LEVEL 1 – GRADES 1 & 2

Level 1 Suggested Prerequisite Understanding  

Our courses are designed with the following assumptions of student knowledge: 

  • Follow one- or two-step instructions

  • Write their name

  • Comfortable writing and identifying numbers and letters

  • Go to the bathroom without assistance

  • Comfortable with the concepts of addition and subtraction

  • Able to record some notes, either written or drawn

2021 - 2022

Fall

Math - The Shape of Space

How can we navigate and describe the world around us?

 

Students are faced with a series of challenges in describing and communicating the spaces around them. As they look for solutions, students discover the power of simple shapes for creating both maps and engineered structures. They explore the role of shapes in art and build a robust language to describe their 3-d universe. 

Science - Light and Sound 

What makes light and sound?

 

Light and sound are the two primary phenomena, which literally allow us to sense the world! What are they? Where do they come from? Students run a set of awesome experiments, which will allow them to build up their understanding.

Winter 

Math - Patterns
This course investigates patterns in nature, geometry, and arithmetic. Students investigate patterns, and learn to define them using mathematical terms and equations. Students learn to analyze and classify existing patterns as well as how to make their own.

 

Science - Palentology

Prehistoric Worlds will take your students on a journey back in time to the formation of the earth. This class will explore the first lifeforms with an emphasis on dinosaurs and other prehistoric mammals such as woolly mammoths and saber tooth cats. Students will also learn about the lifestyle of early humans. Students will transform into paleontologists to study the latter through fossils. 

Spring

Math - Number Line
The number line is home to all of the different kinds of numbers that a student might experience in their lifetime. In this course, students will learn different strategies of number identification and learn to manipulate positive and negative numbers, as well as discover the basic ideas behind decimals and fractions.

Science - Water Worlds 

Students dive into how living organisms interact with unique properties of water. Throughout the course students are introduced to a new property of water, then challenged to design and engineer an organism that adapts to this property of water each week. In completing this course students gain an understanding and appreciation for the foundations of chemistry, biology and engineering. 

2022 - 2023

Fall

Math - Data

In QuantumCamp's Data Fall Homeschool course, students will explore how to collect, analyze, and describe data. We will focus on using mathematical tools to ask and answer questions about the world around us.

 

In each session, students will experience activity-based exploration of data analysis. Each activity is paired with a set of at-home projects encouraging students to explore the concepts from class and practice their math skills. 

 

Both in-class activities and at-home projects are presented to allow students to work individually to develop skills at their own pace while working as a group to expand conceptual knowledge. This course focuses on developing students’ skills in arithmetic operations, graphing, and logic.

Science - Transportation

In QuantumCamp's Transportation Fall Homeschool course, students combine physics and engineering to make sense of the forces required to move people and things around the earth.

 

Students will study various types of land, water, and air transportation, from the vehicles that help move people and things to the structures that connect them all. Students will explore how simple machines make moving easier and they will investigate the forces such as gravity, friction, and air resistance, which affect the movement of vehicles. Students will create many different types of vehicles and they will learn new ways to make them move, turn, float, glide, and stop. By the end of the course, students will have the knowledge they need to design their own vehicles! 

Winter

Math - Relate and Equate

Our base-ten number system allows students to create tools and strategies to solve problems with arithmetic operations. What tools and strategies can you create? 

 

The Hindu-Arabic numeral system is now universally used throughout the world because it truly does make arithmetic operations easier. The reason why is that the position of each digit relative to a point (we call a decimal point) signifies the value that the digit holds. When performing operations between numbers, the key is mainly a matter of relating digits occupying the same position! 

 

Once students grasp this structure of numbers, we explore how to solve problems requiring addition and subtraction. Students build up their own processes, collaborate with each other, and ultimately attempt to find the most effective and efficient strategies. This knowledge can then be used to go even further and by the end of the course, students will be solving problems, using strategies they develop, involving multiplication and division.  

 

Science - Eco-Seekers

What are some interesting things you have observed since you have been roaming around Planet Earth? 

 

In this course, we’ll take a close look at Earth and try to make sense of it. We will run experiments to help uncover the beautiful relationships between living things like plants and animals and nonliving things like the sun, water, soil, and the weather. Students will see how science experiments which can be done in the lab help us make sense of grand systems like our dynamic earth. 

Spring

Math - Measurement

Measuring our world is more challenging than you might think! Right off the bat, students contend with the surprisingly complex question, ‘what do we measure things with?’ Challenged to find the length of things without using rulers, students see there is only one way to do this - compare it to something else, like your own foot!

 

This is just the starting point and students proceed to imagine methods and build devices to measure area, volume, angles, and density, ultimately gaining insight into our current systems of measurement.

 

Through it all, students gain valuable insight and practice on arithmetic skills, defining and manipulating fractions, place value, and defining ratio relationships.

Science - Geoscience

Why does our remarkable earth look the way it does?

 

Students design experiments to see how water and wind can alter landforms. As they visualize how these replicas explain how massive erosional forces shape our earth, kids see how useful hands-on experiments are in understanding big ideas. Students repeat this scientific process to investigate the rock cycle and water cycle. They leave with a vivid picture of an earth that is alive, constantly changing in response to an array of forces, including those caused by humans.