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The Space Race – Grades 6 – 9 – Spring 2022 – 10 Weeks

Monday, March 28 2022 @ 11:00AM Monday, June 13 2022 @ 12:30PM EDT


Jonathan Meola

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6th – 9th

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11:00AM – 12:30PM (ET)


Spring 2022


Monday, March 28 2022 @ 11:00AM EDT
Monday, June 13 2022 @ 12:30PM EDT
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The Space Race
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We all know that man walked on the Moon, but how many people really know the story of how he got there? With the 50th anniversary of the Moon Landing having just taken place on July 20, 2019, this course will present the history of the Space Race rivalry between the U.S. and the Soviet Union. Readers will learn about the race’s origins, from the fantasies of H.G. Wells and the initial experiments of pioneers such as Robert Goddard, and through the neck-and-neck race between the two superpowers at the height of the Cold War, the rivalry that gripped the world.

From the USSR’s first satellite, Sputnik, to Neil Armstrong planting an American flag on the moon, we will rediscover the events that unfolded, and explore as well how these two former rivals’ space agencies now work together, creating world-changing technology that we all use and benefit from today.

This is a historical introduction to the mid-20th century “space race” which will look at the political, scientific, and cultural impacts of these events. We will be learning to take ‘mind-mapping notes’ as we study in order to better develop an understanding and retention of key concepts.                

This class seeks to foster greater familiarity with and appreciation for the efforts of these pioneering engineers, astronauts, and cosmonauts, as they took on immense challenges in pursuit of never-before accomplished achievements.

Students can expect about one hour of homework weekly.

NOTE: Registration deadline is March 1, 2022.

There must be a minimum of 5 students to run this class.

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Learning to love the past

Rated 5 out of 5
November 29, 2020

History. This was definitely not my strongest area as a homeschool mother. I knew to provide my kids with what they needed, I had to look at outside resources. Taking a leap of faith, I registered both my 7th and 8th grader for U.S. History with Jonathan Meola.
Learning history through simple short stories using. “A History of US,” has been fun to read-a-loud. With a subject I once disliked myself, I’ve been able to power through, and engage with my children learning to love the past. Mr. Meola is a phenomenally fair instructor, and has allowed our kids to use their creativity for the semester project. The kids have enjoyed this area most about the class. Seeing their creations from the past come to life is a gift in itself. Thank you, Jonathan! You have lit a fire for history within my children!

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Thanks for making homeschooling so much easier for us parents

Rated 5 out of 5
November 29, 2020

We have absolutely loved Jonathan’s Ancient Civilizations class this year.
He is so organized, and his classes are expertly taught – my son usually makes me leave the room but I will often go back and listen to the recordings and watch some of the videos because they are so interesting.
We are thrilled that OTA is now a vendor with our charter school, and since Z will be in middle school next year, we plan on signing up for a lot more classes.
Keep up the excellent job and thanks for making homeschooling so much easier for us parents!

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Beyond Grateful

Rated 5 out of 5
June 18, 2021

During our family new year’s celebration, everyone completed a year-in-review questionnaire. One question asked, “What are you most proud of that you accomplished this past year?”
Without hesitation, our daughter blurted out “I learned to write a five-paragraph essay!”
Our daughter, who up until this past semester would only write science lab reports, should be proud of this accomplishment. She willingly dedicated days to completing required essays, and we owe this success to Lights! Camera! Action! class.
The instructor’s enthusiasm, instruction, encouragement and feedback all generated a newfound level of confidence within our daughter. Plus, the course spurred everyone in our family (including grandparents) to watch incredible movies, which normally would not be in our Netflix queue. The impact of this course reached beyond our daughter.

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L.R., Florida

Thank you!

Rated 5 out of 5
June 18, 2021

I would like to say thank you. My daughter, Laura, was so inspired by OTA’s Lights! Camera! Action! class. She WANTS to improve at writing instead of shying away from the process that she finds so difficult. She is putting her heart and soul into trying. I am seeing improvement and I am seeing enthusiasm that just were not there before. You have no idea how joyful that makes me. This latest essay was really, really hard but a bit less overwhelming than the prior two. Slowly the elements that Laura is learning in class are sinking in.
I appreciate all that you do for the class! Thank you!

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J.C., Vermone

Great class !!

Rated 5 out of 5
January 28, 2021

Great class. Highly recommend for middle school, high school and college students too! Great topics to help anyone get organized and various ways to study!!!

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