Sensational Senses (Spring)

From: $85.00 / month for 3 months

Grades: 4th–8th

Live class: Wednesdays 11:00 a.m. EST

Course dates: April 17th – May 31st

Price: $199

Instructor: Dr. Karen Joseph



Course Description

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Our senses are SENSATIONAL!  They help us collect information about the world around us, as well as about ourselves.  In this 7 week mini-course, we will use lots of hands-on activities, experiments, video, audio and text lessons, fun facts, frequent learning checks, games and more to learn about the five senses.  We will learn about the structure of the eye, and how it works with the brain to help us see.  We will become familiar with the internal and external structures of the ears and nose, and learn how they help us hear, stay balanced and smell things.  We will learn about the many structures throughout the body that help us feel the things we come into contact with.  And we will learn about taste buds, so come to class with an appetite!

Course Structure

A typical Sensational Senses week will include a live class at 11am EST on Wednesday. In this class, we review content from the previous week using review questions and games, and we go over anything for which students need additional support. Although it is always best if students attend the live classes, I will post the recording of the class so that students who can’t attend can watch later. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Fridays focus on new content. Students read the lesson, listen to audio, watch any videos, and do some experiments and activities or watch videos of the experiments and activities. I use a lot of audio and video recordings to help students learn the correct pronunciation of new terms as well as to reinforce content. Most lessons end with a learning check to see how well the student understood the content. Students should try to do as many of the experiments/activities as possible, since science is best learned by doing. Most students report spending about 30 minutes per day on the lessons.

Week 1 – Introduction to the nervous system and the senses

Weeks  2 – Vision:  Structure and function of the eyeball and structures around the eyeball

Week 3 – Sense of Hearing:  Structure and function of the inside and outside of the ear

Week 4- Sense of Smell:  Structure and function of the inside and outside of the nose

Week 5 – Sense of Taste:  Structure and function of the sense organs associated with taste

Week 6 – Sense of Touch:  Structure and function of the sense organs associated with touch

Week 7 – Putting it All Together – Balance, animal senses and how our senses work together

Who should enroll?

This course is for all students in grades 4 – 8 who are curious, like active, hands-on learning, and want to know more about the ways they sense and interact with the world.

Technology Requirements:

  • High speed, broadband Internet
  • Sound card and microphone (for live sessions)
  • Streaming video capabilities to watch recorded lectures

Evaluation and Feedback

I use “learning checks” at the end of most lessons to assure both the student and the teacher that students understand the concepts presented in the lessons. Many of the learning checks are automatically graded by the computer. For the essay questions and projects, I generally grade every day, sending feedback to the students to help them understand questions they may have missed.


I welcome any and all communication from students and parents. I want to partner with you in your student’s education, so if at any time you have questions or concerns, my virtual door is open.


Required Texts

No book is needed for this course.  Instruction will be provided in lessons that include text, audio and pre-recorded video content and weekly live classes.  Most materials for experiments are things from around the house, but the cost of additional materials will range from $10 – $40.  A weekly materials list will be provided at the beginning of the course.


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Instructor Bio

Dr. Karen Joseph

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Dr. Karen Joseph earned her Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic. After working for several years, she began homeschooling her 3 children in 1989.  As a homeschooling mom, she has taught every subject at every grade level, but her favorite subject is science!  She taught science classes, ranging from Middle School Life Science and Earth Science to High School Biology to Honors Human Anatomy and Physiology at a Pennsylvania Public Cyber Charter School for 12 years. She was the recipient of the 2009 Pennsylvania Charter School Teacher of the Year.

Dr. Joseph believes that science should be fun, and she works to create classes that have a strong hands-on component, and that will ignite in her students a passion to know more about the wonderful world they live in.

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