If you would like more information about this class, email email@example.com or visit http://www.LibertasAcademyOrlando.com. Rhonda Gatewood, mother of four, has been homeschooling since 2003. She received her B.S. in Biology with an interdisciplinary minor in Chemistry and Mathematics from Florida State University where she went on to earn an M.B.A. in Business Administration. A native Floridian, Mrs. Gatewood’s passion is to promote awareness, understanding, and respect of our local environment. Mrs. Gatewood’s teaching style is to develop a student’s love of learning, rather than promoting rote memory. Relaxed, fun, collaborative lessons with a unit study-type engagement is her preferred method of instruction.
(8th grade – High School)
Students ready to begin instruction in Algebra can expect a fun and interesting year with this course. Using the Life of Fred Beginning Algebra text, this class will provide instruction in all required skills for high school level Algebra.
The strategic use of the Life of Fred series allows for greater individual learning opportunities. With class meeting once per week, students working independently between sessions might find standard math curricula more challenging to understand. The chosen text provides ample context, real life application, and explanation. As a result, homework will be heavier on reading and lighter on practice questions than a typical math class.
Teacher availability and student responsibility are essential components to the course. The instructor will be available by phone and email for questions during the week. This is vital in making the class successful! No student should be willing to “give up” on math for the week and wait for the next class to gain understanding. It is an expectation and a requirement for students to admit need and seek help at any point they feel stuck.
Mastery of the subject matter and continued ability to show proficiency combine together as the goal of this course. Grades will be given every 9 weeks based on the following formulas:
9 weeks grade (first and third 9 weeks): 10% class participation/attendance, 25% homework completion, 15% in-class written work, 15% quizzes, 15% chapter tests, and 20% mid-semester exam
Semester grade (second and fourth 9 weeks): 10% class participation/attendance, 25% homework completion, 15% in-class written work, 10% quizzes, 10% chapter tests, 10% mid-semester exam, and 20% semester exam.
Required Texts: Life of Fred Beginning Algebra and Life of Fred: Zillions of Practice Problems for Beginning Algebra
High School English
The objective of this course is to provide a foundational skill set for students in reading comprehension and analytical writing. The goal of this class is to open the students’ minds to the vast enjoyment available in truly understanding and being able to discuss works of literature.
The class will concentrate on how to “annotate, analyze, and appreciate literature” using Windows to the World and will put those skills to practice in writing about classic British and American literature. Students will also be working toward building a stronger vocabulary through a required workbook. Also, during the course of the school year, students should anticipate writing at least two papers with a required length of 5-10 pages with great attention and involvement by the instructor in both the drafting and editing process.
Grades will be given every nine week period, with further specifications on the course syllabus.
Required Texts: Windows to the World: An Introduction to Literary Analysis (Student Book), Worldly Wise 3000 Student Book 9, and various novels TBD. The class syllabus will be distributed as soon as it is complete to allow collection of any books necessary for the beginning of the school year.
Lisa Smith Teacher ProfileLisa Smith graduated from New York University’s prestigious Tisch School of the Arts awarded with a BFA in Dramatic Writing in 2003. Her pursuits in writing have led her down various paths including work in the publishing industry, as a blogger, and as a freelance editor. Lisa enjoys writing and has a passion for the writing of others. She is a voracious reader and truly enjoys the process of taking a first draft to a final one as both a writer and an editor.Lisa’s varied interests include mathematics. During (and since) college, she tutored for Kaplan Test Prep for all sections of the SAT, ACT, GRE, and GMAT. Additionally, she has served as a private tutor and course instructor for advanced mathematics courses like Pre-Calculus and Algebra 2. Math mastery came easy for her, but the enjoyment of math didn’t come until she began teaching it to others. She loves helping students who loath math learn to appreciate and excel at it.After years of serving only as a private tutor, Lisa is excited to share her passion for learning (be it English, Writing, Math, or Science) in a classroom setting. Students should anticipate an instructor who cares most about comprehension and the ability to demonstrate mastery than one who wants answers by rote. Her genuine enthusiasm about learning and her personal ability to connect with her students have proven an effective formula for enabling that exact outcome in the past and serve as her continual goal.
Once Upon A Time…
A Writing & Language Arts Study based on Fables, Myths and Fairy Tales
Encourage creativity through classic literature while learning to write with structure and style! The Institute for Excellence in Writing’s award-winning, theme-based writing instruction for late-elementary and early middle-school age students utilizes classic characters and their adventures to capture student imaginations and provide rich writing content.
The interdisciplinary lessons allow students to improve the strength and depth of their writing with supplemental history and literature exposure. This combination is excellent for broadening subject knowledge while studying the art of writing! Students will learn how to take notes, make outlines, summarize narrative stories and references, write from pictures, and compose their own imaginative tales.
This course will also include grammar and vocabulary study, public speaking, and critical thinking through the study of the children’s classic tale, Charlotte’s Web.
Grades 3-5 (Advanced Beginning Instruction from the Institute for Excellence in Writing)
IEW’s Fables, Myths & Fairy Tales: Writing Lessons in Structure & Style NOTE: Purchase includes downloadable Student Resource Notebook
First Language Lessons for the Well-Trained Mind Level 2, 3, OR 4 The Critical Thinking Co.’s Novel Thinking – Charlotte’s Web Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White (any full-length unabridged version) 3-Ring Binder with lined paper, page protectors and dividers
Lower Elementary Science:
Life All Around Us
(1st – 3rd Grades)
The objective of this course is to get excited about the fascinating world around us! With hands-on activities, group projects, outside speaker presentations, games, and classroom specimens, students gain knowledge of zoology, botany, cellular biology, environmental science, and more. Scheduled family field trips spark the inherent wonder we all have towards nature. More importantly, through optional group volunteer opportunities, this class teaches your child personal responsibility as a steward of his world.
*Special visits from the Central Florida Zoo, Environmental Protection Division, and More! *Optional field trips to the Marine Center, Back to Nature Center, Oakland Nature Preserve, Center for Birds of Prey, Central FL Zoo & other great outings! *Group activities such as birding, hiking, and macro invertebrate collections are explored.
*Community service opportunities include oyster mat making and other habitat restoration projects, beach clean ups, and animal hospital supply drives.
Join us in service to our fellow creatures!
Lab fee is $40 per semester. This fee covers cost of outside programs, specimens, and other materials. Required resource: “The Eco Adventure Club Hero” ($40) 36 Lessons, beginning with the identification of all living things using scientific nomenclature and guiding students through various fun activities involving the six living Kingdoms: Animal, Plant, Monera, Protista, and Fungi. Major Animal Phyla and their characteristics are covered, focusing on marine and freshwater ecosystems. Plant structure and diversity is introduced. Invasive versus non-invasive species are identified. A special “Hero” section asks students questions such as: How do biologists determine if a habitat is healthy or not? How might our community restore the world around us to better health? What may I do to help?
Additional Resources from the Environmental Protection Division of Orange County, the Marine Science Center, the Audubon Society, The Smith-Bailey National Shell Museum, Seminole County’s Leisure Services Department, the Sea Turtle Conservancy, and other environmental education initiatives are provided at no cost.
Biology, chemistry, and physics, oh my! Do you ever feel like Dorothy in the “Wizard of Oz” as you walk down the road of your homeschooling journey, wondering and even worrying about science classes and experiments and lab reports? You are not alone as you consider how you will incorporate a vigorous study of science into your homeschooling program. Other parents just like you are looking for a way to take on middle and high school level science courses in a way that serves their students now and in the future.
We will be offering biology and chemistry utilizing Apologia’s “Exploring Creation” books and support materials. Expect your students to delve into the intricacies of God’s creation while doing weekly experiments together with other students. The purpose of the hands-on lab experience will be to reinforce and deepen understanding of the concepts presented in the course. Students will be taught how to write a thorough lab report for each experiment.
So why go it alone when you can partner with a seasoned science teacher and your student can join with other students on their adventure in discovering more about God’s creation in a challenging yet encouraging environment!
Julie received her B.A in Zoology from the University of Maine in 1981 and subsequently moved to Orlando, Florida, where she began her teaching career in Orange County Public Schools. After a short stint there, she taught middle and high school science classes in a local private Christian school for five years before becoming a stay-at-home mom and homeschooler.
Over the next 20 years, she and her husband David home educated their four children, during which she privately tutored students in math and science. In addition, she has taught homeschool classes in general science, physical science, biology, chemistry and anatomy.