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Session 1 Fall 2018 Class Catalog

10:00-10:50 First Period

K-2

Creative Writing and Illustration Fun
(Christie Nelson and Kirsten Seastrand)

FREE

Beginner creative writing class for your littles! Each week we will have a different theme (examples: kindness, honeybees, outer space, etc.) We will read inspiring stories and then children will write and illustrate their own short stories each week. As they write, we will work on spelling, grammar, handwriting, and illustrations on a personal basis. It will be a great blend of inspiration, creativity, educational skills, and fun.

K-2

STEM Exploration

(Ann Thompson)

FREE

Each week we will explore a different STEM concept (plant science, engineering, math sentences, etc.) by reading a fiction book and doing a corresponding activity

 

K-2

World Geography

(Lauren Ofstedahl)

FREE

Come explore with us as we develop map skills while learning the continents, major countries, oceans, and other bodies of water. We will be using activities out of Evan-Moor Beginning Geography as well as other supplementary books and games.

 

K-2

NEW!!!
Fun Physical Education

(Bethany Moore)

FREE

Fun Physical Education class which will include warming up, stretches, games, and various recreational activities

K-2

NEW!!!
Mad Science
(Karen Cardon and Gina Cardon)

FREE

Learn how to hypothesize and observe as we conduct crazy and fun experiments! Following directions, learning science safety and vocabulary, and practice in recording information about our experiments will also be a major part of our class.

 

 

3-5

Plant Based Cooking

(Kiara Marshall and Addy Perez)

FREE

Students will learn to make healthy plant based meals, smoothies, and more! Students will also learn the health benefits of eating whole foods.

 

3-5

Animal Adaptations

(Danielle Friend)

$3

Calling all bioengineers! Using different materials and your imagination your challenge will be to design and construct a brand new animal to live in a particular environment each week. (Arctic Circle, Rainforest, Desert, Mountains, Ocean, Wetlands). We will be learning about these environments and will also be doing some animal adaptation experiments.

 

3-5

Waldorf Inspired Math

(Renee Wegner)

FREE

Learning math concepts through stories and art. Our focus will be carrying/borrowing, early measures, number relationships, introduction into fractions, math games and riddles too!

3-8

Field and Flag Sports

(Paul Barbeau)

FREE

Learning and playing basic sports skills- from
football, soccer to kickball
and capture the flag.

3-8

Musical Theater

(Julie Eelkema)

FREE

If you love to sing and dance; this is the class for you. We will be learning to perform a routine to the song Jet Set. We will also decorate a t-shirt to be worn as our dance costume. (Singing and dancing experience is welcome, but not required.)

6-8

Basic Finance

(Keanu and Nicole Martinez)

FREE

Basic financial concepts such as: budgeting, basic taxes, w-2 self-employment, insurances and their purpose, loans investing, giving, spending, debt: good vs. bad, college debt & scholarships, allowance.

6-8

Creative Journaling

(Kristen Wollen)

FREE

Creative journaling is a creative outlet for teens who love to draw, write or color to express themselves on paper with the freedom of a blank page. We will explore writing prompts, drawing prompts, Bible journaling and different tools along with sharing ideas to journal. This class encourages independent thinking win a stress-free zone. A journal is included in this class along with different tools. You may bring your own journaling Bible or supplies you’d like to use for your journal.

6-12

Independent Art

(Kristin Van Valkenburgh)

FREE

Independent Art is a self-paced, self-directed art class for Middle and High School students. Bring your supplies, join your friends and listen to music as you sketch, draw and create your way through the hour. All dry media - including digital art - is welcome.
The instructor is happy to discuss projects, offer advice, share art tips and techniques and/or leave you entirely alone. This is your class, and your time to create.

9-12

Video Production

(Stuart Smith)

$10

We will learn some of the basic principles, approaches, and technical aspects of video / film production. We will cover the basics of communicating a message or telling a story visually. Students will work on a project creating, editing, and showing their work.

A video recording device is recommended for practice or out of classroom work. This can include a phone with video recording capabilities, camera or dslr camera with video recording capabilities, and / or a video camera.
IF Possible, please bring your recorder on the first day of class.

 

 

 

11:00-11:50 Second Period

K-2

Grow Your Character

(Kirsten Seastrand and Christie Nelson)

FREE

Let’s learn about and grow our character traits! (Some examples of these character traits are generosity, gratitude, positive self worth, etc). Each week we will focus on a new trait and do an art activity or a service project that exemplifies that character trait. Children will role play, use teamwork and their creative minds to further develop and enjoy learning these character traits!
Fee will cover supplies for art activities and service projects

K-2

Going on Vacation

(Jessica Scheefer)

FREE

We’re going on a trip not just one but 6. Come join the fun as we venture to some exciting places

 

 

K-2

Waldorf Inspired Math
(Renee Wegner)

FREE

Learning math concepts and form drawing through stories and art.

 

 

 

K-2

2nd Class Added!!!
Plants and Animals of the Amazon Rainforest
(Michelle Galaz)

FREE

A fun and informative adventure through the Amazon Rainforest learning about plants, animals, and the many wonders of the forest. This class will include some reading, writing, crafts, and games.

 

 

 

 

 

K-2

Draw Write Now

(Morgie McKnight and Eulalia Dominguez)

FREE

Students will be learning to draw the subjects and the background, practice handwriting.

 

 

 

 

K-5

Mindful Monkeys Yoga
Desert Dragonfly Yoga

(Cassidy and Christina)

VENDOR

$80

Mindful Monkeys is a very unique children’s yoga class that blends Asana (yoga poses) with lively songs, yoga games, breathing techniques, and guided meditation to help children connect their mind and body. The tools learned in this class equip kids to handle life with grace, peace, and joy. A deep love for yoga naturally grows with them as they delve deeper into their own personal practice with the guidance of sparkly yoga fairies, aka Teachers Cassidy & Christina, of Desert Dragonfly Yoga.
A yoga mat is required.

 

3-5

Art

(Amor Miller and Briana Loy)

$5

We will be doing some fun art projects with kids.

 

 

 

3-5

Magic Mystery Box

(Tina Escobar)

FREE

The Magic Mystery Box is an eclectic collection of various creative projects. You never know what the box will contain until we open it up in class. Examples of past projects are colorful Duct tape flowers, origami, and acrylic painting, Quilling... New ideas are in the box this session, though we will revisit some of the favorites from the past.

3-5

Mystery of History: Ancient History

(Robi Frederick)

FREE

Your students will begin discovering the "Mystery of History," starting from the beginning of time. I will be teaching from the Mystery of History Curriculum, Volume 1 during all three sessions, so you can easily use this to cover history for the year. You will need to purchase Volume 1 book or audiobook. Students will be expected to read their assigned chapters before coming to class. I will provide an outline prior to the start of the session. There are 36 weeks outlined in the table of contents, so we will spread the extra weeks out during our breaks, so that we can complete the entire curriculum by the end of the year. We will start on "Week 3" of the curriculum, so you will want to listen to weeks 1-3 before the first day of co-op (However, our class will start on week 3 during our class time). Therefore, session 1 will cover weeks 3-10 in the table of contents. In class, we will review material, look at geographical locations, as well as complete related activities that support what students have read. Most of all, we will have fun learning about history! I would encourage you to read the description of this curriculum: https://www.themysteryofhistory.com/history-curriculum/#volumeI. This curriculum includes Biblical history.

 

3-5

Voice/Music Theory

$5

This class will teach children how to sing and read scales. We will go over proper breathing, learn how to read notes, chords, keys, scales and sing harmonies.

 

 

3-8

Drawing the Books of the Bible

(Erin Lafferty)

FREE

Create drawings that represent several books of the Bible while we study the Word.

 

 

 

 

6-8

Plant Based Meals

(Addy Perez and Kiara Marshall)

FREE

Let’s learn about healthy foods that you can eat straight from the earth. Healthy food doesn’t have to boring it can be fun, tasty and best of all good for you. We will be making different smoothies each week and learning the benefits of each ingredient. We will also be making fun snacks using veggies and fruits and learning how to meal prep.

6-12

ASB

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.

9-12

Basic Finance

FREE

Basic financial concepts such as: budgeting, basic taxes, w-2 self-employment, insurances and their purpose, loans investing, giving, spending, debt: good vs. bad, college debt & scholarships, allowance.

9-12

Chemistry

(Danielle Foley)

FREE

This first session of Chemistry will cover 1) Atomic Theory, 2)Periodic Law and 3) molecular formulas and will include some mathematical applications. Concepts will be taught and reviewed in class via different mediums (video, reading, games, discussion, group work/study, or short teaching). In order to accommodate a variety of high school students, this class is designed as topic-based, not curriculum based, and will either compliment student’s use of their own chemistry curriculum that best suits their needs at home, or function as a stand alone co-op chemistry class. Students should bring a spiral notebook for notes.

9-12

canceled

Shocking and Scary Short Stories

 

This class has been canceled.

 

 

 

 

 

1:00-1:50 Third Period

K-2

Herb Fairies
(Cassidy Barbeau and Christina McMahon)

$4

Based on the incredibly in depth Herb Fairies series, we will be learning about different herbs as told in beautiful tales with Fairies. We will delve deeper into herbs with hands on activities such as planting an herb, creating a fairy garden, using herbs to create healing medicines, and how to use herbs in food treats. Sure to be a blast with excellent knowledge to boot!

K-2

Storybook Cooking

(Jennifer Pollard)

FREE

We will be reading If you give a mouse a cookie series each week, and cook or decorate the food that goes along with the story :)

 

 

K-2

7 Habits of Happy Kids

(Josie Cabrera)

FREE

Learning about building good habits through stories and crafts.

 

 

K-2

Plants and Animals of the Amazon Rainforest
(Michelle Galaz)

FREE

A fun and informative adventure through the Amazon Rainforest learning about plants, animals, and the many wonders of the forest. This class will include some reading, writing, crafts, and games.

 

 

3-5

Global Folktales

(Addy Perez and Kim Knorrl)

FREE

In this class we dive into global folktales and cultural retellings of common fairy tales.. Students can flex reading comprehension muscles while discussing writing styles, creative use of language, story structure and mythological themes. We will combine a project from our story that illustrates culture, geography, and craft techniques of the region. Students should arrive prepared to focus and engage as projects demand some skill level and literary content is rich and complex.

3-5

Going West

(Jenny Combs)

FREE

Join in the expedition led by Lewis and Clark to explore the unknown western regions of America at the beginning of the nineteenth century.. We will be doing some lapbook work so please have students bring scissors, glue, tape, coloring pencils and a smile ;)

 

3-5

Weather Chasers
(Margarita Bonin-Cardenas and Sherry Galvan)

$5

Let’s become weather chasers and learn about storms like tornadoes, thunder and lightning, hurricanes, hailstorm, etc. We will be recreating some of the storms.

 

 

 

 

 

3-5

Spanish

(Lorena Sarrouf)

FREE

Students will experience and learn basics of the Spanish language through songs, videos, stories, and games.

 

6-8

S’moore Smoothies

(Bethany Moore)

FREE

Junior high level health class teaching the benefits of juice & smoothies including different vitamins & mineral identification from vegetables & fruits.

 

6-12

Beginning Drama

(Kristin Van Valkenburgh)

FREE

Beginning Drama is offered to Middle and High School students, and will cover the basics of theater history, theater terms, theater games, improvisational exercises, acting techniques, character development and Pantomiming. Students will practice and perform the following throughout the session: Pantomime to music, 2-3 person skits and individual acting exercises. All kind & supportive creatives welcome!

 

6-12

What Did You Say?

(Debbi Garcia)

FREE

Don't miss Public Speaking with a twist. In this class, you will learn more about the crazy art of communication. Junior High and High School students are faced with a wide variety of situations that require good communication skills. Whether it's a job interview, a college entrance interview, a scholarship video, a fundraiser, or a need to gain support or rally a cause, the ability to communicate with confidence is definitely a skill that is needed. Fun games, interesting videos, and of course REAL LIFE PRACTICE speaking in front of others will all be included in this course. Each week, students will be given a different assignment to complete at home and present in class the following week. Yes, there is homework (not a ton, but it is mandatory to prepare so you are ready to present in class). Please do not sign up for this class if you are unwilling to prepare your presentations at home. (A level playing field, where all students participate, is necessary for this class to succeed.)

 

9-12

 

CANCELED

Card Making

 

THIS CLASS HAS BEEN CANCELED

9-12

Chemistry Lab

FREE

This lab portion of chemistry will include conducting FUN and AMAZING experiments while applying proper laboratory safety practices. In this chemistry lab we will use the scientific method and will practice writing lab reports with emphasis on the importance of recording details and data thoroughly, carefully, and accurately. Students will need to provide their own vinyl apron, safety goggles, gloves, and a lab book that will be used the entire year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

2:00-2:50 Fourth Period

K-2

Legos

(Sherry Galvan)

FREE

Fun with Legos

 

 

K-2

Tea Party and Etiquette

(Heather Siani and Nikcole Moniz)

FREE

We will be learning etiquette and all about tea parties! Crafts, poems, and treats

 

 

 

 

K-2

Story Crafts

(Lauren Ofstedahl)

FREE

Each week we will read a story and do a related craft.

 

 

K-2

Let’s Play Games Together

(Joanna Kelley)

FREE

Have fun with all kinds of educational games such as Junior Monopoly, Junior Scrabble, Dominos blocks and cards, Zingo, Story Cubes, Appletters, Board and card games.

 

 

2-12

Beginning Guitar

VENDOR

$80

Intro to Guitar

This class will teach your child everything introductory to learning guitar. In this 8 week session we will learn how to tune a guitar, how to read guitar music, learning the difference between acoustic and electric guitars, and many 3 string chords that will allow you to play a variety of songs, learn how to pick and play a few songs along with many other things. Any type of 6 string guitar is acceptable. Guitars can be found at our local guitar center or on many local buy, sell and trade pages on Facebook. If the child is smaller as in under the age of 13 I recommend getting a quarter guitar. They can go to guitar center with their child and ask them to find a guitar that fits the size of the child! It is recommended (not required) for new younger beginners to put nylon strings on the bottom 3 strings of the guitar so that their fingers don't get too sore. Guitar Center will be able to help with that. The book to purchase for the class is Alfred's Kids Guitar Book Course 1. The book can be found online for around $10. The 8 week course is $80 per student due at the beginning of the first class. Cash or checks are accepted. The book we use in class is the book we would continue using in private lessons!

Private in home lessons are also available following the 8 week course if your child is still interested in guitar and wants to dig in deeper! It you have any questions please feel free to email me cvmusictherapy@gmail.com or call me at (319) 750-9045.

 

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.

 

3-5

Let’s Play Minecraft

(Gayle Olson)

FREE

Bring your device (laptop or tablet) with minecraft installed and enjoy the classtime playing side by side with friends. We don't have strong enough wifi to play a server so we will create individual builds and have the freedom to share with each other our skills, questions and helpful tips

 

3-5

Cheerleading

(Wendy Gross)

FREE

Cheerleading

 

 

3-8

Fiber Arts Lab

(Loisa Bartlet)

FREE

Bring your works-in-progress or start a new one. This is not a class yet still is a learning environment. The intention is to create with friends, maybe make new friends, and maybe be inspired to learn basic new skills like crochet, knitting and embroidery with guided assistance and suggested creations. This is an open lab to work at your own pace in a relaxed environment.

 

6-8

Book Club: A Swiftly Tilting Planet

(Susan Piron)

Purchase book

Join us as we continue our way through the Wrinkle in Time Quintet with the third Book: A Swiftly Tilting Wind.
If you haven’t read the first two book, you are welcome to read them now (they’re a quick read) or just jump in with book three and we’ll fill in the blanks for you.
Each week we’ll read at home and then come together to discuss the story and share insights.
Students will sign up to bring snacks… because book club is more fun with food!

 

 

 

6-8

America: The Story of US

(Jenny Combs)

FREE

  1. The Story of Us tells the extraordinary story of how America was invented, focusing on moments in which everyday people harnessed technology to advance human progress. The HISTORY Channel has created a Study Guide to help us along as we view these episodes during our session.

6-12

All About Energy

FREE

This class is going to be my most hands-on class to date. We will be covering energy through the topics of electricity, water, renewable resources, waste management, and climate change. We will be doing STEM / STEAM projects in each class using different tools such as solar panels, small motors, and a wattmeter to demonstrate solar ovens, identify "energy vampires," and build our own water-energy nexus model.

 

 

9-12

canceled

C.S. Lewis

 

This class has been canceled.

9-12

Co-op Community Service Hour

(Paul Barbeau and Breaha Velador)

FREE

Help serve co-op by assisting in classes, cleaning up, and serving in as-needed areas around the co-op during the hour. Students will keep a log of the service each hour and at the end of the session students will receive a letter for their resume/portfolio.

 

 

 

9-12

Creative Poetry

(Karen Cardon)

FREE

Have fun writing poetry! We will have many interesting and creative challenges. Just supply your imagination, writing supplies, and paper.

 

 

9-12

Music Practice Hour

FREE

A section of time to practice your instrument(s) and have fun sharing what you have learned, as well as practicing and learning with other students. The teachers will not be providing instruction. (Requirements: The student must bring their own instrument(s), have previous experience, and feel comfortable playing.)

 

 

 

CLUB

9-12

Yearbook Club
(Heather McCue)

FREE

In this 2 session club, students will create a yearbook featuring all students and faculty of DVCLC. First session will focus on headshot pages, cover design and taking/uploading photos. The club will focus on team building and collaboration. Second session with include some photography but the main focus will be on final page layouts and design using the online yearbook website.

Preference is given to High School students. Middle school students may join the waitlist and will be notified by email.