7th - 8th
All elementary and middle school students will enjoy PE together. Class time will consist of age-appropriate workouts and active group games.
Instruction will be spread over the entire school year in order to accommodate the use of this curriculum with the younger age group. Students will write and deliver four speeches over the course of the year.
The Lost Tools of Writing is an introductory course in classical composition featuring instruction in the five canons of classical rhetoric. Students will develop communication skills as they learn to compose a finely-crafted persuasive essay. Students will need a relatively solid understanding of grammar and sentence structure and at least a rudimentary amount of writing experience - and, most importantly, they must be ready to think for themselves.
Students will enjoy this year-long journey through the C.S. Lewis classics in the "Chronicles of Narnia" series. Writing skills will be practiced through written narrations of each week's reading. Class time will be utilized for group discussion and literary analysis.
A few minutes of each day's class time will be devoted to working through this book in a group setting. Students will learn to recognize fallacious reasoning in a fun and interactive way.
All ages will eat lunch together in the Harry Myers building. After eating, kids are free to play outside at the playground or just hang out and relax until time for the next class.
TEXAS AQUATIC SCIENCE
Aquatic Science takes students through the wonderful world of water, from headwaters to oceans, and molecules to ecosystems. Harry Myers Park provides the opportunity to study multiple bodies of water with three unique ponds and a creek, affording students the chance to get hands-on water observation in addition to classroom discussions and projects. Aquatic science will touch on environmental science, chemistry, and biology. Curriculum is available free online or through textbook purchase.
All ages will be together for Enrichment classes. Students may choose between the following classes:
Students will spend the semester preparing to perform a short play for friends and parents. The class will be student-led with appropriate adult guidance and supervision. Students will be responsible for choosing a play, blocking, costuming, prop and set constructing, and everything else required for the performance.
Students will learn the basics of playing ukulele through use of the "Right Brain Music Method." In addition, students will engage in picture study using the Charlotte Mason method. Poetry exploration will also be a component of this class.