MIDDLE SCHOOL - 6-8 GRADE CLASSES

 

As a homeschooling family, you best know your student's interests and abilities. That's why you homeschool! With teacher permission, younger students are invited to enroll in High School level classes and High School students are welcome to enroll in Middle School classes. The topics covered in many classes are the same in multiple grade (however the depth varies.) For example, the same US History topics repeat in 5, 8 and 11/12 grade, Biology repeats in 5, 7, 9/10. The purpose of Family Foothill Co-op is to support your personal homeschool plan.      

                                                                                       

Middle School Write On!

Grades 6-8                                            

EDH fee: $160 per semester (FOUR MONTHLY vouchers at $40 eachPlease see voucher ordering instructions.)    

Placerville fee:  $180 per semester (FOUR MONTHLY vouchers at $45 eachPlease see voucher ordering instructions.)


We will start this semester creating personal timelines as a prewriting activity to develop topics for a personal narrative essay. The students will learn narrative writing. Topics will include appealing to the senses, using dialogue, strong action verbs, imagery, focus, unity, and author's purpose. The students will also complete partner interviews, write short news articles, and comparison poems. Each piece of writing will be taken through all five stages of the writing process:  prewriting, drafting, revising, editing, and publishing. The semester will culminate with the students sharing their favorite piece for friends and family at author’s night.


Teacher: Mary Frederick

email: messages2mary@att.net

phone/text: 916.990.3494

website: www.writeon4kids.com

​Teen Book Club
Grades 8-12 (younger teens per parent/teacher approval)    
           

EDH fee: $152 per semester  (FOUR MONTHLY vouchers at $38 eachPlease see voucher ordering instructions.)      

 
This class is completely literature based and fun! We read, discuss, and analyze engaging high school level novels. Each week the students will read and work on dialogic journals focusing on various aspects of the novel including theme, characters, conflict, historical significance, and personal connections, as well as author’s style and purpose. ​The novels for spring semester will be The Other Wes Moore by Wes Moore and "The Crucible" by Arthur Miller. We will conclude the semester with a field trip to see "The Crucible"
 performed by the Folsom High School Drama Department. 

Teacher: Mary Frederick

email: messages2mary@att.net

phone/text: 916.990.3494

website: www.writeon4kids.com



Writer’s Workshop
Grades 4-12      
                                       

EDH fee:   $152 per semester (FOUR MONTHLY vouchers at $38 eachPlease see voucher ordering instructions.)


This class is designed to compliment my other writing classes, but is open to all students, fourth grade and up, who would like more individualized help and instruction in writing. The class will follow a writer’s workshop model, with brief topical instruction, followed by individualized writing support. This is the opportunity for students to bring in a current writing project and receive one-on-one help and direct instruction that meets their personal writing needs. Our focus this semester will be writing essays.

Teacher: Mary Frederick

email: messages2mary@att.net

phone/text: 916.990.3494

website: www.writeon4kids.com


Human Anatomy (fall)
Grades 4-8    
                       

EDH fee: $180 per semester (2 vouchers at $90 each)              

Placerville fee: $200 per semester (2 vouchers at $100 each)


Students will explore the skeletal, circulatory, respiratory, muscular, digestive, auditory, and nervous systems by labeling diagrams, creating models, and performing activities.  Here are some of the activities:  building a pasta skeletal model and edible bone model, walking though a large heart model to understand the structure of the heart and how blood is oxygenated, examining at a cow or pig heart, using a huge nerve cell model to understand how a neuron fires, and simulated blood typing.   I've compiled videos on my website for students to watch before class if they want to independently gain additional science knowledge related to what we'll be doing in class.  Your student will bring something home from class each day, either a model or worksheet, to share with your supervising teacher. 
Please Note: Students need to bring a pencil, glue stick, colored pencils, and a black Sharpie to each class.

 

Teacher: Lisa Hindmarsh

email:  lisahindmarsh@yahoo.com

phone/text:  530.313.3789

website: www.handsonsciencefun.com


Introduction to Chemistry (fall)
Grades 4-8          
                 

EDH fee: $180 per semester (2 vouchers at $90 each)              

Placerville fee: $200 per semester (2 vouchers at $100 each)


Students will explore atoms, sub-atomic particles, molecules, acids/basis, polymers, and more.  Examples of some of the activities/models: build atom and molecule models, test the pH of various solutions, model balancing chemical equations, and create endothermic and exothermic reactions.  I've compiled videos on my website for students to watch before class if they want to independently gain additional science knowledge related to what we'll be doing in class.  Your student will bring something home from class each day, either a model or worksheet, to share with your supervising teacher. 
Please Note: Students need to bring a pencil, colored pencils, and a black Sharpie to each class

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Teacher: Lisa Hindmarsh

email:  lisahindmarsh@yahoo.com

phone/text:  530.313.3789

website: www.handsonsciencefun.com


Physics B (spring)
Grades 4-8    
                       

EDH fee: $180 per semester (1 voucher)              

Placerville fee: $200 per semester (1 voucher)

 

Physics A was offered Spring 2016 and is not a pre-requisite to Physics B.


Students will explore force, work, potential and kinetic energy, Newton's Laws of Motion, thermodynamics, states of matter, density of solids and liquids, light, sound, and air pressure through activities that illustrate these concepts.  Here are some examples of some of the activities: create a marble roller coaster to understand potential and kinetic energy, use density cubes and a triple beam balance to calculate density of a solid, use prisms to observe components of white light, and use Hot Wheels cars to observe the laws of motion.  I've compiled videos on my website for students to watch before class if they want to independently gain additional science knowledge related to what we'll be doing in class.  Your student will bring something home from class each day, either a model or worksheet, to share with your supervising teacher.  
Please Note: Students need to bring a pencil, colored pencils, and a black Sharpie to each class.

Teacher: Lisa Hindmarsh

email:  lisahindmarsh@yahoo.com

phone/text:  530.313.3789

website: www.handsonsciencefun.com


Astronomy (spring)
Grades 4-8
                           

EDH fee: $180 per semester (1 voucher)              

Placerville fee: $200 per semester (1 voucher)


Students will explore the wonders of the universe through model building, demonstrations, and activities.  Topics include the sun, the planets, the solar system's size, comets, asteroids, and meteoroids, spectroscopy,  low-mass and high-mass star life cycles, black holes, and phases of the moon.  Students will create models of asteroids and comets, create a nebula in a jar and a star life cycles mobile, make a spectroscope, and view the sun using special solar glasses.   I've compiled videos on my website for students to watch before class if they want to independently gain additional science knowledge related to what we'll be doing in class.  Your student will bring something home from class each day, either a model or worksheet, to share with your supervising teacher. 
Please Note: Students need to bring a pencil, colored pencils, and a black Sharpie to each class.

Teacher: Lisa Hindmarsh

email:  lisahindmarsh@yahoo.com

phone/text:  530.313.3789

website: www.handsonsciencefun.com


​US History 
Grades 6-8        
                                        

EDH fee: $160 per semester (1 voucher)  

         
Students study the ideas, issues, and events from the framing of the Constitution (beginning with colonization) up to reconstruction following the Civil War.  After reviewing the development of America's democratic institutions, particularly the shaping of the Constitution, students trace the development of American politics, society, culture, and economy and relate them to the emergence of major regional differences. They learn about the challenges facing the new nation, with an emphasis on the causes, course, and consequences of the Civil War. They make connections between the rise of industrialization and contemporary social and economic conditions.

Teacher: Laurie Chiappe

email:  Lchiappe@comcast.net

phone/text: 916.293.8060

website: historyrockswithmrschiappe.com


Ancient History  
Grades 6-8  
                                         

 EDH fee: $160 per semester (1 voucher)           

Placerville fee:$180 per semester (1 voucher)   


Students will explore the ancient history through hands-on, creative activities designed to foster critical thinking and problem solving. For example, the students sculpt terracotta army soldiers while learning about ancient China. Other project based learned include Aztec calendars, creation of Greek pillars and Roman mosaics. Students MAKE the history they study!

Teacher: Laurie Chiappe

email:  Lchiappe@comcast.net

phone/text: 916.293.8060

website: historyrockswithmrschiappe.com


Hip Hop Civics: Hamilton, An American Musical
Mature Middle School & Mature High School    
         

EDH fee: $160 per semester (1 voucher)          

Placerville fee:$180 per semester (1 voucher)   


WARNING: Uncensored Hamilton Broadway soundtrack contains mature language; however, all classroom material will be censored.
The smash-hit musical "Hamilton" has ignited students' interest in history, creating a ready-made opportunity for teachers. The Broadway musical, tells the story of Alexander Hamilton, the "Ten dollar founding father without a father” in rap and hip-hop songs. This class capitalizes on students' interest in pop culture by using the show as a teaching tool—in terms of learning about history, language arts, and diversity in pop culture. The original Broadway soundtrack contains rap lyrics which include the occasional rated R word; however, all l classroom material will be censored and rated PG.

Teacher: Laurie Chiappe

email:  Lchiappe@comcast.net

phone/text: 916.293.8060

website: historyrockswithmrschiappe.com


​World Religions 
Grades 9-12 (mature Middle Schoolers welcome)      
 

EDH fee: $160 per semester (1 voucher)         

Placerville fee:$180 per semester (1 voucher)


This course covers different contemporary faiths and examines their development, their impact throughout history, and their continuing influence on today’s world affairs. Students will think about and discuss the ways in which different individuals and groups have explained the relationship between human beings and the divine as well as the differences and similarities among the different belief systems.In a country founded on religious freedom, and in the state of California where there is remarkable religious diversity, students benefit from gaining knowledge of the world’s major faiths.

 

Teacher: Laurie Chiappe

email:  Lchiappe@comcast.net

phone/text: 916.293.8060

website: historyrockswithmrschiappe.com


Mock Trial 
Grades 4-8    
                                                                    

EDH fee: $160 per semester (1 voucher)           

Placerville fee:$180 per semester (1 voucher)


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:  Lchiappe@comcast.net

phone/text: 916.293.8060

website: historyrockswithmrschiappe.com


You & the Law 
Grades 4-8    
                                                                   

EDH fee: $160 per semester (1 voucher)           

Placerville fee:$180 per semester (1 voucher)


In this course students should gain a practical understanding of law and the legal system in the United States. What is the difference between a tort and a crime? Are robbery and burglary the same? How does assault compare to battery? Students will examine parties to crimes and contracts, elements of various crimes and causes of action, and punishment of crimes. Case studies and hypothetical situations will be examined and debated.  In addition, students should be exposed to the many career opportunities that exist within the legal system.This class is taught by Mrs. Chiappe, a former practicing California Attorney.

Teacher: Laurie Chiappe

email:  Lchiappe@comcast.net

phone/text: 916.293.8060

website: historyrockswithmrschiappe.com


The Power of Sales - Valuable Skills For Everyday Life
Grades 4-12      
                                            

EDH fee: $ 160 per semester (2 vouchers at $80 each)

             
We’re all in sales (whether we like it or not)! Parent’s “sell” their kids on the idea of making their bed and going to school. A child “sells” his parents on the idea of getting a puppy. A doctor “sells” a patient on the idea of living a healthy lifestyle. We live in a world that revolves around sales - and those who develop the skills early go on to accomplish big things in life. This course is meant to help students of all ages gain and improve valuable skills (usually associated with sales) that are EASILY transferable to everyday life! Skills such as rapport building, active listening, goal setting, objection handling, asking the right questions and many more will be developed and strengthened extensively throughout this course. And weekly homework meant to strengthen these ideas will be provided! This class is excellent for students with natural people skills, as well students who have an interest in developing them. This course has a foundation in sales and business, with a real-world twist!


Teacher: Joe Vargas

email:  YourFirstChoiceTutoring@gmail.com

phone/text:  916.805.7333

website: www.firstchoicetutoring.com

Daily Goal Setting: A TRULY Life Changing Class

Grades 4-12

EDH fee: $160 per semester (2 vouchers at $80 each)

What’s the difference between a goal and a wish? Plenty! Goals involve the writing down of ideas, careful planning and self imposed deadlines. Wishes do not. You see, wishing is easy while daily goal setting takes effort and self-discipline.

Everyone has dreams. And daily goal setting allows those dreams to turn into reality! Every student who participates in this class will be given their own “Goals Notebook” where all goals will be written down. Every student will have their own unique goals, and each student will be taught the correct way to write a goal should be written (clearly, in the present tense, in a positive manner and with a deadline). Students will also get taught about short term and long term goals, and why it’s important to have both! The skills and knowledge taught in this course are truly life changing and I look forward to seeing your child in my class soon!

Teacher: Joe Vargas

email:  YourFirstChoiceTutoring@gmail.com

phone/text:  916.805.7333

website: www.firstchoicetutoring.com


Math Lab: Decimals & Percentages 
Grades 6-12   
                                             

EDH fee: $155 per semester (2 vouchers at $77.50 each)     

  
How much does a $200 dress cost if it’s on clearance for 70% off, and the store gives you an extra 10% off for opening a store credit card? Is that the same as 80% off? What if there’s a 8% state tax? Decimals and percentages are all around us, and it helps to know them inside and out! If you take out a $1,000 loan at 4% interest, it helps to know the difference between simple interest and compound interest. If your boss promises you a 3% increase in salary, it’s nice to know what the new amount will be, just in case there’s a mistake. Discounts, interest rates and percent increases are just a small portion of what this class will offer. A thorough explanation of how to add, subtract, multiply and divide decimals will also be covered, along with word problems that teach a student how to deal with decimals and percentages in the real world. Whether a student is struggling with a particular concept, or wants to take their decimal/percentage knowledge to the highest level possible, this class is definitely a must!


Teacher: Joe Vargas

email:  YourFirstChoiceTutoring@gmail.com

phone/text:  916.805.7333

website: www.firstchoicetutoring.com


Math Lab: Fun with Fractions! 
Grades 4-12  
                                               

EDH fee: $155 per semester  (2 vouchers at $77.50 each)      


What’s larger, ⅓ or ⅖? What’s a common denominator and when is it needed? How many inches are in a mile? All these questions (and many many more) will be answered in this course! The purpose of this class is to dive deep into the world of fractions. Addition, subtraction, multiplication and division will be covered, along with word problems that show a REAL WORLD application of fractions (a concept that many children and adults can find confusing). Fractions are seen EVERYWHERE in life - from measuring ingredients with cooking, to calculating probability, to figuring out how much money a trip will cost if your car averages 20 miles per gallon and a gallon of gas is $2.59! This class will teach the basics thoroughly, as well as explain more complicated topics in fun and interesting ways! If you want to take your fraction knowledge to the next level, this course is definitely for you!


Teacher: Joe Vargas

email:  YourFirstChoiceTutoring@gmail.com

phone/text:  916.805.7333

website: www.firstchoicetutoring.com


Math Lab: Analyzing Algebra
Grades 6-12    
                                             

EDH fee: $155 per semester (2 vouchers at $77.50 each)  

   
This class is a Math Lab with an emphasis on beginner and intermediate Algebra. Older students interested in general math help, as well as those who’d like to learn more about concepts in Algebra should consider joining! What’s the difference between an independent and dependent variable? What does it REALLY mean when you solve for “x”? And how does all this relate to graphing an equation? If you’ve ever wondered these questions, this class is a must! Not only will a student learn how to solve for variables in this course, they’ll also get an in-depth explanation of the “why”. Students will get exposed to the reasons why certain steps are performed, and they’ll also learn about when certain steps aren’t allowed. Single step and multi step equations will be covered, as well as word problems that have been carefully selected to show how Algebra can be used in every-day life! Lastly, homework meant to solidify key concepts will be provided as well. Anyone interested in increasing their Algebra knowledge is encouraged to attend!


Teacher: Joe Vargas

email:  YourFirstChoiceTutoring@gmail.com

phone/text:  916.805.7333

website: www.firstchoicetutoring.com


Math Lab: Geometry Genius!
Grades 6-8 (high schoolers welcome)    
     

EDH fee: $155 per semester  (2 vouchers at $77.50 each)  

 
This class is a Math Lab with an emphasis on beginner and intermediate Geometry. Any students interested in general math help, as well as those who’d like to learn more about concepts in Geometry should consider joining!  How do you find the perimeter of a shape? What is circumference? How do you find the area of a shape? Geometry can be thought of as the study of lines and shapes. It is a branch of mathematics that gets covered extensively in high school, and students get introduced to concepts as early as elementary school. What better way to get prepared for the high school level course than by participating in a math lab that covers all the basics! Perimeter, area and angles are some of the many concepts that will be covered in detail, and homework will be provided to help the student’s comprehension. 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


Financial Literacy 101 - Making “Cents” Of It All
Grades 4-12  
                                                   

EDH fee: $160 per semester  (2 vouchers at $80 each)


What’s a checking and savings account? How do credit cards work? What’s a recurring expense and how is dog food considered an example? Financial literacy is understanding how money works in the world. It is knowing how money is earned, properly managed and properly spent. Since financial literacy isn’t really emphasized as much as reading or writing, most students lack the necessary knowledge needed to become financially responsible adults. And that is exactly why this course is being offered! Even though this class covers real world scenarios involving money and spending, this will be a beginner level course. Topics covered will include income and expenses, how to save, the differences betweens needs and wants, as well as creating and managing a budget. And weekly homework meant to strengthen these concepts will be provided! The fact of the matter is many children (and adults) go through life without proper training on how to handle finances. And we’re expected to either figure it out quickly or run into problems. This course is meant to change that!


Teacher: Joe Vargas

email:  YourFirstChoiceTutoring@gmail.com

phone/text:  916.805.7333

website: www.firstchoicetutoring.com


Mixed-Media Art (Placerville)
​Grades 4-8    
                                                                                                                             

Placerville fee: $180 per semester (1 voucher)


Express your creativity through amazing art!  Doing art has been shown to improve motor skills, teach decision-making, develop a sense of inventiveness and innovation and improve academic skills.   This class will introduce students to various 2-D and 3-D art forms through fun and inspiring art projects, such as papier mache sculpture, collage, clay, relief work, mask-making, and more.  Class fee includes all supplies.


Teacher: Brenda Williams

email: brenda@brendawilliamsstudio.com

phone/text: 916.337.1990

website: www.brendawilliamsfineart.com

Art Exploration (El Dorado Hills)
Grades 4-8          
                                       

EDH fee: $165 per semester (1 voucher)            

                  
Students will explore a variety of media and art techniques in this exciting hands on class.  Students will have the opportunity to foster their creative skills by experimenting with new techniques to communicate thoughts and feelings in their artwork.  This course will allow students to develop skills in a range of media, including pencil drawing, painting, pastels, and more!  Art history will be incorporated into many lessons providing the opportunity for students to examine the artistic contributions of famous artists and gather inspiration from art history in their own projects.  Class fee includes all supplies.   Attention South Sutter Students:  Janelle cannot accept South Sutter vouchers since she is a South Sutter employee.  South Sutter students will need to private pay for this class.

​Teacher: Janelle Brewer

e-mail: artwithjanelle@gmail.com

phone/text: 530.306.2144


Foothill Family Yearbook
Grades 6-12  
                                                    

EDH fee: $100 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 Family Co-op memories and events. Students learn page design, publishing techniques, copy writing, editing and photography. Priority enrollment for returning high school students.  A laptop computer is required for this class.

Teacher: Laurie Chiappe

email:  Lchiappe@comcast.net

phone/text: 916.293.8060

website: historyrockswithmrschiappe.com


Speak Up! Speech & Debate
Grades 6-12 
                                  

EDH fee: $160 per semester (1 voucher)                                    

Placerville fee:$180 per semester (1 voucher)


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.

 

Teacher: Laurie Chiappe

email:  Lchiappe@comcast.net

phone/text: 916.293.8060

website: historyrockswithmrschiappe.com

STEM: Student Engineering 
Grades 6-8
                                            

EDH fee: $175 per semester (1 voucher)                                  

Placerville fee:  $195 per semester (1 voucher)


STEM Student Engineering is a blended learning environment where Science, Technology, Engineering and Math are applied by students to everyday life. STEM teaches students computational thinking and focuses on the real world applications of problem solving. Through hands on activities, the students work individually and collaboratively as engineers. Engineering involves the application of creativity in partnership with other disciplines to search for quicker, better and less expensive ways to use the forces and materials of nature to meet today's challenges. The STEM Student Engineers are problem solvers who use various resources to bring into existence things and ideas that they imagine.

 

Teacher: Laurie Chiappe

email:  Lchiappe@comcast.net

phone/text: 916.293.8060

website: historyrockswithmrschiappe.com


Da Vinci's World: STEM/Art hybrid
Grades 6-8  
                                       

EDH fee: $175 per semester (1 voucher)                              

Placerville fee:  $195 per semester (1 voucher)          

        
Leonardo da Vinci was one of the world’s most famous artists and one of the most remarkable inventors. In this hybrid STEM and Art class, students are introduced to the life, world, and incredible mind of Leonardo da Vinci through hands-on building projects that explore his art and invention.

 

Teacher: Laurie Chiappe

email:  Lchiappe@comcast.net

phone/text: 916.293.8060

website: historyrockswithmrschiappe.com


STEM Challenge with LEGO® Materials
Grades 4-8        
                                                                                                                                             

Placerville fee: $197 per semester (1 voucher)

EDH fee: $177 per semester (1 voucher)


Level up your engineering skills with Play-Well TEKnologies and tens of thousands of LEGO® parts! Apply real-world concepts in physics, engineering, and architecture through engineer-designed projects such as Belt-Drive Cars, Truss Bridges, Rail Racers, and Pneumatic Forklifts! Design and build as never before, and explore your craziest ideas in a supportive environment.
This class is 1 hour 10 minutes long in Placerville and 1 hour 5 minutes long in EDH.

 

Teacher: Lynda Weiss (or other Play-Well TEKnologies instructor)

email: lweiss@play-well.org

phone/text: 916.390.6530

website: www.play-well.org

Theater Arts
Grades   4-8    
                                                   

EDH fee: $144 per semester (1 voucher)


A fun and exciting musical theater class with an emphasis on building confidence and public speaking skills! Students will explore the world of drama, acting, song, and dance, and work as a team to create a performance together! All students will receive a character/lines, and no previous experience is necessary!

 

Teacher:  Asten Fallavollita

email: atfallavol@gmail.com

phone/text: 916.220.6798


Beginning Guitar
​Grades 4-12    
                                            

EDH fee: $180 per semester (1 voucher)    


This course is designed for the beginning guitar student. The class is taught in a group setting with some individual responsibilities. No prior guitar experience is required. This course will cover the basics of guitar and get students playing their favorite songs through a variety of guitar techniques. PLEASE NOTE: This class requires outside study and practice. Each student must have a guitar that is available to them for class and outside practice. You will not be able to share a guitar with another student in the class.

 

Teacher: Stephan Hogan

email: tonekinglessons@gmail.com

phone/text: 916.220.7329


Choir: Intro to Voice
Grades 4-12 (EDH)  

Grades 3-8 (Placerville)               

EDH fee: $160 per semester (2 vouchers at $80 each)        

Placerville fee:  $180 per semester (2 vouchers at $90 each)

Singing should be fun!! We’ll focus on blending our voices to work as a team while studying vocal techniques, correct breathing to strengthen your instrument, note reading and rhythm exercises. NO experience is necessary, just come and be prepared to open your mouth and SING! The more the merrier!


Teacher: Grace Hegy                   

email:  gracesong28@yahoo.com

phone/text: 916.225.8822               

website: www.gracesongs.wordpress.com


Computer Programming
Grades  4-12     
                                         

EDH fee: $144 per semester (1 voucher)        

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

Teacher:  Asten Fallavollita

email: atfallavol@gmail.com

phone/text: 916.220.6798


Conversational Spanish (EDH)
Grades 4-12  
                                                           

EDH fee:  $180 per semester (includes $20 workbook)


In this program, children will learn to develop the foundation of vocabulary and practical phrases for conversational Spanish. This dynamic class will keep kids active and engaged while they explore stations which highlight: crafts, games, role-playing, songs, and special worksheets to take home and practice Spanish. Lots of conversation, literacy and writing in Spanish will be encouraged during this class.

​Teacher: Blanca Lawton

email: BLawton@thespanishimmersion.com      

phone: 916.486.8276

website: www.thespanishimmersion.com


Introduction to Conversational Spanish (Placerville)
Grades 4-8  
                                                                                                                                                     

Placerville fee:$164 per semester (1 voucher)


We will be focusing on engaging in activities that will encourage the students to do more conversing, reading, and writing in Spanish.  These activities will include participating in plays, games, and art activities that reflect the Hispanic culture.  Among the topics that will be covered in this class are the following: Foods, Family, “El Pueblo”, “La Ciudad”, Holiday Traditions, The Aztecs, And More...
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Teacher: Debbie Heiden

email: dkhlovesbooks@gmail.com

phone: 916.817.1821 

Life Skills: Real World Basics
Grades 4-8  
                                                                                                                                            

Placerville fee: $164 per semester (2 vouchers at $82 each)


Life skills equip students to deal effectively with the common demands and challenges of everyday life and thrive in the world beyond the classroom. Through engaging hands-on and collaborative activities, students learn the traditional “life skills” of sewing on buttons, tying various knots to create an outdoor shelter, reading maps and public transport schedules, deciphering nutrition labels, personal correspondence, effective communication, and more.  Additionally, while rediscovering these lost arts, student will focus on 21st century “life skills” of flexibility, initiative, productivity, and leadership.  Money skills will be covered 2nd semester.

 

Teacher: Lisa Hindmarsh

email:  lisahindmarsh@yahoo.com

phone/text:  530.313.3789

website: www.handsonsciencefun.com

Financial Literacy

Grades 4-8                                                                                                                                               

Placerville fee: $164 per semester (1 voucher)

Students will learn about wants and needs and how delayed gratification is the foundation of good money management.  Through games and hands-on activities, students will see the importance of money in transactions, understand the benefits of saving and investing, learn how a checking and savings account works, and the pros and cons of using credit.

Teacher: Lisa Hindmarsh

email:  lisahindmarsh@yahoo.com

phone/text:  530.313.3789

website: www.handsonsciencefun.com


Sewing Around the World
Grades K-6 
                                                                                                                           

Placerville fee: $170 per semester (1 voucher)  


This creative class is for both boys and girls who are interested in sewing and want to learn more about traditional dress in other parts of the world. Students will hand sew their own doll which will “travel around the world" with them. The class will “visit" all seven continents. At each new destination, students will create a culturally traditional outfit for their doll. By the end of our twelve week adventure, all students will have finished hand sewing two dolls and six different outfits. Each student will learn to embroider a face, sew on hair, and hand stitch clothing for their choice of a boy or girl doll.  All materials are included.

 

Teacher: Kathy Goldsmith

email:ednkathygoldsmith@att.net

phone: 530.622.9557

Hand Sewing Basics Level 1
Grades 4-8      
                                         

EDH fee: $160 per semester (1 voucher)      

                     
Hand sewing is the best way to mend and do everyday repairs. In this class, students will learn this extremely valuable lifelong skill through a variety of fun and 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 fabric.  If your child would like to pick out their own fabric, I can supply measurements for you to purchase it on your own.

Teacher: Lisa Hindmarsh

email:  lisahindmarsh@yahoo.com

phone/text:  530.313.3789

website: www.handsonsciencefun.com

Hand Sewing Basics Level 2
Grades 4-8      
                                         

$180 per semester (1 voucher)      

Level 1 is a prerequisite to this class.

                   
This class is a continuation of Level 1.  Students with sewing knowledge may join this class.   Students will continue to sew projects that will help them improve their sewing skills.  Some of the  project-based learning includes sewing a stuffed animal and a quilt block pillow. Class fee includes a small personal sewing kit and fabric. 

Teacher: Lisa Hindmarsh

email:  lisahindmarsh@yahoo.com

phone/text:  530.313.3789

website: www.handsonsciencefun.com


Planning A Dream Vacation! - Developing Management and Organizational Skills
Grades 4-8  
                                                       

EDH fee: $160 per semester (2 vouchers at $80 each)


Organization is key to success. The sooner these skills get developed, the better! In this course, students will have the opportunity to create and develop a plan for their dream vacation - a trip consisting of multiple stops all across the world. In order to accomplish such a task, students will have to create an itinerary, research points of interest they’d visit, take travel time into consideration, and even get exposed to currency conversion rates and more. All students will start with a fictional budget and a fixed amount of time set aside for the trip. Apart from that these restrictions, there are very few limitations associated with this project. Every student who signs up for this course will thoroughly enjoy the process of organizing such an event. They will develop organizational and management skills while having fun. And anything that is learned while having fun is rarely forgotten!


Teacher: Joe Vargas

email:  YourFirstChoiceTutoring@gmail.com

phone/text:  916.805.7333

website: www.firstchoicetutoring.com

Wide World of Sports
Grades 4-8
                                                         

EDH fee: $155 per semester  


From Badminton to Cricket, explore the wide world of sports while honing the valuable life skills of teamwork and sportsmanship! Each week, the class will focus on the rules and history of a new and engaging World sport. The students will have an opportunity to play the game they studied and possibly develop an undiscovered passion. 


Teacher: Developed and overseen by Laurie Chiappe, taught by Phil Chiappe

email:  lchiappe@comcast.net

phone/text:  408-472-6155

American Sign Language

Grades 4-8

EDH fee: $144 per semester  (1 voucher)

This course is designed to introduce the basics of (ASL) American Sign Language.  Students will develop beginning level American Sign Language communication skills - through the use fingerspelling and vocabulary about themselves, their  family, community and surroundings.   Students will also be introduced to Deaf culture and awareness through story books making comparisons and connections to one’s own culture. 

Teacher: Jaime Layton

email: philandjaime@yahoo.com

phone/text: 530-306-0786

Bible Basics: Understanding God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit

Grades 6-8

EDH fee: FREE ($12 materials fee per semester)

This class teaches the foundational truths of the Christian faith. Each lesson is a fun filled Bible-packed experience designed to teach students about Jesus and prepare them for a lifetime of spiritual maturity. Each class is structured to include foundational scripture, a game or other activity to facilitate understanding of the Biblical teaching, and concludes with an activity to connect God’s truth to the student’s life.  Additionally, in class, the students will learn to critically think as they explore and analyze the “Bible Basics” presented in each lesson. This is a non-secular class, taught from a Christian world view, involving prayer. Public charter school funds may not be used for the materials fee.

Teacher: Coordinated by Laurie Chiappe, taught by Christian volunteers

email: lchiappe@comcast.net

phone/text: 408.472.6155