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Longmont Classes - Meets on Tuesdays

Calvary Church, 2101 Gay St, Longmont, CO 80501

Course Descriptions

Art and Virtue

Teacher: Kathy Anderson

Prerequisites:  cut with scissors independently and copy basic shapes and lines from a projected image.  

Ages: 5-8

Class size: 6-14

Materials fee: $30 for a set of watercolors and metallic markers (theirs to keep at the end of the year) and various art materials

Tuition: $22 

Supplies Needed: a paint shirt or apron kept in their backpack to use as needed (optional)


COURSE DETAILS:  This art class will focus on learning to see shapes, lines and angles accurately and then reproduce them on paper.  We will create projects with paper, canvas board, watercolor paint, crayons, markers (metallic and water base), watercolor crystals, colored pencils, scratch paper, compressed sponges, liquid watercolor and sandpaperJ.  A projection camera is used to demonstrate drawings step by step.


In addition to fun and skill building, my goal is to use art and literature as a creative avenue for remembering and applying the truths of scripture.  All projects will be connected to a literature book or a selection from The Children’s Book of Virtuesby William J. Bennett. 


A complete list of projects will be available at the open house in September.  Projects will include:

  • Please, Please (Book of Virtues)– manners – favorite foods with colored pencil

  • How Does a Dinosaur Go to Bed?– obey without complaining – dinosaur parade with watercolor crystals

  • Someone Sees You (Book of Virtues)– God always sees us –wheat stalks on rainbow scratch paper

  • Little Miss Sunshine (Book of Virtues)– compassion – flowers on sandpaper with crayons

  • A House for Hermit Crab– generosity – underwater scene paper collage

  • When I Was Young in the Mountains– contentment – old fashion milk pail and washtub pencil drawing


There will be an art show the first week in May. Each student will display 2 pieces of artwork done in class. On the day of the show, during class, we will learn how to give positive feedback focusing on the elements of design. Encouraging comments will be collected for each student’s work and will be taken home at the end of the day. It’s a fun way to encourage each budding artist!  


HOMEWORK: There will be no outside homework for this class 


Art: Cause & Effect

Teacher: Kathy Anderson

Prerequisites: none

Ages: 8-18

Class size: 6-14

Materials fee: $30 for a set of watercolors and oil pastels (theirs to keep at the end of the year) and various art materials

Tuition: $22 


Supplies Needed: a paint shirt or apron kept in their backpack to use as needed (optional)


COURSE DETAILS:  This year will be an adventure in exploring unique art materials and techniques!  Many of them have fun, unexpected cause & effect properties! We will discover that dropping alcohol inks of different colors on ceramic tile results in a beautiful ring pattern.  Drawing on sand paper with crayons or pastels creates beautiful, deep texture designs. Applying bleach to paper with a cotton swab gives a soft, fuzzy quality.  Shaving cream prevents liquid watercolors from mixing and allows beautiful printmaking. Optical illusions cause the brain to perceive something that is not reality. Materials will also include watercolor crystals, metallic paper, ‘bleeding’ tissue paper, markers, pencils, white charcoal, Duralar, and pan watercolors. Students will increase confidence and skill as we focus on drawing accurately, shading, color theory and creating depth when drawing.  Planned projects include:


  • Umbrellas in Pattern – bleach on paper

  • ‘Stained glass’ Duo – alcohol ink on Duralar

  • Winter Wonderland – crayon/pastel on black sandpaper

  • Arora Borealis forest – shaving cream print

  • Optical illusion stairs – ebony black pencil


A projection camera is used to demonstrate most drawings step by step. Students may choose to follow along or create their own unique variation of the project.  


In addition to fun and skill building, my goal is to use art as a creative avenue for conveying the truths of scripture.  As our creative talents are focused on the cause and effect of art materials, our hearts will turn to the cause and effect passages in scripture.  We will visit great truths such as:


  • “IF My people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves, and pray, and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways; THEN will I hear from Heaven and heal their Land.” 2 Chron. 7:14

  • “When ye stand praying, forgive, IF ye have anything against anyone, so that your Father also, which is in Heaven (THEN) may forgive you your trespasses. But IF you do not forgive others, (THEN) neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.” Mark 11:25-26

  • If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9


There will be an art show the first week in May. Each student will display 2 pieces of artwork done in class. On the day of the show, during class, we will learn to give positive feedback focusing on the elements of design. Encouraging comments will be collected for each student’s work and will be taken home at the end of the day. It’s a fun way to encourage each budding artist!  


This class is suited for beginning artists as well as those with intermediate level drawing ability.  Everyone is welcome!


HOMEWORK:  There will be no outside homework except for those earning high school credits. 60 clock hours are required for .5 credits.  




Teacher: Tatum Cito

Prerequisites: Students should have basic drawing skills as this class is best suited for intermediate/advanced students

Ages: 10+

Class size: 6-16

Materials fee: $30.00 (Includes all supplies)

Tuition: $22.00 per month for all students (no increase for high school students)

Supplies needed: None. If desired, an apron or paint shirt to keep clothing clean


COURSE DETAILS:The world of Narnia is a mysterious place, full of perilous adventure, timeless heroes, and many glorious Biblical truths. Referencing from the book written by Christin Ditchfield, A Family Guide to Narnia, Biblical Truths in C.S.Lewis’s The Chronicles of Narnia,we will be diving into the depths of these beautiful masterpieces by C.S.Lewis. Using our own ingenuity, we will be creating personal masterpieces along with discovering the hidden truths within the author’s very words. In this course, I will be using an assortment of media, primarily watercolor paint/pencil, graphite pencil, colored pencil, pen, scratchboard, chalk pastel and charcoal. 

            At the open houses offered in May and September, I will be providing the tentative schedule for this course. 


PROJECTS are tentative, and might involve:

  • Watercolor lamp post scene

  • Dragon drawing in pencil

  • Illustrated map

  • and various character concept drawings


HOMEWORK:  I do encourage the students to read the Chronicles of Narnia and the Bible on their own at home. Otherwise there will be no outside homework for this class except for those earning high school credit. 60 clock hours are required for .5 credits. Upon your initial request at the beginning of the year, I will send assignments home with the students each week.




Teacher: Aaron Vogel

Age Range: 15+.

Class size: Minimum 10 students.

Materials fee: $40.00. (Fee includes materials for labs and experiments. Students are

responsible for purchasing their own textbook and tests).

Tuition: $35.00. (Please note that class starts at 8:45)


COURSE DETAILS: Through laboratory experiments, fun projects, observations, and

dissections we will work our way through general biology curriculum. Apologia is recommended,

although all biology texts cover the same subjects and the labs are quite similar. The most

important part is learning how God created life to live, thrive, and survive in its environment and

how we as God's ultimate creation can learn from, stand for and intelligently defend God's order

and truth found in scripture. This will be my focus so they see value in learning something like 

photosynthesis or aerobic respiration

Major projects will be assigned like an animal behavior project, and short genetics and ecology

papers. Optional worksheets and activities will be sent home to help 'fill in the gaps'. The first

15-30 minutes will be used to teach, discuss, and prepare for the next hour of application. Go to

apologia.com for a unit example and the text can be purchased through Probasco's Christian

Book Store in Loveland.


HOMEWORK:. There will be mandatory homework every week. Reading and studying the module before the lab is required.




Teacher: Elizabeth Ridgway

Prerequisites: none

Ages: 5-8

Class size: 5-10

Materials fee: $15 for copies, activities and projects

Tuition: $22 per month

Supplies Needed: none


COURSE DETAILS: Come along as we wonder through the Amazon Rainforest and climb the Egyptian Pyramids! Expedition Earth is a hands-on world geography curriculum that covers countries across the globe.  We will be learning about the continents, oceans, people, cultures, and animals through activities, crafts and literature. We will also be including projects from the curriculums Galloping the Globeand Beginning Geography.






Teacher: Elizabeth Ridgway

Prerequisites: none

Ages: 9-12

Class size: 5-10

Materials fee: $10 for drawing paper, projects, and supplies etc.

Tuition: $22 per month

Supplies Needed:  1 ½ inch binder


COURSE DETAILS: “Mapping the World with Art” by Ellen McHenry is a blend of history, geography and art.  Each week we will read a short history lesson that tells the story of cartography from Ancient Mesopotamia through the discovery of Antarctica in the late 1800’s.  We will follow a step-by-step drawing lesson covering a piece of the world map.  We will also complete different activities, projects and review games during class.  The final project will be drawing a map of the world from memory.


HOMEWORK:   Occasional



Teacher: Elizabeth Ridgway

Prerequisites: none

Ages: 13+

Class size: 5-12

Materials fee: $10 for copies and projects

Tuition: $27 per month

Supplies Needed:North Star World Geographytextbook by Tyler Hogen and a 1 ½ inch binder with 8 tabs

Book can be found at (Amazon, Christianbook, or Rainbow Resource approx..$52) 


COURSE DETAILS: Geography is more than just places and names on a map.  Geography helps us understand the world around us.  North Star Geographygives students a deep understanding of how geography impacts us every day with real life applications for college, career, citizenship and ministry.  This curriculum is written from a Christian perspective.  North Star Geographycounts as one high school credit towards social studies or as an elective.   In this course, we will study each of these three topics:  Geography skills:reading maps, using geographic tools, and understanding topics like cartography, surveying and navigation.  Physical geography:  geology, meteorology, oceanography, ecology and hydrology.  Human geography:sociology, culture, transportation, agriculture, government and economics.  During class we will be discussing the chapter, doing hands-on projects, map work, memorization, and taking chapter quizzes.


HOMEWORK:  weekly assignments

Counts as one high school credit towards social studies or as an elective



Teacher: Carrie Matthews

Prerequisites: None

Ages: 11-18

Class size: 5-15

Materials fee: $35.00 (includes a substantial amount of handouts, classroom art materials, and payment of Longmont Museum teacher trunks)

Tuition: $22.00 or $27.00, depending upon student’s age

Supplies Needed:1-inch heavy duty notebook with clear slip-in cover, 14 notebook divider tabs. Some projects that students choose may require trips to hobby stores and additional money for supplies such as poster board, tri-fold presentation boards, air dry clay and paints, etc. None of these supplies or projects will be required, but they will be engaging and practical.


COURSE DETAILS: Colorado has a distinct history exploding with deep ancestral roots, colorful characters, and adventures unique unto itself. 


After an introduction to the geography of our beautiful state, instruction will begin with the early settlements at Mesa Verde and work chronologically through the turbulent times of the Native American, trapper and trader, miner, pioneer, rancher, and railroad eras. Following events at the turn of the 20thcentury, we will discuss the origins and functions of our state’s government and its Constitution, including some of the key leaders that have shaped us into the state we have become. We will also be discovering the city of Longmont’s fascinating history.

The class will encounter The Centennial State’s past through PowerPoint presentations, occasional YouTube videos and DVDs, teacher trunks borrowed from the Longmont Museum, virtual field trips, optional adult coloring pages, readings, and relevant activities and projects. (I have a massive list of projects to choose from, so if your child is a hesitant hand-on student, we can work together to find something that is suitable, fun, and educational for them!). 

Throughout the school year, we will actively build a notebook packed full of vocabulary, maps, and purposeful worksheets that will soon become a treasured keepsake. A parent showcase on the last day of class will display the projects and assignments that the students have worked so hard on throughout the year.


HOMEWORK:  Homework will include activities such as hands-on projects, optional book readings 
(I have my own “library” to borrow from), short reports, and FUN, applicable activities. Projects are meant to apply what we have learned in class or dig deeper into topics the student finds interesting. NOTE: I encourage the use of Google Docs as a simple and effective way to communicate back and forth with students. A computer or tablet and a g-mail email account, along with parental consent, are necessary. (It is not a problem if the student choses paper and pen).


Since this is a multi-leveled class, expectations of homework will range by age and ability.

Heroic Life

Teacher: Christian and Kathy Anderson

Prerequisites:  a desire to grow in a relationship with Christ 

Ages: 9-12

Class size: 6-14

Materials fee:  $20 for workbook and personal journal

Tuition: $22 

Supplies Needed: none


COURSE DETAILS:  Christian and Kathy are excited to teach this class together!  They feel strongly that it will support your diligent efforts at home to disciple your children to be mature believers that will impact this world for Jesus Christ. 


Heroic Life is more than a ‘Bible class’  Through study of scripture and active discussions that focus on inductive reasoning, students will be encouraged to see truths they may have never noticed and apply the Word to their daily lives. All truths will be found in the text of scripture rather than opinions of people. Students will be asked to wrestle with questions that will determine the foundation of their faith.  

  • Are you living like God’s Word is enough to show you how to live?  

  • Are you loving Jesus and seeking to obey Him in every area of your life?  

  • Will you trust God even when things are hard?  

  • Will you trust God to give you what is best?


We will also dive into the lives of 6 Christian Heroes/Heroines and look at their trials and triumphs in the Lord. Learning about, and praying for, those in other countries is another component of our study.  We will explore England, Belarus, Russia, China, Mongolia, and North Korea. The class will include sampling food and playing games from these countries.  Students will also be asked to memorize scripture and will be awarded $.25 for each verse memorized.  The money will be kept in a class fund and at the end of the year the class will decide how to bless a family in another country (a dozen chickens, a milk goat, clean water…)  


First semester lays the foundation.  Students will discover the wonders of who God is and the incredible treasure of His Word. They will encounter God as the righteous and holy Lord, yet the merciful and humble Shepherd and will hear of the One who is Truth and has given His Word to us as a guide and authority for our lives. 


Semester two highlights stories from the first 33 chapters of Genesis. Through these lessons, students will take away an understanding of man’s nature and the nature of God and His purpose for man. They will see that, because God is our source of life, when man chose to sin and separate himself from God, he separated himself from Life. However, instead of allowing man to remain in sin and death, God pursued a people to set apart for Himself and restore to a life of freedom. As we follow Christ and seek Him above all else, we can live in that freedom and experience the fullness of the joy that He so delights to give.


HOMEWORK:Heroes at Home student workbooks. Each lesson in the curriculum has corresponding summaries, activities, and a guided Scripture study to use throughout the week. They may be completed by children on their own or enjoyed together as a family. 


Teacher: Elizabeth Ridgway

Prerequisites: none

Ages: 8-10

Class size: 5-10

Materials fee: none

Tuition: $22 per month

Supplies Needed: none


COURSE DETAILS: Bring your imagination and creativity!  K’nex is an intuitive construction toy system. We will be discussing inventions and recreating them.  Some of the building projects may include cranes, egg beaters, tow trucks etc.  The students will work in small groups learning leadership, cooperation, and compromise. 






Teacher:  Pam Stayer

Prerequisites: None

Ages:  9-12+ (older students welcome upon teacher approval)

Class Size: 8-16

Materials fee:  $20.00. This covers all of the supplies needed for photocopies and game-making.

Tuition: $22.00 per month per student.

Supplies Needed:  Pencil, Eraser, Markers, Scissors, Ruler, and Folder with 2 horizontal pockets


COURSE DETAILS: Marvelous Math Games from Around the World is a fun, hands-on class where students play various math games, both American and international, to help them become confident and automatic with their math and problem-solving skills.  A variety of manipulatives will be used.  Students will make interesting international games to take home.  They will also take weekly timed tests (students will be assessed to see which timed tests -  multiplication, division, decimals, or fractions will challenge them) to improve their speed and accuracy on math facts.  


HOMEWORK:  The only homework is to practice for the weekly timed tests.




Teacher: Aaron Vogel

Age: Check schedule for age breaks.

Materials fee: $10.00 per student

Class size: 10-27

Class fee: $22.00 per month up to 12 years old. $27 per month for 13 years and older.


COURSE DETAILS: Who’s ready for P.E.? “Everyone in your spots!” Every child should be

building a foundation of an active, healthy life; one that glorifies God with the gift of their bodies.

All physical education classes are designed to develop strength, balance, flexibility, and

coordination through fun warm-up routines, games, and stretching. Then, each quarter two or

three organized games or sports will be taught.

Soccer, tinickling, kickball, volleyball, team handball, ultimate Frisbee, Frisbee golf, golf swing,

flag football, basketball, jump roping, circusing, beanbags, driveway games, orienteering,

badminton, cup stacking, and more are taught. Specific skills will be broken down and games

and fun drills will be played to put these skills into action.

One game or sport will be taught each quarter that is great for home play so that the student

can organize and participate at home with family or friends. Part of physically educating them is

teaching them about the amazing ways God has designed our bodies to perform physically.

Especially in the 13 and older class, topics of discussion might include muscle

physiology, training principles, body facts, safety, and recovery. As the students are having fun

being challenged, scriptural principles like perseverance, forgiveness, encouragement, self

control, running the race, working hard, God’s strength vs. our own, working as a unit, aiming

high, and many more principals will be taught. P.E. should be taught from a Biblical worldview

too! You do not get that from rec programs, Options, or the local fitness or gymnastics center.

Please consider that each unit is taught over three years with emphasis given to one phase.

Year One: basic skills. Year Two: team and individual strategy. Year Three: drills and play.


SUPPLIES NEEDED: T-shirt, sports pants or long shorts, and tennis shoes. No tights, yoga

pants or v-neck tee shirts. No sandals, boots or black marking shoes.


Teacher:  Pam Stayer

Prerequisites: None

Ages: 5-8

Class Size: 8-16

Materials fee: $18.00. This covers all of the supplies needed for photocopies and art supplies.

Tuition: $22.00 per month per student.

Supplies Needed:  Pencil, Markers, Scissors, and a 3-ring binder with horizontal side pockets to be used solely for this class.


COURSE DETAILS: People of Faith is a wonderful hands-on class where students will study the exciting lives of missionaries. Through fun activities, stories, songs, and crafts, students will learn about these incredible servants and the amazing God whom they serve.  Students will also study Bible verses, character qualities, people groups, various cultures, and geography.  Students will make keepsakes to remember each missionary hero and how he/she served. Some of the exciting missionaries we will be studying are:  Lottie Moon, Cameron Townsend, Mary Slessor, William Carey, Brother Andrew, and Nick Vujicic.  


HOMEWORK:  There is no homework for this class.



Teacher: Carrie Matthews and Naomi Stahnke

Prerequisites: None

Ages: 13-18

Class size: 6-20

Materials fee: $30.00 (Includes lots of handouts and classroom supplies such as index cards, props for impromptu speeches, etc.)

Tuition: $27.00

Supplies Needed: 3-ring binder, paper, pens/pencils


COURSE DETAILS: Is your student hesitant when standing up in front of people to speak? Does he cringe at the thought of reading aloud in a classroom setting? Or, does she have experience talking to a crowd, but is lacking professional finesse? If so, then this class will allow them to gradually become more comfortable by acquiring the skills necessary for success in any public speaking arena. The goal of the class is to instill a sense of confident communication by teaching techniques such as overcoming nervousness, eye contact, poise, gesturing, stage presence, and body language. In addition, students will learn how to research and compose effective outlines and purposeful visual aids. 


Students will gain assurance while delivering numerous speeches. We will start the year with several fun, ungraded speeches and work our way to longer, more research-heavy speeches. Students will speak to inform, persuade, and explain their topics to the class. Each speech receives constructive feedback and tips on improvement. As time allows, we will plan and deliver impromptu speeches. Additionally, a small group presentation will be given. 

Fun Fact #1: This year the students will have the blessing of two teachers. Mrs. Matthews will be mentoring Naomi Stahnke, a teacher from the Loveland Master’s Hand Campus. This means double the feedback and double the attention given to each outline and speech!

Fun Fact #2: The class will give a presentation at the end of the year to their friends and families. This presentation will be designed for the audience by the classmates themselves [under the guidance of their teachers ;)].


Most speeches will be given two weeks of preparation. During the first week, students choose and research their topic and write an outline. The following week, students practice their speeches at home and deliver them in class. Feedback will be given for most speeches by a predetermined grading rubric and by oral teacher and peer review. 

HOMEWORK:Homework will be assigned each and every week, including researching and writing outlines and practicing speeches for delivery in class. Time must be spent on homework to ensure student success. NOTE: I encourage the use of Google Docs as a simple and effective way to communicate back and forth with students. A computer or tablet and a g-mail email account, along with parental consent, are necessary. (It is not a problem if the student choses paper and pen).


SUPPLIES NEEDED: Notebook paper or access to computer and presentation software such as PowerPoint or Google Slides (preferred method), a 3-ring notebook with loose-leaf paper, pens and/or pencils, and white, lined 4 X 6 index cards. 

SCIENCE LAB- Science in action. A new science course!

Teacher: Aaron Vogel

Age Range: 9+

Class size: Minimum 10 students.

Materials fee: $35 (Fee includes materials for labs and experiments) Occasionally, students will

need to bring a household item for a lab, like an empty plastic bottle.

Tuition: $22.00



Through many years of teaching sciences I have learned that the students while needing solid

teaching and instruction about how good science proves God’s word, they love the challenge

and excitement of hands on projects and labs. They also need greater diversity in knowing

different areas of science. So a new idea (or maybe its just an old one) has been on my mind.

Every week its lab time! Hands on science in action.


This course will cover amazing science concepts from a great range of sciences. The big ones

like Biology, Chemistry, Anatomy, Geology, Physical science but how about food science,

nutrition, kinesiology, virology, immunology and a couple of my favorites, neurology and marine

biology. Students will be challenged to critically think while experimenting. Some kinds include,

building models and devises, discovering microscopic details, dissecting, working with chemical

reactions, classifying, and testing scientific principles. The options are endless!

General Theatre

Teacher: Julie Butler

Prerequisites: Must be willing to memorize their parts for our Spring Performance.

Ages: 8+

Class Size: 10-23 

Materials fee: $10 (to cover royalties and copies)

Tuition: $22

Supplies Needed: Three ring binder, pencil, highlighter


COURSE DETAILS: This class will begin with FUN theatre games which will help students feel more confident and build acting skills of memorization, characterization, improvisation and working well with others. In mid-fall the students will audition in class for our Spring performance piece.  Possible play choices we may do (depending on enrollment) are: Carry theCrossby Warren Sager, Gladys Aylwardby Warren Sager or Eyewitnesses: The Story of a Promise Keptby Carrie Varnell.  An alternate play will be chosen only if enrollment requires. Some doubling of roles may occur. Younger students may be approved by instructor.  Reading is not essential, though helpful. Older students who have enjoyed this class format in previous years are welcome to enroll.


HOMEWORK:Script memorization, and students and their parents are responsible for providing their own costumes, (with assistance from instructor).

IMPORTANT NOTE: The dates for the Dress Rehearsal and Spring Performance will be announced in the fall. These dates are mandatory and parents will be required to return a signed commitment form to Mrs. Butler prior to casting announcements.


Advanced Theatre

*prerequisites apply

Teacher: Julie Butler

Prerequisites: Students must be 14 and up and have previous performance experience and instructor approval.

Ages: 14+

Class Size: 10-20

Materials fee: $15 (to cover royalties and copies)

Tuition: $27

Supplies Needed: Three ring binder, pencil, highlighter


COURSE DETAILS:   This course is for the student who wants to fine tune their acting skills and work on growing tighter as an ensemble cast.  Students will build on the same skills as in General Theatre and stretch their ability to communicate the story. More advanced acting training in the areas of focus, transition, inner/outer monologue, staging, and physicality will be applied. They will begin the year working on, and performing monologues. In November, we will begin working on our Spring Performance piece which will be one of these scripts: Survivalby Warren Sager, The Journeyby Warren Sager, This is Your Realityby Warren Sager, The Bloodby DramaShare or The Source of Lifeby DramaShare depending on enrollment. Some doubling of roles may occur.

The advanced theatre students will also be assisting with the General Theatre productions at the Spring Performance.  They will help with stage managing, set changes, costumes and tech.


HOMEWORK:Script memorization, and students and their parents are responsible for providing their own costumes, (with assistance from instructor).

IMPORTANT NOTE: The dates for the Dress Rehearsal and Spring Performance will be announced in the fall. These dates are mandatory and parents will be required to return a signed commitment form to Mrs. Butler prior to casting announcements.



The Vocal Studio
Teacher: Julie Butler

Prerequisites: Must be able to match pitch, enjoy singing and working in a group.

Ages: 13+

Class Size: Minimum of 8 (ideally half boys and half girls). 

Materials fee: $10 used to purchase accompaniment music, sheet music and copies.


Supplies Needed: Three ring notebook, pencil


COURSE DETAILS:   This course is intended to be a fun vocal performance class!  I will teach students how to sing in a small group and build vocal confidence.  I will use various techniques from my many years of vocal training to improve range, pitch, tone and breath control. We will develop your ear to hear and sing various parts of the chords.  We will workshop several songs by popular Christian artists, and you will learn how to listen to each other, and blend and build harmonies, as you grow your vocal gifts for the Lord. Depending on the ability of the group, we may also learn some acapella and gospel selections as well.  We will perform at the Master’s Hand Talent Show in November, and three to four more times at Master’s Hand.


HOMEWORK:Song memorization throughout the year and an essay paper at the end of the year. This paper will describe the impact that one or more of their favorite songs they learned in class had on them musically and spiritually.


Vocal Studio Junior

Teacher: Julie Butler

Ages: 5-12

Materials fee: $15.00 

Class size: 10-25

Tuition: $22.00 per month

Supplies Needed: No outside supplies are needed for this class


COURSE DETAILS: Vocal Studio Junior will encourage children to learn to sing correctly, develop their ear and grow their vocal gifts and talents for the Lord. We will be learning the fun musical Donkey Talesby Kathie Hill and Melody Morris. Through this musical, students will share the stories of Balaam’s donkey, the Good Samaritan, and Jesus riding into Jerusalem. Children will learn about the obedience God requires, the love we can show neighbors and the humility that led Jesus to the cross. Students will also learn rhythmical movement, simple choreography and some basic drama skills for their performances. This is a three-in-one musical and will be performed in three separate segments divided through the year at Master’s Hand and students will perform at the Master’s Hand Talent Show in November. Prepare to have fun and make a joyful noise unto the Lord!


HOMEWORK: Listening to their cd and memorizing songs.


Teacher: Carrie Matthews

Prerequisites: None

Ages: 12-18 (see schedule for age breaks)

Class size: 5-12

Materials fee: $20.00 (Includes handouts and class supplies)

Tuition: $27.00 for all students

Supplies Needed: Students will need to bring their imaginations, a 1-inch 3-ring binder, pens, pencils, paper. OPTIONAL AND ENCOURAGED: Laptop or tablet on workshop days.


COURSE DETAILS: This is a great introductory class for students who want to stretch their imaginations and have fun with writing. We will journal, write from picture prompts, dabble in poetry, craft an illustrated children’s picture book, write several short stories, and reinvent a fairytale. Each week a writing mini lesson and/or editing skills will be taught to provide additional teaching and review.


No creative writing experience is necessary; all basic techniques and easy step-by-step instructions for development and structure will be taught in class. Teacher and peer editing will be offered. Some parent involvement for homework assignments is definitely encouraged (especially for the younger students) but not required.


The class is project based, so your student will end up with a small journal, a few short stories, a poetry book, an illustrated children’s book, a fractured fairytale, and a few other assignments. Homework can be self-published at home on the family printer or homemade, spiral bound by Mrs. Matthews for a small fee of $2.50, or sent out for professional publishing through websites such as lulu.com. Each family chooses their mode of publishing. Choice of publishing will not impact grades.


HOMEWORK: Writing, editing, and illustrating every week of course! If your student doesn’t appreciate his/her own illustrations/artwork, a family member, friend, or computer graphics may assist them. This is not an art class, it is a writing class. NOTE: I encourage the use of Google Docs as a simple and effective way to communicate back and forth with students. A computer or tablet and a g-mail email account, along with parental consent, are necessary. (It is not a problem if the student uses paper and pen as well).