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*all classes listed are for 5th or 6th grade level students

Language Arts

Spelling, Vocabulary & Reading Comp.

Mondays 

and/or

Wednesdays

Teacher: Tiffany Scott

Offered Mondays - 1st Hour and 5th Hour OR Wednesdays - 5th Hour

Abeka Spelling, Vocab & Poetry 5 - Promote academic excellence as you help your child broaden his vocabulary and appreciation of poetry with Spelling, Vocabulary, Poetry 5. With 34 word lists, teach your child to spell words correctly and use vocabulary words in the proper context. Exercises in each lesson boost proofreading skills and correct word usage. Six poems by famous authors are also included to show your child how beautiful language can be.

Abeka Read & Comprehend 5 - Evaluate your child’s reading comprehension with 42 timed reading exercises. Each story comes with a specified amount of time in which to read and 10 comprehension questions to answer. Stimulate your child’s reading interest with a wide variety of topics that are discussed. Help your child improve with speed and comprehension through vocabulary words and these informative stories. 

Abeka Adventures in Nature Speed & Comp Reader - Help boost your child’s reading speed and comprehension with Adventures in Nature. This book includes 31 exciting reading exercises about storms, animals, flowers, explorers, and more. Each story lists the number of words in the selection and includes a removable quiz to test your child’s understanding of the passage. Complete with an Answer Key and a Reading Record Sheet, this reader allows you to evaluate and track your child’s progress as he advances in reading speed and comprehension.

Supplies:

  • Spelling, Vocab & Poetry workbooks - Purchase Link

  • All Reading Comp workbooks and sheets purchased by Aspire

Level A or B IEW Writing Class

Wednesdays

Teacher: Chris Pudewa

Offered 4th Hour (Level A) or 6th Hour (Level B)

This course will cover the IEW structural Units 1-7 including both narrative and creative models as well as report and research projects. The instructor will provide a variety of interesting and appropriate source texts and subjects for writing, and while working through the units, introduce a variety of stylistic techniques to aid in expanding vocabulary and reinforcing grammar concepts. This class will help to equip students to create more descriptive and effective compositions while simultaneously providing them with the tools they need to be more critical thinkers.

Supply List:

  • A three ring 2” binder.

  • 5 binder divider tabs

  • College ruled paper

  • Pens

Novel Writing

Mondays

Teacher: Jeanette Lord

Offered 4th Hour

This is a class that makes writing fun! Kids earn badges (stickers) as they learn about genre, conflict, villains, heroes, setting, and plot. By the time they have a blank page in front of them, they have a detailed plan and lots of material to begin writing. The first semester focuses on the mechanics and coming up with ideas for plot and characters. The second semester will be mostly writing, but there will also be a lesson and, of course, help with their writing.

 

Supplies:

English Comp

Mondays

and / or

Wednesdays

Teacher: Samantha Floyd

Offered Mondays - 5th Hour OR Wednesdays - 1st Hour

We will emphasize traditional grammar as well as practice with essential reference skills. Students will be taught a step-by-step introduction to the Writing Process for eight different types of writing assignments, such as personal narratives, newspaper editorials, historical fiction, and limericks. There will also be guided practice, independent practice, chapter reviews, and cumulative reviews to reinforce key grammar concepts.

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Beginners Literature

Mondays

Teacher: Pam Searcy

Offered 6th Hour

My goal for this class is to foster a love of reading. Class time will be spent discussing the assigned reading along with introducing students to elements of literature such as plot, theme, symbolism, foreshadowing, etc. Students will have weekly reading assignments along with vocabulary and comprehension questions.

 

Books I am considering for this class include: Amos Fortune, Island of the Blue Dolphin, The Incredible Journey, My Side of the Mountain, 21 Balloons, Wonder, and The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.

 

Most of the literature guides that I use are either Total Language Plus or Progeny Press.

Supplies:

  • $15 rental fee per semester for books

Creative Writing

Wednesdays

Teacher: Jeanette Lord

Offered 5th Hour

“I don’t know what to write about!” How often have you heard that one?  Students will be given creative and fun writing prompts to get them started writing.  They’ll learn elements of a short story and will be writing their own short stories quickly. Many stories will be written throughout the year.  This will get them prepared for the next level class, Novel Writing for 7-8 grade. 

 

Supplies:

  •  Spiral Notebook

  • Pencil

Paint With Your Words & Storytelling

Wednesdays

Teacher: Gina Conroy

Offered 3rd Hour

Using words instead of paint and a brush, your student's writing will come alive in bursts of color and texture as they learn to create a picture in the reader’s mind. This unit contains everything you need to teach your students how to use their words to bring their writing to life. When students finish this unit, they should understand how to paint a picture with their words so the reader can see what they see in their head. 

Included in this lesson:

-What is passive writing?
-How to replace passive writing with active writing.
-Using the five senses to add color and life to your writing.
-What are strong nouns and verbs, and why you should use them?
-How to use figurative writing to make your writing jump off the page.
-Using all these techniques to write a haiku & cinquain poem.

Teacher Bios

Math

5th Grade Math

Mondays

and /or

Wednesdays

Teacher: Pam Searcy

Offered 3rd Hour

Abeka Arithmetic 5

Dive into decimals and dividing fractions and many more mathematic concepts with Arithmetic 5. Challenge your child with more advanced word problems, pre-algebra concepts, and basic geometry. Continue work with estimating, rounding, and applying all of these concepts to daily life. 

Mondays class will be teaching of chapter concepts & Wednesday class will be for hands-on problem solving, working on homework with tutor help, and reinforcement of chapter concepts.

Supplies:

6th Grade Math

Mondays

and /or

Wednesdays

Teacher: Susan Esmond

Offered 2nd Hour

Abeka Arithmetic 6

Usher your child into the world of percentages and pre-algebra with Arithmetic 6. This full-color, traditional work-text will review decimals, fractions, measures, and more while enhancing your child’s understanding of basic geometry, percentages, graphs, algebra, and practical mathematics. Broaden your child’s understanding of problem-solving through analyzing and checking his answers to ensure accuracy.

Mondays class will be teaching of chapter concepts & Wednesday class will be for hands-on problem solving, working on homework with tutor help, and reinforcement of chapter concepts.

Supplies:

Intermediate Mathematics  (usually recommended for 6th or 7th grades)

Mondays

and /or

Wednesdays

Teacher: Pam Searcy

Offered 2nd Hour

Abeka Intermediate Mathematics

From arithmetic and geometry to statistics and algebra, your students will review concepts from previous years and jump into new ideas with Intermediate Mathematics. We have carefully transformed Basic Mathematics into a more improved seventh grade math course. Intermediate Mathematics successfully bridges the gap between elementary and high school math and effectively prepares students for testing and for more advanced courses. Also, with the new Fast Facts bonus feature, students are exposed to additional content that is related to the current topic of study. To aid in studying, all important terms are marked using bold or italics, and pronunciation is given for terms that may be unfamiliar. Students will also appreciate the step-by-step examples the textbook gives, showing the process for each type of problem within the concept. With daily exercises, examples, review exercises, an index, a glossary of terms, and a reference section, this work-text gives your students the tools to advance their mathematical understanding. Fuel your students’ love for math with the new Intermediate Mathematics.

Mondays class will be teaching of chapter concepts & Wednesday class will be for hands-on problem solving, working on homework with tutor help, and reinforcement of chapter concepts.

Books provided by Aspire:

$10 Book Rental Fee​ per semester

Science

General Science

Mondays

Teacher: Charly Hudson

Offered 4th Hour

BJU Press Science 6

Increase your appreciation of God’s wonderful creation through a study of various concepts about earth science, life science, physical science, and the human body in Science 6. Learn about new and current technology being developed that utilizes and benefits from science. Explore earthquakes and volcanoes, weathering and erosion, natural resources, and astronomy while learning about the earth and space. Life science topics include cells and classification systems as well as reproduction and genetics. While studying physical science, investigate atoms and molecules, electricity and magnetism, and motion and machines. Discover the wonders of the human body as you study the nervous and immune systems. Your student will enrich his critical thinking skills through the hands-on activities and the use of diagrams, charts, and visuals.

Supplies:

  • Workbook - Purchase Link

  • $10 Rental fee per semester for textbook provided by Aspire

  • 1 inch 3-ring notebook

General Science LAB -  5th and 6th

Wednesdays

Teacher: Charly Hudson

Offered 4th Hour

This class will be an extension of the Monday class where concepts are reinforced and hands on experiments and labs coordinated.  You can choose to only attend the Wednesday Lab class, but you will need to make sure and stay in sync with the Monday class syllabus at home in order to gain the best experience from this class!

Supplies:

  • $25 per semester lab & experiment supply fee

  • colored pencils

  • goggles

  • Composition Notebook

History & Geography

Mapping the World By Heart  

Mondays

Teacher: Jeanette Lord

Offered 1st Hour

In this class students will learn to draw the world by heart through games, songs, drawing, videos, solving mysteries, web scavenger hunts, and special projects. We’ll complete a Euro trip travel project, play geography baseball, create a clay model of Africa, plan and participate in a South American Fair, and lots more activities. We’ll study longitude and latitude, time zones, mountain ranges and rivers. Focus will be on continents and their major physical, political, and economic features, through games, puzzles, and activities that make geography more interesting.

 

Supplies:

  • Trail Guide to World Geography, by Cindy Wiggers

  • Rand McNally’s Answer Atlas OR internet access

  • science board (1st semester)

  • one white poster board (2nd semester)

  • pencilserasers, colored pencils

  • printer paper (for drawing practice) 

  • wall map with longitude and latitude lines (1 map per 2 students is plenty)

US History

Mondays

Teacher: Katie Harris

Offered 2nd Hour

BJU Press Heritage Studies 5

Heritage Studies 5 continues the narrative of American history from the development of the automobile in the late 1800s through the inauguration of President Obama in 2009. Topics are presented from a biblical perspective and include the invention and influence of the automobile and airplane, World War I, the Roaring Twenties, the Great Depression, World War II, the Vietnam War, struggles over civil rights, the war on terror, Agfhanistan and Iraq wars, and immigration decisions.

Supplies:

  • Workbook - Purchase Link

  • $10 Rental fee per semester for textbook provided by Aspire

Mystery of History - Vol 1

Wednesdays

Teacher: Jeanette Lord

Offered 1st Hour

The Mystery of History, Volume I, provides a historically accurate, Bible-based approach to learning ancient world history. Volume I weaves “Bible history” and “world history” together in a unique and meaningful way. For example, on the same timeline you will see these Bible characters near their world-famous contemporaries: Joshua and King Tut; Daniel and Aesop; Ezekiel and Buddha; Nehemiah and Socrates, and many more. 

Students will be responsible for presenting their work to the class each week.

This is a full history course and other history courses should not be taken at the same time.  If they do, students will be overloaded with work.  Students can expect to spend up to 4-8 hours, Tuesday – Friday, completing their weekly work.

 

Supplies:

  • The Mystery of History, Volume I, Revised, 2nd Edition

  • Colored pencils (for mapping)

  • Rand McNally’s Historical Atlas of the World (Make sure it is the Historical Atlas!)  Find it here:  https://www.amazon.com/Rand-McNally-Historical-Atlas-World/dp/0528014471

  • Science Board OR 3-ring notebook (students have choice for timeline)

  • White Paper and Construction Paper for drawing historical characters and event

  • ScissorsGlue Stick

  • Other craft items may be necessary depending on projects chosen

  • Use of internet depending on projects chosen

Bible Geography

Wednesdays

Teacher: Jeanette Lord

Offered 2nd Hour

Take a journey to the Bible Lands!  Travel with different Biblical characters and examine Biblical events while observing the geography surrounding those people and events.  Gain a greater understanding of how geography impacted the people and events of the Bible and how geography can impact your life today. Weekly assignments include: daily geography drills, atlas usage, outline map activities, digging deeper research, Bible reading, and making a Biblical timeline.

Supplies:

Mapping the U.S.

Wednesdays

Teacher: Jeanette Lord

Offered 4th Hour

Trek the U.S. in this fun class where we learn to draw the U.S.   Activities include mapping, drawing, making a lapbook(s), learning the capitals, and the geography of each state.  During the final 6 weeks, students travel with Lewis and Clark’s Corps of Discovery and explore northern parts of the Louisiana Purchase in search of the Northwest Passage while reading the novel, The Captain’s Dog, My Journey with the Lewis and Clark Tribe.  Written from the perspective of Meriweather Lewis’ dog, and true to real events, this exciting narrative includes excerpts from Lewis’ personal journal. Students map the route as they read through the book.  Additional assignments include learning about the various Indian tribes, geography, vocabulary, plants, and animals of the expedition. We’ll also take a pretend hike on the Appalachian Trail. How fun! What will you pack? What will you eat? What if you run into a bear!?  Is that poison ivy?  Find out this fall! It’s going to be fun!

 

Supplies:

  •  Desk Atlas of the United States

  • The World Almanac and Book of Facts (an older version is okay)

  • The Captain’s Dog, My Journey with the Lewis and Clark Tribe by Roland Smith Copyright 2000 preferable (second semester)

  • Illustrated Atlas of the United States, from Rand McNally

  • pencilseraserscolored pencilsprinter paper (for drawing practice)

Traveling Suitcase

Wednesdays

Teacher: Gina Conroy

Offered 6th Hour                                                 

You don’t have to leave home to travel the world. Explore different continents, countries, and cultures as you travel the world without a passport! First semester we “Time Travel” to ancient civilizations. Through our study of archaeology we explore the countries and cultures of Egypt, Israel, Rome, and Greece. Through multimedia presentations, stories, crafts, and role-playing, students may take a stroll down the Nile, visit the mummies of the Pharaohs, “fight” in the gladiator arena, or participate in the first Olympics. Second semester we visit modern day countries such as India, Nigeria, China, and Mexico, and we will explore their cultures, music, dance, art, clothing, and more!

Each semester will end in a class presentation and feast where each family may bring their favorite dish from one of the countries we’ve explored, or perhaps share a family favorite from a new country! *Countries subject to change

Supplies:

  • $20 supply fee per semester

Electives

Study Hall

Mondays

and / or

Wednesdays

Supervisor: Varied

Offered Any Hour

We have TWO options for Study Hall this year, be sure to include WHICH your child wants to be included in. 

-Quiet Study hall is for those whom want to read, work, etc in a quiet environment where we keep noise to a minimum. 

-Social Study hall is for those whom want to talk, chat, & get to know each other. Our Aspire Group rules and expectations still apply here but we do encourage and desire healthy and happy friendships to grow within the group, even at Academy! 

Beginner Guitar

Mondays

and / or

Wednesdays

Teacher: Sheldon Clark

Offered Mondays - 3rd & 4th Hours OR Wednesdays - 2nd & 4th Hours                               
This class will take the younger students from basic sight reading and notes to playing a song. Starting on the 1st string on week one, string 2 on week two....continuing this pattern until week six on the 6th string. Next we will learn chords and progressions leading up to full songs. The primary goal of this class is to teach each student proper playing through proper practice and the joy of music achieved by reaching smaller goals (wins) and ultimately bigger goals (playing a full song).

Supplies:

  • $15 Supply Fee per Semester

Fundamentals of Martial Arts & Self Defense

Mondays

and / or

Wednesdays

Teacher: Justin Dunham

Offered 3rd Hour or 4th Hour both days

This exclusive homeschool class will include age appropriate martial arts and self defense training for all age groups that will improve: focus, balance, body control, attention to detail, standing reversals, proper striking and all the confidence that comes along with improving ones overall physical fitness and coordination.

The class will be led by Mr. Justin Dunham who is the owner and Chief Instructor of the Jenks Martial Arts Academy in Jenks, OK.
Mr. Dunham is the proud father of two boys, ages 6 and 9 and is a former three time, Team USA member and three time international gold medalist as a representitive of the United Taekwon-Do Alliance. For 12 years he has served as the owner and Chief Instructor of the Jenks Martial Arts Academy and teaches weekly Taekwon-Do, Krav Maga and group self defense classes.

For more information about Justin Dunham or the Jenks Martial Arts Academy check out www.maausa.net, or Facebook: Jenks Martial Arts Academy.

Digital Photography

Mondays

and / or

Wednesdays

Teacher: Melissa Davis

Offered Mondays - 3rd Hour & 5th Hour OR Wednesdays - 4th Hour

 

In this course, students will learn the history of photography and how a camera works. In depth topics each week will include: operating your digital camera, organizing and basic editing of digital photos, achieving proper image exposure, and creating outstanding images with composition, texture, lighting, and color. Hands-on class activities and lesson with homework to be completed during the week.
Course requires a digital camera (that preferably can be set to manual) or iPhone/iPod camera. (If camera cannot be set to manual, students will still learn the concepts and understanding, but may not be able to have hands-on practice with their camera. Homework lessons will be structured to work with what devices/cameras the students have.)

Supplies:

Nature Anatomy Illustration

Mondays

Teacher: Jennifer Miser

Offered 2nd Hour

We will be using two texts: Nature Anatomy by Julia Rothman and Botanical Sketchbook by Mary Ann Scott Course Description: This course will teach basic techniques in botanical illustration. With a focus on the natural world, each project will not only be a unit study but a beautiful piece of art work. Students will learn: Principles for drawing Fundamentals of plant anatomy Colored pencil and watercolor techniques Color theory and the natural world.

Supplies:

  • Watercolor paper

  • sketch book

  • Basic drawing pencil set

  • Colored pencil set

  • Watercolor set

  • Nature Anatomy Book by Julia Rothman (Optional)

  • Pen set

Intro to Spanish

Mondays

Teacher: Aubrey Maricle

Offered 2nd Hour                                                                                 

¡Hola! Welcome to your first taste of Spanish with Señora Maricle. This is for those of you who have really no knowledge of Spanish but have an eagerness to learn. From the mouth-watering tacos of Guadalajara, MX, to the diversity of Chile-not to mention the tantalizing tapas and rich paellas known from Spain, we'll be studying not only grammar but also the culture of various Spanish-speaking countries. Bible verses in Spanish will also be part of the curriculum. Looking forward to seeing you soon! Serious curiosity about everything Spanish is encouraged.

Supplies:

  • $30 Supply & Curriculum Fee per semester

Exploring Great Artists

Mondays

Teacher: Jennifer Miser

Offered 3rd Hour

In this course we will study 13 of the most famous pieces of art and the artists that created them. Students will then, in turn, create their own pieces of art in the style of each artist studied. There will be lots of room for interpretation- the original pieces are meant to inspire not be copied. This class is for anyone who would like to know more about the person behind the paintings and collect new art techniques to add to a portfolio that will grow throughout the semester.

Supplies:

  • Mixed Media Paper Book (Spiral Binding)

  • Drawing pencils set

  • 1 small set of acrylics

  • 1 small set of water colors

  • 1 paint tray pallet

  • 1 set of colored pencils

  • $10 Book Supply Fee

Culinary Arts

Mondays

Teacher: Candy Rogers

Offered 3rd Hour

This class will be an overview of all things cooking. I will cover basic knife skills, kitchen safety, meal planning, grocery shopping, and more. We will plan and prepare meals using various cooking techniques. We will prepare food from many different cuisines as well as learn baking skills. Bring your creativity, and your appetite!!!

Principles of Drawing

Mondays

Teacher: Jennifer Miser

Offered 4th Hour

This course will introduce students to basic drawing, perspective, and sketching techniques. We will cover elements on a 2D plane, light, shadow, tone and texture. Students will produce a sketch portfolio to be added to throughout the semester.

Supplies:

  • 5x8 sketchbook

  • Graphite drawing kit: Pencils, erasers, sharpener Shades of grey markers

  • 1- gum eraser

  • 1- kneaded eraser

  • Blending stumps

  • Drawing sandpaper (optional)

  • Make sure pencil kit has at least HB, 2B-6B, 2H-4H. More options are fine.

Spy Kids

Mondays

Teacher: Gina Conroy

Offered 6th Hour                                                

Through role-playing, games and good old-fashioned sleuthing students will heighten their power of observation using the five senses, unlock lateral and critical thinking skills, and decipher codes and clues to become a junior spy. First semester focuses on spy “training” and culminates in a good old-fashioned treasure hunt where children earn their spy credentials and secret spy name.

Second semester we delve into spy missions, puzzle solving, and code cracking using all the skills we learned!

Supplies:

  • $20 Supply Fee per Semester

Drama

Mondays

Teacher: Carol Becker

Offered 5th Hour                                                

This class will create and perfom a Play Production! 

Supplies:

  • $25 per semester

Sewing

Wednesdays

Teacher: Ms. "N"

Offered 1st Hour & 3rd Hour

 

Students will learn sewing machine basics and complete projects as skills develop in each class. We will cover garment mending, hemming, zipper placement, different sewing stitches, basic quilting, and much more. Students will select their projects. Class if for beginners, intermediate and advanced sewing students.

Supplies:

  • 2 spools of white thread, 1 small bag of stuffing, 1 seam ripper - Please label with students name. 

  • $25 Supply Fee per semester

You'll notice trees as our group theme. This is no accident! *Psalm 1:1-3* 

We ASPIRE to walk with you and support you in every way possible with grace and guidance so that your family tree produces every good fruit of the spirit. 

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