Lyn Stewart

Lyn has been homeschooling her 3 boys, ages 13, 10, and 8, for 8 years. Her homeschool philosophy has always centered around less is more and better late than early. Lyn believes in child-focused learning where learning is challenging yet fun. She also believes that guided exploration is the key to growing a life long learner. Prior to homeschool life, Lyn received her BS in Biology from Georgia Southern University and a MS in Counseling from Liberty University. She started her Masters in Genetics, but when finances overcame higher education she went to work with the State of Georgia as an Environmental Health Specialist. After over 6 years with the State, Lyn decided to change careers and become a special education teacher. She worked as a special educator in grades preschool through high school. She focused her passion on children with behavioral and emotional difficulties. She was also a special education director at a youth detention center.  As a homeschool mama, Lyn has taught in several homeschool communities. She has a passion for teaching children to learn in a manner that best suits them. She believes that comparison is the thief of joy, so she does not compare her students to preconceived standards or to others. She looks at the progress and success of students on an individual basis.

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Biology

Target Ages: High School

Min/Max Students: 3/10

Class Times: Friday 10:00 – 11:55 (2 hrs.)

Class Dates:  Sept. 6 – May 15 (31 weeks)

Cost:  $350 per semester + ONE TIME lab fee of $50.  The lab fee is to cover lab supplies such as consumable materials and dissection specimens.  The lab fee is NON-REFUNDABLE.

Description: Biology is the study of life. In this course, we will study the scientific method, cytology, genetics, botany, zoology, ecology, taxonomy, evolution, chemistry, and microbiology.  The concept of evolution will be seen as the central organizing theme of biology.   We will reinforce what we learn during lectures with laboratory assignments and projects.  We will also incorporate case studies, debates, and discussion into our classroom to broaden our understanding of biology.  This course is an introductory course.  It is suitable for students ages 14 and up.  Students younger than age 14 are welcome to attend if the child has the maturity to participate in the course.

Materials: 3 ring binder, pen/pencil

Homework: Students can expect 1-2 hours of homework per week.

Chemistry 101 (Kitchen Chemistry)

Target Ages: Middle and High School

Min/Max Students: 3/10

Class Times: Thursday 2:00 – 3:55 (2 hrs.)

Class Dates:  Sept. 5 – May 14 (31 weeks)

Cost:  $350 per semester + ONE TIME lab fee of $50.  The lab fee is to cover lab supplies such as consumable materials and dissection specimens.  The lab fee is NON-REFUNDABLE.

Description: This is a PRACTICAL chemistry course for students who hate math, hate science, and are in tears thinking of that scary chemistry textbook they are supposed to choke down. This is also the perfect science curriculum for those students who LOVE science and want to learn some down-to-earth science they will use and enjoy knowing throughout their lives.  This is a very non-traditional chemistry course.  Students will also learn a bit of history and other subjects like physics, because chemistry is NOT something that happens in a vacuum. It's the world all around us and tied to many other things. Your student will learn lots of interesting and fun facts while getting to learn another important skill that can actually be put to use - cooking!  This is a 2-hour course.  One hour will be a laboratory.  One hour will be discussion, lecture, and preparation for the laboratory.

Materials: 3 ring binder, pen/pencil, internet

Homework: The student can expect at 1-2 hours of homework per week.

Chemistry

Target Ages: High School

Min/Max Students: 3/10

Class Times: Tuesday 9:30 – 11:25 (2 hrs.)

Class Dates:  Sept. 3 – May 12 (31 weeks)

Cost:  $350 per semester + ONE TIME lab fee of $50.  The lab fee is to cover necessary lab equipment and supplies.  The lab fee is NON-REFUNDABLE.

Description: Chemistry is the study of the components of matter and how these components behave and interact with one another. The periodic chart of elements will be studied and analyzed throughout the class to increase understanding of the various components of matter and energy.  This course will also include a study of the concept of energy and its uses, gas laws, kinetic molecular theory, laws of chemical combination, atomic and molecular structure, and chemical bonding. Students will be expected to work simple mathematical computations.  Laboratories will be done frequently in order to support the ideas and theories learned about in class and for homework.  It is recommended that students have taken other high school science courses and Algebra 1.  This course is recommended for the upper level high school student.  This course will be a two-hour course with one hour for lecture and one hour for laboratory.  

Materials: 3 ring binder, pen/pencil, internet

Homework: Students can expect one to two hours of homework per week.

Human Anatomy & Physiology

Target Ages: High School

Min/Max Students: 3/10

Class Times: Thursday 9:30 – 11:25 (2 hrs.)

Class Dates:  Sept. 5 – May 14 (31 weeks)

Cost:  $350 per semester + ONE TIME lab fee of $50.  The lab fee is to cover necessary lab equipment and supplies.  The lab fee is NON-REFUNDABLE.

Description: Anatomy & Physiology is a study of the structure and function of the human body. This course is preparation for advanced biological studies, biomedical nursing, and other science-based careers. Laboratory experiences and text-based activities provide student learning in the following topics: the major body systems; how the body systems work together to provide homeostasis; body functions in the healthy and diseased states; blood typing; muscle action; cranial nerve functioning; and bioethics. This course is recommended for students aged 14 and older with a background in other sciences. There will be dissections in this course.

Materials: 3 ring binder, pen/pencil, internet access

Homework: Students can anticipate 1-2 hours of homework per week.

Middle School Physical Science

Target Ages: Middle School

Min/Max Students: 3/12

Class Times: Thursday 1:00 – 1:55

Class Dates:  Sept. 5 – May 14 (31 weeks)

Cost:  $175 per semester + ONE TIME lab fee of $30.  The lab fee is to cover necessary lab equipment and supplies.  The lab fee is NON-REFUNDABLE.

Description: This physical science course will provide the students with a foundation for understanding how chemistry and physics concepts relate to everyday life and the world around us.  The first semester of this course will focus on forces, motion, Newton's Laws, waves, light, electricity, and magnetism. The second semester we will focus on states of matter, atomic structure, chemical bonds, chemical reactions, and the periodic table. We will learn how physics and chemistry are interrelated through discussion, videos, and experimentation and discovery. The students will be guided through several team building and inquiry lead investigations about the topics we discuss in physics and chemistry.  Students will be challenged to find every day applications for the information they learn.  Students will also learn the proper procedures for scientific inquiry as well as how to properly discuss scientific investigations.  The class will include several opportunities for group and individual work.  This course is 1 hour long one day per week.  Students can expect very little homework for this course.  There will be one home project for fall semester and one home project for spring semester.  

Materials: pen/pencil, internet access

Homework: The homework for his course will be minimal.  Homework may include a video to watch that is related to what we are doing in class.  The students will have one home project in the fall and one home project in the spring.  

Algebra I

Target Ages: Middle School/High School

Min/Max Students: 3/10

Class Times: Thursday 11:30 – 12:25

Class Dates:  Sept. 5 – May 14 (31 weeks)

Cost:  $180 per semester

Description: Algebra 1 is designed to give students a foundation for all future mathematics courses. I think it is VERY important that each student receive a solid foundation in Algebra 1 in order to be successful in future math classes. In this class we will explore all the fundamentals of algebraic problem-solving. I will use a combination of teaching methods to present the material to students. I will use a comic book presentation for many concepts. We will incorporate interactive notebooks and graphic organizers into our classroom. We will also do kinesthetic and hands-on activities to reinforce the concepts we learn. Some of the concepts we will explore include, but will not be limited to, solving equations, linear functions, polynomials, quadratic functions, radical expressions, data analysis, and probability. This class will provide a supportive and positive environment for students to learn algebra and gain confidence in their own abilities.

Materials: 3 ring binder, pencil, scientific calculator, internet access.

Homework: Students can expect 1-2 hours of homework each week. Homework will include how-to videos, worksheets, and sample problems. Students should also anticipate 1 at home project each semester.

Geometry

Target Ages: High School

Min/Max Students: 3/10

Class Times: Tuesday 11:30 – 12:25

Class Dates:  Sept. 3 – May 12 (31 weeks)

Cost:  $180 per semester

Description: This course is designed to emphasize the study of the properties and applications of common geometric figures in two and three dimensions. This course will provide the students with an in-depth analysis of plane, solid, and coordinate geometry as they relate to both abstract mathematical concepts as well as real-world problem situations. Topics to be covered include, but are not limited to, logic and proof, parallel lines and polygons, perimeter and area analysis, volume and surface area analysis, similarity and congruence, trigonometry, and analytic geometry. Emphasis will be placed on reasoning and logic skills. Students will be provided with a supportive, positive learning environment that will encourage the student to learn at his/her own pace. A variety of teaching methods will be used to help the students understand the topic. Graphic organizers, interactive notebooking, and kinesthetic activities will be incorporated into the classroom. Homework will include instructional videos and sample problems to work at home.

Materials: 3 ring binder, pencil, scientific calculator, internet access.

Homework: Students can expect 1-2 hours of homework each week. Homework will include how-to videos, worksheets, and sample problems. Students should also anticipate 1 at home project each semester.

 

Fairy Tale Science

Target Ages: 4-9

Min/Max Students: 3/10

Class Times: Tuesday 1:00 – 1:55

Class Dates:  4 week sessions:

                            Sept. 3 – Sept. 24

                            Oct. 8 – Oct. 29

                            Nov. 12 – Dec. 10

                            Jan. 7 – Jan. 28

                            Feb. 25 – Mar. 17

                            Apr. 14 – May 5

                            (please note there are breaks in between sessions)

Cost:  $60 per session or drop-in for $15 each

Description: Fairy Tale Science is not just a class. It's a learning experience that incorporates scientific methodology and fun to help little ones understand science. Each week we will read a chosen Fairy Tale. We will then retell the tale through puppets, plays, singing, dance, or other methods that we create. Next we will conduct at least one science experiment related to the Fairy Tale. This class will focus help little ones learn to listen, actively participate and engage in class, take turns, work as a team, problem solve, and so many other things. We will also use fine motor skills, gross motor skills, and communication/verbal skills. The children in this class can expect to get DIRTY, to be LOUD, to be ACTIVE, to LEARN, and to have FUN! Examples of Fairy Tales to be covered include The Three Little Pigs, Little Red Riding Hood, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, and many more. This course will be taught in 4 week sessions. There will be 1 to 2 weeks off in between sessions. The course can be taken in sessions or drop-in. The Fairy Tale will be taught until the children and I have satisfactorily explored the science in the tale.

Materials:  No materials needed. Parents may periodically be asked to provide recyclable materials such as paper towel rolls, aluminum cans, etc.

Priscila Benson