"Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself."
- John Dewey
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2022-2023 Class Descriptions
Pre K Friends will be geared toward 3-4 year olds. We will work on speaking and listening skills through a daily circle time using songs, calendar time, sharing, story time, and mindfulness and movement flows. We will work on community building through structured play activities and team building games such as; learning play, fine motor and pre-writing skill building activities, and counting collections. Our themes will be both seasonal and geared toward a literary connection. Learning will be active and hands on for students to get a whole body approach to learning. I have a joy and passion for making learning fun, books come to life, and a dream of building that village that we all want for our children to thrive in! Student supplies: glue stick, crayons.
Art is Everywhere!: Using the theme Art is Everywhere, students will be able to connect art to their own way of thinking and see it in their everyday lives. They will leave the classroom gaining new skills and knowledge, and having learned more about themselves and others. We will break the year into units and explore art elements as they relate to history, music, literature, celebrations, and more! Students will explore how their own feelings and creative choices make art great! Student supplies: none.
OPEN - 3rd-5th
FULL - K-2nd
3 Dimensional Art Exploration: Ceramics and Jewelry: The ceramics semester will provide students with the opportunity to develop a basic knowledge of ceramics. The course will encompass all ceramics skills and activities will be individualized according to the ability level of the class. In our jewelry making semester students will explore and create a variety of handmade pieces. Exploring different materials and investigation of multiple techniques and the study of cultural uses of jewelry, students will create wearable pieces of art!
Fall Semester: Handbuilding techniques of Pinch, Coil and Slab methods. Working with glazes and decorative techniques. Students will learn the basics about clay and the firing techniques.
Spring Semester: Paper bead making, Clay, Wire bending techniques, Beading, Simple glass fusing. Other techniques may be added if time permits. Student supplies: none.
WAIT LIST - Art 3rd - 5th
WAIT LIST - Art 6th -12th
AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE
American Sign Language, 1st - 5th: Introduces the American Sign Language (ASL) skills, focusing on communication in a cultural context. Covers finger spelling, basic vocabulary and grammatical structures, and the development of visual receptive and gestural expressive skills. Designed for students with little or no previous knowledge of ASL. Student supplies: folder, pencil.
WAIT LIST - ASL, 1st - 5th
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. Student supplies: folder, pencil.
WAIT LIST - Engineering, 2nd-6th
Health, 9th-12, 8th Option: Health Education provides students with knowledge, attitudes, and skills to make health-promoting decisions for life-long wellness. This will class will address the physical, mental, emotional, and social dimensions of health. Students will develop an understanding in the areas of Personal Wellness, Mental and Emotional Health, Drugs, Alcohol, and Tobacco, Body Systems and Disease, Nutrition and Fitness, Consumer and Environmental Health, and Human Sexuality. COURSE MAY INCLUDE WORK ON PROJECTS AT HOME. Student supplies: folder, notebook, pencils/pens.
OPEN - Health, 9th-12th
English Language Arts 1st - 3rd: The 1st – 3rd grade ELA course is aimed to extend students' core language arts and reading abilities by exposing them to a range of texts and writing styles and frameworks. The course aims to improve students' knowledge of basic English rules in writing and speaking, such as grammar and use, basic sentence structure, parts of speech, capitalization, punctuation, and spelling. It also supports students in broadening their vocabulary and strengthening their listening abilities. Student supplies: folder, notebook, pencils/pens.
English Language Arts 3rd - 5th: The 3rd through 5th grade ELA course focuses on approaches for analyzing literature and comprehending informational materials in order to improve reading enjoyment and comprehension, as well as writing abilities. As students model writing approaches in both literary and nonfiction applications, Ms. Hemrick will emphasize the rules of standard English in grammar and style. Student supplies: folder, notebook, pencils/pens.
WAIT LIST - English Language Arts, 1st - 3rd
WAIT LIST - English Language Arts, 3rd - 5th
Public Speaking, 6th -12th: This course is an introduction to speech communication which emphasizes the practical skill of public speaking, including techniques to lessen anxiety, and the use of visual aids, and the importance of research and development to create a great speech. Civility and ethical speech-making are the foundations of this course. Its goal is to prepare students for success in typical public speaking situations and to provide them with the basic principles of organization and research needed for effective speech writing. We will explore topics including: Introductions, Informative Speaking, Persuasive Speaking, Impromptu Speaking, Demonstration Speeches, Call to Action Speeches, Extemporaneous Speaking, Research techniques and source validity, Group discussion, intro to Debate if time permits. COURSE INCLUDES TAKE-HOME ASSIGNMENTS. Student supplies: folder, notebook, pencils/pens.
WAIT LIST - Public Speaking, 6th -12th
Life Skills, 6th - 12th: Life Skills 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. We will talk about all the topics that help teens step confidently into the world of adulting; budgeting and bill paying, cooking knowledge, online etiquette and safety, car maintenance and costs, handling an emergency, conducting a job search and more!!! Student supplies: folder, notebook, pencils/pens.
WAIT LIST - Life Skills, 6th - 12th
Algebra 1, 8th-11th: Algebra 1 provides the foundation students require for future success in high school mathematics, critical thinking, and problem solving. The primary goal in Algebra 1 is to help students transfer their concrete mathematical knowledge to more abstract algebraic generalizations. Topics include recognizing and developing patterns, exploring operations, and appling mathematical properties to algebraic equations. Students will solve problems using equations, graphs and tables to investigate relationships. CURRICULUM: TEACHING TEXTBOOKS ALGEBRA 1 VERSION 2.0, COURSE INCLUDES TAKE-HOME ASSIGNMENTS. Student supplies: folder, notebook, pencils/pens.
OPEN - Algebra 1, 8th-11th
Piano or Voice Private Lessons, All Ages: 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. At-home practice will be assigned. Student supplies: folder, pencil.
LIMITED SPACE - 11:50 AM Private or Small Group Lesson
Robotics, 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. Student supplies: folder, pencil.
WAIT LIST - Robotics, 1st-5th
SUPER SCIENCE, K-4th: 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! Student supplies: folder, pencil, colored pencils or crayons.
WAIT LIST - Super Science, K-4th, 1:00PM-1:50PM
WAIT LIST - Super Science, K-4th, 2:00PM-2:50PM
STEAM 3rd-5th, 6th-8th: Tomorrow’s leaders will need many skills, but two of the most important are critical thinking and problem solving. In this class, students will be faced with various problems which will require them to engineer, design, create, and develop solutions. We will learn to collaborate by communicating effectively with classmates and community partners, in order to make our world a better place. Some problems can be solved using math, others simply need creativity, cooperation, and teamwork. All problems will be FUN, hands-on, and engaging. Come ready to be challenged. Student supplies: folder, pencil, notebook, graph paper composition notebook.
WAIT LIST - STEAM 3rd-5th
WAIT LIST - STEAM 6th-8th
Marine Science 9th-12, 8th Option: Marine Science is an introductory course to the physical, chemical and biological ocean and how humans relate to each component. A combination of lecture, lab, field study, student research and presentations will be used to provide a basic understanding of our oceans and how all humans are connected to the changes over time. We will study formation and movement of the oceans, habitats and chemistry, organisms and more! We will also provide an opportunity to participate in an academic contest, the National Ocean Science Bowl. Student supplies: folder, pencil, notebook.
OPEN - Marine Science, 9th-12th
Theatre Arts 3th-6th: The Theatre class for 3rd-5th graders will include basic technical theatre aspects such as costume design, set design, make-up design, lighting design. The class will also incorporate play writing, basic stage combat, basic stage choreography, breathing techniques and acting skills. The students will perform an original work at the end of the school year. Student supplies: folder, pencil, notebook.
Theatre Arts 6th -12th: Theatre class for 6th – 12th will include intermediate to advance technical theatre aspects such as costume design, set design, make-up design, lighting design. The class will also incorporate play writing, intermediate stage combat, intermediate stage choreography, breathing techniques and acting skills. The students will perform an original work written by the students themselves at the end of the school year. Student supplies: folder, pencil, notebook.
WAITLIST - Theatre Arts, 3th-6th
WAITLIST - Theatre Arts, 6th-12th
Join us for a fun activity every 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.
We will have Legos, books, games, and an arts and crafts table to help them choose their own adventure!
Free, all materials provided!