SCIENCE for grades 3-5



SCIENCE 2019-20   (FULL, but waiting list available)

NOTE:  Motivated 2nd graders will be considered, especially if they have a sibling in grades 3-5.    (2nd graders also have the option of attending the Tuesday morning program.  If interested, email for details.)


Meeting place:  Grace Pres Church (except 1st quarter, as noted below.)

$40 per quarter

You can pay on the first day of class, or if you prefer online payment, you can use my estore by purchasing this class online.  If you need to use the sibling discount, you can use the coupon code SIBLINGDISCOUNT   at the checkout.  Siblings are half price within the group (not including afternoon class).

HOW TO REGISTER:   Send me an email.  Space is limited and priority is given to returning students. (


PONDS  (1st quarter:  Sept. 5, 12, 19, 26, Oct. 3, 10)   $40

Something new!  I’m going to try doing an outdoor classroom approach for this unit  We will not be meeting at the usual church building, but at the lower ponds located on the Calvary Harvest Fields property in Boalsburg, since they have no less than 5 ponds on their property.  I will send out more detailed info closer to the time.  We may have to make use of the lobby as a shelter for inclement weather.  Please note that this won’t just be free-wheeling open play time.  They will have very specific tasks to complete at the ponds each week.

We will be using the “One Small Square: Pond” book (provided) as our main text, plus we’ll have lots of other books you can borrow from our library.  (I will bring the books over in my van.)  If you have a 5th grader who has completely outgrown picture books, check out the afternoon option for grades 6 to 8.  If you feel this is more appropriate, email me about your student possibly participating in the 6-8 group.  (The afternoon group will be using this book:  Click here for preview.)


THE ELEMENTS  (2nd quarter:  Oct. 24, 31, Nov. 7, 14, 21, Dec. 5, 12)   $40

This topic may be a little challenging for 2nd graders, but if they want to try it, they can, especially if they have reasonable reading skills for their age.  (I once had a 7 year old memorize most of the Periodic Table, so who am I to say second graders can’t participate? lol)  We’ll be using my classic text with the little fingerprint guys (used by homeschoolers all over the world now).  We introduce elements and atoms, and see how they connect to make molecules.  Then we learn about the wide range of elements and what they are like, and we see how they are grouped into categories, or families.  Plenty of games and crafts and hands on activities!

You can take a look at the curriculum book using this link:  Click here for preview.   (They are not required to understand every single concept in the book.  This has to be a one-size-fits-all approach where we err on the side of providing too much info rather than too little.)  I always recommend that the parent takes the time to read the text to their students, even 4th and 5th graders.  Just learn along with them and discuss what they read.  It really helps them process what the text is saying.


THE BRAIN  (3rd quarter:  Jan. 16, 23, 30, Feb. 6, 13, 20, 27  Snow make up Mar. 5)   $40

We will use my Brain curriculum (text provided, either paperback or digital).  Digital preview here.  Since the brain connects to our senses, we will also include some learning about eyes, ears and skin.  Plenty of in-class games and activities, as always.


BIRDS  (4th quarter:  Mar. 19, 26, April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30)     $40

This will be my first time teaching an entire unit on birds.  I won’t be writing a curriculum for this, but there are lots of resources available.  (Gives me an excuse to shop…)  We will study all aspects of birds: anatomy, classification, bird calls, migration habits, eggs, etc.  We will have special guests come in with live birds, if at all possible.