Quarter 3 Morning Session
Wild Child: The Science of Climate Change
The Science of Climate Change is a hands-on course written by Blair H. Lee, and during Quarter 3, we will be exploring the second, and final, part of the series. We will begin by examining the phrase Climate Change, and move into the history of weather, calculating averages, data and observation, evidence, adaptation of species or extinction, and finally what can be done to help. In an engaging group setting, we’ll work on answering the question: Why does Climate Change matter?
An understanding of the information presented in Part 1 will be a prerequisite for this course. For those students who did not attend Part 1, or would like a refresher, supplemental materials, such as videos, will be provided prior to the start of class.
Brain Power: Economics for Geniuses
What is an economy? What are taxes? How do we create a budget? We will explore these questions and more in our Economics for Geniuses 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 everyone actually wants to understand!
Global Trek: World Religions
Get ready for a journey around the world and into the heart of the five primary global religions: Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, and Judaism. We will begin our exploration by discussing the First Amendment, and from there, develop a list of questions and discussion topics for our weekly presenters. Each week, we will explore a different religion, examining the god or gods, where it’s found in the world, history, basic tenants, and ceremonies. We will also discuss how each of these religions differ and how they are similar. Expect a thought-provoking and dynamic experience every week!
Quarter 3 Afternoon Session
Express Yourself: Intro to Film
Everyone has a story to tell. Together we'll explore the art of film, the people who make them, and the impact it has on our society. Then we'll dive right into the practical side of film, learning the basic process of film creation and making our very own class production!
The Great Debaters Club
By popular demand, The Great Debaters Club is back! In Quarter 3, we will be continuing to hone our oracy skills through spirited and fun debates. During Week 1, we will jump right into team activities, so vocabulary and concepts from the previous class, such as the definition and reason for debate, will be provided ahead of time for new students. This is an exciting and fast-paced class where the students select the topics and prepare their own arguments. We will reinforce research and how to develop a strong argument. Roll up your sleeves and come prepared to jump into spirited and fair debate!
*Please bring index cards.
Global Trek: Greek Mythology - Yia Yia Tales
Take an odyssey into Greek mythology as we explore the oral traditions, myths and tales from Hellenic Greece. From the wars of the Titans and the tales that ancient citizens of the first united Greece clung to in order to explain the natural world to the hero's journey and a boat ride down River Styx, this class is certain to be an EPIC!
Quarter 4 Morning Session
Brain Power: Let's Put on Our Thinking Caps
Spontaneous problem-solving in a fun, creative, and imaginative atmosphere - that's what our students will experience in this Odyssey of the Mind style experience. Students will practice divergent thinking skills with hands-on challenges each week. Every challenge has many possible outcomes, which allows students to discuss their end results, encouraging original ideas and creativity. These team exercises give your student the opportunity to work together and communicate, just as they would, down the road, in the workplace.
In Your Own Words: Book Club
Esperanza Rising is an award-winning novel set during the Great Depression, about a Mexican girl's immigration to California. "Pam Munoz Ryan eloquently portrays the Mexican workers' plight in this abundant and passionate novel that gives voice to those who have historically been denied one." (Scholastic)
Our Book Club will dig deep into the history, symbolism, characters and author of this novel. Each week, we'll discuss chapters read (required homework) and study a different facet of the novel. For the last week, we'll have a mini-fiesta to celebrate!
*Esperanza Rising is a chapter book at a 5.3 reading level. Students are expected to complete the assigned reading before the assigned day, so they are able to keep up with the activities in class. Students should acquire the book and read chapters 1-4 before class begins.
Wild Child: Nature-Sophy
Nature-Sophy is a nature mediated inquiry into the world of philosophy. However, this is not the dusty ivory tower version; we will explore concepts from changing perspectives to concept differentiation, as well as, systems and language, all in tandem with experience in Nature. Course Materials: Malleable Minds. Course Outcomes: A new way of seeing. Looking forward to sharing this adventure!
Quarter 4 Afternoon Session
Statecraft: The Art of Governing
This civics class will explore the democratic process, as well as our Constitution. Through the creation of their own government, students will become familiar with the Bill of Rights, their guaranteed freedoms, and our election process. Every week, students will explore a new topic in law and order. In week six, our Supervisor of Elections will visit and conduct a mock election.
Express Yourself: The Magic of Watercolor Painting
Students will explore various techniques and experimentation with watercolor paints. Every week, a new technique or experiment will be presented to the students to create individual works of art and "embrace happy accidents!"
Life Skills: Life Beyond the Classroom
Education should include skills that a child can carry on with them once they leave your nest. These six classes will broaden their skills outside of their academic lessons and into the real world! Topics will include home maintenance, cooking, first aid and more. Every week will be presented by an expert in the field.