MICHAELS  HOMESCHOOL  ASSOCIATION

                      OF  CHATTANOOGA

  Michaels Homeschool Association
               of Chattanooga                    

Put God First

Course Description

Course Description

Physical Education Classes (K5 - 12th grade)
Michaels Homeschool Association of Chattanooga is open to children of all ages from K5 through 12th grade. Our PE program consist of a short devotional followed by warm ups, stretches, calisthenics, sport of the week, and so much more. We teach over the fundamentals of baseball/softball, soccer, flag football, basketball, volleyball and tennis. Every PE student will not only be strengthened physically but also spiritually as we strive to fulfill God's calling by starting each class with a prayer and a short Bible devotional using the "Sticky Situations" book for our elementary and middle school age groups and the "Jesus Calling" book for our high school age group. Each fall semester, we begin by preparing the children for the Presidential Fitness Testing which takes place in the spring of each year. In keeping a well rounded program, we have also incorporated several field trips per semester which consist of swimming, hiking/canoeing, horseback riding, a trip to Wonderworks in Pigeon Forge, skating, bowling, and so much more. At the end of each semester, every child receives a certificate of participation and a few will receive a metal and/or trophy for a special recognition. Through this program, all our students can also enjoy interacting with one another and building lasting friendships while at the same time working on keeping their minds and bodies healthy through exercise as we work on strength, endurance, coordination, flexibility, and agility.   


High School PE/Health/CPR/First Aid (9th - 12th grade) 
We are very excited to continue our high school program this year. Each high school student that goes through our program will be able to meet the health credits required for graduation. This year, we will be adding a health class and a CPR class as a part of our PE program. The book Walking for Health is a highly, illustrated text on walking for health and well being with step-by-step techniques that will improve your posture, stride, and mastery of different terrains. This course will highlight the many benefits of exercise, including increased energy, improved circulation, better balance, and greater bone strength. This book also touches on first aid and safety, CPR, health conditions caused/aggravated by a lack of activity, and eating habits throughout a lifetime. For this age group, there will be a personal log of each student, which will be kept in our records, to determine the student's grade point average. Every high school student will receive a final written grade at the end of each semester. The grading scale is based on a 0 - 100 scale and will be a composite score based on attendance, participation, and extra credit. As a bonus, we are giving back to your student one month's tuition fee in the form of a CPR certification. Your student will be CPR certified at the end of this course. This class is open to all high school students, but students must be 15 years old or older to qualify for certification. 

Course Description


Spanish Classes


Elementary Spanish (2nd - 5th grade) 

This class would be a gentle introduction to Spanish. The class would not be completely conducted in Spanish because we believe that it would be too stressful for some children, but as the class grows in understanding our teacher would speak to them more and more in Spanish. When speaking to the children in Spanish, a limited vocabulary will be used and strive (by actions, pictures, or words) to make sure the children understand the meaning. Songs and simple pieces of literature will be utilized to expose the students to authentic language. Lots of games will also be played. Initially the teacher will be the one talking the most; the students will be asked to show understanding non-verbally at first. After four or five months, the children will be encouraged to speak in Spanish, first words, then short sentences. If young students are given enough time to listen to the language, they will develop a better ear for the sounds and have a better accent later. At this level, since some students may still be learning to read in English and to avoid confusion, written language will be limited. The curriculum that is currently being taught includes lots of comprehensive input, covers common topics (the family, pets, the weather, etc.), and is lots of FUN for the students. Students who enjoy learning Spanish now will later look forward to it when they take up a more academic pursuit of the language.  



Middle School Spanish (6th - 8th grade) 

A middle school textbook with a lot of added activities will be used for this course: music, drama, and  games. If students are enjoying spending time in a particular topic, the class will not be hurried through that chapter. Students will be expected to participate as a group, and later as confidence grows, as individuals. Students will have about two hours of homework during the week, which would include listening to Spanish files, memorizing vocabulary, and doing practice exercises from the textbook and workbook. There will be some grammar involved but the focus of the class will be everyday communication. Home quizzes will be send on a regular basis for the students to do at home and be returned at a timely manner per request. Homework will be evaluated and quizzes will be graded. Access to the internet to listen to the audio files and to use Quizlet for vocabulary is recommended and ideal. If internet access is not available, alternate arrangements can be made. 



High School Spanish (9th - 12th grade) 

This class will be a traditional Spanish class, including grammar, speaking, listening, and composition. In class students would be expected to participate in music, drama, games and oral exercises. Students will concentrate on doing certain activities in class that they cannot do at home alone. At home, students will have about four hours of homework during the week, including audio files, memorizing vocabulary, and doing practice exercises from a textbook and workbook. Students will be graded on completion of homework, participation in class, and quizzes and tests. Students will be given a precise schedule as well as feedback on their homework each week. In addition, our Spanish teacher will be available via telephone during certain hours of the week to work individually on pronunciation and to answer any questions. Internet access will be necessary to access essential audio files and Quizlet, and possibly Quia. Spanish 2 is a continuation of the previous year with more focus and emphasis on all the above as well as conversation for a better comprehension and communication skills of the language.        



Course Description


Mathematics Classes


Elementary Math (4th - 5th grade) (Advanced 3rd Graders and Struggling 6th Graders Can Register) 

For this course, we have chosen to do the 5th grade level book which will challenge each child to reach their full potential and at the same time be able to tweak the 4th grade level students to meet each of their individual needs. This will also help to ensure that we cover all the material your child needs to learn at his/her level. This course will help students develop and retain their math knowledge. We will focus on building on their previous math skills in order to achieve mastery of multiplication, division, fractions, and gain an introductory skill set for geometry. There will be a mixture of real world application and word problems given throughout the lessons in order to assist students in critical thinking and making connections to the everyday world around them. We will be using a text with examples and homework given over the lessons taught in class. Homework will be graded on accuracy as well as completion. Students will also be graded on quizzes and tests over concepts and math vocabulary taught. Partial credit may be awarded on these if solid effort is shown with work to support their answers. The text we will be using will give basic examples of the information taught in class for each section, so students are encouraged to take notes and ask questions during class and during the week via email, phone, or by designated personal sessions.



Middle School Math (6th - 7th grade) (Advanced 5th Graders and Struggling 8th Graders Can Register)
This course will build on students already expanding math skills. We will cover many topics including whole numbers, decimals, number theory, fractions, as well as an introduction to Algebra and Geometry topics. We will study concepts with word problems and real world applications to build their critical thinking skills. Student will have homework given over lessons taught in class each week. Homework will be graded on both accuracy and completion. Students will also be graded on quizzes and tests over concepts and math vocabulary taught. Partial credit may be awarded on these if solid effort is shown with work to support their answers. The text we will be using will give basic examples of the information taught in class for each section, so students are encouraged to take notes and ask questions during class and during the week via email, phone, or by designated personal sessions. Basic calculators and graph paper may be utilized occasionally during this course but advanced notice will be given before they would be needed in class. 


Pre-Algebra (7th - 8th grade)
This course is designed to assist the students in understanding the terminology and science behind the math to better prepare them for Algebra 1. We will cover topics such as equations, probability, proportions, algebraic concepts, etc. Students will have homework given over lessons taught in class each week. Homework will be graded on both accuracy and completion. Students will also be graded on quizzes and test over concepts taught in the classroom. Partial credit may be awarded on these if solid effort is shown with work to support their answers. The text we will be using will give basic examples of the information taught in class for each section, so students are encouraged to take notes and ask questions during class and during the week via email, phone, or by designated personal sessions. Basic calculators may be utilized occasionally during this course but advanced notice will be given before they would be needed in class.   


Algebra 1 (8th - 9th grade) 
This course is the beginning of the high school math curriculum. We will cover a review of students math knowledge up to this point and then expand on their knowledge by covering topics including equations, functions, real numbers, inequalities, exponents, quadratics, polynomials, factoring, rational and irrational numbers, as well as radicals, etc. The text we will be using will give basic examples of the information taught in class for each section, so students are encouraged to take notes and ask questions during class and during the week via email, phone, or by designated personal sessions. Homework will be given following each class and will be graded for both accuracy and completion. Students will also be graded on quizzes, tests, and potential projects. Partial credit may be awarded on these if solid effort is shown with work to support their answers. Graphing calculators (Texas Instrument 83, 84, or N-Spire) and graph paper may be utilized occasionally during this course but advanced notice will be given before they would be needed in class. Pre-requisite: Pre-Algebra


Geometry (9th - 10th grade)
This course is heavily tested on in the standardized test community for colleges and covers lots of critical thinking therefore considered a very important subject in the high school math curriculum. We will build on their math knowledge by studying patterns and reasoning as well as many other topics including, proofs, lines, triangles, quadrilaterals, transformations, similarity, trigonometric ratios, circles, area, volume of various solids, etc. The text we will be using will give basic examples of the information taught in class for each section, so students are encouraged to take notes and ask questions during class and during the week via email, phone, or by designated personal sessions. Homework will be given following each class and will be graded for both accuracy and completion. Students will also be graded on quizzes, tests, and potential projects. Partial credit may be awarded on these if solid effort is shown with work to support their answers. Graphing calculators (Texas Instrument 83, 84, or N-Spire), graph paper, protractors, and compasses may be utilized occasionally during this course, but advanced notice will be given before they would be needed in class. Pre-requisite: Algebra 1


Algebra 2 (10th - 11th grade)
This course is a study of the complex number system and its properties, factorization, simplification of radicals and polynomials, linear and quadratic functions, graphs and equations, matrices, determinants, rational expressions, probability, and statistics, etc. The text we will be using will give basic examples of the information taught in class for each section, so students are encouraged to take notes and ask questions during class and during the week via email, phone, or by designated personal sessions. Homework will be given following each class and will be graded for both accuracy and completion. Students will also be graded on quizzes, tests, and potential projects. Partial credit may be awarded on these if solid effort is shown with work to support their answers. Graphing calculators (Texas Instrument 83, 84, or N-Spire), graph paper, protractors, and compasses may be utilized occasionally during this course, but advanced noticed will be given before they would be needed in class. Pre-requisite: Algebra 1


Advanced Math (11th - 12th grade) (Algebra and Trigonometry)
Recommendations for this course are as follows: Knowledge of graphing calculators bridges the mathematical gap between Algebra and Calculus. This course includes topics common to college algebra, such as functions and their graphs, parametric equations, vectors, linear algebra, conics, etc. The text we will be using will give basic examples of the information taught in class for each section, so students are encouraged to take notes and ask questions during class and during the week via email, phone, or by designated personal sessions. Homework will be given following each class and will be graded for both accuracy and completion. Students will also be graded on quizzes, tests, and potential projects. Partial credit may be awarded on these if solid effort is shown with work to support their answers. Graphing calculators (Texas Instrument 83, 84, or N-Spire), graph paper, protractors, and compasses will be required for this particular course. Pre-requisites: Geometry and Algebra 2 


Course Description


Science Classes 


Elementary School Science (4th - 5th grade) (Advanced 3rd graders can register)

This exciting course will focus on different branches of Zoology during the fall and spring semesters. Each week we will be performing hands-on labs along with notebooking to reinforce what has been learned in class. Students will be starting with basic knowledge and expanding on their knowledge by covering a wide range of creatures and learning about their structure, growth, reproduction, metabolism, and development. With a Christian perspective, this class is aimed to build a love of science and nature for each individual student. In order to reach our goal, this class will have a 3-year rotation of books to better prepare all our students for our middle school program. Students are encouraged to take notes in class and ask questions both during class time and during the week via phone, email, or by designated personal sessions. There will be homework each week to both introduce new material that will be discussed in class the following week and also to review what was learned in class that week. Homework will be graded for both completion and accuracy. Students will also be graded on tests, labs, and potential projects. Related field trips are being considered.        

   


Middle School Science (6th - 8th grade) 

In this course, we will cover concepts from biology, earth systems, and physical science. This will give students a good foundation for going forward into high school sciences. Each week we will be performing hands-on labs. We will be starting with basic knowledge and expanding on their knowledge by covering such topics as cells and heredity, diversity of living things, earth's oceans, and the relationship between energy and magnetism. The text will give us basic information that will be expanded upon in class. Our goal is to equip each child with knowledge, enhance their God given talents, and help them expand their horizons by providing them with scientific data and backing it up with a Biblical worldview perspective of God's creations. In order to reach our goal, this class will have a 3-year rotation of books to better prepare all our students for our high school sciences. Students are encouraged to take notes in class and ask questions both during class time and during the week via phone, email, or by designated personal sessions. There will be homework each week to both introduce new material that will be discussed in class the following week and also to review what was learned in class that week. Homework will be graded for both completion and accuracy. Students will also be graded on tests, labs, and potential projects. Related field trips are being considered. 


Biology (9th - 10th grade)

This course will cover concepts such as an introduction to biology, cells, genetics, evolution, ecology, classification and diversity, plants, animals, and human biology. We will be covering all of these topics from a Christian perspective while still developing an understanding in preparation for upper high school and college level sciences. The text will give us a basic understanding which will be expanded on by using a Christian worldview. Our goal is to equip each child with knowledge, enhance their God given talents, and help them expand their horizons by providing them with scientific data and backing it up with a Biblical worldview perspective of God's creations. Students are encouraged to take notes in class and ask questions both during class time and during the week via phone, email, or by designated personal sessions. Each week in class, we will be performing labs as well as class lectures. There will be homework each week to both introduce new material that will be discussed in class the following week and also to review what was learned in class that week. Homework will be graded for both completion and accuracy. Students will also be graded on tests, labs, and potential projects. Dissections will also be included in this course. Related field trips are being considered. 


Physical Science (10th - 11th grade)

This course will cover concepts such as mechanics, heat, electricity and magnetism, sound and light waves, atoms, chemistry, earth science, and astronomy. We will be covering all of these topics from a Christian perspective while still developing an understanding in preparation for upper high school and college level sciences. The textbook will give a basic understanding which will be expanded on by using a Christian worldview. Students are encouraged to take notes in class and ask questions both during class time and during the week via email, phone, or by designated appointment times. Each week, there will be class lectures, learning from a Socratic method where students will be encouraged to engage in class discussions, and performing labs. There will be homework each week to both introduce new material to be discussed in class the following week and also to review what was learned in class during that particular week. Homework will be graded for both completion and accuracy. Students will also be graded on tests, labs, and potential projects. Related field trips are being considered. 


Chemistry (11th - 12th grade)

This course will cover concepts such as the organization of mater, the language of chemistry, phases of mater, solutions and their behavior, chemical reactions, and organic and nuclear chemistry. We will be covering all of these topics from a Christian perspective while still developing an understanding in preparation for upper high school and college level sciences. The textbook will give us a basic understanding which will be expanded on by using a Christian worldview. Students are encouraged to take notes in class, and ask questions both during class time, and during the week via phone, email, or by designated personal sessions. Each week, we will having class lectures, learning from a Socratic method where students will be encouraged to engage in class discussions, and performing labs. There will be homework each week to both introduce new material that will be discussed in class the following week and also to review what was learned in class during that particular week. Homework will be graded for both completion and accuracy. Students will also be graded on tests, labs, and potential projects. Related field trips are being considered. Pre-requisite: Algebra 1.


Course Description

Music Classes

Elementary Music Class (1st - 3rd grade)

This elementary class utilizes the Kodaly Method to teach music. The Kodaly Method uses hand-signs to represent the different pitches (do re mi fa sol la ti do). This method also introduces basic music theory. Students will learn rhythm (note & rest value) using syllable-names to identify how many counts a note or rest receives (for example: ta is a quarter note which receives one count. When you say "ta" it is only one syllable). Other terms taught will be steady beat, staff, treble clef, bar lines, repeat signs, dynamic markings, and tempo. Along with basic theory, students will learn to sing individually and as a group, matching rhythm and pitch. By the end of the semester, students will be able to use what they have learned to understand and read age-appropriate songs from class on the musical staff as they sing it. A variety of music will be introduced to listen to and learn to analyze (classical, folk, hymns...) as well as history of some music composers. A study on the different sections and instruments of the orchestra will also be included. Related field trips are being considered. 



Beginner Elementary Recorder Class (4th - 5th grade)

This course gives students a chance to experience music through learning to play an instrument. It is an excellent place to start for beginners with no musical experience. This class is designed for students to at least be at the 3rd grade level and be able to read well. It is also a great follow up for students who have already taken the Elementary Music Class. Students will be taught the following techniques: 1). fingering (how to properly hold the instrument as well as where to place fingers for notes/tones), 2). blowing (how to properly blow into the instrument to get the best sound, breathing, and breath control), and 3). eye-hand coordination/motor skills control (play/read the music at the same time). Students will also be taught music history as a general overview of the history of the recorder as well as music theory by learning to read music on the music staff (notes, rhythm, musical symbols, etc.).  Memorization and performance skills by playing individually and with a group will also be learned. Practice homework assignments will be given weekly to help develop self-discipline, responsibility, and a love for music. Related field trips are being considered.



2nd Year Elementary Recorder Class (5th - 6th grade)

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Middle School Music Appreciation Class (6th - 8th grade)

During this course, students will have the opportunity to learn and experience music through the following: 1). singing by learning how to use the voice through vocal exercises and singing in a group setting, 2). playing by using a variety of rhythm instruments and boom whackers (large plastic musical tubes tuned to the chromatic scale), 3). basic understanding of music theory (rhythm, pitch, terms) by using the Kodaly Method, 4). hearing different styles of music and learning to analyze them, and 5). through a brief overview of the history of music including composers, musical styles, and the instruments of the orchestra. Practice homework assignments will be given to help develop self-discipline, responsibility, and a love for music. Related field trips are being considered.



Middle School Recorder Class (6th - 8th grade)

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High School Music Appreciation (9th - 12th grade)   

This High School Music Appreciation class is a music history course combined with activities and study that will give a well rounded understanding of what music is and how it affects our lives. The students will not only learn about different aspects of music (theory, style, instruments, vocal, etc.), but they will also get to experience it through group activities, games, reading, performing with instruments (student hand bells, boom whackers, percussion instruments, etc.), and singing. Along with learning from musical composers from Johann Sebastian Bach to the present, the class will also consist of the following: listening, current events, styles of music, classroom activities, and group projects. Practice homework assignments will be given to help develop self-discipline, responsibility, and a love for music. Students will also be graded on tests and potential projects. Related field trips are being considered.  



Course Description


Art Classes


Elementary Art Class (K5 - 4th grade) 

This course will give students the opportunity to learn technique while creating their own individual styles. Students will also explore color, line, value, and much more and have the opportunity to draw from life, as much as possible, while improving on their learned skills by observing the world around them. After all, we can think of our beautiful world as one big canvas created and painted by the magnificent hands of God, Our Master Artist. Students are encouraged to take notes in class and ask questions both during class time and during the week via phone, email, or by designated personal sessions. There will be homework each week to both introduce new material that will be discussed in class the following week and also to review what was learned in class that week. Homework will be graded for both completion and accuracy. Students will also be graded on oral/written tests and potential projects. Related field trips are being considered.  



Middle School Art Class (5th - 8th grade)

This course will expand on art technique while applying the information to a wide variety of media and projects. Students will cover many styles of art throughout the year. Color media will be used to explore line, tone, spatial relationships and perspectives, shapes, lighting, and more. Creativity will be encouraged and an emphasis in portfolio building will be introduced. This class is aimed to prepare students for high school art while giving room to grow in their own styles. Students are encouraged to take notes in class and ask questions both during class time and during the week via phone, email, or by designated personal sessions. There will be homework each week to both introduce new material that will be discussed in class the following week and also to review what was learned in class that week. Homework will be graded for both completion and accuracy. Students will also be graded on tests and potential projects. Related field trips are being considered.   



High School Art Appreciation (9th - 12th grade)

This course will focus on art history lessons combined with a studio art component. Students will have the opportunity to study and research a variety of famous painters from history while learning how to emulate these styles from the past. This class will properly assist students in performing master studies building on technique and various media will be utilized to help us accomplish this goal. Students will be encouraged to build on their creativity while stocking quality portfolio pieces. Portfolio guidance for art school bound high school students will be offered as well. Students are encouraged to take notes in class and ask questions both during class time and during the week via phone, email, or by designated personal sessions. There will be homework each week to both introduce new material that will be discussed in class the following week and also to review what was learned in class that week. Homework will be graded for both completion and accuracy. Students will also be graded on tests and potential projects. Related field trips are being considered.  


*Here at M.H.A.C., we want all our students to have a pleasant and enjoyable learning experience so please feel free to come to us with any questions and/or concerns.*