Children love animals and have a natural curiosity about them. “World of Animals” is designed to ride that wave of curiosity and equip children with an understanding of the animal world like they have never experienced before. This introductory science class for young learners highlights God's design in creation. First semester will focus on vertebrate animals such as mammals, birds, fish, and amphibians. Second semester will complete the study of vertebrates with reptiles, before moving on to invertebrate animals. We will learn about all five groups of Arthropoda (insects, spiders, crustaceans), mollusks (clams, snails, octopus, squid), cnidarians (jellyfish, coral, anemones), echinoderms (starfish, sand dollars, urchins), sponges, and worms. Each week will include a hands-on project and/or lab to reinforce the animal/topic of the week. Occasionally animal specimens will be observed in class with our study.
After 20 years of teaching children, I have written a curriculum which I have taught at several learning centers in the past, including ILA. It was created in the same vein as Apologia and Answers in Genesis with a Christian worldview and focus on the wonder of creation. But adapted to be perfectly suited to younger learners without the heavy focus on extensive scientific vocabulary and instead with a bent towards exploration through hands-on projects and analogies to bring these complex concepts to life for young learners.
The course materials fee includes all the materials for the class, including the student book. Each quarter, every 8 weeks, your student will move on to the next book. This keeps the size of the book which they will need to carry back and forth each week much smaller and avoids weighing down their backpacks with heavy curriculum. Just perfectly sized for young learners. A detailed syllabus will be provided. Each week the homework will include a 1-3 page reading to be read aloud by a parent and 1-2 pages of reinforcement homework activity in the student book. These reinforcement pages are meant to drive the points home which were covered in class and serve as a link for the parent to know what topics were covered each week. This also gives you work samples should you need them for your PSP or charter. This class does not accept charter funds due to the Christian content but the majority of work samples can be submitted to a charter for science samples. This is a comprehensive full science course for the year. Upon registration, a $50 non-refundable deposit will be due, which is applied to the cost of the course.