The 5th-6th grade classroom is a hub of activity, with students working independently, in small groups, grade groups or as a whole class.
In the first trimester we get involved in our National History Day projects with many of our students going on to compete at the county level, state level and even Nationals one year! The history day project involves a multitude of learning strategies: research, writing, analysis, thesis statements, organization as well as oral presentation. The middle trimester the students get involved in “Caravans” which is a geography simulation game where they “travel” around the world learning about other countries, cultures, and geography. This also goes along with our missions’ emphasis in January. The last trimester there is an emphasis on science projects and/or experiments with the building of rockets and doing science fair projects.
Throughout the year we look forward to our Outdoor Education time at a nearby camp or the environmental learning program at historic Fort Ross, overnight at the school, along with various field trips.
Of course there is the continual emphasis on Bible (Old and New Testament stories, character trait emphasis, and scripture memorization), spelling, English grammar, reading novels, doing book reports, writing, math (a lot with fractions, decimals, percents, pre-algebra), history and geography, science, p.e., technology, art, music and Spanish.
We work hard, have fun and learn a lot!!
Mary Jo Kinser
Mary Jo has always loved missions work and traveling. During her college years, she spent several months living in West Berlin, Germany, and travelling in Europe. Recently, she has participated in several short-term missions trip into the Ukraine and Russia working with teachers from these countries.
Besides teaching, Mary Jo enjoys reading, walking and playing with her dog, Belle. Her life verse is from Psalm 84:11-12: "For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor; no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless. O Lord Almighty, blessed is the man who trusts in you."
Mary Jo is an active member of the Occidental Community Church.