Below are class offerings for the Fall 2017 session.
First Hour (10am)
|Nursery||None||Age level play.|
|Toddler Educational Play (2-3yrs)||$2||This class is for 2 to 3 year olds who are ready for a little more structure than nursery play time. We will read books, play simple games, occasionally color or have a simple craft, and have lots and lots of free play time to practice positive interaction, sharing, and explore both fine and large motor skills.
Teacher: Sarah Platt
|Preschool Letters Galore (PreK) CANCELLED||$5||Learning, singing, playing, and crafting all about letters. Each week we will be working on different activities to learn about the different letters of the alphabet. These lessons will include books, games, crafts and lots of FUN. No homework.
Teacher: Alisha Anderson
|Art and Stories (PreK)||$5||Students will listen to a story and complete an art project each week. We will spend time enjoying a picture book together each week. Then we will do various art projects including coloring, painting, play dough, cutting and gluing. There will be no at home work for this class. Students should wear clothes they can get dirty or bring smocks.
Teacher: Christy Booz
|Writing Readiness (K-1st)||$7||This class will focus on developing foundational skills for writing (such as visual memory, visual discrimination, fine motor skills, and bilateral coordination) as well as learning proper formation of letters. We will utilize Handwriting Without Tears songs and techniques as well as multi-sensory activities to encourage proper pencil grasp and handwriting skills. There will be no assigned homework and supplies will be provided.
Teacher: Sara Kimball
|Folktales & Fairytales (K-1st)||$7||Each week students will explore a different folk tale/fairy tale, through activities such as story sequencing, identifying characters/setting, sizes/colors/shapes, making crafts, playing games, and acting out/retelling the story. There will be coloring and cutting involved every week, but students do not need to be proficient at reading or writing.
Teacher: Kimberly Simon
|Cupcake Decorating (2nd-3rd)||$20||This class will teach basic piping skills along with making chocolate designs, marshmallow fondant and different frostings from scratch. They should come away with some creative techniques that they can use for any future cake decorating! I will need each student to bring 4 cupcakes to each class, they can make ahead and freeze them. No homework.
Teacher: Tiffany Perry
|The Human Body (2nd-3rd)||$10||This will be an interactive, fun class where kids will trace their body. Parts of the human body will be explained and illustrated through activities and a few songs. We will learn what's going on inside our bodies and how they work.
Teachers: Tami Smith & Megan Kuespert
|Noah's Ark - The Big Story (4th-6th)||$10||Noah’s Ark is often illustrated as a small boat overloaded with animals. And the flood as a myth or if anything not global. In this class we will discuss the truth about Noah’s Ark and the flood and cover many subjects within faith, geology and zoology. Topics include: the construction and functionality of the Ark, how did all the animals fit, what are species/kinds, where did the flood waters come from and where did it go, evidence of a global flood, what was the environment of earth like before and after the flood, the separation of the continents, and even ice age - just to mention a few!
Teacher: Karin Knapp
|Introduction to Programming with LEGO Robotics (4th-6th)||$30||Always wanted to explore programming? Interested in Lego Robotics? In this introductory-level programming class teams of three will learn the basics of block programming. Lessons will include: moving straight, turning, sensors, loops and more. We will cover portions of the curriculum and video tutorials shown at http://www.education.rec.ri.cmu.edu/content/lego/ev3/preview/.
Homework will be assigned weekly and will employ virtual robots. Students must have an at-home desktop or laptop computer with the following system requirements:
Multi-core processor, Intel (i7) or better
8 GB of RAM
Integrated graphics card
Mac OS X - Lion or better
Windows 7 - or better
2 GB available hard disk space
Available USB port or Bluetooth 2.0 or above
Minimal supported screen resolution – 1024 x 600
SOME WRITING ON PAPER WITH A PENCIL IS REQUIRED as we will document our projects weekly, practicing application of the scientific method. Robots will already be constructed (for the most part) and this is NOT intended as a Lego building class.
We will be using the following software packages:
*Class is limited to 9 students.
Teacher: Wendy Hania
|Drama: Intro to Musical Theatre (6th-8th)||$5||This class will require every student's participation. We will briefly discuss aspects of musical theatre and its origin, but most of the class time will be spent developing stage presence and working on projecting our voice through singing and dancing for an end of session mini-musical. No one will have to sing solo unless they want to. Homework may be about 30 minutes/week for line memorization.
Teacher: Jessica Kahue
|Spy Science (6th-8th)||$10||This class will incorporate sharp listening and observation skills as well as scientific inquiry to solve crimes and puzzles. Students will be expected to learn and use appropriate vocabulary such as encode, decode, cipher, implicate, etc. We will follow evidentiary trails using clean collection techniques of prints, physical evidence, witness testimony, sights, sounds, and scientific testing. We expect to have a guest speaker or 2 from our Spokane Police Department. Outside homework will be limited to using listening and observational skils at home.
Teacher: Karen Morrison
|Apologia Biology (9th-12th)||$15||In this study of Biology, you’ll cover cell life, genetics, and creation science as an alternative to evolution, ecology, insects, plants, reptiles, mammals, and more. Lab dissections include earthworm, frog, Perch and Crayfish that will be done in the spring. Apologia Biology 2nd Ed. text required. Student Notebook and most lab supplies provided. 3-ring binder needed. Families may occasionally be asked to supply household items for lab days. Homework: 1+ hours per day, reading, preparation for all labs and On Your Own Questions. Testing done at home.
Teacher: Ron Houle
Second Hour (11am)
|Nursery||None||Age level play.|
|Toddler Play (2-3yrs)||$5||The Toddler Play class will be centered around providing fun sensory activities for our toddlers to learn and enjoy. We will be using music, simple crafts, games and books during class time while while also giving them a chance to just play.
Teacher: Sharalyn Goodman
|Little Kiddo PE (PreK-1st)||$3||What does it mean to be active? How important is what we eat and how much we move? Teaching kids the basics of health and nutrition through games is our goal. My goal is to show your kids how much fun and easy it is to move that 60 minutes a day that all kids need.
Teacher: Shannon Castelda
|Community Helpers (K-1st)||$8||1 Corinthians 12:4-6 "Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone." Students will learn about different community helpers and their very integral role in the community. This class aims to lightly introduce children to areas of interest for career or volunteer work so they can contribute to society as Christians who use their God given talents & spiritual gifts to help others. We will use various mediums (craft, hands-on, videos) to study each service area. Supplies will be provided.
Teacher: Jodie Hommer
|Magnification (2nd-3rd)||$10||This class will study the science of magnification: what it is, how it works, and why we use it. The first section (4 weeks) of the class will study magnification as it is used in microscopes. We will learn the history of, parts of, and have hands-on experience with the microscope. In the second half of the class, we will study the telescope. This will include history, parts of the different types of telescopes, and hands-on experience with a telescope. For both the telescope and microscope, we will learn how we use these instruments in science today.
Teacher: Krista Jennings
|Study of the US by Region (2nd-3rd)||$7||For 2nd and 3rd graders who are able to listen to 10 minute lectures and write brief sentences. We will briefly cover the Native Americans of each region and how settlers came to be there. The rest of our focus will be on the natural resources, industry, music, historical figures and famous landmarks of each region. Students will gather basic facts on each state during class presentations and weekly homework time.
Components of class time: Notebooking to include facts about each state within each region. Listening to teacher and student presentations and taking very light notes. Hands on portion creating a small project/artwork from the region. Weekly homework required: Students need access to a US atlas or websites to complete a worksheet (by filling in general facts and illustrations on their assigned states). They will present worksheets in the following class.
Supplies required: US atlas/websites at home. 1" (or larger if desired) three ring binder to bring to each class.
Teacher: Kate Ulrich
|Extreme Weather (4th-6th)||$10||This exciting class will explore several extreme weather phenomenon such as thunderstorms, hurricanes/tornadoes, blizzards, rainstorms/flash floods, sandstorms, and more! We will learn how and why each of them form, cover weather forecasting, learn vocabulary related to our topic, and conduct several fun experiments and activities. Students should have the ability to write well enough on their own to take light notes during class (fill in the blank, 1-2 sentences, etc) and be willing to complete a short presentation or project at home to be shared at the end of the session. Please send a 1" binder (or larger if preferred) with your child on the first day of class.
Teacher: Sonya Hicks
|Sharpie Art (4th-6th)||$15||Sharpies can be used on all sorts of things. We will use Sharpies each week with something totally different, creating designs, embossing, blending colors with rubbing alcohol (with the windows open or outside), and making special items that could even be used as holiday gifts. We are scheduled to use Sharpies on foil, paper, rocks, fabric, acetate, plastic, porcelain, and ceramic (may sub canvas for this one). All projects are expected to be fully completed during class time.
*Please dress accordingly as this class uses permanent markers every week. I will provide large t-shirts to wear over the kids’ regular clothing to help. All supplies will be provided in class.
Teacher: Jessica Eggers
|Knitting Basics (6th-8th)||$15|| In this knit class kids will learn how to knit & complete 2 projects , learn knit terms, learn how to read & follow patterns.
Teacher: Alicia Garret
|Apologia General Science (6th-8th)||$15||Designed for seventh grade, this course prepares students for college-prep high school science curriculums. Covers scientific inquiry and history, geology, the human body and more. This is a full-year course (all three sessions). Completion of weekly reading and homework is required. Classroom time consist of discussion and labs. Some labs will be completed at home. Tests are left to parents' discretion.
Since the course is designed for 7th grade, parents of 6th graders should review the textbook to see if it is appropriate in both work load and academic level for their child and should speak to Mrs. Blycker before registering their student.
Required text: Exploring Creation with General Science, 2nd Edition
Optional text: Student Notebooking Journal (not required, but highly recommended)
Teacher: Blair Blycker
|Study Hall (6th-8th)||None||Students are required to bring quiet work that will last the entire hour. The assigned room will be staffed with one or more adults for supervision.|
|Language Arts (9th-12th)||$10||Language Arts will be focused on writing assignments based on literature. We will prepare for college level writing through expository papers and a persuasive paper. Also, students will turn in a research paper which will span the entirety of the year. Literature topics will include using critical thinking to translate ideas from the reading assignments into proper written form. We will be reading from Shakespeare, the Bible, and some modern classics as well as some famous speeches. Students must have a basic understanding of grammar and sentence structure as we will not be teaching grammar.
Co-Teachers: Maggie Lynch & Marcie Houle
Third Hour (1pm)
|Nursery||None||Age level play.|
|Simple & Fun While Learning (2-3yrs)||$6||The children will be introduced to basic concepts such as the alphabet, colors, taking turns and being kind, fine motor skills, parts of the body, numbers, seasons, and more through books, music, movement, imaginative play, games, and crafts. Because of the limited attention span of toddlers, we move through various stations quickly but we do it as a group, learning and having fun as we go.
Mastery of the following skills is not needed, just the basic understanding of how to do it is. Your child should be able to sit through a story, use glue sticks, and use a paint brush.
We will be painting in some of the weeks and I will email you the week of class to remind you. Please consider sending your child in clothing that can get messy or sending an old t-shirt/apron for our painting days.
No donation of items are needed. However, if you are looking to get rid of stickers, craft items (no choking hazards please), paint, or paper please let me know. I will gladly put them to good use!
Teacher: Arika Francis
|Music & Play (PreK) CANCELLED||$6||In this class, we will incorporate music, dance and play for a fun, interactive play time with toys and puzzles.
Teacher: Jamie Miller
|Little Explorers (PreK)||$5||Come explore with us through stories, creative art projects, hands-on fun and pretend play using music, movement and games. We will take "trips" to toy shops, cities, farms and oceans. Also, we will learn about trains, vehicles and construction. Bring your imagination and let's go.
Co-Teachers: Hannah Hope & Cindy Beemster
|Art (K-1st)||$8||Each week students will explore different mediums in art doing various projects. We will also focus on skills such as cutting and sewing. Projects included are making slime, paper tree, leaf prints, sewing, and more. Fun and creativity.
Teacher: Marie Powers
|All About Bees (K-1st)||$5||In this class your child will learn about how bees live, pollinate, and make honey. They will learn the parts of the bee and observe them. We will be doing IN CLASS projects and games to help us learn. There will be no homework, however they may take home worksheets for extra learning. While reading is NOT required, we will be writing a little, however they may have help if they are beginning. We will mix structured at desk activities, with stand up move around games and fun. Allergy permitted, they will sample 3 different forms of honey. Lap books will go home with them on the last week, and all other crafts or projects may go home weekly or be saved until the last week. Bee ready for fun learning!
Teacher: Nikki Craig
|Presidents (2nd-3rd)||$5||The purpose of this class is to study the presidents of the United States. We will be addressing questions such as "Why do we have a president?" and "What are the responsibilities of our president?". We will also be touching on some of our nation's most influential presidents. Children will need to be able to read and write.
Teacher: Kayla DeLorenze
|Literary Thoughts (4th-6th)||$3||In our class, we will be reading the book Wonder by R. J. Palacio. August (Auggie) Pullman was born with a facial deformity that prevented him from going to a mainstream school—until now. He's about to start 5th grade at Beecher Prep, and if you've ever been the new kid then you know how hard that can be. The thing is Auggie's just an ordinary kid, with an extraordinary face. But can he convince his new classmates that he's just like them, despite appearances?
We will read through this book together in class and the have a round table discussion at the end of class about what we are reading and then come up with a topic that we will write about in our journals at home for "homework". My hope for this class is that the kids learn to open their hearts and minds to people (especially kids) that may be different from themselves and chose kindness (will accept younger if they can sit quietly and listen to 30 min of reading).
Teacher: Christina Seaman
|PE (2nd-8th)||$5||Come join us for some fun-filled physical activity in P.E. We will be playing lots of games and sports, as well as learning about how our bodies move and living a balanced, healthy lifestyle. There will be some homework to be done at home. This class is a lot of fun and very active, so be prepared to move! Because this is such an active class, I expect the kids to wear tennis shoes and clothes that are suitable for physical activity (no skirts, dresses, boots, etc.)--a lot of kids bring clothes to change into after lunch. If you have a kiddo older or younger than the limits and would like them to participate, please ask!
Teacher: Shannon Castelda
|Declarations Course (6th-8th)||$15||Attendees will be introduced to the Declaration of Independence with special emphasis on the signers themselves. This is a character study of the extraordinary individuals who risked everything when they signed one of history's most important documents. Based on the book, For You They Signed by Marilyn Boyer, students will be introduced to many of the signers in a fresh new way. This course should encourage the student and bolster his or her understanding of America's deep Christian heritage. It is my hope that at the end of this course students will have a basic understanding of the Declaration itself as well as be able to name and identify many of the 56 signers. We will be creating a "book" of signers and a create their own "replica" of the Declaration. Student will be provided a large parchment and an authentic quill pen with powdered ink.
Teacher: Tami Siriani
|Art Skills (9th-12th)||$10||Lessons in many different basic art skills like color blending and drawing using different media such as pencils and oils. Each student will need to purchase a drawing pad but all other materials will be provided.
Teacher: Julie Lynch