Elementary (Grades 1-6)

ESCHEL’s program for elementary students is not a cafeteria-style program. Our younger students benefit from participating in all offered courses for their grade level, allowing for a consistent student population in a classroom atmosphere. Students in grades 1-6 participate in all of the classes listed below. See the Class Schedules page for more information on class times.

Elementary WritingElementary Writing

1st-4th grade tutor: Mrs. Nancy Harris

1-2 Beginning Creative Writing

Beginning Creative Writing strives to help students learn to express themselves. Younger students work on writing strong sentences, using descriptive words, exploring creativity and having fun with writing. During these pre- and early writing stages, the assignments are intended to encourage and help develop confidence and enjoyment in the students. Through reading poetry and excellent children’s literature in class, they will be inspired in their own writing. I know not every student is a natural writer, but I believe communication through writing is powerful and worth developing.

Refund Policy: No refunds given.

3-4 Growing with Creative Writing

Growing with Creative Writing strives to increase confidence and skill in writing. We will use some elements of IEW (Institute for Excellence in Writing) with a variety of creative assignments. Reading short portions of exemplary writing together will develop a taste for excellent literature. Additionally, we will write a research paper and will have a short story project in the spring. Throughout these assignments, the students will be encouraged, challenged and encouraged some more! Each child has something valuable to write and in this class and I endeavor to draw that out.

Refund policy:  No refunds given.

5-6 grade tutor: Mrs. Michelle Fryc

5-6 Medieval History

Civilizations, events, and major figures of the Middle Ages come to life as students write using IEW’s stylistic techniques and the nine structural units. These lessons acquaint young learners with Charlemagne, the Vikings, knighthood, geniuses of the Renaissance, and more! (description from IEW.com website)

Parents will need to purchase a student workbook for their student, which contains assignments, instructions, engaging source texts, blank outlines, checklists, sample compositions, and clever vocabulary cards: Medieval History-Based Writing Lessons Student Book (4th Edition) By Lori Verstegen/IEW/2016.  Available at Christianbook.com or IEW.com $23; also available on Amazon or eBay, etc.

For reference, you an access general information on the course including a scope and sequence of what is covered at the following link:   https://iew.com/sites/default/files/paperbasedcourse/fileattachment/MHW-S_Sample.pdf .   Please be aware that the tutor will have her own course schedule/syllabus, so this information should only be used as a reference of what content is included in the course.

Refund Policy:  No refunds except in the case of extreme or extenuating circumstances as approved by the tutor.

Elementary ArtExploring Art

Tutor:  Jen Logan

Grades 1-6

“Why do we do art?” The answer that we hope to etch on the hearts and minds of young people is “because we serve a creative God and we’re made in His image.” It is important that our children know that God is our foundation for everything we do.

This art class is designed to give kids a taste of the many different art forms/mediums available (and of course, to keep the mess out of your kitchen). We do a variety of assignments, focusing on techniques and the vocabulary that goes with them. As the students get older, there is more freedom of choice and more focused time spent on various techniques as they become more comfortable with them.

We will also be reviewing regularly and focusing on the 7 elements of art (line, shape, texture, color, space/form, value) in our projects so that students will be comfortable with the concepts and will be able to discuss them intelligently as a way of evaluating works of art.https://www.thoughtco.com/what-are-the-elements-of-art-182704

Refund Policy:  No refunds issued except in a situation of unforeseen job relocation or emergency medical situation.

Elementary Phy EdPhysical Education

Tutor: Mrs. Linda Kauss

Grades 1-6

Athletics and competition can be one of the toughest arenas to exhibit Godly character. At the same time it is a stage in which others do notice character that is outstanding.  Physical Education classes at ESCHEL are designed for activity, competition, teamwork, cooperation, personal achievement and encouragement. Each class will focus on warm-up, stretching and strength activities, a sport or game and the skills required to perform, as well as character lessons to help live out Godly character.

Refund Policy: Refund to be given only in circumstances that are unpredictable or deemed by this tutor.

Afternoon optional classes for elementary students:

Spanish 1

Tutor:  Senora (Deanne) Willman

Grades: 3-12

¡Bienvenidos a la clase de español!  I’m very excited to work with your students to speak and understand Spanish this year!  I believe language is to communicate, not just another subject to learn and check off in school.  That is why your student(s) will be listening to Spanish at home and then come each week to practice speaking and understanding what they’ve learned at home.   In Spanish 1, you will use the Spanish in class that you have listened to at home all week to act out dramas, prepare dialogues and learn to converse with others, using costumes and props to practice.  The first semester you will just listen and look at the drawings at home to understand, but the second semester you will be reading and writing Spanish!  You will listen at home four days a week and come to class one day a week to practice what you’ve listened to.  We will also learn to pronounce Bible verses well in Spanish in addition to learning useful Spanish conversation phrases. Spanish 1 classes are offered for younger students & those wanting Spanish credits without a lot of time involved.  All classes are equivalent to high school credit.  Spanish 1 also works for those who are not bothered by having to see & understand the whole process of how the language works, but are comfortable jumping in and speaking right away. Spanish 1 is a pretty light class (work-wise outside of class).  Some high schoolers might want something meatier and try level 2.

The curriculum we use is The Learnables and Basic Structures from International Linguistics Corp., www.learnables.com, 1-800-237-1830,   Spanish 1 uses The Learnables 1 and Basic Structures 1.  You may notice that it comes in two formats:  for the computer or with CD’s and a book.  Either format is fine as it is the same curriculum, but you need to make sure you have some form of the audio in addition to the book.

Some parents have found used curriculum online; be sure that it includes the audio component when you order. You may also find it used at homeschool curriculum fairs and some former students may have some available also. One set per family is enough as it does not need to be consumable. I can let former students know of your interest in used material also.

Refund Policy:  No refund.

Intro to Spanish Class

Tutor: Jennifer Logan

Grades: 1 and 2

The 1st & 2nd grade Spanish class provides younger students with an opportunity to become acquainted with Spanish vocabulary, basic phrases, culture and some crafts using mainly large motor skill games designed to make learning fun regardless of reading ability, as well as opportunities to hear Spanish being spoken during “read aloud” times.  The goal of the Intro to Spanish Class is to develop an interest and excitement about the Spanish language and culture, thus preparing them for future Spanish instruction at a deeper level.

Some of the topics covered: animals, foods, numbers, clothing, household/school items and other basic vocabulary, plus  greetings and helpful questions/phrases.

Refund Policy: No refunds issued except in a situation of unforeseen job relocation or emergency medical situation.

Christ Centered Martial Arts

Tutor: Sifu Jeff Goodwin

Grades 3-12

Dear ESCHEL Co-op Parents or Guardians,
Welcome to our Christ-Centered Martial Artists (CMA)! CMA is a compassionate ministry that fervently strives to promote the strongest daily relationship between Jesus Christ and His creation through its comprehensive Christ-centered martial arts process.

CMA classes are fun and exciting! As Junior Becomers-in-Christ, your precious child will deepen their faith as they gain self-confidence, self-worth, focus, fitness, courtesy, respect, selfdefense, and much more! They will learn the Fruit of the Spirit (love, joy, peace, patience,
kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control). Junior Becomers-in-Christ will develop additional character traits found throughout the Holy Bible.

Classes will be an hour in duration from 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM on Mondays: First Semester: September 10, 17; October 1, 8, 15, 22; November 5, 12, 29; Dec 3; January 7, 14, 21;  Second Semester: February 4, 11, 18; March 4, 11, 18; April 1, 8, 15, 22; May 6, 13.

We require that each student wears a CMA white uniform with the CMA Patch. Uniforms cost $35.00. Until they receive their uniform, students should wear loose fitting clothes. You can order a CMA uniform (includes Patch), protective Forearm Pads ($12.95), Shin and Instep Pads ($12.95), or other CMA equipment anytime. Since this is a ministry, we may be able to provide scholarships towards needed protective equipment. Just see me for sizing and needs.

At the beginning of each class, students will bow-in together and enjoy a short devotional. They will then practice stretching, basic movements of blocks, strikes, and kicks. As they grow in their understanding and abilities, they will be taught Forms, One Steps, and Self Defense Techniques. Sparring will be added after this. A brief cool down and devotional review will conclude their class. Handouts are provided for you to enhance lessons and inform you of their progress. There will be a Belt Test on April 29, 2019 for all approved students. The cost is $50.00.

CMA training is a mind, body and spirit activity. To maximize their benefit, please ensure that ESCHEL Co-op and I are aware of any medical issues or other potential concerns regarding your child in relation to practicing martial arts.

Now, it’s time to experience the fun and excitement of CMA!


Elementary Science – grades 4-6

Tutor: Kris Johnson

In this course, we will observe and examine the land animals that God created on the Sixth day.  Students will explore animals from the jungles, rain forests, farms, deserts and even their own backyards! This class is very hands on and interactive with review of material at home and in class.  Experiments will include studying animals incredible senses, dissecting owl pellets to put together rodent skeletons, discovering why a giraffe has such high blood pressure and more.  We will cover the whole book during the year, with students reading the lesson at home one week and completing fascinating facts and vocabulary exercises at home the next week.  Students will have an opportunity to complete a project each semester and present in class for excellent front of class experience.

Required Text:

Apologia Exploring Creation with Zoology 3: Land Animals of the Sixth Day by Jeannie Fulbright

 Required Notebooking Journalby Jeannie Fulbright

3-4th gradeZoology 3 Junior Notebooking Journal (Note: JUNIOR EDITION)

5-6th  gradeZoology 3 Notebooking Journal

Questions: kristan.m.johnson@gmail.com