CLASSES

YOUNG EXPLORERS

Young Explorers

Instructor: Mrs. Bethany Pellerin
Grade Level: K-2
When: 1x weekly (Tuesdays)
Course Length: 2 Semesters

This is a once a week class exploring language arts, math, science, social studies, and Bible through thematic units: Weather, Community Helpers, Nutrition, Thanksgiving and Christmas, America’s National Monuments, Plant Life Cycle, Biographies: Heroes of Faith, Solar System, Poetry, and Horses.

Art Classes

Art 1: Let’s Make Art!

Instructor: Mrs. Roderick
Grade Level: Ages 7 and up
Course Length: 2 Semesters (1 day/week on Tuesdays)

Come explore Art with Mrs. Roderick! In this class, you will experience a wide variety of art materials, techniques, styles of art, and will learn about some famous artists as they relate to our projects. You will dabble in both 2-D and 3-D Art, using art media such as charcoal, chalk pastels, oil pastels, watercolors, printmaking, and papier mache. You will learn techniques in perspective and shading at your level to help make your drawings look 3-dimensional, and just have fun making your own original artworks! Art classes meet one day a week and will be tailored to the level of students enrolled.

English Classes

Language Arts (5th – 6th Grade)

Reading, Writing, Grammar, Vocabulary

Instructor: Mrs. Bethany Pellerin
Grade Level or Ability Level: 5th – 6th Grade
Prerequisite: Writing and reading abilities must be at 5th grade level.
When: 2x weekly
Course Length: 2 Semesters

Students will learn the nuances of communication, organization and techniques to be more effective in sharing their thoughts through the written word. They will sharpen grammatical skills, develop skills in using the dictionary and a thesaurus for independent spelling and vocabulary building, and apply their skills to grammar, spelling, reading comprehension, and vocabulary.

We will read great books and discover literary devices.

Writer’s L.A.B.

Instructor: TBD
Grade Level or Ability Level: 6th – 7th Grade (At least 12 years old)
Prerequisite: Reading on or above grade level and writing a basic paragraph
When: 2x weekly
Course Length: 2 Semesters
Min / Max Enrollment: 4/10

What to do with adolescents who are about to step into the world of vocabulary, novels and eek! -grammar? Well, you Love, Affirm and Believe; hence Writer’s L.A.B. We’ll treat words as if in a laboratory, to inspect and respect but we’ll also delight in them, use them in palatable ways.

This class is ideal for students who need to build foundational skills in all areas of English. An introduction to the literary elements as applied to novels, short stories, biographies, and poems will set the foundation for being more appreciative readers. A significant focus will be writing assignments such as creative, descriptive, & many forms expository such as compare/contrast, definition, reason and 5-paragraph essay. Although all skills are sequential through the year, instruction on parts of speech, grammar, mechanics, and sentence structure will be emphasized in the fall semester. Paragraphing, editing, word choice, and critical analysis in written assignments will be stressed during the spring semester.

At least 4 novels, 300 new words, 20 poems and dozens of essays will be read, learned and written. Challenging yet fun, this class equips and motivates the willing-to-learn student.

Beyond the Basics

Instructor: Mrs. Sue Likkel
Grade Level or Ability Level: 8th – 9th Grade
Prerequisites: Must be reading on or above grade level and have mastered an introductory level of literature, grammar, and writing
When: 2x weekly
Course Length: 2 Semesters
Min / Max Enrollment: 4/10

This course will weekly cover reading, writing, grammar and vocabulary. We first re-establish the basics of grammar and build to more advanced grammar of phrases, clauses, as well as a study of punctuation. Students’ writing at the end of the year will demonstrate solid sentence construction with a variety of sentence beginnings, cohesive organization and thoughtful word choice. Better yet, students are able to articulate why they made they writing choices.

Reading also includes learning the basics and taking it a step further as we identify literary elements and trace theme and analyze how an author characterizes and chooses words to construct a piece reflective of his or her purpose. Students will write in response in a variety of genres, based on selections that include short stories, biographies, novels, & memoir.

Second semester study has students using first semester skills to go beyond essays and literature reflections to research skills that include outlining, gathering & organizing information before crafting a cogent paper of length.

Freshman English

Instructor: Mrs. Sue Likkel
Grade Level or Ability Level: 9th Grade
When: 2x weekly
Course Length: 2 Semesters

Freshmen English will encompass five major components of language arts at this level: reading, writing, grammar, vocabulary and speech. This level of work will require students to be diligent as they read expository and narratives more deeply and write essays more clearly. Students will learn how to read and write poetry, understand the author’s artistry in short stories and speak with focus and clarification. In addition to learning more advanced forms of grammar, students will also read some great American classics.

Sophomore English

Instructor: Mrs. Sue Likkel
Grade Level or Ability Level: 10th, with at least 2 years of 7th – 9th grade English class (not necessarily ALC)
When: 2x weekly
Course Length: 2 Semesters

Sophomore English will focus on vocabulary, literature and non-fiction analysis, research, poetry, and public presentation. Students will read 4 novels from classic, contemporary while analyzing each for structure, character development, and theme. Much emphasis will also be placed on non- fiction essays and memoirs. Students will continue to study poetic structure and devices, drawing examples from classic ballads, sonnets, and the Bible. Public presentation will be integrated throughout both semesters as students work on successful integration of visual displays, including power point. Successful completion of this course will prepare students for any high school and/or Running Start.

FOREIGN LANGUAGE Classes

Spanish I

Instructor: Mrs. Kristi Andres
When: 2x weekly
Grade Level or Ability Level: Middle School & High School
Min/Max enrollment: 4/10

In Spanish 1, we will be learning about making conversation, family members, the body, food, weather and clothing, daily life, sports and pastimes, places in the community, eating out, animals and their environment. I will include songs, books, art projects, games and more to help the students grasp the concepts better. This class will focus on present tense verbs. Along with that we will be learning a bit about the culture of the different Spanish speaking countries.

Spanish II

Instructor: Mrs. Kristi Andres
When: 2x weekly
Grade Level or Ability Level: Middle School & High School
Prerequisite: Spanish I
Min/Max enrollment: 4/10

In Spanish 2, we will add on to what we have previously learned and include daily routines, celebrations and outings, shopping, the environment and technology. In addition to that, we will start to learn more verb tenses including past, future and conditional. This class will definitely challenge the student to push their Spanish speaking knowledge by adding classroom translation work as well. I will include songs, books, art projects, games and more to help the students grasp the concepts better.

Spanish III

Instructor: Mrs. Kristi Andres
When: 2x weekly
Grade Level or Ability Level: Middle School & High School
Prerequisite: Spanish II
Min/Max enrollment: 4/10

In Spanish 3, we will continue to build on previous years by reviewing concepts and previously learned verb tenses.  We will be learning the future, the subjunctive, the perfect tenses and more about the conditional.  In this class the students will push their reading, writing and listening skills in Spanish.  I will include songs, books, art projects, games and more to help the students grasp the concepts better.

MATH Classes

Middle School Math

Instructor: Mrs. Kimberlee Terry
Grade Level or Ability Level: For students 11-13, or 6th/7th grade level.
Prerequisite: Students should be able to multiply, divide, add and subtract fractions and decimals.
When: 2x weekly
Min / Max Enrollment: 4/10

This course introduces topics such as percents, ratios, variables and inequalities. The class will cover 1-2 topics each week and 1-3 homework hours a week should be anticipated.

Pre-Algebra

Instructor: Mrs. Kimberlee Terry
Grade Level or Ability Level: For students age 13-15, or 7th – 9th grade level.
Prerequisite: Students should have seen exponents, percents, variables and inequalities, although proficiency is not necessary. Students should be able to work with fractions and decimals.Also required: Students will need a way to access YouTube videos.  Several lessons in each unit will involve watching a video and taking notes.
When: 2x weekly
Course Length: 2 Semesters
Min / Max Enrollment: 4/10

A high school student that does not feel ready for Algebra or a 13 yr old that is strong in math would fit into this class. This is a prerequisite for algebra but is not a high school level course, however, this class can be modified to be a half-credit high school math course for those in high school. Students should have seen exponents, percents, variables and inequalities, although proficiency is not necessary. The class will cover 1-3 topics each class and 3-5 homework hours a week should be anticipated. 

Students are introduced to the topics of integers (positive & negative numbers), solving one and two step equations, rules of exponents, graphing, geometry, and statistics.   There is a project or activity in each unit for hands-on exploration.

Algebra

Instructor: Mrs. Kimberlee TerryGrade Level or Ability Level: 8th – 10th grade level.Prerequisite: Students must have completed a Pre-Algebra course.Also required: Students will need a way to access YouTube videos at home for homework assignments.  Several lessons in each unit will involve watching a video and taking notes.
When: 2x weeklyCourse Length: 2 SemestersMin / Max Enrollment: 4/10

This is a high school level class. It is expected that an average student will do 45 minutes to an hour of work on each weekdays that we don’t meet.

Students build on the introduction they had in pre-algebra.  Solving equations that require 4-5 steps and graphing in 2 dimensions.  Other topics include polynomials, quadratics, and square roots. There is one hands on project per semester that will span several class periods.

Geometry

Instructor: Mrs. Kimberlee Terry
Grade Level or Ability Level: 9th – 12th Grade
Prerequisite: Students must have completed an Algebra course.
Also required: Students will need a way to access YouTube videos at home for homework assignments. Several lessons in each unit will involve watching a video and taking notes.
When: 2x weekly
Course Length: 2 Semesters
Min / Max Enrollment: 4/10

This is a high school level class. It is expected that an average student will do 45 minutes-an hour of work on each of the weekdays that we don’t meet.

SCIENCE Classes

Middle School Life Science

Instructor: Ms. Sierra Spring
Grade Level or Ability Level: Grades 6-8
Course Length: 2 Semesters
Min / Max Enrollment: 3/10

The aim of this course is for students to develop a deeper level of understanding of the world around us. In this process-oriented course, students will be exploring Life Science themes such as Cells, Organisms, Ecosystems, Intro Genetics, and Body Systems. Students will be actively involved in hands-on projects that are designed to reinforce course content.

High School Chemistry

Instructor: Ms. Sierra Spring
Grade Level or Ability Level: Grades 9-12
Prerequisite: A basic understanding of Algebra
Course Length:
2 Semesters
Min / Max Enrollment: 3/10

This introductory Chemistry course is designed to give students a basic understanding of matter and the changes it undergoes. Upon completion of this course, students should have the skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in college level science courses. Major topics covered include Atomic Structure, Periodic Table Trends, Bonding, Solubility, Stoichiometry, and Gas Laws. Students should have a basic understanding of Algebra before taking this course.

SOCIAL STUDIES AND HISTORY Classes

U.S. History & Geography (Grades 3-6)

Instructor: Mrs. Bethany Pellerin
Grade Level or Ability Level: 3th – 6th Grade
Prerequisite: Writing and reading abilities must be at grade level.
When: 2x weekly
Course Length: 2 Semesters

A journey through US history and geography:

  • Exploration & Discovery
  • Colonization & Settlement
  • Revolution & Nation -Forming
  • Expansion & Reform
  • Civil War & Reconstruction
  • Industrial Growth & Foreign Expansion
  • Modernization Through the 1930s
  • World War II Through Contemporary Times
  • State geography and capitals

CAREER
EXPLORATIONS

Introduction to Digital Media

Instructor: Ms. Sierra Spring
Grade Level or Ability Level: Grades 5-12
When: 2x weekly
Course Length: 2 Semesters
Min/Max Enrollment: 4/10

Students must have a computer or laptop with internet access.

Course Description
Digital media is used widely in communication and is becoming an essential part of many workplaces. This year-long elective course will introduce students to image manipulation, 3D computer modeling, animation, and more. By the end of the class students will have the skills they need to do their own media projects with ease.

 

Meeting Location

Laurel Community
Baptist Church
162 W. Laurel Rd.
Bellingham, WA 98226