Recommended Ages: 8-15 (Class is offered in two levels)
Start Date: January 9. Class runs for 10 weeks. Students have 2 weeks after the last class is posted to complete all work. No live classes- do the lesson plans on YOUR schedule.
Instructor: Mary Middlebrook
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I had the privilege of living in Malaysia for 2 months during the summer of 2017. While there, I went on location to many amazing sites to film educational videos for my students! I can not even tell you how amazing Malaysia is!! But I’m going to try! Through our weekly lesson plans that go in depth on each topic, combined with the virtual field trips I filmed, your child will be immersed in the wonder and beauty that is Malaysia! This is such a unique and wonderful class- you’ll be booking a trip there so you can see it all in person!
In this session, we will be covering topics such as:
-The Geography of Malaysia (it’s both a peninsula AND an island!)
-The Indigenous Peoples of Malaysia: This is a topic that is always near and dear to my heart on my travels. We’ll visit the Mah Meri people of Peninsular Malaysia, and visit 5 indigenous tribes in Borneo!
-History: How did Malaysia become a country of 3 cultures- Malaysian, Indian, and Chinese?
-The Religions of Malaysia: We’ll discuss Islam, Hindu, and Buddhism, with lots of visits to various temples (that will take your breath away!)
-Malaysian folklore: Every country has its own stories and legends. We’ll learn several of those from Malaysia. So interesting and unique!
-Animals of Malaysia: So many unique animals call Malaysia home. We are going to go in depth on a mini-zoology course through Malaysia! We’ll get up close and personal (sometimes REALLY up close and REALLY personal!!) with orangutans, Elephants, Proboscis Monkeys, Sun Bears, and more- both in the wild and learning about the sanctuaries that are helping to save these precious creatures.
-Conservation Issues: With rainforests being decimated at an alarming rate, what impact is this having on the wildlife and the future of the country?
Each week, there will be a choice of hands on projects for students to complete to reinforce their knowledge of the material.
I will post all lesson plans and homework assignments on Tuesdays. Discussion occurs throughout the week, as students interact with me and other students via our online message board. There is no “live” component to this class, which allows students to work at their own pace. This is a great option for busy students who need to work on their own schedule, and students who live all over the world and can’t easily coordinate time zones.
Lesson plans are a combination of power point, graphics, video, and audio. Each slide is fully narrated for students who prefer to hear material read to them. There is no textbook for this course. Material is the same for both levels, it’s the depth of the assignments that are the main difference. Younger students 8-11 should usually be placed in Level 1. Students ages 12 and up, or younger students who are academically gifted, should be placed in Level 2. Level 2 students will have more rigorous coursework. In general, expect 1-1.5 hours to work through the lesson plan each week, and an additional 2-5 hours working on assignments (it really depends what assignment your child chooses to do and how they manage their time).
When you enroll, you have the option of having your student graded or not. Graded students will be required to take a weekly quiz. ALL students will receive feedback on the work they submit. But if you choose the “grades” option, your student will also have a private, online gradebook where I will record number grades for each assignment. Here you can see what assignments are missing, what grades are for the received assignments, feedback for each assignment, and the final course grade.