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Earth Science


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Delve into the fascinating study of our planet in this engaging and age appropriate Earth Science class! Students will begin by learning the scientific method and will apply this systematic pursuit of knowledge throughout the course. Main topics covered include the observable universe, spheres of the Earth, landforms, rocks, soil, cycles (water, carbon, nitrogen), climate, and weather. Students will gain knowledge through interactive discussions, simple hands-on experiments and demonstrations using common household items, guided activities, and reading. We will use the textbook Apologia: Exploring Creation Through Earth Science as a guide, along with additional teacher provided texts and parent provided common household items for demonstrations, labs, and projects.

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Apologia: Exploring Creation Through Earth Science, ISBN: 9781946506726

Lab materials will consist of parent provided common household items and printable activity sheets. The teacher will provide a list in the summer.

Diane Stum loves learning and considers herself a life-long student.  As a homeschool mom, she is surprised by how much she learns as she teaches her own children.  One of her favorite parts of teaching is seeing the moment when something clicks for a student who has been struggling through a problem. Diane's background is in elementary education as she holds a B.S in elementary education, grades K-6, from Penn State University. She has experience teaching children from preschool to middle school in traditional classrooms as well as homeschool group classes and private tutoring.  As an elementary educator, she is trained in all content areas.

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2 reviews for Earth Science (5.00/5 stars)

  1. Thankful

    This was a fantastic course with a wonderful teacher and my daughter learned so much! Throughout the year I enjoyed seeing the variety of assignments and topics covered. After the class had ended we vacationed in a national park. My daughter shared all sorts of interesting facts with us about what we were seeing around us- thanks to Mrs. Stum! I was so glad to see that the things she learned stuck with her beyond the school year. I plan to enroll my younger child in this class in future.

  2. Duffyls

    My son took this class his first year with Excelsior classes. He enjoyed the teacher and class very much and he learned a lot. The teacher was very encouraging and motivated my child to learn because she was passionate about science. She always took time to give him personalized feedback as well. My daughter is looking forward to taking this class with Ms. Stum next year.

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