This is to give you a bit more detail about Physical Science, suitable for approx. 8th grade, as part of the Classes at Town North. We are going to use Exploring Creation With Physical Science, 2nd Edition by Dr. Jay L. Wile, part of the Apologia curriculum. If you want more information about this science curriculum the web address is www.apologia.com. The website has the entire Module 1 of all the books in the curriculum as samples for you to look at.
In the 1st semester we will cover earth science topics such as Air, Atmosphere, Water, Earth and Weather. The 2nd semester will include Newton’s Laws, Motion, Force, Waves and Sound, Light and Astrophysics. We will use our class time to do as many labs as we can, plus go over content, vocabulary and the Study Guide. Tests will be handed out in class, taken at home on the honor system under parental supervision and turned in the next week, along with Study Guide answers, vocabulary and lab write-ups as assigned for each module. We will be working with a number of formulas requiring math skills at the pre-algebra level (i.e. fractions and decimals, simple exponents). Generally we will cover one module in two weeks. As an estimate, students should expect to spend 30 min. per school day on homework for this class.
Classes will be on Thursdays for one hour at 11:30am at Town North Presbyterian Church, near Campbell & Plano Rd. in Richardson. Class size is approximately 15 students. Tuition is $40/mo, August through April, plus a one-time materials fee of $15. There will also be an annual family registration fee (amount to be determined yearly depending on insurance costs) for Town North, and admin forms to fill out, which will be posted on the TNPC website, www.greenroofcoop.com.
For the Physical Science textbook, everyone will need to use the 2nd edition. It’s easy to identify because it has a big “2” on the cover. The only part of the curriculum you need is the student textbook. Other extras are optional and not used for class.