Middle School - 6th-8th CLASSES

ENGLISH/LANGUAGE ARTS CLASSES

 

Middle School Write On! 

Grades 6-8                                                    

$185 per semester

IN-PERSON AND REMOTE OPTIONS

Fall Focus: Essay Writing/Research

Our focus this semester will be on essay writing and research. Contrary to popular belief, research essay writing can be fun! This type of informative writing allows students to explore a topic that interests them and effectively convey important ideas, concepts, and information to their audience. Through guided research, students will learn to gather, summarize, organize, and analyze relevant information on a person of their choice. They will then be given step-by-step instruction in how to synthesize their research into an informative five paragraph essay and performance script. Students will be utilizing google docs and learning proper MLA format. The semester will culminate with the students participating in our class Wax Museum Project for friends and family at Author’s Night.

Spring Focus: Argument/Opinion Writing

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: writeon!4kids.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. Fall semester we will be reading Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson and Holes by Louis Sachar. 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: writeon!4kids.com

Advanced Novel Study

Grades 8-12                                                    

$190 per semester

IN-PERSON, LOCATION TBA

This interactive class is completely literature-based and fun! We read, discuss, and analyze engaging, high school level novels, so the class is not appropriate younger middle school students. 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. All books will be provided and are included in the class tuition. Fall semester we will be reading Lord of the Flies by William Golding and Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck. 

 

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: writeon!4kids.com

Anne of Green Gables

Grades 4-8

$180  per semester (1 voucher)

REMOTE ONLY

Come and join me as we explore Anne's magical world in the world-famous childhood classic “Anne of Green Gables”!  Every day is a new adventure as Anne adapts to living on beautiful Prince Edward Island in Canada with enough funny mishaps and touching moments to warm any reader's heart.  This class will be taught by Debra Heiden a credentialed teacher whose favorite childhood book was “Anne of Green Gables”. Students will be assigned chapters to read from the book.  During our classes, we will be having class discussions and learning about Anne's world and what it was like to grow up at the turn of the 19th century in a small town in Canada.  Activities in this class will include the following: Seeing a video of Prince Edward Island and going on a virtual tour of the “Anne of Green Gables” museum on Prince Edward Island, drawing maps of both Avonlea  (the town in which Anne lived) and of Prince Edward Island, doing a fun painting project, class discussions, comprehension quizzes, creating a Lap Book, doing crosswords puzzles, creative Writing Projects (including creating a scary story about the “Haunted Woods” (in honor of Anne's all-too-vivid imagination!), and playing fun games. Come join me and explore Anne's magical world!

Teacher: Debbie Heiden

email:  teacher_debbie@yourfunteacher.com

phone: 916.817.1821

MATH                     

6-8 Math Skills

Grades 6-8                                                    

$180 per semester (1 voucher)

The 2021 fall semester of 6-8 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: positive and negative integers, exponents, the distributive property, functions, problem solving in word problems, and advanced math facts. Curriculum will be based on California State Standards for 6th-8th 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

Algebra and Formulas

Grades 4-8                                              

$180 per semester (1 voucher)

The 2021 fall 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

IN-PERSON AND REMOTE OPTIONS

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)

IN-PERSON AND REMOTE OPTIONS

The 2021 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

Math Lab: Decimals & Percentages

Grades 4-8                                                    

$180 per semester (1 voucher)

IN-PERSON AND REMOTE OPTIONS

The 2021 Fall 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)

IN-PERSON AND REMOTE OPTIONS

 

The 2021 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 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

Statistics & Graphing

Grades 4-8

This class will focus on teaching all the fundamentals associated with Statistics, Graphing and

Probability. Students will learn how to read and interpret graphs that they themselves create.

These graphs will include line graphs, pie charts, box and whisker plots, bar graphs, and

everything will be taught in an interactive manner. Students will also learn about calculating

probabilities by using hands on activities such as using coins, dice and playing cards. This class

is meant to show students powerful fundamentals that they’ll be able to apply as they get older.

And best of all they’ll learn while having 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 1

Grades 4-8

$225 per semester (includes a $25 supplies fee) 

Students will explore various body systems and create medical devices for them.  Examples of some of the activities/models: build a pasta skeletal model and edible bone model, design/build a prosthetic leg, walk through a large heart model to understand the structure of the heart and how blood is oxygenated, design/build a device to clear a blocked artery, examine a pig heart, build a digestive tract model, and design/test pill coatings.

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

Teacher: Lisa Hindmarsh

email:  lisahandsonscience@gmail.com

phone/text:  530.313.3789

website: www.handsonsciencefun.com

Animal and Plant Adaptations

Grades 4-8

$210 (includes a $10 supplies fee) 


What's so special about your thumbs?  Why does a Venus Fly Trap eat flies?  Why do nasty plant stickers exist?  Why are there so many bird beak shapes? These questions and more will be answered through model making and activities. Students will design/build their own plant sticker, investigate water tension and test their water strider's ability to move on water, test bird beak shapes and cold weather adaptations, learn about plant adaptations in different biomes, and more. 

 

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

Teacher: Lisa Hindmarsh

email:  lisahandsonscience@gmail.com

phone/text:  530.313.3789

website: www.handsonsciencefun.com

 

Astronomy

Grades 4-8

$210 (includes a $10 supplies fee) 


Students will explore the wonders of the universe through model building and activities. Topics include the Sun, the planets, the solar system's size, comets, asteroids, and meteoroids, low-mass and high-mass star life cycles, black holes, nebulae, and craters. Students will build models of asteroids and comets, "travel" to each planet to observe interesting phenomena, create a nebula in a bottle and a high-mass/low-mass star life cycle mobile, view the Sun using special solar glasses, and more.  I will schedule a night for students to meet at the Community Observatory in Placerville. (This is the same class that was offered online Spring 2021.)

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

 

Teacher: Lisa Hindmarsh

email:  lisahandsonscience@gmail.com

phone/text:  530.313.3789

website: www.handsonsciencefun.com


Electricity and Mini-Robots

Grades 4-8

$240 (includes a $40 supplies fee) 


Students will explore the basics of electricity by building a vibrobot and dancing robot, creating circuit cards and assembling breadboard circuits, testing conductivity of various materials, building a battery, homopolar motor, and lightbulb, creating an electric dough sculpture, and learning about "electricity" scientists.   This class does not cover robotics programming.

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

Teacher: Lisa Hindmarsh

email:  lisahandsonscience@gmail.com

phone/text:  530.313.3789

website: www.handsonsciencefun.com

SOCIAL SCIENCE AND HISTORY                     

Civics: Individual Rights & Liberties

Grades 7-12

$180 per semester  

REMOTE LEARNING ONLY

 

Through Socratic group discussion, and case study, students will explore the rights and liberties contained in the United States Constitution. Topics will include such things as symbolic speech and freedom of the press. This class is different from, and does not repeat case material from Constitutional Debate. This class is taught by Mrs. Chiappe, a former practicing California Attorney.

Teacher: Laurie Chiappe

email:  MrsChiappe@gmail.com

phone/text: 408-472-6155

website: historyrockswithmrschiappe.com

Da Vinci’s World : S.T.E.A.M.

Grades 4-8

$195 per semester 

 

Leonardo da Vinci was one of history's most interesting and influential characters. Through hands-on projects, in this STEAM class (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math), students are introduced to both the Renaissance and the life, world, and incredible mind of Leonardo da Vinci as an example of a person whose interests encompassed different areas of knowledge : painter, anatomist, engineer, architect, musician, stage set designer, mathematician, inventor, and much more.

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

Night at the Museum: History Comes Alive

Grades 4-8  

$195 per semester


In this course, students will use the 2006 movie, Night at the Museum (PG),  as the backdrop to explore geography,  historical figures, and literary themes.  In the movie, historical figures on display at the American Museum of Natural History in New York 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

World Geography 

Grades 4-8  

​​$180 per semester

This class is designed to complement any Social Studies curriculum. Through project based learning, students will explore the importance of geography and the world in which they live. Geographers use five themes to study the world around us; these five geographical themes will be explored throughout the class: Location, Place, Human-Environment Interactions, Movement, and Regions. Additionally, the classroom study of geography will include video presentations, map work, and vocabulary. 

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

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.

 

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

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

How to Draw Animals: Safari Adventure
Grades 3-6
$205 per semester (includes $40 material kit)

REMOTE ONLY


In this class we will go on a safari adventure of drawing animals in the African savannah.  Fine art fundamentals will be learned along the way as I teach techniques for drawing and shading various safari animals.  I will provide instruction and draw-along demonstrations of each animal to prepare the young artists to draw that animal using a photo they choose from the reference photos provided in the art supply kit.  Over the weeks, we will explore various dry media (graphite, colored pencil, charcoal, pastel pencil) on various fine art papers.  The students will have completed artworks for a variety of safari animals, and in the final classes, we will learn about composition and incorporate all we have learned in the previous weeks to create your own drawing of a safari scene. 

Each class will be live online through Zoom.  Each lesson will be recorded and shared upon request with enrolled students if they would like to watch during the week to review and practice more. If a student misses a class, the recording will be provided on the day the class is held.   

 

Teacher: Jennifer Rowe

email: jenniferrowestudio@gmail.com

phone: 916.212.3282

website: jenniferrowestudio.com


How to Draw: Underwater Worlds 
Grades 4-12

$205 per semester(includes $40 material kit)

IN-PERSON AND REMOTE OPTIONS


In this class, fine art fundamentals of drawing, shading, perspective, and composition will be explored as we dive into drawing various flora, fauna, and scenes of the underwater world.  I will provide instruction and draw-along demonstrations of the world beneath the waves to prepare students to draw their own underwater creatures and scenes using photos they choose from the reference photos provided in the art supply kit.  Over the weeks, we will explore various dry media (graphite, colored pencil, charcoal, pastel pencil) on various fine art papers.  The students will have completed artworks for a variety of underwater creatures and plants, and in the final classes, we will study composition and incorporate all we have learned in the previous weeks along to draw your own creation of an underwater world.  
 

Each class will be live online through Zoom.  Each lesson will be recorded and shared upon request with enrolled students if they would like to watch during the week to review and practice more. If a student misses a class, the recording will be provided on the day the class is held.

Teacher: Jennifer Rowe

email: jenniferrowestudio@gmail.com

phone: 916.212.3282

website: jenniferrowestudio.com

Mixed Media Drawing and Painting

Grades 4-8

$190 per semester

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 per semester

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 AND ENRICHMENT

 

LANGUAGE

American Sign Language (ASL) 1

Grades 4-8

$175 per semester  (1 voucher)

REMOTE LEARNING OPTION

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

Conversational Spanish

Grades  4-6     

$180 per semester (1 voucher)

Do you want your children to learn how to speak, read, and write Spanish?  Would you like your child to learn about Hispanic culture? Join us as we learn new vocabulary and conversational phrases that can be useful when traveling in a Spanish-speaking country. Classes will be taught by Debra K. Heiden, a credential Spanish bi-lingual teacher. Spanish will be taught through stories, art projects, and fun, interactive games. New vocabulary and conversational phrases will be taught that pertain to the following topics: months of the year, seasons of the year, articles of clothing, parts of the body, places in the community, and community workers.

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

 

Bible

Grades 6-8

FREE

Get ready to dig into God's Word together as we discover what it means to be a middle schooler following after Jesus. This class will be Bible-based and open to all students who want to learn more about or grow in their relationship with God. Come join us as we discuss, ask questions, find answers, and pray in an environment of support and encouragement.

"And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching." Hebrews 10:24-25

This is a non-secular class, taught from a Christian world view, involving prayer. 

Teacher: Mary Frederick

email:  2mrsfrederick@gmail.com

phone/text: 916.990.3494

website: writeon!4kids.com

 

Girls' Beginning Self Defense and Mental Health Wellness

Grades 4-6

$200 per semester (1 voucher or check)

Students will learn a combination of physical and mental self-defense techniques as well as mental health wellness strategies for creating a safe and strong life. Physical and mental self-defense techniques will include: fight stance, creating space, verbal boundary setting (using your voice), punching/defensive skills, de-escalation, and basic kicks as well as situational awareness, listening to your gut (intuition), three phrases every girl needs to know to deal with unsafe people, how to ask for help, online safety, what to do if someone is following you, reporting a crime (emergency/non-emergency), how predators/criminals think (so you’re not their victim). Some of the mental health wellness topics we’ll cover: discovering your personal character strengths, stress management, emotional awareness and communication, leadership and critical thinking, the importance of fun and enjoyment, overcoming hardship, taking responsibility for developing a strong mindset for a fulfilling life. NOTE: students will need to bring a spiral notebook each week for taking notes.

Remote Learning Model: TBD. Classes will be held either via Zoom or pre-recorded lessons with email content.

 

Teacher: Lori Lara

Email: lori@lorilara.com

Phone: 916.529.1208

Girl's Beginning Self-Defense and Mental Health Wellness

Grades 7-8

$200 per semester (1 voucher or check)

 

Students will learn a combination of physical and mental self-defense techniques as well as mental health wellness strategies for creating a safe and strong life. Physical and mental self-defense techniques will include: fight stance, creating space, verbal boundary setting (using your voice), punching/defensive skills, de-escalation, and basic kicks as well as situational awareness, listening to your gut (intuition), three phrases every girl needs to know to deal with unsafe people, how to ask for help, online safety, what to do if someone is following you, reporting a crime (emergency/non-emergency), how predators/criminals think (so you’re not their victim). Some of the mental health wellness topics we’ll cover: discovering your personal character strengths, stress management, emotional awareness and communication, leadership and critical thinking, the importance of fun and enjoyment, overcoming hardship, taking responsibility for developing a strong mindset for a fulfilling life. NOTE: students will need to bring a spiral notebook each week for taking notes.

 

 

Remote Learning Model: TBD. Classes will be held either via Zoom or pre-recorded lessons with email content.

 

Teacher: Lori Lara

Email: lori@lorilara.com

Phone: 916.529.1208

Global Cooking & Global Cooking for Teens

Grades 3 – 12

$160 per semester (1 voucher)

REMOTE LEARNING ONLY

Let’s travel around the world, learning about cultures via food. In this 12 week class, we will travel to Italy, India, Thailand, Japan, Greece and more! Students will review basic knife skills, food and kitchen safety. Sample menus are Chicken Teriyaki, Vegetable Pilaf, Hummus, Pad Thai, Chinese Fried Rice, Chicken Satay, Chicken Alfredo and more. 

 

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 1

Grades 4-8

$180 per semester


Hand sewing is a fun and creative activity that is also useful!  In this class, students will learn this extremely valuable lifelong skill through a variety of engaging projects designed to teach traditional hand stitches. The project-based learning includes sewing a needle book, a pincushion, a button "tree", a felt mouse, and a drawstring bag. Additionally, throughout the class, students will be exposed to vocabulary unique to the world of sewing. Class fee includes a small personal sewing kit and all project supplies.
 

Teacher: Lisa Hindmarsh

email:  lisahandsonscience@gmail.com

phone/text:  530.313.3789

website: www.handsonsciencefun.com

Leadership & Service: FLA Student Government

Grades 6-8

$180 per semester

 

​Through a series of guided interaction and group exercises, students will explore the principles of leadership and learn to develop individual and group leadership skills to impact their lives and their communities. Content areas include decision-making, goal setting, effective communication, servant leadership, organization and time management skills, and concrete strategies to implement change. Additionally, by planning FLA events and activities, this class gives the homeschool student the unique opportunity  to experience traditional  "student government"  without attending a school.

Remote Learning Model: In the event online classes are mandated, this class will be canceled. 

Teacher: Laurie Chiappe

email:  MrsChiappe@gmail.com

phone/text: 408-472-6155

website: historyrockswithmrschiappe.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

Mock Trial

Grades 6-8 (high schoolers welcome)

$180 per semester

Mock trials have proven to be an effective learning tool for students of all grade levels. It helps them understand the law, practice critical thinking, and gain greater confidence with public speaking by assuming the roles of attorneys and witnesses in a fictional criminal or civil trial. Students experience first-hand the difficulties that judges, lawyers and juries face in determining which facts are relevant and what legal arguments are effective. This class is taught by Mrs. Chiappe, a former practicing California Attorney.

Remote Learning Model: In the event online classes are mandated, this class will be canceled. 

Teacher: Laurie Chiappe

email:  MrsChiappe@gmail.com

phone/text: 408-472-6155

website: historyrockswithmrschiappe.com

Speak Up! Speech & Debate    

Grades 4-8

$180 per semester

 

Students explore concepts in public speaking, critical thinking, argument and debate. This course covers the different styles of speeches, rhetorical strategies and the art of debate. A major focus of the class will be the elements of rhetoric as it pertains to information, persuasion and debate. The students will give several speeches to classmates. Various styles of speech will be studied, including: persuasion, impromptu, extemporaneous, and debate.

Remote Learning Model: In the event online classes are mandated, this class will continue on Zoom with an emphisis on speaking in the digital age.. 

Teacher: Laurie Chiappe

email:  MrsChiappe@gmail.com

phone/text: 408-472-6155

website: historyrockswithmrschiappe.com

 

What’s the Verdict? Courtroom Debate

6-8 grade (high schoolers welcome)

$180 per semester

 

To sharper their critical thinking skills, students serve as the judge and jury in tricky courtroom cases. In this discussion based class, students hear the facts of actual courtroom cases. After reviewing the applicable law, students apply the facts of the particular case to the law,  deliberate, and come to a verdict. Once they’ve handed down their decision, we will see if their opinion matches the one of the real life court. Then they will tract the case to the appeals court and see if it overrules their verdict. Additionally, in this class, students will hone their debate skills by learning to clearly articulate their opinions and persuade their peers.  This class is taught by Mrs. Chiappe, a former practicing California Attorney.

Remote Learning Model: In the event online classes are mandated, students the class will meet via Zoom for Socratic discussion.

Teacher: Laurie Chiappe

email:  MrsChiappe@gmail.com

phone/text: 408-472-6155

website: historyrockswithmrschiappe.com

Yearbook: FLA

Grades 6-12

$180 per semester (1 voucher)

In this course students gain useful, real world skills in time management, marketing, teamwork, and design principles.  Collaboratively, the students will produce a creative, innovative yearbook recording Foothill Learning Academy memories and events. Students learn page design, publishing techniques, copywriting, editing and photography. Priority enrollment for returning high school students.  

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