Seeds of Faith Co-op 2015 - 2016 Class Descriptions (updated 10/6/15)
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ASSEMBLY 9:30 - 9:55 (Please arrive on time for assembly.)

FIRST HOUR 10:00 - 10:50

American Heroes ages 5-7 Wodowski

Cardio & Strength ages 12-18 Husted

Chemistry ages 14-18 Edgett

Craft-tastic ages 11-13 Raymond

Famous People (NEST) ages 8-10 Meldrum

Odyssey of the Mind ages 11-13 Lepper

Outside Your Window (Weather) ages 5-7 Stocking

PE ages 8-11 Greenman

Philosophy (Star Wars) ages 14-18 Reber

Preschool Music and Motion ages 3-4 King

Samurai & Bonsai Japanese Culture ages 11-13 Melillo

With Humans in It (Drama) ages 11-18 Ginger Latta

Yearbook Staff ages 12-18 Johnson

SECOND HOUR 11:00 - 11:50        

Answers Academy ages 12-18 Stocking

Checkmate (Chess) ages 9-13 Reber

Eating for Life ages 11-13 Laster

Hooked on Books ages 11-13 Wiegersma

KinderArt ages 5-7 April Brackney

Man Cave ages 12-16 Todd Latta

Pet Friends ages 8-10 Amell

Play! Improv ages 14-18 Hershberger

Preschool Music and Motion ages 3-4 King

Research Writing ages 14-18 Wagner

Round Table Geometry ages 8-10 Gruell

Speed Racer ages 8-11 VanAllen

Tinkerlab Science ages 5-7 Wilson

Volleyball ages 12-18 Bindig

LUNCH       12:00 - 12:20

CLEAN-UP 12:20-12:30

THIRD HOUR 12:30 - 1:20

Apologia Botany ages 9-11 Meldrum

The Art of War ages 14-18 Wodowski

Austentatious (Lit) ages 14-18 Wagner & Hamblin

Beautiful You ages 12-16 Alisa Brackney

Card Games & More ages 11-13 Wright

Culinary Creations ages 14-18 Laster

HTML Website Programming ages 12-18 Morell

Jr. Odyssey of the Mind ages 8-10 Lepper

Monet, Manet & More (Art) ages 8-10 April Brackney

Off the Cuff ages 11-13 Hershberger

PE ages 5-7 Greenman

Preschool Foundations ages 3-4 Ybarra

Sewing Circle ages 11-18 Gruell

Snap Circuits ages 11-13 Periso

FOURTH HOUR 1:30 - 2:20

Art (Drawing) ages 11-18 Alisa Brackney

Biology ages 14-18 Edgett

Career Exploration ages 14-18 Periso

Child Development ages 12-16 Dionne

CSI Activities ages 10-13 Bindig

Dynamic Discoveries ages 8-11 Melillo

Economics ages 14-18 Barlow

Epic Myths ages 8-11 Raymond

General Science ages 12-14 Wright

Once Upon a Time (Literature) ages 5-7 Melillo

Mixed Sports ages 12-18 Husted

Pioneer Kids ages 8-11 VanAllen

Preschool Foundations ages 3-4 Ybarra

Tinkerlab Science ages 5-7 Wilson  

LEADERSHIP MEETING

CLASS DESCRIPTIONS AND INFORMATION

American Heroes        Lisa Wodowski        Ages 5-7        $10

no homework at all

Each week we will discuss an American "Hero" (someone admired for courage and or noble qualities in our history) from all walks of life.  We will follow with an activity of some kind.  It would be helpful if the kids could bring their own scissors, glue and crayons.  

I may change the weeks we discuss certain people as we go but I will keep parents in the loop. I may also think of a hero that might take precedence over what I have scheduled.

Week 1 ~ Intro to class & Squanto. Craft / Activity.
Week 2 ~ George Washington. Craft / Activity.
Week 3 ~  Davy Crockett. Craft / Activity.
Week 4 ~ Clara Barton. Craft / Activity.
Week 5 ~ Henry Ford. Craft / Activity.
Week 6 ~ Madam C.J. Walker. Craft / Activity.
Week 7 ~ Laura Ingalls Wilder. Craft / Activity.
Week 8 ~ Helen Keller. Craft / Activity.
Week 9 ~ Amelia Earhart. Craft / Activity.
Week 10 ~ Rosa Parks. Craft / Activity.
Week 11 ~ Jackie Robinson. Craft / Activity.
Week 12 ~ Audie Murphy. Craft / Activity.
Week 13 ~ Neil Armstrong. Craft / Activity.
Week 14 ~ Captain America. Craft / Activity.

Answers Academy                Kristin Stocking        Ages 12-18                $10

homework required weekly

Answers In Genesis describes this class as:
"This one-of-a-kind study series will equip you to understand the world through 'biblical glasses', and to answer the questions our culture is asking about the authority and accuracy of the Bible. During the thirteen DVD lessons, you will discover why it is vital to provide logical answers to skeptics, and how to give those answers with a solid understanding of what the Bible says about the relevance of Genesis, geology, and astronomy. Viewers learn a solid creation-based worldview and that, contrary to popular belief, operational science runs counter to the idea of evolution and 'millions of years.' The facts of nature, rightly interpreted, provide an irrefutable case for the accuracy and trustworthiness of the book that claims to be the inspired word of the Creator Himself!"  We will be purchasing the accompanying workbook for the class.  Students will be required to bring workbook to class each week.  Homework will be required for this course.

Week  1 Introduction
Week  2 Defending the Faith, Pt. 1
            Giving a Reasoned & Logical Defense of Christianity
Week  3 Defending the Faith, Pt. 2
            Giving a Reasoned & Logical Defense of Christianity
Week  4 Where Did God Come From?
Week  5 After Its Kind, Pt. 1
            The Truth About Natural Selection
Week  6 After Its Kind, Pt. 2
            The Truth About Natural Selection
Week  7 The Rocks Cry Out, Pt. 1
            Evidence for a Young Earth
Week  8 The Rocks Cry Out, Pt. 2
             Evidence for a Young Earth
Week  9 Big Problems With The Big Bang
Week 10 Astronomy
             What Do We Really Know?
Week 11 A New Reformation, Pt. 1
             Changing Lives, Rocking the Culture
             (Carrying what we've learned into our communities)
Week 12 A New Reformation, Pt. 2
            Changing Lives, Rocking the Culture
            (Carrying what we've learned into our communities)
Week 13 A New Reformation, Pt. 3
            Changing Lives, Rocking the Culture
            (Carrying what we've learned into our communities)
Week 14 Questions & Answers

We will go through the 13, 30 minute DVD's in class with opportunities to share insights and questions.  Homework will consist of workbook assignments.  Workbooks will be required for each class session.  Each video is addressed in the workbook through approximately 6-10 pages with a section for note taking and video review questions.  Not all workbook activities will be assigned.  Homework should take about 30-45 minutes for completion per class.

I will send out an e-mail to the families enrolled for this class directly in late August, early September to order workbooks.  The $10 supply fee is to cover the workbook expense with shipping and handling.  If we are able to order in bulk, I estimate the class expense will really be about $8.50/student.

Apologia Botany        Rhonda Meldrum        Ages 9-11        $15

homework required weekly

This is a thorough in depth introduction into Botany, the study of plants.  If you are familiar with Apologia, we will be following their method of reading and follow up  activities to best understand the material presented in the chapter.  THE STUDENT WILL NEED TO READ THE CHAPTER IN ADVANCE OR HAVE IT READ TO THEM.  We will re-cap the chapter in class and focus on the activities.  I would like to  have them end up with a notebook of basic information and activities at the end of class but THIS IS NOT A LAPBOOK CLASS.  Whether or not the notebook comes to fruition is dependent on my students.  Some classes will be outside as weather permits.


Students may be asked to do something at home since some experiments take longer than the allotted time AND chapter must be read before class.

Money will be used for hand magnifiers, plant material to grow, seeds and other items needed for hands on experiments and study.
Students must have a copy of Exploring Creation with Botany by Jeanie Fulbright and a 1"binder.

Because this is a winter plant class, I will be adjusting what we learn according to when we are most likely to be outside.
Week 1-Chapter 6 Leaves
Week 2-Chapter 3 Flowers
Week 3-Chapter 8 Stems
Week 4-Chapter 2 Seeds
Week 5-Chapter 1 Botany
Week 6-Chapter 1 Botany
Week 7-Chapter 9 Trees
Week 8-Chapter 7-Roots
Week 9-Chapter 10-Gymnosperms
Week 10-Chapter 4 -Pollination
Week 11-Chapter 5-Fruits
Week 12-Chapter 12-Non-Vascular Plants
Week 13-Chapter 11-Seedless Vascular Plants
Week 14-Chapter 13-Nature Journaling

The Art of War        Lisa Wodowski        Ages 14-18        $7 (mostly copies)

homework required weekly

We will be discussing battles throughout history from biblical times through present.  The focus will be on how war has changed through the ages, the weapons & tactics used but also the how and why of the battles.  Each student will choose a battle to give a short report on then present it before class (to correspond with the battle we will be discussing).  Hoping to allow kids to choose the battle from my list but I might have them pick from a bowl, depending how it goes.  I hope to find and bring maps, photos and items when I can. We will make a timeline of battles on notebooks also. The homework is simply reading the assigned reading to brush up on the battle we will discuss the next class.

I reserve the right to change this list as I see fit.  I am still doing research. I will be sure to let students and parents know as I alter the list if need be.

Week 1. Intro to class, choose battle to report on for the year. hand out notebooks & reading for next class.
Week 2. Biblical Battles
Week 3. Trojan War 1250 BC
Week 4. Battle of Marathon or Thermopylae 490-480 BC
Week 5. Hannibal and the Romans 216 BC
Week 6. The Maccabean Revolt 167 BC
Week 7. Battle of Tours 732 AD
Week 8. Crusades 1095 -1204 AD
Week 9. America's War for Independence 1776
Week 10. America's Civil War 1861-1865
Week 11. British & Zulu wars 1879
Week 12. WWI 1914
Week 13. WWII 1941
Week 14. Veterans come visit us!

Austentatious        Darlene Hamblin & Lisa Wagner                Ages 14-18                $20

homework required weekly

Engaged after two dances?  Could you even imagine?  That was the reality for Jane Austen's heroines.  Come enjoy discussing the modern implications and history presented in four of Austen’s timeless novels and many film adaptations. We'll discuss the protocol of romantic relationships, how people communicated before the digital age, what being a teen was like at the turn of the nineteenth century, fashion and many more enthralling topics. Mrs. Wagner and Mrs. Hamblin are Austentatious enough to dare you to read four of Jane Austen's novels and even to like doing it! Even if you are already an Austen fan, there is so much more to learn!

Students will be required to read the 4 assigned novels and view movie adaptations for discussion. We will be meeting outside of class for movie viewing; we will choose dates that work for the majority of the class. If you are not able to attend movie day, you will need to obtain the film on your own and view before class. Books will not be provided, but are available on Kindle for free or low cost or can be obtained at a low price, used or new.

The Regency Ball 2016 is in the spring in Lansing, MI and we hope to attend. We will discuss costuming all the way through the class and give the students tips on making their outfits from easily-found items. The cost of the ticket is approximately $35. Attendance at the ball is optional but highly enriching. Friends and family are encouraged to attend as are non-class members. Proper Regency attire is required for all.

Updated 9/18

Week 1 Sept 25 -  Northanger Abbey Introduction

Week 2 Oct 9 – Meet the Real Jane Austen; learn who she was, what she wrote, and why she is still important today.

Week 3 Oct 23  – Northanger Abbey Book Discussion

October 27 Movie Day: Northanger Abbey (2007)
Week 4 Nov 6 – Northanger Abbey Book/Film Discussion

Week 5 Nov 20 – Pride & Prejudice Introduction

Week 6 Dec 4 – Pride & Prejudice Book Discussion

Movie Day Dec 10: Pride & Prejudice (1995)

Week 7 Jan 8 – Pride & Prejudice Book/Film Discussion

Week 8 Jan 22 – Persuasion Introduction

Week 9 Feb 5 – Persuasion Book Discussion

Movie Day: Persuasion (2007)

Week 10 Feb 19 – Persuasion Book/Film Discussion

Week 11 March 4 – Emma Introduction

Week 12 March 18 – Emma Book Discussion

Movie Day: Emma (2009)

Regency Ball sometime in March or April 2015

Week 13 April 8 – Emma Book/Film Discussion

Week 14 April 22 – Practice Skit and wrap up

Beautiful You         Alisa Brackney        Ages 12-16        $20

homework optional

You are so much more than what people see. Come discover more about who God created you to be while learning a bit about those things that make us uniquely women. During our time together we will learn about hairstyles, skin care, food choices, etiquette, and so much more.  Always growing in our beauty as daughters of the King and figuring out what that might look like. Join us for a great year of learning and discovery.
This class may have a field trip or two.  These would be optional but a fun part of our year.

Week 1   Beauty is more than skin deep!  Learn about our skin types. Introduce the book  of Esther
Week 2   Facials - Prepping our skin, making a "foundation"
Week 3   Manicures – work of their hands…
Week 4   Pedicures - beautiful are the feet…
Week 5   Hygiene - make our own soap, give us clean hands and a pure heart
Week 6   Etiquette - Tea party, table manners and the art of making others feel welcome and valued
Week 7   Virtual Etiquette – what are you really saying?!
Week 8   Makeup - devotional
Week 9   Hair - care, homemade shampoos and/or styling agents
Week 10   Fashion - devotional
Week 11  "The wise woman builds her house" Proverbs 14:1 – Building what really matters
Week 12  Making good choices
Week 13  "You will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream" Jeremiah 17:8 - A look back on our growth and seeing if our "roots" are thriving
Week 14   End of the year celebrating the beautiful you God created!!!!

Biology        Wendi Edgett                Ages 14-18                $30

homework required weekly

At each co-op, we will work on the experiments from each Module in the Exploring Creation with Biology book (2nd Edition Apologia)  In order to complete the class, the students must complete the reading of each assigned Module prior to that co-op. HOMEWORK COMPLETION IS REQUIRED FOR PARTICIPATION. This class does include dissection of the following: earthworm, crayfish, perch and frog.

Students will keep a notebook of all experiments.

Class 1: Module 1: Biology: The Study of Life and Module 2: Kingdom Monera
Class 2: Module 3: Kingdom Protista
Class 3: Module 4: Kingdom Fungi
Class 4: Module 5: The Chemistry of Life
Class 5: Module 6: The Cell
Class 6: Module 7: Cellular Reproduction and DNA
Class 7: Module 8: Mendelian Genetics and  Module 9: Evolution
Class 8: Module 10: Ecology
Class 9: Module 11: The Invertebrates of Kingdom Animalia  
Class 10: Module 12: Phylum Arthropoda
Class 11: Module 13: Phylum Chordata (perch dissection)
Class 12: Module 13 Frog dissection
Class 13: Module 14 Kingdom Plantae
Class 14: Module 15 Kingdom Plantae
On your own: Module 16: Reptiles, Birds, and Mammals

Card Games and More        Amanda Wright        Ages 11-13        $6

no homework at all

This is a fun class. We will be learning a new card game or dice game each week in class and playing them. All of the card games will be played with a regular deck of cards including Uno and Phase 10. Games that typically include betting will be altered to a kid friendly version e.g. Rummy and Black Jack.
Each student will get a deck of cards and a set of dice to take home at the end of the year.  

Games learned over the 14 weeks: 

Golf
Spoons
Yahtzee
Rummy/Gin Rummy
Uno
Bunco
Black Jack
Crazy 8s
Split
Farkle
Garbage (Trash)
Magic Tricks
Spades/ Euchre
Phase 10
Slap Jack
Solitaire

Cardio and Strength Training        Amy Husted                Ages 12-18                $2

no homework at all

Fun, easy, beginning cardio class that will be put to music. This class will be about having fun while moving and getting fit. We'll use our own body weight to use those muscles God gave us. No prior experience necessary.

Week 1 - Week 14
Each week will focus on warming up, getting our heart rates up with cardio and strength training exercises, and a cooling down phase.


Career Exploration                Michon Periso        Ages 14-18                $5

homework required occasionally


Discover yourself and discover a career path that complements your God-given talents.  This class will be customized by the students and will entail career planning, resume building, interview practice, college/career field trips, professional speakers, and more.

In our class we will look at careers, resumes, job applications, and career/personality assessment.  We will get insight and training from the written materials, guest speakers, and field trips.The direction and dynamics of the class will be steered by the students' interests and involvement. At the end of our year we will have the students do a mock job interview with professional within our community.

Week 1: Introduction of the class and students. Find students' interests in order to 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 developing a college and career path.
Week 2: Career Assessment and personality assessment. Play “You Don’t Say” career game.
Week 3: Strengths and interest survey. We will as a class pick out field trips and guest speakers we would like to be involved with.
Week 4: Know Yourself: Six step to success.

Week 5: Speaker Visit. Assign homework.
Week 6: Active Discussion on Homework
Week 7: Field Trip Planning
Week 8: Active discussion on college, trade schools or going directly to a career
Week 9: Field Trip Planning and Active discussion on interview skills
Week 10: Talk about Resumes. Homework will be to write a resume
Week 11: Discuss resumes and fill out practice job interviews
Week 12: Prepare for Job Interviews
Week 13: Job Interviews
Week 14: Discuss Students Job Interviews

Checkmate                Reber                Ages 9-13        $2

no homework at all

*This is a repeat of last years Beginner Chess class.*
It's easy to learn but can take a lifetime to master. The game of chess is over 1300 years old and is one of the most popular games in the world.  The class will cover the rules, etiquette, and strategy of chess for the new player.  Students need to have the focus and attention to potentially play a fifty minute game of chess.

Week 1 Intro to chess
Week 2 Check, checkmate, stalemate
Week 3 Practicing checkmates
Week 4 Opening moves
Week 5 Attacking, defending, evading, and blocking
Week 6 Basic planning and piece value
Week 7 Castling and En passant
Week 8 Setting traps
Week 9 Chess puzzles; finding solutions to preset problems
Week 10 Play chess
Week 11 Play chess
Week 12 Play chess\tournament?
Week 13 Play chess\ tournament?
Week 14  Play chess\tournament?

Chemistry        Wendi Edgett                Ages 14-18                $40

homework required weekly

We will cover the experiment and lab portions of the 2nd Edition Apologia Exploring Creation with Chemistry course.   ** In order to be able to understand this text, the student is strongly recommended to have completed algebra I. **

This course is designed to be a first-year high school chemistry course and gives the student a rigorous foundation in chemistry, in order to prepare him or her for a college-level course. The course covers significant figures, units, classification, the mole concept, stoichiometry, thermochemistry, thermodynamics, kinetics, acids and bases, redox reactions, solutions, atomic structure, Lewis structures, molecular geometry, the gas laws, and equilibrium. Students who take and understand this course will be very well-prepared for a tough university chemistry course.

***This class will have assigned homework and will require the students to complete the textbook work at home prior to performing the experiments at co-op. Completion of assignments is required for participation.***

Class 1:        MODULE #1: Measurement and Units
Class 2:        MODULE #2: Energy, Heat, and Temperature
Class 3:        MODULE #3: Atoms and Molecules
Class 4:        MODULE #4: Classifying Matter and Its Changes
Class 5:        MODULE #5: Counting Molecules and Atoms in Chemical Equations
Class 6:        MODULE #6: Stoichiometry
Class 7:        MODULE #7: Atomic Structure
Class 8:        MODULE #8: Molecular Structure & MODULE #9: Polyatomic Ions and Molecular Geometry
Class 9:        MODULE #10: Acid/Base Chemistry
Class 10:        MODULE #11: The Chemistry of Solutions
Class 11:        MODULE #12: The Gas Phase
Class 12:        MODULE #13: Thermodynamics
Class 13:        MODULE #14: Kinetics
Class 14:        MODULE #15: Chemical Equilibrium

Child Development                Wendy Dionne        Ages 11-18                0

homework optional

This class will cover human childhood development birth through age 12.  We will discuss the physical and psychosocial theories of development as well as developmental milestones, practical application and common childhood diseases and medical issues.  Practical application means that for any given age/stage we will talk about what problems you could run into and how to avoid them or be prepared.  This is excellent knowledge for those that babysit, have siblings or friends with siblings or may potentially be around a child at some point in their lives.  As much as possible, there will be active participation with some activities and also a sense of humor, because that is how people best remember what they are taught.  Any homework given will be more informal (recommended, not required), for the student's own benefit and to aid in class discussion the following week.  I will also offer ideas on fun ways to keep children of all ages occupied.  The last class will be all review games with prizes for those who were really paying attention  ;-)  While I intend to have some fun, this class covers every major childhood disease or common injury and much more extremely useful information.  This class will not be "fluff". As an RN and someone who has had years of training teaching children I am passing on the information I found vital and useful.

Week 1- Newborns: Psychosocial theories and developmental milestones for this age.  Preemies, feeding, sleep, diapering, umbilical stump, jaundice, allergies, crying, body temperature, heart murmur.
Week 2- Ages 1 to 3 months: Psychosocial theories and developmental milestones for this age.  Feeding, sleep, appropriate toys, SIDS, RSV, immunization reactions, skin conditions, whooping cough, colic, club foot.  
Week 3- Ages 3 to 6 months: Psychosocial theories and developmental milestones for this age.  Appropriate toys & games, feeding, constipation/diarrhea, fever, bronchiolitis, failure to thrive, heart defects, "babyproofing".
Week 4- Ages 6 to 9 months: Psychosocial theories and developmental milestones for this age.  Appropriate toys & games, feeding, choking, "babyproofing", common cold, influenza, ear infections, antibiotic allergies.
Week 5- Ages 9 to 12 months: Psychosocial theories and developmental milestones for this age.  Appropriate toys & games, lots and lots of "babyproofing", feeding, pinkeye, ringworm, yeast infections, electrocution.
Week 6- Ages 12 to 18 months: Psychosocial theories and developmental milestones for this age.  Appropriate toys & games, feeding, food allergies, chickenpox, croup, outdoor dangers, burns.
Week 7- Ages 18 months to 2 years: Psychosocial theories and developmental milestones for this age.  Appropriate toys & games, feeding, hand foot and mouth disease, food poisoning, other poisoning, salmonella, trichinosis.
Week 8- Ages 3 to 4 years: Psychosocial theories and developmental milestones for this age.  Appropriate toys & games, feeding, potty training, Lyme disease, fifth disease, hepatitis A, impetigo, scabies.
Week 9- Ages 5 to 6 years: Psychosocial theories and developmental milestones for this age.  Appropriate toys & games, epilepsy/seizures, Asthma, seasonal allergies, pinworms, lice,
Week 10- Ages 7 to 9: Psychosocial theories and developmental milestones for this age.  Concussion, strep throat, measles, German measles, mumps, casts, handicaps.
Week 11- Ages 10 to 12: Psychosocial theories and developmental milestones for this age.  Sinus infection, Type 1 diabetes, Herpes Simplex 1, polio, tetanus.
Week 12- Identifying and dealing with physical abuse, bullying, substance abuse, common childhood disorders, depression and potential suicidal behavior.
Week 13- Sibling issues and tactics for babysitting large families or groups, TB, how to prevent the spread of germs in general.
Week 14- Review trivia games with prizes!

Craft-Tastic        Jacqueline Raymond        Ages 11-13                $25

no homework at all

We will be reuse and recycle treasures from around the house to create beautiful works of art. We will be allowing the season to inspire our crafts. yard art, leaf art, ornaments, tie dye, wreaths, penny crosses, snowflakes and much more.  So bring your scissors, hot glue guns, and a good attitude and we will have a blast!  

Week 1. Yard Art...tea cups and more
Week 2. Leaf art...all that glitter and sparkle
Week 3. Scarecrow stuff
Week 4. Glass bottle art..fun with twine
Week 5. Stick fun
Week 6. Christmas fun..ornaments
Week 7. Christmas earrings
Week 8. Puff paint
Week 9. Window art..snowflakes
Week 10. XOXOX pictures
Week 11. Tie dye fun
Week 12. Penny cross
Week 13. Plant fun
Week 14. Springtime wreath...flip flop fun..

CSI Activities        Bonnie Bindig        Ages 10-13                $25

homework optional

This class will cover different elements of Forensic Science including Crime Scene Basics, Eyewitness Basics, Physical Evidence, Fingerprinting Basics, Impression Evidence, Hair and Fibers, Chromatography, Blood Basics, Blood Typing, DNA Evidence, Forensic Entomology, Forensic Anthropology, and Fire Science. Each class will include a teaching as well as hands on activities and practical application.

Week 1. Crime Scene Basics - Vocabulary, Evidence, Personnel, Protocol, Investigating Evidence.
Week 2. Eyewitness Basics - Testimonial Evidence, Witness Factors, Crime Scene and Suspect Factors, Facial Composites.
Week 3. Physical Evidence - Locard's Exchange Principle, Evidence Examples
Week 4. Fingerprinting Basics - Principles, Classes, Arches, Loops, Whorls
Week 5. Impression Evidence - What is it?, How to Collect it?, Tire Tracks, Tool Marks, Shoe Prints, Bite Marks
Week 6. Hair and Fibers - Biology of Hair, Hair Structure, Fiber Evidence, Natural Fibers, Synthetic Fibers
Week 7. Chromatography - What is it?, Examples, Mixtures and Compounds, Solutions
Week 8. Blood Basics - Facts, Genetics, Types, Transfusions, Rh Factors, Blood Evidence
Week 9. Blood Typing - Crime Report, What's The Type?
Week 10. DNA Evidence - What is DNA?, What Makes it up?, How is DNA used as evidence?
Week 11. Forensic Entomology - Insects as Evidence
Week 12. Forensic Anthropology - Bones, What can we learn from them?
Week 13. Fire Science - Fire investigation terms, Fire Clues, Basics
Week 14. Fun with CSI - Fun activities using what we've learned.

Culinary Creations                Lisa Laster                Ages 14-18                $50

homework required occasionally

This is a more hands-on version of the class Eating for Life.  In this class students will help to prepare and do some cooking, while tasting and sampling foods that will teach them about healthier versions to some of their favorite snacks, drinks and meals.  I will be using material from the book; The Crazy Makers How the Food Industry Is Destroying Our Brains and Harming Our Children.

The cost for the year is $50.  This can be broken up into two payments of $25 at the beginning of co-op and $25 in January, if necessary.  This breaks down to about $3.57 per class.  Most of the food will be provided.  There will be emails sent out to parents asking for specific common items as well as readings for the children between co-op dates.  We cannot read and prepare and taste in 50 minutes, so there will be some outside reading.  We will try to focus on the preparing, cooking or baking and tasting!

Here are some examples of what we will be sampling: 

Drinks:  We will compare a starbucks chocolate drink to a homemade version.  

Breakfast:  We will have a pancake bar, comparing a healthy box mix to a homemade version.  Kids will get to sample different toppings and batters to see what they like better.  

Lunch:  Will consist of items like homemade breads and soups for a bread bowl or using leftover meats and beans from supper to use for a lunch nacho.  

Suppers:  Will focus on comparing something like a Taco Bell Burrito versus a homemade version.  We will taste different meats, making meat last for more than one meal and comparing store pasta sauce to a homemade version.

We will be comparing foods for taste, comparing ingredients and also cost.  Is the healthy version as good, is it close to the processed version, is it better?   So much processed foods have ingredients in them that our body craves and we become addicted to …. caffeine, sugar, carbs.  We will learn about ingredients in our everyday foods and see how can we enjoy our food and make healthy choices.

Week 1-Cold Drinks
Week 2-Hot Drinks
Week 3-Snacks
Week 4-Snacks
Week 5-Breakfast
Week 6-Breakfast
Week 7-Breakfast
Week 8-Breakfast
Week 9-Lunch
Week 10-Lunch
Week 11-Lunch
Week 12-Supper
Week 13-Supper
Week 14-Supper

Drawing and Portraits        Alisa Brackney        Ages                 $25

homework required occasionally

This class will be based loosely upon the Drawing Portraits DVD course.  For the beginning portrait artist, this will be an introduction into the intricacies of drawing mouths, noses, ears, eyes and all manner of hair, plus lots of practice. Your child will master the ability of turning a photograph into a family heirloom. In addition, we will be adding a couple of classes using other drawing mediums such as charcoal and pastels.  For the student who has experience in drawing portraits, specific challenges will be given to continue their growth in artistic skills; anything from different artistic tools and mediums to drawing with use of models and/or still-life displays. This class is suited for those interested in improving their drawing skills and working hard between classes to practice and complete great projects.  
Most art supplies will be provided; all will need a photograph or two to work from (8x10 or larger is preferred). Recommended but not required items: specific bag for art supplies, ruler, couple sheets of tracing paper…

Week 1 Introduction, Materials, and Shading Techniques
Week 2 Getting Started (balance and proportion in your work and assessment of skill levels)
Week 3 Mouths, part 1 and 2
Week 4 Nose & Ears
Week 5 Eyes & Eyebrows
Week 6 Hair
Week 7 - 9 Work on portrait in class
Week 10 Charcoal
Week 11 Pastels
Week 12 Work on portraits
Week 13 Fine tune and finalize any projects
Week 14 Final class and Art Gallery Preparation

Dynamic Discoveries        Sherri Melillo                Ages 8-10        $0 (provide own visual aids, as needed)

homework required weekly

In this class we have fun learning public speaking and research skills while exploring interesting topics in a relaxed and encouraging environment.  Themes for each week’s class are outlined below.  Some weeks topics will be chosen by the student and other weeks they will be assigned by the teacher.  There are new themes this year, so you can sign up for the class again even if you took it last year, if you’d like.  A handout will be given each week explaining the assignment for the next class. ( I will send an email with instructions for the first class)

Sept 25 – Favorite Superhero – already "existing" or one of your own invention
Oct 9 – Favorite Foods (history of)
Oct 23 – Missionaries  
Nov 6 – If I Had a Million Dollars…
Nov 20 – World Landmarks
Dec 4 – U.S. Presidents
Jan 8 – Book Report
Jan 22 – Why Dogs Are Better Than Cats (Persuasive speech-topic of choice)
Feb 5 – Famous Americans (current)
Mar 4 – Crazy Creatures
Mar 18 –Daily Life for a Kid In …(choose a country)
Feb 19 – Important Inventions
Apr 8 – Amazing Kids
Apr 22 – If I Could Talk To Anyone Who Ever Lived…

Eating for Life        Lisa Laster                Ages 11-13                $50

homework required occasionally

In this class students will be learning healthier versions to some of their favorite snacks, drinks and meals.  I will be using material from the book; The Crazy Makers How the Food Industry Is Destroying Our Brains and Harming Our Children.

The cost for the year is $50.  This can be broken up into two payments of $25 at the beginning of co-op and $25 in January, if necessary.  This breaks down to about $3.57 per class.  Most of the food will be provided.  There will be emails sent out to parents asking for specific common items as well as readings for the children between co-op dates.  We cannot read and prepare and taste in 50 minutes.  So we will try to focus on the tasting!

Here are some examples of what we will be sampling: 

Drinks:  We will compare a starbucks chocolate drink to a homemade version.  

Breakfast:  We will have a pancake bar, comparing a healthy box mix to a homemade version.  Kids will get to sample different toppings and batters to see what they like better.  

Lunch:  Will consist of items like homemade breads and soups for a bread bowl or using leftover meats and beans from supper to use for a lunch nacho.  

Suppers:  Will focus on comparing something like a Taco Bell Burrito versus a homemade version.  We will taste different meats, making meat last for more than one meal and comparing store pasta sauce to a homemade version.

We will be comparing foods for taste, comparing ingredients and also cost.  Is the healthy version as good, is it close to the processed version, is it better?   So much processed foods have ingredients in them that our body craves and we become addicted to …. caffeine, sugar, carbs.  We will learn about ingredients in our everyday foods and see how can we enjoy our food and make healthy choices.

Week 1-Cold Drinks
Week 2-Hot Drinks
Week 3-Snacks
Week 4-Snacks
Week 5-Breakfast
Week 6-Breakfast
Week 7-Breakfast
Week 8-Breakfast
Week 9-Lunch
Week 10-Lunch
Week 11-Lunch
Week 12-Supper
Week 13-Supper
Week 14-Supper

Economics        Amy Barlow            Ages 14-18        $15.00 (book $13.50 + copy fee $1.50)

homework required weekly

Using the book "Whatever Happened to Penny Candy?" by Richard J. Maybury, a very user-friendly reader, we will explore the many facets of our free enterprise system.  Students will have light to moderate reading assignments for each class, and will come prepared to discuss the topic and do related activities.  Each student needs a copy of the book ($13.50), which I can order for you after our first class. There will be a $1.50 copy fee for handouts.

Fee:  $15.00 for book plus copy fee, $1.50 for copy fee only (if you own the book)

Week 1.  - The Law of Supply and Demand - The Specialization of Labor
Week 2.  - Wealth is not money - Economy: The system of producing and distributing wealth
Week 3.  - Government is financed by taxes - It is production, not work, that is important
    - We cannot consume more than we produce
Week 4.  - Money: Coins & Paper - Tanstaafl, The Romans, and Us
Week 5.  - Review - Inflation - Dollars, Money, and Legal Tender
Week 6.  - Revolutions, Elections, and Printing Presses - Wages, Prices, Spirals, and Controls
Week 7.   - Wallpaper, Wheelbarrows, and Recessions - Boom and Bust Cycles Since the Civil War
Week 8.  - Fast Money - History Repeats
Week 9.  - Getting Rich Quick - The Boom and Bust Cycle
Week 10. - How much is a trillion?  - The Roaring 90's - Federal Debt Chart
Week 11. - What's so bad about the Federal Debt? - An interesting Exercise - One reason Government spends so much  

Week 12. - Summary
Week 13. - Where do we go from here?
Week 14. - Final class

Epic Myths        Jacqueline Raymond        Ages 8-11        $5

no homework at all

We will bring ancient history alive as we study Egypt and Greece. we will take a look at daily life, government and leaders. religion, military power, art and architecture, sports and entertainment. We will be using History pockets as our guide.

Week 1. Intro to Ancient Egypt
Week 2. Daily Life
Week 3. Government and Leaders
Week 4 .Religion
Week 5. Language
Week 6. Intro to Greece
Week 7. Military Power
Week 8. Daily Life
Week 9. Government
Week 10. Religion/Myths
Week 11. Work/School
Week 12. Art/ Architecture
Week 13. Language/Literature
Week 14. Sports/Entertainment

Famous People        Rhonda Meldrum        Ages 8-10        $7 copies/folder

homework required occasionally

This is a NEST DVD class.  We will watch animated movies about each famous person and do a puzzle or short worksheet about them if time allows unless dynamic discussion about our famous people overtakes our time in which case we will not do a worksheet.

homework required occasionally

The only homework will be for each student to choose one of the famous americans and prepare a board for display for the end of the year program.  I would like them to put a decent effort into the display but they can choose to do it however they'd like to.  Since they know an entire year in advance, much thought could and should be put into the project.  I would encourage parents to take this one person and do further study on them to broaden the student's knowledge.

Week 1-George Washington
Week 2-Marco Polo
Week 3-Wright Brothers
Week 4-Helen Keller
Week 5-Harriet Tubman
Week 6-Pocohontas
Week 7-Joan of Arc
Week 8-Leonardo DaVinci
Week 9-Benjamin Franklin
Week 10-Abraham Lincoln
Week 11-Alexander Graham Bell
Week 12-Christopher Columbus
Week 13-Galileo
Week 14-Louis Pasteur

General Science        Amanda Wright        Ages 11-13                $15

homework required weekly

Apologia's Exploring Creation with General Science 2nd Edition is for middle school aged students. Book reading will be done at home. Class time will be spent exploring some of the experiments from the book. We will be learning the Scientific Method this year so writing will be done in each class. HOMEWORK every week.

 

HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENTS *note some weeks have two modules to read

Before 1st co-op. Read Module 1
Week 1  Read Module 2
Week 2  Read Module 3
Week 3  Read Module 4
Week 4  Read Module 5 and 6    * Two Modules!
Week 5  Read Module 7
Week 6  Read Module 8
Week 7  Read Module 9
Week 8  Read Module 10 and 11 * Two Modules!
Week 9  Read Module 12
Week 10   Read Module  13

Week 11   Read Module  14
Week 12   Read Module 15
Week 13   Read Module  16
Week 14   none

Week 1 Experiment 1.1 Density in Nature, Experiment 1.3 A Chemical Reaction
Week 2 Scientific Method Experiment  2.3  The Broken Flashlight
Week 3 Experiment 3.1 A Floating Egg?
Week 4 Experiment 4.1 The Lever
Week 5 Experiment 6.2 Separation of Sedimentation
Week 6 Experiment 7.1 Making a Fossil Cast
Week 7 Experiment 8.1 Simulation of Index Fossils to Order Rock Layers
Week 8 Experiment 9.3 Self Sustaining System, Experiment 9.1 Building Model of DNA
Week 9 Experiment 10.4 Turgor Pressure, Experiment 11.3 Skin Color
Week 10 Experiment 12.1 What Combustion Needs
Week 11 Experiment  13.2 Stomach Acid & Antacids
Week 12 Experiment 14.4 Model of Vocal Cords, Experiment 14.5 Xylem
Week 13 Experiment 15.2 Model of Kidney Function
Week 14 Experiment 16.1 Deterring a Persons Dominant Side, Experiment 16.3 Sense of Smell & Taste

Hooked On Books        Holly Wiegersma        Ages 11-13        $5

homework required weekly

Join us and read fun literature, make crafts, do activities, and participate in lively discussion. The titles that I'm providing may change due to the students abilities/preferences, we may also add more books if everyone is breezing through them. Please keep in mind that homework (required reading) will be expected weekly. If you have concerns, please feel free to ask me about any of the titles.

Read 1st half of Matilda by Roald Dahl before class
Week 1 Activities for Matilda, start reading 2nd half aloud in class, finish for homework
Week 2 finish Matilda activities, start reading Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick
Week 3 Wonderstruck activities including ASL, continue reading Wonderstruck for homework
Week 4 Wonderstruck activities continue reading for homework
Week 5 Finish Wonderstruck, start and finish The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson for homework
Week 6 Participate in a community service project, read A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle over Christmas break
Week 7 Bring in your favorite book along with a project/report
Week 8  Wrinkle in Time activities, start The Giver by Lois Lowry for homework.
Week 9 The Giver activities, finish the reading for homework
Week 10 The Giver activities, start The Door in the Wall by Marguerite De Angeli for homework
Week 11 The Door in the Wall activities, finish the reading for homework
Week 12 The Door in the Wall activities, start and finish Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis for homework
Week 13 Bud, Not Buddy activities, service project
Week 14 Favorite book and end of the year party!

HTML Website Programming        Sarah Morell                Ages 12-18        $10

homework optional

Learn beginning computer programming while designing a website.  Class instruction will cover HTML (Hyper Text Markup Language).  Although the language taught is HTML, many of the concepts behind programming will transfer into any future computer languages your student may wish to learn.  Fee covers cost of a Lesson and Resource Book, which I wrote, printed, and bound for the students to use within class and at home.

Prerequisites: student will need their own laptop (a tablet may work, instead - please contact me if your student will be using a tablet).  

Student MUST be comfortable on a computer: basic mouse skills, clicking, opening files, saving files, and finding previously saved files.  Student should be proficient at finding keys on the keyboard - two-fingered pecking is fine, but student should be able to find keys with reasonable speed.  Email me if you have any question about your student's proficiency level.  Summer computer skills practice may be an option:)


HOMEWORK: although homework is not strictly required and enforced, please practice outside of class.  Any skills that are not practiced will be forgotten.

Week 1: Basics of a page
Week 2: Header Tags and Introducing Attributes
Week 3: Images
Week 4: Links
Week 5: Project: Build a Webpage
Week 6: Font Size, Color, and Family
Week 7: Lists
Week 8: Background Color and Text-Align
Week 9: Project: Build a Social Network Profile
Week 10: Tables
Week 11: Div and Span
Week 12: Project: Clickable Photo Album
Week 13: Intro to CSS
Week 14: Project: Build Buttons for Your Website

Kinder Art        April Brackney        Ages 5-7        $25

no homework at all

Students will travel through history and learn about major art movements. Each movement will be developed and explored through specific artists of that time period. Students will then become the artist themselves and create a masterpiece reflective of each movement.

September 25 : Primitive Art
October 9: The Renaissance
October 23: Realism
November 6: Impressionism
November 20: Pointillism
December 4: Semester Wrap Up
January 8: Art Nouveau "New Art"
January 22: Expressionism
February 5: Abstract Art
February 19: Cubism
March 4: Surrealism
March 18: Pop Art
April 8: Modern Art
April 22: Semester Wrap Up and Show Prep

Man Cave        Todd Latta        Ages 12-16        $10

homework required occasionally

The idea of a man cave drums up overly expensive garages & basements filled with things that men feel they need to be accepted & appreciated.BUT, there is FAR more than these trivial and often times useless things that God has planned for us. The main focus of this class is to draw guys together to talk about "guy things'".Often times we will discuss hobbies, sports, games, etc. We want your student to feel comfortable enough to share their dreams & aspirations!

Each week we will start with a discussion of a "guy topic", followed by a hobby or destination topic. We will discuss places to see, things to do. We will talk about things like personal hygiene, etiquette & sometimes even communication skills that might need some tweaking.
We want to encourage your student to not ONLY be a "nice guy", but to be an adventurous Godly Man! We have such a limited time to impact the lives of our students. We are not interested in SPENDING time with them, we are interested in INVESTING in them.  

HOMEWORK, is to participate in class with your favorite hobbies or activity. Be prepared to "share" what these represent to you - guns -play dough -confetti -something really sticky -bubble wrap

Week 1-God's original plan for man

Week 2- OYB/Introverted/Extroverted

Week 3-OYB/You clean up well!

Week 4-OYB/THAT...is a lady, gentleman

Week 5-OYB/What challenges you say?

Week 6-OYB/Adventure is for everyone!

Week 7-OYB/Where in the world is Istanbul?

Week 8-OYB/Students decide

Week 9-OYB/Eggs....not just for breakfast anymore!

Week 10-OYB/Do you speak up....or out?

Week 11-OYB/Go two by two…

Week 12-OYB/Appreciating your future

Week 13-OYB/Taking necessary risks…

Week 14-OYB?Did I tell you that I like to talk diving?

OYB= Outside your Box......is a time to talk guy stuff, hobbies, places to see. This will be mostly student driven, teacher guided

Manet, Monet, and More!        April Brackney        Ages 8-10        $25

no homework at all

Students will travel through history and learn about major art movements. Each movement will be developed and explored through specific artists of that time period. Students will then become the artist themselves and create a masterpiece reflective of each movement.

September 25 : Primitive Art
October 9: The Renaissance
October 23: Realism
November 6: Impressionism
November 20: Pointillism
December 4: Semester Wrap Up
January 8: Art Nouveau "New Art"
January 22: Expressionism
February 5: Abstract Art
February 19: Cubism
March 4: Surrealism
March 18: Pop Art
April 8: Modern Art
April 22: Semester Wrap Up and Show Prep

Mixed Sports                Amy Husted                Ages 12-18                $1

no homework at all

This class are for those students who are generally interested in competing, developing skills and striving for success. We will strive to have fun while participating in activities in which everyone is involved. These activities will be recreational games that do not require a certain skill level.

Week 1.  Soccer
Week 2. Flag Football
Week 3. Warm Up, Kick Ball
Week 4. Warm Up, Ultimate Frisbee
Week 5. Warm Up, Wiffleball
Week 6. Warm Up, Basketball
Week 7. Warm Up, Stretching/Strength Training
Week  8. Warm Up, Volleyball
Week  9. Warm Up, Dodge Ball
Week 10. Warm Up, Ultimate Frisbee
Week 11. Warm Up, Wiffleball
Week 12. Warm Up, Volleyball
Week 13. Warm Up, Soccer
Week 14. Student Choice

Odyssey of the Mind        Michelle Lepper        Ages 11-13                $5

no homework at all

Odyssey of the Mind is an international educational program that provides creative problem solving opportunities for students from kindergarten through college. Team members apply their creativity to solve problems that range from building mechanical devices to presenting their own interpretation of literary classics. They then bring their solutions to competition on local, state and world levels. Thousands of teams from throughout the U.S. and from about 25 other countries participate in the program. I have adapted the Odyssey of the Mind concept to work for a co-op setting with team competitions within the classroom. There is no outside competition or participation involved in this class. My class will utilize the same principles and examples as the international competition on a smaller level.

Week 1 Tower of pasta
Week 2 Squeezed together
Week 3 Grab it and go
Week 4 Stretching the boundaries
Week 5 Ramping it up
Week 6 Stacking structures
Week 7 Egg
Week 8 Tug o war
Week 9 Waste not want not
Week 10 Demolition
Week 11 Basketball
Week 12 In the right spot
Week 13 Boat
Week 14 Create your own hands on

Odyssey of the Mind                Michelle Lepper        Ages 8-10        $5

no homework at all

Odyssey of the Mind is an international educational program that provides creative problem solving opportunities for students from kindergarten through college. Team members apply their creativity to solve problems that range from building mechanical devices to presenting their own interpretation of literary classics. They then bring their solutions to competition on local, state and world levels. Thousands of teams from throughout the U.S. and from about 25 other countries participate in the program. I have adapted the Odyssey of the Mind concept to work for a co-op setting with team competitions within the classroom. There is no outside competition or participation involved in this class. My class will utilize the same principles and examples as the international competition on a smaller level

Week 1 Tower of pasta
Week 2 Squeezed together
Week 3 Grab it and go
Week 4 Stretching the boundaries
Week 5 Ramping it up
Week 6 Stacking structures
Week 7 Egg
Week 8 Tug o war
Week 9 Waste not want not
Week 10 Demolition
Week 11 Basketball
Week 12 In the right spot
Week 13 Boat
Week 14 Create your own hands on

Off the Cuff                Jamie Hershberger                Ages 11-13                $0

no homework at all

Participation in Improv theater can boost your confidence, develop your presentation skills, and help you  do better in interview situations, but all you will notice is the FUN! This year, we will focus on team building and putting others first.

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.

Teacher MAY NOT FOLLOW THIS OUTLINE PRECISELY depending on classroom dynamics which will reveal themselves as time goes on.

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

Once Upon a Time                Sherri Melillo                Ages 5-7        $5

no homework at all

I will be reading a variety of engaging & fun stories, fairy tales a

and poems/nursery rhymes to the class each week to get the children familiar with different types of rhythm and rhyme, and different themes.  The purpose is not to necessarily be future English literature majors, but to have fun reading.  We will read some stories and poems twice, maybe 3 times if the children want to, and they will probably easily memorize several of them.  There will be an activity or craft to go with the reading each day, that will be put into each child's folder that I will hang onto, to be displayed at the end of the year program.  

Some space to do follow-the-leader type activities and crafts.

This is a list of the books we will be reading in class.  I may read them in a different order than what I have listed

Week 1:  It Could Have Been Worse by A.H. Benjamin, and Hickory Dickory Dock.
Week 2: The Hairy Toe, A Traditional American Tale illustrated by Daniel Postgate,  and Goldilocks and the Three Bears
Week 3: Ten in the Bed by Penny Dale and Five Little Monkeys
Week 4: The Three Little Pigs, and Bed Hogs by Kelly DiPucchio
Week 5: Little Red Riding Hood, and Walking Through the Jungle by Julie Lacome
Week 6: Hey Diddle Diddle and Humpty Dumpty
Week 7: Once Upon a Time by John Prater, and have fun reviewing/ reciting stories & rhymes  from previous weeks.  
Week 8: Little Miss Muffet, and Watch Out! Big Bro's Coming by Jez Alborough
Week 9: Old Mother Hubbard and This is the Bear by Sarah Hayes
Week 10: Jack and the Beanstalk, and Give Me My Yam! by Jan Blake
Week 11: The Ugly Duckling, and The Grumpalump by Sarah Hayes
Week 12: Henny Penny and Chicken Licken by Jan Ormerod
Week 13:  Handa's Surprise by Eileen Brown, and try different unusual fruits mentioned in the story
Week 14: Review stories,  have fun reciting and/or acting some of them out.  

Outside Your Window (Weather)        Kristin Stocking        Ages 5-7        $10

no homework at all

Outside Your Window is an exploration of everything weather for young elementary students.  We will go through the different aspects that make up our weather here on planet earth.  A notebook will be kept throughout our journey to record our work in class.  We will also be tracking our temperamental Michigan weather from September to April. A craft will accompany our students home each week as an easy way to help them share what they've learned.  We will do some basic handwriting, pasting, and cutting with scissors. No homework is required for this class.

Week   1 What is weather? What are seasons?
Week   2 Water Cycle
Week   3 Clouds
Week   4 Weather Station Experiment Day
Week   5 Precipitation: Rain and Snow
Week   6 Hail, Dew and Frost
Week   7 Wind and Tornadoes
Week   8 Weather Station Experiment Day
Week   9 Lightning
Week 10 Rainbows and Northern Lights
Week 11 Weather at Sea
Week 12 Weather Forecasting
Week 13 How We Use Weather
Week 14 Animals and weather

Daily Schedule (Approximate)
10:00        Update Weather Notebook: What is today’s weather?
 Draw a picture in your notebook.
Write word for weather (raining, windy, sunny, snowing, etc.)
10:10        Update Weather Chart with symbol of today’s weather (temp, precip., wind, etc.)
10:15        Read today’s scheduled reading in DK Eye Wonder Weather book
10:25        Create picture in Weather Notebook from today’s reading.
        Some days students will draw in book, other days they will paste cut outs, or apply
        stickers.
Weather notebooks stay with class materials.
10:30        Read fun story book with related theme.
10:40        Craft related to today’s theme to go home with child.  If craft will need more than
10 minutes, begin at 10:30.  Fun story can be read while students are working on
their craft.
10:50        Dismiss students.

Course Plan:
Week 1 (9/25)  What is weather? What are seasons?  DK Eye Wonder Weather p4-7.  The Usborne Internet-linked First Encyclopedia of Science p12-13.  Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, J. Barrett Die cuts for Notebook Weather craft: Paper plate with 4 quadrants, die cut sun, snowflake, rain and cloud.  Seasons craft (Optional): Construction paper, Sun for center, 4 different earths, labels, arrows for rotation around sun

Week 2 (10/9)  Water Cycle.  DK Eye Wonder Weather p8-9.  The Usborne Internet-linked First Encyclopedia of Science p14.  Experiment: Mason jar, Barbasol shaving cream, water, food coloring.  Where Does Rain Come From? D. Kegley Stickers for Notebook.  Rain stick craft: Need cardboard toilet paper or paper towel tubes, construction paper, rubber bands, rice or beans, stickers for decoration on outside of tube.

Week 3 (10/23) Clouds.  DK Eye Wonder Weather p10-15.  Outside: What clouds do we see? What do we see in the clouds?  Little cloud, E. Carle  Draw pictures of different clouds in Notebook.  Types of Clouds craft: Blue card stock sheet divided in thirds with cotton balls for clouds (cirrus, cumulus, stratus), die cut sun.

Week 4 (11/6)  Weather Station Experiment Day.  Review Weeks 1 – 3.  Experiment: Make a weather vane. Go outside to use it!  Weather poetry Pinwheel craft: straws, square paper, stickers, brad.


Week 5 (11/20) Precipitation: Rain and Snow (but hopefully none on the ground yet!)  DK Eye Wonder Weather p16-19.  The Usborne Internet-linked First Encyclopedia of Science p15.  **Great close up pictures of snowflakes on p15.  Stickers to update notebook.  Snow C. Rylant.  Precipitation day craft: Piece of construction paper – ½ white ½ blue, white rice, white rice dyed blue, cotton balls

Week 6 (12/4)  Hail, Dew and Frost.  DK Eye Wonder Weather p20-23. Die cuts for notebook.  Amazing Weather, H. Maisner.  Winter Weather Craft: Blue construction paper, die cut city scape, definitions for sleet, rain, hail, freezing rain, and snow on separate squares.

Week 7 (1/8)        Wind and Tornadoes.  DK Eye Wonder Weather p24-25, 28-3.  Farmer Brown Goes Round and Round, T. Sloat  Chalk and q-tips for notebook illustration.  Game: long piece of colored paper, straws and cotton balls. Kids use straws to                 blow cotton balls from one end of the paper to other.  Tornado in a Bottle Activity: Jar, water and dish soap.

Week 8 (1/22)  Weather Station Experiment.  Review Weeks 5-6  Experiment: Make a thermometer.  Working with Thermometer: Glow stick, hot water, ice cubes, thermometer,
2 styrofoam cups. The Mitten, A. Tresselt

Week 9 (2/5)        Lightning.  DK Eye Wonder Weather p26-27.  The Usborne Internet-linked First Encyclopedia of Science p56.  One Hot Summer Day, N. Crews.  Cut outs/stickers for notebook.  Just Because: Water balloons, wool sweater, rice krispies.  Art: Black Construction paper, white crayon, colorful chalk.

Week 10 (2/19) Rainbows and Northern Lights.  DK Eye Wonder Weather p32-33.          The Usborne Internet-linked First Encyclopedia of Science p15, 53.  Stickers for notebook Northern Lights, V. Bodden.  A Rainbow of My Own, D. Freeman.  Rainbow Bubble Craft: White paper, soap, food coloring, straws, Dixie cups.

Week 11 (3/4)  Out at Sea (Winds, waves, icebergs, waterspouts and fog)  DK Eye Wonder Weather p34-35.  The Wind Blew, P.Hutchins.  Hide and Seek Fog, A. Tresselt
Die cuts for notebook.  Craft: Light blue and dark blue Construction paper, white construction paper.  (iceberg), sailboat cutout, press and seal wrap for fog.

Week 12 (3/18)Weather Forecasting.  DK Eye Wonder Weather P40-41.  What’s The Weather Like Today? R. L. Williams.  Die cut little people for notebook.  Rain Catcher: Clear water bottle, cut in two. Rulers and sharpies.  Chart out our weather for the year.

Week 13 (4/8)  How We Use Weather.  DK Eye Wonder Weather p32-33.  Energy and Power, R. Harlow.  The Shocking Story of Electricity, A. Claybourne Solar Oven: Cardboard solar cooker (will build at home), graham crackers, chocolate, marshmallow
**I need to find an alternative craft in case of poor weather.**

Week 14 (4/22)  Animals and weather.  Coping With Cold, M. K. Hoff.  Animals in Winter, H. Bancroft.  Storm Is Coming, H. Tekavec & M. Spengler.  Hibernating Creature craft: Model magic or clay for students to sculpt a hibernating animal of their choice.

PE         Mindy Greenman                Ages 5-7        $1

no homework at all

A fun, active hour where the fundamentals of several sports will be taught along with some "field day" type games for fun and variety.

Week 1-Large dice exercise game

Week 2-Basic Sports

Week 3-Animal Action Cards Game

Week 4-Basic Yoga

Week 5-Field Day Games

Week 6-ABC Exercise Games

Week 7-P.E Circuits

Week 8-Frisbee/Catch

Week 9-Tumbling

Week 10-Minute to win it Games

Week 11-Parachute

Week 12-Balloons

Week 13-Gross Motor Bingo

Week 14-Kid’s choice

PE        Mindy Greenman                Ages 8-11        $1

no homework at all

A fun, active class where the basics of several sports will be taught along with some field day style games for fun.

Week 1-Large dice exercise game

Week 2-Basic Sports

Week 3-Animal Action Cards Game

Week 4-Basic Yoga

Week 5-Field Day Games

Week 6-ABC Exercise Games

Week 7-P.E Circuits

Week 8-Frisbee/Catch

Week 9-Tumbling

Week 10-Minute to win it Games

Week 11-Parachute

Week 12-Balloons

Week 13-Gross Motor Bingo

Week 14-Kid’s choice

Pet Friends                Pam Amell                Ages 8-10        $5

homework required occasionally, homework optional

In Pet Friends we will be meeting a variety of different animals that make good family pets. We will be learning about where some of them originate, their natural environment and of course their care, habitat, personalities and what they eat once they become part of our family. We will also learn what types of family fits a particular pet!  Some pets include rabbits, birds, tortoise, lizards, rabbits, ferrets, dogs, cats, and even farm animals!
There will be no weekly homework but I will be asking the students to pick one pet, (either one they have or one they have always wanted) to do a small amount of research on that pet and share with class what they have learned.  They can share pictures, give facts, use videos, however creative they want to be.

I put a $5 fee in case I plan any projects. I'm not planning on having any as of now but as my lessons fall into place, I may (just may) get a creative streak and add something in.

Not in this order
Week 1:   Tortoise
Week 2:   Bearded Dragons
Week 3:   Fish
Week 4:   Dog
Week 5:   Dog info continued about breeds
Week 6:   Rabbits
Week 7:   Ferrets
Week 8:   Cat
Week 9:   Bird
Week 10: Guinea pig/chinchilla, hamster or rat (not sure which)
Week 11: Student presentation
Week 12: Farm animal (to be determined)
Week 13: Farm animal (to be determined)
Week 14: Sub Plans

Philosophy of Star Wars        Reber                Ages 14-18                $3

homework required occasionally, homework optional

This is a discussion class, we will be discussing the Star Wars Saga based on philosophical concepts.  The Star Wars Saga tells a simple story of tragedy, courage, and redemption.  Under this simple guise the ageless questions of philosophy derive new meaning when held against the background of the plot, colorful situations and memorable characters.  We will enter into thoughtful and lively discussion in an effort to sift through these thought provoking ideas.  

Week 1:  You Cannot Escape Your Destiny (Or Can You?) Predestination in the Skywalker Family
Week 2:  Stoicism in the Stars
Week 3:  Moral Ambiguity in a Black-and-White Universe
Week 4:  The Aspiring Jedi’s Handbook of Virtue
Week 5:  Wretched Hive of Scum and Villainy:  Stars Wars and the Problem of Evil
Week 6:  A Technological Galaxy:  Heidegger and the Philosophy of Technology In  Star Wars
Week 7:  “If Droids Could Think”…Droids as Slaves and Persons
Week 8:  “Size Matters Not”:  The Force as the Causal Power of the Jedi
Week 9:  The Force is with Us:  Hegel’s Philosophy of Spirit
Strikes Back at the Empire
Week 10:  “What is Thy Bidding, My Master?”:  Star Wars and the Hegelian Struggle for Recognition
Week 11:  By Any Means Necessary:  Tyranny, Democracy, Republic and Empire
Week 12:  Humanizing Technology:  Flesh and Machine in Aristotle and The Empire Strikes Back
Week 13:  “A Certain Point of View”:  Lying Jedi, Honest Sith, and the Viewers Who Love Them
Week 14:  Religious Pragmatism through the Eyes of Luke Skywalker

Pioneer Kids                Theresa VanAllen                Ages 8-11        $10

no homework at all

Discover the past with fun projects, games, activities, and recipes. This will be an active class with a variety of projects and class discussion about the pioneers of 19th century America. This class will be learning what it was like for other children who lived during the time when many families left cities of the east coast and traveled into new frontiers, exploring the land and expanding the United States territories..

Week  1:  Owner stick- Students will build and decorate their land claim sticks. We will discuss the what is was like to travel to new territories.
Week  2:  Oil lamps/ Button lamp- We will make usable oil lamps and discuss types of lamps used by the pioneers.
Week  3:  Make writing ink from berries. Use bird feathers and ink to write a letter.
Week  4:  Make Herb infused oils and salve. Discuss plants that pioneers used for medicine and healing.
Week  5:  Make corn husk dolls and straw stars. Discuss toys that pioneer children may of had.
Week  6:  We will shuck and make popcorn. Discuss corns and its importance to the pioneers of the Midwest.
Week  7:  Make fruit clove pomanders. Discuss how the invention of the railroad allowed pioneers access to things not found in their territories. Like oranges and cloves.
Week  8:  Tin punching and tin Christmas ornaments. Discussion of what Christmas Day was like in 1840.
Week  9:  Weaving- We will weave a mat and discuss weaving and clothing and the use of spinning wheels.
Week 10:  Make bead necklaces and silhouettes.
Week 11:  Learn to braid a rug from material scraps.
Week 12:  Make bread and butter.
Week 13:  Quilting. Will use decorative paper and frame a quilt pattern. Discussion about quilt patterns and uses.
Week 14: Games of Toss and Catch and make pinwheels.

PLAY! Improv                Jamie Hershberger                Ages 14-18                $0

no homework at all

Participation in Improv theater can boost your confidence, develop your presentation skills, and help you  do better in interview situations, but all you will notice is the FUN! This year, we will play all of the group's favorite games, and may explore some variations of the ""long form"".  I hope to work a bit with the students on ""cold reading"" for auditions, as well. Take an hour out of your busy schedule to ""let go"" - come out and PLAY!

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.

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

AUTOMATIC STORYTELLING

Preschool Foundations (3rd & 4th hours)    Michele Ybarra        Ages 3-4        $10

no homework at all

Welcome to preschool! (This is a 2-hour block so there will be no interruptions in the middle of class which helps keep the momentum of the class going, as well as making it easier for younger children who may be a bit anxious leaving mom/dad between classes.)
This class will teach/reinforce basic preschool concepts: Colors, Shapes, Letters & Alphabet, Numbers & Counting, Math to include Matching, Patterns, Sorting, Spatial Concepts (under, over, top, bottom, etc). Each week your child will engage in Fine & Gross Motor Skills Activities along with Visual Perception Activities to include Playdoh, Lego Duplo, Games, Crafts, Show & Tell, Songs, and Books. They’ll also learn about the Seasons, Weather, and Senses.

Please send your child with a backpack to include a water bottle, clearly marked with your child’s name. Please leave all toys at home, unless it is a Show & Tell item.

A Rough Idea of what's scheduled! Will be making changes as needed.

Sept. 25 - Letters A, R; Apple, Acorn. Colors Red, Green. Start Handprint/Footprint calendar for year (apple); Outdoor activity. ‘Acorn’ snacks.
Oct. 9 - Letters K, L, U; Kite, Leaf, Umbrella; God made the Seasons: Fall/Autumn; Weather; outdoor activity; shapes.
Oct. 23 - Letters P, C; Pumpkin, Candycorn. Pumpkin, candycorn crafts, songs, books.
Nov. 6 - Letters B, G, Y; Colors Brown, Green, Yellow; numbers.
Nov. 20 - Letters T, F; Turkey, Thanksgiving, Football; shapes
Dec. 4 - Christmas Theme
Jan. 8 - Letters S, W; Season: Winter; Weather-snow; Colors White, Blue.
Jan. 22 - Months of the year song.        
Feb. 5 - Letters H, L, V; Valentine Theme, heart, love; Valentine Card Exchange.
Feb. 19 - Days of the week song
Mar. 4 - St. Patrick’s Day Theme; Color Green; Letter G; shapes.
Mar. 18 - calendar (spring flowers); colors Red, Yellow, Blue, Green, Purple; crafts, songs, books
Apr. 8 - Spring Theme; Season: Spring; weather & outdoor changes; calendar (rainbow)
Apr. 22 - Summer Theme; Season: summer; weather changes; practice year end program.

Preschool Music & Motion                Jeanie King        Ages 3-4        $5

no homework at all

We will start off our class time with a Bible story that will incorporate learning our letters, numbers, and colors, 2 letters, 1 number and 1 color each co-op.  We will introduce the spanish words for our numbers and colors as well.  A coloring page will accompany our story.  Next will come our Bible verse time using American sign language to help us remember.  Acting out our story or possibly doing a craft or activity will complete our first hour.  Second hour will begin with learning and singing lots of Bible/worship/Jesus songs. Using our bodies to worship the Lord will be encouraged.  We will dance, twirl and tumble to the beat adding some percussion instruments as well maracas, drums, cymbals, tambourines, rhythm sticks, etc.  We may have an occasional snack (Please let me know if your child has any allergies.), but I will try to keep this at a minimum as lunch is the following hour.  For the brief and limited good weather co-op days we will plan some outdoor playground fun.  Game time will come in the form of hide and seek stuffed animals, jumping contests, and bean bags toss just to name a few.  We are sure to have a lots of fun!  There is no homework required, but students may wish to practice things from class at home.

Week 1 (9/25) - Adam and Eve story, Letters A & B, Number 0, Color red, Romans 3:23, The Wordless Book song
Week 2 (10/9) - David and Goliath story, Letters C & D, Number 1, Color white, Psalm 95:6, Only A Boy Named David song
Week 3 (10/23) - the story of Abraham, Letters E and F, Number 2, Color blue, John 3:16a, Father Abraham song
Week 4 (11/6) - Hannah and Samuel, Letters G & H, Number 3, Color purple, John 3:16b, The B-I-B-L-E song
Week 5 (11/20) - Jesus healed the 10 lepers, Letters I & J, Number 4, Color brown, John 3:16c, Thank You, Jesus song
Week 6 (12/4) - Christmas story, Letters K & L, Number 5, Color green, John 3:16d, Away In a Manger song
Week 7 (1/8) - Noah and the Ark, Letters M & N, Number 6, Color yellow, Gen. 6:8, Noah Found Grace in the Eyes of the Lord song
Week 8 (1/22) - Jesus' miracles [Feeding the 5,000, Healing the blind, lame, etc], Letters O & P, Number 7, Color orange, John 11:27a, Fishers of Men song, Open the Eyes of My Heart song
Week 9 (2/5) - the story of Ruth, Letters Q & R, Number 8, Color pink, Acts 16:31, Behold, Behold I Stand at the Door and Knock song
Week 10 (2/19) - the story of Samson, Letters S & T, Number 9, Color black, Joshua 10:9a, My God is so Big song
Week 11 (3/4) - Joshua and the battle of Jericho, Letters U & V, Number 10, color red, Joshua 24:15b, Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho song
Week 12 (3/18) - Easter story, Letters W & X, Color white, Matt. 28:6a, Hallelu, Hallelu, Hallelu, Hallelujah, Praise Ye the Lord! song
Week 13 (4/8) - Jonah and the Whale, Letters Y & Z, Number 12, Color blue, I Samuel 15:22b, Who Did? song
Week 14 (4/22) - Review and practice for our program

Research Writing        Lisa Wagner                Ages 14-18                $30

homework required weekly

Students will explore the process of academic research from the pre-writing stage to the revision stage. The class will walk students through the planning, development, and composition of a research report, step by step. Students will learn how to plan, develop, draft, and revise a research paper, as well as properly research the topic and document the facts. Students will end the class prepared to write reports and research papers for high school and college assignments. Optional research sessions may be held at a local library. Suggested for all high school students at least once during their high school career, preferably in 11th or 12th grade. Students will benefit from repeating this class more than once in high school to ensure that the research and writing process is mastered. HOMEWORK MUST BE COMPLETED OUTSIDE OF CLASS. This is not a "learn to write" class. Students must already be able to write a coherent paragraph. Students will need to bring a laptop to several class sessions. Students must have access to a printer. Fee will cover research paper booklet (Writing a Research Paper by Edward Shewan), handouts, and evaluation of final paper. $5 of class fee is due at registration so booklets can be ordered before classes begin.

WEEK 1 – Basics of a Research Paper and Choosing a Topic
HW – Research Paper Proposal  - 2 paragraphs (Precis)
WEEK 2 – Thesis Statements
HW - Thesis Statement and 3 main points due
WEEK 3 – How to Do Online Research and Take Notes; BRING LAPTOPS
HW – Research
WEEK 4 – Finding Sources and Doing Research;  BRING LAPTOPS
HW - Working Bibliography due, Check notes
WEEK 5 – Online Databases;  BRING LAPTOPS
HW – Research, Check notes
WEEK 6 – Outlining
HW – Outline, Check notes
WEEK 7 – Annotated Bibliography
HW – Annotated Bibliography
WEEK 8 – Plagiarism
HW – Begin writing your paper. You must come next time with at least two pages written.
WEEK 9 – Writing The First Draft
HW - Rough draft of entire paper – no footnotes yet (or as much of the paper as you have written if you are not done, for partial credit, DO NOT COME WITHOUT YOUR PAPER)
WEEK 10 - – Works Cited and Documentation
HW – Rough Draft of Works Cited
WEEK 11 – Works Cited and Documentation
HW – Works Cited
WEEK 12 – Independent Conferences
HW – Final Draft
WEEK 13 – Independent Conferences
HW – Final Draft
WEEK 14 – Papers Due in Class

Round Table Geometry        Diane Ivey-Gruell        Ages 8-10        $20

homework required occasionally

Using the Sir Cumference series by Charlesbrisge Publishing along with the accompanying activity book  we will be making a connection between literature and mathematics with geometric concepts, problem-solving and critical thinking strategies.  Basic skills needed are listening, thinking and writing.  We will work on vocabulary, math problems, book reports, activities, games and also learn about medieval history (castles and knights, etc.).  It will be a fun approach to math.  Degree of difficulty will be adjusted to the age and ability of the students in the class.

9/25 & 10/9 = "Sir Cumference and the First Round Table" A Math Adventure
10/23 & 11/6 = "Sir Cumference & the Dragon of Pi"
11/20 & 12/4 = "Sir Cumference & the Great Knight of Angle land"
1/8 & 1/22 = "Sir Cumference & the Sword in the Cone"
2/5 & 2/19 = "Sir Cumference & the Isle of I meter"
3/4 & 3/18 = "Sir Cumference & All the King's Tens"
4/8 & 4/14 = "Sir Cumference & the Viking's Map"

Samurai & Bonsai - Japanese Culture        Sherri Melillo               Ages 11-13        $35

homework required occasionally

What do you think of when you think of Japanese culture?  Samurai, Ninja, & Bonsai?  Or Manga, Anime, & Karaoke? The Japanese blend ancient traditions and practices with the modern.  Join me for an introductory exploration of Japanese culture - ancient & contemporary - through various hands-on projects & a demonstration or two.  

Week 1 – Intro to Japan.  Origami Part 1
Week 2 – Origami Part 2
Week 3 – Bonsai demonstration (outside speaker)
Week 4 - Haiku poetry
Week 5 - Japanese games
Week 6 – Samurai Helmet
Week 7  - Finish Samurai Helmet
Week 8 – Miniature Japanese Garden
Week 9 – Missionary speaker
Week 10 - Bento Boxes & Onigiri
Week 11 – Make a Japanese Screen
Week 12 – Noh Theater Mask
Week 13 – Make your own Manga comic
Week 14 - Koinobori (carp banner)

Sewing Circle                Diane Ivey-Gruell         Ages 11-18        $35

homework optional

This class will enable students to mend their own clothes as well as discover their own design and creative talents.  Students need to have good listening skills and be able to follow directions.  It would be best to practice threading a needle before classes begin.  We will learn mending and embellishing, embroidery stitches and quilting techniques.  There will be at least two projects during the year.  Please bring a sewing basket to class.

9/25 = Darning & Patching
10/9 = Sewing Seams & Hems
10/23 = Buttons, Hooks, Snaps & Button hole repair
11/6, 11/20, & 12/4 = Embroidery Stitches & Project

2nd Semester = Quilting Techniques and Project

Snap Circuits         Michon Periso         Ages 11-13        $Still being determined.

Give your child an exciting, hands-on introduction to electronics with Elenco Electronics Snap.

Simple, Fun Projects Let Kids Learn While They Play With its easy-to-follow instructions, Snap Circuits gives your child a hands-on education in how electrical circuits run the everyday devices that they're familiar with. They'll also gain valuable lessons in building and in following instructions.

The project list includes a photosensitive electronic organ, a lie detector, an AM radio, and a two-finger touch lamp. With these projects, children will experiment with electric switches, integrated circuits, digital circuits, fuses, and the transformation of circuit sounds into other sounds.

I will supply the Snap Circuits for the students to use in class but if you would like to have your student own their own Snap Circuit I will be placing an order for the Snap Circuit 300 before the school year starts. The cost is $43.00 which includes shipping and tax.  If a students already owns a Snap Circuit they are welcome to bring it to class to use.  I will need to purchase double A batteries for all the kits. Each kit takes 4 batteries.

Week 1 Basic Components & Circuits

Week 2 Motors and Electricity

Week 3 Resistance

Week 4 Capacitors

Week 5 Transistors

Week 6 Oscillators and Electric Sound

Week 7 Integrated Circuits

Week 8 Electromagnetism and Radio

Week 9 Meters, Transformers and FM Radio

Week 10 Diodes & Applications

Week 11 Electronic Switches

Week 12 Electromagnetism

Week 13 Sun Power

Week 14 More Circuits and New Ways to Look at Them

Speedy Racers        Theresa VanAllen        Ages 8-11        $10

no homework at all

This class is based on the Racecar Book by Bobby Mercer. Class time will be used to assemble and race each of the students cars.The cars are built from common items such as mouse traps, cans, boxes, wood and food. No reading, writing, or math skills are needed.

Week  1  Vinegar racer (vinegar and baking soda racer)
Week  2  Rolling Thunder (a rubber band powered racer)
Week  3  Pop Bottle Racecar (air pressure/tire pump racer)
Week  4  Mallow Magic/Spud Racer (edible racer)
Week  5  Birthday Card Car (gravity racer)
Week  6  Hauling Cheese (mouse trap racer)
Week  7  Hotter Than Hot Wheels Launcher
Week  8  4-Wheeled Fun (a rubber band racer)
Week  9  Mini Balloon Race Car and Mega Ramp
Week 10 Rice Car (edible)
Week 11 Tri-Car Racer/Hauler (gravity racer)
Week 12 Juice Box Launcher
Week 13 Propeller Car
Week 14 Mac-n-Cheese Roller (gravity)

Tinkerlab        Karri Wilson          Ages 5-7        $30

homework optional

In Tinkerlab, children will experiment, explore, test and play. They will learn a great deal through problem solving and hands-on experiments.

 

Week 1. Plexiglas Painting
Week 2. Slime/ Goop
Week 3. Gumdrop Structure
Week 4. Collage Painting
Week 5. Scrap Building
Week 6. Paint Experiments
Week 7. CD Spinners
Week 8. Pounding Nails/ Paper Houses
Week 9. Take Things Apart
Week 10. Drawing Machine
Week 11. DIY Robots
Week 12. Glittery Egg Geodes
Week 13. DIY Lava Lamps
Week 14. Foam Plate Relief Prints

Volleyball        Bonnie Bindig        Ages 12-18        $5.00, knee pads, 1 volleyball

homework optional

This class is designed to help each player improve his/her volleyball skills. Each class we will warm up, work on skills and scrimmage. Each player must have knee pads and a volleyball.

Each class will consist of a warm up time, skills practice and drills, as well as scrimmage time. Students will be given copies of drills to work on at home if they choose to do so.

With Humans in It!                Ginger Latta                Ages 11-18                $20

homework required occasionally

We start out with auditions this year, June 8 (see SoF calendar for more details) This class will cover many aspects of theater but we end up performing/ministering for the end of the year program! This class is about team building as well as learning to work together expanding & stretching our limits more than we have before.

IMPORTANT! We have (2) required off campus days, all day practices
9:30-3:00
Nov. 10, 2015 & April 19, 2016

Week 1- Ice Breakers

Week 2- team building

Week 3-Character design

Week 4- Blocking

Week 5-Emotions & facial structuring

Week 6- Physical skill levels

Week 7-Run through learning ending of program

Week 8- Blocking

Week 9-12 Structure of performance & practice

Week 13-14 Polish Program

Yearbook Staff        Kristina Johnson        Ages 14-18        $5

homework required occasionally

Each week we will work on tasks associated with building the SOF 2015-2016 yearbook.  This is a participation class as opposed to a learning class.  Each staff member will be given a responsibility that they will work on in class as well as outside of class.

Week 1 - Introduction to Yearbook
Week 2 - Personal Interests
Week 3 - Class Lists/Family Lists
Week 4 - Photographing Classes
Week 5 - Advertising
Week 6 - Field Trip Prep
Week 7 - Photographing Classes
Week 8 - Advertising
Week 9- Candids
Week 10 - Candids page layout
Week 11 - New programs
Week 12 - Fieldtrip pages
Week 13 - Yearbook Publisher/PDF File
Week 14 - Review