Homeschool Program at The Tutoring Underground
Grades 3 and 4 - Fall Semester Curriculum
The Tutoring Underground will have a class every weekday from 9:30am to 12:30 pm for grades 3 and 4 together. The fall semester will begin on September 1 and will end on December 14. Up to five students at a time will study math, science, English, and history together at our learning center in Dongan Hills.
The Tutoring Underground’s methods were developed over 17 years by Yury Getsin, who has a Masters in Education from Columbia University and has worked as a public school teacher. Yury Getsin will be the instructor for the fall semester. He has run a home-schooling program and a learning center for the past 17 years and is excited to bring a challenging, personalized, and well-rounded program to new students this fall.
The program will focus on synthesizing complex information through the reading, writing, and analysis of rigorous texts in the subjects of history, science, and historical fiction. Students will learn how to turn words into pictures and how to turn pictures into words to expand their vocabulary, make sense of complex grammar, and understand the double meanings of words. The math program will emphasize algebra, the order of operations, pattern recognition, and solving long world problems applicable to the real world that require students to keep track of their steps.
Each week, we will explore a specific theme that is part of the story of how the universe developed and civilization came to be. The exploration of these themes will help students make connections across subjects, places, and time.
Grammar and Vocabulary: THE TAG SYSTEM
Our TAG system is a universal grammar system that works for all languages. Students will learn about things, actions, descriptions, connections, conjunctions, transitions, sentences, and paragraphs. We will work on connecting many small sentences into larger sentences. Complex thoughts require both complex grammar and vocabulary, so students will write vocabulary sentences and use grammar as a tool to decipher the meaning of sentences. Together, all of this work will give students the tools they need to read difficult texts alone.
Writing: POINT, REASON, EXAMPLE
Students will learn the PRE system for writing essays and reports. Students will write essays about history to argue their opinions, write reports on science and technology to show their knowledge, and write stories to teach lessons. Students will learn how to turn stories into examples and how to find the lessons and reasons of stories by asking the right questions.
Science: THE SCIENTIFIC METHOD & PSYCHOLOGY
Our way of teaching science focuses on the nature of learning through hypothesis and experiment. Whenever possible, we will read the actual experiments and reports of the scientific discoveries we study. Students will write reports about what they have learned. Also, we will use the study of psychology to give students the tools they need to deal with their emotions and stress.
History: PRIMARY SOURCES
Our way of teaching history focuses on reading primary sources. Because these writings are written in a way that is much more difficult than most of the writing today, they will be used to teach both history and English. Students are encouraged to see history as something about which they must have opinions, and therefore all students will write essays to argue their positions about what happened and why.
Math: ALGEBRA & MANY STEPS
The Tutoring Underground teaches algebra early because algebra encompasses all of the math that young students need to know. It teaches students to keep track of many steps while solving a single problem. It also has the same first step as the contrapositive rule in Logical Reasoning, which is very important for developing critical thinking and inference skills.
Each week follows a specific theme and the reading and writing in history, science, and math will follow that theme. The themes will repeat twice every semester, so that students can get a deeper understanding of each topic.
Weeks 1 and 8: THE UNIVERSE
Science - Astronomy, stars, planets, black holes, time, energy, heat, water, atoms, and gravity.
History - The story of the universe, the formation of stars, galaxies, and planets, the different creation stories of the universe, and the different cultures that believe in them.
Math - Introduction to numbers, the difference between a base ten system and the clock system, conversions between Celsius and Fahrenheit, reviewing order of operations, algebra.
Weeks 2 and 9: THE SOLAR SYSTEM
Science - The 8 planets, moons, the asteroid belt, the Sun, the Moon, tides, calendars, telescopes, optics.
History - Reading in classical Greek and Roman mythology, studying the works of Copernicus and Galileo, learning about the age of space exploration and rockets.
Math - Calendars, algebra, fractions, introduction to angles, and more practice with the order of operations.
Weeks 3 and 10: THE EARTH
Science - The formation of the earth, the great cooling, the formation of the oceans, the building blocks of life, and the synthesis of plants.
History - The different creation stories of the planet, the cultures that believe in each of them, and the connections between geography, history, and culture.
Math - Scales of time in millions, billions, and trillions of years, more work with temperature, order of operations, algebra, and an introduction to word problems.
Weeks 4 and 11: THE ANIMAL KINGDOM
Science - Evolution and the way it creates persistent shapes, ecosystems inside regions and biospheres, the social structures of different animal species.
History - The roles of animals in different civilizations, the domestication of animals, and the reading of texts written from an animal’s point of view.
Math - Word problems involving animals, algebra, order of operations, and an introduction to geometry using farms as a way to learn area, volume, and density.
Weeks 5 and 12: HUMAN PREHISTORY
Science - The discovery of fire, the importance of protein, the growth in the size of the brain, and the development of the human mind and its psychology.
History - Writings that connect human prehistory to history, politics, literature, and psychology.
Math - Word problems involving order of operations, temperature, clocks, calendars, algebra, and geometry.
English - Social Emotional Learning by writing narratives that explore the feelings of the characters and the reasons for those feelings.
Weeks 6 and 13: CIVILIZATION & AGRICULTURE
Science - Farming, gardening, rivers, mountains, seasons, grafting plants, storing food, disposing of waste.
History - The birth of cities, farming, and civilization, the role of specialization in human society, and the first true governments and empires.
Math - Creating and solving a complex word problem that examines all the different kinds of mathematics that are used to build a successful village, town, country, and civilization.
Weeks 7 and 14: INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION
Science - The rediscovery of fire, the maintenance of big cities, the beginning of mass communication through the printing press and the telegraph, and the birth of the steam engine.
History - The first global empires, the discovery of America, how access to technologies changes the history of a country, and writings that try to predict what will come after the age of steam and coal.
Math - Creating and solving a complex word problem that examines all the different kinds of mathematics that are used to build a successful village, town, country, and civilization that uses fuels like oil, gas, solar, wind, and nuclear energy.
After the classes end at 12:30, students will not have to leave. The location has books, chess, games, and puzzles. Students will be supervised until parents can pick up their kids. Each parent should provide a lunch that the students will eat at this time. This program will be flexible, and will adjust to the needs of each parent. The pricing is separate from the main program, will vary from student to student, and will be determined by the parents and The Tutoring Underground.
Parents can sign up for the entire semester at once or they can choose to pay by the week or by the month. The chart below shows a breakdown of our prices for this fall. Classes fill up on a first come, first serve basis.
Classes are based on a $30 per hour student rate.
1- 3 Days Per Week
1-3 days per week, 1 Week at a time: $90 per day
1-3 days per week, 1 Month at a time: $85 per day (5.5% discount)
1-2 days per week, Fall Semester: $80 per day (11% discount)
3 Days per week, Fall Semester: $3,099 (18% discount)
4 to 5 Days Per Week
4-5 Days per week, 1 Week at a time: $85 per day (5.5% discount)
4-5 Days per week, 1 Month at a time: $80 per day (11% discount)
4 Days per week, Fall Semester: $4,099 (19% discount)
5 Days per week, Fall Semester: $4,999 (21% discount)