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

              - John Dewey

Classes

classes are subject to change and contingent on meeting minimum registration

2021-2022 Registration Opens

Monday, May 3 for Returning Families

Wednesday, May 5 for New Families

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2021-2022 Class Descriptions 

ART

 

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!

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.

DANCE

Dance & Movement, 2nd-5th: Students will explore multiple dance styles including ballet, jazz, lyrical, and hip hop. Dance training promotes coordination, balance, correct body alignment, rhythm, timing and musical awareness. Students will learn dance vocabulary and self expression from a celebrated and experienced children's dance instructor. This class is a fun and well rounded introduction to dance for young students.

ENGINEERING

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.

LANGUAGE ARTS

Early Readers: 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.

 

VIRTUAL - Elementary 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.

 

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. 

VIRTUAL - High School Literature, 9th-12th: High School Literature 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. 

MATH

Algebra, 8th-10th: Algebra 1 is the foundation of secondary mathematics education and introduces skills required for future success in high school mathematics, critical thinking, and problem solving. The goal in Algebra 1 is to help students transfer concrete mathematical knowledge to more abstract algebraic generalizations. Topics include recognizing and developing patterns using tables, graphs and equations, exploring operations, and applying mathematical properties. Students will solve problems and investigate linear relationships. 

Middle School Integrated Math, 6th-8th: Make sure your middle school student has a strong understanding of math concepts and is prepared for high school math! Each class will include a brief review and opportunity for questions from extension work, mini-lessons covering new material, guided practice, independent practice, and group enrichment activities. Assessments will conclude each unit from which families will be offered feedback about their student's progress. Curriculum supplied by tutor and weekly at home assignments required. 

MUSIC

Choir, 4th - 12th: In choir, we will explore the beginnings of choir and group singing, and progressing as a whole, with some beginning music theory. Our goals will be to learn the fundamentals of singing as a group, to perform two concerts annually as a showcase of progression through the year, and to explore the fundamentals of music.

Beginner Private Lessons, All Ages: Beginner lessons for guitar 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

 

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.

SCIENCE

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 purchase of the text and commitment to home assignments.

Chemistry, 9th-12th, Lecture and Lab, 1 hour 15 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 commitment to at home assignments.

Physics, 10th-12th, Lecture and Lab, 1 hour 15 minutes each week:  This integrative Physics class will explore the structure of matter and the interactions between the fundamental components of the observable universe. We will examine aspects of nature on both the macroscopic and submicroscopic levels and the behavior of objects under the action of given forces. Students will strive to comprehend principles and bring theories together to explain many diverse phenomena.

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

 

SOCIAL STUDIES

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!

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

 

Theatre, 3th-6th, 6th-12th: 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.