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. Thursdays go from 8:00am until 3:30pm.

(The toddler class runs from 8am – noon. See more details here.)

Morning Assembly

Psalms, prayer, and responsive sayings start the day off on the right foot! Over the course of the year structured by the church calendar, students learn dozens of Proverbs, encouraging Bible verses, literary sayings, George Washington’s Rules of Civility, and more.

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.

Building a map of Egypt

Building a salt dough map of ancient Egypt

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.

Milvian Bridge

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

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, Mrs. Hansen, Mrs. Christensen, Mrs. Christensen, and other teachers show the students the beauty and order all around us in nature. Homework sheets may be added to science binders during class.

Chemistry class

Learning about chemistry through experimentation

PE

Halfway through the morning we drop the books and get moving! The kids love doing exercises and games in the gym or outside with Mr. Langenberg and the other teachers; these may include baseball, four-square, juggling, inchworming, lunges, bear crawls, the 1-mile run, and more. It  is a great way to get some wiggles out before settling in for some more learning before lunch.

 

Crossfit

Practicing new exercises  

Storytelling & Story Writing

Training students to love good stories and retell them skillfully is one of our goals at Ozarks Academy.

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 (English 1.) Using IEW’s step-by-step process or other in-house techniques, 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.

English 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.

Story sequence

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

Poetry

Memorization, recitation, and fun are all involved in our poetry classes! This is a great way to practice public speaking skills, as well as committing classic poems to memory to keep forever and for linguistic development. Students frequently recite their poems at lunchtime, or even at end-of-semester recitals in front of a bigger audience. More advanced poetry students study the music and imagery of poetry, including rhyme schemes, meter, metaphor, simile, personification, alliteration, and more.

Poetry

Reciting poetry for family and friends 

Art
Students are introduced to the foundations of art as they explore 2 dimensional mediums (drawing and painting), 3 dimensional mediums (sculpture), fiber arts, and cooperative projects. Art classes integrate what they are learning throughout their other courses, building on the foundations of art with repeated projects but with a higher level of mastery and more challenging variation.
Advanced students will engage in a more intensive focus on drawing and painting. The first part of the year may be dedicated exclusively to drawing, with a strong emphasis on utilizing art elements and principals. As the year progresses, students will work to advance their understanding of color theory and painting techniques, while continuing to integrate other course subjects into art class.

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Weaving
A hands-on weaving activity. The students used the principles learned in their own drawings

Latin

Latin comes alive in Mrs. Hiett’s classes! Rather than enduring hours of tedious drill, students are immersed in four levels of Latin through picture flashcards and rollicking stories. These stories help students learn dozens of vocabulary words and see them in proper context. Mrs. Hiett and other Latin instructors also converse with students and teach them basic conversational skills as they move to the formal study of grammar and translation.

Marcus story

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

Music

Miss Sarah’s hugely popular music classes are a lively display of the Kodaly Method of musical learning and instruction. {Check back for further description!}

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Solfege Game

Playing a music game to learn about solfege

Math

Math instruction at Ozarks Academy with Mr. Langenberg and other teachers currently utilizes Math-U-See curriculum along with tutorials, various math games, puzzles, manipulatives, and supplementary materials.

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If you’re interested in joining us, please fill out our Admissions Application, call 417.414.3782, or email headmaster@ozarksacademy.com.