Pre-K: Sheryl Dean This class is filled with creative expression, imagination and hands-on learning. In Art the children will use a variety of mediums to reflect topics, concepts and units covered in class. Geography will cover the location, languages, and customs across the globe. Using a letter focus from week to week, A – Z, students will be introduced to Language Arts. A number of classic children’s books will be featured during “story corner”. Simple Math concepts will be introduced. Science will include the observation of the world around us using hands-on experiments. In Social Studies we will cover self, family, community, national holidays, and citizenship. The children will play outside as frequently as possible. Students must be at least 4 years old to be in Pre-K.
Kindergarten: Ashley Leuenberger Areas of enrichment will include art, science, geography, math, language arts, and recess. In art, opportunity for creative expression will abound as we use a variety of mediums to produce multiple art pieces. Exploring our world through hands-on experiments and basic observation will be the basis of science. In geography, we will travel the world to explore the languages, landscapes, people, food, art, and customs across the globe. Simple math concepts will be introduced throughout the year and we will focus on a letter of the day (A-Z) as a part of our language arts program. Classic children’s stories will also be shared during weekly story corner. Each week the students will enjoy recess out-of-doors, weather permitting.
1st Grade: Amanda Luffman This year is going to be so much fun. We are going to be busy getting S.M.A.R.T. Science- In science, we will be doing some experiments from “The Curious Kid’s Science Book”. Math- We will be learning basic math concepts; such as addition, subtraction, skip counting and telling time. Art- Students will have fun in art; painting, creating and using their imaginations. Reading- In reading comprehension, we will work on kids retelling the story in their own words and answering questions about what they read. We will practice writing and spelling simple words as well. Thinking, Geography and History- I will be playing critical thinking games with the kids. In Geography, we will discuss continents, reading maps, looking at globes and other age appropriate lessons. In History, we will talk about history from some of the continents we go over in Geography.
Kindermusik: Marilyn Fair (Pre-K - 1st Grades) Kindermusik is a music and movement class that engages the whole child in learning. Kindermusik strives to be intentionally inclusive of parents and focused on continued learning in the home with specially designed home materials. The classes are designed to enhance your child’s development (cognitive, physical, language, social and emotional) and instill a lifelong love of music in preparation for success in life.
2nd Grade: Cyndi St.Hilaire Basic principles of Art and design will be incorporated with a variety of mediums and projects to encourage creativity. History of the Native American's introduces eight different regions and their culture using interactive projects that are collected in a Pocket Book. The class goes outside for recess when possible, so please dress them appropriately. Enrichment with Language Arts includes read-alouds with simple book reviews, poetry will be studied and written and illustrated. Sir Cumference books will introduce math vocabulary and concepts. Enrichment activities will encourage cooperation in learning, helping and communicating with others.
Choir/Boomwhackers: Marilyn Fair(2nd Grade) Choir consist of vocal warm-ups, breathing techniques and an introduction to music notation & theory while learning fun one and two part songs for young voices. Students perform in two events by the end of the fall semester. Boomwhackers is a curriculum that provides a fun, active, hands-on learning environment while teaching music theory notation and skills. What are ‘Boomwhackers’? They are multi-colored tubes of varying lengths that provide musical notes that anyone can play! Your child will sing, march and ‘ Boomwhack’ through our classes. Performance opportunities will arise as they accomplish musicality with this exciting program.
3rd and 4th Grades 8:30 – 11:55
InEnglish the students will improve spelling, increase vocabulary, identify parts of speech, and improve usage and mechanics. Students will apply their knowledge of spelling, grammar, and vocabulary to writing, while using appropriate formats. Students will write five-paragraph essays.
During Science, we study the amazing world God has created! Each week, we will have fun, hands-on activities that will demonstrate scientific truths. We will explore fun science facts, have demonstrations to spark students’ intellectual curiosity, and will work together on lab experiments that reinforce what the students have learned. This class will be engaging and interactive as students will learn new material and participate in scientific discovery. Students are encouraged to participate in the annual Science Fair in the fall.
In Math we hope to instill the love of learning through teaching math by topic. The class will be designed so that every child gains knowledge, everyone wins! Students will explore measuring, estimation, money, time, sorting, grouping, graphing and multiplication.
5th and 6th Grades 8:30 – 11:55
JA BizTown encompasses important elements of work readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy, providing students with a solid foundation of business, economics, and free enterprise education. Students will learn about what it means to be a citizen, the difference between public and private goods and services, be able to vote, fill out a job application and have a job interview, write checks, fill in deposit slips, and balance a checkbook. These skills prepare them for a day at the JA BizTown Facility where they will apply for a loan and run their own businesses.
In Math, we hope to instill the love of learning through teaching math by topic. The weekly experience will begin as we enter our math topic and concept lab. We will continue our class adventure through activities, team math concept discovery, discussion and games. As an option to continue the fun we had in class, weekly extra credit opportunities will be given. The class will be designed so that every child gains knowledge, everyone wins! The students will explore word problems, four and five digit numbers, area, perimeter, volume, protractor and compass use, decimals, fractions and graphing. During Science, we study the amazing world God has created! Each week, we will have fun, hands-on activities that will demonstrate scientific truths. We will explore fun science facts, have demonstrations to spark students’ intellectual curiosity, and will work together on lab experiments that reinforce what the students have learned. This class will be engaging and interactive as students will learn new material and participate in scientific discovery. Students are encouraged to participate in the annual Science Fair in the fall. P.E. Fitness Fun! The children will play, run and have a blast as we engage in group sports, square dancing, wacky relays and obstacle courses. Team building and sportsmanship will be emphasized with all activities.
Art Students will be introduced to the basic skills, elements and techniques that are necessary when studying art. We will be using a wide variety of mediums such as pencil, acrylics, watercolor, charcoal, pastels, pen & ink, clay, and much more. Students will be encouraged to use their own ideas during projects within the lessons begin taught. A portfolio is needed to care for students’ artwork.
Drama This is a year-long class that will start with the fun improvisational games and scenes, learning theatre terms and practicing acting skills through monologues and scenes. The class will work together to choose a script, audition for parts, prepare costumes, props and scenery as well as rehearse for their full production in the spring. Parental involvement includes: assisting with costume construction, helping to set up lights, sound and scenery and assist with make-up. Extra fees may be required.
3rd/4th Living Skills This class will look into different areas in how we live (where our food comes from, cooking, natural medicines, natural cleaning products, decorating, budgeting, babysitting, etc...). My goal for this class is to educate them in different areas where they can use their skills to help others (even their parents) as well as themselves. This will be a fun interactive class that I believe they will enjoy.
5th/6th Living Skills This class will look into different areas in how we live (where our food comes from, cooking, natural medicines, natural cleaning products, decorating, budgeting, babysitting, etc...). My goal for this class is to educate them in different areas where they can use their skills to help others (even their parents) as well as themselves. This will be a fun interactive class that I believe they will enjoy.
Destination Imagination **this class runs for 2 periods** Students work in teams of 2-7 members to solve a challenge in one of the following areas: Technical, Scientific, Structural/Engineering, Improvisational, Fine Arts, or Service Learning. Each Challenge is open-ended and enables teams to learn and experience the creative process from imagination to innovation. Regional tournaments take place at the end of February. Students have fun and gain confidence in their ability to solve challenges and to collaborate as a team. Winning teams may advance to state and global competitions in April and May. Parental support for the class is necessary, but parental involvement in the challenge solutions is strictly prohibited. Students and parents will sign an interference contract stating that the students will do ALL of the work toward their challenges. *competition fee to be assessed in early September based on team numbers.
Poetry & Songwriting Words are at the center of everything we see, experience, and know. They are the very vehicles of creation and when spoken, written, sang, or even thought upon, they can change the very world around us. Throughout this course we will explore the power and wonder of words as we arrange them, exchange them, align them, and define them to help us express ourselves. Beginning with the basic structures of rhythm, sound, imagery, line, and density, we’ll seek to employ poetry, songwriting, and spoken word for the purpose of personal expression. Students will be encouraged to complete a work for performance with or without accompaniment and guidance/demonstration in instrumental accompaniment will be offered. This course is meant to be fun, creative, and expressive. The instruction will be in an exploratory style with an intentional focus on discovery and performance. There will always be an atmosphere of encouragement, inspiration, affirmation, and love as each student thoughtfully explores their own creativity. “For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said...” Acts 17:28
It’s All Fun & Games At least that’s what the kids will think… But really they will be learning grammar, moneysense, math, geography, critical thinking, strategy, and more; all through the fun of playing board games, card games, etc. They will also hone their social skills… how to work as a team, how to win humbly, and lose gracefully.