Elementary Classes

Brief course descriptions of elementary classes for 2nd-5th graders are listed below.  For detailed information, including expectations and prerequisites, please see the Course Description Handbook.
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American Sign Language (ASL)

A fun and engaging introduction to American Sign Language and d/Deaf culture.  Students use a variety of activities to learn the language in class and at home.  Daily practice helps build vocabulary and conversational skills.  A mixed-aged class for 2nd-5th grade.

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Art

Creating various projects using multiple art forms and periods.  Paint, sculpture, print, drawing, watercolor, oils, and more highlight this creative enrichment experience.  Three sections offered (2/3rd grade, 4/5th grade, and a 2nd-5th grade combined class).  24 student capacity.

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Bible

This class works through the Bible canonically (studying the books in the order they appear in the Bible), showing students how everything is connected into One Big Story- a story centered on Jesus Christ and his invitation to each one of us to be part of God’s kingdom.  As with all of our EPIC classes, we utilize lots of hands-on and project-based activities as we learn about the principles and stories in Scripture.  Along the way, we also have many opportunities to learn about what it means to have a relationship with Jesus and to develop skills and ideas that help us grow in our faith— including Scripture memorization and Bible study basics. Two identical class options are available.

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Gym Class

An introduction to a wide variety of sports and an opportunity to practice them in a group environment.  Students learn teamwork and are encouraged in personal physical fitness.  The class focuses on the virtues of perseverance, encouragement, cooperation, and humility.  Max enrollment of 20 students.  Three separate class hours are offered.  (2/3rd, 4/5th, and a combined 2nd-5th class).

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Language Arts

Elementary Language Arts focuses on providing a gentle and engaging introduction to the basics of writing and grammar.  Literature-inspired projects, creative writing, poetry, basic building blocks of sentences, and reassuring prompts will capture the imagination of even the most reluctant reader.  Inspired by Brave Writer philosophy combined with the structure of WriteShop Primary and other teacher-created materials, this class is designed to carry elementary students all the way through 2nd-5th grades.  Three class options are offered for 2nd/3rd Grade, 3rd/4th Grade, and 4th/5th Grade levels.

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Music

Students learn the basics of music theory, history, instruments, and more!  Hands-on experience with boomwhackers and other small classroom instruments along with singing bring practical application to the class.  Minimal homework for practice and retention.  Offered at two different grade levels (1st-2nd Grade and 3rd-5th Grade).  The 3rd-5th grade class will be introduced to reading music as they learn to play the recorder.

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Odyssey of the Mind

Odyssey of the Mind is an international creative problem-solving competition that engages students in their learning by allowing their knowledge and ideas to come to life in an exciting, productive environment.  During class time at EPIC, students use many different STEAM skills (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) and creative problem solving to figure out a solution to their assigned problem.  Teams can have a maximum of 7 “brains” so space is limited for this class.  A minimum of 5 students must be enrolled per team.  Tuition is due in the FULL yearly amount on August 15.  Students must be in 3rd-5th grade, attend local and state competitions in February and March (1 Saturday each), and attend at least 1 outside practice, typically held in January, in preparation for competition.
 

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Science

Project-based and hands-on learning experiences both in the classroom and at home.  Cooperative creative discovery with God’s amazing world is the goal of these elementary science classes.  Engaging activities for home enhance the content being discovered during class time.  Curriculum is based on Apologia Elementary textbooks and other teacher-created materials.  Class is split into 2/3rd grade and 4/5th grade classes.  Course of study for 2022-2023 is Astronomy & Earth Science.

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Spanish

A fun and engaging introduction to the Spanish language and cultural diversity of Spanish-speaking countries.  Students learn through song, story, and play both in class and at home. Two main cultural projects are presented to the students, one per semester.  Daily practice helps build vocabulary and conversational skills in the language.  A mixed-aged class for 2nd-5th grade. 

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S.T.E.M. Workshop

A true project-based workshop class inviting students to explore the areas of science, technology, and engineering.  Units may include proper scientific methods, hands-on experiments, applied technology to solve a problem, basic engineering, and more.  A broad overview and exposure of different STEM projects and experiences is the goal of this class. Two sections of this mixed-aged class for 2nd-5th grade are offered.