FALL 2021 CLASSES
5th – 8th GRADE
1A– Who am I?! Genetics 101 (Leahy)
1B - Horse Book and Movie Club (Bishop)
2A – Play with your Food (Huguenin)
2B – Beyond the Literal (Chen-Main)
3A - Stories on Stage (Smith)
3B - Loops and Looms! (Majka)
1A Fun with Legos (Carr)
1B Play with your Food (Huguenin)
2A Watercolor Wonders (Duffy)
2B Hidden in Plain Sight (Cupidon)
3A Fast to Faster (Strickland)
3B Wacky Weather (Collins)
1ST – 2ND GRADE
1A Exploring Geography (Rastello)
1B That Song is Stuck in my Head (Weber)
2A Science Exploration (Robinson)
2B Through a Child's Eyes (Silva, Mahr)
3A Awesome Anatomy (Wright)
3B Nature Crafts (Rangel)
1 Intro to Art (Dennis)
2 Sensory, Fine Motor, and Handwriting (Esbrandt)
3 Snack and Play Time
1 Fantastic Fall (Peterson)
2 Snack and Play Time
3 Life Skills (Djekinnou)
Who am I?! Genetics 101
Instructor: Mrs. Leahy
We will explore the basics of microbiology and genetics in a hands-on class with projects and experiments. We'll learn about cell structure, the basics of DNA, dominant and recessive genes, solve crime mysteries, and design a genetics-monster…all while understanding how God knit each one of us into unique individuals.
Week 1 – Characteristics of living things. Domains of life/cell-classes. Learning cell organelles.
Week 2 – Complete a 3-D model of an animal cell with clay.
Week 3 – Understand what and where DNA is found while creating a model with pipe-cleaners and beads. Each student will then extract their own DNA from cheek cells.
Week 4 - Solve a class crime scene puzzle with forensic DNA analysis. Discuss inherent vs acquired traits.
Week 5 – Introduce Gregor Mendel and his studies on pea plants and heredity relating to: dominant and recessive genes, alleles, genotypes and phenotypes, and punnett squares.
Week 6 – Complete a 'genetic monsters' project, touching on probability as a mathematical concept of genetics.
Week 7 – Understand DNA replication and the differences between mitosis vs meiosis with jelly beans.
Week 8 – Design your own unique hybrid-animal. Finish the class with an “Escape room” -style review.
Horse Book & Movie Club
Instructor: Mrs. Bishop
Calling all horse enthusiasts! Are you interested in reading novels about horses and watching the movie adaptation? If so, this class is for you!
We will decide on the final reading & movie list as a class (3-4 books/movies). Options include but are not limited to Black Beauty, Misty of Chincoteague, Secretariat, and Snowman, The True Story of a Champion. Each week we will share our favorite passages from the reading and explore the different aspects of character development, plot, and the actual historical basis for the book. We will also examine how the book was developed into a movie and discuss the horse(s) featured in the film. Saddle up and get ready for our horse book and movie club adventures!
Play with your Food!
Instructor: Mrs. Huguenin
Do you like to eat? I sure do! Come and learn how to present snacks, desserts, and even veggies for your friends and family in a fun way. We will learn knife tips and tricks for cutting everything from vegetable flowers to big watermelon baskets.
No need to bring a snack to this class. We’ll eat every week!
Week 1 – Food safety and creative lunches
Week 2 – Knife tips and tricks
Week 3 – Snacks!
Week 4 – Fun fruits
Week 5 – Amazing veggies
Week 6 – Delicious desserts
Week 7 – Autumn food
Week 8 – Food art for a crowd
Beyond the Literal
Instructor: Ms. Chen-Main
Writers often use words to mean something beyond their normal everyday meaning. In this class, we will look at examples of the creative ways writers, poets, speakers, songwriters, and even Bible passages use figurative language to get a message or point across.
After we learn to spot figurative language, we’ll practice using different types in our own writing.
Come become a stronger reader and writer!
Week 1 – Recognize and create similes, metaphors, and personification
Week 2 – Recognize and create hyperbole, imagery, and puns
Week 3 – Recognize and learn idioms from around the world
Week 4 – Identify figurative language in prose, practice using figurative language
Week 5 – Identify figurative language in in poetry, practice using figurative language in poetry
Week 6 – Identify and discuss figurative language in the Bible, begin creating a poster for final
Week 7 – Identify and discuss figurative language in song lyrics (both old and new songs),
continue work on final class display
Week 8 – Identify and discuss figurative language in pop culture (brand slogans and famous
quotes), finish final class display
Stories on Stage
Instructor: Mrs. Smith
Stories, expression and confidence are all beautiful gifts given to us by God. In this introduction to drama class we will explore the basic elements of drama as a means to build confidence and joy in expression. We will learn important literary and dramatic devices as we laugh and play together using stories, movie clips, and games that will inspire confidence and expression in storytelling.
Week 1 – Elements of drama
Week 2 – Elements of script, story arc
Week 3 – Direct characterization
Week 4 – Indirect characterization
Week 5 – Setting
Week 6 – Monologue
Week 7 – Improvisation
Week 8 – Improvisation
Loops and Looms!
Instructor: Mrs. Majka
Want to learn the basics of crochet and loom knitting? Join this class to discover the essentials! After taking this class, you’ll have a solid foundation that will set you up for future creative projects. Use these skills to begin a new hobby, make gifts, or start your own business!
Week 1 – Crochet Basics: Tools, types of yarn, slip knot
Week 2 – Crochet: Chain and single crochet stitches
Week 3 – Crochet: Double crochet
Week 4 – Loom Basics: Tools, types of yarn, making hats
Week 5 – Review: During this class, students will select a project to work on for the remainder
of the course; scrunchies, baby blankets, ear warmers, potholders, etc. We’ll review relevant
stitches and skills needed for their projects.
Week 6 – Changing colors
Week 7 – Work on projects, and explore accessories (dependent on which projects are
selected; flowers, buttons/yarn sewing, blanket borders, etc.)
Week 8 – Finish projects and (potentially) show our new skills to a guest speaker!
Fun with Lego
Instructor: Mrs. Carr
LEGO is an abbreviated form of the Danish words for “play well” and there are so many ways we can play well with them. We're going to use our creativity and have fun as we work independently and together, present to classmates, and learn how to structure a story. We’ll also do some hands-on LEGO reinforcement of math and geometry concepts and learn about LEGO history and art, with fun challenges along the way. Let’s get ready to learn through building!
Week 1 – LEGO Class Introduction
Week 2 – LEGO History
Week 3 – LEGO Art
Week 4 – Introduction to class presentations
Week 5 – Building stories (story structure)
Week 6 – LEGO math
Week 7 – Show and Tell/Presentation review
Week 8 –Final Building Challenge
Instructor: Mrs. Duffy
Calling all artists! In this class students will use watercolors every week to create something new. We will combine watercolor paints with different materials like glue, salt, and oil pastels to create fun effects. Be ready to get a little messy and have fun creating!
Week 1: Color Wheel
Week 2: Jellyfish
Week 3: Watercolor resist
Week 4: Splash Painting
Week 5: Desert Cacti
Week 6: Ice Cream Party Paintings
Week 7: Nature’s Silhouette
Week 8: Crazy Hair Day
HIDDEN IN PLAIN SIGHT (The African American influence on our history and culture)
Instructor: Mrs. Cupidon
The goal of this class is to honor a people who are intricately woven in the history of this nation: the African Americans. We will start with learning a brief history and culture prior slavery. We will briefly explore the courageous humans who fought for their God given identity. Finally, we will study the influence of key African Americans and how they have affected our culture and different aspects of our society. They were and some still are heroes "hidden in plain sight!".
Week 1 –Africa: a land of great Kingdoms
Week 2 – Fighting off the chains: A brief history of how this people group has had to fight for freedom and equality throughout history.
Week 3 – Hidden, but help create laws to change government.
Week 4 – Hidden, but influenced inventions in technology.
Week 5 – Hidden, but influenced our cuisine.
Week 6 –Hidden, but influenced art.
Week 7 –Hidden, but influenced dance.
Week 8 –Hidden, but influenced sports.
Fast to Faster
Instructor: Mrs. Strickland
Participants will run, jump, twist, and turn themselves from fast to faster as we focus on increasing agility (or our ability to move quickly and easily). Increased speed and agility will aid an athlete in any sport, as well as potentially help students to think, respond, and understand quicker. Each week will include different speed, strength, and agility drills in a fun, encouraging, and God honoring environment.
Week 1 – Intro to moves and stretching. Beginning assessment to mark current skill levels
Week 2 – cardio focus
Week 3 – lower body concentration
Week 4 – obstacle course
Week 5 – hopping, jumping, skipping, and twisting
Week 6 – speed week
Week 7 – obstacle course
Week 8 – Final Assessment to measure and award improvements
Instructor: Mrs. Collins
Whether you enjoy sunshine or snowmen there’s SO MUCH to learn about different types of weather and what that brings! Together we will learn about some wacky weather with hands-on experiments!
Week 1: Four seasons
Week 2: Clouds
Week 3: Rain
Week 4: Lightening
Week 5: Wind
Week 6: Tornado
Week 7: Hurricanes
Week 8: Earthquake
Instructor: Mrs. Rastello
In this class students will learn about the world God created and how its different parts work together. They will engage in map making while learning about Earth’s physical and human systems, and how living things interact with physical environments.
Week 1: Introduction - What is geography and what can we use it for? Overview of how we use maps and globes
Week 2: Map making and compass practice - learning about cardinal directions and making personal maps
Week 3: Places and Regions - exploring how we divide up the earth on a map
Week 4: Places and Regions in the United States - making a tabletop map of Maryland
Week 5: Physical Systems - How we see land and water on a map, exploring the plants and animals of the Chesapeake Bay
Week 6: Human Systems - exploring cities, towns, and how people impact nature
Week 7: Environment and Society/ Tourism Map - exploring natural resources and man-made resources and starting our Maryland tourism map
Week 8: Wrap Up and Review - finishing our tourism map, summarizing what we’ve learned, discussing what we want to explore further, and taking compasses home to keep exploring!
That Song is Stuck in my Head
Instructor: Mrs. Weber
Music is for everybody! We can play it, we can hum it, we can listen to it and tap our toes! In this class we will adventure into what elements make up music, some different kinds of music to enjoy, and making playlists of our favorites.
Week 1 – Introduction to music, Music elements (Beat/Rhythm I), Listen, Play
Week 2 – Music elements (Beat/Rhythm II), Listen, Play
Week 3 – Music elements (Review, Tempo/Dynamics I), Listen, Play, Favorites
Week 4 – Music elements (Review, Tempo/Dynamics II), Listen, Play, Favorites
Week 5 – Music elements (Review, Scales/Chords I), Listen, Play, Favorites
Week 6 – Music elements (Review, Scales/Chords II), Listen, Play, Favorites
Week 7 – Music elements (Review, Melody/Harmony I), Listen, Play, Favorites
Week 8 – Music elements (Review, Melody/Harmony II), Listen, Play, Favorites
Instructor: Mrs. Robinson
We will be exploring earth, life, and physical science together. We will investigate seeds and plants, insects, states of matter, surface tension, convection currents, water density, and chemical reactions. Each week we will learn about our topic with a discussion, reading a picture book and/or watching a short video, and completing fun, hands-on experiments.
Week 1 – Learn about the parts of a seed, dissect a lima bean seed, set up a lima bean seed in a bag to watch it sprout at home
Week 2 – Learn about the parts of an insect and the life cycle of an insect, explore mealworms by completing simple experiments
Week 3 – Learn about the states of matter, observe different solids, liquids and gasses, make slime
Week 4 – Review the different states of matter, read Bartholomew and the Oobleck by Dr. Suess, make oobleck
Week 5 – Learn about surface tension, explore pins and paper clips on water, watch pepper on water with drop of soap, make an index card boat move with a drop of soap
Week 6 – Review what has been learned about surface tension, make magic milk, explore more surface tension demonstrations
Week 7 – Learn about convection currents, experiment with hot and cold water, learn about density with oil and water experiments
Week 8 – Learn about chemical reactions, explore combining acids (vinegar) and bases (baking soda) to produce gas (carbon dioxide) by making raisins dance and launching a rocket outside (if possible, if not we will make a volcano inside)
Through a Child’s Eyes: Christian Masterpieces at the National Gallery of Art
Instructor: Mrs. Mahr and Mrs. Silva
Children are astute observers of the world around them, and this includes observing famous paintings with remarkable insight. In this class we will use 8 paintings with Christian themes found at the National Gallery of Art to learn “how to look at” paintings, to gain art literacy, and to have some fun creating art based on what we’ve seen. If possible, there will be a trip to the museum offered (where the children can have the joy of recognizing these paintings on their own) when the class ends.
Week 1: Duccio di Buoninsegna’s The Calling of the Apostles Peter and Andrew
Week 2: Durer’s Christ Among the Doctors
Week 3: Cosimo’s The Visitation of St Nicholas and St Anthony Abbot
Week 4: Bassano: The Miraculous Draft of Fish
Week 5: Campin: Madonna and Child with Saints
Week 6: Vermeer: Woman Holding a Balance
Week 7: Ribera: The Martyrdom of St. Bartholomew
Week 8: Fra Angelico and Fra Filippo Lippi: The Adoration of the Magi
Instructor: Mrs. Wright
Would you like to learn more about how your body works? Marvel at God’s intricate and creative design as we learn about our bodies: what’s inside them and how they work!
Week 1 – Skeletal System
Week 2 – Muscular System
Week 3 – Digestive and Renal Systems
Week 4 – Health and Nutrition
Week 5 – Respiratory System
Week 6 –Cardiovascular System
Week 7 –Nervous System
Week 8 –Integumentary(skin) and Immune Systems
Instructor: Mrs. Rangel
Let's see how we can take elements from nature and use them to create art. Our class will use elements from God's beautiful nature to create crafts. When possible we will take walks in nature to collect items used for our art/ crafts projects.
Week 1 – Pinecone Snowy Owls - a snowy owl made out of a pine cone
Week 2 – Birds Nest – collecting items for a nest to create a nest craft
Week 3 – Bean Mosaic- making an art form out of seeds and beans
Week 4 – Finish Bean Mosaic and Leaf Rubbing
Week 5 – Craft with leaves
Week 6 – Pumpkin painting
Week 7 – Hand print and rocks craft
Week 8 – Decorate our table display
Intro to Art
Instructor: Mrs. Dennis
Your student will be introduced to the basic elements of Art. They will experience the different elements with hands-on projects. The Art work will be displayed at the end of the semester celebration.
It will be easiest for me to keep the art work until the end of the semester.
Week 1 – Line
Week 2 – Shape
Week 3 – Color
Week 4 – Value
Week 5 – Texture
Week 6 – Form
Week 7 – Space
Week 8 – Wrap up
Sensory, Fine Motor and Handwriting Fun!
Instructor: Mrs. Esbrandt
Enjoy participating in a variety of sensory and fine motor exercises at the beginning of class. Then learn how to form letters correctly, while having fun, using Handwriting Without Tears (HWT) curriculum: workbook and activities. Stefanie is a former pediatric Occupational Therapist and has attended many HWT trainings and frequently used HWT curriculum in her practice.
Week 1: Sensory and Fine Motor Activities + Frog Jump Capitals
Week 2: Sensory and Fine Motor Activities + Starting Corner Capitals
Week 3: Sensory and Fine Motor Activities + Center Starters
Week 4: Sensory and Fine Motor Activities + Lower Case Letters Group 1
Week 5: Sensory and Fine Motor Activities + Lower Case Letters Group 2
Week 6: Sensory and Fine Motor Activities + Lower Case Letters Group 3
Week 7: Sensory and Fine Motor Activities + Lower Case Letters Group 4
Week 8: Sensory and Fine Motor Activities + Numbers
Instructor: Mrs. Peterson
In “Fantastic Fall” we will learn all about this wonderful Autumn season using books, hands-on activities, art projects, and science experiments. We will explore the themes of harvest, colorful leaves, and animals in the fall. Each class will begin with a fall oriented story time followed by hands-on activities and we will venture outside (weather permitting) to study and observe the changes happening all around us.
Week 1 – Intro to the Fall Season (storytime and coloring)
Week 2 –Fall Harvest-Apples! (storytime and apple craft)
Week 3 –Fall Harvest-Apples! (storytime and apple recipe/experiment)
Week 4 –Leaves and Trees (storytime and observations)
Week 5 – Leaves and Trees (storytime and Art project)
Week 6 – Fall Harvest- Pumpkins! (storytime and pumpkin craft)
Week 7 – Fall Harvest- Pumpkins! (storytime and pumpkin playdoh time)
Week 8 – Animals preparing for winter- (storytime and animal habitat building)
Practical Life Play
Instructor: Mrs. Djekinnou
Practical life play is all about independence, freedom (within limits) and fun! We will have a
short circle time followed by practical life activities such as pouring, scooping, zipping, etc. We
will also have show and tells to share our most treasured items from home!
Week 1 – Circle time & folding
Week 2 –Show and tell (favorite stuffed animal) & folding/scooping
Week 3 –Circle time & scooping/zipping
Week 4 –Show and tell (favorite color) & zipping/pouring
Week 5 – Circle time & pouring/containers
Week 6 – Show and tell (letter of name) & containers/sponge transfer
Week 7 – Circle time & sponge transfer/ arranging
Week 8 – Show and tell (favorite thing to do) & arranging