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Class Descriptions - Spring 2023

Updated: Jan 10


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Elementary K-6 | Middle School | High School

Morning Electives | Afternoon Electives


Preschool-Kindergarten

Letter of the Week, all year (parents do not need to buy this) Through various activities, students will focus on letter recognition, sounds, number recognition, counting, basic math skills, pre-writing practice, and fine-motor skills.

 

Elementary K-6th:


Anatomy: Grades 1st - 2nd, (continuation)

Using the Sassafras Adventures book, students will ‘travel’ through each of the body’s systems, diagramming and recording into their books the important aspects of each one, while also recognizing the important relevance to the entire body. Students will participate on many hands-on activities in class.

Anatomy: Grades 3rd-4th (continuation)

We will use the Apologia’s Exploring Creation: Anatomy book to study the vital aspects of the human body and each of its systems.

American History and Literature (continuation)

Continuing the Ambulare staff written curriculum. Book List here.


Geography - 50 States

The 50 States, all year through a variety of living books and hands-on activities, students will learn fascinating facts about each of the 50 states, as well as placement on the map. Students will identify capitals, landforms, bodies of water and other points of interest.


Draw the USA/Geography: 3rd-6th grades

Students will learn to draw each state and its location on a map grid of the United States. In addition, this class will include memorization of state capitals, mapping features such as mountain ranges and major lakes and rivers, geography vocabulary, and fun facts. Students who would like to learn to draw the United States from memory should plan to complete the drawing practice assignments at home throughout the week.

 

Morning Electives 2nd-12th:


IEW, All Things Fun and Fascinating (BEGINNER)

Humorous characters, cunning creatures, and meritorious men of history will captivate students as they learn to write with structure and style. Moving through 7 units, students will take notes, summarize narrative stories, write from pictures, put together a mini research report, and compose creative essays. Along the way we will incorporate vocabulary, basic grammar, and poetry to help develop language and writing skills.

IEW, U.S. History-Based Writing (Intermediate)

Students will work through nine units of structure and style. All writing assignments are based on US History. We will also work on vocabulary and grammar!

Math Skills (5th-8th)

Using movement and body integration, this class will teach and remind the student of their math facts. It will be an engaging class, stretching their minds, analyzing math from different perspectives than is typically seen in curriculum. A sketchbook will be provided.


Calligraphy (2nd-12th)

Students will learn about the tools and materials every calligrapher needs and how to hold and use the pen, starting with basic strokes.


Beginning French (6th-10th)

This class will introduce students to the culture and language of the French-speaking world. Students will develop an ability to communicate in real-life situations by acquiring reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills.


Art History (2nd-12th)

Based on the book Usborne’s Book of Famous Artists, students will create art and learn about the masters.

 

Middle School 7th-8th:


American History and Literature, all year

Continuing the Ambulare staff written curriculum. Book List here.


Anatomy, all year

Using Jay Wile’s Science in the Atomic Age, students will learn the structure and function of the human body and the relation that each system plays within the entire body. This is a General Science Text. We will focus on chapters related to anatomy that align with the topics younger students are covering with a different text.

Draw the USA/Geography: Grade sections 7th/8th

Students will learn to draw each state and its location on a map grid of the United States. In addition, this class will include memorization of state capitals, mapping features such as mountain ranges and major lakes and rivers, geography vocabulary, and fun facts. Students who would like to learn to draw the United States from memory should plan to complete the drawing practice assignments at home throughout the week.

 

High School 9th-12th:


Biology, all year

Using Apologia’s 2nd edition, students will learn the scientific method, the five-kingdom classification scheme, microscopy, biochemistry, cellular biology, molecular and Mendelian genetics, evolution, dissection, and ecosystems. (This is an older version of the textbook. Many can be found second hand. Check Thriftbooks, Ebay, AbeBooks, etc. make sure 2nd Edition!)

*Note: Lecture will be on Thursday and a separate Lab time on Tuesday.

Textbook Required: Biology

Anatomy, all year

Designed to prepare students for college, this advanced high school course will cover each of the body’s systems, beginning with cellular structure and body chemistry. This is a lab based course.

American History, Literature and Government, all year

Continuing the Ambulare staff written curriculum. Book List here.


French, Art History and Calligraphy above are also available for high school.


Geography/Missions, (Continued, but last semester is not required)

The goal of this class is to help students understand how the geography of a place affects its politics, culture, and people using the book, Prisoners of Geography by Tim Marshall. We will also explore and discuss specific cultures around the world using various pieces of literature as our basis. This is a high school credit class and has required reading of books. Book list here.


Logic

Using A Rulebook for Arguments, students will study logic, rhetoric, and argumentative essays. We will discuss etiquette for public debate, how to build our arguments to support our conclusion. The class will start with Aristotle, so some formal logic will be taught. Students will need a copy of A Rulesbook for Arguments.


Finance

Based on Dave Ramsey’s Personal Finance course, students will learn the responsibilities and roles personal finance plays in household decisions for future success. Topics will include budgeting, debt, insurance, and other financial aspects of everyday adult life. Required text.


Study Hall

Students will be dispersed throughout the school to sit quietly in class. They must bring work each week to do during the period. Only one study hall period per student.


Student Council

Student Council is a student run organization that represents the entire student body to families, the staff, and community at large. Students must complete an application for approval to join. This group requires a lot of team work, students must have a clean discipline record, strong work ethic, and are highly motivated to work outside of school days. We also have social events and service projects with just this group. We use google hangouts for communication.

This group plans most of the dress down days, service projects, Christmas Ball, Talent Show, and other social events.

 

Afternoon Electives


K-1st:

Art Movement (K-1st)

Based on the book Usborne’s Book of Famous Artists, students will create art and learn about the masters.


Musicale and Movement- Shatzer, K-1st

Students will be active throughout the class, making music with different mediums.


2nd-6th:

Beautiful Feet Horse Unit (continuation of first semester)

Reading some beautiful horse based literature together and learning about horse anatomy, breeds, sketching horses, charting bloodlines and even studying memory verses regarding horses. This curriculum begins in the 1700s with the Godolphin Arabian and continues through the mid 1900s featuring the award-winning books of Marguerite Henry, Walter Farley's Black Stallion and Anna Sewell's Black Beauty.

American Girl

Students will travel through Early America with the American Girl Dolls- Felicity and Caroline. Girls can bring their dolls each week. Books will be read in class with an activity to go along with the story.


Clay Jewelry

Students will create jewelry from clay using many different styles.


Table Games

Students will learn card and board games that have been famous in our culture. From Spoons and Rummy, to Checkers and Trouble, this class will be lots of fun for all.


Native Crafts

The Native Americans were noted for their practical uses of what was at hand. Students will make different items based on natural mediums, just as the Native Americans would have done.


Dude Perfect (5th-12th)

Complete with “Wheel Unfortunate”, “Cool/ Not Cool”, and creating your own trick shot course, this class will be a true tribute to the international sensation known as Dude Perfect. Using household items and the scientific method, we will dive into a world of trick shots, bottle flipping, and a little friendly competition.


7th-12th:

See "Dude Perfect" above


Brush and Watercolor

Students will begin with the simple strokes of brush drawing, learning the different techniques outlined in Simply Charlotte Mason’s brush drawing course. Over the course, we will introduce other elements of painting to create our own watercolors. Supplies will be provided.


Cross Country

Cross country is long distance running over different terrains. In this class, students will learn the skills to develop endurance and be able to train.


Boys Training

This class will strengthen and challenge boys in their physical fitness. Using household items and their own bodies to build endurance and strength.


One Acts

OneActs will be a drama class where students will write and perform a series of One Act plays during Ambulare Spring Recital on April 29. If you are not available for the final performance, please do not sign up! In this class, students will work hard in teams to build plays based on Early American History. We will spend the second half of the semester learning and developing our acting skills for our final performance.


Chess

Students will learn the fundamentals of the game and work on improving their concentration and strategic thinking. Students will learn fast decision-making skills, evaluate alternatives, and learn multiple ways to win through guided instruction as well as have opportunities to play other opponents


Girls Training

This class will strengthen and challenge girls in their physical fitness. Using household items and their own bodies to build endurance and strength.


Inklings

Just like C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien, we will meet together and write stories. Helping each other with: editing, brainstorming ideas, and encouraging each other in our writing journeys. Some weeks there will be prompts, but other weeks students will bring in a piece of their choice.








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