Class Descriptions Fall 2019

SPRING 2020

Act It Out (ages 3-5)  New class! Sandy Lee and Susan Dolezal
Stories come alive through the reenactment of children’s favorite books. Has your child ever crawled inside a 6-foot mitten? Become baby bear that came upon Goldilocks? Or sold caps to only have monkeys take them? Your child can experience all of these things and much more while using different techniques to act out stories. By telling stories, children are able to learn new vocabulary, sequencing, taking on another person’s view, and developing language skills to encourage reading.
Time: 10am    Tuition: $95/$85 for volunteers    No Supply Fee

ACT Prep (ages 13-18) Repeats first semester’s curriculum 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, 2019-2020 by ACT
Time: 12pm, ending 5/6   Tuition: $105 for 14 weeks/ $95 for volunteers

Animal Attack (ages 6-10) Repeats first semester’s curriculum Maureen Armendariz
Animals are amazing! In this activity-based class – part art, part science – we’ll 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 (ages 6-11) Jessica Donahoo
Get up close and personal with live animals, such as a pig, cow, horse, chickens, rabbits, turkey, goats, or ducks. We will talk about the different kinds of animals, their uses, diet, and care. For the most part, this class will take place outdoors.
Note: Children with allergies to animals should not enroll.
Time: 11am and 2pm    Tuition: $95/$85 for volunteers    No Supply Fee

Art  (ages 6-11) New classes!  
10am: 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.
Supplies provided by family: a basic sketch book, 5×7 or larger; a smock (or old t-shirt)
Tuition: $95/$85 for volunteers    Supply Fee: $20

12pm: Jordan Shely
Create art at the feet of the Masters! Students will be introduced to a variety of captivating art movements and then craft works that reflect the themes and styles. They will work with different art mediums (watercolor, acrylic paint, charcoal, pastels, watercolor pencils, etc.) to explore the many facets of art. Students should bring a smock (or old t-shirt).
Tuition: $95/$85 for volunteers    Supply Fee: $20

Advanced Drawing New projects! (ages 12-adult) Jordan Shely
Students sharpen their drawing skills and build new techniques to improve their abilities using several different drawing mediums and a variety of subjects. Students will be given the opportunity to do at-home weekly assignments to keep them engaged with drawing the world around them throughout the week.
Supplies provided by family: a basic sketch book, 5×7 or larger
Time: 10am    Tuition: $95/$85 for volunteers    Supply Fee: $15

Art Workshop (ages 12-adult) New projects! Amy Payson
Students will take basic art skills to the next level, practicing different techniques (sketching, shading, color blending, transferring, and painting) and different mediums (pencil, ink, charcoal, oil pastels, chalk, and watercolor). We will look to the classical masters of the past and using them as a template for copywork as well as looking to the glory of God’s creation in nature. Students should bring a smock (or old t-shirt).
Time: 11am    Tuition: $95/$85 for volunteers    Supply Fee: $20

Pre-Ballet (ages 4-6-year-old boys and girls) Andrea Ford
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.
Time: 10am and 12pm    Tuition: $95/$85 for volunteers    No Supply Fee
Girls: tights, ballet shoes, and a leotard. Boys: t-shirt, basketball shorts and ballet shoes.

Ballet (7-14-year-old boys and girls) Andrea Ford
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    No Supply Fee
Girls: tights, ballet shoes, and a leotard. 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).
BOYS ONLY  Time: 3pm    Tuition: $95/$85 for volunteers    No Supply Fee

Basketball Skills and Drills (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!
Time: 11am    Tuition: $95/$85 for volunteers    No Supply Fee

Biology (ages 13-18) The second 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 5/6
Tuition: $210 for 2 hours, 14 weeks/ $190 for volunteers (per semester)
Supply Fee: $25    Students supply Exploring Creation with Biology, 2nd edition

Chemistry (ages 15-18) The second 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 I. Homework: 2-4 hours per week.
Students supply Introductory Chemistry: Concepts and Critical Thinking (6th Edition)
Time: 9am-10:50pm, ending 5/6 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, including pieces movements and values, plus strategy tips and some simple checkmates and stalemate tactics. The class will also include a brief history of the game, Best of all, students play, play, play!
Time: 10am and 11am    Tuition: $95/$85 for volunteers    No Supply Fee

Choir (ages 9-13) New songs! 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.
Time: 1pm    Tuition: $95/$85 for volunteers    Supply Fee: $3

Clay Cabaret New class! Abi Henke
Experience sculpture using a variety of materials and techniques. Students will learn basic clay, pottery, and sculpture concepts using different tools and hand-building techniques while creating multiple projects throughout the semester. Materials will include kiln-fired stoneware clay, air-dry clay, modeling clay, and more.
Supplies provided by family: One roll of paper towels and a smock
Ages 6-10: 3pm    Tuition: $95/$85 for volunteers    Supply Fee: $20
Ages 10-14: 2pm    Tuition: $95/$85 for volunteers    Supply Fee: $20

College Prep Reading and Writing (ages 14-18) New material Jack Donnelly
Many college courses require students to read supplemental excerpts and make some kind of written response, a skill that is not practiced frequently enough during high school. In this class, students will read non-fiction excerpts and respond by summarizing, analyzing, or creating reader reaction pieces. This course will emphasize skills such as paraphrasing without plagiarizing, expressing main ideas, providing telling details, connecting personally with the text, and formatting.
Time: 1pm    Cost: $85    Supply Fee: $5 for copies

Cook ‘N Book–FULL(ages 4-6) New class! Sandy Lee and Susan Dolezal
If a little red hen made bread, why can’t your child? Making stone soup is easy when everyone shares! Pigs can make pancakes, so why can’t kids? Children love to help adults cook in the kitchen; in this class we will build on their interest to promote literature and reading. Each week children will engage in a different cooking experience based on fun children’s books.
NOTE: Students with food allergies should not enroll unless they are capable of managing their dietary restrictions.
FULL  Time: 11am    Tuition: $95/$85 for volunteers    Supply Fee: $10

Creative Writing: Fiction (ages 13-18) New class! Katie Kohrs
Aspiring writers, we know you are out there, with half a dozen novels started and ideas for a hundred more. There are others like you: join them and improve your work with expert advice on clarity, description, character, setting, and plot construction. Best of all, you get to write fiction and share your work! Miss Kohrs, a Learning Center alumnus, just received her Master’s Degree in Creative Writing (emphasis fiction) from the University of Roehampton in London.
Time: 1pm    Tuition: $95/$85 for volunteers    Supply Fee: $4

Drama (ages 6-10) Open to current and new students Marianne Toovey
nspire 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.
Time: 12pm    Tuition: $95/$85 for volunteers    Supply Fee: $15

Drama: One Acts  (ages 14-18) New class! Jessie Simmons
This class will focus on producing a matinee performance of one-act plays. Every student will take a turn as an actor, director, and backstage ninja, learning how to audition, rehearse, and perform. In this introduction to theater basics, we will play games, read and choose scripts, create characters, and have a blast! No audition is required to participate. Performances will be held on the final class.
Time: 2pm, ending 5/6    Tuition: $105 for 14 weeks/ $95 for volunteers    Supply Fee: $15

Engineering 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.
Ages 6-10: 3pm    Tuition: $95/$85 for volunteers   Supply Fee: $15
Ages 10-14: 1pm and 2pm Tuition: $95/$85 for volunteers Supply Fee: $15

Forensic Science: FULL (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.
FULL  Time: 11am    Tuition: $95/$85 for volunteers    Supply Fee: $15

Fun with Spanish (ages 6-10) Repeats previous curriclulum Zaida Murray
Students become accustomed to the sounds and explore 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 (ages 11-16) The second 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: 12pm, ending 5/6    Tuition: $105 for 14 weeks/ $95 for volunteers    Supply Fee: $15

Geography: Passport to the World New class! Dawn Andersen
Pack your bags! Students will be issued a passport to experience a wondrous global journey, encountering places and people from around the world. Children will learn intriguing facts about countries, including such information as capital cities, maps, flags, and religions. In addition, students can sample the local cuisine and hear from guest speakers who have been on location! Students will be encouraged to research a country and memorize geography facts and terms. Our semester will end with a trip to an African jungle and grasslands, the Asian highlands, a desert, a swamp, a gorilla valley, and other Henry Doorly exhibits.
Time: 11am    Tuition: $95/$85 for volunteers    Supply Fee: $15

High School Geography (ages 14-18) The second semester of a year-long class. Julie Knutson
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 5/6    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 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!
Time: 10am    Tuition: $95/$85 for volunteers    Supply Fee: $3

Hammers and Nails New projects! 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: 12pm    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) Repeats previous curriculum 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: 1pm and 3pm    Tuition: $95/$85 for volunteers    Supply Fee: $12

Hands-On Science: Lights! Electricity! Magnetism! New class!
See the invisible forces at work in the universe! These forces have been at the heart of navigating the planet and the internet, as well as discovering bacteria and new planets. Join us as we explore this unseen world and learn more about how the universe moves. This class is a continuation of last semester’s Force and Motion class, but new students are welcome.
Tuition: $95/$85 for volunteers    Supply Fee: $20
Optional Textbook: Exploring Creation with Chemistry and Physics (Apologia)
Ages 6-10 Time: 10am and 12pm    Teacher: Kimberly Parsons
Ages 10-14 Time: 10am    Teacher: Sarah Rose

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: 10am and 3pm    Tuition: $95/$85 for volunteers    Supply Fee: $20

Human Geography: Christian Persecution (ages 14-18) Marjie Davis
Christian worldwide persecution has reached “near genocide levels.” In this high school social studies class, this persecution will be explored through the lens of human and political geography. Students will research and report on countries to discover the social, religious, and political mechanisms that give rise to religious persecution, as well as its impact on national, community, family, and private life.
NOTE: students may be shown or told stories that describe torture. Although graphic details will be avoided, material may be disturbing to some. See this video for a sample of the material: https://safeyoutube.net/w/y2hx
Time: 12pm    Tuition: $95/$85 for volunteers    Supply Fee: $4

Kid Chef (ages 6-10) New class! Autumn Cox
This class will entice your kids by teaching them how to make their favorite requested meals (chicken nuggets, anyone?) and then slyly introduce new variations to delight and astonish their jaded palates. Students will get the chance to make pancakes, macaroni & cheese, chicken nuggets, and pizzas, just to name a few. Add in some variety with mix-ins, toppings, sauces, and voila: kid chef!
NOTE: It is the student’s responsibility to manage allergy situations in the classroom.
Time: 10am    Tuition: $95/$85 for volunteers    Supply Fee: $25

Leathercraft (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 a partial fulfillment of the Boy Scout Leatherwork Merit Badge.)
Time: 2pm and 3pm    Tuition: $85/$75 for volunteers    Supply Fee: $33 (includes all tools and materials)

Lego Construction (ages 6-10)  Repeats previous curriculum.  Abi  Henke
Take teaching out of the textbook and put it into the child’s hands! Your child’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 coding, chain reactions, simple machines, and much more. We will use the Lego kits Chain Reactions and Crazy Contraptions.
Time: 11am and 1pm    Tuition: $95/$85 for volunteers    No Supply Fee

Masterpiece (ages 4-6) New class! Jordan Shely
Get your littles interested and excited by learning the history of art, art movements, and great artist by imitating their syles in simple projects. Students will be led in step-by-step projects following a theme from a great artist or era, working on a new project every one to two weeks. Have fun while making memorable projects that encourage their interest in art!
Time: 11am    Tuition: $95/$85 for volunteers    Supply Fee: $15

Math Mysteries (ages 6-9) New class! Elizabeth Greer
Calling all math detectives: come put your addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division skills to work solving math mysteries! We will learn about different strategies in our problem-solving toolbox to tackle complex word problems as a team, as well as exploring multiple approaches to problems and learning how to explain and support our solutions. Homework: 30 minutes per week.
Time: 10am    Tuition: $95/$85 for volunteers    Supply Fee: $7

Microsoft Office (ages 13-adult) Repeats previous curriculum Kim Parsons
Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel skills are vital for college and in just about every profession. 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 functions such as cut, copy, find and replace. Power Point 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: 1pm    Tuition: $95/85 for volunteers    Supply Fee: $5

Middle School Play (ages 11-14) Jessie Simmons
This fun, family-friendly play is aimed specifically for less experienced actors with the goal to teach all the skills necessary to perform on stage. It is a great opportunity for students to perform in a fun, encouraging environment. We will practice characterization, stage movement, projection, articulation, and team work. Auditions will be January 22nd. Performances will be at the end of April.
No registration is necessary. Simply email your interest to <mrs.simmons.dramateacher@gmail.com> to receive audition material.
Time: 3-5pm (on Wednesdays)    Tuition: $120    Class Fee: $25 for scripts and production costs

Music Blast  (ages 5-7) New content and old favorites 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!
Time: 2pm    Tuition: $95/$85 for volunteers    Supply Fee: $5

Music 6-10 (ages 6-10) New content and old favorites Lori Needham
In this playful, interactive class, students will 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!
Time: 3pm    Tuition: $95/$85 for volunteers    Supply Fee: $10

Mystery Writing-FULL (ages 8-12) New class! Elizabeth MacDonald
Students will create a detective character and write a short story each week that solves a mystery, creating a mystery series throughout the semester. Every class will introduce challenge vocabulary and a grammar lesson to be used in their gripping detective stories. Students can have help from home with their writing, as the most important thing is to get their ideas on paper.
FULL  Time: 1pm    Tuition: $95/$85 for volunteers    Supply Fee: $7

Natural Disasters (ages 10-14) Sarah Winn
This class mixes geology and history, wrapped in shocking and fascinating human and geological drama. We will explore the events in Pompeii, the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, the Si Chuan Earthquake, and more. The class will have plenty of hands-on opportunities as we take a look inside a volcano and re-create the action of plate tectonics. Find out how an act of nature can impact human society with devastating results!
Time: 10am    Tuition: $95/$85 for volunteers    Supply Fee: $15

New Worlds (ages 6-10) New class! Sarah Winn
Get out your compass and let’s discover new lands! We will have fun re-living the adventures of the early explorers as we become a Viking with Leif Ericsson, sail around the world with Magellan, head to China with Marco Polo, discover the New World with Columbus, and more! Each lesson will be filled with hands- on activities.
Time: 11am and 2pm    Tuition: $95/$85 for volunteers    Supply Fee: $15

Introduction to Oil Painting (ages 12-adult) New class! 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: 12pm    Tuition: $95/$85 for volunteers    Supply Fee: $20

PE Marty Boro
Students engage in aerobic exercise that helps teach coordination, team work, confidence and sportsmanship. While playing, kids will learn many skills that are more important than athleticism, including team work, 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    No Supply Fee
Ages 12-18 Students play aggressive, big-boy dodge ball. Not for the faint of heart.
Time: 1pm    Tuition: $95/$85 for volunteers    No Supply Fee

Percy Jackson and Mythmaking (ages 10-14) Kim Parsons
Enter the riveting mythological world of Percy Jackson. As students adventure through the Lightning Thief, they will learn about literary elements used, how the classical myths differ from those created by author Rick Riordan, as well as practicing their own creative writing. If you love fiction, writing, and mythology, then this class is for you!
Students supply The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
Time: 3pm    Tuition: $95/$85 for volunteers    Supply Fee: $5

Perfect Paragraphs (ages 7-10) New class! Elizabeth MacDonald
Once a child can write a sentence, it can become a challenge to develop a balanced, detailed, and well thought-out paragraph. Each week we will work on sentence structure and building a new paragraph together, including a grammar lesson, a handful of spelling words, and a new topic to complete at home. Students can have help writing and spelling, if needed.
Time: 12pm    Tuition: $95/$85 for volunteers    Supply Fee: $7

Photography (ages 12-adult) Bobbi Jo Beaver
Learn how to see and create, using light as your tool. Students will use photography as a means to capture and create amazing images by learning how to visualize before ever clicking the button. Learn the foundations of photography and take pictures that demonstrate proficiency in composition, light, angle, focal point, etc. Basic camera features will also be discussed.
Supplies needed: Digital camera
Time: 2pm    Tuition: $95/$85 for volunteers    Supply Fee: $5

Physical Science(ages 12-18) The second 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 5/6    Tuition: $105 for 14 weeks/$95 for volunteers    Supply Fee: $15

Pre-Reading (ages 4-5) New letters! Heather Reid
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.
Time: 2pm    Tuition: $95/$85 for volunteers    Supply Fee: $10

Public Speaking-FULL (ages 13-18) New class! Julie Knutson
Speaking in public is an everyday occurrence. Whether it is a toast, presentation, interview, or introduction, everyone has the need to acquire the basics of public speaking. In this engaging class, students will learn how to clearly communicate in multiple areas, concentrating on offering a polished response no matter the occasion. Students will practice speech writing as well as giving a variety of speeches in a safe and encouraging environment.
FULL Time: 2pm    Tuition: $95/$85 for volunteers    Supply Fee: $4

Shakespeare Play (ages 13-18 only, please) Jack and Holly Donnelly
Studying a role allows students to appreciate and comprehend Shakespeare’s work in a way that mere reading can never match. This class will train students to confidently deliver some of the most eloquent lines in the English language as they perform a shortened version of one of Shakespeare’s masterpieces. Students must be available for dress rehearsals and performances. Homework: memorize lines.
No registration is necessary: simply email your interest to omahahomeschool@gmail.com to receive audition material. Auditions are Dec. 5th.
Times: Cast One rehearses Thursdays from 11am-12:45; Cast Two rehearses Thursdays from 1:05pm-2:45pm beginning January 8th.
Tuition: $130    Class Fee: $40    Prerequisite: Students must be cast.

Sign Me Up! (ages 6-10) New Class! Megan Moore
This is true hands-on learning! Students will learn the basics of American Sign Language (ASL) in this engaging class full of interactive games and activities. Lessons will include the alphabet, greetings, manners, colors, and more. Students will come away from this class on their path to bilingualism.
Time: 1pm    Tuition: $95/$85 for volunteers    Supply Fee: $7

Spanish 1 (ages 14-adult) The second semester of a year-long class. Katie Kohrs
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 5/6    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–FULL (ages 5-7) Times: 12:20pm and 1:15pm (30 minute classes) (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

Take Flight (ages 10-14) New class! Staff
Take to the skies as you learn about the history of flight! For thousands of years, people have been fascinated with flying. The class will also include experiments about air flight, airplane design, and much more. From da Vinci’s first drawings, to the Wright brothers at Kitty Hawk, to outer space, students will learn about aviation in a fun and engaging manner. The class supply fee includes the spectacular book Planes, A Complete History with fifty press-out models of historic and contemporary aircraft.
Time: 2pm    Tuition: $95/$85 for volunteers    Supply Fee: $25 with book

Toying with Physics (ages 6-10) New class! Tim Gilloon
Let’s create our own fun physics toys, play games, and learn how our universe works, based primarily on Isaac Newton’s three laws of motion. How does a tornado form? What is sound? Why do soap bubbles pop? Students will make and take home several fun science-based toys that will help explain the world around and within them!
Time: 3pm    Tuition: $95/$85 for volunteers    Supply Fee: $15

Under the Sea  Becky Furtado
Come explore God’s creation in zoology while making your own creations! Students will study marine biology by investigating a variety of ocean creatures while creating enjoyable art projects that also help retain their learning. Have you ever noticed the beauty of the scutes on a sea turtle’s carapace or contemplated the colors of mollusk shells? We will look at these and more!
Ages 6-10    Time: 2pm    Tuition: $95/$85 for volunteers    Supply Fee: $15
Ages 10-14 Time: 12pm    Tuition: $95/$85 for volunteers    Supply Fee: $15

What’s Cookin’ (ages 10-14) FULL New class! Trevor Ford
You’ve cooked the world; now come back to your own kitchen and get the skills and confidence to prepare and cook the everyday foods that are the stuff of life. Students will learn how to safely use a variety of knives and basic cooking equipment so that they can competently accomplish everything from frying an egg to making a full meal from scratch. Forget about showing your work: in this class you can eat it!
NOTE: It is the student’s responsibility to manage their allergies.
FULL Times: 12pm and 2pm  Tuition: $95/$85 for volunteers    Supply Fee: $25

World War I (ages 13-18) New class! Kevin Burge
The European powers hadn’t fought a major war since the Battle of Waterloo in 1815. What would happen one hundred years later when 18th century battle tactics met deadly 20th-century war technology in what would come to be called the Great War, the War to End All Wars.
Time: 11am, ending 5/6    Tuition: $105 for 14 weeks/$95 for volunteers    Supply Fee: $5

Writing (ages 9-18) New class! Katie Kohrs
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, 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. Miss Kohrs, a Learning Center alumnus, just received her Master’s Degree in Creative Writing (emphasis fiction) from the University of Roehampton in London.
Time: 12pm    Tuition: $95/$85 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: 11am    Tuition: $95/$85 for volunteers    Supply Fee: $4

Young Artists (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.
Time: 3pm    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, and 1pm    Tuition: $95 per semester for each hour/$85 for volunteers    Supply Fee: $5 per hour

Young Scientists (ages 5-7) New activities! Maureen Armendariz
Make scientific concepts come alive with hands-on experiments and science-themed stories. We will get dirty and wet in the name of science! No reading or writing necessary, but students should come to class with willingness to adventure and work together in a group. With plenty of hands-on experiments, this class will take science to a whole new level.
Time: 2pm    Tuition: $95 per semester/$85 for volunteers    Supply Fee: $15