2021 CLASSES: Physics, 5th-8th Grade

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“Never confuse Motion with Action.” 
- Benjamin Franklin -
Class Description
Want to learn about the real magic of the universe? Let’s learn about Physics. We will read the textbook listed below and I will provide a PowerPoint for enrichment information. We will engage in many hands-on experiments with cool lab equipment such as electrical circuit boards, solar energy cars, pendulums, acceleration ramps, ferrofluid, prisms, robots, pulleys, and much more.
I will provide lab sheets so you can practice being a real physicist and learn the scientific method. A list of videos appropriate to the topics will be included so you can learn even more at home. During the days we meet on Zoom or in person we will do crafts, experiments, games and other activities to bring physics alive.
Lesson plans are included if you wish to do all the extras every school day we don’t meet. You can still take the physics if you only want to come in once a month for the lab. You will be able to view the class you missed at home.

Chapters Covered
  1. What is Physics
  2. Technology in Physics
  3. Force, Energy, and Work
  4. Potential and Kinetic Energy
  5. Conservation of Energy
  6. Motion
  7. Linear Motion
  8. Non-Linear Motion
  9. Chemical Energy
  10. Electrostatics
  11. Electrodynamics
  12. Magnetism
Additional Topics I will provide – Sound, Air, Light, Pendulums, Robotics, Simple Machines, and Optics
Materials needed:
5th–8th Focus on Middle School Physics
Student Textbook 3rd Edition by Rebecca W. Keller, PhD
Real Science 4 Kids
ISBN 978-1-941181-72-0
Meet The Teacher

Hello! I'm Susan Bacon, director of Franklin School. I have a B.S. in Education with a minor in Gifted Education. I'm a state certified teacher with 5 years public school teaching experience and 35 years of working with students. Through private tutoring, teaching homeschool classes, and working with homeschooling families I have found that my greatest joy in life is helping students find their own unique way of learning.

After working as a cover school coordinator for 5 years I founded Franklin School. I saw a need to provide families with a more creative learning experience with a larger variety of activities. As director of Franklin School these past 20 years I have offered homeschooling families curriculum assistance, transcripts, a lending library, activities, classes, field trips, parent workshops, and many other homeschooling amenities. 

As a certified and very experienced teacher my goal is to assist parents by offering support in all areas of homeschooling and to help enrich each student’s educational adventure by offering a variety of classes. 

Schedule and Fees

5th - 8th Grade


12 Classes

Enrolled Families: $80 class fee +$30 materials fee

Visiting Families: $100 Class Fee +$30 materials fee

approximately $9 ($11) a class

Thursdays in person

Wednesday on Zoom

11:00am - 12:00pm

AUG  12, 18, 26

SEP    9, 15, 23

OCT   7, 13, 21

NOV  11, 17

DEC   2


Four virtual classes over Zoom - 

Aug 18, Sep 15, Oct 13, Nov 17


Eight in-person classes -

Aug 12, 26; Sep 9, 23; Oct 7, 21; Nov 11; Dec 2