Class Descriptions

 

Notes about Descriptions:

  • Classes are listed below each category to which they apply; some classes may be listed twice for this reason, even though there is only one class and time. Many of the classes in the Practice Scholar category will be an excellent opportunity for older students, they simply take less time outside of class. The Practice Scholar category is not meant as an age restriction. Enrichment classes are only listed under the Enrichment category.
  • Students must be 12 by September 1st in order to enroll in any classes that are not specifically designated as Pre-Scholar classes. There are limited Enrichment classes that will allow Pre-Scholars; please check the age requirements for each class. All other age cut offs are September 1st as well.
  • The Semester Fee listed for each class is the fee for one semester only (unless otherwise indicated). Please see the Detailed Class Description for each class to see more information about class fees. There may be other material that needs to be purchased that is not included in the class fee.
 

Pre-scholar/Transition

 

Reading Adventure

Monica Carpentier

In this project-based class, we will be reading awesome adventure stories and working on projects based around the novels we study. We will talk about lessons learned, choices made, and the development of character traits. We will be learning a wide variety of information about geography, science, history, and more as we explore the world both real and imagined with adventurous protagonists.

  • Semester Class Fee: $60
  • Class Time: 8:30-10:00
  • Class Length: 2 Semesters, but students may take 1 Semester if they choose
 

ShakeQuest

Monica Carpentier

This class will be a combination of Advanced and Beginning students. Students will work together on the end of semester presentation and will participate in the main play reading and discussions, presentations, theater games, and other activities together. However, there are separate syllabi for different levels. Some BP level students with previous Shakespeare experience may choose to complete the second years syllabus rather than the first years.

“All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players: they have their exits and their entrances; and one man in his time plays many parts!” -William Shakespeare

What is your role in life? What parts are you playing now and what will be yours to play in the future! We will ponder these questions and more as we step out onto the stage of life!

  • Semester Class Fee: $75
  • Class Time: 10:10-12:15
  • Class Length: 2 Semesters; 1 Semester is also an option
 

Renaissance Minds and the Chamber of Secrets

Marianne Walker

This class is for ages 10-13.

This year we will embark on a journey of some of the greatest renaissance minds in history, as we discover our own Renaissance Minds in our own Chamber of Secrets. We will be having fun with the Harry Potter Theme this year as we incorporate it into our studies. As we study these different people we will earn charms, chocolate frogs and use points earned in class for our monthly visit from the Hogwarts Express Trolley.

  • Semester Class Fee: $20
  • Class Time: 2:15-4:20
  • Class Length: 2 Semesters
 

Practice Scholar Classes

 

Reading Adventure

Monica Carpentier

In this project-based class, we will be reading awesome adventure stories and working on projects based around the novels we study. We will talk about lessons learned, choices made, and the development of character traits. We will be learning a wide variety of information about geography, science, history, and more as we explore the world both real and imagined with adventurous protagonists.

  • Semester Class Fee: $60
  • Class Time: 8:30-10:00
  • Class Length: 2 Semesters; 1 Semester is optional
 

History through Activities and Simulations

Vern Cox

  • American Revolution (1:00-2:10)
  • The Way the West was Won (2:15-3:15)

    History comes alive through simulations and hands on activities. Students will develop their understanding of History through: Simulations, Lots of related activities, Related short readings, and Stories, including authentic accounts from logs and journals. Students will receive and research background information (3 short research papers of a topic of their choice – interesting stories of the time period) and sources for additional reading and information. They will build reading, writing and map skills by writing among other things, letters and a personal log of the simulation. Students learn and practice cooperation, problem solving and logic by working together to succeed in their simulation. Students will memorize important dates from the time period. Materials: Readings provided on my website. Some materials, common at home, will be necessary for activities.

  • Semester Class Fee: $50
  • Class Time: 1:00-2:10 (Revolution) and 2:15-3:15 (West)
  • Class Length: One Semester
 

High King Quest

Vern Cox

Do you love adventure? How about fantasy adventures with history and war games involved? Come on a quest with your fellow scholars to protect your country and survive the challenges of historical England during the time of William the Conqueror!

This class is ongoing. Students may join at the beginning of any semester. They will be able to carry over their character and strengths to future semesters. Any student attending for the first time will start with a new character (even if they have played with a different group before) and start with beginner skills and strengths.

  • Semester Class Fee: $30
  • Class Time: 9:30-10:30 and 2:15-3:15
  • Class Length: Ongoing — Start any Semester
 

ShakeQuest

Monica Carpentier

This class will be a combination of Advanced and Beginning students. Students will work together on the end of semester presentation and will participate in the main play reading and discussions, presentations, theater games, and other activities together. However, there are separate syllabi for different levels. Some BP level students with previous Shakespeare experience may choose to complete the second years syllabus rather than the first years.

“All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players: they have their exits and their entrances; and one man in his time plays many parts!” -William Shakespeare

What is your role in life? What parts are you playing now and what will be yours to play in the future! We will ponder these questions and more as we step out onto the stage of life!

  • Semester Class Fee: $75
  • Class Time: 10:10-12:15
  • Class Length: 2 Semesters (1 Semester optional)
 

Human Anatomy

Rachel Howells and Stephanie Cox

Join us on a tour of the amazing human body we each have been blessed with. We will cover the major body systems, how they work together, and why all this should matter to us. Each class will have hands-on projects and activities to that it will be anything but boring. You will come away with a greater understanding of how your body works and how you can choose greater health for a better life.

  • Semester Class Fee: $30
  • Class Time: 10:10-11:10
  • Class Length: 2 Semesters
 

Renaissance Minds and the Chamber of Secrets

Marianne Walker

Students must be 13 by September 1st to enroll in the Upper Level class.

This year we will embark on a journey of some of the greatest renaissance minds in history, as we discover our own Renaissance Minds in our own Chamber of Secrets. We will be having fun with the Harry Potter Theme this year as we incorporate it into our studies. As we study these different people we will earn charms, chocolate frogs and use points earned in class for our monthly visit from the Hogwarts Express Trolley.

  • Semester Class Fee: Younger Class-$20, Older Class-$40
  • Class Time: Pre-BP (ages 10-13): 2:15-4:20, Older Class (ages 13+): 10:10-12:15
  • Class Length: 2 Semesters
 

Institute for Excellence in Writing Level B

Jackie Ward

IEW’s unique approach provides the structure that students need to develop confidence in the writing process, while gradually guiding them toward greater independence and creativity. They will learn nine structural models (note taking, writing paragraphs, stories, simple reports, writing from pictures, research reports, creative writing, essays, and critiques) to help them organize any type of composition. Additionally, stylistic techniques (strong verbs, quality adjectives, sentence openers, and more) are taught incrementally to gently move students from the basics into more sophisticated writing.

  • Semester Class Fee: $30
  • Class Time: 10:10-11:10
  • Class Length: 2 Semesters
 

Writer’s Guild/Journalism

Emily Swainston

This class is a wonderful opportunity to learn how to improve your writing skills in a fun, practical way! There are 3 major areas we will focus on: producing a homeschool connection newspaper, creating a yearbook for SVLA and learning to do basic graphic design (advertising, fliers, etc) from within our group and from the homeschool community at large. We will rotate the jobs in creating the paper (getting advertising, reporting, writing personal interest columns, calendar/events, editing) so that everyone has a chance to learn different types of writing and communicating. If any money is generated by this project above and beyond expenses 50% will be paid to the class members and the remainder will be held in trust for the eventual creation of a community homeschool building.

  • Semester Class Fee: $35
  • Class Time: 1:10-2:10
  • Class Length: 2 Semesters
 

Literature for New Horizons

Jenny Leonard and Desiree Preston

We will be approaching literature from a “whole” perspective. We will study history and social issues during the time the novel was written, the author’s life and perspective, and how the literature specifically applies to us/what can we learn about ourselves and others through study of the text. Each book will culminate in a project of the student’s own choosing.

This semester we will be focusing specifically on literature that helps us understand the origins of our culture and provides contrast to our culture and government in order to highlight the necessity of freedom of thought and action.

All ages 12+ and all levels of scholars are welcome to join in!

  • Semester Class Fee: $15
  • Class Time: 1:10 – 2:10
  • Class Length: 1 Semester
 

The Georgic Way

Candace Clark and Andrea Briggs

“The fatter earth by handling we may find,
With ease distinguished from the meagre kind:
Poor soil will crumble into dust; the rich
Will to the fingers cleave like clammy pitch.” 
~Virgil, from his epic poem “Georgics”

We will be getting our hands dirty in this class. We will be learning about farming, gardening, self-sufficiency in many different ways and forms, always with the underlying principle of connecting with what is around us: land, animals, stars, people, soil, fungus, plants etc. . . .

Using the theater of our wondrous world around us, we will be practicing and developing important scholar skills, especially the fundamentals of reading, writing, and discussing. This class will be a mixture of ages and scholar levels. Candace Clark will be the primary leader for the Practice Level Scholars, while Andrea Briggs will be the primary leader for the Apprentice Level Scholars. We will be doing many activities and all field trips together, while for book discussions and other assignments we will split the class.

  • Semester Class Fee: $15
  • Class Time: 2:15-4:20
 

How to Argue and Win Every Time

Vern Cox

Argumentation – is the art of influencing others to believe or act as we wish them to believe or act. It is the art of persuasion. Argument is a form of discourse that attempts to persuade readers or listeners to accept a claim, whether by logic, or by emotional and credibility appeals. An argument is a statement offering support for a claim. Another way of looking at argument, and my favorite, is as a method of coming to a greater understanding of truth.

  • Semester Class Fee: $75
  • Class Time: 8:00-9:00 and 10:10-11:10
  • Class Length: 1 Semester
 

Apprentice Scholar Classes

 

7 Habits of Highly Effective, and Financially Responsible, Teens

Darrin Briggs and Cameron Ward

This class uses the lessons and principles set forth in Sean Covey’s best selling book “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens” to help Students apply personal leadership principles to the difficult choices they face and develop the habits that will help them live a principle centered life. In an entertaining style, we will study Covey’s book which provides a simple approach to help teens improve self-image, build friendships, resist peer pressure, achieve their goals, and get along with their parents, as well as tackle the new challenges of our time, like cyberbullying and social media.

For the second hour of class, the 7 Habits will be applied to personal finances.

  • Semester Fee: $15
  • Class Time: 8:00-10:00
  • Class Length: 1 Semester
  • Age Requirement: 14+
 
 

The Chemistry of Life

Stephanie Cox

Chemistry is a physical science that studies the materials that make up our world and the properties and reactions of those materials. We use chemistry every day when we cook, when we freeze water into ice, when we brush our teeth and countless other activities. Chemistry is also used during the study of other sciences, such as biology, Earth science, engineering, and physics.

  • Semester Class Fee: $30
  • Class Time: 11:15-12:15
  • Class Length: 2 Semesters
 

Applied Algebra/Math Projects

Andrea Briggs

“The primary question was not What do we know, but How do we know it.” ~Aristotle

Many people’s experience with mathematics leaves them with a rather narrow view of it. Someone who has studied only arithmetic may identify mathematics with computation. A student who has taken algebra or geometry may think of it as being limited to solving equations and proving theorems. Even people who have taken advanced courses in mathematics may not be aware of its many applications.

The goal of this class is to give you a much broader view of mathematics. It is intended for those who say they hate mathematics, and also for those who already find the joy in mathematic endeavors. To truly understand and appreciate anything, we must put forth effort to probe the subject. We will be exploring math, especially Algebra this first semester, and geometry in the second, so that you might say, as Bertrand Russell: “The true spirit of delight . . . is to be found in mathematics as surely as in poetry.”

  • Semester Class Fee: $0
  • Class Time: 1:10-2:10
  • Class Length: 1 Semester (Geometry 2nd Semester)
 

Renaissance Minds and the Chamber of Secrets

Marianne Walker

This class time is for ages 13+.

This year we will embark on a journey of some of the greatest renaissance minds in history, as we discover our own Renaissance Minds in our own Chamber of Secrets. We will be having fun with the Harry Potter Theme this year as we incorporate it into our studies. As we study these different people we will earn charms, chocolate frogs and use points earned in class for our monthly visit from the Hogwarts Express Trolley.

  • Semester Fee: $40
  • Class Time: 10:10-12:15
  • Class Length: 2 Semesters
 

Ex Libris optimis (Intensive Lit)

Chris Jones

ELO–Ex Libris Optimis (Out of the Best Books)–is a dream level class in reading. For reading. About reading. Including a lot of reading.

  • Semester Class Fee: $175
  • Class Time: 1:10-3:15
  • Class Length: 2 Semesters
 

The Georgic Way

Andrea Briggs and Candace Clark

“The fatter earth by handling we may find,
With ease distinguished from the meagre kind:
Poor soil will crumble into dust; the rich
Will to the fingers cleave like clammy pitch.” 
~Virgil, from his epic poem “Georgics”

We will be getting our hands dirty in this class. This is a hands on, dig in the dirt, work on a project kind of class. We will be learning about farming, gardening, self-sufficiency in many different ways and forms, always with the underlying principle of connecting with what is around us: land, animals, stars, people, soil, fungus, plants etc. . . .

Using the theater of our wondrous world around us, we will not only be digging in and getting those hands dirty, but will also be practicing and developing important scholar skills, especially the fundamentals of reading, writing, and discussing. This class will be a mixture of ages and scholar levels. Candace Clark will be the primary leader for the Practice Level Scholars, while Andrea Briggs will be the primary leader for the Apprentice Level Scholars. We will doing many activities and all field trips together, while for book discussions and other assignments we will split the class.

  • Semester Class Fee: $15
  • Class Time: 2:15-4:20
  • Class Length: 2 Semesters
 

How to Argue and Win Every Time

Vern Cox

Argumentation – is the art of influencing others to believe or act as we wish them to believe or act. It is the art of persuasion. Argument is a form of discourse that attempts to persuade readers or listeners to accept a claim, whether by logic, or by emotional and credibility appeals. An argument is a statement offering support for a claim. Another way of looking at argument, and my favorite, is as a method of coming to a greater understanding of truth.

  • Semester Class Fee: $75
  • Class Time: 8:00-9:00 and 10:10-11:10
  • Class Length: 1 Semester
 

Enrichment

 

Chamber of Music

Monica Isaacson

Come increase your musicianship in a fun way by playing in the Chamber of Music! This is an audition-only ensemble that includes strings, winds and percussion. We will be playing fun but challenging music and practicing is required to maintain your place in this group.

After registering, the mentor will contact you about auditioning. Auditions include 1 minute of a favorite piece, basic music theory proficiency exam, scale, rhythm clapping and sight reading.

  • Semester Class Fee: $25
  • Class Time: 9:00-10:00
  • Minimum Age Requirement: 10
 
 

Wirework Jewelry

Melissa Jacobsen

This is a very hands-on class where you will be able practice each of the fundamental skills taught to create beautiful, hand-made jewelry using semiprecious stones and jewelry wire. We will potentially go on a field trip to the Gem Fair in September where you can start to collect supplies for your own beading at home. The class will culminate with a jewelry project of your own design and construction.

This is a year long class. Students are required to take the first semester in order to enroll second semester.

  • Semester Class Fee: $300 (full year fee)
  • Class Time: 11:15-12:15
  • Minimum Age Requirement: 12
 

Country-Inspired Art

Christine Reese

People all over the world use art to express their emotions and experience as human beings. The art of each country is inspired by cultural traditions, geography and other things that make that country unique. Come learn about other countries and practice art techniques that are inspired by them!

  • Semester Class Fee: $60
  • Class Time: 2:15-3:15
  • Minimum Age Requirement: 10
 

Social Dance

Jessica Cox

Learning dance steps and learning to dance are not the same thing! Miss Jessica is passionate about teaching ballroom in a way that develops solid technique, and the often overlooked skills of leading and following. But don’t worry… the rigorous learning won’t keep us from having a blast!! In this class we’ll also practice appropriate social graces, and we’ll have a little shin-dig or two to practice our new skills. At the end of second semester we’ll have a social that will include a showcase of our dances.

Whole year commitment.

  • Semester Class Fee: $100
  • Class Time: Ages 10-12: 1:10-2:10; Ages 13+ – 3:20-4:20