Homeschool Connections
Class Descriptions 2018-2019

Monday, 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
¡Hablo Español!  
Teacher:  Emily Norton
Age:  5 - 7
Cost:  $40 tuition, 1 of 4 payments;
$25 copy/supply fee per year
Text:  Students will need to bring a small box of crayons or colored pencils, pencil, and eraser every week. They are also responsible for bringing their notebook to class every week. (This notebook will be provided the first day of class.)  If there should be a special item needed for a specific project, parents will be notified with plenty of time and it will not be an expensive item (for example: a white tee shirt, dollar store toy, a yard of fabric).
Description: ¡Hola, Amigos!  Welcome to "¡Hablo Español!" which means "I speak Spanish!"  This class is an interactive beginner’s Spanish class, perfect for new comers AND for those returning from last year's Hablo Español class.  At the beginning of the year, students will be given a notebook which will be filled throughout the year with bilingual stories, basic vocabulary exercises, fun interactive songs, scripture to memorize, and some cultural information about life in Central and South America. This year we will be adding in a bilingual gratitude journal as part of our weekly activities. Around the holidays, we will look at how different countries celebrate, learn about folkloric dances and music, and even have special guests throughout the year that will come in their traditional outfits representing their home country.  I am looking forward to sharing my bilingual life and multicultural world with your child this upcoming school year!
 
Advanced Band  Starts at 9:40, Ends at 11:10
Teacher:  Robin Stangland
Age:  11 & up
Prerequisites:  Teacher’s permission and audition if you are new to this class.
Cost:  $72 tuition, 1 of 4 payments;
$10 copy/supply fee per semester
Cost Details:  Parents play for free.
Text:  TBA
Description: Advanced Band is a concert band for students who have played for 3+ years.  If you are new to Advanced Band you must complete an audition and receive the teacher's permission to join.  We will be playing high school level music.  We will have two concerts per year and one band festival in the Spring.  Attendance is required at all performances.  Students are expected to practice 20-30 minutes a day, 5 times a week.  Sheet music will be on loan to the student and must be turned in when done.  If you have any questions, email Robin at stangla@comcast.net.
 
Chemistry  Starts at 8:30
Teacher:  Pam Delaney
Age:  15 & up
Prerequisites:  Completion of Algebra 1 with a grade of B or better.
Cost:  $100 tuition, 1 of 4 payments;
$30 copy/supply fee per semester
Cost Details:  Includes lab supplies.
Text:  1) Discovering Design with Chemistry Textbook ISBN: 978-0-9962784-6-1
2) Scientific calculator (does not need graphing capability)
3) Safety goggles/glasses for use at home only (goggles for use in class with be provided by instructor)
Description: This is a creation-based high school chemistry course.  The course will cover units and measurement, significant figures, classification of matter, atoms and elements, atomic structure, Lewis structures, the mole concept, stoichiometry, solutions, the gas laws, acids and bases, redox reactions, thermochemistry, thermodynamics, kinetics, and equilibrium.  It will include lecture, in-class demos, in-class lab time, and take home labs.  Students would need to expect 5 hours of homework per week.  Grades will be based on in-class participation, completion of homework assignments, and performance on tests and quizzes.  This course is designed to prepare high school students for higher level science courses.
 
Creative Lettering  
Teacher:  Laura Jarrell
Age:  12 & up
Cost:  $65 tuition, 1 of 4 payments;
$40 copy/supply fee per semester
Description: The words we think, speak, and give are so important, and it all goes back to the importance of God’s Word and His promises to us. Deuteronomy Chapter 6 tells us to surround ourselves with the truth of God’s Word, incorporating it into every aspect of our daily lives, “so that you may enjoy long life,” and “so that it may go well with you.” Creative lettering will help us do just that in a beautiful and artistic way! With an emphasis on Scripture, along with words from Christian authors and other positive sayings, students will learn and practice lettering skills which will be applied to in-class projects such as framable quotes, gifts, notes, decor, and more. To begin the year, students will learn a traditional calligraphy alphabet in order to gain a good understanding of the anatomy of letterforms before we break the rules and jump into the modern creative lettering movement so popular today. Added to the mix will be creative artwork and drawings/doodles with watercolor, colored pencil, and pen & ink. Tossed in for good measure will be a look back in history at illuminated manuscripts and other examples of early lettering and related art forms. Students will be introduced to a variety of alphabets and techniques throughout the year and will use a variety of pens and other media. Students willing to do additional practice at home will get the most out of this class (even 10 minutes a day will do wonders!), and some projects may need to be started in class and finished at home due to the patient nature of careful lettering.
 
Intermediate Latin  
Teacher:  Analiisa Reichlin
Age:  9 - 12
Prerequisites:  Beginning Latin or teacher’s permission.
Cost:  $50 tuition, 1 of 4 payments;
$40 copy/supply fee per year
Text:  Latin for Children Primer A, ISBN: 978-1-60051-000-7
Description: This year, we’ll continue the Latin journey we started in Beginning Latin.  We’ll build a solid foundation of both English and Latin grammar, vocabulary, derivatives, and translation.  By the end of the year, students will have learned over 250 Latin words plus all of their endings.  Students will also develop literary and cultural appreciation for the Romans through fascinating stories and projects like Roman sword fighting and shield making.  Both a student-designed Roman gladius and shield will be given as part of the class materials.  As well, the arts will continue to be integrated into the classroom to augment the growth of neural pathways in the brain so that learning is more cohesive and permanent!
 
Mathletics  
Teacher:  Tina Petersen
Age:  7 - 9
Cost:  $40 tuition, 1 of 4 payments;
$30 copy/supply fee per year
Description: Becoming a great athlete takes dedication, hard work, and lots of training. This math class trains math muscles and equips mathletes for success. Class time includes GAMES to promote thinking skills, and HANDS ON ACTIVITIES to see relationships and patterns.  Mathletes will create INTERACTIVE NOTEBOOKS for personal training and understanding. Topics covered include number sense, geometry, measurement, statistics, probability, patterns and functions, algebra and logic. Mathletics is intended to make learning mathematics enjoyable and possible for each student to become a champion mathlete. Homework is optional but math muscles grow stronger when they exercise everyday.   
 
New Testament Survey  
Teacher:  Lisa Travis
Age:  14 & up
Cost:  $60 tuition, 1 of 4 payments;
$30 copy/supply fee per year
Cost Details:  Includes various reading supplements.
Text:  Bible. Teacher using NIV, but other translations are fine.
Description: God's Word is living and active. God's Word is fascinating. God's Word is transformative. This class will cover the New Testament from the Gospels to Revelation. We will study historical context, background, and themes in each book, as well as larger themes throughout. My goal is that students will not only gain Biblical knowledge, but also heart knowledge of how it applies to their lives. There will be 1 - 2 hours of homework per week outside of class including reading of all 27 books, some Scripture memory and journaling,  I love God's Word because it is simple enough for a child to understand, but deep enough we will never stop learning!
 
Open Study Hall  
Teacher:  No Teacher
Age:  6 & up
Description: This is the only study hall available on Mondays.  If a student is not enrolled in a class, they need to be in this room, in the playroom, or in their car with their parent.  This study hall can only be used during or between your family’s classes.  It can NOT be used before your family's first class or after your family's last class.  Study hall students ages six and seven must have an adult, who is directly responsible for them, in the room with them at all times.  If the playroom is closed, the age limit is lifted and adult supervision is required for ages seven and under.  While this room does not provide a quiet atmosphere for studying, there are designated tables labeled “Study Tables” intended for students who desire to work.  The other portion of the room is provided for visiting, games, or group activities.  Behavior and volume should reflect an appropriate indoor level, honoring both parents and fellow students.  Food and beverages are allowed.  Quiet studying is available at the “Quiet Study Tables” directly outside the study hall room or may be done in your car with parental supervision.  Students at the quiet study tables must be signed into the study hall.
 
Playroom  
Teacher:  Playroom Coordinator
Age:  0 - 7
Cost:  $20 copy/supply fee per year
Cost Details:  One fee for the entire family covers all hours.
Description: The playroom is designed to give toddlers to seven-year-olds a safe environment to play while their siblings attend classes.  On a rotating basis, parents will supervise, bring activities, or provide snacks.  The activities rotate to add variety to the hours and should be simple in order to appeal to the wide age span.  Snacks are served during the 2nd and 5th hours.  All participating parents must complete Washington State Patrol forms, which will remain confidential.
 
Primary Musical Production PS  
Teacher:  Marianni Groves
Age:  9 - 14
Cost:  $58 tuition, 1 of 4 payments;
$35 copy/supply fee per year
Cost Details:  Plus a $150-180 Production Fee determined by number of actors enrolled and demands of the show.
Description: Connections' Drama Performance Series is a student-centered experience focused on working together to hone basic acting skills, create characters, cultivate creativity, and improve confidence, all while experiencing the vital art of collaboration.  Primary Musical Production will also introduce the educational elements of choreography, proper singing technique, and an introduction to harmony work.  This high-energy class will act as a springboard for students who know they love the theater!  Throughout the year, we will focus on becoming an ensemble through dynamic and challenging games and exercises.  Simultaneously, we will work with a script, rehearse our play, and perform it for our friends, family, and community!  Expectations: mandatory memorization, regular attendance, 1-1.5 hours a week outside of class.  Participation in all performances is required.  Performance dates yet to be determined sometime during March - May.  Parents will be asked to provide five to ten hours of production work throughout the year in costumes, props, makeup, ticket work, house management, etc.  Audio/video recording or photography of rehearsal or performances may occur and be publicly posted.
 
Monday, 10:10 AM to 11:10 AM
Advanced Band con’t  Starts at 9:40, Ends at 11:10
Teacher:  Robin Stangland
Age:  11 & up
Description: See description under 9:00 am classes.
 
Art 1  
Teacher:  Marie Kuiper
Age:  10 - 12
Cost:  $50 tuition, 1 of 4 payments;
$25 copy/supply fee per semester
Description: This class is designed as an introduction to art for children aged 10-12.  The main focus of the class will be drawing, which is the foundation skill for art.  The students need not have any prior art or drawing experience.  Students will be keeping a sketchbook throughout the year in which they will practice drawing recommended subjects in between classes.  In class, students will be learning line, shape, perspective, proportion, value (shading), composition, faces, and how to observe.  We will be drawing animals, people, scenes, and objects such as shells and toys.  We will regularly be using pencils, markers (including permanent ones!), charcoal, and paint.  Art is messy; even on days where we are just drawing in charcoal; there is a definite potential for stains.  Play clothes or an old shirt to wear over their clothes is recommended.
 
Drama Adventure  
Teacher:  Marianni Groves
Age:  6 - 9
Cost:  $58 tuition, 1 of 4 payments;
$30 copy/supply fee per semester
Description: This class will tackle the world of story telling.  We will use different themes  under whose umbrella we will explore the vast world of storytelling and adventure through drama, art, team work, and music.  The curriculum of this class is adjusted to meet the needs of the students currently enrolled.  Topics explored and skills taught vary from year to year. Audio/video recording or photography of rehearsal or performances may occur and be publicly posted.
 
Fun with Literature  
Teacher:  Adele George
Age:  8 - 11
Cost:  $50 tuition, 1 of 4 payments;
$25 copy/supply fee per year
Text:  TBA
Description: A love for language arts will be encouraged when children are exposed to wonderful literature and stories.  This class will introduce students to new and excellent literature.  We'll use interesting and age-appropriate picture and chapter books.  Some examples of literature that we've enjoyed in the past are Farmer Boy, The Door in the Wall, The Sign of the Beaver, Because of Winn Dixie, Charlotte's Web, and many more. Stories are read at a manageable pace and are followed up with enrichment activities that will encourage students, regardless of reading level, to love literature and reading.  Activities will include games, puzzles, art, class discussion, and hands-on projects. This class will explore different types of literature and at the same time reinforce language arts skills. 
 
Introduction to Essay Writing  
Teacher:  Alice Wescott
Age:  12 & up
Cost:  $55 tuition, 1 of 4 payments;
$25 copy/supply fee per year
Description: This class will prepare the student to be successful in high school writing.  Thus, it will cover a variety of topics, all of which will prepare the student for Essay Writing, Report Writing, and the type of writing necessary to be successful in high school content subjects.  Parent involvement is encouraged as it greatly increases student success.  This class will require about one hour of outside work each week.
 
Middle School Study Skills  
Teacher:  Kate Smith
Age:  11 - 13
Cost:  $50 tuition, 1 of 4 payments;
$20 copy/supply fee per year
Text:  Order here http://www.middleschoolguide.com for:
1) The Middle School Student's Guide to Study Skills Workbook
2)The Middle School Student's Guide to Ruling the World Workbook
Description: Our students have so many amazing learning opportunities before them, which often ends up being a mixture of home learning, online learning, and co-op learning!  The only downside in all of this is how to organize it all and learn to manage time and materials effectively.  As students head towards high school, now is the time to focus in on the specific skills that will help them have success in all their learning endeavors.  This class will help students identify their learning styles, learn how to take notes from lectures and reading, how to approach tests, how to organize their materials, how to balance technology, how to plan and use time effectively, and how to set goals (and more!). We will do lots of practicing in class.  
 
Modern Literature  
Teacher:  Jennifer Sam Hunter
Age:  15 & up
Cost:  $60 tuition, 1 of 4 payments;
$25 copy/supply fee per year
Text:  See description. Final book list to be distributed in June.
Description: This class will look at the classics of Modern Literature (not contemporary literature!). We will study the novels, poetry, and drama of the Modern era (with brief looks at the early Modern and Postmodern periods) in Europe and America (c. 1890-1960), within the context of the history and worldview of the times. We will also learn and review basic literary analysis. This is a discussion-focused class, with weekly reading and questions designed to prepare students for lively and insightful class discussions. My goal is to help students enjoy the artistry in these works of literature as well as wrestle with some of the difficult topics they present within a safe and Biblically-centered environment.  In addition to weekly homework, students will produce longer writing assignments and projects during the year. One full high school English credit. Possible titles: The Great Gatsby, Lord of the Flies, Animal Farm, The Metamorphosis, Poetry and Short Stories, The Glass Menagerie, The Old Man and the Sea, The Pearl, The Crucible, To Kill a Mockingbird, Fahrenheit 451, Siddhartha, Citizen of the Galaxy, Till We Have Faces.
 
More Math Alive  
Teacher:  Tina Petersen
Age:  4 - 6
Cost:  $40 tuition, 1 of 4 payments;
$30 copy/supply fee per year
Description: More Math Alive is a multi-sensory math class that gives young children hands-on experiences and engaging activities in a wide variety of contexts to construct knowledge.  Topics include sorting, measuring, graphing, addition, subtraction, money, story problems, and more.  The subjects of science, health, language arts, music and art interact with math to make it come ALIVE! Monthly home extension activities are offered to complement class lessons but will be entirely optional. 
 
Open Study Hall  
Teacher:  No Teacher
Age:  6 & up
Description: This is the only study hall available on Mondays.  If a student is not enrolled in a class, they need to be in this room, in the playroom, or in their car with their parent.  This study hall can only be used during or between your family’s classes.  It can NOT be used before your family's first class or after your family's last class.  Study hall students ages six and seven must have an adult, who is directly responsible for them, in the room with them at all times.  If the playroom is closed, the age limit is lifted and adult supervision is required for ages seven and under.  While this room does not provide a quiet atmosphere for studying, there are designated tables labeled “Study Tables” intended for students who desire to work.  The other portion of the room is provided for visiting, games, or group activities.  Behavior and volume should reflect an appropriate indoor level, honoring both parents and fellow students.  Food and beverages are allowed.  Quiet studying is available at the “Quiet Study Tables” directly outside the study hall room or may be done in your car with parental supervision.  Students at the quiet study tables must be signed into the study hall.
 
Playroom  
Teacher:  Playroom Coordinator
Age:  0 - 7
Cost:  $20 copy/supply fee per year
Cost Details:  One fee for the entire family covers all hours.
Description: The playroom is designed to give toddlers to seven-year-olds a safe environment to play while their siblings attend classes.  On a rotating basis, parents will supervise, bring activities, or provide snacks.  The activities rotate to add variety to the hours and should be simple in order to appeal to the wide age span.  Snacks are served during the 2nd and 5th hours.  All participating parents must complete Washington State Patrol forms, which will remain confidential.
 
Spanish 1B  
Teacher:  Emily Norton
Age:  14 & up
Prerequisites:  Spanish 1A or the teachers permission.
Cost:  $58 tuition, 1 of 4 payments;
$20 copy/supply fee per year
Text:  1) Spanish is Fun Book 1, by Heywood Wald, 5th edition, soft bound, ISBN: 9781634199285
2) Spanish is Fun Book 1, Cuaderno de ejercicios, 5th edition  ISBN: 9781531106331
Description: ¡Hola Amigos! Welcome to Spanish 1B. I am looking forward to sharing my bilingual life and multicultural world with your student this upcoming school year. We will continue to study vocabulary and grammar and work on bettering conversation skills. This class will cover the possessive and demonstrative adjectives, prepositions, numbers to 1,000, stem-changing verbs, irregular verbs, irregular verbs and the preterit tense. We’ll use games, quizzes, scripture memorization, and special projects throughout the year to make learning fun. Around the holidays, we will look at how different countries celebrate, learn about folkloric dances and music, and even have special guests throughout the year that will come in their traditional outfits representing their home country. One of the highlights of the year is writing to our international pen pals, and if possible, we will even Skype and Facetime with some of them. This class is the second half of Spanish 1. When you complete this class, you will have finished the first year of high school Spanish. There are 3 -4 hours of homework per week.
 
Monday, 11:20 AM to 12:20 PM
Art 2  
Teacher:  Marie Kuiper
Age:  11 - 13
Prerequisites:  Art 1.  Students may be granted permission if they can demonstrate adequate prior drawing experience.
Cost:  $50 tuition, 1 of 4 payments;
$25 copy/supply fee per semester
Description: Art 2 is a class for students who have already taken Art 1 (or those students granted an exception), and will be a more advanced study of some of the fundamental concepts taught in Art 1. These will include form, proportion, shading, objects drawn from life, and composition.  Participants will also be learning 2 point perspective, colored pencil, basic color theory, pen and ink, and how to draw people.  We will be using acrylic paint, watercolor pencils, marker, pens, and pencils.  Students will be keeping a sketchbook throughout the year in which they will practice drawing recommended subjects between classes. Art is messy, even on days where we are just drawing in charcoal.  Play clothes or an old shirt to wear over their clothes is recommended.
 
Beginning Band  Meets both days
Teacher:  Robin Stangland
Age:  10 & up
Cost:  $72 tuition, 1 of 4 payments;
$10 copy/supply fee per semester
Cost Details:  Parents play for free.
Text:  TBA
Description: The goal of Beginning Band is to teach a band instrument to someone who may or may not have had any prior musical experience.  The student may begin on flute, clarinet, trumpet, or trombone.  Later in the year they may switch to other instruments of the band such as saxophone, percussion, horn, etc.  The teacher will demonstrate all of the instruments the first day of class and will check lips, hands, and teeth to make sure they choose an instrument they can be successful playing.  You will also be given information on renting or buying an instrument.  Please do not choose an instrument until after the first class meeting.  We will have two concerts per year and possibly a band festival in March.  Attendance is required at all performances.  Class meets twice a week until January, then we will have sectionals every other week, so you may not need to come both days each week.  Students are expected to practice 20-30 minutes a day, 5 times a week.  Sheet music will be on loan to the student and must be turned in when done.  Students from Intermediate, Advanced, and Wind Ensemble who want to learn a second instrument will be put on a waiting list for Beginning Band until September, then if there is still room in the class they will be able to join.  If you are playing a second instrument, have already played in band a year, and you obtain Robin’s approval, you only have to come to band on Monday.  If you have any questions, email Robin at stangla@comcast.net.
 
Essay Writing  
Teacher:  Alice Wescott
Age:  13 & up
Prerequisites:  Introduction to Essay Writing is recommended but not required.
Cost:  $60 tuition, 1 of 4 payments;
$25 copy/supply fee per year
Description: This class will focus on the writing skills necessary to be successful in high school and college.  First semester, the basic components of essays will be taught.  Second semester, we will study specific types of essays: compare/contrast essays, persuasive essays, writing critiques, and other types of essays.  This class will meet the requirements for one-half to one English credit, which will be determined by the parent teacher.  There will be 1½ to 2 hours of homework each week.  Past students regularly contact me to say that this class was one of the best classes they took for preparing them for college writing.
 
Great Artists  
Teacher:  Adele George
Age:  8 - 11
Cost:  $50 tuition, 1 of 4 payments;
$25 copy/supply fee per year
Description: Come and experience the joy of creating works of art!  Students will learn about famous artists throughout history and their different artistic styles.  We'll view some prints of famous artwork and create new works of art based on what we've learned. Projects will focus on student's interests and will exercise their artistic skills.  Students will  create original, fun and lasting works of art.  We'll use a variety of mediums such as collage, oil and chalk pastels, tempera, acrylics, colored pencil, watercolor, and clay.  Students will learn many facets of art expression, gaining confidence in their own growth as artists.
 
Imagine Me  
Teacher:  Analiisa Reichlin
Age:  3 - 5
Cost:  $50 tuition, 1 of 4 payments;
$25 copy/supply fee per year
Description: In Imagine Me, your child's natural love of storytelling and imaginative play is combined with age-appropriate activities that introduce musical concepts and foster independence, social and emotional skills, language growth, and self-control.  This year we'll travel to the farm, take a trip into the city and write our own opera, vacation at the beach and more!  Musical activities and the creative arts are integrated with vocal development, movement and literature to capture your child's potential to learn, and encourage cognitive and literacy skills, creativity and individuality.  Imagine Me...dancing, singing, acting, crafting, exploring and learning!
 
Open Study Hall  
Teacher:  No Teacher
Description: This is the only study hall available on Mondays.  If a student is not enrolled in a class, they need to be in this room, in the playroom, or in their car with their parent.  This study hall can only be used during or between your family’s classes.  It can NOT be used before your family's first class or after your family's last class.  Study hall students ages six and seven must have an adult, who is directly responsible for them, in the room with them at all times.  If the playroom is closed, the age limit is lifted and adult supervision is required for ages seven and under.  While this room does not provide a quiet atmosphere for studying, there are designated tables labeled “Study Tables” intended for students who desire to work.  The other portion of the room is provided for visiting, games, or group activities.  Behavior and volume should reflect an appropriate indoor level, honoring both parents and fellow students.  Food and beverages are allowed.  Quiet studying is available at the “Quiet Study Tables” directly outside the study hall room or may be done in your car with parental supervision.  Students at the quiet study tables must be signed into the study hall.
 
PE  
Teacher:  Pam Delaney
Age:  5 - 7
Cost:  $40 tuition, 1 of 4 payments;
$25 copy/supply fee per year
Description: This class is designed with the goals that the students have fun while getting exercise and developing basic athletic skills.  We will play a variety of sports, activities, and games in class.  This is a combination indoor/outdoor class; when weather permits, we will be outside.  Students should wear tennis shoes, comfortable clothes, have a jacket when it is cool, and bring a water bottle.  There will be no homework.  Parents may be requested to help on a rotating basis.
 
Photography  
Teacher:  Rebecca Calvo
Age:  14 & up
Cost:  $70 tuition, 1 of 4 payments;
$35 copy/supply fee per year
Description: This class will cover the basic functions of digital cameras, including DSLRs and point and shoots.  Students will gain confidence in their ability to handle their cameras, moving from the auto mode into the more specific program modes.  The emphasis of this class will be to use a creative approach to capturing images, allowing the students to find their own "voice" while understanding the basic elements of photography:  aperture, shutter, and ISO.  Students will need a basic digital camera, a laptop with wireless internet capability, and a working knowledge of their computer.  The student will also be using a photo editing program on their laptop and will receive help deciding on that program during class.  As a class, we will focus on encouraging developing a personal style and standards, working individually and as a team, giving and receiving constructive criticism, learning to catalog and organize photos, and producing an actual print.  Students will build their own portfolios and display their work twice during the school year.  They will be expected to use their cameras, edit, upload, and print their photos in class as well as at home. 
 
Pre Calculus - Math U See  Ends at 12:30
Teacher:  Marna Marteeny
Age:  16 & up
Prerequisites:  Algebra 2.
Cost:  $78 tuition, 1 of 4 payments;
$30 copy/supply fee per year
Text:  1) Pre-Calculus Universal Pack, Math U See
2) TI-84 calculator required
Description: Traditional Pre Calculus taught with Math U See, an excellent program developed in the homeschool  environment.  Topics include Trigonometry, identities, polar equations, logarithms, sequences, series, limits, and more to prepare for Calculus.  Optional Honors lessons are available to people who want a more challenging Pre-Calculus experience.  Algebra II concepts are reviewed weekly.   Homework should take 5 - 6 hours a week.
 
Puppetry Manipulation  
Teacher:  Lena Garcia
Age:  7 - 11
Cost:  $40 tuition, 1 of 4 payments;
$50 copy/supply fee per year
Cost Details:  Includes fabric, eyes, foam, yarn/hair, and felt for creating their character.
Description: The Puppetry Manipulation class will be focused on puppeteering, storytelling, and working as a team to create skits.  This will be achieved by decorating pre-made puppets to create different characters and then writing the scripts.  Puppetry isn’t just about having fun – your students will practice their reading and writing as they create scripts and begin to understand what makes great literature as they learn about storytelling.  The class will have 2-3 different "shows" that we will open to the families for performances.  Students will be encouraged to gather materials for their character from goodwill or at home if they have a specific idea and don't see something from the available materials.  Students will create a character that will be placed on a professional puppet for use during class.  At the end of the year students will transfer their character to a hand puppet to take home.  Please let me know if you have any questions!
 
Spanish 1A  
Teacher:  Emily Norton
Age:  13 & up
Cost:  $58 tuition, 1 of 4 payments;
$20 copy/supply fee per year
Text:  1) Spanish is Fun Book 1, by Heywood Wald, 5th edition, soft bound, ISBN: 9781634199285
2) Spanish is Fun Book 1, Cuaderno de ejercicios, 5th edition  ISBN: 9781531106331
Description: ¡Hola, Amigos! Welcome to Spanish 1A. I am looking forward to sharing my bilingual life and multicultural world with your student this upcoming school year. Vocabulary, grammar, and conversation will be our emphasis this year. We’ll also cover telling time, numbers, dates, definite and indefinite articles, adjectives, the three types of regular Spanish verbs (-AR, -ER, IR) and irregular verbs. We’ll use games, quizzes, scripture memorization, and special projects throughout the year to make leaning fun. This class covers the first semester of High School Spanish. Most students take this class for high school credit so all students must be prepared to keep up. The textbook covers the first year of Spanish. Students will use this textbook in Spanish 1A and 1B. There are 2-3 hours of homework per week. Around the holidays, we will look at how different countries celebrate, learn about folkloric dances and music, and even have special guests throughout the year that will come in their traditional outfits representing their home country. One of the highlights of the year is writing to our international pen pals, and if possible we will even Skype and Facetime with some of them.
 
Writing Club 2  
Teacher:  Laurie Morrison
Age:  11 - 13
Prerequisites:  Successful completion of Writing Club 1 or teacher’s permission.
Cost:  $50 tuition, 1 of 4 payments;
$20 copy/supply fee per year
Text:  1) Write Source 2000, find used, ISBN: 0-669-46773-1 or ISBN: 0-669-46774-X
2) Pocket dictionary and thesaurus
Description: This second-in-a-series writing skills class will continue developing the style and structure curriculum used in the Excellence in Writing program, teaching students how to write paragraphs which are varied in sentence beginnings, vocabulary, phrases, and clauses.  A variety of five-paragraph writing projects are assigned, including a process essay, a family history interview report, a research report, a narrative, and two five-paragraph critiques.  Parent involvement greatly increases student success.  Weekly homework assigned.
 
Monday, 1:05 PM to 2:05 PM
Advanced Jazz Ensemble  
Teacher:  Kevin Hall
Age:  11 & up
Prerequisites:  Intermediate homeschool jazz band last year and/or audition.
Cost:  $70 tuition, 1 of 4 payments;
$40 copy/supply fee per year
Description: Advanced Jazz Ensemble is for instrumentalists who want to perform and learn about jazz at a higher level.  The ensemble combines more advanced musicians for a unique learning experience, while emphasizing big band, swing, and contemporary jazz music.  A minimum of three performances are scheduled.  Regular, individual practice is expected and private lessons are suggested.  Instrumentation is as follows: 2-4: piano/guitar/bass/drum set, 2-5 trumpets, 2-5 trombones, 2-6 saxes.  Students must be able to read music and commit to the entire year (September – May).
 
Beginning Latin  
Teacher:  Analiisa Reichlin
Age:  8 - 11
Cost:  $50 tuition, 1 of 4 payments;
$35 copy/supply fee per year
Text:  Latin for Children Primer A, Version 4.0 or later, ISBN: 978-1-60051-000-7
Description: Influential author and academic Dorothy Sayers said, “The best grounding for education is the Latin grammar. I say this not because Latin is traditional and medieval, but simply because even a rudimentary knowledge of Latin cuts down the labor and pains of learning almost any other subject by at least 50 percent.” Almost 60 percent of all English words are derived from Latin.  Studies of elementary students who have taken Latin show a significant advancement in world knowledge, reading, grammar, spelling, science, and social studies. Young children's brains are ripe for learning a language, and studying Latin has the added benefit of increasing English vocabulary and improving the understanding and usage of English grammar, all while learning to read, write, speak, and translate sentences in Latin.  Students will also develop literary and cultural appreciation for the Romans and connect how the Romans still influence the world today through projects like mosaic tile making, creating a Latin version of Clue, and performing plays in Latin.  As well, the arts will be integrated into the classroom to promote the growth of neural pathways in the brain so that the learning is more cohesive and permanent!
 
Five in a Row Animals  
Teacher:  Lisa Bailey
Age:  5 - 7
Cost:  $50 tuition, 1 of 4 payments;
$25 copy/supply fee per year
Text:  The book list will be emailed to the parents over the summer.
Description: In this class students explore exceptional children’s literature through the popular “Five in a Row” curriculum. A unit study approach includes investigation into science, geography, writing, and art topics.  Every two weeks a well-written and illustrated picture book takes center stage. Students hear the book read aloud and experience hands-on projects, poetry, games, and songs. They enjoy creating a special binder to encourage a life-long love of reading and learning. A weekly handwriting page is homework that they love and look forward to. This year our books focus on animals and their characteristics.  Some of the titles include: Night of the Moonjellies, The Salamander Room, The Bee Tree, Three Names, Owl Moon, and Make Way for Ducklings.
 
High School Health  
Teacher:  Lisa Travis
Age:  14 & up
Cost:  $60 tuition, 1 of 4 payments;
$30 copy/supply fee per year
Cost Details:  Includes various books and articles.
Text:  Total Health, Choices for a Winning Lifestyle, by Susan Boe
Description: The subject of health will be approached holistically covering all aspects of healthy living from a Biblical perspective.  This includes a unit on physical health which covers an overview of the human body and all its systems, nutrition, exercise, and discussion of disease.  A unit on mental/emotional health will cover subjects such as stress, anxiety and self-care.  A unit on social/relational health, which is a strong influence in the high school years, will include how to have healthy relationships with friends, parents, and romantic interests.  A unit on spiritual health will focus on the most important relationship of all...the one with Jesus.  It will include spiritual growth, spiritual disciplines, biblical worldview, and exploring a vision for your life.  Students should expect up to 2-3 hours of homework per week.  This class will not only teach health facts, but challenge high school students in many real life issues through discussions and interactive activities.
 
Open Study Hall  
Teacher:  No Teacher
Age:  6 & up
Description: This is the only study hall available on Mondays.  If a student is not enrolled in a class, they need to be in this room, in the playroom, or in their car with their parent.  This study hall can only be used during or between your family’s classes.  It can NOT be used before your family's first class or after your family's last class.  Study hall students ages six and seven must have an adult, who is directly responsible for them, in the room with them at all times.  If the playroom is closed, the age limit is lifted and adult supervision is required for ages seven and under.  While this room does not provide a quiet atmosphere for studying, there are designated tables labeled “Study Tables” intended for students who desire to work.  The other portion of the room is provided for visiting, games, or group activities.  Behavior and volume should reflect an appropriate indoor level, honoring both parents and fellow students.  Food and beverages are allowed.  Quiet studying is available at the “Quiet Study Tables” directly outside the study hall room or may be done in your car with parental supervision.  Students at the quiet study tables must be signed into the study hall.
 
Playroom  
Teacher:  Playroom Coordinator
Age:  0 - 7
Cost:  $20 copy/supply fee per year
Cost Details:  One fee for the entire family covers all hours.
Description: The playroom is designed to give toddlers to seven-year-olds a safe environment to play while their siblings attend classes.  On a rotating basis, parents will supervise, bring activities, or provide snacks.  The activities rotate to add variety to the hours and should be simple in order to appeal to the wide age span.  Snacks are served during the 2nd and 5th hours.  All participating parents must complete Washington State Patrol forms, which will remain confidential.
 
Pre-Algebra - Math U See  
Teacher:  Marna Marteeny
Age:  13 & up
Prerequisites:  Must know math facts, times table facts, fractions, and decimals.
Cost:  $68 tuition, 1 of 4 payments;
$30 copy/supply fee per year
Text:  Math U See, Pre-Algebra Student Pack
Description: Using both a visual and traditional approach to Pre-Algebra, students will be able to understand practical applications of math formulas.  Class will consist of reviewing difficult chapter/test problems, introducing the new material for the week, practice sample homework problems, and at the end of class, introducing honors problems.  We will develop strategies for approaching all types of word problems fearlessly!  Math U See is an excellent program developed for homeschoolers that works well within the Connections’ experience to support parents.  Students in my classes love to learn math! Summer work should include reviewing the Multiplication Tables to the point of facility and a good review of fractions.  
 
Primary Non-Musical PS  
Teacher:  Marianni Groves
Age:  9 - 13
Cost:  $58 tuition, 1 of 4 payments;
$35 copy/supply fee per year
Cost Details:  Plus a $80-$150 Production Fee determined by number of actors enrolled and demands of the show.
Description: Connections' Drama Performance Series is a student-centered experience focused on working together to hone basic acting skills, create characters, cultivate creativity, and improve confidence, all while experiencing the vital art of collaboration.  This high-energy class will act as a springboard for students who know they love the theater!  Throughout the year, we will focus on becoming an ensemble through dynamic and challenging games and exercises.  Simultaneously, we will work with a script, rehearse our play, and perform it for our friends, family, and community!  Expectations: mandatory memorization, regular attendance, 1-1.5 hours a week outside of class.  Participation in all performances is required.  Performance dates yet to be determined sometime during March - May.  Parents will be asked to provide five to ten hours of production work throughout the year in costumes, props, makeup, ticket work, house management, etc. Audio/video recording or photography of rehearsal or performances may occur and be publicly posted.
 
Science Stories  
Teacher:  Sharon Duguay
Age:  7 - 9
Cost:  $40 tuition, 1 of 4 payments;
$25 copy/supply fee per year
Description: We see science in action all around us: but do we really see? This class, Science Stories, will help students to understand the science behind things they see in everyday life.   Each class time will be spent sharing a science story from an observation, experience, or a book. Students will engage in a variety of activities that introduce science skills and vocabulary to foster greater awareness of things around us.  A portion of each class period will be spent doing an activity or craft related to the topic of the day. 
 
Sing, Move, and Praise!  
Teacher:  Leslie Schmunk
Age:  8 - 11
Cost:  $50 tuition, 1 of 4 payments;
$50 copy/supply fee per year
Description: Sing, dance, play musical instruments, and praise the Lord!  We will perform twice during the year: A Christmas concert in December and a Spring concert in May which will include worship music as well as music from various genres and from around the world.  We will work  on harmony skills, performance techniques, music theory and music appreciation.
 
Writing Club 1  
Teacher:  Laurie Morrison
Age:  10 - 12
Cost:  $50 tuition, 1 of 4 payments;
$20 copy/supply fee per year
Text:  1) Write Source 2000, find used, ISBN: 0-669-46773-1 (hardcover) or ISBN: 0-669-46774-X (soft-cover)
2) Pocket dictionary and thesaurus
Description: This writing skills class will introduce the student to writing keyword outlines and then transforming that outline into the writing of a paragraph.  Style elements that make the writing more varied and interesting will be modeled and taught.  Writing materials from the Excellence in Writing program by Andrew Pudewa will be provided and used.  Basic punctuation, grammar, and proofreading practice are included in this class.  A three-paragraph report will be an assignment during the second semester, as well as writing new stories from old fables and from pictures.  Parent involvement is essential for greatly increasing student success.  Weekly homework assigned of about 1-2 hours, with the goal of keeping writing fun!  It works!
 
Yearbook  Starts at 12:55
Teacher:  Rebecca Calvo
Age:  14 & up
Prerequisites:  Working knowledge and understanding of the basic functions of laptop computers.
Cost:  $70 tuition, 1 of 4 payments;
$35 copy/supply fee per year
Cost Details:  Includes yearbook staff hoodie.
Description: The Connections’ Yearbook is student-developed, with parental involvement, using a yearbook publisher and web based design service.  A wireless enabled laptop is required for each student for in-class instruction.  Homework during the week can be done on any internet enabled computer from home.  The students will plan, photograph, and layout the entire Connections’ Yearbook.  They will receive instruction in layout and design, web-based publishing, and digital photography techniques.  Having a digital camera available for use and experience in using one is a plus.  Approximately 2-5 hours of outside classroom time per week will be needed to photograph classes and activities, conduct interviews, and complete online projects, which will require students be self-motivated and able to work independently.  Additional training or work-parties outside of class may be necessary and scheduled, especially as we approach deadlines.  Emphases will be placed on learning to work as a team, setting goals, working with and learning about budgets, time management and task completion, and finally producing and marketing the yearbook.  Fundraising will be a required part of this class.  Students will be expected to secure advertisements and participate in any other class-determined fundraisers.  Students will receive grades based on attendance, fund-raising participation, quality of work produced, and deadlines met.  Students and parents must sign a contract making a strong commitment to remain in the class for the entire year and participate in the success of the yearbook, anticipated by all of Connections.  Having fun in this class will be mandatory, as well as the eating of chocolate.  Email the teacher (rebeccacalvo.yearbook@gmail.com) to discuss this class further.
 
Monday, 2:15 PM to 3:15 PM
High School English  
Teacher:  Laurie Morrison
Age:  15 & up
Cost:  $70 tuition, 1 of 4 payments;
$20 copy/supply fee per year
Cost Details:  Includes Daily Language Workouts book, level 9 with answer sheets.
Text:  1) Writers Inc 2006; by Patrick Sebranek, Dave Kemper, and Verne Meyer; ISBN: 066952994X (hardcover) or ISBN: 0669529958 (softcover)
Purchase books with exact reference numbers to assure we are all on the same page number in class:
2) The Children's Homer, by Padraic Colum, ISBN: 978-0689868832
3) A Christmas Carol: Dover Thrift Edition, by Charles Dickens, ISBN: 978-0-486-26865-1
4) To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, ISBN: 978-0446310789
5) Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury, ISBN: 978-1451673319
Description: This comprehensive one-credit English class will cover writing, grammar, vocabulary, and literature.  A variety of writing skills will be taught including process, expository, literary analysis, and persuasive essay format, and the writing of a short story.  Terms of literary analysis will also be studied.  Proofreading of common mistakes in sentences and paragraphs will be covered in weekly practice and quizzes.
 
High School One Act PS  
Teacher:  Marianni Groves
Age:  13 & up
Cost:  $58 tuition, 1 of 4 payments;
$35 copy/supply fee per semester
Cost Details:  Plus a $80-$150 Production Fee determined by number of actors enrolled and demands of the show.
Description: This is a new and exciting class focused on those students who want to take on material in a more intimate environment.  HS One Act is a class for those high school students who are ready to apply themselves in the world of theater.  This is a class where high school students can still participate in drama but not at the same level of commitment required for the full high school drama production.  We will audition at the beginning of the year.  Using the text as our tool, we will explore what is means to be honest, to listen, to create character, and to risk.  Topics covered will include ensemble theater, giving and taking as actors, improvisation, subtext, and more.  This class will perform a challenging piece of theater at the end of the year.  Expectations: mandatory memorization, regular attendance, 1-1.5 hours a week outside of class.  Participation in all performances is required.  Performance dates yet to be determined sometime during March - May.  Parents will be asked to provide five to ten hours of production work throughout the year in costumes, props, makeup, ticket work, house management, etc. Audio/video recording or photography of rehearsal or performances may occur and be publicly posted.
 
Intermediate Band  Ends at 3:45
Teacher:  Robin Stangland
Age:  10 & up
Prerequisites:  Beginning Band and teacher’s permission.
Cost:  $72 tuition, 1 of 4 payments;
$10 copy/supply fee per semester
Cost Details:  Parents play for free.
Text:  TBA
Description: Intermediate Band is geared toward instrumentalists who have played their instrument one to three years and have finished any band method book.  Students must be able to read music.  This is a concert band, which includes all traditional woodwind, brass, and percussion instruments.  There are no strings, guitar, or piano.  We will have two concerts per year and one band festival in March.  Attendance is required at all performances.  Students are expected to practice 20-30 minutes a day, 5 times a week.  Sheet music will be on loan to the student and must be turned in when done.  If you have any questions, email Robin at stangla@comcast.net.
 
Life Science  
Teacher:  Pam Delaney
Age:  11 - 13
Cost:  $60 tuition, 1 of 4 payments;
$25 copy/supply fee per semester
Text:  Science: Order and Design, by A Beka Book (2012), ISBN: 11550903
Description: This is a creation-based life science course designed to prepare middle school students for high school science.  We will study scientific method, plants, microscopy, classification, animals, the human body, insects, and principles of physical science.  Class lab time will include work with microscopes, dissections, and more.  Students should expect two hours per week of homework with both reading assignments and science activities.  Science should be fun, easy to understand, and interesting.  By the end of the year, the teacher hopes the students will be amazed with God’s creation and will feel capable of and interested in tackling more advanced science coursework. 
 
Music Makers at Home  
Teacher:  Leslie Schmunk
Age:  6 - 8
Cost:  $50 tuition, 1 of 4 payments;
$60 copy/supply fee per year
Description: In Music Makers: At Home in the World¸ your child will be engaged in activities that establish a solid music-making foundation. This year focuses on your child’s fascination with nature and develops a love of instruments. Your child will be introduced to the sounds of orchestral instruments individually, and then in the context of an ensemble. Such a listening foundation will lead to long-term success with music reading in future classes. This learning program includes singing, creative as well as structured movement, playing instruments and ensemble work, ear training and guided listening. This developmentally sound approach to music literacy builds symbolic thinking, concentration, memory, and self expression. The children start to work with written musical patterns, too.
 
Open Study Hall  
Teacher:  No Teacher
Age:  6 & up
Description: This is the only study hall available on Mondays.  If a student is not enrolled in a class, they need to be in this room, in the playroom, or in their car with their parent.  This study hall can only be used during or between your family’s classes.  It can NOT be used before your family's first class or after your family's last class.  Study hall students ages six and seven must have an adult, who is directly responsible for them, in the room with them at all times.  If the playroom is closed, the age limit is lifted and adult supervision is required for ages seven and under.  While this room does not provide a quiet atmosphere for studying, there are designated tables labeled “Study Tables” intended for students who desire to work.  The other portion of the room is provided for visiting, games, or group activities.  Behavior and volume should reflect an appropriate indoor level, honoring both parents and fellow students.  Food and beverages are allowed.  Quiet studying is available at the “Quiet Study Tables” directly outside the study hall room or may be done in your car with parental supervision.  Students at the quiet study tables must be signed into the study hall.
 
Playroom  
Teacher:  Playroom Coordinator
Age:  0 - 7
Cost:  $20 copy/supply fee per year
Cost Details:  One fee for the entire family covers all hours.
Description: The playroom is designed to give toddlers to seven-year-olds a safe environment to play while their siblings attend classes.  On a rotating basis, parents will supervise, bring activities, or provide snacks.  The activities rotate to add variety to the hours and should be simple in order to appeal to the wide age span.  Snacks are served during the 2nd and 5th hours.  All participating parents must complete Washington State Patrol forms, which will remain confidential.
 
Science Investigations  
Teacher:  Sharon Duguay
Age:  9 - 11
Cost:  $50 tuition, 1 of 4 payments;
$30 copy/supply fee per year
Description: Students will learn the basics of science through the eyes of a researcher.  In this class they will learn basic science skills, vocabulary, and how to use the scientific method.  They will learn scientific concepts as they perform investigations in the fields of zoology, botany, ornithology, ichthyology, entomology, oceanography, geology, meteorology, ecology, chemistry, acoustics, physics, and more.  (That’s animals, plants, birds, fish, bugs, the ocean, the earth, weather, the environment, chemical reactions, sound, electricity, and magnetism.)  Methods will include activities that will challenge students to use all of their senses to investigate these scientific fields.  Students will also learn basic note taking and how to record scientific information.
 
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Private Piano Lessons  
Teacher:  Robert Campbell
Cost:  $260 tuition, 1 of 4 payments;
$20 copy/supply fee per year
Cost Details:  Tuition covers eight, 30 minute lessons; longer lessons may be available for an additional cost.  The supply fee is for the spring recital.
Text:  Any required music books are to be purchased by the student or parents of the student.  In concerns to any music and materials used, all applicable copyright laws will be followed by students and the instructor.
Description: Robert Campbell’s desire is to make piano lessons fun and meaningful for all his students.  Beginning through advanced students are invited to take lessons with Robert.  For a free consultation, please see Robert on Monday or Wednesday or call him (425-273-5657) to schedule an appointment.  Most lessons are 30 minutes.  If this is the only Connections’ lesson/class you sign up for, you will need to register with Homeschool Connections by submitting a Registration Contract and paying the registration fee.
 
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