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LAF Middle School Co-Op offers a la cart classes to students in 6 – 8 grade.
Parents are not required to stay on campus while students are in classes, but all Middle School families are required to volunteer on campus during the year. Click here for more information on our Volunteer Requirements.
Middle School Tuition
                   
Middle school classes are $170 each for the 2022/2023 school year, plus any lab/supply fees. 50% of tuition, plus 100% of lab/supply fees are due at the time of registration. Balances must be paid in full on or before Orientation on August 9, 2022.
2022/2023 Middle School Classes

Below is our list of Middle School Co-Op Classes for the 2022/2023 school year. Next to each class, we have listed the facilitator for the class, the day, time, and location of the class, the course description, and the required materials and additional lab/supply fees. 

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Art 
Facilitators: Olga Spitsa (Thursday afternoon)
Annie White (Tuesday afternoon, Thursday morning)
 
Tuesday, 1:00-2:15, Room C208
Thursdays, 11:15-12:30, Room C212
Thursdays, 1:00-2:15, Room C208
 
Course Description:

In middle school art class, students communicate visually, expressing and exchanging ideas, learning to understand and apply Elements of Art and Principles of Design using the elements of line, shape, space, color, value, texture, and form. Building on those art concepts using a variety of media and techniques as the year progresses. The students will learn to draw from observation using still life props, create a self-portrait, learn to mix paint and different paint media and the many ways to use those media. We will explore an ancient Japanese print-making style using rice paper and ink, create a ceramics piece from clay as we study the different clay techniques. We will also learn about famous artists and their art movement’s significance in culture, recreating or taking their concepts and creating unique works of art.

Required Materials:
There is no textbook for this class. The supply fee will cover the majority of supplies to be used by the student in class.

 
Supply Fee:
$75 per student
Apologetics 
Facilitator: Melissa England
 
Thursdays, 9:50-11:10
Room C105
 
Course Description:

Foundation Worldview’s Careful Thinking Curriculum helps kids recognize false worldview ideas and understand how they differ from the Christian worldview. They will learn skills to unmask faulty ideas and embrace the truth

Required Materials:

Bible (any version, but please bring the physical book, not an app.)

Pens and pencils

 
Supply Fee:
$30
Chemistry/Physics
Facilitator: Nick Gutsche
 
Thursdays, 9:50 – 11:10
Room C212
 

Course Description:

This class will give your student an introduction to multiple fields of science. By studying the basics of chemistry, physics, geology, thermodynamics, electricity, and engineering, your student will be able to find and focus their scientific passion. Topics include:

  • Properties of Matter
  • Atoms and Elements
  • Chemical and Physical Changes
  • Newton’s Law of Motion
  • Forms of Energy
  • Power Plants
  • Sound
  • Light
  • Thermodynamics
  • Electricity
  • Magnetism
  • Simple Machines
 
Required Materials:
1. Exploring Creation with Chemistry and Physics by Jeannie Fulbright.
2. Chemistry and Physics Notebooking Journal for Exploring Creation with Chemistry and Physics
3. Pencils
 
Lab Fee:
$30 per student
Civics
Facilitator: Natalia Drumm
 

Tuesdays, 11:15-12:30
Room C102

 
Course Description:
Have you ever wondered how elections work or what the President does all day? How about who decides where stop signs go? What is Labor Day? If you like to know the answers to these questions and many more, then the Uncle Sam and You Civics course is just for you! This is a one-year course designed for middle school students. The curriculum will guide you on an engaging tour of American government. You will discover the everyday roles of elected leaders and citizens who make this country work. Civics is a study of the rights and responsibilities of citizens as well as the relationship between citizens and their government. Along with the course materials, we will also utilize media and discuss current events to really bring the lessons to life
in a fun and informative way. There will be weekly assignments and classroom discussions. We will have fun while learning!
 
Required Materials:
1. Notgrass: Uncle Sam and You curriculum package ($100)
2. Pencils/Pens
3. 2 glue sticks
4. Scissors
5. 3 ring binder
6. Most importantly, a smile
 
Supply Fee:
$5  per student

General Science 1

Facilitator: Chrissy Roberts 
 
Tuesdays, 1:00-2:15
Room C102

Course Description:

Captivate your children with their Creator’s handiwork! As they explore the oceans, astronomy, weather, and minerals, they’ll learn about tides, waves, and currents; the dynamics of planets, stars, and galaxies; the importance of the jet stream and water runoff; the properties and uses of minerals; and more. Includes a teacher’s guide and four subject books. 
 
Required Materials:

General Science 1:Survey of Earth and Sky

Siblings can share textbooks, but will need their own ‘Teacher Guide’ which is actually the student workbook.

Students will need a folder, highlighter, notecards, and a student Quizlet account.

 
Lab Fee:
$30 per student

General Science 2

Facilitator: Chrissy Roberts 
 
Tuesdays, 8:30-9:45
Room C103

Course Description:

Turn Master Books’ books on geology and archaeology into a homeschool science curriculum with this convenient teacher guide. Covering 36 weeks of instruction for The Archaeology Book, The Geology Book, The Cave Book, and The Fossil Book, this planner provides parents with a weekly lesson schedule, student worksheets, quizzes & tests, and an answer key. Pages are grouped by type, rather than by lesson, so parents can easily remove tests and answer keys.

Worksheets include T/F, matching, and “explore more” activities; the book page numbers and day number are on the top of the worksheets for easy assignment tracking. Tests include multiple choice, matching, short answer, and applied learning activity questions.

As they work through General Science 2: Survey of Geology & Archaeology students will learn how to evaluate how archaeologists know what life was like in the past, the difficulties in dating ancient artifacts, discover thriving, beautiful ecology, unique animals and the fragile balance of our ecosystem, explore the origin of fossils, demonstrate the accuracy and historicity of the Bible, and more.

This course covers 1 year of science (worth 1 credit) at the recommended schedule of 30-45 minutes per lesson, 3-5 days per week. 36 lessons. One book completed per semester is suggested. Reproducible for homeschool families and small classrooms with under 10 students. Line-listed answer keys. Glossary included. NKJV Scripture used. Grades 7-12. Loose-leaf three-hole-punched pages.

This kit includes:

  • General Survey 2: Survey of Geology & Archaeology Teacher Guide, 206 pages, softcover
  • The Fossil Book, 79 pages, indexed, hardcover
  • The Cave Book, 79 pages, indexed, hardcover
  • The Geology Book, 80 pages, indexed, hardcover
  • The Archaeology Book, 95 pages, indexed, hardcover
 
Required Materials:

General Science 2:Survey of Geology and Archaeology

Siblings can share textbooks, but will need their own ‘Teacher Guide’ which is actually the student workbook.

Students will need a folder, highlighter, notecards, and a student Quizlet account.

 
Lab Fee:
$30 per student

Geography

Facilitator: Cari Gibson
                     Jess Mullet
 
 
Thursdays, 9:50 – 11:10 (J. Mullet), Room C212
Thursdays, 11:15 – 12:30 (C. Gibson), Room C102

 

Course Description:

Students will travel around the world by examining the geography, history, people, and cultures of the seven continents.  

By spending about four weeks on each continent, students will study the region, memorize political and  physical features of the continent, read short stories about missionaries, and complete creative assignments.  For each continent, students will give a short presentation that can focus on the history, culture, people,  food, and/or current events of the area.  

By the end of the year, students will have a geography notebook with an overview of each continent, hand  drawn/labeled maps, geography definitions, and various other projects demonstrating their knowledge of the world. 

In class I will use Around the World in 180 Days, Ultimate Geography and Timeline Guide 4th Edition, and several reference books. Missionary stories and other readings will be provided in class.

Required Materials:

Student Atlas:  

Rand McNally Atlas of World Geography OR Rand McNally Classroom Atlas. 

If you already own a student atlas, it will probably be fine. 

2-inch binder with 8 divider tabs

 
Supply Fee:
$5 per student

Literature 6

Facilitator: Heather Kelley
 
Tuesdays, 9:50-11:10
Room C103
 
I am so excited to facilitate Literature 6 this upcoming school year! As a mom who has educated her children at home over many years, I have grown to LOVE quality literature in a variety of genres. As my family likes to joke, I practically have my own library in our home. I look forward to learning with your students this year. We will discover rich vocabulary, a variety of styles of writing and we will complete some hands-on activities. I tried to choose a list of books that will engage the readers and expose them to different genres of books. I know that each student may be at different levels of reading and writing. I want to encourage you to choose which method will be best for your middle school student to read each book. You can read the books together, use an audiobook version, or have them read the books independently.
 
Book List

Frindle by Andrew Clements

The Kite Fighters by Linda Sue Park

Green Ember by S.D. Smith

Friedrich by Hans Peter Richter

Through Gates of Splendor by Elizabeth Elliot

When Stars Are Scattered by Victoria Jamieson

Cornelia and the Audacious Escapades of the Somerset Sisters by Leslie M. M. Blume

 
Required Materials:
Binder 

Folder 

Loose Leaf Notebook paper 

A set of 8 dividers 

pens/pencils

 
Supply Fee:
$15 per student

Literature 7

Facilitator: Summer Gordon  
 
 
Tuesdays, 9:50- 11:10
Room C102
 
Course Description:

The primary goal of this class is to expose students to great works of literature written during a variety of time periods. The book choices will help to facilitate critical thinking, conflict resolution, and encourage in-class discussion.

Students will be expected to participate in class discussions and will also be required to present their writing in class throughout the year. At various times during the year, we will have student debates and video reviews as well.
 

Required Materials:

Book List

Bronze Bow, Elizabeth George Speare

A Land Remembered (the first edition for students), Patrick Smith

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, John Boyne

Bruchko, Bruce Olson

King of the Wind, Henry 

The Magicians Nephew, C.S. Lewis

Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Mark Twain (unabridged)

 

Supply Fee:
$10 per student

Literature 8

Facilitator: Summer Gordon 
 
Tuesdays, 8:30 – 9:45
Room C102
 
Course Description:

The primary goal of this class is to expose students to great works of literature written during a variety of time periods. The book choices will help to facilitate critical thinking, conflict resolution, and encourage in-class discussion. Includes comprehension questions, creative writing (ex. poetry, alternate ending papers), vocabulary, and some light grammar.

Students will be expected to participate in class discussions and will also be required to present their writing in class throughout the year. At various times during the year, we will have student debates and video reviews as well.
 
Required Materials:
Book List

White Fang, Jack London (unabridged)

To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee

Anne of Green Gables, Lucy Maud Montgomery

The Outsiders, S.E. Hinton

The Hobbit, Tolkien

The Hiding Place, Corrie Ten Den Boom

Fahrenheit 451, Bradbury

 

Supply Fee:
$10 per student

Physical Science
Facilitator: Nick Gutsche  
 

Thursdays, 11:15-12:30

Room C212
 
Course Description:
  • The scientific method
  • Units of measurement
  • Properties and states of matter
  • Atomic structure and the periodic table
  • Chemical bonds
  • Reactions and energy
  • Forces and motion
  • Energy
  • Waves and sound
  • Light
  • Electricity and magnetism
  • Earth science
  • The atmosphere
  • Chemistry and physics in life sciences

 

Required Materials:

Apologia Advantage Set, Physical Science, 3rd Edition 

 
Lab Fee:
$30 per student

Pre-Algebra

Facilitator: Nick Gutsche
 

Tuition: $220 

 
Tuesdays, 9:50 – 11:10
Room S106
 
 

Course Description:

This course will prepare your student for Algebra. Topics include:

  • Fractions and Decimals
  • Rational and Irrational Numbers
  • Exponents and Square Roots
  • Prime Numbers
  • Greatest Common Factor
  • Least Common Multiple
  • Ratios, Rates, and Proportions
  • Triangles and Circles
  • Solving Equations
  • Angle Relationships
  • Geometric Solids

Required Materials:

 
Lab Fee:
$10 per student

Spanish

Facilitator: Rebeca Gingerich

 
Thurssdays, 1:00-2:15
Room C102
 
 

Course Description:

A beginner level Spanish class aimed at grades 5-7, with a focus on basic conversation, grammar, and vocabulary, along with a bit of culture, geography, and hopefully some authentic food too! 
 

Required Materials:

1-inch Binder with writing paper and 3 tabbed dividers
Pencils, erasers, and colored pencils
 
Lab Fee:
$5 per student
Writing
Facilitator: Myrna Stoltzfus
 
Thursdays, 8:30-9:45
Room C105
 
Course Description:
Through brainstorming, pre-writing, proofreading, and editing, students will produce a variety of compositions. They will learn to vary sentence lengths, choose vivid descriptions, and examine their writing with a critical eye in order to produce their best work. Each lesson will be covered over a two-week period.
 
Required Materials:
  • 1-inch binder (clear view, so you can slip a page in that front cover)
  • WriteShop Student Workbook 1 – 5th edition ($56) Christianbook.com or another retailer
  • Thesaurus
  • Pens *blue or black
  • Colored pencils *red, yellow, and green
  • Lined loose-leaf paper
  • 5 dividers
  • Composition book for journal writing (the traditional marble kind, not spiral)
 
Supply Fee:
$10 per student
Writing
Facilitator: Cari Gibson
 
Thursdays,  8:30-9:45
Room C102
 
Course Description:

The goal of this class is to improve writing by practicing different aspects of language arts. Students will write essays, study grammar, keep a journal, and give short oral presentations. 

Students will learn the structure and style writing method from the Institute for the Excellence of Writing (IEW), and they will explore various other types of creative writing. 

Because the understanding of grammar is essential to writing well, students will get an overview of the parts of speech, sentence structure, and sentence diagramming through the book Our Mother Tongue

Journaling will allow students to express creativity, while oral presentations will help students to become articulate with their ideas. 

By the end of the year, students will have a portfolio of their written works and hopefully, be more confident in their writing abilities.

 
Required Materials:
  • 2-inch binder, divider tabs, and paper 
  • Pens and highlighters 
  • Purchase from IEW.com: Student Resource Package (Packet and Binder) 
  • Purchase from Christianbook.com: Our Mother Tongue: Guide to English Grammar (2nd Edition): Nancy Wilson 
  • Optional: Our Mother Tongue Answer Key
 
Supply Fee:
$5 per student
World History
Facilitator: Chrissy Roberts
 
Tuesdays,  11:15-12:20
Room C103
 
Course Description:

The Notgrass From Adam to Us curriculum is a one-year world history and literature curriculum for students in grades 5-8.

From Adam to Us includes two primary textbooks (one for each semester; each includes 75 lessons). The daily lessons are written in a narrative style and richly illustrated with color photographs and maps. Volume 1: Creation to Cathedrals will introduce students to ancient civilizations, the Great Empires, the early Church, and the Middle Ages. Volume 2: Castles to Computers covers the early Renaissance, Age of Revolutions, Victorian Era, the 20th Century and up through modern communications. Each unit includes five lessons that look at biographies, landmarks, daily life, “God’s Wonders” (natural resources), and “Our World” stories (major events). At the end of each lesson, an assignments section lists exercises, assignments to do using the other From Adam to Us resources, and literature readings (literature not included).

The Timeline Book covers the entire curriculum from Creation to the 21st century. Linked to the textbook assignments, students find the box that has the matching lesson number and copy the assigned statement onto the lines. Illustrations, dates, and famous people are also listed. Pages may be kept in-book or removed.

The Map Book includes lesson-linked map work that includes a map and instructions telling students what to identify, color, or draw.

Our Creative World features primary documents that accompany the curriculum, including stories, poems, documents, and pictures of art, artifacts, and architecture. Entries include a short contextual introduction.

The Answer Key includes unit-by-unit answers to the Thinking Biblically and Vocabulary assignments given in the textbook, as well as answers for the Lesson Review book, Student Workbook, and Timeline Book. A vocabulary word list and a short summary of each literature books is also included.

This kit includes:

  • From Adam to Us, Volume 1, 508 pages, hardcover
  • From Adam to Us, Volume 2,pages 510-1044, hardcover
  • Our Creative World, 154 pages, hardcover
  • Map Book, 43 maps, softcover
  • Timeline Book, 31 pages, softcover
  • Answer Key, 61 pages, softcover
 
Required Materials:
 
  • We will NOT be doing the literature portion of the class.
  • Siblings can share textbooks, but will need their own student workbooks.
  • Each student will also need a student folder, notecards, highlighters, and a student quizlet account.
 
Supply Fee:
$5 per student
Yearbook 
Facilitator: Allison Flagg
*8th grade and up
 

Tuition: $130 

Tuesdays, 1:00 – 2:50
Room C105
 
Course Description:
Students will be creating the yearbook for LAF’s 2022-2023 school year; gaining and utilizing skills in graphic design, layout design, caption writing and photography.
 
Required Materials: laptop or tablet with google chrome installed.
 
Lab Fee:
$10 per student