6th - 8th Grade (4-8th group 2)

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.

Advertising and Marketing in Media  (1 hour)

Broadcast advertising surrounds us. From our TV's to our phones. Advertising persuades consumers and influences our buying behaviors. In this course we will use critical thinking to analyze various television commercials and discuss the different methods used by advertisers to sell their product. 

We will discuss the motives and technology used in today's advertising as businesses tell us we won’t be happy or successful or sexy or worthy unless we buy what they have to offer. 

Students will review current and popular television commercials that use music to advertise the product. Students will then create their own product commercial using Christian principles and ethics,  with either self recorded or other music to advertise.


With a degree in Broadcast Journalism, Betsy's career as a news anchor has taken her from her hometown of Winona, MN  to many places including to Tupelo, Mississippi ,  Tallahassee, Florida, La Crosse, WI, and  Memphis, TN . But her longing to be closer to home brought her back to Minnesota. She returned solely to be close to family but was later asked to work at KTTC as the 6:00 & 10:00 anchor where she won two Regional Emmy Awards. Over the course of her career, Betsy has won a number of awards and honors for her work anchoring and reporting.She and her husband Ken have been married 16 years and live in Kasson. They have two boys, Connor 13 and Caden 11.

GYM (30 minutes)

DESCRIPTION:  Fun group & skill games