Homeschool Connections
Class Descriptions 2017-2018

Monday, 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
¡Soy Bilingüe!  
FacilitatorDebbie Stoddard
debbie@drstoddard.org
(425) 770-2521
Teacher:  Emily Norton
Age:  8 - 11
Cost:  $40 tuition, 1 of 4 payments;
$25 copy/supply fee per year
Text:  Students need to bring a small box of crayons or colored pencils, pencil, and eraser every week.  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 "¡Soy Bilingüe!," which means "I'm bilingual!"  This is a class for elementary age students who want to learn conversational Spanish.  At the beginning of the year, students will be given a notebook which will be filled throughout the year with bilingual stories, worksheets for numbers, colors, conversation basics, and basic vocabulary exercises, and even some cultural information about life in Central and South America.  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.  Please note that this class is perfect for new comers, those who have already taken the class, AND for those exiting Habla Español from last year.  If your child took Habla Español last year, this will be a great transition to more advanced Spanish words and conversation and will continue cultivating their love of learning languages.  If your child is new to the elementary levels of Spanish classes offered at Connections, there is no problem, they will not be left behind.  The first few weeks will be spent getting all students to the same level before moving on to more advanced words.  Students need to be at an English reading level where they can sound out basic words, as this will greatly help them sound out Spanish words.  Basic reading and writing skills in English are necessary.  Please note that there will be homework, but it is not weekly nor is it a heavy load.  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
FacilitatorDrea Jones
drea@thejonesfam.com
(425) 844-0916
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.
 
Anatomy and Physiology  Starts at 8:30
FacilitatorLaura McIntosh
mcintosh6@comcast.net
(425) 890-8600
Teacher:  Lisa Travis
Age:  14 & up
Prerequisites:  Previous high school level biology and chemistry strongly recommended.
Cost:  $70 tuition, 1 of 4 payments;
$40 copy/supply fee per semester
Cost Details:  Includes lab notebooks, lab equipment, and materials.
Text:  Apologia  Advanced Biology in Creation: The Human Body, 2nd edition
Description: This is a college prep course that provides an advanced study of the human body's 11 organ systems in detail.  The text is taught from a creation based worldview.  If a student completes the entire course, including all of the labs, experiments, and dissections, it is considered an honors course.  Students will be prepared to take the Advanced Placement (AP) or College Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests if desired.  This course provides students with a solid background in anatomy and physiology, preparing them for college level work.
 
Biology  Starts at 8:30
FacilitatorBrenda Zard
we4zards@yahoo.com
(360) 563-5114
Teacher:  Cyd Adler
Age:  14 & up
Prerequisites:  General Science and Physical Science preferred but not required.  Ability to read, write, and comprehend at a 9th grade level.
Cost:  $80 tuition, 1 of 4 payments;
$65 copy/supply fee per year
Cost Details:  Includes bound lab notebooks, dissection specimens, and lab supplies.
Text:  1) Exploring Creation with Biology, by Jay Wile, 2nd edition  ISBN: 1932012575
2) Tests and solutions guide is optional
3) There is an audio version of this text available (optional)
Description: This course emphasizes God's creative design that is so evident in living things.  We will study the science of biology and the classification of living things.  In separate modules we will learn about biochemistry, cells, cellular reproduction, genetics, ecosystems, and creation vs. evolution.  The five major kingdoms are studied individually with one module each for Monera, Protista, and Fungi, four modules devoted to animals and one to plants.  There are many hands-on experiments which will include the use of microscopes and dissections of prepared specimens.  This is an intensive study which will prepare students for college level classes.  Students will be expected to read 20-25 pages of text, complete study guides, tests, and lab notebook entries for each module (chapter).  Two weeks will be allotted to each module.  Class time is spent on lecture, hands-on experiments, testing and videos.  This class fulfills the requirement for a high school lab science.
 
Drama A, Arts Adventure  
FacilitatorNataliya Yevtushenko
ynat31@gmail.com
(425) 773-9950
Teacher:  Marianni Groves
Age:  7 - 9
Cost:  $55 tuition, 1 of 4 payments;
$30 copy/supply fee per semester
Description: This class will tackle the world of storytelling.  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.
 
Intermediate Latin  
FacilitatorBrigit Dixon
brigitdixon@gmail.com
(425) 239-1005
Teacher:  Analiisa Reichlin
Age:  9 - 12
Prerequisites:  Beginning Latin or teacher’s permission.
Cost:  $40 tuition, 1 of 4 payments;
$40 copy/supply fee per year
Text:  1) Latin for Children Primer A, ISBN: 9781600510007
2) Headventure Land online membership (we will order together to receive a significant group discount)
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 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!
 
Math Alive  
FacilitatorRachel Winter
mrsrachelwinter@hotmail.com
(503) 970-0014
Teacher:  Tina Petersen
Age:  5 - 7
Cost:  $40 tuition, 1 of 4 payments;
$30 copy/supply fee per year
Description: 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!  In addition to class time, calendar activities will be included to teach, reinforce, and extend skills.  Monthly home extension activities are offered to complement class lessons but will be entirely optional. 
 
Open Study Hall  
FacilitatorGayle Waggoner
nomadwags@gmail.com
(425) 263-1501
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.  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  
FacilitatorEsther Wright
esther7dancing@gmail.com
(425) 508-6917
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.
 
Monday, 10:10 AM to 11:10 AM
¡Hablo Español!  
FacilitatorKristin Wright
kristin@blindfish.net
(425) 354-8218
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.  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, and some cultural information about life in Central and South America.  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 con’t  Starts at 9:40, Ends at 11:10
FacilitatorDrea Jones
drea@thejonesfam.com
(425) 844-0916
Teacher:  Robin Stangland
Age:  11 & up
Description: See description under 9:00 am classes.
 
Caimans, Canines and Kangaroos (Apologia Zoology 3)  
FacilitatorKelly Derr
kelly.derr@gmail.com
(541) 288-1227
Teacher:  Cyd Adler
Age:  8 - 11
Cost:  $50 tuition, 1 of 4 payments;
$50 copy/supply fee per year
Cost Details:  Includes spiral bound notebooking journal and supplies for experiments.
Text:  Exploring Creation With Zoology 3: Land Animals of the Sixth day, Fulbright, Publisher Apologia Educational Ministriies, ISBN: 978-1932012859
Description: This third book in the Young Explorer zoology series takes students on a safari through jungles, deserts, forests, farms, and even their own backyard to explore, examine and enjoy the enchanting creatures God designed to inhabit the terrain. We will study primates to parasites, kangaroos to caimans, and turtles to terrifying T-Rexs.  Many hands-on experiments and activities keep students learning and engaged.  Homework is parent directed and can take up to 1 - 2 hours per week.
 
Interpretive Literature: Short Stories  
FacilitatorRobin Hjellen
hjellen1@frontier.com
(425) 379-9790
Teacher:  Emily Lorelli
Age:  14 & up
Prerequisites:  Completion of a previous writing course (e.g. Writing Club 1 or 2, Intro Essay, Essay Writing, Research Report, Hero's Journey, or Writer's Workshop) is highly encouraged.
Cost:  $60 tuition, 1 of 4 payments;
$50 copy/supply fee per year
Text:  Stories will be supplied by the teacher.
Description: Reading, discussing, and interpreting wonderful literature is one of life’s joys.  Finding the time to read, discuss, and interpret full novels, when we only meet once a week, is difficult.  However, there are many tremendous short stories to be found – many written by authors whose names we recognize: Hemingway, Twain, Dickens.  In this class, we will focus our interpretive efforts on great short stories.  We will study short story as a particular genre but will employ the same interpretive reading and writing skills used when reading full novels.  By focusing on short stories, we will have the opportunity to read them more than once, to delve deeper in our discussions, and to build our interpretive writing skills.  Since this class fulfills a full English credit, students can expect to have 2-4 hours of homework each week.
 
Open Study Hall  
FacilitatorKate Smith
smithfamilyof5@gmail.com
(206) 801-7123
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.  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  
FacilitatorEsther Wright
esther7dancing@gmail.com
(425) 508-6917
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  
FacilitatorLeah Laramy
leah.laramy@gmail.com
(425) 750-5862
Teacher:  Marianni Groves
Age:  9 - 14
Cost:  $54 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.
 
Sing, Move, and Praise!  
FacilitatorCristy Ibarra
lovingpeopleforchrist@gmail.com
(425) 765-0770
Teacher:  Leslie Schmunk
Age:  7 - 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 in the year: A Christmas concert in December and a Spring concert in May including 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  
FacilitatorLeigh Larsen
finalscore4to1@gmail.com
(425) 280-4268
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 or ISBN: 0-669-46774-X
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 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!
 
Monday, 11:20 AM to 12:20 PM
Adventures Around the World  
FacilitatorKirsti Dodrill
kirsti.dodrill@yahoo.com
(425) 971-9424
Teacher:  Adele George
Age:  8 - 11
Cost:  $50 tuition, 1 of 4 payments;
$25 copy/supply fee per year
Description: Visit a new set of countries across the globe and learn about their unique histories, cultures, and geography!  Students will enjoy this fast-paced class which will introduce them to the world around them.  We'll study a new country every week or two, read a story from that country, locate it on our own map, and follow up with a fun activity about the country.  This class will integrate language arts, geography, map skills, and art.  There will be no outside homework for this class.
 
Art 1  
FacilitatorManesseh Ferrell
manessehsmith@msn.com
(425) 773-3940
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, gesture sketching, faces, drawing from life (still life/classmates), 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 chalk.  Several times throughout the year, I will be having more open-ended classes with a number of different mediums for students to explore, such as paints, pastel, and oil pastel.  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.
 
Beginning Band  Meets both days
FacilitatorLaura Jarrell
laura@laurajarrell.com
(360) 668-8932
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.
 
Beginning Latin  
FacilitatorRebekah Youngers
rebekahyoungers@gmail.com
(425) 221-5545
Teacher:  Analiisa Reichlin
Age:  8 - 11
Cost:  $40 tuition, 1 of 4 payments;
$35 copy/supply fee per year
Text:  1) Latin for Children Primer A, ISBN: 9781600510007
2) Headventure Land online membership (we will order together to receive a significant group discount)
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.” Did you know that 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!
 
High School English Adventure  
FacilitatorShannah Mitchell
wsajmit@gmail.com
(425) 563-7172
Teacher:  Laurie Morrison
Age:  15 & up
Prerequisites:  Willingness to read, study, and do homework assigned.
Cost:  $70 tuition, 1 of 4 payments;
$20 copy/supply fee per year
Text:  1) Writers Inc handbook, Grades 9-12, 2006, ISBN: 978-0-669-52995-1 (softcover) or ISBN: 0-669-52994-x (hardcover).  Please check that publication date is 2006 and that the INC letters on the cover are green NOT orange.
2) Write Source Daily Language Workouts, Grade 11, copies provided by teacher.
3) Things We Couldn't Say by Diet Eman,
ISBN: 0-8028-4747-1
4) Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing, ISBN: 978-0-7867-0621-1
5) Portions from The Kid Who Climbed Everest by Bear Grylls, ISBN: 978-1-59921-252-4
6) Kisses From Katie by Katie J. Davis.  ISBN: 978-1-4516-1209-7
Description: High School English Adventure, a comprehensive course, covers the basic language arts’ goals for students in their high school years and is designed for those who desire to write correctly and respond intelligently to their reading of nonfiction.  Weekly practice in proofreading to find and correct errors and a variety of experiences in reading and writing will be assigned, including personal narratives, responding to literature, essays, and other assignments.  Four hours homework per week makes this a one-credit class.  Students should come prepared to work hard to gain skills.  This class will explore the adventure God has for us in our lives by reading books about those who risked "ruining" their lives by pursuing their dreams.  Vocabulary, grammar, writing, and literature are all covered in this comprehensive English course.
 
Introduction to Essay Writing  
FacilitatorGenny Moltz
moltz.family@yahoo.com
(425) 218-9189
Teacher:  Alice Wescott
Age:  12 & up
Cost:  $50 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.
 
Introduction to Fiber Arts  
FacilitatorCynthia Gillam
cynthia.p.gillam@frontier.com
(425) 379-0584
Teacher:  Lois Meythaler
Age:  12 & up
Cost:  $50 tuition, 1 of 4 payments;
$30 copy/supply fee per year
Cost Details:  Donations of supplies from a stitchery club are keeping the supply fee at a more reasonable rate.  The class will be able to thank them by sharing pictures of their projects.
Text:  1) Small scissors
2) Ruler
3) Embroidery hoop, 5" or 6" diameter, wood or bamboo
Description: Fiber Arts use natural or synthetic fibers to create fine art.  While using hands-on projects to give students opportunity to learn the basic skills of some of the arts, this class will also explore the diversity of fiber arts through history and literature, as well as the variations in different cultures.  The class is designed to have some flexibility of skill levels and may include counted cross stitch, embroidery, appliqué, quilting, crochet, among some of the many options.  The student will learn how to read the instructions or charts of patterns, as well as about the tools and materials commonly used.  The student will also design their own projects.  All projects will be done by hand and will require time outside of class to complete.
 
Mostly Acapella Vocal  
FacilitatorMoira Petris
petris8@outlook.com
(425) 889-0525
Teacher:  Leslie Schmunk
Age:  14 & up
Cost:  $60 tuition, 1 of 4 payments;
$50 copy/supply fee per year
Description: Acapella music is a great way to develop your musical 'ear' and singing skills.  It's challenging and very fun!  This class will focus on learning advanced vocal techniques to expand your vocal flexibility, range, and tonality.  Our music will vary and may include traditional, contemporary, barber shop, and even songs in other languages.  Worship will be a focus, too.  Sometimes we incorporate other instruments and movement.  There may be opportunities for ensemble and solo work depending on the class size from year to year.  You will perform in two recitals per year including a mass choir experience at each recital: A Christmas Worship Concert and a Spring Recital.  Practice time: 3-4 hours per week.  Choir experience and harmony skills are preferred but not necessary.
 
Open Study Hall  
FacilitatorAngela Beegle
chotiius@gmail.com
(425) 820-5677
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.  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  
FacilitatorKristin Wright
kristin@blindfish.net
(425) 354-8218
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.
 
Playroom  
FacilitatorEsther Wright
esther7dancing@gmail.com
(425) 508-6917
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.
 
Monday, 1:05 PM to 2:05 PM
Advanced Jazz Ensemble  
FacilitatorPatrice Welch
dpkwelch@msn.com
(425) 941-1128
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).
 
Algebra 1 - Math U See  
FacilitatorKaren Friend
kfriend@live.com
(206) 355-6257
Teacher:  Marna Marteeny
Age:  14 & up
Prerequisites:  Mastery of basic math facts; working understanding of fractions, decimals, percents, and Pre-Algebra.  Students who haven't taken Pre-Algebra at Connections need to talk to the teacher about placement prior to registering.
Cost:  $64 tuition, 1 of 4 payments;
$25 copy/supply fee per year
Text:  Algebra Student Pack, Math U See
Description: This algebra class is for students who specifically want to use the Math U See curriculum.  There is extra work for people who want to try Honors problems.  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.  Parents are responsible to correct each assignment.  Homework should take about 4 hours per week. 
 
Five in a Row History  
FacilitatorElizabeth Devine-Barnett
elizdbarnett@frontier.com
(206) 913-9615
Teacher:  Lisa Bailey
Age:  6 - 8
Cost:  $50 tuition, 1 of 4 payments;
$25 copy/supply fee per year
Text:  The complete list of books will be emailed over the summer if you would like to purchase them for your family; most can be checked out at the library.
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 geography, writing, art, and science topics.  Every two weeks a well-written and illustrated picture book takes center stage.  Students hear the book read aloud; add information to a time line; learn various literary and artistic techniques; and experience hands-on projects, games, skits and songs.  This class focuses on books about American history.  Some of the titles include: Across the Wide Dark Sea, Paul Revere’s Ride, The Ox-cart Man, Follow the Drinking Gourd, All Those Secrets of the World, and Miss Rumphius.  Students will create a special notebook that will encourage a lifelong interest in reading.
 
Geometry  
FacilitatorAmber Hudson
amberhudsoncpa@gmail.com
(425) 316-0968
Teacher:  Veronica Roetcisoender
Age:  15 & up
Prerequisites:  Algebra 1.
Cost:  $75 tuition, 1 of 4 payments;
$20 copy/supply fee per year
Text:  Holt Geometry, by Dr Edward Burger, 2007, ISBN: 0030358280
-OR-
Holt Geometry Student One Stop (cd version of textbook), ISBN: 0030781183
Description: This class covers all areas of a traditional Geometry course including formal proofs, using a Holt Geometry textbook.  4-5 hours per week outside of class are required to complete homework and tests.  This math track is intended for the college bound student and will encourage independence and personal responsibility.  Online videos and additional student resources for use at home are provided to supplement in-class teaching, and email support is available for both parents and students.  Internet access and a scientific calculator are required.
 
Life Science  
FacilitatorKathy Henrie
kjhenrie@comcast.net
(425) 931-3711
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. 
 
More Great American Artists  
FacilitatorNikki Lee
nikkisantos78@yahoo.com
(240) 529-6264
Teacher:  Adele George
Age:  8 - 11
Cost:  $50 tuition, 1 of 4 payments;
$25 copy/supply fee per year
Description: This class will introduce students to different American artists throughout America's history.  We will study American artists and the techniques they used.  We'll then create our own piece of artwork based on what we've learned from each particular artist.  The class will also touch on what was happening in American history during the lifetime of each artist that may have influenced their work.  Students will learn about the elements and principles of design.  We'll use a variety of mediums including collage, chalk and oil pastel, watercolor, acrylics, tempera, colored-pencil, paper mache, and clay.  Students will learn many facets of artistic expression and grow in their confidence as artists.
 
More Imagine Me  
FacilitatorTina Petersen
imthemum@hotmail.com
(425) 379-0132
Teacher:  Analiisa Reichlin
Age:  3 - 5
Cost:  $40 tuition, 1 of 4 payments;
$30 copy/supply fee per year
Cost Details:  Includes unit crafts and manipulatives such as instruments and/or books that the students receive throughout the year.
Description: In More Imagine Me your child's natural love of storytelling and imaginative play is combined with age-appropriate activities that introduce early musical concepts and foster independence, social and emotional skills, language growth, and self-control.  This year we’ll travel to Australia, hang out in our backyard, visit the zoo and much 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  
FacilitatorAlyson Otto
byfaith.alyson@gmail.com
(814) 933-2561
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.  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.
 
Primary Non-Musical PS  
FacilitatorRandi Hunter
readzoo24@juno.com
(425) 512-1731
Teacher:  Marianni Groves
Age:  9 - 13
Cost:  $54 tuition, 1 of 4 payments;
$48 copy/supply fee per semester
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.
 
Reader’s Workshop  
FacilitatorKari Renkema
karircherry@gmail.com
(425) 478-0235
Teacher:  Emily Lorelli
Age:  14 & up
Cost:  $50 tuition, 1 of 4 payments;
$20 copy/supply fee per year
Text:  It is highly recommended that students purchase the novels we read in class for purposes of annotation.  ISBN numbers will be provided so that everyone has the same edition.  Low-cost paperback editions will be prioritized whenever possible.
Description: Reading and discussing great literature creates better readers, and better readers are better writers.  However, when do we really have the chance to sit down with our peers to discuss great literature?  Reader’s Workshop provides students the opportunity to read and analyze a number of the books high school students “should” read before college.  The class will be organized a lot like a book club with weekly meetings.  Books will be chosen by the class from a teacher selected list taken from "The College Board:  101 Great Books Recommended for College-Bound Readers."  The number of books we read will depend on the length of the books selected (more pages per book, fewer books total). As we read, students will learn strategies for how to be engaged, responsive, and interpretive readers.  Students will develop these skills in weekly reading journals.  Grades will be based on participation in online discussion groups, class discussions, reading journals, and other short writing assignments.  Students should anticipate 2-3 hours of (reading and writing) homework each week.  This class is worth half an English credit.  Full credit option available.
 
Writing Club 2  
FacilitatorMoira Petris
petris8@outlook.com
(425) 889-0525
Teacher:  Laurie Morrison
Age:  10 - 14
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, 2:15 PM to 3:15 PM
Advanced Mixed Media Art  
FacilitatorBeverly Veenstra
mybinfostuff@fastmail.jp
(425) 481-3066
Teacher:  Adele George
Age:  11 - 14
Cost:  $60 tuition, 1 of 4 payments;
$30 copy/supply fee per year
Description: Explore the joy of creating new and original works of art.  This class will emphasize the elements and principles of design through new and engaging art projects.  The class will also touch on artists throughout history, both famous and not so famous.  We'll use a variety of media such as paper, collage, oil and chalk pastels, tempera, acrylics, ink, colored pencil, paper mache, and clay, creating both 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional art.  This is an enjoyable class where students will be able to express their creativity.  All projects will be completed in class.  There are no prerequisites for this class.
 
Chemistry  Ends at 3:45
FacilitatorChris Lynn
chrishome8@gmail.com
(206) 601-5945
Teacher:  Pam Delaney
Age:  15 & up
Prerequisites:  Algebra 1.
Cost:  $100 tuition, 1 of 4 payments;
$30 copy/supply fee per semester
Cost Details:  Includes lab supplies and copy fees.
Text:  1) Discovering Design with Chemistry Textbook ISBN: 978-0-9962784-6-1
2) Scientific calculator (does not need graphing capability)
3) Bound composition book - "quad ruled" (graph paper)
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.
 
High School One Act PS  
FacilitatorLinda Smith
snackssmith@comcast.net
(425) 483-5101
Teacher:  Marianni Groves
Age:  13 & up
Cost:  $58 tuition, 1 of 4 payments;
$50 copy/supply fee per semester
Cost Details:  Production fees may vary based on enrollment as facility rentals are covered by fees.
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.
 
Intermediate Band  Ends at 3:45
FacilitatorHanna Ramilo
ramilhanna@gmail.com
(206) 910-8702
Teacher:  Robin Stangland
Age:  10 & up
Prerequisites:  Beginning Band or 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.
 
Music Makers Around the World  
FacilitatorKaren Jones
jakajones@gmail.com
(714) 948-0477
Teacher:  Leslie Schmunk
Age:  6 - 8
Cost:  $40 tuition, 1 of 4 payments;
$25 copy/supply fee per semester
Description: Children explore the music, dances, and stories of  the British Isles, Germany, and our own Amerindian and African-American musical heritage.  They will learn songs, dances, stories, rituals, and customs of these cultures to help feel and understand others around the world.  They will also be exposed to each musical instrument family during the year.  This developmentally sound approach to music literacy builds symbolic thinking, concentration, memory, and self expression.  The students work with musical patterns while singing, dancing, and playing rhythm instruments.  At the end of each cultural unit, parents are invited to join us for a celebration of that particular culture.
 
Open Study Hall  
FacilitatorAngela Beegle
chotiius@gmail.com
(425) 820-5677
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.  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.
 
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Private Piano Lessons  
Teacher:  Robert Campbell
Cost:  $250 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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