Tutor: Richard Mayer
Science education during the middle school years (6th-8th grades) is critical. Our children need to know that science supports what the Bible says. I believe that Satan impacts our children by using incorrect science to cast doubts and unbelief in God. General Science (generally 7th grade) and Physical Science (generally 8th grade) help students to correctly see and appreciate how God has created our universe while dispelling flawed secular scientific beliefs such as evolution. These classes build a science foundation and prepare students for the science classes required in high school. Laboratory is an integral part in both of these classes. Speaking as a science educator who has taught in the public school for over 32 years, at KAT since 2010, and as parent who has home schooled my children, I urge you to seriously consider enrolling your son or daughter in these classes or other available middle school science classes that will challenge them and help them grow in their understanding and appreciation of God’s creation.
This is a one year two semester course primarily for 8th graders (or 9th graders who need a stronger science foundation). I hope to cover a module over two weeks. There are 16 modules. Some topics include: The atmosphere, the hydrosphere, weather, the structure of the earth, environmentalism, the physics of motion, Newton’s Laws, gravity, and astrophysics. The author especially concentrates on the myths generated by the hysterical environmentalist movement. Students should plan to devote around 45 minutes of study each school day for this class. There will be assigned homework each week. Most experiments will be conducted in class and a few assigned for home. A lab book will be prepared each semester. Students will take their tests at home and bring them to the next class session for my grading. Semester and final grades will be determined mostly from tests and lab work. Emails will be sent to parents each week to communicate homework and any additional items of importance. I depend on parents to monitor tests that students take at home and check to see if homework is being completed each week. Tentatively there will be no class February 12.
The text is Exploring Creation with Physical Science 2nd Edition (Published by Apologia Educational Ministries) by Dr. Jay Wile. The Solutions and Tests For Exploring Creation with Physical Science 2nd Edition is the accompanying book with the text. You can find out more about the text by getting on the Apologia or Christian Book Distributor website. Both of these can be purchased through Christian Book Distributors for around $60. There is a perforated test booklet for the 16 modules included in the Solutions book. The text is designed for the homes schooled student and is written from a Christian perspective. Please obtain these materials as soon as possible. Experiments conducted at home use common household items. I will provide any experiment supplies and copy materials used in class. Students are expected to keep a 3-ringed binder for class notes and a spiral notebook for laboratory work. A calculator will be helpful for the mathematical concepts covered in the modules.
$350 for the year. Payments of $175 are made on the first day of each semester. Included in these costs are note packets for each student, handouts provided through out the year, rent for the classroom, and all laboratory supplies I use for the class.
There is a 50% refund for anyone dropping the class within the first four weeks of the semester, after that no refund.
I am a Christian and the most important relationship in my life is with Jesus Christ the Son of God. I am blessed to be married to my wife, Deb, and have four children. We have home schooled three of our four children. We attend Agape Christian Church where I am active in leadership in the Men’s Ministry. I also participate at Bible Study Fellowship.
I have experience teaching in grades K-12, most of it being at the high school level (I retired from Portage Northern
High School after 32 years of teaching in the public schools) and at KAT since 2010. I received my Bachelor of Science and Masters in Teaching of Science from WMU. My major is Earth Science and minors are Math, Biology, Chemistry, and Elementary Education.
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