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Spring 2017 CLASSES

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

1A Cheerful Confections ! (Open to 5th graders)      

1B Beams, Bridges, and Building: An Engineering Adventure

2A Photography - Capturing Life's Special Moments (Open to 5th graders)    

2B Marine Biology (Open to 5th graders)

3A Mix it up! Art Class (open to 5th graders)          

3B Data Collecting, Analyzing and Presenting (Excel, PowerPoint and more)

 

Grades 3rd-5th

1A Great Music and Good Stories!    

1B Lions, Tigers, & Bears, Oh My!

2A Fun with Math Games!                

2B Hand Sewing 101

3A Seven Continents                        

3B Explode!

 

Grades 1st-2nd

1A Wacky Art                                    

1B Who Wants to Be a Car Expert?

2A Playing in Spanish                          

2B P.E. Games

3A 8 Natural Wonders of the World      

3B Real Super Heroes

 

Grades 6th and Up

(Some open to 5th Grade)

Cheerful Confections (Open to 5th - 8th Graders)

Instructor: Mrs. Platt and Mrs. Collins

Class Description

Got a sweet tooth? Enjoy making fun desserts? Students will explore new cake decorating and dessert creating techniques!

Special Notes:

  • Class will include occasional homework

  • Class will include some parental involvement

  • Additional cost for class is $8.00

Syllabus

  • Week 1: Making and decorating cake pops

  • Week 2: Making chocolate caramel pretzel rods

  • Week 3: Decorating sugar cookies

  • Week 4: Marshmallow pops

  • Week 5: Buttercream

  • Week 6: Royal icing

  • Week 7: Fondant

  • Week 8: Final showcase! Decorate cupcakes for end-of-semester program

 

Beams, Bridges, and Building: An Engineering Adventure (6th - 8th grade)

Instructor: Mrs. Widenhofer

Class Description

In this hands on class, we will explore the engineering process through the investigation of bridge types, structure, and construction. The class will culminate with a bridge-building challenge.

Special Notes:

  • Class will include no homework

Syllabus

  • Week 1: Intro to the engineering process/types of bridges

  • Week 2: The power of shapes

  • Week 3: Beam and truss bridge

  • Week 4: Arch bridge

  • Week 5: Suspension bridge

  • Week 6: Intro challenge, plan prototype, test

  • Week 7: Build, test, revise and plan improvements (re-engineer)

  • Week 8: Final build and test

 

 

Photography - Capturing Life's Special Moments (Open to 5th- 8th Graders)

Instructor: Mrs. Estrada

Class Description

As with any art form, the camera is just a tool; YOU are the artist. We will learn the tricks for how to take a great picture, including composition techniques and making the most of your lighting. We'll study your tool, the camera, and learn what all those different settings mean. We will touch on photo editing one week. You'll soon have a "photographer's eye" and be able to see a great photo opportunity everywhere you turn!

Special Notes:

  • Class will include weekly homework - this includes taking pictures at home and preferably emailing them to me by Sunday, or saving them to a flash drive and bringing back to class.

  • Class will include some parental involvement

  • PLEASE BRING A CAMERA WEEKLY!

  • Laptop recommended for Week 7 - photo editing

Syllabus

  • Week 1: What is photography? What do we already know? Understanding the parts of your camera.

  • Week 2: Why is light so important? Shooting modes/flash/lighting

  • Week 3: Learning about shutter speed/ISO/aperture/lighting continued

  • Week 4: Composition and technique - the rule of thirds

  • Week 5: Composition and technique - finding a different perspective

  • Week 6: Composition and technique - finding interesting backgrounds/portraits of each other

  • Week 7: Photo editing - Laptops recommended

  • Week 8: Trouble shooting photography/getting ready for end-of-semester photography slide show

 

 

Marine Biology (Open to 5th- 8th Graders)

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)

 

 

Mix it up! Art Class (Open to 5th- 8th Graders)

Instructor: Mrs. Duffy

Class Description

In this class we will be using a wide range of materials in exciting new combinations to create artwork. Each week we will create a small artwork using a combination of media (watercolors, pencils, ink, pastels, acrylic paints, etc.) to explore a new technique.

Special Notes:

  • Class will include no homework

Syllabus

  • Week 1: Oil Pastels and Watercolors – Warm vs. Cool colors

  • Week 2: Watercolor and Rubber Cement – Abstract Paintings

  • Week 3: Acrylic and Newspaper Collage - Trees

  • Week 4: Colored Ink and Rubbing Alcohol – Abstract Paintings

  • Week 5: Watercolor and Pen and Ink Drawings

  • Week 6: Colored Pencils and Chalk Pastels – Sea Life Drawings

  • Week 7: Acrylic Paint Printmaking - Waves

  • Week 8: Monochromatic Landscapes – Markers and Chalk Pastels

 

 

Data Collecting, Analyzing and Presenting (Excel, PowerPoint and more) (6th - 8th grade)

Instructor:Mrs. Booth

Class Description

The students will be introduced to working with data in spreadsheets and creating presentations about that data. We will use a game to run a coffee shop – including details of running the shop with supply and demand. They will use the internet to do research and collect data. We will either be using Microsoft Office or Open Office software. This will be determined at least two weeks prior to the first week of class – if everyone does not have access to the same version of Microsoft Office then we’ll be using Open Office. Open Office is a free downloadable software that offers many similar features to Microsoft Office.

Special Notes:

  • Class will include occasional homework

  • Class will require bringing a laptop to class with software installed (before the first class)

Syllabus

  • Week 1: Check computers for necessary software, Intro to types of software for the semester

  • Week 2: Data Collection Project– work with spreadsheets, presentations and the internet

  • Week 3: Data Collection Project

  • Week 4: Business Management Project– work with internet educational business management tool (Coffee Shop), spreadsheets, presentations

  • Week 5: Business Management Project

  • Week 6: Business Management Project

  • Week 7: Focus on Presentations – learn about characteristics of a good presentation

  • Week 8: Share Presentations

 

 

Grades 3rd-5th

Great Music and Good Stories!

Instructor: Mrs. Parker

Class Description

To teach children about the various musical instruments in an orchestra. Use the stories that musical pieces tell. The children will touch and hear some actual instruments.

Special Notes:

  • Class will include occasional homework

Syllabus

  • Week 1: Listen to “Peter and the Wolf”

  • Week 2: Listen to another piece of music with the same instruments – see if children can identify various instruments.

  • Week 3: Listen to a piece of music – see if children can tell the story being told. Kids will use descriptive words to describe the story. Then the actual story will be revealed.

  • Week 4: Talk about classical music recitals/concert etiquette. Listen to music that tricks/tests their understanding of etiquette.

  • Week 5: Talk about unusual instruments in typical Baroque orchestra. Hear instruments individually, learn how they were made and used.

  • Week 6: Learn, listen and discuss three different types of classical music. Identify favorites.

  • Week 7: Discuss the libretto of several operas. Listen to, learn and discuss the parts of a sonata. Learn, listen to and discuss parts of a concerto.

  • Week 8: Listen to songs with longest endings, most dissonant symphonies, funniest, most percussive, fastest, funniest/strangest vocal classical pieces.

 

Lions, Tigers, & Bears, Oh My!

Instructor: Mrs. Bishop

Class Description

We will be learning about the animals God made 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. Throughout the 8-week class students will work on a journal from notes in class and complete some experiments from the book.

Special Notes:

  • Class will include occasional homework

Syllabus

  • Week 1: Creature Features of Wolves, Coyotes, and Foxes

  • Week 2: Bears, Giant Pandas, Otters, and Raccoons

  • Week 3:Lions, Tigers and North American Wildcats

  • Week 4: Marsupials (kangaroos, koalas, opossums) & Rodentia (rodents, squirrels, beavers)

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

  • Week 6: Horses, Donkeys, Zebras, Elephants and Rhinos

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

  • Week 8: Reptiles (Snakes, Lizards, turtles) & Amphibians (frogs, toads, and salamanders)

 

 

Fun with Math Games!

Instructor: Mrs. Hurt

Class Description

Do you like to play games? Do you like to have fun? Come see that math doesn’t have to be hard or boring – it can be FUN!!!! We will sharpen your skills and learn some new tricks that are sure to help you! At the end of this class you will be saying: I love math!!!

Special Notes:

  • Class will include optional weekly homework

  • Class will include some optional parental involvement

  • Teacher will contact parents immediately after enrollment to gather math levels to tailor the class. Any questions before enrollment, please don’t hesitate to contact teacher.

Syllabus

  • Week 1 - 2 : Addition and Subtraction

  • Week 3 - 4 : Multiplication and Division

  • Week 5 - 6 : Measurement and Time

  • Week 7 - 8 : Fractions, Decimals, Place Value

 

 

Hand Sewing 101

Instructor: Mrs. Leahy

Class Description

This class will teach you the very practical skill of hand sewing. With just a needle and thread, you can make and fix lots of things! We will learn 3 basic hand-sewing stitches, how to mend clothes, make projects, and how to sew a button. We will complete several projects during the semester as keepsakes.

Special Notes:

  • Class may include occasional homework

Syllabus

  • Week 1: The whip stitch

  • Week 2: The running stitch

  • Week 3: The backstitch

  • Week 4: How to sew a button

  • Week 5: Final project combining all skills

  • Week 6: Final project combining all skills

  • Week 7: Final project combining all skills

  • Week 8: Final project combining all skills

 

 

Seven Continents

Instructor: Mrs. Cantillo

Class Description

Geography: A journey through God's World by exploring one country in each continent. Students will learn the continents, oceans, animals, do crafts and more, all through hands-on activities as we explore the different countries.

Special Notes:

  • Class will include no homework.

Syllabus

  • Week 1: Overview of the continents and oceans

  • Week 2: North America - Canada

  • Week 3: South America - Panama

  • Week 4: Europe - Netherlands

  • Week 5: Africa – Nigeria

  • Week 6: Asia - Thailand

  • Week 7: Oceania - New Zealand

  • Week 8: The Poles - Antarctica

 

 

Explode!

Instructor: Mrs. Lokos

Class Description

We’ll learn some basic chemistry and physics, then experiment to make things explode, of course. Safe, fun, exciting…oh yeah, a bit educational, too.

Special Notes:

  • Class will include no homework

  • Additional cost for class is $3.00

Syllabus

  • Week 1: Chemistry Intro

  • Week 2: Newton’s Third Law

  • Week 3: Acids and Bases

  • Week 4: Physical v. Chemical Change

  • Week 5: Endothermic v. Exothermic Reactions

  • Week 6: Imploding (just to be different)

  • Week 7: All about Pressure

  • Week 8: Mystery Week (you’ll have to join the class to find out)

 

 

1st and 2nd Grades

Wacky Art

Instructor: Mrs. Smith

Class Description

In this science and art class we will learn about physical and chemical change, exploring the difference through art projects. We will learn about the effects of temperature and water on materials as well as work with some fun and simple chemical reactions. Students will have artwork to take home each week.

Special Notes:

  • Students will need to bring an old metal cake pan or small cookie sheet (something with an edge) to use for their experiments and bring wet artwork home as well as a mason jar with a lid.

Syllabus

  • Week 1: Understanding chemical and physical change; paper snowflakes

  • Week 2: Ice painting, warm wax drawing

  • Week 3: Clay sculptures

  • Week 4: Milk and vinegar plastic

  • Week 5: Milk paintings, rainbow paper

  • Week 6: Homemade paint; salt paint and finger paint

  • Week 7: Vinegar and baking soda paintings, silver eggs

  • Week 8: Rubbing alcohol tiles, paper trees

 

 

Who Wants to Be a Car Expert?

Instructor: Mr. Rivera

Class Description

Hey kids, have you ever wanted to learn about cars and how they work? How does a car engine work? How do the gears and brakes work? What does the transmission do? Well this is your chance to have lots of fun looking at pictures, watching videos, and drawing and coloring diagrams about cars and their component parts. We’ll play with some remote control cars, and we’ll even take a look inside Mr. Rivera’s car for real-life, hands-on examples. Throughout the class we’ll also have some fun lessons on simple machines such as levers, wheels, and pulleys.

Syllabus

  • Week 1: Overview of Major Car Parts

  • Week 2: Engines and Gears

  • Week 3: Fuel and Exhaust system

  • Week 4: Steering and Wheels

  • Week 5: Transmission and brakes

  • Week 6: Lights, Electrical System, and Dashboard

  • Week 7: Race cars, Muscle cars, and Antique cars

  • Week 8: Emergency vehicles (police cars, firetrucks, ambulances)

 

 

Playing in Spanish

Instructor: Mrs. Nelson

Class Description

Have you ever wondered what daily life is like for a kid just like you in a Spanish speaking country? What about going to the zoo or walking at the park? Are you ready for this challenge?

Special Notes:

  • Class will include memorization work

  • Class will include parental involvement.

Syllabus

  • Week 1: partes del cuerpo (Body Parts)

  • Week 2: Alfabeto (alphabet)

  • Week 4: Mi Casa (My house)

  • Week 5: Los Colores (colors)

  • Week 6: Los animales (animals)

  • Week 7: Dias y meses del año (months and days)

  • Week 8: Mi colegio (My school)

 

 

P.E. Games

Instructor: Mrs. Speicher

Class Description

In this class, students will be learning various skills used in athletics. We will be using games to teach children hand-eye coordination, catching and throwing, teamwork, and lots of other skills needed, when playing different sports.

Special Notes:

  • Class will include no homework.

Syllabus

  • Week 1: Ready, Set, Run!

  • Week 2: Hula Hoop

  • Week 3: Balloon Volleyball

  • Week 4: Bowling

  • Week 5: Goal!

  • Week 6: Kickball

  • Week 7: Aim, Throw, and Catch

  • Week 8: Jump, Jump, Jump!

 

8 Natural Wonders of the World

Instructor: Mrs. Brinson

Class Description

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to visit The Grand Canyon or Niagara Falls? Perhaps you’ve visited one of them already! God made so many amazing things to learn about! We’ll be taking a virtual tour of 8 of God’s amazing natural wonders of the world by reading picture books and doing hands-on activities.

Special Notes:

  • Class will include no homework.

Syllabus

  • Week 1: Mount Everest

  • Week 2: The Great Barrier Reef

  • Week 3: The Grand Canyon

  • Week 4: Victoria Falls

  • Week 5: Sugar Loaf in Rio de Janeiro

  • Week 6: Paricutin Volcano

  • Week 7: Northern Lights

  • Week 8: Niagara Falls

 

 

Real Super Heroes

Instructor: Mrs. McGraw

Class Description

Each week the children will listen to a story of a real life super hero from the Bible, we will have tons of fun with activities, games and drama every week as we learn important life principles that can be used at home, in the neighborhood, at co-op and every day while we grow in Christ.

Special Notes:

  • Class will include no homework,although the students may want to dig deeper at home, in their Bibles.

  • There is no additional cost for this class. Getting God’s Word into their hearts: Priceless!

Syllabus

  • Week 1: The children will hear the story of Ruth, and learn about how important family is. Activity – priority plate. Game – playing catch with "Head of the family". Drama – act out the scene from the book of Ruth.

  • Week 2: The children will hear the story of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego and learn how important it is to put God first. Activity – draw a picture of a fiery furnace with 4 figures inside. Game- walking through hard times, knowing Jesus is with us. Drama – acting out the scene from the book of Daniel.

  • Week 3: The children will hear the story of Queen Esther and learn how important it is to stand up for others. Activity – "hopping" up for others. Game – stand up/sit down by name. Drama – we will act out the scene from the book of Esther.

  • Week 4: The children will hear the story of Abigail and how important it is to stand up for what's right. Activity – "building up others" blocks. Game – getting to know each other. Drama – acting out the scene between Abigail and David from 1 Samuel.

  • Week 5: The children will hear the story of Hosea and learn the importance of loyalty and how incredibly faithful God is to us. Activity- we will share about different ways that God has been faithful to us. Game – draw a picture of a friend and write characteristics that you love about that friend. Drama – act out ways that we can serve/bless others.

  • Week 6: The children will hear about Ezekiel and how hard times bring great rewards. Activity – draw a picture of a hard time, and share how God could use it for good. Game-help each other find the pieces to the Jesus puzzle and put it together with other classmates. Drama – God asked Ezekiel to do some pretty crazy things, we will act out some of these.

  • Week 7: The children will hear the story of Daniel in the lions’ den and learn that we can be bold for God, and that God is able to protect us in amazing ways. Activity – lion plate craft. Game/Drama – blindfold a "Daniel" and others play as lions.

  • Week 8: The children will choose from various printed out pictures of heroes from the Bible and each child will color their picture and tell the teacher what characteristics make that person a hero. The teacher will help them write those characteristics on the picture. This will be a wonderful reminder of what it means to be a real super hero, biblically that is!

 

 

Kindergarten

Community Helpers

Instructor: Mrs. Rouse

Class Description

We’ll learn about how people in a community help each other through books, songs, art and other activities. We’ll also learn about how we can become community helpers in our own neighborhoods.

Special Notes:

  • Class will include no homework

Syllabus

  • Week 1: What is a community?

  • Week 2: Firefighters / Paramedics

  • Week 3: Police Officers

  • Week 4: Doctors / Nurses / Dentists

  • Week 5: Construction Workers / Sanitation Workers / Handy People

  • Week 6: Librarians

  • Week 7: Mail Carriers

  • Week 8: Farmers

 

High 5 Art

Instructor: Mrs. Davis

Class Description

A handprint art class, in which children will create fun pictures with their hand and finger prints. Their creations will revolve around a different animal each week. They will learn a few facts about each animal in addition to the painting activity.

Special Notes:

  • Class will include no homework.

  • I will be keeping all the children’s artwork in order to bind them into a booklet at the end of the semester. I will send pictures of the artwork to parents via email each week so that they can still see what their child created.

Syllabus

  • Week 1: Peacock

  • Week 2: Giraffe

  • Week 3: Koala Bear

  • Week 4: Monkey

  • Week 5: Lion

  • Week 6: Fish

  • Week 7: Frog

  • Week 8: Caterpillar

 

 

Free Play

Class Description

The children will enjoy a snack of goldfish or animal crackers and some water. They will play inside with a variety of toys or outside weather-permitting.

 

 

Pre-Kindergarten

Musical Adventures

Instructor: Mrs. Hoffman

Class Description

Students will have fun singing, dancing, and playing instruments. We will be singing old favorites and discovering new ones.

 

 

Free Play

Class Description

The children will enjoy a snack of goldfish or animal crackers and some water. They will play inside with a variety of toys or outside weather-permitting.

 

 

Learn and Play with Play-Doh!

Instructor: Mrs. Rangel

Class Description

We will be learning topics such as letters/sounds, numbers, shapes and colors. Play-Doh, crafts, books and songs will help make learning fun and memorable.

Special Notes:

  • Class will include no homework

Syllabus

  • Week 1: We all scream for ice cream

  • Week 2: Colors- mixing Play-Doh colors and reading Mouse Paint

  • Week 3: Insect and dinosaur prints

  • Week 4: Cardboard tubes and Play-Doh balls

  • Week 5: Shape creatures

  • Week 6: Space theme

  • Week 7: Making homemade dough

  • Week 8: Making shape monsters

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