UPPER ELEMENTARY - 4th-5th CLASSES

ENGLISH/LANGUAGE ARTS CLASSES

 

Elementary Write On!

Grades 4-5

$185 per semester

Fall Focus: Expository Instructional Writing

We will begin this fall with The Great Lego Challenge! Our focus will be on expository writing skills. Students will design, create, and advertise a new Lego creation. Students will explore “how-to” writing skills including clarity, perspective, and organization as they draft and revise detailed instructions anyone could follow to recreate their Lego design. When finished, they will develop an advertisement for their creation, focusing on writing that appeals to a specific audience. Throughout the project, we will explore and practice all five stages the writing process: prewriting, drafting, revising, editing, and publishing. The semester will culminate in the Lego Challenge Party where friends and family will be invited to come and recreate student designs. 

 

Remote Learning Model:  If necessary, this class will transition to remote learning without disruption through Zoom meetings and teacher generated material packets for each student.

Teacher: Mary Frederick

email:  2mrsfrederick@gmail.com

phone/text:  916.990.3494

website: writeon4kids.com

Novel Study

Grades 5-8

$190 per semester

This interactive 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. There is optional homework students can complete for a grade to prepare them for discussion, 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. Spring semester novels will be The Outsiders by S.E.Hinton and Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor. Come join us and READ ON!

Remote Learning Model:  If necessary, this class will transition to remote learning without disruption through 

Zoom meetings and teacher generated packets.

Teacher: Mary Frederick

email:  2mrsfrederick@gmail.com

phone/text:  916.990.3494

website: writeon4kids.com

MATH                     

3-5 Math Skills

Grades 3-5                                                    

$180 per semester (1 voucher)

The 2022 Spring semester of 3-5 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 3th-5th grade students.

This course will include visual examples, group 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

Algebra and Formulas

Grades 4-8                                              

$180 per semester (1 voucher)

The 2022 spring semester of Algebra and Formulas 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! During this Fall semester, we will focus on word problems relating to real world applications for formulas relating to Algebra, Geometry and Trigonometry! Students will learn the correct steps on how to approach word problems. They will be given all the tips and tricks! They’ll learn how to identify their known values, unknown values, as well as how to pull out all the necessary information. Students will be exposed to new formulas, such as the quadratic formula, the formula for volume for 3D shapes and many more! All these topics will be taught using fun online activities and interactive. This will insure that students are having fun while learning!

Remote Learning Model: Online Zoom Classes

Teacher: Joe Vargas

email:  YourFirstChoiceTutoring@gmail.com

phone/text:  916.805.7333

website: www.firstchoicetutoring.com

Math Through Art

Grades 4-8

$190 per semester (1 voucher)

The 2022 Spring semester of Math Through Art is great for new and returning students! Art engages the right side of the brain! And it’s important for students who are right-brain dominant (and also left-brain dominant) to activate that hemisphere when learning mathematical vocabulary and concepts. It creates more well rounded learning. Students who enroll in this course will learn about fundamental topics such as geometric shapes, symmetry, ratios and mathematical expressions while creating visual art by drawing, coloring and painting. This class will allow students a fun and exciting way to learn fundamental concepts that will be built upon in their future. Have your student learn and have fun while using

their creative side!

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 2022 spring 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

Math Lab: Decimals & Percentages

Grades 4-8                                                    

$180 per semester (1 voucher)

The 2022 spring semester of Decimals & Percentages is great for new and returning students! There will be new topics for returning students, and new students will fit right in because spring semester 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 using classroom coupons and purchasing items when they’re on sale. Students will also learn about decimals by using plastic money to make their purchases. 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 4-8                                                   

$180 per semester (1 voucher)

 

The 2022 spring 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 teach students how to add, subtract, multiply and simplify fractions. 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

SCIENCE

 

Anatomy and Problem-Solving Creations 2

Grades 4-8

$225 per semester 

Students will explore various body systems and create medical devices for them. Examples of some of the activities/models: build neuron, eye, and ear models and design/build eye protection, a hearing device, and an artificial bicep. Anatomy and Problem-Solving Creations 1 is not a prerequisite for this class.

Teacher: Lisa Hindmarsh

email:  lisahandsonscience@gmail.com

phone/text:  530.313.3789

website: www.handsonsciencefun.com

Crime Scene Investigation (CSI) Lab

Grades 4-8

$225 per semester


Students will learn how chemistry, biology, and physics are used to solve crimes. Labs will include hands-on activities in the analysis of handwriting, blood spatter, soil, dental impression, shoe prints, blood typing, and fingerprint identification.

Teacher: Lisa Hindmarsh

email:  lisahandsonscience@gmail.com

phone/text:  530.313.3789

website: www.handsonsciencefun.com

 

Roller Coaster STEM Challenge

Grades 4-8

$200 per semester

While building paper roller coasters for marbles, students will explore the physics (potential and kinetic energy, friction, inertia, and gravity) and the engineering design process used by roller coaster engineers. Student teams will compete to build the most cost-effective, creative, and exciting roller coaster.

 

Teacher: Lisa Hindmarsh

email:  lisahandsonscience@gmail.com

phone/text:  530.313.3789

website: www.handsonsciencefun.com


Electricity and Mini-Robots

Grades 4-8

$240 per semester

Students will explore the basics of electricity by building a bristlebot and dancing robot, creating circuit cards and assembling breadboard circuits, building an electroscope, testing conductivity of various materials, and building a battery, induction motor, and homopolar motor. This class does not cover robotics programming. This is the same class that was offered Fall 2021.

Teacher: Lisa Hindmarsh

email:  lisahandsonscience@gmail.com

phone/text:  530.313.3789

website: www.handsonsciencefun.com

SOCIAL SCIENCE AND HISTORY                     

 

Night at the Museum 2, Battle of the Smithsonian : History Comes Alive

Grades 4-8  

$195 per semester


In this course, students will use the 2009 movie, Night at the Museum 2, Battle of the Smithsonian (PG),  as the backdrop to explore geography,  historical figures, and literary themes.  In the movie, historical figures on display at the Smithsonian in Washington DC magically come to life at night!  In class, after watching video clips from the movie,  students will learn about the various key characters in the movie that “come to life” in the film. Additionally, we will examine themes within the movie such as collaboration, dedication, and hope. Each week the students will complete one hands-on project based on the topic/character studied.  At the end of the course, the students will watch the movie in its entirety, focusing on discerning fact from fiction.

Remote Learning Model: In the event online classes are mandated, 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:  MrsChiappe@gmail.com

phone/text: 408-472-6155

website: historyrockswithmrschiappe.com

Wonders of the World 

Grades 4-8                                 

$195 per semester 

Through an examination of both the Ancient and Modern Wonders of the World, students will develop an appreciation and recognition of history's greatest marvels. In-class activities will serve as  a springboard for further discovery and exploration of the world, its history and culture. Each class will focus on a different "Wonder." This class enhances, and does not duplicate, material presented in Geography and World History.

Teacher: Laurie Chiappe

email:  MrsChiappe@gmail.com

phone/text: 408-472-6155

website: historyrockswithmrschiappe.com

World History in the Middle Ages

Grades 4-8                              

$195 per semester  

             

Through hands-on project based learning, students study the social, cultural, and technological changes that occurred in Europe, Africa, and Asia in the years A.D. 500-1789. After reviewing the ancient world and the ways in which archaeologists and historians uncover the past, students study the history and geography of great civilizations that were developing concurrently throughout the world during medieval and early modern times. They learn to think critically and work collaboratively through hands-on projects. Finally, students assess the political forces let loose by the Enlightenment, particularly the rise of democratic ideas, and they learn about the continuing influence of these ideas in the world today. This is a year long class. Students may join at any time.

 

Remote Learning Model: In the event online classes are mandated, 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:  MrsChiappe@gmail.com

phone/text: 408-472-6155

website: historyrockswithmrschiappe.com

FINE ARTS CLASSES

 

ART

Art Exploration

Grades 4-8

$190 per semester

Come explore the fun of creating through a wide array of art materials!  In this art class, students will have the opportunity to paint in watercolors & acrylic, learn to draw with ink & chalk pastels as well as create 3D sculptures from everyday objects.  Each project will include basic instruction on how to use the featured art material, an introduction to an artist who used it in their work and various samples of what they created.  It will be like taking a trip to our very own museum and artist gallery each week. I hope you’ll join us for the adventure! Class fee includes all supplies.

Remote Learning Model: Due to the interactive nature of this class, it will be cancelled if in-person classes are shut down.

Teacher: Angela Houk

email: newjoy@mac.com

phone: 973.270.4596

website: www.newjoyarts.org

Drawing and Painting

Grade 4-8 
$205.00 including supplies 

 In this class fine art techniques of drawing, shading, perspective, and composition will be taught through drawing and painting animals, landscapes, and portraits. We will spend four weeks on each topic working from reference photos I select as well as reference photos the students choose.  Graphite, charcoal, colored pencil, watercolor pencils, watercolors, and pastels will be taught and explored in this class.  

 

Teacher: Jennifer Rowe

email: jenniferrowestudio@gmail.com

phone: 916.212.3282

website: jenniferrowestudio.com

EcoArt

Grades 4-8

$185 per semester

Join us this fall for an adventure in discovering the beauty of nature! This art class will combine science & ecology with the practice of nature journaling to record the wonder of what we see in the world. Students will receive weekly writing prompts for their journal, drawing lessons from subjects in nature and create natural sculptures as well as projects for their home gardens. Be prepared to create, explore and be surprised at what we can discover in our own backyards! Class fee includes all supplies.

Remote Learning Model: Due to the interactive nature of this class, it will be cancelled if in-person classes are shut down.

Teacher: Angela Houk

email: newjoy@mac.com

phone: 973.270.4596

website: www.newjoyarts.org

Mixed Media Drawing and Painting

Grades 4-8

$190

Drawing and painting share so many fundamental principles, why not do them both? Join this class to grow your drawing skills and explore your painting abilities. Together we will use a variety of materials to both draw & paint. Come learn to use chalk pastels, charcoal, colored pencils, inks, watercolors & acrylic paints in combination to create fantastic works of art.  This class will include lessons in drawing basics, instruction on how to use each material and many examples from various artists to give us inspiration.  If you love to draw or paint, then this class is for you! Class fee includes all supplies.

Remote Learning Model: Due to the interactive nature of this class, it will be cancelled if in-person classes are shut down.

Teacher: Angela Houk

email: newjoy@mac.com

phone: 973.270.4596

website: www.newjoyarts.org

Sculpting with Clay

Grades 4-8

$200

Come explore the many possibilities available for creating through the medium of sculpture! With projects designed to creatively experiment and explore, students will have the opportunity to work with various types of clay materials. Our projects will include: making decorative relief tiles with air dry clay, using molds to sculpt objects with paper clay, creating posable figures with modeling clay and designing beads with polymer clay. All projects will be completed in class and then  sealed before going home to use or display. Class fee includes all supplies.

Remote Learning Model: Due to the interactive nature of this class, it will be cancelled if in-person classes are shut down.

Teacher: Angela Houk

email: newjoy@mac.com

phone: 973.270.4596

website: www.newjoyarts.org

MUSIC

Choir
​Grades 4-8  
 

$ 180 per semester

 

Wanna have fun singing through rounds, counter melodies and harmony in a variety of styles? Join the choir class!

Come open your mouths and sing!!

Teacher:  Grace Hegy

email: gracesong28@yahoo.com

phone/text: 916-225-8822

website: www.gracesongs.wordpress.com

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

DANCE

Introduction to Dance

Grades 4-6

$160

In this 12 week session, the students will be introduced to different genres of dance, including

Hip Hop, Ballet, Contemporary/Modern and Folk. This will give them a basic understanding of each

type of dance and a fun way to exercise and express themselves. Studies have shown that dancing 

makes you smarter, reduces stress and depression, increases energy along with many other benefits.

Let's DANCE! 

Remote Learning Model: Due to the interactive nature of this class, it will be cancelled if in-person classes are shut down.

Teacher: Sara Schneider

email: saraschnei@sbcglobal.net

phone: 530.417.3230

website: http://ba-lates.com

LANGUAGE CLASSES

American Sign Language (ASL) 1

Grades 4-8

$180 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

Let's Learn Spanish

Grades  4-6     

$180 per semester (1 voucher)

“Let's Learn Spanish!” will be taught by Debra K. Heiden, a credentialed Spanish bi-lingual teacher with several years of teaching experience. Students in Mrs. Heiden's class will be taught the following vocabulary in Spanish pertaining to the following topics: seasons, months of the year, rooms and articles in the home, places in the community, community workers, and travel. Spanish will be taught through stories, games, and art activities.

Vamos hablar Espanol!

Remote Learning Model:  In the event of closure, online Zoom meeting with materials sent electronically.

Teacher: Debbie Heiden

email:  teacher_debbie@yourfunteacher.com

phone: 916.817.1821

ENRICHMENT CLASSES

Adventures Around the World

Grades 4-8                              

$180 per semester

Do you want your child to learn about different countries and their diverse cultures and learn about the importance of celebrating the rich diversity that our world has to offer? Come and join credentialed teacher Debra Heiden as she takes her students on a trip to eight different countries. This semester we will be visiting the following countries: Russia, France, Brazil, the UK, Japan, Jamaica, the Netherlands, and Canada. Each student will receive his/her own passport in which to record what they have learned about each country by writing and drawing about each country in his/her passport. During our classes students will have class discussions about each country's contribution to the world and learn interesting facts and traditions from each country through a variety of traditional songs, stories, art projects, and games. Included in our many fun projects and activities are the following: playing the “Build a Snowman Game, creating a miniature Paris, playing “Escargot” (the French version of Hopscotch), decorating Carnaval masks as part of our Carnaval celebration, experiencing what it's like to zip line through the Brazilian rainforest, playing a Brazilian Bingo game, participating in a Leprechaun treasure hunt, going on a “lucky egg” hunt, making “steel drums” and learning how to dance the “Limbo”. Our class will culminate in our celebration of “WIN Games Day” (“World Indigenous Games” Day) during which students will participate in a variety of indigenous games from around the world. Come join the fun!

Remote Learning Model:  In the event of closure, online Zoom meeting with materials sent electronically.

Teacher: Debbie Heiden

email:  teacher_debbie@yourfunteacher.com

phone: 916.817.1821

CROSS FIT FOR KIDS

Grades 4-8

$160 per semester

 Jump start the year with a fun filled exercise class. The students will get their heart pumping and muscles working as they exercise.

This class will be a mixture of strengthening, cardio and conditioning exercises. As the weather permits, they will be outside and able to exercise without masks.

Not only does this type of exercise increase health benefits but it reduces stress and increases energy.

The students will need to wear comfortable clothes to move in and running shoes. Also they will need to bring a yoga mat or towel to lay on.

Remote Learning Model: Due to the interactive nature of this class, it will be cancelled if in-person classes are shut down.

Teacher: Sara Schneider

email: saraschnei@sbcglobal.net

phone: 530.417.3230

website: http://ba-lates.com

Baking

Grades 4–12

$160 per semester (1 voucher)

REMOTE ONLY

Baking is a science and an art and they taste so much better when made at home for your friends and family from scratch. This semester-long class will teach you the secrets to becoming a successful baker. We will bake both sweet and savory dishes. like Buttermilk biscuits, scones, Oatmeal chocolate chip cookies, coconut macaroons,Granola, cornbread, baked salmon. no yeast focaccia, zucchini bread etc.

 

Most lessons will take us from preparation through the completion of the meal. Some ingredients may require prep ahead of time (chopping vegetables / measuring ingredients etc) . I will demonstrate each step of the cooking process. The class will be interactive and the students can make the foods in real-time. Students will be provided with the recipe and a list of cooking tools needed for each class.

 

These classes involve real cooking with knives, blenders, stoves, oven etc. so parent/caregiver involvement may be necessary depending on your child/children. Only you can determine the appropriate amount of supervision and assistance that your child needs. Feel free to stay along and help them if you think they need it. It is also up to the parent to change ingredients to avoid potential allergies.

Teacher: Shankari Arcot

email:  sacramentospice@gmail.com

phone/text: 408-464-6158

website: sacramento spice.com

Hand Sewing 2

Grades 4-8 (3rd grade with permission)

$180 per semester 


This class is a continuation of Hand Sewing: Level 1. Students will continue to sew projects, including a quilt-block pillow, that will help them improve their sewing skills. Class fee includes a small sewing kit and fabric. Sewing experience is not required.

Teacher: Lisa Hindmarsh

email:  lisahandsonscience@gmail.com

phone/text:  530.313.3789

website: www.handsonsciencefun.com

Lego Engineering
Grades 4-8      
                                                                                                                                             

$180 per semester (1 voucher)

Does hands-on building and creating sound like fun?  Then come join us and learn STEM concepts through building fun projects. We will use LEGO® parts and motors, and sometimes supplement them with common items such as string, paper, crayons, etc. Explore your creative boundaries, and connect your projects to real-world physics and engineering concepts, while guided by an experienced instructor. ​We do different projects each semester!

 

Materials: 

In Person: Instructor will bring materials to class

Virtual: A loaner class materials kit will be available for each student.

 

Format:

Project discussion/demonstration: 5-10 minutes

Design/Build​/Experiment: 30-40 minutes

Review/Wrap-up: 5 minutes

Clean up (in-person only): 5 minutes

Teacher: Lynda Weiss 

email: lynda.weiss@lyndaweiss.net

phone/text: 916.390.6530

Strength and Conditioning

Grades 4-8

$160 per semester

This class will consist of a variety of stretching and strengthening exercises which will improve

muscle tone and strength, flexibility, endurance, body awareness and boost mental and cardiovascular

health. This will be a great way to start the day and prepare the mind and body to learn.

The students will need to bring their own yoga mats. 

Remote Learning Model: Due to the interactive nature of this class, it will be cancelled if in-person classes are shut down.

Teacher: Sara Schneider

email: saraschnei@sbcglobal.net

phone: 530.417.3230

website: http://ba-lates.com

The Making of a Hero

Grades 4-8

$180 per semester (1 voucher)

 

What makes a hero? What characteristics do they share, and is it possible to be more like them? In this

class, we’ll look at heroes from classic cartoons and children’s movies (Hercules, Mulan, Simba, Aladdin,

etc). We’ll break down their attributes, analyze what exactly makes them heroic, and learn how we can be

more heroic ourselves.

This class will consist of watching short portions of films, classroom discussions, and assignments focusing

on character development and self improvement. Students joining this class will learn about important

heroic characteristics (courage, moral integrity, responsibility, etc). All of which translate perfectly into the

real world!

 

Teacher: Joe Vargas

Email: YourFirstChoiceTutoring@gmail.com

Phone/text: 916-805-7333

Website: www.FirstChoiceTutoring.com