Newell
Cost: $8
Supplies Required: Notebook, paper, pencils, bookbag. All other supplies will be provided.

Available spaces: 6

Description: This spring we will take a voyage into space. The trip will begin with the sun and move through our galaxy, stopping at each planet. We will also encounter stars, space rocks, and dwarf planets! Come marvel at God's awesome creation: outer space!


CREEPY CRAWLIES Grades: Preschool – Kindergarten
Time: Fourth Period, 1:30 - 2:25 p.m.
Teachers: Amy Barrett, Charity Coon, Team teacher wanted
Cost: $6
Supplies Required: Bookbag, notebook, paper, pencils. All other supplies will be provided.

Available spaces: 4

Description: Chirping crickets, wriggling worms and scurrying beetles will visit our class as we study about the creepy, crawly creatures that live all around us.

PLEASE NOTE: Students must be 3 years old by February 1, 2017, fully potty-trained, and not need naps.


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Full Classes
We keep our classes small, usually 10-12 students, so some classes are full already. Don't let that discourage you! You can sign up all day or just for one, two or three classes while you wait on spaces in a full class. Also, siblings of high school students and children of team teachers have priority, so if you have a high schooler or if you offer to team teach a class, your child is eligible for any possible reserved spaces. Email us to find out. Plus, so many things happen over summer and winter breaks that openings will likely crop up when you least expect them. We can place you on the waiting list and notify you if an opening becomes available.

Fees
Academy Days Co-op aims to be affordable, so no one at co-op gets paid. Class fees pay for supplies only. Individual class fees range from $1 to $18, but average about $8, and are for the entire semester, not per week nor per month. The $60 family registration fee covers insurance, facility rental and minimal general co-op supplies; however, we offer several discounts that can be combined to reduce the total. In fact, most families pay only about $20 or less! All fees are due and payable in cash at Registration & Orientation two weeks before the start of each semester. Click here for more information on fees and discounts.

Team Teachers
All classes have what we call "team teachers" (two or three teachers) to ensure a low teacher-student ratio. Our teachers are fellow homeschooling parents with a degree, special knowledge, work experience or passion for the subject. You do not have to teach a class to enroll your child, but team teaching just one class holds your child's spots all day and earns an extra discount!

Registration
To sign up, email carren(at)outlookacademy(dot)com with your name, city, phone, children's names, ages, and grades. If you miss the deadline, we will put you on the early notification list for the following semester.

 

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