COURSE OFFERINGS FALL 2015 SESSION ONE

REGISTRATION WILL BE HELD AT THE RIVER YOUTH BUILDING ON MONDAY 8/24.  WE WILL ACCEPT CURRENT MEMBERS REGISTRATIONS AT 10:00 AM, NEW MEMBERS AT 11:00 AND WE WILL ALL JOIN TOGETHER FOR A POTLUCK LUNCH AT NOON.  We look forward to meeting everyone!

2015-2016 SESSION I COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

 

ALL AGES

 

PARENT TIME/PLAY GROUP (For any children not in class)

The Parent Time/Playgroup is a time and a space for homeschool parents to network, be mentored and mentor others. Your children are your responsibility. It will be beneficial for the parents to work together to take turns occupying children so that parents might bond, relax and grow together on this journey. Various toys and activities are provided for children who are not in class.

KARATE (Ages 6-18)

Meets 12:30-1:30 AND/OR 1:30-2:30 (if there is enough interest) PLEASE BE ADVISED: Karate might not meet on September 14th or may have a substitute teacher.

INSTRUCTOR: Vicki Craine

Supplies: Please wear comfortable PE type clothing or Karate Uniforms if you choose.

FEE: First session (5 class meetings) $25 If two children, $40 If three children, $55 (the price will be rising by $5 for sessions 2, 3 and 4)

(cash or check separate from coop fees–please make check payable to Vicki Craine)

Students will study the basics of Karate while learning good character traits and exercising their bodies. Students who hold current belts in other disciplines may wear their uniforms and belts. Students with belts from other disciplines will be expected to review and perform to that belt level in Ms. Craine’s form in order to begin studying for advancement in that form. Depending on the student’s level of interest uniforms and testing for rank advancement will be available for an additional fee.

NURSERY (0-3)

Meets 9:00 am – 12 pm and 12:30-2:30

LEAD VOLUNTEER Sara Klopp

No prerequisite required

Please provide snacks, bottles, diapers and wipes as necessary.

ASSISTANTS NEEDED

FREE

Sara will be the coordinator and lead volunteer for this time of bonding and play with our very young children. Parents who are lead-volunteering are encouraged to leave their little ones in the nursery during their teaching times. Caregivers should accompany all other nursery-aged children.

 

LITTLE LEARNERS (Ages 3-5)                

 

LITTLE LEARNERS WORKSHOP (Ages 3-5)

Meets 9:00 am – 11:30 pm

LEAD VOLUNTEER Laurie Martin and Tiffany Lehman

No prerequisite required

No required supplies

ASSISTANTS: CAREGIVER PARTICIPATION REQUIRED UNLESS OTHERWISE ENGAGED.

FEE: $10 (for supplies and snacks)

Laurie and participating parents will lead our LITTLE LEARNERS while they explore a variety of activities. LITTLE LEARNERS will focus on preschool basics while enjoying each other’s company.   Daily activities will include basic food preparation, story time, art stations, music appreciation, physical activity and more. This is a loosely structured group allowing time for play and fun to promote a love of learning with caregiver interaction required unless teaching a course in the co-op.

 

LOWER ELEMENTARY (Ages 6-8)

 

INTRODUCTORY ART (Ages 6-8)

Meets 9-10

LEAD VOLUNTEER Amanda Primm

No prerequisite required

Students should come prepared to get messy! A paint shirt or apron would be a good idea.

Class Limit 10

ASSISTANTS: 2 NEEDED

FEE: $5

Beginning art will introduce students to the basic vocabulary and ideas associated with the visual arts. We will learn about various artists, styles and mediums.

 

MAGIC TREEHOUSE TRIP ON THE TITANIC (AGES 6-8)

Meets 10:00-11:00

LEAD VOLUNTEER Danica Allen

No prerequisite required

No supplies required

Class Limit 10

ASSISTANT: NEEDED

FEE: $3

Students will read about Jack and Annie’s adventure on the Titanic. We will do various classroom activities to gain understanding of the time period and event. A large field trip will be planned for the Titanic Museum in Branson for the end of the course (tentative date 16 October.)

  

INTRODUCTION TO NATURE STUDY (Ages 6-8)

Meets 11-11:30

LEAD VOLUNTEER Misty Wyatt

No prerequisite required

Supplies: One inch binder, set of 12 colored pencils, erasers, and a box of Ziploc sandwich bags.

Class limit 6

ASSISTANTS: NEEDED (2)

FEE: $2 (for magnifying glasses)

Learners will explore and observe nature using their five senses. This course will help introduce ideas of environment, habitat, classification of living things, life cycles, and keeping a journal.

 

COOKING SCIENCE (Ages 6-8)

Meets 11-12

LEAD VOLUNTEER Brianna Smith

No prerequisite required

No required supplies

Class Limit 10

ASSISTANT Ande Flagg and Jennifer Roberts

FEE: $5

Why does Popcorn pop? What happens to food during heating? Join us for fun and delicious kitchen science experiments!

 

 STOP MOTION ANIMATION (Ages 6+)   

Meets 12:30-1:30 and 1:30-2:30 (if 12:30 fills)

LEAD VOLUNTEERS Becky McElhaney and Danica Allen

No prerequisite required

iPads will be used but are not required.

CLOSED AT 10 STUDENTS

FEE: $3

Students enrolled in this class will further their mastery of social skills and positive learning traits by creating plans, working in groups, following directions, and ultimately creating their own stop motion videos of classic and original stories. Basic elements of literature, writing and drawing skills will be used for creating and planning the final product.

  

FUN WITH NUTRITION (Ages 6-8)

Meets 1:30-2:30

LEAD VOLUNTEER Sarah Whiting

No prerequisite required

No supplies required

ASSISTANT: NEEDED

FEE: $5

 Each class will focus on a different food group. By the end of six week the goal is to know about all six food groups. We will also have a snack that corresponds with the food group being covered.

 

 

UPPER ELEMENTARY (Ages 9-11)

 

INTERMEDIATE COOKING (Ages 9-11)

Meets 9:00-10:00

LEAD VOLUNTEER Christina Marchbank

No prerequisite required

No supplies required

Class Limit 8

ASSISTANT: NEEDED

FEE: $10.00

Cooking class for 9-11 year olds. We will be cooking a variety of foods through out the course to include dessert, entrees and appetizers. In addition, we will discuss basic nutrition, meal planning, shopping. Please, use caution when choosing this class for your student if he/she has food allergies.

 

I SURVIVED! TRIP ON THE TITANIC (AGES 9-11)

Meets 9:00-10:00

LEAD VOLUNTEER Danica Allen

No prerequisite required

No supplies required

Class Limit 10

ASSISTANT: NEEDED

FEE: $3

Students will read an I Survived! historical fiction novel about the Titanic as well as other documents related to the time period and the event. We will do various classroom activities to gain understanding of the time period and event. A large field trip will be planned for the Titanic Museum in Branson for the end of the course (tentative date 16 October.)

 

INTERMEDIATE ART (Ages 9-11)

Meets 10:00-11:00

LEAD VOLUNTEER Becky McElhaney

Students should have some basic knowledge of artistic supplies and applications

No required supplies

Class Limit 10

ASSISTANTS: NEEDED and Shayla Mack

FEE: $5

Intermediate art will continue to give students a creative outlet within the visual arts.

 

K’NEX FORCES, ENERGY AND MOTION (Ages 9-11)

Meets 11:00-12:00

LEAD VOLUNTEER Shayla Mack

No prerequisite required

No required supplies

Class Limit 8

ASSISTANT: NEEDED and Becky McElhaney

FEE $3

As students in this class engage in these activities, they will be learning, practicing, and experiencing the practical application of physics. Students will be expected to generate and analyze data. This is *not* an in-depth physics class. Students will be learning concepts and in some instances trying to improve upon created vehicles.

 

INTRODUCTION TO NATURE STUDY (Ages 9-11)

Meets 11:30-12

LEAD VOLUNTEER Misty Wyatt

No prerequisite required

Supplies: One inch binder, set of 12 colored pencils, erasers, and a box of Ziploc sandwich bags.

Class limit 6

ASSISTANTS: NEEDED (2)

FEE: $2 (for magnifying glasses)

Learners will explore and observe nature using their five senses. This course will help introduce ideas of environment, habitat, classification of living things, life cycles, and keeping a journal.

  

PUBLIC SPEAKING (Ages 9-11)

Meets 12:30-1:30

LEAD VOLUNTEER Brianna Smith

No prerequisite required

No required supplies

Class Limit 10

ASSISTANT: NEEDED

FEE $1

The one thing homeschooling lacks is public speaking opportunities, which is an important life skill. Each week we will each give a speech based loosely around a given topic. Example: a debate where the student presents both sides of an issue of their choosing. Please note that this class requires homework!

 

INTRODUCTORY CHEMISTRY (Ages 9-11)

** PLEASE NOTE THIS CLASS WILL BEGIN ON DAY 2 OF SESSION 1**

Meets 1:30-2:30

LEAD VOLUNTEER Katie Raburn

No prerequisite required

No supplies required

Class Limit 10

ASSISTANT: Kimberly Cullen

FEE: $7

Students will be learning the basics of chemistry during this course.

 

 MIDDLE/HIGH SCHOOL (Ages 12+)

 

ORDER IN THE COURT (Age 12+)

(Learning about the United States judicial system through mock trials)

Meets 9:00-10:00

LEAD VOLUNTEER Misty Wyatt

Supplies Needed: Spiral bound notebook and writing utensils
Class Limit 10
ASSISTANT: NEEDED and Jennifer Roberts

FEE: Free

Through trial simulations students will delve into criminal and civil law with motivating cases that mirror situations in fairy tales, nursery rhymes, literature, and history. In the roles of attorneys, members of the jury, defendants, witnesses, and courtroom personnel, students prepare and conduct cases. They will learn to use statements of fact and witness affidavits to determine guilt or innocence. This class is designed to define the types of courts in the U.S. court system; explain how to carry out a mock trial; and introduce ready-to-use court cases, including all necessary documents. This class teaches critical thinking and teaches students how to weigh opposing points of view. The exciting results will motivate students to exercise their reasoning skills, polish their communication skills, and apply knowledge of the legal system. This session, students will work on civil trials related to Jack and Jill and Lord Capulet this session.

 

CONVERSATIONS IN SPANISH (Age 11+)

Meets 9:00-10:00

LEAD VOLUNTEER Jennifer John

Supplies: the student’s Spanish book
FEE: $2 to cover copies

A guided/structured period where Introductory Spanish students can practice the Spanish Language with fellow students. This is NOT a comprehensive Spanish teaching class. Students must be studying Introductory Spanish as a part of their current daily curriculum to participate.

CLASSIC LITERATURE AND CONTEMPORARY ISSUES (Age 12+)

Meets 10-11

LEAD VOLUNTEER Misty Wyatt

Supplies Needed: Spiral bound notebook and writing utensils, index cards, copy of the novel

Class Limit 10
ASSISTANT: Angela Sweeny

FEE: Free

Learners will read a classic novel while exploring correlations between the book and current events.

Session ONE required reading is Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 (The original dystopian fiction!) Lover of the Hunger Games and Divergent series will enjoy this novel. Current events explored will include topics of censorship and the media as well as government involvement in education.

Learners will analyze the work, as well as complete a comparative essay based on the novel and recent news worthy topics. Reading, writing and homework are required for this class.

 

BIOLOGY LAB (Age 12+)

Meets 11-12

LEAD VOLUNTEER Jennifer John

Supplies: Microscope if at all possible.

We will attempt to secure the use of one microscope/2 students. If you currently own one, fantastic. If not, but you have younger children, I would encourage you to make the investment. It will be used over and over again. Ownership of a microscope is not a requirement for the class. Optimally we are looking for microscopes with a 10x ocular, 4x, 10x, and 40x objectives and separate course and fine adjustment. Again, this is ideal, but we will work with what we are able to secure

A 1 1/2 or 2 inch ring binder.

I will be basing many of the labs off of the lab manual from our biology curriculum. Whatever curriculum you use, you could just bring that lab manual. I think different curriculums are likely to cover similar topics in about the same order. If a lab manual is purchased the binder is unnecessary.

ASSISTANTS: NEEDED

FEE: $10 (initial fee—more info to follow)

Description: Completion of 5-6 labs to aid in meeting high school lab requirements. This will not meet the required text portion, only the lab portion. The first 6 weeks will be introductory in nature, covering such topics as the scientific method, introductory microscope use, basic Cytology, and genetics.

 

EXPLORING CAREER OPTIONS (Age 12+)
Meets 11-12

LEAD VOLUNTEER Angela Sweeny

Supplies Required: To be involved in this course, students MUST do the homework. Homework will involve looking up things on the Internet at home and bringing in a printout of those pages.

***Before the first class, students need to take this assessment and bring in a printout of the results http://www.16personalities.com/
FEE:$3

In this course, students will explore personality, work values, skills, abilities, hobbies, job outlooks and how these things relate to personal fulfillment. There will be class discussion, creation of an inspiration board (No creativity required, but creativity is not a hindrance to this project.) and one individual presentation.

K’NEX FORCES, ENERGY AND MOTION (Ages 12+)

Meets1:30-2:30

LEAD VOLUNTEER Shayla Mack

No prerequisite required

No required supplies

Class Limit 8

ASSISTANT: NEEDED

FEE $3

As students in this class engage in these activities, they will be learning, practicing, and experiencing the practical application of physics. Students will be expected to generate and analyze data. This is *not* an in-depth physics class. Students will be learning concepts and in some instances trying to improve upon created vehicles.

 

INTRODUCTION TO DRAMA (Ages 12+)

Meets 12:30-1:30

LEAD VOLUNTEER Christina Marchbank

No prerequisite required

Students may be asked to supply props/costumes

ASSISTANT: NEEDED

FREE

In this course, students will learn basic drama techniques, vocabulary, and staging through games, skits and lecture. No previous experience required, but a willingness to look silly, be placed in awkward situations and be laughed at is essential.

 

INTERMEDIATE CHEMISTRY (Ages 12+)

** PLEASE NOTE THIS CLASS WILL BEGIN ON DAY 2 OF SESSION 1**

Meets 12:30-1:30

LEAD VOLUNTEER Katie Raburn

No prerequisite required

No supplies required

Class Limit 10

ASSISTANT: Kimberly Cullen

FEE: $7

 

Students will be learning the basics of chemistry during this course.

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