In-Person Class Descriptions Fall 2020

FALL 2020: In-Person Classes
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ACT Prep (ages 13-18) A one-semester class Kevin Burge
Students learn tips, strategies, and get plenty of essential English, math, reading, and science review. Students can 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: 2 hrs per week.
Students supply The Official ACT Prep Guide, 2019-2020 by ACT
Time: 11am Tuition: $105 for 14 weeks/$95 for volunteers

Advanced Drawing–FULL (ages 12-adult) New projects! Jeremiah Johnson
Students will learn new techniques to capture the world around them using various art mediums. We will work 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: 11am   Tuition: $95/$85.50 for volunteers   Supply Fee: $15

Adventure Writing (ages 8-12) Laura Kell
Kids create thrilling stories fraught with danger and adventure; 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 riveting vocabulary and new writing skills to include in their weekly prompts. 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!
Time: 2pm    Tuition: $95/$85.50 for volunteers    Supply Fee: $7

American Government (ages 14-18) The first semester of a year-long class Julie Knutson
What does it mean to be an American? What can we expect from our government? What is expected of us? In a constitutional republic, productive civic engagement requires knowledge about the functions of state and local government, courts and legal systems, and the Constitution. We will help students come to understand the historical development, purpose, and operation of American government on all levels to remain informed and involved civically throughout their lives.
Time: 11am    Tuition: $95/$85.50 for volunteers    Supply Fee: $8

Art (ages 6-11) New projects!
10am, 11am: Amy Payson
Students will learn a wide variety of techniques (sketching, shading, color blending, transferring, and gridding) and mediums (pencil, ink, charcoal, oil pastels, chalk, and watercolor) to broaden their art repertoire. The class will emphasize free expression as well as looking to the masters.
Students supply a basic sketchbook (5×7 or larger), and a smock (or old t-shirt)
Tuition: $95/$85.50 for volunteers    Supply Fee: $20
1pm: Maddie Shely
Students will learn a wide variety of techniques (sketching, shading, color blending, gridding, etc.) and mediums (pencil, charcoal, watercolor, acrylic paint, etc.) to broaden their art repertoire and to explore the many facets of art.
Students supply a basic sketchbook (5×7 or larger), and a smock (or old t-shirt)
Tuition: $95/$85.50 for volunteers    Supply Fee: $20

Pre-Ballet (ages 4-6-year-old boys and girls) Claire Horacek
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.
Masks will not be required for children under the age of 5.
Time: 12pm    Tuition: $95/$85.50.50 for volunteer    No supply fee
Girls: tights, ballet shoes, and a leotard. Boys: t-shirt, basketball shorts and ballet shoes.

Ballet (7-13-year-old boys and girls) Claire Horacek
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: 10am    Tuition: $95/$85.50.50 for volunteers    No supply fee
Girls: tights, ballet shoes, and a leotard. Boys: t-shirt, basketball shorts and ballet shoes.

Ballroom Dance–FULL (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).
Masks will be required.
FULL  Time: 3pm    Tuition: $95/$85.50 for volunteers    No Supply Fee

Basketball Skills and Drills (Boys and Girls) (8-14)                                                 Marty McCombs
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! (This class is no longer being offered through Omaha Lightning.)
Masks will not be required.
Time: 1pm    Tuition: $95/$85.50 for volunteers     No supply fee

Biology (ages 13-18) The first semester of a year-long class. Carol Halstead
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.
Students supply Exploring Creation with Biology (2nd edition)
Time: 9am-10:50am, ending 12/9
Tuition: $210 for 2 hours, 14 weeks/$189 for volunteers    Supply Fee: $25

Car Care (ages 12-adult) Chet Davis
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/$85.50 for volunteers    Supply Fee: $5

Cartooning (ages 12-18) 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-page art pad ($8 at Walmart)
Time: 10am    Tuition: $95/$85.50 for volunteers    Supply Fee: $15

Chemistry-UNAVAILABLE (ages 15-18) The first semester of a year-long class Kevin Burge
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, 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. Homework: 2-4 hours per week.
Students supply Introductory Chemistry: Concepts and Critical Thinking (6th Edition)
Time: 9am-10:50am, ending 12/8   Tuition: $210 for 2 hours, 14 weeks/$189 for volunteers
Supply Fee: $20

Clay Creations               Vanessa Piper
Students will learn the stages of creating clay art, beginning with sketching their project ideas before creating them in clay. They will be introduced to many different techniques of hand-building. Six-to-ten-year-olds will make pinch pot creatures, a lidded coil pot, animal mask, and a leaf print bowl; older students will create a pocket wall hanging mask, a pinch pot bank or animal planter, and a coil clay weaving. Students will complete 3 glazed pieces (fired twice), and 6 painted pieces that have been fired once.
Students will supply an inexpensive sketch pad, one roll of paper towels, and a smock
FULL  Ages 6-10:   11am    Tuition: $95/$85.50 for volunteers    Supply Fee: $25
Ages 11-15: 10am  Tuition: $95/$85.50 for volunteers    Supply Fee: $25

Drama–FULL (ages 6-10) New scripts! 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: 1pm    Tuition: $95/$85.50 for volunteers    Supply Fee: $10

Fall Play-UNAVAILABLE (ages 15-18) Jessie Simmons
This year we will stage an adaptation of A Christmas Carol. This classic tale of Ebenezer Scrooge’s growth from selfishness to generosity will be a hands-on production, teaching students all the necessary skills to perform on stage, including blocking, projection, articulation, and teamwork. The class will culminate in a performance open to the public. There are 25 acting roles and 4 backstage ninja positions available. Students must be cast in order to participate.
No registration is necessary. Simply email your interest to to receive audition material.
Auditions will be August 19th.
Rehearsals will be on Wednesdays from 4:00 to 5:30pm. Dress rehearsals and performances will take place Nov 17th- 21st.
Tuition: $120    Class Fee: $40 for scripts, production and stage costs

>Flight of Fancy(ages 6-10) New class! Becky Furtado
Come explore God’s creation in zoology while making your own creations! Have you ever studied flying creatures? Have you listened to bird’s songs? Have you ever seen what colors God painted their feathers and wished you could do the same? We will do all this and more as we study birds, bats, flying reptiles, and insects, while creating enjoyable art projects that also help to retain their learning.
Time: 3pm    Tuition: $95/$85.50 for volunteers    Supply Fee: $15

Forensic Science (ages 10-14) Repeats previous curriculum Janell Beutler
Students will 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.
Time: 10am    Tuition: $95/$85.50 for volunteers    Supply Fee: $15

General Science (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.
Students supply Exploring Creation with General Science Student Textbook, 2nd Edition (Apologia)
Time: 11am, ending 12/9    Tuition: $105 for 14 weeks/ $94.50 for volunteers    Supply Fee: $15

Geography (High School) (ages 14-18) The first semester of a year-long class. Julie Knutson
Where is Djibouti? How many countries are in the world? Why should I care? This course will study where people, places, and things are located and how they relate to each other on planet Earth. Students will explore and discover the physical geography of Antarctica, Australia, Asia, and Europe, and explore the relationships between people and their environments. Students will see how a global perspective applies to them.
Time: 12pm, ending 12/9    Tuition: $105 for 14 weeks/ $94.50 for volunteers    Supply Fee: $7

Go Kids Go! FULL (ages 4-7) Erin Healey
For kids on the move! Exercise and games 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; balancing and coordination training will enhance agility. And it’s all fun!
Masks will not be required.
FULL  Time: 10am    Tuition: $95/$85.50 for volunteers    Supply Fee: $3

Hands-On Science: Earth and Space: New class! Kimberly Parsons
Earth science is a field that includes geology, astronomy, meteorology, and oceanography. Students will participate in active learning that will help them understand the Earth’s crust and mantle, tectonic plates, weather, oceans, rocks and minerals, as well as the science of space which explains the seasons, eclipses, the earth’s motion, comets, black holes, and more.
Tuition: $95/$85.50 for volunteers    Supply Fee: $20
Optional Textbook: Christian Kids Explore Earth and Space Science
Ages 6-10: Time:  11am, 2pm

Home Cooking–FULL (ages 6-10) Claire Roach
Put on your aprons and let’s do some home cooking! This class will help your child feel comfortable in the kitchen, teaching them how to read a recipe, measure ingredients, and introduce them to cooking techniques that they can use throughout their lives. We are going to make some homemade treats (think ice cream and muffins), as well as locos tacos, pigs in a blanket, chicken quesadillas, and so much more.
NOTE: Students with food allergies should not enroll unless they can manage their dietary restrictions.
FULL  Time: 10am    Tuition: $95/$85.50 for volunteers    Supply Fee: $25

Hot Wired: Electricity for Kids (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: 1pm   Tuition: $95/$85.50 for volunteers   Supply Fee: $20

The Industrial Revolution (ages 10-14) New class! Sarah Winn
How many people have the same favorite sweatshirt as you, or the same family car? None of this was possible before the Industrial Revolution. From the 1700s to the 1900s the world changed from a make-your-own everything to a society of manufactured goods. We will meet the dynamic individuals who led this revolution and learn how their innovations impacted the lives of everyone, rich and poor, city dwellers, and farmers alike. Our hands-on class will create a water-powered wheel, design a steamship, build a telegraph machine, and make a pinhole camera.
Time: 10am    Tuition: $95/$85.50 for volunteers    Supply Fee: $15

Know Your America (ages 10-14) New class!  Walt Valentine
Can you name the capital of Idaho? Do you know who the 17th president was? Can you point to New Mexico on a map? If not now, you will by the end of this semester in this fact-filled class that combines geography and civics. We will use the 2020 election to discuss the voting process and have students cast a mock ballot. An hour of homework each week with plenty of memorization.
Time: 3pm    Tuition: $95/$85.50 for volunteers    Supply Fee: $15

Leathercraft–FULL (ages 6 & up) 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. (This class may be used as a partial fulfillment of the Boy Scout Leatherwork Merit Badge.)
FULL  Time: 2pm    Tuition: $85/$76.50 for volunteers
Supply Fee: $33 (includes all tools and materials)

Lego Construction (ages 6-10)
Take teaching out of the textbook and put it into your child’s hands! A kid’s dream of a room filled with Legos comes together with a parent’s vision of children happily learning technology and engineering in a tangible way. Master builders will improve their skills and learn about bridge design, catapults, and even create their own marble mazes for classmates to enjoy. We will use the Lego kits Chain Reactions and Crazy Contraptions.
Time: 1pm (Kim Parsons)
Tuition: $95/$85.50 for volunteers    No supply fee

Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My! FULL(ages 3-5, must be potty trained) New class! Abbey Jackson
Animals are amazing! In this activity-based class, students will be immersed into the animal world through movement, art, and literature. In a typical day, we would begin with a group activity and story and then move into station work (art, games, sensory play). Projects will include crocodile obstacle course, homemade binoculars and animal hunt, safari sensory bin, and animal tracks activity. There will be a few live animals visits!
Students supply a paint shirt.
Masks will not be required for children under the age of 5.
FULL Time: 10am    Tuition: $95/$85.50 for volunteers    Supply Fee $15

Magicians in the Making (ages 8-14) New class! Dave Arch and Steve Nespor
This class will use streaming video to take a child’s fascination with learning and presenting magic tricks to increase their self-confidence and develop their presentation skills. Kids learn fun and amazing tricks but also such valuable skills as eye contact and talking before an audience. If you’d like to know more about this class, visit to view a short video.
Our teachers are Dave Arch, former pastor and current president of the Omaha Magical Society, and Steve Nespor, former Director of Youth Ministry and current secretary of the Omaha Magical Society.
Time: 3pm    Tuition: $95/$85.50 for volunteers     Supply Fee: $10

Nature Adventures (ages 3-5, must be potty trained) New class! Abbey Jackson
Dive into all things nature through exploration, art, and science in this pre-school class. We will learn about flowers, birds, leaves, insects, and weather. Have you ever made your own rainbow, created a life-sized bird nest, or built an active volcano? We will also spend some time outdoors planting and exploring our senses. The outdoors is God’s free playground!
Students supply a paint shirt.
Masks will not be required for children under the age of 5.
Time: 1pm    Tuition: $95/$85.50 for volunteers    Supply Fee $15

Oil Painting Introduction (ages 12 to adult)    Amy Payson
Students will learn the basics of beginning oil painting. The class will be broken down into four units, first covering basic techniques and mixing of colors and then applying that knowledge in three projects. Students will take a basic sketch, a photo, and a still life object and then practice re-creating these on canvas. The goal will be to become comfortable in manipulating oils, which are more fluid than other art mediums. Students should bring a smock (or old t-shirt).
Time: 1pm     Tuition: $95/$85.50 for volunteers       Supply Fee: $20
[See also Advanced Drawing, Cartooning, and Clay Creation]12p

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.
Masks will not be required.
Time: 12pm    Tuition: $95/$85.50 for volunteers    No Supply Fee

Photoshop–UNAVAILABLE (ages 12-adult) Rachel Bohnert
You don’t need to take a great picture when you can make one. This basic photoshop course will accustom students to the commonly used tools as we edit a different photo in each class. Students will learn how to lighten (dodge) and darken (burn) photos for effect, remove blemishes (pimples, food on small children’s faces, scratches, etc.), edit people and other unwanted details out of photos, and even swap skies and add light flares and other compositing techniques.
Students will supply Adobe Photoshop or the free photo editing software, Gimp. A laptop computer is recommended for class and will be necessary to practice the lessons at home.
Time: 2pm    Tuition: $95/$85.50 for volunteers    Supply Fee: $5

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: 2pm, ending 12/9
Tuition: $105 for 14 weeks/ $94.50 for volunteers for the first semester    Supply Fee: $15

Playing with a Play–FULL  (ages 10-14) New class! Marianne Toovey
Shakespeare’s here, but there’s nothing to fear! “Classic” doesn’t have to mean boring or difficult to understand. Join us as we discover the history and meaning of Much Ado About Nothing. Using the Playing with Plays series by Brendan P. Kelso, students will also have the opportunity to act out a shortened adaptation written especially for younger actors. Students will give a performance of the play at the end of the semester.
Homework: line memorization, approx. 1 hour per week

FULL  Time: 12pm    Tuition: $95/$85.50 for volunteers    Supply Fee: $15

Pre-Reading (ages 4-5) Holly Donnelly
Help get your child get 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.
Masks will not be required for children under the age of 5.
Time: 12pm    Tuition: $95/$85.50 for volunteers    Supply Fee: $10

Punic Wars (ages 13-18) New class! Kevin Burge
How can a war last over two thousand years? Find the answer to this along with other surprising facts as Mr. Burge re-creates the Punic wars between Rome and Carthage through his own dramatic retelling and astounding attention to detail. Students will have a ringside seat to some of the greatest and most decisive battles in history, which military academies the world over continue to study to this day.
Time: 12pmTuition: $105 for 14 weeks, ending 12/8

Research Writing (ages 14-18) Jack Donnelly
Students will be guided through the complex process of learning the process of research, including choosing a topic, developing a thesis, evaluating sources, organizing a draft, integrating source materials, and formatting to MLA standards. Students will produce a short research paper on a given topic that reflects the successful mastery of these skills. Jack Donnelly teaches the research paper class (Comp II) at Metropolitan Community College.
Time: 2pm    Tuition: $105/$94.50 for volunteers for 14 weeks    Supply Fee: $5

STEAM Ahead! (ages 8-12) New class! Kiah Van Veen
STEAM learning helps students to make connections between concepts learned in science, technology, engineering, art, and math. This class will motivate students to ask questions, problem-solve, think creatively, and produce innovative solutions. Kids will explore the potential and kinetic energy of a cotton ball launcher and a rubber band helicopter, and the science of velocity in the egg-drop challenge and straw art painting. Students will be asked to think like a scientist as they record findings and draw up building plans but act like a kid as they just plain have fun!
Supplies provided by family: a small notebook and pencil
Time: 12 pm    Tuition: $95/$85.50 for volunteers     Supply Fee: $15

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: 12:20pm, 1:15pm (30-minute classes)
Beginning–FULL (8-adult) 2pm
Advanced (8-adult) 3pm
Masks will not need to be worn.
Tuition: $95/$85.50 for volunteers    Kicking Tigers Fee: $25

Wild West (ages 6-10) New class! Sarah Winn
Did you know a covered wagon could cover 25 miles on a good day but sometimes might only make it one mile on a bad day? Come experience the spirit of the Wild West through activities ranging from making a settler’s soddie to mining for gold. We will learn about the explorers who mapped the American West, gold miners, cowboy culture, cattle drives, Wild West legends, frontier towns, peacekeepers, lawbreakers, and much more of the rich history of the Wild West in the 1800s.
Times: 12pm, 2pm   Tuition: $95/$85.50 for volunteers    Supply Fee: $15

Writing (ages 9-18) Laura Keel
Students will study various types of paragraphs and essays, practicing such skills as topic sentences, supporting sentences, concluding sentences, thesis statements, topic selection, controlling ideas, argument structure, 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: 11am    Tuition: $95/$85.50 for volunteers   Supply Fee: $4

The Writing Workshop (ages 9-18) New essays! Jack Donnelly
The Writing Workshop helps students acquire and improve skills to prepare them to write on the high school and college 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. The instruction and evaluation will be adapted to each student’s skill level. Homework: 1-2 hours per week.
Time: 1pm    Tuition: $95/$85.50 for volunteers    Supply Fee: $4

Young Artists (ages 4-6) New projects! Maddie Shely
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.
Time: 2pm    Tuition: $95/$85.50 for volunteers    Supply Fee: $15

Young Scientists–FULL (ages 4-6) New activities! Claire Roach
Make scientific concepts come alive with hands-on experiments, games, experiments, singing, and crafts. Students will learn about anatomy, nutrition, weather, plants, animals, seasons, magnets, lights and color, and how to conduct an experiment.
FULL  Time: 11am    Tuition: $95 per semester/$85.50 for volunteers    Supply Fee: $15