"Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself."
- John Dewey
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2021-2022 Class Descriptions
WAITLIST: Art, K - 2nd: We’ll play with all different types of mediums that are easy to find or make ourselves, from charcoal drawings to homemade clay to Perler Bead art! This is a hands-on class to get kids familiar with how different mediums work, as well as learning about a few famous artists who use the same mediums/techniques! Inspiration abounds as we explore new ways to be creative through art!
WAITLIST: Art, 3rd - 5th: We’ will journey through time (and history) as each lesson will focus on the how art evolved through the ages. By tracking art movements, and notable artists of the times, we’ll use some of the same mediums they used to create our version of the great works that one might find in the Louvre or MOMA.
WAITLIST: Engineering, 2nd-6th: In this hands-on engineering class, students will be exploring broad concepts in the areas of strength, load, stresses, force and motion, simple machines, and energy. While they will be learning vocabulary common to all of these areas of science, the main objective is for students to explore the engineering and design processes. Each class will involve building a K’NEX® model according to the instructions, then testing it and thinking about ways to change or improve the model.
VIRTUAL - Middle School Literature, 6th-8th: This course will be a survey of American literature through short stories. Starting in the mid-nineteenth century with writers like Hawthorne, Melville, and Poe, we will read selected stories that invite discussion on how literature both reflects and creates culture. We will move chronologically into the 20th century modernist writers like Faulkner, Hemingway, and Fitzgerald and then on to more contemporary stories, all the while learning to understand literature not as an escape from but an engagement with cultural, moral, and philosophical issues. Each week we will read 2 or 3 stories (depending on length). Students will be expected to read and discuss the stories in their historical and formal contexts and eventually produce 2 or 3 short papers explicating the stories they find the most meaningful or interesting.
Life Skills 101: Life Skills 101 will focus on techniques for problem solving, critical thinking, effective communication skills, decision-making, creative thinking, interpersonal relationship skills, self-awareness, and growth toward independence.
WAITLIST: Beginner Private Lessons, All Ages: Beginner lessons for voice or key board. Students will learn elements of music theory, musical expression, proper technique and most importantly have fun while playing music. Lessons are 30 minutes weekly. Individual or small group lessons available (2-5 students, great for siblings, discount applied to groups). Student must provide instrument.
Robotics 1, 1st-5th: Working with a buddy, your child will enjoy fun hands-on projects building & animating LEGO robots. Each session encourages creativity and imagination as kids brainstorm, build and experiment with amazing robots. It’s a wonderful way to develop critical STEM and problem solving skills. Children will be introduced to the amazing world of robotics by building and programming robots and engaging in friendly competitions. Kids also stretch their imagination and skills by creating new robots based on fun themes, such as Superhero School & Dino World. Robotics 1, no prerequisite. Robotics 2, prerequisite: Robotics 1 or upper elementary grades.
Biology, 6th-10th: This comprehensive Biology explorations will utilize hands on experimentation and extension assignments to provide students with a well-rounded understanding of topics that include but are not limited to Cytology, Genetics, Microbiology, Botany, Anatomy and Physiology. Class material is accessible for middle school students and may also be used toward high school credit. Please check with your umbrella school for confirmation of requirement fulfillment. This class will require commitment to home assignments.
WAITLIST: STEM, K-2 & 3rd -5th: Mr Rich the Science Guy and the owner of Super Science Tennessee will keep students both entertained and focused on learning science while having fun. Full of hands-on activities, STEM will explore simple machines, flight, matter and mixtures, Newtons Laws, engineering, building and forces, electricity and more. This is a great class to start your elementary student thinking "scientifically' and loving science
Around the World, 3rd-5th: Around the World will lead students on an exploration of life in Mexico, Brazil, Egypt, Kenya, Germany, The Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, Japan, Australia, Canada, and the United States. We will focus on geography fundamentals but also have a lot of fun with fascinating facts like sports, traditions, wildlife, and more!
WAITLIST: World Geography, 6th-8th, 9th-12th: World geography will prepare students with geography fundamentals but also explore culture and life in countries around the world. Students will be handed the reigns for their own research projects through out the year and challenged to think critically about the world around them.
Theatre, 6th-12th, WAITLIST: 3th-6th: In this class, we’ll write our own scripts from scratch and delve into the process of putting on a play from start to finish. We’ll learn about writing and interpreting dialogue, character development, and performance skills that will hone in on those budding acting skills. We'll have fun with improve and skill based games and activities and talk about successful auditioning. We’ll also put into practice some technical theatre skills to bring our play to life, which ranges from set design to lighting and sound. This class culminates in a performance.
CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE CLUB & PE
Join us for a fun adventure ever week! We will have different stations set up for kids to explore at their own pace.
In between morning classes they can choose self led play or guided crafts weekly.
We will have legos, books, games and an arts and crafts table to help them choose their own adventure.
PE will be a combination of stretches, warm ups, games, and skill-strengthening activities. A little sweat and a lot of fun!