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Advanced Sewing - Teacher: Paula Hardin, Ages 13 and up
This sewing class is for those who know and own a sewing machine. Students will have to bring their own machine and sewing tools.

In this class students will be introduced into pattern tracing. Students will learn how one pattern can be used to make many different styles. I will be bringing in a basic pattern to start with, but if there’s enough time, students can later in the semester bring in their own patterns to modify.

Homework: There will be homework as students finish up their projects

Assistant needs to be familiar with a sewing machine and know the basics on how to use one.

Anatomy: the Systems  - Teachers: Naghmeh Katsianos & Molly Merryman, Ages 11-13
We will explore different systems, their components, and their inter-relation in the body.   These include but not limited to respiratory, circulatory, immune, skeletal, digestive, nervous…systems.  We will have hands on activities/experiments to support learning.  YouTube and Apps are used to ensure better comprehension. 

Showcase: Display

Beginning Jazz - Teacher: Ashley Miles, Ages 7-12
Learn the beginning techniques for Jazz dancing! This style can be seen in most Broadway style musicals, it is also the majority style for the Radio City Rockettes. All experience levels welcome! We will be learning everything from basic steps, to short choreographed pieces, culminating in a full number for showcase! All of the music I will be using for this class will be from Disney movies.

Note: Jazz shoes are NOT REQUIRED for this class. They would be helpful, if you wish please feel free to buy a pair, but I do understand that they are pricy. If your child already has ballet shoes those will be fine, and if not, snug fitting socks work just as well.

Showcase: Yes
Homework: Practice Steps and Dances at Home
Assistant Level: I would like an assistant who is willing to be an active participant in the class and be readily available to step in as a substitute with my normal lesson plans.  I will plan the class, but would welcome help in teaching.

Campfire Songs & Crafts - Teacher: Dinah Williams, Ages 5-7
We will be learning songs from my years as a Scout Leader and doing fun crafts associated with camping and the outdoors. We will prepare to perform at Showcase but performance is not required.

Showcase: Yes

Career Exploration - Teacher: Jennifer Campbell, Ages 11 and up
In this class we will be finding out different interests and passions that students have and learning about different fields within those areas.   First, we will take a personality quiz so students who are at a loss about their interests will hopefully get a chance to come closer to a field of interest. Then we will discuss options and students will lead presentations on different careers. There will be a lot of discussion, and at the end the students will have a stronger sense of who they are and where they may want to go in the future.

Assistant Level of Participation: I would like an assistant who is willing to share in discussions.

Cultures Around the World - Teacher: Deborah Dow, Ages 5-7
Explore different cultures, languages, foods and traditions around the world. We will also learn some geography with the use of a map and globe, and work on crafts related with various cultures.

Showcase: Yes, Display

Cute & Creepy Crawlies - Teacher: Nicole Brown, Ages 8-11
Let's learn about the fantastic world of Insects! We will learn about different types of Insects, their body parts, stages of life and even experience LIVE Insects! We will
discussion the differences between their behaviors, habits and have fun examining and observing them!!

Showcase: Yes

Doll Designing - Teacher: Nicole Brown, Ages 13+
We will be designing and re-creating our very own unique dolls! We will be transforming used Monster High, Ever After High or even Disney Princess Dolls into our very own characters!  Students will be responsible for getting their own dolls, at least two of them. All other materials will be provided in class.

Showcase: Yes
Homework: Yes, Watch YouTube Tutorials by: Dollightful (with parents permission of course!!)
Assistant Level: I would like an assistant who is willing to be an active participant in the class and be readily available to step in as a substitute with my normal lesson plans.  I will plan the class, but would welcome help in teaching.

Fairy Tale & Nursery Rhymes STEM - Teacher: Elissia Borrego, Ages 8-10
Engineering projects based on fairy tale or nursery rhyme themed problems. Students will build a parachute to help Jack escape the giant and construct a toothpick house for the Three Little Pigs. Help Jack be Nimble construct a catapult and build something that will keep Humpty Dumpty save from his fall and many more! Students should be able to work with a partner or group. **SOME WRITING IS REQUIRED**

Showcase: Possibly

Fall Fling Teen Challenge - Teachers: Christine DeVries & Paula Hardin, Ages 13+

Teens! Come join your friends and learn to work in a team, resolve conflicts, and gain special event planning work experience.

Let's plan the Fall Fling Event together (aka Family Dance experience). We'll brainstorm games to offer for the courtyard, group dance instruction, Karaoke singing, fun food creations and more!

After a couple of visioning sessions, we'll start to create games with recycled materials, photo backdrop, what else? And after the dance is over, we will continue to brainstorm on what we can do to give back to our TLC family.

Bring your enthusiasm and imagination and we'll see what we can create together!

Homework: Will need to be available to attend the Fall Fling on October 21, maybe work during a couple of lunch hours or days other than TLC Mondays.

Fiber Arts - Teacher: Ercil Wroth, Ages 7 to 10, Fee: $70 cash
The always new and always different Fiber Arts class. Exploring - hands on - a little bit of everything fiber! Spinning, weaving, felting, dyeing, Fiber Exploration! This class is designed for students who love to play with fiber and explore the fiber arts.

Showcase Involvement: Display

Fiber Arts Advanced - Teacher: Ercil WrothAges 11 and up, Fee: $70 cash, The always new and always different Fiber Arts class. Exploring - hands on - a little bit of everything fiber! Spinning, weaving, felting, dyeing, Fiber Exploration! This class is designed for the older student who has strong focus and a wish to have fun and explore the Fiber Arts.

Showcase Involvement: Display

Games, Games, Games - Middle School - Teacher: Jana Milhon-Martin, Ages 10-13
This class offers students an opportunity to play board, card, or role play games. I'm going to ask that each student take a week and come prepared to teach the class a new game. Students can choose each week what games they'd like to play; nobody will be required to play the new game that's introduced. 

Playing games offers students the opportunity to develop their ability to both lose and win graciously. It also provides experience with fair play, while managing the frustration of competition. So along with having fun, we'll be developing some practical life skills.

Games, Games, Games - Teens - Teacher: Jana Milhon-Martin, Ages 13+
This class offers students an opportunity to play board, card, or role play games. I'm going to ask that each student take a week and come prepared to teach the class a new game. Students can choose each week what games they'd like to play; nobody will be required to play the new game that's introduced. 

Playing games offers students the opportunity to develop their ability to both lose and win graciously. It also provides experience with fair play, while managing the frustration of competition. So along with having fun, we'll be developing some practical life skills.

Great Book, Great Writing To Kill a Mockingbird - Teacher: Juliet Kurth, Ages 14 and up or Teacher Invitation
In this class, we will expand upon the discussion techniques using Shared Inquiry™  (Great Books Foundation) and delve into the classic novel To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. There will also be a heavy emphasis on expository writing, and we will explore the historical context of the book. The students will read several chapters each week and complete light writing assignments and research for most of the semester, but by the end they will write a 3-5 page essay on the novel. Before doing the final writing assignment, we will spend a day discussing the focus of the paper. The students will then come to class with their completed essays and edit one another’s papers. The next step, they will make the changes needed then share out loud in class their final drafts. After that, I will take the papers and make further comments and suggestions for how to make the essay even better.

This class is not for a reluctant writer. There will be reading and writing that needs to be done at home, and this class will only work well if everyone completes the assignments on the given date. But practicing this form of writing and editing will serve the students well when they enter college. I will hand out a syllabus during the first class so that every student knows not only what will be done but can also make up for any day that is missed. The student must provide their own copy of the novel, and I will be encouraging them to make notes inside the book, so borrowing one isn’t the best option. 

 

Hand Embroidery - Teacher: Elissia Borrego, Ages 7-11
 Learn and practice basic stitches and techniques of hand embroidery. Create unique and personalized projects. Second semester embroidery student will be able to master their stitches as well as learn new more complex techniques.

Showcase: Yes
Homework: Optional

Head Drawing Using the Pencil - Teacher: Juliet Kurth, Ages 13+
This class is for the serious student who wants to improve his or her human head drawing skills. It is best if you have a real interest in drawing because we will be spending more time on exercises and proportion rather than having open-ended drawing time. We will go over a variety of different exercises to help understand how to translate 3 dimensional space and volume onto a 2 dimensional medium. There will also be some discussion on creating focus and composition. And every week the students must sketch and practice at home for at least 30 minutes, 5 days a week in order for them to see real improvement in their drawing skills. We will only be using graphite pencil, and for those of you who have your own 9x12 sketch pad and graphite pencils from at least 2H to 4B, please bring them to class on the first day. Otherwise, I will have loaner material for the first few days while your family gets the needed materials.

If you, the student, are not committed to doing the work, then this class is not for you. But if you are someone who wants to really improve their head drawing skills, this is the class that will take you to the next level.

Healthy Cooking Class - Teachers: Naghmeh Katsianos & Kris Whyte, ages 10+
During the first few weeks participants will learn how to make tabouli, hummus, Greek lentil soup, cucumber yogurt, spanakopita, Greek cheese pie.   Each participants will get a chance to be a guest chef and would need to bring all the ingredients and supplies required by the recipe of their healthy choice.  On the last day of the fall semester, we will make a no-bake watermelon cake and decorate!

Historical Figures - Teacher: Diana Karna, Ages 10+
Choose a person from history, research, and perform a first-person presentation in costume. This class will emphasize public speaking and students will give short speeches each week throughout the 12 weeks. Although the bulk of the work will be done in class, there will be additional hours required outside of class in putting together a costume.

Showcase: Yes
Homework: Light
Assistant Level: I would like an assistant who is willing to be an active participant in the class and be readily available to step in as a substitute with my normal lesson plans.  I will plan the class, but would welcome help in teaching.

Hula Ages 7-9
Have fun dancing with friends. Share in the living tradition of authentic hula as you learn and refine hula steps and gestures, then learn to tell stories through dance.  Explore Hawaiian language, culture, history, and geography. And it counts as P.E. too! This class is for both new and returning hula students.

 

Showcase: Students who wish to perform will present a dance at showcase. (Don't worry – attire will be modest.)

Homework: Students should practice once or twice a week at home.

Assistant Level:  Duties include: Helping to carry up or down the stairs, and set up or put away, the things we use for class. Helping keep the dance floor swept and the mirrors clean. Running sound on the iPhone during class. Dancing is optional! Assisting with line-up and costumes at the Showcase run-through and performance. No help needed with teaching, but I’d appreciate your helping the younger students, if necessary, with participating in a classroom setting.

Hula Ages 10-18
Have fun dancing with friends. Share in the living tradition of authentic hula as you learn and refine hula steps and gestures, then learn to tell stories through dance.  Explore Hawaiian language, culture, history, and geography. And it counts as P.E. too! This class is for both new and returning hula students.

 

Showcase: Students who wish to perform will present a dance at showcase. (Don't worry – attire will be modest.)

Homework: Students should practice once or twice a week at home.

Assistant Level:  Duties include: Helping to carry up or down the stairs, and set up or put away, the things we use for class. Helping keep the dance floor swept and the mirrors clean. Running sound on the iPhone during class. Dancing is optional! Assisting with line-up and costumes at the Showcase run-through and performance. No help needed with teaching, but I’d appreciate your helping the younger students, if necessary, with participating in a classroom setting.

Intro to Spanish - Teacher: Irma Miramontes, Ages 8-13
In this class students will learn some of the basic elements of the Spanish language such as the alphabet, numbers, colors, days of the week, months etc. in addition to sight words and Spanish phrases. Students will learn how to respond to common questions and hold short conversations. All lessons will taught through fun actives and games. 

Assistant participation: I would like an assistant who is willing to be an active participant in the class and be readily available to step in as a substitute with my normal lesson plans.

Introduction to Nutrition & Wellness - Teacher: Molly Merryman, Ages 13 and up
This class will place an emphasis on healthy food choices and cooking basics for good nutrition and personal health.  We will learn nutrition basics (digestion, major nutrients, how to read food labels, meal planning) and prepare a few healthy snacks and/or meals. 

I also plan to lead the class in discussions relevant to teens and their exposure to messages from media/social media.  This will include discussions of diet trends, fitness trends, and body image. I would like the students to come away with an understanding of how to critically analyze information (whether it be a research paper, journal, blog post, magazine or news article, meme, etc.). There will be a little homework where the students will research and bring in information to share that will enhance class discussions.

Assistant Level of Participation: I would like an assistant who can regularly be helpful in projects, etc., and who may interject if desired.

Learning Centers - Teacher: Rachel Robles, Ages 5-9
Open time to learn while playing at the end of the day.  We will put out books, puzzles, drawing materials, etc., as well as play games outside.

Lego Jr. - Teacher: Irma Miramontes Ages 5-9
In Lego Jr. students will be making friends as they learn to cooperate and communicate with each other.  Students are expected to build creations according to the day’s challenge.  There will be presentations of projects along the way and the last few weeks of the semester students will design and build one big group project that will be displayed at Showcase.

Assistant participation: I would like an assistant who is willing to be an active participant in the class and be readily available to step in as a substitute with my normal lesson plans.  I will plan the class, but would welcome help in teaching.

Mask Making - Teacher: Anna Lambert, Ages 12+
Mask making and wearing is a tradition in many parts of the world. They can be used for celebration, or personal expression. People wear masks to disguise themselves and to pretend to be someone else. In this class, we will learn how to make several kinds of masks as inspired by different cultures and countries, such as the Venetian Carnival masks, and African masks. Each mask will take a couple weeks to make, but the results will be stunning!

Showcase: Yes

Medieval Times - Protecting the Castle! - Teacher: Diana Karna, Ages 7-9
Come and learn about this exciting period in history with an emphasis on protecting the castle. In this hands-on class, we will recreate a variety of weapons using different mediums as we learn about knights, castles, and the code of chivalry.

Assistant Level: I would like an assistant who is willing to be an active participant in the class and be readily available to step in as a substitute with my normal lesson plans.  I will plan the class, but would welcome help in teaching.

Mini Weapons of Mass Destruction - Teacher: Michelle Matsumune, Ages 10-13
Based on the book by the same name, we will be building pea shooters, catapults, slingshots and such out of household items and office supplies. The class will include target practice with our newly made weapons, and we will also make a secret place to hold our personal stash. Handling tools while keeping safety in mind will be a major component of the class. Please email me if you need further information regarding the class. While there are directions for making mini bombs in this class, we will NOT be doing any weapons that include using fire or blowing things up.

Description of the book we will be using:
https://www.amazon.com/Mini-Weapons-Mass-Destruction-Implements/dp/1556529538
Showcase: Yes
Assistant Level: I would like an assistant who can regularly be helpful in projects, etc. and who may interject if desired.

Nature Art - Teacher: Erin Lujan, Ages 5-7
We will be scouting and collecting objects from nature and creating art pieces or functional items using these materials. We will also do a lesson or two on nature journaling! 

There will be some homework.

Nature Study 5-7 Year Olds - Teachers: Kristin Palasek & Laura Moore, Ages 5-7
Join us in becoming naturalists. We will explore nature and its inhabitants through observation and experimentation, and record our findings. Some of our topics may include rainbows, autumn leaves, insects, plant life cycle, rocks and minerals, birds and more.

Possible optional field trip to botanical gardens.

 

Nature Study 7-9 Year Olds - Teachers: Kristin Palasek & Laura Moore, Ages 7-9
Join us in becoming naturalists. We will explore nature and its inhabitants through observation and experimentation, and record our findings. Some of our topics may include rainbows, autumn leaves, insects, plant life cycle, rocks and minerals, birds and more.

Possible optional field trip to botanical gardens.

Older Theater - Teacher Ashley Miles, Ages 11+
Students will get the full theatre experience, including both on and back stage. This semester we will be focusing on scene work and not a one-act play. Scenes will be from classic, modern, and musical scripts. Students will have as much say as I can accommodate in what scene they perform. Date of Performance will be immediately after the TLC day is over on Monday, November 13, and all performers must commit to that performance date.

Class topics include:

On Stage:
Acting! This involves theatre games, script analysis, learning lines and blocking (movement on stage), professionalism, and working as a team!

Back Stage:
Students will learn to design and build simple costumes, props, and sets.

Showcase: Yes
Homework: Yes

Painting - Teachers: Laura Moore & Yelena Surguy,, Ages 5-8
This introductory painting course will familiarize students with tempera and watercolors and teach them how to paint nature scenes and animals.  Students will learn how to mix primary colors and how to use different painting strokes to achieve a desired effect.

Showcase: Yes

P.E. - Teacher: Elissia Borrego, Ages 5-7
Get those wiggles out! Have fun with hula hoops, learn four square and Chinese jump rope. Race in obstacle courses and practice simple yoga moves. Lets get movin'! 

Poetry for Teens - Teacher: Heidi Ondich, Ages 12 and up
Poetry comes in all shapes and sizes, and we’ll experience lots of it during our 12 weeks together! We’ll read poems from many different authors and try writing some of our own poems as well. Students will be invited to share their writing with the class, but it is not mandatory.

Homework: Maybe - finish something if needed, but not often

Poetry Tea Time - Teacher: Heidi Ondich, Ages 8-11
Ah, it’s Poetry Tea Time! The music of delightful language combined with happy children will make for a special semester of literary memories. Children will be read lots of poems and they will have a chance to write their own as well. The ability to sit and listen to poetry is essential for this class as well as the willingness to write.

Recycled Art - Teacher: Jennifer Campbell, Ages 11 and up
In this class we will experiment with recycled materials and let our creative juices fly.  There will be several examples and students should be prepared to take their time and know that it may take more than one class to complete a project.  The end results should be your best efforts and something you are proud to display.  No prior knowledge is necessary, just a desire to work diligently and have fun!

Assistant Level of Participation: I would like an assistant who wants to have fun and be creative with different ways to use products, also allowing the students to set the pace and be independent as desired.

The Rest Is History - Teachers: Shawna Ginocchio & Amy McConnell, Ages 10 and up
This is a class for the History books.   Whenever we do something amazing we expect History to take note.  History is a collection of the most noteworthy and significant moments our world has ever experienced and how they shaped the world.  It is full of intense nail-biting world-changing trials, amazing, daring, and occasionally accidental, inventions by extraordinary people, and epic battles.  Surprisingly we often learn about these spectacular moments as a series of disembodied dates and black and white portraits of long dead people looking like they are in the process of being bored to death when the picture was taken.  Not in this class.  In this class we will learn history as it was meant to be taught, exciting, immersive and fully interactive.  From the very first minute of the first class there will be cool facts and fun projects.  You will build inventions, have trials and reenact battles.  So Join us for a fun hour and you will never look at History the same again.
Here’s the class break down
Week One; Intro and set up for our first trial
Week Two: Fiction on trial
Week Three: Prep for historical trial
Week Four: Historical trial
Week Five: Intro to Historical inventions
Week Six:  Make a Leonardo DaVinci invention replica
Week Seven: Marketing the invention.  Make an ad for your own invention
Week Eight: Speed Invent!  Take some common items and create and pitch your invention.
Week Nine:  Understanding conflict.  Choose your battle, take sides
Week Ten:  Prepare for battle-weapons
Week Eleven:  Prepare for battle-strategy and tactics
Week Twelve:  Battle Day
Field trips—Possible trip to a Civil War reenactment and a Movie night at Shawna’s house.
Showcase—TBD
Say Anything - Teacher: Shawna Ginocchio, Ages 14 and up
College is full of free and engaging conversations.  Often in college we question the status quo or debate famous authors and historical figures with our peers.  This can awaken an interest in current events and history and many other subjects.  This class offers a very unique opportunity to have this sort of conversation with fellow homeschoolers.
Conversation is open, kids get to voice their opinions, we will talk about everything, and that includes controversial subjects. We have no censorship in our class.  However civility and decorum will be required to participate in the class.  Some students may find this forum too difficult to maintain self-control and would be best served in a less controversial venue.  Please consider your child’s maturity and impulse control when contemplating this class.
If you are concerned that there may be sensitive, personal, inflammatory, inappropriate or vulgar material, this may not be the class for you.  However, if you are intending to send your child to college soon this is may be an excellent class.  It is good to build a healthy peer-tested position on topics of a mature nature with peers of a similar background and in an accepting and supportive environment with an adult mediator present before unleashing non-peer vetted ideas, unmediated, on the ravenous wolves of young adulthood.  There is a sense of satisfaction in taking an unpopular stand and turning another’s opinion to alignment.   It is exhilarating!  Or having a strong opinion and finding it challenged by an equally strong opinion which broadens perspective.
SCIENCE!! - Teacher: Amy McConnell, Ages 12 and up
Tsunamis, earthquakes, volcanos, wind, currents... we will be doing activities and experiments to explore some of Earth's systems. 

There will be some suggested videos/reading to do at home since class time is limited. 
(It is possible we will discuss the age of the Earth in this class. While all views are accepted, the class will be taught using the scientific age of about 4.5 billion years.)

Assistant Level of Participation: This hands-on class will need an assistant who is ready to be an active participant and doesn't mind jumping in when needed.

Slimes, Goos, and Doughs - Teacher: Salena Smedley, Ages 8-10
We will make slimes, goos, and doughs with common household ingredients. We will explore the properties of each compound and what happens as we make changes to the recipes. This will be a hands-on exploration class. Each child will follow the recipe of the week to make a slime, goo, or dough to explore and take home.

Please Note: This is likely to be a messy class. We will NOT be using Borax.
We will use wheat flour.

Homework: Optional
Assistant Level: I would like assistants who are willing to be active participants in the class, including possibly getting messy helping kids create and explore as needed.

Storybook STEM - Teacher: Anthony Rice, Ages 5-7
Each week students will read a new story which will lead to fun and learning with STEM projects.

Study Hall - All Ages
This semester during first period we will have a “Study Hall” option. This will be a place where the students can quietly read or prepare for classes later while having adult supervision.

Stunt - Teacher: Shawna Ginocchio, Ages 10 and up
This class will teach conditioning and some basic stunt maneuvers which we will use to create our showcase routine.
Participants should be willing to perform in showcase and work hard in class.
Stunts require concentration to be safe.  Students endangering others by causing distraction will be removed from the class.
Showcase—Yes
Sweets & Treats - Teachers: Elissia Borrego & Nicole Brown, Ages 8-10, Fee: $10
Learn how to create your very own Sweets & Treats!! We will be teaching you about measurements, cooking techniques and safety in the kitchen.
***WARNING: we will be using and eating ingredients that may not be suitable for children with food allergies or sugar restrictions.***

Teen Activities - Teacher: Shawna Ginocchio, Ages 13 and up
If you want to be an innovator and you have what it takes to earn a winter retreat, this is the class for you.
We are going to need to make some money.  If we have 12 teens, we will need to generate about $100-$125 each.  We are going to hit the ground running making items to sell.   We are going to have very fun projects to create and market.  We will make a business sales site and have an on-site holiday bazaar in November.  We will focus on gift items and problem solvers.  We will cater TLC lunches and host a Mom’s night out with mom makeovers and babysitting and exquisite delicacies.  We may give one away at the dance in a raffle.  We will create fun videos.  We may also do some $100 jobs.
Let’s make some memories and have a great time with our friends.
Showcase no (Silent auction yes)
Field trip – possible $100 jobs
Writing for Reluctant Writers - Teacher: Diana Karna, Ages 8-10
Using the “Institute for Excellence in Writing” program, this class will delve into the first four units of “Teaching Writing: Structure & Style.” This is not a creative writing class and is geared towards students who do not feel confident and/or dislike writing. This class teaches a methodical system of writing. Please check the website at www.IEW.com to see if this class would be a good fit for you.

Homework: Light

Yoga - Teacher: Ashley Miles, Ages 5-7
Yoga is a great way to exercise the mind and body, as well as finding a sense of self. This class will teach beginner yoga poses and routines as well as breathing techniques to help students gain/keep control of themselves in everyday situations. It will be very easy-going but also challenging.

Students must wear clothes that do not restrict movement (i.e. no jeans or dresses). During class students can either be barefoot or wear socks with grip on the bottom to prevent slipping in poses like downward facing dog.