SCIENCE for junior high (6-9)



To sign up, you must either speak to me in person or email me.
UPDATE:  As of April 3, 2018, this class is full.   However, twice a semester I will be sponsoring an all-day STEAM event that will not have limited registration.  For more info, click on STEAM on the local classes page. These events will also be advertised through the community email list.
You don’t have to pay online.  You can use my online payment option if that is best for you.  However, you may also bring payment as cash or check when classes begin.
The price of the classes is just a materials fee.  There isn’t any extra tuition on top of this.  This is the only fee.  (I can keep the prices low because of the generosity of the church whose building I use, and because I don’t derive any income from the classes.  My income comes from the online sales of the curriculum I write.)
DISCOUNTS:  I am very aware of the limited budgets that many homeschoolers have, especially those with multiple children.  I have been there and done that!  Children are a blessing from the Lord, and I don’t want large families to feel that they are unable to participate because of finances.  I have set up a sibling discount of 50% off, by using the code “SIBLINGDISCOUNT” in the check out.  If the coupon doesn’t seem to be working, let me know.  Also, if you need an additional discount, you may accomplish that by paying with cash or check and just lowering the amount a bit.

HOW THE CODE WORKS:  The coupon will take 25% off total purchase price, which is equivalent to 50% off for one student.  If you have three students, the 25% discount should still apply.  If the math doesn’t work out right, just lessen the quantity by 1.  (If the math doesn’t work out perfectly, that’s okay.)  The “quantity” is defined as one student taking one class.  Registering one student for all four classes would be quantity “4.” Registering 4 students for one class would also be quantity “4.”


North America:  Biomes, Deserts, Weather, and Climates

September 6  to Oct. 11  (12:30-3:00)  (6 classes total)

$40 (Siblings are half price)

       Basically an introduction to ecology with with some weather and climate science thrown in.  Our special emphasis will be on the deserts of N. America, and we will find out why deserts occur where they do.  We’ll do an overview of the deserts of the world.  We’ll look at some of the specialized plants and animals that live in the deserts in the west and do some scientific drawings of a few of them.  We’ll do a brief survey of how weather works and how we define climates.   (NOTE: I will be mindful of the topics and terminology that ninth graders need to know in order to fulfill high school bio requirements.)   I don’t have a curriculum for this topic, so we will be using library books that students can borrow each week.  I hope to be able to provide all books and supplies that they will need.


South America:  Biomes, fungi, photosynthesis and taxonomy 

Oct. 25 to Dec. 6  (12:30-3:00)  (6 classes total)

$40 (Siblings are half price)

             We’ll continue in our ecological journey by going southward.  Since rain forests are often a topic that is covered extensively in elementary years, we won’t over emphasize this topic, just cover it briefly.  We’ll emphasize the process of photosynthesis, going into high school level detail.  Also, we’ll take a look at something so often overlooked– the important role that the fungi play in biomes.  As we meet various plants and animals of the continent, we’ll find out how they are classified (Kingdom, phylum, etc.).  Lastly, we will include some art with this topic and do some scientific illustrations of a few plants and animals.


Science in Antarctica

Jan. 10, 17, 24, 31, Feb. 4, 21, 28 (12:30-3:00)  (7 classes total, with the extra day being a built-in snow day)  NOTE: No class Feb. 14, to allow for special homeschool activities that day.

$40 (Siblings are half price)

       This is always a favorite topic, even with people like me who really hate cold weather.  Antarctica is mysterious and fascinating.  We’ll take a look at its geography and geology as well at its ecology.  Thousands of scientists work in Antarctica. What do they do?  We’ll learn about the various types of research that goes on, and will provide video field trips to research stations (both in class and watchable at home).  I created a game called “Science in Antarctica” that we’ll play as a fun review at the end of the unit.


Forces and Motion   

Mar. 21 to April 25    (12:30-3:00)  (6 classes total)

$40 (Siblings are half price)

      This is your classic Galileo and Newton stuff– gravity, Newtons’s laws of motion, projectile motion, levers and pulleys, etc.  The goal is to make this topic as hands-on as possible, but also include some math for the older students. We’ll make sure to learn about Galileo and Newton while we are at it, plus maybe a few others.  (I don’t have a curriculum about this, so I’m looking through other source material, trying to find the best of the best, and something that will work for everyone if possible.)  I have some ideas about how to make a “theme” for the unit, but don’t want to publish it yet in case those ideas don’t pan out.