Seeds of Faith Co-op 2012-13 Class Descriptions
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ASSEMBLY 9:30 - 9:55

FIRST HOUR 10:00 - 10:50

PE ages 9-11 Husted

Art Encounter ages 6-8 O'Sullivan

Silly Signing ages 6-8 Monroe

Build It! Break It! Explode It! ages 15-18 Reber & Klersy (NOTE AGE CHANGE)

Backyard Ballistics ages 12-14 Sowders (NEW CLASS!)

Biology Lab (Apologia) ages 14-18 Bindig

When I Grow Up ages 3-5 Hagemeister

Art Masterpieces ages 9-11 Brackney

Microsoft Office ages 12-16 Titcombe

Crochet ages 11+ King

Woodworkers Workshop ages 6-8 VanAllen

Physical Science  (Apologia) ages  12-14 Klein

American Icons ages 9-11 Wodowski

Praise Song Mania! ages 9-12 Mosley

Shutter Bugs Photography ages 10-18 DeSimpelare

Advanced Biology (Anatomy)  (Apologia) ages 14-18 Edgett

SECOND HOUR 11:00 - 11:50

Playdough ages 2-3 Melillo (NEW CLASS!)

PE ages 6-8 Schultz

Speed Stacking ages 6-12 Hershberger

Computer Careers ages 14-18 Oliver

Back to Basics ages 9-11 Bolam

Economics ages 14-18 Lawton

Revolution! ages 12-13 Tankersley

Spelling Bee ages 9-13 Melillo

Hang Loose ages 12-15 Mosley

Conversational ASL ages 9-13 Monroe

Krafty Kids ages 6-9 Kauzlarich

Creative You! (Drama) ages 13-18 Latta

Shutter Bugs Photography ages 10-18 DeSimpelare

Travel Through the Human Body ages 4-5 Szymanski

High School Math Lab ages 13-18 Klein


LUNCH   12:00 - 12:20

THIRD HOUR 12:30 - 1:20

GYM ACTIVITIES ages 12-18 Husted

Mechanisms in Motion  ages 12-18 VanAllen

Mythbusters ages 9-11 Hepburn

Jr. High Back to Basics ages 12-13 Bolam

Revolution! ages 9-11 Tankersley

Rhythm of Reading ages 4-6 Kyle

Incredible Shakespeare ages 12-13 Melillo

Travel with the Senses ages 6-8 Oliver

Upcycling 101 ages 9-11 Hagemeister

American Literature ages 14-18 Lawton

Mixin It Up –  Fine Arts ages 12-18 (12:15 start) DeSimpelare

Astronomy ages 6-8 Bindig

Show & Tell ages 3-5 O'Sullivan

Memory Makers Yearbook ages 14-18 Johnson & Morell

Duct Tape ages 10-18 Raymond

Krafty Kids ages 6-8 Kauzlarich

FOURTH HOUR 1:30 - 2:20

SPORTS ages 12-18 Klersy & Reber

The Joy of Kid-dom ages 9-11 Huffaker

Roving Reporters - Junior Journalists ages 9-11 Hall

Career Exploration ages 14-18

American Icons ages 6-8 Wodowski

Nursery Rhymes for the Rhodes Scholar To-Be ages 3-4 Dodson (NOTE AGE CHANGE)

Balanced Bodies (health & fitness) Johnson 13-18

Culture Quest ages 9-11 Meldrum

Amazing Human Body ages 6-8 Szymanski

It's Not Magic, It's Science! ages 9-12 Edgett

Mixin It Up – Fine Arts ages 9-13 DeSimpelare

PLAY! (Improv Theatre) ages 14-18 Hershberger

Artsmarts ages 4-5 Thompson (NOTE AGE CHANGE)

Cooking Techniques ages 12-18 Bolam

Advanced Biology - see Apologia Advanced Biology

The Amazing Human Body     Pam Szymanski ages 6-8    $8    

We will be learning about the amazing body God created for you. Hand outs with fill in the blanks, experiments to understand how it works and crafts or projects to make it more fun. Each week I will be giving out a hand out to label and color covering the different body parts. We will be learning how God designed them, how they work and their location in the body. We will learn a skit to perform at the year end program. We will be doing crafts and/or experiments that will go along with each week. It should be fun learning about our amazing bodies.

homework required occasionally

Week 1: Skin.

Week 2: Hair.

Week 3: Muscles.

Week 4: Skeleton.

Week 5: Brain.

Week 6: Eyes.

Week 7: Nose.

Week 8: Mouth/Tongue.

Week 9: Ears.

Week 10: Heart.

Week 11: Lungs.

Week 12: Blood/veins/arteries.

Week 13: Abdominal organs part 1.

Week 14: Abdominal organs part 2.

American Icons    Lisa Wodowski   ages 6-8 (4th hr) ages 9-11 (1st hr)    $5    

Teaching the kids about things, people and places unique to America in hopes to inspire an appreciation for "her".  An activity of some kind will follow the teaching. The kids will need to bring scissors, glue, pencils.

no homework at all

WEEK 1 ~ The American Flag

WEEK 2 ~ The Statue of Liberty

WEEK 3 ~ The Eagle

WEEK 4 ~ Johnny Appleseed

WEEK 5 ~ Mount Rushmore

WEEK 6 ~ The Pilgrims and The first Thanksgiving

WEEK 7 ~ The Liberty Tree

WEEK 8 ~ The National Athem

WEEK 9 ~ Our Founding Fathers

WEEK 10 ~  The Liberty Bell

WEEK 11 ~ Thomas Edison and his inventions

WEEK 12 ~ The Declaration of Independence

WEEK 13 ~ The Pledge of Allegiance

WEEK 14 ~ American Food and Drink

American Literature    Gina Lawton  ages 14-18   $22

An overview of American authors and classic works including Early American Literature, Poe, Twain, Whitman and Thoreau, as well as some of the great works of the twentieth century. Included will be a poetry study, and optional writing assignments for "full" credit.    

homework required weekly

PLEASE NOTE: Students will be required to read “Huckleberry Finn” over the summer and be prepared for discussion for the first class.

September 7th - Discuss : Intro. To American Literature (brief!). Also discuss Mark Twain and Huckleberry Finn; Reading Early American Writers: Nathaniel Ward The Simple Cobler of Aggawam (can be found in it’s entirety here: puritanism/ward/ ward.html). Also read “Sinners in the hands of an angry God” by Jonathan Edwards (available on line:

September 21st - Discuss puritanism and literature; also talk about transition toward revolution.

Read: Letters From An American Farmer by J. Hector St. John de Crevecoeur (full text available here:

(Would like to watch either “The Scarlet Letter” or “The Crucible” for movie night; guessing a lot of kids will read “The Scarlet Letter” in other classes during their high school year, and there are no movies to go with reading – but TSL is a great example of Puritan life reflected in our reading)

October 5th - Discuss Revolution and writers; Read: The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin (entire text available here:

October 19th - Read “The Legend of Sleepy Hallow” (entire text available here: world/readfile?fk_files=1881555&pageno=1) and “The Pit and the Pendulum” and “The Raven” by Edgar Allen Poe

Movie: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

November 2nd - Discussion of Irving and Poe; Read “Thanatopsis” (William Cullen Bryant) and Homeward Bound (James Fenmore Cooper – entire text for HB:

November 16th - Talk about William Cullen Bryant and James Fenmore Cooper.

Read Thoreau’s selections (including “Civil Disobedience”) (Thoreau selections can be found on line here: http://thoreau.

November 30th - Talk about Thoreau and Whitman (we’ll be reading a bit of Whitman’s poetry in class) Read O. Henry’s short stories: “Gift of the Magi” and “The Ransom of Red Chief”

December 14 - Talk about O. Henry

January 11 - Read: Uncle Tom’s Cabin

January 25- Discuss Uncle Tom’s Cabin and literature during the Civil War

Feb. 8 - The Great Gatsby (F. Scott Fitzgerald)

Feb 22 - A Farewell to Arms (Ernest Hemingway)

Mar 8 - To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee)

Mar 22 - Final discussion

Apologia Advanced Biology    Wendi Edgett    ages 14-18    $40  

The Human Body: Fearfully and Wonderfully Made! Working in the field of Histotechnology (Histology) I am VERY excited to teach this class!  It covers both the anatomy and the physiology of the human body’s 11 organ systems in detail. We will cover the following: An Organizational Overview and Some Review, Histology: The Study of Tissues, Skin and Bones - The Integumentary and Skeletal Systems, Skeletal System Histology and Movement, Muscle Histology and Physiology, The Skeletal Muscle System, The Nervous System: Neurons and Neuroglia, The Central Nervous System, The Peripheral Nervous System, The Endocrine System, The Circulatory System, The Lymphatic System, The Digestive System, The Respiratory System, The Urinary System, and The Reproductive System.  We will be dissecting the following in class: Cow Eye, Cow Heart, and a Fetal Pig.  

In order to take this course, the student MUST have completed a first-year biology course AND it is recommended that the first-year chemistry course be completed as well.

homework required weekly

At each co-op, we will work on the experiments from each Module. In order to complete the book, the students must complete the reading of each assigned Module prior to that co-op. A complete list of experiments can be found at:

Sept 7 Module 1 & Module 2: Histology

Sept 21 Module 3: Skin and Bones

Oct 5 Module 4: Skeletal System Histology and Movement

Oct 19 Module 5: Muscle Histology and Physiology

Nov 2 Module 6: The Skeletal Muscle System

Nov 16 Module 7: The Nervous System: Neurons and Neuroglia

Nov 30 Module 8: The Central Nervous System

Dec 14 Module 9: The Peripheral Nervous System: Dissection Cow Eye and Module 10: The Endocrine System

Jan 11 Module 11: The Circulatory System: Dissection Cow Heart

January 25 Module 12: The Lymphatic System

Feb 8 Module 13: The Digestive System

Feb 22 Module 14: The Respiratory System

Mar 8 Module 15: The Urinary System

Mar 22 Module 16: The Reproductive System: Dissection Fetal Pig

Apologia Elementary Astronomy    Bonnie Bindig   ages 6-8    $15  

This class will be based on the Apologia Astronomy book.  Parents may want to purchase the book and do the reading at home with their child.  We will do some of the reading in class but our main focus will be on the projects and experiments.  Our end of the year project will be creating a model of the Solar System for display at the program.  This class would be a convenient way to cover science for the school year!    homework optional

Week 1 What is Astronomy? Inroduction to Astronomy. Project - building a model Solar System.

Week 2 The Sun - Making a Solar Eclipse (possibly making a pinhole viewing box)

Week 3 Mercury - Making craters

Week 4 Venus - Making Lava (possibly learning how radar is used)

Week 5 Earth - Making a Compass

Week 6 The Moon - Making a telescope

Week 7 Mars - Building a model of the volcano on Mars - Olympus Mons

Week 8 Space Rocks - Creating a Scale Model Solar System

Week 9 Jupiter - Making a Hurricane tube

Week 10 Saturn - Making a Centaur Rocket

Week 11 Uranus and Neptune - Making Clouds

Week 12 Pluto and the Kuiper Belt - Making Ice Cream

Week 13 Stars and Galaxies - Making a Constellation Planetarium

Week 14 Space Travel - Project for End of year display - Styrofoam Solar System

Apologia Biology Lab    Bonnie Bindig    ages 14-18   $40    

Lab sessions for Apologia Biology.  Reading, classwork and tests will be done at home with parental instruction and supervision. Completed homework must be shown in class to participate in labs.  Dissection is a part of Biology and students should be prepared to participate. slide sets, microscopes and dissection kits will be ordered when we know how many students we have. We will be sharing microscopes, slide sets dissection specimens, etc. as much as possible.  This will also depend on how many microscopes we can use/borrow without having to purchase.  Any unused supply fee will be refunded.  Textbook, Apologia Biology, 2nd edition is required.  What each student gains from this class will be dependent on the amount of effort he/she puts into the reading, classwork and tests along with participating in each lab at co-op. A 13 year old student who has already successfully completed Physical Science and General Science may sign up for Biology if approved by the teacher and leadership team.

Classwork reading and tests will be done at home under parental instruction. Tests and homework are home responsibilities. Completed classwork must be shown for students to participate in lab work each week. Dissection is part of class and students should be prepared. We will share microscopes, slide sets, dissection specimens as much as possible and any unused class fee will be returned at the end of the year. We will order materials as soon as the number of students is known and will do our best to borrow as many microscopes as needed with our having to purchase them. students will need the textbook - Exploring Creation with Biology, 2nd edition.

homework required weekly

Week 1 Students cover material in Module 1 at home prior to class and perform experiement 1.1 at home. Experiment 1.2 will be done in class.

Week 2 Students cover material in Module 2 prior to class. Exp 2.1 will be done off site prior to class. this is for collecting pond-water specimens to culture for use in Friday's lab session. Experiments 2.2 and 3.1 will be done is class.

Week 3 Students will cover material in Module 3 prior to class. experiments 3.2 and 3.3 will be done in class.

Week 4 Students will cover material in Module 4 prior to class. Experiments 4.1, 4.2, 4.3 and 4.4 will be done in class.

Week 5 Students will cover material in Module 5 prior to class. Experiment 5.1 to be done at home. The teacher will start experiment 5.2 outside of class, it will be finished in class by the students.

Week 6 Students cover Module 6 prior to class. Experiment 6.1 and 6.2 will be done in class.

Week 7 Students cover Module 7 prior to class. Experiments 7.1 and 7.2 will be done in class.

Week 8 Students cover Modules 8 and 9 prior to class. Experiments 8.1 and 8.2 to be done at home. Experiment 8.4 and 8.3will be done in class as time allows. There are no experiments for Module 9..

Week 9 Students cover Module 10 prior to class. We will be doing Exp 10.1 on Carbon Dioxide and Greenhouse Effect in class.

Week 10 Students cover Module 11 prior to class. We will do Exp 11.3, 11.1, 11.4 and 11.2 will be done in class time permitting.

Week 11 Students cover Module 12 prior to class. Experiment 12.1 will be done in class, experiment 12.2 to be done at home.

Week 12 Students cover Module 13 prior to class. Experiments 13.1, 13.2 will be done in class.

Week 13 Students cover Module 14 prior to class. Experiment 14.1 to be done at home. Exp 14.2 and 14.3 will be done in class.

Week 14 Students cover Module 15 prior to class. Experiments 15.1, 15.2 and 16.1 will be done in class. Module 16 and experiment 16.2 should be done independently.

Apologia Physical Science Lab    Kelly Klein    ages 12-14     $30   

This class will cover all (or most) labs in 1st edition of Apologia's Exploring Creation with Physical Science. I will also cover any questions students have regarding material in any of the modules. Students will be responsible for reading each module and preparing lab sheets prior to class. Review Study Guides and Tests are to be taken at home. (First and second editions of this book work well together. There are slight differences in labs, but these can be worked through).    

homework required weekly

Week 1 - Module 1, experiments 1 & 3, experiment 2 to be done at home.

Week 2 - Module 2, experiments 1 & 2, 3 if there is enough time, otherwise to be done at home.

Week 3 - Module 3, experiments 1 & 2

Week 4 - Module 4, experiments 1,2, & 3, 4 & 5 to be done at home

Week 5 - Module 5, experiments 1 & 2, 3 if there is enough time, otherwise to be done at home

Week 6 - Module 6, experiments 1 & 2, 3 if there is enough time, otherwise to be done at home.

Week 7 - Module 7, experiment 1 is a long-term experiment to be done at home over Christmas break; Module 8, experiment 1

Week 8 - Module 8, experiment 2 - use data acquired from experiment 7.1; Module 9, experiments 1 & 2

Week 9 - Module 9, experiment 3; Module 10, experiments 1 & 2

Week 10 - Module 10, experiments 3 & 4

Week 11 - Module 11, experiments 1, 2, & 3

Week 12 - Module 12, experiments 1, 2, & 3

Week 13 - Module 13 has no experiments; Module 14, experiments 1 & 2, 3 if there is enough time, otherwise to be done at home, experiments 4 & 5 to be done at home.

Week 14 - Module 15, experiments 1 & 2, 3 & 4 to be done at home; Module 16 has no experiments

Art Encounter    Ann O'Sullivan    ages 6-8    $25    



no homework at all

Week 1: Exploring Lines: Drawing Challenge

Week 2: Shapes: A Shape Design

Week 3: Ashanti Peoples: Adinkra Cloth

Week 4: Color: Primary Painting Activity

Week 5: Value: Black & White & Gray all over

Week 6: Artist Paul Klee: Twittering Machine

Week 7: Creating Texture with Paints

Week 8: Form: Experiencing Clay

Week 9: Adding Space to Artwork

Week 10: Paul Cezanne: Still Life

Week 11: Vincent Van Gogh: Sunflowers

Week 12: Ancient Egyptians: Clay Cartouches

Week 13: Georgia O’Keefe: Flowers in chalk

Week 14: Complete any unfinished projects & prepare art boards for program

SUPPLIES:  tempera paint, construction paper (lots of white), paint brushes, scissors, clay, markers, Eraser kits, food coloring, copies, colored pencils, crayons, black sharpie, felt shapes (foam, plastic), glue, painting paper, & paint trays (egg cartons, etc.)


Art Masterpieces    Alisa Brackney    ages 9-11    $20  

This year we will be studying some basics of art design, form, and media.  In addition, we will be mimicking various famous artists and their styles while using similar art media and/or methods. The goal of this class is to introduce the students to various methods, styles and art time periods and some of the artists of that time period. This class moves pretty quickly so we can do a lot, but unfortunately, can't always complete each project without taking it home.  We also enjoy displaying our work at the end of the year in our Art Masterpiece Gallery.

We do a lot of painting and ""messy"" work in this class, so "art shirts" would be a good staple to have in their bags each time we meet.  Other helpful items will be pencils, scissors, and occasionally we will need cookie sheets, hand-mirrors, etc.  A great class to learn about artists and some different means of expressing yourself through art.

homework optional

Week 1 Intro to art and some of its different time periods. Some very basic art instruction.

Week 2 Art basics…shading, colors, tone, angles

Week 3 Renaissance Art/ Paint like Michelangelo

Week 4 Expressionism: Clay Facial Expressions Sculpture

Week 5 Painting Expressions

Week 6 Cubism and the beginning of "Modern" Art

Week 7 Fractured Friend

Week 8 Op Art

Week 9 Impressionism, Cassatt: Monoprints

Week 10 Charcoal or Chlk like Degas

Week 11 Realism: Painting like O’Keeffe, watercolors up close

Week 12 Abstract, Calder: wire sculptures

Week 13 Complete projects and final overview of art through the ages

Week 14 Prep for Art Gallery end of year display

Artsmarts Crafts   Gwenna Thompson ages 4-5    Fee $15

The children will learn some fundamentals of art : color lines shapes and textures. By painting drawing making collages. Many projects will start with a picture book to inspire one’s own creativity.

no homework at all

Week 1 - Exploring color painting : Book Little blue and little yellow

Week 2 - Line art : Book A Color of His Own

Week 3 - Color Collision : Book Mouse paint

Week 4 - Leaf rubbing : Book Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf

Week 5 - Shape owls : Book Owl Babies

Week 6 - Sewing a thankful quilt        : Book Planting a Rainbow

Week 7 -  Shapes Painting : Book Mouse Shapes

Week 8 - Wooden snow flakes : Book Tiny Snowflake

Week 9 - Watercolors : Book Little Cloud

Week 10 -Button art : Book  Little Rooster's Diamond Button

Week 11 - Crayon art        : Book A Day With No Crayons

Week 12 - Painted bird house : Book White Rabbit's Color Book

Week 13 - Bead bugs : Book The Mixed-Up Chameleon

Week 14 - Watercolor monogram

Astronomy - see Apologia Astronomy

Back to Basics    Tonya Bolam    ages 9-11    $50   

This class is a basic Home Ec. Class with a Homeschool twist!  Great for both girls and boys!  For seven weeks, we will spend working on basic cooking skills and seven weeks, we will be working on being more self sufficient.  Basic ironing, sorting laundry, reading clothing labels, basic sewing repairs, and making cleaning products.          

homework required occasionally

Week 1 – Intro Class Decorating Cookies

Week2 – Breakfast

Week 3 – Lunch

Week 4 – Dinner

Week 5 – Snack

Week 6 – Sweet Treat

Week 7 – Sweet Treat

Week 8 – Sorting Laundry/Reading Clothing Labels

Week 9 – Ironing

Week 10 – Sewing Buttons

Week 11 – Repairing Clothing

Week 12 – Making Cleaning Products

Week 13 – Making Cleaning Products

Week 14 – Ice Cream Party

Backyard Ballistics ages 12-14 Sowders $25

In Backyard Ballistics we will be making some rocketry, pneumatic and lighter than air projects and discussing the history of various types of ballistic weapons as well as the science behind them.

no homework at all

Week 1: Rocketry: Robert Goddard, Newton's 3rd law. We will begin building a Hydro Pump Rocket and it's launcher base.

Week 2: Finish Hydro Pump Rocket, and cover age appropriate physics + a little history of rocketry.

Week 3 (Oct. 5): Dry cleaner bag hot air balloon. Covers a bit of the history of ballooning including their use for reconnaissance and how they led to the Zeppelins used by the Germans in WWI.

Week 4:

More rocketry: Begin Pneumatic Missile and it's launcher. Learn about pneumatics and it's uses (blowguns).

Week 5 (Nov. 2):

Finish pneumatic missile, more discussion on pneumatics in ballistics (air rifles, paintball...)

Week 6:

Pneumatics: Marshmallow gun

Week 7:

Finish marshmallow gun

Week 8:

Extra day to launch things, or finish up unfinished projects. If time allows, I will bring in some small easy fun ballistic related project (TBD) to make and take home.

Week 9:

Start Viking Catapult or some sort of scaled down version of Viking catapult (This is basically a slingshot on a stand.). Covers medieval warfare, seafaring Vikings, knot tying, physics of projectiles (heavy vs. light) etc.  May bring in a (related) dvd.

Week 10:

Viking  catapult cont.

Week 11:

Onager catapult: Covers torsion

Week 12:

Onager cont.

Week 13:

Basket pult - simple little fun project that can be easily finished at home if necessary. Conduct experiments outside with our various catapults to see which ones work best. (I may just bring in a castle to storm!)

Week 14: Finish Basket pult or other small tabletop project (TBD) or if it's nice out do fun outdoor project like Mentos & Coke.

Balanced Bodies    Kristina Johnson    ages 13-18    $10    

We will take a balanced approach to all aspects of health and fitness.  Students will evaluate better food choices, nutrition, exercise, strength training, and more.  The goal of this class is to bring health awareness and establish good habits that will last a lifetime.    

homework optional

1. Introduction to class, Q&A

2. Mind, body, spirit

3. Personal goals

4. Fitness

5. Sugar and sugar substitutes

6. Fitness

7. Reading labels

8. Beverages/caffine

9. Fitness

10. Making better choices

11. Carbs & Proteins

12. Fitness

13. Oils/cooking

14. Lessons learned & celebrate

Biology - see Apologia Biology

Build It! Break It! Explode It!    Sandy Klersy & Terrell Reber    ages 15-18    $40  

(Note Age Change - ages 12-14 will be in Backyard Ballistics)  

Making, blowing up, seeing how far and high things will go.  Some ideas already in the works are: Potato canon, Marshmallow shooter, Catapult, etc. The idea is to be as creative, safe and have as much fun as we can building things, breaking things and shooting things.. This class is going to allow the kids to put their input in and choose from the ideas we brainstormed.

no homework at all

#1. Rocket Experiment

#2. Volcano Explosion

#3 TBD

#4: Potato Canon

#5: Potato launches competition:

#6: Marshmallow Gun with marshmallow wars – Tag, shooting targets, etc..

#7: Explosion day: what chemicals do you mix to make things explode? Coke & Mentos, Baking soda with a balloon, volcano, etc…

#8: Catapult – Build your own catapult.

#9: Finish Catapult & launch things.

#10: Air vortex gun

#11: Hand Held FIREBALLS

#12: TBD

#13: TBD

#14: Cars that explode

Career Exploration    CANCELLED

Computer Careers    Dorsey Oliver    ages 14-18    $3    

These are just some of the articles/examples how computing and computer technology are part of just about everything that touches our lives.  From the cars we drive, to the movies we watch, to the ways of business and governments.  Whether you want to be a scientist or develop the latest awesome application.  Computing enables us to make a positive difference in the world.  Computing drives the sciences, engineering, business, environmental monitoring and protection, entertainment and education. Computing offers many types of careers. Computing jobs are here to stay.

In our class we will review the latest articles, careers, Junior Achievement Rep, resumes, job applications, and career/personality assessment, guest speakers and field trips.

homework required occasionally

Week 1.) Introduce the class, find students interest so I can select field trips, latest topics, hands on activities, speakers that meet the needs of the each individual. Learn the goals and where each student is at in the techno world. Let the students talk and learn from each other. Share latest news so they open the doors as to how many opportunities to come in the world of technology.

Week 2.) Career Assessment, personality assessment, Thumb Youth Achievement Speaker.

Week 3.) Latest news, journal, newspaper articles, (eg.guiding robot planes with hand gestures, drones over America, software automatically transforms movie clips into comic strips, wireless medical monitos transforming patient care. #1 Reason to have a computer background. Learn about 1st of the best computer careers comparison and reviews. Career Ladders, wages, working conditions, education and training.

Week 4.) # 2 Reason to have a computer background, latest news and articles. 2nd of the best computer careeer. Share information of the field trip of choice. Knowledge is power. The more they know before the field trip the better retention of information from the field trip and encouragement of questions to ask. Hands on activity to find information that reads about the field trip.

Week 5.) Speaker of choice learned from students assessments and interest from the first 2 weeks.

Week 6.) Hands on activity. Internet Scavenger Hunt. Latest news, journal, etc. #3 reason to have a computer background. 3rd of the best computer careers, comparison and review. Career ladder, wages, working conditions, education and training.

Week 7.) #4 reason to have a computer background. 4th of the best computer careers. Career ladder, wages, etc. Fun class filled with latest and greatest techno equipment before we break til 2013.

We will have a fun filled Winter Olympics played on Nintendo WII. Gold, Silver, Bronze. . .

Week 8.) #5 reason to have a computer background. 5th of the best computer careers. Career ladder, etc. Share information of a field trip. Surf the internet to find details of the field trip. Each student may share what they find.

Week 9.) #6 reason to have a computer background, journal, news articles. Speaker of students choice of interest. 6th of the best computer careers, etc. Hands on activity.

Week 10.) #7 reason to have a computer background, etc. 7th of the best computer careers, etc. Share information of a field trip. Surf the internet to find information of the field trip and share information.

Week 11.) 2nd part of the Thumb Youth Achievement Speaker. Resumes, job applications, how to learn to pull information of achievements to answer interviewing questions.

Week 12.) #8 reason to have a computer background. 8th of the best career. Share information of the next field trip. Summer Olympics Tournament played on the WII. Gold, Silver, Bronze....

Week 13.) #9 reason to have a computer background. 9th of the best career. Speaker.

Week 14.) #10 reason to have a computer background. #10 of the best career. Last speaker will be a motivational speaker and why the world needs computer professionals like you. Final class a gift of opportunities.

Conversational American Sign Language    Kathleen Monroe    ages 9-13   $5  

 Introduction to American Sign Language and history of deaf culture.  We will learn fingerspelling, everyday signs and true stories of deaf history and culture.  

 homework optional

Week one: Introduction to Fingerspelling/how it feels to be deaf/new signs

Week two: Review/ Intro to deaf History/new signs/ examples of signing

Week three: review/ deaf history/ new signs/examples of signing by teacher

Week four: Review/Autumn signs/ stories of deaf experiences/slang

Week five: Review/new signs/ stories of deaf mom/game to help learn

Week six: Review/ new signs/ The ADA

Week seven: Review/ Christmas signs/ Deaf cutlture/christmas games

Week eight: Review/ pick end of the year sign project/new signs

Week nine: Review/ Valentines day signs/project/ deaf jokes

week ten: review/ project/ new signs/ deaf video

week eleven: Review/project/ new signs/sign language around the world

week twelve: Review/project/new signs/new technology that helps deaf

week thirteen: Review/project/new signs/ Sign Language interpreting

Week fourteen: Review signs/practice project for program

Cooking Techniques ages 12-18 Bolam  $30

Basics!  This is what this class is all about!  We will be learning a skill one week and then practicing it the next.  Your child should finish the year with basic cooking skills.  Also needed for this class is an apron. You will be required to send in items for the class (ie. veggies and fruits for practice or bowls).

Parents  - you will need to provide cooking tools and some ingredients, so please plan to check your email before each co-op to see what will be needed.

Creative You! (Drama)    Ginger Latta    ages 8-18   $15    

During this day & age where kids are taught only to regurgitate information, I would like to get your student thinking on his/her own. This will be a class that will give your student a creative way to learn some critical thinking as well as creativity in working as a team. This is a Drama class & does require at least one full day of class off of campus! There will be options for year end program!    

homework required occasionally

Weeks 1 & 2- Ice Breakers/getting to know you

Weeks 3-14, work on parts for drama/practice

@ Week 7 or 8, off campus practice

All 14 weeks will build from the class before, teaching & ministering

Crochet     Jeanie King    ages 11-18  $5   

This is a very flexible class in which we will have beginner, advanced, and everyone in

between so we can leam different levels of crochet together. I will teach beginners how

to crochet and include as many different types of stitches as they want to learn, with the

help of others who are experienced in the class. We will each pick a project from the

patterns I have, or from what everyone brings. Work at your own pace, keep your

projects, donate them to charity (we will discuss on first day), or give as gifts. Patterns I

have are for EASY washcloths and cute little animals (amigurumi), or even baby layettes or larger afghans (more difficult). We will also each have a goal sheet to write down what we already know, what we want to learn, and track our progress over the year, including the name of

projects we are working on. I will keep these sheets and periodically hand them back to participants to fill out. Everyone will get them back to keep at the end of the year.

Necessary Items: Crochet hooks size 5 for beginners, any size of hook necessary for

experienced, and a ball of yarn for beginners to practice if you have any. If you are

working on a project, bring it in with your own yarn so we can see it & you can work on

it. I will provide practice yarn for a tiny fee. Buy your own yarn for projects, choose

from mine (small fee), or have me order it for you (arrange ahead via email).

homework required weekly

WEEK I - Introductions, find out what level of crochet each person is at. Fill out a goal sheet provided in today's class. I will describe the projects that we will be working on (afghans). Begin leaming new stitches. Homework: 1 crocheted square using stitches learned in class.

WEEK 2 - Everyone bring in completed squares. Talk about why everyone's square is a different size, answer questions, help where there is trouble keeping sides straight,etc. Complete unfinished square and begin 2nd square with new stitch. Homework: 1 crocheted square using single crochet stitches learned in today's class.

WEEK 3 - Repeat of week 2 except we will learn a new stitch and begin a new square.

WEEK 4 - Repeat of week3. Begin afghans. Check off what we've accomplished so far on our goal sheets.

WEEK 5 - Continue building on previous week. Homework: work on afghans.

WEEK 6 - Continue building on previous week.

WEEK 7 - Finish up afghan. Check off what we've accomplished so far on

our goal sheets. Introduce new patterns for 2013

WEEK 8 - Begin new stitches

WEEK 9 - Build on previous week

WEEK 10 - Continue building on previous week

WEEK 11 - Continue building on previous week. Check off what we've accomplished so far on our goal sheets.

WEEK 12 - Continue building on previous week.

WEEK 13 - Continue building on previous week. Decide who wants to display their projects for the end of the year program.

WEEK 14 - Last day, finish up last minute things, prepare for our table at end of the year program. Finish filling out goal sheet. See how much we've learned!

Culture Quest    Rhonda Meldrum    ages 9-11    $8    

Culture Quest will visit cultures of the world with a focus of a few weeks or more on China.  We may have open discussion on what a typical day in that country is like, we may do a craft of that culture, we may eat food from that region.          

This will be a class the explores other cultures around the world. My aim is to use as many real life experiences in these cultures from people who have traveled there and have real life experiences. This will not be possible for all the cultures covered and unfortunately I haven't had a lot of response from people but I have had some. We will learn what life is like today in these cultures and we may eat food from other regions, or make something indicative of another culture. There will be one project per student required to display their studies, projects etc. of their culture of choice. If you have a request of a culture to study - SEND IT TO ME, WE WILL FOR SURE STUDY IT IF AT ALL POSSIBLE. I am willing (early in the planning stages to change my schedule based on your interests).

homework required occasionally

Week 1-Japan

Week 2-3 - China

Week 4-Netherlands

Week 5-Alaska (Inuit)

Week 6-Australia

Week 7 -India

Week 8-Brazil

Week 9-Russia

Week 10-Germany

Week 11-Korea

Week 12-Middle East

Week 13-Africa

Week 14 - Mexico

This schedule is subject to change! We may spend more than one class on an area if it is of great interest or several weeks on China since I've lived there.

Duct Tape    Paul Raymond (teen)   10-18    provide your own duct tape   

This class will teach students how to be creative by mainly using duct tape. We will be doing different activities every week. For beginners, we will start out with the basics and the experienced students, I will do a brief overview and gove them more difficult tasks. This class is a lot of ufn. the projects range from a simple wallet, to a rose, to cetain articles of clothing.  Students MUST bring their own duct tape. (Colored duct tape runs about $3-5 per roll).   homework optional    

Week 1 Introduction to many different things you can make out of duct tape. Go over the basics.

Week 2 Review Basics & Wallets & Desk Items

Week 3 Finish other projects and & Roses

Week 4 shoulder/Book bag

Week 5 Finish Shoulder/Book bag and Catch up on projects

Week 6 Free For All- Students will be able to choose their own projects.

Week 7 Free For All- Students will choose projects and finish up projects

Week 8 Helpful things around the house

Week 9 How to create Accessories and Clothing. Dress, Shirt, Belts, or what every they would like.

Week 10 Work on accessories and Clothing project

Week 11 Finish Accessories and Clothing Projects

Week 12 Group Project- Planning and Starting to Build

Week 13 Group Project

Week 14 Finish anything that is needed to be completed.

Economics    Gina Lawton    ages 14-18    $7 (copies fee)    

An introduction to both macro and micro-economics, with a focus on the workings capitalism. We will begin with a historical overview of the development of the "science" of economics, and traverse through the workings of economics toward the effects of globalism on our economy.  

I also need all students to purchase "Whatever Happened to Penny Candy?" There will be weekly reading and quizzes on that material. This is MANDATORY for the class. I will also hand out a more specific class syllabus at the first class, for parents who are concerned. Much of my material comes from A Beka economic curriculum, as well as a combination of current materials.

homework required weekly


1 - introduction

2 - historical perspective

3 - production and related issues

5 - production and related issues

6 - distribution related studies

7 - distribution related studies

8 - consumption

9 - consumption

10 - savings

11 - credit

12 - other economic concerns

13 - review and wrap-up

14 - final exam

Gym Activities    Husted ages 12-18    $1    

Let's Get Moving!!  This is a class that will challenge you to look at sports and physical fitness in a different light. We intend to make fitness fun!  Join us for a variety of activities from team sports to individual sculpting to DVD instructional exercise.  Without even realizing it, we will improve agility, balance, and coordination. We welcome both boys and girls to this active class.

Since we are all about helping others reach their personal goals, we want your input on how we can make this class energizing and uplifting for you.  The gym activities class will be milder gym/team activities as compared to the more intense Sports class during 4th hour.  

no homework at all

1. Volleyball

2. Volleyball

3. Volleyball

4. Cardio

5. Cardio

6. Student Choice

7. Power 90

8. Power 90

9. Student Choice

10. Strength Training

11. Strength Training

12. Running

13. Running

14. Student Choice

Hang Loose   Gloria Mosley    ages 12-15    $5   

So, who wants to just hang out with friends for an hour?  You?  Hey,me too.  So come join me for an hour of fun.  We will play games, talk about stuff, and basically just get to know each other.   Really, and best of homework. So, come hang out with other kids your age and have fun at the same time. Oh, and you have to participate, so only come if you’re ready to dive in!  See you there.  

no homework at all

Week 1: Get to know each other

Week 2: Play some games to get to know each others names

Week 3-14: Depending on the group of students, we will be playing games each week, talking about what is happening in their lives, and just hanging out and having fun. Each week may be different, depending on what the group enjoys the most. Possibilities includes, board games, mafia, joke days, group competition type games, etc.

All will be for fun and our goal is that each preteen or teen will feel a "part" of a group of friends.

Incredible Shakespeare! Sherri Melillo ages 12-13  $12

A fun Introduction to Shakespeare for middle schoolers.  The children will get a taste of Shakespeare through excerpts of several of his plays.  We might read a very condensed version of one of his plays that still retains his original language.  They will learn a little bit of historical and literary background to help them understand the passages we read in class.  We will also cover famous sayings of Shakespeare and view some video clips.  All activities and lessons will be created with this age group in mind. Class fee will most likely be reduced quite a bit.

Homework required weekly

Ben Jonson said of Shakepeare “He was not of an age, but for all time.”

Speeches from Shakespeare’s plays will be used in the lesson each week. The last 4 weeks we will read/perform/discuss shortened versions of 2 different plays.

Week 1 Cracking Open A Play

Week 2 What’s Novel About A Play? What’s At Play in a Novel?

Week 3 What’s Happening?/ Detective Work

Week 4 Language That Pops

Week 5 The Music of Language: Meter

Week 6 Poetry and Prose

Week 7 Iambic Pentameter: What’s So Great About It Anyway?

Week 8 Richard III – Determined To Be A Villain Part I

Week 9 Richard III – Determined To Be A Villain Part II

Week 10 Henry V – This Story Shall the Good Man Teach His Son

Week 11 Playlet: As You Like It – We Have Seen Better Days

Week 12 As You Like It – We Have Seen Better Days (Continued)

Week 13 Playlet: The Taming of The Shrew – Am I Not Christopher Sly?

Week 14 The Taming of The Shrew – Am I Not Christopher Sly? (Continued)

It's Not Magic, It's Science!    Wendi Edgett    ages 9-11    $15   

This class will utilize the concepts found in the book: It's Not Magic, It's Science!: 50 Science Tricks that Mystify, Dazzle & Astound. We will be using “magic” as a fun method to introduce the students to scientific concepts such as air pressure, friction, balance, capillary action, density, temperature, laws of motion and more! During each class a new “trick” will be performed with an explanation of the scientific principles that make the “magic” work. Each class we will be using hands on experiments to demonstrate the amazing effects of the following scientific principles:

no homework at all

Sept 7 Lab Coat Magicians & Air Pressure

Sept 21 Air Pressure

Oct 5 Optical Illusions

Oct 19 Optical Illusions

Nov 2 Balance

Nov 16 Balance

Nov 30 Temperature

Dec 14 Temperature

Jan 11 Capillary Action

January 25 Capillary Action

Feb 8 Density

Feb 22 Density

Mar 8 Laws of Motions

Mar 22 Laws of Motions & Final Act

The Joy of Kid-dom Stefanie Huffaker ages 9-11 Fee $30

Class description coming soon

Week 1  paper airplanes

Week 2  juggling

Week 3  games for pairs or alone

Week 4  marbles

Week 5  magic tricks

Week 6  riddles and tongue twisters

Week 7 drawing stick people and thumb print people

Week 8  hand shadows

Week 9  charades

Week 10  secret codes/inks

Week 11  jacks

Week 12  skits (to prepare for year-end program)

Week 13  pictionary

Week 14  group outdoor games

Jr. High Back to Basics    CANCELLED 

Krafty Kids    Donna Kauzlarich    ages 6-9 (2nd hour)    $28

Do you like to make things?  I do and I have several ideas to share.  We will make all sorts of holiday and fun items that the kids will enjoy for years to come.  We will paint, glitter and glue.  

I will need a plastic hanger on the first day of class. Great crafts for just $2 per class!  

no homework at all

Week 1 - Fabric wrapped hangers

Week 2 - beaded pens

Week 3 - foam mosaic tile art

Week 4 - candy corn clay pot

Week 5 - book marks, magnetic and paper clip

Week 6 - snowman jar

Week 7 - Snowman ornament & Pipe cleaner ornaments

Week 8 - suncatchers

Week 9 - bandana tote bag

Week 10 - Valentines Day craft, TBD

Week 11 - TBA

Week 12 - Empty Tomb

Week 13 - recycled flower pots

Week 14 - cards for Mothers and Fathers Day

Math Lab    Kelly Klein    ages 13-18    no fee

Each student is required to bring their own math homework to class. I am available to answer any questions or help work through problems that might arise either at home or in class. Particular topics may be covered as a group. This is a very low-key, unstructured class; however, students are expected to spend a majority of class time with their work.    

homework required weekly

Weeks 1-14

Each student brings his/her own math homework to class. I am available to answer questions they may have.  If time is not used wisely, we may have group question/answer sessions.

Mechanisms in Motion    Theresa VanAllen    ages 12-18    $40.00 can be made in 4 easy payments of $10.00 (due by last co-op in Nov.)    

From mortars to motors, this class looks at science in action by building mechanisms that show how and why scientific laws work. Class time will be divided between building and using these tools; In addition to discussing the scientific laws and a few of the people who contributed to those discoveries. Some of the projects that will be built by students will include, but not limited to; a catapult, Gauss rifle, magnetic heat engine, pneumatic missile, hydro pump rocket and a potato cannon.  There will be no mandatory homework. However, students will be encouraged to investigate and learn about the specific science related to their current project. Rewards are given for any written material turned in. As weather permits, it will be necessary for the class to be held outdoors (this includes winter) for the launching, shooting and firing of projects. Please make sure that your student has warm outer wear for these days.

homework optional

WEEK 1 – Introduce Isaac Newton discuss his 3 laws of motion and start building Catapults.

WEEK 2 – Finish Catapults and fire.

WEEK 3 – Introduce James Monroe Engalls and discuss interior ballistics. Start building Tennis Ball Mortar. Fire Mortar.

WEEK 4 – James Monroe Engalls and discuss exterior ballistics. Start building Potato Cannon.

WEEK 5 – Finish building Potato Cannon and fire.

WEEK 6 – Discuss Leonardo Da Vanci's ideas of flight and build a propeller toy.

WEEK 7 – Introduce Daniel Benouilli and his contributions to aerodynamics. Begin building Hydro Pump Rocket.

WEEK 8 – Finish Hydro Pump Rocket and launch.

WEEK 9 – Introduce Arthur Cayley and his contributions to aerodynamics and build Combination Vacuum and Pump

WEEK 10 – Introduce Rudolf Clausius and his contributions to the science of thermodynamics. Build and fire Rocket Engine. Introduce Hero of Alexandria. Build a Hero Steam Engine.

WEEK11 - Intdroduce Heinrich Lenz and Michael Faraday discuss their contributions to Science and build Rotary High Voltage Motors and High Voltage Motors.

WEEK 12 – Introduce Jean Baptiste Biot and build Magnetic Heat Engine.

WEEK 13 – Introduce Carl Gauss and build Gauss Rifle.

WEEK 14 – Fire, launch and shot from class projects.

Memory Makers Yearbook    CANCELLED

Mixin It Up – Fun with Multimedia Fine Arts    DeSimpelare    ages 9-13  OR 12-18    Tuition per student:  $75                          Consumable Supplies Fee:  $15    

Topics:  This class will provide a variety of multimedia fine art experiences in pastel, graphite, pencil, chalk, colored pencil, print making, watercolor and melted crayon.

Concepts: Rendering living things, inanimate objects, textured subjects, reflections, portraits, animals, landscapes, close ups, linear perspective and 2D design.  We will utilize several ideas from Betty Edward’s “Drawing From the Right Side of the Brain”.  Students will create several finished art works and explore numerous media.  Some projects will incorporate 2 class periods for completion and work may be continued at home if needed.  As student skill development increases so will technical challenges, work size and time dedicated to each project.  Each student is encouraged to work at his/her own level through the many fun and encouraging projects.   Continued practice at home in sketch books will be encouraged. No copying or do-as-I-do work is offered, so all pieces are original which allows students to participate in outside gallery invitational’s and scholarship competitions.  Work will be displayed at the end of the year.  Basic Supplies: students must have a note book sized sketch book, #2 pencils & erasers.  They also may wish to carry a 12” ruler and scissors.  A book bag – always packed – is suggested.  All other art supplies will be furnished. Must have 12 committed enrolled students to offer this class.    

homework required occasionally

Week:         Media:

1. graphite on white/ chalk on black

2. linear perspective

3. linear perspective

4. 2D – cut paper design layout

5. colored pencil with underlayers

6. pastel - impressionistic

7. pastel – impressionistic

8. melted crayon

9. melted crayon

10. split portraits - pencil

11. watercolor

12. watercolor

13. Print making/marbling

14. Prepare art and set up for art display

MS Word & PowerPoint    Day Titcombe & Dorsey Coulter   ages 12-16    $2    

Want to learn Microsoft Word & PowerPoint really well?  This class is based on Microsoft's online training with the added benefit of a teacher to walk you through the steps.  

After completing this Word course you will be able to:  Create your first Word document and use basic editing functions.  Enhance your document with formatting features.  Add special features - tables, bullet & number outlines, pictures, hyperlinks, & style.  Use headers & footers, page numbering, columns, search & replace, and more.

After completing this PowerPoint course you will be able to:  Put text and pictures on slides. Navigate in the PowerPoint window. Apply a design template. Arrange slide content by using layouts. Print handouts and notes.

Prepare to give the show.

If the class is learning at a faster pace, we can explore Excel.  Also, please let us know what you what to learn, and we will assist you. Students need to have a laptop with Microsoft Office software.  It may be possible for students to share a computer in the classroom based on

parent approval.

homework optional

Weeks 1-7: Microsoft Word

Weeks 8-14: Microsoft PowerPoint

I will assess the class skill level and work at a pace that is comfortable for the students. My method will be to explain the software from three points: framing/layout of the program, features, and application. My goal is to create ease of use and understanding of these applications as tools to maniplate (alter, edit, or move) data and text in such a way that the user can effectively communicate his/her message.

If the class progesses at a faster pace, I will begin Microsoft Excel. I also want to stay open to suggestions from the students and let them have an active part in their development. I will try to set up a forum for discussion or have a Q&A session every co-op.

Mythbusters    Jane Hepburn   ages 9-11    $20.00 (prob. lower)

Based on the popular Discovery Channel tv show "Mythbusters" this class will be using Discovery kits to prove or disprove "Myths" using basic science experiments.    

homework required occasionally

Class 1: Myth of the Dangerous Belch

Class 2: Myth of the Human Weather Forecast

Class 3: Myth of Sorcerer's Breath

Class 4: Myth of the Wimpy Tornado

Class 5: Myth of the Floating Train

Class 6: Myth of the Heavy Hitters

Class 7: Myth of the Sweet Spot

Class 8: Myth of the Big Bounce

Class 9: Myth of the Cunning Curve Ball

Class 10: Myth of the Growling Stomach

Class 11: Myth of the Black Eye

Class 12: Mystery Myth Experiment

Class 13: Myth chosen by Class to prove or disprove

Class 14: Favorite Mythbuster Experiment

Nursery Rhymes for the Rhodes Scholar To-Be    Nicole Dodson   ages 3-4    $10    

(note age change - 5yo’s will be in Artsmarts)

Let Nursery Rhymes provide your child with a variety of stimulating developmental activities based on some of the best-known and loved nursery rhymes in our heritage.  With these activities, your child will be exposed to critical and creative thinking in the areas of language arts, mathematics, science, art and music.  Plus, they will have tons of fun!   I am not sure who will have the most fun though, your child or me! Several rhymes mention food that may be brought in to class.  If your child has food issues, please let me know before summer.  I will be focusing on one nursery rhyme for each co-op. I do have more than the 14 needed weeks listed here, I'm just giving myself a little wiggle room with some alternatives if I find that I can't come up with enough activities to accompany each rhyme. I'm hoping to add more details to my outline as I find time to invest. We'll be doing a variety of activities within the theme of each rhyme, which may include fingerplays, games, crafts, learning more about a letter in the rhyme, snacks or bringing in items from home. My goal is to not do the same sort of activity two co-ops in a row. Looking forward to working with your children!

no homework at all

  1. Rain, Rain Go Away
  2. Mary Had a Little Lamb
  3. Fish Counting
  4. I'm a Little Teapot
  5. The Little Turtle
  6. Ring Around the Rosie
  7. Row, Row, Row Your Boat
  8. Jack Be Nimble
  9. Humpty Dumpty
  10. Star Light Star Bright
  11. Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star
  12. Rock A Bye, Baby
  13. Three Little Kittens
  14. Hey, Diddle, Diddle
  15. Pat-a-Cake

PE 6-8    Chris Schultz    ages 6-8    $1

Our energetic kids are put in motion here.  Dodgeball with beachballs, baseball with a wiffleball, line soccer, sharks and minnows, frog and flies, and a variety of additional games are played here.  Good sportsmanship is a goal of this class. I want to keep the kids moving while having fun learning new games with friendly competition. Honesty, cooperation, and uderstanding the rules emphasized.

no homework at all

Week 1: Baseball with a whiffle ball.

Week 2: Dodgeball w/ beach balls.

Week 3: Frogs and Flies and Sharks and Minnows

Week 4: Kickball

Week 5: Line Soccer.

Week 6: Basketball

Week 7: Basketball

Week 8: Radioactie Yougart/Virus Tag

Week 9: That's My Job

Week 10: Baseball with a whiffle ball

Week 11: Dodgeball with beachballs

Week 12: Kickball

Week 13: Line Soccer

Week 14: Kids Choice. Majorit rules.

Schedule may change depending on weather (we may go outside), gym limitations (Christmas decorations) and kids interests.

PE 9-11    Amy Husted   ages 9-11    $1    

The program will emphasize selected fundamental motor skills that facilitate development of efficient movement patterns, accommodate neural development, and equip students with basic skills common to a variety of lifelong activities. Provides basic and fundamental knowledge of sports for participation. Finally, we will strive to develop appropriate personal-social skills that are essential to successful participation and meaningful interactions with peers in physically active settings.

Physical Fitness  

Cardiorespiratory endurance: Aerobic fitness

Flexibility: hip, low back

Muscular strength and endurance: Strength: abdomen, low back, arms, shoulders

Locomotor skills: Run, Skip, Leap, Walk/stand, Slide, Hop

Object control skills: Throw overhand, Jump rope, Catch fly balls, Strike forehand, Dribble with hands and with feet

no homework at all

Week 1 - Calisthenics, outdoor soccer, stretching

Week 2 - Calisthenics, outdoor two hand touch football, stretching

Week 3 - Calisthenics, outdoor tball baseball, stretching

Week 4 - Calisthenics, kickball, stretching

Week 5 - Calisthenics, fitness drills, and documentation, stretching

Week 6 - Calisthenics, basketball, stretching

Week 7 - Calisthenics, dodgeball, stretching

Week 8 - Calisthenics, soccer, stretching

Week 9 - Calisthenics, two hand touch football, stretching

Week 10 - Calisthenics, dodgeball, stretching

Week 11 - Fitness drills, documentation, stretching

Week 12 - Calisthentics, basketball, stretching

Week 13 - Calisthenics, soccer, stretching

Week 14 - Fitness drills, documentation, stretching

Physical Science - see Apologia Physical Science

PLAY! (Improv Theatre)    Jamie Hershberger    ages 13-18 (Mature 13s only)    $7    

Imagine leaving your “grown up” role behind for a few hours.  – Pan Improv

We all learn to judge ourselves at a very young age. We succumb to pressures to be like everyone else and, eventually, we forget how to “play”. As a part of the SOF Improv Troop, you will re-connect with and begin to appreciate your God-given individuality. You will also develop an appreciation for the uniqueness of others. In class, you’ll participate in team-building exercises and play games that will prepare you not only for a short-form performance at the end of the year, but also for the challenges of teamwork and co-operation in other areas of your life. In the process, you’ll learn to communicate better, to let go of judgment, and to take chances.  NOTE TO PARENTS (PLEASE READ):  This class is not for children considered ""immature for their age"".  Remember, the students in the class could be 4+ years older than your child.  Not all of our students have the same background and experiences to draw from.  These teens will be performing dramatic scenes spontaneously (of their own creation).  Often, Improv is funny, but sometimes it is ""deep"" or ""heavy"", depending on the actor's instincts and choices about where to ""take"" the scene.  Additionally,  Participation is mandatory.  Students must be willing and able to be ACTIVE in class, and not be too ""bashful"" or ""I’m better than that"" to participate.  A bit of stage fright is fine, we can work through that, but the child must be willing to attempt the exercises.  

ONE MORE IMPORTANT NOTICE TO PARENTS!  Kids at this age are all about exploring and pushing limits.  My class is about saying what immediately comes to mind.  When you combine the two, well, sometimes this results in my needing to correct or guide the situation.  Kids will be exploring our world and all of our fascinating and sometimes troubling experiences.  There are often references to Pop Culture and other things some parents may find too 'worldly'.  I can correct behavior, but words cannot be un-spoken.   I'd hate for a kid's innocence to be shattered in my class because of something another child does or says during our improv exercises.  Therefore, please do NOT enroll your child if this sort of interaction is not something you desire for him or her.

no homework at all

Week 1 - Warm Up: Counting off; Games: Alliteration, Invisible Ball, Alien, Tiger, Cow, Bippity Bop, Barnyard, Animalistics

Week 2 - Warm up: Counting off; Games: Clap Pass, Discussion about Improv and advancing the story, Rumors, Yes, And, Yes, lets, Open Offer

Week 3 - Warm Up: Explosion tag; Games: Alphabet Pass, Tug – o – War, Jump, Greetings, Six Episodes

Week 4 - Warm Up: Energy; Games: Sound Circle, Columbian Hypnosis, Discussion about “Status”, Chivalrous Couple, Card Status

Week 5 - Warm up: Count Off; Games: Big wind Blowing, Body Hide, Mother Goose, Pecking Order

Week 6 - Warm up: Swat Tag; Games: Group Alphabet, Airplane, Discuss “Environment”, Coming Home

Week 7 - Warm Up: Count Off; Games: Catch ‘em, Doors, Group Environment, Front Desk

Week 8 - Warm Up: Energy; Games: Big Boogie, Human Props, Move and Speak, Blind Freeze

Week 9 - Warm Up: Catch ‘em; Games:Object Morphing, Three line Environment, ACE, Two Headed Professor

Week 10 - Warm Up: Count Off; Games: Group alphabet, Big fish, small fish; Discussion Possibilities for End of Year Program; all work from here out will be prep for performance; Five Things

Week 11 - Warm Up: Energy; Games: Discussion of Character, Emotional Mirror, Five Things, Character Switch, Hitchhiker

Week 12 - Warm Up: Catch ‘em; Games: Keep the Ball Up, Discuss Format for End of Year Performance, Hitchhiker, Nope!, Ding Characters

Week 13 - Warm Up: Count off, Games: Big Boogie, Communal Monologue, Review/runthrough format of EOY program, Asides

Week 14 - Warm Up: Count off; Games: Run-through of format for performance, Discussion/evaluation of the class

Playdough & More   Sherri Melillo   ages 2-3  No fee

Play with playdough, listen to stories, and other fun activities. Please take children potty or change diaper before class. Two year olds have the choice of this class or the nursery.

Praise Song Mania!   CANCELLED

Revolution! (Early American History)    Mary Tankersley    ages 9-11 or ages 12-13    $40  

This class will cover the 13 original colonies into the Revolutionary War.  We will cover life in the colonies.  What started the Revolutionary War and how America gained her independence. The students will have several crafts/projects (candle making, colonial games, etc.)that we will work on in class.  Junior High ages will be required 2 reports throughout the year to be researched and completed outside of class.  If time permits we will continue on into the Constitutional Convention.  Students will be provided a folder with handouts in them.  We will also create a timeline of events as we go.          

homework required occasionally

Week 1 The first English Colony, why they came. Start our timeline Students will be given a list of topics to choose from to start their at home report, to be shared at a later date.

Week 2 The New Netherland Colony-Trading post. We will set up a trading post and actually barter and trade items. Students will need to bring something from home to trade permanently. Work on timeline

Week 3 The Separatists-Plymouth Massachutes-The Mayflower & The , colony of Maryland. Work on timeline

Week 4 Gifts from the King- New Jersey, N. Carolina, S. Carolina, Pennsylvania and Delaware. Rice and Slaves Will have colonial rice pudding to try.

Week 5 The Last Colony Georgia Complete our Colonial timeline-Daily life in the colonies

Week 6 Reports are due!! Students will share their reports they worked on at home and we will snack on colonial food as we listen to each other.

Week 7 Briefly discuss French & Indian War. The Stamp Act, the repeal of this act and King George comes up with a new tax- Time to Protest!!

Week 8 Boston is bubbling hot!!! The Boston Massacre and The Boston Tea Party.

Week 9 Time for a Revolution!! War Begins. Paul Revere

Week 10 Americas first General, war in the Northern colonies and important battles.

Week 11 War in the Southern colonies and winning the war

Week 12 The Liberty Bell, History of the American Flag, Star Spangled Banner. Hero's of the War.

Week 13 Review

Week 14 Get ready of closing program:)

Rhythm of Reading    Barbara Proctor-Kyle    ages 4 to 6    $12

I plan on reading two books each session having to do with our theme. These simple books may be predictable, repetitive, rhyming, or just simply fun to read due to the rhythm. We will also do one or more activities dealing with the theme. These activities may be movement, puzzle, or craft oriented. The crafts may be coloring, tracing, painting, cutting and pasting. etc. This is the  basic outline and idea for the class.  We will need to be somewhat flexible, however, and changes may need to be made due to the number of children in our class and their individual levels and personalities.   Thank you. Children need to be able to focus for at least 10 to 15 minutes before we change activities.  It would also be extremely helpful if they already recognized most of their letters. There is no real homework.  Once in a while I might ask them to finish their craft or project at home and bring it back next time if we run out of time, though.

homework optional

Week 1 - Me (books incorporate self)

Week 2 - Autumn

Week 3 - Imagination

Week 4 - Pets

Week 5 - More Pets

Week 6 - Thanksgiving

Week 7 - Christmas ( or Winter)

Week 8 - Winter Fun

Week 9 - "Goodnight"

Week 10 - Family

Week 11 - Zoo Animals

Week 12 - Spring (weather)

Week 13 - Spring (animals or insects)

Week 14 - "I Can Spell Dinosaur"

Roving Reporters-Junior Journalists    CANCELLED

Show 'N Tell    Ann O'Sullivan    ages 3-5    No Fee (Provide snack on rotating basis)  

 "...and these are a few of my favorite things."  Give your preschooler the opportunity to show their stuff!  Each week, children will bring an item to share based on a weekly theme. Preschoolers will be encouraged to share and develop good listening habits.  

 homework required weekly

Week 1: Share about yourself. Your name, age, family members, what you did this summer, etc.

Week 2: Something that begins with the first letter of your name.

Week 3: Something that makes a sound

Week 4: Favorite outfit, costume or dress up clothes

Week 5: Show ‘n Touch: Something soft, scratchy, bumpy, or smooth

Week 6: Child decides

Week 7: Favorite Christmas ornament or decoration

Week 8: Something used in the house

Week 9: Photo of your child “doing” something

Week 10: Favorite pet or animal

Week 11: Favorite vacation: pictures

Week 12: Favorite Bible Hero

Week 13: Something your child made

Week 14: Child decides

Shutter Bugs - Fun with Digital Photography    DeSimpelare    ages 10-18    

Tuition per student:  $70                               Copies & Notebook Fee: $5   

Topics: Students will explore the basics of good photo taking, develop an “eye” for good compositions and improve photos taken.  This class is on the move and will offer outside photo exploration as weather allows.  Concepts:  During the first semester we will work on understanding your camera, camera body features –what all those buttons do, holding still, setting up the shot, finding the right location, design, lighting and much more.   Some photography & digital history plus 35mm concepts will be presented.   Flash options, simple settings, timed photos, tripod use, close ups, zoom, review edit, portraits, subject settings, menus and group arrangement are some of the topics we’ll cover.  Second semester will focus on becoming familiar with the special inside features of your camera, printing options and some computer editing.  (A lap top would be helpful for editing in class but not required.) Students may wish to edit their images on a computer at home or at the store.  Work will be displayed at the end of the year.

Supplies:  Each Student must have: Working digital camera, extra batteries, empty memory card – for each class & camera manual, if you have it.  Students must print a minimum of 2 – 4x6 prints for each class for review and concept evaluation.  Prints may be produced at home on a good quality photo printer on photo paper, or at a local store (Meijers, Walmart, Rite Aid).  Students will be provided a 3 ring folder and print outs each week resulting in a reference book. Must have 10 committed enrolled students to offer this class."    

homework required weekly

1. Hello Camera - Intro to the buttons

2. Objects in Motion - panning

3. Landscapes – panoramic views

4. Close ups – zoom – macro

5. To flash or not to flash

6. Format options – compositional plans

7. The gang’s all here – grouping

8. Student profile set ups – stills, drama, tripod

9. Trick Photography – op art

10. Say Cheese Dress up Portraits – lighting

11. Patterns, Lines & Design – toys & tools

12. Story telling board (printing 6-10 shots)

13. Editing, finding free software, printing, layouts & framing

14. Preparing photos and set up for display

Silly Signing     Kathleen Monroe  ages 6-8    $5    

A fun introduction to American Sign Language using games, songs, poetry and print outs.  We will learn fingerspelling and groups of signs (ie. animals, family, colors, etc)    

homework optional

Week 1: Introduction to fingerspelling/Introduction to deafness/

Week 2: Review/animal signs/ Old Macdonald games/worksheet

Week 3: Review/emotion signs/ pumpkin face games/worksheet

Week 4: Review/ weather signs/video/worksheet

Week 5: Review/ Autumn signs/deaf bingo /worksheet

Week 6: Review/church signs/ poem for kids/worksheet

Week 7: Review/Christmas signs/christmas songs/deaf stories

Week 8: Review all signs learned so far/new signs/end of year project

Week 9: Review/Valentines day signs/project/I love you craft

Week 10: Review/ color signs/project/worksheet

Week 11: Review/ family signs/project/story "the cat that didn't meow"

Week 12: Review/question signs/project/worksheet

Week 13: Review/outside signs/project/video

Week 14: Review/end of year project/coloring pages/game with sign

Speed Stacking    Jamie Hershberger   ages 6-12  Fee $14

Kids don't need to be convinced about the benefits of sport stacking. They just plain love it (even your "way too cool for it" kids). But for parents? Here you go! Sport stacking helps students develop bilateral proficiency equal performance on both sides of the body. By increasing bilateral proficiency, a student develops a greater percentage of the right side of the brain, which houses awareness, focus, creativity and rhythm. Stacking helps train the brain for sports and other activities where the use of both hands is important, such as playing a musical instrument or using the computer. Sequencing and patterning are also elements of sport stacking, which can help with reading and math skills. If you’re still not sure what it is, check the website at:

Students will have the option to purchase a set of stacking cups to practice with at home.

Week One - The basics - What is speed stacking?

Week Two - Divide in teams and learn one basic formation

Week Three - perfecting the basics before moving on

Week Four - learning a more complicated routine

Week Five - Review all previous lessons with mind toward individual trouble shooting

Week Six - continued practice of learned skills, learning more complicated skills

Week Seven - continued practice of learned skills

Week Eight - continued practice of learned skills, learning more complicated skills

Weeks 9-13 - Competitions begin, at end of class, players competing in "heats" to determine "final four"

Week 14 - Final four compete to determine two final challengers - final challengers will face off in front of a live audience for EOY performance! (final challengers MUST be present at end of year performance)

Spelling Bee   CANCELLED

Sports    Sandy Klersy  & Terrell Reber     ages 12-18    $1

To shake things up. Ever heard of Blind Volleyball, Scoop Ball Hi-Li into basketball hoops, whirleyball, wally-ball, Frisbee golf? Then this is the class to be in. We are also hoping to schedule a couple of field trips to go and play some of these sports. Bring something to drink in case we are outside. 

no homework at all

1. SPLASH ATTACK (You will get WET)



4 daredevil – 2 base kickball

5 NFBL (Yes this in not misspelled)

6 Blind volleyball.

7 Frisbee-Golf OR Ultimate Frisbee (Frisbee Football)

8 Wallyball (indoor volleyball but you play off the walls. (Might be a field trip)

9 Hi-Li Basketball -

10 Balloon Targets in the Snow


12 Blindfold Marco Polo Dogdeball

13: Whirlyball (This will be a field trip where we will use the hour of class and an extra hour and the kids will have to be picked up at the Whirleyball court. (More info to follow).
14: Kids choice  

Travel Through the Human Body     Pam Szymanski    ages 4-5    $8    

Note Age Change - 3yo’s will be in Playdough

Travel through the Human Body learning about how your body works and what the different parts are called. Crafts, activities, and experiments will help you learn more about the amazing body God made for you.  

Each week I will be giving a labeled hand out for the kids to color. We will be learning the parts, how they work and God's part in it. We will be doing crafts and/or experiments related to each topic. We will be learning a song to sing at the year end program. Should be fun traveling from the outer to the inner body.

homework required occasionally

Week 1: Skin.

Week 2: Hair.

Week 3:Muscles.

Week 4: Skeleton.

Week 5: Brain.

Week 6: Eyes.

Week 7: Nose.

Week 8: Mouth/Tongue.

Week 9: Ears.

Week 10: Heart.

Week 11: Lings.

Week 12: Blood/veins/arteries.

Week 13: Abdominal organs part 1.

Week 14: Abdominal organs part 2.

Travel With The Senses!    Libby Oliver   ages 6-8    $10    

In our class students will use their senses: touch, life, movement, balance, smell, taste, sight, hearing and thoughts thru stories of places we travel to make discoveries about themselves and the world around us. We will start off with taking a picture and create a passport.  Stamp on the day of destination.  A place of destination will be in story form with words and visual film eg. (Sprits of water, smell of oranges, visual of water boats, alligators sounds, we will squeeze some fresh orange juice, heat and make a small project perhaps decorate some flip flops or a sand globe with some sea shells)- This destination is . . . Florida!  

no homework at all

1) Take photo and make our passport. Learn the quick songs.

2) Florida the sunshine state.

3) Egypt the world of Mummys and Hierogyphics.

4) South America a hunt for Anacondas in the rain forest.

5) Africa. Drums, animal sounds, water sprays, desert, dry. . .

6) Greece. Rosemary herbs, rosemary head bands, toga party.

7) Hawaii. Coconuts, grass skirts, taste cocunut milk. . ..

8) Antarctica. Taste the high snow while making snow cones. ..

9) China. Great Wall Of China, Fotune cookies, Karate. . .

10) Italy. Paintings, pasta, music. . .

11) Thailand the world of. . .

12) Australia. Best Reef of All , Koalas Eucalypsus, Meaning of arboreal.

13) Switzerland.

14) Japan. Last Co-OP fun festival in the streets. . . .

Upcycling 101    Kelley Hagemeister    ages 9-11    $5    

Upcycling brings a whole new meaning to "re-using." In this class we will learn to think outside the box, and analyze different items to realize their full potential in their recycled lives.  Students can choose from a variety of projects...something for both genders will be offered every week.  Students will receive a list at the beginning of the school year of recycled items they will need for each week of class...these are the students responsibility and are not included in the class cost.  Examples of projects include turning out-dated, and/or incorrectly sized clothing into stylish, wearable pieces and accessories, turning old sheets, and curtain rods into a teepee/tent, how to felt old sweaters for various projects from wallets, to coasters, to mittens and hats, and much more!    

homework required weekly - the homework is just bringing in the required project materials/item for the week

Week 1: Milk Jugs/Milk Caps

Week 2: Clothing Part 1: Jeans/Denim

Week 3: Used Glass Jars/Bottles

Week 4: Paper/Newspaper/Scrapbook paper etc

Week 5: Buttons Galore

Week 6: Clothing Part 2: Neck ties

Week 7: Art work/Home Decor

Week 8: Scrap Fabric/Yarn/Twine/Rope/Ribbon

Week 9: Small Furniture/Scrap Wood

Week 10: Clothing Part 3: T-shirts

Week 11: Old plastic bottles (water, creamer, soda, etc.)

Week 12: Used cans

Week 13: Clothing Part 4: Felted Sweaters/Old sweaters

Week 14: End of year Party and End of year program prep

When I Grow Up    Kelley Hagemeister    ages 3-5    $5

Each week we will discuss a career path, such as firemen, lawyer, dancer, etc, do a coordinating craft, read a related book, and some classes we will have a visit from a professional in the field we are discussing.    

no homework at all

Week 1: Musician

Week 2: Firefighter

Week 3: Dancer

Week 4: Lawyer

Week 5: Veterinarian

Week 6: Teacher

Week 7: Clergyman

Week 8: Engineer

Week 9: Policeman

Week 10: Astronaut

Week 11: Scientist

Week 12: Performer/Actor/Comedian

Week 13: Doctor/Nurse

Week 14: End of year party and Prepare for end of year program.

Woodworkers Workshop    Theresa VanAllen    ages 6-8    $25    

Students will learn to use common manual tools to measure, cut and assemble items that include a tool box, bird feeder, flower box, toy steam boat, and a book rack. Students will need to bring their own hammers,  screwdrivers (Phillips head) and coping saw.    

homework required occasionally

Week 1 - Discuss tools and how to use them. Begin to build tool boxes.

Week 2 - Continue with toolboxes.

Week 3 - Finish tool boxes.

Week 4 - Start building toy steam boat.

Week 5 - Finish toy steam boat.

Week 6 - Start building napkin holder.

Week 7 - Start building book rack.

Week 8 - Finish book rack.

Week 9 - Start Bird houses.

Week 10 - continue with bird houses.

Week 11 - Finish bird houses.

Week 12 - Start flower boxes

Week 13 - Finish flower boxes.

Week 14 - Paint flower boxes.