4th - 6th Grades


Project Based Learning is a fun, hands-on, learning experience. Throughout the semester, students will design and create projects either individually or in teams. Students will get to keep their projects once completed.

Each project will include learning:

  • About the project (see project descriptions for more details)
  • About the materials we will use to create the project.
  • How to design or find designs for the project.
  • How to work with the materials, follow our plans and create our projects.

This semester, our emphasis will be on making projects with wood. Topics covered will include:

  • Learning the names and uses for many different tools used when working with wood.
  • How to safely and proper use these tools and how to care for and store tools to make them last.
  • Work space safety and accident prevention.
  • Selecting the right wood for the job.
  • Use of nails, screws, glue and clamps to create simple joints.

Our projects this semester will include:

  • Pallet Flag. Students will participate in dismantling a wooden pallet and using only the wood from the pallet create wall art in the shape of a flag. Students can choose to create a flag either represents the U.S.A. or a country from which your family traces its lineage.
  • Bat House. We will learn about the importance of bats on our local ecology and their role in controlling the insect population. Each student will build a bat house from a design provided in class. Each bat house will be functional and will be sent home with installation instructions. (installation is optional) 
  • Bird house and/or bird feeder. We will discuss the many varieties of birds that live in our local environment. Students will either design their own project or choose from designs found on the internet or provided in class. Each bird house/bird feeder will be functional upon completion.
  • To Be Determined. Students will choose a project that they complete in class and give as a Christmas gift (not required to be given as a gift but projects will be chosen with gift ideas in mind)
  • To Be Determined IF we have time. Once we finish the first couple projects I will know what pace we are able to work at and plan more projects accordingly.

Students will (under supervision) use hand tools in class including: hammers, screwdrivers, hand saws, clamps, and measuring tapes. Students will learn about power tools for educational purposes but they will not use them at any time in this class.   




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Paul Gullion


Phone: (530) 401-0018
Email: pgullion.ila@gmail.com

Course Details

Day: Tue
Period: 6

Frequency: Once per Week
Class Duration: Semester

Course Cost:   $150
Materials Cost:   $25
Materials Required


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Other Materials:

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Payment Information

Private Funds Accepted? Yes

Cash: Yes
Check: Yes
Paypal: Inquire

Charter Funds Accepted? Yes

Forest: Pending
Horizons: Yes
Inspire Charter School: Yes
South Sutter: Yes
Visions: No

Instructor Biography

Hi, my name is Paul Gullion. I live in Auburn with my wife, Lynn, and our 11 y.o. son, Elijah. We have been married for 21 years. Our son is homeschooled and attends classes at Inspire Learning Academy.

I have served in some type of ministry for over 20 years, beginning in high school when I joined together with a group of friends to form a drama team ministry. 
Over the years I have had the privilege of serving in just about every possible capacity within the church including, but not in any particular order: children's pastor, youth pastor, evangelism pastor, associate pastor, and lead pastor. And, if you know anything about being a pastor, then you know I have also spent countless hours cleaning toilets, vacuuming floors, sweeping parking lots, painting walls, remodeling entire buildings, and of course, emptying lots of trash cans 🙂 
For the last 3 years I have been a stay at home dad by choice so that we can continue to homeschool our son. In addition to my responsibilities at home and at ILA, I also coach our son in baseball and football and serve on the board of the Placer Jr. Hillmen youth football organization. 
When I'm not busy with home life, school or sports I enjoy spending time with friends and family. I taught myself how to play guitar. I'm not very good but my goal was simply to be able to worship around a campfire or sitting by self at home so mission accomplished. I enjoy hiking and go camping every chance I get. I also enjoy woodworking in my spare time.