Explorers Home School Association

Classes - 7th/8th Grade

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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
        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
        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 Room4/5
        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
        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
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        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 Room4/5
        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.
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        Introduction to Computer Science and Programming

        DisciplineComputer science
        Age Groups3rd/4th Grade, 5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade
        Age (Notes)For grades 4-8
        Instructor NameKatie Tilton
        Tuition/Materials Fees$80/$25 Rental fee
        Class Size8 to 12
        Class Length1 semester(s)
        Class Room4/5
        DescriptionIn this course students will be using the micro:bit board. The micro:bit was created in 2015 in the UK by the BBC to teach computer science to students. The BBC gave away a micro:bit to every Year 7 student in the UK. You can think of a micro:bit as a mini computer.
        Learning about computer science using the micro:bit is a great way to learn about variables, arrays, algorithms and bits, bytes and binary. Come create, make and learn about computer science in the hands-on course.
        PROFESSIONAL FEES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION ENDS.
        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 InformationPROFESSIONAL FEES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
        Professional Class?Professional


        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.
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        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
        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 Room4/5
        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

        Rubik's cube and Yo-yos

        Age Groups3rd/4th Grade, 5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade
        Instructor NameCheryl Fogarty
        Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$17
        Class Size4 to 12
        Class Length1 semester(s)
        Class Room10/11
        DescriptionHave you ever wanted to solve the Rubik's cube and master the Yo-yo?? In this class, you will learn how to solve a 3x3 through a fast beginner's method. After everyone solves the cube and learns the algorithms, then we will work on speed. The 2nd half of the class will be learning to yo-yo. We will begin with teaching you how to throw and getting the yo-yo to return, then you will learn some simple tricks. The class fee will provide 1 speed rubik's cube and a beginner's yo-yo.
        Additional InformationCaleb Fogarty has mastered many different types of rubik's cubes and enjoys yo-yo-ing!! He will be teaching this fun class and Cheryl Fogarty will be there to assist.
        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
        Class Description

        IEW - Medieval History-Based Writing CANCELLED

        DisciplineLanguage arts/ social studies
        Age Groups7th/8th Grade
        Instructor NameMelanie Emerson
        Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$0
        Class Size4 to 12
        Class Length2 semester(s)
        Curriculum IEW Institute for Excellence in Writing https://iew.com/shop/products/medieval-history-based-writing-lessons-student-book-only
        Student Book: 29.00
        Student Resource Packet: 19.00 for printed materials
        Is offered as a free download once student book is purchased. Parent will need to make sure to print and place in binder for their student by first day of class. IEW offers a pre-printed resource packet. I highly recommend purchasing both the student book and the resource packet at the same time to assure students come to class prepared with appropriate materials.
        MaterialsNote: The Student Resource Packet is a necessary component of this course. This supplemental resource is included with your purchase as an e-book for you to download and print, or you may purchase it printed with a binder.
        DescriptionThis class would do well along side a history course that covers both the Medieval and Renaissance periods. Literature picks suggested, but not sure how many we'll cover, are The Story of King Arthur and His Knights, One Thousand and One Arabian Nights, The King's Shadow, Robin Hood, Winning His Spurs: A Tale of the Crusades, Adam of the Road, Marco Polo and Crispin: The Cross of Lead.
        From the Anglo-Saxons to the Renaissance, from chivalrous knights to Genghis Khan, students will improve their knowledge of medieval times while learning to write with Structure and Style®.

        This Student Book includes assignments, blank outlines, source texts, checklists, vocabulary cards, and grammar helps for two levels of students—basic and advanced.
        Additional InformationFieldtrip Idea: Renaissance Festival in Holly, MI held Aug - Oct.
        Here is a link that shows last years schedule. They have a school day theme held early Oct. OR I can set up a fieldtrip on a separate day to get a group rate.
        https://www.mlive.com/entertainment/detroit/2015/08/complete_guide_to_the_michigan.html
        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.
        Class Description

        Current Events

        DisciplineSocial Studies
        Age Groups7th/8th Grade
        Instructor NameTanya Towler
        Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$20 Subscription & materials
        Class Size5 to 20
        Class Length2 semester(s)
        Class Room24/35
        CurriculumLiterature Selection:
        World Teen – Gods World News
        Additional Resources:
        Bible
        The 5000 Year Leap
        Online Media/Articles
        HomeworkThis class will require 1-1 ½ hour/s of reading/study time each week.
        PrerequisitesPrior to Class
        I will send an email to the parents with the link to the WORLDteen website along with the password and the first reading assignment that students should familiarize themselves with understanding the issues, as we will be using it in class to navigate our first discussion. During our first class we will look at the vocabulary words and discuss them and I will instruct on how to complete the weekly worksheet.
        MaterialsStudents will need a ½ “ ring binder with pockets to keep their worksheets in along with their magazines.
        DescriptionWe will be utilizing various sources to look at current events in our society and around the world that affect our daily lives. The main source of our discussions will originate with WORLDteen magazine. WORLDteen editors select age-appropriate news that broadens young teens’ awareness of world events. In addition, stories in WORLDteen are written from an underlying biblical perspective, often integrated into the story. This helps readers develop discernment in the context of current events, building up both knowledge and wisdom. We will objectively look at related articles that contain various types of bias in order to learn how to draw out the facts versus opinion. We will also seize a couple of opportunities to take a closer look at relevant issues pertaining to law and parallel these topics with our Constitution and our Principles of Freedom that we live under today and God's law which is our ultimate authority.

        Class Layout
        The group subscription for the class will be sent to me from Worldteen and I will distribute the magazines on the first day of class and thereafter bimonthly as I receive them. I will also distribute the reading assignments at that time. Students will be issued a password for the website that will allow them access to enjoy the articles online as well. But they should bring their magazine to class with them each week for quick reference during our discussions. As part of the objective to learn to identify Bias, etc. I will provide additional resources to daily news. In addition to their weekly reading assignment they will have a Review worksheet to complete, designed to identify the issue/s being discussed in the article/s while using a small set of vocabulary words that will be our navigation tool throughout this Unit to draw out bias, propaganda, point of view/s, etc. Students will bring their completed worksheet to class prepared to discuss, analyze and share their findings.
        Additional InformationThe cost of this class will be adjusted based on the number of participants.
        In the event that we do not meet the minimum of eight students, the subscription costs would be divided equally. Minimum of five students for this class to run.


        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
        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 Room4/5
        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

        MS Theatre – Acting

        DisciplinePerforming Arts
        Age Groups5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade
        Age (Notes)This class is for 6th-8th grade.
        Instructor NameAnna Valaskova
        Second Instructor NamePolly Gjernes
        Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$75
        Class Size10 to 15
        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 their own version of Stone Soup using improvisation, process drama and playbuilding techniques. Roles will be assigned and rehearsal will begin during 2nd term. Public performances are tentatively set for May 29&30, 2020. This production will perform in a ‘night of one-acts’ with the HS 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 InformationParents 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.
        Class Description

        Middle School World Geography

        DisciplineSocial Studies
        Age Groups5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade
        Age (Notes)This class lis for 6th grade-8th
        Instructor NameBonnie Godbey-Potter
        Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$25 materials
        Class Size4 to 12
        Class Length2 semester(s)
        Class Room4/5
        HomeworkThis class will have a homework assignment each week, which will usually consist of a review of the material covered in class.
        DescriptionLearning about the world we live in is essential and helps us appreciate our blessed lives. Topics covered will be Mapping, World Climate and weather patterns, physical features of our country and our world. I will also be introducing World Flags and Capitals. There will additionally be a one week quick course on finding and mapping Latitude and Longitude coordinates.
        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

        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 Room4/5
        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
        Class Description

        Middle School Writing

        Age Groups5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade
        Age (Notes)6th-8th grade
        Instructor NameKimberlee Smith
        Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$10
        Class Size4 to 10
        Class Length2 semester(s)
        Class Room10/11
        HomeworkStudents will need to do homework: reading, writing, and rewriting for an age-appropriate amount of time each week.
        MaterialsThere will most likely be a student workbook that will need to be purchased.
        DescriptionThis will be a literature-based writing class for 6th-8th grade. Over the summer, I will contact parents to assess the skill-level and needs of students in order to choose the most helpful curriculum and offer an individualized approach.
        Instructor BioKimberlee Smith taught a literature class last fall at Explorers. She has a bachelor's degree in French Literature, and a master's degree in English. She has taught English to both native and nonnative speakers, including to students who are illiterate. She studied abroad in France and Mexico, and worked for a summer in London, England. She has also lived in nine separate states in the USA. Due to growing up in a home without television or video games, she has been a bookworm ever since she can remember.
        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
        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

        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