Windsor Classes 2021-2022 -Mondays at Windsor Community Church

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 
 
 
 
Course Descriptions
All Teacher Biographies can be found here.

 

 

ART AND WISDOM JR.

Teacher: Kathy Anderson

Prerequisites:  cut with scissors independently, copy basic shapes and follow step by step visual demo

Ages: 5-8

Class size: 6-14

Materials fee: $30 covers all materials (includes a set of watercolor paints for each student to keep).

Tuition: $25

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 begin the year drawing some fun cartoon animals with basic shapes. Students will also learn about the 6 elements of design and identify those elements in works of art.  We will have lots of fun and develop confidence in drawing and painting!  Drawings will be demonstrated step by step utilizing DVD, videos, and a live camera projector.

 

Each class period we will also discuss some words of wisdom from well known Christians. 

 

Projects will include:

  • Scratch board animals

  • Abstract designs with texture board rubbings

  • Mirror board kaleidoscope images

  • Colored pencil bird or musical instrument drawn on sheet music

  • Tissue paper ice cream cones on canvas board

  • Watercolor and alcohol sunset background

  • Wax resist owl

 

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! 

 

 

ART AND WISDOM

Teacher: Kathy Anderson

Prerequisites: none

Ages: 8+

Class size: 6-14

Materials fee: $30 (includes a set of watercolors for each student to keep). 

Tuition: $25

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

 

COURSE DETAILS:  This year is packed with all new projects!  We will look at the work of Wayne Thiebaud and Andy Warhol and then create overlapping ice cream cones with tissue paper on canvas board.  The elements and principles of design will also be presented, and students will identify those elements in works of art  It will be a year of fun and strengthening drawing and painting skills!

 

Each week we will discuss some words of wisdom from well known Christians.  Some of our art projects will become a background for lettering these quotes.

 

  • “The light that shines farthest, shines brightest nearest home.” – C. T. Studd

  • ‘My feelings are not God.  God is God.  My feelings do not define truth.  God’s word defines truth.” – John Piper

  • “There is no pit so deep, that God’s love is not deeper still.” – Corrie Ten Boom

 

Projects will include:

  • Watercolor cactus in metal embossed bowl

  • Watercolor and alcohol sunset background for lettering one of our quotes

  • Mirror board circular kaleidoscope images

  • Colored pencil bird or musical instrument drawn on vintage sheet music

  • Scratch board animal

  • Wax resist trees

 

A projection camera, DVD or video will be used for step-by-step drawing instruction on most projects. Students may choose to follow along or create their own unique variation of the project. 

 

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! 

 

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

 

THINKING GAMES

Teacher: Kathy Anderson

Prerequisites:  none

Ages: 5-8

Class size: 6-14

Materials fee: $20

Tuition: $25

Supplies Needed: none

 

COURSE DETAILS: Super fun class filled with group games, teamwork and independent activities!  Lessons will encourage critical thinking, visual problem solving, auditory processing, eye-hand coordination, and deductive thinking.  Brain building will be happening while students are laughing and having fun with friends!

 

Games and Activities will include:

  • Geoboard puzzles

  • Pattern Block activities

  • Lollipop Logic and Mind Benders activities

  • Mind Bender Verbal Riddles

  • Guess in 10 Animal Planet Game

  • Mental Blox Game

 

 

ADVENTURES IN CREATION

Teacher: Carrie Matthews

Prerequisites: None

Ages 5-8

Class Size: 4-10

Materials Fee: $30.00 includes all supplies needed for in-class experiments and activities.

Tuition: $30.00

Supplies Needed: Worktext – see link below, small 3-ring binder to build a Science Notebook, a pack of 12 crayons or colored pencils.

 

COURSE DETAILS: By using the curriculum Let’s Talk Science: Adventures in Creation by Master Books, we will explore science from a Biblical worldview and scientifically work our way through the days of Creation. Each lesson includes Bible-inspired stories, a memory verse, coloring sheets, and handwriting/
tracing practice. Sample topics we will discuss are light, weather, earth and ocean layers, plants, the solar system, birds, sea creatures, animal habitats, the five senses, and mankind. Class time will focus on experiments and other hands-on activities, occasional crafts, and interactive notebook pages.

 

To thoroughly check out the curriculum, visit the Master Books website. Please order the worktext in time for the first class: https://www.masterbooks.com/homeschool-curriculum/grade-level/2nd-grade/adventures-in-creation-level-1

 

HOMEWORK: For your convenience, weekly emails will be sent with suggested homework.

 

 

STEM/MAKERSPACE     FULL

Teacher: Carrie Matthews

Ages: 8-12

Class Size: 4-12

Materials fees: $25.00 includes supplies needed for engineering challenges

Tuition: $30.00

Supplies Needed: Occasional recycled materials may be required

 

COURSE DETAILS: This class is a fun, proven, and popular hands-on course for boys and girls that will ignite creativity and includes engineering challenges, brain-building games, and critical thinking puzzles to decipher. Each week, activities will stretch imaginations and have individuals and groups think outside the box to solve, build, and create (engineer).

 

Sample makerspace challenges include designing a popcorn container, making a bubble solution and bubble wands, creating a mini golf course and hex bug maze, racing balloon-powered bottle cars, and building a trampoline. Materials as simple as toothpicks, Keva planks, index cards, paper towel tubes, copy paper and card stock, straws, craft sticks, bouncy balls, pool noodles, dominoes, Legos, and foam board can be turned into chain reactions, floating or rescue devices, towers, catapults, and marble runs.

 

Brain-building games and puzzles are interspersed with engineering activities to give students a well-rounded course with many avenues to use and grow their critical thinking skills.

HOMEWORK: For your convenience, homework emails will be sent out each week. Some weeks there will not be any homework and other weeks puzzles or engineering projects may need to be worked on or completed.

 

 

 

 

EXPLORING GOVERNMENT

Teacher: Carrie Matthews

Prerequisites: None

Ages: 13+

Class size: 4-15

Materials fee: $30.00 and includes two workbooks that I will order for each student

Tuition: $35.00

Supplies Needed: Textbook, folder, pens or pencils.

 

COURSE DETAILS: By using Ray Notgrass’s Exploring Government, students will have everything they need for their required high school government requirements. Sample teaching units include different government types, the three branches of government, state and local governments, how a bill becomes law, voting laws, the Constitution, the federal budget, and the issues facing government today such as immigration, healthcare, and the economy.

 

PLEASE NOTE: This is a one-semester curriculum for a 0.5 credit taught at a slower pace for thorough understanding. Two added projects and a separate Constitutional Literacy test and US Citizenship Test will be given. Prager U, Crash Course, and Ted Ed videos and my own PowerPoint presentations will be used for reinforcement during class lectures. Conservative-leaning politics from a Christian point of view will be discussed.

 

Text: Exploring Government, by Ray Notgrass. Grading for this course is based on weekly quizzes, cumulative exams, and 2 projects. Please order the Exploring Government TEXTBOOKS ONLY, the workbooks will be included in your materials fee and I will order them for you. To order or preview the materials, check the Notgrass website: https://history.notgrass.com/exploring-government-curriculum-package/.

 

HOMEWORK: For your convenience, a weekly e-mail reminder will be sent out. Expect homework every week and unit quizzes.

 

 

 

HIGH SCHOOL WRITING ESSENTIALS

Teacher: Carrie Matthews

Prerequisites: None

Ages: 13+

Class size: 4-12

Materials fee: $30 includes copies and classroom supplies needed for assignments

Tuition: $35.00

Supplies Needed: Composition book for journaling, access to a computer

 

COURSE DETAILS: Whether you are a prolific writer or have never had a formal writing class before, this class will help you with the basics of formal writing. We will explore three major types of required high school writing: business writing, academic writing, and creative writing all in one class. Example assignments include paragraph a week/journaling, a product review, a book review, business letters, e-mail etiquette, slide and poster presentations, two 5-paragraph essays (persuasive, descriptive), two research papers (missionary biography and a social issue of choice), two short stories (one historical fiction and one a genre of choice), and song writing.

 

PLEASE NOTE: Students must have access to a computer, Google Docs, and a G-mail email account (sharing with a parent account is OK).  All work is expected to be typed. All editing/grading of assignments will be through Google Docs.

 

HOMEWORK: For your convenience, weekly homework reminders will be sent out. Homework will be expected every week for this class.

 

 

INTRO TO CHEMISTRY   FULL

Teacher: Jessica Bobbs

Prerequisites: None

Ages: 9 – 12

Class size: 8 – 15

Materials fee: $40.00 (includes copies and experiment supplies)

Tuition: $30

Supplies Needed: Pens/pencils, coloring utensils, apron/old shirt kept in their backpack to use as needed (optional, but we might get messy), occasionally students might be asked to bring various trash/recyclable items from home. Parents may be asked to volunteer in the classroom from time to time.  

 

COURSE DETAILS: It is going to be a very fun, active, and exciting year in my science class! We will be learning all about basic chemistry! Not to worry though, there will be no toxic chemicals, and we will be taking all safety precautions by using goggles and gloves where necessary. Your students will become experts on the Scientific Method while performing various experiments using Alka-Selzer, making Floam, Elephant Toothpaste, Bouncing Polymer Balls, the famous Mentos Fountain, and Black Snakes, like the kind you might find on 4th of July! When doing these experiments, we will be discussing the how’s and why’s of what’s happening in each experiment, and recording our observations. If there is time left in the year, we’ll even do experiments using various types of candy! I know, SWEET, right?!

 

HOMEWORK: Homework may be given, but only in the event it wasn’t finished during class time. Occasionally, emails may be sent home to ask for certain household or recycled products.

 

 

 

AMAZING CULTURES

Teacher: Jessica Bobbs

Prerequisites: None

Ages: 9 – 12

Class size: 8 – 15

Materials fee: $40.00 (includes copies and activity supplies)

Tuition: $30

Supplies Needed: Pens/pencils, coloring utensils, apron/old shirt kept in their backpack to use as needed (optional, but we might get messy), occasionally students might be asked to bring various trash/recyclable items from home. Parents may be asked to volunteer in the classroom from time to time.  

 

COURSE DETAILS: Students will “tour” through different countries learning about the culture, weather, geography, schooling, social customs, language, etc. During their travels, students will keep a Travel Journal” that will document all they’ve learned during their visit. At the conclusion of each country, students will learn a game from that country, and complete a project related to that country. A few countries we might visit are Ghana, where we will make an Adinkra cloth; Hong Kong (which is not technically a country), where we will learn Chinese writing and make a Bamboo Strip (ancient Chinese form of writing books), Bangladesh, where we will make an Alpana, and a few others during our year together!

 

HOMEWORK: Homework may be given, but only in the event it wasn’t finished during class time. Occasionally, emails may be sent home to ask for certain household or recycled products.

 

 

PUBLIC SPEAKING

Teacher:  Jackson Rhoads

Prerequisites:  None

Ages: 13-18

Class size: 6-13

Materials Fee:  20.00 (covers classroom supplies, handouts etc.)

Tuition:  35.00

Supplies Needed: Notebook and writing utensils, 3x5 cards.  Assignments to be done by hand or on a computer.

    

COURSE DETAILS:  This is a high school level speech class designed to enable students to be comfortable speaking in front of a group.  The focus of this class is to make certain that students not only have the tools they need to create a proper speech, but are at ease in front of the crowd.  We will cover multiple types of speeches, including informative, persuasive, demonstrative, and impromptu.  Students will learn how to compile information for a speech, and put it together in a manner that makes sense on stage.  The focus will be on the student’s delivery on stage.  The speech delivery skills students will learn in this class will enable them to be confident in their own public speaking ability for future careers or college.   

HOMEWORK:  This class will require a decent amount of homework, around two hours per week.  Students will be delivering a speech about every two weeks.  Preparation and practice will be necessary for these speeches.  There will also be other smaller homework assignments assigned, one per speech.  These will be less than a page in length.  

 

 

 

VOCAL STUDIO JUNIOR

Teacher: Julie Magalong

Prerequisites: None

Ages: 5-12

Class size: 10-25

Materials fee: $45 (Choral Book, CDs, Official Fish Tales t-shirt and Props/Costumes)

Tuition: $25

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 Fish Tales by Kathie Hill and Melody Morris! These are stories that are ”supernatural, completely factual and actually occurred.” Why? Because these Fish Tales come from God’s Word! Through this musical, students will share the story of how the fish symbol identified early believers, and how Jesus fed five thousand people a supernatural supper of real fish and bread. A special emphasis of this tale is the thanksgiving that Jesus expressed to His heavenly Father and his encouragement for us to be thankful…even for fish sandwiches! Then in the Fish Tale “Good Fish for Easter Day”, kids find out what was so “good” about Good Friday and continues to after the resurrection when Jesus ate fish and proved He was alive.  Children will really “get their hooks” into the story of the Resurrection with this exciting Fish Tale! In the story of Jesus’ call to the fishermen, “Many Fish for Fishers of Men” kids learn about the Great Commission and how God multiplies our efforts when we share the gospel.

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. Prepare to have fun and make a joyful noise unto the Lord! Students will each receive a Fish Tales t-shirt to wear for all performances.

 

HOMEWORK:  Listening to their cd and memorizing songs and movements.

 

 

 

VOCAL STUDIO

Teacher: Julie Magalong

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

Ages: 13+

Class size: Minimum of 5.

Materials fee: $15 (covers music, downloads/CDs and copies).

Tuition: $30

Supplies Needed: Folder with pockets to hold music copies, pencil

 

COURSE DETAILS: This course is intended to be a fun vocal technique workshop class!  I will use various techniques from my many years of vocal training to improve range, pitch, tone and breath control. I will create a non-threatening environment to allow students to build confidence as they work through songs that will best suit their voices.   Students will have individual instruction on solos that we choose together and receive constructive and helpful feedback. We will workshop several songs by popular Christian artists, and students will learn how to listen to each other, and blend and build harmonies, as they grow their vocal gifts for the Lord. Depending on the ability of the group, we may also learn some acapella and gospel selections as well.  While this isn’t a performance class, I hope that students can perform a few times over the year depending on their ability.

 

HOMEWORK:  Song memorization throughout the year, and vocal practice at home. Students will write 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 and how they grew as a vocalist.

 

 

 

GENERAL THEATRE   FULL

Teacher: Julie Magalong

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

Ages: 8+

Class size: 10-23

Materials fee: $25 (covers scripts, copies, licensing/royalties, props/sets, venue).

Tuition: $25

Supplies Needed: Three ring notebook, pencil with eraser, 2 different colors of highlighters.

 

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: Where is My Lord by DramaShare, The Complete History of the Old Testament in Twenty Minutes by Tom S. Long, Angels in the Outfield by DramaShare or Eyewitnesses: The Story of a Promise Kept by Carrie Varnell.  An alternate play will be chosen 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 (which is different from Advanced Theatre) in previous years are welcome to enroll as well as new students.

 

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

IMPORTANT NOTE: The dates for the Dress Rehearsal and Spring Performance will be announced as soon as possible. These dates are mandatory, and parents will be required to return a signed commitment form to Mrs. Magalong prior to casting announcements.

 

 

 

EXERCISE YOUR BRAIN     12:30 FULL

Teacher: Arnold Jakobsen 

Age: Check the schedule for age breaks. 

Materials fee: $20.00

Class size: 8 min. 15 max.

Tuition: 8-12 yrs. $25 pr. month / 13-18 yrs. $30 pr. month. 

SUPPLIES NEEDED:T-shirt, sports pants/long shorts, and tennis shoes. No tights, yoga pants, or v-neck tee shirts. No sandals or boots

 

COURSE DETAILS: Think part P.E. and part whole-brain training and problem solving. The brain and the body’s ability to move is miraculous!

 

Classes start with various forms of juggling and ambidexterity challenges. Then the students will be given brain and body challenges. Body weight movements, balance challenges and calisthenics are put into games and puzzles that challenge the student to work physically as they problem solve and cooperate with their classmates. Its really fun and they will hardly know they are getting some exercise.

 

So many lessons can be learned when we are challenged mentally and physically. Our children should be equipped and inspired to embrace these challenges. Each week will have a different emphasis. Perseverance, working hard, finishing well, building others up, being gracious in victory and defeat, overcoming obstacles, being joyful and being a good leader are just a few.

 

 

 

 

  

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