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All classes offered by Young Explorers, are taught by parent volunteers.  Classes are all optional and you can build your schedule based on cost and time that you are available.  Some families opt out of the last classes of the day, as they have little ones that just can't last all day, some have other commitments that permit them from being at coop before lunchtime.  Whatever the case may be for your family, the schedule is entirly up to you.  

Most of the classes offered are elective classes.  Each month we offer a fun day, that replaces our normal classes with fun extra curricular classes such as a Bible Study, cooking class, and master gardener crafting and creating class.  

Check out the list of classes below, by age/grade level.

Preschool- Discoverers

Young Explorers preschool class is a fun filled atmosphere where children learn a wide range of skills froma Christian perspective.  These skills include Bible memory, math, science, socialization, creative play, music, and phonetics. Preschool schedule looks a little bit different than the older grades.  Students will begin class at 11am and dismiss at 2:00pm. 

The daily schedule will look something like this: 

11:00-11:30 Hang up coats & backpacks, Circle time (Bible memory, calendar, weather, line leader, Birthdays), Wahs hands, line up, lead to lunch in the gym)

11:40-12:10 Lunch

12:10-12:35 Recess, Bathroom break on way back to the classroom.

12:40-1:10 Letter lesson

1:10-1:30 Story time with follow-up questions

1:30-1:45 Music time with Granny

1:45-2:00 Sensory Play

2:00 Students are welcome to leave at 2:00 or after snacktime,  if you don't have older siblings, however there will be no scheduled activities for the rest of the day.  Students and moms are welcome to hang out and have free play until 3:30 while older siblings finish their classes.

This class is open to 4 and 5 year olds.  3 year olds are only accepted if they have an older sibling in classes at the coop or the class is not full after registration closes.

Preschool Music Class with Granny

Preschoolers will learn about the sounds around them, learn songs, Bible songs, and rhythm with movement.  They will learn to keep a beat and explore the world of music through play.  

Kindergarten-1st Grade Pathfinders

5-In-A-Row-

Your Kindergarten/ 1st grader will enjoy this exciting class with lessons and activities based on children's literature.  Each lesson will include a story and an activity based on the story that will cover one of the following curriculum areas: Lessons from the story have activities for language arts, math, science, art, and social studies.  This is a fun, hands-on, interactive class.

Art- 

Lets get messy and creative!  In this class, students in Kindergarten and first grade will start learning how to use different art tools and medium to create beautiful works of art.  This class is extremely hands on!  Students will learn different water color techniques while using liquid watercolors and oil pastels.  They will learn about different artists and art styles, while creating their own works of art based on these artists and their styles.  ***Note all artists and artworks will be screened for child appropriateness.

Music-

Students in grades K-3 will start with the basics of note reading, note value, rhythm, and expeiment with instruments.  They will discover how instrumes and notes combine to make music.  

P.E.-

In PE, students in grades Kindergarten- 2nd will work on strength and flexibility while playing a wide assortment of fun games that promote good sportsmanship and teamwork. These games will increase cardiovascular endurance and physical fitness.

Master Gardener- 

Join Mrs. Darla for crafting and creating with nature.  Students will learn about nature, plants, recycling, and much more during this fun time with the Master Gardeners.

This Class meets Sept. 24, Oct. 22, and Dec. 3 ONLY.


Healthy Kids Cooking Class- 

Students will learn culinary skills along with food safety skills, while making different dishes, once a month. 

This Class meets Sept. 24, Oct. 22, and Dec. 3 ONLY.

2nd-3rd Grade- Pioneers

God's Great Big World Creation Science- 

In this class, 2nd-3rd grade students will learn answers to “how” and “why” questions about God’s creation, based on scripture.

During the first semester, they will learn vocabulary words about animal habitats and that when God created each habitat, he placed just the right animals that would be able to live there and provided their basic needs: food, shelter, water, and space.

After learning about these animal habitats and needs, students will bring it all together and show what they have learned by creating a shoe box habitat diorama. This class will have both hands on and reading/lecture material in a fun way for students to learn.

**Students will need to an adult size shoebox by the later part of the semester. 


Second Semester will be all about exploring the animal kingdom(vertebrates and non vertebrates), weather, and plant kingdom. Students will learn about the plant life cycle, how seeds travel, our atmosphere, the weather and predicting the weather, the water cycle, and different types of storms. Students will have fun engaging hands-on projects along with some reading and writing during the learning part of class.

Students are not required to have a book, but all material will be taken from Abeka Science 2 and 3. If you choose to use this curriculum at home, these lessons will cover everything they need to learn from these Science lessons. There is a workbook/tests and quizes that you can purchase on your own to use at home as supplemental lessons to continue what they have learned at co-op. Again this is not a requirement, but will allow you to use co-op to replace your science instruction at home. If your student is 2nd grade and you choose to use the materials, you don't need both 2nd and 3rd grade materials, same with if you have a 3rd grader.


Art- 

Lets get messy and creative!  In this class, students in 2nd - 5th grade will continue learning how to use different art tools and medium to create beautiful works of art, as well as how to display their artwork in a creative way.  This class is extremely hands on!  Students will learn different water color techniques while using liquid watercolors and oil pastels.  They will learn about different artists and art styles, while creating their own works of art based on these artists and their styles.  ***Note all artists and artworks will be screened for child appropriateness.

Music-

Students in grades K-3 will start with the basics of note reading, note value, rhythm, and expeiment with instruments.  They will discover how instrumes and notes combine to make music.  

P.E.-

In PE, students in grades Kindergarten- 2nd will work on strength and flexibility while playing a wide assortment of fun games that promote good sportsmanship and teamwork. These games will increase cardiovascular endurance and physical fitness.

Master Gardener- 

Join Mrs. Darla for crafting and creating with nature.  Students will learn about nature, plants, recycling, and much more during this fun time with the Master Gardeners.

This Class meets Sept. 24, Oct. 22, and Dec. 3 ONLY.


Healthy Kids Cooking Class- 

Students will learn culinary skills along with food safety skills, while making different dishes, once a month. 

This Class meets Sept. 24, Oct. 22, and Dec. 3 ONLY.

4th- 5th Grade Voyagers

Art Apreciation- 

Lets get messy and creative!  In this class, students in 2nd - 5th grade will continue learning how to use different art tools and medium to create beautiful works of art, as well as how to display their artwork in a creative way.  This class is extremely hands on!  Students will learn different water color techniques while using liquid watercolors and oil pastels.  They will learn about different artists and art styles, while creating their own works of art based on these artists and their styles.  ***Note all artists and artworks will be screened for child appropriateness.


Music Apreciation-

Students will learn music appreciation through hands-on experiences with instrument groups and different instruements.  They will expand on their knowledge of rhythm, beat, reading music, and start composing their own musical works of art.

P.E.- 

In PE, students in grades 3rd-8th will work on strength and flexibility while playing a wide assortment of fun games that promote good sportsmanship and teamwork. These games will increase cardiovascular endurance and physical fitness.


Christian Kids Explore Biology- 

Biology catered for 3-6th graders where they will begin to see the beauty and design in God's creation.

Semester 1 covers biology basics, plants in God's world and Birds of the Earth.

Semester 2 coves Mammals in the Wild, Humans, Reptiles and Water Creatures.

Each week we will be reading a section of the book and doing a "hands on" experiment time. Semester 1 includes creating a terrarium, bird house and other great projects!


Public Speaking-
In this class students in grades 3rd-5th will learn to be more comfortable speaking in front of their peers.  Each student will prepare and deliver 1-3 minute presentations for their classmates.  Prework for this class will be minimal, but students will be expected to practice their presentations at home.  Examples of presentations will be, {tell about your favorite vacation and show a picture, recite your favorite Bible passage and tell why it is important to you, and many more}.  Each week students will learn a new skill to use to make their presentations more interesting {eye contact, poise, volume, tempo, etc}.  Throughout the semester students will take a break from giving presentations and play a game to build their public speaking skills.  

Bible Study- 

3rd grade- 8th grade students will participate in a Bible Study on Sept. 24, Oct. 22, and Dec. 3.  Students will learn how to apply God's word to their everyday lives and grow together in their faith. 

Master Gardener- 

Join Mrs. Darla for crafting and creating with nature.  Students will learn about nature, plants, recycling, and much more during this fun time with the Master Gardeners.

This Class meets Sept. 24, Oct. 22, and Dec. 3 ONLY.


Healthy Kids Cooking Class- 

Students will learn culinary skills along with food safety skills, while making different dishes, once a month. 

This Class meets Sept. 24, Oct. 22, and Dec. 3 ONLY.

6th-8th Grade Vikinigs

Art Apreciation- 

Take a journey through the classical period of the arts. We will be studying 4 amazing artists of this time. DaVinci, Raphael, Michelangelo and Rembrandt. We will learn all about the artists, the art forms that they use and implement their techniques into our own art work. This class is VERY interactive! Start collecting recyclable materials for inventions (DaVinci).  ***Note all artists and artworks will be screened for child appropriateness.


Music Apreciation-

Music is all around us. Students in 6th-8th grade will learn about different composers, their music, and the different types of music styles thoughout history to present day.  They will expand note reading and making music with different instruments as well as learning different instrument groups and the instruments in each of those groups.  


P.E.- 

In PE, students in grades 3rd-8th will work on strength and flexibility while playing a wide assortment of fun games that promote good sportsmanship and teamwork. These games will increase cardiovascular endurance and physical fitness.


Christian Kids Explore Chemistry- 

Grades 6+ will learn about God's gift of Chemistry.  **This class has been set up for the parent to choose how much or how little involvement they want.  The Thursday co-op class is strictly dedicated to the hands-on experiment portion of the curriculum.

Semester 1 will include the basics of chemistry, Atoms and Molecules, and the Nature of Chemistry.

Semester 2 will continue with the States of Matter and Organic Chemistry.

This class is set up to REPLACE the full science curriculum for your student for the year. Purchase the book Christian Kids Explore Chemistry from your favorite on-line book dealer. The cost of the additional student workbooks and sheets is included in the price of the class. This class has been set up on-line to get students used to the on-line assignments that they will receive in college and high school courses.

Each student will read the chapter during the week and then complete a "review it" section either in their book or on-line (self-grading).

During class time, there will be the "hands on" portion completed. During this time, the students will be able to compare and contrast their information with other students.

This course has also been set up with the assessments on line- most of the assessment is self-grading; however, the parent will need to check and grade the essay portions of each assessment.


Public Speaking-

In this class students in grades 6th-8th will learn to be more comfortable speaking in front of their peers.  Each student will prepare and deliver 1-3 minute presentations for their classmates.  Prework for this class will be minimal, but students will be expected to practice their presentations at home.  Examples of presentations will be, {tell about your favorite vacation and show a picture, recite your favorite Bible passage and tell why it is important to you, and many more}.  Each week students will learn a new skill to use to make their presentations more interesting {eye contact, poise, volume, tempo, etc}.  Throughout the semester students will take a break from giving presentations and play a game to build their public speaking skills.  **This class is similar to that of the younger students public speaking, but has more advanced topics that will require a little bit of research and prep from the student.  All work is student appropriate and should require minimal parent assistance.


Bible Study- 

3rd grade- 8th grade students will participate in a Bible Study on Sept. 24, Oct. 22, and Dec. 3.  Students will learn how to apply God's word to their everyday lives and grow together in their faith. 

Master Gardener- 

Join Mrs. Darla for crafting and creating with nature.  Students will learn about nature, plants, recycling, and much more during this fun time with the Master Gardeners.

This Class meets Sept. 24, Oct. 22, and Dec. 3 ONLY.


Healthy Kids Cooking Class- 

Students will learn culinary skills along with food safety skills, while making different dishes, once a month. 

This Class meets Sept. 24, Oct. 22, and Dec. 3 ONLY.