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

              - John Dewey

2020-2021 Registration is Open!

A message to our Village about Covid-19

At Village, the health and well-being of our students, families, tutors, and the larger community is our top priority. We understand the concern around the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. We are constantly monitoring the latest news and advice from various sources on how best to protect our members. We take our responsibility to our community very seriously.

Going into the 2020-2021 school year, we have two class plans ready to implement. The first, an online plan. This plan will remain in place until we are absolutely certain it is safe to meet in-person and that social distancing recommendations will be minimal so as not to put added stress and requirements on our families and tutors. The second, our in-person plan, will begin as soon as the majority of our community are comfortable once again meeting for classes. Our month-to-month payments, and simple processes make it possible for us to pause or refund class fees as needed around moving from in-person to online or vice versa.

 

We understand that the planning process for the fall is difficult and uncertain right now. We are here to help. We also want to be clear, community and people come first, especially in this difficult time. If you register and later experience financial hardship due to Covid-19 we will work with your family. Please contact us with any questions. Thank you!

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Class Descriptions 

AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE

 

American Sign Language 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 for handouts.

 

 

American Sign Language 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 for handouts.

 

ART

 

Art Through Art History I, K - 2nd:  Every week we will create an art piece inspired by a period or artist in history. From cave painting on rocks to Pop Art self portraits. Simultaneously developing our skills as artists and introducing an art history timeline. Most importantly we will have fun experimenting and expressing our own creativity! 

 

Art Through Art History II, 3rd - 5th: We will take a journey through time exploring key art movements and artists, from the first cave paintings in France to contemporary conceptual art of today. We will look at each art period and how it relates to the surrounding culture to understand the bigger picture. We will then look at several iconic pieces of the era to analyze the shape, line, texture and color to make our own interpretation of the style. Student self expression and creativity will be encouraged! We will work in 2D and 3D and experiment with a variety of materials, including paint, pencil crayon, oil pastel and more! 

 

Sewing I, 4th and Up: We will learn the basics of hand stitching, how to use a sewing machine, and follow a pattern. Projects will be chosen by students from a selection likely to include: pillowcase, pencil pouch, sleeping/superhero mask and library tote bag. The supply fee for Sewing I 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 may offer one field trip to a fabric store each semester when students can select their fabric. 

 

Sewing II 6th - 12th (or prerequisite Sewing I): We will continue to develop our hand and machine sewing skills by learning finishing techniques and working on more advanced patterns. We will learn about the different types of fabrics and when to use them. We will discuss the various applications of sewing from costume and fashion design to home textiles. Projects will be chosen by students from a selection likely to include: clothing item with french seams (skirt/shirt), costume item (wings/cape/tunic), appliqué project. The supply fee includes access to a class sewing machine, fabric, and other materials needed for our Sewing II projects. We may offer one field trip to a fabric store each semester when students can select their fabric. 

 

DANCE​​

 

Ballet/Tap Technique, ages 6-12, 1st - 5th: We will learn basic tap movements with rhythm and ballet techniques. Ballet Techniques we will focus on terminology and specific areas to this dance such as turns, across the floor combinations, stretching, positioning and poise. Tap: We will learn the basics of tap dancing, along with combinations and across the floor. We will do 20 minutes of each dance. 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, tap shoes, comfortable clothing that allows movement.

 

 

FINANCE

Financial Management, FALL SEMESTER ONLY, 9th-12th: This is the life preparation every student needs! This course will teach students how to create healthy money habits, needs vs. wants, credit uses and responsibilities, life planning, the job search, understanding insurance and more. This class is meant to cover the requirement for High School Finance for independent homeschoolers and may also fulfill requirement for umbrella schools depending on the umbrella school. Please check with your umbrella school for confirmation of requirement fulfillment.

 

Student Supplies: Notebook, folder for handouts, students may be expected to obtain materials for research.

LANGUAGE ARTS

 

Beginning Language Arts, Pre K -1st: Reading instruction will be a combination of shared reading and guided reading strategies.  We’ll work through a variety of strategies including: rhyming,  phonemic awareness, blending, sight words, phonics and reading comprehension.  We’ll also tackle making words to writing words, sentence writing, and beyond based on the student’s ability level.  Class will be open to parents so that teaching techniques can be learned and expanded at home! 

Student Supplies: Folder for handouts.

 

 

Creative Writing, 3rd - 5th: To encourage students to explore their own imaginations, this course will ask students to write a series of short stories with minimal guideline and boundaries - minimal so they feel unconstrained, boundaries so they can compare and understand choices their classmates make. Some potential assignments: draw a picture and let another classmate write a story about it, write a story about something that really happened to you, write a story about something you want the happen, write a story from the perspective of an adult, from the perspective of an animal, from the prospective of a tree, etc. The goal here is to let students express themselves while gently challenging them to expand their awareness of their surroundings and the reality of other people. Another goal is to provide a comfortable context in which students can create and share their imaginative work.

 

Student Supplies: Notebook, folder for handouts.

 

Literature, 6th - 8th: To help foster a healthy engagement with literature as both entertainment and cultural mirror, this course will focus on narrative arc, literary elements, and critical thinking.. We will start by reading short stories and learning to map their narrative arcs by identifying the exposition, inciting incident, rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution. From here, we will move on to literary elements and read a novel to help us understand perspective, irony, metaphor, allusion, etc. Some potential assignments include rewriting scenes from other characters’ prospectives, acting out scenes with classmates, and basic research to understand allusions. Finally, we will approach a novel critically and try to relate the story to the real world. Class discussion and short writing assignments will encourage students to compare the experience of fictional characters to their own experiences. Writing assignments will be minimal, and priority will be given to students’ immersion in the stories and interactive discussion of them. Some potential texts include The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton, Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, short stories by Edgar Allan Poe, etc.

 

Student Supplies: Notebook, folder for handouts, books from book list once decided. 

 

 

Writing, 9th - 12th: To prepare students for ACT-style writing assessments, this course will focus on organization, clarity and depth of thought in argumentative writing. We will start by agreeing on a particular context in which to write - a subject area both vague enough to allow freedom to explore personal interests and specific enough to allow meaningful comparison with other students (e.g. Technology, Food, Education, etc.) Once we have agreed on a topic, we will spend the next several weeks familiarizing ourselves with the literature of that topic. Students will read an article or book chapter each week and write summaries and responses to the readings. Responses will naturally grow more mature and academic as the semester progresses and the vocabulary of the field becomes familiar. Students will also be asked to respond to other students’ responses both in writing and in class discussion to help sharpen their own perspective on the issue at hand. We will also learn the basics of incorporating source material into an easy that is at least tangentially related to the general topic of this course. The last several weeks of the semester will focus more on technical aspects of writing - formatting, organization, etc. and will conclude with presentations of their essays.

 

Student Supplies: Notebook, folder for handouts, students may be expected to obtain materials for research.

 

 

ROBOTICS, CODING, & ENGINEERING

Robotics I, 1st-5th, Robotics II, 3rd-6th: 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 handouts.

 

 

Coding, 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 handouts.

 

 

Early Coders, K-2nd: The fun of Coding for early learners. Tynker Junior is designed specifically for young children aged 5-7 — who have limited motor skills and are still developing hand-eye coordination — to learn to code using big blocks, pictures, voiceovers and tap-tap-tap interactions, without words or drag-and-drop or any other actions they may find too tedious or overwhelming.

 

Student Supplies: Folder for handouts.

Engineering, 2nd-6th: In this course, students in Fall Semester will learn about various types of bridges and how their design makes them suitable for different kinds of loads and stresses. In each class, students will test the strength of their bridge by adding weight to it. By the last class, students will be able to design their own bridge based on what they learned. Each session will focus on a different topic and uses K’NEX®. During the Spring Semester, students will be exploring broad concepts in the areas of 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.

 

Student Supplies: Folder for handouts.​

 

 

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. This class is structured to cover topics with a new focus and activity each year so that students can enroll every year and learn something new!

 

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. This class is structured to cover topics with a new focus and activity each year so that students can enroll every year and learn something new!

 

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. 

 

Biology, 6th-8th, (*May be used to fulfill Bio credit depending on requirements) : 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 purchase of the text and commitment to home assignments.

 

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. Text: Biology, Miller & Levine, Prentice Hall, ISBN: 0-13-366951-3. 

 

Chemistry, 9th-12th, Lecture and Lab, 1 hour 40 minutes each week: This intensive Chemistry class is meant to cover the requirement for High School Chemistry for independent homeschoolers and may also fulfill requirement for umbrella schools depending on the umbrella school. Please check with your umbrella school for confirmation of requirement fulfillment. Each week a topic will be covered and a lab assigned for topics including Atomic Theory, the Periodic Table, Pharmacology, Thermochemistry, Molecular Theory, Kinetics, Electrochemistry, Organic Chemistry and more. This class will require purchase of the text and commitment to home assignments.

 

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. Text:  Modern Chemistry; Holt, Reinhart and Winston; Harcourt Education Company, ISBN-10: 0030367867.

 

 

SOCIAL STUDIES

Exploring History: The Ancient Civilizations, 6th-8th: History for middle school is typically filled with facts, timelines, and maps; the excitement for history comes from recreating different cultures through what is worn, seen, smelled, heard, or even tasted. Utilizing the senses is key for instilling an appreciation for the past! Can you imagine walking through a newly opened pyramid in Egypt that had been sealed for thousands of years or donning a toga as a Senator in Rome? Would you like to experience the vibrant colors of the Holi celebration in India or learn about poi that was eaten by the Polynesian peoples? We will read stories from Greek vases and traverse fabled mazes under palaces. Our study of Ancient Civilizations will embrace and honor these ancient peoples from Early Man to our own Native Americans as we travel through time to experience their everyday lives and culture!

Student Supplies: None

Exploring History: The Middle Ages, 3rd - 6th: What can be more exciting than King Arthur and his chivalric knights or Guinevere and beautiful ladies of the court? Would you like to discover the great cathedrals of Europe and create stained glass or what might be your family coat of arms? Do you know about Joan of Arc or the Black Plague? Students will glimpse into the time of the Middle Ages for the thousand years from about CE 325 with the fall of the Roman Empire to the 1500s and the beginning of the Renaissance using maps, time lines, handouts and hands-on projects that cover historical figures, government, art, architecture, music, literature, and science. Students must be able to read and write well and quickly and follow basic instructions.

Student Supplies: None

SPANISH

 

Elementary Spanish, 3rd-5th: The goal of Spanish 3-5 grade is to introduce Spanish in a fun and hands-on way that encourages knowledge retention.  Through the use of interactive classroom activities, flash cards, songs, and extension work, students will learn:  colors, days of the week, months of the year, numbers, alphabet, conversational words, nouns, adjectives, phonics, verbs and verb conjugations, male/female articles and various cultures of Spanish speaking countries.

Student Supplies: Folder for handouts.​

 

Advanced Spanish, 9th-12th: The goal of High School Spanish is to fulfill the two-year foreign language graduation requirement.  No previous Spanish-speaking experience is required.  In this class, students will be assessed one-on-one to determine if they are beginning at Year 1 or Year 2, and their extension work will be customized accordingly.  All students will learn the fundamentals (colors, months/days, numbers, and alphabet) as well as expanded conversational vocabulary, verbs and verb conjugations, parts of speech, read stories, written and oral skills, important people of Spanish speaking heritage, cultures of Spanish speaking countries, and an overall appreciation for the Spanish language.

Student Supplies: Folder for handouts.​

STUDY SKILLS

 

The Self-Assured Student, SPRING SEMESTER ONLY, 8th-12th: This class is for all 8th-12th graders that would like to become a more self-assured student!  Does your teen ever forget their books or other things?  Do their homework but then forget it at home?  Forget to do their homework?  Feel like it takes forever to do their homework?  Have test anxiety?  Lacking in organization?  Feeling overwhelmed with the volume of high school work?  If so, this class can help!  SOAR Study Skills is a comprehensive program that empowers students to manage their time, school-work, and extra-curricular interests more efficiently.  All strategies are easy to integrate into an immediate routine.  The program builds upon each strategy to increase students' understanding and retention, while decreasing their homework and study time.  Topics include:  time and task management, S.M.A.R.T. goal setting and creating a vision board, organize your papers, your space and your time, homework/project planning, reading skills, organizing at home and school, note-taking strategies, test-taking strategies, communication skills, and writing strategies. Student Materials Fee includes workbook and binder of important work and resources for the student to keep after course completion. 

 

 

THEATRE

 

Theatre I, K-2nd: In this class, we will use imaginative play to unlock their inner actor. We’ll explore worlds we create and meet new pretend friends while learning valuable performance skills, like creating our character and projecting our voices while on stage. We will also dive into technical theatre by creating our own sets and costumes! This class culminates with a performance.

 

Theatre II, 3rd-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 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.

 

Theatre III, 6th-12th: In this class, we’ll be writing and performing our own sketches, monologues, and improv scenes. We’ll explore the timing of comedy and depths of drama as we focus on strong stories and believable characters (and how to make the punchlines punch). We’ll also learn the basics of improvisation and theatre games. This class culminates in a performance.

Club Descriptions 

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

Choose Your Own Adventure Club! This club is theme-based and station structured to allow kids to explore! Many different activities and materials will be set up each week centered on a theme or topic and kids can choose the stations they want to complete. No more worry over missing your favorite club because now they are all in the same club! $30 per student for the whole year! 

P.E. Club  Jump, run, play and generally get your wiggles out! P.E. Club includes a combination of skills-based activities, games, and occasionally supervised free play. Activities may be indoors or outdoors depending on weather. 

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