STAC of GA…2019/20…Course Descriptions

8/29/19

Information is subject to change.

Courses are grouped by instructor; please contact instructors directly with inquiries.

Tiffany Ard

nerdybabyllc@gmail.com

Art IV: Art for life

 

Target Ages: 14+

Min/Max Students: 3/5

Class Times:  Thursday 11:30 – 1:55 (lunch break in between)

Class Dates:  Sept. 5 – May 14 (30 weeks, no class Oct. 17)

Cost:  $700, can be broken into payments

Description: Building off the work from Art III, we will dive into design principles and work on developing finished pieces, with an eye towards building a portfolio. This class will challenge students to step out of their comfort zones and take their work to the next level. By the end of the year, students will be able to:

  * confidently generate ideas that communicate their point of view

  * create finished pieces that have personal meaning

  * talk about their work

  * critique each other’s work in a way that is positive and helpful

  * understand where their art fits into the world

Materials: I'll give you a materials list on registration.

Homework: 15 minutes of daily sketchbook practice. Depending on the projects you choose, some weeks you may need to do a fair amount of work outside of class.

 

 

Literary Magazine/ Yearbook

 

Target Ages: 12+ (mature middle school and high school)

Min/Max Students: 4/10

Class Times: Thursday 3:00 – 3:55

Class Dates:  Sept. 5 – May 14 (30 weeks, no class Oct. 17)

Cost: $350

Description: This class will be so much fun! Students will learn planning, graphic design, editing skills and more as the students work together to tackle publishing projects. We will use Adobe Photoshop and Indesign to create original STAC publications, and see the process from brainstorming through print production.

Materials: Helpful but NOT required: laptop, adobe student subscription ($25/month), digital camera

Homework: Student directed, will depend on the projects

 

 

Show and Tell

 

Target Ages:  6+

Min/Max Students: 3/8

Class Times: Friday 10:00 – 10:55

Class Dates:  Sept. 6 – Oct 11 (6 weeks)

Cost:  $75

Description: Kids love to share personal stories! Each week, kids will take turns sharing stories and objects around a theme. We will learn important skills like public speaking, turn taking, how to be an active listener - but mostly we will have fun sharing what we are all excited about.

Materials: none

Homework: none

 

 

Imaginary Inventions

 

Target Ages:  6+

Min/Max Students: 3/8

Class Times: Friday 10:00 – 10:55

Class Dates:  Oct. 15 – Dec. 6 (6 weeks)

Cost:  $75

Description: This class is part drawing, part creative problem solving. Every week I will introduce a new challenge with a back story. Then the kids will spend some time brainstorming ideas for an invention that could help the character in the story solve a problem. I’ll provide big paper for their big ideas -- plus rulers, compasses, stencils and other tools to help them draw out their invention and then if there’s time they can share their idea with the class and explain how it would work.

Materials: none

Homework: none

 

 

Codes, Puzzles, and Brain Games

 

Target Ages:  11-14

Min/Max Students: 3/10

Class Times: Friday 11:00 – 11:55

Class Dates:  Sept. 6 – Oct 11 (6 weeks)

Cost:  $75

Description: In this class we will stretch our brains and try out new ways of thinking. We’ll learn and practice using different kinds of codes and ciphers, challenge each other with brain teasers, work through logic puzzles together, and try out fun ways to hack our brains and boost memory.

Materials: none

Homework: I'll offer challenges that kids can take home, all totally optional.

 

 

 

Designing Table Top Games

 

Target Ages:  11-14

Min/Max Students: 3/10

Class Times: Friday 11:00 – 11:55

Class Dates:  Oct. 15 – Dec. 6 (6 weeks)

Cost:  $90

Description: Explore the design process from start to finish. We’ll dive deep into different game mechanics, how to think about your audience, how to know if your game is too hard or too easy, and how to make sure the rules are clear. Whether you choose to work in a group or on your own, over the course of six weeks you’ll have time to brainstorm ideas, make mockups, test play, iterate, and develop pieces and graphics for the game.

Materials: all are provided

Homework: None required; some optional

 

 

Think Like a Scientist

 

Target Ages:  11-14

Min/Max Students: 3/10

Class Times: Friday 11:00 – 11:55

Class Dates:  Jan. 10 – May 15 (17 weeks)

Cost:  $225

Description: You probably know about the scientific method, but there’s more to it than going through a list of steps. Researchers are only human, with human brains, and it turns out that even the smartest human brains can make pretty goofy mistakes! Over the semester, we will look at how science works -- and how it doesn’t. What strategies do scientists use to guard against mental mistakes and logical traps? What common fallacies do they have to watch out for? Each week we will spot a different type of error that led to flawed experiments, spoiled results, misleading data, or even total nuclear meltdown. Then we’ll figure out where the researchers went wrong and what they should do next time. Why is this important? Science literacy is critical in the modern world. Science literate citizens can spot scams and fake news, avoid dangerous health advice, and are better able to solve problems in daily life.

Materials: all are provided

Homework: Small assignments, maybe 15 minutes per week.

 

 

Pen Pal Project

 

Target Ages:  8+

Min/Max Students: 1/8

Class Times: none

Class Dates:  Sept. 3 – Oct. 11 (6 weeks)

Cost:  $60

Description: No actual class time - they can do all of the work at home or at STAC. Aimed at kids who are reluctant or self-conscious about their writing skills. This is a very fun, low-pressure teaching method that helps students gain confidence and improve their writing. I’ve had great success working with ESL students using this method. I promise, they won’t know they’re learning! Here’s how it works: 1. I will write a letter to each child, asking them basic questions and prompting them in a friendly way to write back. 2. They write a letter back to me, put it in my adorable mailbox, and raise the flag. 3. Behind the scenes, I will make a copy of their letter and circle the key errors they are making. They will never see this! It’s only for me so I can track their progress. Parents may look at these any time. 4. I will craft a friendly reply to them, modeling corrections. For example, if I noticed they are having trouble spelling a word I will make a point to include that word a few times so they see me using the correct spelling. 5. We trade letters back and forth. At the end I’ll give you a progress update and make suggestions on how to help them with their writing going forward.

Materials: all are provided

Homework: Every week your child will need to spend some time reading one letter and writing a reply. They can write as much or as little as they wish. It could take anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour or more. Please talk to me if this becomes a source of stress at any point - my goal is to keep things light and fun.

 

 

Lab Science Independent Study

 

Target Ages:  14+

Min/Max Students: 2/6

Class Times: Thursday 10:30 – 11:25

Class Dates:  Sept. 5 – May 14 (30 weeks, no class Oct. 17)

Cost:  $375

Description: This class is for kids who want to take a DEEP DIVE into a topic that interests them and learn about how real career scientists think and work. My role is not to lecture or share facts. Instead I will facilitate one or more long-term research projects. We will meet once a week as a group, where I will... Help you choose a topic and find the right scope Connect you with resources and experts Give feedback and ask questions that may prompt a deeper look or new directions Help guide you in how to present your finished work. Finished projects could take many forms including a short TED-type talk, a paper, a poster or other display, a web site, a podcast, a completed engineering prototype, etc. We’ll work together to set goals that make sense. Near the end of the year we will work with a college counselor to craft a description of this class for your transcripts so it will count as a full year lab science.

Materials: TBD

Homework: This class requires a lot of time spent outside of class. The exact assignments will depend on the project you choose.

Jenn Casey

kcjenn@gmail.com

SOLE 1

Target Ages: 6-10

Min/Max Students: 3/8

Class Times: Friday 11:00 – 11:55 

Class Dates:  Sept. 6 – Sept. 27 (4 weeks) (more 4 week sessions throughout the year, TBD)

Cost:  $40 or $12 for drop-in

Description: Self-Organized Learning Environments are the vision of education reformer Sugata Mitra, winner of the 2013 TED prize. In his talk, "Building a School in the Cloud", Mitra introduces the idea of SOLEs, which are collaborative internet-based research efforts for kids in elementary and middle school. Think of SOLE class as an internet sleuthing class, where kids work together to discover everything they can about a topic by searching different sources on the internet. They use their class time to find out everything they can about that week’s mystery topic, working together in groups of 4 or 5 on laptops or iPads (provided by me). They write, draw, build, and speak about what they are learning. At the end of each class, the kids have about 15 minutes to share what they have learned with each other. The teacher guides the groups only as necessary through open-ended questions about the topic and methodology, but the children are the primary drivers in accomplishing their task. We can accommodate different learning styles, abilities, and skill levels, which is one of the reasons that this class can work well for so many different kids. Kids are taught how and then expected to work independently and collaboratively with each other with minimal direction for the majority of each class period. This class is aimed at beginners and younger kids, ages about 6-10. Emerging and non-readers can be successful in this class, as well as kids with limited computer or internet experience. If you have questions about whether this class will be appropriate for your child, please don't hesitate to talk to Jenn.

SOLE 2

Target Ages: 10-14

Min/Max Students:  3/12

Class Times: Tuesday 3:00 – 3:55 

Class Dates: Session One:  Sept. 3 – Dec. 10 (14 weeks)

Session Two:  Jan. 7 – May 12 (14 weeks, with three floating weeks off, TBD)

Cost:  $125 per session

Description: Self-Organized Learning Environments are the vision of education reformer Sugata Mitra, winner of the 2013 TED prize. In his talk, "Building a School in the Cloud", Mitra introduces the idea of SOLEs, which are collaborative internet-based research efforts for kids in elementary and middle school. Think of SOLE class as an internet sleuthing class, where kids work together to discover everything they can about a topic by searching different sources on the internet. They use their class time to find out everything they can about that week’s mystery topic, working together in groups of 4 or 5 on laptops or iPads (provided by me). They write, draw, build, and speak about what they are learning. At the end of each class, the kids have about 15 minutes to share what they have learned with each other. The teacher guides the groups only as necessary through open-ended questions about the topic and methodology, but the children are the primary drivers in accomplishing their task. We can accommodate different learning styles, abilities, and skill levels, which is one of the reasons that this class can work well for so many different kids. Kids are taught how and then expected to work independently and collaboratively with each other with minimal direction for the majority of each class period. This class is aimed at late elementary to middle school, ages about 10-14. Emerging and non-readers can be successful in this class, as well as kids with limited computer or internet experience. If you have questions about whether this class will be appropriate for your child, please don't hesitate to talk to Jenn.

Financial Fitness For Life

Target Ages: 12-18

Min/Max Students: 3/12

Class Times: Tuesday 11:30 – 12:25 

Class Dates: Sept. 3 – Dec. 10 (14 weeks)

Cost: $120

Description: Financial Fitness for Life was created by the Council for Economic Education to help prepare students for the ins and outs of making financial decisions. We will learn about what it REALLY takes to become a millionaire (hint: it’s not winning the lottery!) as well as how to manage money. Topics include general savings and investment strategies, opening a bank account, shopping for and applying for car loans and mortgages, credit scores, budgeting and more. The first half of the semester will focus on earning money, and the last half will focus on banking and investment strategies.

Materials: Bring something to take notes with to each class. All other materials will be provided.

Homework: There will be occasional out of class assignments, but this is not a homework-heavy course. Expect at the most 1-2 hours outside of class, if that.

Stock Market Game

Target Ages: 8-18

Min/Max Students: 3/15

Class Times: Tuesday 11:30 – 12:25 

Class Dates:  Jan. 7 – May 12 (15 weeks; we will have two floating weeks off, TBD, because at this point I'm not certain of the game dates.)

Cost: $125

Description: The Stock Market Game (tm) is a nationwide contest run by the Georgia Council for Economic Education. Kids work in teams of 2-5 to invest a (pretend) portfolio of $100,000 in the stock market using the SMG website and real data from the NYSE and NASDAQ stock exchanges. The goal is to grow the team portfolio over the course of the 10-week game. The game dates for 2020 are anticipated to be from late January 2020-mid-April 2020. We will utilize the classes prior to the start of the game in order to organize teams and learn a little bit about what stocks are and what they do. In each class meeting, we will cover new economic or stock market concepts, and teams will meet in order to make their investment decisions. While teams within the class are technically in competition with each other, our entire class will collaborate and share insights and knowledge with each other and the other teams. This experience is a great team building opportunity as well as a fun way to learn about how the stock market and corporations operate. There is also an opportunity for students to compete in the InvestWrite essay contest.

Materials: Students will need an internet-connected device with them in class, starting the week before the official commencement of the game. A notebook and writing utensil will also be necessary.

Homework: This class can be done only during our class time. However, many teams choose to meet outside of class (in person or virtually) to discuss trading decisions. This is really up to the teams themselves and I will help them come up with a plan that makes sense for everyone on the team.

Explorations in Economics

Target Ages: Middle School

Min/Max Students: 3/10

Class Times: Tuesday 10:30 – 11:25 

Class Dates:  Sept. 3 – Dec. 10 (14 weeks)

Cost:  $125

Description: Do you have a hard time (or an easy time!) deciding what to spend your own money on? Have you considered owning your own business? Ever wonder what inflation is, or why prices of things we buy sometimes are lower, and sometimes higher? Each of these questions has to do with the study of economics.
This class will introduce kids to the basics of micro- and macro-economics.  We will play games, watch videos, and do other activities to help students understand ideas such as supply and demand, marginal utility, inflation, decision-making, and more.

Materials: Access to videos to watch at home will be necessary, and occasionally they may need to bring an internet-connected device to class. I'll make sure there is plenty of notice for that.

Homework: Students will have videos to watch or readings to do outside of class most weeks.

REAL PE

Target Ages: High School – adult

Min/Max Students: 2/10

Class Times: Tuesday 1:00 – 1:55 

Class Dates:  Sept. 3 – Dec. 10 (14 weeks)

Cost:  $150

Description: We all know we need to move our bodies to stay healthy and fit, but many times we find ourselves wondering exactly WHAT to do.
You may wonder:
"Do I need fancy and expensive equipment?"
"I know I should do 'resistance training,' but what is that, and how do I do it, and will it be enough, and how can I do it without hurting myself?"
"Does taking a walk outside every day even DO anything?"
"I'm not sore so my workout didn't do anything!"
"I'm TOO sore, am I injured?"
"How do I even know if I'm doing this correctly? "
"Which is better–slow and steady movement or faster more intense movement? And why?"

If you can relate to some of these questions, then REAL PE might be for you!
Each day we will do some kind of movement in class. If we can be outside, we'll take advantage of the good weather and spend most of our time moving. On days we have to be inside, we will get in some light movement and mobility, and discuss a movement or fitness-related topic. Topics might include: how the body uses energy for movement, the pros and cons of doing primarily one kind of movement (for fitness or sport), the benefits of resistance training, what to do when your body aches, and more. Mostly, I would like the ideas for discussion topics to come from the people in the class, so we'll be collecting ideas as we go along.
My goal for this class is not only to give you a workout or a good mobility session, it's for you to have a deeper understanding of different types of exercises modalities and benefits so you can make your movement choices based on what makes the most sense for you.
Included in the class price is a Functional Movement Screen (FMS), which we can schedule to do in the first week or two of the semester outside of class. This will help us both understand better where the weak link in your movement chain is, and you will get some strengthening, stabilizing, or mobilizing movements to work on right away to maximize not only what you can get out of the class, but for your health and fitness.

Materials: Comfortable clothing and shoes for working out, water, a yoga mat

Homework: Students will be encouraged to move outside of class as well as work on their FMS movements daily. We will discuss training/fitness logs and those who wish to do that are encouraged to do so.

Harry Potter and the Sacred Text Reading Group

Target Ages:  Middle School – adult

Min/Max Students: 3/12

Class Times: Tuesday 2:00 – 2:55

Class Dates:  Sept. 3 – May 12 (31 weeks)

Cost:  $225

Description: This class is inspired by the podcast "Harry Potter and the Sacred Text." In this class, just as in the podcast, we will use the Harry Potter series to do close critical readings of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (semester 1) and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (semester 2). We will be using the tools shared in the podcast (lectio divina, havruta, and more) to understand the meaning of the texts as they relate to the novels and also understand the texts as they relate to our own lives.
This class is for anyone who enjoys the Harry Potter series. It is HIGHLY recommended that you have read (or at least seen the movies) the entire series prior to joining this group, because there is no way we can guarantee that we will avoid spoilers!

Materials: Students need to have a copy of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Any format is fine. I will have some hard copies or kindle copies of the texts to refer to during the class.

Homework: Reading Group members will be assigned readings to do each week before class. Less than an hour a week preparation.

Kelly Elmore

kellyelmore79@gmail.com

High School Writing: Stop! Grammar Time!

Target Ages: High School

Min/Max Students: 5/15

Class Times: (choose one)

Option 1: Tuesday 9:30 – 10:25

Option 2:  Thursday 3:00 – 3:55                 

Class Dates: Sept. 3 – May 14 (31 weeks)

Cost: $190 per semester

Description: This year, we’ll do a comprehensive look at English grammar, focusing on understanding how all the parts fit together, and then how to use that information to improve not only the correctness of their writing, but their style and sentence-complexity as well. We will learn diagramming (not at all horrible, I promise!); in fact, because diagramming is so visual, I think it often works especially well for those visual, spatial, mathematical, logical thinkers among us. And for everyone, there is just no better way to understand the way language works. After we get the basics down, we’ll learn to edit our own and our peers’ writing for clarity, style, and punctuation/usage. Looking at grammar in this way will make you a better writer, reader, and even thinker; yes, grammar at this level is interpretive and analytical.
When the students advance to their college-prep, research and essay class, they will really benefit from this foundation. And don’t worry, we will begin at the beginning. You don’t even need to know what a noun is on day 1. Guys, I know people are weird about grammar, but I swear on all that is holy, including NOUN CLAUSES, that I will make this fun for you. You’ll actually marvel at how much fun it is all on its own.
One hour a week of class time (that’s the amount for a typical half credit)
Credits: One credit of literature and composition when paired with either high school literature course

Materials: workbook

Homework: There will be several hours of homework a week. The homework is kind of like math homework, in that you will actually be practicing the skills and “working problems.” Except the problems are all breaking apart your own language to better understand English and your own mind. IT’S AWESOME.

High School Literature: Place and Culture

Target Ages: mature 12-15

Min/Max Students: 5/15

Class Times: (choose one)

Option 1:  Tuesday 3:00 – 3:55

Option 2:  Thursday 2:00 – 2:55

Class Dates:  Sept. 3 – May 14 (31 weeks)

Cost: $190 per semester

Description: We’ll read novels, short stories, poems, and non-fiction works that touch on themes of place and culture, coordinating loosely with Darby Kennedy’s Human Geography course. Our approach will be to read (out of class and sometimes together in class) and discuss the works together. The class will focus on the methods of reading literature: students will learn by watching the teacher think about the works, participating in that thinking, and making explicit for themselves how thinking about literature works. The class will prepare students for reading, analyzing, and drawing conclusions in high school and college literature classes. And it will be fun! Meets 1 hour a week.
Credits: One credit of literature and composition when paired with grammar course

texts that aren't available online

Materials: texts not available online

Homework: Homework will be almost all reading, with an occasional project, research, or writing assignment. Expect about an hour a week.

Crushin' It: Tools for homework, housework, volunteer work, work work, and hobbies

Target Ages:  12ish - adult

Min/Max Students: 5/15

Class Times: Friday 11:00 – 11:55 

Class Dates:  Sept. 6 – Dec. 13 (14 weeks)

Cost: $25 (covers the materials and the room rent)

Description: I have attended a productivity workshop for the last two years (a full-priced, expensive, totally worth it kind of workshop), and I was so impressed by the materials. However, the audience they target is more people who are already a little skilled at or motivated to work on their productivity, organization, executive function.
I negotiated with these awesome productivity folks to let my class access their materials for $10 initially, and then a “pay what it was worth” structure at the end.
So, I will be teaching a weekly workshop with these materials at cost: $10 for the website access and $5.25 an hour for the room rent. I’ll donate my time and training. I see this as something people NEED to live the life they want, and I want to be able to help our community in this way.
We will use the materials to understand the 4 phases of goal achievement: goal setting, planning, execution, and reflection. We will try out their multitude of tools on our own projects: school, work, home, anything. We'll discuss our ups and downs in using the tools, and help each other with accountability and problem-solving.
I honestly believe these materials are the gold standard in executive functioning skills, and this is a super low-cost way for anyone to get an introduction.

Materials: provided

Homework: optional: try out tools and report back

Middle School and Junior High Literature

Target Ages:  10-14

Min/Max Students: 5/12

Class Times: Friday 10:00 – 10:55 

Class Dates:  Sept. 6 – Dec. 13 (14 weeks)

Cost: $180 per semester

Description: We’ll read novels, short stories, poems, and plays. Our approach will be to read (out of class and sometimes together in class) and discuss the works together, learning about how to think about literature and also learning geography, history, and culture surrounding the works we read.
Possible works (to give you an idea of what kinds of books we might read): The Diary of Anne Frank; The Miracle Worker; To Kill a Mockingbird; Bud, Not Buddy; Anne of Green Gables; Over Sea Under Stone; Ender's Game; "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County;
As always (in any of my classes at any level), audio, ebooks, and being read to are equally good ways to read the book.  

Materials: texts not available online

Homework: Almost all reading homework, about an hour a week. Occasional research or projects.

Reading Non-Fiction: History, Science, Geography, and Math Through Books

Target Ages:  Middle School

Min/Max Students: 5/15

Class Times: Thursday 10:30 – 11:25 

Class Dates:  Sept. 5 – Dec. 12 (14 weeks)

Cost:  $190 per semester, includes all supplies and materials

Description: In this class, we would start each unit with a high-quality read aloud, exploring some non-fiction topic by discussing and formulating questions as we read the book together. If we have interest, good questions, and potential experimentation about a topic, we will spend a week or two running experiments, doing research, reading more books, and exploring our curiosities.
Students will learn about the topic, but as important and maybe more important, they will develop critical reading skills, learn curiosity and questioning, conduct research, and practice designing experiments.
The schedule will follow student interest, and how long we spend on any topic will be determined by how many questions and how much curiosity we have about it.

Homework: very rarely homework

Mystery Science

Target Ages:  Elementary    

Min/Max Students: 5/12

Class Times: (choose one)

Option 1:  Tuesday 11:30 – 12:25

Option 2:  Thursday 9:30 – 10:25

Class Dates: Sept. 3 – Dec. 10 (14 weeks)

Cost:  $190 per semester

Description: This elementary science course will use the Mystery Science curriculum to explore different science topics throughout the year. Mystery Science uses videos and experiments presented as mysteries, and based on our unit last year, kids LOVE it and learn so much.
I'll supplement the mysteries with high-quality science picture books, as well as other activities.

Homework: none, only optional things to share with parents

Little Literature

Target Ages:  8-10

Min/Max Students: 5/12

Class Times: Tuesday 1:00 – 1:55 

Class Dates:  Sept. 3 – Dec. 10 (14 weeks)

Cost:  $180 per semester

Description: This class will be a real literature class for elementary students, meaning it is not a reading class, but a thinking class. We'll read high quality children's literature (chapter books), and we'll begin discussing it in a literature way: characters, setting, plot, themes, values, and its effects on us. We'll discuss these things in a fun and accessible way so that these young readers get invested in reading and thinking! I may throw in occasional poetry, stories, or picture books.

Independent reading is NOT required. I'll read out loud a lot, and children can use audio books or read-alouds at home. Being read to by an adult is a special way to engage with books, better in many ways that solitary reading. I encourage it!
There will be some at home reading (not every week, but many weeks), but no other homework.
I don't believe that 8-10 year olds should be able to sit still and listen like little statues. Human children need to move! The class will accommodate movement and normal childhood behaviors. Just because we read books doesn't mean we'll be quiet and still.
Possible book choices to give you an idea of what we'll read: Roald Dahl books, The Cricket in Times Square, The Secret Garden, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, Charlotte's Web, the poetry of Lewis Carroll, etc.

Materials: books for the class, library is fine!

Homework: reading at home most weeks, best completed with family instead of alone

Elementary History: The Ancient World

Target Ages: 7-11

Min/Max Students: 5/12

Class Times: Tuesday 10:30 – 11:55 

Class Dates:  Sept. 3 – Dec. 10 (14 weeks)

Cost:  $190 per semester, includes all supplies and materials

Description: We'll use a history spine (not chosen yet) for elementary students with lots of interesting pictures, and I'll supplement with library books and selections from other spines.
Independent reading is NOT required!!
There will be reading at home from the history spine most weeks, but this should happen with a parent, not alone. Please don't make this a reading exercise, instead make it a time for the parent to read and the child to learn how fascinating history is!
This class starts off my elementary history sequence, which moves through four years of history, leading up to middle school. We begin with the ancient world, learning about history as a story, through books, projects, research, and discussion.

Materials: history book, everything else provided

Homework: Reading at home with a parent most weeks, nothing else

Elementary Math through Books, Games, Puzzles, and Projects

Target Ages: 6-10 

Min/Max Students: 5/10

Class Times: Thursday 1:00 – 1:55 

Class Dates: Sept. 5 – Dec. 12 (14 weeks) 

Cost:  $190 for fall semester, includes all supplies and materials

Description: In this class, we will explore math concepts using engaging picture books, games, puzzles, mysteries, art, logic, and hands-on projects. We will often use manipulatives, and we will relate math concepts to the world that the children know, understand, and are fascinated with.

No particular math skills are required. Each child will be able to find something to learn and interest them at their own level, and I'll bring in extra challenges for the more advanced math students.

Parent Hour

Target Ages: Adult

Min/Max Students: 4/15

Class Times: Thursday 11:30 – 12:25 

Class Dates: Sept. 5 – Dec. 12 (14 weeks) 

Cost:  $10 per class, $35 per month if you pay in advance for a 4-week sequence

Description: This hour is for you, parents! We'll move through a sequence every four weeks:
1. mindfulness topic (secular mindfulness practices)
2. happiness skill (based on current research about well-being)
3. parenting topic (all in alignment with gentle/conscious parenting)
4. poems you'll love (to fuel you up with beauty)
This class will help you make social connections, build friendships, take time for yourself with other adults, and build skills for a good life. We will be all about encouragement, not about guilt.
FYI, I'm a certified positive discipline parenting and classroom management teacher with lots of experience teaching those skills to different groups. I'm also trained as a mindfulness teacher by Mindful Schools.
We are all parents here, and you can go and come as your child might require, and littles are welcome to come in and out as they need to. I can also help you to find a PIC for your kids if you want to have this hour off from your other responsibilities.
This is a drop-in class, and you can pay for only the classes you come to. Feel free to choose based on the topic or your schedule. Coming regularly is best for building community and strengthening your social connections. In order to encourage that community, I'll give a discount for people who sign up for a month in advance.

Homework: none, just optional things to try at home

Latin 1.5 (FULL)

 

Target Ages: High School - Adult

Min/Max Students: 3/15

Class Times: Tuesday 2:00 – 2:55

Class Dates:  Sept. 3 – May 14 (31 weeks)

Cost:  $350 per semester

Description: This year long Latin class is the second year of a three-year sequence. At the end of the three years, the Latin students will have completed a rigorous two years of traditional Latin. Along with traditional grammar and translations, the class is working through translating a collection of Roman myths and is working with graffiti and inscriptions recovered from Pompeii. Each year, the students will prepare for the National Latin Exam in their appropriate level, and if they do well, they have a wonderful nationally recognized honor for their resumes.

 

Keaton Hamid

keaton.hamid@gmail.com

Georgia Wildlife and Beyond

Target Ages: Elementary

Min/Max Students: 4/10

Class Times: Friday 10:00 – 10:55 

Class Dates:  Sept. 6 – Dec. 13 (14 weeks)

Cost:  $150

Description: GA Wildlife and Beyond is a class that will teach students about the wildlife around them, from mammals to insects to plants. This class will teach students the basics of being around animals, if a situation does present itself. The class will teach students which animals are safe to be around and which ones are not. It will teach them basic plant identification and some outdoor survival skills. This class is just a beginner level course to familiarize students with the world around them. This class will be very helpful for students who have had no formal training in this area.  

Materials: 3 Ring binder and Agenda

Elementary Conservation Education

Target Ages:  Elementary

Min/Max Students: 4/10

Class Times: Friday 10:00 – 10:55

Class Dates:  Jan. 10 – May 15 (17 weeks)

Cost: $150 

Description: This class will give students an introduction to conservation concepts and help students understand and appreciate our country’s natural resources. Through educational experiences and a variety of activates, students will realize how to use natural resources wisely and how different actions they choose affect the ecosystem. This class will give students the critical thinking skills they need to help work through ecological problems that occur in their daily life. This class will also encourage students to act on their own will to conserve natural resources and use them in a responsible manner. Students will make a conservation book throughout the semester to keep track of different concepts that will be learned and to be held as a reminder of what it means to be a conservation stewardess.

Materials: 3 Ring Binder and Agenda

Middle School Conservation Education

Target Ages: Middle School

Min/Max Students: 4/10

Class Times: Tuesday 9:30 – 10:25

Class Dates:  Jan. 7 – May 12 (17 weeks)

Cost:  $150

Description: This class will give students an introduction to conservation concepts and help students understand and appreciate our country’s natural resources. Through educational experiences and a variety of activates, students will realize how to use natural resources wisely and how different actions they choose affect the ecosystem. This class will give students the critical thinking skills they need to help work through ecological problems that occur in their daily life. This class will also encourage students to act on their own will to conserve natural resources and use them in a responsible manner. Students will make a conservation book throughout the semester to keep track of different concepts that will be learned and to be held as a reminder of what it means to be a conservation steward. There are some after school activities that are meant to work on conservation with family and reinforce concepts.

Materials: 3 Ringed Binder

Homework: Some homework is required after school to reinforce concepts. There will be some independent research "papers" that will be done as well to discuss further in class.

 

Misty Holm

mebholm@yahoo.com

STAColingo:  Foreign Language Lab

Target Ages: 10+

Min/Max Students: 3/6

Class Times: Tuesday 10:30 – 11:25 

Class Dates:  Sept. 3 – May 12 (29 weeks, 2 floating weeks off, TBD)

Cost:  $319 ($11 per class; payment can be divided)

Description: STAColingo will serve as a space for students who are studying or would like to study a foreign language at home to come together to encourage and share with one another.  Rather than teaching any specific language, I will serve as coach and guide.    
Each student will choose a foreign language to commit to for the school year.  It can be a language they have dabbled with before or can be completely new to them.  We will form a virtual class on www.duolingo.com where they can work throughout the week.  Duolingo is a free, online language learning program.  It is wonderful in many ways but has its limits when used on its own.  In STAColingo we will spend time each week sharing what we’ve learned at home, considering challenges we are facing, and encouraging one another.  We will also compare and contrast our chosen languages through a different lens each week:  basic greetings, counting, colors, days of the week, forming sentences, forming questions, basic verb usage, etc.  
This class will serve two purposes:  helping students learn their chosen language by sharing it with others, while also giving them a solid appreciation for the beautiful diversity of language by experiencing their chosen language side-by-side with English and other languages.   I have studied Spanish, French, Japanese, Hindi, and Swedish and know there are many ways to learn a language.  Additionally, everyone has a different learning style.  My job as coach will be to help them discover what works best for each student and provide accountability and encouragement.  

Materials: Internet access and device for use at home.  Something to write on and something to write with at STAC.  Also recommended:  grammar book for student’s chosen language.

Homework: Roughly one hour on www.duolingo.com (moving forward at their own pace), plus a small assignment from me.  

Book Sparks: Elementary Book Club

Target Ages: 5-10

Min/Max Students: 3/10

Class Times: Thursday 10:30 – 11:25

Class Dates:  Sept. 5 – May 14 (29 weeks, 2 floating weeks off, TBD)

Cost:  $319 ($11 per class; payment can be divided)

Description: The class will have a book club format and is designed to ignite a love for reading and for a variety of genres and styles of books in the elementary years.   Student does not need to know how to read on their own to participate in this course.  We will cover one book per week, everything from wordless picture books to 100 pp. chapter books, fiction, non-fiction, poetry, biography, etc.  Each class will include discussion of the book, reading aloud for practice and review (as children are comfortable), and role-play or other activities based on the book.  We will cover different books throughout the year, so a student could join us at any time during the school year.

Materials: Book list will be provided via email prior to the start of the school year (sometimes specific books, sometimes just a theme, such as “biography written for children”).  Books can be purchased, borrowed, downloaded, etc. as you like, and read or listened to together as a family or on their own before coming to class each week.  Books should be brought to class, as possible.  

Homework: Each week's book should be read before coming to class.

Great Discussions: Current Events Edition

Target Ages: 9-13

Min/Max Students: 4/10

Class Times: Tuesday 9:30 – 10:25 

Class Dates:  Sept. 3 – May 12 (29 weeks, 2 floating weeks off, TBD)

Cost:  $319 ($11 per class; payment can be divided) (may also be a small subscription fee, less than $10, depending on which media outlet we choose to use, TBD)

Description: Great Discussions has engaged students for the past three years in amazing discussions about universal themes ranging from friendship and compassion to prejudice and death.  This year we will focus our lens on current events.  We will try a few options as a class, including CNN 10 and Time for Kids, before we decide which news outlet we prefer.  Brief time for in-class journaling will help students formulate their point of view on the subject.  Active discussion will help them develop their ideas, while also practicing the difficult but important skill of active listening.  Great care is taken to ensure fair and balanced discussion.  As such, this course can be a great fit for students who love to speak their mind, as well as for students who tend to be more reluctant speakers.  New students are welcome to join at any time during the year.

Materials and Homework: As we decide which media outlet we like best, it may be necessary for students to have access to it at home for reading/watching prior to class; we will discuss as a class and with parents to determine this together.

Darby Kennedy

darbymkennedy@gmail.com

Themes in World History

Target Ages: 15+

Min/Max Students: 4/9

Class Times: Tuesday 11:30 – 1:55 (lunch break in between)

Class Dates:  Sept. 3 – May 12 (31 weeks)

Cost:  $500 (first semester: $225.00 with 20% deposit required to hold space in class; second semester: $275.00 with 20% due before end of 1st semester). Payments plans accepted.

Description: The study of the development of civilizations around the world has never been more important than it is today. An understanding of how economics, commerce, politics, religion, and culture have developed and intersected worldwide is key to navigating the future. This class will look at the history of world civilization with an emphasis on major themes across time periods. Because it is truly impossible to cover all world events in depth in only 2 semesters, this class will be a survey with an emphasis on big ideas, connections, and trends. Ideally, students will learn to see connections made in the past in ways that apply to the present and the future.
Sources that will inform our study include Peter Frankopan’s "The Silk Roads: A New History of the World", Crash Course World History, Stanford History Education Group’s “Think Like A Historian,” UCLA’s “World History for Us All” integrated history curriculum, and more.
This class can be used to fulfill the high school requirement for a social studies unit focused on World Studies, and can be counted for 1 Carnegie unit on a high school transcript. This class pairs with Kelly Elmore's "World Literature and Philosophy: Foundational Texts"

Materials: Textbook TBD (may not be one); internet access at home; notebook for class

Homework: Students are expected to do all assigned reading (or viewing) in advance of class and come to class prepared to contribute and discuss. They will need to read and view for content and comprehension. Any reading material will also be available by audio, or through the use of a voice-to-text reader. Students can expect 2-3 hours of homework each week.

Human Geography

Target Ages: High School

Min/Max Students: 4/12

Class Times: Thursday 11:30 – 1:55 (lunch break in between)

Class Dates:  Sept. 5 – May 14 (31 weeks)

Cost:  $500 (first semester: $225.00 with 20% deposit required to hold space in class; second semester: $275.00 with 20% due before end of 1st semester). Payments plans accepted.

Description: Human Geography (also known as Cultural Geography) examines how culture around the world is related to the spaces and places where they originate, and how those cultures travel as humans move across various areas. This includes studying population and migration, political organization of space, agriculture and rural land use, urban space use, and industrialization. Using text, maps, online viewing, class discussion, and case studies, this class will examine cultures and how they relate to and impact the world around them. We will also (hopefully) get to do some work with Global Information Systems (GIS) and population data.
This class can be used to fulfill the high school requirement for a social studies unit focused on World Studies, and can be counted for 1 Carnegie unit on a high school transcript. This class pairs with Kelly Elmore's "High School Literature: Place and Culture."

Materials: Students will need to purchase a textbook (TBD) which will be available on Amazon, and will need to have internet access at home. A notebook for class is necessary.

Homework: Students are expected to do all assigned reading (or viewing) in advance of class and come to class prepared to contribute and discuss. They will need to read and view for content and comprehension. Most reading material will also be available by audio, or through the use of a voice-to-text reader. Students can expect 2-3 hours of homework each week.

Think Like A Geographer

Target Ages: Middle School

Min/Max Students: 4/8

Class Times: Thursday 2:00 – 2:55

Class Dates:  Sept. 5 – Dec. 12 (14 weeks)

Cost:  $155

Description: What does it mean to “read” a map? What, exactly, is a map? A big part of geography is about asking questions, and maps can tell us much more than directions. Why do those people live there? How are those two areas connected? Why did those borders change? Why was that map created? In this topic-based class, students will learn about and apply geographic skills to find answers to all sorts of questions.

Materials: Students will need a notebook for class, and will need to have (occasionally) an internet-enabled device in class.

Homework: There will be a small amount of reading homework each week that students can complete in the way that works best for them. Learning differences will be accommodated.

Think Like A Historian  

Target Ages: Middle School

Min/Max Students: 4/8

Class Times: Thursday 2:00 – 2:55

Class Dates:  Jan. 9 – May 14 (17 weeks)

Cost:  $185

Description: What questions do we ask of the past? What? When? Where? Why? Who?  Why do the answers to those questions matter? How do we decide what is important? How do we evaluate the evidence? All of these questions make up the work of a historian. This class will use a topic-based approach to help students use the tools that all historians use to make sense of the past and the present.

Materials: Students will need a notebook for class, and will need to have (occasionally) an internet-enabled device in class.

Homework: There will be a small amount of reading homework each week that students can complete in the way that works best for them. Learning differences will be accommodated.

Diversity, Equality, Social Justice, and Film 

Target Ages: mature Middle School, High School

Min/Max Students: 4/10

Class Times: Tuesday 10:30 – 11:25

Class Dates:  Sept. 3 – May 12 (31 weeks)

Cost:  $250

Description: In this class, we will examine issues of diversity, equality, and social justice using a variety of films: feature films, short films, documentaries, and more. Homework will include watching films in advance of class, some writing or reading to acquire background information, and preparation for class discussion. Students are expected to come to class prepared to participate and to listen and engage respectfully. Maybe we'll even make a movie of our own by the end of the class.

This class is appropriate for mature middle school and high school students. By its very nature, the discussion of diversity and social justice can be emotional. There may be subjects addressed in the films we watch that may be difficult for some learners. It is important that everyone involved work to keep an open mind

Materials:  Ability to watch movies at home.

Homework: Students will be expected to watch movies at home and complete limited reading and writing to prepare for class discussion.

Libby Mathis

libbyanne76@gmail.com

Little Artists

Target Ages: 4-7

Min/Max Students: 3/6

Class Times: Thursday 2:00 – 2:55

Class Dates:  Session One:  Sept. 5 – Dec. 12 (13 weeks, 1 floating week off, TBD)

                               Session Two:  Jan. 9 – May 14 (16 weeks, 1 floating week off, TBD)

Cost:  Session One:  $175; Session Two:  $210

Description: This class will introduce our youngest artists to a variety of materials and techniques. I love working with young children and believe it is important to give them the opportunity to use quality art supplies beyond the standard crayons and washable markers at this age. We will be using oil pastels, watercolors, tempera paints, and more! The students will learn about color, lines, patterns, texture, and how to mix medias to create wonderful works of art. We will learn about famous (and not so famous) artists and explore how these artists use elements of design in their work. There may be days when the supplies we use are not washable, so please make sure to dress your child in appropriate clothes that can get messy.  There will be no repeat projects from Session 1 to Session 2.  

Materials: provided

Artistic Creations

Target Ages: 8-12

Min/Max Students: 3/8

Class Times: Tuesday 2:00 – 2:55

Class Dates:  Session One:  Sept. 3 – Dec. 10 (13 weeks, 1 floating week off, TBD)

                            Session Two:  Jan. 7 – May 12 (16 weeks, 1 floating week off, TBD)

Cost:  Session One:  $185; Session Two: $220

Description: This class will be best suited to students ages 8 and up and will have more complex projects that the Little Artist class. It will include a variety of techniques using oil pastels, watercolors, and chalk pastels. We will be learning about perspective, texture, pattern, shading, warm and cool colors, and observation drawing. We will also explore creating 3-dimensional art with a variety of materials including papier-mâché, air dry clay, etc.  There will be no repeat projects from Session 1 to Session 2.  

Materials: provided

Full STEAM Ahead

 

Target Ages: 7-10

Min/Max Students: 4/8

Class Times: Thursday 3:00 – 3:55

Class Dates:  Sept. 5 – May 14 (29 weeks, 2 floating weeks off, TBD)

Cost:  $370

Description: This will be a full year class where we will explore a variety of topics using inquiry based principles. I do not have a set list of projects for this class, the students will help decide what we learn about based on their interests (with some guidance from me). We may study some topics for more than one class day, depending on interest. We will typically view a short video or I will read aloud about a topic before we start a hands-on project. We will also have maker days, where we will see what amazing things we can create from a random set of supplies. This class will encourage creativity, imagination, asking questions, problem solving, and critical thinking skills. Possible projects and topics include exploring solar power/ building our own solar ovens, exploding paint rockets, animal architecture, creating a robotic hand, and a hurricane engineering challenge.

Materials: Students may occasionally be asked to collect items from home (cereal boxes, milk jugs, etc.) All other materials will be provided.

Kimberly Reingold

kmath@bellsouth.net

Outdoor Math

Target Ages: Middle School

Min/Max Students: 4/12

Class Times: Tuesday 1:00 – 1:55

Class Dates:  Sept. 3 – May 12 (31 weeks)

Cost:  $310, payments can be divided up

Description: Weather permitting we will be outside for this class studying the geometry of the playground, buildings, vehicles, the angle of the sun, and nature. We will look at real world problems involving circles, triangles, quadrilaterals, parallel lines, and three-dimensional shapes. Our study will include looking at angles, area, and volume.

Materials: something to write on and something to write with, graph paper, ruler, protractor, and tape measure

Homework: Students will occasionally be asked to gather data or measurements

Probability of Games

Target Ages: Middle and High School

Min/Max Students: 4/12

Class Times: Thursday 1:00 – 1:55

Class Dates:  Sept. 5 – Dec. 12 (14 weeks)

Cost:  $150, includes a $10 materials fee, payments can be divided up

Description: We will look at the probability behind popular board and card games. We will learn how to use math to count large number of objects and how to use probability to calculate the chance of an event to take place. The class will consist primarily of experiments in counting and probability.

Materials: notebook, pencil/pen, and a TI-30XS calculator

Homework: Students will occasionally be asked to gather data to bring to class the next week

Statistics in the Media

Target Ages: Middle and High School

Min/Max Students: 4/10

Class Times: Thursday 1:00 – 1:55

Class Dates:  Jan. 9 – May 14 (17 weeks)

Cost:  $170, payments can be divided up

Description: We will look at statistical data used in advertising, news reporting, sports and business.  We will learn different ways to analyze and graphically represent a set of numerical data and how data can be manipulated in order to skew the findings in favor of a particular message. Students who have completed at least one semester of Algebra 1 will also learn how to fit a function to the data and use the function for further analysis.

Materials: notebook, pencil/pen, graph paper, TI-30XS or TI-84 calculator (the graphing calculator is needed for the more advanced students)

Homework: Students will be asked to gather data to bring to class each week

Algebra 1

Target Ages:  Advanced Middle School, High School

Min/Max Students: 3/7

Class Times: Tuesday 10:30 - 11:25

Class Dates:  Sept. 5 – May 14 (31 weeks)

Cost:  $310, payments can be divided up

Description: We will primarily focus on learning how to simplify, graph, and solve problems involving linear and quadratic relationships. Additionally we will spend some time learning to simplify and solve basic problems involving exponential, radical, and rational relationships. Each class will include an exploratory or experimental aspect utilizing resources such as the graphing calculator, a science lab, or current events. Prerequisites: Pre-Algebra and Pre-Geometry

Materials: notebook, pencil/pen, graph paper, TI-84 calculator

Homework: Students will have notes to copy into their notebook and a worksheet of practice problems each week.

Geometry

Target Ages:  High School

Min/Max Students: 3/7

Class Times: Tuesday 2:00 – 2:55

Class Dates:  Sept. 3 – May 12 (31 weeks)

Cost:  $370, payments can be divided up

Description: We will study high school geometry concepts primarily by doing investigations using a dynamic geometry software (Geometer’s Sketchpad) and other hands on activities. Topics covered include transformations, congruent and similar triangles, and properties of parallel lines, triangles, quadrilaterals, polygons, and circles. Prerequisites: Pre-Geometry and Algebra 1. *Note: if it is a problem for your student to have access to a laptop for this class please contact me about other options.

Materials: notebook, pencil/pen, ruler, and a laptop loaded with the Geometer’s Sketchpad Program ($10.56)*

Homework: Students will have notes to copy into their notebook and a worksheet of practice problems each week

High School Probability and Statistics

Target Ages: High School

Min/Max Students: 3/7

Class Times: Tuesday 11:30 – 12:25

Class Dates:  Sept. 3 – May 12 (31 weeks)

Cost:  $310, payments can be divided up

Description: During our probability unit we will cover topics such as the counting principle, combinations, permutations, and simple and compound probability. During our statistics unit we will do analyses on mono-variable and bi-variable data sets including measures of central tendency, ranges, frequency tables, graphs, and regression functions. In every class we will look at application problems including application to games, media, business, science, and consumerism.  Prerequisites: Algebra 1 and pre-geometry

Materials: notebook, pencil/pen, graph paper, TI-84 calculator

Homework: Students will have notes to copy into their notebook and a worksheet of practice problems each week.

Math Facts and Mental Math

Target Ages: Elementary and Middle School

Min/Max Students: 3/9

Class Times: Thursday 11:30 – 12:25

Class Dates:  Session 1:  Sept. 12 – Oct. 24 (7 weeks)

                       Session 2:  Jan. 9 – Feb. 27 (7 weeks)

                       Session 3:  Mar. 5 – Apr. 23 (7 weeks)

Cost:  $10 per class / $60 per session / $150 for the year

Description: 

Session 1:  We will be working fluency with addition facts through group activities and games. Students will learn mental math tricks to add numbers ending in 9, add even and odd numbers, counting up, add double digits in their head, and calculate change when handling money.

Session 2: We will be working fluency with multiplication facts through group activities and games. Students will learn about patterns in multiplication and how to use mental math to two-digit numbers.

Session 3: We will be working fluency with subtraction and division through group activities and games. Students will learn how to reverse the skills they learned in Session 1 and 2 to do the inverse operations.

Materials: none

Homework: none

Michelle Salas

salas.michelle@gmail.com

Elementary/Middle School Spanish


Target Ages: 8-14

Min/Max: 4/8
Class Times: Thursday 2:00 – 2:55

Class Dates:  Sept. 5 – May 14 (28 weeks; we are going to have a three week break in addition to STAC breaks, TBD)

Cost:  $364 ($13 per class)

Description: Let's learn Spanish together!
We will start from the basics using "Risas y sonrisas” curriculum.
I'm going to use body language, songs, games and visual materials to teach Spanish in a fun way and just how I learn it ...talking!!!
The student needs to buy the workbooks during the year (depending how we are progressing) and be able to write and read.
The curriculum is just a guide and I will teach the kids at their speed, we may not finish the second workbook in one session and that is ok, we will have more sessions to come.
Contact me for questions or any doubt you have.

Materials: activity workbooks 1-4 https://spanishforkids.com/store/activity-workbook-1/
https://spanishforkids.com (the homeschool text book).  The student needs notebook, colors, pencil and pen at every class

Homework: Every class the student will have homework.


High School Spanish

 

Target Ages: High School

Min/Max Students: 4/8

Class Times: Fridays 10:00 – 11:55 (2 hrs.)

Class Dates:  Sept. 6 – May 15 (31 weeks)

Cost:  $806 (The cost of the class can be divided in two payments, each one of $403.  First payment before the first class, and the second payment on the first week of December 2019.
Second member of the same family will get 25% of discount.)

Description: Let's learn Spanish!
This year-long class begins at Level 1, so no experience with Spanish is required. There will be some flexibility to follow the needs of individual learners.

Materials: 1.-En Espanol, Level 1 (¡En español!) (Spanish Edition)  2.-En español!: Más práctica cuaderno (Workbook) with Lesson Review Bookmarks Level 1 (Spanish Edition)

Homework: Students should expect tests and a heavy homework load (2-3 hours) each class.


  

Stacy Sepeda

kravmom04@gmail.com

Which Way USA?

Target Ages: 6-12

Min/Max Students: 4/10

Class Times: Thursday 11:30 – 12:25

Class Dates:   Sept. 5 – May 14 (27 weeks, 4 floating weeks off)

Cost: $280  

Description: Each week we will go on a state-by-state adventure through the most exciting locations in America using the Which Way USA magazines by Highlights.
Each week we will focus on a new state. Using the fun and engaging puzzle magazine and map set, children will learn about geography, history and culture. Each magazine is an illustrated, fact-packed state maps, 32-page puzzle magazine that encourage exploration of culture, history and landmarks.
This class will focus on geography, map reading, state capital skills, critical thinking, promotes logic and reasoning, and may open up a desire to visit new and exciting places!

Lego WeDo 2.0 Robotics and Programming

Target Ages: 8-10

Min/Max Students: 4/10

Class Times: Thursday 10:30 – 11:25

Class Dates:  Sept. 5 – May 14 (27 weeks, 4 floating weeks off)

Cost: $300  

Description: Using Lego WeDo 2.0 kits and software and everyone's favorite Lego bricks, students will be asked to collaboratively solve real-life problems. Solutions will involve both hands-on building and digital creation, plus programming with the colorful drag and drop interface of the WeDo software.

Every 2-3 weeks will be a new topic; plants & pollinators, sort to recycle, space exploration, extreme habitats and more. Class begins with a discussion about the topic, followed by building a model out of Legos and then program the Lego to perform a job.

This class is for upper elementary. The class requires teamwork, communication, collaboration, creativity, and a good sense of humor! In exchange, a student gets experience with logical reasoning skills, pattern recognition, and computational modeling; plus, the opportunity to see Lego creations brought to life to accomplish team goals.

Intro to Documents and Spreadsheets

Target Ages: upper Middle School and up

Min/Max Students: 4/10

Class Times: Thursday 9:30 – 10:25

Class Dates:  Fall Session:  Sept. 5 – Dec. 12 (12 weeks, 2 floating weeks off)

                       Spring Session: Jan. 9 – May 14 (15 weeks, 2 floating weeks off)

Cost: Fall Session:  $125; Spring Session: $155

Description:

Fall Session - Documents

Prepare your kids to know how to create a document for those soon-to-come high school classes. The class will start out teaching them how to create a document, save a document, and email a document! They will learn basic functions like navigating within the document, inserting and deleting text, copying and pasting, and inserting a picture or table. They will learn formatting skills; font styles, text size, setting up your page, margins, indents, page numbers, and header and footer. They will learn how to create a table and how to modify and add to the table. They will learn how to work with comments, which is something their high school teachers use a lot for feedback. I teach to the class, so we will go as far into documents as the 12 weeks allows us.

Spring Session - Spreadsheets 

What is a spreadsheet and how do we use them? We will start with the basics: creating and saving a spreadsheet, entering text vs formulas, using the autofill functions, formatting text and numbers, creating borders, changing column width and row height, and moving and copying data. They will learn how to use the sum, average, min, max, and count functions; freezing panes, splitting worksheets, and hiding and unhiding data; controlling Page Setup and including headers and footers; and creating charts based on worksheet data. The pace of this session will be based on the kids in the class, so we will go beyond this if we can. 

Materials: computer for use during class

Homework: any material not finished in class

Hands on Equations

 

Target Ages: 9-15ish

Min/Max Students: 5/15

Class Times: Tuesday 11:30 – 12:25

Class Dates:  Fall Session:  Sept. 5 – Dec. 12 (12 weeks, 2 floating weeks off)

                       Spring Session: Jan. 9 – May 14 (15 weeks, 2 floating weeks off)

Cost:  Fall Session:  $125

           Spring Session:  $155

 

Description: This course uses the Hands on Equations curriculum to teach basic algebraic concepts using pawns, dice, and a scale to understand how to solve equations. This class is suitable for anyone who understands multiplication and division through 12s and has not yet taken Algebra 1.

Materials: Pencil & binder

Homework: The curriculum comes with worksheets. These will be started in class and finished at home.

Lyn Stewart

hugheslyn@hotmail.com

Biology

Target Ages: High School

Min/Max Students: 3/10

Class Times: Friday 10:00 – 11:55 (2 hrs.)

Class Dates:  Sept. 6 – May 15 (31 weeks)

Cost:  $350 per semester + ONE TIME lab fee of $50.  The lab fee is to cover lab supplies such as consumable materials and dissection specimens.  The lab fee is NON-REFUNDABLE.

Description: Biology is the study of life. In this course, we will study the scientific method, cytology, genetics, botany, zoology, ecology, taxonomy, evolution, chemistry, and microbiology.  The concept of evolution will be seen as the central organizing theme of biology.   We will reinforce what we learn during lectures with laboratory assignments and projects.  We will also incorporate case studies, debates, and discussion into our classroom to broaden our understanding of biology.  This course is an introductory course.  It is suitable for students ages 14 and up.  Students younger than age 14 are welcome to attend if the child has the maturity to participate in the course.

Materials: 3 ring binder, pen/pencil

Homework: Students can expect 1-2 hours of homework per week.

Chemistry 101 (Kitchen Chemistry)

Target Ages: Middle and High School

Min/Max Students: 3/10

Class Times: Thursday 2:00 – 3:55 (2 hrs.)

Class Dates:  Sept. 5 – May 14 (31 weeks)

Cost:  $350 per semester + ONE TIME lab fee of $50.  The lab fee is to cover lab supplies such as consumable materials and dissection specimens.  The lab fee is NON-REFUNDABLE.

Description: This is a PRACTICAL chemistry course for students who hate math, hate science, and are in tears thinking of that scary chemistry textbook they are supposed to choke down. This is also the perfect science curriculum for those students who LOVE science and want to learn some down-to-earth science they will use and enjoy knowing throughout their lives.  This is a very non-traditional chemistry course.  Students will also learn a bit of history and other subjects like physics, because chemistry is NOT something that happens in a vacuum. It's the world all around us and tied to many other things. Your student will learn lots of interesting and fun facts while getting to learn another important skill that can actually be put to use - cooking!  This is a 2-hour course.  One hour will be a laboratory.  One hour will be discussion, lecture, and preparation for the laboratory.

Materials: 3 ring binder, pen/pencil, internet

Homework: The student can expect at 1-2 hours of homework per week.

Chemistry

Target Ages: High School

Min/Max Students: 3/10

Class Times: Tuesday 9:30 – 11:25 (2 hrs.)

Class Dates:  Sept. 3 – May 12 (31 weeks)

Cost:  $350 per semester + ONE TIME lab fee of $50.  The lab fee is to cover necessary lab equipment and supplies.  The lab fee is NON-REFUNDABLE.

Description: Chemistry is the study of the components of matter and how these components behave and interact with one another. The periodic chart of elements will be studied and analyzed throughout the class to increase understanding of the various components of matter and energy.  This course will also include a study of the concept of energy and its uses, gas laws, kinetic molecular theory, laws of chemical combination, atomic and molecular structure, and chemical bonding. Students will be expected to work simple mathematical computations.  Laboratories will be done frequently in order to support the ideas and theories learned about in class and for homework.  It is recommended that students have taken other high school science courses and Algebra 1.  This course is recommended for the upper level high school student.  This course will be a two-hour course with one hour for lecture and one hour for laboratory.  

Materials: 3 ring binder, pen/pencil, internet

Homework: Students can expect one to two hours of homework per week.

Human Anatomy & Physiology

Target Ages: High School

Min/Max Students: 3/10

Class Times: Thursday 9:30 – 11:25 (2 hrs.)

Class Dates:  Sept. 5 – May 14 (31 weeks)

Cost:  $350 per semester + ONE TIME lab fee of $50.  The lab fee is to cover necessary lab equipment and supplies.  The lab fee is NON-REFUNDABLE.

Description: Anatomy & Physiology is a study of the structure and function of the human body. This course is preparation for advanced biological studies, biomedical nursing, and other science-based careers. Laboratory experiences and text-based activities provide student learning in the following topics: the major body systems; how the body systems work together to provide homeostasis; body functions in the healthy and diseased states; blood typing; muscle action; cranial nerve functioning; and bioethics. This course is recommended for students aged 14 and older with a background in other sciences. There will be dissections in this course.

Materials: 3 ring binder, pen/pencil, internet access

Homework: Students can anticipate 1-2 hours of homework per week.

Middle School Physical Science

Target Ages: Middle School

Min/Max Students: 3/12

Class Times: Thursday 1:00 – 1:55

Class Dates:  Sept. 5 – May 14 (31 weeks)

Cost:  $175 per semester + ONE TIME lab fee of $30.  The lab fee is to cover necessary lab equipment and supplies.  The lab fee is NON-REFUNDABLE.

Description: This physical science course will provide the students with a foundation for understanding how chemistry and physics concepts relate to everyday life and the world around us.  The first semester of this course will focus on forces, motion, Newton's Laws, waves, light, electricity, and magnetism. The second semester we will focus on states of matter, atomic structure, chemical bonds, chemical reactions, and the periodic table. We will learn how physics and chemistry are interrelated through discussion, videos, and experimentation and discovery. The students will be guided through several team building and inquiry lead investigations about the topics we discuss in physics and chemistry.  Students will be challenged to find every day applications for the information they learn.  Students will also learn the proper procedures for scientific inquiry as well as how to properly discuss scientific investigations.  The class will include several opportunities for group and individual work.  This course is 1 hour long one day per week.  Students can expect very little homework for this course.  There will be one home project for fall semester and one home project for spring semester.  

Materials: pen/pencil, internet access

Homework: The homework for his course will be minimal.  Homework may include a video to watch that is related to what we are doing in class.  The students will have one home project in the fall and one home project in the spring.  

Geometry

 

Target Ages: High School

Min/Max Students: 3/10

Class Times: Tuesday 11:30 – 12:25

Class Dates:  Sept. 3 – May 12 (31 weeks)

Cost:  $180 per semester

Description: This course is designed to emphasize the study of the properties and applications of common geometric figures in two and three dimensions. This course will provide the students with an in-depth analysis of plane, solid, and coordinate geometry as they relate to both abstract mathematical concepts as well as real-world problem situations. Topics to be covered include, but are not limited to, logic and proof, parallel lines and polygons, perimeter and area analysis, volume and surface area analysis, similarity and congruence, trigonometry, and analytic geometry. Emphasis will be placed on reasoning and logic skills. Students will be provided with a supportive, positive learning environment that will encourage the student to learn at his/her own pace. A variety of teaching methods will be used to help the students understand the topic. Graphic organizers, interactive notebooking, and kinesthetic activities will be incorporated into the classroom. Homework will include instructional videos and sample problems to work at home.

Materials: 3 ring binder, pencil, scientific calculator, internet access.

Homework: Students can expect 1-2 hours of homework each week. Homework will include how-to videos, worksheets, and sample problems. Students should also anticipate 1 at home project each semester.

 

 

Fairy Tale Science

 

Target Ages: 4-9

Min/Max Students: 3/10

Class Times: Tuesday 1:00 – 1:55

Class Dates:  4 week sessions:

                            Sept. 3 – Sept. 24

                            Oct. 8 – Oct. 29

                            Nov. 12 – Dec. 10

                            Jan. 7 – Jan. 28

                            Feb. 25 – Mar. 17

                            Apr. 14 – May 5

                            (please note there are breaks in between sessions)

Cost:  $60 per session or drop-in for $15 each

Description: Fairy Tale Science is not just a class. It's a learning experience that incorporates scientific methodology and fun to help little ones understand science. Each week we will read a chosen Fairy Tale. We will then retell the tale through puppets, plays, singing, dance, or other methods that we create. Next we will conduct at least one science experiment related to the Fairy Tale. This class will focus help little ones learn to listen, actively participate and engage in class, take turns, work as a team, problem solve, and so many other things. We will also use fine motor skills, gross motor skills, and communication/verbal skills. The children in this class can expect to get DIRTY, to be LOUD, to be ACTIVE, to LEARN, and to have FUN! Examples of Fairy Tales to be covered include The Three Little Pigs, Little Red Riding Hood, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, and many more. This course will be taught in 4 week sessions. There will be 1 to 2 weeks off in between sessions. The course can be taken in sessions or drop-in. The Fairy Tale will be taught until the children and I have satisfactorily explored the science in the tale.

Materials:  No materials needed. Parents may periodically be asked to provide recyclable materials such as paper towel rolls, aluminum cans, etc.