Elementary Classes at Living Science Academy

Hybrid Homeschooling for Elementary Students

Successful hybrid homeschooling parents 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 day a week of a 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 with the exception of social studies. We find that most families prefer to select a history or geography curriculum that suits their student’s interests for this area, though we do cover some related topics in language arts. 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 K-1 Science Club, every meeting is an integrated, hands-on science experience. Our class meets for 4.5 hours each Friday, replacing a full homeschool day for the students. The class is on 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. Our days often include centers, calendar activities, story time, 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
Thumbs Up! | Hands On Science | Elementary Classes | Living Science Academy

Field Trips and Events

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

A typical day in Science Club:

9:00 - 10:00
Arrivals and Centers
Arrivals and Centers
10:00-11:00
Floor Time Fun (snack and enjoy story time)
Floor Time Fun (snack and enjoy story time)
11:00-12:00
Science-Themed Lesson
Science-Themed Lesson
12:00-12:45
Lunch and Outside Time
Lunch and Outside Time
12:45-1:30
Extra Fun (special art or cooking projects, seasonal projects)
Extra Fun (special art or cooking projects, seasonal projects)
9:00 - 10:00

Arrivals and Centers

10:00-11:00

Floor Time Fun
(snack and enjoy story time)

11:00-12:00

Science-Themed Lesson

12:00-12:45

Lunch and Outside Time

12:45-1:30

Extra Fun
(special art or cooking projects, seasonal projects)

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 applicable 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.

Technology & Engineering

In 2nd and 3rd grade technology and engineering, we work on typing/keyboarding skills, 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!

Language Arts

The 2nd and 3rd grade language arts curriculum is comprehensive, including spelling, sight words, phonics, journaling, grammar, different types of writing (narrative, persuasive, descriptive, expository/informative and poetry), assigned reading, and free choice reading.

Special Events Days

Special Event Days | Hands On Science | Elementary Classes | Living Science Academy

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, including Christmas Around the World, Young Authors' Day, and Field Day. We combine with the 4th and 5th Grades for our special events days. 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 both 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.

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.

Language Arts

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.

Field Trips & Special Events

Astronaut | Hands On Science | Elementary Classes | Living Science Academy

Each year we take an overnight field trip related to one of the science topics we’ve been studying. In past years we have visited the Space Center in Huntsville, Alabama, both the Georgia and Tennessee aquariums, and Zoo Atlanta. 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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