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Science & Nature

Gems and Minerals Across America

In this 10 week course, learners will travel across America searching for its richest gems and minerals and will learn how to find, identify and value these beautiful treasures!
Valerie Kosa
146 total reviews for this teacher
2 reviews for this class
Completed by 3 learners
  There are no upcoming classes.
year olds
learners per class


Charged upfront
$12 per class
Meets 1x per week
Over 10 weeks
45 minutes per class

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Learners will have the opportunity to identify gems and minerals using specific gravity, hardness, luster, color and clarity. Learners will identify the different crystal structures of gems. Learners will learn where to find the different gems that can be publicly mined throughout the U.S. and they will learn the different state gems and birthstones. Learners will practice by digging their own gems using the gem kit purchased in the supply list. 
As a music teacher of nearly ten years and as a gem and mineral hobbyist, I have had many unique opportunities to share my passions for art and science over many years. Our family has learned more about gems and minerals through exploration and travel by visiting as many gem mines as we could on our 2.5 year journey across the U.S. and Canada in our RV. We found many precious and semi-precious gems and learned from prospectors and miners who had laid claim in the 1840's. I studied geology in both high school and at the University of North Texas; however, the experiential learning gained from my travels has given me a new perspective and understanding of how rich our country is when it comes to natural resources. Taking the gems we have found and having them polished and made into jewelry has been another learning experience and meeting the gemologists who work on these lovely gem stones has given me a wealth of knowledge and understanding. From coast to coast, gems and minerals are everywhere and are available to us for learning and enjoying for years to come. 
Learners will do most of the activities during class time. There will be worksheets provided; however, they are not required but are an additional option for those who would like.
Learners will need one gem dig kit that can be purchased from Amazon (affiliate link) or through Emerald Hollow Mine These kits are specifically geared for kids and are a lot of fun during our class activity and for years afterwards. The gems and minerals found in the Amazon kit are already polished. The ones from Emerald Hollow Mine are not polished but are still beautiful.
45 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 0 - 1 hours per week outside of class.


Valerie Kosa
Lives in the United States
Experienced Music Educator and Homeschool Mom
146 total reviews
153 completed classes

About Me

I have always been a teacher and explorer and received my bachelor's degree in music education in 2000. Teaching in the public school system as an accomplished band director for nearly a decade was rewarding; however, I wanted more for myself and... 
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