"Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself."

              - John Dewey

Class Descriptions 

AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE

 

  • Introduction to ASL for Elementary 1st-5th: I am so excited to be teaching American Sign Language this year. I will be using Signing Time curriculum as the base curriculum for this class. I have been certified through “Signing Time”, a PBS children’s TV series known worldwide, that was developed by, and starring, Rachel Coleman. We will be learning approximately 8-12 signs per week.  Signing Times uses lots of singing, signing, dancing/movements during the short videos. There are crafts, games, songs and chants that we will do as supplements to the curriculum. This is a fun class that keep the kids moving and engaged during the whole class.  This whole body learning engages the child’s mind and body helping signs to “click”. We will cover vocabulary, some grammar, and peek into deaf culture via stories from my childhood growing up in a Deaf family.  We are going to have a great time! Student Supplies: Folder recommended.

  • Introduction ASL for Middle & High School 6th-12th: Top 5 Reasons to Learn American Sign Language - 1.  Meet and talk to many new people. 2.  Have a complete conversation from across a crowded room. 3.  Become a body language expert and read people like a book. 4.  Become Bilingual with a cool language. 5.  Have private conversations in public. Taking the High School/ Middle School ASL course can help you do all of theses things and then some. Structured so it can be used as the foreign language credit for high school if needed.  Fun enough that you forget you’re working for that credit. We will cover vocabulary, grammar and deaf culture.  I have a unique perspective on the deaf culture and community since I grew up on the fence between hearing and deaf cultures.  Many times jumping back and forth over the fence to accommodate everyone.  Come hear my crazy stories and play some games as we learn to talk with our hands…and bodies….and faces. Student Supplies: Folder notebook, writing utensil.

ART

  • Elements of Art,  I - K-2nd, II - 3rd-5th, & III - 6th-12th: In each section of Elements of Art we will spend a month exploring one element of art and how to use it with the principles of design. The Elements of Art include: shape, line, color, value, space, form, and texture. The Principles of Design are: balance, contrast, emphasis, movement, pattern, rhythm, and unity/variety. Students can choose their own subject matter as they apply the concepts for that week. Students will also gain a vocabulary to describe visual art that can be applied in class and to any artwork they encounter. Mediums will vary but will include: drawing, painting, mixed media, and sculpture. Student Supplies: None

  • Beginner Sewing, 4th-6th: Beginner Sewing will introduce students to the basics of hand sewing, machine sewing, reading patterns, and constructing projects.  We will be creating a variety of projects based on student preference but are likely to include: plushie animal of their own design, pajama pants, pillow, zipper bag, and a shirt. The supply fee for Beginner Sewing includes a sewing box for each student filled with necessary items (thread, needles, pins, scissors, measuring tape, etc), access to a class sewing machine, fabric, and other project materials. We will be offering one field trip to a fabric store each semester when students can select their fabric. Student Supplies: None

DANCE

  • Introduction to Dance, K-5th: In Introduction to Dance students will learn the foundations of dance, focused largely on ballet. We will learn flexibility, coordination, alignment and pose. Throughout the class we will learn and do ballet combinations, ballet across the floor, warm ups and cool downs. Kids who dance are said to gain confidence, perseverance and self-motivation. The exercise of repetition and rehearsal improves mental dexterity and most importantly we exercise while having fun! Student Supplies: Ballet shoes, comfortable clothing that allows movement.

LANGUAGE ARTS

  • Creative Writing, 3rd-5th: Throughout this course, students will explore different ways to hone in their creativity through writing. Students will learn to write in different forms, such as short stories and poetry. This class will encourage students to express themselves and share their voices, while also teaching them the importance of listening and understanding others who are sharing their own stories. Each class, students will get to explore different writing topics and styles. Much of the class will be spent creating and getting used to the writing tools that we are learning about. Students are encouraged to write outside of the class as well. At the end of the year, students will put together a book. They may choose from the pieces they have written throughout the year to nicely print or type to bind together and decorate. It can be one story or a collection of several works. While extension work is not required, it is highly recommended. They will have a weekly journal that they should write in at home. Additionally, many of the things that we talk about in class will be easy to integrate in other parts of their other work – particularly in grammar and history. Student Supplies: A notebook (spiral or composition), paper,  pens/pencils, and either a three-ringed binder or a space in a binder that they share with other classes.

  • Literature I, 6th-8th: This course will focus on reading and understanding literature. We will cover a variety of genres, including: fantasy, science-fiction, historical fiction, biography, and autobiography. Students will also read different kinds of literature, including: novel, novella, graphic novel, play, and poetry. Throughout the semester, we will talk about different parts of a story and engage in critical thinking when discussing these various elements of story-telling. Students will be expected to complete in-class activities related to the readings and elements of literature. Students will also engage in discussion about the readings. For extension work, students must complete the readings outside of class. Students will also have writing journals for each book that they are expected to complete. Students will also complete one book report per semester.  Student Supplies: Paper, pens/pencils, a three-ringed binder or a space in a binder that they share with other classes, and books from the book list. Many books can be found in the library. Some are available as ebooks, most are available online. I recommend looking at Better World Books, as many of the books on the list are for sale there for less than $5. Click HERE for the book list for this class.​ Our first two books will be The Little Prince by Antione de Saint-Exupery and Untamed: the Wild Life of Jane Goodall by Anita Silvey.

MUSIC

  • Music I, K-2nd Grade: In Music I: K-2, your child will explore music from all around the world through a variety of activities. We will experience basic musical elements such as steady beat, quarter and eighth note rhythms, music notation on a simplified staff, dynamics, and melody. We will sing in unison with and without accompaniment, listen to and play music from a variety of cultures and eras, play games, discover black keys on the piano, as well as perform rhythms using a variety of instruments including every day items around us. Students will also demonstrate their understanding of basic music notation by becoming composers themselves! Student Supplies: None

  • Music II, 2nd-5th Grade: In Music II: 2-5, we will explore musical elements such as musical form, quarter note, eighth note, half note and whole note rhythms, and music notation on a 5-line staff with a treble clef. We will sing in harmony with and without accompaniment, listen to and play music from a variety of cultures and eras, play games, discover black and white keys on the piano, perform rhythms using a variety of instruments including every day items around us, and discover the instruments of the orchestra. Students will experience music from around the world from a wide variety of eras and genres, and demonstrate their understanding of musical notation by becoming composers themselves! Student Supplies: None

PRE K

  • Pre K Friends 4-5 yrs: Through themed-based curriculum and play we will work on letters, numbers, shapes and motor skills. Topics will include friends, farms, seasons, community helpers, transportation, oceans and more! We will read books, sing songs, and explore the world around us all the while setting the foundation for life-long learning. The syllabus for this class can easily be expanded on to cover activities at home for the whole school year! Student Supplies: None

ROBOTICS & CODING 

  • Coding, Suggested Grades 3rd-6th: In Coding students learn to build and design video games. Students will create 2D platforms, top-down games, side scrollers, and physics based games. Students build a foundation of programming basics and apply them as they build a different type of game each day. Later, students will explore programming through art, music and math. Students will collaborate with each other to plan and build projects using visual programming. Students create interactive greetings, experiment with sounds and musical notes, make comics, design and animate characters and build level-based games. Our Coding Class will accommodate both students starting at Coding 1 level and kids who have taken Coding 1 previously. Student Supplies: Folder for hand outs.

  • Robotics 1 & 2, 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 3rd grade and older. Student Supplies: Folder for hand outs.

SCIENCE

  • Science I, K-2nd: Science I will provide a well-rounded, far reaching overview of many science topics. The class will be broken into Physical Science, Earth and Space Science, and Life Science. Students will distinguish chemical and physical changes, learn about biomes and ecosystems. We will explore weather, seasons, and moon phases. We will look at simple machines and energy and have a lot of fun toward the end of the year creating a science-based super hero. The syllabus for this class can easily be expanded on to cover activities at home for the much of the school year! Student Supplies: 1 inch -1 and a half inch binder with pockets. Pencil case that has holes in it for the binder. Colored pencils or crayons. 

  • Science II, 3rd-5th: Science II will provide a well-rounded, far reaching overview of many science topics. The class will be broken into Physical Science, Earth and Space Science, and Life Science. Students will learn about rock strata and fossil placement through observation and a fossil dig. We will create a weather project, explore engineering design, sound and energy. We will look at metamorphosis, the solar system and so much more! The syllabus for this class can easily be expanded on to cover activities at home for the much of the school year! Student Supplies: 1 inch -1 and a half inch binder with pockets. Pencil case that has holes in it for the binder. Colored pencils or crayons. 

  • Science III, 6th-8th: Science III will provide a well-rounded, far reaching overview of many science topics. The class will be broken into Physical Science, Earth and Space Science, and Life Science. Topics including gravity, fossils and rock strata, as well as animal anatomy are explored through observation, experimentation and analysis. We will explore engineering design, circuitry, and energy. Students will learn about inherited and acquired traits through study and observation and use the Punnett Square to determine genotypes and phenotypes of plant and animal species. Students will explore anatomy in-depth, learn about inherited and acquired traits and so much more! The syllabus for this class can easily be expanded on to cover activities at home for the much of the school year. Student Supplies: 1 inch -1 and a half inch binder with pockets. Pencil case that has holes in it for the binder. Colored pencils. 

 

THEATER

  • Theater I, K-2nd grade: Younger students will have the opportunity to get acquainted with the world of theater in this creative course. Through games and activities your student will explore the wonder of their imagination, learn essential tools to the actors trade, re-imagine scenes from favorite stories, invent their own characters and develop storytelling, pantomime, and movement skills. Reading and memorizing is not required for this class. Parents may be asked to supply a costume for the showcase. Student Supplies: Folder, paper and pencil, coloring/drawing supplies.

  • Theater II, 3rd-5th: Theater 2 will offer older elementary students an introduction to the stage and the world of theater. We will learn theatre basics such as stage presence, physical awareness, ensemble building and much more! We will produce a performance that allows students to use their imagination and learn how to express ourselves in a safe and interesting way! Performance themes will be announced at the start of each semester. Performance themes may include popular literature, traditional children’s stories and theater performances, fairy tales, and/or original scripts. Prerequisites: Must be a comfortable reader with the ability to memorize a script. Student Supplies: Students must wear closed-toed, secure shoes for every class. Students must bring a PENCIL to every class. Once students have received scripts, they must bring their scripts to every class. Parents may be asked to supply a costume for the showcase. Student Supplies: Folder, paper and pencil, coloring/drawing supplies.

  • Theater III, 6th-12th: Theater III provides an opportunity for older students to experience the whole of stage production. We may use an existing script, learn a monologue, or write our own original productions. Students will memorize lines, learn stage movement, and see first hand how a production comes together. This class will provide a well-rounded and fun experience for those students interested in what theater is really like. Theater III will also provide a secondary lesson of the discipline and hard-work that goes into making a  production a success. Performance themes may include popular literature, traditional children’s stories and theater performances, fairy tales, and/or original scripts! Prerequisites: Theatre experience or a willingness to learn at advanced pace. Student Supplies: Students must wear closed-toed, secure shoes for every class. Students must bring a PENCIL to every class. Once students have received scripts, they must bring their scripts to every class. Parents may be asked to supply a costume for the showcase. Student Supplies: Folder, paper and pencil, coloring/drawing supplies.

FITNESS

  • Parent Fit: Parent Fit​ is a comprehensive fitness program that combines live instruction and assigned workouts, along with Fitness Level Tests, that together will help you get leaner, become stronger, and achieve your fitness goals. How does it work? Each Wednesday you will receive a new workout. During class time you will learn precisely how to do it, including correct form, number of sets/reps, and overall time. You will also be advised on modifications if necessary. The class time will be devoted to LEARNING - asking questions, practicing your workout, and getting feedback. After class, you will be expected to do your workout on your own 3 times during the following week. At the next class you will receive the next workout, and the cycle will repeat like this over each 6 week term. Click HERE for frequently asked questions

*This schedule or class details may change. Classes are dependent on meeting class minimums

Club Descriptions 

Clubs are not subject to a minimum or maximum number of students.

8:30 DRAWING CLUB

This club is for all scribblers, sketchers, and doodlers, or those who fancy becoming one. Join us for some free drawing, creative challenges, and cooperative drawing games as we try out a variety of drawing materials and most importantly, have fun with friends. All ages welcome. $5 per child materials fee for the year.

9:30 PE CLUB

 

The primary goal of this club is to provide a structured physical environment that will improve each student's overall physical fitness through stretching, agility drills, and core strengthening exercises. There will be opportunities to learn specific skills found across sports and activities such as  jumping rope, dribbling with hand and foot, and throwing and catching. From this, we'll incorporate team games, with a focus on working together, team strategy, and good sportsmanship. Such games might include kickball, dodgeball, ultimate frisbee, basketball, and others, depending on club size, ages, and abilities.

 

10:30 LEGO EXPLORERS CLUB

 

Join us every week as we go on a new adventure with Legos. We will travel through Earth and space, making all kids of friends along the way. Each week, we will focus on a different theme for our master builders to explore. From transportation to sea monsters, the only limit is your imagination. *suitable for all ages *Legos will be provided

 

12:15 BUILDERS AND MAKERS CLUB

 

In this fun-filled club, we'll work with all sorts of materials to build and create, encouraging young minds to problem solve, work together, and practice fine motor skills while using their imaginations.We'll cover anything and everything from flying machines and box car races to felt books and basket weaving. All ages are welcome. $10 per child materials fee for the year. 

1:15 STORYTIME CLUB

 Calling all young readers, pre-readers, and lovers of storytelling. Join us for story time with award winners and family favorites alike. Each week we'll adventure into a new book, then explore themes, lessons, and key story elements through lively discussion, games, and creative activities. Book sharing is encouraged, and there will be opportunities for more confided readers to show off their storytelling skills.

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