ARCHIVED CLASSES

Fall 2017 CLASSES

Grades 6th and Up (some open to 5th grade)

1A  Make Me a Car Expert *

1B  It's Alive! Drawing Class *

2A  Titanic *

2B  It's ELEMENTary, Dear Watson *

3A  Medieval Mania

3B  Wait...What Type am I?... *

(*Class open to mature 5th graders)

Grades 3rd-5th

1A  Titanic

1B  Incredible Edible Science

2A  Medieval Mania

2B  This is NOT a Math Class! 

3A  Marine Biology

3B  Artistic Imitations

 

Grades 1st-2nd

1A  Medieval Times

1B  Lions, Tigers, & Bears, Oh My!

2A  Anatomy - Inside Out!

2B  Cardio Fitness

3A  Magic School Bus Science

3B  Scavenger Hunt Skills

KINDERGARTEN

1  Safari Craft Creations

2  Candy Shop Math

3  Free Play

PRE K

1  Amazing Autumn!

2  Snack and Free Play

3  Story Stretchers

 

6th grade and Up
Make Me a Car Expert!

Instructor: Mr. Paul Rivera

Class Description:

Hey middle-schoolers! Before you know it, you’ll be taking driver’s education classes to get your license, so don’t you want to learn about cars and how they work so you can impress your friends who have to take public transportation or beg their parents for a ride? How does a car engine work?  How do the gears and brakes work? What does the transmission do? How do electric and hybrid cars work? Well this is your chance to have lots of fun looking at cool graphics, videos, and diagrams about cars and their component parts and systems.  We’ll see how human engineers have again copied the amazing blueprint of creation in designing automobile systems, maybe play with some remote control cars, and take a look inside Mr. Rivera’s car for real-life, hands-on examples.  Throughout the class we’ll also review some fun lessons on simple machines such as levers, wheels, and gears.

 

Special Notes:
  • Class will include occasional homework

 

Syllabus:

Week 1 – Overview of Major Car Parts & Systems

Week 2 – Engines and Gears

Week 3 – Fuel and Exhaust system

Week 4 – Transmission and brakes

Week 5 – Steering and Wheels, Lights, Electrical System, and Dashboard

Week 6 – Cooling System

Week 7 – Maintenance and Repair Issues

Week 8 – Electric and Hybrid Cars

It’s Alive! Drawing Class

Instructor: Mrs. Duffy

 

Class Description:

Each week, we will draw a different subject from life. Exciting examples include live fish and reptiles, plants and insects. This will be a fun class acquiring new skills, such as how to translate something that is three-dimensional onto a two-dimensional page, and how to capture a moving subject! An added bonus will be a creative writing homework assignment about the subject of the week. Finished writings can be shared with the class the following week. Materials will include pencils, colored pencils, pastels, watercolors, and graphite sticks.

 

Special notes:
  • Class will include weekly optional homework.

 

Syllabus:

Week 1 - Drawing Plants part 1 - Leaves and Buds

Week 2 - Drawing Plants part 2 - Pinecones & Bark

Week 3 - Drawing Insects

Week 4 - Drawing Insects continued

Week 5 - Drawing Turtles

Week 6 - Drawing Turtles continued

Week 7 - Drawing Fish

Week 8 - Drawing Fish continued

Titanic

Instructor: Mrs. Bullard

Class Description:

Imagine crossing the ocean on a ship so large and luxurious that it’s like staying at a fancy hotel.  We will travel back in time to explore such a ship, the Titanic, and we will learn how and why it sank on its maiden voyage across the Atlantic Ocean.

 

Special Notes:
  • Class may include occasional homework 

 

Syllabus:

Week 1 – The Race to Build the World’s Best Ocean Liner

Week 2 – What Made the Titanic So Amazing

Week 3 – Life on Board the Luxury Liner

Week 4 – Who Traveled on the Titanic

Week 5 – The Sinking of the Titanic

Week 6 – The Sinking of the Titanic Continued

Week 7 – Rescue!

Week 8 – The Aftermath

It’s ELEMENTary, Dear Watson: Investigating Atoms, Molecules, and More!

Instructor: Mrs. Uehling

Class Description:

This class is a fun and thorough introduction to the Periodic Table of Elements.  Through discussion, videos, games, songs, and experiments we will gain a basic understanding of Chemistry including elements, atoms, molecules, ionic bonds, and covalent bonds. There is a lot to cover in 8 weeks, so homework will be given, mainly reading background information so we have time for the fun group activities in class.

 

Special Notes:
  • Class will include weekly homework, mainly reading.

 

Syllabus:

Week 1 – What is an Element?

Week 2 – The Periodic Table

Week 3 – Atoms

Week 4 – More About Atoms

Week 5 – The Alkali and Halogen Families

Week 6 – The Noble Gases and the Non-Metals

Week 7 – Metals: Semi, Pure, and Transition

Week 8 – The Lanthanides and Actinides

Medieval Mania

(not open to 5th graders)

Instructor: Mrs. Lokos

Class Description:

What could be more exciting? Knights in shining armor, damsels not in distress…castles, corruption, and catapulting…jousting, flying buttresses, plague, and marzipan. Come and we shall explore.

 

Special Notes:
  • Class will include no homework; however, I will send out a recommended reading list for any who would like to delve further.

 

Syllabus:

Week 1 – The Feudal System

Week 2 – Knights/Castles/Warfare

Week 3 – Knights/Castles/Warfare continued

Week 4 – Disease and Daily Life

Week 5 – The Church and the Role of Monks

Week 6 – Art and Architecture

Week 7 – Heraldry and Falconry

Week 8 – Food and preparations for feast

Wait…..What type am I? What type are you?

Instructor: Mrs. Booth

Class Description:

This class should be a lot of fun! We are going to look at “personal” psychology.  Psychology is the study of human thoughts, feelings, and behaviors.  We are going to take a look at why people are the way they are. What types of personalities or temperaments are out there.  And what type are you?  Are you an extrovert or introvert? An optimist or pessimist?  Right-brained or left-brained? An ENTJ or and ISFP?  Yeah…we’ll be throwing in some kids’ type Myers-Briggs !  During this class, we’ll take some quick little personality tests and learn a lot about what they mean.  I know nobody likes to take tests – so don’t worry these tests are more like games than tests!  We’ll talk about understanding and respecting differences – and how crazy (and boring) would it be if we weren’t different! Not everyone is quiet, gentle, and creative – nor is everyone loud, raucous, and OCD!  My hope is that students will gain some valuable personal insight that will encourage them to appreciate themselves as well as others. 

 

Special Notes:
  • Class may include occasional optional homework

  • Open to mature 5th graders.  Please talk to Mrs. Booth before signing up.

 

Syllabus:

Week 1 – What’s with Psychology anyway?

Week 2 – What’s your attitude? What type of “ist" or “vert” are you?

Week 3 – What’s “social style”?

Week 4 – What’s Creativity Quotient?

Week 5 – What’s your learning style?

Week 6 – What’s your temperament?

Week 7 – What’s your brain have to do with it?

Week 8 – Wrapping it all up in a nice neat little package!

3rd - 5th Grade
Titanic

Instructor: Mrs. Bullard

Class Description:

Imagine crossing the ocean on a ship so large and luxurious that it’s like staying at a fancy hotel.  We will travel back in time to explore such a ship, the Titanic, and we will learn how and why it sank on its maiden voyage across the Atlantic Ocean.

 

Special Notes:
  • Class may include occasional homework 

 

Syllabus:

Week 1 – The Race to Build the World’s Best Ocean Liner

Week 2 – What Made the Titanic So Amazing

Week 3 – Life on Board the Luxury Liner

Week 4 – Who Traveled on the Titanic

Week 5 – The Sinking of the Titanic

Week 6 – The Sinking of the Titanic Continued

Week 7 – Rescue!

Week 8 – The Aftermath

Incredible Edible Science

Instructor: Mrs. Christine Brinson

Class Description:

Have you ever wondered what a water molecule looks like? Have you ever wondered what makes popcorn pop or why a bouncy ball and a rock land at the same time when dropped? You can find out in the Incredible Edible Science class!

 

Special Notes:
  • Class will include occasional homework

 

Syllabus:

Week 1 – Atoms and molecules: We will make a model of a water molecule and watch colors move in milk with soap.

Week 2 – Solids, liquids, and gases: We will make root beer floats.

Week 3 – Chemical reactions: We will study how cooking changes ingredients to cake and brownies, and we will sample gluten free brownies.

Week 4 – Biology: We will study plant and animal classification and classify and eat trail mix.

Week 5 – Tongue: We will study the taste buds and perform taste tests of various liquids.

Week 6 – Physics: We will study buoyancy and gravity, and we will watch carrots in salt water and different items drop from the force of gravity.

Week 7 – Static Electricity: We will study static electricity with rice krispies.

Week 8 – Pressure: We will study how pressure can make a ball float in the air and how we make a vacuum every time we drink through a straw.

Medieval Mania

Instructor: Mrs. Lokos

Class Description:

What could be more exciting? Knights in shining armor, damsels not in distress…castles, corruption, and catapulting…jousting, flying buttresses, plague, and marzipan. Come and we shall explore.

 

Special Notes:
  • Class will include no homework; however, I will send out a recommended reading list for any who would like to delve further.

 

Syllabus:

Week 1 – The Feudal System

Week 2 – Knights/Castles/Warfare

Week 3 – Knights/Castles/Warfare continued

Week 4 – Disease and Daily Life

Week 5 – The Church and the Role of Monks

Week 6 – Art and Architecture

Week 7 – Heraldry and Falconry

Week 8 – Food and preparations for feast

This is NOT a Math Class!

Instructor: Mrs. Leahy

Class Description:

Have you ever wondered what art and math have in common? We will create some amazing and beautiful works of art using math techniques like tessellations, parabolic curves, and optical illusions that will amaze your parents. No mathematical (or artistic) prerequisite required - promise!

 

Special Notes:

Class will include occasional homework

 

Syllabus:

Week 1 – Parabolic curves

Week 2 – Mandalas and super stars

Week 3 – Loop-de-loops (spirolaterals)

Week 4 – Tessellations

Week 5 – 3-D art

Week 6 – Euler’s challenge

Week 7 – Equilateral triangles

Week 8 – Final project

Marine Biology

Instructor: Mrs. Baile

Class Description

We will be studying oceans and aquatic life using mainly Apologia’s Exploring Creation with Zoology 2: Swimming Creatures of the Fifth day. We will be working on a journal with notes from the class. We will also be doing some of the suggested experiments from the book.

 

Special Notes:

    •       Class will include occasional homework

 

Syllabus

Week 1: Oceans, Currents, and Tides

Week 2: Whales, Dolphins, Seals, and Sea Cows

Week 3: Eight Turtles of the Sea and Sea Snakes

Week 4: Fish

Week 5: Sharks, Stingrays, and Manta Rays

Week 6: Crustaceans (lobster, crayfish, shrimp, and crab) and Mollusks (clam, scallop, conch, whelk, and abalone)

Week 7: Cephalopods (cuttlefish, squid, and octopus), Echinoderms (sea star, sea urchin, and sand dollar), and Jellyfish

Week 8: Coral reefs (anemones, sponges, and coral)

Artistic Imitations

Instructor: Mrs. Hoffman

Class Description:

Each week we will study a different artist and produce original artwork inspired by the artist.

 

Syllabus:

Week 1 – Modigliani and portraits

Week 2 – Matisse Collages

Week 3 – Paul Klee line drawings

Week 4 – Monet and his lilies

Week 5 – Kandinsky style fall leaves

Week 6 – Van Gogh and sunflowers

Week 7 – Cezanne and still lifes

Week 8 – Picasso's blue period

1st and 2nd Grade
Medieval Times

Instructor: Mrs. Speicher

Class Description:

Our Class will have lots of fun exploring history during the Medieval Times.  We will read books, have discussions, and complete a craft or activity that pertains to the topic of that week.  Everyone will love this hands-on learning experience!  

 

Special Notes:
  • Class will include no homework

 

Syllabus:

Week 1 – Who They Were:  Learn about the three different groups in Medieval Society

Week 2 – What They Wore:  Find out about the various garments worn during this time.

Week 3 – Where They Lived:  Build a castle as a class using cardboard boxes!

Week 4 – How They Worked: Learn what peasants, craftsmen, and noblemen did for a living. 

Week 5 – How They Played:  We will have fun playing games children in medieval times enjoyed.

Week 6 – How They Learned: Explore how learning took place with little access to books. 

Week 7 – How They Worshiped:  Make a stained-glass window and learn about how they worshiped God.

Week 8 – What They Ate:  Compare the difference in food now and then. 

Lions, Tigers, & Bears, Oh My!

Instructor: Mrs. Bishop

Class Description

We will be learning about the animals God created on the sixth day of creation! We will be using Apologia’s Exploring Creation with Zoology 3: Land Animals of the Sixth Day for our study of land animals. Students will be engaged in various activities, crafts, & experiments.

 

Syllabus

Week 1: Creature Features of Wolves, Coyotes, & Foxes

Week 2: Bears, Giant Pandas, Otters, & Raccoons

Week 3: Lions, Tigers & North American Wildcats

Week 4: Marsupials & Rodentia

Week 5: Primates (monkeys, chimpanzees, gorillas, and orangutans)

Week 6: Horses, Donkeys, Zebras, Elephants & Rhinos

Week 7: Cattle, Buffalo, Camels, Giraffes, and Hippos

Week 8: Reptiles & Amphibians 

Anatomy - Inside Out!

Instructor: Mrs. Widenhofer

Class Description:

Students will learn basic key concepts about the body systems God created with models they can actually wear!

 

Special Notes:
  • Class will include no homework

 

Syllabus:

Week 1: Intro and Brain Hat

Week 2: Vision Goggles

Week 3: “Hear” Muffs

Week 4: Backbone Streamer

Week 5: Muscle Sleeve

Week 6: Chest Vest (Heart, Lungs, Ribcage)

Week 7: Teeth and Tongue Puppet

Week 8: Digestion Necktie and Review

Cardio Fitness

Instructor: Gloria Estrada

Class Description:  

Expect lots of activity in this class. We'll have tons of fun with partner activities, games, fun with fitness and so much more. 

 

Special Notes:

Very little homework requested.  

 

Syllabus:

Week 1:  "Jump" Right Into Fitness - Overview & Partner Exercises

Week 2:   Introduction into Dance Fitness (Zumba, etc.)

Week 3:   Game Day - Soccer & Basketball - Keep that ball moving

Week 4:   Running with a Plan, Purpose & Proper Technique

Week 5:   Cardio versus Strength training - Making both fun!

Week 6:   How to build endurance and be the best you can be

Week 7:   Preparation for all field games

Week 8:   Track & Field Day - With medals/ribbons and friendly competition

Magic School Bus Science

Instructor: Mrs. Drury

Class Description:

In this class, we will hop on board the Magic School Bus to explore different concepts in scjence.

 

Special Notes:
  • Class will include no homework

  • Class may get a little messy- a smock/oversized shirt is recommended

 

Syllabus:

Week 1 – Weather Station

Week 2 – Bacteria and Fungi

Week 3 – Bacteria and Fungi continued

Week 4 – Magnets

Week 5 – Water         

Week 6 – Stars and Planets

Week 7 – Acids and Bases

Week 8 – Review

Scavenger Hunt Skills

Instructor: Mrs. Rangel

Class Description:

In our class, we will learn map basics and bring them to life with crafts and activities. We will have a scavenger hunt every other week to make our learning interactive and fun! Complete your final scavenger hunt successfully to earn a small reward.

 

Special Notes:
  • Class will include no homework.

 

Syllabus:

Week 1 - Where are you on a Map? direction (N, E, W, S, right, left)

Week 2 - Scavenger hunt (using newly learned map skills)

Week 3 - Reading symbols, directional symbol and legends

Week 4 - Scavenger hunt (using newly learned map skills)

Week 5 - Using coordinate points/grids

Week 6 - Scavenger hunt (using newly learned map skills)

Week 7 - Making a map

Week 8 - Scavenger hunt (using newly learned map skills)

Kindergarten
Safari Craft Creations

Instructor: Mrs. McGraw

 

Class description:

Each week the children will learn about a different safari animal while creating that animal as an awesome craft to take home.

 

Special Notes:
  • There will be no homework for this class.

 

Syllabus:

Week 1: Lion

Week 2: Monkey

Week 3: Giraffe

Week 4: Elephant

Week 5: Snake

Week 6: Zebra

Week 7: Tiger

Week 8: Cheetah

Candy Shop Math

Instructor: Mrs. Smith
 

Class Description:

Together we will explore basic math skills using candy.

 

Special Notes:

•   Class may include occasional homework for extra practice.

•   Students need to bring a shoebox on the first day of class.

•   Other – Please let Mrs. Smith know if there are any food allergies. Children may be allowed to eat their leftover candy at the end of class.
 

Syllabus:

(This outline may be adjusted after assessing student strengths.)

Week 1 – Sorting and counting

Week 2 – Patterns

Week 3 – Addition

Week 4 – Subtraction

Week 5 – Graphing

Week 6 – Graphing

Week 7 – Money

Pre-K
Amazing Autumn!

Instructor: Mrs. Collins

Class Description: 

Students will explore all things autumn with exciting hands-on activities!

*Please email Laurel Collins if your child has any food allergies or dietary restrictions*

 

Syllabus:

Week 1 – Apples

Week 2 – Leaves 

Week 3 – Bats 

Week 4 – Acorns 

Week 5 – Owls 

Week 6 – Corn 

Week 7 – Spiders

Week 8 – Pumpkins 

Story Stretchers

Instructor: Mrs. Wright

Class Description:

A craft and activity will accompany each book.

 

Syllabus:

Week 1 – “Alfie Gives a Hand”

Week 2 – “Ask Mr. Bear?”

Week 3 – “Where Can It Be?”

Week 4 – “Big Boy, Little Boy”

Week 5 – “No Jumping on the Bed!”

Week 6 – “Here Are My Hands”

Week 7 – “The Very Hungry Caterpillar”

Week 8 – “Frederick”

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