Elementary Classes

Study Hall – all periods
This year we are offering  the option of a 30-week 1 ½ hour supervised Study Hall during each class period. We offer this option in order to help you with your schedule and prevent you from running back and forth to the Tutorial.
Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday  
Day/Time: each period
Cost: $145
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Math Tutoring Labs 

In an attempt to provide a comprehensive math program  this class has the option of attending a math lab for help, review, or just to complete home work with a tutor to answer questions nearby.  The math lab will be Thursday(????   Time).  You have two options when signing up for this class. 

Regular class fees for TCT PreAlgebra and up include 4 math labs as needed over the course of the year. Appointments for math labs are mandatory.

Option 1 – Four additional math labs (by appointment only) $80.

Option 2 – Ten additional math labs (by appointment only) $180.

Option 3 – Entire 32 weeks of math labs $280 if combined with a TCT math course or $400 if not combined with a TCT math course.

Thursday
Time: 12:55-2:25
Grades:5th-8th
Tutor: Lindsay

Thursday 
Time: 2:35-4:05
Grades:9th-12th
Tutor:Lindsay


Conquering Fractions, Decimals & Percents for Advanced Elementary/Early Middle School 

 This course is designed to review all operations with fractions, decimals and percent’s over 32 weeks for an hour and a half. It will also delve into basic equations and operations with integers. These concepts can be stumbling blocks for many learners and with a good foundation, students will be more successful in middle and high school math courses such as Algebra.  This course is the first step into the world of critical-thinking math skills.

This course will be supplemented with tutor-made video lessons twice a week and online assignments through a game-based program. Class time will be spent reinforcing video lessons through hands-on activities and extending the lessons for advanced learners. Students will need to come to class having viewed the lessons and completed their daily online assignments in order to stay on track.

“This class is a full curriculum and follows a Middle School 6/7 course. No supplemental curriculum will be needed.”

Curriculum: Holt McDougal Mathematics Course 2

Link for textbook: https://www.amazon.com/McDougal-Littell-Math-Course-Student/dp/0618610707/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1515180928&sr=1-1&keywords=mcdougal+littell+course+2

Tuesday 
Time: 9:00 – 10:30
Grades:5-7
Class Fee: $335
Books and supply fee: $65*
Tutor: Lindsay

Thursday 
Time: 10:45 – 12:15
Grades:5-7
Class Fee: $335
Books and supply fee: $65*
Tutor:: Lindsay

*Supply fees include a one year subscription to and online immersive math program that provides a platform for comprehensive math studies and real time observations of the student progress


Becoming a Skilled Chatter Box
Intro to Speech

Becoming a Skilled Chatter Box is a 30 week 1 1/2 hour class designed for 4th -6th graders to help them express themselves and communicate with confidence in front of an audience. This will
be done in many ways that encourage students and hopefully extinguish the fears and anxiety that come with standing up in front of a group of people. It is a necessary skill for students to be able to communicate well, but
one that can be done having fun! Using “out of the box” group games, very interesting individual class and at home assignments, helpful tricks mixed in with some practical teaching methods, students will become skilled chatterboxes in no time!

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Tutor: Beth Vess


Logical Thinking

In this 30 week, 1-1/2 hour class, students will develop skills in Logical Thinking and Group Dynamics. Using problems, mysteries, puzzles, and games, each child will learn to draw conclusions, think deductively, put things in sequence, and explain how a problem was solved. They will participate in group activities to learn how to work together, solve problems effectively and experience the creative process.

This fun and challenging class will be using team-building activities from Destination Imagination. DI teaches the creative process by allowing students to solve Challenges together as a team. A big part of their program is the Interference policy: in short, kids have to imagine, create and develop solutions on their own.

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Tutor: Kim Erickson


Lego Design Challenge

In the Lego Design Challenge class, we will be incorporating  Lego LearnToLearn curriculum  across the areas of engineering and technology, language arts, math, science, and social studies.  However, instead of memorizing abstract principles and formulas related to these subjects, students will use Lego bricks to construct knowledge in these subject areas as well as building skills of the 21st century.  Each week, a lesson will be presented along with a building challenge that students will complete either alone or in a group.  Along with a weekly challenge, students will have opportunity to showcase their creativity with free build time in which they will be able to use the available bricks, gears, motors, and other Lego equipment.

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Tutor: Monica Larson


Creative Writing IEW
(Level A & Level B)  

This 30 week 1-1/2 hour class is built on the Institute for Excellence in Writing, Teaching Writing: Structure and Style. The majority of assignments will be from the IEW curriculum. However, these will also be alternated with assignments with more flexibility and freedom, including poetry, journalism writing, speech writing, and brainstorming.

Students will learn to take notes, summarize narrative stories, write 3 paragraph stories, write from pictures, and compose creative essays from the brain. This approach provides a structured approach to unleashing creativity and building communication skills.

The class includes weekly writing lab with peer feedback and teacher review. Students will present their papers and gain experience in oral presentation skills. There will be weekly writing assignments.

***Access to computer and printer are required. All final papers must be typed and printed

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Chemistry and Physics for Kids
 (Real Science-4-Kids) 

Chemistry Semester is a 15 week 1-1/2 hour class that introduces students to atoms, molecules, molecular reactions, acid-base reactions, titration’s, mixtures, separating mixtures, polymers, and biological polymers. We will also cover the “Language of Science” looking at the Latin and Greek roots that make up the vocabulary of Chemistry. The text is written at a 4-6th grade reading level and covers the same basic concepts of chemistry for upper level yet is still presented in easy-to-understand language and broken down into easy-to-complete modules. The textbook is easy to read and fun to use. The classroom will be lively and students are encouraged to explore real science using hands-on experiments that are designed not only to teach the scientific method but to help develop critical thinking tools necessary for all subjects. Experiments will coincide with the classes and help to drive home the information learned in the class and text.

Physics Semester, also a 15 week 1-1/2 hour class, will introduce the students to the fundamental concepts of “physical laws”, motion, energy, forces, chemical potential energy, nuclear energy, electrical energy and charges, magnets, electromagnets, light and sound. It also covers the “Language of Science”, looking at the Latin and Greek roots that make up the vocabulary of Physics. The class is structured the same as the Chemistry class.

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Tutor: Megan Powell


Fun With Art

This fun art class will take your child’s artistic ability to the next level. Lessons will be a step by step drawing instruction to develop his or her ability to break down any picture into simple components. I will be teaching proper techniques with oil pastel, chalk pastel, water color, marker and colored pencil. You will be amazed what your child can create  throughout the year.
I am looking forward to helping your child have Fun With Art!

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Tutor: Amy Potter Smith


Hands On Art History B
This class will teach formal art techniques, color relationships and art history through fun and imaginative projects.  Your child will hone their artistic skills and create colorful, imaginative work through drawing, pastels, painting and collage. 
 We will be inspired by Klimt, Haring, Matisse, O’Keeffe, Kandinsky, Smithson, Burch, Lichtenstein, Rousseau, Miro and more.
This class is an extension of Part A but Part A is not required to participate.   

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Tutor: Amy Potter Smith


Sketch Render and Paint 3D

Not a repeat of last year.
This 30 week art class will teach students how to sketch and paint landscapes, portraits, still life, and botanicals in Ink wash, watercolor and acrylic mediums.
 This year I will also include simple 3D work including sculpture, up cycling, and collage.
 My ultimate goal is to help the students become comfortable with sketching, painting and creating beauty in the world around them.
Some previous art experience is required.

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Tutor: Amy Potter Smith


Phonics of Art and  Drawing Level I & II 
(Tuesday and Thursday)

The Phonics of Art and Drawing levels I & II is a 30 week 1 ½ hour class where the students will learn to develop and improve the fundamental drawing principles that will enable them to draw anything! This progressive step-by-step course will provide a solid foundation for artistic expression. The topics include Shape, Shadow, Contour Line, Perspective, Color Theory, Portraiture, Composition, and Style (Impressionism & Expressionism) Uses charcoal, oil pastel, colored pencil, and watercolor.

Level II students will continue to work on these same principles with more challenging subjects and more expanded media used.  They will use the additional tools of color pastels, water colored pencil and be introduced to acrylics. Student must have completed level I to be allowed to participate in level II.

Parents please note this class is challenging.  This is for the serious art student who is willing to work hard and complete difficult tasks to improve their art ability. 

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TutorAmy Potter Smith


Phonics of Art and Drawing Level I II III & IV (Wednesday)

The Phonics of Art and Drawing levels I & II is a 30 week 1 ½ hour class where the students will learn to develop and improve the fundamental drawing principles that will enable them to draw anything! This progressive step-by-step course will provide a solid foundation for artistic expression. The topics include Shape, Shadow, Contour Line, Perspective, Color Theory, Portraiture, Composition, and Style (Impressionism & Expressionism) Uses charcoal, oil pastel, colored pencil, and watercolor.

Level II students will continue to work on these same principles with more challenging subjects and more expanded media used. They will use the additional tools of color pastels, water colored pencil and be introduced to acrylics. Student must have completed level I to be allowed to participate in level II.

Parents please note this class is challenging. This is for the serious art student who is willing to work hard and complete difficult tasks to improve their art ability. I encourage parents of 4th grade students if you have any questions as to which art class would best benefit your student to call Megan at 901-682-3554 to find out more information about the best fit for your child or children.

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Tutor: Megan Powell


Art Around the World A

In this 1-1/2 hour 30 week class we will discover the unique landscape or art/artists of each state in the United States of America. Even if not taking the Jumping Into Geography class, this art class could be the one for you!

Then the students will add their own personality in the details. My ultimate goal for the year is to turn these students into budding artists confident in their new skills. I will weave color theory and famous artist information into the lessons when appropriate. My hope is that my students will be engaged in work that is meaningful and challenging to them while simultaneously experiencing the joy of creating!

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TutorAmy Potter Smith


American History With The AMERICAN GIRLS

In this 30 week, 1-1/2 hour class we will explore American history from the time Native Americans were the inhabitants of America to modern times using the American Girl books as our “textbook.” In addition to history, we will discuss literature, learn the 50 states and capitals, make period crafts, play games and sample food from America’s past. Highlights of the year include a Victorian Tea, complete with manners, and a field trip to Chucallissa Native American Village. We will have additional field trips and movie nights outside of class. Students are given opportunities to develop their creative writing and presentation skills throughout the year and are given the opportunity to learn note taking skills through fill-in-the-blank history sheets for each week’s lesson. Students will earn tickets for class participation, completed reading assignments, bringing materials to class, etc. that they can spend in the General Store which happens 4 times during the year. Students will need access to the “Meet” American Girl books or other historical books related to the time period. You can purchase these or they are available through the library.

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TUTORKathy Ethridge


Life Science – Answers in Genesis 
The World of Plants & The World of Animals 

In this 30 week, 1 ½ hour class, your child will explore the plant and animal kingdoms. From cuddly mammals and slimy frogs, to jellyfish and bacteria, your child will discover how God created each living thing to be unique. See God’s hand as you study seeds, leaves and flowers. This class will help your child explore the wonder and diversity of the animal kingdom, along with the beauty and uniqueness of plant life like meat-eating plants, fungi, algae, and more. One cannot help but delight in the intricacy of the world of plants and animals when they complete this class.

God’s Design textbooks teach science from a biblical, creationist perspective, emphasizing God’s handiwork in the world around us. Each class will consist of lecture, and hands-on activities and projects. God’s Design books contain special feature articles that examine the lives of scientists throughout history who have contributed to the subject. Other articles contain fun facts. Finally, each book has an optional unit project that ties all of the lessons together and reinforces what the student has learned. Good science couldn’t be more fun!

You will need to purchase:

“God’s Design for Life” Texts (4th editions)
1) The World of Plants – ISBN: 1626914249 or ISBN-13: 9781626914247
2) The World of Animals – ISBN: 1626914303 or ISBN-13: 9781626914308

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Tutor: Kelly Fernandez


Computer Programming

In this 30-week class, we will learn the basics of computer programming. We will begin with computational thinking then progress to write code using the Java programming language, which is an industry standard. Students will do labs in class and at-home programming assignments. Students will finish the year by creating a computer game that they can share with friends. A laptop to bring to class is recommended but not required, but students will need access to a computer at home with Windows 7 or more recent and capable of running the required software (a very limited number of laptops are available for use in class on a first-come, first-served basis.) The software & textbook are provided.

Prerequisite: This class teaches programming and assumes students already have a comfort level of using a computer. Students must have basic skills to navigate a computer, or they may need the Computer Essentials class first. See tutor for details.

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Tutor: Wendi Sisson


The Science of Cooking Class 

This yummy 30 week 1 ½ hour class will focus on the Science of Cooking.  You see Cooking is science at work.  There are so many scientific concepts and methods at work in the kitchen every day.  Chemical reactions, oxidation, emulsion, catalysis’s, and diffusion are only some of the things that happen in a busy kitchen on a daily basis.  To know the science is the beginning of becoming really good chief.  Your budding Chief will enjoy hands on cooking experiences from boiling water to creating complete nitrous and delicious meals.  They will become confident in experimenting with the skills they learn in the class. Everyone is going to enjoy the homework for this class as your student will be using the concepts they learned at home.  We will be teaching the students culinary skills and helping them to learn how to create and enjoy foods that are both tasty and healthy.  We will cover the science of food preservation, preparation, and proper cooking tech, storing and clean up.   More details to come.

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Tutor: Megan Powell


Mastering Elementary Math Facts through Games

Come join us for game day! Each week this course will engage your child in learning basic math facts in a fun and unique way. The course is 30 weeks for 90 minutes a week. Students will practice multiplication tables, addition, subtraction, basic division, place values, number sequence, decimals and fractions. Students will work cooperatively with their peers in a game-based structure. Each week will be a different game focused on a different concept. This course will help students have some extra practice with fundamental math concepts without the drudgery of time tests and worksheets. This course will not include graded assignments. 

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TutorLindsay Lamport

*Supply fees include a one year subscription to and online immersive math program that provides a platform for comprehensive math studies and real time observations of the student progress.


Middle School Latin – Levels 1, 2 & 3
 
This 30-week course is designed to introduce Elementary and middle school students to the exciting Latin language. We will focus on grammar forms and vocabulary to give your student a firm foundation for upper level Latin translation.  We will also begin the study of Latin roots of English vocabulary words, which is a great test prep program for students planning on taking any test with a vocabulary section.  This is a fabulous course for your Elementary or middle school student!

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Tutor: Debbie Vaughn


Conquering Fractions, Decimals & Percents for Advanced Elementary/Early Middle School 

This course is designed to review all operations with fractions, decimals and percent’s over 32 weeks for an hour and a half. It will also delve into basic equations and operations with integers. These concepts can be stumbling blocks for many learners and with a good foundation, students will be more successful in middle and high school math courses such as Algebra.  This course is the first step into the world of critical-thinking math skills.

This course will be supplemented with tutor-made video lessons twice a week and online assignments through a game-based program. Class time will be spent reinforcing video lessons through hands-on activities and extending the lessons for advanced learners. Students will need to come to class having viewed the lessons and completed their daily online assignments in order to stay on track.

Curriculum: Holt McDougal Mathematics Course 2

Tuesday 
Time: 9:00 – 10:30
Grades:5-7
Class Fee: $335
Books and supply fee: $60
Tutor: Lindsay

Thursday 
Time: 10:45 – 12:15
Grades:5-7
Class Fee: $335
Books and supply fee: $60
Tutor:: Lindsay


Águilas 1/2/3 (“Eagles” Beginner & Intermediate Spanish)

In this 30-week class, we will explore Spanish in a fun, hands-on way, using conversation, games, music, food, and books. We will be “Exploradores” (Explorers) who visit Spanish-speaking countries, sample their foods, listen to their music, and celebrate some of their festivals and holidays. Guest speakers will share why Spanish is important to them and how they use it. The class goal is for students to know basic daily vocabulary, be able to carry on brief conversations in Spanish and be enthusiastic about further language learning. Take-homes will help parents and siblings to join in learning Spanish and having conversations together! This class focuses on both spoken and written Spanish. Returning Spanish students benefit from continued conversation and listening practice while being challenged by upper-level projects using differentiated learning. Supplies provided.

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Tutor: Wendi Sisson


S. T. E. M.

This class will focus on hands-on inquiry and open-ended exploration in the combined fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Students will work collaboratively to discover solutions and designs to real world situations and problems. There will be multiple right answers and failure will be reframed as a positive step on the way to discovering and designing solutions and as a necessary part of learning.

Our goal is activating students’ curiosity, leading them to ask good questions, and transferring the responsibility for learning from the teacher to the student. Guests with different areas of expertise such as science, math, computer technology, air and space, will be brought in as available.

This year will be an entire new set of challenges. Here is a sample of the challenges we will be doing this year.

  • Cuneiform Coding Challenge
  • Barbie (and GI Joe) Bungee Jumping Challenge
  • Design and Build a Flotation Device Challenge

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Tutor:  Kathy Ethridge, Megan Powell, Wendi Sisson plus guest tutors


Elementary Drama

Drama is a 30 week, 90 minute course that gives students the opportunity to explore acting and other aspects of theater production. Class members participate in theater games using improvisation and pantomime.  Students also read, direct, perform and evaluate monologs and skits in the classroom.

Fall Production will be “The Best Christmas Pagaent Ever”, performed on Saturday, November 17.

Spring Production will be decided based on make-up of enrollment. Title and date of production will be announced midway of fall semester.

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TUTORKathy Ethridge


Ancient History, Elementary

In this 30 week, 1-1/2 hour class we will begin at Creation and go through the time of Christ, exploring Egypt, Greece, Rome and more, and encountering King Tut, Cleopatra and Socrates, just to name a few. Class time will contain lecture, discussion, and projects. We will explore the world of mummies, decode hieroglyphics and cuneiform, build a ziggurat and have chariot races.

Students will need access to a copy of Mystery of History; https://www.themysteryofhistory.com/history-curriculum/#volumeIry, Volume I.

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