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        1st hour

        Class Description

        Study Hall

        Age Groups7th/8th Grade, High School
        Instructor NamePolly Gjernes
        Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$0
        Class Size1 to 14
        Class Length2 semester(s)
        Class Room2
        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 NameSpencer Hanson
        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
        DescriptionAs a music teacher Spencer values learning by improvisation, and emphasizes creativity and having fun. He has had experience teaching a large range of ages, and focuses on tailoring lessons to the needs and abilities of each individual student.
        Evaluations will be provided halfway through the semester, as well as at the end.

        PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
        Instructor BioSpencer Hanson has been playing music avidly for the last 13 years. He attended Eastern Michigan University’s School of Music, with his main instrument being the classical guitar. During his time at EMU, Spencer was a member of multiple jazz combos, where he played electric jazz guitar, as well as electric and double bass. With these jazz combos he has performed at events such as the Eastern Michigan University Regent’s Dinner, the Ann Arbor Art Fair, 5:01 Jazz in Ann Arbor, and the Michigan Jazz Festival. Spencer is also part of a local band that has played numerous shows in states across the Midwest.
        As a music teacher Spencer values learning by improvisation, and emphasizes creativity and having fun. He has had experience teaching a large range of ages, and focuses on tailoring lessons to the needs and abilities of each individual student.
        Additional InformationPROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
        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 REGISTRATION CLOSES.
        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 Brennan
        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 REGISTRATION CLOSES.
        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 InformationLessons will begin the second half of first hour (9:25 a.m.)

        PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
        Professional Class?Professional
        Class Description

        Teaching American Sign Language

        DisciplineWorld Languages
        Age GroupsHigh School
        Age (Notes)This class is for Gabe Gjernes, Isabel Pierzynowski, and Mary Parrish
        Instructor NameSusie Livingston
        Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$0
        Class Size3 to 3
        Class Length2 semester(s)
        Class Room27
        Prerequisites.
        DescriptionThis is a continuing class for the students who have been learning ASL the past few years at Explorers under Ms. Gjernes. These three students will serve as instructors to the lower level ASL class. They will be mentored by Ms. Teresa Gjernes.
        High School Credit1
        Explorers' Professional Class Description

        Painting with Acrylics

        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 Size4 to 18
        Class Length1 semester(s)
        Class Room10/11
        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. Veteran students are encouraged to return, and new students are warmly welcome!
        This class is for students aged 11 years and above. 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 REGISTRATION CLOSES.
        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.
        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 REGISTRATION CLOSES.
        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. FEES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
        Professional Class?Professional
        Explorers' Professional Class Description

        ASL

        DisciplineWorld Languages
        Age Groups5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
        Age (Notes)This is a wide age range to teach foundational ASL.
        Instructor NameMary Parrish
        Second Instructor NameIsabel Pierzynowski
        Tuition/Materials Fees$15/$0
        Class Size5 to 12
        Class Length2 semester(s)
        Class Room27
        CurriculumYou'll need the book "A Basic Course in American Sign Language second Edition" and access to the internet.
        Homework Minimal homework other than to practice using signs.
        DescriptionThis class will be taught by our three advanced ASL high school students Gabe Gjernes, Isabel Pierzynowski, and Mary Parrish. They will be mentored by Teresa Gjernes.
        This class will be a continuation of the previous Beginning American sign language though new-comers are welcome. We will be learning more signs and phrases using games, music, and worksheets. The students will continue to build their vocabulary with storytelling and weekly vocabulary sheets. PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
        Additional InformationGabe Gjernes will also instruct this class.
        Professional Class?Professional
        Explorers' Professional Class Description

        Apologia Exploring Creation with Chemistry Lecture

        DisciplineScience
        Age GroupsHigh School
        Instructor NameStephanie Smith
        Tuition/Materials Fees$85/$10 materials
        Class Size4 to 20
        Class Length2 semester(s)
        Class Room104/105
        Curriculum Apologia “Exploring Creation with Chemistry, 3rd Edn.” text. (ISBN 978-1-940110-25-7) None of the other materials for this course are necessary. Copies of tests and study guides, etc. will be supplied by the instructor
        HomeworkApproximately 1 hour a day

        Prerequisites Preferably a general science course completed in junior high, Algebra I
        Materials Notebook and writing implement
        DescriptionClass Description:
        The 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.
        PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
        Instructor Bio Stephanie Smith, Ph.D. My work experience includes teaching as a college professor, working in the UK government regulatory department for the food industry and working as a research microbiologist in the industry. I have taught high school science classes to homeschool students for 13 years.
        Additional InformationThe final grade will be given based on class participation, homework, test scores and term paper grade.
        High School Credit1
        Professional Class?Professional
        Class Description

        HS/MS Journalism/Publication

        DisciplineLanguage arts/ social studies
        Age Groups7th/8th Grade, High School
        Instructor NameAnn Kueffner
        Second Instructor NameKrista Woon
        Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$25 copies
        Class Size2 to 10
        Class Length2 semester(s)
        Class Room21
        HomeworkThere will be work done outside of class. That work will depend on your role in the class. Examples would be writing an article, conducting an interview, attending a field trip and reporting on it, drawing a comic strip, or possibly answering an advice column.
        DescriptionJ/P is a class that will give each student a taste of the many different aspects of printed journalism. They will learn the importance, and power, of stories printed in both written and picture form. Each semester the class will publish 3-4 newsletters. Students will have varying jobs throughout the semester, including reporter, photographer, editor, copywriter, etc. The newsletter may have an advice column, a running comic storyline and an opinion column. The plan is that while each student will get a taste of the many jobs that are involved in printed journalism, they will discover their strengths, and weaknesses, and build a stronger communication skill set.
        Additional InformationThis class is being offered every hour but will be one class. Occasionally there will be lunch meetings to make sure the entire class is on the same page, literally.
        High School Credit1
        Class Description

        US History

        DisciplineSocial Studies
        Age GroupsHigh School
        Instructor NameTerry Brennan
        Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$10 online courses
        Class Size4 to 12
        Class Length1 semester(s)
        Class Room101
        HomeworkApproximately 2 hours of online lectures per week.
        PrerequisitesAccess to online learning
        MaterialsMaterials will be selected during the summer.
        DescriptionStudents will gain an understanding of the major events in the history of our nation. While a general overview will be part of the class, a deeper dive into the Founding and Cold War eras will be emphasized. Flipped classroom model used, meaning lecture materials will be used at home, while classroom discussion further cements the lessons. Writing assignments could be incorporated via a cross-over effort with english/writing instructors.
        Instructor BioTerry Brennan is an Explorers dad who has spent decades training the Ann Arbor community. His company works with people in their homes to develop personalized training plans based on their unique circumstances. Terry is certified through the National Academy of Sports Medicine, and is insured.
        Additional InformationThe course fee will be determined by the number of students registered and the cost of the online course. This is usually around $10.
        High School Credit.5
        Explorers' Professional Class Description

        Private Reading Tutor

        DisciplineLanguage Arts
        Age Groups1st/2nd Grade, 3rd/4th Grade, 5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
        Instructor NameMarsha Comella
        Tuition/Materials Fees$420/$50 Evaluation and curriculum material
        Class Size1 to 1
        Class Length1 semester(s)
        Class RoomDownstairs Office
        CurriculumOrton Gillingham curriculum for students who are dyslexic or are having other difficulties learning to read.
        HomeworkStudents will be given reading, spelling or writing work to reinforce concepts being taught.
        PrerequisitesTesting evaluations to be conducted in early September.
        MaterialsFee to evaluate student for reading fluency, as well as develop a tutoring plan.
        DescriptionHave you ever wondered if your child is dyslexic or has other learning challenges? Have a personal inventory test done to look at these possibilities. Tutoring sessions are 55 minutes long. Evaluations will be done at the beginning of September.
        1st hour is in classroom 8/9
        3rd hour is in classroom 4/5
        PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
        Instructor BioMarsha has a degree in Special Education and is Orton Gillingham trained. She has been tutoring students of all ages in reading and writing for 25 years. She has tutored many students who have struggled with dyslexia, autism and other learning challenges. She has worked with public, private and homeschooled children. She has homeschooled her own four children and looks forward to helping you succeed with your children.
        Additional InformationAll lessons are explicitly designed for your student each week.
        Professional Class?Professional
        Class Description

        Cooking Basics and Beyond

        DisciplineLife Skills
        Age Groups7th/8th Grade, High School
        Instructor NameRachel Wampler
        Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$35 Supplies
        Class Size4 to 10
        Class Length1 semester(s)
        Class RoomGym kitchen
        DescriptionYou will learn some basic timeless techniques used in cooking to create different dishes in the kitchen. You will learn how to make and use: roux, white sauce, red sauces, mirepoux, different types of eggs, pie crust. We will peel, chop, dice, mince, measure with cups/spoons/scale. You will need to be able to bring, as needed: Crockpot, 9x13 Baking Dish, Pie Pan, Bread Pan, Cookie Sheet, Pot, Sauce & Frying Pan, knives, rolling pin. You will also be given a list of ingredients for each recipe for each week that you will need to bring. Teacher will provide some ingredients/cooking utensils, which will not be listed in your ingredient list/purchase sheet.


        2nd hour

        Class Description

        Study Hall

        Age Groups7th/8th Grade, High School
        Instructor NamePolly Gjernes
        Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$0
        Class Size1 to 14
        Class Length1 semester(s)
        Class Room2
        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 NameSpencer Hanson
        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
        DescriptionAs a music teacher Spencer values learning by improvisation, and emphasizes creativity and having fun. He has had experience teaching a large range of ages, and focuses on tailoring lessons to the needs and abilities of each individual student.
        Evaluations will be provided halfway through the semester, as well as at the end.

        PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
        Instructor BioSpencer Hanson has been playing music avidly for the last 13 years. He attended Eastern Michigan University’s School of Music, with his main instrument being the classical guitar. During his time at EMU, Spencer was a member of multiple jazz combos, where he played electric jazz guitar, as well as electric and double bass. With these jazz combos he has performed at events such as the Eastern Michigan University Regent’s Dinner, the Ann Arbor Art Fair, 5:01 Jazz in Ann Arbor, and the Michigan Jazz Festival. Spencer is also part of a local band that has played numerous shows in states across the Midwest.
        As a music teacher Spencer values learning by improvisation, and emphasizes creativity and having fun. He has had experience teaching a large range of ages, and focuses on tailoring lessons to the needs and abilities of each individual student.
        Additional InformationPROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
        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 REGISTRATION CLOSES.
        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 REGISTRATION CLOSES.
        Professional Class?Professional
        Class Description

        Apologia Exploring Creation with Physical Science

        DisciplineScience
        Age Groups7th/8th Grade, High School
        Age (Notes)This class is for 7th-9th grade.
        Instructor NameDiana Sterniak
        Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$20 materials fee
        Class Size4 to 18
        Class Length2 semester(s)
        Class Room1
        CurriculumExploring Creation with Physical Science by Dr. Jay Wile (2 nd Edition preferred). Students must have the textbook and bring it with them to each class.
        HomeworkThis class will require significant work at home. Expect approximately 30-60 minutes each day. Homework will include in-depth reading assignments, completing handouts and textbook questions, composing lab reports, studying for quizzes and exams, and completing module exams. Some
        experiments will need to be completed at home.
        MaterialsEach student must have a copy of the textbook. Additionally, students will need to bring a notebook and a writing utensil to class. Students will also need internet access at home, as assignments and other class communication will be through email. The instructor will provide materials for the in-class experiments.
        DescriptionFollowing the Apologia textbook, this class will explore the physical aspects of the world and the universe it is in. Some concepts we will cover include atoms and molecules, unit conversions, air and its components, Earth’s atmosphere, water, the water cycle, geology, weather, the physics of
        motion, and Newton’s Laws of Motion.
        In-class and at-home experiments will provide hands-on learning, and students will practice scientific thinking and writing as they compose lab reports for many of the experiments. Exams will be given for each module to assess subject comprehension. This will be a fast-paced, academically rigorous science class. Students are expected to complete all assignments on time, and all work will be graded. By the end of the course, students can expect to have a better scientific understanding of the world around us.
        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 Brennan
        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 REGISTRATION CLOSES.
        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 InformationLessons will begin the second half of first hour (9:25 a.m.)

        PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
        Professional Class?Professional
        Explorers' Professional Class Description

        MS/HS Woodworking

        DisciplineArts
        Age Groups7th/8th Grade, High School
        Age (Notes).
        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.

        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
        Explorers' Professional Class Description

        Private Violin/Voice Lessons

        DisciplineFine Arts
        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 NameKate Talo
        Tuition/Materials Fees$240/$0
        Class Size1 to 2
        Class Length1 semester(s)
        Class Room30
        HomeworkPractice 15-30 minutes of daily practice.
        DescriptionEach lesson will be
        a private, weekly, 30 minute tutoring session where students will receive individualized instruction, feedback and practice on their instrument. Students will benefit most if they commit to 15 - 20 (30 for older students) minutes of daily practice of assigned
        work. My goal is to create a comfortable, fun environment where students feel free to make mistakes and learn from them, hopefully avoiding too much frustration which can lead to discouragement and quitting.

        I will choose appropriate
        materials needed to be purchased throughout the semester and school year.
        PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
        Instructor BioI have a Bachelors Degree in Music Education and have been teaching or caring for children since
        my graduation in 1998. My experience includes, most recently, teaching private voice, violin and piano, and previously working in public and private schools as a music teacher for grades ranging from Kindergarten to 12th grade. I also have experience as
        a nanny and preschool teacher.
        Additional InformationPROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
        Professional Class?Professional
        Explorers' Professional Class Description

        Aplologia Exploring Creation with Chemistry Lab

        DisciplineScience
        Age GroupsHigh School
        Instructor NameStephanie Smith
        Tuition/Materials Fees$85/$25 materials
        Class Size4 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, as for the Chemistry lecture.
        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.
        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.
        PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
        Instructor Bio Stephanie Smith, Ph.D. My work experience includes teaching as a college professor, working in the UK government regulatory department for the food industry and working as a research microbiologist in the industry. I have taught high school science classes to homeschool students for 13 years.
        Additional InformationEvaluation is based on Laboratory reports, Quizzes, and class participation.
        Professional Class?Professional
        Class Description

        HS/MS Journalism/Publication

        DisciplineLanguage arts/ social studies
        Age Groups7th/8th Grade, High School
        Instructor NameAnn Kueffner
        Second Instructor NameKrista Woon
        Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$25 copies
        Class Size2 to 10
        Class Length2 semester(s)
        Class Room21
        HomeworkThere will be work done outside of class. That work will depend on your role in the class. Examples would be writing an article, conducting an interview, attending a field trip and reporting on it, drawing a comic strip, or possibly answering an advice column.
        DescriptionJ/P is a class that will give each student a taste of the many different aspects of printed journalism. They will learn the importance, and power, of stories printed in both written and picture form. Each semester the class will publish 3-4 newsletters. Students will have varying jobs throughout the semester, including reporter, photographer, editor, copywriter, etc. The newsletter may have an advice column, a running comic storyline and an opinion column. The plan is that while each student will get a taste of the many jobs that are involved in printed journalism, they will discover their strengths, and weaknesses, and build a stronger communication skill set.
        Additional InformationThis class is being offered every hour but will be one class. Occasionally there will be lunch meetings to make sure the entire class is on the same page, literally.
        High School Credit1
        Explorers' Professional Class Description

        How to Train for a Goal

        DisciplinePhysical Education
        Age Groups7th/8th Grade, High School
        Age (Notes)Students should be 13+ years of age
        Instructor NameTerry Brennan
        Tuition/Materials Fees$95/$0
        Class Size6 to 20
        Class Length1 semester(s)
        Class Room101
        DescriptionLearn to create programming for the safe and effective pursuit of any physical fitness goal! Armed with the ability to manipulate key training variables, students will understand how to design a routine for strength development, fat loss, hypertrophy, or improved sports performance. Misinformation is rampant in the fitness world, and it's important not to adopt unsafe methods or ineffective fads. Also, just because a mode of training works for one person in one situation, that does not mean it's right for you! Performance nutrition will also be covered,
        The practice of proper movement patterns will be part of this class, so while you probably won't be drenched in sweat, be prepared to spend some time out of your chair!
        PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
        Instructor BioTerry Brennan is an Explorers dad who has spent decades training the Ann Arbor community. His company works with people in their homes to develop personalized training plans based on their unique circumstances. Terry is certified through the National Academy of Sports Medicine, and is insured.
        Professional Class?Professional
        Explorers' Professional Class Description

        Private Reading Tutor

        DisciplineLanguage Arts
        Age Groups1st/2nd Grade, 3rd/4th Grade, 5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
        Instructor NameMarsha Comella
        Tuition/Materials Fees$420/$50 Evaluation and curriculum material
        Class Size1 to 1
        Class Length1 semester(s)
        Class RoomDownstairs Office
        CurriculumOrton Gillingham curriculum for students who are dyslexic or are having other difficulties learning to read.
        HomeworkStudents will be given reading, spelling or writing work to reinforce concepts being taught.
        PrerequisitesTesting evaluations to be conducted in early September.
        MaterialsFee to evaluate student for reading fluency, as well as develop a tutoring plan.
        DescriptionHave you ever wondered if your child is dyslexic or has other learning challenges? Have a personal inventory test done to look at these possibilities. Tutoring sessions are 55 minutes long. Evaluations will be done at the beginning of September.
        1st hour is in classroom 8/9
        3rd hour is in classroom 4/5
        PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
        Instructor BioMarsha has a degree in Special Education and is Orton Gillingham trained. She has been tutoring students of all ages in reading and writing for 25 years. She has tutored many students who have struggled with dyslexia, autism and other learning challenges. She has worked with public, private and homeschooled children. She has homeschooled her own four children and looks forward to helping you succeed with your children.
        Additional InformationAll lessons are explicitly designed for your student each week.
        Professional Class?Professional
        Class Description

        Tolkien Book Club

        Age Groups5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
        Instructor NameKirsten Moran
        Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$0
        Class Size4 to 12
        Class Length1 semester(s)
        Class Room30
        HomeworkWe will read 3-4 chapters per week if we want to read two books in a semester. A chapter and a half if we only read one book.
        MaterialsEach student will need their own copy of The Hobbit (and The Fellowship of the Ring?)
        DescriptionLet's read and discuss the incredible works of J.R.R. Tolkien! We will start with The Hobbit and maybe read The Fellowship of the Ring first semester as well.
        Instructor BioKirsten has been homeschooling for seven years. She loves that she has found something to do with her history degree. She loves to read, especially historical fiction.
        Class Description

        HS World Geography

        DisciplineSocial Studies
        Age GroupsHigh School
        Instructor NameMelanie Emerson
        Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$10 materials
        Class Size4 to 12
        Class Length1 semester(s)
        Class Room27
        Curriculum Abeka https://www.abeka.com/Search.aspx#stq=&grades=H1&subject=GEOGRAPHY
        Student Books: 167797 World Geography in Christian Perspective Student 29.80
        167827 World Geography Quiz and Test Book 8.00
        167843 World Geography Maps Studies 7.75
        PrerequisitesNone
        MaterialsBinder with paper, pencil, pen and colored pencils.
        DescriptionThis Course presents both a physical study of the earth as well as a cultural study of mankind in relation to the earth from a Christian perspective. Students will be expected to read a lesson a day, answer review questions at the end of each section, and do mapping both in class and at home. Two to three maps will be assigned each week as homework. Quiz/Test will be administered in class and graded unless parent determines not necessary. A class project will be assigned and expected to be complete in time for Geography Day which will be a fun event for all of Explorers by end of the semester! Students should come away having a firm grasp of geography with a broad understanding of world cultures.
        Additional InformationFieldtrip: Homeschool Day at the Toledo Zoo September Open House Cost is generally 10.00 per student
        Perfect way to begin the school year with world geography! In September, the zoo offers an open house for all homeschool students as a start up to their 'Around the World' program. During the Open House, Students visit each station and learn about animals from each of the seven continents. If families would like get the most out of what the zoo has to offer, they also have the option to register their students for 'Around the World' zoo program which presents one continent a month and the animals that live there.
        For more info: https://www.toledozoo.org/homeschool (keep in mind this is last years schedule, but it gives you an idea of what to expect for 2019 program).
        High School Credit.5


        3rd hour

        Explorers' Professional Class Description

        Private Guitar Lessons

        DisciplineMusic
        Age Groups1st/2nd Grade, 3rd/4th Grade, 5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
        Instructor NameSpencer Hanson
        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
        DescriptionAs a music teacher Spencer values learning by improvisation, and emphasizes creativity and having fun. He has had experience teaching a large range of ages, and focuses on tailoring lessons to the needs and abilities of each individual student.
        Evaluations will be provided halfway through the semester, as well as at the end.

        PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
        Instructor BioSpencer Hanson has been playing music avidly for the last 13 years. He attended Eastern Michigan University’s School of Music, with his main instrument being the classical guitar. During his time at EMU, Spencer was a member of multiple jazz combos, where he played electric jazz guitar, as well as electric and double bass. With these jazz combos he has performed at events such as the Eastern Michigan University Regent’s Dinner, the Ann Arbor Art Fair, 5:01 Jazz in Ann Arbor, and the Michigan Jazz Festival. Spencer is also part of a local band that has played numerous shows in states across the Midwest.
        As a music teacher Spencer values learning by improvisation, and emphasizes creativity and having fun. He has had experience teaching a large range of ages, and focuses on tailoring lessons to the needs and abilities of each individual student.
        Additional InformationPROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
        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 REGISTRATION CLOSES.
        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 REGISTRATION CLOSES.
        Professional Class?Professional
        Class Description

        Study Hall

        Age Groups7th/8th Grade, High School
        Instructor NamePolly Gjernes
        Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$0
        Class Size1 to 14
        Class Length1 semester(s)
        Class Room2
        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 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 Brennan
        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 REGISTRATION CLOSES.
        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 InformationLessons will begin the second half of first hour (9:25 a.m.)

        PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
        Professional Class?Professional
        Explorers' Professional Class Description

        Private Violin/Voice Lessons

        DisciplineFine Arts
        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 NameKate Talo
        Tuition/Materials Fees$240/$0
        Class Size1 to 2
        Class Length1 semester(s)
        Class Room30
        HomeworkPractice 15-30 minutes of daily practice.
        DescriptionEach lesson will be
        a private, weekly, 30 minute tutoring session where students will receive individualized instruction, feedback and practice on their instrument. Students will benefit most if they commit to 15 - 20 (30 for older students) minutes of daily practice of assigned
        work. My goal is to create a comfortable, fun environment where students feel free to make mistakes and learn from them, hopefully avoiding too much frustration which can lead to discouragement and quitting.

        I will choose appropriate
        materials needed to be purchased throughout the semester and school year.
        PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
        Instructor BioI have a Bachelors Degree in Music Education and have been teaching or caring for children since
        my graduation in 1998. My experience includes, most recently, teaching private voice, violin and piano, and previously working in public and private schools as a music teacher for grades ranging from Kindergarten to 12th grade. I also have experience as
        a nanny and preschool teacher.
        Additional InformationPROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
        Professional Class?Professional
        Class Description

        HS/MS Journalism/Publication

        DisciplineLanguage arts/ social studies
        Age Groups7th/8th Grade, High School
        Instructor NameAnn Kueffner
        Second Instructor NameKrista Woon
        Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$25 copies
        Class Size2 to 10
        Class Length2 semester(s)
        Class Room21
        HomeworkThere will be work done outside of class. That work will depend on your role in the class. Examples would be writing an article, conducting an interview, attending a field trip and reporting on it, drawing a comic strip, or possibly answering an advice column.
        DescriptionJ/P is a class that will give each student a taste of the many different aspects of printed journalism. They will learn the importance, and power, of stories printed in both written and picture form. Each semester the class will publish 3-4 newsletters. Students will have varying jobs throughout the semester, including reporter, photographer, editor, copywriter, etc. The newsletter may have an advice column, a running comic storyline and an opinion column. The plan is that while each student will get a taste of the many jobs that are involved in printed journalism, they will discover their strengths, and weaknesses, and build a stronger communication skill set.
        Additional InformationThis class is being offered every hour but will be one class. Occasionally there will be lunch meetings to make sure the entire class is on the same page, literally.
        High School Credit1
        Class Description

        Apologia Exploring Creation with Health & Nutrition

        DisciplineScience
        Age GroupsHigh School
        Instructor NameChristine Henson
        Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$5 materials
        Class Size4 to 12
        Class Length2 semester(s)
        Class Room101
        CurriculumSet includes the Hardcover Textbook and Student Notebook (both are required for the course). The Solutions manual is available for free on the publisher's website (access information is provided with textbook purchase). Solutions Manual contains answers to the study guide and exams.
        HomeworkApproximately 3 hours per week
        PrerequisitesNone
        MaterialsCourse requires the textbook, student notebook, Internet access and basic exercise equipment (fitness ball, athletic shoes, cushioned floor).
        DescriptionApologia's newest curriculum, Exploring Creation with Health and Nutrition, covers what maturing students need to know to help them make the best choices they can for themselves as they become young adults. Health is about stewardship: managing what you have as well as you can. This 15-module course, which includes both a hardcover textbook and a spiral bound notebook, covers the physical, nutritional, emotional, and spiritual aspects of growing into a healthy adult. Students will study the human body systems, senses, genetics, temperaments, and physical influences on thoughts and feelings. The course respectfully covers mental illness and emotional stability, as well as the inestimable value of another human being, our culture, our gender roles, our families, socialization, communication skills, and conflict resolution skills. Students will gain an in-depth knowledge of both macronutrients and micronutrients, including the importance of exercise and proper diet. Over 50 projects, noted in the textbook and included in the student notebook, cover materials such as nature versus nurture, personal temperament, good decision-making skills, boundary setting, analyzing food intake and activity levels, creating good hygiene habits, keeping a sleep record, as well as so much more.

        The companion notebook is designed to be used with Apologia's Exploring Creation with Health and Nutrition, and contains all projects, study guides and tests needed to complete the course.
        Additional InformationThis is a full health textbook. Some students may not be matured enough to discuss some of the topics. The reproductive systems are covered in detail, including accurate, yet respectful, illustrations and descriptions. We respectfully discuss the act of marriage, sexual misconduct, pregnancy, and sexually transmitted diseases. We discuss alcohol and drug abuse, depression, pornography and other topics that also require maturity. Please use your knowledge of your students to decide if this course is appropriate for their maturity levels.
        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 Room1
        CurriculumWe 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.
        HomeworkHomework 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.)
        DescriptionEconomics is the social science that deals with the production, distribution, and consumption of wealth or commodities. To make this much more fun and interesting, we will be using a series of 3 books by Richard Maybury. (see below)
        Grades will be awarded as follows: 30% for completed homework, 30% for quizzes, and 40% for tests.

        Second semester Civics will be taught this hour.
        High School Credit.5
        Explorers' Professional Class Description

        Private Reading Tutor

        DisciplineLanguage Arts
        Age Groups1st/2nd Grade, 3rd/4th Grade, 5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
        Instructor NameMarsha Comella
        Tuition/Materials Fees$420/$50 Evaluation and curriculum material
        Class Size1 to 1
        Class Length1 semester(s)
        Class RoomDownstairs Office
        CurriculumOrton Gillingham curriculum for students who are dyslexic or are having other difficulties learning to read.
        HomeworkStudents will be given reading, spelling or writing work to reinforce concepts being taught.
        PrerequisitesTesting evaluations to be conducted in early September.
        MaterialsFee to evaluate student for reading fluency, as well as develop a tutoring plan.
        DescriptionHave you ever wondered if your child is dyslexic or has other learning challenges? Have a personal inventory test done to look at these possibilities. Tutoring sessions are 55 minutes long. Evaluations will be done at the beginning of September.
        1st hour is in classroom 8/9
        3rd hour is in classroom 4/5
        PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
        Instructor BioMarsha has a degree in Special Education and is Orton Gillingham trained. She has been tutoring students of all ages in reading and writing for 25 years. She has tutored many students who have struggled with dyslexia, autism and other learning challenges. She has worked with public, private and homeschooled children. She has homeschooled her own four children and looks forward to helping you succeed with your children.
        Additional InformationAll lessons are explicitly designed for your student each week.
        Professional Class?Professional
        Explorers' Professional Class Description

        A Great Books Club

        DisciplineLiterature
        Age Groups7th/8th Grade, High School
        Age (Notes)Your 7th or 8th grade student should be able to handle a high school level reading pace.
        Instructor NamePatti Cousino
        Tuition/Materials Fees$50/$10 copies
        Class Size4 to 15
        Class Length1 semester(s)
        Class Room27
        HomeworkWeekly reading assignments will be given, and are required in order to discuss them. I will look to see if some or all of them are available audibly.
        DescriptionThis class is an opportunity to read some great book selections and discuss them during class. When we discuss great books with one another we gain insights that we do not gain when we read them on our own! We will start with a favorite of mine: Beowulf, an epic poem more recently translated by Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney.

        Composed toward the end of the first millennium of our era, Beowulf is the elegiac narrative of the adventures of Beowulf, a Scandinavian hero who saves the Danes from the seemingly invincible monster Grendel and, later, from Grendel's mother. He then returns to his own country and lives to old age before dying in a vivid fight against a dragon.
        The poem is about encountering the monstrous, defeating it, and then having to live on in the exhausted aftermath. In the contours of this story, at once remote and uncannily familiar at the end of the twentieth century, Seamus Heaney finds a resonance that summons power to the poetry from deep beneath its surface.

        During the summer I will sort through some of my favorite books about epic heroes, and send you a book list in time to get started. I try to make sure that the books are also available audibly to those who love listening to books, as I do. I will try to make sure that the length of the reading selections are short enough to be read within the week, but will challenge the students.
        PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
        High School Credit.5
        Professional Class?Professional
        Explorers' Professional Class Description

        Apologia Exploring Creation with Biology

        DisciplineScience
        Age GroupsHigh School
        Age (Notes) 8th graders allowed with instructor permission
        NOTES ABOUT AGE - This class includes a significant workload outside of class meeting time. Thus, students must be disciplined and capable of independent work to be successful in it. Eighth graders who are advanced in their science curriculum and with a mature attitude to school work are welcome to register for this class with the permission of the instructor.
        Instructor NameStephanie Smith
        Tuition/Materials Fees$150/$35 Materials, specimens, photocopying, etc.
        Class Size5 to 20
        Class Length2 semester(s)
        Class Room104/105
        CurriculumStudents are responsible to purchase or borrow a text book (Exploring Creation with Biology - J Wile 2nd Edition ISBN 1-932012-54-0)
        HomeworkStudents will be expected to work outside class time for approximately an hour a day (5-6 hours a week) although this time will vary from student to student and week to week. Assignments will be given that must be completed in the following week.
        PrerequisitesStudents must have a firm grounding in middle-school level general and physical science.
        Materials All other class materials and supplies are included in the class fee. Students provide a looseleaf binder with lined paper and 5 section dividers, writing implements, rulers, etc. Some students elect to purchase the spiral bound student notebook that accompanies the textbook but they will still need a binder for homework assignments. DO NOT purchase the solution manual. I will send out solutions to the study guide as well as send tests home with students for parents to proctor. You will not need the solution manual.
        Description This class will take a taxonomic approach to studying Biology primarily using the 5 major kingdom approach to classification. The class will also include a brief study of biochemistry as well as a discussion of cellular anatomy and cellular reproduction. In addition the course includes modules that explore theories of the origin of life as well as a unit on ecological considerations. Laboratory exercises will include instruction and practice in the use of microscopes to observe and identify microscopic organisms, a microscopic study of various plant and animal tissues, microscopic observation of cellular reproduction, as well as 5 animal and plant dissections. The premise of the class is that biology is the study of living organisms interacting with one another in creation.
        PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
        Instructor Bio Stephanie Smith, Ph.D. My work experience includes teaching as a college professor, working in the UK government regulatory department for the food industry and working as a research microbiologist in the industry. I have taught high school science classes to homeschool students for 13 years.
        Additional InformationThis class will be all of 3rd hour and 20 minutes of lunch to include a lecture and a lab. This does count as a lab science. Although this does not reduce the course work load on Instructor or student, Mrs. Smith has reduced the class fee accordingly.
        High School Credit1
        Professional Class?Professional
        Class Description

        Competition Level Robotics - CANCELLED

        DisciplineScience
        Age Groups7th/8th Grade, High School
        Age (Notes)For 6-12 grade students
        Instructor NameKatie Tilton
        Tuition/Materials Fees$80/$25 Rental fee
        Class Size8 to 12
        Class Length1 semester(s)
        DescriptionWant to learn how to program a robot to accomplish challenges that are competition level? Interested in competing in a robotics competition like Chibotica, Robofest or the Canadian Intenational Robot Games?
        In this course, students will learn some advanced coding and complete challenges that can be seen in robotics competitions. We will also talk about what competitions are out there and if there is interest, learn how to form a team and compete!
        Instructor BioKatie Tilton is the owner of the educational company Brain Monkeys.  She has a B.A. from Hollins College and a teaching certificate from Adrian College.  Katie has been teaching for over 10 years throughout southeastern Michigan and offers classes both in and out of the traditional school setting but enjoys working with homeschool students the most! Brain Monkeys Academy and Katie can be found at www.BrainMonkeys.com.
        Additional InformationThis course if for serious robotics students who are interested in learning more advanced programming. All levels of experience can join this course, but students who do not take this class seriously or do not use their time wisely may be asked to leave the class.


        4th hour

        Class Description

        Study Hall

        Age Groups7th/8th Grade, High School
        Instructor NamePolly Gjernes
        Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$0
        Class Size1 to 14
        Class Length1 semester(s)
        Class Room2
        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 NameSpencer Hanson
        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
        DescriptionAs a music teacher Spencer values learning by improvisation, and emphasizes creativity and having fun. He has had experience teaching a large range of ages, and focuses on tailoring lessons to the needs and abilities of each individual student.
        Evaluations will be provided halfway through the semester, as well as at the end.

        PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
        Instructor BioSpencer Hanson has been playing music avidly for the last 13 years. He attended Eastern Michigan University’s School of Music, with his main instrument being the classical guitar. During his time at EMU, Spencer was a member of multiple jazz combos, where he played electric jazz guitar, as well as electric and double bass. With these jazz combos he has performed at events such as the Eastern Michigan University Regent’s Dinner, the Ann Arbor Art Fair, 5:01 Jazz in Ann Arbor, and the Michigan Jazz Festival. Spencer is also part of a local band that has played numerous shows in states across the Midwest.
        As a music teacher Spencer values learning by improvisation, and emphasizes creativity and having fun. He has had experience teaching a large range of ages, and focuses on tailoring lessons to the needs and abilities of each individual student.
        Additional InformationPROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
        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 REGISTRATION CLOSES.
        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 REGISTRATION CLOSES.
        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 Brennan
        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 REGISTRATION CLOSES.
        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 InformationLessons will begin the second half of first hour (9:25 a.m.)

        PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
        Professional Class?Professional
        Class Description

        HS/MS Journalism/Publication

        DisciplineLanguage arts/ social studies
        Age Groups7th/8th Grade, High School
        Instructor NameAnn Kueffner
        Second Instructor NameKrista Woon
        Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$25 copies
        Class Size2 to 10
        Class Length2 semester(s)
        Class Room21
        HomeworkThere will be work done outside of class. That work will depend on your role in the class. Examples would be writing an article, conducting an interview, attending a field trip and reporting on it, drawing a comic strip, or possibly answering an advice column.
        DescriptionJ/P is a class that will give each student a taste of the many different aspects of printed journalism. They will learn the importance, and power, of stories printed in both written and picture form. Each semester the class will publish 3-4 newsletters. Students will have varying jobs throughout the semester, including reporter, photographer, editor, copywriter, etc. The newsletter may have an advice column, a running comic storyline and an opinion column. The plan is that while each student will get a taste of the many jobs that are involved in printed journalism, they will discover their strengths, and weaknesses, and build a stronger communication skill set.
        Additional InformationThis class is being offered every hour but will be one class. Occasionally there will be lunch meetings to make sure the entire class is on the same page, literally.
        High School Credit1
        Class Description

        High School English & Writing-CLASS FULL

        DisciplineLanguage Arts
        Age GroupsHigh School
        Instructor NameAnn Harkleroad
        Second Instructor NameTerry Brennan
        Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$10 copies
        Class Size4 to 14
        Class Length2 semester(s)
        Class Room1
        CurriculumStudents need to have an Easy Grammar Plus textbook.
        If you get the teacher's edition of the textbook (https://www.rainbowresource.com/product/sku/037846), it includes blank exercises for the students--no need to get both the student and teacher's edition.)
        Student workbook only (https://www.rainbowresource.com/product/sku/037848)

        Students will also need the IEW Student Resourse Packet
        (Scroll down on the IEW link until you see: Student Resource Packet: $19.00)
        https://iew.com/shop/shop-grade-level/level-b-grades-6-8?page=3&f%5B0%5D=im_field_grade_level%3A8
        HomeworkStudents will need to complete Easy Grammar Plus at home along with assigned writings. Parents will be expected to grade the grammar portion of this class. There will be weekly vocabulary to learn as well.
        MaterialsStudents should come to class with a small whiteboard, working dry erase marker, and eraser, as well as a notebook with paper and pencil or pen.
        Access to email
        DescriptionThis writing program uses the Institute for Excellence in Writing technique for teaching students to write organized and thoughtful writing, focusing on the classic 5-paragraph essay. It employs specific writing techniques to encourage colorful vocabulary and interesting sentence structure. Basic grammar is addressed with students doing a grammar program at home with Easy Grammar Plus (directed and corrected by parents--supported in class). Assignments are broken down into easy-to-manage steps, starting with simple essays and ending the school year with longer essays that include bibliographies and citations.
        High School Credit1
        Explorers' Professional Class Description

        Private Reading Tutor

        DisciplineLanguage Arts
        Age Groups1st/2nd Grade, 3rd/4th Grade, 5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
        Instructor NameMarsha Comella
        Tuition/Materials Fees$420/$50 Evaluation and curriculum material
        Class Size1 to 1
        Class Length1 semester(s)
        Class RoomDownstairs Office
        CurriculumOrton Gillingham curriculum for students who are dyslexic or are having other difficulties learning to read.
        HomeworkStudents will be given reading, spelling or writing work to reinforce concepts being taught.
        PrerequisitesTesting evaluations to be conducted in early September.
        MaterialsFee to evaluate student for reading fluency, as well as develop a tutoring plan.
        DescriptionHave you ever wondered if your child is dyslexic or has other learning challenges? Have a personal inventory test done to look at these possibilities. Tutoring sessions are 55 minutes long. Evaluations will be done at the beginning of September.
        1st hour is in classroom 8/9
        3rd hour is in classroom 4/5
        PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
        Instructor BioMarsha has a degree in Special Education and is Orton Gillingham trained. She has been tutoring students of all ages in reading and writing for 25 years. She has tutored many students who have struggled with dyslexia, autism and other learning challenges. She has worked with public, private and homeschooled children. She has homeschooled her own four children and looks forward to helping you succeed with your children.
        Additional InformationAll lessons are explicitly designed for your student each week.
        Professional Class?Professional
        Explorers' Professional Class Description

        A Stitch In Time

        DisciplineLife Skills
        Age Groups3rd/4th Grade, 5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
        Age (Notes)Your student should have the dexterity to learn these movements.
        Instructor NamePatti Cousino
        Tuition/Materials Fees$25/$0
        Class Size4 to 12
        Class Length1 semester(s)
        Class Room27
        HomeworkEach student will want to practice their craft at home to complete their projects
        MaterialsNeedles and yarn
        DescriptionThis is a simple class, maybe more like a club. I will teach some simple knitting techniques and help with any helps that you need. If you want to learn to crochet, then I can also do that. We will have fun. There will be time for talk, and laughter, and maybe some tea and cookies.
        PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
        Professional Class?Professional


        5th hour

        Class Description

        Study Hall

        Age Groups7th/8th Grade, High School
        Instructor NamePolly Gjernes
        Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$0
        Class Size1 to 14
        Class Length1 semester(s)
        Class Room2
        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 NameSpencer Hanson
        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
        DescriptionAs a music teacher Spencer values learning by improvisation, and emphasizes creativity and having fun. He has had experience teaching a large range of ages, and focuses on tailoring lessons to the needs and abilities of each individual student.
        Evaluations will be provided halfway through the semester, as well as at the end.

        PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
        Instructor BioSpencer Hanson has been playing music avidly for the last 13 years. He attended Eastern Michigan University’s School of Music, with his main instrument being the classical guitar. During his time at EMU, Spencer was a member of multiple jazz combos, where he played electric jazz guitar, as well as electric and double bass. With these jazz combos he has performed at events such as the Eastern Michigan University Regent’s Dinner, the Ann Arbor Art Fair, 5:01 Jazz in Ann Arbor, and the Michigan Jazz Festival. Spencer is also part of a local band that has played numerous shows in states across the Midwest.
        As a music teacher Spencer values learning by improvisation, and emphasizes creativity and having fun. He has had experience teaching a large range of ages, and focuses on tailoring lessons to the needs and abilities of each individual student.
        Additional InformationPROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
        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 REGISTRATION CLOSES.
        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 REGISTRATION CLOSES.
        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 Brennan
        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 REGISTRATION CLOSES.
        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 InformationLessons will begin the second half of first hour (9:25 a.m.)

        PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
        Professional Class?Professional
        Explorers' Professional Class Description

        MS/HS Woodworking

        DisciplineArts
        Age Groups7th/8th Grade, High School
        Age (Notes).
        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.

        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

        Foundations In Personal Finance

        DisciplineElective
        Age GroupsHigh School
        Age (Notes)HS, mature middleschoolers with instructor approval
        Instructor NameLinda Selby
        Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$5 copies
        Class Size4 to 12
        Class Length2 semester(s)
        Class Room30
        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 14 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.
        High School Credit.5
        Class Description

        Programming for the Web: Advanced JavaScript

        DisciplineComputer Science
        Age Groups5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
        Instructor NameMarie Skrobola
        Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$5
        Class Size4 to 12
        Class Length2 semester(s)
        Class Room104/105
        CurriculumTextbooks Required: Parents are required to purchase the following textbook:
        • JavaScript and JQuery: Interactive Front-End Web Development
        (ISBN-10: 9781118531648 / ISBN-13: 978-1118531648
        HomeworkFor a student to be successful in this course, it will be important for them to complete their homework each week. Homework will include reading assignments and web coding assignments. Each student will be expected to complete a final web project each semester to showcase what they have learned.
        PrerequisitesPrevious enrollment in the Spring 2019 semester.
        MaterialsStudents will be expected to bring a laptop computer to class (either PC or Mac) with the latest version of Google Chrome Web browser installed.
        DescriptionThis class will offer a continuation of the web programming we started last school year. Advanced JavaScript students will:
        • Learn to read and write JavaScript
        • Make their web sites more interactive
        • Lean how to use jQuery to simplify their code
        • Recreate popular web techniques
        • Learn the fundamentals of computer programming, which will help them learn future programming languages
        Class Description

        HS/MS Journalism/Publication

        DisciplineLanguage arts/ social studies
        Age Groups7th/8th Grade, High School
        Instructor NameAnn Kueffner
        Second Instructor NameKrista Woon
        Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$25 copies
        Class Size2 to 10
        Class Length2 semester(s)
        Class Room21
        HomeworkThere will be work done outside of class. That work will depend on your role in the class. Examples would be writing an article, conducting an interview, attending a field trip and reporting on it, drawing a comic strip, or possibly answering an advice column.
        DescriptionJ/P is a class that will give each student a taste of the many different aspects of printed journalism. They will learn the importance, and power, of stories printed in both written and picture form. Each semester the class will publish 3-4 newsletters. Students will have varying jobs throughout the semester, including reporter, photographer, editor, copywriter, etc. The newsletter may have an advice column, a running comic storyline and an opinion column. The plan is that while each student will get a taste of the many jobs that are involved in printed journalism, they will discover their strengths, and weaknesses, and build a stronger communication skill set.
        Additional InformationThis class is being offered every hour but will be one class. Occasionally there will be lunch meetings to make sure the entire class is on the same page, literally.
        High School Credit1
        Explorers' Professional Class Description

        Private Reading Tutor

        DisciplineLanguage Arts
        Age Groups1st/2nd Grade, 3rd/4th Grade, 5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
        Instructor NameMarsha Comella
        Tuition/Materials Fees$420/$50 Evaluation and curriculum material
        Class Size1 to 1
        Class Length1 semester(s)
        Class RoomDownstairs Office
        CurriculumOrton Gillingham curriculum for students who are dyslexic or are having other difficulties learning to read.
        HomeworkStudents will be given reading, spelling or writing work to reinforce concepts being taught.
        PrerequisitesTesting evaluations to be conducted in early September.
        MaterialsFee to evaluate student for reading fluency, as well as develop a tutoring plan.
        DescriptionHave you ever wondered if your child is dyslexic or has other learning challenges? Have a personal inventory test done to look at these possibilities. Tutoring sessions are 55 minutes long. Evaluations will be done at the beginning of September.
        1st hour is in classroom 8/9
        3rd hour is in classroom 4/5
        PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
        Instructor BioMarsha has a degree in Special Education and is Orton Gillingham trained. She has been tutoring students of all ages in reading and writing for 25 years. She has tutored many students who have struggled with dyslexia, autism and other learning challenges. She has worked with public, private and homeschooled children. She has homeschooled her own four children and looks forward to helping you succeed with your children.
        Additional InformationAll lessons are explicitly designed for your student each week.
        Professional Class?Professional
        Explorers' Professional Class Description

        A Great Books Club

        DisciplineLiterature
        Age Groups7th/8th Grade, High School
        Age (Notes)Your 7th or 8th grade student should be able to handle a high school level reading pace.
        Instructor NamePatti Cousino
        Tuition/Materials Fees$50/$10 copies
        Class Size4 to 15
        Class Length1 semester(s)
        Class Room27
        HomeworkWeekly reading assignments will be given, and are required in order to discuss them. I will look to see if some or all of them are available audibly.
        DescriptionThis class is an opportunity to read some great book selections and discuss them during class. When we discuss great books with one another we gain insights that we do not gain when we read them on our own! We will start with a favorite of mine: Beowulf, an epic poem more recently translated by Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney.

        Composed toward the end of the first millennium of our era, Beowulf is the elegiac narrative of the adventures of Beowulf, a Scandinavian hero who saves the Danes from the seemingly invincible monster Grendel and, later, from Grendel's mother. He then returns to his own country and lives to old age before dying in a vivid fight against a dragon.
        The poem is about encountering the monstrous, defeating it, and then having to live on in the exhausted aftermath. In the contours of this story, at once remote and uncannily familiar at the end of the twentieth century, Seamus Heaney finds a resonance that summons power to the poetry from deep beneath its surface.

        During the summer I will sort through some of my favorite books about epic heroes, and send you a book list in time to get started. I try to make sure that the books are also available audibly to those who love listening to books, as I do. I will try to make sure that the length of the reading selections are short enough to be read within the week, but will challenge the students.
        PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
        High School Credit.5
        Professional Class?Professional
        Explorers' Professional Class Description

        Sculpture

        DisciplineFine Arts
        Age Groups7th/8th Grade, High School
        Instructor NameLeah Rowe
        Tuition/Materials Fees$30/$25
        Class Size8 to 15
        Class Length1 semester(s)
        Class Room1
        DescriptionWe will be exploring three dimensional art through hands on projects. We'll build sculptures from armature to finish product. Create kinetic sculptures, castings, work with re-purposed material and create works inspired by some of the worlds greatest sculptors.
        PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
        Instructor BioLeah is a former home school mom and Explorers member. Her classes were loved by all. She has a BFA from Wayne State University and worked as an Art Consultant until she married.
        Additional InformationPROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
        Professional Class?Professional
        Explorers' Professional Class Description

        Beginning Spanish

        DisciplineWorld Languages
        Age Groups7th/8th Grade, High School
        Instructor NameCat Gordon
        Tuition/Materials Fees$60/$10
        Class Size6 to 12
        Class Length2 semester(s)
        Class Room8/9
        PrerequisitesNone
        DescriptionThis class will be further planned after sign up. If a Coop teacher is not found, we will seek a professional instructor
        Instructor BioCat Gordon grew up in Ann Arbor and studied History and Spanish at the University of Michigan. After graduating, she spent an academic year as a language and culture assistant in Cadiz, Spain, helping language teachers create engaging activities for students. She has lived the last 7 years in California, but she and her family (husband Mark, and 3 young kids, who are also beginning to learn Spanish!) have moved back to Ann Arbor this year for a sabbatical and to be closer to family. They attend Huron Hills Church.
        High School Credit1
        Professional Class?Professional


        6th hour

        Class Description

        Study Hall

        Age Groups7th/8th Grade, High School
        Instructor NamePolly Gjernes
        Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$0
        Class Size1 to 14
        Class Length1 semester(s)
        Class Room2
        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 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 REGISTRATION CLOSES.
        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 REGISTRATION CLOSES.
        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 Brennan
        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 REGISTRATION CLOSES.
        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 InformationLessons will begin the second half of first hour (9:25 a.m.)

        PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
        Professional Class?Professional
        Explorers' Professional Class Description

        Gym & Fitness

        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 NameLeah Rowe
        Tuition/Materials Fees$30/$0
        Class Size6 to 20
        Class Length1 semester(s)
        Class RoomGym
        DescriptionPhysical Fitness will focus on fitness through fun. Exercise and healthy living should be enjoyable and never intimidating. By challenging yourself, you'll learn that we are all stronger than we think we are by focusing on healthy ways to stay fit. We will learn proper form when doing basic exercises that we can can build on in class and at home. We'll work as a team to complete physical tasks that will be so much fun you might not even realize you're actually working out!
        PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
        Instructor BioLeah is a former home school mom and Explorers member. Her classes were loved by all. She has a BFA from Wayne State University and worked as an Art Consultant until she married.
        Additional InformationPROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
        Professional Class?Professional
        Class Description

        Strategic Gaming

        DisciplineLife Skills
        Age Groups5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
        Age (Notes)6th grade and up
        Instructor NameMelanie Emerson
        Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$0
        Class Size4 to 18
        Class Length1 semester(s)
        Class Room10/11
        DescriptionWork through the strategy of games like Risk, Stratego, Chess, Ticket to Ride, Dragonwood, Rush Hour, Blokus, Sequence, and many more. This class will be fun and encourage strategic thinking. We also aim to provide a time for our Explorers students to enjoy game time together.
        This semester we may have guest instructors to teach different games and strategies.
        Class Description

        Miniature Making

        DisciplineCreative Arts
        Age Groups5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
        Age (Notes)This class is for girls, 6th grade and up
        Instructor NameAyanna Michaeli
        Second Instructor NameSusie Livingston
        Tuition/Materials Fees$10/$15 materials
        Class Size2 to 7
        Class Length1 semester(s)
        Class Room1
        PrerequisitesYour student should be mature enough to use sharp tools carefully.
        DescriptionHello, my name is Ayanna Michaeli, I am a high school student at Explorers and I love making miniatures. So I decided to teach a class for girls that I hope you'll enjoy. In this class we will be making miniature accessories for dollhouses, dolls, or just for fun. We will be making the accessories out of clay, paper, and other things. The purpose of this class is to have fun, learn new skills, and explore creativity. We will be using sharp tools, so this is a class for 6th grade and up. I plan on making things on the smaller side, so most things we make will be smaller than your hand.
        PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
        Instructor BioI am a tenth grade student at Explorers and really enjoy it. I have been working on my miniature craft for 3 years.
        I have been homeschooled my entire life and love having the freedom to learn a variety of new things.
        Additional InformationThis is a Student taught class. There will be an adult advisor.
        Class Description

        HS/MS Journalism/Publication

        DisciplineLanguage arts/ social studies
        Age Groups7th/8th Grade, High School
        Instructor NameAnn Kueffner
        Second Instructor NameKrista Woon
        Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$25 copies
        Class Size2 to 10
        Class Length2 semester(s)
        Class Room21
        HomeworkThere will be work done outside of class. That work will depend on your role in the class. Examples would be writing an article, conducting an interview, attending a field trip and reporting on it, drawing a comic strip, or possibly answering an advice column.
        DescriptionJ/P is a class that will give each student a taste of the many different aspects of printed journalism. They will learn the importance, and power, of stories printed in both written and picture form. Each semester the class will publish 3-4 newsletters. Students will have varying jobs throughout the semester, including reporter, photographer, editor, copywriter, etc. The newsletter may have an advice column, a running comic storyline and an opinion column. The plan is that while each student will get a taste of the many jobs that are involved in printed journalism, they will discover their strengths, and weaknesses, and build a stronger communication skill set.
        Additional InformationThis class is being offered every hour but will be one class. Occasionally there will be lunch meetings to make sure the entire class is on the same page, literally.
        High School Credit1
        Class Description

        HS Theatre – Acting

        DisciplinePerforming Arts
        Age GroupsHigh School
        Instructor NameAnna Valaskova
        Second Instructor NamePolly Gjernes
        Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$75
        Class Size10 to 20
        Class Length2 semester(s)
        Class Room22/34
        HomeworkThis class culminates in a performance outside regular Explorers term. There will also be Friday afternoon rehearsals during the 2nd term. 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 5-8 fundraising events throughout the year.
        DescriptionDuring the first term, students will develop acting skills and an understanding of Shakespeare’s work as we dive into Much Ado about Nothing. Auditions and casting for our one act version will take place before the end of the term. Public performances are tentatively set for May 29&30, 2020. This production will perform in a ‘night of one-acts’ with the MS production.
        This class can be taken only 2nd semester WITH INSTRUCTORS PERMISSION.
        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 InformationEXTRA INFORMATION
        Parents of participants will be required to participate in 5-8 fundraising events; 2 parent meetings; production work of approximately 20-30 hours over the course of the year; a production week assignment; and with set building, move-in and strike.
        High School Credit1
        Explorers' Professional Class Description

        A Great Books Club

        DisciplineLiterature
        Age Groups7th/8th Grade, High School
        Age (Notes)Your 7th or 8th grade student should be able to handle a high school level reading pace.
        Instructor NamePatti Cousino
        Tuition/Materials Fees$50/$10 copies
        Class Size4 to 15
        Class Length1 semester(s)
        Class Room27
        HomeworkWeekly reading assignments will be given, and are required in order to discuss them. I will look to see if some or all of them are available audibly.
        DescriptionThis class is an opportunity to read some great book selections and discuss them during class. When we discuss great books with one another we gain insights that we do not gain when we read them on our own! We will start with a favorite of mine: Beowulf, an epic poem more recently translated by Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney.

        Composed toward the end of the first millennium of our era, Beowulf is the elegiac narrative of the adventures of Beowulf, a Scandinavian hero who saves the Danes from the seemingly invincible monster Grendel and, later, from Grendel's mother. He then returns to his own country and lives to old age before dying in a vivid fight against a dragon.
        The poem is about encountering the monstrous, defeating it, and then having to live on in the exhausted aftermath. In the contours of this story, at once remote and uncannily familiar at the end of the twentieth century, Seamus Heaney finds a resonance that summons power to the poetry from deep beneath its surface.

        During the summer I will sort through some of my favorite books about epic heroes, and send you a book list in time to get started. I try to make sure that the books are also available audibly to those who love listening to books, as I do. I will try to make sure that the length of the reading selections are short enough to be read within the week, but will challenge the students.
        PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
        High School Credit.5
        Professional Class?Professional


        7th hour

        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 REGISTRATION CLOSES.
        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 REGISTRATION CLOSES.
        Professional Class?Professional
        Explorers' Professional Class Description

        SAT Prep Private Tutoring 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 REGISTRATION CLOSES.
        Additional InformationThis is private tutoring. Fees will be worked out with Mrs. Vink based on the level of tutoring needed.
        Professional Class?Professional
        Explorers' Professional Class Description

        A Great Books Club- Friday Edition

        DisciplineLiterature
        Age Groups7th/8th Grade, High School
        Age (Notes)Your 7th or 8th grade student should be able to handle a high school level reading pace.
        Instructor NamePatti Cousino
        Tuition/Materials Fees$50/$10
        Class Size4 to 15
        Class Length1 semester(s)
        Class RoomMrs. Cousino's home
        HomeworkWeekly reading assignments will be given, and are required in order to discuss them. I will look to see if some or all of them are available audibly.
        DescriptionThis class is an opportunity to read some great book selections and discuss them during class. When we discuss great books with one another we gain insights that we do not gain when we read them on our own! We will start with a favorite of mine: Beowulf, an epic poem more recently translated by Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney.

        Composed toward the end of the first millennium of our era, Beowulf is the elegiac narrative of the adventures of Beowulf, a Scandinavian hero who saves the Danes from the seemingly invincible monster Grendel and, later, from Grendel's mother. He then returns to his own country and lives to old age before dying in a vivid fight against a dragon.
        The poem is about encountering the monstrous, defeating it, and then having to live on in the exhausted aftermath. In the contours of this story, at once remote and uncannily familiar at the end of the twentieth century, Seamus Heaney finds a resonance that summons power to the poetry from deep beneath its surface.

        During the summer I will sort through some of my favorite books about epic heroes, and send you a book list in time to get started. I try to make sure that the books are also available audibly to those who love listening to books, as I do. I will try to make sure that the length of the reading selections are short enough to be read within the week, but will challenge the students.

        This Friday class will meet at Mrs Cousino's home, time to be determined after registration.
        PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
        High School Credit.5
        Professional Class?Professional


        8th hour



        9th hour



        10th hour