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Middle School - 6th-8th CLASSES

ENGLISH/LANGUAGE ARTS CLASSES

 

Middle School Write On! Mind-Blowing Mysteries

Grades 6-8

$195 per semester (one voucher)

Everyone loves a good mystery! This semester our focus will be fictional writing as each student creates their own mystery story. Students will learn to plan plots, develop characters, and build suspense through the use of dialogue, clues, thought shots, red herrings, and exploding moments. We will take their stories through all five stages of the writing process and collaborate on the creation of a Middle School Mysteries Book. These books have always been a favorite of students and parents alike.

Teacher: Mary Frederick

email:  messages2mary@att.net

phone/text:  916.990.3494

website: writeon4kids.com

Novel Study:Where the Red Fern Grows/The Secret Garden

Grades 5-8

$200 per semester (includes the cost of both novels)

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 novels will be Where the Red fern Grows by Wilson Rawls and The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. Come join us and READ ON!

All books will be provided and are included in the class fee.

Teacher: Mary Frederick

email:  messages2mary@att.net

phone/text:  916.990.3494

website: writeon4kids.com

Elementary Write On! Fables and Fiction

Grades 4-6

$195 per semester 

Fall semester students will be creating and writing fables. Our focus will be creative writing and the five stages of the writing process as we explore plot structure, character development, dialogue, organization, and theme. Each student will write and illustrate their own fable story book. The semester will culminate with Fable Day where family members will be invited to share in our publishing party.

Teacher: Mary Frederick

email: messages2mary@att.net

phone/text:  916.990.3494

website: writeon4kids.com

MATH                     

Consumer Math and Money Literacy

Grades 6-8

As they say, money makes the world go round. Well, not really, but it does help in life to know what you are doing with money and how to make smart choices. In this class we’ll talk about all things money; from budgeting and saving/investing to earning and giving back. This is the class to help spark those conversations about how cash flows and a good reminder that it doesn’t grow on trees.

Teacher: Leslie Johnson

email: rockonlittlebirdie@gmail.com

phone/text: 707.301.9983

Math Game Madness: Fall Semester

Grades: 4-6

$195 per semester

We have brand new Math games for the Fall ‘24 semester! Math Game Madness is a fun and interactive
math class that uses games and puzzles to teach mathematical concepts to homeschool students. Through
a variety of engaging and entertaining games, students will learn and practice important math skills such as
problem-solving, logical reasoning, strategic thinking, and numerical fluency.


Topics Covered:
● Basic arithmetic operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division)
● Fractions, decimals, and percentages
● Geometry and spatial reasoning
● Logic and reasoning
● Probability and statistics


Games and Activities:
● Board games like Monopoly, Settlers of Catan, and Ticket to Ride
● Card games like Set, Uno, and Blackjack
● Dice games like Yahtzee and Farkle
● Strategy games like Chess, Connect Four, and Battleship
● Math-specific games like 24, Math Dice, and Math Boggle


By the end of the semester, students will have a better understanding of important mathematical concepts
and skills. They’ll also be able to apply math skills to solve problems in a variety of contexts.
Lastly, students will have improved their problem-solving and critical-thinking skills, as well as have
developed an interest in math through fun and engaging games and activities.

Teacher: Joe Vargas

Email: YourFirstChoiceTutoring@gmail.com

Phone/text: 916-805-7333

Website: www.FirstChoiceTutoring.com

Math Escape Rooms - The Great Escape!

Grades: 4-6, 4-8

$195 per semester

We have brand new escape rooms for the Fall ‘24 semester! This is a unique Math class that combines the excitement of escape rooms with the practical application of math skills. Students will work together in groups to solve math puzzles and problems, leading them to clues that will help them escape the room before time runs out.

Each escape room will be themed around a different mathematical concept, such as geometry, algebra, or probability. Students will apply their knowledge of these concepts to decipher clues, solve equations, and unlock the next steps in their escape. They will also develop critical thinking skills as they work collaboratively to solve complex problems under pressure. Throughout the class, students will gain a deeper understanding of how math is used in real-world scenarios and develop their problem-solving skills. The class is designed for students who have a good foundation in basic math skills and are looking for a fun and challenging way to apply them.

By the end of the course, students will have completed several escape rooms, developed their math skills, and gained confidence in their ability to solve complex problems.

*Math Escape Room Shirt included with price, t-shirts run true to size, please select t-shit size accordingly*

Teacher: Joe Vargas

Email: YourFirstChoiceTutoring@gmail.com

Phone/text: 916-805-7333

Website: www.FirstChoiceTutoring.com

Math Through Art: Fall Semester

Grades: 4-6

$205 per semester

The Fall 2024 semester of Math Through Art 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.


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!

Teacher: Joe Vargas

Email: YourFirstChoiceTutoring@gmail.com

Phone/text: 916-805-7333

Website: www.FirstChoiceTutoring.com

Geometry Architect: Fall Semester

Grades: 4-6, 6-8

$195 per semester

The Fall 2024 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, dowel
rod and styrofoam. As we build objects, we’ll learn about concepts relating to perimeter, area, angles and
problem solving. Geometry is a branch of mathematics that gets covered extensively in high school. What
better way to get prepared than by participating in a class that covers all the basics. Anyone interested in
general math or Geometry help is encouraged to join!

Teacher: Joe Vargas

Email: YourFirstChoiceTutoring@gmail.com

Phone/text: 916-805-7333

Website: www.FirstChoiceTutoring.com

Statistics in Sports - Decoding Sports Data

Grades: 7-12

$195 per semester

 

Welcome to Statistics in Sports, a course where homeschool students become statisticians for the
sports they love. This course is designed to turn the excitement of sports into a fascinating
educational journey, appealing to both curious minds and passionate sports fans.


● Engaging Content: Explore major sports (NFL, NBA, MLB, and a sport of choice) through
statistics, discovering the stories numbers tell about legendary athletes like Michael Jordan
and LeBron James.
● Educational Benefits: Develop skills in data collection, statistical analysis (mean, median,
mode, range), and critical thinking, all while engaging in lively debates on sports' greatest
athletes.
● Interactive Learning: Enjoy a mix of lectures, hands-on projects, and presentations,
culminating in student-led debates that showcase their understanding and analytical skills.
● For Sports Fans: Tailored for sports fans, this course makes learning math fun by applying it
to real-world sports scenarios, fostering a deeper connection between academic concepts
and personal interests.


Designed with homeschooling families in mind, this course promises to make math exciting and
accessible by showing how it shapes the sports world. It's the perfect pitch for students eager to
combine their love for sports with educational growth.
*Student laptop recommended but not required*

 

Teacher: Joe Vargas

Email: YourFirstChoiceTutoring@gmail.com

Phone/text: 916-805-7333

Website: www.FirstChoiceTutoring.com

SCIENCE 

 

Anatomy
Grades 4-8

$200 per semester

This course introduces students to the study of the structure of the human body. We will be diving deep into the 12 Main structures of the body. This class is designed as a hands-on learning environment with fun activities to help develop and understand how our bodies work.  $200-includes lab activities

Teacher: Ashlee Powers
email: ashberrywraps@yahoo.com
phone: 707-853-8908

Astronomy
Grades 4-8, 4-6, 6-8

$225 per semester

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.  

Teacher: Lisa Hindmarsh
email:  lisahandsonscience@gmail.com
phone/text:  530.313.3789
website: www.handsonsciencefun.com

Crime Scene Investigation Lab (CSI Lab)
Grades 4-6, 6-8

$225 per semester

Students will learn how chemistry, biology, and physics are used to solve crimes. Labs will include hands-on activities in handwriting, shoe print, blood spatter, fingerprint, dental, pen chromatography, and blood typing analysis.

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.

Teacher: Lisa Hindmarsh
email:  lisahandsonscience@gmail.com
phone/text:  530.313.3789
website: www.handsonsciencefun.com

Innovate and Create: S.T.E.A.M.
Grades 4-6

$205 per semester

Creativity and Science converge in this S.T.E.A.M class! Create wind powered cars, toothpick bridges, one of a kind paintings without lifting a paintbrush and more. With over 10 different projects in the semester we are sure to try something you have never done!

Teacher: Rachel Wattson
email: rachelwattsonfit@gmail.com
phone: 760-716-2793

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 engineers in designing roller coasters. Student teams will compete to build the most creative, exciting, and slowest roller coaster.  

Teacher: Lisa Hindmarsh
email:  lisahandsonscience@gmail.com
phone/text:  530.313.3789
website: www.handsonsciencefun.com

From Soil to Science: Gardening as a Window to Life Sciences
Grades 4-6

$ 185 per semester

This class is a chance to cultivate a deeper understanding of the science behind gardening. Connecting life science principles with everyday gardening activities will inspire a lifelong passion for science, nature, and environmental care.
Students will embark on an educational journey that combines the practical aspects of gardening with the foundational principles of life science. Through hands-on projects, experiments, and interactive lessons, students will gain valuable knowledge and skills that emphasize the importance of learning life science in a practical way. 

What Students Will Learn:

  • Introduction to Gardening: Discover the significance of gardening, engage in taste tests, explore different garden types, and expand gardening vocabulary through literature.

  • Seed Study: Dive into the world of seeds, learning about their biology, how they grow, and the importance of seed saving, all while engaging in a seed-saving experiment.

  • Soil Exploration: Investigate what soil is made of, its importance for plant growth, and different soil types, and conduct soil testing to understand pH levels.

  • Composting: Learn the essentials of composting, explore three composting methods, and start a personal composting project to understand its environmental impact.

  • Plant Growth: Study the plant life cycle from seed germination to seed production, the necessity of consistent watering, and basic pest and disease management through a fun bug hunt.

  • Growing Herbs: Create a windowsill herb garden, learn about various culinary herbs, and discover how to use them in family meals, emphasizing practical science and gardening skills.


Teacher: Alicia DeVore
email: www.createmygarden.net
phone: 562-587-4563

SOCIAL SCIENCE AND HISTORY                     

History: Middle Ages
4-6, 4-8, 6-8 grade

$200 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. (Year long class, students welcome to join in the Spring)

Teacher: Laurie Chiappe
email:  MrsChiappe@gmail.com
phone/text: 408-472-6155
website: historyrockswithmrschiappe.com

​History Comes Alive: Night at the Museum
Grade: 4-6, 4-8

$195 per semester

In this course, students will use the Night at the Museum (PG) movies as the backdrop to explore geography, historical figures, and literary themes.  In the movies, historical figures on display at the American Museum of Natural History in New York and the Smithsonian Museum 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 a small 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.  (Yearlong class, with each semester focusing on a different movie. Students welcome to join in the Spring)

Teacher: Laurie Chiappe
email:  MrsChiappe@gmail.com
phone/text: 408-472-6155
website: historyrockswithmrschiappe.com

US Government: The Election Process

Grade 6-8, 9-12

$195 per semester (Fall)

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. (Fall semester)

Teacher: Laurie Chiappe

email:  MrsChiappe@gmail.com

phone/text: 408-472-6155

website: historyrockswithmrschiappe.com

US Government: Principals of American Democracy 

Grades 6-8, 9-12

$195 per semester (Spring)

This course focuses on the fundamental principles and moral values of American democracy as expressed in the US Constitution and the foundational documents of freedom. Students will study the documents and ideas that are the basis of the American experience, beginning with the Magna Carta & Mayflower Compact. Particular emphasis is given to the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. Through the examination of primary source documents, students will gain a deeper understanding of the rights of responsibilities of American citizenship. (Spring Semester) 

Teacher: Laurie Chiappe

email:  MrsChiappe@gmail.com

phone/text: 408-472-6155

website: historyrockswithmrschiappe.com

FINE ARTS CLASSES
 

ART

Art Exploration: Underwater Worlds & Safari Adventures
Grade 4-6

$205 including supplies 

Dive into creating artworks of aquatic animals, plants, and an imaginary scene with yourself as the snorkeler! Continuing your adventure, head into the savanna and draw and paint African wildlife - lions, tigers, giraffes, leopards - and scenery.  A wide variety of media - graphite, watercolor, pastels, etc. - will be explored as fine art techniques for drawing and painting are taught through these fun themes.  A few holiday themed art lessons will also be part of this semester long course.  A new art project will be created every week or two.  

Teacher: Jennifer Rowe
email: jenniferrowestudio@gmail.com
phone: 916.212.3282
website: jenniferrowestudio.com

Drawing and Painting 
Grade 4-8, 4-6, 6-8

$205 including supplies

All new lessons! Fine art techniques including shading, proportions, and texture will be taught through drawing and painting animals, still life of everyday objects, and flowers. Throughout the class, the artists will at times work from reference photos I select and at other times work from reference photos they choose.  Students will mostly work at their own pace, and some more involved pieces may take several class periods to complete.  A variety of media including graphite, watercolor, acrylic, and pastels will be taught and explored in this class.   
 
Teacher: Jennifer Rowe
email: jenniferrowestudio@gmail.com
phone: 916.212.3282
website: jenniferrowestudio.com

Messy Fun: Clay, Paint Pouring, Printmaking, Resist on Silk, and more! 
Grade 4-8

$215 including supplies 

All new lessons! Explore color, form, and texture in this hands-on, fun, messy class where you'll create clay projects, learn creative ways to use paint pouring, paint on silk, make prints, and more!  

Teacher: Jennifer Rowe
email: jenniferrowestudio@gmail.com
phone: 916.212.3282
website: jenniferrowestudio.com

 

DRAMA

Music and Movement

Grades 4-8

$185 per semester

Learn routines and choreography for country, hip hop, jazz, meringue, swing, and the waltz. Students will learn as individuals as well as partnering up for certain dances. We improve coordination, rhythm, and learn some sweet moves in the process. Please wear closed toed shoes and comfortable clothes.

Teacher: Rachel Wattson

email: rachelwattsonfit@gmail.com

phone: 760-716-2793

Sr. Musical Theater - 2 hour class

Grades 4-12

$360 per semester

Become a part of a musical theater production! Each child will have a chance to participate as we rehearse and produce a Broadway Musical Kids production. Every week children learn their parts. We practice stage presence, singing, and dancing. Simple costumes and props will be necessary. Some provided and some sourced from participants. The Musical Theater class will be doing the production Elf Jr in the Fall. 2-3 extra rehearsals and a performance outside of assigned class time are required for this class.

$360 per student (two hour class session. Only available at El Dorado Hills 4th and 5th period)

Teacher: Rachel Wattson

email: rachelwattsonfit@gmail.com

phone: 760-716-2793
 

MUSIC

Beginning Guitar
​Grades 4-8, 6-8  
                                          
$190 per semester  

Students with no experience playing the guitar are welcomed to join this class and learn the basics of how to strum, read chord charts, and enjoy playing this wonderful instrument. 

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

Teacher: Jon Holowaty
email:  musicteacherjon@gmail.com
phone/text:  650-576-2427
Website:  mtj-studio.com

Beginning Piano
Grades 4-6, 4-8

$190 per semester (one voucher)

Students with no experience playing the piano are welcomed to join this class and learn the basics of how to read sheet music and enjoy playing the piano. A method book and the cost of maintaining the equipment is included in the class fee. 

Teacher: Jon Holowaty
email:  musicteacherjon@gmail.com
phone/text:  650-576-2427
Website:  mtj-studio.com

Choir
​Grades 3-8  
   
$190 per semester 
                         
This class gives students the opportunity to sing together, develop their singing skills, and learn to read music. Students will learn a number of songs in an SATB format ideally (soprano, alto, tenor, bass) depending on the size and competency of the group.

Teacher: Jon Holowaty
email:  musicteacherjon@gmail.com
phone/text:  650-576-2427
Website:  mtj-studio.com

Vocal Performance
Grades 4-8    

$ 185 per semester

A place to fine tune voice and style. We will work in small groups and as a class on pieces throughout the semester covering different genres of music including broadway, country, jazz and more. Students will choose a solo piece to perfect during the semester. Singing takes more than a pair of vocal chords. We will learn about how to create better sound through posture and support. We will develop the skill of how to sing harmony with two, three or more parts. We also cover basic music reading and the elements of having a top notch performance on stage in a group or solo! 

Teacher: Rachel Wattson
email: rachelwattsonfit@gmail.com
phone: 760-716-2793

LANGUAGE 

American Sign Language (ASL) Placerville - Conversations and Culture

Grades  4-6, 6-8      

$  per semester (1 voucher)

In this class students are introduced to deaf culture and real-world communication in American Sign Language (ASL).

Teacher: Dawn Setters

email: mycurriculumconnections@gmail.com

phone/text: 916.730.8057

American Sign Language (ASL) EDH

Grades 4-8, 7-12

$ per semester

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. Class fee includes a $5 materials fee.

Teacher: Jaime Layton

email: philandjaime@gmail.com

phone/text: 530-306-0786

COMPUTER SCIENCE and TECHNOLOGY

Building Apps and Games

Grades 6-8, 7-12

$250 per semester (one voucher)

Students learn coding by building web apps and games using HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. All learning is self-paced, guided by our online project-based curriculum:

https://www.mrcodeswildride.com/curriculum
 
Note that this is not a lecture-based class, all learning is very hands-on. Students are expected to work on their projects throughout class. The instructor and teaching assistants will be very proactive in helping students build projects, but students are expected to put in the effort each and every class.

The class will have about a 6-to-1 student-instructor ratio to ensure that all students can get individualized help and guidance. Laptops provided for in-class use.

Teacher: Mr. Code's Wild Ride

email: kellerdb@gmail.com

phone/text:(916) 439-0991

website: www.mrcodeswildride.com 

Computer Basics and Typing

Grades 3-6, 4-6

​$ 250 per semester (one voucher)

Students learn basic computer skills like using a mouse, using a web browser, understanding the file system, knowing hotkeys, and word processing with Google Docs. Students also learn touch typing at their own pace through online lessons, with individualized instructor guidance. An outline of the class can be found on our website:

https://www.mrcodeswildride.com/typing

Most of the semester will be mastering typing skills, which is self-paced, so students can work at their grade level with help from the instructor and teaching assistants.

The class will have about a 6-to-1 student-instructor ratio to ensure that all students can get individualized help and guidance. Laptops provided for in-class use.

Teacher: Mr. Code's Wild Ride

email: kellerdb@gmail.com

phone/text:(916) 439-0991

website: www.mrcodeswildride.com 

Into to Robotics Using Arduino Technology

Grades 6-8

$240 per semester (one voucher)

 

Learn Arduino coding and use it to control lights, sound, and motors. Learn to write your code to respond to input from switches and sensors. Then put it all together to create your own robot!

 

Electronics used by the students are included in the class fee. Laptops will be provided for in-class use.

Teacher: Lynda Weiss 

email: lynda.weiss@lyndaweiss.net

phone/text: 916.390.6530

ENRICHMENT CLASSES

Bible: Middle School
Grades 6-8

FREE

Teacher: Kyle Enriques, Vintage Grace Resident
email: kyleaenriques@gmail.com
phone/text:  916.706.6327

Elements of Photography

Grades 6-8

There is no need for a fancy camera to take a great picture! Learn the art of composition. Figure out how to use lighting to create mood. Understand the value of perspective and telling a story with an image. These things will make even a camera phone a tool for art. We will explore the functions of more advanced equipment, point and shoot pocket cameras, and how to make your
camera phone do what you want it to! Basic digital editing will be covered during the last three weeks of class.

Class requirements: a camera (even a camera phone) and access to a computer. All other materials will be provided.

Teacher: Rachel Wattson
email: rachelwattsonfit@gmail.com
phone: 760-716-2793

FLA Newspaper

Grades 6-8

$200 per semester

In this course students are in charge! They gain real-world skills in time management, teamwork, and leadership. Collaboratively, the students will work to create three issues of our Foothill Learning Academy newspaper. They will be in charge of covering events, writing articles, editorials, cartoons, and taking photos. Students learn about print layout, how to write engaging pieces, publishing techniques, editing and photography.  A laptop computer is required for this class.

Teacher: Rachel Wattson

email: rachelwattsonfit@gmail.com

phone: 760-716-2793


Home Economics
Grades 4-8, 6-8
$190 per semester

The study of home economics is sometimes described as life education. Because much of an individual’s life has traditionally centered upon the home and the family, home economics has been largely concerned with learning how to deal with the problems and challenges of homemaking. In this class we’ll touch on all types of things that a person would be responsible for in the care and keeping of their home...whether it’s simply themselves or with others. Chores, dealing with money, cars, cooking, and so much more.

Teacher: Leslie Johnson, Rock on Little Birdie
email: Rockonlittlebirdie@gmail.com
phone/text: 707.301.9983

Kid's Kitchen
Grades 4-6, 6-8

$250 per semester

Welcome to Kids Kitchen!

In this fun course students will explore cooking and baking basics along with food and kitchen safety, menu planning, recipe creation, and how-to meal prep. Students will learn about different ingredients and spices that will inspire them to create recipes to take home and cook for their families. Some of the recipe ideas we will be covering include fajitas, meatballs, muffins, dips, salads and more! After an in-class demonstration, food prep, and taste test, students will cook their meals at home with their families, rather than in the classroom. Please be aware that this class is not tailored for households with food allergies and dietary restrictions.

Teacher:  Kelley Ayres
email:  kidskitchenfla@gmail.com
phone/text:  530-417-1013

 

Leadership & Service: FLA Student Government
Grade 6-8

$200 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. A FLA leadership shirt is included in the class fee. 


Teacher: Laurie Chiappe
email:  MrsChiappe@gmail.com
phone/text: 408-472-6155
website: historyrockswithmrschiappe.com

Lego Engineering
Grades 4-6

$185 per semester

Does hands-on building and creating sound like fun? Then come join us in engineering class where we learn STEM concepts through building projects using LEGO® parts and motors. Explore your creative boundaries and connect your projects to real-world physics and engineering concepts, while guided by an experienced instructor. ​Returning students are welcome – we do new projects each semester. 
All materials are provided. Students do not keep their creations, but are welcome to bring cameras to class to photograph their projects.

Teacher: Lynda Weiss 
email: lynda.weiss@lyndaweiss.net
phone/text: 916.390.6530

 

Mock Trial

Grades 6-8, 9-12

$190 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.

Teacher: Laurie Chiappe

email:  MrsChiappe@gmail.com

phone/text: 408-472-6155

website: historyrockswithmrschiappe.com



PE Games and Fitness
Grades 4-8

$180 per semester

P.E. Games and Fitness is a fun class that will include a variety of exercises that will strengthen and condition your child,  using their own body weight. Also this class will incorporate interactive games which will encourage team work and cooperation.  This will be a great way to get your child moving and developing motor skills, coordination, balance, and team work.

Teacher: Sara Schneider
email: saraschnei@sbcglobal.net
phone: 530.417.3230
website: http://ba-lates.com

Speak Up! Speech and Debate
Grades 4-8

$190 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.  (Year long class, students welcome to join in the Spring)

Teacher: Laurie Chiappe
email:  MrsChiappe@gmail.com
phone/text: 408-472-6155
website: historyrockswithmrschiappe.com


T-Shirt Tycoons
Grades: 6-8, 7-12

$205 per semester

Step into the world of t-shirt design and e-commerce with "T-Shirt Tycoons" a comprehensive course that
bridges the gap between artistic creativity and e-commerce. This unique class offers students a hands-on
approach to the t-shirt design process, from conceptualization to real-world production, as students design
and create multiple t-shirts!

Course highlights include:

  • Digital Design Skills: Students will dive into the world of digital art creation using Canva, auser-friendly graphic design tool that turns ideas into stunning visuals fit for print.

  • From Concept to Creation: Students will explore the journey of a t-shirt's life cycle, understandinghow to translate digital designs into physical products using professional print providers.

  • Collaborative Projects: Students will work alongside peers to critique designs, share ideas, andnavigate the creative process, fostering a community of support and creativity.

  • A Custom T-Shirt: Students will proudly wear t-shirts they've designed by the end of the course, atrue testament to their creativity and new-found design skills.

This course is ideal for students with a flair for creativity and a passion for seeing their ideas materialize.
Whether they're interested in the aesthetics of design, the thrill of creation, or simply the joy of wearing
custom t-shirts, "T-Shirt Tycoons" offers a comprehensive introduction to the exciting process of t-shirt
creation.

*Two t-shirts per student, t-shirts run true to size, please select t-shit size accordingly*


*Student laptop recommended but not required*

Teacher: Joe Vargas
Email: YourFirstChoiceTutoring@gmail.com
Phone/text: 916-805-7333
Website: www.FirstChoiceTutoring.com

 

Unexplained Mysteries

Grades 6-8

$190 per semester

Our world is truly a mind-boggling and mysterious place. Many things though can be understood or confirmed through science facts and information that is gathered. There are things, however, that we do not have absolute, concrete evidence of what happened

or why something is. There are many thoughts and ideas about things like Big Foot, Stonehenge, and The Bermuda Triangle. Was Atlantis real? What happened to the colonists of Roanoke? So many questions...what do you think?

Teacher: Leslie Johnson, Rock on Little Birdie

email: Rockonlittlebirdie@gmail.com

phone/text: 707.301.9983



Video Game Masters: Unlocking Critical Thinking
Grades: 4-6, 4-8

$205 per semester

Welcome to Video Game Masters, a dynamic homeschool class where Nintendo Switch consoles and
E-rated games become tools for enhancing critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

In this class, students will have the opportunity to dive into engaging critical thinking games such as: Big Brain Academy, Nintendo Switch Sports, Super Mario Maker 2, Snipperclips, Moving Out, Super Mario Party, Tricky Towers and Minecraft.

Each class begins with a lively lecture, introducing key concepts and vocabulary, followed by hands-on gameplay to apply and reinforce these ideas in a fun, interactive setting. While a fondness for video games is recommended, it’s not mandatory; the focus is to cultivate analytical minds and strategic thinking! This course is perfect for students seeking an innovative approach to boost their cognitive skills through the exciting world of video games.

*Nintendo Switch consoles will be provided for classroom use.*

Teacher: Joe Vargas
Email: YourFirstChoiceTutoring@gmail.com
Phone/text: 916-805-7333
Website: www.FirstChoiceTutoring.com

 

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