Thursday, June 19, 2014

Science Classes for 2014-2015 School Year

There are TWO moms that will be offering science classes. The actual starting days and dates are yet to be determined as well as where the classes will take place. The church that has hosted the classes is up for sale but desires to continue hosting at its new location (yet to be determined). At this time, we need to see the interest. Both moms are willing to teach out of their homes if needed but the class space may be limited. Please contact Cathy for interest in Physical Science and Biology and contact Robin Brooks for interest in Chemistry and Physics.

The following two classes, Physical Science and Biology, will be taught by Cathy Barfield:
Cathy homeschooled three daughters all the way through high school with the youngest completing high school in 2007. She majored in biology with almost a minor in physical science. She substituted in secondary schools and taught biology for 3 years in South Africa before homeschooling. Cathy has offered year long science classes to homeschoolers since 1998.

Physical Science, (approx. 8th grade level)
Textbook: Apologia’s Exploring Creation With Physical Science (must be 2nd Edition)
This course is designed to be the last science course the student takes before high school biology. This year long course discusses such topics as the atmosphere, the hydrosphere, weather, the structure of the earth, environmentalism, the physics of motion, Newton’s Laws, gravity, and astrophysics. The author especially concentrates on the myths generated by the hysterical environmentalist movement. There are many hands-on experiments to do that all use household chemicals and supplies. It is an excellent course for preparing the student to take a college-prep high school science curriculum. This course will introduce Algebra and the student will work with formulas. The class will meet on Wednesday afternoons from 1-3 pm. The first class will begin August 27th and go through May 13th. A one-time lab fee of $25 will be charged. The monthly class fee will be $40.

Biology, (designed for 9th -10th grade)
No math pre-requisite
1 credit science with lab
Textbook: Apologia’s Exploring Creation With Biology (2nd edition)
The year long course emphasizes the biological classification system studying the five major kingdoms (Monera, Protista, Fungi, Animalia, and Plantae). There is a heavy emphasis on laboratory work. The student will become familiarized with using the microscope, viewing prepared slides or making their own slides. There will be numerous dissections of preserved specimens (owl pellet, earthworm, crayfish, grasshopper, perch, frog, and fetal pig). This class will meet on Tuesday afternoons from 12:30-3:00 pm. The first class will be August 26th and go through May 19th. A one time lab fee of $35 will be charged. The monthly class fee is $40.
Contact Cathy by email, or call 785-843-9207 for interest and/or questions.

Robin Brooks is interested in offering a Chemistry and/or Physics class for the coming 2014/2015 school year.

Robin is a 'retired' home school mom of six, having graduated her youngest daughter May 2013.  Her formal teacher's training in is music with a second emphasis in math, but she has taken numerous courses in the sciences (besides being a daughter of a science teacher).  She has taught a number of science classes through the years, including junior high science and high school biology, chemistry and physics. If you have any questions, please feel free to give her a call. If interested please contact Robin Brooks at 785-865-8044 or email

Chemistry, (designed for 10-12th grade)
Math requirement: need to have an algebra proficiency (finished Algebra 1)
Textbook: Apologia's  Exploring Creation with Chemistry (2nd edition)
Physics, (designed for 11-12 grade)
Math requirement: an understanding of basic trigonometric functions (do not need to have completed a trig course)
Textbook: Apologia's Exploring Creation with Physics (2nd edition)Classes would meet weekly September thru May and include lab work.  There would be a one-time lab fee (to be determined) due the end of August and a monthly fee of $40.