Fall 2017 Class Descriptions

Letter of the Week

Age: Preschool (2’s and young 3’s)

Teacher: Amanda Saucedo

Length: Full Year

In this fun class, students will be introduced to a single letter of the alphabet each week. This is accomplished through stories, songs and easy worksheets and/or crafts. The focus of the class is especially designed to help littles learn how to interact in a classroom setting including: sitting for circle/story time, sitting at a table for snack and craft, using glue sticks, playing cooperatively with friends.

 

Preschool P.E.

Age: Preschool (2’s and young 3’s)

Teacher: Jessi Licato

Length: Full Year

Preschoolers will have a blast in our large PE space participating in group games and movement songs. Games include the ever popular parachute, red light green light, duck duck goose, simple relay, bean bag tossing, etc. Fun, interactive songs include “The Freeze”, “The Bear Hunt”, “Shake My Sillies Out” and more. Specific skills focused on throughout the year include throwing over/under hand, balance, following the leader, kicking without stopping and other gross motor skills. This class is a preschool favorite every year!

 

Math Art

Age: PreK (3 1/2 – 4 years)

Teacher: Ali Bull

Length: Fall Semester Only

Students will learn basic math concepts through a variety of hands on and interactive techniques. Class goals include learning to count 1-20, shape recognition, matching, sorting, patterning, spatial relationships and basic fractions. Hands on application activities include shape rubbings, painting rocks, sponge painting, making and building with play dough, beading necklaces, using Legos and more.

 

PreK P.E.

Age: PreK (3 1/2 – 4 years)

Teacher: Jessi Licato

Length: Full Year

Preschoolers will have a blast in our large PE space participating in group games and movement songs. Games include the ever popular parachute, red light green light, duck duck goose, simple relay, bean bag tossing, etc. Fun, interactive songs include “The Freeze”, “The Bear Hunt”, “Shake My Sillies Out” and more. Specific skills focused on throughout the year include throwing over/under hand, balance, following the leader, kicking without stopping and other gross motor skills. This class is a preschool favorite every year!

 

Learning Through the Seasons

Age: PreK (3 1/2 – 4 years)

Teacher: Nichole Baird

Length: Full Year

 In this interactive class, kiddos will have the opportunity to learn about the world around them as they grow throughout the year.  Using stories, crafts, songs, and plenty of repetition, the children will learn the seasons, days of the week, and months of the year.  We will also work in some social studies topics such as our country (learning the Pledge of Allegiance), jobs in our community (police, emergency responders, farmers) and some science topics, such as animals, the days of creation, and our 5 senses.  We plan on having a lot of fun* and in the process, opening children’s eyes to the world around them. *Most of this fun involves paint, so please send your child with an oversized paint shirt or clothes that you don't mind getting dirty.

  

K/1 P.E.

Age: Kinder/1st grade

Teacher: TBD

Length: Full Year

Students will have fun learning to play cooperative games including red light green light and musical chairs, as well as working together in pairs and teams in relay and circuit challenges. Students will also have fun using the parachute and scooters in our large PE area.

 

Wind, Water & Worms!

Age: Kinder/1st grade

Teacher: Jena Enright

Length: Fall Semester Only

In this hands-on, interactive class, students will discover the wonder of God's creation through discussion, experiment and plenty of fun! Topics covered will include insects, rainfall, cloud formation, plant growth, the solar system and more. This class occasionally requires the experiment to be taken home for the student to document their observations until the following co-op day. 

 

Dr Seuss on the Loose!

Age: Kinder/1st grade

Teacher: Tanya Wilkerson

Length: Fall Semester Only

Explore the wonderful and wacky world of Dr. Seuss! Each week, a different Dr. Seuss book will be read and accompanied by various fun activities and crafts.

 

IEW Bible Heroes (A Gentle Intro to Writing)

Age: 2nd-4th grade

Teacher: Eunora Fralich

Length: Full Year

Students will learn how to create a key word outline by finding the main ideas in a given paragraph. From that outline, they will then learn to write their own paragraphs. They will learn to continue practicing writing from key word outlines while adding “dress-ups” (adverbs/adjectives) to their work. This is a gentle intro to writing from a well known and loved publisher. Students will be given a single homework assignment each week which is optional, though we encourage all students to participate as this class will cover any formal writing instruction they might normally do at home anyways. Eunora will be coming alongside parents to help in this subject by grading homework and providing feedback as needed or requested.

 

Intro to Music (2nd semester will be a Recorder class)

Age: 2nd-4th grade

Teacher: Katie Shoemaker

Length: Full Year

This class will focus on the basics of music theory in preparation for the recorder class that will be offered in the Spring. Learning the names of notes, basics of rhythm, time signatures, and the essence of harmony are all essential for anyone interested in learning an instrument or singing. The class will have many hands on projects where students will create their own percussion and melodic instruments as well as incorporating singing. In the same way a house must have a solid foundation, this class will serve as the foundation on which future musical education may be built.

 

Creation Days Science

Age: 2nd-4th grade

Teacher: Eunora Fralich

Length: Fall Semester Only

Students will learn the days of creation by participating in science experiments that go along with each day. Key topics include: God is the creator of everything, What God created is good, His creation works together to make us all a comfortable home. This will be a fun, hands on class incorporating many of the interesting aspects of creation including light/vision, rainbows, minerals, acids, yeast, astronomy, animals, senses and the human body.

 

Leadership/Yearbook

Age: 5th-8th grade

Teacher: Becky Abrams

Length: Full Year

In this fun and interactive class, students will learn the bible-based keys to becoming a solid, servant leader. They will be encouraged to put this into practice by helping with various leadership roles in co-op including helping plan and lead chapel, planning holiday parties, and planning and facilitating the End of the Year Carnival. Students will also take pictures at co-op and other Arrows events and will begin assembling a yearbook in the second semester.

 

Mapping the World by Art

Age: 5th-8th grade

Teacher: Becky Abrams

Length: Full Year

This class is structured around a very thorough and well-planned video course by Ellen McHenry. For the first half of class, students will learn by video instruction how to draw various parts of the world free-hand. Most weeks build on previous lessons until the final weeks where students can draw the entire world map by memory (or at least pretty close)! In addition to all the continents and countries, students will learn the location of major parts of the world including the Nile River, many Seas (Mediterranean, Agean, Caspian, etc…), prominent capital cities and more. In addition to drawing, students will learn to paint and shade antique maps.

The second half of each weekly class will include fun, hands on application including projects like making paper mache globes, tortilla/taco continents maps, Rice Krispy treat maps, and cookie dough maps. Towards the end of the year students will do a simple research presentation on a chosen part of the world and will present (in pairs) to the class as well as plan a fun activity or project for classmates from their chosen region. Finally, students will participate in a Geography Bee at lunch where they can show off their growing knowledge. This class will have homework that students can do independently at home. This is optional, but very encouraged as the homework will be instrumental to their ability to complete the world map project at the end of the year.

 

Ecopolis

Age: 5th-8th grade

Teacher: Annie Sporer

Length: Fall Semester Only

This engaging curriculum presents an authentic performance platform that provides students with open-ended opportunities to demonstrate academic understanding. "Ecopolis" is a fully interactive curriculum that has students run their own government to learn about issues including scarcity, resource allocation, needs vs. wants, opportunity costs, entrepreneurship, and global interdependence. Students have the chance to have jobs, make speeches, elect officials, pay taxes, compete in business and more.  This exciting class is student-directed with the teacher playing the role of a facilitator rather than lecturer.

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