Fun Friday Seminars

Friday Fun-Day Seminars are stand alone, two hour, unique learning opportunities. Each seminar is designed to provide the student with an "snap-shot" of a specific topic, skill, or area of study. Seminars are held at Rolling Hills Christian Church in Room 1.  To enroll in a Seminar, please contact the individual teacher.  Seminars are offered based on student demand & specific parent requests. ​Please let us know what you would like to see offered in the future. 

 

All Classes are held from 9-11 a.m.  See Schedule page for class dates.
 

Cardboard Boat Regatta: STEM Challenge
​Grades 4-10

Fee: $30


Students will work in groups to design, analyze, build, and race a boat made entirely of cardboard and duct tape.  This project will incorporated a variety of engineering standards which will allow students to critically think about the design of their boat, how it is to be constructed efficiently, and the effectiveness of the boat as a sea-faring vessel.  The key to success for this project is the ability to collaborate as a group.          
*Class meets at Mrs. Chiappe's home in El Dorado Hills
 **Students must know how to swim - their boat may sink!

 

Teacher: Laurie Chiappe

email:  Lchiappe@comcast.net

phone/text: 916.293.8060

website: historyrockswithmrschiappe.com

Intro. To Google Docs
​Grades 5-12*    
                                                   

Fee: $25


Google Drive is a safe, easy, user-friendly way for students and teachers to create, store, and share documents. Schools around the world are using Google Drive as the primary way for students to collaborate on projects and receive useful feedback from their teachers. In this seminar, your child will learn how to navigate Google Docs, create documents and files, and, most importantly, invite others to collaborate and provide feedback. Students will be excited to learn the ease with which they can work with others on group projects and receive individualized revision suggestions from teachers. Google Docs allows multiple students to work on the same document at the same time, without the hassle of attaching and sending files back and forth. It also allows them to share their work in progress with teachers and receive immediate, detailed feedback. Google Drive is set up so that student work can be accessed by invitation only. Each student selects who they share their documents with and can choose to allow either editing, commenting, or viewing-only privileges.
NOTE:  This class requires a laptop computer.
*4th graders who are comfortable with technology are welcome.
* *By enrolling in this seminar, parents are giving permission for their child to create a gmail account, including a gmail email address, if they do not already have one.

 

Teacher: Mary Frederick

email: messages2mary@att.net

phone/text: 916.990.3494

website: www.writeon4kids.com


Study Skills & Note taking Seminar #1
Grades 6-12  
                                                   

Fee: $25


Basic study skills for student success in Jr. High and High School will be reviewed and modeled, including organization and planning tactics. Students will be introduced to the Cornell note taking method and J.O.T.T. t-notes.The majority of the seminar in class time will be spent in guided practice of noting taking from text. *Younger students who are strong far point copiers welcome. Ask me if this class is a good fit for your student.

 

Teacher: Laurie Chiappe

email:  Lchiappe@comcast.net

phone/text: 916.293.8060

website: historyrockswithmrschiappe.com


Note taking Seminar #2
Grades 6-12    
                                                 

Fee: $25


This seminar continues where Seminar #1 ended, focusing on note taking skills from text. Seminar #1 introduced the students to the Cornell note taking method and J.O.T.T. t-notes. These methods will be reviewed and the students will be introduced to Mind Mapping (which is similar to the brainstorming webs).

 

Teacher: Laurie Chiappe

email:  Lchiappe@comcast.net

phone/text: 916.293.8060

website: historyrockswithmrschiappe.com


Dissection Labs
​Grades 4-12
                                                         

Fee: $40


Students will dive into the unexpected contents of a frog's stomach, marvel at the beauty of the tapetum lucidum in a cow's eye, feel a crayfish's stomach "teeth", and much more.  Super gross, but super fun and interesting!  In the dissection lab, students will explore the internal and external structures of two specimens (frog/earthworm, crayfish/cow eye, and perch/grasshopper labs). Students will have their own specimens to dissect along with their own set of dissection tools to use and will label diagrams to reinforce what they have observed during the dissection.  Dissection classes are for grades 4 and up, however, attendance is at the instructor's discretion.  Students must be mature, willing and able to follow detailed instructions and focus for 2 hours, and have excellent fine motor skills (they will be using a very sharp scalpel and scissors.)  Maximum class size is 10 students.  Class payment is due one month before class so I can order specimens for your student. The class fee is non-refundable if I am unable to fill your canceled spot in class.  

 

Teacher: Lisa Hindmarsh        

email:  lisahindmarsh@yahoo.com     

phone/text:  530.313.3789     

website: www.handsonsciencefun.com

Pumpkin Carving Challenge
Grades K-5      
                                               

Fee: $30


This is an opportunity for students to participate in some fall fun! We will using stencils to design and create award-winning carved pumpkins for the holiday season. Each student will go home with their own pumpkin, cleaned, carved, and ready for fall festivities. Students will NOT be using sharp knives. Be sure to wear clothes that can get dirty!

 

Teacher: Mary Frederick

email: messages2mary@att.net

phone/text: 916.990.3494

website: www.writeon4kids.com


Multi Media Presentations
Grades 6-12*  
                                                   

Fee: $25


In today’s technology based society, the ability to communicate digitally is crucial. During this seminar, students will be introduced to three of the most commonly used presentation methods: PowerPoint, Google Slides & Prezi. In class, each student will create a digital presentation.
NOTE:  This class requires a laptop computer.
*4-5 graders who are comfortable with technology are welcome.

Teacher: Laurie Chiappe

email:  Lchiappe@comcast.net

phone/text: 916.293.8060

website: historyrockswithmrschiappe.com


Intro. To Google Sheets
​Grades 5-12*    
                                                   

Fee: $25


In this class, students will learn about the different ways to use spreadsheets and how to navigate Google Sheets. They'll also learn the basic ways to work with cells and cell content, including how to select cells, insert content, sort, perform simple calculations, and copy and paste cells.
NOTE:  This class requires a laptop computer and a student gmail account, including a gmail address, prior to attending class.
*4th graders who are comfortable with technology are welcome.

 

Teacher: Lisa Hindmarsh        

email:  lisahindmarsh@yahoo.com     

phone/text:  530.313.3789     

website: www.handsonsciencefun.com

Turkey Treasures
Grades K-5    
                                                 

Fee: $30


Get ready for more fall fun! There is nothing better than hand-made decorations for the holidays. During this fun-filled session, students will design, cut, paint, and glue their way to an unforgettable Thanksgiving. We will create an adorable turkey centerpiece, and learn fun facts about Thanksgiving and turkeys along the way! Students will each come home with a unique hand-made Thanksgiving decoration to cherish for years to come. Hot glue guns will be used.

 

Teacher: Mary Frederick

email: messages2mary@att.net

phone/text: 916.990.3494

website: www.writeon4kids.com


Advanced Current Event Socratic Seminar
Grades 6-12    
                                                 

Fee: $25


This seminar is designed specifically for students with a strong interest in social sciences.  Students will be lead in a Socratic round table discussion of world events, based on the new current news cycle. As a group, we will explore the history behind the current events and the impact on the future. 

Teacher: Laurie Chiappe

email:  Lchiappe@comcast.net

phone/text: 916.293.8060

website: historyrockswithmrschiappe.com


Winter Ornament Workshop
Grades K-5     
                                                 

Fee: $30


Winter is on its way! Join us for an opportunity to express your creative side and celebrate the season with your friends. During this session, students will learn, sing, play and create as we explore all things winter. Each student will come home with two handmade ornaments, perfect for decoration or gifts.

Teacher: Mary Frederick

email: messages2mary@att.net

phone/text: 916.990.3494

website: www.writeon4kids.com


Valentine’s Day Workshop
Grades K-5     
                                                 

Fee: $30


Come create a one-of-a-kind Valentine’s gift for someone you love. During this hands-on seminar, students will learn the history of Valentine’s Day while designing and creating a beautiful handmade frame using pencils, glue, and rolled wrapping paper. Each student will come home with a unique, personalized keepsake frame.

Teacher: Mary Frederick

email: messages2mary@att.net

phone/text: 916.990.3494

website: www.writeon4kids.com


Spring “Chick-Magnets”
Grades K-5   
                                                   

Fee: $30
Come celebrate spring and leave with the cutest chick-magnet ever! During this fun-filled session, students will learn about baby chicks, and create an adorable hatching chick clip, perfect for holding spring to-do lists on the refrigerator.

Teacher: Mary Frederick

email: messages2mary@att.net

phone/text: 916.990.3494

website: www.writeon4kids.com