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The Wonders of Water (Fall)

From: $76.00 / month for 3 months

Grades: 4th–8th

Live class:  Mondays 11:00 a.m. EST

Course dates: August 27th–October 12th

Price: $199

Instructor: Dr. Karen Joseph

Instructor email: karenejoseph@gmail.com

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Course Description

Water covers 70% of our planet and is essential for all known forms of life.  In this fun, hands-on 7 week science mini course, we will learn about the special properties and behaviors of the simple, but important, water molecule. We will explore the amazing world of water with experiments, video, audio and text lessons, fun facts, frequent learning checks, games and more.  We will learn about water’s physical and chemical properties, the role of water on the earth and in the atmosphere and the importance of water in the bodies of living things.

Weeks 1, 2 and 3:  Water’s Physical and Chemical Properties
Solid, Liquid and Gas
Color
Capillary Action
Dissolving Action
Adhesion
Cohesion
Density
Weight
Surface tension
Temperature
Heat Capacity
Pressure
Water as a solvent
Conductivity
Boiling and Freezing Point
pH
Hardness
Salinity
Dissolved oxygen

Weeks 5 and 6: Water in and on the Earth
Water Cycle
Condensation
Evaporation
Precipitation
Run-off
Rainbows
Raindrops
Surface and underground water
Weather

Week 7: Water in Living Things
How  Humans Use Water
How Our Bodies Use Water
How  Animals Use Water
How  Plants Use Water

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.

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.

Reviews

  1. A. K.

    Dr. Joseph has helped me improve as a student by making her lessons very interesting and always being open to questions. She makes science come alive she always encourages me to think. She says questions lead to learning, so I should never stop questioning. When we had a lesson where the book contradicted the popular thought about something, Dr. Joseph went way above and beyond to research this topic and explain to me all the myriad complexities of the issue. It was fascinating. I really appreciated her effort. Not many teachers would have gone so far to satisfy the curiosity of one student.

  2. K. W.

    Dr. Joseph has made learning such a fun and enjoyable experience for me this year. She uses her creativity to make the lessons more understandable and fun. I am really enjoying her class this year! She makes videos of experiments she’s performed, she uses pictures and diagrams to give us a visual of what she’s teaching, and she is always there and willing to help.

  3. A.G.

    Dr. Joseph always encourages me and tells me what I’m doing well. I started school late and had to make up a lot of work. Because of her encouraging me and always telling me to do my best, I got everything completed and was caught up with my class in less than 2 weeks. She shows us lots of videos that are found online or she will make videos for experiments. She also had us do a lot of creative activities.

  4. T.H.

    Dr. Joseph is one of the better teachers I have had this year. She was very thorough with her lessons and she knows what she’s talking about. She always tries to include humor in her lessons. She’s very responsive to what we have to say or if we have any concerns. She was just an all-around good teacher.

  5. P. S.

    Dr. Joseph is my human anatomy and physiology teacher, and I honestly have to say that it is one of my favorite classes. I have learned so much, and I continue to learn from her lessons each day. Her teaching abilities are great, and the style she uses makes me understand the lesson. There isn’t a day that goes by when I don’t walk around the house stating “did you know” facts that I learned in her class. She brings a completely new meaning to “you learn something new everyday.” She has made a huge difference in my life. I think the main reason I like this class is because of who she is. Anyone can teach me the exact same lessons. But she makes me want to learn those lessons and want to explore them on my own. You may not want to learn, but I guarantee that Dr. Joseph will teach you in a way that you have not seen before.

  6. S. P.

    Dr. Joseph has helped me improve as a student by asking insightful questions. She asks questions that make you apply what you have just learned to real life situations and her questions make you think through what you have learned. When she teaches she doesn’t just give lectures. Instead she has interesting projects, she explains everything thoroughly, makes connections, and even videotapes herself performing lab experiments. She has opened my eyes to the world of the human body. Through her teaching I’m realizing that the human body is very complex and intricate. This realization has brought me to an appreciation for how our bodies function.

  7. A.N.

    Dr. Joseph congratulates you when you succeed and helps you to understand when you don’t. Dr. Joseph cares about each of her students and is open to discussions about things we agree or disagree on. Dr Joseph is willing, helpful, and kind-hearted.

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Instructor Bio

Dr. Karen Joseph

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.

karenejoseph@gmail.com

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