ACT Prep–FULL (ages 13-18) A one-semester, 14-week class. Kevin Burge
Students learn tips, strategies, and plenty of essential English, math, reading, and science review. Math will receive particular emphasis. Students will gain a competitive advantage by becoming familiar with the test’s format; learn tips that will turn complex algebra problems into simple arithmetic, and ease reading comprehension and science reasoning problems by zeroing in on main ideas, topic sentences, and keywords. Homework: 1-2 hours per week.
Students supply The Official ACT Prep Guide, 2018: Official Practice Tests + 400 Bonus Questions Online
FULL Time: 1pm, ending 12/11 Tuition: $105 for 14 weeks/ $95 for volunteers
Adventure Writing- FULL (ages 8-12) New class! Elizabeth MacDonald
Kids create thrilling stories fraught with danger and adventure, and we will ramp up the excitement by introducing a high-action vehicle, a creative tool, and an animal to help their characters survive their perilous quest! Each week, students will be introduced to a riveting vocabulary word and a new writing skill to include in their weekly prompt. Surviving a stampede while on a safari, saving a friend from the side of a cliff… these prompts will inspire students to dig deeper to make their stories gripping and realistic!
FULL Time: 12pm Tuition: $95/$85 for volunteers Supply Fee: $7
American Government–FULL (ages 14-18) A one-semester class. Julie Knutson
This class is designed as a high school civics class, focusing on the central principles of the U.S. government including the philosophical and historical foundations of the American political system, the branches of government, the electoral process, political parties, separation of powers, the Bill of Rights, and the role of citizens in American democracy. The class will also discuss the ensuing deviations from the original federalist intentions of the Constitution. Homework: 1 hour per week.
FULL Time: 2pm Tuition: $95/$85 for volunteers Supply Fee: $8
American Revolution–FULL (ages 6-10) Sarah Winn
War is breaking out; sides must be chosen. It’s George vs. George. Are you a patriot or a loyalist? The Revolutionary War will come alive for the students through active participation and hands-on activities. We will delve into the Tea Rooms of the elite and the trenches of the battlefield as we learn about how the War for Independence was fought and won.
FULL Time: 11am Tuition: $95/$85 for volunteers Supply Fee: $15
Animal Attack (ages 6-10) Repeats previous curriculum. Maureen Armendariz
Animals are amazing! In this activity-based class – part art, part science – we’ll get up close and personal to examine a variety of animals and their artifacts, such as hides, horse hair, quills, and a shark jaw. Birds, sea turtles, buffalo, and sharks are only a few of the many animals that we’ll discuss each week before turning our attention to an animal-themed art project that celebrates these incredible creatures.
Time: 1pm Tuition: $95/$85 for volunteers Supply Fee: $15
Animal Farm–FULL (ages 6-11)
Get up close and personal with live animals, such as a pig, cow, horse, chickens, rabbits, turkey, goats, or ducks. (Animals may vary by teacher.) We will talk about the different kinds of animals, their uses, diet, and care. Our 2pm class will also create projects involving animal products, such as making goat milk soap and a bracelet out of chicken feathers. Note: this class will take place outdoors for the most part. Children with allergies to animals should not enroll.
Tuition: $95/$85 for volunteers
FULL: Time: 11am Teacher: Jessica Donahoo Supply Fee: None
FULL: Time: 2pm Teacher: Mariel Barreras Supply Fee: $15 for projects
Introduction to Art (ages 6-11) New projects!
This class will offer a variety of creative experiences in crayon art, scissor and paper art, finger/hand painting, printmaking, and mixed media. The projects presented will allow for individual creativity while learning art skills that include observing, creative thinking, design, balance, color, and dimension. Students should bring an art smock (or old shirt).
Time: 12pm Brandie Schoeneck (10am–FULL)
Time: 3pm Monica Eby
Tuition: $95/$85 for volunteers Supply Fee: $15
The World of Art (ages 6-11) New class! Monica Eby
Come join a journey into the world of art. Learn about a variety of artists, mediums and styles, including Kahlo, Matisse, Rousseau, and Kandinsky. Create everything from Japanese Notan to Italian Sgraffito, hear stories about artists’ lives, and produce work in their style.
Time: 1pm Tuition: $95/$85 for volunteers Supply Fee: $15
Advanced Drawing–FULL New projects! (ages 12-adult) Jeremiah Johnson
Students will learn new techniques to capture the world around them using various art mediums. We will be working with pencil, ink, colored pencils and markers to further their ability and understanding of artistic skills. Students will learn to find their own style and push their limits creatively to create wonderful works of art.
Students supply Canson Mix Media 9×12 60-paged art pad ($8 at Walmart)
FULL Time: 1pm Tuition: $95/$85 for volunteers Supply Fee: $15
Art Workshop (ages 12-adult) New projects! Monica Eby
Calligraphy, bookbinding, and art! Students will learn the visual art of design and execution of lettering using calligraphy pens and brushes as their writing instruments. They will put their work on to pages and through the art of bookbinding by hand, they will create a journal sketchbook. Artistic skills and imagination will be discussed before creating an original cover for their book. Students should bring a paint smock.
Time: 11am Tuition: $95/$85 for volunteers Supply Fee: $20
Astronomy (ages 6-10) Repeats previous curriculum. Sarah Kunkle
Why is Pluto not a planet anymore? Students will discover this answer, as well as learn about many more galactic mysteries! With engaging hands-on activities, students will explore the planets, moons, stars, and galaxies. Students will be filled with wonder as they look at in-depth photographs, gaze at an in-class planetarium, take part in models and representations, and create outer space projects.
Time: 1pm Tuition: $95/$85 for volunteers Supply Fee: $10
Pre-Ballet-FULL (ages 4-6-year-old boys and girls) Elizabeth King
This class will work on various skills including, movement, rhythm work, creativity exercises, and large motor skills. Students will participate in a basic warm-up and be introduced to beginning ballet movements in a creative, fun learning environment. Girls should wear their hair in a bun or ponytail and off their neck if possible.
FULL Time: 10am Tuition: $95/$85 for volunteers
Girls: ballet shoes, a leotard, and pink tights. Boys: t-shirt, basketball shorts, and ballet shoes.
Ballet (7-14-year-old boys and girls) Elizabeth King
This is a classic ballet class that will include ballet technique, stretching, center floor work, and a short routine worked on every week. Students will be taught ballet vocabulary and will be engaged in a creative and interactive learning environment. Girls should wear their hair in a bun or ponytail and off their neck if possible.
Time: 11am Tuition: $95/$85 for volunteers
Girls: ballet shoes, a leotard, and pink tights. Boys: t-shirt, basketball shorts, and ballet shoes.
Ballroom Dance: BOYS ONLY(ages 13-18, only please) Nate Woodhams
Is it exercise or socializing? Are students learning dexterity or etiquette? Once the music starts, it all comes together in this lively, energizing class. Students will learn to dance East Coast swing, waltz, foxtrot, and tango (American style).
GIRLS who would like to be placed on the waitlist should contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Time: 3pm Tuition: $95/$85 for volunteers
Basketball Skills and Drills: FULL (ages 8-14) Rachelle Swanson
Learn or improve your game with games and drills led by experienced players and coaches. Prepare to have fun, make some friends, and improve your athletic ability! We welcome any level of experience, from beginners and beyond. And no homework!
FULL Time: 11am Tuition: $95/$85 for volunteers
Biology (ages 13-18) The first semester of a year-long class. Jeanne Patton
This Apologia college-preparatory biology course provides a detailed introduction to the methods and concepts of general biology. Heavily emphasizing the vocabulary of biology, it provides a strong background in the scientific method, the five-kingdom classification scheme, biochemistry, cellular biology, molecular and Mendelian genetics, and ecosystems. Includes labs. Homework: 3-6 hours per week.
Time: 9am-10:50am, ending 12/11
Tuition: $210 for 2 hours, 14 weeks/ $190 for volunteers (per semester)
Supply Fee: $25, Students supply Exploring Creation with Biology, 2nd edition
British Literature (ages 14-18) A one-semester class. Jack Donnelly
Students will engage in a study of fiction and poetry, as well as being taught to write about literature, including a literary analysis and reader reaction papers. The class will study the works of some of Great Britain’s greatest writers, including two novels, short stories, and poetry that ranges from ancient to modern. Students will supply two novels.
Time: 2pm, ending 12/11 Tuition: $105 for 14 weeks/ $95 for volunteers Supply Fee: $5 for copies
Car Care (ages 12-adult) Jessica Donahoo
Love being behind the wheel of your favorite automobile or anything with wheels? In this class, we are going to teach you how to keep that beauty on the road and purring like a kitten. You are going to learn by getting your hands dirty doing the work yourself. We will go over basic car maintenance such as oil changes, changing tires, and tune-ups. We will also learn about simple repairs such as fuses, light bulbs, belts, and much more. Students should come dressed to get dirty and work outside.
Time: 12pm Tuition: $95/$85 for volunteers Supply Fee: $5
Cartooning — FULL (ages 12-adult) Jeremiah Johnson
Move over Animaniacs! Say goodbye, Rugrats! Cartoon art is all grown up, unleashing graphic novels, manga, and a Marvel universe that’s bigger than our own. This class will help young artists learn the techniques for creating the different aspects of cartoon art, from character designs to setting, and making them work together. We will examine different styles of animation to help students find their vision and bring their ideas to life.
Students supply Canson Mix Media 9×12 60-paged art pad ($8 at Walmart)
Time: 12pm–FULL Tuition: $95/$85 for volunteers Supply Fee: $15
Chemistry (ages 15-18) The first semester of a year-long class Kevin Burge
A mathematics-intensive high school course that gives students a rigorous foundation in chemistry. Over the year, the material will include such topics as kinetics, acids and bases, solutions, atomic structure, and gas. Students who take this course should be well prepared for a challenging university-level chemistry course. Includes labs. Prerequisite: Algebra I. Homework: 2-4 hours per week.
Students supply Introductory Chemistry: Concepts and Critical Thinking (6th Edition)
Time: 9am-10:50pm, ending 12/11 Tuition: $210 for 2 hours, 14 weeks/ $190 for volunteers
Supply Fee: $20
Chess (ages 7-13) Bob Woodworth
Learn the basic rules of chess, how the pieces move and their values, and also include a brief history of the game plus minor tactics/strategy and some simple checkmates and stalemate tactics. And then students play, play, play!
Time: 10am Tuition: $95/$85 for volunteers
Choir —FULL (ages 9-13) Lori Needham
Let’s make some music together! Students will learn the basics of choral singing and grow their musical skills. This class will include the study of healthy vocal and breathing techniques, as well as solfeggio, and the fundamental skills of music. At the end of the semester, students will perform a recital of their repertoire.
FULL Time: 1pm Tuition: $95/$85 for volunteers Supply Fee: $3
Clay Jewelry Making–FULL (ages 8-12) New class! Samantha O’Tool
Experience jewelry making using hand-building techniques in clay. Students will learn terminology, prepare clay for use, and complete several finished pieces. Traditional pieces such as necklaces, chokers, bracelets, pins, and beads will be crafted. Find out what a bolo is and how you can replace a necktie or a necklace with this jewelry art. Jazz up your shirt by making button covers from clay. All pieces will be glazed, fired, and finished using jewelry making techniques. Students should bring a paint smock and a roll of paper towels.
FULL Time: 2pm Tuition: $95/$85 for volunteers Supply Fee: $20
Cook the World–FULL New recipes and old favorites! Mandy Moran
Come stir the melting pot. Using a variety of cooking methods, we’ll be combining fresh foods into a variety of sweet and savoury dishes, and eating our way around the world…seeing how the other half lives! From Benne cakes to Rijstebrij, it’ll be all hands on deck as we prep, cook and sample an eclectic array of foods from all over the globe. Our menu will include such delights as mushroom biryani, Moroccan chicken, sausage with Italian drunken noodles, chicken chaat, and more. NOTE: It is the student’s responsibility to manage allergy situations in the classroom.
FULL: Ages 6-10: 2pm Tuition: $95/$85 for volunteers Supply Fee: $25
FULL: Ages 10-18: 10am–1 spot! 12pm-FULL Tuition: $95/$85 for volunteers Supply Fee: $25
Dave Ramsey’s Generation Change A one-semester class. Cathy Haldeman
Generation Change is an all-new suite of studies designed to lead teens to a better understanding of themselves and their money. Video lessons with Dave Ramsey and his daughter, Rachel Cruze, along with engaging hands-on activities, will bring new biblical and financial truths to this generation, making them a generation of change.
Cathy Haldeman is a homeschooling mother who has worked in the financial services industry for 19 years helping people become properly protected, debt-free, and financially independent.
Time: 3pm Tuition: $95/$85 for volunteers Supply fee: $30, which includes a workbook
Drama–FULL (ages 4-6) Marianne Toovey
Nurture and cultivate the active imagination of your child! Since young children live in a world of make-believe for a great portion of their day, early childhood is a great time to introduce them to the dramatic arts. Classes will include a warm-up with a basic movement/music/word game/improvisational activity intended to focus students’ attention, as well as helping students learn storytelling skills, such as a dramatic retelling of a story, fable or short story.
FULL Time: 11am Tuition: $95/$85 for volunteers Supply Fee: $5
Drama–FULL (ages 6-10) Marianne Toovey
Inspire budding young actors through creative play, exercise, scene work, and monologues. Students will learn the basics of taking direction, blocking, memorization, and feeling comfortable and confident in front of others to prepare them for the world of theatre. There will be a performance for parents on the last day.
FULL Time: 12pm Tuition: $95/$85 for volunteers Supply Fee: $15
Drama–FULL (ages 10-14) Jessie Simmons
High energy fun! Through exercises, games, improvisation and scene work, students develop the foundations of good acting. Students study improvisation, blocking, story arc, and character development. Students will perform for each other through creative play and group work.
FULL Time: 3pm Tuition: $95/$85 for volunteers Supply Fee: $4
Engineering–FULL New content and old favorites. Kevin Burge
Learn more about engineering through fun and challenging activities. Engineering applies science and mathematics to design objects or processes that are useful. Since machines and processes must obey the laws of nature, engineers must understand and use these laws. Students will engage in problem-solving strategies that will challenge and fascinate them while revealing engineering facts and concepts. Mr. Burge will have new content as well as reprising some student favorites.
FULL Ages 6-10: 12pm, 3pm Tuition: $95/$85 for volunteers Supply Fee: $15
FULL Ages 10-14: 2pm Tuition: $95/$85 for volunteers Supply Fee: $15
Fall Play (ages 15-18) Jessie Simmons
This production of the classic play Our Town will teach students the skills necessary to perform on stage, including stage makeup, blocking, projection, and articulation, culminating in a performance open to the public. Students must be cast in order to participate. There are 24 roles and 2 backstage positions available.
No registration is necessary. Simply email your interest to email@example.com to receive audition material. (Please email for backstage positions as well.)
Auditions will be August 22nd with callbacks on August 29th. Rehearsals will be on Thursdays from 3 to 5pm. (Please note that this is a change from last year.) Dress-rehearsals and performances will take place in late November.
Time: 3-5pm, Thursdays Tuition: $120 Class Fee: $40 for scripts, production and stage costs
Forensic Science–FULL (ages 13-18) Shellie Garrett
Students will study a real murder case and, as they investigate leads and “crime-scene” evidence, learn about fingerprinting, blood typing, blood spatter, basic criminology, interrogation tactics, pathology, DNA evidence and trace evidence through both lectures and hands-on labs.
FULL Time: 11am Tuition: $95/$85 for volunteers Supply Fee: $15
Frontier History: FULL (ages 10-14) New class! Sarah Winn
Nebraska and Iowa history and more! Through activities, discussion, and lecture, students will discover how life was lived on the frontier, including expansion and development (forts, missions, settlements, trails, and cities), groups that roamed and settled the frontier (buffalo soldiers, cowboys, sodbusters, and immigrants), and famous frontier personalities that became the stuff of legends.
FULL Time: 10am Tuition: $95/$85 for volunteers Supply Fee: $15
Fun with Spanish (ages 6-10) Zaida Murray
Students become accustomed to the sounds and some basics of the language by exploring Spanish through a variety of games and activities focused on understanding and speaking skills. They will cover such topics as colors, numbers, days of the week, months of the year, seasons, food, family, animals, home and basic introductions to new friends. Prerequisite: students need to be able to read.
Time: 10am Tuition: $95/$85 for volunteers Supply Fee: $5
General Science–FULL (ages 11-16) The first semester of a year-long class. Erin Healey
Designed to be a student’s first systematic introduction to the sciences, students explore topics such as the scientific method, simple machines, geology, archaeology, biology, anatomy and other disciplines, providing a wide range of scientific exposure. Experiments and demonstrations are included throughout, giving students practical experience as they discover the principles behind the science. Focus is placed on developing habits that will carry over into high school science, such as notetaking, quizzes, and tests. Homework: 1-3 hours per week. [Note: This class was previously called Introduction to Science.]
Students supply Exploring Creation with General Science Student Textbook, 2nd Edition (Apologia)
FULL Time: 12pm, ending 12/11 Tuition: $105 for 14 weeks/ $95 for volunteers Supply Fee: $15
Geography Repeats previous curriculum. Sarah Kunkle
Starting from Omaha, students will learn about the community in which they live and then gradually move out to explore the geography of North America. With hands-on activities, students will use location strategies, explore topography, use different types of maps, create 3D representations, and much more. We will also use Giganto Maps, which will spread across the entire floor of our classroom, and students themselves will be the tools in which to mark, locate, and experience the wonderful features of America.
Ages 6-10 Time: 12pm Tuition: $95/$85 for volunteers Supply Fee: $15
Ages 10-14 Time: 11am Tuition: $95/$85 for volunteers Supply Fee: $15
High School Geography (ages 14-18) The first semester of a year-long class. Julie Knutson
Time and again American adults, shown a world map, faltered in answering this question: name and identify any country on the map—any country. Fighting this kind of ignorance, this course will study where people, places, and things are located, and how they relate to each other. Explore and discover the processes that shape the earth, the relationships between people and environments, and the links between people and places. Students will see how a global perspective applies to them!
Time: 3pm, ending 12/11 Tuition: $105 for 14 weeks/ $95 for volunteers Supply Fee: $7
Go Kids Go! (ages 4-7) Erin Healey
For kids on the move! Exercise and games will keep kids active while also teaching them about the muscles they are developing, as well as their cardiovascular system. Activities will develop their ability to respond to visual, auditory, and kinesthetic cues. Balance work and coordination training will enhance agility; and it’s all fun!
Time: 10am Tuition: $95/$85 for volunteers Supply Fee: $3
Greco-Persian Wars (ages 14-18) New class! Kevin Burge
Join Mr. Burge for a fascinating, and often rollicking, history of the conflicts between the Greeks and the Persians (499–449 BC) as Athens, Sparta, and their fellow Greek city-states strive to preserve the cradle of Western civilization against the marauding Persian Empire, bent on destroying them. This class will bring to life the exploits of Darius the Great and his son Xerxes as they engage in some of the most famous battles of the classical age: Marathon, Salamis, Thermopylae, and more.
Time: 11am, ending 12/11 Tuition: $105 for 14 weeks/ $95 for volunteers Supply Fee: $5
Hammers and Nails Jessica Donahoo
Start your DIY life early! In this class, children learn math and use fine motor skills with traditional woodworking tools to improve manual dexterity and create simple handmade wood projects. We’ll get crafty with our hands and show the importance of math in action.
FULL Ages 6-10 Time: 2pm Tuition: $95/$85 for volunteers Supply Fee: $20
Ages 10-14 Time: 1pm Tuition: $95/$85 for volunteers Supply Fee: $20
Hands-On Math (ages 4-6) Angie Schalbrack
What a great way to introduce young learners to the joy of math! The use of math manipulatives provides an opportunity to touch, feel, count, and sort to develop deep foundational learning, not just memorization. This is an especially helpful way to address the learning needs of visual, kinesthetic, and other hands-on learners. It’s both effective and fun! Students will be introduced to (or build upon their understanding of) skip counting, shapes, symmetry, patterns, graphing, fractions, addition, subtraction, and more.
Prerequisite: Students should be able to count from 1 to 10.
Time: 2pm and 3pm Tuition: $95/$85 for volunteers Supply Fee: $12
Hot Wired (ages 10-14) Repeats previous curriculum. Becky Furtado
Turn a toothbrush into a robot! That is only one sneaky way to help kids discover the principles of electricity through engaging, hands-on activities as they make brush bots, electromagnets, motors, and more. Kids will have fun creating these projects while learning about electric circuits, magnetic and electrical fields, and how energy is transferred to devices used in daily life.
Time: 3pm Tuition: $95/$85 for volunteers Supply Fee: $20 (10am: FULL)
Leathercraft-FULL (ages 6-18) Previous students may choose new projects. Ralph Terry
Students will be guided step-by-step through projects to learn the fundamental techniques of the art of leather stamping by a Tandy Leather staff member. Beginning students can choose from eight engaging projects including keychains, bracelets, and more. (May be used as partial fulfillment of the Boy Scout Leatherwork Merit Badge.)
FULL: Time: 10am, 11am Tuition: $85/$75 for volunteers Supply Fee: $22 (includes all tools and materials)
Lego Construction–FULL (ages 6-10) Repeats previous curriculum. Becky Furtado
Your child’s dream of a room filled with Legos comes together with a parent’s dream of children happily learning technology and engineering in a tangible way by taking teaching out of the textbook and putting it into the child’s hands. Take your Master Builder skills a step forward and learn coding, chain reactions, simple machines, and much more! We will use the Lego kits Chain Reactions and Crazy Contraptions.
FULL Time: 1pm, 2pm Tuition: $95/$85 for volunteers Supply Fee: $5
Math Dash (ages 6-9) Elizabeth Greer
Yes, even math can be fun! There is no trick to single-digit addition and subtraction, so the way to improve speed and accuracy is practice, practice, and more practice! This class will use timed tests, math games, and team activities to make that practice goal-oriented, self-competitive and fun! Set the foundation for math success! Homework: 10 minutes per day.
Time: 10am Supply Fee: $10
Microsoft Office (ages 13-18) Desiree Parrack
Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel skills are vital for college and in just about any profession they choose. Students will learn to use Microsoft Word to create, edit, save, and print documents; format text and to use styles; add a header and footer to a document; add a graphic to a document; use the spelling and grammar checker; and using functions such as cut, copy, find and replace. PowerPoint objectives include creating and manipulating simple slide shows with outlines and notes, creating slide presentations that include text, graphics, animation, and transitions; and designing layouts and templates. In Excel, students will learn to enter and edit data; format data and cells; construct formulas; and create and modify charts.
Students supply a laptop equipped with Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel.
Time: 12pm Tuition: $95/85 for volunteers Supply Fee: $5
Music Blast-FULL (ages 5-7) Lori Needham
Young children will have the opportunity to learn many basic musical elements in this playful, interactive class, using developmentally appropriate music and movement activities. Students will learn the names of notes and rests and use this knowledge to play a variety of rhythm instruments. Kids will naturally pick up many musical elements while having fun moving to music and singing!
FULL Time: 12pm Tuition: $95/$85 for volunteers Supply Fee: $5
Music 6-10–FULL (ages 6-10) Lori Needham
Children will have the opportunity to learn about the instruments of the orchestra in this playful, interactive class. Students will also learn the names of notes and rests and use this knowledge to play in their own band, using a variety of percussion instruments and recorders. Kids will naturally pick up many musical elements while having fun playing instruments and singing!
FULL Time: 11am Tuition: $95/$85 for volunteers Supply Fee: $10
PE Marty Boro
Students engage in aerobic exercise that helps teach coordination, teamwork, confidence and sportsmanship. While playing, kids will learn many skills that are more important than athleticism, including teamwork, compassion, playing by the rules, anger and pain management, social skills, and competitiveness.
Note: Age may be less important than a child’s size, athleticism, and competitiveness.
Ages 8-12 Students will participate in relays and tag games, kickball, and dodge ball.
Time: 12pm Tuition: $95/$85 for volunteers
Ages 12-18 Students play aggressive, big-boy dodge ball. Not for the faint of heart.
Time: 1pm Tuition: $95/$85 for volunteers
Physical Science(ages 12-18) The first semester of a year-long class. Becky Furtado
Get ready for high-school science with this Apologia-based survey of the physical world. This course covers a broad range of topics including earth science, weather, chemistry, and physics. Students participate in group discussions, games, and hands-on experiments. Focus is placed on developing habits that will carry over into high school science, including note-taking, quizzes, and tests. Homework: 1-3 hrs. per week.
Students supply Exploring Creation with Physical Science Student Textbook, 2nd Edition (Apologia)
Time: 11am, ending 12/11 –1 seat left! Tuition: $105 for 14 weeks/ $95 for volunteers Supply Fee: $15
Pioneer Trails (ages 6-10) Samantha O’Tool
Have you wondered what it was like to load a wagon and live on the trail as you travel to your new home? Come experience the journeys of the American pioneers. We will learn why the pioneers left their homes, what they brought with them, and what the journey was like. We will also learn about the tasks a pioneer had to complete to survive. This will be a hands-on experience which will include what it was like to load a wagon, making butter, spinning wool, and making a miniature sod house.
Time: 3pm Tuition: $95/$85 for volunteers Supply Fee: $15
Poetry: Read It, Write It, Love It–CANCELLED (ages 10-14) Maureen Armendariz
Explore the world of rhyme with an emphasis on the wild, the wacky, and the hilarious. We will study the works of both famous and obscure poets from Shel Silverstein to Shakespeare, plus craft our own verses in various styles. If you think poetry is boooooring, we dare you to take a closer look. Take home a bound volume of the class’s work at the end of the semester! Approximately 1 hour of homework per week.
Suggested text: Knock at a Star: A Child’s Introduction to Poetry by X.J. Kennedy
CANCELLED Time: 2pm Tuition: $95/$85 for volunteers Supply Fee: $15
Pre-Reading (ages 4-5) Heather Reid
Help get your child ready to explore the amazing world of reading! We will introduce a letter theme each week. Students will take part in learning activities such as show-and-tell with that letter, letter sound segmenting, rhyming, letter crafts, prewriting fine motor activities, and reading aloud with narration for better “listening” fluency and vocabulary building. This class is designed for students who are not proficient in letter recognition.
Time: 2pm Tuition: $95/$85 for volunteers Supply Fee: $10
Science Lab–Cancelled(ages 12-18) Repeats previous curriculum Jessica Simmons
Each week students will complete a dissection or a lab demonstration found in a life science/biology course. Students will keep a notebook with observations and notes. Dissections will include an owl pellet, earthworm, grasshopper, starfish, and frog. We will swab and grow bacteria, complete a blood typing test, and dissect flowers. This class will only cover the lab part of a life science/biology course.
Cancelled Time: 1pm Tuition: $95/$85 for volunteers Supply Fee: $25
The Science of Force and Motion
Make stuff move! Have you ever wondered what keeps us stuck on the ground? What makes magnets come together? What makes one team win during a game of tug of war? Forces! Students will participate in weekly age-appropriate activities to manipulate, observe, and consider pushing and pulling forces like gravity, magnetism, and friction, which affect the way things move on Earth and connect it to their own lives. In this way, kids can see physical science as a part of daily life instead of a subject to be studied.
Tuition: $95/$85 for volunteers Supply Fee: $15
Optional Textbook: Exploring Creation with Chemistry and Physics (Apologia)
FULL Ages 6-10
Time: 10am, 12pm Teacher: Kimberly Parsons
Ages 10-14 Time: 10am Teacher: Sarah Rose
Sign Language for Kids–CANCELLED (ages 6-10) New Class! Lily Whitehead
Speak with your hands! In this playful, educational, and language-rich class, kids will build their American Sign Language (ASL) vocabulary through instruction, interactive games and fun activities. Students will learn the finger-spelled alphabet, numbers, food, family, and manners signs, such as please and thank you. Because it uses hands, facial expressions, and body postures, ASL taps into children’s natural inclination to be physical learners, which makes it easy and fun to learn. It’s time to sign! Lilly is a junior, currently studying ASL at Metropolitan Community College as well as teaching gymnastics.
CANCELLED Time: 11am Tuition: $95/$85 for volunteers Supply Fee: $5
Spanish (ages 10-14) FULL A one-semester class. Heidi Berry
This course is designed for upper elementary and middle school students. Students will focus on fluency, basic sentence structure, most commonly used vocabulary, and plenty of real-world scenarios and practice. Active learning, speaking in Spanish, and fun projects will bring the Spanish language to life! This class is solid preparation for Spanish 1 or other high-school equivalency Spanish programs. Homework: 30-60 minutes per week.
Students supply Easy Spanish Step-by-Step by Barbara Bergstein (selling on Amazon for $10)
FULL Time: 1pm Tuition: $95/$85 for volunteers Supply Fee: $5
Spanish 1 (ages 14-adult) The first semester of a year-long class. Heidi Berry
This class will increase vocabulary and knowledge of common conversation through the study of grammar, verb conjugation, and language usage. Through teacher-led instructions and interactive activities, role-plays, stories, and music, students will have opportunities to further their written and oral language skills. Homework: 3-5 hrs. per week.
Students supply The Nassi/Levy Spanish Three Years Workbook (paperback)
Time: 2-3:50pm, ending 12/11. Tuition: $210 for 2 hours, 14 weeks/ $190 for volunteers Supply Fee: $5
Tae Kwon Do for Christ Wesley Hall
Tae Kwon Do teaches self-confidence, self-discipline, courtesy, integrity, healthy lifestyle, weight control, obedience to parents, good reading, study habits, and self-defense. Former students may continue their work; new students are welcome. Homework: 30 minutes to 1 hour per week. Uniform, testing, and belt fees are optional expenses.
Young (ages 5-7) Times: 11am, 12:20pm, 1:15pm (30 minute classes)
Tuition: $95/$85 for volunteers Kicking Tigers Fee: $25
Beginning (8-adult) 2pm Tuition: $95/$85 for volunteers Kicking Tigers Fee: $25
Advanced (8-adult) 3pm Tuition: $95/$85 for volunteers Kicking Tigers Fee: $25
Introduction to Web Design: FULL (ages 12-adult) New class! Desiree Parrack
You don’t have to be a master coder to build a beautiful website! Students will learn basic web design using drag and drop, as well as some HTML and CSS coding. This class will also cover other aspects of web design including layout, typography, color scheme, and responsive design. Students will also be able to view and build in the back end of current live websites. By the end of the course, students will be able to create a website using free website platforms. This will be an interactive class involving group projects, as well as solo work. Homework: 1-2 hours per week.
Students supply a laptop.
FULL: Time: 2pm Tuition: $95/$85 for volunteers Supply Fee: $5
Woodcarving: Beginning and Advanced (ages 12-adult, only please) Ken Armsbury
We’re not talking whittling here: this is an introduction to the ancient art of woodcarving, as students explore several styles of woodcarving with various types of wood. A variety of different projects will be offered for all skill levels and different projects for beginners and advanced students.
Time: 2-3:50pm Tuition: $95 for two hours/$85 for volunteers Supply Fee: $20 for wood
Tool cost: $58 for beginners; $75 for advanced. Students will keep the tools that they purchase.
World War Spies–FULL (ages 10-14) New class! Shellie Garrett
The enigma machine! Nazis spies infiltrating the United States! American and British spies uncovering Hitler’s secret plans! Students will receive dossiers of actual spies as they learn about the vital role that espionage played in WWII. With activities and lively discussion, we will study spy gadgets, spy tactics, inventions, codebreaking and all kinds of cool sabotage. Come spy with us!
FULL: Time: 1pm Tuition: $95/$85 for volunteers Supply Fee: $15
Writing (ages 9-18) Arlis Vargas
This class will help students acquire and improve skills to prepare them to write on the high school and college level. Students will study various types of paragraph and essay writing and will practice such skills as topic sentences, supporting sentences, concluding sentences, thesis statements, topic selection, controlling ideas, unity and cohesion. Various exercises including sequencing, model writing, parts of speech, and peer evaluations will support the weekly assignments. Assignments will be customized to fit the needs and level of each student. Homework: 1-2 hours per week.
Time: 3pm Tuition: $95/$85 for volunteers Supply Fee: $4
The Writing Workshop–FULL (ages 9-18) Jack Donnelly
The Writing Workshop helps students acquire and improve skills to prepare them to write on the high school and college level. The instruction and evaluation will be adapted to each student’s skill level. The class will include group interaction and teacher instruction on writing style and techniques, including grammar. Students will be given specific assignments in which they will apply the writing process to such genres as personal narrative, expository and fiction. Homework: 1-2 hours per week.
FULL Time: 12pm –1 seat left! Tuition: $95/$85 for volunteers Supply Fee: $4
Young Artists–FULL (ages 4-6) New projects! Kimberly Glass
Inspire imagination and self-expression with hands-on art activities. This class will encourage confidence, explore your child’s artistic potential and allow them to engage in tactile learning. Kids discover, get messy, and have fun! Students supply a paint smock.
FULL Time: 2pm Tuition: $95/$85 for volunteers Supply Fee: $15
Young Explorers (ages 3-5; must be potty trained) New themes! Heather Reid
Sing, dance, paint…play! Students enjoy lively activities, crafts, and story time, while developing fine motor skills, listening, and coordination through positive social interaction. This non-academic class emphasizes that play is the work of children and provides a wonderful opportunity for individual and social activities. Students may sign up for up to two hours; however, it is recommended that 3-year-olds and young 4-year-olds only take one hour for least for their first semester.
Time: 11am, 12pm (FULL: 1pm) Tuition: $95 per semester for each hour/$85 for volunteers
Supply Fee: $5 per hour
Young Scientists–FULL (ages 5-7) Marianne Toovey
Why, why, why? It’s a question that may drive parents crazy but it drives scientists to uncover the mysteries around us and even to help us control them. Students will use pulleys, levers, friction, gravity, and magnets to reveal scientific principles that explain why things work the way that they do. They’ll also get a chance to explore anatomy, nature, and space. With plenty of hands-on experiments, this class will take science to a whole new level!
FULL Time: 10am, 1pm Tuition: $95 per semester /$85 for volunteers Supply Fee: $15