Classes

Elementary (Ages 5-7) (Instructor: TBA)

Elementary classes will be unit study style with a different unit every four to six weeks. Student will also have a focused science period emphasizing hands-on activities and experiments, an art period, and a recreation period  at the end of the day during which they will have activities such as playground games, board games, and other fun activities.

Middle School (Ages 8 – 11)

Creative Writing Through Literature:  (Instructor: Jessica Arjet)

What is the difference between a story and a bunch of words strung together? In this class we’ll read classic children’s literature and then break apart what a story is and how to make our own stories interesting and fun. The focus will be on stories as self-expression and artistic discovery. There will be writing in class as part of the storytelling process.

Ancient Cultures:  (Instructor: Jessica Arjet)

In this course we will be looking at the history, culture, food, clothing, religion, and art of eight different ancient cultures including: Greek, Roman, Egyptian, Chinese, Viking, Mesopotamian, Mayan, Inca, Aztec.

Math Sense (Instructor: Melody Gillum)

In Math Sense, we will focus on math skills enrichment, thinking mathematically, and problem solving using a variety of hands-on manipulatives and games.

Myth and Method (Instructor: John Maverick)

Inspired by a hit TV show, we will take the scientific method to some of our favorite myths, legends, and even idioms. In this class, students will be presented with a question and a method of testing the question. Some of these they will be able to test themselves, others will require Mr. Maverick to demonstrate. They will be required to take notes during our experimentation so that they can come up to a theory and the present their findings to the rest of the class.

Art (Instructor: Melody Gillum)

This class will offer a focus on drawing skills as well as instructing students in other art content areas.

Junior High (ages 12 and 13)

Back to Basics (Instructor: Melody Gillum)

Learn how to be independent of mass marketed basic items for everyday living.  We will make jam, butter, cough syrup, pasta, lip balm, ice cream, laundry soap and similar daily items, also learn basic hand sewing skills through artistic projects!  Skills will include threading a needle, tying secure knots, sewing on buttons, useful hand stitches including running stitch, back stitch, blanket stitch, French knots, etc.

Write to Create and Succeed (Instructor: Melody Gillum)

Creative writing is as useful a skill as other writing skills. In this course, students will learn the basics of creative writing and apply those skills to their own creative writing projects. Being creative also means learning to express oneself clearly and coherently, so this course will also teach writing skills that all people need for junior high, high school, college, and beyond. How does one write an effective email, business letter, or opinion piece to their local newspaper? This course will show how it is done.

Geography (Instructor: Jamie Kraft)

Geography is all around us, whether it’s our community or the international scene. Events that happen on one side of the world impact people and places on the other side. There’s also the fun of discovering new people, places and cultures!! We’ll be learning the basics of Geography such as locations, climate etc. Cultural aspects, land formations, natural hazards, conservation and different aspects will also be explored. Atlas not required, but very helpful.

History of the Ancients (Instructor: Jamie Kraft)

Even in today’s modern world, the influence and impact are still felt from the early civilizations of the Mayans, Incas, Aztecs, Egyptians, Romans and Greeks. We’ll be exploring the beginnings of the cultures, their contributions such as architecture, food, literature and rituals and scientific contributions.  Geography of the areas will also be studied as you have to know the surrounding areas and land formations to understand why and how things were accomplished. We’ll also be identifying what lingers in today’ societies from the ancient societies. This will be a reading intensive class, with at least 2 major projects.

Myth and Method (Instructor: John Maverick)

Inspired by a hit TV show, we will take the scientific method to some of our favorite myths, legends, and even idioms. In this class, students will be presented with a question and a method of testing the question. Some of these they will be able to test themselves, others will require Mr. Maverick to demonstrate. They will be required to take notes during our experimentation so that they can come up to a theory and the present their findings to the rest of the class.

High School (ages 14+)

Back to Basics (Instructor: Melody Gillum)

Learn how to be independent of mass marketed basic items for everyday living.  We will make jam, butter, cough syrup, pasta, lip balm, ice cream, laundry soap and similar daily items, also learn basic hand sewing skills through artistic projects!  Skills will include threading a needle, tying secure knots, sewing on buttons, useful hand stitches including running stitch, back stitch, blanket stitch, French knots, etc.

Write to Create and Succeed (Instructor: Melody Gillum)

Creative writing is as useful a skill as other writing skills. In this course, students will learn the basics of creative writing and apply those skills to their own creative writing projects. Being creative also means learning to express oneself clearly and coherently, so this course will also teach writing skills that all people need for junior high, high school, college, and beyond. How does one write an effective email, business letter, or opinion piece to their local newspaper? This course will show how it is done.

Geography (Instructor: Jamie Kraft)

Geography is all around us, whether it’s our community or the international scene. Events that happen on one side of the world impact people and places on the other side. There’s also the fun of discovering new people, places and cultures!! We’ll be learning the basics of Geography such as locations, climate etc. Cultural aspects, land formations, natural hazards, conservation and different aspects will also be explored. Atlas not required, but very helpful.

History of the Ancients (Instructor: Jamie Kraft)

Even in today’s modern world, the influence and impact are still felt from the early civilizations of the Mayans, Incas, Aztecs, Egyptians, Romans and Greeks. We’ll be exploring the beginnings of the cultures, their contributions such as architecture, food, literature and rituals and scientific contributions.  Geography of the areas will also be studied as you have to know the surrounding areas and land formations to understand why and how things were accomplished. We’ll also be identifying what lingers in today’ societies from the ancient societies. This will be a reading intensive class, with at least 2 major projects.

Myth and Method (Instructor: John Maverick)

Inspired by a hit TV show, we will take the scientific method to some of our favorite myths, legends, and even idioms. In this class, students will be presented with a question and a method of testing the question. Some of these they will be able to test themselves, others will require Mr. Maverick to demonstrate. They will be required to take notes during our experimentation so that they can come up to a theory and the present their findings to the rest of the class.