UPPER ELEMENTARY - 4th-5th CLASSES

MATH                     

3-5 Math Skills

Grades 3-5                                                    

$180 per semester (1 voucher)

The 2020 fall semester of 4-5 Math Skills is great for new and returning students! There will be new topics for returning students, and new students will fit right in because this year’s topics are not connected to the previous semester. New students are welcome, and returning students will be exposed to new material! Students will participate in fun, hands-on and virtual activities that create and strengthen a solid understanding of grade-level curriculum standards. Some of the topics we will be covering are: measuring distance, working with units of distance, problem solving with word problems and math facts. Curriculum will be based on California State Standards for 4th-5th grade students. This course will include visual examples, online activities and interactive games that will keep students thoroughly engaged. Students will have fun throughout the entire process, all the while strengthening valuable skills that ALL future math classes will build upon!

Remote Learning Model: Online Zoom Meetings

Teacher: Joe Vargas

email:  YourFirstChoiceTutoring@gmail.com

phone/text:  916.805.7333

website: www.firstchoicetutoring.com

Math Lab: Decimals & Percentages

Grades 4-8                                                    

$180 per semester (1 voucher)

 

The 2020 fall semester of Decimals and Percentages is great for new and returning students! There will be new topics for returning students, and new students will fit right in because this year’s topics are not connected to the previous semester. New students are welcome, and returning students will be exposed to new material! Whether you are just learning about decimals or an expert, there’s always something new and exciting to learn! In this semester we will continue learning to master the art of using decimals and percentages. Students will learn percentages by online activities and interactive games.

Whether a student is struggling with a particular concept, or wants to take their decimal and percentage knowledge to the highest level possible, this class is a must!

Remote Learning Model: Online Zoom Meetings

 

Teacher: Joe Vargas

email:  YourFirstChoiceTutoring@gmail.com

phone/text:  916.805.7333

website: www.firstchoicetutoring.com

Math Lab: Fun With Fractions

Grades 3-6                                                   

$180 per semester (1 voucher)

 

The 2020 fall semester of Fun With Fractions is great for new and returning students! There will be new topics for returning students, and new students will fit right in because this year’s topics are not connected to the previous semester. New students are welcome, and returning students will be exposed to new material! Whether you are just learning about fractions or an expert, there’s always something new and exciting to learn! In this semester we will learn using online activities and interactive games in order to master the art of using fractions! Some activities will consist of folding and cutting construction paper to teach the concept of ‘parts to a whole’. Other activities will have the students creating fractions themselves, by collecting house hold items and organizing them into groups. With a variety of many visuals and group activities, students will better understand how learning fractions can be both easy and fun!

Remote Learning Model: Online Zoom classes

 

Teacher: Joe Vargas

email:  YourFirstChoiceTutoring@gmail.com

phone/text:  916.805.7333

website: www.firstchoicetutoring.com

Geometry Architect

Grades 4-8                                                    

$180 per semester (1 voucher)

The 2020 fall semester of Geometry Architect is great for new and returning students! There will be new topics for returning students, and new students will fit right in because this year’s topics are not connected to the previous semester. New students are welcome, and returning students will be exposed to new material! Students who enroll in this course will design and build brand new three dimensional objects not seen in previous years. These objects will include brand new houses, vehicles and cities using cardboard cutouts, while continuing to learn about perimeter, area and volume! Geometry is a branch of mathematics that gets covered extensively in high school. What  better way to get prepared than by participating in a math lab that covers all the basics! Anyone interested in general math or Geometry help is encouraged to join!

Remote Learning Model: Online Zoom Classes

Teacher: Joe Vargas

email:  YourFirstChoiceTutoring@gmail.com

phone/text:  916.805.7333

website: www.firstchoicetutoring.com

WRITING AND LANGUAGE ARTS                     

 

Elementary Write On! 
Grades 4-5                             

$185 per semester (1 voucher)                                                                  

                                                                                                    

This semester our focus will be opinion (argument) and persuasive writing. Students will learn to "take a stand" and support their viewpoint with clear, specific and persuasive details. We will begin with paragraphs and move on to essay and letter writing as we explore and practice all five stages the writing process: prewriting, drafting, revising, editing, and publishing.

 

Remote Learning Model: Weekly online, interactive Zoom meetings and teacher-generated material packets will guide students through the world of opinion writing. Zoom meetings will be recorded and links to the recorded lessons will be available on my website each week for those who prefer a recorded lesson.  The semester will culminate in Author's Day via Zoom meeting, where family will be invited to join and hear the student's finished pieces.

Teacher: Mary Frederick

email: messages2mary@att.net

phone/text: 916.990.3494

website: www.writeon4kids.com

Reading/Writing Workshop

Grades 2-4                                                                                                              

$185 per semester (1 voucher)

This exciting class will focus on improving reading skills and encouraging the love of books. Students will focus on building reading vocabulary, fluency, and confidence through studying (and reading) engaging age appropriate stories together. Students will also respond to their reading with creative crafts, activities, and writing.

 

Remote Learning Model: Instruction will take place through online, interactive, weekly Zoom meetings and teacher-generated material packets, Student packets will be available for pick-up, or delivery.  Zoom meetings will be recorded for those unable to attend and links  will be available on my website each week. The semester will end with a Reader’s Celebration via Zoom meeting. Parents are invited to join in this celebration as students will be showcasing their skills.

Teacher: Mary Frederick

email: messages2mary@att.net

phone/text: 916.990.3494

website: www.writeon4kids.com

 


Writer's Workshop: The Basics  (grammar, vocabulary, spelling, and structure)
Grades 4-8                                                   

$185 per semester (1 voucher)  

The goal of this class is to give students the foundation they need to become prolific and effective writers. Meetings will include direct instruction, student collaboration, and guided activities. We will cover grammar rules, parts of speech, sentence and paragraph structure, as well as vocabulary and spelling basics. This is a semester class that will transition into Writer’s Workshop: The Five-Paragraph Essay in the spring.

Remote Learning Model: Students will have the option to attend weekly Zoom meetings, or watch the recorded meetings at their convenience, and will given a teacher-generated material packet.

Teacher: Mary Frederick

email: messages2mary@att.net

phone/text: 916.990.3494

website: www.writeon4kids.com

Novel Study

Grades 5-8 

$190 per semester (1 voucher)  

 

This interactive, live Zoom class is completely literature-based and fun! We read, discuss, and analyze super engaging, age-level appropriate novels. Each week the students will read and annotate focusing on various aspects of the novel including mood, theme, characters, conflict, literary devices, and personal connections. Then, through weekly online meetings, we will discuss, analyze, and explore the deeper meaning of the text. There is optional homework students can complete for a grade to increase their critical thinking skills, and satisfy state curriculum requirements. This class is perfect not only for students who love to read, but for students who are resistant readers as well. All books will be provided and are included in the class tuition. Fall semester we will be reading Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt and A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle. Come join us and READ ON! Teacher-generated material packets for the semester will be available for pick-up or delivery.

Remote Learning Model: Weekly online, interactive Zoom meetings and teacher generated packets 

 

Teacher: Mary Frederick

email: messages2mary@att.net

phone/text: 916.990.3494

website: www.writeon4kids.com

SOCIAL SCIENCE AND HISTORY                     


History: Ancient Civilizations
Grades 4-5  
                                               

$180 per semester (1 voucher)  

Students will explore ancient history through hands-on, creative activities designed to foster critical thinking and problem solving. For example, the students sculpt terracotta army soldiers while learning about ancient China. Other project based learning include Aztec calendars, creation of Greek pillars and Roman mosaics. Students MAKE the history they study! This class is designed to expand the student’s understanding of history by studying the people and events that ushered in the dawn of the major Western and non-Western ancient civilizations. Geography is of special significance in the development of the human story. Emphasis is placed on the everyday lives, problems, and accomplishments of people, their role in developing social, economic, and political structures, as well as in establishing and spreading ideas that helped transform the world forever. Students develop higher levels of critical thinking by considering why civilizations developed where and when they did, why they became dominant, and why they declined. Students analyze the interactions among the various cultures, emphasizing their enduring contributions and the link, despite time, between the contemporary and ancient worlds. 

Remote Learning Model: Students will be provided a “project bag” containing the parts and pieces necessary for the hands online learning components of the class. The class will meet via Zoom for instruction, Socratic discussion, and project demonstration. Students will then complete the projects at home.

Teacher: Laurie Chiappe

email:  Lchiappe@comcast.net

phone/text: 916.293.8060

website: historyrockswithmrschiappe.com

World History: Modern Era
Grades 4-8  
                                               

$180 per semester (1 voucher)  

 

History in the Modern Age picks up where United States History and World History in the Middle Ages end. Students study the Modern Age of US and World History, including geography, from the late eighteenth century to the present. In this project based class, the narrative course description highlights examples from around the world, including diverse topics such as industrialization, colonialism, the causes and effects of the world wars, revolutions, and globalization. The class is aligned to Tenth grade California State Social Studies Content Standards, but is appropriate for middle school as well. 

Remote Learning Model: Students will be provided a “project bag” containing the parts and pieces necessary for the hands online learning components of the class. The class will meet via Zoom for instruction, Socratic discussion, and project demonstration. Students will then complete the projects at home.

Teacher: Laurie Chiappe

email:  Lchiappe@comcast.net

phone/text: 916.293.8060

website: historyrockswithmrschiappe.com

The Bible and Its Influence
Grades 4-8  
                                               

$180 per semester (1 voucher)  

The Bible has been and is one of the most influential books ever published. It is a sacred text to Jews and Christians, and it has the respect of Muslims and other members of world religions.  The Bible’s influence is seen in literature, art, music, culture, public policy, and public debate. In this class, the Bible will be studied academically, not devotionally, to learn about the stories and history of text as culturally used by groups from musicians to politicians. This class is entirely secular and while students will study about religion as presented in the Bible, students will not be engaged in the practice of religion and will not be asked to accept religion. The class is designed to give students an opportunity to see how Biblical knowledge can be a key to better understanding other subjects - especially literature, art, music, and the social sciences. 

Remote Learning Model: This class will be the same in person, or online via Zoom.

Teacher: Laurie Chiappe

email:  Lchiappe@comcast.net

phone/text: 916.293.8060

website: historyrockswithmrschiappe.com

 


Civics: 2020 Presidential Election
Grades 4-5
                                         

$180 per semester (1 voucher)

Students will explore the election and voting process in the United States.  Activities will be used to familiarize students with the terminology, practices, and traditions of American Elections. Particular attention will be paid to what the Constitution says about elections and voting.  Additionally, various types of elections and the history of political parties will be explored. During the class, students will create their own personalized “textbook” by adding handouts, notes, and other material to a journal. The class will conclude with an election simulation activity to give students an opportunity to experience the election process first hand. High school students are encouraged to enroll. 

Remote Learning Model: This class will be the same in person, or online via Zoom.

 

Teacher: Laurie Chiappe

email:  Lchiappe@comcast.net

phone/text: 916.293.8060

website: historyrockswithmrschiappe.com

Games Around the World 

Grades  4-6     

$180 per semester (1 voucher)

Games Around the World (4-6) is a Social Studies class that will take students for a visit to six different countries during which the students will learn about the famous natural landmarks, tourist attractions, foods,  customs, and traditional celebrations of each country. This interactive class is taught by Debra K. Heiden, a credentialed teacher with several years of teaching experience who has a passion for teaching students about the diverse countries and cultures that make up our world. The student in this class will visit the following countries during the fall semester: Egypt, Panama, Thailand, Portugal, Italy, Norway.

Remote Learning Model: Classes will be offered online on the Vedamo teaching platform. The classes will include videos, worksheets, stories, art projects, and games that are geared for middle-school students and that reflect both the culture and the country's contribution to the world.

FINE ARTS AND ENRICHMENT

American Sign Language (ASL) 1

Grades 4-8

$175 per semester  (1 voucher)

Students will begin to learn the basics of American Sign Language and Deaf Culture.  They will learn basic communication skills through ABC's/ fingerspelling, numbers, ASL word order, sentence types, and verbs. We will play fun games and activities to help remember vocabulary.

Remote Learning Model: Pre-recorded lessons

Teacher: Jaime Layton

email: philandjaime@gmail.com

phone/text: 530-306-0786

Boost Your Skills Tutoring

Grades 4-8

 A tutoring class for students with academic deficits. Offering a fun and creative approach to boosting your skills in multiple subject areas. Individual plans are designed to progress towards attainable goals. This class also provides support for students and parents offering creative ideas to try outside scheduled class time to help promote success in learning. 

 

Remote Learning Model: Small group and individual Live Zoom meetings 

Teacher: Krista Kent   

email: krista.r.kent@gmail.com

Phone/text: 530-570-1994   

Computer Programming

Grades  4-8                                                        

$164 per semester (1 voucher)  

Students will explore the exciting world of computer programming through the interactive Scratch interface, and use their imaginations to create their own programs / video games! This class will teach students the basics of programming and video game design in a fun and easy-to-understand way. No previous computer experience is necessary.

 

Remote Learning Model: Classes will be held in live weekly online sessions. Materials will be distributed through weekly emails and during live online instruction.

Teacher:  Asten Fallavollita

email: atfallavol@gmail.com

phone/text: 916.220.6798

Guitar
​Grades 4-8  
                                           

$180 per semester (4 vouchers at $45 each)

In this class, students will not only learn how to read music, but will also learn to play by ear. Sheet music provides the fundamentals children need to grow in their musical ability, while playing by ear makes learning music fun and something they can do anywhere. The primary materials used for instruction will be Guitar for Kids - Hal Leonard Guitar Method and additional activities put together by the  instructor. PLEASE NOTE: Students are expected to bring their own guitars to class each week. 

Remote Learning Model: This class will be given via zoom. You can easily download an app for zoom on a smartphone or computer. An invitation link will be sent to your email 10 minutes prior to class each week

Teacher:  Jonathan Jimmerson

email: jjmusiclessons1@gmail.com

phone/text: 505.720.4617

website: www.jjmusiclessons.com

Voice
​Grades 4-8  
                                           

$180 per semester (4 vouchers at $45 each)

Remote Learning Model: This class will be given via zoom. You can easily download an app for zoom on a smartphone or computer. An invitation link will be sent to your email 10 minutes prior to class each week

Lego Engineering
Grades 4-8      
                                                                                                                                             

$180 per semester (1 voucher)

Tap into your imagination from the comfort of your own home with the guidance of an experienced instructor. Build engineer-designed projects, explore your creative boundaries, and connect your projects to real-world physics and engineering concepts. 

Remote Learning Model: Online, using Zoom, Interactive. Format is similar to our in-class format - short periods with project discussions/demonstrations, alternating with build periods. I will be available the entire class time so students can ask questions. I would like parents to remain nearby (ideally in the same room) in case participants experience any technical difficulty. 

Materials:  Projects may incorporate simple pieces from families' own LEGO® collections. If additional materials are needed, then I will make arrangements for that.

Teacher: Lynda Weiss 

email: lynda.weiss@lyndaweiss.net

phone/text: 916.390.6530

Drawing is Fun and Easy 
Grades 4-8                
                                                                                                                           

$180 for 12 lessons, plus $40 for supply kit 

I teach drawing using a method I developed that makes drawing really fun and easy! We start with very simple exercises and work up to portraiture by the end of the semester. We will be exploring and experimenting with various drawing mediums, such as various grades of pencils, charcoal, graphite, and colored pencils. Students are usually amazed at how much they progress in one semester!

 

I don’t teach students to “copy” me, but to develop their own style. I give them the tools and techniques to be able to make their own individual, creative art on their own when they are finished with my class.

Remote Learning Model: Each class will be online via Zoom, with full class participation. I will record each Zoom lesson so that students can go back and repeat lessons as many times as they like, or get more practice. It will also be available to students who missed class on the day it was held.

Materials: I have put together a kit which includes absolutely everything that will be needed for the 12 classes in the semester, including several different types of drawing pencils, graphite sticks, vine charcoal, a full set of colored pencils, drawing paper and other specialty drawing items.  There is an extra materials charge for this class of $40 to cover the cost of the kit.

*This kit would suffice for subsequent drawing classes, if your child decides to continue in future semesters.

Teacher: Brenda Williams   

email: brenda@brendawilliamsstudio.com

Phone/text: 916.337.1990     

website: www.BrendaWilliamsStudio.co

Art and Music Around the World

Grades 2-8                                                  

$180 for 12 lessons, plus $40 for supply kit 

Join us as we take a fascinating cultural journey around the world!  We will be discovering the Art and Music of many different cultures in this fun journey! This class will focus on various art techniques that are rooted in traditional cultures. 

We will be creating:

·      Native American sand paintings

·      Greek sculpture

·      South American Murals

·      Chinese scroll painting

·      Turkish mosaics

·      Italian Carnival masks

·      African Adinkra printmaking

·      Indian and Pakistani Henna Hands

·      Australian Aborigine dreamtime dot painting

·      Ukrainian Painted Eggs

Each lesson will also include cultural background information and artistic examples, as well as a short intro to the music of that culture, which will be playing in the background while students work. I don’t teach students to “copy” me, but to investigate and develop their own style. I give them the tools and techniques to be able to make their own individual, creative art on their own when they are finished with my class, as well as skills to take into the next level of art classes as they grow. 

Remote Learning Model:  Each class will be online via Zoom, with full class participation. I will record each Zoom lesson so that students can go back and repeat lessons or get more practice. It will also be available to students who missed class on the day it was held. How much parent involvement will there be?  Depending on your child’s age and abilities, you may need to help set them up with the paints, water, or clay at the start of class. 

Materials: I have put together a kit which includes absolutely everything that will be needed for the 12 classes in the semester, including all paints, brushes, colored sand, markers, air dry clay, special paper, and other necessary items.  There is an extra materials charge for this class of $40 to cover the cost of the kit. 

Watercolor/Pastel Painting

Grades 4-8                                                  

$180 for 12 lessons, plus $40 for supply kit 

This class is an exploration of two wonderful painting mediums, Watercolor and Pastel!

We begin the semester with 6 weeks of Watercolor, which includes various exciting techniques, such as wet-on-wet, wax resist, salt painting, landscape and still life. For the next 6 weeks we will be exploring Pastels and all of the ways to have fun with color and style as well as the many different ways to use pastel to create beautiful and exciting paintings. I don’t teach students to “copy” me, but to develop their own style. I give them the tools and techniques to be able to make their own individual, creative art on their own when they are finished with my class.

Remote Learning Model:  Each class will be online via Zoom, with full class participation. I will record each Zoom lesson so that students can go back and repeat lessons or get more practice. It will also be available to students who missed class on the day it was held.

 

Materials: I have put together a kit which includes absolutely everything that will be needed for the 12 classes in the semester, including a full set of pastels and a full set of tube watercolors as well as brushes, special paper, and other necessary items.  There is an extra materials charge for this class of $40 to cover the cost of the kit.

*This kit would suffice for subsequent watercolor/pastel classes, if your child decides to continue in future semesters (and would only need to purchase more specialized paper for $10 or less)

Spanish: Conversational 

Grades  4-6     

$180 per semester (1 voucher)

Conversational Spanish will be taught be Debra K. Heiden, a credentialed Spanish bi-lingual teacher with several years of teaching experience. Class will include worksheets, dialogues, stories, art projects, and games. This fall, students will begin learning travel vocabulary and phrases including the following: Greetings, Days of the week, Dates and times, Transportation, Ordering food, Colors and numbers, and Money.

Remote Learning Model: Classes will be offered online on the Vedamo teaching platform. Class materials packets will be available for pick-up at the FLA pick-up day.

Teacher: Debbie Heiden

email: dkhlovesbooks@gmail.com

phone: 916.817.1821

Theater  Arts

Grades  4-8                                                            

 $164 per semester (1 voucher)

A fun and exciting musical theater class with an emphasis on building confidence and public speaking skills! Students will explore the world of drama, acting, song, and dance through pre-recorded video lectures, and meet with the instructors / other students in live online sessions every two weeks to share performances and progress. Students of all experience levels welcome!

 

Remote Learning Model: Class will consist of a combination of recorded and live class meetings. Materials will be distributed through weekly emails, links to online lecture videos, and instruction during live online sessions.

Teacher:  Asten Fallavollita

email: atfallavol@gmail.com

phone/text: 916.220.6798