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Compass Community

A vibrant and growing
homeschool group
in Athens, GA

2018-2019 Classes

Classes are organized by subject.  Scroll down to see what is being offered for Art, Language Arts, Languages, Math, Music & Performance, Physical Education & Recreational Classes, Practical Skills, Science, Social Studies, and Study Hall.

Art

Creation Station Arts & Crafts  Grades K4-2                                                                                                Monthly Fee: $30  Supply Fee: $0

Laura Rupers  

Does your child love crafts, while you dread dealing with the mess? In this class, your child can craft to his heart's delight! We will be doing FUN, messy, exciting crafts with painting, sculpting, print making, and much more while we make our own play dough, slime, a t-shirt, a tote bag, toys, wall art, cool gifts for others, and much more! (We will be doing lots of NEW crafts each year!) Shhhh . . . don't tell the kids, but they will be learning art concepts at the same time. (They'll be having so much fun, it will feel like playtime!) We will do easy, kid-friendly crafts with emphasis on each child's creativity and individuality. Never fear about stained outfits—we will make sure their clothes are well protected as we explore!


Painting & Crafting Stories     Grades 1-5                                                                                                           Monthly Fee: $25, Supply Fee: $10/semester

Rebekah Nunez  email: rebekah.c.nunez@gmail.com

Calling all artists! Students will be encouraged to try new things as they create a variety of art projects using acrylics, watercolors, and mixed media.  This class is targeted towards grades 1-4, with projects moving at an appropriate pace to keep students engaged while learning and practicing skills. The inspiration for our painting & craft projects will come from children's literature; for example, we might read the book Flotsam and then create an underwater inspired painting, or we might create an spring field scene based on the book Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney.  We will read new stories, practice new skills, and try new projects, so students who have taken the course will still benefit from a second year..

Directed Drawing       Grades 1-5                                                                                                                                     Monthly Fee: $30 Supply Fee: $0
Alicia Holman email:  wintergroveacademy@gmail.com
Art offers students the opportunity to be creative and gain confidence in skills they may not realize they have.  Directed Drawing will challenge the students through directed learning to try new drawing techniques and develop their current skill set.  Students will learn how to draw animals, people, landscapes, and even their favorite cartoon characters.  Each class will utilize and fine tune listening skills and the ability to follow directions.  Projects will be taught with step-by-step instruction so that students can create their own works of art. 

Creative Craft Making   Grades 3-6                                                                                                                                     Monthly Fee: $25, Supply Fee: $30

Tiena Thacker

Do you have a crafty creative kid who loves making hands on projects? Then this is the perfect class for them! This class will emphasize not only creativity and fun, but also learning basic skills in many different areas of crafting. Crafting topics will include: jewelry making, bath products like bath bombs and bubble bath, cake decorating, candy making, card making, fabric art, wall art, crafts that can be given as gifts, paper crafts and more. Added bonus - your child will bring home awesome craft projects, but the mess and clean up stay at Compass!


Fiber Arts (Knitting & Crocheting)  Grades 4-12                                                                                                   Monthly Fee: $30  Supply Fee: $TBD
    Kristy Dennis  email: dennisfam2000@gmail.com
    Fiber Art is just a fancy term to include all art forms created with fiber (yarn, thread, etc).  In today's fast-paced, digital world, there is a level of joy and peace to be found in simply working with your hands and raw materials to create something  beautiful.  In this class, we'll focus on knitting and crocheting and perhaps some sewing if students are interested.  New and returning students are welcome, and projects will be geared toward students' individual skill levels (no experience necessary).   Students will be expected to work on projects at home, and links to YouTube videos will be provided to help students  if they forget a step while working at home.   Space is limited

Pinterest Crafts & Creations Grades 6-12                                                                                                               Monthly Fee: $25  Supply Fee: $25
Brianne Baine  email: briannebaine@gmail.com
In this class, we'll work together to make the unique and inventive projects that you find on many Pinterest boards.  We will spend time outside of class "pinning" and class time crafting, making, and creating.  Internet access once or twice a week is required.  You may need to supply odds and ends for a project, but most supplies will be brought in by the teacher.  We will have different focus weeks throughout the year - Natural beauty products, Nature crafts, Holiday decorations, DIY Christmas gifts, Bedroom decor, Repurposed items, etc.  


Abstract Art  (Fall)   Grades 3-7                                                                                                                         Monthly Fee: $25, Supply Fee: $30/semester

Nanette Heckler  email: nanuart@aol.com

Students will create various works of art that are nonrepresentational.  Students will learn all types of techniques and will use the following media in their creations:  graphite, charcoal, acrylic, watercolor, clay, paper mache, oil pastels and lino block cuts. 

Abstract Art  (Fall)   Grades 7-12                                                                                                                         Monthly Fee: $25, Supply Fee: $30/semester

Nanette Heckler  email: nanuart@aol.com

Students will create various works of art that are nonrepresentational.  Students will learn all types of techniques and will use the following media in their creations:  graphite, charcoal, acrylic, watercolor, clay, paper mache, oil pastels and lino block cuts. 

Realistic Art (Spring) Grades 3-7                                                                                                                       Monthly Fee: $25, Supply Fee: $30/semester
Nanette Heckler  email: nanuart@aol.com 
Students will create various works of art that are representational of real life.  Students will learn all types of techniques and will use the following media in their creations:  graphite, charcoal, acrylics, pastels, clay, pen, conte and colored pencils.


Realistic Art (Spring) Grades 7-12                                                                                                                      Monthly Fee: $25, Supply Fee: $30/semester
Nanette Heckler  email: nanuart@aol.com 

Students will create various works of art that are representational of real life.  Students will learn all types of techniques and will use the following media in their creations:  graphite, charcoal, acrylics, pastels, clay, pen, conte and colored pencils.



Language Arts: Literature, Writing, Grammar

Fun Phonics  Grades K4-2                                                                                                                                         Monthly Fee: $30  Supply Fee: $0
Alicia Holman email:  wintergroveacademy@gmail.com 
Learning to read can be fun!  Join us as we learn the building blocks needed to unlock the magical world of reading.  Through games, hands-on activities, read-alongs, and lots of fun, we will gain a strong phonological understanding of the alphabet and begin to recognize and build basic words to prepare for early reading.  This class is intended to supplement the reading instruction you do at home, not replace it. 

Grammar Mechanics  Grades 3-7                                                                                                                                Monthly Fee: $25, Supply Fee: $10
NeeCee Delk email: delkpiano@gmail.com
This year's course will focus on the correct use of mechanics using Analytical Grammar, which is recommended in The Well-Trained Mind, Homeschooling 101: The Essential Handbook, and Simply Charlotte Mason!  Jr. Analytical Grammar is a program intended to introduce the ideas of English grammar to younger students. Concepts covered include subject/verb agreement, correct punctuation, capitalization, usage, and more.   Students will need to provide their own copy of the workbooks from Analytical Grammar: Junior AG Mechanics Workbook as well as a 3-ring binder with 3 dividers and paper and pencils.  Work will be assigned to be completed at home throughout the week.


Creative Learning A & B   Grades K4-2                                                                                                        Monthly Fee: $45* Supply Fee: $30/semester

Alicia Holman email:  wintergroveacademy@gmail.com                                                                                 One period only: $25/month  Supply Fee: $15/sem.

Come and enjoy a Charlotte Mason-inspired early elementary program based on living books and creative learning! This is designed to be a two period class, however, if two periods don't work for your schedule, you can sign up for either time block. A class discount is provided when you sign up for both.

The first half of the class (period A) will include stories with some culinary creations. The children will hand-make a snack together and partake during story time. Well-loved classics as well as tales by modern authors will be read aloud. Nursery rhymes, poetry, music, art, culture, & geography will all be incorporated. 

The second half of the class will (period B) will include movement and learning games, Show & Tell, and lots of social interaction! When both classes are combined, your student will encounter a well rounded Charlotte Mason style learning experience that they will be sure to enjoy! (Please check with the teacher before registering to see if dietary restrictions can be accommodated as a snack will be provided.)


Creative Writing      Grades 7-12                                                                                                                            Monthly Fee: $25, Supply Fee: $0

Nanette Heckler  email: nanuart@aol.com  

In this full-year course, students will engage in traditional creative writing.  They will write each week from various prompts.  Students will learn about various literary techniques including foreshadowing, imagery, personification, metaphors, similes and euphemisms.  Students will focus on improving appropriate diction, character development and dialogue.  Writing assignments done in and outside of class will include the following:  children's book, blog, poetry, and short stories.  The grand finale for the course will be the publication of a literary magazine that will contain works by the students.  Such magazine will be available for purchase by the Compass student body. 


Debate     Grades 7-12                                                                                                                                            Monthly Fee: $25, Supply Fee: $0

Nanette Heckler  email: nanuart@aol.com  

In this full-year course, students will learn basic and advanced research skills, analytical skills, and debating skills which are necessary for achieving success in higher education and in the work force.  Students will do some speaking most weeks, continually growing in the area of argumentation.  Occasionally, students will watch key debates from history and current events.  Students will debate each other in class, the instructor, and perhaps outsiders.


Middle and High School English   MAP                                                                                                                                  Included in MAP tuition

Grades 6-7, 8-9, and 10-11*                                                                                                                                                       A la carte Monthly Fee: $60 

These two-period literature and composition classes are taught on Mondays and included in the MAP tuition.  They are also available a la carte as space permits.  

    • In the literature segment, the primary goal is to encourage an enjoyment of reading quality literature and to help students connect with themes and elements of literature in a meaningful way. The course will not only provide students with the opportunity to develop appreciation for quality literature, but also to develop the skill of discussing ideas in a group setting through skilled facilitation using Socratic questioning methods. The class will focus on exploring different genres of literature which may include some of the following: historical fiction, realistic fiction, fantasy, mystery, biography, and poetry/plays. All of the content presented will be taught with a Christian worldview. The readings will be enhanced with instruction in defining and recognizing the basic literary elements within literature. Audio/visual materials will be used at times to supplement the historical events encountered within the readings. Students should glean from this course a greater appreciation and enjoyment for reading, tools for enhancing the understanding of what they read, knowledge of literary terms and how to recognize them at work in literature, a rich exposure to historical events, and the experience of sampling a wide variety of literature genres.
    • For composition, students in the 6th and 7th grade class will use IEW's Medieval History-Based Writing Lessons while students in the 8th-9th class will use IEW's World History based Writing Lessons.  Students in the 10th-11th grade class will focus on high school level and college-bound writing skills.   In all classes, students will learn both structure and style and we explore different forms of writing (essay, narrative, poetry, etc).  Instruction and practice in grammar skills will be included through the use of daily exercises.  Writing assignments will tie in with history and literature studies as students learn to make connections in a meaningful way.  This class will encourage students to practice brainstorming, sentence construction (in the context of short writing assignments), paragraph construction, the organization of ideas, and several types and purposes of essays. Students will build on these basic skills by planning, writing, and revising essays, and experiencing writing and reading as a multi-step process. Students will also learn the process and value of peer-to-peer editing. 
    • *For the 10th and 11th Grade class, there will be a heavy focus on British classics, allowing students to use this course as a British Literature credit.

Languages

American Sign Language Class     Grades K-4                                                                                            Monthly Fee: $25, Supply Fee: $20/semester

American Sign Language Class    Grades 4-8

Sherri Michelle Mills    email:129mills@gmail.com

This class will be based on interactive teaching, learning, and communication. Students will become familiar with basic ASL vocabulary, finger spelling and ASL grammar to construct simple sentences. We will work on visual and receptive skill building and also learn about the deaf/ hearing impaired culture. The class is taught using total communication which encourages students to embrace all modes of communication such as signed, oral, auditory, written and the use of visual aids. An American Sign Language notebook,  pencil, and handouts will be provided throughout the semester.  Instruction will be tailored to each student's current skill level, so new and returning students are encouraged to sign up.


American Sign Language  Grades 8-12                                                                                                     Monthly Fee: $25, Supply Fee: $20/semester 

Sherri Michelle Mills   email: 129mills@gmail.com

This class will be based on interactive teaching, learning, and communication. Students will learn to communicate with ASL vocabulary, finger spelling and ASL grammar. We will work on visual and receptive skill building and also learn about the deaf/ hearing impaired culture. The class is taught using total communication which encourages students to embrace all modes of communication such as signed, oral, auditory, written and the use of visual aids. Homework will be assigned, and with successful completion of the class, students may claim one foreign language credit for their high school transcript. 


Spanish for Beginners   Grades K-4                                                                                                                     Monthly Fee: $25, Supply Fee: $10/semester

Erin Steele

In this introductory level Spanish course, your student will gain a command of conversational skills in a foreign language while also being exposed to the culture of Spanish-speaking peoples. The main focus at this level will be conversation, with an emphasis on the student's ability to talk about him or herself. We will also do fun crafts and activities to reinforce the new words and ideas we're learning.


Conversational Spanish (MAP)  Grades 6-8                                                                                                                                 Included in MAP tuition

Rebekah Nunez  email: rebekah.c.nunez@gmail.com                                                                                                                     A la carte monthly fee: $25

This interactive class gives students the ability to have simple conversations in Spanish as they learn pronunciation and audio & visual recognition of words and phrases. We will also learn some culture of the Spanish-speaking world with different holidays throughout the year. Students will learn through songs, games, hands-on activities, and call-and-response practice. We will focus on conversational Spanish so that students will be able to talk about themselves and their daily life. Students are expected to practice and work at home so that they build long-term memory of Spanish. Required text: Spanish For You! Conversaciones Textbook only http://spanish-for-you.net/product/spanish-class-use-option-3/ (select mi vida textbook) Offered on Mondays as part of the MAP tuition, but the class is available a la carte as space permits.

Spanish I    Grades 8-12    M/W*                                                                                                                                                       Included in MAP tuition

Rebekah Nunez  email: rebekah.c.nunez@gmail.com                                                                                                                     A la carte  Monthly Fee: $60**

This class will give students the foundation to use Spanish in everyday life. Students will develop practical language skills in speaking, listening, reading, and writing through songs, games, videos, and real life practice scenarios. Upon completion of this course, students will be able to carry on basic conversations in Spanish covering time & date, weather, food, school, family, and their hobbies. Students will also receive grammar instruction on topics including verb conjugation, noun/adjective agreement, syntax, and other foundational concepts. I will assign students independent work to continue their learning on the days we do not meet.  Required text: Prentice Hall – Realidades 1

*Monday/Wednesday course - in order to complete the class and count it for high school credit, students must attend class on both Mondays and Wednesdays. 

**This class is offered on Mondays as part of our MAP Day.  However, if you would like to sign up for just Spanish I instead of the whole Monday program, it is available a la carte for $65, which includes both days.


Spanish II    Grades 9-12    M/W*                                                                                                                                                     Included in MAP tuition

Rebekah Nunez  email: rebekah.c.nunez@gmail.com                                                                                                                       A la carte  Monthly Fee: $60*

This will build on foundational knowledge to further students’ skills for using Spanish in everyday life. Students will continue developing practical language skills in speaking, listening, reading, and writing through songs, games, videos, and real life practice scenarios. Upon completion of this course, students will be able to carry on basic conversations in Spanish including topics such as school & extracurricular activities, personal hygiene, celebrations & competitions, doctor visits, natural disasters, and movies. Students will also receive grammar instruction on topics including verb conjugation (present and past tense), noun/adjective agreement, syntax, and other foundational concepts. I will assign students independent work to continue their learning on the days we do not meet.  Required text: Prentice Hall – Realidades 2

*Monday/Wednesday course - in order to complete the class and count it for high school credit, students must attend class on both Mondays and Wednesdays. 

**This class is offered on Mondays as part of our MAP Day.  However, if you would like to sign up for just Spanish II instead of the whole Monday program, it is available a la carte for $65.

Math

Marvelous Math   Grades K4-2                                                                                                                       Monthly Fee: $25    Supply Fee: $10/semester
Brenda Kaes
Researchers have found that young children are, by nature, curious about math, and it becomes real to them as they use it by talking, reasoning, playing and doing.  This class will help lay a foundation for positive math attitudes by providing fun and engaging experiences with basic math concepts. We will be using a variety of games, hands-on activities, songs and more to explore numbers, patterns, graphs, estimating, shapes, time, money, and other topics appropriate for the early elementary child. These hands-on learning opportunities will help children in their everyday lives and will prepare them to learn more advanced mathematical concepts in their future education. 

FUNdamental Math  Grades 2-4                                                                                                                 Monthly Fee: $25 Supply Fee: $10/semester
Rhonda Smith   email: owlbiology@gmail.com 

Who says math is no fun?  Join us for a chance to experience math in a fun and engaging way through puzzles, games, activities, and group collaboration.  We will review and learn new math concepts through hands-on activities and interesting projects that complement the math students are learning at home.  Material covered will be appropriate for grades 2-4 and will build in difficulty throughout the year, although we will review throughout the year as well.  In this class for younger students we will explore math concepts from different angles to promote mastery of core concepts and provide multiple methods of problem solving.  

Expected topics include (but are not limited to): addition, subtraction, shapes, geometry, skip-counting, measurement, estimation and a brief introduction to fractions, multiplication, and division.  This year we will cover new lessons and material so that the class will be different for students who would like to repeat the class, we may play some of the same games on occasion.  If you have any questions about the material or placement of your student feel free to contact me.  owlbiology@gmail.com  


FUNdamental Math  Grades 4-6                                                                                                                 Monthly Fee: $25 Supply Fee: $10/semester
Rhonda Smith   email: owlbiology@gmail.com 

Who says math is no fun?  Join us for a chance to experience math in a fun and engaging way through puzzles, games, activities, and group collaboration.  We will review and learn new math concepts through hands-on activities and interesting projects that complement the math students are learning at home.  Material covered will be appropriate for grades 4-6 and will build in difficulty throughout the year, although we will review throughout the year as well.  In this class for older students we will learn multiple methods of solving a variety of common math problems to give students more confidence in their mathematical abilities.  Expected topics include (but are not limited to): multiplication, division, geometry, fractions, decimals, graphing, negative numbers, statistics, data, variables, and percents.  This year we will cover new lessons and material so that the class will be different for students who would like to repeat the class, we may play some of the same games on occasion.  If you have any questions about the material or placement of your student feel free to contact me.  owlbiology@gmail.com  



Music & Performance

Ballet  I     Grades K4-2                                                                                                                                   Monthly Fee: $30, Costume Fee: $45*/sem
Abbey Hulsey  email:abbeyhulseydance@gmail.com

This class is a great introduction to dance for the beginning ballerina as well as reinforcement for a returning dancer.  Class includes barre work, center floor, and across the floor technique.  Dancers will increase their vocabulary and gain valuable knowledge to execute and strengthen their technique.  Ballet shoes, tights, and a leotard are a must.  Hair must be away from the face in a ballet bun or tight ponytail.   

* Costume fee payable in three installments of $15, to be paid in full by October (fall) and March (spring). 


Ballet  II     Grades 2-5                                                                                                                                          Monthly Fee: $30, Costume Fee: $45*/sem
Abbey Hulsey  email:abbeyhulseydance@gmail.com

This class is a great continuation of the lessons learned in Ballet I.  Class includes barre work, center floor, and across the floor technique.  Dancers will increase their vocabulary and gain valuable knowledge to execute and strengthen their technique.  Ballet shoes, tights, and a leotard are a must.  Hair must be away from the face in a ballet bun or tight ponytail.   Prior ballet instruction is necessary.  Please contact instructor to determine placement.  

* Costume fee payable in three installments of $15, to be paid in full by October (fall) and March (spring). 


Combo Dance   Grades 3-7                                                                                                                          Monthly Fee: $30, Costume Fee: $45*/sem

Abbey Hulsey  email:abbeyhulseydance@gmail.com

Older students will gain and strengthen their skills in ballet and contemporary dance.  Dancers will explore movement and self-expression with choreography, improvisation, and technical training.  Each class is composed of barre work, across the floor technique, and center floor combinations.  This class is perfect for those seeking to have fun, gain confidence, and experience various styles of dance.  Leotard and tights are required for class, and hair must be in a ponytail or bun.

* Costume fee payable in three installments of $15, to be paid in full by October (fall) and March (spring). 


Music for Little Mozarts  Grades K4-2                                                                                                           Monthly Fee: $25, Supply Fee: $10

NeeCee Delk email: delkpiano@gmail.com 

New & returning students welcome!  Music for Little Mozarts is the perfect place for your budding musician to develop a strong musical foundation by learning the concepts, language, notation, and vocabulary of music, as well as the history and works of its greatest composers. Over the  course, your child will explore rhythm and musical symbols and engage in activities that focus on singing and exploring instruments! Come join music friends  Beethoven Bear and Mozart Mouse as they learn through play in The Music Room!  This class incorporates new songs and fun activities every semester, so new and returning students will benefit!


Music & Chorus  Grades 3-7                                                                                                                      Monthly Fee: $25, Supply Fee: $5

Carolyn Kaes

In this class we will explore the world of making music together while we learn about famous music makers of the past. This class will be primarily hands on as we learn basic group singing skills with simple and fun choreography. As we sing and move, we will learn about music theory and famous composers while studying various historical pieces, cultural songs, and show tunes. Our chorus will experience performing for Compass events as well as for other local organizations such as assisted living facilities and churches. 


Musical Theatre Grades 8-12                                                                                                                                           Monthly Fee: $25, Supply Fee: $15

NeeCee Delk email: delkpiano@gmail.com   and Abbey Hulsey   abbeyhulseydance@gmail.com                                                                                   

Taught by local experienced musical theatre director, NeeCee Delk, and choreographer, Abbey Hulsey, this musical theatre class is for students who are ready to develop or increase their skills in all areas of musical theatre.  This active class is themed around specific Broadway show styles.  Activities include learning music, staging, choreography, audition technique, and rehearsal terminology.  This class will culminate with a mini-showcase of material that will be performed at Family Night shows or in combination with the Theatrical Production Class performance.  *Open to new students pending teacher approval (based on experience or audition) Students will be required to own black dance style pants and black jazz shoes by show dates.  Jazz shoes requested for weekly classes.


Drama      Grades K4-2                                                                                                                                                          Monthly Fee: $25, Supply Fee: $10

Drama      Grades 3-7                                                                                                                     

Danielle Bailey Miller email:  jdaniellebm@yahoo.com                                                                        

Explore acting in a fun, safe environment!  This class will help students develop many skills, including leadership, self-confidence, communication, public speaking, listening, and teamwork.  Students learn to harness their imagination and creativity through fun improv games and exercises that teach character development and scene building in a non-threatening environment. These classes continually build on knowledge and skills learned in previous years, so returning students are always welcome and have room to grow in their dramatic craft!  Although we will give a fun presentation for the parents at the end of the semester, the focus will be more on skills and less on performance.  This is a great class to help children to build self-confidence!  Come dressed ready to move and ready to laugh. Students will perform scenes at the Fall and Spring Programs. Students will need to bring a folder with pockets.


Theatrical Production Class  Grades 7-12                                                                                                            Monthly Fee: $25, Supply Fee: $15
Danielle Bailey Miller email:  jdaniellebm@yahoo.com 
This class will focus on the production process from start to finish: from auditions to production. Students will learn the basics of an audition process, the rehearsal process (performance side and the technical side), and the final production. The class will present one stand-alone performance of a one-act play that will be selected by the Director. This class is open to to anyone interested in acting or interested in the technical side of theatre. This class will build on concepts taught in previous years, so returning students will continue to develop their acting and production skills while learning new plays and skits.   Students will need to bring a 3 ring binder for the production class.  Students/Parents are responsible for providing their own costumes. 

"Uke" Can Do It! Learn Ukulele!  Grades 4 - 12                                                                                                               Monthly Fee: $25  Supply Fee: $0
Laura Rupers
Have you ever wanted to play an instrument, whether just for fun or to accompany yourself? Ukulele is one of the most popular, fun, portable, and easy-to-learn instruments out there! What other instrument allows you to pick it up and play entire songs on your very first day? (Bonus for parents: No shrill, annoying "beginner" sounds—remember recorder class?) We will not only start playing right away; we will also learn some basic music reading skills! We will play and sing lots of fun songs. (If some prefer to just play, that's okay, too!) Come learn with us, then enjoy your music-making abilities for a lifetime! 
The students will need to purchase their own ukulele and book in time for the first day of class. We will use the following book, Uke Can Do It 2!: Classroom Ukulele Methodhttps://www.amazon.com/Uke-Can-Do-Classroom-Ukulele/dp/1475818637/  Because there will be no supply fee, it is highly recommended that the savings be put toward a quality student/beginner ukulele. Cheap (less than $20) instruments will not stay in tune and lead to frustration. Some ukuleles in the $20-$29 range can be decent, but the better quality ones start at around $30. Here is a link to a buyer's guide:  https://docs.google.com/document/d/1uLU-esUOSJ_zEuor2-71zVroAt0BoMOTZbWP9Di7EO4/edit?usp=sharing  The ukulele will need to be tuned before class each day. (We will only have time for small adjustments/fine tuning during class.) We will use standard/C tuning (GCEA).  Here is a fantastic free online tuner that uses your microphone to determine whether each string is in tune: https://uke-tuner.com/  A carrying bag (or snug-fitting tote bag) is highly recommended.


Group Piano Lessons Grades K-2                                                                                                                              Monthly Fee: $30, Supply Fee: $15

Carolyn Kaes

K-2 piano will introduce students to the basics of music making and music theory while teaching basic piano skills.  This class will largely consist of group activities designed to build a solid foundation of rhythm, ear training, and technique.  


Group Piano Lesson  Grades 2-5                                                                                                                                   Monthly Fee: $30, Supply Fee: $15

Carolyn Kaes

Group lessons are a great way to engage children in a social learning experience that is able to capture both their imagination and their concentration.  It’s the live interaction with others that motivates us. We want to see what others are doing, share what we’re personally experiencing, be enveloped in a sense of community, and find support through it all.  Students that see, hear and feel a sense of community tend to stick with music instruction longer, giving teachers more time to turn students into life-long music makers.  What is a group piano class like? In short, it will involve sight, sound and emotion.  Students will learn essential technique in a fun and supportive atmosphere.  NOTE:  A portable keyboard with headphones will be required and weekly practice will be expected.


Group Piano for Older Students   Grades 5+                                                                                                        Monthly Fee: $30, Supply Fee: $15
Carolyn Kaes

Group lessons are a great way to engage children in a social learning experience that is able to capture both their imagination and their concentration.  It’s the live interaction with others that motivates us. We want to see what others are doing, share what we’re personally experiencing, be enveloped in a sense of community, and find support through it all.  Students that see, hear and feel a sense of community tend to stick with music instruction longer, giving teachers more time to turn students into life-long music makers.  What is a group piano class like? In short, it will involve sight, sound and emotion.  Students will learn essential technique in a fun and supportive atmosphere.  NOTE:  A portable keyboard with headphones will be required and weekly practice will be expected.


Group Guitar, Lower Level      Grades       3-12                                                                                                 Monthly Fee: $30 Supply Fee:$0*
The lower level guitar course will consist of learning the fundamentals of reading standard music notation first and foremost. The class will also learn how to read modern guitar tablature notation. They will learn important mechanical concepts like the anatomy of the guitar, how to use both hands correctly, as well as
how to tune the instrument. They will also learn fundamental music theory concepts such as scales, chords, and melody/harmony. Students will be required to memorize melodies, songs, and common chord progressions. There will be opportunity to play solos, duets, and ensemble music as well. The music styles
learned will be classical, traditional, pop/rock, and folk. The goal is to introduce students to everything they need to know to enjoy the guitar and music in anyway and any style! *Parents will provide lesson book based on teacher recommendation.

Group Guitar, Upper Level  Grades 4-12                                                                                                           Monthly Fee: $30 Supply Fee: $0

In this course, students will build on previous musical knowledge and guitar skills.  The students will sharpen their reading skills and learn to read on all 6 strings by the end. This course will have a heavier emphasis on learning chord progressions and learning how to switch chords easily and smoothly. There will be a continuation of linear music theory, with application of new concepts such as Triad theory. The goal of this course will be to play melodies, harmonies, triads and chords, and apply them in order to complete music selections. Contact instructor if you have questions regarding placement.

Physical Education & Recreational Classes

Physical Education    Grades K4-3                                                                                                                   Monthly Fee: $25 Supply Fee: $20/semester
Physical Education    Grades 4-7
Brenda Kaes

Through the use of fun and active games, this class will help your child develop the movement, sports and fitness skills necessary for a positive attitude toward a healthy, active lifestyle. Students will participate in age appropriate activities that include basic movement, fitness, and sport specific skills with a focus on teamwork, sportsmanship and cooperation.

K-3 In this younger class, the focus will be on developing and improving the basic movement skills necessary for success in sports and fitness activities.

4-7 In addition to continued work on movement and sports skills, this age group will have an increased emphasis on fitness, with assessments and challenges       throughout the year.


Games! Games! Games!    Grades K4-3                                                                                       Monthly Fee: $25 Supply Fee: $15/semester
Tiena Thacker

Everyone loves to play games, especially children! But games are more than just fun, they teach a variety of skills disguised as having a great time! In this class students will play a mixture of indoor and outdoor games, gross and fine motor skill games, moving and thinking games and even create a few of their own games. In addition to “just having fun”, students will also learn important life lessons and skills such as: good sportsmanship, how to win and lose gracefully, team work, integrity while playing, coordination, problem solving, critical thinking, communication, sharing, taking turns, perseverance, and more. Along with weekly planned activities, students will also work on creating, designing, building, and teaching their own games. If your child participated in this class before, new and fun activities and games will be added this year, in addition to many of the best loved games from last year.


Archery Grades 3-12                                                                                                                     Monthly Fee: $35, Supply Fee: $30 (new)/$15 returning
Jenny Liedberg  email: gunsmokesfancy@yahoo.com
This outdoor target archery class will introduce students to the terminology, equipment, and basic shooting techniques needed to have fun and shoot safely. Once students have achieved success with the basic shot process, we will add elements such as games, walking while shooting, shooting moving targets, and optional scoring competition. On days with inclement or cold weather, we will learn together indoors about archery history and culture around the world, review with simple terminology quizzes, and practice correct form and posture with exercises. This class will be conducted in a supportive and encouraging manner with an emphasis on safety, fun, and personal improvement rather than competition with others. The class is suitable for third grade and up, parents included! The supply fee includes your own bow to keep. Students with their own bow may be able to have the supply fee reduced after the equipment is checked by the instructor.
                                                                                

Dangerous Class for Kids  Grades 3-8                                                                                                                              Monthly Fee: $25 Supply Fee: $20

Erin Steele

Based on the books The Dangerous Book for Boys and The Daring Book for Girls, this class will equip your student with boredom-busting fun and adventure. Throughout the year, we will explore everything from battery making to pressing and preserving flowers. We'll learn about famous explorers, adventurers, and battles in history, star formations, and the solar system. There's something for everyone in this class that is sure to introduce your child to old ways of creating new fun!

   
Health and Fitness  Grades 7-12                                                                                                                             Monthly Fee: $30, Supply Fee: $10
Carolyn Kaes
Using fitness logs and required reading, students will be eligible to earn their high school course credits for both health and physical fitness through classroom discussion of health topics, classroom (indoor & outdoor) fitness activities, and assigned homework.  We will cover topics related to living a healthy lifestyle, such as nutrition, anatomy, exercise, stress, and body systems, Homework will include completing and tracking a set number of hours of physical activity, along with assigned reading and research.  There will be a project at the end of each semester which will require the students to watch an approved health-related documentary and present the information in class to their peers.  (Note to parents: sensitive health topics will not be discussed in class and will be left to the parents discretion).  7th and 8th graders can participate in the class to improve health and fitness awareness without counting it as high school credit.

Practical Skills

Cooking  Grades 3-6                                                                                                                              Monthly Fee: $30  Supply Fee: $20/semester

Jeni PIttard   email: jeni.pittard@gmail.com

Explore your culinary creativity in this cooking class! We will create and prepare fun, flavorful recipes that you get to enjoy eating before the bell rings. This class will focus on simple dishes you can make at home with just a little help from Mom or Dad. Learn to make quick recipes for snacks, breakfast, lunch, and even dinner. (Please check with the teacher before registering to see if dietary restrictions can be accommodated.) * If you were in the class last year, these will be new recipes. 


Cooking  Grades 7-12                                                                                                                              Monthly Fee: $30  Supply Fee: $20/semester

Jeni PIttard   email: jeni.pittard@gmail.com

Explore your culinary creativity in this cooking class! We will create and prepare fun, flavorful recipes that you get to enjoy eating before the bell rings. Learn how to put together tasty, healthy meals and snacks using basic (and a few more advanced!) kitchen tools. We'll have cooking competitions and opportunities to develop your own favorite dishes. (Please check with the teacher before registering to see if dietary restrictions can be accommodated.)


Introduction to Baking  Grades 4-6                                                                                                                                Monthly Fee: $25, Supply Fee: $30

Renee Jackson

This course will be designed to teach students the basics of baking “quick-bake” items such as cookies, muffins, biscuits, quick breads, pizzas, etc. Students will learn essential skills such as reading a recipe and measuring ingredients, methods of mixing, mashing and blending, selecting proper equipment as well as many others. The primary goals of the class are to inspire a love for baking and to create a more independent junior baker who can help with simple baking tasks at home. (Please check with the teacher before registering to see if dietary restrictions can be accommodated.)


Microsoft Office Skills (Fall)  Grades 6-12                                                                                                                  Monthly Fee: $25, Supply Fee: $5

Renee Jackson

In this one-semester class, students will learn the foundational elements of Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel. Other essential elements such as email formatting and attaching documents to emails will be covered.  Within Word, students will learn how to open and create files and insert and edit text, tables, graphics.  Within Powerpoint, students will learn how to open and create presentations; insert images, sounds, and video clips; add design themes and elements; and animate text and images.  Within Excel,  students will learn how to open and create spreadsheets, use simple formulas, and create graphs and tables from data.  Class requirements: students must bring to class a Mac or PC computer with Microsoft Office 2010 (or newer version)


Financial Literacy (Spring)  Grades 6-12                                                                                                                  Monthly Fee: $25  Supply Fee: $10/Spring

Renee Jackson  email: reneejackson2@gmail.com

This financial literacy course is designed to introduce students to concepts of personal finance and money management. Students will be taught various skills and strategies necessary to foster responsible financial decision making and planning, spending, saving, and investing.  Goals of the course include the following:  1. Students will be prepared to effectively manage their current or future financial resources, allowing for greater financial security.  2. Students will recognize that financial decisions may lead to either immediate or long-term benefit or consequence. 3. Students will recognize the importance of being a wise consumer. 4. Students will recognize the importance of discipline and wisdom in creating budgets and in saving for unexpected circumstances as well as for retirement.


Leadership      Grades (7-8)*  9-12                                                                                                                           Monthly Fee: $25  Supply Fee: $0
Kristy Dennis
This practical course is designed to introduce students to the tasks, strategies, and skills needed for effective leadership. Students will learn and practice how to make decisions, set goals and tasks, delegate, organize and manage time, work together, create a project budget, and communicate.  Class instruction will move from theory (in-class activities and games to practice) to real-life application as students work together to plan, implement, and lead projects and activities.  Students in the leadership class will have the choice of working together in teams to plan service projects for the community, organize activities for students, and/or create the student yearbook. By the end of the course, students can expect to have first-hand experience with leading multiple projects.
Requirements: Previous leadership experience is not required; however, due to the nature of this course, all students will be expected to work and contribute equally.  Many tasks will need to be completed outside of class hours. *Due to the hands-on, practical nature of this course, priority is given to high schoolers so that they can gain valuable leadership experience before graduation.  Interested 7th and 8th graders will be placed on a waiting list, and enrollment will be opened to them by mid-summer if space permits.


Science

Weird Science   Grades K4-4                                                                                                                                             Monthly Fee: $25  Supply Fee: $25

Maryanne Romano

Get ready to have some fun all in the name of science. If you like to make things that pop, ooze, fizz, and glow, then this is the class for you. This class will be very hands-on! When not preforming interesting (and at times very messy) science experiments we will use class time on S.T.E.M. projects that will both challenge the students and build their team working skills. This class is sure to bring out the budding scientist and mini-engineer in all of us.


Science All Around Us Grades K4-3                                                                                                                               Monthly Fee: $25 Supply Fee: $25/sem.
Jessica Ham
This class will introduce your child to the world around them through sensory activities, hands-on projects, and experiments. They will learn about what a scientist does as well as learn about the world around them. We will tap into their natural curiosity and ability to notice things that we often overlook. Some things we will learn about are weather, plants and animals, the human senses, seasons, and temperature.

Lego Building Challenge 1  Grades K4-3                                                                                     Monthly Fee: $25  Supply Fee: $25

Lego Building Challenge 2  Grades 3-7

Tiena Thacker                

Calling all LEGO-maniacs and kids who enjoy being creative! Each week in class, students will have fun and work creatively to complete a LEGO challenge. Students will be given a variety of LEGO pieces and a building challenge. The challenge will give a general description of what they need to complete, but it will be up to the student to add their own imaginative touches to their creation. Depending on the challenge, students will work independently, in pairs, or in small teams to complete the challenge. In addition to working on their building, engineering, and creative skills, students will develop other important skills such as problem-solving, communication, critical thinking, fine-motor development, and collaboration. Students will also work on presentation skills (eye contact, volume level, posture, being in front of a group, etc.) as they share their Lego creations at the end of each class. If your child has previously taken the LEGO Building Challenge class, new challenges and activities will be added this year, keeping it fresh and fun for those who have taken it before.

LEGO Challenge Level 1 is for younger kids, those without much building experience or those children who need a little more instruction and guidance with each activity.

LEGO Challenge Level 2 is for older children or those who have had a lot of building experience with LEGOS. This group will take it to the next level in their building and creative skills.


Head to Toe Human Anatomy & Body Systems   Grades 4-8                                                                               Monthly Fee: $25  Supply Fee: $20

Brianne Baine  email: briannebaine@gmail.com

From the brain in your head to the nails on your toes, in this enrichment science class, students will encounter fascinating facts, engaging activities, intriguing experiments, and loads of fun as they learn about the human body and how to keep it working well. We will voyage through the year with lessons covering many subjects including the body systems: skeletal, muscular, respiratory, digestive, cardiovascular, nervous and more! We'll study nutrition and health, and how God designed our immune systems  to protect us.  We will also enjoy scientific experiments and projects such as creating a set of artificial lungs & diaphragm, finding blood types, creating a cell model from Jello and candy, and even making a working human hand.


Science Deconstructed  Grades 5-9                                                                                                             Monthly Fee: $25  Supply Fee: $25/semester

Rhonda Smith

Fall Semester: Take it Apart!  Have you ever wondered what the inside of a computer looks like? Or how a CD player works?  We will use a variety of tools to dismantle (and sometimes reassemble) simple machines and household objects to find out how they work!  We will learn about gears, pulleys, cams, motors, circuits and more as we explore how things are made.

Spring Semester: Blow it up! Experience Chemistry first-hand as we test out simple chemical reactions and see what happens when different compounds are combined.  We will learn about elements, atoms, molecules, energy, and what causes chemical and physical reactions as we cover concepts within the world of Chemistry, Physics, and Biology through fun and engaging experiments.


Mind Benders  Grades 5-9                                                                                                                                             Monthly Fee: $30 Supply Fee: $0

Alicia Holman email:  wintergroveacademy@gmail.com

This class will challenge students to sharpen their critical thinking and problem-solving skills.  Using a mixture of logic games, puzzles, and group STEM challenges, students will learn to recognize logical fallacies, build and develop stronger cooperative skills with classmates, and gain the ability to examine and determine the validity of an argument.


Forensic Science  Grades 6-12                                                                                                                          Monthly Fee: $30 Supply Fee: $0

Alicia Holman email:  wintergroveacademy@gmail.com

Forensics is the application of science to solve crimes.  In this class, students will become CSI experts.  We will learn how investigators use forensic science to gather and analyze evidence.  Using scenarios, we will learn how fingerprints, DNA, environmental factors, and more are utilized in this professional field.  Students will develop their investigative skills through hands-on labs and experiments using protocols and procedures similar to law enforcement.


God's Design for Chemistry and Ecology Grades 2-4          MAP*                                                                                      Included in MAP Tuition

God's Design for Chemistry and Ecology Grades 5-6          MAP*                                                                                       A la carte Monthly Fee: $30
Jessica Ham
Using Answers-in-Genesis’ God’s Design for Chemistry and Ecology, students will learn about atoms and molecules, ecosystems, and elementary chemistry through engaging hands-on activities and experiments. Students will be expected to complete at-home reading assignments, worksheets, and quarterly projects.

Apologia’s Exploring Creation with General Science           Grades 7-8        M/W*                 Included in MAP Tuition  Supply Fee*:
$25/semester
Maryanne Romano  email: 4maryanneromano@gmail.com                                                            A la carte Monthly Fee: $35 one day, $60 two days
The goal of each and every one of my science classes are for the students understand and enjoy (not just tolerate) the study of science. Through a Christian worldview, we will discuss such topics as the scientific method, designing experiments, simple machines, archaeology, geology, paleontology, biology, and the human anatomy and physiology.  There will be a lot covered in this class! Through class discussion, labs, and many hands-on experiments we will bring life to the at-home reading assignments, enabling the students to deepen their knowledge of science and the world around them.

Since this course is designed to be a student's first systematic introduction to the sciences, I also plan on teaching basic study skills and techniques that will aid the students for years to come.

Parents are responsible to ensure that their student(s) complete the necessary reading assignments prior to class each week. Parents will also be responsible for administering tests at home.

Required: Apologia Exploring Creation with General Science (2nd Edition) ISBN-13: 978-1932012866, Solutions and Tests for Exploring Creation with General ScienceStudents will also need a three-ring binder with paper and dividers to dedicate to this class for the year.

*This class will be taught in 2 periods, split between Mondays and Wednesdays.  If your child is enrolled in the Monday Academic Program, both days are included in the cost of tuition.   Monday classes will include the instruction and lesson time; Wednesday classes will be devoted to the hands-on lab portion.  To take the class a la carte, your child can attend both days or just one, depending on your interests and needs. 

**Due to the high cost of supplies for this class, all students (including MAP) will need to pay the supply fee directly to the teacher.


Apologia’s Exploring Creation with Physical Science           Grades 8-12        M/W*                 Included in MAP Tuition  Supply Fee: $30/semester
Maryanne Romano  email: 4maryanneromano@gmail.com                                                            A la carte Monthly Fee*: $35 one day, $60 two days

The goal of this course is for each student understand and enjoy (not just tolerate) the study of science. Through a Christian worldview we will discuss such topics as the atmosphere, the hydrosphere, weather, the structure of the earth, environmentalism, the physics of motion, Newton's Laws, gravity, and astrophysics.  Parents are responsible to ensure that their student complete the necessary reading assignments prior to class each week. Parents will also be responsible for administering tests at home. Tests, OYO answers, and lab reports will be expected to be turned in on time for grading.

Through class discussion, labs, and many hands-on experiments we will bring life to the at home reading assignments, enabling the students to deepen their knowledge of science and the world around them.

Required: Apologia Exploring Creation with Physical Science (2nd Edition) ISBN-13: 978-1932012774, Solutions and Tests for Exploring Creation with Physical Science ***Students will also need a three-ring binder with paper and dividers to dedicate to this class for the year***

*This class will be taught in 2 periods, split between Mondays and Wednesdays.  If your child is enrolled in the Monday Academic Program, both days are included in the cost of tuition.   Monday classes will include the instruction and lesson time; Wednesday classes will be devoted to the hands-on lab portion.  To take the class a la carte, your child can attend both days or just one, depending on your interests and needs.

**Due to the high cost of supplies for this class, all students (including MAP) will need to pay the supply fee directly to the teacher.


Apologia's Exploring Creation with Chemistry  Grades 9-12                                                  Included in MAP Tuition  Supply Fee: $30/ semester

Brianne Baine  email: briannebaine@gmail.com                                                                           A la carte Monthly Fee*: $35 one day, $60 two days

Looking at science with a Godly perspective, students will gain an understanding of scientific measurements & units, classification of matter, chemical equations and reactions, atomic & molecular structure and more.  Completion of Algebra I is necessary before taking this course. Labs are “hands-on” and some virtual. At home Responsibilities: Students will be required to read all material and finish all prep work at home. Students will be given a syllabus prior to the beginning of the semester explaining how to set up their chemistry notebook and what items need to be completed at home and in class. Weekly work will consist of reading the text, completing the "On Your Own" questions, doing the review questions/problems and completing the study guides. Lab reports will be completed at home as well. Students should be caught up on reading and prepared to discuss the content in class every week. Parent involvement at home is necessary so that students stay on task and accountable.Tests will be administered by parents at home after each module and turned in class for grading. In Class Learning: The beginning of class will be spent explaining concepts discussed in the text, answering questions, reviewing, explaining lab procedures, and making sure that students have adequate knowledge of the material. Wednesday's class is strictly the lab and will involve performing experiments that will help bring to life what we’ve learned. Occasionally, brief quizzes will be given in class. A syllabus will be provided PRIOR to the first day of class.

Required Supplies for Class: - Apologia Exploring Creation With Chemistry (2nd Ed.), ISBN#:978-1-932012-26-2; Solutions and Test ManualNotebook w/dividers--A section for Notes, "On Your Own" answers, Lab Reports, Review Questions and Tests is recommended. *Apologia only has the 3rd Edition on their website now, so email me if you need help finding the correct texts.

Grades: Scores will be given to students for the following: class participation, homework (problems), lab reports, lab participation, quizzes, and tests. I will assign scores for class participation, homework completion, lab participation, lab reports, quizzes, and projects. Parents will administer tests at home, then the students will turn the tests in to be graded. ALL scores will be posted on Learnboost.com so you may keep track of your child’s academic progress.

*This class will be taught in 2 periods, split between Mondays and Wednesdays.  If your child is enrolled in the Monday Academic Program, both days are included in the cost of tuition.   Monday classes will include the instruction and lesson time; Wednesday classes will be devoted to the hands-on lab portion.  To take the class a la carte, your child can attend both days or just one, depending on your interests and needs.

**Due to the high cost of supplies for this class, all students (including MAP) will need to pay the supply fee directly to the teacher. * Second semester Supply Fee TBD



Social Studies

Community Helpers Grades K4-3                                                                                                                          Monthly Fee: $25, Supply Fee: $10
NeeCee Delk
Who are the people in your neighborhood?  In this class, students will learn about various people who make their community go 'round, from librarians to nurses and firefighters to police officers.  Class time will be spent learning about our community helpers and building a notebook to take home at the end of the year.  Students will also get to participate in service projects as they make treat bags and thank you cards for various community helpers in our area.  Highlights of the class will include visits from local police officers, EMTS, medical professionals, and a field trip to the fire station!

Heroes of the Faith  Grades K4-4                                                                                                                       Monthly Fee: $25, Supply Fee: $15

Jessica Ham

Heroes of the Faith will go beyond what we learn in a typical Sunday School class. We will learn about some of the great heroes of the Bible, but we will also hear the stories of the great heroes of the faith throughout history and in today's modern world. This will include learning about the life and faith of Nehemiah, Esther, Thomas, and Deborah along with more modern heroes like Corrie Ten Boom, Charlemagne, C.S. Lewis, and Billy Graham. We will be using stories, songs, games, and crafts to bring to life these stories and hopefully make a lasting impact on your child and their growing faith.


Children Around the World    Grades K4-4                                                                                                            Monthly Fee: 25 Supply Fee: $20/sem

Tiena Thacker

Join us on an exciting adventure to learn about children around the world! Each week we will explore how children in various countries live, play, learn and grow through stories, snacks, games, crafts, learning about the history and culture, geography and other fun activities. Not only will we learn about how children around the world live, but we will develop a better understanding and appreciation of the wonderfully diverse world God created. Although they may sometimes dress, eat and play differently than we do, there are many more similarities than there are differences.


History Through Literature: Who's Who?  Grades 3-6                                                                                              Monthly Fee:
$30  Supply Fee: $0
Alicia Holman  email: wintergroveacademy@gmail.com
Join us as we travel through time leaning about individuals who have had a historical significance on our world and community.  Using chapter books, picture books, and other quality literature sources, students will learn and identify various people through history: locally, nationally, and around the world.  Classtime will include reading, discussions, and hands-on activities related to the topics.  Reading outside of class will be required at times to maximize our class time to the fullest.   A book list will be provided at the beginning of the semester.

Exploring World Cultures and Geography Grades 4- 8                                                                                   Monthly Fee: $25, Supply Fee: $10
Carolyn Kaes 
Let's take a trip around the world together and deepen our knowledge of other cultures.  Through classroom discussion, short videos, map work, and hands-on activities, we will go on an in-depth tour of the seven continents, exploring the geography, history, religions, and languages of our fellow citizens of the globe.  We will find out what people eat in Thailand, what sort of art they are known for in China, what is considered to be popular music in Iceland, what kinds of animals are hiding in the Australian outback, what languages they speak in Papua New Guinea, and just how hard it would be to play outside in Antarctica. Through our studies, our appreciate of other cultures will flourish.

Missions: To The Ends of the Earth  Grades 6-12                                                                                                      Monthly Fee: $25,  Supply Fee: $10
Carolyn Kaes
This class will provide middle and high school students with an overview of the history of missions and details of the current status of the spread of the Gospel.  We will learn about the 10/40 Window and what it means for a people to be "unreached" as well as how we can cross cultural boundaries to share the Gospel with people in unreached places.  We will also talk about the different ways to be involved in what God is doing in the world, whether it be going, sending, or welcoming.

Medieval History 
Grades 4-5, 6-7    MAP*                                                                                                                           Included in MAP Tuition      
Brenda Kaes  email: brendakaes@windstream.net                                                                                                        A la carte: $30

Join us for an exciting journey through the Medieval World!  Our Monday Academic Program history classes has embarked on a four-year chronological study of history. Africa, China, Europe, the Americas―find out what happened all around the world in long-ago times. Using Story of the World Volume 2: The Middle Ages plus supplements like Kingfisher History Encyclopedia and Famous Men of the Middle Ages, students will cover the major historical events in the years 400 to 1600 CE, as well as answering fun questions like Who discovered chocolate? What happened to the giant Fovor of the Mighty Blows? Why did the Ottoman Turks drag their war ships across dry land?  Classtime will incorporate instruction and hands-on activities, while homework will include outside reading and projects, especially for students in the older grades.

*This course is taught as part of our Monday Academic Program and included in the cost of MAP tuition.


World History  Grades 8-9, 10-11    MAP*                                                                                                                                    Included in MAP Tuition
Jessica Ham                                                                                                                                                                           A la carte Monthly Fee: $35
Join us for an exciting journey through world history!  Starting a brief overview of ancient history, students will travel through the Renaissance to the 21st century.  The class will provide a thorough survey of Western Civilization with significant coverage of Latin America, Africa, and Asia.  Classtime will incorporate instruction and hands-on activities, while homework will include outside reading, writing assignments, and projects.
*This course is taught as part of our Monday Academic Program and included in the cost of MAP tuition.

Study Hall

Study Hall  Grades K-12                                                                                                                                                               Monthly Fee: $10

Christi Leach

Study Hall provides students with an opportunity to work on school work, study, or read in a supervised, quiet environment.  Students should bring materials to study or work on every week.  Younger students can bring coloring supplies or electronics with headphones.  If students need help on their school work, the study hall teacher is available to assist them.  Study Hall is $10 per student per month for one or two periods.  Students may not take more than two periods of study hall in one day.  If students have a free period during the day, they must be signed up for study hall, or they must be picked up by a parent so that we can ensure that all students are properly supervised and accounted for.
























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Archived Class Descriptions

Around the World    Grades: K-2                                                                                               Monthly Fee:  $25, Supply Fee: $10/ $15 second sem.

Kelly Conley    e-mail: mrcoachconley@hotmail.com

In this class, we will learn about the wonderful world God has made for us.   We'll start with locations like "my house," community , town, city, state, and world. Then we'll spend time in each discussing things like safety at home, community helpers, GA landforms, etc. We'll follow that with an overview of the continents and oceans of our world.  We'll utilize great books and fun crafts. I hope your child will join me on this exciting trek to explore our world! 


50 Nifty States     Grades 2-5                                                                                                         Monthly Fee:  $25, Supply Fee: $25/semester
Donna Brown  email: atlmommy@gmail.com
Each semester the focus for this class is our very own 50 Nifty United States. The class is literature and art based. Activities include: a salt dough map of Georgia, a "suitcase" with little "souvenirs" from all 50 states, a lapbook, and a postcard collection. Students will learn states, capitals, landmarks, rivers, lakes etc. while completing craft projects, making collections, etc. This is a class with movement and mess - with some sit down work thrown in on occasion.

North American Explores (continued into the spring)     Grades: 2-5                                                                     Monthly Fee: $25, Supply Fee: $30 

Kelly Conley  e-mail: mrcoachconley@hotmail.com

Students will follow the journeys of 10 famous adventurers. The engaging hands on activities, maps, timelines, and informative articles will be stored in labeled History Pockets and bound in a decorative notebook. Students will be proud to see their accumulated projects presented all together. 


The American Revolution
    Grades 2-5                                                                                                  Monthly Fee: $25, Supply Fee: $30
Kelly Conley e-mail: mrcoachconley@hotmail.com
This important period of our country’s history will come to life when students create the exciting projects. History Pockets will include information pages, maps, a timeline, arts and crafts projects, reading and writing connections. The topics presented are: Introduction to the American Revolution, Causes of the War, Famous Patriots, A Soldier's Life, Battles, Spies and Traitors, and Birth of a Nation.


From Igloos to Didgeridoos: An Exploration of Countries and Cultures  Grades 3-8                               Monthly Fee: $25, Supply Fee: $25/Semester

Maryanne Romano    email: 4maryanneromano@gmail.com

Join us as we travel around the world without ever stepping foot outside of Athens.  In this fun and interactive class, students will learn geography as they explore countries from around the world.  They will have the opportunity to experience many different cultures through hands on activities such as music, games, traditional foods, arts and crafts, each tailored to the age and grade of your particular student.  We will touch on the basic history of each region that we study and learn about the rich traditions of other cultures, as well as some of our own.


American Government
(Fall)    Grades 6-10                                                                                           Monthly Fee: $25, Supply Fee: $10
Nanette Heckler  email: nanuart@aol.com

This class consists of the study of the history of the US Constitution, the Executive Branch, the Legislative Branch, the Judicial Branch, state and local governments, the bureaucracy, elections, lobbyists and the political process.


Current Events (Spring)  Grades 6-10                                                                                                         Monthly Fee: $25, Supply Fee: $10

Nanette Heckler  email: nanuart@aol.com

Students will learn about how the media works, how to discern reputability of sources for news, how to locate bias, and what is happening on a local, state, national, and international basis. Students will be required to read outside of class, bring in articles, discuss current events, and write an occasional report.

Mad Scientist Lab  Grades 3 - 5                                                                                                           Monthly Fee: $25, Supply Fee: $25/semeste


Donna Brown  email: atlmommy@gmail.com
The first semester of this class will be Chemistry and Physical Science based. Labs will ooze, fizz and even light stuff up! The second Semester will be Biology and Earth Science Based. We will dissect several different organisms, learn about the functions of our
bodies, and explore the surface of our earth.

FUNgineering     Grades 2-5                                                                                                                Monthly Fee: $25, Supply Fee: $25/semester
Donna Brown  email: atlmommy@gmail.com
Have fun learning about the science of Minecraft, creative engineering, and more using hands-on methods. Play with Legos and K'nex while learning about different areas of science. Several areas of science will be covered in this fun class.


Apologia's Exploring Creation through Chemistry & Physics   Grades 3-6                                           Monthly Fee: $25, Supply Fee: $25/semester

Brianne Baine      email: briannebaine@gmail.com

This course utilizes the Charlotte Mason methodology to give young students an introduction to the fascinating world of chemistry and physics. It is a wonderful way to teach your young students just how God made everything in the universe. The author presents a scientifically sound and God-honoring study that covers atoms, molecules, simple chemicals, laws of motion, electricity, magnetism, and simple machines. Parents will be responsible for ensuring their children read the text (individually or together) before class each week. We will discuss the material learned as well as complete a fun & exciting lab weekly!  Materials Required: The textbook, Apologia Exploring Creation through Chemistry & Physics; ISBN: 978-1-935495-98-7


Chemistry   Grades 9-12                                                                                                                    Monthly Fee: $45, Supply Fee: $50/semester*      

Brianne Baine  email: briannebaine@gmail.com

Looking at science with a Godly prospective, students will gain an understanding in scientific measurements & units, classification of matter, chemical equations and reactions, atomic & molecular structure and more.  Completion of Algebra I is necessary before taking this course. Labs are “hands-on” and some virtual. At home Responsibilities: Students will be required to read all material and finish all prep work at home (approximately 1- 1.5 hours per day). Student will be given a syllabus prior to the beginning of the semester explaining how to set up their chemistry notebook and what items need to be completed at home and in class. Weekly work will consist of reading the text, completing the "On Your Own" questions, doing the review questions/problems and completing the study guides. Lab reports will be completed at home as well. Students should be caught up on reading and prepared to discuss the content in class every week. Parent involvement at home is necessary so students will not fall behind and get “lost” in the class.Tests will be administered by parents at home after each module and turned in class for grading. In Class Learning: The beginning of class will be spent explaining concepts discussed in the text, answering questions, reviewing, explaining lab procedures, and making sure that students have adequate knowledge of the material. The latter portion of class time will involve performing experiments that will help “bring to life” what we’ve learned. Occasionally, brief quizzes will be given in class. A syllabus will be provided PRIOR to the first day of class.

Required Supplies for Class: - Apologia Exploring Creation With Chemistry (2nd Ed.), ISBN#:978-1-932012-26-2; Solutions and Test ManualNotebook w/dividers--A section for Notes, "On Your Own" answers, Lab Reports, Review Questions and Tests is recommended. *Apologia only has the 3rd Edition on their website now, so email me if you need help finding the correct texts.

Grades: Scores will be given to students for the following: class participation, homework (problems), lab reports, lab participation, quizzes, and tests. I will assign scores for class participation, homework completion, lab participation, lab reports, quizzes, and projects. Parents will administer tests at home, then the students will turn the tests in to the tutor to be graded. ALL scores will be posted by the tutor on ENGRADE so you may keep track of your child’s academic progress.

NOTES: A parent/student contract must be signed to enroll in this class.  Classes are filled on a first come, first served basis, 10 students maximum.

DEPOSIT: A deposit of $50 (Lab fee) must be paid before the start of the semester to reserve your student’s spot.
* Second semester Supply Fee TBD

Thematic Unit Studies with Math  Grades K4-2                                                                                          Monthly Fee: $25, Supply Fee: $30

Kelly Conley    e-mail: mrcoachconley@hotmail.com

Continuing with the thematic units from the literature class we will explore math concepts.  Each class will begin with calendar time. During this time we will count, explore base ten, identify money, days & months of the year, learn the concepts of today, tomorrow, yesterday, and explore addition and subtraction concepts. We will then move on to working on basic math skills all centered around a theme, such as counting apples, making patterns with animals of autumn, etc. As time allows the children will also explore math centers and manipulatives.  Even though the two theme classes are related they are independent of each other.

Consumer Mathematics    Grades: 7-10                                                                                                               Monthly Fee: $30, Supply Fee: $15

Rebekah Nunez   email: rebekah.c.nunez@gmail.com

Students will learn practical math skills with everyday life applications including buying a car, budgeting for housing and travel, managing time, and smart shopping for food and clothing. The goal of this course is to help students see how math is useful and fun in real life. Students will be assigned work to continue learning at home on the days we do not meet. I will encourage students to look for fun examples of math as they are out and about during the week and we will discuss their findings in class.   Students should bring a simple calculator with them to class. It doesn't have to be fancy, just perform simple math functions. We will focus on students doing the math themselves but as we build skills it will be helpful to have calculators for quick checks.

Required materials: A Beka Book – Consumer Mathematics and the test and quiz book.

Godly Character for Kids  Grades 2-5                                                                                                               Monthly Fee: $25, Supply Fee: $25

Brianne Baine    email: briannebaine@gmail.com
“Good character is the inward values that determine outward actions.” ~Character First curriculum. According to God's Word, man's primary purpose is to glorify God. Learning character allows a child to recognize that they were formed by a loving Creator who has a purpose for their lives. Your children will learn about Godly character as we explore the “Character First” and “Kids of Integrity” curricula. The goal of this class is to build lifelong character in our children while having fun! We will cover a range of character traits including: self-control, responsibility, punctuality, patience, dependability, compassion, flexibility, creativity and resourcefulness. We will learn about each character quality through history and nature stories, songs, crafts, coloring sheets, object lessons and memory work. Each character trait is associated with an animal and a historical figure that demonstrates that trait. This method reinforces the attributes of the trait for the student.


Bible Study for Young Ladies   Grades 6-12                                                                                                 Monthly Fee: $25, Supply Fee: $0

Nanette Heckler  email: nanuart@aol.com

Students will study in depth key and not so key stories and provisions of the Old and New Testaments of the bible.  The fall semester will be dedicated to stories from the Old Testament that point to Christ, and the Spring semester will be a chronological study of one of the gospels from the New Testament. Students are expected to read assignments prior to class and then to analyze and discuss such assignments in class. Bring a Bible.  No supply fee. $25 monthly


Bible Study for Young Men  Grades 6-12                                                                                                   Monthly Fee: $25, Supply Fee: $0

Anthony Costa    email:  s.cpcosta@gmail.com

Young men will learn to reject and refuse to fall into the trap of broken male culture values that teaches: stay a boy, be passive, indulge, impress, increase stuff, be entitled, not grow up and be like a thermometer that merely reflects the surroundings. We will explore and unpack in active and fun ways what it means to be God's man and have authentic manhood by looking and learning from our ultimate example of manhood, Jesus Christ. Jesus was more like a thermostat that influences the surroundings, lived for and through God in all areas of life.

Etiquette   Grades K4-4                                                                                                                               Monthly Fee: $25, Supply Fee: $10/sem
Etiquette   Grades 5-8                                                                                                                                 Monthly Fee: $25, Supply Fee: $10/sem
Kate Leyva beatrizkateleyva@gmail.com
Treating others with respect is key when it comes to etiquette, and that will be a main focus of this class. Students will learn proper social skills for a variety of environments - from speaking respectfully to adults to communicating with their peers to answering the phone.  Lessons will focus on day-to-day etiquette more than fancy behavior. 

Fun Phonics    Grades K4-2                                                                                                                                  Monthly Fee: $25, Supply Fee: $15

NeeCee Delk email: delkpiano@gmail.com

"I'm trying hard to learn to read,  but what's a kid to do, when there's a GO and NO and SO and then a word like TO!"  Taught by a veteran teacher with 15 years experience in the teaching of beginning phonics and early reading, FUN PHONICS class will help your children build solid reading and spelling skills with a multi-sensory, sequential phonics program that is also designed to be fun! Working to build phonemic awareness, decoding, and fluency skills to strengthen reading comprehension with activities and lessons using the multi -sensory approach,  this class will help provide the essential building blocks for a lifelong love of reading.


Story Time:  Unit Studies in Literature  Grades K4-2                                                                                      Monthly Fee: $25, Supply Fee: $30

Kelly Conley  e-mail: mrcoachconley@hotmail.com

This class will feature fun, quality read-alouds.  We will have circle time for story reading, shared story telling/writing, crafts, snacks, songs, and play. Stories will be selected to support thematic units that correspond with holidays, seasons, and more.  There is no limit to the content that can be explored through these fun packed units!




Public Speaking  Grades 6-12                                                                                                   Monthly Fee: $25, Supply Fee: $10/semester     

Nanette Heckler  email: nanuart@aol.com
Students will learn basic and advanced speaking skills necessary for higher educational endeavors, being successful in the business world and making an impressive impact in today's society. Students will do some speaking each week, building up to final longer speeches with an audience.  Students will also be able to watch some famous speeches. The course begins with learning polite social speaking, speaking in the business world, reading prose, making oral reports, demonstrative speaking, informative speaking, and working up to persuasive and argumentative speaking.
 


Tea Time With Shakespeare & the Poets  (Fall)    Grades 3-6                                                                             Monthly Fee: $25, Supply Fee: $15 Lauren Sobaje    email: laurensobaje@gmail.com
Many of us have this ideal picture in our minds of sipping tea around a beautifully spread table with our children, listening to classical music, and then reading Shakespeare and poetry as they narrate back to us and we memorize sections together. However, this ideal is not always possible while trying to squeeze in all the other subjects at home. Here is a chance for students to delight together in truth, goodness, and beauty. We will sip tea and enjoy a treat together while focusing on a different famous composer's music each time. In each class, we will read aloud and attempt to memorize poetry from many classic children's favorites. Finally, we will  read aloud from Tales From Shakespeare, by Charles and Mary Lamb. By sketching out the characters together, using role play, and even manipulatives, very young children can not only enjoy these famous plays, but also understand the characters and plot while being able to retell small sections in their own words. (Mature younger children, and older students are also welcome. Please contact me. * Despite the rigor of the content, this will be a low-stress environment, and students will not be put on the spot if they are uncomfortable.)


Literature Circle (Charlotte Mason-style): Discussion, Narration, & More (Spring)     Grades 2-6                          Monthly Fee: $25, Supply Fee: $10
Lauren Sobaje    email: laurensobaje@gmail.com
Younger children who are good readers, and older students are also welcome. Please contact me. In this class, we will form a Literature Circle to
encourage a love of reading in the students as well as thoughtful book discussion and narration. We will utilize what Charlotte Mason called, "Living Books" as our selections. Specifically, we will choose books at an intermediate reading level (3rd-6th) that come alive to the students and invoke thought, feeling, and soul. These will be read aloud in class, while some reading will also need to be done at home. Students will learn how to narrate short sections. We will draw out character lessons from the text, and discuss key elements of literature, at times doing a Reading Response Journal, playing Literature Center and trivia games, doing class presentations, etc.  Students will be expected to read and complete some short assignments at home. 

We will read the following three novels together: The Little White Horse, by Elizabeth Goudge, Caddie Woodlawn, by Carol Brink, and Little Britches, by Ralph Moody. If time permits others, we will read King of the Wind, by Marguerite Henry or Nesbit's The Railway Children.  Parents will supply their own copies of the novels.


Elementary Writing with WriteShop  Grades 2-5                                                                                                  Monthly Fee: $25, Supply Fee: $10
Brianne Baine     email: briannebaine@gmail.com

In this class, students will learn that a series of stepping stones make up the writing process: Brainstorming (topic suggestions, graphic organizers, etc), Writing, and Self-editing and revising.  Each engaging lesson uses games to introduce skills such as replacing weak words with strong ones, forming sentences of different lengths, and using emotion words in writing. Students will be taught to use these new tools in their writing projects. In this class, students will write a variety of genres including fiction (adventure, science fiction, mystery), nonfiction, short reports, and poetry.  WriteShop is an award-winning, incremental writing program.  Parents will need to supply the WriteShop Junior Activity Book D


Journalism    Grades 7-12                                                                                                                    Monthly Fee: $25, Supply Fee: $10/semester  

Nanette Heckler      email: nanuart@aol.com

Students will learn how to obtain information from credible sources and how to interview people. Students will try their hand at writing hard news stories, feature stories, and editorials. Students will acquire editing skills while using proper AP style. Finally, and most importantly, students will contribute their articles to be published in a Compass Co-op periodical as well as on the website blog.


Writers Workshop I with Write Shop Grades 6-9                                                                                                 Monthly Fee: $25, Supply Fee: $10
NeeCee Delk email: delkpiano@gmail.com
Writers Workshop I will help build confident writers who are comfortable with all the steps of the writing process, from brainstorming to writing to self-editing and revising. Using WriteShop’s “learn-practice-do” approach, students will develop skills that will become habits.  Each engaging lesson presents a new writing skill that is introduced as a Skill Builder exercise, put into practice in the current composition, and applied to future compositions. Additionally, WriteShop focuses on clarity, conciseness, colorful vocabulary, and sentence variety that will add sparkle to dull, ordinary compositions.
Students in Level 1 should purchase the
WriteShop I Student Workbook

Writers' Workshop II  with Write Shop Grades 9-12                                                                                            Monthly Fee: $35, Supply Fee: $10
Kristy Dennis  email: chrisandkristydennis@yahoo.com
Writers Workshop II helps students expand their writing abilities. This level focuses on descriptive narration, narrative voice, point of view, and use of tense. Later lessons introduce persuasive writing and the basic 5-paragraph essay model. Students will write multiple kinds of essays, where they will learn to express an opinion and develop and support it with facts, details, and examples.  Students write one composition over a two-week period, revising it twice. Incremental in approach, exercises are designed to be approached consecutively, building upon previously learned material. Working through assignments by brainstorming, drafting, and revising, students learn to edit their papers methodically, using a Writing Skills Checklist purposefully tailored to the individual lesson.  Students in Level 2 should purchase the WriteShop II Student Workbook

WILD Science   Grades 1-3                                                                                                                   Monthly Fee: $25, Supply Fee: $25/semester

Rhonda Smith    email: owlbiology@gmail.com

Join us as we investigate the wonders of wildlife!  We will learn about the animal kingdom from fish, reptiles and amphibians to birds, insects and mammals plus some plants, bacteria and fungi for good measure.  Using hands on activities with live animals as much as possible, we’ll carry out observations and experiments to learn about the amazing wildlife that surrounds us.  For example, we’ll explore the food chain with glow-in-the-dark brine shrimp and their predators, find out why frogs are slimy, and observe the metamorphosis of insects from larvae into adults.  Be prepared to get up close and personal with animals and find out how much fun science can be!


WILD Science                     Grades 4-6                                                                                                 Monthly Fee: $25, Supply Fee: $25/semester

Rhonda Smith    email: owlbiology@gmail.com

Join us as we investigate the wonders of wildlife!  We will learn about the animal kingdom from fish, reptiles and amphibians to birds, insects and mammals plus some plants, bacteria and fungi for good measure.  Using hands on activities with live animals as much as possible, we’ll carry out observations and experiments to learn about the amazing wildlife that surrounds us.  For example, we’ll explore the food chain with glow-in-the-dark brine shrimp and their predators, find out why frogs are slimy, and observe the metamorphosis of insects from larvae into adults.  Be prepared to get up close and personal with animals and find out how much fun science can be!  In this class for older students we will delve into some more technical details of animal adaptations and introduce the scientific method to answer questions and study wildlife.


DESTINATION IMAGINATION Team Challenge (STEM/STEAM-based)     Grades 3-5 and 6-8                                Monthly Fee: $25,Supply Fee: $55

Brianne Baine     email: briannebaine@gmail.com
Destination Imagination's program teaches kids how to work in teams to solve hands-on creative challenges and help children improve their self-confidence and communication skills.  The fun and engaging challenges are open-ended and enable students to learn and experience the creative process from imagination to innovation while fostering their creativity, courage, and curiosity. 2015-2015 challenges included building a vehicle to carry a team member, designing and creating a musical instrument, doing a service project, writing creatively, and more.
Why STEM/STEAM: Destination Imagination (DI) is an organization whose purpose is to inspire and equip students to become the next generation of innovators and leaders. Annually, they offer seven new standards-based Challenges in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math), Improv, Visual Arts, Service Learning and Early Learning. Academic tournaments take place around the world where teams have the opportunity to present their solutions to trained appraisers. Students have fun and gain confidence in their ability to solve any challenge. In working to solve the Challenges, teams learn 21st century skills (creativity, critical thinking, collaboration, communication, citizenship and courage), step outside of their comfort zones to pursue ideas and make presentations, and build on their unique strengths. DI Challenges complement a student’s education by foster curiosity, courage and creativity.
Teams are will be made of up to seven students in grades 3-5 and 6-8.  The supply fee covers the $30 team registration fee plus a $25 materials fee.  This course requires a year-long commitment of the students and parents. There will likely be time outside of class needed to complete projects. There will also be competitions that the teams will participate in which travel will be required. (Tournaments are usually in Feb/March/April).  For more information to common questions visit: http://www.gadi.org/ or http://www.destinationimagination.org/
*** Elementary Students who enroll after August 1st may participate in the class but may not be on the team.  We still have room for middle school students in the class and on the team.

Apologia’s Exploring Creation with Physical Science           Grades 7-10                                     Monthly Fee:
$25, Supply Fee: $25/semester

Maryanne Romano  email: 4maryanneromano@gmail.com

The goal of this course is for each student understand and enjoy (not just tolerate) the study of science. Through a Christian worldview, we will discuss such topics as the atmosphere, the hydrosphere, weather, the structure of the earth, environmentalism, the physics of motion, Newton's Laws, gravity, and astrophysics. Parents are responsible to ensure that their student complete the necessary reading assignments prior to class each week. Parents will also be responsible for administering tests at home. Through class discussion, labs, and many hands-on experiments we will bring life to the at-home reading assignments, enabling the students to deepen their knowledge of science and the world around them. When time allows, students will be encouraged to work together in study groups to complete study guides and prepare for the at home tests.   

Required: Apologia Exploring Creation with Physical Science (2nd Edition) ISBN-13: 978-1932012774, Solutions and Tests for Exploring Creation with Physical Science  Suggested: Apologia Exploring Creation with Physical Science Student Notebook

B Debate       Grades 6-12                                                                                                                          Monthly Fee: $25, Supply Fee: 10/semester

Nanette Heckler  email: nanuart@aol.com

Students will learn basic and advanced research skills, analytical skills, and debating skills which are necessary for achieving success in higher education and in the work force.  Students will do some speaking most weeks, continually growing in the area of argumentation.  Occasionally, students will watch key debates from history and current events.  Students will debate each other in class, the instructor, and perhaps outsiders.


B Logic and Problem Solving, Level II  Grades 6*, 7-12                                                                           Monthly Fee: $25, Supply Fee: $20/semester

Kristy Dennis  email: chrisandkristydennis@yahoo.com

This course will delve deeper into logic and critical thinking as students study valid and invalid arguments, logical fallacies, circular reasoning, and more.  Class time will include analyzing arguments, improving reasoning, and developing problem-solving skills.  Problem-solving activities will encourage students to improve communication and thinking skills while working together to solve problems with creativity, imagination, brainpower, and a fair bit of silliness. *6th graders welcome pending instructors' permission (please contact in advance).

A Logic and Problem Solving   Grades 5-9                                                                                              Monthly Fee: $25, Supply Fee: $15/semester

Kristy Dennis  email: chrisandkristydennis@yahoo.com

This course allows students to develop logic and problem solving skills in a fun and exciting environment. Class time will include analyzing logic problems such as analogies, syllogisms, grid puzzles, and cause & effect statements, but the focus of the class will be hands-on learning. Activities will encourage students to improve communication and thinking skills while working together to solve problems with creativity, imagination, brainpower, and a fair bit of silliness.

A Public Speaking     Grades 6-12                                                                                                         Monthly Fee: $25, Supply Fee: $10/semester
Nanette Heckler  email: nanuart@aol.com
Students will learn basic and advanced speaking skills necessary for higher educational endeavors, being successful in the business world and making an impressive impact in today's society. Students will do some speaking each week, building up to final longer speeches with an audience.  Students will also be able to watch some famous speeches. The course begins with learning polite social speaking, speaking in the business world, reading prose, making oral reports, demonstrative speaking, informative speaking, and working up to persuasive and argumentative speaking.


Nature Exploration   Grades 3-6                                                                                                    Monthly Fee: $25, Supply Fee: $25/semester
Alicia Holman  email: wintergroveacademy@gmail.com
Are you itching to get outside? Join us as we learn practical skills and develop an appreciation for nature.  Students will try their hands at woodworking, water filtration, solar cooking, and more. Students will also learn to identify safe and dangerous plants, insects, and animals, practice basic outdoor first aid, and utilize mapping and orienteering skills.  Additional projects may include building bird houses or toolboxes, making sundials and learning to use the sun in resourceful ways, designing a mini-ecosystems, and creating nature/solar artwork .  Students will keep track of their discoveries in their Nature Logbook.  This will be a fun, hands-on class for boys and girls alike.

Survival Skills       Grades 6-12                                                                                                     
Monthly Fee: $25, Supply Fee: $25/semester
Alicia Holman email: wintergroveacademy@gmail.com

Survival Skills will allow students to gain confidence in skills needed for the great outdoors as well as basic practical living.  Students will gain hands-on experience through woodworking, solar cooking, water filtration, plant/animal/insect identifications, and basic first aid.  We will even look at natural remedies using native plants.  Students will practice setting up a tent, preparing a safe camp site, and building a fire.  Proper fire safety and alternative ways to start a fire will be taught.  We will also try our hand at carpentry projects and possibly some wood burning art.


Physical Education   Grades K4-8                                                                                                                                      Monthly Fee: $25

Amanda Harrison        email: amandaharrison30@gmail.com

Physical Fitness class will be a fun and exciting class to get us moving. Special game or team building exercises to improve skills: agility, speed, strength, endurance, flexibility, reaction time, and coordination. Students will learn and play various team sports and activities. The will gain understanding of good sportsmanship and team building skills. All students must wear gym attire with socks and tennis shoes.

Photography I (Fall)  Grades 6-12                                                                                                                   Monthly Fee: $25, Supply Fee: $25

Brianne Baine  email: briannebaine@gmail.com

The ABC’s of Digital Photography: Join us for a fun-filled learning adventure that will help develop a wonderful life-skill your student can benefit from their whole life! During class, we will tackle many different projects throughout the year to learn about and enjoy digital photography. This project-based class is ideal for preteens & teens who love taking pictures or who grab your phone to take pictures every chance they get!

Why Photography: Photography is an incredible tool to help us creatively look at everything we see and enjoy the beauty in the everyday things. It really helps us to be still and look.  It also helps kids and teens to see things differently, foster decision-making skills, develop more patience, appreciate photography as an art and as a science, and have fun!  A few projects will include building a pinhole camera lens, making sun prints, embarking on a photo scavenger hunt, becoming a photojournalist, painting with light, and more.  Additionally, photography students will work together with the yearbook club to create a Compass Community yearbook.  Required materials: students must bring any digital camera to class and have access to a computer.

**AS A WAY OF FOSTERING THE SAFE USAGE OF PHOTOGRAPHY, CLASS TIME WILL BE DEVOTED TO EDUCATING THE STUDENTS ON THE PROPER AND IMPROPER USES OF PHOTOGRAPHY AS IT RELATES TO TECHNOLOGY AND SOCIAL MEDIA.

Photography II (Spring) Grades 6-12                                                                                                               Monthly Fee: $25, Supply Fee: $25
Brianne Baine   email: briannebaine@gmail.com

Let the fun continue with Digital Photography 2! This class is a continuing exploration of the art of photography for the photography student. This course builds on the foundational skills acquired from The ABC’s course. Students will expand on basic concepts of photography using digital processes to create imagery and visually communicate ideas. Students will utilize digital cameras and online software to further create and expand on a body of artwork. Post-production skills including retouching, image manipulation, and collage techniques. We will work on projects, which will include instruction and practice in the following areas: Refining exposure, Controlling motion and time through the shutter, Understanding camera lenses and lens filters, Flash photography, Subject lighting- Location lighting techniques, Image Editing including retouching, local image adjustments, software plugins and filters, Image management and archiving, backup and storing images, Image printing and other output, The Business of Photography

Prerequisite: ABC’s of Digital Photography or equivalent (check with teacher)

Required Materials: DSLR camera preferred, laptop with internet access recommended

B Drawing        Grades 6-12                                                                                                                 Monthly Fee: $25, Supply Fee $30/semester
Nanette Heckler  email: nanuart@aol.com
Students will learn how to do contour and gestural drawing, shading, drawings from memory, abstract drawing, dendoodling, perspective and design and composition.  Students will work from life and photographs.  Students will learn how to show mood and add emotion into their drawings.  For inspiration, students will occasionally examine drawings from various masters. 

Culinary Kids Cooking Class                                                                                                                   Monthly Fee: $30, Supply Fee: $40/semester

Brianne Baine

From a simple grilled cheese sandwich to a homemade rue sauce or from uncomplicated cupcakes to a sophisticated Australian pavlava, your student will learn how to do the following: Plan menus,Organize grocery lists,Kitchen safety and hygiene,Knife skills,Food preparation techniques,Working with recipes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner,Cake decorating,Seasonal cooking,Setting tables and buffets,and Entertaining etiquette.  If interested:  creating and serving High Tea with cucumber sandwiches, scones, and lemon curd.  Many of the class projects can be eaten for lunch that day. 10 student limit
American Literature   Grades 5-8                                                                                                         Monthly Fee: $25, Supply Fee: $30/semester

Kristy Dennis email: chrisandkristydennis@yahoo.com

The 18th and 19th centuries were an exciting time in American history.  Join us as we re-live this time through stories of the era— Johnny Tremain, Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Across Five Aprils, and short stories from Washington Irving, Edgar Allen Poe,& Mark Twain. Students will be introduced to literary elements while discussing literature with a Biblical worldview. They will have the opportunity to participate in and complete projects that are both educational and fun. Students will be expected to read and complete some assignments at home.

The supply fee covers the cost of the novels and materials. A list of books will be made available before the first class; if students provide their own copies of the books, the supply fee will be $10/semester. 

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IEW Student Writing Intensive   Grades 9-12                                                                                                                           Monthly Fee:   $25

NeeCee Delk  email:delkpiano@gmail.com

This full-year course will help high schoolers of various abilities to develop a solid foundation in writing while exploring a variety of interesting topics - no previous IEW experience needed! Skills addressed include research reports, summarizing, note taking, using multiple references, essays, thesis statements, rhetoric, some grammar topics, and much more.
Required materials (to be used all year):

1) Student Textbook – You may order either the $19 full binder or the $10 download. The binder will come with everything but will require some assembly. For the download, you will need to print, hole punch, and organize the handouts in your own binder, plus you will need to buy/create indexed dividers to separate the sections. http://iew.com/shop/products/student-writing-intensive-level-c-notebook-packet

2) Student Resource Notebook - (NOTE to previous IEW students: This is the same SRN we used for the 2014-2015 school year.)

You may order either the $19 full spiral bound book or the $15 PDF download. (When purchasing theme-based IEW books, this comes as a free download; our particular student book for high school [SWI-Level C] is not theme-based. However, if you have ever purchased a theme-based IEW book in the past, check the front pages for download instructions.) For the download, you will need to print, hole punch, and organize the handouts in your own binder, plus you will need to buy/create indexed dividers to separate the sections.http://iew.com/shop/products/student-resource-notebook

3) Folder or notebook of your choice - This is for organizing completed student work and other handouts.


IEW Elementary Writing (Bible-Based Writing Lessons) Grades 2-6                                                        Monthly Fee: $30, Supply Fee: $15

Brianne Baine   email: briannebaine@gmail.com

Bible-Based Writing Lessons, the text for this class, will use Bible texts, stories, and themes, though 31 lessons moving through all nine IEW units. It will provide style checklists at three different levels of complexity to suit your child's grade and abilities.This theme-based workbook will be adapted to grade levels 3rd to 6th. The workbook can be ordered through IEW@ http://iew.com/shop/products/bible-based-writing-lessons or from Christian Book Distributors. IEW copyright on this item permits copying the student book for use by multiple children within your immediate family. Students will need the student text on the first day of class. This class will be limited to 12 students and parent involvement will be based on the ability of the student.



IEW Ancient History-Based Writing     Grades 6-8                                                                                                                     Monthly Fee: $25

NeeCee Delk  email:delkpiano@gmail.com

Gladiators and mummies and myths – oh my! In this fun, yearlong course students will write about six major ancient civilizations—Sumer, Egypt, Israel, Babylon, Greece, and Rome—while learning a variety of writing techniques. No previous IEW experience is needed! Beginning to experienced writers will develop a solid foundation in writing and learn a bit of vocabulary and grammar/punctuation along the way. Genres include research reports, creative writing, essays, reports, critiques, note taking, and much more.

Required materials (to be used all year):

1) Student Textbook: http://iew.com/shop/products/ancient-history-based-writing-lessons-student-book-only

2) Student Resource Notebook - (NOTE to previous IEW students: This is the same SRN we used for the 2014-2015 school year.)

You may either download it as a PDF for free (with purchase of the student book), or you can order the $19 full spiral bound book. For the download, you will need to print, hole punch, and organize the handouts in your own binder, plus you will need to buy/create indexed dividers to separate the sections.

http://iew.com/shop/products/student-resource-notebook