2020-2021 1st and 2nd Grade Class Descriptions


Famous Americans

8:00 – 9:00 a.m.
Teacher: Misty Hunter
Tuition: 24 weeks (1-hour class) – $168
Materials Fee: $10

Class Description: Students will take a journey through time and learn how ordinary Americans took part in changing the world we live in. We will learn that anyone, even ordinary people like us, can make a difference in our world. We will learn about character traits that make for a good leader.
Students will be introduced to famous American presidents, leaders, inventors, explorers, singers, sports heroes and more through the use of literature, technology, hands-on activities, and maybe even some “visits” from these heroes. (This class will alternate lists from last year, so it will not be a repeat of the last school year’s studies.)
Required Textbooks and Materials: Folder or Binder
Homework Estimate: No Homework


Sign Language

8:00 – 9:00 a.m.
Teacher: Susan Meyer
Tuition: 24 weeks (1-hour class) – $168
Materials Fee: $0

Class Description: Let your hands do the talking! Throughout these 24 weeks we will be learning many things in Sign Language class. We will learn what sign language is, why some people use it, and what a sign language interpreter is. The first thing is to start with the building blocks: the alphabet and numbers. Through the weeks, more words will be added, including people, animals, food/drink, things you find around the house, colors, sports/activities, and many more. We will learn to form sentences and have a small conversation. Also, what better way to learn sign language than through music? We will sign the ABC song; 1, 2 Buckle My Shoe; The Itsy Bitsy Spider; and more.
The only “homework” will be practicing what we learned in class and a few fun activities to do at home.
We will have small “quizzes” periodically containing 20 questions/signs. I usually bring treats, such as Starbursts or Tootsie Rolls for the quiz. They will receive one treat for every four they get correct.
We will also perform a song at the end of the year.
Required Textbooks and Materials: No required textbook
Homework Estimate: No homework, but practice makes better


Super Science Experiments

8:00 – 9:00 a.m.
Teacher: Brittany Root
Tuition: 24 weeks (1-hour class) – $168
Materials Fee: $25

Class Description: In this class, students will explore the world around them by diving into science crafts and experiments! We will cover a range of topics, such as weather and states of matter. This will be a fun class to further kids’ learning of science and love of knowledge.
Required Textbooks and Materials: No textbook
Homework Estimate: No homework


Drama 1st-4th Grade

9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Teacher: Elizabeth Rhea
Tuition: 24 weeks (1-hour class) – $168
Materials Fee: $20

Class Description: In this class we learn some of the different techniques used in drama. We participate in activities to enhance some of what we have learned. The student learns audition skills, stage direction, and the importance of getting to know your character. Every student is involved in a winter and spring stage production to take what they have learned and put it into action.
Required Textbooks and Materials: None.
Homework Estimate: Practicing scripts at home.


Spelling Games

9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Teacher: Misty Hunter
Tuition: 24 weeks (1-hour class) – $168
Materials Fee: $10

Class Description: This class will incorporate partner and group spelling games as a fun way to learn sight words, beginning words, and commonly used words for grades 1 and 2. Students will gain the basic understanding of how words are formed to reinforce good spelling habits by working on word patterns and spelling rules. The use of physical movement, hands-on activities, songs, as well as lots and lots of spelling games will give students the practice they need to learn and memorize important phonics skills and spelling words for this grade level.
Required Textbooks and Materials: folder, package of small index cards, box of ziplock bags
Homework Estimate: After being introduced to a set of words, an optional word list will be sent home for students to continue to practice throughout the week, if parents choose to do so. This is optional.


STEM

9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Teacher: Briana Froud
Tuition: 24 weeks (1-hour class) – $168
Materials Fee: $25

Class Description: Science. Technology. Engineering. Math. Using a completely hands-on approach, students will be able to use critical thinking skills to solve problems, build bridges, create rollercoasters, and even blow giant bubbles. We have so much fun!
Required Textbooks and Materials: None
Homework Estimate: None


50 States

10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Teacher: Hilarie Eskew
Tuition: 24 weeks (1-hour class) – $168
Materials Fee: $5

Class Description: We will be traveling through our wonderful country learning state capitals, state animals, state birds, famous landmarks, and much more, even history! We will study our states by our 5 regions, starting with the Northeast. This is a two-year course. There is so much information that we absolutely can’t cover all 50 states in one year. We will study 25 states this year and 25 next year. I am looking forward to teaching your student this year!
Required Textbooks and Materials: 1-inch 3-ring binder with 5 dividers (if you took this class last year, please use that same binder)
Homework Estimate: NONE


Bible Grades 1-4

10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Teacher: Karenda Bolich
Tuition: 24 weeks (1-hour class) – $168
Materials Fee: $10

Class Description: Over the last 3 years, we have journeyed through the Jesus Storybook Bible curriculum. We will be continuing that journey this next year, moving from the OT into the NT from first semester to second semester. Our class will focus on Jesus being the fulfillment of the Scriptures. All that God has spoken to us finds its ultimate fulfillment in the person of Jesus. This next year, as we journey from the OT to the NT portions of our Bible, we will discover this truth and find together how it applies to our life.
Required Textbooks and Materials: None
Homework Estimate: None


Spanish-The Language and Culture

10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Teacher: Taleen Lambert
Tuition: 24 weeks (1-hour class) – $168
Materials Fee: $15

Class Description: Students will experience the language and engaging culture of Latin America through music, movement, games, and crafts. The language goal of this class will be to introduce the sounds of a new language and accustom their ears to hearing it in an immersion environment. Students will practice basic conversation through introductions and greetings. Music, songs, and games will be used extensively to assist in long-term assimilation of vocabulary, including the following topics: colors, numbers, basic actions, family members, and food items. The cultural goal of this class will focus on introducing students to the music, customs, foods (even sampling a few), and holidays of Latin America.
Required Textbooks and Materials: 1 folder
Homework Estimate: None required, but practice will help reinforce and increase retention.


Taekwondo Grades 1-6

12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
Teacher: Jason Warren
Tuition: 24 weeks (1-hour class) – $168
Materials Fee: $40

Class Description: Students will learn basic martial arts fundamentals and self-defense. There will be an emphasis on personal development such as confidence, discipline, focus, and respect.
Required Textbooks and Materials: N/A
Homework Estimate: None is required but recommended.


World Cultures

12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
Teacher: Karenda Bolich
Tuition: 24 weeks (1-hour class) – $168
Materials Fee: $10
Optional Lab: N/A

Class Description: Our world is diverse and filled with many different cultures and ethnic groups. Our class will survey various cultures both past and present around the world and compare them to our own.
Required Textbooks and Materials: None
Homework Estimate: None


Writer’s Workshop

12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
Teacher: Misty Hunter
Tuition: 24 weeks (1-hour class) – $168
Materials Fee: $10

Class Description: Writer’s Workshop is an organized framework of teaching writing to young writers. Students will learn the basics of writing.
1.) Classes will begin with teacher-led mini lessons introducing basic grammar practice, basic sentence structure, types of punctuation, and other skills to help students begin the writing process.
2.) Students will practice daily writing exercises that will begin with good sentences and learning how to make those sentences even better with adjectives and adverbs. At their own individual progress, students will move on to learn important essentials of writing such as pre-writing with story webs, developing a title, forming a paragraph/paragraphs, and creating a corresponding illustration to support each piece.
3.) Students will be encouraged to share their writing pieces in class.
My goal is to use different prompts, songs, scenarios, and different types of literature to encourage writers to love writing and love sharing ideas on paper.
Required Textbooks and Materials: binder, dividers
Homework Estimate: Optional writing suggestions will be given to practice throughout the week if parents would like to continue to work on the weekly writing skill at home. This is optional.


Art

1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Teacher: Carol Marion
Tuition: 24 weeks (1-hour class) – $168
Materials Fee: $30

Class Description: This art class combines teaching about famous artists and works associated with them with hands-on art projects to support this learning. We will work with various mediums, including watercolors, acrylics, oil pastels, markers, chalk, and clay. Each student will earn techniques to help them in their artistic endeavors. We will encourage discipline, creativity, and imagination, which are essential parts of learning and appreciating art.
Required Textbooks and Materials: None.
Homework Estimate: None.


Learning Games

1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Teacher: Katreece McGrath
Tuition: 24 weeks (1-hour class) – $168
Materials Fee: $10

Class Description: This class will use a variety of group and partner games to teach, review, and drill topics across the curriculum. We will work on grade level skills such as math, spelling, phonics, language, problem solving, etc. Along with the use of games, we will use movement, centers, role play, exercises, technology, and more, while learning to take turns, play fair, and work together. My goal is to support your teaching at home through games, games, and more games.
Required Textbooks and Materials: None
Homework Estimate: None


P.E. (Grades 1-4)

1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Teacher: Vickie Fry
Tuition: 24 weeks (1-hour class) – $168
Materials Fee: $10

Class Description: I will be using Family Time Fitness’s Physical Education Core 1 for ages 5-10 to plan many of our classes this year. We will use physically active games, fun activities and exercises to work towards improving on various skills:
-locomotor skills like running, hopping, skipping, and crawling
-body management skills like balance and weight transfer
-manipulative work like throwing, catching, dribbling, and passing
-rhythm skills like jump roping and hula hoop
-cooperative skills like working in pairs and small groups (one example is parachute play)
-fitness skills like strength training, cardiovascular fitness, and flexibility/stretching
-special awareness, like personal space and boundaries
PE class will be held outside if possible. Otherwise, we will hold class inside in the gymnasium.
Required Textbooks and Materials: None
Homework Estimate: None


Ancient Cultures

2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Teacher: Kathy Dickens
Tuition: 24 weeks (1-hour class) – $168
Materials Fee: $20

Class Description: This class will be filled with hands-on activities, games, food, and fun! We will learn about ancient civilizations such as the Romans, Egyptians, Greeks, and Babylonians to name a few. Students will learn about key figures in history like Julius Caesar, Hannibal, Cleopatra, and King Nebuchadnezzar. Some of our class projects will be making an ancient Roman road, obelisk, cuneiform writing, and tie-dyeing shirts. Students will also be able to sample foods from these ancient civilizations.
Required Textbooks and Materials: None.
Homework Estimate: None.


Zoology

2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Teacher: Jennifer Owens
Tuition: 24 weeks (1-hour class) – $168
Materials Fee: $25

Class Description: Students will have fun in this class as they learn all about the animal kingdom! How do animals live together? What do they eat? How do they act with one another? What is a zoologist? What does a zookeeper do? There are so many fun and fascinating questions that they will learn about in this class. Students will have many hands-on activities to help them understand all about zoology! Did you know many musical instruments can make animal sounds? They will learn how to make these sounds in class! Let’s learn all about zoology!
Required Textbooks and Materials: None. Teacher will provide.
Homework Estimate: Occasional homework 5-15 minutes weekly.