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        Class Description

        A Stitch In Time

        DisciplineStitchery
        Age Groups3rd/4th Grade, 5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
        Age (Notes)Adults may also participate if they wish.
        Instructor NameLinda Selby
        Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$10 Material Fee
        Class Size5 to 12
        Class Length1 semester(s)
        Class Room26
        CurriculumTraditional needlecraft
        HomeworkSome homework may be required if projects are to be completed within the semester.
        PrerequisitesNone
        DescriptionIn this class, students will focus on knitting, cross-stitch, and tatting or simple hand sewing projects. Beginner students will learn basic stitches and be encouraged to complete simple projects that will reinforce and give practice in basic skills. More experienced crafters will be encouraged to expand their skills by working on more complex projects.
        Instructor BioLinda has homeschooled for the past 9 years. She has a BA in Business Administration with a major in Accounting and an MBA. She is the owner of the Dexter Blueberry Farm. She loves to do crafts in her spare time.
        Class Description

        Study Hall

        Age Groups7th/8th Grade, High School
        Instructor NameAmy Parrish
        Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$0
        Class Size1 to 14
        Class Length1 semester(s)
        Class Room4/5
        DescriptionStudy Hall - Please keep this one quiet if there is only one room available to us. All students who sign up for this class must remain in the classroom the entire class period. No wandering around the building. Attendance will be taken. All students must be accounted for.
        Additional InformationAll students must remain in the classroom during the entire class period. If a student is not going to be in the classroom, they need to notify the team leader.
        Explorers' Professional Class Description

        Private Guitar Lessons

        DisciplineMusic
        Age Groups1st/2nd Grade, 3rd/4th Grade, 5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
        Instructor NameJeff Davis
        Tuition/Materials Fees$297/$0
        Class Size1 to 2
        Class Length1 semester(s)
        Class RoomLibrary
        CurriculumSyllabus is tailored to fit the learning style, musical interest, and pace that is appropriate for the individual student.
        HomeworkDaily practice (15-30 minutes or more)
        PrerequisitesNone
        MaterialsStudents will need their own instrument. Instructor is able to provide information for the purchase of a quality, beginning level instrument; needed before the start of class.
        Hal Leonard guitar method books 1-3
        Binder with Lined paper
        Tablature paper
        DescriptionPrivate lesson students from the studio of Jeff Davis will learn all the necessary skills needed to play the guitar. Mr. Davis teaches students of all ages and levels, from rock to classical guitar. These lessons are 1/2 hour long. They will be taught from a unique curriculum created over a 25 year span of teaching. Students may bring either an acoustic or electric guitar to learn from. Lessons will be adapted to the skill level of each individual. A beginner will learn chords, simple strums, and tuning. You will also be introduced to the basic elements of rhythm and harmony in both standard notation and tabliture in both solo and ensemble settings.

        Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
        •Play basic open position chords: A, D, E, G, C, Am, Em, A7, B7, D7, E7, G7
        •Play simple melodies in both standard notation and tabliture
        •Play essential accompaniment strums in 4/4 and 3/4 time
        •Play I-IV-V tunes in A, D, G, and E
        •Perform guitar music in both solo and ensemble settings
        •Know the basic parts of the guitar
        •Understand the historical and cultural significance of the guitar

        Class expectations will be given at the beginning of the semester and evaluations will be provided halfway through the semester, as well as at the end.

        PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER ADD/DROP.
        Instructor BioMr. Jeff Davis is one of the most popular guitar instructors in the Plymouth Canton area. Teaching since 1987, Mr. Davis has taught thousands of students to learn to play the guitar; both in private and classroom settings. Mr. Davis is a performing Classical Guitarist, the Director/Owner of Music Plymouth School of Music, and the author of 4 method books which all of his 45 weekly students learn from. Jeff has earned three degrees; Associate of Arts from Schoolcraft College, Bachelors of Music Performance as well as a Bachelors in Teacher Education with state of Michigan K-8 endorsement.
        Mr. Davis philosophy for teaching is to provide a comfortable, and dynamically fun learning environment in which all students may thrive. It is Mr. Davis' desire to teach all students, regardless of musical background or style and introduce the necessary concepts to build excitement in learning to play the Guitar.
        Additional InformationPROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER ADD/DROP.
        Professional Class?Professional
        Explorers' Professional Class Description

        Martial Arts Gold and Above

        DisciplineMartial Arts
        Age Groups3rd/4th Grade, 5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
        Age (Notes)This class is designed for students Gold Belt and above.

        Instructor NameBrandon Lockman
        Tuition/Materials Fees$100/$15 Uniform/pads
        Class Size6 to 20
        Class Length1 semester(s)
        Class RoomGym B
        Homework10-15 minutes 2-3 times per week
        PrerequisitesAchieved a gold belt or above in previous a class.
        Materials$15 covers the cost of the uniform for the new students, or the hand pads for those attending their 2nd semester of martial arts, or the foot pads for those attending their third semester of martial arts. If the student already has everything, they don't need to pay the equipment fee.
        DescriptionOur classes are based on our instructor's certifications and experience in several martial arts including Choi Kwang-Do, Tae Kwon Do and Brazilian Jui-Jitsu. Our style of teaching is an exciting and innovative approach to martial arts that combines all of the positive aspects of traditional martial arts - such as character development and positive mental attitude - with a training system that is pure innovation! Our system provides the most effective martial arts system for today's modern society that is easy to learn - yet provides a complete health system for both body and mind. Unlike many martial arts used for athletic competition, our system is designed to enhance students’ overall health, fitness, and well-being. 
        It is highly recommended that students that are Orange Belt and above attend two classes per week in order to keep the progressing at a normal rate, motivated, and keep them passionate about their martial arts' training.
        If you have any questions, please contact Master Lockman at 734 424-5125

        PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER ADD/DROP.
        Instructor BioMaster Brandon Lockman trained in Choi Kwang-Do Martial Art International for 18 years. In May of 2007 Master Lockman received his fifth degree Black Belt at the twentieth anniversary for Choi Kwang-Do (CKD), making him the youngest master in CKD world-wide.

        Master Lockman and his martial art school (The Black Belt Academy) are a part of Kinect Martial Art International (KMAI). With it’s 40 locations world-wide, KMAI is a diversified martial art organization that embraces several training philosophies from multiple martial arts including Choi Kwang-Do, Tae Kwon Do and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

        Recently, Master Lockman celebrated the Black Belt Academy’s seventh year of being open as a full-time martial arts academy. As a part of celebrating this anniversary, Master lockman has tested and recieved his Blue Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
        Additional InformationPROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER ADD/DROP.
        Professional Class?Professional
        Explorers' Professional Class Description

        Private Piano Lessons

        DisciplineFine Arts
        Age GroupsK4/5, 1st/2nd Grade, 3rd/4th Grade, 5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
        Age (Notes)Do not need to know how to read, just be able to recognize letter A-G and numbers 1-5
        Instructor NameRonni Wilson
        Tuition/Materials Fees$255/$5
        Class Size1 to 2
        Class Length1 semester(s)
        Class Room106
        HomeworkRonni believes that practice is always required to grow musically, but she also knows that if a student isn't having fun with lessons and the piano, learning is likely to not happen. Practicing is highly encouraged, but she does not require "practice logs" as part of the learning process. Ronni offers rewards to motivate her students and encourages parents to offer a space for their child to practice at home. It's has been Ronni's experience that much musical material is remembered when the student is in a stress-free environment and is in a "playful mindset" while playing the piano. Practicing will happen when the student is enjoying the piano.
        MaterialsRonni uses the Bastien Piano Basics curriculum. There are four books - piano, performance, technique and theory. All levels are available. She also takes into consideration what each student enjoys playing and implements those genres of music in lessons.
        DescriptionDuring the 30 minute private lesson, students will learn musical theory, scales and performance songs. Ronni believes in providing a solid musical foundation where students learn to read music and can eventually play any song they desire, not just copy/memorize a piece or two. All skill levels are welcome. Classes are taught in a stress-free environment with an encouraging attitude and positive motivation. Each lesson is also tailored to the student's interests and abilities.

        Class expectations will be given at the beginning of the semester and evaluations will be provided halfway through the semester, as well as at the end.

        PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER ADD/DROP.
        Instructor BioPiano has been a part of Ronni Wilson's life since she began taking lessons at the age of three. She continued lessons until she left for college where she became a certified elementary school teacher. Throughout her college career at Eastern Michigan University, she was a member of the symphonic band and marching band from 1989 to 1993. In 1990, she became Eastern Michigan University's first female Drum Major of the then EMU Marching Hurons.

        After teaching fourth grade for four years, Ronni decided to become a stay-at-home mom and teach a few piano lessons. She began with two students in 1999. She now has over 40 students and absolutely loves her job!

        Ronni has done community musical theater, plays piano and sings in her church worship band, and plays and sings with her sister at a variety of church and community functions.

        Outside of teaching, Ronni enjoys being with her family, reading, knitting, baking bread, spending time and having fun with friends and jumping rope!
        Additional InformationPROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER ADD/DROP.
        Professional Class?Professional
        Explorers' Professional Class Description

        Continuing American Sign Language

        DisciplineWorld Languages
        Age Groups7th/8th Grade, High School
        Instructor NameTeresa Gjernes
        Tuition/Materials Fees$50/$0
        Class Size3 to 14
        Class Length2 semester(s)
        Class Room101
        CurriculumThe book we will be using is called "A Basic Course in American Sign Language" 2nd edition which you can find new or used online. Used prices are anywhere from $9.00 to $20.00 and new prices are anywhere from $20.00 to $35.00 on Amazon.
        HomeworkThe homework will be at least a half hour of practice every week day.
        PrerequisitesAs this is a continuing ASL class, students should have taken a prior class in ASL.
        DescriptionThis is a continuing class for students who have been learning ASL the past few years at explorers. We will be focusing on interaction in Sign Language with each other and learning more about stories, Deaf Culture, sentence structures, and translation.
        PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER ADD/DROP.
        Instructor BioMy name is Térèsa Gjernes, I am currently a 19 year old high school graduate. I was homeschooled and took classes at Explorers for years, I have taken American Sign Language classes at Explorers throughout middle school and high school from three different teachers. I am very in love with this language and excited to continue teaching it.
        High School Credit1
        Professional Class?Professional
        Explorers' Professional Class Description

        Painting with Acrylics -students

        DisciplineArt
        Age Groups5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
        Age (Notes)This class is for students age 11 and above.
        Instructor NameTerisa Tengler
        Tuition/Materials Fees$75/$25
        Class Size14 to 18
        Class Length1 semester(s)
        Class Room2
        MaterialsStudents should wear paint clothes or bring long smocks to every class.
        DescriptionThis semester in Acrylic Painting, students will spend half the semester on group projects and half the semester on the project of their own choosing. Among the group projects will be a scenic painting and a still life - which will be set up in the classroom.
        As a class, we'll focus on a few important techniques: shading, blending and perspective.
        Students should expect to create at least 4 frameable works of art throughout the semester.
        As always, no previous experience or drawing skills are necessary.
        As always, veteran students are encouraged to return, and new students are warmly welcome!
        As always, this class is for students aged 11 years and above.
        But here's what's NEW: Parents are invited to participate! Adults, please sign up under the class title: Adult Painting with Acrylics

        As always, it will be a bright and fun hour of color and technique set to the best playlist anyone ever heard!

        PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER ADD/DROP.
        Instructor BioTerisa started drawing at 5 years old from watching her mother who could draw beautifully. Terisa has won awards throughout her school and career for drawing, architectural design and drawing, and photography. In college she was able to study alongside artists like Sam Houston who is well known for his beautiful watercolor landscapes. She graduated from Carson Newman College with a BA in photography and art. She was in the Who's Who for college photography the year she graduated.
        She taught photography for a large camp. Worked as a portrait photographer for many years. She has done commissioned oil painting and taught acrylics and painting in homeschool groups. She also is in the planning stages of a business/ministry teaching acrylics to women in churches that will have a spiritual discussion.
        She recently has connected with her extended family in Sweden and realized artistic abilities run in the family. Many of them and their ancestors are artist as well. They even have their own family fb page dedicated just to share their artistic endeavors.
        Additional InformationTHIS IS A PROFESSIONAL CLASS.
        Professional Class?Professional
        Explorers' Professional Class Description

        Private Math & Science Tutoring

        Age Groups5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
        Instructor NameDenise Kratz
        Tuition/Materials Fees$60/$0 There is no materials fee, but student must provide the curriculum.
        Class Size1 to 2
        Class Length1 semester(s)
        Class Room8/9
        HomeworkHomework will be assigned each week, based on the lessons reviewed, due the next week. Tests will also be assigned in this manner. The amount of homework assigned depends on the rate at which the student is able to progress. No extra homework or tests given if tutoring is a supplement to an Explorers' class.
        DescriptionThis is a 30 minute class. If you wish for your student to be tutored for the entire class, please sign up for 2 time slots.
        This is one-on-one science and/or math tutoring. The parent chooses the curriculum. This is a non-graded class as tutoring is meant to be a supplement to learning at home. Lessons will be reviewed, homework gone over and tests graded. The parent is responsible for the final grade. If the tutoring is a supplement to an Explorers' class, no extra homework or tests will be given. In this case, questions will be answered and explanations given into the concepts being taught in class.
        PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER DROP/ADD
        Instructor BioDenise Kratz earned a B.S. in Biology from Arkansas State University, and worked toward a Master's in Chemistry at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She worked as a Quality Control Chemist for 7 years at Geo Specialty Chemicals in Little Rock, and has taught and tutored upper-level math and science both privately and in homeschool groups for the past 6 years.
        Additional InformationPROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER THE DROP/ADD PERIOD.
        Professional Class?Professional
        Explorers' Professional Class Description

        Apologia Chemistry Lecture

        DisciplineScience
        Age GroupsHigh School
        Instructor NameStephanie Smith
        Tuition/Materials Fees$85/$10 Materials Fee
        Class Size4 to 20
        Class Length2 semester(s)
        Class Room104/105
        CurriculumApologia “Exploring Creation with Chemistry, 3rd Edn.” text. (J. Wile, ISBN:1-93012-54-0) None of the other materials for this course are necessary. Copies of tests and study guides, etc. will be supplied by the instructor
        HomeworkWeekly homework will be assigned and will count toward the final grade. This will take approximately 1 hour a day.
        Prerequisites Preferably a general science course completed in junior high, Algebra I
        MaterialsThree ring binder, dividers, and writing implement
        DescriptionThe course will follow the text and includes a study of matter, atoms and molecules and their fate in chemical reactions. Thermodynamics, kinetics, measurements, and energy will also be studied.
        The final grade will be given based on class participation, homework, test scores and term paper grade.

        This class will meet for 14 weeks.
        PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER ADD/DROP.
        Instructor BioStephanie Smith double majored in college in Microbiology and Chemistry and has a Ph.d in Microbiology. She was a college professor, worked for the British Government regulatory agency for the food industry, then was employed as a research scientist in industry and subsequently was a lobbyist for an NGO in England before moving to the United States. Stephanie has homeschooled her children for 12 years and has taught high school level science classes at Explorers for 6 years.
        High School Credit1.0 w/ lab
        Professional Class?Professional
        Explorers' Professional Class Description

        5th-12th Grade Choir

        DisciplineFine Arts
        Age Groups5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
        Instructor NameTrish Pino
        Tuition/Materials Fees$35/$5 material fee for music
        Class Size10 to 100
        Class Length1 semester(s)
        Class RoomSanctuary
        DescriptionCome sing in the Choir! This class will focus on vocal technique, harmonizing, ear training and fun! Choir helps to develop musicality and teamwork principles. New students welcome.

        PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER ADD/DROP.
        Instructor BioInstructor Bio
        Trish Pino earned her Bachelor’s of Music in Music Education from the State University of NY at Fredonia and is certified in K-12 Vocal and General Music.  She then took a one year placement as a 6th-12th grade vocal and general music teacher.  After that, she studied at Belmont University and received her Master’s of Music in Music Education with a concentration in Vocal and Secondary Education.  After receiving her Master’s degree, she taught for 5 years at Currey Ingram Academy in Nashville, TN where she was responsible for 5th-6th grade general music classes, choir, and band.  She also has over 13 years of experience as a private piano and voice teacher.  Mrs. Pino served as the Music Director at Keystone Church in Saline for 4 years and now has her own practice of private piano and voice students.  
        Additional InformationTHIS IS A PROFESSIONAL CLASS.
        Professional Class?Professional
        Explorers' Professional Class Description

        Private Violin Lessons

        Age GroupsPreschool - Three-year-olds, K4/5, 1st/2nd Grade, 3rd/4th Grade, 5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
        Age (Notes)Students age 3-6 must have a parent accompany them to the lesson. Parents of students older than 6 are also invited to sit in on the lesson if they like.
        Instructor NameShannon Jansma
        Tuition/Materials Fees$325/$0
        Class Size1 to 2
        Class Length1 semester(s)
        Class Room31
        HomeworkPractice 20-30 minutes at least five days a week.
        DescriptionPrivate lessons are open to beginners, or more experienced students. Daily practice and listening are required for progress. Students should plan to practice 20-30 minutes at least five days of week. The Suzuki Method is a complete musical training method that develops the whole child and prepares them for a lifetime of music making and appreciation! The main tenets of the Suzuki Method are that music should be learned the same way we learn language as a child (aurally before visually), and nurturing the child's growth and development in music and in life.
        The individual lessons focus on building technique and learning new repertoire.

        If you are interested in group lessons, too, please email Professiona class coordinator Libby Masteller at steller4@gmail.com. We may open a time slot if there is adequate interest.

        PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER DROP/ADD.
        Instructor BioShannon has taught violin for over a decade, and has her Bachelor of Music degree in Violin Performance from Eastern Michigan University, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude. She has taken 11 units of Suzuki Training (through Book 10) with Professor Mark Bjork as part of the long term training program at the University of Minnesota. While in Minneapolis, she interned and lead group classes at the MacPhail Center for Music. She was also the 2005 recipient of the Midland Symphony Fellowship Scholarship to attend Central Michigan University on a full scholarship, and has played with the Traverse City Symphony, the Midland Symphony Orchestra, and others. Shannon grew up as a Suzuki student in violin, and by the age of 8 had decided to become a violin teacher. She believes that with proper instruction and a nurturing environment, every child can learn to love and excel in music!
        Additional InformationPROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER DROP/ADD.
        Professional Class?Professional
        Explorers' Professional Class Description

        Painting with Acrylics -Adults

        DisciplineArt
        Age GroupsHigh School
        Age (Notes)Adults, please register here to sign up for painting class.
        Instructor NameTerisa Tengler
        Tuition/Materials Fees$75/$25
        Class Size1 to 3
        Class Length1 semester(s)
        Class Room2
        MaterialsStudents should wear paint clothes or bring long smocks to every class.
        DescriptionThis semester in Acrylic Painting, students will spend half the semester on group projects and half the semester on the project of their own choosing. Among the group projects will be a scenic painting and a still life - which will be set up in the classroom.
        Instructor BioTerisa started drawing at 5 years old from watching her mother who could draw beautifully. Terisa has won awards throughout her school and career for drawing, architectural design and drawing, and photography. In college she was able to study alongside artists like Sam Houston who is well known for his beautiful watercolor landscapes. She graduated from Carson Newman College with a BA in photography and art. She was in the Who's Who for college photography the year she graduated.
        She taught photography for a large camp. Worked as a portrait photographer for many years. She has done commissioned oil painting and taught acrylics and painting in homeschool groups. She also is in the planning stages of a business/ministry teaching acrylics to women in churches that will have a spiritual discussion.
        She recently has connected with her extended family in Sweden and realized artistic abilities run in the family. Many of them and their ancestors are artist as well. They even have their own family fb page dedicated just to share their artistic endeavors.
        Additional InformationTHIS IS A PROFESSIONAL CLASS.
        Professional Class?Professional
        Class Description

        Mystery of History, Vol. 2: The Early Church and the Middle Ages

        DisciplineSocial Studies
        Age Groups5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
        Age (Notes)High school students are welcome however, please contact team Lead Susie Livingston regarding requirements.
        Instructor NameMarie Skrobola
        Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$25
        Class Size4 to 12
        Class Length2 semester(s)
        Class Room22/34
        Curriculum Parents are required to purchase The Mystery of History Volume II textbook by Linda Lacour Hobar (ISBN-13: 978-1892427069) for their student. The textbook may be purchased online a thttp://www.themysteryofhistory.com/store/the-mystery-of-history-volume-ii/volume-iicurriculum/. (There is also an audio version of the textbook available.)
        Homework For a student to be successful in this course, it will be important for them to complete their homework each week. Homework will include reading and written assignments.
        MaterialsA 2.5 inch 3-ring binder for building a timeline notebook, and holding classroom handouts and assignments.
        Rand McNally’s Historical Atlas of the World (ISBN-13: 978-0528014475).
        DescriptionThe Mystery of History Volume 2 covers the exciting stories of the Early Church and the complex history of Medieval times. Spanning AD 30-1460, this volume includes Vikings and villains, castles and crusades, samurai and shoguns, Dante and Chaucer, and much more. This history course is
        taught from a Christian perspective and will involve many hand-on activities to reinforce lessons and make them more memorable and fun for the students.
        Additional InformationHigh School Students who would like a high school Social Studies credit will be required to do the high school level assignments.
        Class Description

        Beginning German

        DisciplineWorld Languages
        Age Groups7th/8th Grade, High School
        Instructor NameMartina Elpi
        Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$10
        Class Size4 to 10
        Class Length2 semester(s)
        Class Room30
        CurriculumTBD teacher will contact parents about book needed to purchase before class begins.
        HomeworkExpect 1-2 hours a week.Students will be expected to be prepared for class with weekly assignments completed.
        Materials3 Ring Binder
        DescriptionA Beginning German class for Middle and High Schoolers. In this class we will explore the German language of the modern and innovative Deutschland of the 21st century. Naturally, our learning style will reflect the forward-thinking of today’s German Speakers. Vocabulary and Grammar will be learned mostly in context and with a multi-sensory approach that is on par with Homeschooling. Christian Values are still the center of “German-ness”. Therefore, we shall also try to include a few simple Christian prayers/texts/ideas in German. Finally, German Speakers are as diverse as English Speakers (British, American, Southern US, Canadian, Australian anyone ;)). We will look into the cultures of the different regions of Germany, Austria, Switzerland AND around the world. Mostly, we intend to study FUN the German way!
        Additional InformationHigh school students who would like to earn a world language credit will need to meet with Mrs Elpi regarding requirements.
        High School Credit1 possible


        2nd hour

        Class Description

        Study Hall

        Age Groups7th/8th Grade, High School
        Instructor NameAmy Parrish
        Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$0
        Class Size1 to 14
        Class Length1 semester(s)
        Class Room4/5
        DescriptionStudy Hall - Please keep this one quiet if there is only one room available to us. All students who sign up for this class must remain in the classroom the entire class period. No wandering around the building. Attendance will be taken. All students must be accounted for.
        Additional InformationAll students must remain in the classroom during the entire class period. If a student is not going to be in the classroom, they need to notify the team leader.
        Explorers' Professional Class Description

        Private Guitar Lessons

        DisciplineMusic
        Age Groups1st/2nd Grade, 3rd/4th Grade, 5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
        Instructor NameJeff Davis
        Tuition/Materials Fees$297/$0
        Class Size1 to 2
        Class Length1 semester(s)
        Class RoomLibrary
        CurriculumSyllabus is tailored to fit the learning style, musical interest, and pace that is appropriate for the individual student.
        HomeworkDaily practice (15-30 minutes or more)
        PrerequisitesNone
        MaterialsStudents will need their own instrument. Instructor is able to provide information for the purchase of a quality, beginning level instrument; needed before the start of class.
        Hal Leonard guitar method books 1-3
        Binder with Lined paper
        Tablature paper
        DescriptionPrivate lesson students from the studio of Jeff Davis will learn all the necessary skills needed to play the guitar. Mr. Davis teaches students of all ages and levels, from rock to classical guitar. These lessons are 1/2 hour long. They will be taught from a unique curriculum created over a 25 year span of teaching. Students may bring either an acoustic or electric guitar to learn from. Lessons will be adapted to the skill level of each individual. A beginner will learn chords, simple strums, and tuning. You will also be introduced to the basic elements of rhythm and harmony in both standard notation and tabliture in both solo and ensemble settings.

        Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
        •Play basic open position chords: A, D, E, G, C, Am, Em, A7, B7, D7, E7, G7
        •Play simple melodies in both standard notation and tabliture
        •Play essential accompaniment strums in 4/4 and 3/4 time
        •Play I-IV-V tunes in A, D, G, and E
        •Perform guitar music in both solo and ensemble settings
        •Know the basic parts of the guitar
        •Understand the historical and cultural significance of the guitar

        Class expectations will be given at the beginning of the semester and evaluations will be provided halfway through the semester, as well as at the end.

        PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER ADD/DROP.
        Instructor BioMr. Jeff Davis is one of the most popular guitar instructors in the Plymouth Canton area. Teaching since 1987, Mr. Davis has taught thousands of students to learn to play the guitar; both in private and classroom settings. Mr. Davis is a performing Classical Guitarist, the Director/Owner of Music Plymouth School of Music, and the author of 4 method books which all of his 45 weekly students learn from. Jeff has earned three degrees; Associate of Arts from Schoolcraft College, Bachelors of Music Performance as well as a Bachelors in Teacher Education with state of Michigan K-8 endorsement.
        Mr. Davis philosophy for teaching is to provide a comfortable, and dynamically fun learning environment in which all students may thrive. It is Mr. Davis' desire to teach all students, regardless of musical background or style and introduce the necessary concepts to build excitement in learning to play the Guitar.
        Additional InformationPROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER ADD/DROP.
        Professional Class?Professional
        Explorers' Professional Class Description

        Private Voice/Piano Lessons

        DisciplineMusic
        Age GroupsK4/5, 1st/2nd Grade, 3rd/4th Grade, 5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
        Age (Notes)Piano lessons are for all ages, K-12

        Voice lessons are for middle school and high school students.
        Instructor NameTrish Pino
        Tuition/Materials Fees$255/$5 fee for music
        Class Size1 to 2
        Class Length1 semester(s)
        Class RoomSanctuary
        CurriculumVoice: Christian contemporary, musical theatre, classical music or requested titles

        Piano: Faber and Faber Piano curriculum, supplemental songs
        HomeworkPractice 15 minutes/ 5 days
        PrerequisitesVoice: a love for singing.

        Piano: an iterest in learning to play or strengthening skills on the piano.
        MaterialsVoice/Piano: $5-15 fee will be assessed by instructor if student needs to purchase a new book. Plan on one book/semester
        DescriptionLessons are available 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th. There are two openings per hour as these are 1/2 hour lessons.
        In voice, students will learn how to properly use their voice in order to strengthen and grow it in a healthy way, as well as build a personal repertoire. The goal will be to customize each lesson to the skill level of the student and focus on all aspects of performance such as diction, phrasing, stage presence, breathing, artistic expression, etc.

        For piano, students will learn proper technique at the piano, how to hold their hands and wrists, sit correctly, and how to use their fingers. They will be given exercises and songs to practice during the week which will strengthen their fingers and enforce proper techniques learned. Students will also learn to read music and basic music theory. Piano is a great starter instrument since many of the skills will translate to other instruments.

        If desired, both voice and piano students will have the opportunity to perform in the Extravaganza.

        Class expectations will be given at the beginning of the semester and evaluations will be provided halfway through the semester, as well as at the end.

        PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER ADD/DROP.
        Instructor BioInstructor Bio
        Trish Pino earned her Bachelor’s of Music in Music Education from the State University of NY at Fredonia and is certified in K-12 Vocal and General Music.  She then took a one year placement as a 6th-12th grade vocal and general music teacher.  After that, she studied at Belmont University and received her Master’s of Music in Music Education with a concentration in Vocal and Secondary Education.  After receiving her Master’s degree, she taught for 5 years at Currey Ingram Academy in Nashville, TN where she was responsible for 5th-6th grade general music classes, choir, and band.  She also has over 13 years of experience as a private piano and voice teacher.  Mrs. Pino served as the Music Director at Keystone Church in Saline for 4 years and now has her own practice of private piano and voice students.  
        Additional InformationThese are 1/2 hour lessons. You will need to talk with the instructor about which half of the hour you would like. Please note: each semester the student will receive 11 lessons. On the 12th week, the student will be expected to stay in the sanctuary in order to rehearse for the Extravaganza. If your child does not participate in the Extravaganza, he/she should not plan on a lesson that week; although if the sanctuary is empty and Mrs.Pino is not required for Extravaganza rehearsals, you may be able to do some singing/piano. Additionally, there is a possibility that a fee will be assessed for an accompanist for the Extravaganza, if necessary. Typical accompanist fees vary.
        (Please note: priority enrollment for 2nd semester will be given to those enrolled during 1st semester)

        PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER ADD/DROP.
        Professional Class?Professional
        Class Description

        Yearbook

        DisciplineEnrichment
        Age Groups7th/8th Grade, High School
        Age (Notes)Students will be working independently around the building, at Explorers' events, and at home. They need to be mature and self regulating.
        Instructor NameAnn Kueffner
        Second Instructor NameRachel Wampler
        Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$0
        Class Size1 to 8
        Class Length2 semester(s)
        Class Room21
        HomeworkStudents can work from home as much as they choose.
        PrerequisitesAccess to a digital camera and/or a computer
        DescriptionStudents can work in class, independently at Explorers, and from home with this web based class. Bring a camera, borrow a lap top from Mom and jump on to Picaboo.com. Yearbook advisors will be on hand during second hour to help you download and create yearbook pages on-line. If you would like to be involved in yearbook and are not available during class time, you can still participate. E-mail the teacher and she can help you get started. We need photographers during all hours of the day, and computer work can be done at home or at the library. You will be assigned a login with Picaboo.com. The yearbook will also have QR codes, so if your passion is video, we need you too. All pages for the yearbook are subject to the advisors approval.
        Class Description

        Exploring Creation with Physcial Science

        DisciplineScience
        Age Groups7th/8th Grade, High School
        Age (Notes)This class is for 7th-9th grade.
        Instructor NameMichael Woon
        Second Instructor NameLeeyen Wong
        Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$25 materials fee
        Class Size4 to 13
        Class Length2 semester(s)
        Class Room1
        CurriculumExploring Creation with Physical Science by Dr. Jay Wile (either edition of the text is fine). Students should buy text and bring it with them to the first class.
        HomeworkStudents are expected to do all reading at home. Other homework will include answering questions from the modules, completing lab reports and studying for quizzes and tests.
        PrerequisitesTBD
        MaterialsThe instructor will provide all materials for the in-class laboratories. Each student should have their own copy of the textbook. Although not required for the class, the instructor highly recommends the students purchasing and using the companion student notebook for the course. This notebook would aid your student in understanding the material at a more mastery level. (Student Notebook and textbooks are available at: apologia.com, christianbooks.com, ebay.com)
        Description Exploring Creation with Physical Science.
        Explorers' Professional Class Description

        Private Piano Lessons

        DisciplineFine Arts
        Age GroupsK4/5, 1st/2nd Grade, 3rd/4th Grade, 5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
        Age (Notes)Do not need to know how to read, just be able to recognize letter A-G and numbers 1-5
        Instructor NameRonni Wilson
        Tuition/Materials Fees$255/$5
        Class Size1 to 2
        Class Length1 semester(s)
        Class Room106
        HomeworkRonni believes that practice is always required to grow musically, but she also knows that if a student isn't having fun with lessons and the piano, learning is likely to not happen. Practicing is highly encouraged, but she does not require "practice logs" as part of the learning process. Ronni offers rewards to motivate her students and encourages parents to offer a space for their child to practice at home. It's has been Ronni's experience that much musical material is remembered when the student is in a stress-free environment and is in a "playful mindset" while playing the piano. Practicing will happen when the student is enjoying the piano.
        MaterialsRonni uses the Bastien Piano Basics curriculum. There are four books - piano, performance, technique and theory. All levels are available. She also takes into consideration what each student enjoys playing and implements those genres of music in lessons.
        DescriptionDuring the 30 minute private lesson, students will learn musical theory, scales and performance songs. Ronni believes in providing a solid musical foundation where students learn to read music and can eventually play any song they desire, not just copy/memorize a piece or two. All skill levels are welcome. Classes are taught in a stress-free environment with an encouraging attitude and positive motivation. Each lesson is also tailored to the student's interests and abilities.

        Class expectations will be given at the beginning of the semester and evaluations will be provided halfway through the semester, as well as at the end.

        PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER ADD/DROP.
        Instructor BioPiano has been a part of Ronni Wilson's life since she began taking lessons at the age of three. She continued lessons until she left for college where she became a certified elementary school teacher. Throughout her college career at Eastern Michigan University, she was a member of the symphonic band and marching band from 1989 to 1993. In 1990, she became Eastern Michigan University's first female Drum Major of the then EMU Marching Hurons.

        After teaching fourth grade for four years, Ronni decided to become a stay-at-home mom and teach a few piano lessons. She began with two students in 1999. She now has over 40 students and absolutely loves her job!

        Ronni has done community musical theater, plays piano and sings in her church worship band, and plays and sings with her sister at a variety of church and community functions.

        Outside of teaching, Ronni enjoys being with her family, reading, knitting, baking bread, spending time and having fun with friends and jumping rope!
        Additional InformationPROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER ADD/DROP.
        Professional Class?Professional
        Explorers' Professional Class Description

        Apologia Chemistry Lab

        DisciplineScience
        Age GroupsHigh School
        Instructor NameStephanie Smith
        Tuition/Materials Fees$85/$15 materials fee
        Class Size2 to 20
        Class Length2 semester(s)
        Class Room104/105
        CurriculumThis class is a companion class to the High School Chemistry Lecture therefore the same text, Exploring Creation with Chemistry, 3rd ed., J. Wile and Durnell, will be used for this class.
        HomeworkPreparation for laboratory class will include reading appropriate chapters in the text and pre-reading the lab instructions. Lab reports for each laboratory exercise will be written.
        Evaluation will be based on Laboratory reports, Quizzes, and class participation.
        Prerequisites Preferably a general science course completed in junior high, Algebra I
        MaterialsStudents will be responsible for the following equipment and materials:

        - Chemistry Science Kit for Exploring Creation with Chemistry [available from www.homesciencetools.com (AM-KTCHEM - $45.95) or from www.apologia.com (Item #19 - $60)]*
        - A graphing calculator such as a TI 84 plus
        - A meter rule
        - A black permanent marker

        *Denotes materials that can be shared between two students. It is the responsibility of the students to seek out another student to purchase these materials with and to be lab partners together during labs.
        DescriptionThis laboratory class is taken in conjunction with the chemistry lecture class and includes practical exercises that support learning of the concepts introduced during lectures.
        This is a 14 week class. Location TBD.
        PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER ADD/DROP.
        Instructor BioStephanie Smith double majored in college in Microbiology and Chemistry and has a Ph.d in Microbiology. She was a college professor, worked for the British Government regulatory agency for the food industry, then was employed as a research scientist in industry and subsequently was a lobbyist for an NGO in England before moving to the United States. Stephanie has homeschooled her children for 12 years and has taught high school level science classes at Explorers for 6 years.
        High School Credit1.0 together w/ Lecture
        Professional Class?Professional
        Class Description

        You Pick the Book!

        DisciplineLiterature
        Age Groups7th/8th Grade, High School
        Age (Notes)This class is aimed at middle schoolers but high schoolers are welcome. When selecting the book(s) to read priority consideration will be given to middle schoolers.
        Instructor NameKristine Melcher
        Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$0
        Class Size3 to 20
        Class Length1 semester(s)
        Class Room28/29
        PrerequisitesStudents will have to buy or borrow whatever book is chosen.
        DescriptionStudents choose what books to read and spend time discussing the books and any other subject it leads to. We try to create a safe place where students feel comfortable expressing their opinions and ideas.
        What you need to know:  No reading ahead!  Part of the fun in the discussions is all trying to predict where the story will go.  Class participation is a must, but if you are shy, NO WORRIES.  I will help you learn how to voice your opinion, because it does matter. New Students welcome.
        Instructor BioKris has homeschooled all 4 of her boys. She works at the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan.
        Class Description

        English 9/10

        DisciplineLanguage Arts
        Age GroupsHigh School
        Instructor NameSinead Revard
        Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$10 Copies
        Class Size3 to 12
        Class Length2 semester(s)
        Class Room30
        HomeworkThis class will require daily homework earning a high school English credit.
        MaterialsInstructor will determine any materials that need to be purchased after surveying parents and students.
        DescriptionThe scope and sequence for this class will be determined after sign-up. Instructor (TBD) will survey parents and students to determine the areas that need to be taught. Areas to be considered include writing (structure & style), grammar, and maybe some literature to get a feel for good writing.
        Instructor BioSinead Revard has a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Grand Valley State University and a master’s degree in science from the University of Michigan. The majority of her professional career has been in Maternal-Child health, but she has also worked in nursing research. Sinead has had a lifelong interest in literature and writing. She minored in English literature as an undergraduate, worked as an editor for the university’s newspaper, and has experience with a broad range of writing styles-from short stories to technical/professional publications. Sinead taught undergraduate nursing students for a number of years and has a goal of finishing her doctoral degree in order to return to teaching full time. In the meantime, she enjoys being a wife to her husband, Steven, and a mom/educator for their three children—one of whom is a VERY reluctant writer that is gradually being coaxed into the world of literature.
        High School Credit1
        Explorers' Professional Class Description

        MS/HS Woodworking

        DisciplineArts
        Age Groups7th/8th Grade, High School
        Age (Notes)If you have a middle or high school student who would like to take woodworking and can not take it 2nd hour, please contact Susie Livingston for options.
        Instructor NameCatherine Donahue
        Tuition/Materials Fees$65/$30
        Class Size6 to 12
        Class Length1 semester(s)
        Class Room24/35
        HomeworkNone.
        PrerequisitesNone.
        MaterialsSafety glasses are required. A work apron is recommended.
        DescriptionThis woodworking class is for MS/HS students who enjoy "hands-on" creating. The students will learn about wood and woodworking tools from basic, interesting hand tools to typical power tools. They will gain skills and improve techniques as they work to complete various projects of interest. Whether a student has some experience or is new to woodworking, students of all levels will enjoy working at their own pace developing a life-long appreciation of creating something of your own.

        If you have a middle or high school student who would like to take woodworking and can not take it 2nd hour, please contact Susie Livingston for options.

        PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER ADD/DROP.
        Instructor BioGrowing up the daughter of a "jack-of-all-trades," Cathy Donahue's father gave her an incredible foundation for endeavors of all kinds, including her love for building with wood. She has been home schooling for 11 years. Mrs. Donahue has taught in a variety of settings to ages ranging from early childhood thru high school. Through experience and a BA in Counseling/Psychology, she has gained understanding in the learning abilities of all ages. Desiring the Word of God as her foundation in life, she obtained a second major in Theology and double-minored in Speech Communication and Childhood Development.
        Additional InformationTHIS IS A PROFESSIONAL CLASS.
        Professional Class?Professional
        Class Description

        Crock Pot Cooking

        DisciplineLife Skills
        Age Groups5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
        Age (Notes)6th graders with approval
        Instructor NameMarylee Pierzynowski
        Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$0
        Class Size2 to 8
        Class Length1 semester(s)
        Class RoomGym Kitchen
        MaterialsEach student will need a Crock pot, kitchen tools & utensils, cutting board, and apron.
        We may do an occassional craft. I will email should there be a small monatary cost.
        DescriptionDesigned with the busy mom in mind! Kill two birds with one stone! Your student will not only learn how to follow instructions using a recipe, but will also learn how to cook using a crockpot, proper cooking and cleaning etiquette, as well as learn how to be versatile with substitutions. Crockpot meals will "cook" while at co-op to provide a nice hot meal or treat to take home. My "chefs" will own their kitchen, meaning they will each be expected to provide their own supplies and bring them to work with each week. Please be aware students will be expected to work with sharp kitchen tools. Parents are welcome to make substitutions based on dietary need. No nuts will be used in class; however, dairy products will be expected. Each week's recipe will be emailed and expected to be printed off at home. I will provide needed spices unless otherwise stipulated.
        Explorers' Professional Class Description

        Private Violin Lessons

        Age GroupsPreschool - Three-year-olds, K4/5, 1st/2nd Grade, 3rd/4th Grade, 5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
        Age (Notes)Students age 3-6 must have a parent accompany them to the lesson. Parents of students older than 6 are also invited to sit in on the lesson if they like.
        Instructor NameShannon Jansma
        Tuition/Materials Fees$325/$0
        Class Size1 to 2
        Class Length1 semester(s)
        Class Room31
        HomeworkPractice 20-30 minutes at least five days a week.
        DescriptionPrivate lessons are open to beginners, or more experienced students. Daily practice and listening are required for progress. Students should plan to practice 20-30 minutes at least five days of week. The Suzuki Method is a complete musical training method that develops the whole child and prepares them for a lifetime of music making and appreciation! The main tenets of the Suzuki Method are that music should be learned the same way we learn language as a child (aurally before visually), and nurturing the child's growth and development in music and in life.
        The individual lessons focus on building technique and learning new repertoire.

        If you are interested in group lessons, too, please email Professiona class coordinator Libby Masteller at steller4@gmail.com. We may open a time slot if there is adequate interest.

        PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER DROP/ADD.
        Instructor BioShannon has taught violin for over a decade, and has her Bachelor of Music degree in Violin Performance from Eastern Michigan University, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude. She has taken 11 units of Suzuki Training (through Book 10) with Professor Mark Bjork as part of the long term training program at the University of Minnesota. While in Minneapolis, she interned and lead group classes at the MacPhail Center for Music. She was also the 2005 recipient of the Midland Symphony Fellowship Scholarship to attend Central Michigan University on a full scholarship, and has played with the Traverse City Symphony, the Midland Symphony Orchestra, and others. Shannon grew up as a Suzuki student in violin, and by the age of 8 had decided to become a violin teacher. She believes that with proper instruction and a nurturing environment, every child can learn to love and excel in music!
        Additional InformationPROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER DROP/ADD.
        Professional Class?Professional
        Class Description

        Living History: Experiencing Great Events of the Ancient and Medieval Worlds

        DisciplineSocial Studies
        Age GroupsHigh School
        Instructor NameTerry Brennan
        Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$15
        Class Size5 to 15
        Class Length2 semester(s)
        DescriptionIn this class students will study a Great Courses program called Living History: experiencing great events of the ancient and medieval worlds. Lectures will be studied at home, and class time will be devoted to discussion. Emphasis on learning how to take good notes. This is a college level course from a very reputable source. It may touch on some grown up themes from time to time, so please research if that's potentially a concern for you. Internet access required.
        Additional InformationThe tuition for The Great Courses is $120. This fee will be divided by number of students. The $15 materials fee will be adjusted accordingly. (Previous semesters only cost $10 per student.)
        Class Description

        Tutoring with Charles in Charge

        Age Groups7th/8th Grade, High School
        Instructor NameCharles VanHeck
        Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$0
        Class Size1 to 2
        Class Length1 semester(s)
        Class RoomMain Hallway
        DescriptionWriting, History, Literature, Theology, you name it, he can tutor it!
        Sign up for a personal tutoring session in your specific area of need. Sessions can be an hour or a half hour and details will be addressed individually. If you would like a one hour tutoring session, please sign up for both slots.
        PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER DROP/ADD
        Instructor BioCharles Van Heck is a native of Oakland, New Jersey. Besides a degree in History from Ramapo College of New Jersey. He has a degree in theology from the University of Dayton and Information and Library Science from the University of Michigan. He also studied at Asbury Theological Seminary. He has lectured on the scriptures, Judaism, and American Literature. His poetry and articles have appeared in various journals. He is the former editor of The Woodhull Arts Journal. He and his wife have three adult children.


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        Explorers' Professional Class Description

        Private Guitar Lessons

        DisciplineMusic
        Age Groups1st/2nd Grade, 3rd/4th Grade, 5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
        Instructor NameJeff Davis
        Tuition/Materials Fees$297/$0
        Class Size1 to 2
        Class Length1 semester(s)
        Class RoomLibrary
        CurriculumSyllabus is tailored to fit the learning style, musical interest, and pace that is appropriate for the individual student.
        HomeworkDaily practice (15-30 minutes or more)
        PrerequisitesNone
        MaterialsStudents will need their own instrument. Instructor is able to provide information for the purchase of a quality, beginning level instrument; needed before the start of class.
        Hal Leonard guitar method books 1-3
        Binder with Lined paper
        Tablature paper
        DescriptionPrivate lesson students from the studio of Jeff Davis will learn all the necessary skills needed to play the guitar. Mr. Davis teaches students of all ages and levels, from rock to classical guitar. These lessons are 1/2 hour long. They will be taught from a unique curriculum created over a 25 year span of teaching. Students may bring either an acoustic or electric guitar to learn from. Lessons will be adapted to the skill level of each individual. A beginner will learn chords, simple strums, and tuning. You will also be introduced to the basic elements of rhythm and harmony in both standard notation and tabliture in both solo and ensemble settings.

        Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
        •Play basic open position chords: A, D, E, G, C, Am, Em, A7, B7, D7, E7, G7
        •Play simple melodies in both standard notation and tabliture
        •Play essential accompaniment strums in 4/4 and 3/4 time
        •Play I-IV-V tunes in A, D, G, and E
        •Perform guitar music in both solo and ensemble settings
        •Know the basic parts of the guitar
        •Understand the historical and cultural significance of the guitar

        Class expectations will be given at the beginning of the semester and evaluations will be provided halfway through the semester, as well as at the end.

        PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER ADD/DROP.
        Instructor BioMr. Jeff Davis is one of the most popular guitar instructors in the Plymouth Canton area. Teaching since 1987, Mr. Davis has taught thousands of students to learn to play the guitar; both in private and classroom settings. Mr. Davis is a performing Classical Guitarist, the Director/Owner of Music Plymouth School of Music, and the author of 4 method books which all of his 45 weekly students learn from. Jeff has earned three degrees; Associate of Arts from Schoolcraft College, Bachelors of Music Performance as well as a Bachelors in Teacher Education with state of Michigan K-8 endorsement.
        Mr. Davis philosophy for teaching is to provide a comfortable, and dynamically fun learning environment in which all students may thrive. It is Mr. Davis' desire to teach all students, regardless of musical background or style and introduce the necessary concepts to build excitement in learning to play the Guitar.
        Additional InformationPROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER ADD/DROP.
        Professional Class?Professional
        Explorers' Professional Class Description

        Private Voice/Piano Lessons

        DisciplineMusic
        Age GroupsK4/5, 1st/2nd Grade, 3rd/4th Grade, 5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
        Age (Notes)Piano lessons are for all ages, K-12

        Voice lessons are for middle school and high school students.
        Instructor NameTrish Pino
        Tuition/Materials Fees$255/$5 fee for music
        Class Size1 to 2
        Class Length1 semester(s)
        Class RoomSanctuary
        CurriculumVoice: Christian contemporary, musical theatre, classical music or requested titles

        Piano: Faber and Faber Piano curriculum, supplemental songs
        HomeworkPractice 15 minutes/ 5 days
        PrerequisitesVoice: a love for singing.

        Piano: an iterest in learning to play or strengthening skills on the piano.
        MaterialsVoice/Piano: $5-15 fee will be assessed by instructor if student needs to purchase a new book. Plan on one book/semester
        DescriptionLessons are available 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th. There are two openings per hour as these are 1/2 hour lessons.
        In voice, students will learn how to properly use their voice in order to strengthen and grow it in a healthy way, as well as build a personal repertoire. The goal will be to customize each lesson to the skill level of the student and focus on all aspects of performance such as diction, phrasing, stage presence, breathing, artistic expression, etc.

        For piano, students will learn proper technique at the piano, how to hold their hands and wrists, sit correctly, and how to use their fingers. They will be given exercises and songs to practice during the week which will strengthen their fingers and enforce proper techniques learned. Students will also learn to read music and basic music theory. Piano is a great starter instrument since many of the skills will translate to other instruments.

        If desired, both voice and piano students will have the opportunity to perform in the Extravaganza.

        Class expectations will be given at the beginning of the semester and evaluations will be provided halfway through the semester, as well as at the end.

        PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER ADD/DROP.
        Instructor BioInstructor Bio
        Trish Pino earned her Bachelor’s of Music in Music Education from the State University of NY at Fredonia and is certified in K-12 Vocal and General Music.  She then took a one year placement as a 6th-12th grade vocal and general music teacher.  After that, she studied at Belmont University and received her Master’s of Music in Music Education with a concentration in Vocal and Secondary Education.  After receiving her Master’s degree, she taught for 5 years at Currey Ingram Academy in Nashville, TN where she was responsible for 5th-6th grade general music classes, choir, and band.  She also has over 13 years of experience as a private piano and voice teacher.  Mrs. Pino served as the Music Director at Keystone Church in Saline for 4 years and now has her own practice of private piano and voice students.  
        Additional InformationThese are 1/2 hour lessons. You will need to talk with the instructor about which half of the hour you would like. Please note: each semester the student will receive 11 lessons. On the 12th week, the student will be expected to stay in the sanctuary in order to rehearse for the Extravaganza. If your child does not participate in the Extravaganza, he/she should not plan on a lesson that week; although if the sanctuary is empty and Mrs.Pino is not required for Extravaganza rehearsals, you may be able to do some singing/piano. Additionally, there is a possibility that a fee will be assessed for an accompanist for the Extravaganza, if necessary. Typical accompanist fees vary.
        (Please note: priority enrollment for 2nd semester will be given to those enrolled during 1st semester)

        PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER ADD/DROP.
        Professional Class?Professional
        Explorers' Professional Class Description

        Apologia Biology Lecture

        DisciplineScience
        Age GroupsHigh School
        Instructor NameStephanie Smith
        Tuition/Materials Fees$85/$5 materials fee
        Class Size2 to 15
        Class Length2 semester(s)
        Class Room104/105
        Curriculum Apologia “Exploring Creation with Biology” text 2nd edition. None of the other materials for this course are necessary. Copies of tests and study guides, etc. will be supplied by the instructor
        HomeworkApproximately one hour per day
        The final grade will be given based on class participation, homework, test scores and term paper grade.
        Prerequisites Preferably a general science course completed in junior high
        MaterialsSupplies: Notebook and writing implement
        DescriptionThe course follows the text, Exploring Creation with Biology, 2nd Edn.
        The scope of the course includes a study of representative organisms from the five main Kingdoms. Molecular biology, genetics and ecology are also covered. The course includes a discussion of the evidence for and against the main theories for the origin of life but no one particular view will be promoted as being the one the Creator used to bring about creation. If you are uncomfortable with this discussion please discuss this with the instructor.
        Each week there will be daily reading assignments. There will be homework questions for each reading assignment. In addition, at the end of each module there will be a test to be administered at home, proctored by the parents. There will be a term paper due at the end of the second semester.

        An honors and a non-honors class will be offered concurrently using the same text. Honors students will be required to do additional work including ten additional assignments/essays and a lab project.
        Professional classes are non-refundable after ADD/DROP.
        Instructor BioStephanie Smith double majored in college in Microbiology and Chemistry and has a Ph.d in Microbiology. She was a college professor, worked for the British Government regulatory agency for the food industry, then was employed as a research scientist in industry and subsequently was a lobbyist for an NGO in England before moving to the United States. Stephanie has homeschooled her children for 12 years and has taught high school level science classes at Explorers for 6 years.
        Additional InformationPlease specify if your student will be taking the class as honors when signing up.
        High School Credit1.0 combined with Lab
        Professional Class?Professional
        Class Description

        Study Hall

        Age Groups7th/8th Grade, High School
        Instructor NameAmy Parrish
        Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$0
        Class Size1 to 14
        Class Length1 semester(s)
        Class Room4/5
        DescriptionStudy Hall - Please keep this one quiet if there is only one room available to us. All students who sign up for this class must remain in the classroom the entire class period. No wandering around the building. Attendance will be taken. All students must be accounted for.
        Additional InformationAll students must remain in the classroom during the entire class period. If a student is not going to be in the classroom, they need to notify the team leader.
        Class Description

        Yearbook

        DisciplineEnrichment
        Age Groups7th/8th Grade, High School
        Age (Notes)Students will be working independently around the building, at Explorers' events, and at home. They need to be mature and self regulating.
        Instructor NameAnn Kueffner
        Second Instructor NameRachel Wampler
        Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$0
        Class Size1 to 8
        Class Length2 semester(s)
        Class Room21
        HomeworkStudents can work from home as much as they choose.
        PrerequisitesAccess to a digital camera and/or a computer
        DescriptionStudents can work in class, independently at Explorers, and from home with this web based class. Bring a camera, borrow a lap top from Mom and jump on to Picaboo.com. Yearbook advisors will be on hand during second hour to help you download and create yearbook pages on-line. If you would like to be involved in yearbook and are not available during class time, you can still participate. E-mail the teacher and she can help you get started. We need photographers during all hours of the day, and computer work can be done at home or at the library. You will be assigned a login with Picaboo.com. The yearbook will also have QR codes, so if your passion is video, we need you too. All pages for the yearbook are subject to the advisors approval.
        Explorers' Professional Class Description

        Private Piano Lessons

        DisciplineFine Arts
        Age GroupsK4/5, 1st/2nd Grade, 3rd/4th Grade, 5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
        Age (Notes)Do not need to know how to read, just be able to recognize letter A-G and numbers 1-5
        Instructor NameRonni Wilson
        Tuition/Materials Fees$255/$5
        Class Size1 to 2
        Class Length1 semester(s)
        Class Room106
        HomeworkRonni believes that practice is always required to grow musically, but she also knows that if a student isn't having fun with lessons and the piano, learning is likely to not happen. Practicing is highly encouraged, but she does not require "practice logs" as part of the learning process. Ronni offers rewards to motivate her students and encourages parents to offer a space for their child to practice at home. It's has been Ronni's experience that much musical material is remembered when the student is in a stress-free environment and is in a "playful mindset" while playing the piano. Practicing will happen when the student is enjoying the piano.
        MaterialsRonni uses the Bastien Piano Basics curriculum. There are four books - piano, performance, technique and theory. All levels are available. She also takes into consideration what each student enjoys playing and implements those genres of music in lessons.
        DescriptionDuring the 30 minute private lesson, students will learn musical theory, scales and performance songs. Ronni believes in providing a solid musical foundation where students learn to read music and can eventually play any song they desire, not just copy/memorize a piece or two. All skill levels are welcome. Classes are taught in a stress-free environment with an encouraging attitude and positive motivation. Each lesson is also tailored to the student's interests and abilities.

        Class expectations will be given at the beginning of the semester and evaluations will be provided halfway through the semester, as well as at the end.

        PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER ADD/DROP.
        Instructor BioPiano has been a part of Ronni Wilson's life since she began taking lessons at the age of three. She continued lessons until she left for college where she became a certified elementary school teacher. Throughout her college career at Eastern Michigan University, she was a member of the symphonic band and marching band from 1989 to 1993. In 1990, she became Eastern Michigan University's first female Drum Major of the then EMU Marching Hurons.

        After teaching fourth grade for four years, Ronni decided to become a stay-at-home mom and teach a few piano lessons. She began with two students in 1999. She now has over 40 students and absolutely loves her job!

        Ronni has done community musical theater, plays piano and sings in her church worship band, and plays and sings with her sister at a variety of church and community functions.

        Outside of teaching, Ronni enjoys being with her family, reading, knitting, baking bread, spending time and having fun with friends and jumping rope!
        Additional InformationPROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER ADD/DROP.
        Professional Class?Professional
        Explorers' Professional Class Description

        Private Math & Science Tutoring

        Age Groups5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
        Instructor NameDenise Kratz
        Tuition/Materials Fees$60/$0 There is no materials fee, but student must provide the curriculum.
        Class Size1 to 2
        Class Length1 semester(s)
        Class Room8/9
        HomeworkHomework will be assigned each week, based on the lessons reviewed, due the next week. Tests will also be assigned in this manner. The amount of homework assigned depends on the rate at which the student is able to progress. No extra homework or tests given if tutoring is a supplement to an Explorers' class.
        DescriptionThis is a 30 minute class. If you wish for your student to be tutored for the entire class, please sign up for 2 time slots.
        This is one-on-one science and/or math tutoring. The parent chooses the curriculum. This is a non-graded class as tutoring is meant to be a supplement to learning at home. Lessons will be reviewed, homework gone over and tests graded. The parent is responsible for the final grade. If the tutoring is a supplement to an Explorers' class, no extra homework or tests will be given. In this case, questions will be answered and explanations given into the concepts being taught in class.
        PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER DROP/ADD
        Instructor BioDenise Kratz earned a B.S. in Biology from Arkansas State University, and worked toward a Master's in Chemistry at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She worked as a Quality Control Chemist for 7 years at Geo Specialty Chemicals in Little Rock, and has taught and tutored upper-level math and science both privately and in homeschool groups for the past 6 years.
        Additional InformationPROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER THE DROP/ADD PERIOD.
        Professional Class?Professional
        Class Description

        High School & College Essay Writing

        DisciplineLanguage Arts
        Age Groups7th/8th Grade, High School
        Age (Notes)This course will have value for students who wish to learn how to write better academic papers for high school and college. It will be open for 8th thru 12th grade and those already in a college program.
        Instructor NameCharles VanHeck
        Second Instructor NameJane Bonanni
        Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$0
        Class Size3 to 12
        Class Length2 semester(s)
        Class Room27
        HomeworkThe course will require students to write an essay that will undergo three revisions, a five page research paper (topics to be agreed on with the teacher) that will include footnotes and a bibliography.
        PrerequisitesThere are no prerequisites. Students who took the Creative Writing Class will find that this course builds on those discussions and assignments.

        Students must submit a sample of their writing in advance.
        MaterialsBooks to be purchased for this course include How To Read A Book by Mortimer J. Adler and Charles van Doren; Elements of Style by E.B. White. Both books are available on Amazon in new and used copies. There will be additional reading assignments in the subject area of the chosen research project.
        DescriptionThe purpose of this course is to assist students in developing effective written communication skills in preparation for high school and college.

        Students will learn how to write their college entrance essays, in addition to learning research methodologies, and how to develop good study habits. We will examine and discuss how to read books for literature, history, philosophy, science, religion and other subjects. Course discussions will include essay writing.
        Instructor BioCharles Van Heck is a native of Oakland, New Jersey. Besides a degree in History from Ramapo College of New Jersey. He has a degree in theology from the University of Dayton and Information and Library Science from the University of Michigan. He also studied at Asbury Theological Seminary. He has lectured on the scriptures, Judaism, and American Literature. His poetry and articles have appeared in various journals. He is the former editor of The Woodhull Arts Journal. He and his wife have three adult children.
        Additional InformationStudents must submit a sample of their writing in advance.

        High School Credit1
        Class Description

        US History- The 5000 Year Leap

        DisciplineHistory
        Age Groups7th/8th Grade, High School
        Instructor NameTerry Brennan
        Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$0
        Class Size3 to 16
        Class Length2 semester(s)
        Class Room2
        CurriculumPlease purchase "The 5000 Year Leap" by Skoussen.
        DescriptionA historical study of the founding principles of the USA. We will utilize "flipped classroom" method when possible.
        Students will need to purchase a copy of the book "The 5000 Year Leap" by Skoussen.
        Class Description

        Speech/Debate

        DisciplineLanguage Arts
        Age GroupsHigh School
        Instructor NameAmy Vink
        Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$10 Copies
        Class Size4 to 12
        Class Length1 semester(s)
        Class Room2
        CurriculumPlease purchase An Introduction to Policy Debate by Christy L. Shipe. They have a companion DVD so don't accidentally purchase that! I found it on Amazon for around $20.00.
        Homework2 hours + per week
        DescriptionThis high school speech class will be focusing on the art of public speaking and debate. As Christians, it is vital that we know how to effectively communicate the truth of the Gospel with intelligence, poise, and love.
        "Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you will know how to answer everyone." Colossians 4:6
        Additional InformationThere may be the option to continue this class second semester if the instructor feels it would be helpful.
        High School Credit.5
        Explorers' Professional Class Description

        Private Violin Lessons

        Age GroupsPreschool - Three-year-olds, K4/5, 1st/2nd Grade, 3rd/4th Grade, 5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
        Age (Notes)Students age 3-6 must have a parent accompany them to the lesson. Parents of students older than 6 are also invited to sit in on the lesson if they like.
        Instructor NameShannon Jansma
        Tuition/Materials Fees$325/$0
        Class Size1 to 2
        Class Length1 semester(s)
        Class Room31
        HomeworkPractice 20-30 minutes at least five days a week.
        DescriptionPrivate lessons are open to beginners, or more experienced students. Daily practice and listening are required for progress. Students should plan to practice 20-30 minutes at least five days of week. The Suzuki Method is a complete musical training method that develops the whole child and prepares them for a lifetime of music making and appreciation! The main tenets of the Suzuki Method are that music should be learned the same way we learn language as a child (aurally before visually), and nurturing the child's growth and development in music and in life.
        The individual lessons focus on building technique and learning new repertoire.

        If you are interested in group lessons, too, please email Professiona class coordinator Libby Masteller at steller4@gmail.com. We may open a time slot if there is adequate interest.

        PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER DROP/ADD.
        Instructor BioShannon has taught violin for over a decade, and has her Bachelor of Music degree in Violin Performance from Eastern Michigan University, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude. She has taken 11 units of Suzuki Training (through Book 10) with Professor Mark Bjork as part of the long term training program at the University of Minnesota. While in Minneapolis, she interned and lead group classes at the MacPhail Center for Music. She was also the 2005 recipient of the Midland Symphony Fellowship Scholarship to attend Central Michigan University on a full scholarship, and has played with the Traverse City Symphony, the Midland Symphony Orchestra, and others. Shannon grew up as a Suzuki student in violin, and by the age of 8 had decided to become a violin teacher. She believes that with proper instruction and a nurturing environment, every child can learn to love and excel in music!
        Additional InformationPROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER DROP/ADD.
        Professional Class?Professional
        Class Description

        Photography

        DisciplineVisual Arts
        Age Groups5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
        Instructor NameRachel Wampler
        Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$0
        Class Size4 to 12
        Class Length1 semester(s)
        Class Room30
        DescriptionThis course will be informative and fun. Learn the fine art of photography to use throughout your life.
        Class Description

        The News and You

        Age Groups5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
        Instructor NameKristine Melcher
        Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$0
        Class Size4 to 10
        Class Length1 semester(s)
        Class Room28/29
        HomeworkStudents will be required to bring in current news events.
        DescriptionA fun age appropriate way to introduce kids to the world around them. The students will be encouraged to bring in articles or subjects that interest them and they will be discussed during class. Current Events really can be fun!
        Instructor BioKris has homeschooled all 4 of her boys. She works at the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan.


        4th hour

        Class Description

        Study Hall

        Age Groups7th/8th Grade, High School
        Instructor NameAmy Parrish
        Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$0
        Class Size1 to 14
        Class Length1 semester(s)
        Class RoomSilent 4/5,Quiet 6/7
        DescriptionStudy Hall - Please keep this one quiet if there is only one room available to us. All students who sign up for this class must remain in the classroom the entire class period. No wandering around the building. Attendance will be taken. All students must be accounted for.
        Additional InformationAll students must remain in the classroom during the entire class period. If a student is not going to be in the classroom, they need to notify the team leader, Linda Hall.
        Explorers' Professional Class Description

        Private Guitar Lessons

        DisciplineMusic
        Age Groups1st/2nd Grade, 3rd/4th Grade, 5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
        Instructor NameJeff Davis
        Tuition/Materials Fees$297/$0
        Class Size1 to 2
        Class Length1 semester(s)
        Class RoomLibrary
        CurriculumSyllabus is tailored to fit the learning style, musical interest, and pace that is appropriate for the individual student.
        HomeworkDaily practice (15-30 minutes or more)
        PrerequisitesNone
        MaterialsStudents will need their own instrument. Instructor is able to provide information for the purchase of a quality, beginning level instrument; needed before the start of class.
        Hal Leonard guitar method books 1-3
        Binder with Lined paper
        Tablature paper
        DescriptionPrivate lesson students from the studio of Jeff Davis will learn all the necessary skills needed to play the guitar. Mr. Davis teaches students of all ages and levels, from rock to classical guitar. These lessons are 1/2 hour long. They will be taught from a unique curriculum created over a 25 year span of teaching. Students may bring either an acoustic or electric guitar to learn from. Lessons will be adapted to the skill level of each individual. A beginner will learn chords, simple strums, and tuning. You will also be introduced to the basic elements of rhythm and harmony in both standard notation and tabliture in both solo and ensemble settings.

        Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
        •Play basic open position chords: A, D, E, G, C, Am, Em, A7, B7, D7, E7, G7
        •Play simple melodies in both standard notation and tabliture
        •Play essential accompaniment strums in 4/4 and 3/4 time
        •Play I-IV-V tunes in A, D, G, and E
        •Perform guitar music in both solo and ensemble settings
        •Know the basic parts of the guitar
        •Understand the historical and cultural significance of the guitar

        Class expectations will be given at the beginning of the semester and evaluations will be provided halfway through the semester, as well as at the end.

        PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER ADD/DROP.
        Instructor BioMr. Jeff Davis is one of the most popular guitar instructors in the Plymouth Canton area. Teaching since 1987, Mr. Davis has taught thousands of students to learn to play the guitar; both in private and classroom settings. Mr. Davis is a performing Classical Guitarist, the Director/Owner of Music Plymouth School of Music, and the author of 4 method books which all of his 45 weekly students learn from. Jeff has earned three degrees; Associate of Arts from Schoolcraft College, Bachelors of Music Performance as well as a Bachelors in Teacher Education with state of Michigan K-8 endorsement.
        Mr. Davis philosophy for teaching is to provide a comfortable, and dynamically fun learning environment in which all students may thrive. It is Mr. Davis' desire to teach all students, regardless of musical background or style and introduce the necessary concepts to build excitement in learning to play the Guitar.
        Additional InformationPROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER ADD/DROP.
        Professional Class?Professional
        Explorers' Professional Class Description

        Private Voice/Piano Lessons

        DisciplineMusic
        Age GroupsK4/5, 1st/2nd Grade, 3rd/4th Grade, 5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
        Age (Notes)Piano lessons are for all ages, K-12

        Voice lessons are for middle school and high school students.
        Instructor NameTrish Pino
        Tuition/Materials Fees$255/$5 fee for music
        Class Size1 to 2
        Class Length1 semester(s)
        Class RoomSanctuary
        CurriculumVoice: Christian contemporary, musical theatre, classical music or requested titles

        Piano: Faber and Faber Piano curriculum, supplemental songs
        HomeworkPractice 15 minutes/ 5 days
        PrerequisitesVoice: a love for singing.

        Piano: an iterest in learning to play or strengthening skills on the piano.
        MaterialsVoice/Piano: $5-15 fee will be assessed by instructor if student needs to purchase a new book. Plan on one book/semester
        DescriptionLessons are available 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th. There are two openings per hour as these are 1/2 hour lessons.
        In voice, students will learn how to properly use their voice in order to strengthen and grow it in a healthy way, as well as build a personal repertoire. The goal will be to customize each lesson to the skill level of the student and focus on all aspects of performance such as diction, phrasing, stage presence, breathing, artistic expression, etc.

        For piano, students will learn proper technique at the piano, how to hold their hands and wrists, sit correctly, and how to use their fingers. They will be given exercises and songs to practice during the week which will strengthen their fingers and enforce proper techniques learned. Students will also learn to read music and basic music theory. Piano is a great starter instrument since many of the skills will translate to other instruments.

        If desired, both voice and piano students will have the opportunity to perform in the Extravaganza.

        Class expectations will be given at the beginning of the semester and evaluations will be provided halfway through the semester, as well as at the end.

        PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER ADD/DROP.
        Instructor BioInstructor Bio
        Trish Pino earned her Bachelor’s of Music in Music Education from the State University of NY at Fredonia and is certified in K-12 Vocal and General Music.  She then took a one year placement as a 6th-12th grade vocal and general music teacher.  After that, she studied at Belmont University and received her Master’s of Music in Music Education with a concentration in Vocal and Secondary Education.  After receiving her Master’s degree, she taught for 5 years at Currey Ingram Academy in Nashville, TN where she was responsible for 5th-6th grade general music classes, choir, and band.  She also has over 13 years of experience as a private piano and voice teacher.  Mrs. Pino served as the Music Director at Keystone Church in Saline for 4 years and now has her own practice of private piano and voice students.  
        Additional InformationThese are 1/2 hour lessons. You will need to talk with the instructor about which half of the hour you would like. Please note: each semester the student will receive 11 lessons. On the 12th week, the student will be expected to stay in the sanctuary in order to rehearse for the Extravaganza. If your child does not participate in the Extravaganza, he/she should not plan on a lesson that week; although if the sanctuary is empty and Mrs.Pino is not required for Extravaganza rehearsals, you may be able to do some singing/piano. Additionally, there is a possibility that a fee will be assessed for an accompanist for the Extravaganza, if necessary. Typical accompanist fees vary.
        (Please note: priority enrollment for 2nd semester will be given to those enrolled during 1st semester)

        PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER ADD/DROP.
        Professional Class?Professional
        Explorers' Professional Class Description

        Apologia Biology Laboratory

        DisciplineScience
        Age GroupsHigh School
        Age (Notes).
        Instructor NameStephanie Smith
        Tuition/Materials Fees$70/$30 Materials
        Class Size2 to 15
        Class Length2 semester(s)
        Class Room104/105
        CurriculumThis class is a companion class to the High School Biology Lecture therefore the same text, Exploring Creation with Biology, 2nd ed., J. Wile and Durnell, will also be used for this class (please note the text must be the 2nd edition).

        HomeworkPreparation for laboratory class will include reading appropriate chapters in the text and pre-reading the lab instructions. Lab reports for each laboratory exercise will be written.
        High School Credit:  Combined with the lecture, this class will provide one high-school credit.
        Evaluation Process: Laboratory reports, Quizzes, and class participation.
        Prerequisites Preferably a general science course completed in junior high
        MaterialsStudents will supply binder and writing implement. Students will be responsible to provide a microscope between two students. A high-school (or higher) quality microscope which must have its ownlight source (no mirrors) and capacity to magnify up to 400x or higher.More information on this will be sent to enrolled students prior to classes starting in September. Other materials, including dissection specimens, will be provided by instructor.
        DescriptionThis laboratory class is taken in conjunction with the biology lecture class.
        The first semester will focus on use of the microscope and basic histology of both microscopic organisms and the cellular structures of more complex organisms. During the course of the year the class will carry out a number of dissections on animal specimens which will be provided for the students. We will also examine the chemistry of life, including enzymes, diffusion, and osmosis. Throughout all the classes, proper use and format of a scientific laboratory report will be stressed and assessed.
        Lab activities to demonstrate and support the material presented in the lectures.
        Labs will usually be half an hour long. On occasion, students may be required to start class 15 minutes early at 12:30 p.m. if a large activitiy such as a dissection is being attempted.

        This class will meet for 14 weeks. Location of extra days TBD.
        PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER ADD/DROP.
        Instructor BioStephanie Smith double majored in college in Microbiology and Chemistry and has a Ph.d in Microbiology. She was a college professor, worked for the British Government regulatory agency for the food industry, then was employed as a research scientist in industry and subsequently was a lobbyist for an NGO in England before moving to the United States. Stephanie has homeschooled her children for 12 years and has taught high school level science classes at Explorers for 6 years.
        Additional Information
        High School CreditCombined with the lecture, this class provides one high school credit
        Professional Class?Professional
        Class Description

        Yearbook

        DisciplineEnrichment
        Age Groups7th/8th Grade, High School
        Age (Notes)Students will be working independently around the building, at Explorers' events, and at home. They need to be mature and self regulating.
        Instructor NameAnn Kueffner
        Second Instructor NameRachel Wampler
        Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$0
        Class Size1 to 8
        Class Length2 semester(s)
        Class Room21
        HomeworkStudents can work from home as much as they choose.
        PrerequisitesAccess to a digital camera and/or a computer
        DescriptionStudents can work in class, independently at Explorers, and from home with this web based class. Bring a camera, borrow a lap top from Mom and jump on to Picaboo.com. Yearbook advisors will be on hand during second hour to help you download and create yearbook pages on-line. If you would like to be involved in yearbook and are not available during class time, you can still participate. E-mail the teacher and she can help you get started. We need photographers during all hours of the day, and computer work can be done at home or at the library. You will be assigned a login with Picaboo.com. The yearbook will also have QR codes, so if your passion is video, we need you too. All pages for the yearbook are subject to the advisors approval.
        Explorers' Professional Class Description

        Private Piano Lessons

        DisciplineFine Arts
        Age GroupsK4/5, 1st/2nd Grade, 3rd/4th Grade, 5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
        Age (Notes)Do not need to know how to read, just be able to recognize letter A-G and numbers 1-5
        Instructor NameRonni Wilson
        Tuition/Materials Fees$255/$5
        Class Size1 to 2
        Class Length1 semester(s)
        Class Room106
        HomeworkRonni believes that practice is always required to grow musically, but she also knows that if a student isn't having fun with lessons and the piano, learning is likely to not happen. Practicing is highly encouraged, but she does not require "practice logs" as part of the learning process. Ronni offers rewards to motivate her students and encourages parents to offer a space for their child to practice at home. It's has been Ronni's experience that much musical material is remembered when the student is in a stress-free environment and is in a "playful mindset" while playing the piano. Practicing will happen when the student is enjoying the piano.
        MaterialsRonni uses the Bastien Piano Basics curriculum. There are four books - piano, performance, technique and theory. All levels are available. She also takes into consideration what each student enjoys playing and implements those genres of music in lessons.
        DescriptionDuring the 30 minute private lesson, students will learn musical theory, scales and performance songs. Ronni believes in providing a solid musical foundation where students learn to read music and can eventually play any song they desire, not just copy/memorize a piece or two. All skill levels are welcome. Classes are taught in a stress-free environment with an encouraging attitude and positive motivation. Each lesson is also tailored to the student's interests and abilities.

        Class expectations will be given at the beginning of the semester and evaluations will be provided halfway through the semester, as well as at the end.

        PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER ADD/DROP.
        Instructor BioPiano has been a part of Ronni Wilson's life since she began taking lessons at the age of three. She continued lessons until she left for college where she became a certified elementary school teacher. Throughout her college career at Eastern Michigan University, she was a member of the symphonic band and marching band from 1989 to 1993. In 1990, she became Eastern Michigan University's first female Drum Major of the then EMU Marching Hurons.

        After teaching fourth grade for four years, Ronni decided to become a stay-at-home mom and teach a few piano lessons. She began with two students in 1999. She now has over 40 students and absolutely loves her job!

        Ronni has done community musical theater, plays piano and sings in her church worship band, and plays and sings with her sister at a variety of church and community functions.

        Outside of teaching, Ronni enjoys being with her family, reading, knitting, baking bread, spending time and having fun with friends and jumping rope!
        Additional InformationPROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER ADD/DROP.
        Professional Class?Professional
        Class Description

        The Art of Warfare in the 20th Century

        DisciplineSocial Studies
        Age Groups5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
        Age (Notes)6th grade and up
        Instructor NameSam McGinnis
        Second Instructor NameJimmy Varblow
        Tuition/Materials Fees$15/$0
        Class Size4 to 10
        Class Length1 semester(s)
        Class Room2
        HomeworkThere will be a light homework load, with a final project at the end of the semester.
        MaterialsProvided by instructors
        DescriptionWe will be covering the major wars of the 20 century and how they effected our life today and everything else about the 20 century. We will focus on how the commanders won the battles through new ideas and inventions. This would be covering the strategies employed, the commanders who employed them, and the technology introduced in these wars.
        Instructor BioFour to five years of researching and studying wars, strategies, and tactics.
        Four years on research via videos, books, library, etc. World War II alone.
        Many hours pouring over maps during my studies.
        Opportunity to speak with veterans on military subjects.
        Taken trips and been on the grounds where actual battles have taken place.
        Have been to reenactments, and listened to people dressed in period costumes give lectures.
        I have access to a real history buff who’ll talk with me about the subject often.
        For me, this is and has been a passion.
        Additional InformationThe instructors for this course will be high schoolers Sam McGinnis and James Varblow. Both are decidedly qualified for this topic. Sam McGinnis has spent years of extensive research on WWII, especially on battle tactics and strategies. James meanwhile is significantly knowledgeable on the topic of military weapons and technology. Both are passionate about the subject.
        Mrs McGinnis will be monitoring the class.
        Class Description

        Great Books

        DisciplineLanguage Arts
        Age GroupsHigh School
        Instructor NameSinead Revard
        Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$10
        Class Size5 to 12
        Class Length1 semester(s)
        MaterialsBook list to be determined by instructor after talking with students after sign up.
        DescriptionThe goal of this course is to guide the student in the reading and analysis of master works of literature. Being prepared for class is essential to success. In order for the student to be able to fully participate in class discussion, assigned readings must be completed prior to coming to class. A portion of each student’s grade will be dependent upon meaningful class participation. There will also be weekly written journaling of a reading response that will be turned in and graded, with the goal of guiding the student in the writing of a literary analysis essay as the final project.
        The specific books have not been chosen yet as I would like to have a discussion with parents and students about what works they would like to cover in the course. I want the books to be challenging, fresh and exciting for students. Each participating family will be contacted via email to get feedback on the book selections and the scope/focus of the course. The books will be decided upon within 1-2 weeks of class sign up so that there will be ample opportunity for purchasing books and/or arranging for borrowing from the library. If participants have interest we can utilize either IEW’s Excellence in Literature: World Literature or IEW’s Excellence in Literature: British Literature as a guiding framework. If that is the case, each student would need a copy of the student guide which is $29.95 new. This is open to discussion and will be decided based upon student and parent feedback. I am more than happy to create an independent course framework if the IEW selections do not hold interest for the participants.
        Instructor BioSinead Revard has a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Grand Valley State University and a master’s degree in science from the University of Michigan. The majority of her professional career has been in Maternal-Child health, but she has also worked in nursing research. Sinead has had a lifelong interest in literature and writing. She minored in English literature as an undergraduate, worked as an editor for the university’s newspaper, and has experience with a broad range of writing styles-from short stories to technical/professional publications. Sinead taught undergraduate nursing students for a number of years and has a goal of finishing her doctoral degree in order to return to teaching full time. In the meantime, she enjoys being a wife to her husband, Steven, and a mom/educator for their three children—one of whom is a VERY reluctant writer that is gradually being coaxed into the world of literature.
        Additional InformationThis class can be taken for 2 semesters to aquire a full high school Language Arts credit
        High School Credit.5
        Class Description

        Introduction to Psychology

        DisciplineSocial Studies
        Age GroupsHigh School
        Instructor NameCatherine Donahue
        Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$40
        Class Size5 to 12
        Class Length2 semester(s)
        Class Room30
        CurriculumPsychology: A Christian Perspective by Dr. Tim Rice
        Homework20-30 minutes per day. Reading, quizzes, fun projects.
        Prerequisitesnone
        MaterialsNotebook, pencils, color pens, highlighters
        DescriptionThis course will introduce the study of the wonders of God's greatest physical creation; the human mind. It is a valuable endeavor for Christians to study the wonders of the mind, the brain, and human behavior. It is crucial that we do that from a Christian worldview perspective. This class will help the student solidify their own worldview, as well as equip them to recognize and evaluate the worldview assumptions underlying modern psychology's theories, its schools-of-thought, and its presentation in academia and the culture.
        Instructor BioGrowing up the daughter of a "jack-of-all-trades," Cathy Donahue's father gave her an incredible foundation for endeavors of all kinds, including her love for building with wood. She has been home schooling for 11 years. Mrs. Donahue has taught in a variety of settings to ages ranging from early childhood thru high school. Through experience and a BA in Counseling/Psychology, she has gained understanding in the learning abilities of all ages. Desiring the Word of God as her foundation in life, she obtained a second major in Theology and double-minored in Speech Communication and Childhood Development.
        Additional InformationThe $40 material fee is the cost to purchase and ship the text book. The author/publisher can offer a group discount if we order together. The student/parent can purchase it themselves or let me know and we'll co-ordinate a group purchase to be ordered by the end of June
        High School Credit1
        Class Description

        Mystery Of History Volume 1

        DisciplineSocial Studies
        Age Groups5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
        Age (Notes)High school students are welcome however, please contact team Lead Susie Livingston regarding requirements.
        Instructor NameMelanie Emerson
        Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$25 Materials
        Class Size4 to 12
        Class Length2 semester(s)
        Class Room27
        CurriculumParents will be expected to purchase Volume I of Mystery of History. Will also need to print out characters as recommened for use in timeline. Book cost range is $35-40.
        HomeworkReading assignments, extra homework, and research will be required.
        DescriptionMOH courses combine read-aloud information with age appropriate activities to create a multi-sensory curriculum for history and geography with a very strong biblical base. Reading at home will be required for this to be a successful curriculum(audio CD's are available online). discussion and activities will be completed in class. Homework expected. Each student,each week will be assigned a character or event and will be expected to do some research or study so that they can share with class what they have learned. Timeline on wall will be used to post each character or event they bring in.Maps are included in this Volume however it will be up to the parent to use these at home. Options: testing and quizes are included in this Volume. I can offer to issue test and quizes if parents prefer but takes up valuable class time.
        Additional InformationHigh School Students who would like a high school Social Studies credit will be required to do the high school level assignments.
        Class Description

        Swing Dance

        DisciplineCreative Arts
        Age Groups7th/8th Grade, High School
        Age (Notes)6th graders allowed
        Instructor NameJohn Paul Gjernes
        Tuition/Materials Fees$10/$0
        Class Size4 to 10
        Class Length1 semester(s)
        Class Room22/34
        DescriptionWe will learn in this class the basics of swing; steps, spins, dips. We will work our way up to more challenging moves, but will progress at the pace of those in class, so no worry.
        We'll be learning East coast and west coast styles of swing mixed with a bit of country.
        Instructor BioI am John-Paul Gjernes. I have been a part of Explorers for the past six year's. Being involed in many of the different classes offered in this co-op, and in many of the shows produced in the drama department.
        I first started learning swing dancing three year's ago and have continued learning since. I find it is a wonderful way to meet people and to have a good time. Especailly through teaching others. I have taught dozens of people swing over the past few year's and always smile and enjoy watching others take up what I have shown them.
        Class Description

        Chat and Craft

        Disciplineart
        Age Groups5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
        Age (Notes)adults are welcome.
        Instructor NameAmy Parrish
        Tuition/Materials Fees$24/$0
        Class Size2 to 20
        Class Length1 semester(s)
        Class Room1
        MaterialsIf you have any extra craft items, we will be accepted donations.
        DescriptionPintrest/grab bag style crafts in a relaxed drop in atmosphere. Room will be set up in the afternoon for moms or students to drop in and work on craft projects. Each student/parent will pay the class fee and can come into craft room for any free time during the afternoon.


        5th hour

        Class Description

        Study Hall

        Age Groups7th/8th Grade, High School
        Instructor NameAmy Parrish
        Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$0
        Class Size1 to 14
        Class Length1 semester(s)
        Class RoomSilent 4/5,Quiet 6/7
        DescriptionStudy Hall - Please keep this one quiet if there is only one room available to us. All students who sign up for this class must remain in the classroom the entire class period. No wandering around the building. Attendance will be taken. All students must be accounted for.
        Additional InformationAll students must remain in the classroom during the entire class period. If a student is not going to be in the classroom, they need to notify the team leader, Linda Hall.
        Explorers' Professional Class Description

        Private Guitar Lessons

        DisciplineMusic
        Age Groups1st/2nd Grade, 3rd/4th Grade, 5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
        Instructor NameJeff Davis
        Tuition/Materials Fees$297/$0
        Class Size1 to 2
        Class Length1 semester(s)
        Class RoomLibrary
        CurriculumSyllabus is tailored to fit the learning style, musical interest, and pace that is appropriate for the individual student.
        HomeworkDaily practice (15-30 minutes or more)
        PrerequisitesNone
        MaterialsStudents will need their own instrument. Instructor is able to provide information for the purchase of a quality, beginning level instrument; needed before the start of class.
        Hal Leonard guitar method books 1-3
        Binder with Lined paper
        Tablature paper
        DescriptionPrivate lesson students from the studio of Jeff Davis will learn all the necessary skills needed to play the guitar. Mr. Davis teaches students of all ages and levels, from rock to classical guitar. These lessons are 1/2 hour long. They will be taught from a unique curriculum created over a 25 year span of teaching. Students may bring either an acoustic or electric guitar to learn from. Lessons will be adapted to the skill level of each individual. A beginner will learn chords, simple strums, and tuning. You will also be introduced to the basic elements of rhythm and harmony in both standard notation and tabliture in both solo and ensemble settings.

        Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
        •Play basic open position chords: A, D, E, G, C, Am, Em, A7, B7, D7, E7, G7
        •Play simple melodies in both standard notation and tabliture
        •Play essential accompaniment strums in 4/4 and 3/4 time
        •Play I-IV-V tunes in A, D, G, and E
        •Perform guitar music in both solo and ensemble settings
        •Know the basic parts of the guitar
        •Understand the historical and cultural significance of the guitar

        Class expectations will be given at the beginning of the semester and evaluations will be provided halfway through the semester, as well as at the end.

        PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER ADD/DROP.
        Instructor BioMr. Jeff Davis is one of the most popular guitar instructors in the Plymouth Canton area. Teaching since 1987, Mr. Davis has taught thousands of students to learn to play the guitar; both in private and classroom settings. Mr. Davis is a performing Classical Guitarist, the Director/Owner of Music Plymouth School of Music, and the author of 4 method books which all of his 45 weekly students learn from. Jeff has earned three degrees; Associate of Arts from Schoolcraft College, Bachelors of Music Performance as well as a Bachelors in Teacher Education with state of Michigan K-8 endorsement.
        Mr. Davis philosophy for teaching is to provide a comfortable, and dynamically fun learning environment in which all students may thrive. It is Mr. Davis' desire to teach all students, regardless of musical background or style and introduce the necessary concepts to build excitement in learning to play the Guitar.
        Additional InformationPROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER ADD/DROP.
        Professional Class?Professional
        Explorers' Professional Class Description

        Private Voice/Piano Lessons

        DisciplineMusic
        Age GroupsK4/5, 1st/2nd Grade, 3rd/4th Grade, 5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
        Age (Notes)Piano lessons are for all ages, K-12

        Voice lessons are for middle school and high school students.
        Instructor NameTrish Pino
        Tuition/Materials Fees$255/$5 fee for music
        Class Size1 to 2
        Class Length1 semester(s)
        Class RoomSanctuary
        CurriculumVoice: Christian contemporary, musical theatre, classical music or requested titles

        Piano: Faber and Faber Piano curriculum, supplemental songs
        HomeworkPractice 15 minutes/ 5 days
        PrerequisitesVoice: a love for singing.

        Piano: an iterest in learning to play or strengthening skills on the piano.
        MaterialsVoice/Piano: $5-15 fee will be assessed by instructor if student needs to purchase a new book. Plan on one book/semester
        DescriptionLessons are available 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th. There are two openings per hour as these are 1/2 hour lessons.
        In voice, students will learn how to properly use their voice in order to strengthen and grow it in a healthy way, as well as build a personal repertoire. The goal will be to customize each lesson to the skill level of the student and focus on all aspects of performance such as diction, phrasing, stage presence, breathing, artistic expression, etc.

        For piano, students will learn proper technique at the piano, how to hold their hands and wrists, sit correctly, and how to use their fingers. They will be given exercises and songs to practice during the week which will strengthen their fingers and enforce proper techniques learned. Students will also learn to read music and basic music theory. Piano is a great starter instrument since many of the skills will translate to other instruments.

        If desired, both voice and piano students will have the opportunity to perform in the Extravaganza.

        Class expectations will be given at the beginning of the semester and evaluations will be provided halfway through the semester, as well as at the end.

        PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER ADD/DROP.
        Instructor BioInstructor Bio
        Trish Pino earned her Bachelor’s of Music in Music Education from the State University of NY at Fredonia and is certified in K-12 Vocal and General Music.  She then took a one year placement as a 6th-12th grade vocal and general music teacher.  After that, she studied at Belmont University and received her Master’s of Music in Music Education with a concentration in Vocal and Secondary Education.  After receiving her Master’s degree, she taught for 5 years at Currey Ingram Academy in Nashville, TN where she was responsible for 5th-6th grade general music classes, choir, and band.  She also has over 13 years of experience as a private piano and voice teacher.  Mrs. Pino served as the Music Director at Keystone Church in Saline for 4 years and now has her own practice of private piano and voice students.  
        Additional InformationThese are 1/2 hour lessons. You will need to talk with the instructor about which half of the hour you would like. Please note: each semester the student will receive 11 lessons. On the 12th week, the student will be expected to stay in the sanctuary in order to rehearse for the Extravaganza. If your child does not participate in the Extravaganza, he/she should not plan on a lesson that week; although if the sanctuary is empty and Mrs.Pino is not required for Extravaganza rehearsals, you may be able to do some singing/piano. Additionally, there is a possibility that a fee will be assessed for an accompanist for the Extravaganza, if necessary. Typical accompanist fees vary.
        (Please note: priority enrollment for 2nd semester will be given to those enrolled during 1st semester)

        PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER ADD/DROP.
        Professional Class?Professional
        Explorers' Professional Class Description

        Private Piano Lessons

        DisciplineFine Arts
        Age GroupsK4/5, 1st/2nd Grade, 3rd/4th Grade, 5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
        Age (Notes)Do not need to know how to read, just be able to recognize letter A-G and numbers 1-5
        Instructor NameRonni Wilson
        Tuition/Materials Fees$255/$5
        Class Size1 to 2
        Class Length1 semester(s)
        Class Room106
        HomeworkRonni believes that practice is always required to grow musically, but she also knows that if a student isn't having fun with lessons and the piano, learning is likely to not happen. Practicing is highly encouraged, but she does not require "practice logs" as part of the learning process. Ronni offers rewards to motivate her students and encourages parents to offer a space for their child to practice at home. It's has been Ronni's experience that much musical material is remembered when the student is in a stress-free environment and is in a "playful mindset" while playing the piano. Practicing will happen when the student is enjoying the piano.
        MaterialsRonni uses the Bastien Piano Basics curriculum. There are four books - piano, performance, technique and theory. All levels are available. She also takes into consideration what each student enjoys playing and implements those genres of music in lessons.
        DescriptionDuring the 30 minute private lesson, students will learn musical theory, scales and performance songs. Ronni believes in providing a solid musical foundation where students learn to read music and can eventually play any song they desire, not just copy/memorize a piece or two. All skill levels are welcome. Classes are taught in a stress-free environment with an encouraging attitude and positive motivation. Each lesson is also tailored to the student's interests and abilities.

        Class expectations will be given at the beginning of the semester and evaluations will be provided halfway through the semester, as well as at the end.

        PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER ADD/DROP.
        Instructor BioPiano has been a part of Ronni Wilson's life since she began taking lessons at the age of three. She continued lessons until she left for college where she became a certified elementary school teacher. Throughout her college career at Eastern Michigan University, she was a member of the symphonic band and marching band from 1989 to 1993. In 1990, she became Eastern Michigan University's first female Drum Major of the then EMU Marching Hurons.

        After teaching fourth grade for four years, Ronni decided to become a stay-at-home mom and teach a few piano lessons. She began with two students in 1999. She now has over 40 students and absolutely loves her job!

        Ronni has done community musical theater, plays piano and sings in her church worship band, and plays and sings with her sister at a variety of church and community functions.

        Outside of teaching, Ronni enjoys being with her family, reading, knitting, baking bread, spending time and having fun with friends and jumping rope!
        Additional InformationPROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER ADD/DROP.
        Professional Class?Professional
        Explorers' Professional Class Description

        Private Math & Science Tutoring

        Age Groups5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
        Instructor NameDenise Kratz
        Tuition/Materials Fees$60/$0 There is no materials fee, but student must provide the curriculum.
        Class Size1 to 2
        Class Length1 semester(s)
        Class Room8/9
        HomeworkHomework will be assigned each week, based on the lessons reviewed, due the next week. Tests will also be assigned in this manner. The amount of homework assigned depends on the rate at which the student is able to progress. No extra homework or tests given if tutoring is a supplement to an Explorers' class.
        DescriptionThis is a 30 minute class. If you wish for your student to be tutored for the entire class, please sign up for 2 time slots.
        This is one-on-one science and/or math tutoring. The parent chooses the curriculum. This is a non-graded class as tutoring is meant to be a supplement to learning at home. Lessons will be reviewed, homework gone over and tests graded. The parent is responsible for the final grade. If the tutoring is a supplement to an Explorers' class, no extra homework or tests will be given. In this case, questions will be answered and explanations given into the concepts being taught in class.
        PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER DROP/ADD
        Instructor BioDenise Kratz earned a B.S. in Biology from Arkansas State University, and worked toward a Master's in Chemistry at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She worked as a Quality Control Chemist for 7 years at Geo Specialty Chemicals in Little Rock, and has taught and tutored upper-level math and science both privately and in homeschool groups for the past 6 years.
        Additional InformationPROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER THE DROP/ADD PERIOD.
        Professional Class?Professional
        Class Description

        Spanish 1

        DisciplineWorld Languages
        Age Groups7th/8th Grade, High School
        Instructor NameTom Sponseller
        Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$10
        Class Size4 to 12
        Class Length2 semester(s)
        Class Room30
        CurriculumYou will need to purchase
        Spanish: Middle / High School (Skills for Success) by Cynthia Downs
        Homework2-3 hrs/week
        MaterialsNotebook and text listed below.
        DescriptionThis course will combine the traditional introduction to Spanish grammar, vocabulary, and culture with a large dose of full immersion. Students will be thrown into the deep end with exposure to (appropriate) music, sporting events, weather forecasts, and news. All the while they will have the lifeline of a traditional text with grammar, vocabulary building, and exercises. By the end of the course students should be able to read any text with near perfect pronunciation (even if they don’t understand it all!), and they should be able to understand some portion of full-speed Spanish as spoken by native-speakers.
        Instructor BioTom Sponseller is a civil engineer with a Bachelors of Science in Engineering from the University of Michigan, and a Master's in Civil Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. He studied Spanish in high-school, however he really learned the language by living with a Venezuelan family for a year. He works at a materials testing lab in Ann Arbor, where he lives with his wife and three children.
        Additional Information I hope to have students listen to a lot of spoken Spanish, possibly through a podcast I was going to set up for the course. Students will need access to a computer.

        High School Credit1
        Class Description

        Economics

        DisciplineSocial Studies
        Age GroupsHigh School
        Instructor NameAmy Vink
        Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$10 Copies
        Class Size4 to 12
        Class Length1 semester(s)
        Class Room2
        DescriptionHere is an overview to our Explorer’s High School Economics course. We are using a series of 3 books by Richard Maybury. Their titles are Whatever Happened to Penny Candy 6th edition, The Money Mystery 3rd edition, and the Clipper Ship Strategy revised edition (copyright 2003). All students need to have these books by the first day of class. Homework will consist of assigned readings and written chapter summaries. Students will also have homework related to forming a personal budget and investment research. Each class will begin with a quiz which will include vocabulary and questions about the previous week’s reading. We will have 3 tests, one per book. (No quizzes on test days.) Grades will be awarded as follows: 30% for completed homework, 30% for quizzes, and 40% for tests.
        This is a one semester class followed by a semester of Civics with Dennis Donahue
        High School Credit.5
        Class Description

        Drama Improv

        DisciplineTheater Arts
        Age Groups7th/8th Grade, High School
        Instructor NameLenora McGinnis
        Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$0
        Class Size5 to 13
        Class Length1 semester(s)
        Class Room24/35
        DescriptionIn this class students will learn improvisation techniques. Students will spend time on practicing improvisation in class. There will be minimal homework. They will learn how to be comfortable "on the fly", how to choose actions and responses that make sense, and how to choose a character quickly - staying within the emotion and character of a scene. We will answer a variety of questions such as, how do we end? Our end of the semester project will be performed at Extravaganza.
        Class Description

        Foundations in Personal Finance

        DisciplineElective
        Age GroupsHigh School
        Age (Notes)HS, mature middleschoolers with instructor approval
        Instructor NameLinda Selby
        Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$10
        Class Size4 to 12
        Class Length2 semester(s)
        Class Room21
        Curriculum“Foundations in Personal Finance Home School Student Text”.
        HomeworkStudents will have 1 to 1 ½ hours of homework each week primarily from their student text.
        MaterialsEach student will need to purchase “Foundations in Personal Finance Home School Student Text”. Here is one link to the text: http://www.rainbowresource.com/product/sku/058148
        DescriptionWe will be using the high school edition of Dave Ramsey’s Foundations in Personal Finance to learn about saving, budgeting, debt, life after high school and more. Each week we will watch video lessons, discuss and complete activities in the student text.
        Instructor BioLinda has homeschooled for the past 9 years. She has a BA in Business Administration with a major in Accounting and an MBA. She is the owner of the Dexter Blueberry Farm. She loves to do crafts in her spare time.
        Class Description

        Chat and Craft

        Disciplineart
        Age Groups5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
        Age (Notes)adults are welcome.
        Instructor NameAmy Parrish
        Tuition/Materials Fees$24/$0
        Class Size2 to 20
        Class Length1 semester(s)
        Class Room1
        MaterialsIf you have any extra craft items, we will be accepted donations.
        DescriptionPintrest/grab bag style crafts in a relaxed drop in atmosphere. Room will be set up in the afternoon for moms or students to drop in and work on craft projects. Each student/parent will pay the class fee and can come into craft room for any free time during the afternoon.


        6th hour

        Class Description

        Study Hall

        Age Groups7th/8th Grade, High School
        Instructor NameAmy Parrish
        Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$0
        Class Size1 to 14
        Class Length1 semester(s)
        Class RoomSilent 4/5,Quiet 6/7
        DescriptionStudy Hall - Please keep this one quiet if there is only one room available to us. All students who sign up for this class must remain in the classroom the entire class period. No wandering around the building. Attendance will be taken. All students must be accounted for.
        Additional InformationAll students must remain in the classroom during the entire class period. If a student is not going to be in the classroom, they need to notify the team leader, Linda Hall.
        Explorers' Professional Class Description

        Private Guitar Lessons

        DisciplineMusic
        Age Groups1st/2nd Grade, 3rd/4th Grade, 5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
        Instructor NameJeff Davis
        Tuition/Materials Fees$297/$0
        Class Size1 to 2
        Class Length1 semester(s)
        Class RoomLibrary
        CurriculumSyllabus is tailored to fit the learning style, musical interest, and pace that is appropriate for the individual student.
        HomeworkDaily practice (15-30 minutes or more)
        PrerequisitesNone
        MaterialsStudents will need their own instrument. Instructor is able to provide information for the purchase of a quality, beginning level instrument; needed before the start of class.
        Hal Leonard guitar method books 1-3
        Binder with Lined paper
        Tablature paper
        DescriptionPrivate lesson students from the studio of Jeff Davis will learn all the necessary skills needed to play the guitar. Mr. Davis teaches students of all ages and levels, from rock to classical guitar. These lessons are 1/2 hour long. They will be taught from a unique curriculum created over a 25 year span of teaching. Students may bring either an acoustic or electric guitar to learn from. Lessons will be adapted to the skill level of each individual. A beginner will learn chords, simple strums, and tuning. You will also be introduced to the basic elements of rhythm and harmony in both standard notation and tabliture in both solo and ensemble settings.

        Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
        •Play basic open position chords: A, D, E, G, C, Am, Em, A7, B7, D7, E7, G7
        •Play simple melodies in both standard notation and tabliture
        •Play essential accompaniment strums in 4/4 and 3/4 time
        •Play I-IV-V tunes in A, D, G, and E
        •Perform guitar music in both solo and ensemble settings
        •Know the basic parts of the guitar
        •Understand the historical and cultural significance of the guitar

        Class expectations will be given at the beginning of the semester and evaluations will be provided halfway through the semester, as well as at the end.

        PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER ADD/DROP.
        Instructor BioMr. Jeff Davis is one of the most popular guitar instructors in the Plymouth Canton area. Teaching since 1987, Mr. Davis has taught thousands of students to learn to play the guitar; both in private and classroom settings. Mr. Davis is a performing Classical Guitarist, the Director/Owner of Music Plymouth School of Music, and the author of 4 method books which all of his 45 weekly students learn from. Jeff has earned three degrees; Associate of Arts from Schoolcraft College, Bachelors of Music Performance as well as a Bachelors in Teacher Education with state of Michigan K-8 endorsement.
        Mr. Davis philosophy for teaching is to provide a comfortable, and dynamically fun learning environment in which all students may thrive. It is Mr. Davis' desire to teach all students, regardless of musical background or style and introduce the necessary concepts to build excitement in learning to play the Guitar.
        Additional InformationPROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER ADD/DROP.
        Professional Class?Professional
        Explorers' Professional Class Description

        Private Voice/Piano Lessons

        DisciplineMusic
        Age GroupsK4/5, 1st/2nd Grade, 3rd/4th Grade, 5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
        Age (Notes)Piano lessons are for all ages, K-12

        Voice lessons are for middle school and high school students.
        Instructor NameTrish Pino
        Tuition/Materials Fees$255/$5 fee for music
        Class Size1 to 2
        Class Length1 semester(s)
        Class RoomSanctuary
        CurriculumVoice: Christian contemporary, musical theatre, classical music or requested titles

        Piano: Faber and Faber Piano curriculum, supplemental songs
        HomeworkPractice 15 minutes/ 5 days
        PrerequisitesVoice: a love for singing.

        Piano: an iterest in learning to play or strengthening skills on the piano.
        MaterialsVoice/Piano: $5-15 fee will be assessed by instructor if student needs to purchase a new book. Plan on one book/semester
        DescriptionLessons are available 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th. There are two openings per hour as these are 1/2 hour lessons.
        In voice, students will learn how to properly use their voice in order to strengthen and grow it in a healthy way, as well as build a personal repertoire. The goal will be to customize each lesson to the skill level of the student and focus on all aspects of performance such as diction, phrasing, stage presence, breathing, artistic expression, etc.

        For piano, students will learn proper technique at the piano, how to hold their hands and wrists, sit correctly, and how to use their fingers. They will be given exercises and songs to practice during the week which will strengthen their fingers and enforce proper techniques learned. Students will also learn to read music and basic music theory. Piano is a great starter instrument since many of the skills will translate to other instruments.

        If desired, both voice and piano students will have the opportunity to perform in the Extravaganza.

        Class expectations will be given at the beginning of the semester and evaluations will be provided halfway through the semester, as well as at the end.

        PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER ADD/DROP.
        Instructor BioInstructor Bio
        Trish Pino earned her Bachelor’s of Music in Music Education from the State University of NY at Fredonia and is certified in K-12 Vocal and General Music.  She then took a one year placement as a 6th-12th grade vocal and general music teacher.  After that, she studied at Belmont University and received her Master’s of Music in Music Education with a concentration in Vocal and Secondary Education.  After receiving her Master’s degree, she taught for 5 years at Currey Ingram Academy in Nashville, TN where she was responsible for 5th-6th grade general music classes, choir, and band.  She also has over 13 years of experience as a private piano and voice teacher.  Mrs. Pino served as the Music Director at Keystone Church in Saline for 4 years and now has her own practice of private piano and voice students.  
        Additional InformationThese are 1/2 hour lessons. You will need to talk with the instructor about which half of the hour you would like. Please note: each semester the student will receive 11 lessons. On the 12th week, the student will be expected to stay in the sanctuary in order to rehearse for the Extravaganza. If your child does not participate in the Extravaganza, he/she should not plan on a lesson that week; although if the sanctuary is empty and Mrs.Pino is not required for Extravaganza rehearsals, you may be able to do some singing/piano. Additionally, there is a possibility that a fee will be assessed for an accompanist for the Extravaganza, if necessary. Typical accompanist fees vary.
        (Please note: priority enrollment for 2nd semester will be given to those enrolled during 1st semester)

        PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER ADD/DROP.
        Professional Class?Professional
        Explorers' Professional Class Description

        Private Piano Lessons

        DisciplineFine Arts
        Age GroupsK4/5, 1st/2nd Grade, 3rd/4th Grade, 5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
        Age (Notes)Do not need to know how to read, just be able to recognize letter A-G and numbers 1-5
        Instructor NameRonni Wilson
        Tuition/Materials Fees$255/$5
        Class Size1 to 2
        Class Length1 semester(s)
        Class Room106
        HomeworkRonni believes that practice is always required to grow musically, but she also knows that if a student isn't having fun with lessons and the piano, learning is likely to not happen. Practicing is highly encouraged, but she does not require "practice logs" as part of the learning process. Ronni offers rewards to motivate her students and encourages parents to offer a space for their child to practice at home. It's has been Ronni's experience that much musical material is remembered when the student is in a stress-free environment and is in a "playful mindset" while playing the piano. Practicing will happen when the student is enjoying the piano.
        MaterialsRonni uses the Bastien Piano Basics curriculum. There are four books - piano, performance, technique and theory. All levels are available. She also takes into consideration what each student enjoys playing and implements those genres of music in lessons.
        DescriptionDuring the 30 minute private lesson, students will learn musical theory, scales and performance songs. Ronni believes in providing a solid musical foundation where students learn to read music and can eventually play any song they desire, not just copy/memorize a piece or two. All skill levels are welcome. Classes are taught in a stress-free environment with an encouraging attitude and positive motivation. Each lesson is also tailored to the student's interests and abilities.

        Class expectations will be given at the beginning of the semester and evaluations will be provided halfway through the semester, as well as at the end.

        PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER ADD/DROP.
        Instructor BioPiano has been a part of Ronni Wilson's life since she began taking lessons at the age of three. She continued lessons until she left for college where she became a certified elementary school teacher. Throughout her college career at Eastern Michigan University, she was a member of the symphonic band and marching band from 1989 to 1993. In 1990, she became Eastern Michigan University's first female Drum Major of the then EMU Marching Hurons.

        After teaching fourth grade for four years, Ronni decided to become a stay-at-home mom and teach a few piano lessons. She began with two students in 1999. She now has over 40 students and absolutely loves her job!

        Ronni has done community musical theater, plays piano and sings in her church worship band, and plays and sings with her sister at a variety of church and community functions.

        Outside of teaching, Ronni enjoys being with her family, reading, knitting, baking bread, spending time and having fun with friends and jumping rope!
        Additional InformationPROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER ADD/DROP.
        Professional Class?Professional
        Explorers' Professional Class Description

        Games with The Coach

        DisciplinePhysical Education
        Age Groups5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
        Age (Notes)No 5th graders. 6th graders with permission from team leader, Susie Livingston.
        Instructor NameDave Gremban
        Tuition/Materials Fees$30/$0
        Class Size6 to 20
        Class Length1 semester(s)
        Class RoomGym
        DescriptionCome out for baseball, basketball, football, kickball, soccer, ultimate frisbee, capture the flag, and more. We'll learn the rules and skills and then play the game.
        PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER ADD/DROP.
        Instructor BioDave Gremban loves sports and teaching. In regard to sports, he serves as the director for Trophy Sports Club, a non-profit sports club serving the greater Ann Arbor area. In regard to teaching, he is the pastor of a non-denominational church, and has extensive youth group leadership experience as well. A few years ago, he taught chemistry for another homeschool co-op in the area. He and his wife Sue are homeschool parents with three awesome sons (ages 17, 15, and 11).
        Additional InformationPROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER ADD/DROP.
        Professional Class?Professional
        Explorers' Professional Class Description

        Private Math & Science Tutoring

        Age Groups5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
        Instructor NameDenise Kratz
        Tuition/Materials Fees$60/$0 There is no materials fee, but student must provide the curriculum.
        Class Size1 to 2
        Class Length1 semester(s)
        Class Room8/9
        HomeworkHomework will be assigned each week, based on the lessons reviewed, due the next week. Tests will also be assigned in this manner. The amount of homework assigned depends on the rate at which the student is able to progress. No extra homework or tests given if tutoring is a supplement to an Explorers' class.
        DescriptionThis is a 30 minute class. If you wish for your student to be tutored for the entire class, please sign up for 2 time slots.
        This is one-on-one science and/or math tutoring. The parent chooses the curriculum. This is a non-graded class as tutoring is meant to be a supplement to learning at home. Lessons will be reviewed, homework gone over and tests graded. The parent is responsible for the final grade. If the tutoring is a supplement to an Explorers' class, no extra homework or tests will be given. In this case, questions will be answered and explanations given into the concepts being taught in class.
        PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER DROP/ADD
        Instructor BioDenise Kratz earned a B.S. in Biology from Arkansas State University, and worked toward a Master's in Chemistry at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She worked as a Quality Control Chemist for 7 years at Geo Specialty Chemicals in Little Rock, and has taught and tutored upper-level math and science both privately and in homeschool groups for the past 6 years.
        Additional InformationPROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER THE DROP/ADD PERIOD.
        Professional Class?Professional
        Class Description

        Theatre Troupe

        DisciplinePerforming Arts
        Age Groups7th/8th Grade, High School
        Age (Notes)This class is for 6th-12th grade. Students in 6th grade will need to be added to the class by Susie Livingston. 5th grade students need permission from Instructors. Please let Susie Livingston know and she will add your student to the class.
        Instructor NameAnna Valaskova
        Second Instructor NamePolly Gjernes
        Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$75 Materials, rentals, & director fees.($75 fee for 2nd semester as well)
        Class Size8 to 25
        Class Length2 semester(s)
        Class Room22/34, 24/35
        HomeworkThis class culminates in a performance outside regular Explorers term and students will be required to commit to all extra rehearsals and performances. Students must spend time outside of class learning material. Students, as well as parents, will be required to assist in the technical aspects of the production as well as 3-4 fundraising events.
        Description This class will be performing an adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit. Public performances are tentatively set at Concordia University’s Kreft Center for the Arts in mid to late May 2018 (either of the middle weekends of May are possible performance dates). In class students will be working on both onstage and technical aspect of the production. Students interested in only backstage work can also register for the class.
        Instructor BioAnna has extensive experience and education in both adult and children’s theatre – directing, designing and acting; as well as teaching classes for all ages. After earning a Master of Fine Arts at EMU in Children’s Theatre, Anna directed a children’s theatre program in Salina, KS. Anna has directed and taught at every level, including university. Children have a unique talent for ‘playing’ and acting is just guiding that talent to a specific story.
        Additional InformationClass Length – 2 semesters, can be taken only 2nd semester WITH INSTRUCTORS PERMISSION.

        Parents of participants will be required to participate in 3-4 fundraising events, 3 parent meetings per semester (tentatively at week 2,6 & 11), production work of approximately 20-30 hours over the course of the year, a production week assignment, and with move-in and strike.
        (a $75 fee will be charged 2nd semester also)
        High School Credit1
        Class Description

        Swing Dance

        DisciplineCreative Arts
        Age Groups7th/8th Grade, High School
        Instructor NameJohn Paul Gjernes
        Tuition/Materials Fees$10/$0
        Class Size5 to 12
        Class Length1 semester(s)
        Class Room28/29
        PrerequisitesNone
        DescriptionWe will learn in this class the basics of swing; steps, spins, dips. We will work our way up to more challenging moves, but will progress at the pace of those in class, so no worry.
        We'll be learning East coast and west coast styles of swing mixed with abit of country.
        I truly hope everyone throughly enjoys learning swing.
        Instructor BioI am John-Paul Gjernes. I have been a part of Explorers for the past six year's. Being involed in many of the different classes offered in this co-op, and in many of the shows produced in the drama department.
        I first started learning swing dancing three year's ago and have continued learning since. I find it is a wonderful way to meet people and to have a good time. Especailly through teaching others. I have taught dozens of people swing over the past few year's and always smile and enjoy watching others take up what I have shown them.
        Additional InformationThis is a student led professional class. John Paul has great skill in swing dancing and loves to share the fun.
        Class Description

        Chat and Craft

        Disciplineart
        Age Groups5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
        Age (Notes)adults are welcome.
        Instructor NameAmy Parrish
        Tuition/Materials Fees$24/$0
        Class Size2 to 20
        Class Length1 semester(s)
        Class Room1
        MaterialsIf you have any extra craft items, we will be accepted donations.
        DescriptionPintrest/grab bag style crafts in a relaxed drop in atmosphere. Room will be set up in the afternoon for moms or students to drop in and work on craft projects. Each student/parent will pay the class fee and can come into craft room for any free time during the afternoon.
        Class Description

        Electronics

        DisciplineScience
        Age Groups7th/8th Grade, High School
        Age (Notes)6th graders welcome with Team Leader approval. Please contact Susie Livingston
        Instructor NameTom Sponseller
        Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$20 electronic kits
        Class Size4 to 12
        Class Length1 semester(s)
        Class Room30
        Prerequisitesnone
        DescriptionThe class would introduce basic electronic components, soldering, basic ideas, using a multi-meter to understand circuits, building some simple circuits, and then building a few projects over the course of a semester. There are a lot of DIY kits out there that cost about $10 each.
        Instructor BioTom Sponseller is a civil engineer with a Bachelors of Science in Engineering from the University of Michigan, and a Master's in Civil Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. He studied Spanish in high-school, however he really learned the language by living with a Venezuelan family for a year. He works at a materials testing lab in Ann Arbor, where he lives with his wife and three children.


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        Class Description

        SAT Prep Independent Study with Mrs. Vink

        DisciplineStudy/Test taking skills
        Age GroupsHigh School
        Age (Notes)Suited for juniors and seniors only
        Instructor NameAmy Vink
        Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$0
        Class Size1 to 5
        Class Length1 semester(s)
        Class RoomTBD
        HomeworkTesting practice time will be required
        MaterialsStudents will need to purchase SAT Prep book.
        DescriptionThis class will be an independent study/private tutoring with Mrs. Vink. She will keep you on track with testing practice and grade any work completed allowing you to see where to focus your studies.
        Meeting times will be worked out privately with Mrs. Vink.
        PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER ADD/DROP PERIOD


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