LOWER ELEMENTARY - K-3 CLASSES

 

Each K-3 class, taught by caring and nurturing teachers, contains fun-filled activities

and hands-on learning projects designed to foster creativity, collaboration, and learning.


 

ENGLISH/LANGUAGE ARTS

 

K-1 ELA

Grades K-1

$185 per semester (1 voucher)

Students will participate in a variety of language arts activities designed to foster creative thinking, oral expression, and growth in basic reading and writing. Each class time will include whole group activities and instruction, as well as, divided group activities and instruction according to grade and ability level. My classes change every semester so students can take my k-1 classes for 2 years without repeating.

 

Teacher: Christina (Cris) Bollengier

email: crisbollengier@gmail.com

phone/text: 916.833.1124 

 

2-3 ELA: Fractured Fairytales

Grades 2-3

$190 per semester

This exciting class will focus on improving reading and writing skills while encouraging the love of books. The class will focus on building reading vocabulary, fluency, and confidence through studying (and reading) engaging age appropriate "fractured" tales together. We will be reading The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith, and Waking Beauty by Leah Wilcox. Students will also respond to their reading with creative crafts, activities, and writing their own fractured tale.

Teacher: Mary Frederick

email: 2mrsfrederick@gmail.com

phone/text: 916.990.3494

website: writeon4kids.com

Cursive and Spelling

Grades 2-3

$180 per semester (one voucher)

Cursive, and spelling, and vocabulary Oh my! Learning to write cursive along with being able to read it is becoming a lost art. Cursive writing can get all those brain waves to wire in different ways and help with finger dexterity. Students will develop a love of writing creatively all while increasing their vocabulary and spelling skills.

Teacher: Leslie Timm

email: leslietimm3@gmail.com

phone/text: 707.301.9983

Fun With Phonetics

Grades K-3

$185 per semester (one voucher)

This class is presented with a Montessori-inspired approach.  Children will be given a basic lesson each week using music, art and games to help connect phonics with audio, visual and tactile concepts.  They will also have access to self-guided activities that promote problem solving for each phonic sound.

 

Teacher: Dawn Setters

email: mycurriculumconnections@gmail.com

phone/text: 916.730.8057

Once Upon A Snack Time

Grades K-3

$185 per semester (1 voucher)

 

Childrens’ literature is so fun but what makes it even better is taking time to bake and/or cook the foods in our favorite stories.  Each week we’ll read a new book and learn to make its corresponding food or dessert such as Stone Soup, If You Give A Mouse A Cookie, Dragons Love Tacos and many others.

 

Teacher: Dawn Setters

email: mycurriculumconnections@gmail.com

phone/text: 916.730.8057

Let's Read Together

Grades K-3

$185 per semester (1 voucher)

In this class your child will be exposed to different genres of Children’s Literature. We will read out loud and discuss stories, learn lessons from them, learn about the time period, food and culture of the characters in the books through games and activities.

Teacher: Jaime Layton

email: philandjaime@gmail.com

phone/text: 530-306-0786

MATH                     

 

K-1 Math Skills

Grades K-1                                                  

$185 per semester (1 voucher)

Students will engage in hands-on activities that develop, enrich, and expand basic math skills including: telling time, beginning math facts, measurement, calendars, patterns, graphing and problem solving. Each class time will include whole group activities and instruction, as well as divided group activities and instruction according to grade and ability level. My classes change every semester so students can take my k-1 classes for 2 years without repeating.

Teacher: Christina (Cris) Bollengier

email: crisbollengier@gmail.com

phone/text: 916.833.1124 

Fun with Math

Grades 2-3                                                

$180 per semester (1 voucher)

Meshing math with all the other ideas and concepts in our world. Math mixes so well with all kinds of things from art to science, even history to literature. Math is an idea to be embraced and add to your big bag of knowledge. We'll explore through geometric shapes, graphing, time, measurements and more!

Teacher: Leslie Timm

email: leslietimm3@gmail.com

phone/text: 707.301.9983

SCIENCE


K-1 Science
Grades K-1                                     

$185 per semester (1 voucher)  

Using our senses we will explore the world of science. This spring students will expand their knowledge of the sun and moon from last semester to discover what causes the seasons. We will conduct fun experiments for summer, fall, winter, and spring.  We will also study force and motion including: magnets, push or pull, speed, gravity, and ramps.  Classes will be taught with a hands-on approach consisting of different activities that illustrate the lesson. My classes change every semester so students can take my k-1 classes for 2 years without repeating.

Teacher: Christina (Cris) Bollengier

email: crisbollengier@gmail.com

phone/text: 916.833.1124       

2-3 Science
Grades 2-3                                      

$180 per semester (1 voucher)  

From life science to Earth science we'll be doing all types of experiments about our world around us. Leaning the how's and why's and all the other questions in-between. Condensation, geology, climate, photosynthesis, atmosphere, organism, chemicals are all things we'll be discussing and learning about. Big words meshed with big concepts equal big fun!

Teacher: Leslie Timm

email: leslietimm3@gmail.com

phone/text: 707.301.9983

S.T.E.M.
Grades K-3                                    

$195  per semester (1 voucher)  

If your child learns by doing, then this STEM class is for them! We will combine science, technology, engineering, and math to problem solve challenges using a variety of materials. This class will encourage students to independently, and as a group, explore, discover, manipulate and experiment while developing their critical thinking skills abilities. My classes change every semester so students can take my k-3 classes for all four years without repeating.

Teacher: Christina (Cris) Bollengier

email: crisbollengier@gmail.com

phone/text: 916.833.1124   

S.T.E.M.
Grades K-3                                    

$195 per semester (1 voucher)

If your child learns by doing, then this STEM class is for them!  We will combine science, technology, engineering, and math to investigate challenges using a variety of materials.  This class will encourage students to think independently, and as a group, explore, discover, manipulate and experiment while developing their critical thinking skills.   

Teacher: Jaime Layton

email: philandjaime@gmail.com

phone/text: 530-306-0786

Top Secret Forensics

Grades K-3

$185 per semester (1 voucher)

 

This is a fun and simplified ‘Who-Done-It’ class. Students will be presented with age-appropriate ‘crimes’ and will learn to follow the clues to determine who the suspects and guilty characters are.  They will get to use basic chemistry, decoding, matching, and overall observation skills.

 

Teacher: Dawn Setters

email: mycurriculumconnections@gmail.com

phone/text: 916.730.8057

Zoomin' Into Zoology
Grades K-3                                      

$185 per semester (1 voucher)  

Zoomin’ into Zoology is a fun, hands-on way to learn about animals, their habitat, life cycles, fun facts, and create animal crafts. This class combines animal science, geography, art, and global preservation and awareness. Join me as we explore mammals, insects, birds, amphibians, reptiles, and fish. The wild world of animals is waiting for you. My classes change every semester so students can take my k-3 classes for all four years without repeating.

Teacher: Christina (Cris) Bollengier

email: crisbollengier@gmail.com

phone/text: 916.833.1124       

SOCIAL SCIENCE

Adventures Around the World

Grades K-3

$180 per semester (1 voucher)

Do you want your children to learn social studies in a new and exciting way by having the experience of  “visiting” other countries and learning about their diverse and colorful cultures?  

This semester we will be “visiting” the following fascinating locations:
South Africa, China, Puerto Rico, New Zealand, Ireland, Scotland,Colombia,  Greece, and Hawaii. Each student will receive their own passport in which to write and draw about each place that we “visit”.  

In addition, students in my class will be watching videos, hearing folklore stories, listening to music from each different country, doing art projects, playing games, and participating in activities that help to foster kindness, sharing, and a sense of community in our world. 

One of the goals of social studies classes is to help children to learn how to become citizens of the world.  This class will teach your children how to do that in a fun and relatable way.

Lessons will include the following fun activities:  a Chinese New Year's parade, a Maori painting project, a treasure hunt for a tricky leprechaun, a “Loch Ness Monster art project, making leis, playing a traditional Hawaiian checkers game, and much, much more!

COME JOIN THE ADVENTURES!!!

Teacher: Debbie Heiden

email:  teacher_debbie@yourfunteacher.com

phone: 916.817.1821 

Pioneer Living

Grades K-3

$185 per semester (1 voucher)

 

There are so many wonderful and interesting people who helped to discover and establish settlements in our country.  To truly appreciate their stories we will learn about their adventures and what life was like for them.  We will not only read fun anecdotes but reenact some of those ways of living ourselves.  Students will learn what it was like to be in a classroom and practice writing their name on a slate just like Laura Ingalls, to plant appleseeds like Johnny, pan for gold like the minors, churn butter, make wooden toys, learn about the different rules and chores children their own age had to follow like darning socks and much more.

 

Teacher: Dawn Setters

email: mycurriculumconnections@gmail.com

phone/text: 916.730.8057

FINE ARTS CLASSES

 

ART

Art Exploration

Grades K-3

$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.

Teacher: Angela Houk

email: newjoy@mac.com

phone: 973.270.4596

website: www.newjoyarts.org

Masterpiece Art

Grades K-3

$205 per semester

Create your own art masterpieces by finding inspiration in and imitating famous artists' masterpieces!  Learn about famous master artists and the fine art techniques they use to create artworks enjoyed for centuries to come.  This class is customized for age k-3 to facilitate a time of joyful discovery of art materials and art making.  A variety of media including oil pastels, pastels, tempera paint, and watercolor will be taught and explored in this class.  

Teacher: Jennifer Rowe

email: jenniferrowestudio@gmail.com

phone: 916.212.3282

website: jenniferrowestudio.com

DANCE

Creative Dance & Movement

Grades K-3  

$160

In this class the students will be learning basic dance steps and using props and other fun  accessories as they move to the music. Coordination, musicality, body awareness and flexibility will be some of the caveats of this class. Let's DANCE! 

Teacher: Sara Schneider

email: saraschnei@sbcglobal.net

phone: 530.417.3230

website: http://ba-lates.com

DRAMA

 

Drama

Grades K-3  

$160

In this class, I will use a mixture of acting games, drama exercises and short skits to help them learn about acting. We will put together a short play to end the semester with. These skills will help them grow in their self confidence and communication skills.

 

Teacher: Sara Schneider

email: saraschnei@sbcglobal.net

phone: 530.417.3230

website: http://ba-lates.com

MUSIC

Ukulele

Grades K-3

$180 per semester (one voucher)

PLEASE NOTE: Students are expected to bring their own ukuleles to class each week.

Teacher: Jon Holowaty
email:  musicteacherjon@gmail.com
phone/text:  605-576-2427

Website:  mtj-studio.com

LANGUAGE CLASSES

American Sign Language (ASL) 

Grades 2-3

$185 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.

Teacher: Jaime Layton

email: philandjaime@gmail.com

phone/text: 530-306-0786

Beginning Spanish
Grades K-3  
                                                                                                                                                    

$180 per semester (1 voucher)

Do you want your children to learn Spanish through songs, stories, fun games, and art projects?  Debra Heiden, a credentialed Spanish bi-lingual teacher with many years of teaching experience will be offering this fun and interactive class next semester! 

 

Students in this class will learn useful conversational phrases as well as vocabulary pertaining to the following subjects:  the seasons, the months of the year, types of weather, articles of clothing, parts of the body, farm animals, places in nature and more!  

 

VAMOS HABLAR ESPANOL!!!

Teacher: Debbie Heiden

email:  teacher_debbie@yourfunteacher.com

phone: 916.817.1821 

ENRICHMENT CLASSES

Bible: Good News Club

Grades K-3

FREE

Each week the teacher presents an exciting Bible lesson using colorful materials from Child Evangelism Fellowship Press. This action-packed time also includes songs, Scripture memory, a missions story and review games or other activities focused on the lesson’s theme.

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

Teacher: Good News Club® is a ministry of Child Evangelism Fellowship

email: messages2mary@att.net

phone/text: 916.990.3494

Beginning Hand Sewing

Grades K-3

$195 per semester (1 voucher)  


Have fun and learn to sew by hand!  Sewing helps improve fine motor skills and focus. At the same time, students are able to create fun projects to take home.  Students will learn basic hand stitches, how to thread a needle, cutting fabric, tying knots, how to sew on buttons and snaps, and adding embellishments like ribbon and lace. We will start with the most basic of skills, and advance step-by-step throughout the semester with fun and creative sewing projects.

Teacher: Jaime Layton

email: philandjaime@gmail.com

phone/text: 530-306-0786

Block Coding

Grades 2-4

$250 per semester (one voucher)

Students are introduced to coding through educational games. Minimal typing required. All learning is self-paced, guided by the following coding games: https://www.mrcodeswildride.com/games

 

Students go through the games at their own pace with individualized instructor guidance. Class sizes are typically 5-6 students, with a maximum of 10 students, so every student receives adequate individualized help from the instructor. Laptops provided for in-class use.  

Teacher: David Keller

email: www.mrcodeswildride.com 

phone/text:(916) 439-0991

LEGO Engineering
Grades K-3                 
                                                                                                                

$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!

 

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

Kids on Stage

Grades K-3

$185 per semester (1 voucher)

 

This class will introduce the basics of drama and creative expression through movement, verbalization, and role-playing.  Students will learn stage presence, vocal projection and diction using simplified and age-appropriate memorization.  This class is great for building tools and techniques for children who have shy tendencies as well as helping gregarious children with being more observant of others around them. At the end of the semester the children will perform a group play with an added goal of a solo performance from each student.

 

Teacher: Dawn Setters

email: mycurriculumconnections@gmail.com

phone/text: 916.730.8057