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2019-2020 Class Descriptions

Class Descriptions


Arts & Crafts
Ages: 5-6, 7-9, 10-12
Materials fee: $25
We will be working with a variety of art and craft projects this coming year as well as seasonal crafts.  We will use a variety of medium and techniques. Some projects will take a few classes to finish. I have a passion for arts and crafts and turning the ordinary house hold item into something extraordinary. I hope to inspire your children’s creativity for them, as well, and for them just to have fun.

Art Technique 
Ages:  7-9, 10-12, 13+
Materials fee: $13
This year, in Art Technique, students will learn the five basic elements of design. We will work together on some guided drawing assignments to gain drawing skills and confidence.  From there we will explore a variety of art styles using different art mediums. We will include an artist study which will allow students to appreciate the masters and learn about their art style and techniques.  We may even try our hand at imitating a famous artist.

Bible Stories
Ages: 5-6, 7-9
Materials fee: $5
Curriculum: Friends and Heroes
Each week there will be a 10 to 15 minute video showcasing a story from the Bible. Following the video there will be discussion and activity/craft time.
 “Friends and Heroes uses creative storytelling and high-quality animation to teach, entertain, and inspire children through exciting adventures and life-changing Bible stories.”

Chess Club
Ages: 7-9, 10-12, 13+
Materials fee: $5
For ages 7-9 the basic rules and strategies of chess will be taught. There will be structured practice time and a Chess Tournament in the latter half of the ECHO year.
This year for ages 10-12, 13+ there will be a heavy emphasis on tactics and combinations, and checkmating. There will be instruction, structured practice time, and a Chess Tournament in the latter half of the ECHO year.

Choir
Ages: 10-12, 13+
Materials fee: $12
The purpose of the class is to get kids to experience the value and power of music, while learning that music is a lot of fun! We will focus on choral singing, but also introduce key musical concepts such as note names, note values, rhythm, dynamics, reading music, and vocal production.
...I will sing with my spirit, but I will also sing with my understanding. 1 Corinthians 14:15 NIV

Cooking
Ages: 5-6, 7-9, 10-12, 13+
Materials fee $20
Learn the basics of cooking. Try new foods. Each week is something new. We will learn how to read and follow recipes, kitchen hygiene/etiquette, and how to cook real food from scratch. This class is not recomended for children with food allergies.

Drama
Class: 7-9
Materials Fee: $10
In this interactive, beginning drama class, students will learn the basic building blocks of drama through games, group activities and story telling. Some short stories/scenes will be acted out in class with the help of narration.
*Reading and memorization are not required at this level.
**Our class will culminate with a short performance at the year-end program.

Drama
Class: 10-12
Materials Fee: $15
In this interactive, beginning drama class, students will learn the basic building blocks of drama through games, group activities and story telling. Improvisation will also be introduced.
*Students may be asked to read aloud from scripts, as well as memorize short lines for in-class performances.
**Our class will culminate with a short performance at the year-end program.

Drama
Class: 13+
Materials Fee: $15
In this performance-based class, we will cover the essentials of drama through the use of games, group building exercises, improvisation, monologues and scripted scenes. We will also take a brief look at the audition process.
*Students will be asked to read aloud from scripts, as well as memorize lines and short pieces for in-class performances.
**Our class will culminate with a short performance at the year-end program.

Geography
Ages: 5-6
Materials fees: $5
This year we will be looking at Oceans and Continents, and “visiting” a country from each Continent for further study. We will also work on some map skills. The class includes read alouds, coloring, activity sheets, crafts and games.

God’s Design, the Human Body
Ages: 10-12, 13+
Material fees $10
Are you interested in learning how the human body works?  In this class you will learn from a practicing doctor how God has purposefully designed our body systems to work for His glory. You will participate in lab work and hear stories of how understanding your body can keep you healthy. The following systems will be studied: cellular, skeletal, muscular, respiratory, cardiovascular, endocrine, renal, gastrointestinal, nervous  and sensory systems. The reproductive system will not be addressed, aside from labeling the endocrine organs.

Hand Sewing for Beginners
Ages: 5-6, 7-9, and 10-12
Material Fee: $20
This class is an introduction to basic hand sewing and stitching. We will be exploring hand sewing techniques using different types of materials throughout the year. We will be learning how to thread a needle, begin and end a stitch, and how to sew on a button.
If your child already has sewing experience, this class is probably not for them.
For the 10-12 year old class (and possibly the 7-9) I may bring in a few sewing machines towards the end of the year as a basic introduction.

LEGO Creative Solutions
Ages: 5-6, 7-9
Materials fee: $12
This year in LEGO Creative Solutions students will be given build challenges each week. We will have individual and group builds. Students will be encouraged to use their creativity and imagination. We plan to have fun and even learn a few things along the way.

Literature
Ages: 7-9, 10-12, 13+
Materials fee: $5.00 + access to discussion books listed below
This class will discuss literature using the story chart. We will use picture books to introduce each concept on the chart (Exposition, Rising Action, Climax, Denouement, Conclusion, Plot, Setting, Characters, Theme). In addition, we will learn about the protagonist, antagonist and types of conflict.
We will use picture books to introduce and discuss the elements of the story chart. Approximately once a month we will discuss a longer, chapter book (assigned ahead of time) using the story chart structure to guide our discussion. The Socratic Method will be the main “teaching technique.” Using questions and dialogue, the goal is to help the students learn how to ask questions about the books they read, think about them critically, discover the themes the author put into the text, and talk about how those themes impact their lives.
Chapter Books for the 2019-2020 ECHO Year: Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White (October); Frindle by Andrew Clements (November); Treasures of the Snow by Patricia St. John (December); Pollyanna by Eleanor H. Porter (January); Wonder by R.J. Palacio (February); Five Children and It by E. Nesbit (March).
Books can be found at your local library, Amazon (either to buy the physical book or the kindle version - several books are free on kindle), abebooks.com (used books, cheap prices!). Students can read the books themselves, you can read them aloud as a family, use audio books, read them on a Kindle. Any format is acceptable as long as students know the story by the discussion date so we can discuss it! Specific dates for each book discussion will be listed before the ECHO year starts.

Story Chart Courtesy of CenterforLit.com
Teacher Resources: Teaching the Classics by Center for Lit; Deconstructing Penguins by Lawrence and Nancy Goldstone

Music
Ages: 5-6, 7-9
Materials fee: $5
Materials note: 7 – 9 year olds will need to bring their own “Baroque” (not German) fingering recorder to class weekly. Yamaha or Aulos are reliable quality brands for beginners and many other brands are fine as well. They are available from music stores like Ted Brown Music or online. If your family already owns a recorder here is how to tell if it is Baroque or German fingering: a German-fingering recorder has hole five (counting from the top) which is smaller than hole four, whereas Baroque recorders have hole four which is smaller than hole five. Most recorders sold are the fingering you will need, but it’s good to check.
Music is an amazing part of God’s creation! Our class will learn the basic elements of music including rhythm and note-reading skills, as well as using our ears, bodies, and voices. Activities will include singing, listening, movement, rhythm instruments, and games. Students will describe and discuss music: is it loud or soft, high or low, and what instruments do we hear? We will focus on one or two composers and their work over the course of the year, learning about who the composer was and how their music is unique. Students who have previously taken music class are welcome to return: we play and sing new music each year!

On The Spot
Ages: 7-9, 10-12
Materials fee: $7
On the Spot is a hands-on, interactive class that focuses on building positive peer interactions and communication.  Students will practice both impromptu creative problem solving skills in groups, along with having longer periods of time to work to create solutions to presented problems.  Challenges will prompt children to use words, actions, or materials to demonstrate solutions, while the teacher works as a facilitator.   This active class is great for kids who like to think outside-the-box or would like an opportunity to practice creative thinking with the support of peers and adults. 

Order in the Court (a mock trial course)
Ages: 10-12, 13+
Materials Fee: $5
 This class is an introduction to the court system. It will focus on vocabulary, procedure, thinking skills, as well as performing mock trials. There will be a “drama” aspect to this class as the students will be involved in various mock cases throughout the year, with a judge, jury, lawyers etc. The mock cases will be based on fairy tales.

PE
Ages: 5-6, 7-9, 10-12, 13+
Materials fee: $10
The primary purpose of PE will be to help students learn the value of activity for health, recreation, and social interaction through teamwork and good sportsmanship.
The 5-6 year old class will have a focus on body management skills. Important goals will include; the ability to start and stop on signal, spatial awareness, balance, control, and fundamental motor patterns.
In each class we will have targeted activities throughout the ECHO year to encourage strength building while at home. 
I look forward to having your children in class!

Prep for Success
Ages: 13+
Materials fee: $5
Preparing for Success presents a kaleidoscope of topics that our youth will encounter as they prepare to enter the world of independence.  Students will explore topics that are becoming of high interest for them as they approach the age of more responsibility: job interviews, preparing applications, creating resumes, income and expenses, budgeting, meal planning, and vehicle purchases. From leadership to organization, management to creativity, Preparing for Success is a class that will support our growing adolescents as they enter into God’s world.

Preschool
Ages: 3-4 AND potty-trained
Materials fee: $17
Please Note: Our preschool class stays together the entire ECHO day and does not switch classes like the other groups. You will only need to choose preschool once. There is only one materials fee for the entire day.

Writing the Novel Way
Ages 13+
Materials fee: $5 
Students will also need a binder dedicated to this class, along with paper and pencils. Homework will be assigned likely every week, and IS mandatory. Access to a computer (for writing) is recommended.

God has given people many different ways to communicate, and one of them is through the gift of language. The purpose of this class is to inspire people to use language to create a novel, and to enjoy doing it! It is more fun to learn language skills when you have a tangible creation in your hands at the end! We will brainstorm, plan major events in our stories, define and develop the main characters, describe the settings and more. There will be story sharing amongst the students, and peer reviews. We will work on writing heartily, and keeping a reader’s interest. In this course, we will go over grammar, spelling, capitalization, and punctuation. There WILL be writing!
 “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:10