Substantive Education

August 13, 2010

Summer Newsletter

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First Parent Meeting

Normally we meet the first Monday of the month, but that would be Labor Day…so we are meeting a week earlier. Registration, field trip info, and some policy changes will be gone over. Make sure you don’t miss this meeting. See you there!.

First Day of School – Raging Waters

Thursday Sept. 2nd.
Meet at the entrance at 9:30. Tickets must be purchased in a block. If you are not there when we purchase the tickets you will have to pay full price.
Tickets are $22.99 for those over 48 inches tall.
$19.99 for those under 48 inches tall.
Parking is $15

Friday Classes Start Sept. 3rd

Tuesday Classes and Park days Begin Sept. 7th

See you there!!!


Wednesday Sept. 22nd. Cost – FREE

As part of the Forest Lawn Museum’s History Comes Alive series, “A Visit with Great Presidents” is an interactive educational program that consists of some of America’s greatest presidents engaging each other and the audience in a discussion on their personal and presidential lives as they relate to certain themes in American History.
This year’s program will feature George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison.  The theme of the program will be the United States Constitution, allowing each president to give his thoughts on the significance and impact of that important document.  These men were all influential in shaping the powers of the Constitution and the nature of the emerging republic. Following each president’s presentation, there will be a question and answer segment for the audience.


Sept. 24th at Cal Poly Pomona

The Shakespeare Festival at Pomona will be doing a production of Shakespeare this year. If we have 10 students to attend we can get the group rate of $12 per person. We will be taking reservations for this event at the first parent meeting. The play is 8:00 on a Friday night.


Tuesday Sept. 28th

The fight will commence at 2. Bring ice chests filled with water balloons, squirt guns etc. This is always a very fun day, so be sure to bring camera’s as as well.

October 2-3, 2010 March thru history

Prado Regional Park

MTHE is one of the largest time-line living history events west of the Mississippi River. MTHE has over one-thousand historical interpretive specialists representing many different aspects of world history from Ancient Rome, to Elizabethan England, to Colonial America and beyond. Our timeline starts with the beginning of the civilized world and marches its way through history to the current conflicts in the universal War on Terror.

MTHE is a family-oriented, educational atmosphere, celebrating the history of those who have defended their civilizations throughout history. Visitors are invited to walk through the camps of the participants and learn about the lives of the common man or woman or of the great names in history through interpretive specialists. There are reenactments that demonstrate the technology of the times, and each encampment is an opportunity to walk back into time and relive the rich history that is now only available in two-dimensions – through reading materials or the internet.

Homeschool Day, Birch Aquarium at Scripps

October 7 from
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The aquarium has set aside October 7 exclusively for homeschoolers. They will provide a morning-long customized program that includes free-flow, station-based learning with parent and aquarium instructor interactions. We will have registrations for this event at the first parent meeting.

October Camping Trip to Julian

Oct 18th to the 20th

We are planning a camping trip to Julian in October. While we are there we will be taking one or two field trips, depending on interest and numbers. The two trips will be to a Gold Mining mine and train…and to a Wolf Center. We will be needing to get numbers and commitments from people at the beginning of September.
The sites will allow 2 tents with a maximum of 10 people per site, 1 RV plus
1 tent. The cost is $10 per night and they have showers, a community center that serves meals, and organizes fun events, a pool (huge), jacuzzi, miniature golf, fishing pond, basketball court, tennis court, volleyball, baseball field, playground, children center for crafts…hiking trails, Wolf Center and so on. This is a private park with gated security and wireless access.

Details for Tuesday and Friday Classes. Please read carefully if you are going to participate.

Parents are responsible for purchasing curriculum for each class.

10:00 Tuesday Mornings – Kelly’s house. Biology

Textbooks are published by Apologia. It would be helpful if students had the second edition of the books which has had substantial updates. The title is Exploring Creation with Biology.
This course is designed to be the student’s first high school science course and is a college-prep biology course that provides a detailed introduction to the methods and concepts of general biology. Heavily emphasizing the vocabulary of biology, it provides the student with a strong background in the scientific method, the five-kingdom classification scheme, microscopy, biochemistry, cellular biology, molecular and Mendelian genetics, evolution, dissection, and ecosystems. It also provides a complete survey of the five kingdoms in Creation. Students who take and understand this course will be very well-prepared for a tough university biology course.
Along with the book students will want to purchase the dissection kit. During this course we will do 5 dissections and quite a bit of microscope work. I have several microscopes to work with.

11:00 Tuesday Mornings – Kelly’s House Latin 2

Only open to those students who have completed Latin 1. We will be using the next book in the series…The Latin Road to English Grammar.

Friday Classes

Note: I am very excited about the two Literature classes we will be doing this year. I have stressed before that the easiest road to raising children who are good writers is to have them read good books. Reading expands students vocabulary, improves their sentence structure, and develops their style. In addition, a well told story expands our students understanding of the world around them, it allows them to see things from another persons perspective. The benefit of this exposure cannot be overstated. While our students may never travel to Africa, live as a servant, work in a factory, or fight in a war they can experience all of this and more through books and expand both their understanding and their compassion for those around them. I believe as Christians, understanding the human condition, history, and other world views is critical to our testimony. We have, through reading, the opportunity to experience life in other times, other cultures, and other circumstances., Our students can enter into a conversation with some of the greatest minds the world has known.
With this in mind I’ve decided to do two literature classes. We have had fun exploring the world of Shakespeare, but this year I’d like to branch out. Before I describe the courses let me share two of my favorite quotes about books and reading…
“These are not books, lumps of lifeless paper, but minds alive on the shelves.” Gilbert Highet
“Lord! When you sell a man a book you don’t sell just twelve ounces of paper and ink and glue – you sell him a whole new life. Love and friendship and humour and ships at sea by night – there’s all heaven and earth in a book, a real book.” Christopher Morely
***All of these books can be found at the library or at used book stores. I would opt for the used book stores because I like to write in my books, add sticky notes etc. That is up to you…but even if you buy them as new paperbacks they will probably only be about $6 per book.

8:00 Literature 2

This course would be for high school students. Due to the difficulty of some of the books and the subject matter parents will have to decide if this course will be too advanced, or a good fit, for their students. As with the Lit 1 course we will be examining the various literary devices used (plot, characterization etc.). In addition these books will raise many moral and philosophical issues that we will examine and discuss. Students will keep a notebook during the year that they will write in each week. This writing will be interacting with the text, writing down questions their reading elicits,and recording favorite quotes or ideas. Each students notebook will be their individual response to what they are reading.
The first book we will read is ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’
The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
To Kill a Mockingbird  by Harper Lee
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn  by Mark Twain
The Crucible  by Arthur Miller
Fahrenheit 451  Ray Bradbury
The Great Gatsby  by F.Scott Fitzgerald
The Chosen by Chaim Potok
Of Mice and Men   by John Steinbeck
The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck

9:00 Journalism

$10 curriculum copying fee
This class will cover what constitutes journalism, what role it plays in a free society, what rules govern it’s practice and how those rules have changed over the years….as well as writing and producing a school paper. I have decided not to have students purchase a textbook for this class. The best ones are college level and are quite expensive. Instead, I will be giving students handouts to read and work from. We will be covering various sorts of journalism including newspapers, documentaries, TV reporting and how the internet has changed the way we access news. We will be putting together several editions of a school paper.

10:00 Literature 1

This course will be for late elementary and Jr. High students. High school students who feel they would fit better with this group of books, or who just want to read and discuss the books are welcome to join in. We will be reading books that are considered classics for this age group. Along with reading the books we will be learning about plot, characterization, foreshadowing, and other literary devices. Time will be spent analyzing the authors style and vocabulary choices and examining the themes that run through the books. Along with reading the book students will keep a journal/notebook in which they record their responses to their reading. I’m going to need to determine how many books we can cover in a year…I was thinking one per month, but that may be optimistic.

The first book we will read will be ‘From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil Frankweiler’

A Wrinkle in Time  Madeliene L’Engle
The Hobbit  J.R.R. Tolkein  8.1
The Giver   by Lois Lowry
From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil Frankweiler  by E.L. Konigsberg
Tom Sawyer  by Mark Twain
Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson  7.1
Perelandria by C.S. Lewis
The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi
The Twenty-One Balloons by William Pène du Bois

11:00 The Bridge to Latin by Schola Press

You only need to purchase the additional Student Text, for $39. The entire program is $139, but is not necessary for the class.

The author of the Latin book that we use has developed another program to be used as a Bridge to Latin, but in looking at it I think it would be a great program for all students to go through, even if they never plan on studying Latin. Besides being the basis of English, Latin is the foundation for all of the other Romance languages which would include Spanish, French, and Italian. So, this program would benefit all students who are going to be going on to study a foreign language. I wish they had had it when my kids were in school.
This program can be used from 3rd grade through Jr. High…or High School if students wish. In this course, besides learning grammar, students will learn 400 Latin roots that will aid them in developing their vocabulary, figuring out the meaning of unfamiliar words when they are reading, and help on standardized test scores. English has it’s roots in Latin and learning this many Latin root words will greatly aid students later on. By the end of the course students will also have compiled their own English reference handbook. The author guarantees that 95% of parents will learn things about grammar and vocabulary that they didn’t know before as their students work through the program.

12:30 Music Appreciation

This class will cover the development of music and a study of the great classical composers. At the end of the class students will be able to recognize many composers by ear. We will read short autobiographies of the musicians as we study them. There will be very little homework with this class. Along with some Opera we will cover the following musicians: Bach, Mozart, Chopin, Mendelssohn, Schubert, Schumann, Grieg, Handel, Beethoven, Haydn, Wagner, Vivaldi, Corelli, Dvorak, Tchaikovsky, Brahms, Strauss Jr., Foster, Sousa, Berlioz, and Verdi.

1:30 Elementary Science Botany by Apologia

This curriculum is based on the Charlotte Mason method and makes use of a technique called notebooking. For those of you who have used these books before, they now also sell a notebook that goes along with the book. For those of you who think your kids know all there is to know about plants…trust me…when you use these books, they have all sorts of wonderful details that will amaze you. Here is a portion of the description from their website.
This curriculum excitedly delves into plant taxonomy, binomial nomenclature, plant reproduction, angiosperm, gymnosperm, and sporangia – both vascular and non vascular. Confused? Then, you too will love reading this book with your students. You will all learn so much as you study God’s purpose for a flower, and what transpires once the butterfly has departed. You and your children will enjoy nature study with new fervor as you are able to actually identify and name the plant structures you find.


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