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Session 3 Spring Class Catalog

10:00-10:50 First Period

K-2

Dinosaur Discovery

(Jenny Combs and

Michelle Galaz)

FREE

Become a Paleontologist as we discover ancient reptiles! Dino poems, easy reading material, crafts and activities.

K-2

P.E.

(Lauren Ofstedahl)

FREE

This will be a traditional P.E. class that includes proper warm up/stretching, bodyweight exercises, and games.

K-2

Magic Treehouse

(Shelly Rauscher)

$2

Literature based reading class using the Magic Tree House series books. Students follow along in their book while listening to the chapters read aloud, followed by language arts activities or hands on activities. Packets/materials are included the class fee. Students must come to class with a copy of books 5 and 6 (#5 Night of the Ninjas and #6 Afternoon on the Amazon). Recommended some reading ability to decode (ability to follow along with book while read aloud.), but reading fluency is not required. Books read in class, no homework required, though students may re-read passages at home for extra practice.

K-2

Let’s Learn to Tell Time

(Jenny Johnson)

$5

We are going to make learning how to tell time fun! This will be an interactive, hands-on class. There will be crafts, treasure hunts, cut and glue activities and more! I will also be sending how worksheets to reinforce the concept taught each week so we can move onto the next skill.

3-5

Poetic License

(Megan Smith)

$5

Students will get their “license” in all things poetry as we explore this linguistic medium through ‘Poetry Tea Times’ (sipping tea and reading all sorts of poems from serious to silly), discovering what inspires famous poets as we learn about their lives, “wild word challenges” to increase our vocabularies and use of literary devices, and finally writing/illustrating a few different types of poems ourselves. For this class, students need to be able to read and write fairly well in order to participate in all of the activities. $5 fee provides a binder for your child to keep their poetry work in, as well as pays for an assortment of teas, refreshments, and basic art supplies we will be using through the class.

3-5

Outdoor Games Galore

(Julie Eelkema)

FREE

Let's get together and play some fun games! Tic-tac-toe toss, ladderball, giant tenzi, jumping rope, musical chairs, battleship golfing, hula hoops, lawn bowling...and many more.

3-5

Vegan Snacks

(Kiara Reyes Marshall)

$6

In this class we will learn how to prepare vegan snacks as well as learn about nutrition.

3-8

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.

6-8

Drama!

(Kristin Van Valkenburgh)

FREE

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 one Monologue (a speech presented by a single character) as well as various Improvisation exercises in this first class which is a combination of both disciplines. Students will present their work at the end of the session, via a private YouTube video that will be shared with DVCLC.

6-8

Vegan Cooking

(Ireland Olson)

$14

In this class we will cook a different food item each week, things such as granola bar balls, raw “Oreo” cookies, banana-based ice cream, romaine taco bowls and avocado wraps (all food items will be vegan). We will also discuss the importance of nutrition and how to tell when something is nutritious, as well as different eating options such as vegan, flexitarian, vegetarian, pescatarian, and dairy free. The purpose of this class is to show that eating these ways can be delicious and easy.

6-12

Ukulele Club

(Susan Piron)

FREE

Do you love playing the ukulele and want to spend time with other ukulele enthusiasts and share new songs, videos you've found, and play together in a fun and relaxed environment? Then ukulele club is for you!

6-12

Creek Freaks

(Kacey Shaughnessy)

FREE

Attention future scientists! Creek Freaks is a stream monitoring program started by the Izaak Walton League. The curriculum goes over watersheds, water pollution, chemical testing of waters, and biological surveying of benthic macroinvertebrates. We can learn about water quality in class and we can have a field data collection day the Monday after co-op ends, where students can use what they've learned to gather real scientific data in our local river. I would strongly recommend that students who sign up for this class come out for the field study day, but it is not required. The data collected will be uploaded to a national database, where students can not only review past data, but monitor changes to our river over time. The field trip/data collection day will either be on Monday, May 28th or Monday, June 4th.

 

 




 

11:00-11:50 Second Period

K-2

Waldorf Inspired Math

(Renee Wegner)

$5

Learning arithmetic through stories and art.
 

K-2

Mandarin and Chinese Culture

(Amor Miller)

$3

We will be learning how to speak Mandarin and write Chinese characters, also learn some Chinese culture.

K-2

Journey Through Africa

(Addy Perez and Kim Knorr)

$3

Journey through Africa discovering its geography, wildlife, music, cultural traditions and art forms through poems and stories. Activities will be incorporated into each lesson.

K-2

Learn to Read Fun

(Christie Nelson)

FREE

A class for children that are ready to work on beginner level reading skills. Children must already be familiar with upper and lower case letters and know their letter sounds. This class will include interactive and social reading games that will focus on sight words, phonics, decoding, and other early literacy skills through play.

K-2

Cake Decorating

$20

Have fun learning to decorate cakes, cupcakes and cookies with frosting, fondant, and other edible decorations!

3-5

Food Network Star

(Margarita Cardenas and Jenny Johnson)

$15

This hands on class will leave kids with full bellies at the end of the hour!  We will be blending, mixing, chopping, and frying our way to new recipe adventures.  The first 6 weeks will be new recipes we create together during the class.  On our final co-op day, we will challenge the kids (working in groups) to recreate one of our previously made recipes to see who will be the next “Food Co-Op Star”!

 

3-5

Medieval History

(Jenny Combs)

FREE

We will be exploring the life of Knights, castles, and chivalry through this hands-on mini unit study of the Medieval Times. Students will be asked to participate in some writing projects, geography, and art. Making their very own sword and shield will be the highlight of this study!

3-5

Magic Mystery Box
(Tina Escobar)

$5

Magic Mystery Box will be a fun exciting class that will light the imagination of the students. One week may be an art project, next could be science or engineering. Whatever the box holds it will be tons of fun, though it will remain a mystery until the box is opened.

3-8

Game Library

FREE

Kick back in our Game Library.  Check out a game and play with your classmates or choose a single person game and have some quiet time to yourself.  Students may use one of the games provided or bring in their own.

3-8

Let’s Play Minecraft

(Gayle Olson)

FREE

(must have own device)

Bring your laptop or tablet and come play Minecraft. Share your builds and learn from one another.

6-8

Art History and Appreciation

(Kelly Williams)

$5

We will focus each week on one well-known artist spending time learning about the life and times of the artist as well as their notable works and style. We will then analyze and take a very careful look at one or two of their most well-known or remarkable works. This part is especially fascinating as we learn to really see and take time to consider symbolism, meaning and historically important aspects that may be found in many paintings we might otherwise miss entirely. We will finish up with a bit of application of their style, genre, or techniques in painting.

6-12

ASB

(Ashley Nickolopoulos and

Megan Smith)

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

Forensic Science

(Karen Cardon)

FREE

Let's solve a crime together. We'll be learning about and using a variety of hands-on science techniques commonly found in the field of forensics to find the perpetrator of the crime, and prove his or her guilt.




 

1:00-1:50 Third Period

K-2

Know Your Body

(Jocelinne Cabrera)

FREE

Know your body through worksheets, crafts and books

K-2

Art

(Briana Loy)

$10

Let's get creative with art along with a craft here and there! Can't wait to see you.

K-2

Shel Silverstein Poetry Readings and Crafts

(Kacey Shaughnessy)

FREE

In this class, we will read aloud Shel Silverstein poems from the books A Light in the Attic and Where the Sidewalk Ends. After reading poems aloud, we will create arts and crafts based on poem themes.

K-2

Fun with Spanish

(Lorena Sarrouf)

$5

Using music, videos, games, hands on activities, and take home craft, students will learn Spanish while having fun!

3-5

History:
Story of the World Volume 3

(Robi Frederick)

FREE

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 29-40, 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 sessions 1 and 2, during break (the audiobooks are enjoyable to listen to!) or could just join the class and start where we are at (you can start anywhere with history!). Students must have the book or audiobook, so that they can read chapters ahead of time.

3-5

Cake Decorating

(Erin Lafferty)

$20

Have fun learning to decorate cakes, cupcakes and cookies with frosting, fondant, and other edible decorations!

3-5

Fiber Arts Lab (Independent Study)
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.

3-8

Math Tutoring

(Heather Siani)

FREE

Bring your math curriculum ready to show me where you're struggling and we can work through it together.

6-12

Zines! Creative Mini-Book Crafting

(Amanda Yeager-Leonard)

$2

Zines are small self-published, reproducible works of art consisting of short stories, illustrations, poems, collage materials, etc., made simply for sharing ideas and/or self-expression. Students will be creating their own zines on topics of their choice. Each week a new approach or writing technique will be introduced. Amanda taught this class over 3 years ago and has been continually asked to bring it back. Only a pen is required (I’ll supply the paper), but a list of optional, recommended supplies will be provided.

6-12

Say What?

(Debbi Garcia)

FREE

Each of us has a voice. Each of us needs to be able speak up in a variety of situations. Public speaking isn’t for everyone. BUT, learning to speak with confidence is a must. Debbi Garcia will lead you through a variety of fun exercises that will help to increase your ability to SPEAK WELL. Students will learn learn and practice speaking in front of their peers. But, DON’T WORRY - it will be fun. Students will have homework each week as they prepare their BRIEF presentation for the following class. Assignments will be varied to cover lots of speaking situations- job/college interviews, news report, infomercial, guest interviews, favorite memory, etc. Speaking with confidence is so important as you head towards high school and college. This class will build your confidence as you enter a season of life where speaking in one way or another will be a regular and necessary part of your journey.

9-12

Games

(Heather McCue)

FREE

High Schoolers will spend the time playing all types of board, dice and strategy games.

9-12

Independent Art Study

FREE

This is an independent art class for High School students in which they choose their mediums and subject matter. Examples include drawing, painting, collage and digital art. The classroom setting is casual, conversational and fun!

 


 

2:00-2:50 Fourth Period

K-2

Legos

(Sherry Galvan)

FREE

Fun with Legos

K-2

Mo Willems Story and Craft

(Kiara Reyes Marshall)

FREE

We will be reading a variety of stories from Mo Willems and completing crafts related to the story as well as worksheets. In this class we will work on literature comprehension.

K-2

Bugging Out

(Lauren Ofstedahl)

$5

Every week we will learn about a different insect including its life cycle, anatomy, and what makes it special! We will also make a craft and enjoy an insect inspired snack.

K-2

Habitats and Cats

(Sarah Pena)

FREE

Lions, Tigers, and House Cats, Oh my! Let’s learn about cats, how they live, where they live, and why they do what they do. We will read books, create crafts, and have fun learning about cats!

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

Reading and Reasoning

(Nelson Amador)

Free

(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

Journey Through Africa

(Addy and Kim)

FREE

Journey through Africa discovering its geography, wildlife, music, cultural traditions and art forms through poems and stories. Activities will be incorporated into each lesson.

3-5

Spanish

(Margarita Cardenas)

$5

Learning how to use basic Spanish conversation students will be able to use when going to a restaurant, to a latin market, traveling to Spanish speaking countries, learn about weather and time and create a family tree.

3-8

Jazz Funk

(Student Teacher Amber Batt with Parent Teacher Maggie Wilcox)

FREE

 

Jazz Funk is a fun way to warm up and stay fit! We'll stretch, get moving, and learn a dance combo! Wear closed toe shoes, and clothes you can move and groove in.

6-8

Book Club: A Wind in the Door

(Susan Piron)

Purchase

Book

Join us as we read the second book of the Wrinkle in Time Quintet. Each week we will read 2 chapters and discuss the book over snacks. (The first week snacks will be provided by the teacher. Students will sign up to bring snacks each week after that.) PLEASE PURCHASE THE BOOK BEFORE CLASS. We will discuss the first two chapters on day one. https://www.amazon.com/Wind-Door-Wrinkle-Time-Quintet/dp/0312368542/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1518372398&sr=8-1&keywords=a+wind+in+the+door

6-8

Anatomy

(Danielle Foley)

$10

Join us this session as we learn about human anatomy! Each week, this class will include a short video lesson, a fun written activity (diagrams, word search, etc), and an engaging hands on activity!

Week 1 - Cells, Tissues, and Organs (Tissue types match-up)

Week 2 - The Skeletal System (Build a model of a joint.)

Week 3 - The Muscular System (Examine muscle tissue.)

Week 4 - The Nervous System (Create a clay brain model with labels.)

Week 5 - The Digestive System (Where’s my lunch? Digestion in a bag)

Week 6 - The Circulatory System (sheep heart dissection)

Week 7 - The Respiratory System (How big are my lungs?)

6-8

Upcycle CDs

(Loisa Bartlett)

$10

Let's be creative and help our environment at the same time. Within our seven weeks together we will create beautiful pieces of FUNctional Art that you will be able to use yourself or give as a gift to someone special (Mother’s Day May 12. Father’s Day June 17). We will also learn other ways to help our environment.
$10 fee is for:
1. Making a Clock lesson: Each student will be creating their own functioning clock
2. Making a Scrap Book/Journal lesson: Each student will create a book out of several used discs.

9-12

Sherlock Holmes

(Karen Cardon)

Purchase

Books

Sherlock Fans! We'll be reading and discussing "A Study in Scarlet," "A Scandal in Bohemia," "The Adventures of the Dancing Men," "The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle," and "The Man with the Twisted Lip." There will be a few fun outside assignments to share in class.