4th - 5th Grade (4-8th Group 1)

FEE: $ 85


Chemistry  (1 hour)


This class provides an exciting, hands on approach to chemistry, as it offers the students an opportunity to learn about the Periodic Table of Elements, the scientific method, the different states of matter, hydrogen bonding, homogeneous mixtures, and much more. They will learn how to draw atoms and construct molecules.  They will conduct exciting experiments (some that glow and some that grow) and will strengthen critical thinking skills in the process.  Classroom discussions will cultivate a deeper understanding of the concepts.  Each student will create a science journal that will help them in their discovery process.  Students will also play fun chemistry games that will reinforce the material.


Melanie Biermeier graduated from UW-Platteville with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education in 1995.  In 2000, she graduated from Winona State University with a Master of Science degree in Education.  From 1995 until 2002, Melanie taught a diversity of elementary and high school classes at Coulee Christian School in West Salem, WI.  For the past 15 years, she has been a teaching consultant for a variety of homeschool learning communities in the Rochester area.  Melanie was the Classical Conversations Director in the 7th grade Challenge A program for the past two years.  Currently, she is teaching a high school Physical Science class for PATH.  Melanie has been married to Joel for over 15 years, and they have five children.  They have been homeschooling for 10 years.  In her free time, she enjoys painting, camping, biking, gardening, scrapbooking, and playing guitar.


 Hand drawn Animation and Stop Motion Animation  (1 hour)



Animation has been around for a little over 100 years, and many animators still use and teach from the same techniques used back then. During this introductory animation class, we will learn about some of the different forms of animation, through drawing and tracing sketches. We will also learn some of the basic methods used for stop-motion animation, and how to film 2D artwork. We will also be creating our own samples of animation in a movie form that will be sent home on DVD’s at the end of the class.


 Amy Moreland has degrees in K-12 Art Education and Studio Arts. She has been teaching art to kids for 20 years, with a strength in teaching claymation, animation, and cartooning classes.

She is currently teaching claymation classes for the BLC homeschool co-op, working with kids ranging from K-12. This past spring Amy taught a 5 week long artist in residency for Riverside Elementary, working with first graders teaching the basics of animation. Amy lives in Rochester with her husband and 4 children.

Adventures in Cartography (1 hour)


Mapping the USA has never been so fun.  Do you wear tennis shoes, sneakers or gym shoes?  Do you use a drinking fountain, water fountain or a bubbler?  By answering these questions, chances are, I can tell where you’re from!  Students will be introduced to cartography and through the use of mnemonics, visuals, songs, and charting, will memorize the location of most of the states and become familiar with our country’s landmarks, accents, dialects and culture.  


Jenny Doty was born and raised in Rochester.  She met her husband of 21 years, Jon, while attending Minnesota Bible College.  There, she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Christian Education.  They have two daughters ages 18 and 12.  Jenny has 7 years experience teaching Kindergarten - 1st grade at a local Christian school as well as teaching civics, science, & writing units to 2nd-6th graders. She loves the outdoors and sharing her enthusiasm for God’s creation.

GYM (30 minutes)

DESCRIPTION:  Fun group & skill games