Pyramid Project INTRO

INTRODUCTION (year long) – CORE BOOK STUDIES, “I WONDERS”

Science is a tricky subject to integrate with theistic beliefs. Most scientists are atheists and many believe that one must be atheistic in order to be taken seriously. One of the core beliefs at the Liber Academy is that all truth, yes even science subjects, should be measured to our core beliefs found in a core book or book of scripture. Many would object to this saying that it would limit our breadth of scientific knowledge. We do not believe this is true. We believe that it will save us time in our scientific queries. The Pyramid Project is based on four foundational  principles. We call these the corners of the pyramid – truth, characteristics of a scientist, Newtonian math and logic. Our aim is to teach children to think and measure scientific queries to these principles, children will learn and grow into great seekers, discoverers, statesman and contributors.

ARE THERE ANY PREREQUISITES?

No

HOW MUCH TIME WILL BE REQUIRED?

1 hour, plus the students Arithmetic studies

COST:

$17 Includes a Pyramid Project Journal to record “I wonders”

PART II 

WHY SHOULD I SHOULD I TAKE THIS CLASS?

Pyramid Project takes a holistic approach to the study of math and science. It incorporates the study of truth through your core books. You will learn characteristics of a scientist, Newtonian Math and how to apply logic and reason. You will practice pattern recognition in order to develop your own meaningful equations for successful living.

In a nutshell,

Pyramid Project is a scholar project focusing on four areas:

  1. The search for truth
  2. Develop the characteristics of a scientist
  3. Learn to reason and use logic
  4. Improvement in math and science knowledge, skills, and application

We will be reading four books this year that focus on the habits of scientists.  We will practice these habits and record our progress in a log book.  Each student will set their own math goals each week and we will track their progress weekly.  We will do activities and experiments in class.  We will hold a few movie nights and there will also be a science fair night during second semester.

PURPOSE

Vision: See that applying truths found in revealed works empowers you to create positive change
Mission: You can create positive change by understanding truth and using the habits of a scientist
Ability: responsibility, competence, self-discipline, Newtonian math
Skills: follow a line of logic, recognize symbols and look for deeper meanings, increase initiative, make significant connections through the skill of pattern recognition.

ARE THERE ANY PREREQUISITES?

No

HOW MUCH TIME WILL BE REQUIRED?

15 – 25 hours each week

COST:

$25.75 per semester plus additional fees for books and incentives

$8.00 for Prism incentive 

BOOKS & OTHER RESOURCES STUDENTS MUST PURCHASE

Intelligro Math by Tiffany Earl

Scientists Who Changed the World by Lynn and Gray Poole

Carry On Mr. Bowditch by Jean Lee Latham (discuss 1st day of class)

Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster

Archimedes and the Door of Science by Jeanne Bendick

String, Strait Edge and Shadow by Julia E. Diggins

COURSE LENGTH

The first semester of this two semester course runs January through the end of April.

NOTE TO PARENTS

This is a transition class from Practice Scholar to Apprentice Scholar.   The rewards are more internal than they were for Practice Scholars. Students are motivated to study through inspiring mentors, positive peer pressure, exposure to greatness, higher expectations, due dates, and an opportunity to certify.

HOW CAN YOU HELP YOUR STUDENT?

It is recommended that you read Intelligro Math by Tiffany Earl with your student
before the class so parents and students have an understanding of the theory behind this course.  The book Scientists Who Changed the World is a good family resource for this course, but is not required.  Students should be studying more independently as they prepare for the Apprentice Scholar Projects, which makes your weekly mentor meeting with your students even more important.

PART II – 2nd Semester

WHY SHOULD I SHOULD I TAKE THIS CLASS?

Pyramid Project II – Semester 2 is a study of the Georgic principles that laid a strong foundation for our country. You will learn how to be a responsible steward of the land by learning earth science and growing a garden. You will also do a research project on foods, finding out where they came from and how they were made. You will continue to study your core book and math lessons.

PURPOSE

Vision: Faith that if you “plant the seed” it will bear fruit
Mission: Own your mission—ownership promotes hard work and responsible choices
Ability: Be a “homesteader” instead of a “squatter”, spiritual connection to land and life
Skills: hard work, gratitude, empathy for life, solve problems instead of waiting for someone else to fix it

ARE THERE ANY PREREQUISITES?

No

HOW MUCH TIME WILL BE REQUIRED?

15 – 25 hours each week

Cost:  $25.75 per semester plus additional fees for books & incentives

BOOK & OTHER RESOURCES MUST PURCHASE

Old Yeller by Fred Gipson (discuss 2nd week)
Little Britches by Ralph Moody
Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Brink
The Law – By Bastiat
Alas, Babylon by Pat Frank
Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Jonathon Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach
The Giver by Lois Lowry
Little Men by Louisa Mae Alcott
Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls

NOTE TO PARENTS

This is an Apprentice Scholar Project which motivates students to study through inspiring mentors, positive peer pressure, exposure to greatness, higher expectations, due dates, and an opportunity to certify.

HOW CAN YOU HELP YOUR STUDENT

It is recommended that you learn about Georgic principles and reinforce their importance with your youth. You will want to facilitate your student’s efforts in growing a garden. Continue holding weekly mentor meetings with your student.