Environmental Science parent and student information and responsibilities

First Lesson

The time and date for the first lesson can be found on our locations page by clicking on the location that you are attending. Please read the first chapter of the book before the first class.

What to bring to class

  • A notebook with perforated pages.

  • Pencil or pen.

Home school responsibilities

The student must follow the daily assignment and reading schedule. The home school will administer and grade tests at home.

Grades

We will grade the lab work by assigning your student to do a short lab report on every experiment that they do. The homeschool will assign grades for tests and other at home activities. Details about how to grade this course are found here. There is a grading spreadsheet that you can use at the end of the year to help you calculate the final grade. We suggest you use a paper copy (printable here) out at the beginning of the year as a way of recording the grades when we return the students lab report. Please keep track of the lab report grades as the year goes by so that you have them at the end of the year. We do not keep the grades for you.

Lab reports

We like the students to turn in a lab report with the following sections to it:

  • Name

  • Heading

  • Purpose (Brief one liner)

  • Method

  • Results (What you notice.)

  • Conclusion (Understanding)

We will explain this to the student in the first class. We will provide them with the Heading, Purpose and Method which they copy down in class before doing the experiment. The Result and Conclusion is their chance to express themselves, and we will prompt their thinking with suitable questions.

The student can take their notes home and clean them up ready to be handed in the following lesson. They do not need to type them up on a computer, although they may if they want to. We follow Dr Wile's grading recommendation for grading:

A : 90 - 100 %
B : 80 - 89 %
C : 70 - 79 %

Lab report extra information

We have an entire page on the website with some specific help for lab reports.

Lab schedule

This is available on the website, from the what we offer page, select your subject and then click on "lab and reading schedule".

Take home experiments

Sometimes experiments will need to be completed at home . These will be explained in class.

Adverse weather

If there is adverse weather and classes need to be postponed, we place a message on the website home page to that effect. Most churches operate according to the local school closings, especially if the church operates a school on campus.

World view

When science and religion intersect, we maintain a Biblical viewpoint.

Absenteeism

This is your home school, and so you are accountable to the Dept. of Education for proper attendance. We trust your judgment on when a student needs to be absent for whatever reason. If you'd like to do a make up lesson we may be able to accommodate that request, if you contact us in time for us to include you in another class that week in the area.

Communication

You can find our contact information on the contact page. We're often out of the office teaching, and prefer email contact as a result. Also, emails allow for a record of the conversation, and are received at the computer where all our records are kept.

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