student hot glues a crystal to a staff, table top game, backlit biology experiment, students stands holding a foil, FPV goggles, transmitter and tiny whoop drone, cooking utensils, student's handing w Score and rehearsal for Babes in Toyland during the Spring 2019 semester a whisk in a bowl of frothed liquid from How to Boil Water during Spring 2019 semester two PHS students practice Ballroom Dance during Spring 2019 Semester money and worksheets from Japanese during Spring 2021 semester fencing gear including foil, glove, and helmet sit on the floor next a PHS student during a spring 2019
 

2023-2024 Course Schedule Announced To Publications / Articles

Posted 4/24/23
PHS Leadership Team

Fall Semester 2023 registration opens to renewed members on Thursday 27 April 2023 at 9:00 AM.
Fall Semester 2023 registration opens to new members on Friday 5 May 2023 at 9:00 AM.

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Fall 2023 — 12 weeks

Fridays, September 8–December 8, 2023 at Planet Homeschool — no classes on October 13 or November 24.
Thursdays, September 7–December 7, 2023 online — no classes on October 12 or November 23.

 

1ST PERIOD
9:15 AM–10:30 AM

2ND PERIOD
10:35 AM–11:50 AM

3RD PERIOD
12:30 PM–1:45 PM

4TH PERIOD
1:50 PM–3:05 PM

Room 114 

High School
Chemistry

(ages 14–19 years)
Dr. Tom Anderson

Painting
(ages 10–19 years)
Kimberly Guedes

Coding with Python
(ages 14–19 years)
Mike Zugschwert

PHS Clubs

Game Club

RPG Role Playing Club

Video Game Club

Coding Club

Art Club

Maker Club

Social Club

Room 115

Funky
Hand Embroidery

(ages 10–19 years)
Trina Greene

Costumes and Cosplay
(ages 10–19 years)
Sarah Beggs & Janet Lewis of FiberWorks MPLS

Designing Solutions to Everyday Problems
(ages 10–19 years)
Peter Hoh

Room 116

Toxic Gifts
The History of Poison

(ages 12–19 years)
Theresa Redfern-Hall

LGBTQ+ History
(ages 12–19 years)
Theresa Redfern-Hall

Mock Trial
(ages 12–19 years)
Theresa Redfern-Hall

Room 119

DrawingFantasy
Maps and Tokens

(ages 10–19 years)
Tim Hereid

Sign Language for Beginners I
(ages 10–19 years)
Tim Hereid

Animal Husbandry
(ages 10–19 years)
Jennifer Floyd

Room 120
The Lounge

Sibling Squad
and lounge

Sibling Squad
and lounge

Sibling Squad
and lounge

Sibling Squad
and lounge

Room 121

Planning
Sustainable Cities

(ages 12–19 years)
Rebekah Jorgensen

Journalism
PHS Newspaper

(ages 10–19 years)
Rebekah Jorgensen

Social and Presentation Skills
(ages 12–19 years)
Kathy Oaks

Ancient World History
(ages 12–19 years)
Theresa Redfern-Hall

KITCHEN

CLOSED

CLOSED

CLOSED

CLOSED

Fellowship Hall

Fencing
(ages 10–19 years)
Maria Benford & Kailan Benford of
Minnesota Sword Play

Shakespearean
Youth Theater
Venus and Adonis

(ages 13–19 years)
Lukas Brasherfons

LARPcraft
Creating a
Live Action Role Play

(ages 10–19 years)
Nic Rosenau & Séa Blake

PHS Clubs

 

online

Small Group or
One-on-One Math Lessons

(ages 10–19 years)
Judy O'Neill

THURSDAYS
10:30 AM–11:45 AM
Collaborative
Theater and Storytelling

(ages 10–19 years)
Rebekah Jorgensen

THURSDAYS
12:30 PM–1:45 PM
Japanese
(ages 12–19 years)
Suzanne Sensei

THURSDAYS
2:00 PM–3:00 PM
Photography Senior Seminar
(ages 12–19 years)
Kathy Oaks

 

Spring 2024 — 16 weeks

Fridays, January 12–May 10, 2024 at Planet HomeschoolBad Weather Make-Up Day on May 17 — no classes on February 16 or March 29
Thursdays, January 11–May 9, 2024 online — no classes on February 15 or March 28

 

1ST PERIOD
9:15 AM–10:30 AM

2ND PERIOD
10:35 AM–11:50 AM

3RD PERIOD
12:30 PM–1:45 PM

4TH PERIOD
1:50 PM–3:05 PM

Room 114 

High School Chemistry
(ages 14–19 years)
Dr. Tom Anderson

Middle School Biology
(ages 10–14 years)
Dr. Tom Anderson

Climate Change Solutions
(ages 12–19 years)
Rebekah Jorgensen

PHS Clubs

Game Club

RPG Role Playing Club

Video Game Club

Coding Club

Art Club

Maker Club

News Club

Social Club

Room 115

Photography
(ages 12–19 years)
Kathy Oaks

Introduction to Animation
(ages 10–19 years)
Mike Zugschwert

Foamsmith Armory
(ages 10–19 years)
Nic Rosenau & Séa Blake

Room 116

Ethics of the Apocalypse
(ages 12–19 years)
Theresa Redfern-Hall

Medieval History
(ages 12–19 years)
Theresa Redfern-Hall

Women Throughout History
(ages 12–19 years)
Theresa Redfern-Hall

Room 119

Creative Writing: Fantasy
(ages 10–19 years)
Tim Hereid

Sign Language for Beginners II
(ages 10–19 years)
Tim Hereid

Practical 3D Printing
(ages 12–19 years)
Mr. Daniel Hoisington

Room 120
The Lounge

Sibling Squad
and lounge

Sibling Squad
and lounge

Sibling Squad
and lounge

Sibling Squad
and lounge

Room 121

The Class About Death
(ages 12–19 years)
Rebekah Jorgensen

Shadow, Light, and Color
Charcoal and Oil Pastels

(ages 12–19 years)
Jennifer Floyd

Drawing
(ages 10–19 years)
Kimberly Guedes

Ancient World History
(ages 12–19 years)
Theresa Redfern-Hall

KITCHEN

CLOSED

CLOSED

CLOSED

CLOSED

Fellowship Hall

Fencing
(ages 10–19 years)
Maria Benford
and Kailan Benford
of Minnesota Sword Play

Theater Production
(ages 10–19 years)
Rebekah Jorgensen

Chain Reactions and Playful Contraptions
(ages 10–19 years)
Peter Hoh

PHS Clubs

LARP Club

 

online

Small Group or
One-on-One Math Lessons

(ages 10–19 years)
Judy O'Neill

THURSDAYS
10:30 AM–11:45 AM
Astronomy
(ages 13–19 years)
Ms. Suzanne

THURSDAYS
12:30 PM–1:45 PM
Japanese
(ages 12–19 years)
Suzanne Sensei

THURSDAYS
2:00 PM–3:00 PM
Photography Senior Seminar
(ages 12–19 years)
Kathy Oaks

 
Full Year Courses 2023–2024

Fridays, 8 September 2023–10 May 2024 at Planet Homeschool
Thursdays, 7 September 2023–9 May 2024 online

Three PHS students sign A, S, and LSign Language for Beginners I & II

Tim Hereid

Fridays at Planet Homeschool
8 September–10 May 2024 — a 28-week (35-hour) full-year course
2nd Period: 10:35 AM–11:50 AM

  • for ages 10–19
  • Tuition: $504.00
  • Supplies: $40.00
  • open to 4–15 students
  • Minimum Student Date: Fri 1 Sep 2023
  • Payment Due Date:
    • $233.38 (12-weeks) is due on Sat 2 Sep 2023
    • $310.62 (16-weeks) is due on Sat 6 Jan 2024
  • Registrations accepted through: Thu 14 Sep 2023 if space is available

This introduction to Sign Language will walk students through the fundamentals of this dynamic and complex form of communication. Taught just like a first-year course in any language, this class will teach grammar, usage, vocabulary, and “survival” sign language to beginning students. Class will be taught simultaneously in English and Sign Language, providing students with a language-intensive environment in which to learn. Students will learn how to negotiate basic social situations in sign language and to talk about themselves, their environment, travel, food, clothing, and everyday tasks, among other topics.

As Tim’s brother-in-law is deaf and Tim’s sister-in-law is a sign-language interpreter, he regularly uses sign language and has been building his fluency over the past ten years.

$40.00 supplies fee covers copies, treats, and other supplies for both semesters

Students should plan to spend around 5 to 10 minutes practicing daily.

Reference: Lifeprint

This full-year course is only open to continuing students for spring semester.

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Photos of lanterns at Senso-ji Temple in Asakusa district of Tokyo, Japan.Japanese

Suzanne Sensei

Thursdays Online
7 September–9 May 2024 — this is a 27-week (33¾-hour) full-year class
3rd Period: 12:30 PM–1:45 PM

  • for ages 12–19
  • Tuition: $438.75
  • open to 3–15 students
  • Minimum Student Date: Fri 25 Aug 2023
  • Payment Due Date:
    • $195.00 (12 weeks) will be due by Sat 26 Aug 2023.
    • $243.75 (15 weeks) will be due by Sat 23 Dec 2023.
  • Registrations accepted through: Wed 13 Sep 2023 if space is available

This is a synchronous (real-time or live) online course. Classes will be held via Discord.

There will be no class on Thursday 7 March (the eighth week of PHS Spring Semester classes). Tuition has been adjusted to reflect this schedule.

Konnichiwa! Take your interest to the next level and learn Japanese.

You will learn to speak and listen through practical conversation you can use daily as well as fun cultural activities and exploration. We will master the complete set of Hiragana and Katakana through writing and reading material relevant to our conversation and cultural exploration. A few key Kanji will be incorporated with a goal of recognition as well as an entry to writing and reading for those who want to extend their studies. There may be separate classes or learning segments geared toward beginners or returning students as needed.

There will be homework and resources provided to continue to practice throughout the course.

Students should play to spend 30 to 60 minutes per week on practice or assignments.

There will be some group work outside of class time that will be coordinated and done through the class’s Discord server.

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Image of Chinese abacus displaying the decimal number 2,048.Small Group or One-on-One Math Lessons

Judy O'Neill

Private Lessons Online
4 September 2023–9 May 2024

  • for ages 10–19
  • Weekly: $36.00 (paid monthly)
  • Minimum Student Date: Thu 14 Sep 2023
  • Registrations accepted as long as space is available

One-hour synchronous (real-time or live) online lessons held via Zoom.

 
Small group or individual math classes based on students’ level, from elementary mathematics through pre-calculus.

Day, time, level, and textbook will be determined per group or per individual student.

Some levels of math will require a calculator. There will be weekly homework assignments.

Those seeking small group lessons should post to our co-op forum stating their interest and their students’ math level.

One-on-one tuition will be paid monthly at $36 per week ($108 per 4-week month) per student. This is a 10% discount for individual tutoring offered to PHS-registered students! Small group pricing will be determined based on group size and level.

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Fall 2023

Fridays, 8 September–8 December 2023 at Planet Homeschool
Thursdays, 7 September–7 December 2023 online

12 weeks
Fall Break: no classes on Thu 12 Oct or Fri 13 Oct
Thanksgiving Break: no classes on Thu 23 Nov or Fri 24 Nov

1st Period (9:15 AM–10:30 AM) — Fall 2023

A Spring 2019 Planet Homeschool Fencing class with Maria Benford.Fencing

Minnesota Sword Play
Coach Maria Benford
Coach Kailan Benford

Fridays at Planet Homeschool
8 September–8 December 2023
1st Period: 9:15 AM–10:30 AM

  • for ages 10–19
  • Tuition: $150.00
  • open to 7–20 students
  • Minimum Student Date: Fri 1 Sep 2023
  • Payment Due Date: Sat 2 Sep 2023
  • Registrations accepted through: Thu 21 Sep 2023 if space is available

Classical fencing emphasizes the practice of the sword as an art, a science, and a recreational activity. Learn the basics of fencing with minimal rules and lots of play. You will learn at a comfortable pace and fence with others of all levels in a fun, safe, active environment.

Students should wear long jogging-type pants, a T-shirt, and tennis shoes, and bring a water bottle.

All fencing equipment is provided.

This full-year course will be open to new students for the Spring semester.

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Illustration of an atom.High School Chemistry

Dr. Tom Anderson

Fridays at Planet Homeschool
8 September–8 December 2023
1st Period: 9:15 AM–10:30 AM

  • for ages 14–19
  • Tuition: $180.00
  • open to 4–16 students
  • Minimum Student Date: Fri 25 Aug 2023
  • Payment Due Date: Sat 26 Aug 2023
  • Registrations accepted through: Thu 14 Sep 2023 if space is available

Chemistry as a discipline is concerned with matter, change, and energy. Beginning with a look at atoms and the periodic table, students will develop an understanding of how and why atoms arrange and rearrange themselves into the matter that is all around us. Topics include states of matter, heat and energy, the behavior of gases, and chemical reactions. The course will also examine chemical kinetics and dynamic equilibrium. Demonstrations and hands-on experiments will allow students to practice careful observation and measurement skills, with attention given both to descriptive and quantitative work. In addition to topics such as acid/base chemistry, batteries and electricity, food and fuels, and the laws of thermodynamics, students will learn about stoichiometry and the forces that hold matter together.

Students should bring note-taking materials to class each week (notebook and pen/pencil; laptop/tablet; etc.). Students will need basic algebra knowledge. Students can expect to spend 2 to 3 hours weekly on reading and problem sets.

Textbook: Chemistry 2e from the OpenStax project. The book is freely available as an online textbox or as a pdf but is also available in printed form. It is a college-level textbook, so interested students will be able to easily go into greater depth on particular topics if they wish.

This full-year course will be open to new students for the spring semester. The fall semester is concerned with "microscopic chemistry" (atoms, molecules, and chemical bonding) and the spring semester will be concerned with "macroscopic chemistry" (chemical reactions, kinetics, equilibrium). The two semesters complement one another but are conceptually independent: it is possible to join the course in the spring without any special preparation.

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Embroidery in a hoop illustrating a camping tripFunky Hand Embroidery

Trina Greene

Fridays at Planet Homeschool
22 September–8 December 2023
1st Period: 9:15 AM–10:30 AM

  • for ages 12–19
  • Tuition: $137.50
  • Supplies: $30.00
  • open to 2–8 students
  • Minimum Student Date: Fri 25 Aug 2023
  • Payment Due Date: Sat 26 Aug 2023
  • Registrations accepted through: Sat 9 Sep 2023 if space is available

This is a 10-week (12½-hour) Fall Semester class. Classes will begin on Friday 22 September (the third week of classes). There will be no class on Friday 8 September or Friday 15 September (the first and second week of classes). Tuition has been adjusted to reflect this schedule.

Learn the relaxing art of hand embroidery. In the first part of the semester, we will be learning stitches as part of a small sampler. Then, create your own design! This won't be your grandma's kitchen towel embroidery but embroidery patterns with a side of funk. Previous designs are nature-scapes, feminism or liberal-leaning quotes, the world from a different lens, movies or cartoons, and art into stitching.

$30.00 supplies fee covers hoop, thread, needle, fabric, and sampler

Students will need both manual dexterity and concentration skills to best succeed in this class.

Students may spend from 30 minutes to 1 hour each week finishing stitches not finished during class time.

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Amber glass apothecary bottles, hexagonal base. Inscriptions read poison and poison bottle and show raised skulls. Picture taken under the supervision of the honorary curators of Heimatmuseum Fröndenberg, ibid. From the back chambers, not on display.Toxic Gifts: The History of Poison/Poisonous Gas

Theresa Redfern-Hall

Fridays at Planet Homeschool
8 September–8 December 2023
1st Period: 9:15 AM–10:30 AM

  • for ages 12–19
  • Tuition: $180.00
  • open to 4–15 students
  • Minimum Student Date: Fri 1 Sep 2023
  • Payment Due Date: Sat 2 Sep 2023
  • Registrations accepted through: Thu 21 Sep 2023 if space is available

A history of poison is the history of humanity. This class will look at how poison has been used to both kill and save people. We will look at poison in art and literature and real life. The class will explore famous poisoners, their victims, and how one famous poisoner from thousands of years ago still has an impact on us today. Join us as we move through time and poisons!

Students will need access to Theresa’s website homeschoolingclasses.com in order to access readings and assignments.

Students should bring writing implement and paper to class each week.

Students can expect to spend about an hour weekly on reading and/or research.

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A brass compass on a dark wood table.Drawing Fantasy Maps and Tokens

Tim Hereid

Fridays at Planet Homeschool
8 September–8 December 2023
1st Period: 9:15 AM–10:30 AM

  • for ages 10–19
  • Tuition: $216.00
  • Supplies: $25.00
  • open to 4–10 students
  • Minimum Student Date: Fri 1 Sep 2023
  • Payment Due Date: Sat 2 Sep 2023
  • Registrations accepted through: Thu 14 Sep 2023 if space is available

Create dynamic battle maps, sprawling cities, modest hamlets, rugged mountainscapes, and paths through dense and dangerous forests. This course is great for anyone who loves drawing, role-playing (as a GM or player), and imagining new worlds. Whether you’d simply like to learn how to better draw a tree or rock or you’d like to create an entire continent of maps, this is the class for you.

Using analog methods of creation (with an option for digital creation depending on access to enough devices), this class will teach students how to create maps for role-playing, imaginative play, and just plain fun. Course maps can be used for both in-person and online play.

We will use the “Paint-Night” method of instructor-led creation at the beginning of class before students can spin off their own projects.

$25.00 supplies fee covers markers, pens, pencils, erasures, paper, and other art supplies

We will do our best to finish images/maps in class, but it may be the case that students will need to spend up to 30 minutes per week to finish work between classes.

This class will have a group project option.

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Master plan for Nanhu Eco-City in Tangshan.Planning Sustainable Cities

Rebekah Jorgensen

Fridays at Planet Homeschool
8 September–8 December 2023
1st Period: 9:15 AM–10:30 AM

  • for ages 12–19
  • Tuition: $165.00
  • open to 4–15 students
  • Minimum Student Date: Fri 1 Sep 2023
  • Payment Due Date: Sat 2 Sep 2023
  • Registrations accepted through: Sat 9 Dec 2023 if space is available

How can cities look towards a more sustainable future? That question will be explored in this class, which will look at the design of cities and their environmental impacts. Topics of discussion may include engineering and design, case studies of current trends in urban planning, and legislation and advocacy efforts toward greener urban planning. While this class will focus on STEM topics like engineering and technology, it will also incorporate art and design, social science like history and government, and more. Students will have ample input to share their topic ideas and will learn how they can contribute to sustainable cities now and in the future.

Students will be expected to complete approximately one hour of homework outside of class, primarily reading and watching exploratory videos, and will be provided with additional enrichment activities to extend the learning if desired.

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2nd Period (10:35 AM–11:50 AM) — Fall 2023

Head and shoulders of the 1795 sculpture of Venus and Adonis by Antonio Canova in the Museum of Art and History (Geneva), as seen from behind.Shakespearean Youth Theater: Venus and Adonis

Lukas Brasherfons

Fridays at Planet Homeschool
8 September–1 December 2023
2nd Period: 10:35 AM–11:50 AM

  • for ages 13–19
  • Tuition: $137.50
  • open to 3–10 students
  • Minimum Student Date: Fri 1 Sep 2023
  • Payment Due Date: Sat 2 Sep 2023
  • Registrations accepted through: Sat 9 Sep 2023 if space is available

This is an 11-week (13¾-hour) Fall Semester class ending on Friday 1 December 2023 (the eleventh week of classes), one week early, so the final presentation will be on December 1. There will be no classes on Friday 8 December 2023 (the twelfth week of classes). Tuition has been adjusted to reflect this schedule.

Dissect Shakespeare’s incredible yet underrecognized epic poem *Venus and Adonis* and work together to create a draft of an original theatrical adaptation of the piece.

Through close reading, dramatic consideration, and literary analysis, students will explore the uniquely exciting world of Shakespeare’s narrative poetry and hone their skills in devised theatre by taking a text not meant for the stage and creating a draft of a theatrical rendition.

Shakespeare’s mythological poem tells the story of romantic pursuit at the beginning of time and is rife for theatrical exploration due to its elements of action, passion, and tragedy. The class will culminate in a staged reading of the original adaptation created by the group.

This class will include a lot of out-loud cold reading of text in the class sessions.

notebook and writing implements

Small assignments relating to the adaptation process may arise, but homework will NOT be a major part of the course. 1 hour at maximum.

For reference: Folger Shakespeare Library: Venus and Adonis

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Three silver paintbrushes, one with yellow paint, one with red, and one with a mix of yellow and red. The brushes rest on a white canvas painted with a blend of red to orange to yellow. Dollops of blue, green, yellow, and red paint in the background.Painting

Kimberly Guedes

Fridays at Planet Homeschool
8 September–8 December 2023
2nd Period: 10:35 AM–11:50 AM

  • for ages 10–19
  • Tuition: $150.00
  • Supplies: $40.00
  • open to 3–15 students
  • Minimum Student Date: Fri 1 Sep 2023
  • Payment Due Date: Sat 2 Sep 2023
  • Registrations accepted through: Thu 14 Sep 2023 if space is available

Students will learn the fundamentals of painting, including color theory, composition, and brushwork. Students will have the opportunity to work with a variety of painting mediums, such as watercolors, acrylics, and oils. They will also learn about different painting techniques, including blending, layering, and texture.

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Anime festival.Costumes and Cosplay

Janet Lewis
Sarah Beggs

Fridays at Planet Homeschool
8 September–8 December 2023
2nd Period: 10:35 AM–11:50 AM

  • for ages 10–19
  • Tuition: $180.00
  • Supplies: $10.00
  • open to 4–10 students
  • Minimum Student Date: Fri 1 Sep 2023
  • Payment Due Date: Sat 2 Sep 2023
  • Registrations accepted through: Sat 2 Sep 2023 if space is available

We’ll take a look at Anime, cartoons, comic books, manga, TV, and video game characters. Come up with creative ideas to take your drawing from paper to reality. Learn sewing basics. We will take a look at fabric, materials, and tools best used for costumes. We’ll spend time with construction, making patterns, cutting, gluing, and finishing. Characters all need props and make-up, so we’ll spend some time with prop ideas and how best to make them. Basic make-up techniques and products.

Most materials can be sourced free or very cheaply. Access to a sewing machine is helpful but not required.

$10.00 supplies fee covers fabric for weekly assignments, thread, pins, and sample kits

Students should bring a sketchbook, drawing tools (pencils, pens, colored pencils), and any other materials students determine needed for their final project to class.

Hand-sewing needles & thread are useful but not required.

Most weeks there will be about an hour of work to complete at home including sewing, sketching, sourcing materials, and research. There are weekly fun assignments and challenges. Each class will begin with a short review of the completed assignment and how it might factor into your project. Success in this course is dependent on students doing work outside of class. While this is not a graded course, we expect all students to complete all of the assignments to the best of their ability.

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People gathered at the Minnesota state capitol building during the Minnesota Senate debate on a same sex marriage bill. Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA.LGBTQ Plus History

Theresa Redfern-Hall

Fridays at Planet Homeschool
8 September–8 December 2023
2nd Period: 10:35 AM–11:50 AM

  • for ages 12–19
  • Tuition: $180.00
  • open to 4–15 students
  • Minimum Student Date: Fri 1 Sep 2023
  • Payment Due Date: Sat 2 Sep 2023
  • Registrations accepted through: Thu 21 Sep 2023 if space is available

A student-requested class that will take a historical and sociological look at how cultures have embraced, accepted, rejected, or ignored people who were non-heterosexual. We will utilize writings, films, and literature about and by LGBTQ+ people and study individuals who did not live as heterosexuals. We will look at major events in history that have shaped and impacted how society views the LGBTQ+ community and how the LGBTQ+ community sees itself. Some of these recent events may include the Holocaust, Stonewall, AIDS, and the Marriage Equality Movement.

Class will require student input as to specific areas of interest.

Students should bring writing implement and paper to class each week.

Students can expect to spend about an hour weekly on reading and/or research.

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A student holds up a copy of a school newspaper, The Paystreak.Journalism/PHS Newspaper

Rebekah Jorgensen

Fridays at Planet Homeschool
8 September–8 December 2023
2nd Period: 10:35 AM–11:50 AM

  • for ages 10–19
  • Tuition: $165.00
  • open to 4–12 students
  • Minimum Student Date: Fri 1 Sep 2023
  • Payment Due Date: Sat 2 Sep 2023
  • Registrations accepted through: Thu 21 Sep 2023 if space is available

This class will provide students with the opportunity to produce a newspaper for Planet Homeschool. Within each class, students will receive an introduction to journalism topics, such as ethics in reporting, accuracy, professionalism, history tidbits, and more. The majority of the class will be spent creating a newspaper for the Planet Homeschool community. Students are invited to join this class if they have an interest in writing, art, and/or photography.

Students will be expected to complete approximately one hour of homework outside of class, primarily writing, but also including some reading and exploratory videos, and will be provided with additional enrichment activities to extend the learning if desired.

Students may choose to co-create columns or articles using Google Drive or other collaborative methods.

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3rd Period (12:30 PM–1:50 PM) — Fall 2023

A young LARPer's cape billows in the wind as we walks away while LARPing at Silverwood Park in Saint Anthony Village, Minnesota, USA.LARPcraft: Creating a Live Action Role Play

Nic Rosenau
Séa Blake

Fridays at Planet Homeschool
8 September–8 December 2023
3rd Period: 12:30 PM–1:45 PM

  • for ages 10–19
  • Tuition: $180.00
  • Supplies: $10.00
  • open to 4–15 students
  • Minimum Student Date: Fri 25 Aug 2023
  • Payment Due Date: Sat 26 Aug 2023
  • Registrations accepted through: Thu 14 Sep 2023 if space is available

LARPing is a great way to get exercise, build friendships, and improve social and communication skills including problem-solving and the art of negotiation.

You’ll use creativity, imagination, and strategy for story writing, world-building, and character creation and development (including costume and prop design and construction).

Students will work together to create a world, build a storyline, and create characters complete with a backstory and costume. The class will end with a LARP in which students will act as characters who advance the storyline and to which friends, family, and PHS members will be invited.

$10.00 supplies fee covers basic costume and prop construction materials such as glue, tape, thread, pins, etc.

Students will want to source materials for costumes and props to enhance their own characters and the world we build together.

Students will spend some time at home working on fleshing out their characters and the storylines and hunting for materials to build costumes and props as well finishing work on those.

The storyline will be built out via Google Docs which students may choose to work on individually or together outside of class.

Our final LARP will happen in the Fellowship Hall on the last day of class.

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Colorful code on a laptop screen.Coding with Python

Mike Zugschwert

Fridays at Planet Homeschool
8 September–8 December 2023
3rd Period: 12:30 PM–1:45 PM

  • for ages 14–19
  • Tuition: $150.00
  • open to 4–15 students
  • Minimum Student Date: Fri 25 Aug 2023
  • Payment Due Date: Sat 26 Aug 2023
  • Registrations accepted through: Thu 14 Sep 2023 if space is available

An introduction to the Python programming language, including its syntax and basic data structures. Throughout the course, students will also learn about the importance of software design and how to write clear, efficient, and maintainable code. They will be encouraged to develop good coding practices such as commenting, testing, and debugging.

Students will create Python applications to do math for them, encrypt and decrypt secret messages, create graphical art with code, build stand-alone applications with a user interface, and program a LEGO robot to interact with the physical world.

Students should have a general working knowledge of file structures and operating a computer. Having good typing skills is also helpful.

Students should bring a laptop (and its powercord) with admin privileges to be able to install software to class each week. We will be doing some browser-based coding and also using PyCharm IDE (free) to write our scripts. Old computers can do surprisingly well with Python scripting, so you don’t need a new laptop. to class each week.

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Designing Solutions to Everyday Problems

Peter Hoh

Fridays at Planet Homeschool
8 September–8 December 2023
3rd Period: 12:30 PM–1:45 PM

  • for ages 10–19
  • Tuition: $180.00
  • Supplies: $15.00
  • open to 6–12 students
  • Minimum Student Date: Fri 25 Aug 2023
  • Payment Due Date: Sat 26 Aug 2023
  • Registrations accepted through: Thu 14 Sep 2023 if space is available

Students will learn to use the engineering design process to identify problems and then design objects that address those problems. We will examine problems from different viewpoints. Students will progress from an idea to a drawing to a prototype. We will develop skills for making things out of inexpensive materials such as cardboard and modeling clay. Along the way, students will have multiple opportunities to strengthen their problem-solving skills.

a custom tape dispenser a custom cord management system custom holder for saw accoutrements a custom pencil holders

This is a low-tech class. I will provide materials such as cardboard, wood, modeling clay, pipe cleaners, craft sticks, basic hardware, and string along with appropriate tools. Students may opt to refine their prototypes with different materials, which may involve learning to use additional tools or processes, some of which might be beyond the scope of this class. If a student has an idea for a project that involves electronics (an Arduino, for instance) I will support them as much as I can, but they will have to provide their own electronic components and may have to reach out to other people who know more than I about electronics.

$15.00 supplies fee covers masking tape, glue, paper, cardstock, index cards, brass fasteners, zip ties, and hardware (nuts, bolts, screws, nails)

This class is appropriate for all skill levels.

Students should bring safety glasses to class if they intend to use saws, drills, or similar tools in class.

While time will be provided during class for design work, some students might prefer to think about their design between class sessions. When we start making projects over multiple sessions, families will be responsible for transporting the partially-finished projects to and from PHS weekly. Students might be assigned a homework task that involves recording how other people use an object. If their project is to design a key rack, for instance, it may be necessary to measure the heights that different family members consider convenient.

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Courtroom in Chase County Courthouse in Imperial, Nebraska. The courthouse was constructed in 1911, in a style described as Tudor Revival or Jacobethan. It is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.Mock Trial

Theresa Redfern-Hall

Fridays at Planet Homeschool
8 September–8 December 2023
3rd Period: 12:30 PM–1:45 PM

  • for ages 12–19
  • Tuition: $180.00
  • Supplies: $10.00
  • open to 10–16 students
  • Minimum Student Date: Fri 1 Sep 2023
  • Payment Due Date: Sat 2 Sep 2023
  • Registrations accepted through: Thu 21 Sep 2023 if space is available

Have you ever tried to persuade someone to change their mind but were unable to present a good argument for your case? Do you like to solve puzzles or find answers to questions? Have you ever wondered how the legal system works or thought about being an attorney? Would you like to be more comfortable speaking in front of people? If you answered yes to any of these questions, this may be the class for you! Students will learn about the origins of law and the basics of the United States judicial system. The class will look into how laws have been made throughout history and how lawmaking has evolved. We will then explore legal terms, courtroom etiquette, and individual roles involved in legal proceedings and trials. Students will explore and examine several actual court cases and then actively participate in three to four mock trials (time/class-dependent.) Court roles will alternate among students for each mock trial. The cases litigated will increase in complexity as the class term proceeds.

(Students who have taken this class previously can take it again, new court cases will be used.) Students will need access to Theresa’s website homeschoolingclasses.com in order to access readings and assignments.

$10.00 supplies fee covers copies of case information

Some writing is required in and outside of class, practicing trial questions and case building.

Students should bring a writing implement and paper and/or a laptop to class each week.

Students can expect to spend about an hour and a half weekly on reading, research, and trial prep.

Students will need to work together outside of class time to prep for trials and roles.

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Closeup on a chick nestled in the palm of a hand.Animal Husbandry

Jennifer Floyd

Fridays at Planet Homeschool
8 September–8 December 2023
3rd Period: 12:30 PM–1:45 PM

  • for ages 10–19
  • Tuition: $151.25
  • open to 4–15 students
  • Minimum Student Date: Fri 25 Aug 2023
  • Payment Due Date: Sat 26 Aug 2023
  • Registrations accepted through: Thu 14 Sep 2023 if space is available

This is an 11-week (13¾-hour) Fall Semester class. There will be no class on Friday 22 September 2023 (the third week of classes). Tuition has been adjusted to reflect this schedule.

This is the class for learning about domestic and pet animals! What range of vision does a horse have? Why do goldfish prefer friends? How long can a chicken live? Find out the history, care needs, and interesting biology facts of many commonly kept critters, from guinea pigs and hamsters to sheep, goats, and horses, to cats, dogs, and more!

Students will take notes and create an illustrated journal based on their favorite animals.

Students should bring a notebook or journal, pencils, and colored pencils (primary colors at a minimum) to class each week.

Students will research and present information (can be written, oral, or visual) based on an area of interest within the course’;s range of focus. This project will be worked on both in class and at home.

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Close up for the hands of two people about to clasp.Social and Presentation Skills

Kathy Oaks

Fridays at Planet Homeschool
8 September–8 December 2023
3rd Period: 12:30 PM–1:45 PM

  • for ages 13–19
  • Tuition: $165.00
  • open to 4–8 students
  • Minimum Student Date: Fri 25 Aug 2023
  • Payment Due Date: Sat 26 Aug 2023
  • Registrations accepted through: Thu 14 Sep 2023 if space is available

Learn to present yourself well! Get comfortable with meeting people, remembering names, making eye contact, learning relaxation skills, speaking to individuals, listening to others, making phone calls, reciting poems, presenting your ideas to small and large(r) groups, and making a convincing case for your point of view.

Students must be okay shaking hands with people; we will practice greeting each other weekly.

Optional: Knockout Presentations: How to Deliver Your Message with Power, Punch, and Pizzazz, by Diane DiResta

Students can expect to spend approximately half an hour to an hour weekly memorizing poems, writing talks, practicing talks, and practicing making phone calls.

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4th Period (1:50 PM–3:05 PM) — Fall 2023

Stonehenge.Ancient World History

Theresa Redfern-Hall

Fridays at Planet Homeschool
8 September–8 December 2023
4th Period: 1:50 PM–3:05 PM

  • for ages 12–19
  • Tuition: $180.00
  • open to 4–15 students
  • Minimum Student Date: Fri 1 Sep 2023
  • Payment Due Date: Sat 2 Sep 2023
  • Registrations accepted through: Thu 21 Sep 2023 if space is available

Utilizing the approach of looking at world history as a big picture, this class will challenge students to view world history as part of the larger patterns of historical change. From Pharaohs to the Great Wall of China, the Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire to William the Conqueror, the black death, the Renaissance, and the great civilizations of South America and everything in between students will dig into world history.

This class will focus on “nine big eras” of historical change and the patterns of Humans and the Environment, Humans and Other Humans, and Humans and Ideas.

The class incorporates primary source documents, a class “time travel” presentation, and in-class activities.

Students will need access to Theresa’s website homeschoolingclasses.com in order to access readings and assignments.

Students should bring a writing implement and paper and/or a laptop to class each week.

Students can expect to spend about an hour weekly on reading, research, and/or working on their project for presentation in class.

This full-year course is open to new students for the spring semester. The material covered during the fall semester will be available for review at homeschoolingclasses.com.

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PHS Clubs

Fridays at Planet Homeschool
8 September–8 December 2023
4th Period: 1:50 PM–3:05 PM

  • for ages 10–19
  • Registrations accepted throughout the semester as long as space is available

a jumble of tabletop game boxes
PHS Game Club

A jumble of dice of different sizes and colors.
PHS RPG Role Playing Club

Two pairs of hands holding game controllers with a video game on a screen in the background.
PHS Video Game Club

An assortment of glues, duct tape, mixing cups, crafting sticks, hobby knives, and markers with a hot glue gun. All in front of cardboard box and resting on a large green cutting mat. 2022. Photo by Nic Rosenau, CC BY-SA 4.0.
PHS Maker Club

A top-down photo of a bundle of sharpened colored pencils. 2018. Photo by Taru Huhkio on Unsplash.
PHS Art Club

<ulticolored code on a computer screen.
PHS Coding Club

Eight hands piled together with arms sleeved by a variety of colorful sweaters. 2020. Decatur, AL, USA. 2020. Photo by Hannah Busing on Unsplash.
PHS Social Club

PHS Clubs are open to gamers and creators of all skill levels. Those with more experience will help you learn — and learn from you in turn!

All participants must sign up for insurance and safety reasons, but all PHS Clubs are open to visits from other clubs’ participants. Maybe some days you’re in the mood to draw, other days you feel like playing Uno, another day you want to relax and chat, and sometimes you just want to curl up in comfy chair and read a book.

It’s easy to get boisterous when having fun, so PHS Clubs participants should be mindful of each Club’s focus, their fellow students (and their belongings), the shared classroom space, and the other classes in session. If in doubt, please defer to the Onsite Volunteers.

Families of enrolled students will work together to ensure there are games to play and raw materials and tools for creating.

Parents, guardians, and caregivers of enrolled students serve as volunteer room monitors or fellow gamers and creators to ensure there are at least three adults on site every week. These are assigned as Fourth Onsite Volunteer shifts. Some students will need adult direction and assistance with making connections with their fellow students and engaging with the activities of the PHS Clubs. If you notice a student at loose ends, please step in: offer to introduce them to other students, help them find an engaging activity, or help them create a space for gaming or creating.

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Online Classes — Fall 2023

A student in Rebekah Jorgensen's Spring 2023 class, Topsy Turvy Tales - Collaboration in Theater and Writing.Collaborative Theater and Storytelling

Rebekah Jorgensen

Thursdays Online
7 September–7 December 2023
2nd Period: 10:30 AM–11:45 AM

  • for ages 10–19
  • Tuition: $165.00
  • open to 4–12 students
  • Minimum Student Date: Thu 31 Aug 2023
  • Payment Due Date: Fri 1 Sep 2023
  • Registrations accepted through: Wed 20 Sep 2023 if space is available

This is a synchronous (real-time or live) online course. Classes will be held via Skype. Students without Skype accounts will still be able to join using the web-based version. (Another platform may be needed, subject to student consensus.)

This course will provide students with an opportunity to create a web-based theater production. By incorporating creative writing, art, design, and stage presence, students will learn to create a modern dramatic performance created specifically to utilize the characteristics of online videoconferencing software. By thinking outside the box, students will be encouraged to produce a show that explores methods that aren’t always possible in a traditional theater setting.

Students will be expected to complete approximately one hour of homework outside of class, primarily writing, but also including reading and watching exploratory videos, and will be provided with additional enrichment activities to extend the learning if desired.

There will be some use of Google Drive for peer editing and collaborative writing.

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Wintery Bench, by Michael Oaks; Craftsmanship, by Leah Crain; and Blokus, by Nolan Boysen. Taken by Spring 2022 photography students.Photography Senior Seminar

Kathy Oaks

Thursdays Online
7 September–7 December 2023
4th Period: 2:00 PM–3:00 PM

  • for ages 14–19
  • Tuition: $120.00
  • open to 1–8 students
  • Minimum Student Date: Thu 24 Aug 2023
  • Payment Due Date: Fri 25 Aug 2023
  • Registrations accepted through: Wed 13 Sep 2023 if space is available

This is a synchronous (real-time or live) online course. Classes will be held via Zoom. Students will need a quiet Zoom meeting space.

For photography students who want to deepen their knowledge and focus on developing their style further. This online senior seminar, facilitated by Kathy Oaks, will help experienced photographers explore topics of interest and work on independent projects.

Students will need a good working knowledge of their camera, depth of field, and composition, and basic editing skills.

Students should have a camera, phone, or tablet that lets them take photos; an app (such as Camera+) that allows phone users to change shutter speeds, white balance, etc.

Students can expect to spend about 30 to 60 minutes weekly on homework for this course.

This full-year course will be open to new students for the spring semester.

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Spring 2024

Fridays, 12 January–10 May 2024 at Planet Homeschool
Thursdays, 11 January–9 May 2023 online

16 weeks
Bad Weather Make-Up Day on Fri 17 May
Mid-Winter Break: no classes on Thu 15 Feb or Fri 16 Feb
Spring Break: no classes on Thu 28 Mar or Fri 29 Mar

1st Period (9:15 AM–10:30 AM) — Spring 2024

A Spring 2019 Planet Homeschool Fencing class with Maria Benford.Fencing

Maria Benford
Kailan Benford

Fridays at Planet Homeschool
12 January–10 May 2024
1st Period: 9:15 AM–10:30 AM

  • for ages 10–19
  • Tuition: $200.00
  • open to 7–20 students
  • Minimum Student Date: Fri 5 Jan 2024
  • Payment Due Date: Sat 6 Jan 2024
  • Registrations accepted through: Thu 24 Jan 2024 if space is available

Classical fencing emphasizes the practice of the sword as an art, a science, and a recreational activity. Learn the basics of fencing with minimal rules and lots of play. You will learn at a comfortable pace and fence with others of all levels in a fun, safe, active environment.

Students should wear long jogging-type pants, a T-shirt, and tennis shoes, and bring a water bottle.

All fencing equipment is provided.

This full-year course is open to new students for the Spring semester.

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Test tubes showing the different colors of bromothymol blue (from left to right: blank, pH 4, 6.2, 6.6, 7.2, 7.5, 8, and 12). 2014. Photo by Ruven Pinkhasov, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons.High School Chemistry

Dr. Tom Anderson

Fridays at Planet Homeschool
12 January–10 May 2024
1st Period: 9:15 AM–10:30 AM

  • for ages 14–19
  • Tuition: $225.00
  • open to 4–16 students
  • Minimum Student Date: Fri 29 Dec 2023
  • Payment Due Date: Sat 30 Dec 2023
  • Registrations accepted through: Thu 18 Jan 2024 if space is available

This is a 15-week (18¾-hour) Spring semester class. There will be no class on Friday 1 March (the seventh week of PHS classes). Tuition has been adjusted to reflect this.

Chemistry as a discipline is concerned with matter, change, and energy. Beginning with a look at atoms and the periodic table, students will develop an understanding of how and why atoms arrange and rearrange themselves into the matter that is all around us. Topics include states of matter, heat and energy, the behavior of gases, and chemical reactions. The course will also examine chemical kinetics and dynamic equilibrium. Demonstrations and hands-on experiments will allow students to practice careful observation and measurement skills, with attention given both to descriptive and quantitative work. In addition to topics such as acid/base chemistry, batteries and electricity, food and fuels, and the laws of thermodynamics, students will learn about stoichiometry and the forces that hold matter together.

Students should bring note-taking materials to class each week (notebook and pen/pencil; laptop/tablet; etc.).

Students will need basic algebra knowledge.

Students can expect to spend 2 to 3 hours weekly on reading and problem sets.

Textbook: Chemistry 2e from the OpenStax project. The book is freely available as an online textbox or as a pdf but is also available in printed form. It is a college-level textbook, so interested students will be able to easily go into greater depth on particular topics if they wish.

This full-year course is open to new students for the spring semester. The fall semester was concerned with "microscopic chemistry" (atoms, molecules, and chemical bonding) and the spring semester is concerned with "macroscopic chemistry" (chemical reactions, kinetics, equilibrium). The two semesters complement one another but are conceptually independent: it is possible to join the course in the spring without any special preparation.

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Photos taken by PHS students on display at the Spring 2018 Open House and at Hamline Midway Library in Saint Paul.Photography

Kathy Oaks

Fridays at Planet Homeschool
12 January–10 May 2024
1st Period: 9:15 AM–10:30 AM

  • for ages 13–19
  • Tuition: $206.25
  • open to 4–8 students
  • Minimum Student Date: Fri 29 Dec 2023
  • Payment Due Date: Sat 30 Dec 2023
  • Registrations accepted through: Thu 18 Jan 2024 if space is available

There will either be a substitute instructor for or no class on Friday 1 March 2024 (the seventh week of PHS classes).

This fun class covers basic photography, from the history of the photographic process and influential photographers to using your camera to best effect today. Assignments will include understanding light and shadow, perspective and focus, composition, emphasizing your subject, using natural light for portraiture, etc. If possible the class will include two field trips during class time.

Students must be comfortable uploading photos to a Google Album (with parents’ help is fine)

Students will need to supply a digital camera. Any camera with adjustable settings for exposure is fine: DSLR, point-and-shoot, cell phone, tablet. Students should bring cameras to class each week. Apps should be installed on cell phones and tablets to adjust shutter speed and white balance, if possible. (For example, Camera+) Students will post their favorite photos weekly to a private online space for positive critiques.

Different lenses, filters, or flash are recommended if you have them and want to learn more.

Students should plan to spend at least a half hour per week taking photos outside of class.

Additional Dates: If we can’t manage field trips during class time, then we will have them on a different day. One field trip might be on the same day as the End of Year Get Together (before or after).

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Zombies.Ethics of the Apocalypse

Theresa Redfern-Hall

Fridays at Planet Homeschool
12 January–10 May 2024
1st Period: 9:15 AM–10:30 AM

  • for ages 12–19
  • Tuition: $240.00
  • open to 4–15 students
  • Minimum Student Date: Fri 5 Jan 2024
  • Payment Due Date: Sat 6 Jan 2024
  • Registrations accepted through: Thu 24 Jan 2024 if space is available

Are you prepared for the Zombie Apocalypse? Join us and find out!

What is an apocalypse? According to the dictionary, an apocalypse is the complete final destruction of the world, as described in the biblical book of Revelation, or an event involving destruction or damage on an awesome or catastrophic scale. Thankfully most individuals never experience an apocalypse. But, what would we do if one happened to us? This class will explore ethics before, during, and after an apocalyptic situation. We will discuss potentially real and some fantastical situations too, hint, a zombie apocalypse! We will examine theories about human nature being good or bad. We will also look at why some people make heroic sacrifices and decisions and others make very selfish ones. We will look at some real-world disasters that were apocalyptic for those involved and discover how those individuals dealt with life-and-death situations.

This class will also discuss the trends of “prepping” and “survivalism”. Students will be presented with opportunities to make decisions in simulated apocalyptic situations and then debrief and discuss their thoughts and choices after the simulation. You will also learn some great practical skills you can use. Join us for this fun, thought-provoking class!

Students will need access to Theresa’s website homeschoolingclasses.com in order to access readings and assignments.

Students should bring a writing implement and paper and/or a laptop to class each week.

Students can expect to spend about an hour weekly on reading and/or research.

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A foggy early morning at Lake Bled, Slovenia, with a rowboat at the dock in the foreground and Bled Island's Church of the Mother of God on the Lake in the background.Creative Writing: Fantasy

Tim Hereid

Fridays at Planet Homeschool
12 January–10 May 2024
1st Period: 9:15 AM–10:30 AM

  • for ages 12–19
  • Tuition: $288.00
  • open to 4–15 students
  • Minimum Student Date: Fri 5 Jan 2024
  • Payment Due Date: Sat 6 Jan 2024
  • Registrations accepted through: Thu 18 Jan 2024 if space is available

Fantasy is the oldest form of storytelling. From the creation stories of the Dakota to the Epic of Gilgamesh to The Odyssey to Beowulf, we have always found comfort in tales of brave heroes and hideous beasts, of new worlds and ancient magics, of powerful rulers and epic dangers.

In this class, we will read, write and maybe even publish fantasy. We'll take a look at the most powerful tropes (story types) in fantasy writing and read masters of fantasy like Alice Bradley Sheldon, Neil Gaiman, and Susanna Clarke. We'll talk about keeping dragons, casting spells, wielding swords, defeating tyrant kings, encountering the fae, contending with demons, avoiding imps, and defeating wizards. We'll write long and short fiction, as preferred by the individual student.

Students will write in each class period and have writing homework. In class, we will share our work. We will encourage positive, constructive critique that leads the writer to write more.

Students should bring paper and pencil or a laptop or tablet to class each week.

Students should plan to spend about 30 to 60 minutes weekly on writing at home.

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paintings by NataliThe Class About Death

Rebekah Jorgensen

Fridays at Planet Homeschool
12 January–10 May 2024
1st Period: 9:15 AM–10:30 AM

  • for ages 12–19
  • Tuition: $220.00
  • open to 4–15 students
  • Minimum Student Date: Fri 5 Jan 2024
  • Payment Due Date: Sat 6 Jan 2024
  • Registrations accepted: throughout the semester as long as space is available

Nothing is certain in life but death and taxes. This class will explore customs and traditions surrounding death, as well as the scientific side of different burial methods and decomposition. This class is not designed to specifically teach about beliefs regarding the afterlife, although they may be included when discussing certain cultural traditions. Not for the squeamish or faint of heart, but for those who are generally curious about end-of-life traditions.

Students will be expected to complete approximately one hour of homework outside of class, primarily reading and watching exploratory videos, and will be provided with additional enrichment activities to extend the learning if desired.

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2nd Period (10:35 AM–11:50 AM) — Spring 2024

Two students in Rebekah Jorgensen's Spring 2023 class, Topsy Turvy Tales - Collaboration in Theater and Writing.Theater Production

Rebekah Jorgensen

Fridays at Planet Homeschool
12 January–10 May 2024
2nd Period: 10:35 AM–11:50 AM

  • for ages 10–19
  • Tuition: $220.00
  • Supplies: $10.00
  • open to 4–16 students
  • Minimum Student Date: Fri 5 Jan 2024
  • Payment Due Date: Sat 6 Jan 2024
  • Registrations accepted through: Thu 18 Jan 2024 if space is available

This will allow students to put on a full-fledged theater production. The specific production will be determined based on student numbers for casting needs. All students will be expected to do some on-stage role; however, students who prefer having fewer lines and doing more support roles such as props and costumes are also welcome.

$10.00 supplies fee covers extra props, costumes, and materials that students are unable to provide.

Students will be expected to complete approximately one hour of homework outside of class, primarily reading and learning lines, and will be provided with additional enrichment activities to extend the learning if desired.

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Collection of shells, feather, sponge, bone, and more.Middle School Biology

Dr. Tom Anderson

Fridays at Planet Homeschool
12 January–10 May 2024
2nd Period: 10:35 AM–11:50 AM

  • for ages 10–14
  • Tuition: $225.00
  • open to 3–10 students
  • Minimum Student Date: Fri 29 Dec 2023
  • Payment Due Date: Sat 30 Dec 2023
  • Registrations accepted through: Thu 18 Jan 2024 if space is available

This is a 15-week (18¾-hour) Spring semester class. There will be no class on Friday 1 March (the seventh week of PHS classes). Tuition has been adjusted to reflect this schedule.

This class will give students a chance to learn about the living world. We’ll take a look at bones, feathers, shells, seeds, wood, and other “stuff” that living things are made of. We’ll also talk about how muscles work, about the amazing things that lungs and blood vessels do, and do hands-on activities with photosynthesis, respiration, and other life processes.

Note: No dissections or experiments with animals will be done in this class.

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An iPad running the RoughAnimator app (with a drawing of a cat's face) surrounded by a pen, colored pencils, paper, pencil sharpener, and a drawing tablet.Introduction to Animation

Mike Zugschwert

Fridays at Planet Homeschool
12 January–10 May 2024
2nd Period: 10:35 AM–11:50 AM

  • for ages 10–19
  • Tuition: $200.00
  • open to 4–16 students
  • Minimum Student Date: Fri 29 Dec 2023
  • Payment Due Date: Sat 30 Dec 2023
  • Registrations accepted through: Thu 18 Jan 2024 if space is available

Students will be introduced to different types of animation. Hand-drawn 2D animation in flipbooks, digital 2D animation using a tablet, and stop motion animation using anything at all. We will also cover a bit of 3D animation, although hardware requirements may restrict it to demos rather than student exercises. Through a combination of theory and practical exercises, students will learn the basic principles of animation, including timing, spacing, squash and stretch, and keyframes. Throughout the class, we will also briefly cover the history of animation and talk about how it has evolved with technology.

An iPad, tablet, or Chromebook with a touch screen is recommended. A few devices will be available for use but having your own will allow you to spend more time animating rather than sharing devices with other students. You can animate with a finger, but having a stylus helps a lot. You can also use a laptop if you have a drawing tablet. We will be using RoughAnimator and StopMotionStudio, each is around $6.

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Joan of Arc enters Orléans.Medieval History

Theresa Redfern-Hall

Fridays at Planet Homeschool
12 January–10 May 2024
2nd Period: 10:35 AM–11:50 AM

  • for ages 10–19
  • Tuition: $240.00
  • Supplies: $20.00
  • open to 4–15 students
  • Minimum Student Date: Fri 5 Jan 2024
  • Payment Due Date: Sat 6 Jan 2024
  • Registrations accepted through: Thu 24 Jan 2024 if space is available

What happened after the fall of Rome and before the Renaissance? The Medieval Period or Dark Ages! This class will take us back to the time of castles, warlords, knights in battle, and catapults. We will look at the how & why castles were built and examine the types of weapons used. We will discuss how siege warfare was conducted and how armies used biological warfare even during this time period. We’ll spend some time looking into the Vikings, illuminated manuscripts, and some pretty gross jobs that people had. You will learn to weave and make candles and sample some medieval food. We will also discuss the Black Death (plague) and its impact on Europe. We may even have time to build a siege weapon!

Students will need access to Theresa’s website homeschoolingclasses.com in order to access readings and assignments.

$20.00 supplies fee covers materials for weaving, candle making, runes, castles, etc.

Students should bring writing implement and paper to class each week.

Students can expect to spend about an hour weekly on reading and/or research.

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A rainbow palette of oil pastels.Shadow, Light, and Color: Charcoal and Oil Pastels

Jennifer Floyd

Fridays at Planet Homeschool
12 January–10 May 2024
2nd Period: 10:35 AM–11:50 AM

  • for ages 12–19
  • Tuition: $240.00
  • Supplies: $45.00
  • open to 4–15 students
  • Minimum Student Date: Fri 29 Dec 2023
  • Payment Due Date: Sat 30 Dec 2023
  • Registrations accepted through: Thu 18 Jan 2024 if space is available

Explore art through charcoal and oil pastels! The class will begin by learning about tonal values using charcoal, the most basic of artistic materials - which has been used since the Paleolithic era to create some of the earliest human art. Then we will build upon this concept by adding in colors, using the vivid and versatile oil pastels.

$45.00 supplies fee covers a 48-color oil pastel set, a charcoal drawing set, and heavyweight art paper.

Students should bring a long sleeve shirt to wear as a smock. to class each week.

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3rd Period (12:30 PM–1:45 PM) — Spring 2024

ALTChain Reactions and Playful Contraptions

Peter Hoh

Fridays at Planet Homeschool
12 January–10 May 2024
3rd Period: 12:30 PM–1:45 PM

  • for ages 10–19
  • Tuition: $240.00
  • Supplies: $15.00
  • open to 6–12 students
  • Minimum Student Date: Fri 29 Dec 2023
  • Payment Due Date: Sat 30 Dec 2023
  • Registrations accepted through: Thu 18 Jan 2024 if space is available

Use the engineering design process to explore chain reactions and make playful contraptions. We will work collaboratively to build chain reaction machines out of various materials such as paper, cardboard, and wood. Then we’ll test our contraptions to analyze what works and what doesn’t and learn how we can improve them. Along the way, we will learn about simple machines (such as gears, levers, and pulleys) and discuss physics concepts (such as potential energy, friction, and momentum).

$15.00 supplies fee covers pegboard, masking tape, glue, paper, cardstock, index cards, brass fasteners, zip ties, rubber bands, and basic hardware (nuts, bolts, screws)

Students should have the fine motor skills necessary to use scissors and cut masking tape.

Students should bring safety glasses to class if they intend to use saws, drills, or similar tools in class. The use of such tools is not required, but the instructor will bring these tools for some class sessions.

While time will be provided during class for design work, some students might prefer to think about their design between class sessions. When we start making projects over multiple sessions, families will be responsible for transporting the partially-finished projects to and from PHS weekly.

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Drought in Spain: Low water level at the Yesa reservoir with a tree stump in the foreground and the bridge of the N240 state road in the background. Aragón, Spain.Climate Change Solutions

Rebekah Jorgensen

Fridays at Planet Homeschool
12 January–10 May 2024
3rd Period: 12:30 PM–1:45 PM

  • for ages 12–19
  • Tuition: $220.00
  • open to 4–15 students
  • Minimum Student Date: Fri 5 Jan 2024
  • Payment Due Date: Sat 6 Jan 2024
  • Registrations accepted: throughout the semester as long as space is available

Climate change is a complicated issue with complicated solutions. This class will explore the history and science of climate change, the politics and advocacy efforts in looking for solutions, and ways students can have an impact now and in the future. While the primary focus of this class will be on scientific topics that will touch on chemistry, biology, environmental science, and more, it will also take a holistic look that may include humanities and arts as well.

Students will be expected to complete approximately one hour of homework outside of class, primarily reading and watching exploratory videos, and will be provided with additional enrichment activities to extend the learning if desired.

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A young LARPer partially outfitted in foamsmithed armor while LARPing at Silverwood Park in Saint Anthony Village, Minnesota, USA.Foamsmith Armory

Nic Rosenau
Séa Blake

Fridays at Planet Homeschool
12 January–10 May 2024
3rd Period: 12:30 PM–1:45 PM

  • for ages 10–19
  • Tuition: $240.00
  • Supplies: $35.00
  • open to 4–10 students
  • Minimum Student Date: Fri 29 Dec 2023
  • Payment Due Date: Sat 30 Dec 2023
  • Registrations accepted through: Sat 6 Jan 2024 if space is available

Create a suit of armor, shield, boffer (sword), and hand weapons out of foam.

Essential construction materials will be provided but students may wish to bring in embellishments.

This is not a boffering class, but the rules of boffering and small unit tactics will be discussed.

$35.00 supplies fee covers all materials necessary for constructing a suit of armor.

Students should have sufficient fine motor control to safely handle hobby knives, scissors, and hot glue guns.

Students may wish to spend some time at home working on finishing up projects not completed in class.

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Women Airforce Service pilots (WASPs) Frances Green, Margaret “Peg” Kirchner, Ann Waldner and Blanche Osborn, leave their B-17 Flying Fortress aircraft, “Pistol Packin’ Mama,” during ferry training at Lockbourne Army Airfield, Ohio, USA.Women Throughout History

Theresa Redfern-Hall

Fridays at Planet Homeschool
12 January–10 May 2024
3rd Period: 12:30 PM–1:45 PM

  • for ages 12–19
  • Tuition: $240.00
  • open to 4–15 students
  • Minimum Student Date: Fri 5 Jan 2024
  • Payment Due Date: Sat 6 Jan 2024
  • Registrations accepted through: Thu 24 Jan 2024 if space is available

Throughout history, women have comprised about 50% of the human population. However, if you read history, even a little bit of history, you soon realize that women are rarely mentioned. Why is that? Well, this class will introduce you to some of history’s most amazing women as well as the impact of women in everyday life. We will look at women in Africa, China, Europe, the Americas, even the Antarctic! The dates will cover ancient history to the modern day. We will discuss the importance of women in history even though they did not receive the official acknowledgment that men received. So let’s change that and check out these women in history.

Students will need access to Theresa’s website homeschoolingclasses.com in order to access readings and assignments.

Students should bring writing implement and paper to class each week.

Students can expect to spend about an hour weekly on reading and/or research.

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A partial face looking toward gold colored 3D printed statues of a cat and a falcon.Practical 3D Printing

Mr. Daniel Hoisington

Fridays at Planet Homeschool
12 January–10 May 2024
3rd Period: 12:30 PM–1:45 PM

  • for ages 12–19
  • Tuition: $200.00
  • Supplies: $50.00
  • open to 5–15 students
  • Minimum Student Date: Fri 29 Dec 2023
  • Payment Due Date: Sat 30 Dec 2023
  • Registrations accepted through: Thu 18 Jan 2024 if space is available

Students will learn the basics of 3D printing by printing fun and useful objects. By the end of the course, students will be able to describe the process of 3D printing, know examples of its use in the world, make intelligent choices about materials, software, and printer options, and design simple objects (either for function or fantasy).

NO 3D PRINTER NECESSARY. Students will be able to submit an object each week to print for the next week. If students have a 3D printer, we will learn to use it, but it will not be necessary for the class.

$50.00 supplies fee covers 3D printing filaments and resins

Students need to spend at least 1 hour a week designing on a computer or tablet.

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Blank sketchbook with pencils and pens.Drawing

Kimberly Guedes

Fridays at Planet Homeschool
12 January–10 May 2024
3rd Period: 12:30 PM–1:45 PM

  • for ages 10–19
  • Tuition: $200.00
  • Supplies: $20.00
  • open to 3–15 students
  • Minimum Student Date: Fri 5 Jan 2024
  • Payment Due Date: Sat 6 Jan 2024
  • Registrations accepted through: Thu 18 Jan 2024 if space is available

Students will learn the fundamentals of drawing, including line, shape, form, and perspective. Students will be introduced to a variety of drawing techniques such as shading, texture, and composition. They will also have the opportunity to work with different mediums, such as colored pencils and charcoal.

$20.00 supplies fee covers drawing pad and pencils.

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4th Period (1:50 PM–3:05 PM) — Spring 2024

The Parthenon on the Athenian Acropolis.Ancient World History

Theresa Redfern-Hall

Fridays at Planet Homeschool
12 January–10 May 2024
4th Period: 1:50 PM–3:05 PM

  • for ages 12–19
  • Tuition: $240.00
  • open to 4–15 students
  • Minimum Student Date: Fri 5 Jan 2024
  • Payment Due Date: Sat 6 Jan 2024
  • Registrations accepted through: Thu 24 Jan 2024 if space is available

Utilizing the approach of looking at world history as a big picture, this class will challenge students to view world history as part of the larger patterns of historical change. From Pharaohs to the Great Wall of China, the Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire to William the Conqueror, the black death, the Renaissance, and the great civilizations of South America and everything in between students will dig into world history.

This class will focus on “nine big eras” of historical change and the patterns of Humans and the Environment, Humans and Other Humans, and Humans and Ideas.

The class incorporates primary source documents, a class “time travel” presentation, and in-class activities.

Students will need access to Theresa’s website homeschoolingclasses.com in order to access readings and assignments.

Students should bring a writing implement and paper and/or a laptop to class each week.

Students can expect to spend about an hour weekly on reading, research, and/or working on their project for presentation in class.

This full-year course is open to new students for the spring semester. The material covered during the fall semester will be available for review at homeschoolingclasses.com.

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PHS Clubs

Fridays at Planet Homeschool
12 January–10 May 2024
4th Period: 1:50 PM–3:05 PM

  • for ages 10–19
  • Registrations accepted: throughout the semester as long as space is available

a jumble of tabletop game boxes
PHS Game Club

A jumble of dice of different sizes and colors
PHS RPG Role Playing Club

Two pairs of hands holding game controllers with a video game on a screen in the background.
PHS Video Game Club

A LARPer loaded with gear heads across the footbridge at Silverwood Park during the annual game of Dragonwood LARP vs the Nature Protectors Summer Camp. 2022. Saint Anthony Village, Minnesota, USA. Photo by Nic Rosenau. All rights reserved.
PHS LARP Club

An assortment of glues, duct tape, mixing cups, crafting sticks, hobby knives, and markers with a hot glue gun. All in front of cardboard box and resting on a large green cutting mat. 2022. Photo by Nic Rosenau, CC BY-SA 4.0.
PHS Maker Club

A top-down photo of a bundle of sharpened colored pencils. 2018. Photo by Taru Huhkio on Unsplash.
PHS Art Club

<ulticolored code on a computer screen.
PHS Coding Club

Closeup of an old fashioned Olympia typewriter with a sheet paper. The top of the sheet reads News. 2020. Photo by Markus Winkler on Unsplash.
PHS News Club

Eight hands piled together with arms sleeved by a variety of colorful sweaters. 2020. Decatur, AL, USA. 2020. Photo by Hannah Busing on Unsplash.
PHS Social Club

 
PHS Clubs are open to gamers and creators of all skill levels. Those with more experience will help you learn — and learn from you in turn!

All participants must sign up for insurance and safety reasons, but all PHS Clubs are open to visits from other clubs’ participants. Maybe some days you’re in the mood to draw, other days you feel like playing Uno, another day you want to relax and chat, and sometimes you just want to curl up in a comfy chair and read a book.

It’s easy to get boisterous when having fun, so PHS Clubs participants should be mindful of each Club’s focus, their fellow students (and their belongings), the shared classroom space, and the other classes in session. If in doubt, please defer to the Onsite Volunteers.

Families of enrolled students will work together to ensure there are games to play and raw materials and tools for creating.

Parents, guardians, and caregivers of enrolled students serve as volunteer room monitors or fellow gamers and creators to ensure there are at least three adults on site every week. These are assigned as Fourth Onsite Volunteer shifts. Some students will need adult direction and assistance with making connections with their fellow students and engaging with the activities of the PHS Clubs. If you notice a student at loose ends, please step in: offer to introduce them to other students, help them find an engaging activity, or help them create a space for gaming or creating.

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Spring 2024 Online Courses

Star TYC 3203-450-1, located in the constellation of Lacerta (The Lizard), outshines galaxy NGC 7250. NASA.Astronomy

Suzanne Sensei

Thursdays Online
11 January–9 May 2024
2nd Period: 10:30 AM–11:45 AM

  • for ages 12–19
  • Tuition: $243.75
  • Supplies: $10.00
  • open to 4–15 students
  • Minimum Student Date: Fri 22 Dec 2023
  • Payment Due Date: Sat 23 Dec 2023
  • Registrations accepted through: Wed 25 Jan 2023 if space is available

This is a synchronous (real-time or live) online course. Classes will be held via Discord.

This is a 15-week (18¾-hour) Spring semester class. There will be no class on Thursday 7 March (the eighth week of PHS classes). Tuition has been adjusted to reflect this schedule.

An introduction to modern astronomy and the universe as a whole. We will start with our own solar system and venture out to explore stars, galaxies, black holes, quasars, and more. We will delve into answers to answers to big questions like: Are we alone in the universe? What exists outside our galaxy? How do stars evolve and die? What is the fate of the universe? What do we know and how do we know it? Learn about multimedia tours, online telescopes, and research tools to help you with your explorations during class and beyond.

Students should plan to spend approximately 30-45 minutes per week on online exploration or reading.

$10 supplies fee covers online telescope access.

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Wintery Bench, by Michael Oaks; Craftsmanship, by Leah Crain; and Blokus, by Nolan Boysen. Taken by Spring 2022 photography students.Photography Senior Seminar

Kathy Oaks

Thursdays Online
11 January–9 May 2024
4th Period: 2:00 PM–3:00 PM

  • for ages 14–19
  • Tuition: $150.00
  • private lessons
  • Minimum Student Date: Thu 28 Dec 2023
  • Payment Due Date: Fri 29 Dec 2023
  • Registrations accepted through: Thu 18 Jan 2024 if space is available

This is a 15-week (15-hour) Spring Semester class. There will be no class on Leap Day, Thursday 29 February 2024 (the seventh week of PHS classes). Tuition has been adjusted to reflect this schedule.

This is a synchronous (real-time or live) online course. Classes will be held via Zoom. Students will need a quiet Zoom meeting space.

For photography students who want to deepen their knowledge and focus on developing their style further. This online senior seminar, facilitated by Kathy Oaks, will help experienced photographers explore topics of interest and work on independent projects.

Students will need a good working knowledge of their camera, depth of field, and composition, and basic editing skills.

Students should have a camera, phone, or tablet that lets them take photos; an app (such as Camera+) that allows phone users to change shutter speeds, white balance, etc.

Students can expect to spend about 30 to 60 minutes weekly on homework for this course.

This full-year course is open to new students for the spring semester.

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 A bunch of colorful crayon pencils.Sibling Squad

Fridays at Planet Homeschool
Fall: 8 September–8 December 2023
Spring: 12 January–10 May 2024
1st Period: 9:15 AM–10:30 AM
2nd Period: 10:35 AM–11:50 AM
3rd Period: 12:30 PM–1:45 PM
4th Period: 1:50 PM–3:05 PM

  • Registrations accepted: throughout the semester as long as space is available

Siblings may hang out in this space for crafting and tabletop games or to work on their own homeschool assignments.

Supplies for crafting and gaming will be supplied by the families of the enrolled students and may also be donated by any PHS member.

This space is also open to PHS students who have a break between classes.

Adult supervision is provided by the families of the enrolled siblings. Families of enrolled siblings are responsible for ensuring there are at least two adults in the room at all times.

Please note that any running, skipping, jumping, throwing, climbing, dancing, etc. should be moved outside to the west lawn.

Registration will be accepted throughout the semester.

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Images
Three PHS students sign A, S, and L 2019. Photos by Nic Rosenau. CC BY-SA 4.0.
Lanterns at Senso-ji Temple in Asakusa district of Tokyo, Japan, 2016 Photo by freddie marriage on Unsplash.
A Spring 2019 Planet Homeschool Fencing class with Maria Benford. 2019. Photo by Carrie Wilder. All rights reserved. Used with permission.
Illustration of an atom. 2018. Illustration by Geralt, Public Domain, CC0, No Rights Reserved, from Pixabay via Wikimedia Commons.
Embroidery in a hoop illustrating a camping trip 2023. Photo by Trina Greene. All rights reserved. Used with permission.
Amber glass apothecary bottles, hexagonal base. Inscriptions read poison and poison bottle and show raised skulls. Picture taken under the supervision of the honorary curators of Heimatmuseum Fröndenberg, ibid. From the back chambers, not on display. 2019. Photo by Enyavar. CC BY-SA 4.0. Wikimedia Commons.
A brass compass on a dark wood table. 2018. Photo by Aaron Burden. Unsplash.
Master plan for Nanhu Eco-City in Tangshan. 2013. Image by ISA Internationales Stadtbauatelier. CC BY-SA 3.0 DE. Wikimedia Commons.
Three silver paintbrushes, one with yellow paint, one with red, and one with a mix of yellow and red. The brushes rest on a white canvas painted with a blend of red to orange to yellow. Dollops of blue, green, yellow, and red paint in the background. 2017. Photo by Anna Kolosyuk. Unsplash.
Anime festival. 2017. Photo by Linus.L Photography. CC BY-SA 2.0. Flickr.
People gathered at the Minnesota state capitol building during the Minnesota Senate debate on a same sex marriage bill. Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA. 2013. Photo by Fibonacci Blue. CC BY 2.0. Wikimedia Commons.
A student holds up a copy of a school newspaper, The Paystreak. 1954. Photo by Fairbanks High School, Fairbanks, Alaska. Public Domain. Wikimedia Commons.
A young LARPer’s cape billows in the wind as they walk away while LARPing at Silverwood Park in Saint Anthony Village, Minnesota, USA. 2016. Photo by Nic Rosenau. All rights reserved. Used with permission.
Colorful code on a laptop screen. 2018. Photo by Clément Hélardot. Unsplash.
An assortment of solutions to everyday problems. 2023. Photos by Peter Hoh. All rights reserved. Used with permission.
Courtroom in Chase County Courthouse in Imperial, Nebraska. The courthouse was constructed in 1911, in a style described as Tudor Revival or Jacobethan. It is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. 2010. Photo by Ammodramus. Public Domain. Wikimedia Commons.
Closeup on a chick nestled in the palm of a hand. 2018. Photo by DesignerVN. Unsplash.
Close up for the hands of two people about to clasp. 2020. Photo by Austin Kehmeier. Unsplash.
Stonehenge. 2007. Photo by thegarethwiscombe. CC BY-SA 2.0. Flickr.
A student in Rebekah Jorgensen’s Spring 2023 class, Topsy Turvy Tales - Collaboration in Theater and Writing. 2023. Photo by Rebekah Jorgensen. All rights reserved. Used with permission.
A jumble of tabletop game boxes. 2016. Photo by Nic Rosenau, CC BY-SA 4.0.
A jumble of dice of different sizes and colors. 2021. Photo by Nic Rosenau on Unsplash.
Two pairs of hands holding game controllers with a video game on a screen in the background. 2017. Photo by JESHOOTS.COM on Unsplash.
An assortment of glues, duct tape, mixing cups, crafting sticks, hobby knives, and markers with a hot glue gun. All in front of a cardboard box and resting on a large green cutting mat. 2022. Photo by Nic Rosenau, CC BY-SA 4.0.
A top-down photo of a bundle of sharpened colored pencils. 2018. Photo by Taru Huhkio on Unsplash.
Multicolored code on a computer screen. 2018. Photo by Florian Olivo on Unsplash.Multicolored code on a computer screen. 2018. Photo by Florian Olivo on Unsplash.
Eight hands piled together with arms sleeved by a variety of colorful sweaters. 2020. Decatur, AL, USA. Photo by Hannah Busing on Unsplash.Wintery Bench, by Michael Oaks; Craftsmanship, by Leah Crain; and Blokus, by Nolan Boysen. Taken by Spring 2022 photography students. 2022. All rights reserved. Used with permission..
Chinese abacus displaying the decimal number 2,048. Photo by Loadmaster (David R. Tribble), CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons.
Test tubes showing the different colors of bromothymol blue (from left to right: blank, pH 4, 6.2, 6.6, 7.2, 7.5, 8, and 12). 2014. Photo by Ruven Pinkhasov, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons.
Photos taken by PHS students on display at the Spring 2018 Open House and at Hamline Midway Library in Saint Paul. 2018. Photos by Nic Rosenau & Kathy Oaks respectively. All rights reserved. Used with permission.
Zombies. Design by Gan Khoon Lay. Licensed from The Noun Project.
A foggy early morning at Lake Bled, Slovenia, with a rowboat at the dock in the foreground and Bled Island’s Church of the Mother of God on the Lake in the background. 2017. Photo by Artem Sapegin. Unsplash.
Artwork by Natali Jorgensen. All rights reserved. Used with permission.
Two students in Rebekah Jorgensen's Spring 2023 class, Topsy Turvy Tales - Collaboration in Theater and Writing. 2023. Photo by Rebekah Jorgensen. All rights reserved. Used with permission.
Collection of shells, feather, sponge, bone, and more. 2021. Photo by Kathy Oaks. All rights reserved. Used with permission.
An iPad running the RoughAnimator app (with a drawing of a cat’s face) surrounded by a pen, colored pencils, paper, a pencil sharpener, and a drawing tablet. 2023. Photo by Mike Zugschwert. All rights reserved. Used with permission.
Joan of Arc enters Orléans. 1887. Painting by Jean-Jacques Scherrer. Public Domain. Wikimedia Commons.
A rainbow palette of oil pastels. 2021. Photo by Kai Tremblay. Unsplash.
From the Mathe-AC Lernwerkstatt in Aachen: The doll has a length from the soles of the feet to the top of the head of about 30 cm. The lever beam has a total length of 52 cm and a mass of 28.6 grams. A 100-gram brass weight has its center about 10 cm from the fulcrum. The doll counters the brass weight with its left arm at a distance of about 20 cm where a necessary force of roughly 0.20 Newton was measured with a spring balance. Around 1.0 Newton would be needed to support 100 grams without a lever. 2021. Photo by Rhetos, CC0, via Wikimedia Commons.
Drought in Spain: Low water level at the Yesa reservoir with a tree stump in the foreground and the bridge of the N240 state road in the background. Aragón, Spain. 2016. Photo by Basotxerri. CC BY-SA 4.0. Wikimedia Commons.
A young LARPer partially outfitted in foamsmithed armor while LARPing at Silverwood Park in Saint Anthony Village, Minnesota, USA. 2016. Photo by Nic Rosenau. All rights reserved. Used with permission.
Women Airforce Service pilots (WASPs) Frances Green, Margaret “Peg” Kirchner, Ann Waldner and Blanche Osborn, leave their B-17 Flying Fortress aircraft, “Pistol Packin’ Mama,” during ferry training at Lockbourne Army Airfield, Ohio, USA. 1944. Photo by U.S. Air Force. Public Domain. Wikimedia Commons.
A partial face looking toward gold colored 3D printed statues of a cat and a falcon. 2023. Photo by Daniel Hoisington. All rights reserved. Used with permission.
Blank sketchbook with pencils and pens. 2019. Photo by Kamila Maciejewska. Unsplash.
The Parthenon on the Athenian Acropolis. 2018. Photo by Parthenon. CC BY-SA 2.0. Wikimedia Commons.
A LARPer loaded with gear heads across the footbridge at Silverwood Park during the annual game of Dragonwood LARP vs the Nature Protectors Summer Camp. 2022. Saint Anthony Village, Minnesota, USA. Photo by Nic Rosenau. All rights reserved.
Closeup of an old-fashioned Olympia typewriter with a sheet paper. The top of the sheet reads “News.” 2020. Photo by Markus Winkler on Unsplash
Star TYC 3203-450-1, located in the constellation of Lacerta (The Lizard), outshines galaxy NGC 7250. NASA.
A bunch of colorful crayon pencils, 2020. Photo by Alexander Grey on Unsplash.

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