Quarter 3 Morning Session
Wild Child: How Does Your Garden Grow, Pt. 2
Everyone will get their hands dirty as we plant and grow in the community garden. Relevant topics will be taught each week as we help our garden grow. In this course, we will discover what differentiates the different types of plants. (Part 1 is not a prerequisite for Part 2.)
P.E.: Beast Mode
Team Chimera and Team Griffin will face off each week in a series of competitions designed to encourage teamwork, cooperation, and perseverance. No challenge can be completed alone - students must work together to achieve their goal and enter BEAST MODE!
Global Trek: Odyssey to Africa & Australia
Third quarter will take us deep into the heart of Africa and far out to the Outback. Odyssey to Africa & Australia will feature the intriguing and often unexplored cultures of these two remarkable continents. We'll highlight different countries each week as we study the following topics: Geography and Topography, History, World Religions, Celebrations, Music, and Food.Special guests and student presentations will combine with fun hands-on and group activities to create a memorable social studies experience.
Earth, Wind & Fire: Chemistry
Elements, Atoms, and Molecules, Oh my! Starting with the basic units of matter, students will gain an understanding of how the world works, at a molecular level. What happens when we start combining elements? Amazing things! Safe (but, exciting) experiments will highlight the crazy things that can happen when atoms collide. This class will strongly emphasize the scientific method and encourage students to create their own experiments.
*This is the same class as 2nd quarter, if you missed it last quarter, sign up!
Life Skills: Do-It-Yourself
Quarter 3 of Life skills will focus on pracitcal home skills. Students will complete a project or activity each class that will prepare them for the future (and hopefully make them more useful around the house.) Topics will include using common tools, preparing food, first aid, and more. In this class, students will learn to do it yourself!
Express Yourself: Architecture as Art
Is architecture an art? Anyone who has stared up at the Eiffel Tower or crossed the Golden Gate Bridge would say it is. In this course, we will examine iconic pieces of architecture and try our hand at building some grand creations of our own. Towers, Bridges, Arches, and more will be featured each week for our students to build in cooperative exercises.
Quarter 3 Afternoon Session
Brain Power: STEM Challenge
STEM Team Challenge is an exciting blend of STEM activities and team builders. Communication is key, and none of these activities can be completed alone! Our students will plan and implement solutions to proposed problems each week.
American Sign Language: Recreation
What does it look like outside? What would you like to play? Want to have a picnic? Let’s learn lots foods and drinks! Students will learn words for nature, animals, weather, food, drinks and games. They will learn to put their new vocabulary into sentences and also to ask questions. Each week new vocabulary will be covered, while reinforcing what they have learned during this quarter. Your child will learn over 70 new signs over the course of 6 classes. No writing or reading required.
Earth, Wind & Fire: Geology & Fossils
The earth holds many secrets, and this class is going to dig deep to reveal them. Students will get the dirt on plate tectonics, earthquakes and volcanoes through hands-on experimentation. Then we will use the same procedures as real scientists, to learn what it really takes to be a paleontologist or geologist as we examine real fossils and rocks!
This class will be taught with a secular worldview.
In Your Own Words: Say It Out Loud
"All speaking is public speaking, whether it's to one person or a thousand." -Roger Love. In this course, students will have the opportunity to present various speeches to the class. The art of listening, as well as presenting will be emphasized to ensure that all students are able to practice in a safe atmosphere. Special Guest, Jeff Elliot, will answer questions and share his experiences as a radio host and voice over actor.
No writing and reading skills required.
Express Yourself: Art Appreciation
In this course, students will learn about 6 Master Artists. Students will study the artist, observe their artwork and replicate a famous piece. Artists will cover a variety of genres, from Andy Warhol to Vincent Van Gogh!
Spanish: Mi Ropa, My Clothes
It's raining, get your coat. It's hot, put on shorts. Students will learn the words for clothes and when they wear them in quarter 3. They will learn the verbs "to put on" and "to use."
Quarter 4 Morning Session
Wild Child: Nature Knights, Protecting the Planet
Our final Wild Child course will focus on ways we can protect our environment. We will address how plants and animals are impacted by the human footprint, as well as ways kids can make a difference. This will be an opportunity to use hands-on exploration to discover problems our Mother Earth may be experiencing. We will incorporate fun activities, group games, projects, and experiments to help us respectfully observe and reflect on how important our planet is to human life to help our students understand why Protecting our Environment is so vital.
P.E.: Beast Mode
Two teams will face off each week in a series of competitions designed to encourage teamwork, cooperation, and perseverance. No challenge can be completed alone - students must work together to achieve their goal and enter BEAST MODE!
The Great Debaters Club, Jr.
In our junior series of The Great Debaters Club, students will have an opportunity to focus on their critical thinking skills and confident communication. Each week, we will engage in spirited and fair discussions, while focusing on different elements for crafting an effective argument. We will examine language, research and citing sources, respect for opposing viewpoints, speech, and in this fast-paced and engaging course.
Life Skills: Community Champions
It is never too early to start teaching our children about community involvement and how one little voice can make a difference! Through our 6-week course, we will work together as a group to select a community service project and work through the problem(s), solutions, and implementation to make an improvement in our community. Small children can have big voices and this will be a really awesome opportunity for them to learn how to make their voices heard.
Global Trek: Expedition to the Americas
After spending the first three quarters traveling abroad, we will finally bring it home in Expedition to the Americas. Each week, we will examine different elements of North, South, and Central American culture. Expedition to the Americas will be an exciting new opportunity to look at our own culture through new lenses and examine how the American continents are alike and different.
Brain Power: Engineering
Simple Machines make the world go 'round. Find out how! Our final course will focus on engineering and simple machines. Each class we'll discover a new simple machine, and how it is used, both historically and in modern times.
Quarter 4 Afternoon Session
Brain Power: Economics, It's Elementary
What is an economy? What is money? Is money unlimited? We will explore these questions and more in our Economics, It’s Elementary course. Over the 6 weeks, we’ll cover the basics of finance and economics to help our students respect money and build a foundation to manage it responsibly in the future. As dry and important as this sounds, it will actually be fun and important! We’ll use games and activities to turn economics into something our kids actually want to understand!
In Your Own Words: Pencraft
Put your pen to paper! In the last quarter of this series, students will learn to brainstorm, write a short story, and write various types of poetry. They will also write letters, address envelopes and study grammar, writing techniques, and more. This class will be interactive and group-based, encouraging students to work together to create written masterpieces. Games will be used to reinforce learning and creativity.
Earth, Wind & Fire: Oceanography
Here in SWFL the ocean is part of our daily life, but what do we really know about it? Our final science exploration is going to take our kids into the deep blue and give them an opportunity to understand and appreciate the ocean they think they know. Over six weeks, we are going to learn how to use SONAR to map the ocean floor, spend a day in the life of a ship voyager, use hands-on experiments to understand ocean water salinity and movement, examine the myth and reality of awesome ocean legends, and compare and contrast oceans around the world. This class will be a super fun and hands-on science experience.
Express Yourself: Improv
During these 6 weeks, we will learn to express our imaginations through props, mime, emotion and voice. Awesome games will be played to stretch our minds, think creatively, and learn to see things in a whole new way. We will even be having a class on Accents! This class is sure to be a favorite for all the drama kings and queens out there. There will be a one-kid-show performance on the last day of class for each performer to showcase all they have learned. No writing or reading required.
Express Yourself: Crafts Around the World
Arts and crafts lovers, gather round! Come learn to craft around the world. Each week we will discuss a continent, study a map and do a craft or two from each continent, except Antarctica (No disrespect to Antarctica, but there are only 6 weeks in the quarter and 7 continents.)
Spanish ¿Que hora es? What time is it?
At 12 o'clock, we eat lunch. To wrap up this series, we'll learn lots of "doing" words, as we go through the day and talk about what we do. We'll also review our numbers and colors, and learn some new verbs and food words.