Classes at ELCC

Class Offerings 

Our goal is to offer classes each year in sequence. Practically this means that if a child participates in a science this year, the subsequent science will be offered next year. Class sizes and Teachers are indicated after class name. 

The hour by hour class schedule can be found here

Nursery, Preschool, and Kindergarten 

Nursery –

There is no fee for ELCC's nursery. Parents may use both nursery areas to change, nurse, play and relax with their child throughout the day.  However, we do ask that if you need your nursery aged child watched, register so we can be sure that we have volunteers available.

Our nurseries are located on the second floor, across from the office and in the preschool room. Those who do use the nursery, we would appreciate a donation of a few diapers and a pack of wipes. See Directors if you have any questions. 

Preschool Classes –  

Our preschool classes are designed for children who will be 3 when their preschool class starts, but are not yet ready for kindergarten. Class sizes and activities will depend upon the number of children in this age range and their parent's participation. Children who are 2 1/2 are often permitted to move into Preschool second semester if they can listen carefully, follow directions, share and are not a disturbance to the class.  See Directors if you have any questions.

Preschool Warm Up Betsy Wright

Each month, we pick a theme to sing about, read about, and craft about. We have free-play at the beginning of each morning which helps ease the kids into an inviting environment before we gather around to sing a song and read a story. There are crafts afterward if the children want to participate in creating something or they are free to go back to playing if they wish.   

Cost: $10 per semester

Games and PuzzlesHannah Veeck

Time to wake up those little minds, work on fine motor movements, and practice following directions with some beginner-level games and puzzles.  We will set up 2-3 different areas each focusing on a different level of development.  One area will be a guided game, one area will be a self-led designing area with legos, snap blocks, bristle builders, or mosaics, and the third area with large puzzles.  This hour will be designed to engage all ages and levels. 

Cost: $10 per semester  Supplies: Each Semester we ask that parents donate a snack to share with the class


Letters and Numbers - Mindy Larson 

Preschool classes are always changing and flowing to the ages and temperaments of the kids so we will read a variety of activities to introduce children to letters and numbers.  Class will start with circle time reading books, singing songs or introducing the days concepts followed by an activity to reinforce the concept followed by free play. 

Cost: $10  per semester

Supplies: Look on donation sheet in the classroom to see what is needed for the semesters activities

Little Science Explorers-Mindy Larson

In this fun and exciting class we will explore science through hands on experiments.  Be ready for fun as we will sometimes be working with color, water, bubbles, dirt, outdoors and more!

Cost: $15 per semester

Supplies: Look on donation sheet in the classroom to see what is needed for the semesters activities

Story and Craft Sondra Rathe   

Join us each week for a fun story and accompanying craft to introduce kids to many different mediums of art.  Throughout the year we will color, cut and paste, paint, sculpt, weave and build to bring stories to life.

Cost: $10   per semester

Supplies: Each Semester we ask that parents donate a snack to share with the class


Little Art Explorers- Pre K/K (4-6 years old)- Cortney Jackson 

Love art? Always wanting to create? Come learn about different artists and styles, while making some of your own works of art. Every week we will focus on new artists, styles, or period of art. We will paint, draw, work with clay, and oil pastels. We will make our own hangable canvases for our houses! Kids must be 4 years old to sign up. 


Supplies needed: pencil, crayons and scissors. All other supplies provided. 


Cost: $35

Free PlayNo Teacher 

This is a time of free play, just be sure to clean up the toys before you leave.  Parents supervise this hour so there is no teacher or fee.

The following supplies will be provided:  Worksheets and craft supplies for the year, musical supplies, active play supplies (mats, balls)  non toxic (Crayola) crayons, chubby pencils, erasers, glue sticks, and safety scissors.

Kindergarten (2 hours- 10am and 11am)– Amy Fraunfelter

This course is designed for children who are currently working on kindergarten curriculum and may be of benefit to some first graders. We start off Kindergarten at 10 am. Almost everything we learn that hour will revolve around the letter of the week. There will be lots of tracing letters, numbers, and shapes. We will be coloring, cutting, sounding out the letter, and going over many words that start with that letter. We also read several books revolving around that letter.

During the 11 am class, we will be doing a craft revolving around the letter that we learned in the 10 am hour, but your child can attend one or both classes and still get a wide range of activities.  Pro Tip - practice cutting with safety scissors over the summer.  Children need to be familiar with this concept when they come to class. 

All construction paper, activity pages, scissors, crayons, and glue are supplied. Each child needs to supply a pencil box and a folder. 

Cost: $35 per semester/per hour

Art

Art Classes - Taught by Diana Andrews

Primary Art K-2nd graders Diana Andrews

Visual arts: Color Theory, Design, Visual Voice, organization skills: prep, focus, teamwork, step following, skill building, and personal clean up. Wildlife, architecture, and figurative. Drawing, perspective, symmetry, and painting.  Artists: Mark Rothko, Carlie Harper, Aminah Robinson, and M.C. Escher Styles: Abstract, Assemblage, Tesselations, Abstract Expressionism, folk art, collage, printmaking, and Realism  Mediums:  Pencil, Acrylic, paper, found objects, ink, and marker

Cost: $80 (everything included and no homework)

Elementary Art 3rd – 5th graders Diana Andrews

Visual arts: Color Theory, Design, Visual Voice, organization skills: prep, focus, step following, team work, skill building, and personal clean up. Figurative, Landscape, Wildlife, and architecture. Perspective, painting, drawing, origami, negative and positive shapes.  Artists:  Alice Schille, Elijah Pierce, Henri Rousseau, and Albrecht Durer. Styles:  Folk Art, Impressionism, Realism, and Abstract. Mediums:  watercolor, acrylic, wood, pencil, paper, and ink

Cost: $80.00 per semester (everything included and no homework)

Middle School Art 6th - 8th grade Diana Andrews

Visual arts: Color Theory, Design, Visual Voice, organization skills: prep, focus, step following, teamwork, skill building, and personal clean up. Wildlife architecture, written word, and figurative. Perspective, drawing, collage, painting, sculpture, and printmaking. Artists:  Edward Hopper, Deborah Butterfield, Giuseppe Arcimboldo, Endre Penovac. Styles:  Impressionism, Realism, and Expressionism. Mediums:  wire, acrylic, nature elements, watercolor, pencil, ink, and paper.

Cost: $80.00 per semester (everything included and no homework)

High School Art 9th -12th grade Diana Andrews

Visual arts: Color Theory, Design, Visual Voice, Organization skills: prep, focus, step following, teamwork, skill building, and personal clean up. Figurative, wildlife architecture landscape, and still life. Printmaking, collage, painting drawing, hatch marks. Artists:  George Bellows, David Hockney, Katherine Hurley, and M.C. Escher. Styles:  Realism, Impressionism, Tesselations. Mediums:  ink, acrylic, pastel, pencil, and marker.

Cost: $80.00 per semester (everything included and no homework)

Stick Person to Creative Art - 4th and up-  Diana Andrews

Visual arts: Color Theory, Design, Visual Voice, Organization skills: prep, focus, step following, teamwork, skill building, and personal clean up. Sculpture, paper making, perspective, collage, painting, crafts, and drawing. Figurative, wild life, written word, architecture. Artists:  Anne Neilson, and Eric Carle. Styles:  Abstract, Impressionism, expressionism. Mediums:  acrylic, pencil, paper, balloons, wire, and ink. 


Cost: $90.00 per semester (everything included and no homework)


Drama, Music, and Music Lessons 

ELCC Drama Troupe (2nd Semester only) - Marshal Sillin and Hannah Sillin

This Club meets immediately after co-op from 4 - 5:30 pm each week and is focused on the spring drama production.  Auditions for a part are cast over the winter break (usually January) and can be done either in person or over Zoom.  

Commitment to the show includes weekly practices on Thursdays from 4-5 pm (drop-off is permitted for this activity). Blocking schedules will be out in early February so not every student will need to stay every week in February. Show dates are May 16 and 17. Beginning April 22nd we will add the following practice dates- 4/22, 4/23,  4/29, 4/30, 5/3, 5/6, 5/7, 5/13, 5/14- Practice will be from 4-5:30 starting 4/22, with variable times for cast photos and dress rehearsal. 

Cost to participate is $50 and includes: Student script, musical CD, show DVD, and a show tee shirt. Parents are responsible for basic costuming for their students; however, there is an extensive costume closet at the co-op.

 
Supplies needed: Pencil, Script (brought to every practice) Parents are asked to assist with set design/creation, program ads, and every family will need to help with strike. Our cast party will be Sunday afternoon May 19th at Geller Park.


Beginning Guitar (4th and up) - Pat Patterson

This guitar class will be designed to give learners a basic understanding of the mechanics of acoustic and electric guitar, as well as some of the different techniques used in guitar playing. We will learn some basic music/guitar theory, some easy-to-play jingles, and also some beginner chords to set a foundation for continuous learning.

Supplies: Each participant needs a folder, pencil, and a guitar

Cost: $75 per semester

Piano/Instrument Lessons - Marie Nichols

Piano and Instrument Lessons are available at an additional cost with Marie Nichols. These must be arranged with the teacher directly. Current students are scheduled prior to new students. 

Violin Lessons - Taryn Davis

Violin Lessons are available at an additional cost with Taryn Davis. These must be arranged with the teacher directly. Current students are scheduled prior to new students. 

Elementary Music (K-­6th)- Marie Nichols

K - 6th Music is designed to teach musical concepts and skills to 1st – 6th grade. This class will have vocal warm-ups along with fun songs to learn. We will learn solfege, notes reading, and notes on the piano.  We will learn and see different instrument families.  We will have hands-on materials and games to make learning music fun.  We will learn about some of the famous composers.  Students will play recorders in the Spring semester. If your child already has their own recorder, they may bring and use their own in class.

Cost: $30.00 per semester

Supplies: Pencil, crayons

Hymnal Choir - Marie Nichols

This class will work on singing notes, melodies, harmony, beats, and rhythm. Students will perform at both Hoopla events and learn to sing a variety of hymns.  Open to all ages, including parents!

Cost: $30.00 per semester

Handbell Ensemble - Taryn Davis

Learn how to ring and enjoy making music with your peers in an ensemble environment. From the big bells up to the baby bells, all you need is two strong arms and a willing spirit to make music happen because they are always in tune - as long as you play the correct one at the right time! Throughout the class, students will be exposed to a variety of music, including hymns, worship tunes, original compositions, holiday songs, and more, with the end goal of presenting a performance at the end of each semester. The more music reading experience you have, the more advanced music you can play, but handbells are a perfect place for beginners too!

Please note: Attendance at Hoopla for end-of-semester performance is requested (Fall Semester Hoopla is at ELCC during lunch break, Spring Hoopla is at graduation in the evening, please check ELCC Calendar for the address and time of this event).


Cost: $45 per semester

Physical Education/Sports/Health/Dance

K-2nd Physical Education - Hunter Fraunfelter

This class will focus on learning athletic skills while exercising and having fun. We will take a sample of popular sports and work on improving the personal level of play. Muscle strengthening, strategy, teamwork, and sportsmanship will be underlying themes. The fee provides athletic supplies- no additional materials are needed.

Cost: $32.00 per semester. Join anytime. 

3rd - 5th  Physical Education – Mindy Larson 

This class will focus on learning athletic skills while exercising and having fun. We will take a sample of popular sports and work on improving the personal level of play. Muscle strengthening, strategy, teamwork, and sportsmanship will be underlying themes. 

Cost: $32.00 per semester. Join anytime.

6th - 8th  Physical Education – Marshal Sillin

This class will focus on learning athletic skills while exercising and having fun. We will take a sample of popular sports and work on improving personal and team levels of play. Muscle strengthening, strategy, teamwork, and sportsmanship will be underlying themes. 

Cost: $35.00 per semester. Join anytime.

9th - 12th  Physical Education – Marshal Sillin

This class will focus on learning athletic skills while exercising and having fun. We will take a sample of popular sports and work on improving personal and team levels of play. Muscle strengthening, healthy habits, strategy, teamwork and sportsmanship will be underlying themes.  

Cost: $35.00 per semester. Join anytime.

Irish Dance for Beginners - Kayce Long

This class introduces basic Irish dance movements (jumping, hopping, skipping, and pointing), counting the beats, and having fun with Irish dance. Students will learn the foundation of Irish softshoe dancing, focusing on balance, coordination, and musicality. The class is open to all ages.

Supplies: Students will need to wear comfortable clothing that they can move in and will need either sneakers, ballet slippers, or socks with grips on the bottom to participate in the class. It is recommended that students bring a water bottle. 


Cost: $32.00 per semester


Beginning Dance 7th-12th - Marshall Sillin 

Do you like the idea of dancing but feel lost or nervous? Come join the relaxed fun of finding the beat to Christian and clean dance music while learning popular line, circle, and square dances. Also will learn some limited partner dances like the swing and cross-step waltz. 


Cost: $45 per semester

Skill Building

Cursive and Fine Motor Fun (Grades 3rd-6th)- Lyndsay Mueller

First Semester: Students will learn to write the lowercase alphabet in cursive.

Second Semester: Students will learn to write the uppercase alphabet in cursive, review special punctuation rules, and review the lowercase alphabet.

Classes will go as follows: Each class period, your child will learn a new lesson, usually 2-3 letters, and then they will have three days of homework to complete by the next class. Most children can complete this within 10 to 15 minutes or less.  This homework provides the necessary repetition and practice for your child to advance in the class and develop their writing muscles. After the writing portion of the class is done, students will practice fine motor skills by doing arts, crafts, playing with small building toys such as Lego Bricks or K'nex, or playing fine motor heavy games such as Jenga, Domino stacking, Topple, etc.

Curriculum and supplemental video instruction via Google Classroom will be provided and included in class cost. 

Access to the Google Classroom is strongly recommended, but not required. Your student will receive all materials in print in class. If you missed the first semester, yet wish for your child to join this class in the 2nd semester,  please speak with teacher Lyndsay Mueller to acquire materials to get your child up to speed so they may join in the second semester. l.mueller@excellenceinlearning.org

Class Cost: $30


Homesteading - Gina Robichaux 

Homesteading is learning to live off the land, using God's resources to survive and live. In the course, we will learn about setting up your homestead, gardening, growing and using herbs, food canning and preservation, making homemade jelly, milling your own wheat, baking bread, frugal living, water collection and filtration, raising animals, natural medicines, knitting and crocheting, hunting for food, timing and planning to survive the winter, alternate energy sources, living off the grid. 

Needed supplies: yarn, knitting needles, crochet hooks, water jugs, milk jugs, canning jars, paper cups, soil, seeds  Please note:  each child will be required to supply their own knitting needle, crochet hook and yarn. 

Cost: $40 per semester


Sewing - Amanda Sillin

In this class, students 3rd grade and up will learn the basic skills of sewing. From learning the parts of a sewing machine, using the machine, straight stitches,  and hand-sewing stitches. The importance of accurate measuring, cutting and sewing will be taught. Any student who has a sewing machine at home is encouraged to bring the machine to class each week. First semester we will be sewing a collection of easy items that can be given as gifts for the holidays. Second semester, we will be sewing a project from the 4H book "Sew Fun" 

Cost: $40.00 per semester, includes material for first semester

Supplies: sewing machine (if possible),  Sewing kit (overall cost is less than $20 and can be purchased at the dollar tree- it's part of the class to purchase and decorate your kit) Book "Sew Fun" which can be purchased from the OSU extension office for $10 on E Main Street in Newark. 


Elementary Photography - Casey Green

The fundamentals of photography for elementary students, grades 3rd – 6th

This is a fun, hands-on class that gives children a general overview of photography. They will learn the value of documenting their lives & things around them through photos, the importance of creative aspects in photography, & the principles of good composition. There is no homework in this class. Students will work on practicing their lessons during class time. When the weather is cooperative, we will go outside to take photos.

Who is this class for? Students in grades 3rd – 6th that enjoy taking pictures, want to learn more about taking pictures, or are curious about taking pictures. There are no previous skills needed to take this class.

Requirements: A device to take photos on – phone, tablet, camera; student must be able to access the device if the screen times out (locks); student must know how to access the camera.

Cost: $50. Minimum student count 6, maximum student count 10


Basic Photography - Casey Green

A beginner course on the fundamentals of photography. This class is for students, in grades 8th – 12th & parents

This is a great class for those wishing to learn the basics of photography, such as the history & science of photography, composition, types of cameras, lenses, photography genres, editing, preserving your photos, & more… You will receive the first foundational layer of photography in this course. This class is a prequel to Intermediate & Advanced Photography, which will build upon the foundation you will learn here. There is homework in this class to encourage students to practice their skills at home, but it is minimal to not overwhelm or distract them from their core subjects.

Who is this class for? This course is for teens & adults that have the desire to learn more about the basics of photography & improve their skills.

Requirements: A device to take photos on – phone, tablet, or camera

Cost: $75 Minimum student count 6, maximum student count 10


Intermediate Photography - Casey Green

Building on the foundations of photography for grades 8th – 12th & adults

This class works to solidify the foundation previously learned in Basic Photography. It also builds on the skills & knowledge to enable students to become confident in camera settings & composition. There is homework in this class so students can practice what they learn at home. While homework in this class may not be as extensive as in other classes, there will be a small level of commitment to learning & growing your skills.

Intermediate Photography I: Reviews the rules of good composition. Students will begin delving deeper into specific photography genres to learn about proper techniques, settings, & creativity. Genres covered in this class – Still Life, Portraits, Events, Landscape, & Nature.

Intermediate Photography II: Focuses on mastering manual mode & explores additional genres – Street Photography, Sports, Documentary, Photojournalism, & more.

Who is this class for? This class is for anyone that wants to deepen their understanding, skills, & creativity with photography. This class is required to progress further with more advanced photography instruction.

Requirements: 

Pre-Requisite Classes – Basic Photography is required for Intermediate I; Intermediate I is required for Intermediate II; Pre-Requisites can be waived for students that have mastered the skills somewhere else, but you should contact the instructor prior to registering for these classes to see if you qualify.

Camera Equipment – Intermediate I can get by with a point & shoot, but a DSLR (interchangeable lenses) is preferred; Intermediate II requires a DSLR. People have generously donated camera equipment for students to use while taking these classes. If equipment is preventing you from taking this class, please talk to the instructor for options. Equipment will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Cost: $75 Minimum student count 6, maximum student count 10

Rhetoric 

Speech and Debate - Marshal Sillin

This class is designed for 6th grade and up (adults welcome) 


Speaking in public, whether it is for a company presentation or in front of a large public audience, can be a frightening experience, but with proper planning and practicing you can reduce the amount of anxiety you will experience and develop the self-confidence needed to deliver a killer talk or presentation.  In this class you will learn: 


Cost: $45.00  per semester, includes all course materials

Fallacy Detective 6th and up - Juliet DePriest

People are always arguing their points on TV and on the internet…but are they arguing well? Designed for 6th -12th grades, this class will cover how to detect fallacy, or an incorrect or misleading way of arguing one’s position on a topic. Through exercises and real-life examples, students will learn to critically think through the arguments they are hearing…and learn how not to commit fallacies of their own in writing and speaking.

Required materials: Pocket folder/binder; notebook paper; pen/pencil.

Cost: $50, per semester which includes all course materials.

Memorize the Faith! (And Most Anything Else)- Shannon Hughes

We will learn a memorization technique used by ancient Greeks and Romans, such as Aristotle and Simonides, and church doctors like St. Thomas Aquinas. We will start with memorizing the Ten Commandments, the seven capital sins, seven virtues, and the beatitudes. Once this memorization system is established, students will be able to use the system to memorize most anything else! We will also play escape room type puzzle games to test our knowledge and have some fun. 

Cost: $35

Supplies: Teacher will supply all materials.

Yearbook Club - Lyndsay Mueller (6th grade or age 12 and up)


Yearbook club is for students ages 12 (or 6th grade and up). Students will take pictures and design a page for the yearbook. All yearbook club assignments will be done in co-op during co-op hours, but volunteer and extra assignments could include events and sports. Students can do as much or as little as they want in yearbook, but if they take on a page, they will be required to follow instructions, follow a web-based design program, and meet deadlines. Students will communicate via email and occasional lunch meetings.


Cost: Free


Supplies needed: camera or camera phone, computer with internet 


Robotics and Coding

Typing and Computer Literacy - Melissa McAllister (3rd grade and up) 


This course is for 3rd-grade and older students ready to learn the technique, skills, and typing accuracy. The technique is taught and applied using typing.com during class. Typing.com has fun games and speed tests to track the student's progress. Weekly practice outside of class is required to gain accuracy in typing. This class will also cover basic computer literacy, such as opening a Word document, saving a document, printing a document, and basic computing skills. the second semester might include using other common programs like Excel. 

Cost: $40.00 per semester

WeDo Lego Technology K- 3rd/4th- Amy Fraunfelter

This class is designed for students in K – 3rd grades, who have never taken a Lego class and will incorporate the Lego WeDo 2.0 program. Students will have hands-on STEM activities that helps them to develop their understanding of science through a robot-based learning system. Younger children will benefit from hands on practice and developing fine motor skills. Once the projects are built, the students work with a partner to program or code the projects so that they move, play sounds, and several other tasks. This class can be taken year after year as the activities change on a 3-4 year rotation.  While designed as a "first" class, even students with years of experience find this class exciting and engaging. Students move to future classes based on age and maturity, not just their experience with Legos. 

Cost: $40.00 per semester

WeDo Lego Lab 3rd - 5th/6th- Amy Fraunfelter

This class is designed for  3rd- 5th/6th grade students and will incorporate the Lego WeDo program. Students in 3rd/4th grade who have never taken a Lego class should start with the K-3rd/4th class and will move up based on maturity and experience. Students in this class will have hands-on STEM activities that help them to develop their understanding of science through a robot-based learning system. Younger children will benefit from hands-on practice and developing fine motor skills. Once the projects are built, the students work with a partner to program or code the projects so that they move, play sounds, and several other tasks. This class can be taken year after year as the activities change on a 3-4 year rotation.  Students move to future classes based on age and maturity, not just their experience with Legos. 

Cost: $40.00 per semester

Mind Storms Lego Technology Lab 4th - 6th - Hunter Fraunfelter

This class is designed for students in 4th – 6th grades. Students in 4th/5th grade who have never taken a Lego class should start with the WeDo Lego Lab class and will move up based on maturity and experience. Student teams learn to build robots that move, monitor sensors, and use advanced programming techniques. You'll build increasingly sophisticated robots like the Strider (a six-legged walking creature), the CCC (a climbing vehicle), the Hybrid Brick Sorter (a robot that sorts by color and size), and the Snatcher (an autonomous robotic arm). Numerous building and programming challenges encourage you to think creatively and apply your knowledge. 

Cost: $40.00 per semester

SPIKE - Fun with Robotics - 6th/7th and up -  Melissa McAllister

Using the Lego SPIKE education Kits, Students will combine colorful LEGO building elements, easy-to-use hardware, and an intuitive drag-and-drop coding language based on Scratch. SPIKE engages students through playful learning activities to think critically and solve complex problems, regardless of their learning level. From easy-entry projects to limitless creative design possibilities, including the option to explore text-based coding with Python, SPIKE helps students learn the essential STEAM and 21st-century skills needed to become the innovative minds of tomorrow... while having fun! (Prior Lego Robotics classes are highly recommended) 

Cost: $40.00 per semester

Introduction to Computer Science with Python- Hunter Fraunfelter


Introduction to Computer Science with Python (CodeHS) teaches the foundations of computer science and Python programming, with an emphasis on helping students develop logical thinking and problem-solving. The content is fully web-based, with students writing and running code in the browser on the CodeHS website. The course is largely homework oriented, requiring students to do their work on their computer at home. During the in class days, students are refreshed and tutored via games and trivia.

First Semester was Python 1. Second Semester will be Python II. First semester prerequisite is recommended, but not required.  Students joining second semester without Python 1 will be required to start in Python 1. This class will have homework and students must be willing to work independently and complete homework weekly. 

Supplies: You must have a computer at home, internet access, and a willingness to complete lessons on time. 

Cost: $50.00

Foreign Language

 ASL Fun - Hadassah Furniss

In this class students will learn the basics of American Sign Language through fun activities. All supplies provided.

Cost: $30


American Sign Language K- 2nd/3rd - Erin Coughlin

This is a first introduction to sign language learning very basic vocabulary, colors, numbers, and letters.  Students will have fun with learning sign and is designed for younger students. 

Cost: $30.00 per semester

American Sign Language for Elementary Students 3rd - 5th - Erin Coughlin

This introduction to American Sign Language will focus on basic phrases and vocabulary, as well as numbers and the alphabet. Students will have themed lessons and games for topics like family, weather, play, greetings, feelings, and much more! All supplies provided.  This class can be taken for multiple years to really learn the content.

Cost: $30.00 per semester

American Sign Language 2– Erin Coughlin

Prerequisite: ASL 1.5, and teacher permission

This class will take basic American Sign Language to a conversational level and fluency. Where lessons will include a more in depth understanding of the structure of ASL and how it is applied in conversation and how to translate the language independently when communicating. This class will emphasize self expression and how it is understood in the Deaf community. All supplies provided.

Cost: $30.00 per semester

Spanish Vocabulary Games (3rd and up)- Tondi King 

In this class, we will be learning basic Spanish vocabulary through games. Some of the games included will be Spanish Memory, Bingo, and Slap-It. We will also work on counting in Spanish while doing some simple movements such as walking in place or stretching. This class is designed to be a fun, no-pressure environment to learn Spanish vocabulary and work on correct pronunciation. This is a great way to introduce your child to Spanish for the first time or a fun way for older students to get some extra vocabulary practice. No homework is required. All supplies are provided

Cost: $40.00 per semester

Advanced Spanish (7th and up)- Bobbie Wagner

This class will focus on key grammar concepts to promote appropriate use and comprehension of the Spanish language. It is geared toward students in grades seven and up who have already taken some prior Spanish, or who are willing to devote time and effort to acquiring concepts that may have already been taught in such classes. There will be some homework, and students should be willing to spend time practicing outside of class.

Required materials: Easy Spanish Step-by-Step (First Edition) by Barbara Bregstein (ISBN: 978-0071463386) spiral notebook, index cards, gluestick

Cost per semester: $65



Language Arts 

K - 2nd Folklore and Fairytales - Betsy Wright

We will be reading folklore and fairytales from around the world and creating a corresponding craft or engaging in an activity or game relating to the books read in class that week. A fun hour meant to encourage kids in their listening, reading, and relating to each other!   

Supplies: scissors, crayons, markers, a roll of tape, and a glue stick

Cost: $30 per semester

Adventure Book Club - 6th - 8th - Shannon Hughes

Join us on a reading adventure! We select middle school appropriate books that provoke critical thinking and discussion, and develop literary review skills. Each book is capped off with an individual project to help students work on presentation skills and express their creativity. The Winter-Spring 2024 book list will be "Sweep: The Story of a Girl and her Monster, "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea," and one more TBD. Please reach out to Shannon Hughes if you have any questions. Fee provides the literary review packets the students will receive. Books will need to be purchased/borrowed individually. Students can also contribute to weekly snacks if they desire.

Cost: $32.00 per semester 

Supplies: Parents will need to check books out from the library or secure books another way.

Creative Writing 4th - 6th/7th - Amanda Sillin

This year-long class is designed for emerging writers in 4th - 6th/7th grades includes short stories, myths, and legends as brief reading assignments and encourages students to be creative in writing/rewriting these tales. Students will learn the basics of writing and parts of speech in a fun adventurous way. In addition, they will learn how to take notes from a written source, write sentences with varied and interesting components, study rich vocabulary, and learn about different styles of writing. Weekly homework writing assignments will be provided, reading is completed in class. 

Cost: $30.00 per semester 

Supplies: A binder with 20 page protectors and some loose leaf paper, a pencil, and a highlighter. Students will need to bring their supplies to class each week. Students are asked to share their papers in class each week, this is a very important part of the class and each student will need to share at least a 3-5 times each semester. 

Elegant Essay - Juliet DePriest

Getting ready to write those essays for upcoming testing or college entrance requirements? Planning to enroll in College Credit Plus (CCP)? Then Elegant Essay is for you! Designed for 6th – 12th grades, this class will teach students to write a well-structured, five-paragraph essay, from introduction to conclusion and everything in between. By the end of the course, students will have written two complete essays that they could use as future writing samples.

Required materials: 1-2” three-ring binder with pockets; notebook paper, pen/pencil. Home computer access for typing out final essays in Word, etc., is preferred but not required.

Cost: $50 - all curriculum included

High School Literature and Writing – Amanda Sillin

This literature class is designed for students in 9th - 12th grades and incorporates Classical Literature. We could include an advanced 8th grader. Lessons begin with activities to teach a stylistic technique and writing structure and will continue by exploring literary style and cultivating deeper understanding of themes. Students will read 6 novels or novellas during the year and complete writing assignments for each book. Each book is a 4 week study which includes study about the author, literary period, and historical significance, as well as a thorough survey in analytical, persuasive, comparative, creative and technical essay writing. This class is recommended to be taken for multiple years as students work to improve writing skill and style and literature assignments change year to year. This class uses online Google Classroom and if students complete all assignments, this course is worth 1 credit for Literature and 1 credit for English.  

Cost $30.00 per semester

Supplies: Access to a computer, Google classroom, and a printer (they can print things at co-op as needed) A 2 inch three ring binder, a pencil. Students will read the following books which you can check out from the library, or use a link to a free book which is provided in the Google classroom - The Count of Monte Cristo, The Wind in the Willows, Robison Crusoe, House of 7 Gables, Pygmalion, and Animal Farm.  


History/Social Studies

Time Travelers History (1st -3rd)  - Sondra Rathe

We will be traveling through US history chronologically starting with the pilgrims' arrival to America. Each week we will learn about a new event, person or group of people, or a time period that helped shape the country we live in. Utilizing different craft projects, small group or class activities, and even some snacks here and there we hope to make these historical figures and events come alive!

Class fee: $40.00 per semester

Supplies: crayons or colored pencils, glue sticks, possibly some freecycle items from home

Little Pioneers- Jan Rohrbaugh 

Enjoy reading from the Little House on the Prairie Books and doing activities and crafts all relating to the books and the historical time period when the events took place. We will be sewing by hand, making candles, making paper dolls and many other projects. This is a year-long course, and while you do not have to take both semesters, we will not be repeating activities or readings during the second semester so if you chose to continue you know it will not be a repeat of first semester. This year I am choosing to read from the book entitled “Little House on the Prairie.” Some consider this to be the 3rd book in the series as it was the third to be published while others view it as the second book in the series based on the order in which it is most recommended to read the series. Each week we will be reading a portion of the book and then doing a craft or activity.

Cost: $45.00 per semester

Globe Trotters  1st - 3rd/4th- Lisa VanTilburg

This class is designed for kids in 1st-5th grades. We will study other cultures from around the world, learn a little bit of geography and map skills, and try snacks from these locations.  

Cost: $40.00 per semester

Students will need: folder and pencil. 

Ohio History - Lisa VanTilburg 3rd- 8th 

Students will LOVE learning Ohio’s history with a fun interactive, hands-on class that will include a study of Ohio’s history, symbols, battles, native peoples and cultures, climate, geography, industry, cities, famous people and wildlife. This class will have many in-class projects, games and will even make the occasional snack. History can be fun!

Cost: $35.00 per semester

Students will need: folder/binder, pen/pencil, and colored pencils

World Cultures - 6th and up - Lisa VanTilburg

This course will focus on many of the cultures of the world through its geography, societies, regions/groups, religions, foods, products and much more! This class will introduce country locations and develop map skills. Each week the class will focus on a specific country and will include sample foods/cuisines from each.

Cost: $55.00 per semester

Students will need: folder/binder, pen/pencil, and colored pencils

High School Cinema Studies - Betsy Wright 

Students will spend the semester learning how to analyze stories through visual media and then learning how to discuss subjects with a group. They will learn how to identify worldviews, irony, foils, themes, perspectives, etc. in movies. We will also spend some time discussing the "Chew and Spit" Method when watching media (for any of you Mama Bear Apologetics Fans out there). They will watch the movies at home, answer some guided questions, and come to class prepared to participate in some fun discussions. I understand we all have different family rules when it comes to movies allowed. I tried to pick movies that have meat on their bones, but didn't contain anything too over the top, but I realize that is a very individual based opinion. I listed the movies the teenagers will be watching below, but please know that if there is a movie that you are not comfortable letting your teenager watch, you can have them skip that week and just sit in on the conversation with no judgment passed. My main purpose for this class is to provide a fun environment for teens to practice communication in a low-key atmosphere, to learn how to analyze visual content and to think critically about it, and to share a love of stories together. 

Supplies: a way to stream movies or a library card (many of the dvds can be found on the library's website)

Class Fee: $30


High School American History  - Lisa VanTilburg

Using BJU Press American History(4th Ed), students will survey the history of America from native peoples, European settlements, nation-building, and expansion through the modern age.

"Uncover the exciting history of our nation with the United States History Student Text, an informative and thought-provoking survey of the history of the United States. Within a biblical worldview, gain and understanding of the forces, issues, and events that have shaped United States history and the people who made it happen."

Students will need: United States History BJU Press ISBN 978-1-60682-005-6 (4th Revised Edition), pen/pencil, folder/binder, and writing paper.

Cost: $40.00 per semester

Government (1st Semester) - Lisa VanTilburg

This course offers a comprehensive study of the American Government. The Constitution is thoroughly covered, followed by each of the three branches of government, and the various rights protected by the Bill of Rights. This class incorporates multiple-choice and open-ended questions after each chapter and allows students to practice reading comprehension and essay writing skills while reinforcing the important lessons of the US Government. Class time will include discussions, videos, enrichment activities and a mock trial. 

Required materials: 1" binder, pocket folder, pen/pencils

Cost: $35.00 per semester


The Game of Life- Financial Literacy (8th and Up)- Lisa VanTilburg

Students will learn to manage money in a fun and interactive way! By playing the game "Life". 

We begin by researching careers and choosing either a college, a technical school, or entry level job. This determines the income students will have for the class. As the weeks progress students will open a checking account, rent an apartment, buy a car, eventually get married, buy a house, and have children. We will end the session by planning a vacation and looking forward to retirement. 


Cost: $45.00 per semester


Old Testament Survey - (9th and up) Juliet DePriest

History, law, prophecy, poetry—the Old Testament has it all. But do you know how to read it? Why is the Old Testament so important to read and understand? Designed for 9 th – 12 th grades, this course will answer these questions and more. Through lots of discussion, reading, and a bit of writing as well, we will explore the Old Testament together. And, since the Old Testament was originally written primarily in Hebrew, we may learn a few Hebrew words as well! 

Required materials: Having a hard copy Bible which contains the entire Old Testament will be a must! The translation can be of your choosing. Students will also need a 2-inch pocket binder for collection of course materials, as well as notebook paper and a pen/pencil.

Cost: $50, which includes all course materials.

Science

K-2nd Jr. Astronomy - Gina Robichaux

Using hands-on activities to help your young scientist retain what they learn, Apologia’s science curriculum uses the Charlotte Mason methodology to introduce the wonders of our solar system, the stars, and beyond. In this course, your student will explore and learn about the sun, planets, asteroid belt, dwarf planets, the Kuiper belt galaxies, nebulae, and even black holes as they reveal the marvel and might of our loving Creator.

Supplies: Parents may need to provide some freecycle items from home (pop bottles etc)

Cost $35.00

Primary Science Explorations and Experiments - Chrystina Tharp (1st - 3rd) 

Explore the world around us with a whole new set of exciting hands-on science experiments. We will spend the year learning about different types of science. Each week we will take a different science topic and seek to answer question with hands on demonstrations and experiments. This class can be taken multiple years as each year includes a whole new set of experiments to help us explore the world around us. No textbook required, not curriculum specific. Please note - this class can be messy. Science Fair participation is encouraged, but not required for this age group.

Cost: 50.00 per semester, includes almost all supplies

Supplies: Parents will need to provide some freecycle items from home (pop bottles etc)

Junior Oceanography (3rd - 5th) - Leigha Hickman

This science course is a year-long observation of the ecosystem and animal kingdom that dwell in the ocean. Through the year we will study marine biology, geology, and the chemistry of the ocean. We will integrate STEM and art opportunities for the students to engage in what we are studying, and at the end of each semester the students will provide a presentation to the class to enhance presentation skills and show us what they have enjoyed learning about from the ocean. Fee provides curriculum handouts and art/STEM supplies. No additional materials needed from students to participate. Occasionally I may need students to bring in freecycle things from home.

Cost: $35.00 per semester

Elementary Science Explorations and Explosions (4th - 6th) - Chrystina Tharp

Explore the world around us with a whole new set of exciting hands-on science experiments. We will spend the year learning about different types of science. Each week we will take a different science topic and seek to answer question with hands on demonstrations and experiments. This class can be taken multiple years as each year includes a whole new set of experiments to help us explore the world around us. No textbook required, not curriculum specific. Please note - this class can be messy. Science Fair participation is required for this age group (but I promise it will be mostly easy and very fun)

Cost: 50.00 per semester, includes all supplies

Supplies: Parents will need to provide some freecycle items from home (pop bottles etc)

General Science (6th - 8th )— Dawn Seymour

Using Apologia's Exploring Creation with General Science, 3rd Edition, students will gain an understanding of the world that surrounds them so they can appreciate the real-world relevance of scientific inquiry and the beauty of Creation. This class will lay the foundation for scientific note taking, writing lab reports, and prepare the students for higher level science courses. Students will have weekly reading and homework assignments, labs (done in class), lab reports, and parents will have the option to give tests at home. 

Over two semesters students will learn:

Supplies Needed for every class: Exploring Creation with General Science 3rd edition 978-1-946506-57-3 book required, Student Notebook strongly suggested 978-1-946506-30-6 , optional test booklet (if parents wish to give test at home), and 3 ring binder for lab sheets, other freecycle (pop bottles etc.) items from home.

While this course is taught with the 3rd Edition book, finding a more affordable 2nd edition will still contain the most critical information and can be used. Please contact Dawn Seymour with any questions.

Biology (8th and up) - Sigrid Neilsen

Apologia Biology (3rd Edition) course is designed to be a core course. This course is designed for students in the 8th – 12th grades and is a high school /college-prep biology course which provides a detailed introduction to the methods and concepts of general biology. Emphasizing the vocabulary of biology, it provides the student with a strong background in the scientific method, the five-kingdom classification scheme, microscopy, biochemistry, cellular biology, molecular and Mendelian genetics, adaptation, dissection, and ecosystems. It also provides a complete survey of the five kingdoms in Creation. Science Fair participation is encouraged but not required.. 

Cost: $80.00 per semester 

Supplies: Exploring Creation with Biology 3rd Edition (ISBN 978-1946506450) 3” three-ring notebook with 4 dividers, pencils, protective eyewear.

Environmental Science (9th and up) -Amanda Sillin

This high school environmental science course covers a broad scope of topics, including ecology, the biosphere, land, forests and soil, water, energy and resources, and societies and policy. Some of the goals of the course include:

This class includes a lab component, and Science Fair participation is strongly encouraged. Students will submit labs and written assignments online via Google Classroom for grading. 

Cost: $80.00 per semester

Supplies Needed: 3 ring 1 inch binder for handouts, pencil, colored pencils, safety glasses, families will be asked to send in free/recycled items from time to time (pop bottles, dirt, pond water, etc)

Math and Test Prep

Mini Math Games - Jan Rohrbaugh

This class is designed for students in K-2nd grades. The class is NOT curriculum specific. Enjoy STEM activities, sharpen mental math skills, grasp math tricks, begin learning math facts (+,-,X,/) and develop math problem solving strategies while learning to interact with others through games and other activities to make math concepts understandable and fun. This class can be taken multiple times to help strengthen and sharpen math fact skills. Only requirement for this class is that the child recognizes their numbers. Be warned that some classes can be very high energy due to the nature of the games. This is a fun class where learning takes place while we play and do activities.

Cost: $35 per semester

Crazy Math Games — Jan Rohrbaugh

This class is designed for students in 3rd -5th grade who have at least a basic understand of addition and subtraction. The class is NOT curriculum specific. Enjoy STEM activities, sharpen mental math skills, grasp math tricks, master math facts (+,-,X,/) and develop math problem solving strategies while learning to interact with others through games and other activities to make math concepts understandable and fun. This class can be taken multiple times to help strengthen and sharpen math fact skills. Be warned that some classes can be very high energy due to the nature of the games. This is a fun class where learning takes place while we play and do activities.

Cost: $35 per semester

Scholarships

Limited scholarships are available on a need basis.  Please see our Treasurer for the application.  Applications are not considered by the Treasurer but by the Doyenne. 

All applications are due by AUGUST 1st before the coming school year.