Seeds of Faith Co-op 2013-14 Class Descriptions (updated 5-25-13)
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ASSEMBLY 9:30 - 9:55 (Please arrive on time for assembly.)

FIRST HOUR 10:00 - 10:50

Apologia Chemistry Edgett ages 14-18

Apologia General Science Sowders ages 12-14

Apologia Physics Bindig ages 16-18

Art Around the World Hagemeister ages 5-7

Drama Latta ages 8-18

Letter Writing Melillo ages 8-11

Mixin It Up – Fine Arts    ages 9-13 DeSimpelare  

Outdoor Survival Skills A Meldrum ages 12-13

Outdoor Survival Skills B Wright ages 14-18

PE Husted ages 8-11

Pet Friends Amell ages 5-7

Preschool Foundations AM Hour 1 Kyle ages 2-4

What Color is Your Parachute (Careers) Titcombe ages 13-18      

Woodworkers Workshop VanAllen ages 8-11  

SECOND HOUR 11:00 - 11:50        

Babysitting  King ages 12-18                

Discover Engineering Sowders ages 8-11

Drawing & Painting ages 10-18 DeSimpe-lare         

Electric Mischief Oliver ages 12-14        

For the Love of our 18” Dolls Kauzlarich ages 8-11

Improv Hersh-berger ages 14-18        

Jan Brett Literature   Douglas ages 5-7

Mad Scientist Chemistry Szymanski ages 8-11        

My Side of the Mountain Wright ages 8-11        

PE Schultz ages 5-7        

Personal Finance Gina Lawton ages 14-18        

Preschool Foundations AM Hour 2 Kyle ages 2-4        

Talking Out Loud Tankersley ages 14-18        

Zoology Swimming Creatures Bindig ages 10-11

LEADERSHIP MEETING

LUNCH       12:00 - 12:20

CLEAN-UP 12:20-12:30

THIRD HOUR 12:30 - 1:20

Beginner Guitar Bruce Lawton ages 10-18        

Beginning Violin Anderson ages 8-11

Blogging for Fun & Profit Morell ages 12-18        

Crafts Around Our World (Crosses) Oliver ages 5-7        

Drama Latta ages 8-18        

Fashion Design Bolam ages 11-18        

Forbidden Lego Huffaker ages 12-13        

Gym Activities Husted ages 12-18

Lego Quest Ybarra ages 8-11        

Literary Analysis Gina Lawton ages 14-18        

Little House Activities Hall ages 8-11        

Mad Scientist Chemistry Szymanski ages 5-7        

Magic Tree House Book Club Kauzlarich ages 8-11        

Preschool Foundations PM Hour 3 Dodson ages 2-4        

Shutter Bugs Levels 1 & 2 ages 10-18 DeSimpelare        

FOURTH HOUR 1:30 - 2:20

Book Cooks VanAllen ages 5-7

Cupcake Creations ages 10-18 Bolam        

Decades of America Wodowski ages 12-14        

Defense & Tactics & Krav Maga Tankersley ages 12-18        

Government Reber 14-18                

Leathercrafting Almada ages 10-18        

Off the Cuff Hershberger ages 8-11        

Pee Wee Ecology Meldrum ages 5-7        

Preschool Foundations PM Hour 4 Dodson ages 2-4        

Rhythm & Ringin' Anderson ages 6-9        

Shutter Bugs Levels 3 & 4 ages 11-18 DeSimpelare

Worship Team Bruce Lawton ages 12-18        

Written and Illustrated Melillo ages 10+        

Young Scientists Investigate Habitats! Edgett ages 8-9

CLASS DESCRIPTIONS AND INFORMATION

Apologia Chemistry - Edgett ages 14-18         $45        

We will cover the experiment and lab portions of the second 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. This class is a full year commitment.        

homework required weekly

September 13th, 2013: MODULE #1: Measurement and Units

September 27, 2013: MODULE #2: Energy, Heat, and Temperature

October 11, 2013: MODULE #3: Atoms and Molecules

October 25, 2013: MODULE #4: Classifying Matter and Its Changes

November 8, 2013: MODULE #5: Counting Molecules and Atoms in Chemical Equations

November 22, 2013: MODULE #6: Stoichiometry

December 6, 2013: MODULE #7: Atomic Structure

January 17, 2014: MODULE #8: Molecular Structure & MODULE #9: Polyatomic Ions and Molecular Geometry

January 31, 2014: MODULE #10: Acid/Base Chemistry

February 14, 2014: MODULE #11: The Chemistry of Solutions

February 28, 2014: MODULE #12: The Gas Phase

March 14, 2014: MODULE #13: Thermodynamics

March 28, 2014: MODULE #14: Kinetics

April 11, 2014: MODULE #15: Chemical Equilibrium

Apologia General Science - Sowders ages 12-14         $40        

This class covers the labs and random discussion questions from Apologia's Exploring Creation with General Science. Homework will be optional, and consist entirely of lab reports and other relevant work. The focus of the class is on labs and keeping a lab notebook. Since we will be working with science equipment, some of which is delicate or dangerous, disruptive behavior will not be tolerated.

Either 1st or 2nd edition of Exploring Creation with General Science will be fine. Since doing all the labs is not going to be possible in our fourteen fifty minute class periods, I will be choosing the best ones to do as a group. All other work and testing will need to take place at home.

Towards the end of the year, I will encourage your student to make a science fair project or informative display covering something they learned this year for our table at the end of the year program. This is something I am looking forward to seeing as I think we are all going to have a great year!"        

homework optional

Week 1: Module 1 & Start Module 2         A Brief History of Science + Scientific Inquiry

Week 2: Finish Module 2 & Module 3        Scientific Inquiry + How to Analyze and Interpret Experiments

Week 3: Module 4        Science and Applied Science

Week 4: Module 5 & Start Module 6        The History of Life: Archaeology, Geology & Paleontology + Foundations of Geology (Module 5 has no labs.)

Week 5: Module 6* & Start Module 7*        Foundations of Geology + The Fossil Record

Week 6: Module 7*        The Fossil Record

Week 7: Module 8*        Uniformitarianism and Catastrophism

Week 8: Module 9*        What is Life?

Week 9: Module 10*        Classifying Life

Week 10: Module 11*         The Human Body

Week 11: Module 12        Energy and Life

Week 12: Module 13        The Human Digestive System

Week 13: Module 14/15        Human Respiratory and Circulatory Systems + Human Lymphatic, Endocrine and Urinary Systems

Week 14: Module 15/16        Human Lymphatic, Endocrine and Urinary Systems + The Human Nervous System

I am going to attempt to get us through the whole book. Weeks with an asterisk contain some labs that cannot be done in one class period. I am going to be giving parents a heads-up about how those will be handled as we go along.

Apologia Physics - Bindig ages 16-18 $25        

This class will use the Apologia Physics book. Our co-op time will be spent completing experiments for each module. Students are required to read the applicable module(s) before class. I am not requiring students to turn in on your own questions, review questions, practice problems or complete tests.  I would recommend that parents require these things to ensure that your student grasps the concepts and gets the most out of the class. (Should you require assistance with this you can contact me about overseeing this end of class for an additional fee. 810-338-3390)        

homework required weekly

Week 1 - Introduction to class; syllabus distributed; expectations and requirements discussed. experiments 1.1 and 1.2 will be completed in class. Module 1 should be read before co-op.

Week 2 - Module 2 should be read before class. Experiments 2.1, 2.2, and 2.3 will be completed in class.

Week 3 - Module 3 should be read before class. Experiments 3.1 and 3.2 will be completed in class.

Week 4 - Module 4 and Module 5 pgs.141-144 should be read before class. Experiments 4.1,  4.2  and 5.1 will be completed in class.

Week 5 - Modules 5 and 6 should be read before class. Experiments 5.2, 6.2, and 6.3 will be completed in class. EXPERIMENT 6.1 SHOULD BE DONE ON YOUR OWN BECAUSE AN ELEVATOR IS NEEDED.

Week 6 - Modules 7 and 8 (to page 266) should be read before class. Experiments 7.1 and 8.2 will be completed in class.

Week 7 - Module 8 should be read before class. Experiment 8.2 will be completed in class.

Week 8 - Module 9 should be read before class. Experiments 9.1 and 9.2 will be completed in class.

Week 9 - Module 10 should be read before class. Experiments 10.1 and 10.2 will be completed in class.

Week 10 - Modules 11 and 12 to page 398 to be read before class. Experiments11.1, 12.1, and 12.2 will be completed in class.

Week 11 - Module 12 and 13 to be read before class. Experiments 12.3, 13.1, and 13.2 will be completed in class.

Week 12 - Module 14 to be read before class. Experiment 14.1 will be completed in class.

Week 13 - Module 15 to be read before class. Experiments 15.1, 15.2, and 15.3 will be completed in class.

Week 14 - Module 16 to be read before class. Experiments 16.1 and 16.2 will be completed in class.

Art Around the World - Hagemeister ages 5-7 $20        

Students will be introduced to art from around the world through a variety of mediums.  By the end of the class students will have created a variety of art projects including Native American Dream catchers, Russian Matryoshka dolls, Fine Art oil and acrylic paintings, and many more!  Included in the class fee are the materials to complete several fine art projects (9+) including a table-top easel, fine art brushes, and paint palette.  Children enrolled in this class should be able to pay attention to detail, and sit attentively for at least 1/2 the class period.  Homework will not be required but occasionally the students may be asked to bring something from home.

no homework at all

Week 1:  Intro to art, art history, technique, mediums, etc.

Week 2:  Intro to Native American Art, and Native American Art Project

Week 3:  Intro to Aboriginal Art, and Create Traditional Aboriginal Dot Painting

Week 4:  Intro to African Art, Create an African Mask

Week 5:  Intro to Russian Art, Create Matroyshka Dolls

Week 6:  Intro to French Art, French Art painting project

Week 7:  Intro to Italian Art, Italian Paint Project

Week 8:  More Italian Painting

Week 9:  Italian Sculpture Project

Week 10:  Intro to Roman Art, Roman Mosaic Art Project

Week 11:  Intro to Chinese Art, Chinese Crane Painting and Calligraphy

Week 12:  Intro to Indian and Japanese Art, Create Simple Block Painting

Week 13:  Start work on top secret Egyptian end of year class project

Week 14:  Complete End of year Class project.

Babysitting - King ages 12-18        $20        

This is the Official Red Cross Babysitters Training course.  It includes the information and skills necessary to give safe and responsible care for children and infants.  This training will help you develop leadership skills; learn how to develop a babysitting business, keep yourself and others safe and help children behave; and learn about basic child care and basic first aid.

There will be some practice sessions using baby dolls or mannequins learning diapering, feeding, and CPR.  Depending on the number of mannequins available, you may need to share.  Don't worry, they will be cleaned after being used by each person.  :)

Students will be divided into pairs to volunteer their help in younger classes and to observe child behavior in order to gain more experience.

There is a little bit of EASY reading required each week. Even if you finish the entire book in one sitting you will need to review the material so that you can participate in class discussion.  

Successful course completion requires participation in all classroom activities and skill sessions.  Those who complete the course successfully will receive a Red Cross Babysitters Training Certificate.

homework required weekly        

It is very important that students do not miss classes since they are packed with information & practice and are difficult to make up.  

Week 1 – Introduction to the course; Lesson 1: You’re the Boss: A Guide to Leadership

Week 2 – Lesson 2: The Business of Babysitting

Week 3 – Lesson 3: Safe and Sound on the Job (Safety)

Week 4 – Lesson 4: Understanding Kids from 0 to 10 (Part 1)

Week 5 – Lesson 4: Understanding Kids from 0 to 10 (Part 2)

Week 6 – Lesson 5: From Feeding to Bedtime: Caring for Kids (Part 1)

Week 7 - Lesson 5: From Feeding to Bedtime: Caring for Kids (Part 2)

Week 8 – Lesson 6: It’s an Emergency … Now What? (Part 1)

(What is an emergency, how to call for help, checking a child, etc.)      

Week 9 - Lesson 6: It’s an Emergency … Now What? (Part 2)

(Breathing emergencies, Conscious choking child or infant, etc.)

Week 10 - Lesson 6: It’s an Emergency … Now What? (Part 3)

       (Checking an unconscious child, rescue breathing,etc.)

Week 11 - Lesson 6: It’s an Emergency … Now What? (Part 4)

               (Rescue Breathing – child or infant, etc.)

Week 12 - Lesson 6: It’s an Emergency … Now What? (Part 5) (Basic First Aid)

Week 13 - Lesson 6: It’s an Emergency … Now What? (Part 6) (Basic First Aid)

Week 14 – Wrapping up, any missed lessons, practice, etc.

Beginner Guitar - Bruce Lawton ages 10-18 $70

In this class, students will be introduced to the guitar, basic chords, music theory and scale work. We’ll be learning some rhythm patterns to play basic songs, and before you know it, you’ll be a rock star. OK, maybe not … but you’ll be a guitar player. You’ll also be able to accompany yourself or someone else singing, performing, or just around the campfire. I'm looking forward to this opportunity to help students discover the gift of music.

homework required weekly        

Week 1: Tune guitar and other basics.  Electric vs. Acoustic.  1st string- Learn three notes.  Three chords.

Week 2: Tune guitar.  2nd string- Learn 3 notes. Three chords.  Guitar strumming

Week 3: Tune guitar.  3rd string-Learn 2 notes.  Circle of 5ths  Chord Progressions.  Song.  TABS  

Week 4:  Tune guitar.  4th string-Learn 3 notes.  Song.  Playing with other players.  

Week 5: Tune guitar.  5th string-Learn 3 notes.  Song.  Finger Picking

Week 6: Tune guitar.  6th string-Learn 3 notes  Song.  Open scales

Week 7: Tune guitar.  Review notes on all 6 strings.  Alternating Bass technique.  Power Chords.  Song

Week 8: Tune guitar.  Chord study (M, m, 6th, 7th, etc...).  Melody Chord songs.  Ensemble Playing.  

Week 9: Tune guitar.  Major Scales in 5 positions  Song.  Improvisation

Week 10: Tune guitar.  Minor Scale in 5 positions.  Song.  Drop D tuning.  How to use effects on the guitar

Week 11: Tune guitar.  Pentatonic and Blues Scale in 5 positions.  Song writing.  

Week 12: Tune guitar.  Other Modes and Scales.  Singing and playing.  Talking and playing.  Song

Week 13: Tune guitar.  Song writing.  Rehearsing for program

Week 14: Review.  Rehearsing for program"        The more students invest in the guitar the more they will learn.  Having internet available would be helpful.  do we have access to any music stands?  Plugins for any amps we might need?  

Beginning Violin - Anderson ages 8-11 $28        

Has your child ever wanted to play a musical instrument?  Here's your chance to try the violin for only $2 per lesson.  In this class you will learn the basics of counting, reading, and playing music.  We will use a combination of Suzuki Method (ear training and memorizing) and the Traditional Method (scales and note reading) of teaching the students to play the violin.  Your child will learn to use their God given talents to glorify the Lord.  Music is important to God.  David played the harp.  Moses and the Isrealites danced and sang after crossing the Red Sea.  The angels sang when Jesus was born.  These are just a few examples of music in the Bible.   Music is not just useful here on Earth, but I believe we'll be able to use our musical talents to glorify God throughout eternity...        

We would be willing to discuss plans for your child to get an instrument to play.  We currently have a few violins that we could sell for about $70.  Or we know of a great Christian man who owns a violin shop, where you could rent a violin for $10 per month.  We would need to meet with the students to see what size violin they would need, it depends on the length of their left arm...

We also need to consider if parents would like to purchase the Suzuki 1 music books (about $7 each), book and CD (about $15 each), or if they just want to memorize the music."

homework required weekly        

"Week 1:   Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star

Week 2:   Lightly Row

Week 3:   Song of the Wind

Week 4:   Go Tell Aunt Rhody

Week 5:   O Come, Little Children

Week 6:   Jingle Bells

Week 7:   Away in a Manger

Week 8:   Carol of the Bells

Week 9:   Ode to Joy

Week 10:  Bile them Cabbage

Week 11:  May Song

Week 12:  Long, Long, Ago

Week 13:  Allegro

Week 14:  Perpetual Motion

Each class will start with a lesson in reading music, playing scales, and a review of the previous weeks music.  We will try to learn a new song each time we have class. The amount and ages of the students, as well as the amount of time the students spend practicing at home, will determine if we are able to accomplish this.  We are willing to add more songs, or slow down, if we need to.  

Blogging for Fun and Profit - Morell ages 12-18                 $8        

Combine your talent or passion with elements of web design, business, and computer programming to create an award winning blog!  Turn your talent into a blog that gets attention and earns an income!  You’ll learn the secrets of blogging for success.  Parents: your oversight will be needed outside of class, as Internet Safety will be stressed.  Students should plan to bring a laptop to co-op, as some work may be done in class.        

homework required weekly        

Homework: Blog posting, blog design, commenting on a classmate’s blog, and finding example blogs.  Parents should oversee any internet searches and are encouraged to read their student’s blog.

*this is a preliminary plan.  If students show interest in one direction more than another, the class plans may change:)

Week 1 SAFETY and Blog Purpose

Cover INTERNET SAFETY rules.  Everyone receives a copy of the rules to sign.  Parents must sign, too – bring back week 2.

Purpose – does a blog need a purpose?  Examples of blogs with purpose and those without (random).

2nd half – sign up for a blog.  Register your name, basic setup.

Homework: bring back safety rules signed by parent.  Find an example of a blog either with a purpose or without.  Do you think this makes it a good blog or a ho-hum blog?  Write your 1st blog post.

Week 2 Throw Your Voice – Blog Ventriloquism

Review last week – turn in safety rules, signed by parent.

What is a blog with “voice”?  Examples of blogs with voice and without.  Which has more appeal?

2nd half – set up your blog roll.

Homework: write post #2 and comment on one blog

Week 3 Content – the secret is…posting regularly

Example of one regular poster and one irregular poster.  Why is this important?

2nd half – Design: tweak it, make it yours.  Templates.

Homework: bring a blog next week to discuss (an example of purpose, voice, or content).

Write post #3 and comment on one blog

Week 4 – Design: Parts of a blog

Discuss blogs your brought.  Why did you choose that blog?  How does it use purpose, voice, or content effectively?  What value does it have?

2nd half – parts of a blog: header, footer, sidebars, content area, widgets.

Homework: continue to tweak the design of your blog, as desired.  Write post #4 and comment on one blog.

Week 5 – Design: Adding pictures, video, audio…

About copyright – there’s a right way and a wrong way to use other people’s stuff. SAFETY REMINDER: do not use any photo (or info!) that is too personal.

2nd half – add pictures to your blog, add a caption, link a photo to another website.  Give credit where credit is due.

Homework: write post #5 and comment on one blog

Week 6 – Inspiration – how to keep adding content

Memes.  Also, static pages and the “About Me” section of your blog.  Adding Widgets on your sidebar.  SAFETY REMINDER (About Me).

2nd half – work on your About Me in class

Homework: bring a meme or questions that inspire content.  Post #6 and comment on one blog.

Week 7 – Money makers: Blogs that make money

Guest speaker?

Homework: post #7 and comment on a blog

Week 8 – Organization: Where did I put that, again?

Using tags and categories to organize your blog

2nd half: tag your past posts.

Homework: post #8 and comment on a blog.  Extra: find a widget you really like to share in class.

Week 9 – More tweaking, basic HTML

Introduction to HTML.  Where to learn more (html tutorials).  Always backup your blog template before tweaking.

2nd half: edit your html, see what it does.

Homework: Find a pretty blog (a blog that you like the overall design, layout, template) – we’re going to look at this in class. Post #9 and comment on a blog

Week 10 – More basic HTML

Dissecting the blog you brought, looking at it’s html.  More basic html.

Homework: post #10 and comment on a blog.

Week 11 – More basic HTML or introduction to CSS

More template tweaking.

Homework: post #11 and comment on a blog.

Week 12 – Advanced: HTML, CSS, and PHP

Tutorials to learn more.  What each looks like and how it works together to make a blog.

Homework: post #12 and comment on a blog.

Find a blog you think is successful for discussion in class.

Week 13 – Keep it going!  How to generate interest, advertise, and keep readers coming back.

Discuss the blog you brought in; why is it successful?  How do they generate interest and keep people coming back?

Contests, product reviews, guest contributors, advertising on email / forums, interacting with other blogs and leaving your link to your blog.

Homework: post #13 and comment on a blog.

Week 14 – Putting it all together, future blogging goals.

Let’s encourage each other to keep going with our blogs!  Share, how will you grow your blog?  What are your future goals for your blog?

Possible Guest Speaker, or dig deeper into something we enjoyed this year

Book Cooks - VanAllen ages 5-7        $10        

Literature-based cooking and activities

Each class time will have a story theme. After sharing a book with the students; the class will participate in preparing and eating foods, playing games or craft activities that will all be related to the theme of the story.         

!Children with known food allergies should NOT enroll in this class!

Some foods will be prepared with small appliances such as toasters and griddles.

no homework at all

Books and Recipes

Week  1    Rosie's Walk - Chicken Feed

Week  2    Johnny Appleseed - Baked Caramel Apples

Week  3    Pumpkin, Pumpkin - Toasted Pumpkin Seeds

Week  4    Where the Wild Things Are - Munchable Monster Toast

Week  5    Gregory the Terrible Eater - Dippity-Do

Week  6    Pancakes for Breakfast - Personalized Pancakes

Week  7    The Christmas Angel - Angel Cookies

Week  8    Frog and Toad are Friends - Friendship Fruit Salad

Week  9    The Snowy Day - Hot Cocoa Mix

Week 10   The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs - Pigs in a Blanket

Week 11   It Looked Like Spilt Milk - Mighty Milk

Week 12   Little Rabbit's Loose Tooth - Apple Smiles

Week 13   The Carrot Seed - Mud

Week 14   Amazon Fever - Butterfly Bites

Crafts Around Our World (Crosses) - Oliver ages 5-7                $15        

Art created from around our world is to demonstrate that we are all the same from the same creator but we are also different.  Each person is unique; each person has his or her own preferences, thoughts, desires, needs, abilities, and goals.  Purpose of class is to demonstrate being ""all the same"" does not mean that we are all identical; it does mean that we are all one. There will be a quick discussion/presentation before each class in hopes to encourage each student's creativity, love of the world and inspirations.

no homework at all

Week 1. Talk about our class.  Talk about our World.  Talk about Art.  Talk about ourselves.  Learn how to bring out inspirations from our World. Show samples of our crafts to encourage excitement and expectations.

Week 2-13. Cross foundation with creativity from inspiration of different places of our world. Journal of inspirational ideas, sites, pictures, etc. (See below for some sample ideas.)

Week 14. Last Cross foundation with display table. Final discussions. Final Journal/Inspirational folder entries.

A Cross foundation decorated with different embellishments with traits unique of its own from areas around the world. Students will be able to give as a gift, sell, or keep for themselves. Brief discussions before class in hopes to encourage each student’s creativity, love of the world, and inspirations.

Cupcake Creations ages 10-18 - Bolam        $30        

Each week we will be creating cute cupcake designs on cupcakes that students bring to class.   Each week our goal is for each student to finish at least a half dozen of the same design.  No previous decorating skill needed to begin class.  Difficulty of the creations will depend upon the level of skill in the class as the year progresses.  Items needed for class:  Apron, decorating tips (will send notice later), decorating bags, 6 cupcakes each week, decorating icing (child will make before class), and fondant sheets (don’t buy until I send notice). Please feel free to contact me with questions.

homework required occasionally

Week One:  Introduction to class

Week Two: Introduction to decorating

Week Three:  Fall Theme Decorating Cupcakes

Week Four: Fall Theme Decorating Cupcakes

Week Five: Thanksgiving Decorating Cupcakes

Week Six:  Christmas Theme Decorating Cupcakes

Week Seven: :Holiday  ThemeDecorating Cupcakes

Week Eight:  Winter Theme Decorating Cupcakes

Week Nine: Animal Theme Decorating Cupcakes

Week Ten: Valentine Theme Decorating Cupcakes

Week Eleven: Spring Theme Decorating Cupcakes

Week Twelve:  Easter Theme Decorating Cupcakes

Week Thirteen:  Mother’s Day Theme Decorating Cupcakes

Week Fourteen: Father’s Day Theme Decorating Cupcakes

Decades of America - Wodowski ages 12-14                $7        

Students will learn and get a feel for life in America during certain decades.  Significant aspects of the decade will be discussed and experienced. The music, fashion, fads, food, historical events and more!  My goal is to make this class fun while giving the kids a good understanding of American life over it's history. Kids who wish to dress in any way (a hat, make up, jewelry, or an entire outfit!) like the decade we will ""experience"" are very welcome to do so! (I will communicate this in emails also).

no homework at all

1 -briefly go over America's beginnings thru 1800 ish. show / discuss some aspects of life and more. of course The music, fashion, fads, food will be mentioned or experienced.

2 - early 1800s. show / discuss the way of life during this time; child labor and subsequent laws will be mentioned and more. again The music, fashion, fads, food will be brought up or experienced.

3 - 1850-1860. The underground Railroad was at it's peak! This will be discussed along with The music, fashion, fads, and food.

4 - 1861-1870. The Civil War was during this time and will be discussed long with The music, fashion, fads, and food.

5 - The Wild West! occured after the civil war all the way thru early 1900s.  The way of life, the personalities of this time and the music, fashion, fads and food will be discussed.

6 - Turn of the century / early 1900s. Women's sufferage, progessive education, population growth and WW1 will all be mentioned along with the music, fashion, fads and foods.

7 - The Roaring Twenties! Coming out of the war and going into a Great Depression, we will discuss how American's fared and what life was like (music, fashion, fads and food!)

8 - The Dirty Thirties.  The poverty of many, the Dust Bowl and the music, fashion, fads and food.

9 - The 1940s. WW2, music, hollywood, fashion, fads and food.

10 - The 1950s. The prosperity that comes, the music, personalities, TELEVISION comes into homes, fashion, fads, and food.

11 - 1960s. Civil Rights, Vietnam, Woodstock and hippies! (and more)

12 - 1970s. Disco! What life was like and any important highlights from that decade.

13 - 1980s (My generation!) I can personally share things from this one, discussing important highlights.

14 - 1990s. Same as above but relating to this decade.

This is my rough outline.  Of course I will dig out the most important and interesting aspects of each decade, giving the kids some important history AND a lot of fun.  I plan to play music in the beginning of class from each time.  I am looking forward to making this a real fun experience for all of us!

Discover Engineering - Sowders ages 8-11                $40        

This class is all about engineering, the science of design and invention. Through various projects and activities we will be learning about different types of engineering careers, acquiring problem solving skills, designing and troubleshooting our inventions, learning about the history of the field, making models, and more.

To keep the frustration level to a minimum, projects will occasionally be designed for success. In order to be a true engineering class, however, we must make mistakes; not everything works the first time, and failure is an important part of engineering. The best technological advances of our time have come through persistence, not ideas. So let's roll up our sleeves and get ready to have fun!        

homework optional

Week 1: Intro to the design and modeling process - toilet paper tower contest, fancy paper airplanes

Week 2: Inclined Plane, screw, Archimedes - make your own Archimedes screw

Week 3: Pulleys and Levers - mini siege engines

Week 4: Gears - K'nex or similar

Week 5: Rube Goldberg & Intro to more complex machines

Week 6: Rube Goldberg machines continued

Week 7: Design and model contest - newspaper tower

Week 8: Structural Engineering - truss bridges

Week 9: Structural Engineering - design contest: marble run

Week 10: Mechanical Engineering - automobiles (crash test racers)

Week 11: Mechanical Engineering - automobiles (racers continued)

Week 12: Mechanical Engineering - DaVinci's ideas (design contest - parachute)

Week 13: Mechanical Engineering - planes (balsa wood flyer)

Week 14: Recap, end of year program, Make Your Own Gizmo .

Drawing and Painting – DeSimpelare   Age 10 -18

Tuition per student:  $75  plus a Consumable Supplies Fee:  $15

Non-refundable Total = $90 - due in advance. (add $10 if post marked after Aug. 2, 2013)

Topics:  This class will incorporate drawing skills in various 2 dimensional projects using drawing and painting materials.  Foundational methods and mastery will be stressed. No prerequisite is required but a solid skill level in drawing or completion of Mixin It Up is recommended.  Beginners should consider the Mixin It Up class first for drawing development.  Please contact the instructor if you have questions.  Some fun homework is essential .

Concepts:  There will be a greater focus on art work planning and development as well as artistic interpretation.  Students will create a portfolio case in the first class and will carry pieces home for continued progress between classes.  All work will be original and suitable for entering in gallery shows or competitions; no do-as-I-do or copy work.

Supplies:  Students are responsible for bringing the following to each class: a note book sized sketch book, #2 pencils, small pencil sharpener, eraser, 12” ruler, scissors and a portfolio; created the first class.  A book bag – completely packed – is suggested.  All other art supplies will be furnished.

Must have 12 committed enrolled students to offer this class.

Week:     Media:

  1. Still life, large scale, high contrast - charcoal pencil
  2. Cont.
  3. Pencil Portrait (photo copy required)
  4. Cont.
  5. Cont.
  6. 2 pt. linear perspective, ink
  7. Cont.
  8. Color Theory – Triad Acrylic painting (graphic design)
  9. Cont.
  10. Cont.
  11. Reflections (photo by student required) Colored pencil, conte’ crayon
  12. Cont.
  13. 5 x7 miniature - Free Drawing Plan – student choice
  14. Prepare art and set up for art display

Classes are subject to change. Information will be presented and adjusted to best suit the age & skill level of each class group.

Electric Mischief - Oliver ages 12-14        $15        

BATTERY-POWERED GADGETS: Illuminated Fork, electric dice, robot hand, etc.

The Electric ""Miss Chiefs"" (Dorsey, Day, and Libby) will show you how to make creations using step-by-step instruction and illustrations.  Students will experience (3) ways of learning.  Read it, watch it, do it. If there is a interest from students will have guest speakers and/or field trips in the robotic field and/or electrical field to encourage the study of electricity.

Homework optional description:  Will provide step-by-step instruction and easy-to-follow illustrations a week in advance for prep-reading and visualization of what they will be making only to create excitement, inspirational thoughts, and curiosity.  

homework optional

Week# 1        Introduction and Materials

Week# 2        Making Battery Connections

Week# 3        Making Switches

Week# 4        Illuminated Fork

Week# 5        Airplane Bottle

Week# 6        Electric Dice

Week# 7        Lid Light

Week# 8         Noisemaker-(great to use on a door and scare someone)

Week# 9        Back Scratcher

Week#10 Bumper Car

Week#11        Robot Hand

Week#12         Guest Speaker

Week#13        More Mischief

Week#14        Year End demonstration/table

Fashion Design - Bolam  ages 11-18        $20        

Do you have a fashionista?  Well, I have the class for you! In this class we will be starting with a base pattern and from there, the sky is the limit...sleeves, hem, ruffles, trim, etc.   All projects  will be worked on and completed at home; our class time is to teach a new technique, go over problem issues, and to talk about next step.  I will be available for questions during our time between classes.  If all of the students move through projects quickly, we will also design a purse at the end of the year.   All fabric, notions and trims will be your responsibility for purchasing.  The fee will include all copies, patterns, and thread.   A sewing machine is a must!  Before you buy, please ask neighbors, relatives, or friends to borrow one.          

homework required weekly

Week 1:  Introduction to class

Week 2:  Start working on PJ Pants

Week 3:  Continue PJ Pants

Week 4:  Finish PJ  Pants

Week 5:  Start Maxi Skirt

Week 6: Continue Maxi Skirt

Week 7:  Continue Maxi Skirt

Week 8:  Finish Maxi Skirt

Week 9:  Start Peasant Top

Week 10:  Continue Peasant Top

Week 11:  Continue Peasant Top

Week 12:  Continue Peasant Top

Week 13:  Finish Peasant Top

Week 14:  Ice Cream Party and Questions

For the Love of our 18” Dolls - Kauzlarich ages 8-11                $30

This class if for the girl that loves her 18" doll (American Girl or My Generation)!  We will be making all sorts of items including food, clothes, gadgets, accessories and necessities for the dolls we love.  We are going to have fun and save money too!  Girls are encouraged to bring their dolls to class.  We will have a display table at the end of year program.  NOTE: There is so much to make and do, this list may change by the time co-op begins!)  

I will accept half payment by the first day of class.  I also believe this class will actually cost less, I just need help with obtaining some recycled items.  Girls need to bring scissors to each class.  A glue gun will be used for some projects.  

no homework at all

1.  Back to School!

2.  Gadget Galore

3. Tasty Treats

4.  The Great Outdoors

5.  Fabulous Footwear

6.  The World Wanderer

7.  American Idol

8.  Holiday Hoop-a-la

9.  Pantry Provisions

10.  Watch the Time

11.  Purses and shopping bags

12.  Beach Time!

13.  Miscellaneous Accessories

14.  Bench seating or finishing up past projects and getting ready for program.

Forbidden Lego - Huffaker ages 12-13        $60        

Kids, build those models your parents warned you against, but which the Lego creators were making in their back rooms!  Parents, watch your student's reading abilities improve as they each follow their own set of directions to create a Lego Challenge with their own Legos and some special pieces; challenges like the Rubber Band Racer and the Paper Plan Launcher.        no homework at all        

The purchase of two Lego creation books are required.  One has a pouch with 60 special pieces.  $60 at the store can get you one box of Legos that your child can put together in one or two hours, but this $60 gets you 14 hours of Lego time!  Currently, trying to find a group discount for books. $30 due by mail to Stefanie Huffaker on Aug 5 and the balance of $30 due on first day of class.

Wk. 1  9-foot Rubber Band Racer

Wk. 2  Balloon-Powered Rocket Car

Wk. 3  Automatic Field Goal Kicker

Wk. 4  Kentucky Do Nothing

Wk. 5  The Candy Machine

Wk. 6  Candy Coated Catapult

Wk. 7  The Candy Challenge

Wk. 8  Trapdoor Cable Car Parachute Machine

Wk. 9  All Terrain Lego  

Wk. 10 Ping Pong Popper

Wk. 11  Pong Cannon

Wk. 12  The Ping Pong Challenge

Wk. 13  Paper Plate Launcher

Wk. 14 High Velocity Paper Plane Launcher

Wk. 15 The Paper Plate Challenge

Wk. 16 Forbidden Lego Challenge

Government (United States) - Reber 14-18        $10        

Dive into history and find out why our government works the way it does.  Look at what inspired the Declaration and Constitution and what and how that works today.  This will be a discussion driven class.        REQUIRED Text will be "The Constitution Made Easy" by Mike Holler, MSRP $12. Please obtain this book before co-op begins.

homework required occasionally

Week  1 Introduction & Federal US code annotated

Week  2 Magna Carta

Week  3 Declaration of Independence

Week  4 Articles of Confederation

Week  5 Constitution Intro and Fact from Fiction

Week  6 Congress: The Legislative Branch

Week  7 The Executive & Judicial Branches  

Week  8 The Bill of Rights  

Week  9 Amendments  

Week  10 Amendments

Week  11 Amendments  

Week  12 State and Local government  

Week  13 The American Citizen

Week  14 Video/ Q&A of the class"        

Gym Activities - Husted ages 12-18        $1        

Let's Get Moving!!  This class will be about increasing your knowledge of sports, physical strength, and coordination. We intend to make fitness fun and not so competitive. We will participate in a variety of activities from team sports to calisthenics to team building and possibly character building, as well. An athletic shoe along with athletic pants are required to be worn for this class.        

APPROPRIATE SHOES AND PANTS ARE REQUIRED!!!

no homework at all        

1. Warm Up, Soccer

2. Warm Up, Flag Football

3. Warm Up, Kick Ball

4. Warm Up, Ultimate Frisbee

5. Warm Up, Wiffleball

6. Warm Up, Basketball

7. Warm Up, Stretching/Strength Training

8. Warm Up, Volleyball

9. Warm Up, Dodge Ball

10. Warm Up, Ultimate Frisbee

11. Warm Up, Wiffleball

12. Warm Up, Volleyball

13. Warm Up, Soccer

14. Student Choice

Jan Brett Literature -  Douglas ages 5-7        $10        

Each week our class will enjoy reading one of Jan Brett's beautiful books together. Then we will explore the book's theme with a variety of fun games, crafts, and math, science and language arts activities.

We are going to have a great time exploring the themes of books written and illustrated by Jan Brett. Each class will focus on 1 or more of her books. We will read and discuss the stories and illustrations and then spend the remainder of the class time doing activities, crafts or games that relate to the book of the day.

There will not be assigned homework for this class but there will be occasional opportunities to do some related activities at home if you wish.

homework optional

This is a tentative schedule of the books we will be using. Titles or dates may change due to library availability. Thanks for your understanding!

1) Armadillo Rodeo

2) Goldilocks

3) Annie and the Wild Animals

4) Berlioz the Bear

5) Town Mouse, Country Mouse

6) Gingerbread Baby

7) Home for Christmas

8) Who's that Knocking on Christmas Eve?

9) The Mitten

10)The Hat

11)Hedgie's Surprise

12)The Umbrella

13)The Easter Egg

14)Mossy

Laura's Little House Life - Hall ages 8-11                $20

From living in a log cabin in the woods to a covered wagon on the prairie, Laura Ingalls Wilder lived an adventure almost every day.  Get a taste of what life was like for Laura during pioneer times.  We will be cooking some foods and trying others that she talks about in her books.  Come hear, see, and taste what Laura did as we enjoy her stories, listen to fiddle music like Pa would play and see some of the tools and other things from her times.

no homework at all        

1. Dried meat, cracklings

2. Making butter and pioneer bread

3.  Green Pumpkin Pie

4. Pancakes and molasses

5. Cheese curds & whey

6. Hulled corn

7. Molasses & sugar candy

8. White cakes with stewed blackberries

9. Green tomato pickles & beans

10. ""Long Winter"" bread and oyster soup

11. Maple syrup and Maple sugar

12. Hasty pudding

13. Fried cornmeal mush

14. Cornmeal cakes and fried salt pork

Leathercrafting - Almada ages 10-18        $75        

Learn the art of Leathercraft in this creative and hands-on class.  Start with the basics of leather patterns, stamping, cutting, lacing, and finishes to then create 3 leather projects.  Lots of examples and samples in this beginners class. Creativity will be encouraged and rewarded :)  

(Basic Tool Set and projects are included in the class cost.) Fee $75 -- Non-refundable $30 due in advance by Aug 2nd

homework optional

Week 1:    Introduction, class rules, handouts, pass out samples & tools

Week 2:    Stamping tools and Patterns practice

Week 3:    Lacing tools practice

Week 4:    Finishes practice

Week 5:    Project #1

Week 6:    Project #1 and Thanksgiving surprise

Week 7:    Project #2

Week 8:    Project #2 and Christmas activity

Week 9:    Project #2

Week 10:  Imagination Day-create your own project with class supplies

Week 11:  Project #3 and Valentines activity

Week 12:  Project #3

Week 13:  Project #3 and St. Patty's Day activity

Week 14:  Create Leathercrafting Display and Class Party :)

Lego Quest - Ybarra ages 8-11        $5        

Children will use their imagination and problem-solving skills, think in three-dimensions and engage in teamwork through LEGO play! Each week your child will be challenged to build his/her own creation, while playing and having fun. Upon completion, he/she will present and explain their creation/design to the class.        

SUPPLIES: Each child is required to bring his/her own set(s) of Legos (bricks, wheels, people, misc. pieces). Scour those garage sales for anything you can find!

Two recommended sets available at local retailers and online, approx. $25-$30:

1)LEGO Bricks & More Ultimate Building Set 6166 (405 pcs.);

2)LEGO Bricks & More Builders of Tomorrow Set 6177 (650 pcs.)

*CHILDREN WILL NOT SHARE LEGOS *

homework optional

Week 1-IT GROWS! Build something that grows from a tree or out of the ground. (fruits, nuts, berries, flowers, etc.). Weather-permitting, we'll take final creations outside and see them in nature.

Week 2-TWO CUPS OF LEGOS: Build your own unique creation using ONLY TWO (2) CUPS OF RANDOM BRICKS & ACCESSORIES (WHEELS, PEOPLE, ETC.). Can be functional or not, big, little, tall, short, flat, anything.

Week 3-MINI MODEL. Build a miniature (smaller than the Lego people!) model of something.

Week 4-AUTUMN. When you think of Autumn, what comes to mind? Make something that reminds you of Autumn (pumpkins, leaves, apples, hayrides, cider mills...)

Week 5-WEARABLE LEGO. Build something you can wear (clothing, glasses, footwear, jewelry, hair accessories...)

Week 6-THANKSGIVING. What are you thankful for? Build it (food on your table, a house to live in, clothing, loving family/friends...)

Week 7-MONOCHROMATIC. Pick one color, any color, and use only that color to build anything!

Week 8-TRANSPORTATION. Simple or complex car, plane, trailer, boat, train, any means of transportation.

Week 9-LET IT SNOW! Build something to use, ride, play with, or make in the snow.

Week 10-VALENTINE'S DAY. What do you like about Valentine's Day? Create something you like to give, or something that reminds you of this day.(Hearts, chocolates, flowers, cards, cookies)

Week 11-FLAGS. What is your favorite flag? Could be city, state, country, or a one-of-a-kind design of your favorite colors.

Week 12-MY FAVORITE THINGS! Build one or a few of your favorite things. (hobby, sport, food, animal, flower, toy). Could be one or many depending on complexity.

Week 13-MAZE. Build a maze, a series of pathways, having a starting and end point.

Week 14-TOOL. Build any gadget that you would use to help make, build, sew, draw, design, bake, prepare...something around your house.

After each creation, you should be prepared to tell the class about it. Give your creation a name, title, and describe what it does, how it works, etc. We'll try and take pictures too!"        I will have at least 1 example made and online samples to view for each quest.

Letter Writing - Melillo ages 8-11 $5        

We will learn the basics of letter writing:  parts of a letter, friendly letters, thank you letters, ""business"" letters, etc.  We will write letters in class.  We will send letters to friends and family, missionary kids, those serving in the military & more.  Children do need to be able to write sentences.  I will provide help with spelling, grammar, punctuation, etc.  On occasion, they might need to finish a letter at home.

Each student will need to bring one postage stamp to class each week.

homework required occasionally

Week 1 - Parts of a letter.  Famous letters.  Start a short letter to a friend or family member.  .  

Week 2 - Finish letters. How to address an envelope. More  famous letters

Week 3 - Replies to letters received.  Post card exchange

Week 4 - Pen Pals

Week 5 - Letters to missionaries’ kids

Week 6 - Cards for  nursing home residents

Week 7 - Christmas cards/letters

Week 8 - Thank you letters.

Week 9 -  Letters to those serving in the military

Week 10 - Business letters

Week 11 -  Letters to a shut ins

Week 12 -  Reply letters

Week 13 - Thank you letters

Week 14 - Share pen pal experiences/Party

Literary Analysis - Gina Lawton ages 14-18 $10 (for copies) plus students will need to acquire books for second semester        

The ability to decipher and analyse literature adds not only to the enjoyment of reading, but gives the student a wider view of how literature impacts them and their world. This class will give the student precious tools to accomplish this, using tried and true techniques, organized around three important ideas: Common elements, Socratic method and doing so using primarily children's stories, which are clear, concise and best for teaching the recognition and evaluation of these elements.          

Don't underestimate this class! We will be using children's classics to teach technique and elements, which will comprise the first semester, while the second semester we will choose and explore classics from Shakespeare, Tolstoy, Lewis, Milton, Bronte and others. Class will include weekly homework and writing projects that will be required of each student.

Students will need to purchase the required books

homework required weekly

Week One: Introduction and Preparing for literary analysis

Week Two: Plot and Conflict

Week Three: Setting

Week four: Character

Week five: Theme

Week Six: “Wiggle Room”

Week seven: The chosen

Week Eight: The Chosen

Week Nine: The Great Divorce

Week Ten: The Great Divorce

Week Eleven: Hamlet

Week Twelve: Hamlet

Week Thirteen: One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich

Week Fourteen: One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich

Mad Scientist Chemistry - Szymanski ages 5-7        $12        

Children will be learning about the Periodic Table. They will be helping with experiments that utilize some of the elements using household supplies. The objective is to give them an introduction to science so they will become "Mad about Chemistry." Many of the experiments will be demonstrated with children helping. Basic handouts for filling out, Mostly coloring at this age. Minimal writing involved.

no homework at all

Wk1: Present Periodic Table: Label parts, make flashcards

Wk2: Chemistry facts, scientists, egg experiments

Wk3: Atoms: Diagram, Negative positive charges. Balloon experiment.

Wk4: Hydrogen and Oxygen, Make different molecules with toothpicks and gum drops.

Wk5: Sodium, Carbon, Helium elements: Helium Balloon experiment

Wk6: Oil and water don't mix: Make Lava Lamp

Wk7: Sodium and Chloride: Make Bath Salts

Wk8: Gas, Liquids, solids: Experiment-Quick sand

Wk9: Gas, Liquids and Solids con't: Ice, water experiments

Wk10: Sodium and Carbon elements: Volcano experiment.

Wk11: Carbon dioxide: Experiment with balloon and see gyser

Wk12: How heat affects things: Steel wool experiment

Wk13: Crystals: Make Snowflake (Take home to finish)

Wk14: More on crystals: Make copper sulfate crystals.

Mad Scientist Chemistry - Szymanski ages 8-11        $12        

Students will learn about the Periodic Table; what it is, how it is set up, etc. Experiments will be done each co-op using mostly household supplies. They will enter as normal children and leave as Chemists, Mad about Science !!!        Hands on experiments. Some writing involved making flashcards of elements. Some group experiments, some individual.

homework required occasionally

Wk1: Periodic Table. Label and color in table. Learn how to make Flashcards for elements.

Wk2: Chemistry Facts. Scientists. Do Egg Experiments

Wk3: Atoms. Label parts. Learn about Positive and negative charges. Do Balloon experiment.

Wk4: Hydrogen and Oxygen. Learn about the elements. Make Molecules.

Wk5: N, He, O: Learn these elements. Do Helium balloon experiment.

Wk6: Oil and water, Do they Mix? Make Lava Lamp.

Wk7: Na, Cl elements. Make Bath salts.

Wk8: Gas, liquids, solids. What are they? Do experiment with ""Quick Sand"".

Wk9: Gas, liquids, and solids con't. Experiments with ice, water etc.

Wk10: Sodium and carbon elements. Make volcano.

Wk11: Carbon dioxide. Experiment with balloon and make gyser.

Wk12: Heat. How does it affect things? Steel wool experiment.

Wk13: Crystals. What, how? Make crystal snowflake. (Take home experiment)

Wk14: Crystals con't. Make copper sulfate crystals.        

Magic Tree House Book Club - Kauzlarich ages 8-11                $30        

Let's travel the world together as we read The Magic Tree House books!  We will travel with Jack and Annie and learn about far away places, people, events and animals.  We will have fun learning new vocabulary and making a craft or doing an experiment that will help us remember where we went and what we learned.  Members of MTH bookclub will read the book at home at their leisure to earn badges to put in their passport.  We will participate at the end of year program.  I will accept half payment by the first day of class.  

homework required occasionally

1.  Hour of the Olympics

2.  Olympic Games, Ancient Greece,

3.  Polar Bears Past Bedtime

4. The Antartic, Eskimoes, Igloo craft

5.  Dingoes at Dinnertime

6.  Australia and Marsupials

7.  Tonight on the Titanic

8.  Titanic

9.  Viking Ships at Sunrise

10.  Ireland, Vikings, viking ship

11.  Day of the Dragon King

12. Ancient China, Silk,

13. Vacation Under the Volcano

14.  Pompei, Myths

Mixin It Up – Fun with Multimedia Fine Arts - DeSimpelare    ages 9-13 (will allow older)

Tuition per student:  $75  plus a Consumable Supplies Fee:  $15

Non-refundable Total = $90 - due in advance.  (add $10 if post marked after Aug. 2, 2013)

Topics:  This class will provide a multimedia fine art experience in several media like pastel, charcoal, graphite & colored pencil and watercolor.  Drawing skills will be developed in each class.  This is a foundations class which encourages exploration with a variety of methods to accomplish completed art works.  Students may need to continue working at home to complete some projects

Concepts: Rendering from observation of: 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 more than one class period 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 diverse projects.   Continued practice at home in sketch books will be encouraged.

No copying or do-as-I-do work, all pieces are original which allows students to participate in outside gallery invitational’s and scholarship competitions.  Completed work will be displayed at the end of the year.  

Basic Supplies: students are responsible for bringing the following to each class: a note book sized sketch book, #2 pencils, small pencil sharpener, erasers, 12” ruler, scissors.  A portfolio will be created in class to carry art work.  A book bag – completely packed – is suggested.  All other art supplies will be furnished.

Tuition per student:  $75  plus a Consumable Supplies Fee:  $15

                        Non-refundable Total = $90 - due in advance.

                        (add $10 if post marked after Aug. 2, 2013)

Must have 12 committed enrolled students to offer this class.

Week:     Media:

  1. Graphite Drawing & Portfolio Construction
  2. Drawing Cont.
  3. Linear perspective
  4. Cont.
  5. 2D – cut paper design
  6. Pastel - impressionistic
  7. Cont.
  8. Split portraits – pencil
  9. Cont.
  10. Watercolor
  11. Cont.
  12. Colored pencil with under layers
  13. Cont.
  14. Prepare art and set up for display

 

Classes are subject to change.  Drawing, observation and interpretation will be a part of every class.  Information will be presented and adjusted to best suit the age of each class group.

My Side of the Mountain - Wright ages 8-11        $15 + $5 for book        

We will be following Sam Gribley (main character in ""My Side of the Mountain"", a book by Jean Craighead George) as he sets out on his own.  When Sam leaves the comforts of his city life... he is met by the challenges of the wilderness.  The students will be reading the book on their own time (1 chapter / week).  In class we will have; book discussion, building vocabulary, create a class book from students' illustrations and writings, and learn about the author.

We will also be experiencing hands on learning by mimicking some of the survival techniques used by Sam in the book, such as:

•        Making Cold Weather Clothes

•        Fire Starting

•        Making Clay Pots

•        Building Traps

•        Identifying Edible Plants

•        Making Shelter

•        Basic Knot Tying

•        Bird & Tree Identification, etc.

If the student owns this book or if you can find it on your own the class fee will be $15.  $20 if you need me to order the book.

homework required weekly        

1        Pass out books, About the author

2        Go over chap. 1&2, Make your own map.

3        Go over chap. 3&4,  Tree identification, fire starting  

4        Go over chap. 5&6, Boil water in leaf, Write about chapter

5        Go over chap 7&8, Make a snare

6        Go over chap. 9&10, Make a clay pot

7        Go over chap 11&12 Botanical study, Write about chapter

8        Go over chap 13&14, Effects of carbon dioxide poison, Falcon study

9        Hand sew mittens

10        Go over chap 15&16, Animal tracking, Draw pictures to correlate with writing

11        Go over chap 17&18, Finish up writing assignments or drawings

12        Go over chap 19&20 Weather forecasting

13        Go over chap 21&22 Start movie

14        Finish movie

        

During chapter review we will be playing vocabulary games, charades, and doing quizzes or word searches based on the book. We will be compiling writing assignments, drawings, and maps for a keepsake book at the end of class.

Off the Cuff - Hershberger ages 8-11        $3        

In this fun theatre class, students will perform scenes for one another, based on basic suggestions from the audience, starring as characters they invent themselves!

Students will also participate in team-building activities and classic improv games.

Improvisation helps students develop confidence, improve as public speakers, and learn to work together as a team. 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

Weeks 1-3  - “Getting to Know you”/Team Building

Week 1: “Alliteration Introduction”, “Ten Fingers”, “What are you doing?”

Week 2:  “Aerobics”,” Body Hide”, “Freeze Tag”

Week 3:  “Smart Fellas”, “Party Quirks”

Weeks 4-8 – Acceptance

Week 4:  “Alien, Tiger, Cow “, “Barney”, “Yes, and”

Week 5: “Barney”, “Gifts”, “Yes, let’s!”

Week 6:  “Assasin”,  “Super Heroes”

Week 7: “Accepting Circle”, “Open Offer”

Week *: “Tug O War”, “Rumors”

Weeks 9-12 – Environment/Object Work

Week 9: “Jump”, “Association Jump”

Week 10:  “Count off”, “Coming Home”

Week 11: “Band-Aid Tag” “Three Line Environment”

Week 12: “Noodle Tag” “Move and Speak”

Weeks 13-14 – Performance Focused

Week 13 – REVIVAL, PART 1: Teacher’s favorite Warm-ups and Games from the year

Week14 – REVIVAL PART 2: Teacher’s favorite Warm-ups and Games from the year

Each class will be comprised of one or two “warm up” activities as well as some improv games. The focus will switch every few weeks to a different area of performance. Games and warm-ups  listed here are subject to change depending upon the personality/inclination of the students as a group.

NOTE: Time is limited during the Year End Performance. I will be asking for Year End Performance volunteers.  Students should feel very comfortable to say ""no"" to performing. If there are too many students who wish to perform within the time allotted to the class, Performance spots will be granted to the oldest students in the class (who are aging out and unable to take it next year).

Outdoor Survival Skills GROUP A - Meldrum ages 12-13                $40

Outdoor Survival Skills GROUP B - Wright ages 14-18         $40

This is a basic outdoor survival class; we will cover safety, fire starting, shelter building, knot tying, map and compass, foraging,  water & food.  On many days we will be heading outside, on some days we will stay inside and discuss "scenario" situations or play "Worst Case Scenario".        We will definitely be using knives and fire in this class and we will be outside in ALL kinds of weather.  Students must be prepared to spend time outside in bad weather if required AND participate in class.  Please do not come in slippers, flip flops, without a coat in winter, etc. We will be using knives and fire.  If your student is not mature enough to deal with these things in a group or if they have already had extensive scouting training or survival classes, this is probably not for them.

no homework at all        

I recommend they read (if they haven't already)  Hatchet by Gary Paulsen over the summer.

Group A (ages 12-13) ROOM 303

Group B (ages 14-18) ROOM 302

Sep 13

Group A - Safety/First Aid - Wright

Group B - Foraging/Plant Identification - Meldrum

Sep 27

Group A - Foraging/Plant Identification - Meldrum

Group B - Safety/First Aid - Wright

Oct 11

Group A - Survival Knife/Saw - Wright

Group B - Water Purification Methods- Meldrum

Oct 25

Group A - Water Purification Methods- Meldrum

Group B - Survival Knife/Saw - Wright

Nov 08

Group A - Navigation- Wright

Group B - Shelter Building - Meldrum

Nov 22

Group A - Shelter Building - Meldrum

Group B - Navigation- Wright

Dec 06

Group A - Ropes & Knots - Wright

Group B - Fire Building - Meldrum

Jan 17

Group A - Fire Building - Meldrum

Group B - Ropes & Knots - Wright

Jan 31

Group A - Traps & Snares - Wright

Group B - Make fire starters - Meldrum

Feb 14

Group A - Make fire starters - Meldrum

Group B - Traps & Snares - Wright

Feb 28

Group A - Lashing - Wright

Group B - Prepare MRE's - Meldrum

Mar 14

Group A - Prepare MRE's - Meldrum

Group B - Lashing - Wright

Mar 28

Group A - Build Latrine using Lashing Bowline Hoist a person- Wright

Group B - Put together can safety kits - Meldrum

Apr 11

Group A - Put together can safety kits - Meldrum

Group B - Build Latrine using Lashing Bowline Hoist a person- Wright

We will be juggling the above mentioned classes according to weather.  

Pee Wee Ecology - Meldrum ages 5-7                 $10         

This is a child's study of the natural world around them.  We may incorporate a little lap booking with story reading and hands on activity.  Child should be able to use scissors and sit through story time.   Class fee will cover paper, lap booking, folder.

no homework at all        

Week 1-What is ecology-Insect life cycles

Week 2-Moths/Butterflies

Week 3-Leaves

Week 4-Apples, from seed to fruit

Week 5-Bats

Week 6-Differences between reptiles & amphibians

Week 7-Turtles

Week 8-Birds

Week 9-Water Cycle

Week 10-Plants

Week 11-Corn

Week 12-Frogs

Week 13-Mammals

Week 14-Fungi

We will listen to books on each topic, discuss, and do some hands on activities.  Certain weeks we will notebook the subject.

PE - Schultz ages 5-7                $1        

Our energetic kids are put in motion with a variety of fun games.  Good sportsmanship and cooperation emphasized.   The schedule may change depending on weather (we may go outside) and  interest.

no homework at all

Week 1: Virus Tag/Whiffle Ball

Week 2:  Dodge Ball with beach balls

Week 3:  Kickball

Week 4:  Line Soccer

Week 5:   Frogs and Flies/Sharks and Minnows

Week 6:  Parachute Games

Week 7:  Basketball

Week 8:  Basketball

Week 9:  Dodge Ball with beach balls

Week 10:  Kickball

Week 11: Whiffle ball

Week 12:That's My Job

Week 13: Line Soccer

Week 14:  Kids Choice

PE - Husted ages 8-11                $1        

Let's Get Moving!!  This class will be about increasing your knowledge of sports, physical strength, and coordination. We intend to make fitness fun and not so competitive. We will participate in a variety of activities from team sports to calisthenics to team building and possibly character building, as well. An athletic shoe along with athletic pants are REQUIRED to be worn for this class. If the correct clothing is not worn, the child may not be able to participate in the class.                APPROPRIATE SHOES AND PANTS ARE A REQUIREMENT!!!

no homework at all

1. Warm Up, Soccer

2. Warm Up, Flag Football

3. Warm Up, Kick Ball

4. Warm Up, Wiffleball

5. Warm Up, Soccer

6. Warm Up, Basketball

7. Warm Up, Stretching/Strength Training

8. Warm Up, Wiffleball

9. Warm Up, Dodge Ball

10. Warm Up, Ultimate Frisbee

11. Warm Up, Kick Ball

12. Warm Up, Dodgeball

13. Warm Up, Soccer

14. Student Choice

Personal Finance - Gina Lawton ages 14-18                $10 (copies)        

In this ever-changing economic environment, a thorough understanding of how money works for (and against!) us is crucial. In this class we cover earning, budgeting, spending, and saving money wisely as well as an exploration of credit, buying your first car, rental agreements, investing, and what to do when you find yourself in financial crisis. This study covers requirements for high school math credit.        Homework: There is frequent (probably each class) homework, but it’s not going to be taxing. We will be doing some research on financial things pertinent to the student. Remember, this is available for a high school math credit.  I would strong suggest this class for juniors and seniors in high school. Other high school students CAN take it, but the information is much more relevant for the older student. There will be homework every class, and a semester/year project for each student.

homework required weekly

Week One: Why it pays to be financially responsible

Week Two:  Money and Goals

Week Three: Understanding your take home pay

Week Four: Making a budget

Week Five: Financing your education

Week Six: Finding the right career for you

Week Seven: Why Credit Matters

Week Eight: Protecting your Identity

Week Nine: Researching and buying a car

Week Ten: Money and Roommates

Week Eleven: Saving for a rainy Day

Week Twelve: Staying out of debt

Week Thirteen: Interest in investing

Week Fourteen: Do the right thing

Projects:

 Forces in the financial universe

 Protecting yourself

 How to make money with money

 Sharpening money decisions

Personal Protection - Tankersley ages 12-18                $5        

Personal Protection will be a combination of Cardio Kickboxing, Krav Maga, and Defense and Tactics.  Students will learn self defense motions in an environment that focuses on strength building, endurance, and coordination.  We will be covering defense against numerous types of weapons, weapons use, pressure points, basic boxing drills, and defense combinations.  Students are required to wear clothing that they can work out in and tennis shoes.  Don't be intimidated by the class, you are going to LOVE it!   We will encourage students to do push-ups and sit-ups during the week.  The weapons we will be focusing on are gun, knife, and stick. We will encourage students to do something to get in shape and stay in shape during this session.

homework optional        

Each Cardio class will consist of a 5 minute warm-up, 30 minutes cardio kickboxing in which we will work on different combinations - jab, cross, hook, uppercut, and different kicking techniques, upper and lower body toning and an ab segment, cool down and stretching.  This class will be for any fitness level and will be taught to upbeat, energizing music.  

Week 1 Cardio Kickboxing - Beginner

Week 2 Cardio Kickboxing - Intermediate

Week 3 Cardio Kickboxing - Intermediate

Week 4 Cardio Kickboxing - Advanced

Each Krav Maga class will consist of a warm up, stretching and then go into coordination drills - punching combinations, punches with elbows, punches with knees.  This will be an important part of the class as the student learns to use punches, knees, and elbows properly and effectively.  Next class will focus on putting those together.  We will spend the middle part of each class focusing on strength and core building and each class will end with a 6 minute challenge drill.

Week 5 Krav Maga - Basics

Week 6 Krav Maga - Basics

Week 7 Krav Maga - Basics

In addition to the basics, during combo classes we will work on combos for specific types of attacks.

Week 8 Krav Maga - Combos

Week 9 Krav Maga - Combos

Freestyle  class will focus on bringing all we have learned together.

Week 10 Krav Maga - Freestyle

Defense and tactics classes will run much like the Krav classes, but include time to work on Defense and Tactics combinations including different types of attacks including weapons.  We will focus on using different resources to defend yourself.

Week 11 Defense and Tactics - Hand to Hand

Week 12 Defense and Tactics - Hand to Weapon

Week 13 Defense and Tactics - Weapons

The Final Exam will be a fun day of reviewing what we have learned and ending our session feeling confident and prepared.  

Week 14 Final Exam

Pet Friends - Amell ages 5-7                 $5        

In this class, we will meet a new “pet” friend each week. We will learn what they eat, their natural habitat, and how to care for them. We will also do crafts, read books and have plenty of time to love them up!        

no homework at all

Sept. 13: Bearded Dragons

Sept. 27: ducklings

Oct. 11: goats

Oct. 25: Puppy

Nov. 8: ferrets

Nov 22: chinchilla

Dec. 6: fish bowl craft

Jan. 17: guinne pigs

Jan. 31: african clawed frog

Feb. 14: (to be determined)

Feb. 28: (to be determined)

Mar. 14: Zebra finches

Mar. 28:  rabbits

April 11:  make pet rock

PLAY! (Improv Theatre) - Hershberger ages 14-18        $3        

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.

no homework at all

Weeks 1-3  - “Getting to Know you”/Team Building

Week 1:  “Ten Fingers”, “What are you doing?”

Week 2:  “Aerobics”, “Freeze Tag”

Week 3:  “Smart Fellas”, “Party Quirks”

Weeks 4-6– Acceptance

Week 4:  “Alien, Tiger, Cow “, “Barney”, “Yes, and”

Week 5: “Barney”, “Gifts”, “Yes, let’s!”

Week 6:  “Assassin”,  “Super Heroes”

Weeks 7-9 – Environment Work

Week 7: “Accepting Circle”, “Open Offer”

Week 8: “Tug O War”, “Rumors”

Week 9: “Jump”, “Association Jump”

Weeks 10-14 – Focus on Character

Week 10:  “Count off”, “Coming Home”

Week 11: “Band-Aid Tag” “Character Swap”

Week 12: “Funeral Service”

Week 13 – Audition – Tips and advice on “cold reads”, “Party Quirks”, “Freeze Improv”

Week 14 – “Mock Auditions” Cold reading

Each class will be comprised of one or two “warm up” activities as well as some improv games. The focus will switch every few weeks to a different area of performance. Games and warm-ups  listed here are subject to change depending upon the personality/inclination of the students as a group.

NOTE: Time is limited during the Year End Performance, and if the class is large, allowing everyone perform would make many students feel ""invisible"" while on stage.

I will be asking for Year End Performance volunteers.  Students should feel very comfortable to say ""no"" to performing. If there are too many students who wish to perform within the time allotted to the class, Performance spots will be granted to the class’ High School Seniors, who are graduating and will not have another opportunity to perform. If there are still remaining spots available, they will be filled by High School Juniors.

Preschool Foundations AM (Hours 1 & 2) - Kyle ages 2-4        $12 for the 2 hour block

Our class will be filled with songs, books, rhymes, finger play, games, puzzles, puppets, imagination, coloring, small crafts, and of course, snack time.  Using these activities, we will work on basic preschool concepts, such as:  colors, shapes, numbers, and the alphabet.  Children will also be working on the social skills of sharing and taking turns.  Our activities are intended to help develop fine and gross motor skills, also.  We plan to go outside for some playtime if the weather permits.  Children learn concepts through direct teaching and exposure.  Our class is intended to enhance and reinforce what you are already doing at home with your children. "Homework" will be wearing a specific color each week.

homework optional

The colors, shapes, and numbers are a basic theme of what we would like to plan our morning activities around. I would love for children to wear a clothing item or outfit to go along with the color of the week, if possible.  Children can choose their favorite color or outfit on rainbow week.  I also understand that picture day may change our color schedule a little and that's to be expected.  I want the children to have fun with this.

Week   1:  red, circle, numbers 0 and 1

Week   2:  blue, square, number 2

Week   3:  yellow, triangle, number 3

Week   4:  green, review square, number 4

Week   5:  orange, review circle, number 5

Week   6:  brown, review triangle, number 6

Week   7:  black,  star, number 7

Week   8:  purple, diamond, number 8

Week   9:  white, review shapes, number 9

Week  10:  pink, heart, number 10

Week  11:  review colors, review shapes, review numbers

Week  12:  green, St. Patricks Day

Week  13:  rainbows - God's Promise

Week  14:  Spring - Flowers

Preschool Foundations PM (Hours 3 & 4) - Dodson ages 2-4        $10 for the 2 hour block

This class will work in conjunction with Preschool Foundations 1st and 2nd hour; between the two class blocks, we hope to cover all assets of preschool skills. We plan to have a "theme" for each co-op and our activities will be tied to that theme.  This second block (3rd and 4th hour) will be focusing more on activity, games, and play, and less on the seat work.  We will be using reading stories, singing nursery rhymes, bringing in some show n' tell items, playing with different toys revolving around the daily theme, playing coordinated games, going outside, painting, and using playdough, as well as a daily snack.  There won't be enough time to utilize all of these activities during every co-op, but they'll be touched on here and there throughout the year.  I'm looking forward to working with the preschoolers again this year!        Homework would include bringing in a show n' tell item when asked to do so.  

homework optional

9/13/13: find the red toys game, playdough faces, discuss 1 animals in each egg, hickory dickory dock game, Circles by Arnold Shapiro, Zero Is the Leaves on the Tree by Franco, Llama Llama Red Pajama. Snack: red berries

9/27/13: ""bake"" square playdough birthday cake, bring in blue toy from home, make blue footprints, put 2 of each animal on the ark, things with two things (insect wings, glasses, mittens, socks), shoe mix up game, practice marching by 2's, Squares by Arnold Shapiro. Snack.

10/11/13:  make toothpick triangles, 3-colored crayon creations, triangle instrument, first-to-roll-3 dice game, Three Little Pigs (+ hand stamp), Mouse Shapes by Walsh, Triangles by Arnold Shapiro. Snack: toothpick kabobs of olives and cheese

10/25/13:  bring in favorite costume, crayon leaf rubbings, take individual photos holding a square picture frame for a future class project, discuss animals with 4 legs, feel for the shape game, make group shapes holding ends of yarn between children, Green by Seeger.  Snack: green grapes and square crackers

11/8/13:  find the orange toys game, pumpkin bowling, marker coloring printed number 5 and decorate with 5 stickers,  5 little monkeys fingerplay, finger tracing & fingerprints, Five Little Ducks by Rafi, Orange Pear Apple Bear by Gravett.  Snack: orange slices and cheddar cheese cubes

11/22/13:  handprint turkeys with finger thank-you's, discuss 6-legged bugs, glue 6 spots on ladybug, m&m's in egg carton game, make #6 with pipe cleaner and string 6 cheerios, Brown Bear Brown Bear by Carle, Setting the Turkeys Free by Nikola-lisa.  Snack: (triangular) doritos

12/6/13:  blanket tent over table with flashlights, draw white crayon on black paper, star ornament with glitter name, playdough with Christmas cookie cutters from home, ""one potato"" song, dominoes, The Deep and Snowy Wood by Tate, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs by Disney.  Snack.

January (1st co-op of month): purple diamond picture frames with photos, 8 piece straw necklaces, 8-legged spiders and octopus, spaghetti 8's, on purple paper, Have You Seen My Duckling by Tafuri, The Very Busy Spider by Carle.  Snack.

January (2nd):  shaving cream 9's, drawing shapes in salt, snowman in a bag, indoor snowball fight, Who Are They by Hoban, Kittens First Full Moon by Henkes, Roberts Snowflakes by Mercer.  Snack: marshmallow snowflakes

February (1st): Heart hop game, carpet ice skating, mixing red and white paint, voting pink vs. blue color, How Do Dinosaurs Count to 10 by Yolen, Who Will Be My Valentine This Year by Pallotta, Big Hugs Little Hugs by Bond

February (2nd):  sort duplo legos, counting in muffin cups, sink or float sensory, Spot the Animals by Jenkins. Snack: goldfish in # bowls

March (1st): tearing out green pictures, sort toys soft/hard, color matching puzzle, Mouse Count by Walsh + numbered mouse game. Snack.

March (2nd): rainbow footprints, fruit loops necklace, Noah's Ark by Hayward, Shape by Shape By MacDonald, A Rainbow of My Own by Freeman.  Snack: fruit loops

April (1st): handprint tulips, melting ice eggs, 1 2 3 to the Zoo by Carle + an I-spy tray, White Rabbits Color Book by Baker.  Snack.

Rhythm & Ringin' - Anderson ages 6-9        $15        

Rhythm Sticks and Handbells - Does your child love banging on pots and pans, or making noise of any kind?  Why not put those musical talents to good use?  In this class we will learn the basics of rhythm.  We'll learn to keep a beat and ""make a joyful noise"".  We will learn to work as a TEAM to praise God.

Creating music enables children to use a ""multi-sensory approach to learning (listening, seeing, moving, and feeling).""  Music enhances development of auditory skills, fine motor skills, sense of rhythm, body awareness, and coordination of mind and body.  In this class we'll learn these skills, while having lots of fun...        

homework optional

"Week 1:  Sticks - Bingo

Week 2:  Sticks - Discussin' Percussion

Week 3:  Sticks - An American March

Week 4:  Bells - Peace Like a River

Week 5:  Bells - Old MacDonald

Week 6:  Sticks - Parade of Wooden Soldiers

Week 7:  Bells - Ode to Joy

Week 8:  Bells - Festive Bells

Week 9:  Sticks - Freedom March

Week 10:  Sticks - Hava Nagila

Week 11:  Sticks - The Smiling Irish

Week 12:  Bells - Sarasponda

Week 13:  Sticks - These Trains

Week 14:  Sticks - Rockin' Stix

We will start each class with basic rhythm patterns and easy rhythm reading (reading the difference between quarter notes, eighth notes, rests, etc .)  We may add songs depending on how quickly it seems like the kids are catching on.

Shutter Bugs I - Fun with Digital Photography – DeSimpelare Age 10-18

Tuition per student:  $75                           Copies & Notebook Fee: $5

Non-refundable Total = $80 - due in advance. (add $10 if post marked after Aug. 2, 2013)

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.   What begins in the class, opens the doorway to individual exploration beyond the classroom.   Some fun homework is required.  

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, camera settings, timer, close ups, zoom, review, portraits, subject settings, menus and group arrangement are some of the topics we’ll cover.  One comprehensive project and some fun home work is required.  Second semester will focus on becoming familiar with your camera menu, printing options and some editing.  Students may wish to edit their images on a home computer or at the store.  Students will construct a portfolio poster for display at the end of the year.

Supplies:  Each Student must bring to each class: Working digital camera, extra batteries, empty memory card.  Very important - Students must print a minimum of 2 – 4x6 prints for each class for brief 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 given a 3 ring folder and hand outs each week resulting in a complete reference book.

Must have 10 committed enrolled students to offer this class.

Week/Topic

  1. Hello Camera – intro to the buttons, practice in class
  2. To flash or not to flash, 10 Tips – “Talking Pictures” intro.
  3. Landscapes – panoramic views, wide angle
  4. Say Cheese, “Dorky Dress up” Portraits – lighting
  5. Objects in Motion – panning, shutter speed
  6. Close ups – zoom – macro, aperture
  7. Format options – compositional plans, mock interviews
  8. The gang’s all here – grouping (hat day)
  9. Student profile set ups – stills, dramatic light
  10. Trick Photography – op art
  11. Patterns, Lines & Design – adding a title
  12. Story telling - visual communication
  13. Editing, printing, layouts & framing – Free Style (student choice)
  14. Final poster prep for display (15 – 20 best pix from prints this year), set up

Classes are subject to change. Information will be presented and adjusted to best suit the age of each class group.

Shutter Bugs II – Advanced Photography & Careers – DeSimpelare Age 11-18

Tuition per student:  $75                           Copies & Notebook Fee: $5

Non-refundable Total = $80 - due in advance. (add $10 if post marked after Aug. 2, 2013)

Topics:  Students will use skills learned in Shutter Bugs I (a prerequisite) and develop photos at higher level competencies with advanced editing, printing options, varied subjects, technical aspects and using photos as a source for creating.  One comprehensive project will be developed throughout the year as well.  What begins in the class, opens the doorway to individual exploration beyond the classroom.   Some fun homework is required.  

Concepts:  This class will begin with a brief review of the Shutter Bug I concepts which WILL be used in class.  Editing options, photo planning, camera menu features and brief class evaluations will be a part of every class.  Editing will be demonstrated in class but students must have access to the Internet or various editing programs to complete most of the assignments.  A list of free editing sites will be given in class with instructions on how to access and navigate the site, but parents may wish to monitor their students. Some photography & digital history plus 35mm concepts will be presented.   Discovery of “Careers in Photography” will be covered also.  A selection of work presented on a portfolio poster will be displayed at the end of the year.

Supplies:  Each Student must bring to each class: Working digital camera, extra batteries, folder and empty memory card.  Very Important - Students must print a minimum of 2 – 4x6 prints for each class for review and concept evaluation.  One 5x7 or 8x10 is required for you final portfolio poster.  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 given a 3 ring folder and hand outs each week resulting in a complete reference book.

Must have 10 committed enrolled students to offer this class.

Week/Career/Topic

  1. Freelance Photographer - Rewind of Level I – Architectural subjects, editing sites
  2. Darkroom Tech -Patterns in creation, edits, outdoor zooms - 2 Library Book Resources
  3. Landscape Nature Photographer – adding text, title & verse  
  4. Art Photographer - Color Theory – complimentary colors, nature
  5. Darkroom Tech - Composition study – found objects, black & white, mono tone
  6. Portrait Photographer - Color Theory – triad – Celebrations, Modeling (people/pets)
  7. Art Photographer - Composition study  - “Antiques road show” set up still life, ISO
  8. Photo Tech Assistant - Tripod practice – shutter speed, lighting, night photos
  9. Art Photographer - White balance menu options, web page ideas, student choice
  10. Graphic Designer - Using Photos as a source – greeting cards
  11. Magazine Editor - Using Photos as a source – magazine spread (3-4 photos)
  12. Newspaper Editor – photo with caption story – action shots, sports, news
  13. Restoration Tech - Timeless photos – sepia tones
  14. Gallery Coordinator - Preparing photos for display (12 – 18 best pix, one enlargement)

Classes are subject to change. Information will be presented and adjusted to best suit the age of each class group.

Talking Out Loud - Tankersley ages 13-18        No Fee

Talking out loud is a class that will focus on learning the techniques of Public Speaking.  Public Speaking is a tool that has tremendous value and can assist with interviews, confidence, relationships, and more.  I will be using Dale Carnegie's book Public Speaking for Success to guide the students in developing Public Speaking skills.  The students will be required to do oral presentations on a variety of different subjects of which will have a variety of formats.  If you LOVE to talk, this class is for you.  If you DON"T LOVE to talk, this class is for you.  I am not requiring students to purchase the book.  I will make copies of anything they need from mine. Students will need a notebook for notes and index cards for speech preparation.  There is a local pro life topic oral competition I will encourage the students to enter.  

homework required weekly        

The following is the outline we will follow for the class.  Each week we will discuss the key points of the assigned chapters and I will provide a handout to outline those key points for review during speech preparation.  We will also take a moment to discuss each oral presentation and its areas that worked and areas to work on.

Week 1 - Introductions - We will cover Chapter 1 Developing Courage and Self Confidence and each students will give a brief introduction of themselves.

Week 2 - Discuss Chapter 2 Self Confidence through Preparation and Chapter 4 Improving Memory.  This Chapter will help students understand that proper preparation can aide in cutting down on nerves when it comes to speaking.  We will assign the next speaking topics which will be a topic chosen by the students in which they feel they have a great amount of knowledge.

Week 3 - Chapter 5 Keeping the Audience Awake and Chapter 6 Essential Elements in Successful Speaking - Assign speakers for week 4 and 5.

Week 4 - First group of students give oral presentations.  Chapter 7 Secrets of a good delivery.

Week 5 - Second Group of students give oral presentations.  Chapter 8 Platform, Presence, and Personality.  Assign Topics focused on debatable issues - pick a side.

Week 6 - Chapter 9 How to Open a Talk and Chapter 10 Capturing the Audience.

Week 7 - First Group gives oral presentations.

Week 8 - Second Group gives oral presentations.  Assign new topics focused on explaining a task.

Week 9 - Chapter 11 How to close and Chapter 12 Make yourself clear.

Week 10 - First Group Oral presentations

Week 11 - Second Group Oral presentations

Week 12 - Review our topics and take a look at some great examples.  Assign final topics - Graduation Commencement Speech.

Week 13 - First Group Oral presentations

Week 14 - Second Group Oral presentations

What Color is Your Parachute (Careers) - Titcombe ages 13-18         $14 & possible book purchase        

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.  Let's learn to explore, experience, and equip.

In our class we will review the latest articles, careers, resumes, job applications, and career/personality assessment.  We will get insight and training from the Junior Achievement Rep, guest speakers, and field trips.  The direction and dynamics of the class will be steered by the students' interests and involvement.

Homework required occasionally.  Field trips are scheduled in addition to co-op classes and attendance is optional but highly encouraged.  Fees associated with field trips will be given prior notice.

homework required occasionally

Week 1.) Introduce the class.  Chart a PLAN.  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. Let the students talk and learn from each other. Share latest news & tips so students learn how to open the doors to as many opportunities as possible.

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

Week 3.) Active discusion regarding latest news, journal, newspaper articles, career ladders, wages, working conditions, education and training.

Week 4.) Field trip planning:  Share information of the field trip of choice. Knowledge is power. The more the students know before the field trip the better retention of information from the field trip and encouragement of questions to ask. Hands-on activity or exercise to further prepare for the field trip.

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

Week 6.) Active discusion

Week 7.) Field trip planning

Week 8.) Speaker of choice

Week 9.) Active discusion

Week 10.) Field trip planning

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.) Active discusion

Week 13.) Field trip planning

Week 14.) Speaker of choice

Order of classes may change due to availability of guest speakers and being open to unexpected opportunities.  We like to let this class evolve as we discover together.  Also, year end project may involve before and after video interviews to capture growth and confidence building (with parental permission).

With Humans in It! Drama - Latta ages 8-18 (1st Hour)        $15

With Humans in It! Drama - Latta ages 8-18 (3rd Hour)        $15        

Both of my classes offered will run quite similar and will work together. With Humans in It is a ministry designed to use us as Humans designed to minister to others. This is a very creative class designed by God to minister to others. I believe I have a few ideas about what God is going to design for these classes but we will know exactly how we will minister when we see how many students we have & who you are! Filled with drama, music, & other "Out of the Box" ideas....come join us!        

With Humans in It...... is offered 2 hours and at this point is the same class design. Waiting on the Lord to bring who He has for each class to decide what to build for the End of the Year program. These classes are designed with the End of the Year program in mind. If you know you will not be able to be a part of the program (April 11, 2014) this is NOT the class for you!

These classes also have a mandatory "off campus" all day practice. (Date will be given the day of registration.) It is very important that your student be available for the end of year program since that is our performance date. 

homework optional        

Week 1 & 2- Ice breakers

Weeks 3-10 Build our program/practice

Weeks 13 & 14 Polish our program

Woodworkers Workshop - VanAllen ages 8-11           $40        

Students will learn to use common manual and basic power tools to measure, cut and assemble items that include a step stool, shaker peg  rack with shelf, flip it board game, and bird house. Students will need to bring their own 10oz. claw hammer and coping saw. Each student will need to have their own tools before the first co-op. Due to the constant use of tools during class, sharing does not work well.

no homework at all        

Weeks 1-3      Cut, sand, assemble, and paint step stool.

Weeks 4-7      Cut, sand, assemble, and stain shaker peg rack with shelf.

Weeks 8-11    Cut, sand, assemble, and clear coat flip-it game.

Weeks 12-14  Cut, sand, assemble, and paint bird houses.

Worship Team - Bruce Lawton ages 12-18 $15

Worship is an expression of joy, adoration and thankfulness to God. This class will help you develop or hone your worship skills as you learn to lead others in worship through music and singing. We’ll be looking at different styles and aspects of worship. Throughout this class,  you will develop the ability to implement different elements of worship including but not limited to: creating a flow in worship, working with and developing a team to lead worship, choosing appropriate music, coordinate different worship themes, and much more.         

homework optional

Week 1: What is Worship?  Old Testament Study of Worship.  Church History.  Expressions of worship today.  Working in music

Week 2: Connecting with God/connecting with people.  Hymns vs. Choruses.  reading music.  Working on music

Week 3: Singing/Playing parts.  Other aspic's of worship (worship isn't just music).  Reading chords.  Working on music  

Week 4: Sound and Video.  Planning Worship services.  Energy vs. Intimacy.  Working on music

Week 5: Planning Holiday Worship.  How to stay flexible.  writing music.  Working on music

Week 6: Improvisation.  Using singable music.  Fads vs. traditions.  Working on music

Week 7: Personal Worship.  Connecting with your people.  Flow.  Working on music

Week 8: Music Leader vs. Music Director.  Helpful online programs.  Gaining Confidence.  Working on music

Week 9: Productive order of Worship.  Performance vs. Anointing.  Putting the band together.  Working on music

Week 10: Learning everyone's role.  Sticking with the Theme.  Learning new music.  Working on music

Week 11: Knowing your audience.  TEAM-working together.  Auditions.  Working on music

Week 12: Planning for rehearsal.  Holding rehearsal.  Paying attention to details.  Working on music

Week 13: Spiritual requirements.  Staging.  Working with Sound.  Working on music

Week 14: Creative arts.  Building and training your team.  Attitude.  Working on music"        Students should be ready to be a part of discussion for this class.  As you can tell we are NOT JUST learning music.  Being in the sanctuary would be helpful  

Written & Illustrated By...You! - Melillo        ages 10-18        $5        

You can become an author!  Write and illustrate your own book!  We will form our own publishing company, write, illustrate, edit and put together our own literary masterpieces.  At the end of 14 weeks you will have your own awesome book to take home.  You will learn writing, editing, & illustrating skills along the way and will learn how to work as a team.  We will work on our books in class, but you will also need to work on them at home.  Once we get started you will look forward to working on your book.  

Rough drafts will be written & edited by hand, final manuscript will be typed, books will be illustrated by hand and put together by hand.  Books will be 16 pages, 8 ½ by 11, with illustrations.

homework required weekly

Class 1:  Form our publishing company, sign contracts, book synopsis

Class 2:  Basic elements of a story, begin writing your story

Class 3:  Discuss qualities of good writing, complete rough draft in class and at home

Class4:  Editing procedures and professional editing marks, edit manuscripts in class & at home  

Class 5:  Develop & create 2 illustrations in class and at home

Class 6:  Discuss ways to improve illustrations.  Continue to work on illustrations

Class 7:  Learn how to layout book jackets.  Design front of books jackets

Class 8:  Complete the other elements of the books jackets

Class 9:  Measure and mark book jacket, review all elements of books & make alterations

Class 10:  Discuss elements of Title pages.  Work on Title pages in class and at home

Class 11:  Put together books jackets & makes final review of book pages

Class 12:  Review Opening, Text & Closing pages.  Trim all pages

Class 13: Paste up of pages

Class 14:  Celebrate your finished book!  Look at classmates books!

Young Scientists Investigate Habitats! - Edgett ages 8-9                 $20        

The moment you step out the front door you are walking into a biome? Your own backyard is part of an ecosystem? Wildlife and the environment work together to make the world a harmonious place, the climate, animals, and vegetation vary in many different parts of the world which make that area a specific biome with its very own characteristics. When the weather gets cooler, leaves fall off the trees, animals move or leave the area, and the grass dies and changes colors. One little change in the ecosystem can affect the whole biome? That is what an ecosystem is and how it works! Plant and animal life is unique to each area in the world because of the diversity among land regions. In this class we will learn about and come to value what each part of our world has to offer. Through studying the various habitats found on Earth students will develop an understanding and appreciation for the diversity that surrounds us.  We will explore the world around us through a fluid and hands-on approach using art, experiments, outdoor exploration and video.        

no homework at all

1.        What is a habitat?

2.        Let’s Explore Our Habitat and those found around us

3.        Land Habitats: Desert

4.        Land Habitats: Forest

5.        Land Habitats: Tundra

6.        Land Habitats: Rain Forest

7.        Water Habitat: Ponds/Streams

8.        Water Habitat: Oceans

9.        Adaptations: Cold Climate

10.        Adaptations: Hot Climate

11.        Adaptations: Protection

12.        Let’s Make A Habitat

13.        Habitat presentations

14.        Habitat presentations

Zoology Swimming Creatures - Bindig ages 10-11 $25        

This class will use the Apologia Swimming Creatures book. Each student/family should have a copy of the book and read the appropriate lessons prior to co-op. In class we will review the lesson, add to our notebooks and Ocean Box as well as complete an experiment based on the lesson. At the end of the year each child will have a Swimming Creatures notebook and the class will have an Ocean Box on display at the program.         

homework required weekly        

Week 1 - Aquatic Animals - students should read Lesson 1 before class. In class we will add to our notebooks, create our Ocean Box, and complete the experiments for this lesson.

Week 2 - Whales - students should read Lesson 2 before class.  In class we will add whale information to our notebooks, make and add a Baleen Whale and a Toothed Whale to our Ocean Box and complete the experiment for this lesson.

Week 3 - Seals and Sea Cows - students should read Lesson 3 before class. In class we will make illustrations of seals, sea lions, walruses and manatees to add to our notebooks. We will create and add each of these animals to our Ocean Box and complete the experiment for this lesson.

Week 4 - Aquatic Herps - students should read Lesson 4 before class.  In class we will glue pictures of the eight species of sea turtles in our notebooks, add a sea turtle and a sea snake to our Ocean Box and complete the experiment for this lesson.

Week 5 - Primeval Reptiles - students should read Lesson 5 before class. In class we will draw an underwater scene, including a nothosaur, a mosasaur, a plesiosaur, and an ichthyosaur, as well as complete the experiment for this lesson.

Week 6 - Fish - students should read Lesson 6 before class. In class we will draw and label  fish to add to our notebooks, make several fish to add to our Ocean Box, and complete the experiment for this lesson.

Week 7 - Sharks and Rays - students should read Lesson 7 before class.  In class we will draw sharks and rays for our notebooks, make and add a shark and a ray to our Ocean Box and complete e experiment for this lesson.

Week 8 - Crustaceans - students should read Lesson 8 before class. In class we will draw and label shrimp or lobsters for our notebooks,  create crustaceans for our Ocean Box and complete the experiment for this lesson.

Week 9 - Mollusks - students should read Lesson 9 before class. In class we will add two pages to our notebooks. One labeled ""bivalves"" and one labeled ""gastrpods.""  We will add some Mollusks to our Ocean Box and complete the experiment for this lesson.

Week 10 - Cephalopods - students should read Lesson 10 before class. We will work on adding 5 pages to our notebooks; cuttlefish, squid, octopus, nautilus, and chiton.  We will create and add some Cephalopods to our Ocean Box and complete the experiment for this lesson.

Week 11 - Echinoderms - students should read Lesson 11 before class. We will add a page labeled ""Echinoderms"" to our notebook with illustrations of sea stars, brittle stars, crinoids, sea urchins, sand dollars, and sea cucumbers. We will make some echinoderms to add to our Ocean Box and we will also create salty brittle stars by crystallizing salt.

Week 12 - Cnidarians - students should read Lesson 12 before class. We will add pages about jellyfish, sea anemones, and corals. We will add at least three more animals to our Ocean Box and complete the experiment for this lesson.

Week 13 - Other Interesting Aquatic Animals - students should read lesson 13 before class. We will add pages about sponges, water worms and microscopic animals.  We will add sponges and worms to our Ocean Boxes and complete the experiment for this lesson.

Week 14 - This week we will finish our notebooks and our Ocean Box and have them all ready for the program!