LMCA is a hybrid homeschool program where students experience the best of homeschooling and the classroom community. Morning classses are committed to instruction in the Pa homeschool law required subjects of Language Arts or English, History and Science. Instructors provide weekly assignments to complete at home. During classtime instructors will teach concepts, review assignments and provide activities to enhance the students' learning. LMCA Instructors do not assign grades, but do provide monthly progress reports for parents to monitor their student's success. At this time LMCA does not provide math instruction.
Each academic year focuses on a different historical time period- Ancient, Medieval, Early Modern, Modern History and American History. Using maps, timelines, primary sources, first hand accounts, biographies and stories are integral to the study of history. In class projects include skits, dioramas, lego models, essays, presentations, debates and class discussion. Quality age appropriate historical novels and other literature are assigned to read throughout the year. Many books are available to borrow from the library.
Science class will teach practical skills such as fermentation, classification and dissection, as well as scientific method and models. Students will grow to love science as concepts are solidified with hands-on lab experiments. Group activities provide opportunities for collaboration. LMCA follows a rotation of science fields: Earth and Space, Life Science/ Biology, Chemistry, Physical Science/Physics.
Although not exclusively taught, some writing instructors are IEW certified and utilize the IEW model in those courses. Grammar and vocabulary are taught as components of composition. Many forms of writing are covered throughout the year from persuasive essays, descriptive writing, narratives, research papers, etc. High school writing is incorporated with literature selections.
Afternoon classes consist of elective classses that change from year to year. A sampling of electives that have been offered in the past include: World Geography, U.S. Geography, Art, Music Appreciation, Drama, Spanish Language, Logic, Civics, Health, Computer Technology. An elective class may meet once or twice a week.
Fieldtrips are a fun and important aspect of learning. Every year LMCA provides multiple fieldtrip opportunities. These visits are included in the LMCA tuition. Some previous favorite outings have included the Loyalhanna Watershed, Carnegie Science Center, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Gettysburg National Military Park, Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art, The Compass Inn, Rivers of Steel Riverboat program, the Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra, the Westmoreland County Courthouse tour and many more!
Families are responsible for obtaining or purchasing the required books and materials for the school year. A booklist will be provided in the summer prior to commencing classes. Please feel free to CONTACT US with questions about curriculum or book selections.