Elementary Classes at Living Science Academy

Hybrid Homeschooling for Elementary Students

Successful hybrid homeschooling families work closely with their elementary students each day, practicing and reinforcing foundational skills and concepts and fostering a love of learning and discovery that will last a lifetime. Living Science Academy elementary classes provide one or two days a week of classroom experience in a nurturing environment as well as a week’s worth of grade-appropriate work.

For grades 2-5, we offer all subjects required by the State of Georgia, Click a grade area below to skip directly to that section, or continue scrolling to see all that Living Science Academy has to offer for homeschooling elementary students!

K-1 Science Clubs

In kindergarten and first-grade Science Clubs, every meeting is an integrated, hands-on science experience. Classes meet for 5.5 hours on Mondays with an optional 5.5-hour day on Fridays. We use a two-year rotation, so students who begin with us in kindergarten will not repeat the same material.

We integrate all components of STEM. While most units center around a science theme, we always begin with a great piece of children's literature, bringing in math, engineering, technology, and more. Monday classes incorporate ELA topics such as phonics and handwriting. While we don't use a math curriculum, we do introduce math concepts through various learning activities. Both days often include centers, calendar activities, storytime, author studies, show-and-tell, student sharing, music, creative movement, handbells, art projects, cooking (a student favorite), and lots of seasonal/holiday fun!

K-1 Science Clubs | Hands On Science | Elementary Classes | Living Science Academy
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Field Trips and Events

Science club members take a science-themed field trip each school year and are invited to our on-campus Mini-Expedition (all day on a Wednesday) in the Spring. Additionally, we have special events in class, including Christmas Craft Day, Living Science Christmas Open House Handbell Performance, Valentine/Celebrate God's Love Party), Easter/Christ Is Risen Celebration, and an end of the year program.

A typical day in Monday Science Club:

9:00 - 9:30
Arrivals and Devos
Arrivals and Devos
9:30 - 10:30
Centers
Centers
10:30 - 10:45
Morning Break
Morning Break
10:45 - 11:45
ELA
ELA
11:45 - 12:15
Lunch and Recess
Lunch and Recess
12:15 - 1:15
Science
Science
1:15 - 2:15
Discovery Time
Discovery Time
2:30
End of Day
End of Day
9:00 - 9:30

Arrivals and Devos

9:30 - 10:30

Centers

10:30 - 10:45
Morning Break
10:45 - 11:45

ELA

11:45 - 12:15

Lunch and Recess

12:15 - 1:15
Science
1:15 - 2:15

Discovery Time

2:30
End of Day
9:00 - 9:30

Arrivals and Devos

9:30 - 10:30

Centers

10:30 - 10:45

Morning Break

10:45-11:45

ELA

11:45 - 12:15

Lunch and Recess

12:15 - 1:15

Science

1:15 - 2:15

Discovery Time

2:30

End of Day

K-1 Science Clubs are engaging and fun. We have a very busy class time and we all go home exhausted!

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Elementary Grades 2-3

Elementary Grades 2-3 | Hands On Science | Elementary Classes | Living Science Academy

Science

Our 2nd and 3rd grade hands-on science classes meet for an hour and a half on Wednesdays. Students build interactive lapbooks to support each science unit, a great way to practice their vocabulary and absorb new information, including scripture. We do an experiment in class almost every week. For homework, students study their lapbooks and write a grade-appropriate science summary to review their accomplishments from class.

Mathematics

The 2nd and 3rd grade math class includes introductions to new skills, hands-on/manipulative practice, lots of math facts practice, math games, skills reinforcement, and skills assessment. Students complete activities through small group rotations each week. Homework includes workbook pages that relate to our skills studies.

Math classes meet once a week on Wednesdays, and our optional (but highly recommended) Friday STEAM Adventure classes also cover related math topics.

Technology & Engineering

In 2nd and 3rd grade technology and engineering, we work on logic and problem-solving skills. We also learn the Engineering Design Process (EDP)—ask, imagine, plan, create, improve—and apply it to "builds" in teams. Teamwork is not always easy, but it is an important skill to learn!

English Language Arts (ELA)

The 2nd and 3rd grade language arts curriculum is comprehensive, including cursive writing, spelling, sight words, phonics, journaling, grammar, different types of writing (narrative, persuasive, descriptive, expository/ informative, and poetry), assigned reading, and free choice reading. Students who participate in our optional STEAM Adventure program also cover language arts during the Friday classes.

STEAM Plus ELA Adventures

Our Friday STEAM Adventure classes cover music, Bible, art, drama,and geography plus math and English reinforcement activities. The classes incorporate Bible lessons so that over four years, students complete an overview of the entire Bible. Participating in these classes gives students two full school days of hands-on learning and adds the fine arts to our already strong STEM program.

Field Trip and Special Events Days

In 2nd and 3rd grade, we go on one all-day field trip, usually in the fall. Our field trip is related to one of our science units for that school year. We also have several "special events" days such as Christmas Around the World, Celebrate God's Love Day with a special guest author, two off-campus playdates, and Field Day. Our Mini-Expedition in the spring is an all-day fun-filled event including art, math, science, engineering, games, music, and worship.

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Elementary Grades 4-5

Elementary Grades 4-5 | Hands On Science | Elementary Classes | Living Science Academy

Science

In 4th and 5th grade hands-on science, we meet for two hours each Wednesday to cover a two-year rotation of topics. We explore earth science by studying the earth’s layers, rocks, and minerals. We learn about life science by digging into ecosystems and the plants and animals God created to live in them. We delve into chemistry by introducing students to the make-up of matter, mixtures, and solutions. We investigate heat, energy, electricity, and magnetism! We discover that we are fearfully and wonderfully made by learning about our bodies and the systems that keep us going!

Mathematics

Our elementary math classes are designed to help parents teach math to their students at an appropriate level. We introduce and go over concepts during class time. Assigned weekly work enables parents to review and practice concepts with their students at home.

In both 4th and 5th grade math, Living Science Academy teaches traditional methods with a focus on place value, giving the students a solid foundation in number sense. We are equally concerned about the process by which math equations are solved and the accuracy of the solutions. To facilitate students’ progress, we highly encourage parents to help their children practice math facts (addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division) until they are firmly memorized.

Math classes meet once a week on Wednesdays, and our optional (and highly recommended) Friday STEAM Adventure classes also cover related math topics.

Technology & Engineering

In 4th and 5th grade technology and engineering, we continue to work on our keyboarding skills and deepen understanding of the Engineering Design Process (EDP)—ask, imagine, plan, create, improve. Students work in teams to complete each build. The class works on a two-year rotation, covering topics such as simple machines, famous inventors, and an introduction to the basic types of technology and engineering. In keeping with the Living Science tradition, this class is very hands-on.

English Language Arts (ELA)

Our Intermediate language arts curriculum is comprehensive. Weekly work includes assigned reading and journaling; the writing process for narrative, persuasive, compare/ contrast, informational, poetry, and letter writing; grammar and punctuation; and cursive handwriting practice. Even in the language arts classroom, we try to stay true to the Living Science model of hands-on learning. We become a close-knit group of learners sharing ideas about books, nature, and writing.

Students who participate in our optional STEAM Adventures program also cover language arts during the Friday classes.

STEAM Plus ELA Adventures

Our Friday STEAM Adventure classes cover music, drama, Bible, art, and geography plus math and English reinforcement activities. The classes incorporate Bible lessons so that over four years, students complete an overview of the entire Bible. Participating in these classes gives students two full school days of hands-on learning and adds the fine arts to our already strong STEM program.

Field Trip & Special Events

In 4th and 5th grade, we go on one all-day field trip, usually in the fall. Our field trip is related to one of our science units for that school year. We also have several "special events" days such as Christmas Around the World, Celebrate God's Love Day with a special guest author, two off-campus playdates, and Field Day. Our Mini-Expedition in the spring is an all-day fun-filled event including art, math, science, engineering, games, music, and worship.

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