Class Descriptions

From the moment students arrive till it’s time to go home, their day is filled with hands-on learning and joyful camaraderie. Core morning classes begin at 8:30 and go till noon. After a lunch break, afternoon electives begin at 12:45 and end at 3:00.

(The toddler class runs during the core morning program. See more details here.)

Core Morning Program

Assembly sayings

Assembly sayings with Mr. Sundlie 

Morning Assembly

Hymns, prayer, and responsive sayings start the day off on the right foot! Over the course of the year, students learn dozens of helpful Proverbs, encouraging Bible verses, and beautiful literary sayings.

Building a map of Egypt

Building a salt dough map of ancient Egypt

History

Engaging stories and the occasional clash of swords guide students through the timeline. We take students on a three-year loop through history, beginning with Creation and ending with modern times. This allows us to dig deeply into the story while helping give them a broad overview of God’s hand in history.

Milvian Bridge

Re-enacting the Battle of Milvian Bridge during our Roman Party 

Memory songs help cement the timeline, while stories and activities highlighting the lives of famous men and women make history come alive. Each semester we also host a themed historical party, where students get a taste of life in ancient civilizations.

Chemistry class

Learning about chemistry through experimentation

Science

Step right up explorers!  We’re going on an expedition through the five disciplines of science. Be prepared for a whirlwind tour of Chemistry, Physics, Geology, Astronomy, and Biology!  Join our class as we engage the five senses, get messy, and learn what it means to think like a scientist! With a mix of hands on projects and engaging discussion and lectures, Miss Amber shows the students the beauty and order all around us in nature. Homework sheets may be added to science binders during class.

(During science the kids are given a healthy snack. If you have any  dietary restrictions, please let us know and bring shelf stable options for your child to substitute for items they cannot have.)

Crossfit

Practicing new exercises  

PE

Halfway through the morning we drop the books and get moving! The kids love doing exercises in the big open gym area like inchworms, lunges, bear crawls, and more. It  is a great way to get some wiggles out before settling in for some more learning before lunch.

Story sequence

Making a picture sequence of the story of Little Red Riding Hood 

Storytelling & Story Writing

Training students who love good stories, masterfully told, is one of our goals at Ozarks.

Pre-grammar students are immersed in the world of excellent literature. In the beginning, they are asked simple questions to help them become discerning listeners. Then, they move on to organizing picture sequences to help them tell the story.

Once students are reading and writing well, they move on to the next phase (Grammar 1.) Using IEW’s step-by-step process, students first learn to retell stories using keyword outlines. Then, they progress to using a keyword outline to rewrite classic stories (like Aesop’s Fables) in their own words. Over the course of the year, we gradually add ways to improve their stories, like using descriptive adjectives and strong verbs.

Grammar 2 students build on this strong foundation and move on to writing stories following a story sequence. Then, they write their own stories with pictures as inspiration. Not only do students get practice in writing, they have a chance to read their stories in front of the class and get feedback from their teacher and peers.

Poetry

Reciting poetry for family and friends 

Poetry I,II & III

Memorization, recitation, and fun are all involved in poetry class! This is a great way to practice public speaking skills, as well as committing some classic poems to memory to keep forever. Students frequently recite their poems at lunchtime. An audio CD is provided for students to listen to at home to help them memorize their assigned poems.

Enriching Electives in the Afternoon:

Weaving
A hands-on weaving activity. The students used the principles learned in their own drawings
Art 1-
   Students are introduced to the foundations of art. They will explore 2 dimensional mediums (drawing and painting), 3 dimensional mediums (sculpture), Fiber arts, and cooperative projects. Art class integrates what they are learning throughout their other courses.
Art 2-
  Students continue building on the foundations of art learned in Art 1. Many projects are repeated, but with a higher level of mastery and more challenging variation. Art 2 continues to integrate other course subjects into art class.
Art 3-

Students will engage in a more intensive focus on drawing and painting. The first semester will be dedicated exclusively to drawing, with a strong emphasis on utilizing art elements and principals. In the second semester, students will work to advance their understanding of color theory and painting techniques. Art 3 will continue to integrate other course subjects into art class.

Marcus story

Listening to a story (in Latin!) about the hilarious adventures of a boy named Marcus

Latin I, II & III

Latin comes alive in Mrs. Hiett’s class! Rather than enduring hours of tedious drill, students are immersed in Latin through picture flashcards and rollicking stories. These stories help students learn dozens of vocabulary words and see them in proper context. Fluent Latin teachers also converse with students and teach them basic conversational skills.

Solfege Game

Playing a music game to learn about solfege

Music I & II

{descriptions coming soon!}

If you’re interested in joining us, please fill out our 2015-2016 application, call 417.414.3782, or email headmaster@ozarksacademy.com.