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2017-2018 Classes

Infant Nursery

Our nursery is led by a minimum of two parent volunteers selected on a rotating basis from the fantastic parents of our students. The nursery period includes stories, snuggles, snack and playtime. A nursery coordinator will ensure that ease of drop off and organization of all the necessities our little ones require during the school day.

Toddler Nursery

Our toddler nursery is a separate space for our movers and shakers who are not yet old enough to be a part of the preschool class.  Children need to be two years old and interested in participating in teacher-directed play and activities.  The class time consists of lots of play, but also circle time including songs, stories, crafts, and snack time.  In addition to the toddler nursery coordinator, the room is led by two additional parent volunteers selected on a rotating basis from our co-op parents.

Preschool

Preschool is for little ones ages 3-5 years who can participate in teacher-directed play and activities. Children need to be three years old by June 1 and fully potty trained to participate in the preschool class.

Two teachers team-teach the preschool group through stories, object lessons, hands-on experiments, games, and songs. Each class day also includes snack time and large motor play in the gym.

Stepping Stones (Kindergarten/First Grade)

Our Stepping Stones class is designed for our youngest students (kindergarten and first grade, ages 5-7) who are ready for an extended period of instructed learning. The student should be able to identify their own name and begin writing their name, play independently, manage bathroom needs, listen attentively, and follow simple instructions.

Throughout the morning the students will remain together as a class where they will participate in a variety of exploratory and hands-on activities in art, science, geography, literature, and physical education.

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Lower Track (ages 7-10+):

Our lower track classes are best suited for developing readers and writers who are able to work both independently and in small groups for portions of the class period.

Upper Track (ages 10-14+):

Our upper track classes are geared for students who are confident readers and writers as well as able to work independently both in class and outside of class on projects or homework.

ABC’s of Drawing Combined Tracks, Fall 2017 Semester

Drawing can be taught just like reading. Students begin thinking in early elementary if they can’t draw like (insert an famous artist) or if what they draw doesn’t look realistic to them - then they are a failure. Betty Edwards of Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain has studied this extensively and her methods work. Just like in reading each lesson builds upon the next, guiding students into discovering the power of seeing and recording buried on the right side - the creative side of our brains.

Nature & Art Combined Tracks, Spring 2018 Semester

We will explore the world of nature through a variety of art mediums - pencil, paint, polymer clay, inks and found objects.

Archery Combined Tracks, Fall 2017 Semester

All levels are welcome to develop their skills in the sport of archery. This will include learning range safety and proper shooting techniques for shooting compound and traditional bows. All equipment/bows, arrows, targets and safety equipment will be provided.

Elementary Science (Motion) Lower Track, Fall 2017 Semester

Using the R.E.A.L. Science Odyssey Physics level one curriculum as a foundation, students will delve into Newton's Laws of Motion. Through a hands-on approach, students will explore what forces are in play in situations ranging from car accidents to rocket launches. The semester will wrap-up with a Pinewood Derby race demonstrating a review of the lessons learned during the class. Students are encouraged to make their own car to race!

Institute for Excellence in Writing (IEW): Medieval History-based Writing Upper Track, Yearlong

This class is available to students with any level of exposure to IEW including no previous experience. Our IEW classes require additional independent work on lessons outside of the co-op class week in order to complete the curriculum in one year. Parental involvement is necessary and expected.

Civilizations, events, and major figures of the Middle Ages come to life as students write using IEW’s stylistic techniques and the nine structural units. These lessons acquaint young learners with Charlemagne, the Vikings, knighthood, geniuses of the Renaissance, and more!

Institute for Excellence in Writing (IEW): Fables, Myths & Fairy Tales Lower Track, Yearlong

This class is designed for students who have had no prior IEW experience but can write basic sentences independently. Using Andrew Pudewa's Institute for Excellence in Writing (IEW) book Fables, Myths, and Fairy Tales, students will take notes, summarize narrative stories, summarize references, write from pictures, and compose their own fables, myths, and fairy tales. Our IEW classes require additional independent work on lessons outside of the co-op class week in order to complete the curriculum in one year. Parental involvement is necessary and expected.

Martial Arts Combined Tracks, Spring 2018 Semester

Enrich your child’s confidence, self-discipline, modesty, perseverance, and respect through expert teaching and positive reinforcement. Students develop these vital characteristics through effective, unique martial arts and fitness training. Learning valuable self-defense skills from Muay Thai, MMA, and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, students are constantly encouraged to achieve goals and get excited as they encounter new challenges on the path to Black Belt excellence.

Physics Upper Track, Yearlong

One of the ways in which God ordered the world was through physical laws and this course focuses specifically on the laws of motion. From rockets to race cars, Newton’s laws of motion have been studied for their simplicity and brilliance in explaining how and why objects move in the ways that they do. Topics covered will include: force, equilibrium, gravity, inertia, momentum, acceleration, speed, vectors, and friction. The spring semester will continue with a focus on the physics of light and sound. Topics will include sound waves, amplitude, frequency, pitch, light as a particle and light as a wave, lenses, lasers and quantum mechanics.

Programming: RC Controllers Upper Track/High School Track, Fall 2017 Semester

Building off skills taught in our Robotics class, students will adventure into programming their robots. Each student will have their own robotics kit to work with while moving through projects together as a class. This semester-long class will focus on programming with RC controllers. This class can be taken separately from the Programming: IR Sensors class. Prerequisite: Robotics.

Programming: IR Sensors Upper Track/High School Track, Spring 2018 Semester

Building off skills taught in our Robotics class, students will adventure into programming their robots. Each student will have their own robotics kit to work with while moving through projects together as a class. This semester-long class will focus on programming with IR sensors. This class can be taken separately from the Programming: RC Controllers class. Prerequisite: Robotics.

Robotics Combined Tracks, Yearlong

All students begin at a beginner level and work at their own pace learning basic design, building, and mechanics. The Robots-4-U exclusive robotics kits connect with snap and lock components, but also combine with nuts and bolts and use plastic, metal, and specially synthesized materials.

Level One Kits include curriculum that covers design, construction, mechanics, and basic operation of a robot. The various elements of Level One instruction include robotic design and structure, center of gravity and lifting force, fictional force and inertia, infrared, light, and remote control sensors, robot motion and stabilization, gears, axles, wheels, and movement mechanics, and control board switching.

Beginner Spanish Combined Tracks, Yearlong

Students will be introduced to the Spanish language and culture through this yearlong course. Additional work outside of the class will develop the students’ ability to understand and speak the language but our time together will serve primarily as exposure to the Spanish language and culture. Using a hands-on, interactive approach children are motivated and engaged in learning through games, songs, and more.

Spanish Development Combined Tracks, Yearlong

Spanish Development is offered for students that have had some exposure to the Spanish language prior to taking this course (either through our Beginner Spanish class or exposure elsewhere).

Students will develop their understanding of the Spanish language and culture through this yearlong course. Additional work outside of the class will increase the students ability to understand and speak the language but our time together will serve primarily as continued exposure to the Spanish language and culture. Using a hands-on, interactive approach children are motivated and engaged in learning through games, songs, and more.

Talkative Tidbits Lower Track, Spring 2018 Semester

During this class, we will utilize games and activities to give students opportunities to develop their ability to think and speak clearly during conversations and classroom presentations. There will be a variety of partner work, group work, and individual presentations. Topics will include: speaking confidently, listening to others, thinking quickly, memory skills, and story-telling. This course will help students prepare a presentation for the Spring Showcase.

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High School Track (grades 8+; ages 13+)

Our high school track classes are designed to complement the work your student is doing at home at the high school level. These classes are parent-facilitated rather than teacher-led. Students are expected to work independently outside of class and come having the knowledge to participate in labs and discussion to further their own understanding through group interaction, collaboration, and activities. Parents of students will sign up to facilitate a couple class sessions each semester.

A Guide to Writing Your Novel High School Track, Yearlong

Using the award winning resources from the Institute for Excellence in Writing (IEW) aspiring writers will learn how to craft a novel from start to finish.

Biology Lab High School Track, Yearlong

Using the Apologia Biology curriculum, students will participate in labs during our co-op class while completing additional preparation, reading, testing, and experimentation at their own pace at home.

As a college-prep high school biology course, the curriculum provides detailed introduction to the methods and concepts of general biology through a heavy emphasis on vocabulary, a strong background in the scientific method and labs that cover experimentation, field studies, microscopy, and dissection.