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Science for Kids! Ages 6-9 yrs

This is a 6-week course.

Life Science!

Biologist’s study life in all its forms. Students will enjoy learning that the fundamental life processes of plants and animals occur in the organism’s cell which is the basic unit of life.  Students will learn the structure of DNA and that the structure is the same in all organisms. Students will learn about the heart and how it operates like a muscular pump that moves the blood through two pathways. Students will engage in a “blood” making lab. Students will learn that a virus is an infectious particle made of a piece of DNA that can cause an infection. Students will learn about plant structure, function and the process of photosynthesis. Students will end the first session by learning about the diversity of animals but how they also share common characteristics. The students will explore the content by organizing their work in “foldables” and creating fun models of all kinds or interactive diagrams. This will be a hands-on experience to remember.

Science for Kids!

Ages 6-9 years

Mondays, 11am-Noon

6 weeks: 9/16, 9/23, 9/30, 10/7, 10/21, 10/28 (no class 10/14)

$90/student, $80/sibling discount

Sky Mountain vendor: George A. Castro, gee!

Golden Valley vendor: Great Educational Experiences

Excel College Prep vendor: Great Educational Experiences


Instructor: Gabriela Stiles has worked in education for the past twenty years. At Orange Coast College, she ran the career library for seven years followed by working as a teacher aide in the elementary school level for two years in Long Beach. After receiving a Bachelor degree in Art history with a minor in history, Gabriela received her multiple subject teaching credential at CSULB. Gabriela has taught high school biology and physical science for the past nine and a half years before deciding to homeschool her son. The home school community has reignited her passion in the learning process, on all levels.

This is a drop-off class, if parent and child are comfortable.  Parents are always welcome to stay and observe.  Lighthouse has an enclosed playground for younger siblings.  The trampoline is off-limits, though.

To sign up one child, RSVP as yourself; to sign up two children, RSVP +1, etc.

If you are not using charter funds, feel free to pay online or bring check/cash to first day of class.  Please make checks payable to GEE.

Please let me know if you have any questions.  Thank you! 

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  • Cindy C

    Hello all! I want to thank Gabriela for an amazing class. I come in at the end and see all of the wonderful projects your students have created. I hope they had a great time. Our next session is starting on Monday with fantastic topics such as seasons, moon phases, and our solar system! I know some of you have already signed up and it looks like we will have a couple of new students joining us. So, if you would like to continue the fun, RSVP at http://www.meetup.com/GEEclasses/events/141478772/ . Please let me know if you have any questions and see you next week!

    October 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    10/28/13 Today we examined the animal kingdom and how it is broken up into two categories. The first is invertebrates which are animals that have no backbones and vertebrates involving animals that have a backbone and include fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals. Here is a YouTube video reviewing this concept: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-X07ApgAzy8 (4:30) There are also great Magic School Bus videos. One reviews plants which we covered last week and two that are Halloween themed. Magic School Bus "Gets Planted (Season 3)", "Going Batty ( S. 2)", "The Haunted House (S. 1)". Have a great and festive week!

    October 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    *Reminder* no Science for Kids! class on 10/14/13. Looking forward to seeing everyone on 10/21/13 to learn about Plants! On 10/7/13 we learned that viruses are non-living and come in many shapes and we created a model of one. We also learned about bacteria and created a model of this signal celled organism.

    1 · October 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    9/30/13 The heart is a muscular pump that moves blood through two pathways delivering oxygen rich blood to cells, picking up CO2 and waste delivering it out of the body. The class collaborated on a life size diagram , wrote notes in their foldable and worked blue and red yarn through the heart. The class engaged in a lab that demonstrated blood. First with yellow liquid, plasma (55% of blood), adding white blood cells (protectors of the body), platelets (help body repair) and red blood cells (carry oxygen). This class covered a lot of ground that I will review next Monday discussing cells and the circulatory system. I will read a short story on how white blood cells destroy bacteria. We will then make a simple model of a virus and bacterium. The video below is great viewing before class. Some work was left behind that I will bring to class : )

    Magic School Bus: Inside Ralphie (season 1. episode 3)

    1 · October 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Optional resources

    Video (good) for DNA on YouTube 5 min. First 3 min. is fine: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zwibgNGe4aY K'nex on amazon if students are interested which is great for K-12 it moves through DNA, RNA, Translation and Transcription: http://www.amazon.com/KNEX-Education-DNA-Replications-Transcription/dp/B000O8Z7UQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1380073175&sr=8-1&keywords=K%27Nex+DNA Magic School Bus : )
    Cells: Magic School Bus Goes Cellular
    Circulatory System: Magic School Bus Works Out

    September 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Class held 9/25/13
    Note: A child left a cell foldable in class, I will bring it next Monday. DNA is known as the instructions or blueprint for life. It's form is a double helix and untwisted, looks like a ladder. Students sketched both a ladder and a double helix and learned about the base pairing rule: Thymine always joins with Adenine and Cytosine with Guanine. Students colored a model again reinforcing the base pairing rule: T=A & C=G. Some students labeled the side of their double helix with a capitol P (Phosphate) & S (sugar/deoxyribose) which make up the sides or backbone of DNA.

    September 24, 2013

  • Christie

    Hi Gabriela, Will Jonas and I still be meeting you at 10:45? The project from last week sounds very cool. Would love a set for Jonas if you have extras. Thanks so much! Christie

    September 23, 2013

    • Cindy C

      Yes, sorry if you didn't get my message. See you soon!

      September 23, 2013

  • Christie

    What a cool project. Anyone who is able to post a picture of it for those of us who weren't able to make it? Would love to show my son . Thanks!!! Christie

    September 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hello families. It was great meeting everyone and I wanted to recap what was covered on 9/16/13.
    * Cells are the basic and smallest unit of life and all living things are composed of cells. * Organelles are cell parts that have jobs they carry out to help a cell function. Students did a great job creating a fold-able and model. I will briefly review this work with students next week when we learn about DNA. One parent used a fine point pencil to write in organelle names on her son's paper plate. If you would like the names, here they are: nucleus & nuclear membrane/banana slice; endoplasmic retic./tube pasta; mitochondria/red bean; cell membrane/q-tip; ribosomes/black beans; lysosomes/white beans; golgi bodies/curly pasta; cytoplasma/plate. The students will have only six terms next week. For an extra fun activity you can point to each item on the plate and ask your child to teach you about the function/job of each organelle by reading from their foldable. See you soon : )

    1 · September 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    great! small hiccup with the key but was quickly fixed. very happy with the teacher adn the group in general

    September 16, 2013

  • Cindy C

    Thank you, Gabriela, for such a great class! Fun activities and I think I learned more than in my high school biology class. :-)

    1 · September 16, 2013

  • Liz S.

    Great class!

    1 · September 16, 2013

  • Christie

    Hi Cindy, My son woke up not felling well today. Is there any way the first class can be video recorded for those who miss it? Would be bummed to miss the teacher's introduction of the course. Thanks so much!

    September 16, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I would be happy to come in 15 min. early next week and work through one of the activities with him. I will hold the the material and explain another activity as well : ) Take care, Gabriela

      September 16, 2013

    • Christie

      That would be wonderful! Thank you so much. We will see you at 10:45 next Monday, then. Look forward to meeting you. Christie

      1 · September 16, 2013

  • Korena

    I need to get my vendor form filled out. Should I email it to you Cindy? Thanks :)

    September 5, 2013

    • Cindy C

      Yes, please email your Excel vendor forms to [masked]. Thank you!

      September 5, 2013

    • Korena

      Thanks Cindy ill do that now :-)

      September 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am looking for a science class for my 5 1/2 year old. I think she would do fine as she is advanced for her age. Any chance she could take the class?

    1 · September 4, 2013

    • Cindy C

      Absolutely. I remember when Rachel was 5 - she was ready for classes like this. And Ms. Gabriela will be making it a fun, hands-on experience. Let me know if you have any more questions. Thank you!

      September 4, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      great ! we are trying to sign up for this and the tuesday lego class. still figuring everything out with our charter school (excel)

      1 · September 5, 2013

  • Jessica

    Would it still work if we missed the first class? We really want to join this class but will not be back from vacation until that night. Also, we are with Sky Mountain and were told you have to submit an invoice, so no check...

    September 4, 2013

    • Cindy C

      Hello Jessica, yes, it will be okay to miss the first day and, yes, we accept POs from Sky Mountain, Golden Valley, and Excel. Please let me know if you have any more questions. Thank you!

      September 4, 2013

    • Jessica

      Sounds great! We will see you on Sept. 23rd.

      September 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Oh no :(( I really wanted Joey to take this class but Natalie is taking the American revolution class in seal beach from 11 to 12 :(( any chance it could change to 12:30? (Hopeful) :))

    August 12, 2013

    • Cindy C

      Hi Doreen, American Revolution should end on 8/26. If it's changed, please let me know and we can work something out. Thanks!

      August 12, 2013

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