2017-2018 Classes

2 year olds:
10:15 – 11:00 Super Two’s with Becky Badger and Aletheia Backs
 
Preschool Age 3 – 5:
9:15 Kindermovers (large motor movement) / Manners Matter with Maegen Johnson
10:15 Before Five in a Row with Jamie Del Balso and Jennifer Martin
11:15 Busy Builders Building class with Amber Vrielinck
 
Lower Elementary age 5/6 – 8:
9:15 Gym with Amber Vrielinck
10:15 Manners Matter with Ellen Wiegman
11:15 Art with Tracy Runde ($5 supply fee)
11:15 Songs, Rhymes, and Poetry with Ellen Wiegman
 
Upper Elementary age 8 – 12:
9:15 Art with Tracy Runde ($5 supply fee)
9:15 Writing Club with Shannon Badger
10:15 Gym
11:15 Manners Matter – Teachers needed
 
Junior High / High School age 13 – last year of schooling:
9:15 Restaurant / Manners Matter with Jamie Del Balso and Tricia Cartwright
10:15 Chemistry (will be both semesters) with Shannon Badger
10:15 Gardening and Preserving this class is both semesters
11:15 Gym
 
Second Semester:
Readers’ Theatre ages 7 – 10
Spanish – Junior High / High School
Practical Life Skills – Junior High / High School
Chemistry – High School
Possible – Public Speaking age 8 – 12, Junior High / High School

Class descriptions:

Manners Class (required):

  • This year every student will be in a manners class. Each week the students will learn a new etiquette skill such as greeting others, kindness, sharing, table manners, phone etiquette, and much more!

2 year olds:

  • Super Two’s – Becky Badger and Aletheia Backs:
    • Description: Toddlers will be introduced to colors, shapes, numerals and letters. We will have a short circle time where we will sing, read a story, and present the color, letter and numeral of the day. Sometimes we will have fun with an art project.

Preschool:

  • Before Five In A Row – Jamie Del Balso, Jen Martin, Monique Borgen: 
    • Description: Using the Five in A Row curriculum, we will teach from a different children’s story book each week. The preschool class will include circle time and various age appropriate activities related to the book

 

  • Busy Builders – Amber Vrielinck:
    • Ages: 3-5
    • Description: Children will be given the opportunity to experiment creating and building with various building materials.
      • Mega blocks
      • Lincoln Logs
      • Duplos
      • Toilet paper tubes
      • Marble runs
      • Legos
    • If any parent had a concern about their child using a particular building material (i.e. Still mouths small objects) please let me know and I’ll plan accordingly. Also, if anyone has materials they’d like to offer for a class session I’m more than happy to use those as well. We don’t all have the same favorite thing to build with and it’d be fun to share.

Lower Elementary Ages 5/6 to 8:

  • Songs, Rhymes, and Poetry – Ellen Wiegman:
    • We will have be learning classic rhymes, memorizing poetry, Bible verses, and some fun songs while experiencing basic timing, rhythm, and movement. Children will need a folder for storing hand-outs.  We will have themes such as School Time, America the Beautiful, Fall Leaves, Giving Thanks, Winter, God’s Love, Spring. For now, I’d like this class to be all year (but it depends on the classes for second semester). If this class is offered second semester, you will have the option to leave the class, or stay, or join then. At the end of the year celebration, I would like the students to do a presentation on what they have learned.
  • Art 5-8 year olds Tracy Runde:
    • This semester we will be studying the principles and elements of design while learning drawing, painting, and collage. The students will be creating their own art using these principles in different mediums. We will also be studying several different artists of the Modern Era of art including Grandma Moses, Rockwell, O’Keefe, Wyeth, Lichtenstein, Miro and Kandinsky. We will be doing projects based on folk, romantic, realist, and pop.
    • $5 fee for supplies per child.

Upper Elementary Ages 8 -12:

  • Writing Club – Class Shannon Badger:
    • This is an opportunity for growth in something that is a great hobby among homeschool students – creative writing. Each week, we will be discussing a different aspect of creative writing including figurative language, theme, character development, setting, description. However, the bulk of the class will be students reading their work and critique. It is very important for young writers to learn how to give and take criticism, so we will be learning the three-for-one plan for criticism: three positives to one negative. Also, questions on each other’s work teaches them abstract thinking and tightens their writing as students understand that readers have questions that writers must answer.
    • No class fees.
    • Materials: organizing folder and notebook paper for in class exercises, notebook of choice to write in so all of their work is in one place and they can see their progress.
  • Art Class 8-12 year olds – Tracy Runde:
    • This semester we will be studying the principles and elements of design while learning drawing, painting, and collage. The students will be creating their own art using these principles in different mediums. We will also be studying several different artists of the Modern Era of art including Grandma Moses, Rockwell, O’Keefe, Wyeth, Lichtenstein, Miro and Kandinsky. We will be doing projects based on folk, romantic, realist, and pop art. While also learning color theory and how to use several different mediums such as watercolors, acrylics, chalk pastels and collage.
    • $5 fee for supplies per child.

Junior High / High School Age 13 and up:

  • Gardening and Preserving Class – Jessica Olson:
    • This class will be both semesters (the whole school year).
    • The beginning of the school year, we learn how to preserve food that was grown in your gardens. We will teach about good and bad bacteria, and we will teach about fermenting foods, canning, freezing, and water bath. We will teach them how to dry foods and salt foods using electricity and no electricity. We will teach holiday baking, gluten free, dairy free, sugar free, and some vegan dishes for the holidays; all clean, healthy, eating foods.
    • The end of the year, we would like to teach how to start a garden and all about seeds. We will talk about sprouting seeds, planting, and different ways for gardening and more.
    • Supplies: we will make a list of produce items for the students to bring at the beginning of the season.
  • Chemistry Class – Shannon Badger:
    • I am offering Chemistry, because to graduate from high school in Wisconsin, every student needs to have three years of science. It does not have to include Chemistry, but Chemistry is a basic high school offering that uses labs and that can be of assistance in completing transcripts. We will be working through the Apologia High School Chemistry textbook.
    • There will be no tests or quizzes.
    • The students will be reading a chapter a week and completing assignments from the syllabus. I will be an accountability system, collecting homework to make sure that they are actually doing the work. Class time will be used for review and labs. Grades will be issued at the end of the year. Grades will be based on attendance and completion of homework. While homework can be caught up with, labs cannot so, if students miss more than three classes, they will not have done the labs that are part of the class.
    • Please order the Apologia Chemistry Textbook as soon as possible.
    • I will be sending out the syllabus as soon as I know who is in the class and would like everyone to have completed Chapter 1 for the first-class session. I am sure the students will have success in this challenging, but required class. The book is expensive enough and CHEF is purchasing the lab kit
    • No additional fee for this class.
    • Materials: organizing folder, notebook paper

Tentative 2017/2018 Calendar

August 30 – Class Registration/Orientation/Potluck
September 13 – November 15 Wednesday Co-op Classes First Semester
September 22 – 24 Father/Son Camping
October 20 or 27 – Fall Harvest Gathering
November 10 – Annual Mothers’ Banquet
January 26 – CHEF Restaurant Fundraiser
January 31 – April 4 Wed. Co-op Classes Second Semester
February 14 – Valentine Nursing Home Visitation
March 9 – Family Fun Night
April 6 – End of year Celebration
April 27 – High School Spring Banquet
May 6 or May 19 – Graduation