New​ Home​school Academy


Art: $20 a class. Most supplies included (easel, acrylics, various paints, charcoals, canvas and canvas boards, graphite sticks, watercolors, standard art paper, & several projects)

Monday Co-op: 10 am- 2 pm (includes art classes & supplies), $180 a month

Tuesday Co-op: 10 am-2 pm, $160 a month

Wednesday  Co-op: 10 am- 2 pm , $160 a month

Thursday Chess Club: $10  a class (4pm-5:00pm) Supplies included.  

Discounts: Sibling, Multi-day, Class Volunteer, & Active Police Families


Classes

Math

Incoming students will take a test to find where they need to start their math studies. They progress at a speed that works for them, to master their math. Lessons in fractions, decimals, mental math, and pre-algebra are taught using Montessori manipulatives. Children often find them fascinating and beautiful. The ingenious materials were designed to make new abstract concepts quick and easy to grasp for children, leading them to comprehend math on a deeper level. We use Teaching Textbooks for the daily practice sessions. Even those students who tend to choose math as their least favorite subject may be found cheery and engaged when using this program. It's taught online by a phenomenal math instructor. The program keeps track of your child's results, providing report cards and grades. Students have the option to use this curriculum all week at home as well.

The children learn strategies to advance their mental math abilities and memorization. Whether your child finds some aspects of math rather challenging, or is acutely gifted in math, this class is designed for all students to advance their math abilities, often at twice the speed of typical school classes, which are typically taught at group levels, not the individual student's level.  

Social Studies and History

Students will learn about the forming of the United States and the design of her Government. They will see government come to life by watching as some volunteer to do mock court cases, and bill presentations. Don't be surprised if you see a judge in costume, bringing down the gavel.  Additionally, they will learn fundamentals in world government and civics. Students will gain an understanding of the Constitution, Bill of Rights, and the Declaration of Independence.  Students will start with American History, then go into World History.  If your student doesn’t know how many Presidents Texas has had, or how land was purchased from different countries in the forming America, this class is just what they need! 


English​

This English and reading class is probably the best class in the school.  The program was created by SRA, and is a combination of four SRA reading programs. The first is the SRA Reading Comprehension Program, which is an essential skill for students. The second program is the Reading Laboratory Program, which is rich in at-level literature, yet in a short form, just enough to further develop an interest in reading. The third program is the SRA Special Skills Program. It teaches the mechanics of reading, spelling, vocabulary, and numerous other aspects that go into reading and writing. The workbooks are extensive, going from grade one to grade twelve. They form the perfect foundation for excellent, life long writing skills.  The fourth tier is the Pilot Library Program. These are short versions of famous historical novels, short enough to read in one class period. They spark an interest in children for reading. One key to the success of these materials is that they are at the exact level of each student, advancing as the child advances. Students are further motivated by seeing their daily progress and accomplishments.  This class is to be combined with the Montessori Grammar Class.



Geography

Starting with the Montessori geography curriculum, students quickly and easily learn the locations of all the U.S. states. Next, they learn about continents, world countries, map usage, landforms, and world cultures. Often, students favorite culture to study is the American Indian one. We have many beautiful artifacts from the American Indian culture. Students will learn how to make sand paintings and other Indian arts.  The Montessori geography curriculum brings geography to life, in a colorful, fun, and hands-on approach that all children are sure to enjoy.  Some classes choose to have an International Night. Many students enjoy the Montessori Country Flags, and making their own flags using the art supplies.  Imagine a curriculum that makes it seemingly effortless to memorize the location of every state, country, large body of water, capital cities, and numerous other classifications.  The Montessori Geography Curriculum rivals all others, and is world renowned. 

Science​

We will learn about a broad range of sciences.  Zoology, Botany, Astronomy, Chemistry, Physics, Earth Science, Anatomy, Biology and more.  The students will explore different kinds of actual rocks, new species of creatures they haven't heard of, the science behind sight and sound, what chemical reactions are...and a full study of the Periodic Table.  Can young learners learn the Periodic Table? Yes, they can!  When it is relative to their interests, and is a hands on learning activity that is engaging and fun, they are able to learn just about anything!  


Our classes are taught by a certified Montessori Directress, using the Montessori method. This style is a Kinesthetic-tactile technique, in combination with visual and auditory learning. In our science class we use models of the eye, ear, brain, teeth, a skeleton, model planets, microscopes, real plants and rocks, and other hands-on learning materials. We step into the wonderful world of science, exploring it together as a class.  Our young scientists analyzing data, make hypotheses, and conduct experiments. We learn only in small groups, where each student has the opportunity to speak, engage, participate, and ask questions. This is very different than a public or private school that typically has 24-35 students a class. With three times as many students in a class the children are not afforded the time to speak, share, participate in physical demonstrations, or ask questions. Our goal is for an optimal learning experience!

Art 

This art class was designed to promote confidence and creativity in the students, while advancing their design skills and artistic abilities, in a relaxed and fun environment. The visual art making process employs high levels of creative problem solving, likely the most intense level of cognitive creativity of any school subjects. Each mark on an artists canvas is entirely the artists own. They are responsible for the style of their piece, the energy, the tone. Physics and math are used, in the aspects of perspective and light. There is no right or wrong, and nothing to copy, in the true study of art. The students guidance is in learning how to use the materials, understanding design theory, employing perspective, light, and an overall thoughtfulness to balance. The goal is for these young artists to reach a level of full comfort in working with the materials, and complete confidence in their artistic abilities. This is when their creativity explodes out of them and onto their canvas! 

Classes are held in the school art studio, which adjoins the co-op classroom.

Each student will be provided their own easel, table space, canvas, and much of the needed materials. Mediums used: acrylic painting, watercolor, pencil, pastels, graphite, charcoal, and more.  All Ages


Music

Montessori Bells Curriculum

The Montessori Bells is a fantastic work that was designed to develop the ear for music. Childhood is the optimal time for strengthening neural pathways, in the developing brain of a child. Ear training provides a lifetime of enhanced appreciation for music and sound. The bells are hand made in Holland, by Nienhuis. The precise construction and quality craftsmanship ensures the bells hold perfect tone and pitch. They are an ideal instrument to train a child's ear to differentiate notes, even at the youngest of ages. Next, the children learn the basic aspects of reading and writing music.  Speech and music are remarkable aspects of human cognition and sensory-motor processing. Cognitive neuroscience has focused on them to understand how brain function and structure are modified by learning.  Doctor Maria Montessori was the first in her field to identify these discoveries, advancing the world of education. 


 


Grammar 

There is a high level of emphasis on grammar in the Montessori curriculum, but not as a long prescriptive list of complicated and arbitrary rules. Instead, children discover the natural rules of English by working with the language materials in the classroom. This process of discovery makes the exploration of grammar enjoyable. The Grammar Boxes are often a favorite material in the classroom.

 

The Montessori Grammar curriculum is a hands on learning experience. A classification of all the parts of speech is undertaken. After students master their basic grammar principal parts of speech, infinitives and participles are introduced, along with their advanced grammar symbols. By using these colorful grammar symbols, the study of style in writing comes alive visually for the children. Compound and complex sentences are studied and the classification of phrases and clauses is presented. Finally, the students will be introduced to the art of sentence diagramming.

Social activities: 

Moms are encouraged to organize at least one optional activity a year: Activities may include: posting field trips, outings, special events, a play, a recital, a mothers group meeting or MNO, organizing a science fair, class demonstrations of special skills (violin/opera), a special lunch, or assisting with one of several class holiday parties. 

Curriculum:

This co-op is focused on providing at-level classes, using efficient learning methods. Students are able to advance educationally while socializing with peers and making friends. Families will continue to homeschool their children using their chosen curriculum.  We do not assign homework, or use a curriculum that is studied throughout the week, as we use supplies that stay in the classroom. The students that are using Teaching Textbooks are the exception. They would be able to use their materials in their homeschool throughout the week, if they choose to do so. 


Homeschooling:

This co-op is for registered homeschooling families only. Parents continue to be responsible for their child's education, testing, grades, attendance, and report cards. The New Homeschool Academy provides classes to fill gaps in a homeschoolers education, where a family may prefer to have outside educators teach a particular subject. Classes may offer access to otherwise cost prohibitive materials for families. Sometimes classes are needed in areas of struggle for a student. In other cases, a child may be particularly advanced in a subject, and benefits from the more targeted and advanced classes. 

Assisting: 

Once co-op has started families will receive a password to access additional website pages, such as the Volunteer Page. Parents will be able to post field trips, invitations to events, and notices of homeschool activities.  Many co-op activities for parents to volunteer for will also be posted. Examples of such items would be to repair a gate, laminate some cards, help decorate for a holiday party, assist in planning a special field trip, add some items to the sandbox, etc. This is intended to bring families closer together in our shared mission of providing a wonderful education and social development opportunities for our homeschooled children.


Environment:

Our main goal is to provide a friendly and healthy place for our homeschoolers to grow socially and educationally. We have very small class sizes, which allow for time to encourage questions. Our outdoor space is a peaceful place where they can play in the sun, relax in the shade, make sand castles, tend to their own personal garden space, and explore nature. We provide Berkey filtered water to students throughout the day. A microwave and refrigerator are provided. We have charcoal and blue light air filters in the rooms. We ask that children refrain from wearing perfume or heavily scented lotions, as some children may be allergic. 


Food:

Many students strive to eat a healthy diet. We want to be a place that encourages children to be their best self and reach their goals. We also study the appropriate human body systems, and how the foods we eat feed the cells that determine our state of health and functioning. Bringing candy and unhealthy food into the classrooms would be counter productive to this goal. This could be a wonderful opportunity to advance our children’s health and good habits if we all strive to provide healthy snacks, drinks, and lunches. We have a no soda, no deserts food policy.


Co-op last day, inclement weather dates, and holidays generally commensurate with the jurisdictional public school of Wake County. The start date for our first year will be September 1st, 2021.



















 

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