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: $130
For Study Hall information click here


Ancient History

Using Mystery of History Volume 1 as our spine we will explore the history of the ancient world in a fun, hands on way. We will be taking on some of those hands on projects that the text suggests but we rarely have time to get to at home. The focus of this 30 week class will be to bring history to life and excite your students about history while learning about this interesting time period.

Wednesday 10:45 -12:15
GRADES:  4th – 7th
CLASS FEE: $295
SUPPLY FEE: $50  Students will need a binder.
TUTORRena Gammon


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.

Tuesday   ONE SPOT LEFT
Time:  10:45-12:15
Grades: 4th –7th
Class Fee: $290
Supply fee: $65 (all materials are provided with this fee)
Tutor: Lyndy Sossaman

Wednesday   ONE SPOT LEFT  
Time:  9:00-10:30      
Grades: 4th –7th
Class Fee: $290
Supply fee: $65 (all materials are provided with this fee)
Tutor: Lyndy Sossaman

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Science in History 

Science in History is a 30 week, 1  1/2 hour class based on a new Science curriculum from Berean Builders Publishing, Inc., and Dr. Jay Wile.  Dr. Wile is responsible for many of the Science textbooks in the popular Apologia curriculum. The four book series introduces scientific concepts in the framework of history.  For this class we will use the first book in the series, Science in the Beginning.  Students will take scientific journey through the six days of creation, studying a wide variety of topics including: light, energy conservation, air & water, botany, the solar system, zoology, and some aspects of human anatomy and physiology.

Included in the class are all labs, supplies, instruction and testing of the material from this groundbreaking series.  Parents will only need to purchase the text for your student (see picture below).  Books may be bought on-line or at Gateway Curriculum Center.  Gateway is open Fridays and Saturdays, 12-4pm (closed holiday weekends).  Mention that you’re buying books for use at The Cordova Tutorial to receive a discount on your purchase.

Thursday  10:45-12:15
Grades: 4-7
Class Fee: $350
Supply fee: $75
TutorAynsley Clark


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.

Thursday
Time: 2:35-4:05
Grades: 3rd-5th
Class Fee: $285
Supply fee: $80
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. 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 gives your student information on how to put into writing the information hidden in their imagination. Ultimately, your student’s writing experiences will cause them to think more deeply about what they are experiencing in their lives. In the class I use positive feedback from myself and from their peers as we all evaluate each other’s work, finding the best of each to complement. This is a very enjoyable approach to becoming a confident and competent communicator both in the written form as well as oral presentations.

The class includes weekly writing lab with teacher review. In this class the students will also present their papers and gain experience in oral presentation skills. There will be weekly writing assignments. ***Access to computer and printer required- all final papers must be typed and printed***

Tuesday   
Time:  9:00-10:30      
Grades: 4th-7th (Level A)
Class Fee: $290
Supply Fee: $70 (includes all supplies needed for the class)
Tutor: Lyndy Sossaman

Wednesday   
Time:  12:55-2:25          
Grades: 4th-7th (Level A)
Class Fee: $290
Supply Fee: $70 (includes all supplies needed for the class)
Tutor: Lyndy Sossaman

Wednesday :
Time:  10:45-12:15
Grades: 6th-8th (Level B) – Previous experience with IEW is required.   

Class Fee: $290
Supply Fee: $80 (includes all supplies needed for the class)
Tutor: Lyndy Sossaman


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.

TUESDAY   FULL
Day/time:  12:55-2:25
Grades: 4th-7th
Class Fee: $300
Books/supply fee: $85 (all books and supplies provided with this fee)
Tutor: Lyndy Sossaman


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!
Tuesday    
Time: 10:45-12:15   
Grades: K-4
Class Fee: $295
Supply fee: $75 (all materials are provided with this fee)
Tutor: Amy Potter Smith

Thursday
Time: 12:55-2:25
Grades: K-4
Class Fee: $295
Supply fee: $75 (all materials are provided with this fee)
Tutor: Amy Potter Smith


Art History for Elementary
(Prehistoric to Pop Art)        

Explore and recreate the history of art from cave paintings to modern art. In this 30 week class, we will explore, chronologically, the time period, the artists and the main characteristics of art during each period.

Thursday
Time: 9:00-10:30
Grades: 1-5
Class Fee: $290
Supply fee: $86 (all materials are provided with this fee)
Tutor: Amy Potter Smith


Sketch Render and Paint

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. My ultimate goal is to help the students become comfortable with sketching and painting the world around them. (Warning – Class size will be limited)

Tuesday    FULL
Time: 2:35-4:05
Grades: 5th grade and up
Class Fee: $325
Supply fee: $85 (all materials are provided with this fee)
Tutor: Amy Potter Smith


Creative Writing with a Purpose 
Creative Writing with a Purpose is a 30 week 1-1/2 hour class designed for 4-6th grade. The class will be based on the Excellence in Writing, Teaching Writing: Structure and Style, but it will not be limited only to it. The overall purpose of this class is to give students an opportunity to become skilled, confident writers and to provide an environment to do so.

How does this happen? Well, it’s not by magic:) It does tend to happen more when there is a lot of effort, hard work, a good attitude, and yes, FUN! At the end of it all, each student hopefully will have a skill set to use from their writing experience that translates to their success in all of their studies, communications, and future endeavors.

Class materials:
All materials and notebook will be provided.
Students will need a pen and writing paper.
Computer access is required.

Thursday
Time: 9:00-10:30
Grades: 4th – 6th
Class Fee: $290
Supply Fee $65
Tutor: Kim Erickson


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. 

Tuesday   
Time: 12:55-2:25pm
Grades: 4th and up
Class Fee: $350
Supply Fee:  $85 (all materials included in this fee)
Tutor: Amy Potter Smith 

Thursday
Time: 10:45-12:15pm
Grades: 4th and up
Class Fee: $350
Supply Fee: $85 (all materials included in this fee)
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.

Wednesday
Time:  12:55-2:25
Grades:  4th & up   
Class Fee: $350
Supply Fee: Level I II $85  Level III IV $95 (all materials included in this fee)
Tutor: Megan Powell


Phonics of Art and Drawing Level I, II, III & IV  Multi-media

Art level III & IV  Multi-media is an advanced art experience.  In this 30 week 1 ½ hour class we will further explore advanced techniques in artistic expression.  The topics include Shape, Shadow, Contour Line, Perspective, Color Theory, Portraiture, Composition, and Style.   This course will include an art appreciation component with field trips to art galleries and other on location drawing experiences.  The art appreciation text, The Annotated Mona Lisa, gives the reader fascinating glimpses of art, the artists, and their critics’ evaluations.  You’ll finish this book understanding art and artists in a whole new way.

This class will use a wide variety of materials including but not limited to charcoal, pastels, oil pastel, colored pencil, watercolor, water color pencils, wire sculpture and acrylics on canvas.

If you have a student with advanced art skill and an independent worker you are welcome to talk with me about presenting examples of their work for approval. In this class I will be challenging the students to explore the art they see around them, to record ideas they would like to copy or alter into an art note book, and  to use in their own art work.  In class I will continually encourage the students to take their projects to a higher level.

For these levels you will need to purchase The Annotated Mona Lisa, a 1 inch 3 ring binder, and  “The New Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain Work book, Guided practice in the Five Basic Skills of Drawing” (Unless you have completed these texts in a previous art class)  and a blank page artist notebook for an art journal.

Wednesday
Time:  2:35-4:05
Grades:  4th -12th
Class Fee: $350
Supply Fee: Levels I & II $75   Levels III & IV $95  (all materials included in this fee)
Tutor: Megan Powell


Becoming a Skilled Chatter Box

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!

Thursday
Time:  12:55-2:25
Grades: 4-6
Class Fee: $280
Supply fee: $60
Tutor: Trina Crosby


Artistic America 

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. 

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!

Tuesday 
Time: 12:55-2:25        
Grades: K-4
Cost: $285
Supply Fee: $70 (all supplies will be provided, no need to purchase anything)
Tutor: Amy Potter Smith


American History for Boys

American History for Boys will be a 30 week class in which we will explore a boy’s eye view of American history. We will look at each period of history through books and stories of boys living in those time periods. We will talk about survival methods, skills, and weapons prevalent during each time we study. We will look at strategies that were helpful during each time and ones that were not helpful. This class will be very hands on. Curriculum will be various living history books similar to the American Girl series.

DAY/TIMEWednesday 12:55-2:35
GRADES: 3rd – 5th
CLASS FEE: $295
SUPPLY FEE: $50  Students will need a binder.
TUTOR: Rena Gammon


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.” Time periods covered will include Native Americans, the Colonial Era, the Civil War, Pioneers, Immigration, The Great Depression, World Wars I and II and more. 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. I also have several copies that are available to borrow.

DAY/TIMEWednesday 1:00-2:30
GRADES: 2rd – 5th
CLASS FEE: $295
SUPPLY FEE: $50  Students will need a binder.
TUTORKathy Ethridge


Exploring Drama

This 30 week class will introduce students to basic theatre and drama
techniques including dramatic readings and acting. Students will have
both formal and casual assignments and will participate in a class
production at the end of each semester where students will not only act,
but also make scenery and costumes and work behind the scenes. Students
will learn theatre terminology and other skills which will better enable
them to participate in other theatre venues.

Play dates are Saturday, November 18 and Saturday, April 21. Please check these dates for conflicts before you sign up for class as the dates are firm and stage has already been booked. Scheduled plays are The Velveteen Rabbit (November) and Beauty and the Beast (April). These plays are tentative, subject to number and make-up of students enrolled in each class.

Tuesday 2:30-4:00, or    
Wednesday 2:30-4:00

GRADES: 1st-5th
CLASS FEE: $295
THEATRE RENTAL, COSTUMING, SET AND CLASS SUPPLIES: $110
TUTOR: Kathy Ethridge

Thursday 2:30-4:00
GRADES: 1st-5th
CLASS FEE: $295
THEATRE RENTAL, COSTUMING, SET AND CLASS SUPPLIES: $110
TUTOR: Debbie Vaughn


Early Church & Middle Ages

The Mystery of History Volume II (AD 30-1456) picks up where the story of Volume I leaves off – at the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ and moves to the fall of the Western Roman Empire and the Dark Ages that followed. We will visit knights and damsels, kings and queens, and the peasants who faithfully served them. Students will visit Vikings and villains; castles and crusades. Beyond Europe, we will study the life of Mohammed and the spread of Islam along with the rise and fall of dynasties in Japan and China. We will visit Africa and the Great Zimbabwe empire and then move to the Americas and investigate the rituals of the Aztecs and the gold of the Incas in Peru. Please note this is a Christian based curriculum. Students will need a hard copy or audio copy of Mystery of History Volume II, textbook only. Students will also need a three-ring binder.

Tuesday 9:00-10:30
GRADES: 4-7
CLASS FEE: $295
SUPPLY FEE: $50  Students will need a binder.
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 every facet of the plant and animal kingdoms. From cuddly mammals and slimy frogs, to jellyfish and bacteria, your child will discover how God created each animal to be unique. The mysteries will also be revealed regarding how God specially designed the plants around us to provide, protect, and delight us. 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. They 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 a 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
1) The World of Plants
2) The World of Animals

TUESDAY 10:45 – 12:15    —ONE SPOT LEFT
Grades: 4-6
Class Fee: $295
Supply Fee: $90
Tutor: Kelly Fernandez


Computer Programming

In this 30 week 1 1/2 hour class we will be learning the basics of computer programming using the Java language which is an industry standard. Students will do group labs in class and at home programming assignments. A laptop to bring to class is recommended but not required, but students will need access to a computer at home with a fairly recent version of Windows. (Or check with me for other options.)

THURSDAY
Day/time:  12:55-2:25
Grades: 4th-6th
Class Fee: $325
Books/supply fee: $85
Tutor: Wendi Sisson


ELEMENTARY LATIN – 3rd-6th grade

This 30-week course is designed to introduce elementary students to the world of Latin grammar.  Easy-paced instruction and a step-by-step approach will guide the students through grammar, vocabulary and Roman history and culture.  This is the perfect course for your young Latin student – First, Second and Third years – to study this classical language.

TEXT:  Latina Christiana 1 or 2 (Memoria Press)

Thursday 
Day/Time: 10:45 – 12:15
Grade: 3-6
Cost: $295
Supply Fee: $75
Tutor: Debbie Vaughn


ELEMENTARY MUSIC – K-5th grade

This 30 week interactive class is designed to teach basic musical concepts and music theory in an engaging, group environment.  Rhythm sticks, handbells, boomwhackers, creative movement and singing will all be employed to help your student learn music!  Creativity is the theme of this hands-on music class.

Thursday 
Day/Time: 12:55-2:25
Grade: K-5th
Cost: $295
Supply Fee: $75
Tutor: Debbie Vaughn


Águilas 1 (“Eagles” Beginner 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. (Previously class title was Elementary Spanish 3rd-6th.)

Wednesday 10:45-12:15
Grades: 3-6
Class Fee: $295
Supply fee: $70
Tutor: Wendi Sisson

 


Águilas 2 (“Eagles” Intermediate Spanish)

(Prerequisite “Elementary Spanish 3rd-6th” or previous Spanish experience.) In this 30-week class, we will expand on students’ foundation in Spanish in a fun, hands-on way, using conversation, games, music, food, and books. We will ”visit” different Spanish-speaking countries, sample their foods, listen to their music, and celebrate some of their festivals and holidays. The class goal is for students to expand their current Spanish vocabulary, be able to carry on short conversations in Spanish, learn new verb tenses, 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.

Wednesday 12:55-2:25
Grades: 3-6
Class Fee: $295
Supply fee: $70
Tutor: Wendi Sisson


S. T. E. M.I

This class will focus on hands-on inquiry and open-ended exploration in the 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. We will focus on real-world issues and problems and seek solutions.

Our goal is activating students’ curiosity, leading them to ask good questions, and transferring the responsibility for learning from the teacher to the student. During the lessons we will not tell students how to solve the problem. They will make decisions and come up with solutions on their own, perhaps with gentle guidance to keep them on track if needed.

There will be two tutors in most classes, one for consistency from week to week and “guest” tutors brought in with different areas of expertise such as science, math, computer technology, air and space, etc.

We are still assembling our team of “guest” tutors and our projects for the year. Here is a sample of the challenges we will be doing this year.

  • Oil Spill Challenge
  • Catapult Challenge
  • Space Lander Challenge
  • Robotics Challenge
  • Build A Snack Machine Challenge

Thursday
Time:  9:00-10:30
Grades: 4-6
Class Fee: $325
Supply fee: $75
Tutor: Wendi SissonMegan Powell, Kathy Ethridge plus guest tutors

Thursday
Time:  10:45-12:15
Grades: 4-6
Class Fee: $325
Supply fee: $75
Tutor: Wendi Sisson,  Megan PowellKathy Ethridge plus guest tutors