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Session 2 Winter Class Catalog

10:00-10:50 First Period

K-2

Magic Treehouse

(Shelly Rauscher)

FREE

Literature based reading class using the Magic Tree House series books. Students follow along in their book while listening to audio version (example: Dad Read to Me/Youtube) followed by language arts activities or hands on activities. We'll further explore and have fun using the Magic Tree House Fact Tracker. Packets/materials are included in class fee. Students must come to class with a copy of books 3-5 (#3 Mummies in the Morning, #4 Pirates Past Noon, #5 Night of the Ninjas). A fact tracker for each book is recommended, but not required. Recommended high fluency reading level with ability to decode (ability to follow along with book while read aloud.) Books read in class, no homework required, though students may re-read passages at home for extra practice.

K-2

Creativity Class

(Kiara Marshall)

$3

Students will be presented with materials to express their inner creativity including STEM challenges.

K-2

What is a Desert?  Desert Conservation

(Kacey Shaughnessy)

FREE

This class teaches students about our local desert. We will learn what a desert is, what kinds of plants and animals live here (and how they interact with one another), conservation and protection, and of course - water! In addition to learning about the biotic and abiotic components of our desert community, we will also practice exploration, data collection, and observation skills with age appropriate activities, games, and experiments

K-2

Yoga Art Fusion

(Cassidy Barbeau and Christina McMahon)

$5

Blending traditional yoga with creative art projects to inspire children to be mindful and imaginative in daily life.  We will be learning meditative techniques, yoga postures, creating calming bottles and other yoga crafts, and taking ‘trips’ to the very special Secret Garden in the mind.

3-5

Games Around the World

(Julie Eelkema)

FREE

In this class we will be learning about and playing games from other countries. These games will give us an opportunity to study other cultures and languages. A few of our stops will include Greece to play Statues (tag), Sumatra to play Semut, Orang, Gajah (similar to rock, paper, scissors), and Ghana to play Pilolo (a searching game).

3-5

Fraction Concepts

(Gayle Olson)

FREE

Fractions become a foundation of math. Let's learn tricks to master working with them. We will learn about equal fractions, common factors, simplifying fractions, Division rules, multiplying /dividing fractions and finally the wacky rules of adding and subtracting them. Our work will be based out of the Keys to Fractions  book 2 by Steven Rasmussen https://www.rainbowresource.com/proddtl.php?id=006055 $5.80 - please bring this book to class. A basic understanding of fraction concepts and multiplication division will be helpful.  If you want to extend this to home learning I would suggest getting all 4 books https://www.rainbowresource.com/proddtl.php?id=FRACMP $30.95

3-5

Anatomy

(Briana Loy)

$5

Anatomy we will explore the basics of human anatomy including anatomical terminology, basic biochemistry, cells and tissues, skeletal, muscular/nervous, cardiovascular, lymphatic/immune, respiratory, and digestive system.

Through hands on projects and activities.

3-5

World Culture

FREE

Let's travel the world together and learn about the people and culture of different parts of our beautiful wondrous planet.

3-8

Crochet

$5

Learn how to crochet, or build on what you already know!

6-8

Geology

(Jenny Combs)

FREE

Creationist author Dr. John Morris takes the reader on a tour of the earth's crust, describing all of the components, explaining earthquakes, mountains, volcanoes, geysers, and so much more.   Please Purchase the study guide and workbook-   The Geology Book: Study Guide and Workbook (Wonders of Creation)

6-8

P.E.

(Ashley Nickolopoulos)

FREE

Let's get moving!!! This class will offer a variety of workout methods, including: games, competitions, and circuit training. Please make sure that closed toed shoes and clothes that you can move in are worn to class.

6-12

Debate

FREE

Students will engage in different types of debates and critical thinking exercises. Research homework will be assigned to better prepare for upcoming debates. You will need a small folder for printouts, paper, & something to write with.

Please note: Class is open to returning students first, (this includes previous year students) and new students will be added as space allows. All students will be placed on a wait list during registration and will be manually added and notified.

6-12

Continuing Beginning Violin

VENDOR: $70
*Inspire funds may be used

This is a continuing violin class.

We will work on technique, strong sound production, intonation and add on to our repertoire of pieces. More note reading practice and duets to come.

9-12

Independent Art

(Kristin Van Valkenburgh)

FREE

Independent Art for High School students. Students may work on their own projects while in class. Examples include - but are not limited to - art journals, assemblage art pieces, paintings, colleges, drawings and / or digital art.

9-12

PE (for PE Haters)

FREE

PE can actually be fun! Let’s do some new and uncommon activities outside. You won’t even notice the exercise. In past classes we have flown kites, played trash can frisbee, twister and lawn darts.  You never know what crazy thing is coming next!





 

11:00-11:50 Second Period

Kinder

Bright Beginners

(Jessica Scheefer and Pam Bibo)

$5

Each week read a Dr.Seuss book activities to follow

K-2

Pete the Cat

(Addy Perez and Kim Knorr)

$3

We will be reading a series of Pete the Cat books and then completing an activity and craft.

K-2

Waldorf Math

(Renee Wegner)

Purchase Supplies

Waldorf inspired math: A combination of arithmetic, storytelling and art.

 

Please have your student bring these supplies:

 

Suggested Main Lesson Book:

https://achildsdream.com/main-lesson-or-drawing-book-medium-wide

 

Or you can easily make your own Main Lesson Book.

Here’s a simple tutorial:

https://www.pepperandpine.com/?p=404

 

Stick crayons:

Regular Crayola crayons will work just fine. We will be drawing a lot and using quality material can make a difference. We love Stockmar crayons and I recommend them to everyone. Here is a link if you choose to get them.

https://www.amazon.com/Stockmar-Beeswax-Block-Crayons-Set/dp/B000M02MNG

K-2

Guided Art

(Sarah Pena)

$10

Create a new art project/ painting each week to take home and treasure forever. Similar to a painting party, I will guide each student through the step by step process from drawing, mixing colors, and paint strokes to create their own masterpiece.

K-5

Music Fun

(Debbie Klak-Amador)

VENDOR: $70
*Inspire funds may be used

We will be clapping rhythms and moving to different beats, exploring boomwhackers, singing songs, learning Solfege ( ear training/hand signals) and listening and learning to recognize how different instruments sound. Each child will be able to play string, wind, brass and percussion instruments throughout the session giving them all a basic introduction to sounds, rhythm and music.

3-5

Games Galore

(Julie Eelkema)

FREE

Let's get together and play some fun games! Card games, dice games, board games, and party games...Blink, Tenzi, Sorry, Apples to Apples...and so many more.

3-5

No Bake Sweet Treats

(Jenny Johnson)

$15

Quick and easy ways to make desserts! We will be making things like cookie dough brownie bites, snickerdoodle milk shakes, Nutella bars, rock candy and more!

3-5

Fairy Tale Writing

(Lori Anderson)

$2

Love fairytales?  In this class we will read some familiar fairy tales and then retell it in two ways: visually and orally (transcribed narration or written by the student).  The retellings will go into a fairy tale book that the student will create to keep.  Students will need pencils; crayons, colored pencils or markers, scissors and glue.

3-5

Paper Airplanes: An Investigation in Flight

(Tina Escobar)

FREE

Scientific Method and Paper Airplanes- use the scientific method to learn about the concepts of flight.

 

Your students will learn about the scientific method and the concepts of flight including:

lift

drag/air resistance

air pressure

thrust

gravity

Bernoulli's Principle

quantitative data

qualitative data

and more!!!

6-8

Life Science and Zoology

(Danielle Foley)

$15

Join us as we study all about animals!

Week 1 - Mammals

Week 2 - Birds & Fish

Week 3 - Amphibians & Reptiles

Week 4 - Arthropods

Week 5 - Invertebrates

Week 6 - Simple Organisms

Week 7 - Recap and Presentations

Life Science II: Animal Science/ Zoology class will consist of teacher instruction/video, diagrams, and hands-on as well as written activities. We’ll dissect an owl pellet, a frog, and an earthworm! We’ll make a model of a spider/scorpion. Last, but not least, we’ll view simple organisms with a microscope! All students are required to bring a binder with dividers. We’ll be adding to the binder throughout the session.  Make sure to design and personalize your binder cover before the first day of class! Bring basic school supplies weekly (pencil, colored pencils, glue stick, scissors).

6-8

Game of Life

(Holly Gallito and Shelly Rauscher)

$6

This game is similar to the game Life, however it is much more interactive. Students will be doing many hands on activities that will develop their thinking skills about  money, budgeting, and life. From keeping a running ledger, saving money, to balancing life necessities with pleasures, students will be making choices and learning financial skills every week in a fun interactive way.

6-8

THIS CLASS HAS MOVED TO 4TH HOUR

Book Club/Novel Study: A Wrinkle in Time

(Susan Piron)

PURCHASE BOOK

THIS CLASS HAS MOVED TO 4TH HOUR

 

6-12

ASB

(Ashley Nickolopoulos)

FREE

This course/program is designed to empower students to become effective leaders on campus and in their own community. Students will explore various components of what it means to be an effective group member and leader through planning and implementing activities, programs, and events for DVCLC students. This class is intended for students that are willing to give their time during class, sometimes lunch, and time outside of co op. We have great enthusiasm for this class but those that sign up, need to know that it is a class that takes a lot of participation and time. Please only sign up for this class if you are willing to put in the effort, I want to make sure we only fill spots with those students that understand and are excited about what is asked of them.

6-12

Plan It

(Amanda Yeager-Leonard)

Purchase supplies

Part bullet-journaling, part sketchbook, part goal planning, part scrapbook, part positive intention setting, part inspiration/mood board, part doodle diary, complete creative outlet & planner creation for students who can handle this sometimes free-form independent hour by staying on task while having fun.

 

Required supplies: blank or composition book & writing utensil.

(additional fancy journal/sketchbook/diary, Washi tapes, art supplies, brush pens, etc. welcomed, but not required)

9-12

Medal of Honor

(Christine Fernandez)

FREE

The Medal of Honor Character Development is a resource to provide students with opportunities to explore the important concepts of courage, commitment, sacrifice, patriotism, integrity and citizenship and how these values can be exemplified in daily life.  Students will be required to participate in class discussion and will be challenged with individual and class assignments.   http://www.cmohs.org/

9-12

British Literature

(Karen Cardon)

Purchase Books

Delve into some of great British literature! In this year-long class we will be covering: Animal Farm, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, The Hobbit, Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats, A Tale of Two Cities, The Invisible Man, and Sense and Sensibility. There will be outside reading, and in-class discussions.  
This session we will be reading OLD POSSUM'S BOOK OF PRACTICAL CATS, and A TALE OF TWO CITIES.  PLEASE HAVE YOUR BOOKS BEFORE THE SESSION BEGINS.

9-12

Conversational Spanish

(Roxanne Huebscher)

FREE

Learn the basics of conversation in Spanish! We will learn basic social vocabulary and practice Spanish using fun games and activities.






 

1:00-1:50 Third Period

K-2

American Girl

(Lauren Ofstedahl)

$5

Come and learn about our country's past through the eyes of American Girls! We will cover two American Girls by reading one of each of their books, learning about their time period/history, doing crafts, playing games, and having tea parties.

K-2

Astronomy

(Jenny Combs and Michelle Galaz)

FREE

Your students will have a blast learning about the solar system!

K-2

Beginning Spanish

(Jocie Cabrera)

FREE

Beginning Spanish

K-2

Crazy Kid Concoctions

(Jenny Johnson)

$12

Art meets science in this hands on class. Students will have the chance to concoct fun art supplies like paint, dough and paste. We will make things like puffy paint, Kool-Aid Play Doh, Bouncing Bubbles and much more!

2-5

Continuing Violin

(Debbie Klak-Amador)

VENDOR: $70
*Inspire funds may be used

This is a continuing class for our young beginning violinists.

We will learn new notes, review the once we have learned and add new songs to our repertoire.

We will add some note reading as well and continue working on making strong clear sounds.

3-5

Story of the World

(Robi Frederick)

$5

New and continuing students are welcome! We are continuing our adventure through the Story of the World book (Volume 3: Early Modern Times). We will be working our way through Chapters 15-28, covering 2 chapters per week. Students will read/listen to the chapters at home. In class, we will map locations where the historical events are taking place, review what we read, as well as play games, sample food, and complete craft projects that go along with the chapters. A new student, who would like to join, could easily listen the chapters from session 1, during break (the audiobooks are enjoyable to listen to!) or could just join the class and start where we are at.

3-5

Art

(Briana Loy)

$10

Art. Introduces students to the materials, techniques, and concepts, through a series of projects.

3-8

Mythbusters

(Paul Barbeau)

$6

Mythbusters is an exciting class loosely based on the hit TV show, utilizing the scientific method to create and test hypotheses and record our data, all while completing fun, hands-on science experiments.  Most of this class will be held outside.  Students are required to bring composition notebook to first day of class.

3-8

Fiber Arts Independent Lab

(Loisa Bartlett)

FREE

Fiber Arts Lab (independent study)

Prerequisite: Knowledge and at least an intermediate level ability in your chosen craft.

Calling all fiber artisans!  If you love to crochet, knit, embroider, cross stitch, needle felt, or create anything with fiber, this lab is for you!

The facilitators of this class will be there to help keep you focused on whatever fiber craft you choose to bring.  There will be no syllabus or teacher agenda.  This is a time for you to spend working on the project of your choosing.  We will enjoy crafting as we quietly sit and listen to soothing music and complete our projects.

6-8

Drama: Monologues!

(Kristin Van Valkenburgh)

FREE

Monologues! This class is for our older Drama students who are interested in delving deeper into character work and advancing their knowledge of the theater. We will be working on two Monologues (a speech presented by a single character) each - one comedic and one dramatic - and will choose one to perform at the end of the session, via a private YouTube video that will be shared with DVCLC.

6-8

Desert Conservation

(Kacey Shaughnessy)

FREE

This class teaches students about our local deserts. We will learn what a desert is, what kinds of plants and animals live here (and how they interact with one another), conservation and protection, and of course - water! In addition to learning about the biotic and abiotic components of our desert community, we will also practice exploration, data collection, and observation skills with age appropriate activities, games, and experiments.

6-12

Say What?

(Debbi Garcia)

FREE

Speaking with confidence is an essential part of life. From job interviews to common greetings, it is important to understand how to speak with confidence. In Say What?, students will learn the key fundamentals of public speaking in a fun and creative way. Fun exercises will give students comical examples of what not to do and then allow them the chance to learn how to speak effectively in front of others. This class will have HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENTS as students will need to prepare some brief to be presented in class. Debbi Garcia will be teaching the class. Debbi loves public speaking; she speaks regularly at a variety of women's events and will use personal experiences from her speaking engagements to help kids overcome common obstacles of public speaking.

9-12

Mock Trials

(Heather McCue and Christine Fernandez)

 

Class will teach children to analyze values and character in the lives of others as well as their own within the framework of the judicial process. The mock trials will present a forum for teamwork using a challenging and creative process.






 

2:00-2:50 Fourth Period

K-2

Fairy Tale Writing

(Lori Anderson)

$2

Love fairytales?  In this class we will read some familiar fairy tales and then retell it in two ways: visually and orally (transcribed narration or written by the student).  The retellings will go into a fairy tale book that the student will create to keep.  Students will need pencils; crayons, colored pencils or markers; scissors and glue.

K-2

Plant Science

(Lorena Sarrouf)

FREE

Students will learn about the life cycle of plants through visuals, charts, videos, and hands-on science and writing activities. This plant unit includes reading comprehension, vocabulary, art, thinking maps, and graphic organizers.  Students will write about science as they complete their own foldable flower booklet. Inside the booklet, students write to define, label, research, and explain after each lesson.

K-2

Legos

(Sherry Galvan)

FREE

Fun building with legos

K-5

Toyhouse Workshop

(Amanda Yeager-Leonard)

$40

Toyhouse Workshop is every arty/crafty kids’ dream! Kids will use their artistic licenses to outfit their wooden house however they see fit. What would you like to make yours into: A firehouse? A haunted house? A treehouse? A schoolhouse? A bed & breakfast? A pet hospital?

Together we will sketch out our design, build a pre-fab wooden house (approx 2ft x 2ft, with 4 interior rooms), and work on painting and decorating it to completion for students to take home to keep. The house can be wall-mounted if you so chose.

Fee includes take-home house & in-class supplies. Some basic crafting items will need to be brought in from home including acrylic paints of your choice.

Week 1: Blueprints

Week 2: build

Week 3: paint interior

Week 4: Wallpaper interior

Week 5, 6 & 7 paint exterior, additional wall decor, furniture crafts, etc

K-12

Chess

(Rick Simms)

VENDOR:
$50

Our chess program is designed to teach children a fun game and great life principles. Most electronic games, TV and Internet dull our children’s minds, while exposing them to instant gratification, quick fixes and easy answers. Chess delivers the exact opposite. Our instructors teach patience, concentration, planning, calculation, values and more. Hands-on play will bring sportsmanship, strategies and sharp tactics including pins, traps and double attacks. Planning in the opening, middlegame and endgame will offer your child different ideas, concepts and solutions. Notation and the use of clocks for intermediate-advanced players will prepare them for competition tournaments.  A minimum of 12 students are needed or class will be canceled. Chess boards will be provided during class.

Please bring cash or check payable to Rick Simms on the first day of class.

 

 3-5

Audiobook: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

(Victoria Kohfeld)

 

 FREE

Listen and learn! Use your imagination and be transported to the wonderful world of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis. 

3-5

Fun with Poems

(Addy Perez)

$3

We will be focusing on poems and stories from shel Silverstein. We will be doing class activities, reading and discussing his work.

3-5

Reading and Reasoning

(Nelson Amador)

PURCHASE BOOK

Beginning Reasoning and Comprehension Skills: Based on Joanna Carlisle's Workbook, "Reasoning & Reading," (available for purchase or preview on Amazon). An introduction to critical thinking and reading. Concepts such as Categories, Definitions, Analogies, Comparison, Following Directions, Order, Cause & Effect and the like will be introduced and worked on.

This is a continuing class but new students are welcome.

3-5

International Dance

(Christina McMahon)

$3

Each week we will discover a new dance technique from around the world! We will play music, dance and learn some fun facts about the dance and its origin. I can’t wait to dance around the world together!

6-8

Book Club/ Novel Study

A Wrinkle In Time

(Susan Piron)

Purchase Book

It was a dark and stormy night.  On this night a strange visitor beckons three children to come on a most dangerous and extraordinary adventure – one that will threaten their lives and our universe.

Join us as we read and discuss two chapters each week from the Newberry Medal award winning book “A Wrinkle in Time”.  
We will be reading two chapters each week and will culminate with a themed party on our last day.
 

6-8

Poetry with Spanish

(Eulalia)

FREE

We will begin with a little information about poetry facts. Then we'll share thoughts, watch a video or have moment to reflect and be inspired. We'll be making our poems to translate it to Spanish if desired.

6-8

Medal of Honor

(Christine Fernandez)

FREE

The Medal of Honor Character Development is a resource to provide students with opportunities to explore the important concepts of courage, commitment, sacrifice, patriotism, integrity and citizenship and how these values can be exemplified in daily life.  Students will be required to participate in class discussion and will be challenged with classroom group assignments. http://www.cmohs.org/  *Please note some vignettes (videos) will have actual war footage or colorful language. Students should be mature enough to handle serious topics and discussions.

6-12

Say What?

(Debbi Garcia)

FREE

Speaking with confidence is an essential part of life. From job interviews to common greetings, it is important to understand how to speak with confidence. In Say What?, students will learn the key fundamentals of public speaking in a fun and creative way. Fun exercises will give students comical examples of what not to do and then allow them the chance to learn how to speak effectively in front of others. This class will have HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENTS as students will need to prepare some brief to be presented in class. Debbi Garcia will be teaching the class. Debbi loves public speaking; she speaks regularly at a variety of women's events and will use personal experiences from her speaking engagements to help kids overcome common obstacles of public speaking.

9-12

Biology

(Karen Cardon)

FREE

In this year long class we will be exploring the wonders of Creation through videos, labs, virtual dissections, and some outside reading.  This session we will be covering Aquatic, Avian, and Land Animals.