Barefoot Schoolmarm (Debbie Merriman) is my teacher of choice when I want to pass off some of the schooling. My son attended her classes last year and will be attending this year.
Classes are held Monday, September 17th-January 28th. Scroll down to view class syllabus and reading list.
Classes are held at Debbie’s home which is off of Columbia, south of Whittier and north of Johnston in Hemet. For more information, call Debbie at 951-791-0885, e-mail Debbie.Merriman@gmail.com or visit http://www.facebook.com/SchoolmarmDeb.
The following is from Debbie:
~Monday Series for 5th through 8th Grade Students~
10am to 12pm: U.S. History & Geography through Literature and Activities
Over the course of the year, we will track our nation’s history from the pre-Colonial era through World War ll through the eyes of literary characters. Using historical fiction, source documents, maps, a timeline, hands-on activities and discussion, students will enjoy great literature set against the backdrop of the major events in American history. #(This class has a required book list and will have weekly reading and writing homework.)
12 to 1pm: Lunch/Recess -Students in classes before and after the lunch hour are welcome to bring a sack lunch for a family style meal followed by recess.
1 to 2pm: Conversational Spanish
Conversation, music, literature and cultural appreciation are integrated in this class, along with small doses of grammar.
2 to 3pm: Speech and Debate
This class will develop and refine public speaking, critical-thinking and debate skills. Students practice structuring and organizing information for oral presentation, prepare and give speeches and participate in class debates on relevant topics.
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U.S. History through Literature Class Syllabus
September 10 Introduction to the class/Overview
September 17 Exploration
September 24 Exploration
October 1 Exploration
October 8 Native Americans
October 15 Native Americans
October 22 Native Americans
October 29 The American Revolution and the Constitution
November 5 The American Revolution and the Constitution
November 12 NO Monday Series Classes
November 19 NO Monday Series Classes
November 26 The American Revolution and the Constitution
December 3 The American Revolution and the Constitution
December 10 Slavery and the Civil War
December 17 Slavery and the Civil War
December 24 NO Monday Series Classes
December 31 NO Monday Series Classes
January 7 Slavery and the Civil War
January 14 Pioneer Life and Westward Expansion
January 21 NO Monday Series Classes
January 28 Pioneer Life and Westward Expansion
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The book list for this History and Geography through Literature:
As there is reading homework with this class, your child will need a copy of each of these books, at least while we are using each one (see syllabus for dates). Many of them are available through your charter schools, used book stores/sales, paperbackswap.com or the public library. I have found many of them at a low price at http://www.abebooks.com.
- Pedro’s Journal: A Voyage with Christopher Columbus by Pam Conrad
- If You Were There in 1492: Everyday Life in the Time of Columbus by Barbara Brenner
2. Native Americans
- The Light in the Forest by Conrad Richter
- I Am Regina by Sally Keehn
3. The American Revolution and the Constitution
- The Fighting Ground by Avi
- My Brother Sam is Dead by Christopher Collier
- The Secret Soldier: The Story of Deborah Sampson by Ann McGovern
4. Slavery and the Civil War
- Freedom Crossing by Margaret Goff Clark
- Shades of Gray by Carolyn Reeder
5. Pioneer Life and Westward Expansion
- A Family Apart by Loan Lowery Nixon
- Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie Brink
- Land of Hope by Joan Lowery Nixon
- Immigrant Kids by Russell Freedman
7. Industrial Revolution
- Lyddie by Katherine Paterson
- Kids at Work: Lewis Hine and the Crusade Against Child Labor by Russell Freedman
8. World War I
- After the Dancing Days by Margaret Rostkowski
- War Game by Michael Foreman
9. World War II
- Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
- Parallel Journeys by Eleanor H. Ayer, Alfons Heck, and Helen Waterford
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Who is the Barefoot Schoolmarm? I’m Debbie Merriman, a homeschooling mom and credentialed teacher. I’ve been in the field of education since 1993, having been a tutor and an elementary school teacher in the public school system, a homeschooling mom to my own children and an alternative learning instructor to both private and charter school students. When I left the public school classroom and became teacher to my own children, I learned that having the freedom to pursue the interests and hands-on learning style of my kids was a great joy and a lot of fun for all of us. My classes offer meaningful, memorable, kid-centered learning in a relaxed and creative home environment.
More about Barefoot Schoolmarm classes: My classes take place in my home in Hemet, and are open to independent, ISP/PSP and charter-based homeschooling families who would like to have their children in enrichment classes. I am currently a service vendor for Dehesa, River Springs and Julian charters, and students enrolled in these schools may apply their EU credits to payment. As a service to charter school families, I will provide monthly class summaries and relevant work samples that can be turned in.
Tuition is charged and paid or billed on a monthly basis (not per class attended), and is determined by the number of class days in a given month. Please request a tuition schedule and calendar for more detail. Classes can be taken individually or as a series; there is a discount rate for students enrolled in a series. Missed classes can be substituted with other classes on the calendar. Also, there are five extra class dates scheduled that can serve as a make-up for classes missed, or simply as an extra art class.
For more information, call Debbie at 951.791.0885 or e-mail Debbie.Merriman@gmail.com.