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Maples 2
(4th Grade)

Core Classes

  • Elementary core classes are 2-day classes. Students will attend both Mondays & Wednesdays. Attendance on both days is required.

  • This class is 8:30 to 12:30 on Monday & Wednesday.

  • For all curriculum and books provided by Aspire for 4th Grade, there will be a book rental fee of $60 per school year

  • $40 Supply Fee for the school year

  • Each class has a supply list, but you will also need these supplies:​​

    • a box with sharpened pencils,

    • 1 glue stick

    • 1 box of crayons

    • 1 pair of kid scissors

    • colored pencils

    • 1 pack of skinny markers

    • writing tablet

    • notebook paper

    • 4 plastic folders with pocket and prongs

Language & Writing

ABEKA Language A - Further your child’s understanding of the parts of speech with Language A.  This work-text gives your child exercises to practice capitalization, punctuation, correcting run-ons and fragments, recognizing all 8 parts of speech, and more. Broaden your child’s writing ability by practicing the writing process and using a checklist for completing reports. Continue establishing your child’s foundation of proper grammar and exceptional writing with the tools and tips in Language A.

BJU Handwriting 4 - Helps students refine handwriting skills while writing journals, paragraphs, outlines, and hymns. Student lessons center on the Sights of America theme with facts about states. 

Supplies:

Class Offered Both Days

Teacher: Jenesa Wheeler

Math

​Abeka Arithmetic 4

Help your child excel in arithmetic with the colorful, daily work-text Arithmetic 4. Practice multiplying and dividing 2-digit numbers, estimating, and writing decimals as fractions.  Your child will solidify his understanding of square measures, simple geometry, proper and improper fractions

Supplies:

Class Offered Both Days

Teacher: Jenesa Wheeler

Reading & Spelling

Abeka 4th Grade Readers

Reading from classics, modern stories, and poetry gives your child insight into his world and presents him with Christian ideals and spiritual values. 

Read & Think 4 Comp Skills

Evaluate your child’s reading comprehension with 44 timed reading exercises. Each story comes with a specified amount of time in which to read and 10 comprehension questions to answer.

Abeka Spelling, Vocab & Poetry 4

Spelling – This class will lead your child to learn the exact meaning of words, improve proofreading skills, and appreciate good poetry. Your child will understand how to spell commonly used words and use vocabulary words correctly. Each list comes with word exercises to help your child with proofreading and identifying misspelled words. Six poems are also included to help your child appreciate poetry while learning to memorize and recite with good expression.

Supplies:

  • Abeka Spelling & Poetry 4 - Purchase Link HERE

  • Readers & Comp Skills Sheets purchased by Aspire

Class Offered Both Days

Teacher: Jenesa Wheeler

Science / History

First Semester is Science

Abeka Understanding God’s World

Your fourth grader will enjoy this fascinating presentation of things that he can observe in the world around him. He learns how to make an insect zoo, how to identify plants and rocks, how to attract birds to his own back yard, and how to interpret cloud formations. Your child will appreciate the miracle of plant germination, the causes of weather, the design of the starry heavens, the ecology of the ocean depths, and other aspects of God’s creative genius.​

Second Semester is History

Abeka The History of Our United States

Present American history to your child in an interesting way through the narrative format of The History of Our United States. From the days of Christopher Columbus to the United States’ involvement in Operation Iraqi Freedom, teach your child about the discoveries, innovations, documents, wars, and people that have played a part in establishing America’s greatness. Charts of states and Presidents plus foundational documents such as the Preamble to the Constitution, the First Amendment, the Gettysburg Address, and more are included in the back of the text for your child to memorize and appreciate for their historical importance. ​

Supplies:

Class Offered Both Days

Teacher: Jenesa Wheeler

To download the PDF Schedule
of CORE & ELECTIVE CLASSES please click this link: 

Elective Classes

  • Elementary elective classes are 1-day classes. Students will either Mondays or Wednesdays depending on class enrolled in. Each elementary elective class is $240 per school year unless otherwise noted.

  • Each class has a description, supply list and/or supply fee listed. 

5th Hour Elective Classes

6th Hour Elective Classes

Days Offered: Monday, Wednesday

Class Description:

Bjj (Brazilian Jiu Jitsu)takes pleasure in being regarded as the “gentle art,” enabling a smaller and weaker person to defend himself against a larger opponent by using leverage and submissions (chokes and locks).

The form of training that is offered will be unique in that all of the skills are entirely defensive and do not include any strikes. Students will learn to protect themselves if they are assaulted, as well as how to defuse the danger and regain control. They will develop problem solving skills and prepare to face many problems and obstacles in everyday life, such as dealing with a bully. As a result, it will instill in your child the character traits that will lead to success in many aspects of life.
Jiu Jitsu employs concepts such as reaction, leverage, and base. Students learn to utilize an opponent’s strength to their advantage rather than struggling against it.
It promotes a greater sense of body awareness and coordination, which leads to increased confidence and inner discipline. Kids not only learn self defense effectively, but they also improve their kinesthetic abilities, allowing them to thrive in any other sport in which they participate.
The bulk of the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu class time is spent working with partners and practicing moves. This constant close contact enables practitioners to instill the natural phenomenon of body action and reaction to leverage and balance in an interactive manner, rather than individual repetitive moves in theoretical situations. Kids learn to read and anticipate their opponents’ moves, and then respond accordingly. They are continuously exposed to the dynamic, and it gets hard wired into their body’s memory.

Brazilian jiu-jitsu, on the other hand, offers an added benefit: mental toughness. Bjj is a physical chess game in which you are always planning your next move in response to your opponent. Physical contact with other people, a sense of belongingness, goal setting and accomplishment, and confidence gained from learning and performing new skills all contribute to the development of mental toughness.

Teacher: Kayla DeMoss

Supplies Needed:

- Comfortable Clothing

School Year Supply Fee: $0

JuiJitsu

Days Offered: Monday, Wednesday

Class Description:

Simple class full of fun arts & crafts!

Teacher: Jenesa Wheeler

Supplies Needed:

- Provided

School Year Supply Fee: $40

Arts & Crafts

Days Offered: Monday

Class Description:

This class is for students who have completed the ukulele class in the previous school year. Building on the basic skills we learned in ukulele, we will learn chords and chord progressions that lead to playing full songs. The primary goal of this class is to teach each student proper playing through proper practice and the joy of music by reaching smaller goals (wins) and ultimately bigger goals (playing a full song).

Teacher: Sheldon Clark

Supplies Needed:

- 3/4 size acoustic guitar and bag (case)
- clip on tuner
- Capo

School Year Supply Fee: $50

Beginner Guitar

Days Offered: Wednesday

Class Description:

This is a beginner ukulele class for 5th and younger. We will learn basic chords and rhythm patterns. We then move on to playing songs and have fun learning about musical concepts that apply to all musical instruments. Most of the school year will be dedicated to playing sing-along songs and having fun enjoying the music they are making. This class was created to possibly making an easy transition to the guitar class.

Teacher: Sheldon Clark

Supplies Needed:

- Ukulele & Bag/Case

- a clip-on tuner

School Year Supply Fee: $50

Beginner Ukulele

Days Offered: Monday

Class Description:

In the Culinary Arts portion of this class, we will learn basic terminology, measurements, kitchen safety, and skills that are useful for preparing food. We will be making a variety of foods that require minimal use of the microwave, stove, and oven such as healthy snacks/appetizers, easy breakfasts & lunches, side dishes & some sweet treats. In the Home Economics portion of this class, we will learn a little bit of everything - chores around the house, general etiquette, manners for specific situations, and self-care. We will learn how to do each of these things and why they are important. To help keep interest levels high, we will alternate between Culinary and Home Ec lessons. Lessons will include fun activities, games, crafts, and scriptural lessons/verses when applicable. There will be an occasional activity or challenge sent home with the students for them to do with you or an older brother or sister. These will be optional, but I highly suggest completing them if for no other reason than to just spend time with your kiddos and let them show you what they’ve learned. I have one goal in this class… to teach your kiddos important life skills in a fun manner!

Teacher: Calista Firor-Reeder

Supplies Needed:

- Apron if needed for preparing food and Ponytail holders to tie back long hair before class.

- Other Supplies Provided

School Year Supply Fee: $60

Culinary & Home Ec

Days Offered: Wednesday

Class Description:

This fun dance class will learn the basics of multiple styles of dance. We will learn stretching, dance fundamentals and some fun choreography in a few routines.

Teacher: Molly Boatright

Supplies Needed:

- Comfortable Clothing

- Specific Dance Shoes will be communicated by teacher

- costume for potential showcase will be discussed in second semester

School Year Supply Fee: $0

Dance

Days Offered: Wednesday

Class Description:

This class is designed to address 4 important factors in developing proper handwriting. Pencil Grip, Letter Formation, Legibility and Spacing. Students in this class should know their letters but may have trouble forming them. We will use the Handwriting Without Tears approach as our guide while teaching formation.

Teacher: Melissa Davis

Supplies Needed:

Provided

School Year Supply Fee: $20

Handwriting

Days Offered: Monday, Wednesday

Class Description:

Playful Pioneers is an explorative literature and projects based class, built around The Little House on the Prairie series. Throughout this class, we will cover: Bible, reading, discussion, narration, science, history, map work, art, poetry, and practical life skills, which will all flow from chapters that we read in these beloved books. Each week will involve making either a coordinating craft or a selection from The Playful Pioneers cookbook. Lots of fun will be had, while we focus on hands-on learning.

Teacher: Samantha Floyd

Supplies Needed:

- Provided - We will be making all sorts of interesting foods and projects, for which all will be purchased with the associated fee. I’ll also provide a folder for each child to keep all of their papers/projects in until the end of the semester and a classroom supply of crayons, colored pencils, watercolors, etc. All supplies will be provided, using supply fee.

School Year Supply Fee: $60

Playful Pioneers

Days Offered: Monday

Class Description:

We will work on basics of correct posture, finger techniques, sound production, bowings, vibrato, shifting to higher positions, note reading, playing in a group and everything else needed for playing the violin.

Teacher: Elana Gavrilov

Supplies Needed:

- Violin and bow

- 1/2 inch ring binder

- clear pockets for storing the music

School Year Supply Fee: $20

Beginner Violin

Days Offered: Wednesday

Class Description:

STEM is designed to educate students in the four discipline areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. At times, art will also be added, making it STEAM. Each of the disciplines are integrated through project based learning of real world applications requiring problem solving. The following are skills that are developed through STEM: problem solving, creativity, inquiry skills, math and science skills, engineering-design thinking, critical thinking, and collaboration.

Teacher: Sarah Mullins

Supplies Needed:

- Provided

School Year Supply Fee: $20

STEM Class

Teacher: Andrew Storie

Supplies Needed:

- Comfortable Clothing

School Year Supply Fee: $0

Tai Chi Gung (Health & Wellness)

Days Offered: Wednesday

Class Description:

This class provides students with the opportunity to learn a variety of games, sports, and sport related movements as well as health and fitness education. Focus is on sportsmanship during fitness and sport activities. Get ready for fun and exercise!

Teacher: Chantel Wolfe

Supplies Needed:

- Comfortable Clothing & Shoes

School Year Supply Fee: $0

P.E.

Days Offered: Monday, Wednesday

Class Description:

We will expand deeper on basic art principles of color, proportion, balance, pattern, contrast, and movement through fun projects in many different media throughout the year. Your student will learn how to draw in one point perspective and be trained to look at an object and draw it in proportion. Students will learn about various artists throughout history to learn various techniques of creating art and will practice these techniques in class. We will also learn a little about architecture and design a replica of what is drawn in class. Projects change every year, so your returning student can learn these same principles in fresh, creative ways each year. Students will be challenged to use rulers throughout their designing to enhance their skills in dexterity and spatial awareness. (Students are not required to complete “Beginner Art Composition” to be enrolled).

Teacher: Allison Leach

Supplies Needed:

- Provided

School Year Supply Fee: $40

Intermediate Art Composition

Days Offered: Monday

Class Description:

This class is designed to build your child’s confidence by participating in group and individual activities that will strengthen their social skills in everyday situations. We will work on understanding social cues, how to start a conversation, respecting boundaries and more. We will also learn what positive character traits are, which ones we already possess, which ones we should work on and the importance of modeling them on a daily basis.

Teacher: Melissa Davis

Supplies Needed:

Social Skills Activity Book - LINK

School Year Supply Fee: $10

Social Skills / Character Building

Days Offered: Monday

Class Description:

This class will study oceans, tides, coral reefs, marine life, fish, sharks, marine mammals, marine birds and ocean exploration. We will also be doing a shark dissection.

Teacher: Sarah Mullins

Supplies Needed:

- Provided

School Year Supply Fee: $40

Marine Biology

Days Offered: Monday

Class Description:

This Latin class is geared for students in 4th grade and will introduce them to the basics of the Latin language including vocabulary words, conjugation endings, declension endings, derivatives (English words that have Latin roots), and Latin sayings. Students will have a variety of opportunities to practice what they are learning in class through games, activities, songs, and chants. This class will lay the foundation for students who would like to continue with a more serious study of Latin and provide exposure to the language from which many of our English words are derived. Homework will consist of workbook pages and vocabulary flash card review.

Teacher: Julie Cox

Supplies Needed:

- Latin for Children Primer A Student Book  LINK

- 300 white lined 3x5 cards

- Index card box

- Index card dividers (5)

School Year Supply Fee: $0

Elementary Latin

Days Offered: Wednesday

Class Description:

This class is for students who have completed the ukulele class in the previous school year. Building on the basic skills we learned in ukulele, we will learn chords and chord progressions that lead to playing full songs. The primary goal of this class is to teach each student proper playing through proper practice and the joy of music by reaching smaller goals (wins) and ultimately bigger goals (playing a full song).

Teacher: Sheldon Clark

Supplies Needed:

- 3/4 size acoustic guitar and bag (case)
- clip on tuner
- Capo

School Year Supply Fee: $50

Beginner Guitar

Days Offered: Monday

Class Description:

This is a beginner ukulele class for 5th and younger. We will learn basic chords and rhythm patterns. We then move on to playing songs and have fun learning about musical concepts that apply to all musical instruments. Most of the school year will be dedicated to playing sing-along songs and having fun enjoying the music they are making. This class was created to possibly making an easy transition to the guitar class.

Teacher: Sheldon Clark

Supplies Needed:

- Ukulele & Bag/Case

- a clip-on tuner

School Year Supply Fee: $50

Beginner Ukulele

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