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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! 

 

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

 

Creative Writing, 3rd - 6th: 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.

 

 

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.

 

 

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.  

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.

 

SPANISH

High School 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 1st-4th: 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 5th-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.

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