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

        Private Guitar Lessons

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

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

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

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

        Yearbook

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

        Martial Arts Gold and Above

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

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

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

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

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

        Private Piano Lessons

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

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

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

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

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

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

        Painting with Acrylics -students

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

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

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

        5th-12th Grade Choir

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

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

        Private Violin Lessons

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

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

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

        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 NameSusie Livingston
        Tuition/Materials Fees$15/$0
        Class Size5 to 12
        Class Length2 semester(s)
        Class Room101
        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 story telling and weekly vocabulary sheets.
        Professional Class?Professional
        Class Description

        Grammar

        DisciplineLanguage Arts
        Age Groups5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade
        Instructor NameABC123 ABC123
        Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$5
        Class Size2 to 10
        Class Length1 semester(s)
        CurriculumTBD
        DescriptionWe have a need for a grammar teacher and grammar class. I have put this in two hours to reserve the space and option.


        2nd hour

        Class Description

        Study Hall

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

        Private Guitar Lessons

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

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

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

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

        Private Voice/Piano Lessons

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

        Yearbook

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

        Apologia Exploring Creation with General Science

        DisciplineScience
        Age Groups7th/8th Grade, High School
        Age (Notes)This class is for 7th-9th grade.
        Instructor NameABC123 ABC123
        Second Instructor NameABC123 ABC123
        Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$25 materials fee
        Class Size4 to 17
        Class Length2 semester(s)
        Class Room1
        CurriculumExploring Creation with General Science by Dr. Jay Wile (either edition of the text is fine). Students should buy text and bring it with them to the first class.
        HomeworkStudents are expected to do all reading at home. Other homework will include answering questions from the modules, completing lab reports and studying for quizzes and tests.
        PrerequisitesTBD
        MaterialsThe instructor will provide all materials for the in-class laboratories. Each student should have their own copy of the textbook. Although not required for the class, the instructor highly recommends the students purchasing and using the companion student notebook for the course. This notebook would aid your student in understanding the material at a more mastery level. (Student Notebook and textbooks are available at: apologia.com, christianbooks.com, ebay.com)
        Description Exploring Creation with General Science
        Explorers' Professional Class Description

        Private Piano Lessons

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

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

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

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

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

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

        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 Lessons

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

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

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

        Calligraphy

        DisciplineArt
        Age Groups5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
        Instructor NameRachel Wampler
        Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$40 Pen sets, paper, and copies
        Class Size4 to 12
        Class Length1 semester(s)
        HomeworkSome practice at home
        MaterialsTo be purchased by instructor.
        If you already have the calligraphy pen set, your fee will be reduced.
        Descriptioncal·lig·ra·phy

        Decorative handwriting or handwritten lettering.
        The art of producing decorative handwriting or lettering with a pen or brush

        Join us to learn this beautiful art!


        *Calligraphy and Photography are both up for registration. The one with the most interest will run.
        Class Description

        Photography-Cancelled

        DisciplineArt
        Age Groups7th/8th Grade, High School
        Instructor NameRachel Wampler
        Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$10
        Class Size5 to 12
        Class Length1 semester(s)
        DescriptionCome and learn the art of Photography. Explore color, perspective, angle, filters...and more

        *Calligraphy and Photography are both up for registration. The one with the most interest will run.


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

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

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

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

        Private Voice/Piano Lessons

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

        Study Hall

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

        Yearbook

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

        Private Piano Lessons

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

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

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

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

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

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

        Private Violin Lessons

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

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

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

        Greeting Card Making

        DisciplineArt
        Age Groups3rd/4th Grade, 5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
        Age (Notes)Adults may participate if they wish.
        Instructor NameLinda Selby
        Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$15
        Class Size4 to 12
        Class Length1 semester(s)
        DescriptionIn this class we will explore different card making styles and techniques. We will use rubber stamps, learn paper folding techniques such as iris folding, try pop-ups and other 3-D techniques, learn a little about composition and color, use a variety of materials to embellish our cards and have fun while doing it!

        When learning a new technique we will all create the same card. There will also be plenty of opportunities to design and create your own unique cards.
        Instructor BioLinda has homeschooled for the past 14 years. She has a BA in Business Administration with a major in Accounting and an MBA. She is the owner of the Dexter Blueberry Farm. She loves to do crafts in her spare time.
        Class Description

        IEW: Following Narnia: Literature based Writing

        Disciplinewriting
        Age Groups5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade
        Age (Notes)This class is just for 6th grade and up.
        Instructor NameMartina Elpi
        Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$5
        Class Size4 to 14
        Class Length2 semester(s)
        HomeworkHomework will be required. Reading and writing assignments 2-3 times per week.
        MaterialsFollowing Narnia Volume 1: The Lion's Song [Student Book only] Students will also need to rent, borrow or buy Chronicles of Narnia books
        Description"Did you know that Benjamin Franklin dropped out of school at 10? So, how did he become one of America's most prolific and well-versed writers? In this class, with the help of Mr. Pudewa's IEW Writing Program we will practice our writing skills based on existing literature. This "Benjamin Franklin Method" draws extensively on classical education values and methods and so will we. In this class you can learn, renew and/or polish your writing skills by reading and evaluating C.S. Lewis' Narnia series."

        Class Description

        Experiments!!

        DisciplineScience
        Age Groups5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade
        Instructor NameMelissa Schlosser
        Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$25
        Class Size5 to 12
        Class Length1 semester(s)
        Description
        In this class we will explore the exciting world of science with fun and hands on experiments! We will be experimenting with and learning about polymers, static electricity, gravity, towers, catapults, airplanes, rocket, and more! Come ready to have fun and learn about how and why all of these work!
        Class Description

        Junto

        DisciplineLife Skills
        Age Groups7th/8th Grade, High School
        Instructor NameTerry Brennan
        Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$0
        Class Size4 to 12
        Class Length1 semester(s)
        DescriptionIn 1727 Ben Franklin organized enterprising young people into a "Junto" or "society for mutual improvement". Loosely based on his model, here is the outine for this unique club/class:

        bible/prayer topic
        Presentation by member (hobby, opinion, story, recitation, etc.)
        Discussion of an article
        Brainstorming/goal setting exercise
        Self-improvement topic (think seven habits)
        Service & appreciation


        4th hour

        Class Description

        Study Hall

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

        Private Guitar Lessons

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

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

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

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

        Private Voice/Piano Lessons

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

        Yearbook

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

        Private Piano Lessons

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

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

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

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

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

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

        Michigan History

        Disciplinehistory
        Age Groups7th/8th Grade
        Age (Notes)6th graders welcome if they are strong readers.
        Instructor NameKirsten Moran
        Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$15
        Class Size4 to 14
        Class Length2 semester(s)
        HomeworkStudents will be expected to come to class having read the assigned reading at home. We will read approximately 1 book every 2 weeks plus short articles every week. The book list will be emailed in the summer. The articles will be handed out in class.
        MaterialsBook list will be emailed in the summer.
        DescriptionIn this class we will study the history and geography of the state of Michigan using a living books approach. From Michigan's earliest residents to the Civil Rights movement and beyond we will read one historical fiction or biographical novel every other week. We will make a state history timeline and learn about Michigan's important figures and natural resources
        Instructor BioKirsten has been homeschooling for seven years. She loves that she has found something to do with her history degree. She loves to read, especially historical fiction.
        Class Description

        Surprise Class

        DisciplineVarious
        Age Groups5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
        Instructor NameMarylee Pierzynowski
        Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$36
        Class Size2 to 14
        Class Length1 semester(s)
        DescriptionWill we be cooking, will there be crafting, will we be doing a mission service project, scrapbooking, knitting,...etc???
        Hoping to have guest teachers and helpers to have a FUN class full of things to do....
        Class Description

        Grammar

        DisciplineLanguage Arts
        Age Groups5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade
        Instructor NameABC123 ABC123
        Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$5
        Class Size2 to 10
        Class Length1 semester(s)
        CurriculumTBD
        HomeworkTBD
        DescriptionWe have a need for a grammar teacher and grammar class. I have put this in two hours to reserve the space and option.


        5th hour

        Class Description

        Study Hall

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

        Private Guitar Lessons

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

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

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

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

        Private Voice/Piano Lessons

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

        Yearbook

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

        Private Piano Lessons

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

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

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

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

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

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

        Spanish 2

        DisciplineWorld Languages
        Age Groups7th/8th Grade, High School
        Instructor NameTom Sponseller
        Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$10
        Class Size4 to 12
        Class Length2 semester(s)
        Class Room30
        CurriculumThe Ultimate Spanish Review and Practice: Mastering Spanish Grammar for Confident Communication
        https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0658000756/ref=as_at?linkCode=w61&imprToken=9ch9-GDCTpNSwZTPlL.Fqw&slotNum=12&tag=fluentu-20
        Homework2-3 hrs/week
        MaterialsNotebook and text listed below.
        DescriptionThis course will build on the students spanish skills by introducing the past tense and future tense of spanish verbs. Students will learn how to order food, ask for directions, bargain for a pair of shoes, and describe their day in great detail. New vocabulary will be added each week and the students will be tested in bi-weekly quizzes. Each week we will watch a video in spanish to accelerate listening comprehension and students will pick a song about which to write a short essay. Writing will be emphasized through quarterly assignments on various topics
        Instructor BioTom Sponseller is a civil engineer with a Bachelors of Science in Engineering from the University of Michigan, and a Master's in Civil Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. He studied Spanish in high-school, however he really learned the language by living with a Venezuelan family for a year. He works at a materials testing lab in Ann Arbor, where he lives with his wife and three children.
        Additional Information I hope to have students listen to a lot of spoken Spanish, possibly through a podcast I was going to set up for the course. Students will need access to a computer.

        High School Credit1
        Class Description

        Speech/Debate

        DisciplineLanguage Arts
        Age Groups7th/8th Grade, High School
        Age (Notes)7th & 8th graders with Team Leader and Instructor approval
        Instructor NameAmy Vink
        Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$10 Copies
        Class Size4 to 12
        Class Length1 semester(s)
        Class Room2
        CurriculumPlease purchase An Introduction to Policy Debate by Christy L. Shipe. They have a companion DVD so don't accidentally purchase that! I found it on Amazon for around $20.00.
        Homework2 hours + per week
        DescriptionThis high school speech class will be focusing on the art of public speaking and debate. As Christians, it is vital that we know how to effectively communicate the truth of the Gospel with intelligence, poise, and love.
        "Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you will know how to answer everyone." Colossians 4:6
        High School Credit.5
        Class Description

        Theater Lab

        DisciplineTheater Arts
        Age Groups5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
        Age (Notes)4th graders with permission from Anna Valaskova. Please let Susie Livingston know and she will add your student to the class.
        Instructor NameAnna Valaskova
        Second Instructor NamePolly Gjernes
        Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$0
        Class Size12 to 25
        Class Length1 semester(s)
        Class Room22/34
        DescriptionThis class is dual focused with students choosing either to work on technical aspects or a mixture of onstage and technical aspects for our spring 2019 production of Seussical. TECH - Working with instructor, students will develop, design and build elements of set, prop and costumes. ACTING/TECH – Students will be working with the director and/or musical director on performance skills.
        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 InformationStudents taking 6th hour theatre are encouraged to take this class, however this class is open to all students wanting to explore both acting and technical aspects of theatre.
        Class Description

        Mystery of History Volume 4

        Disciplinehistory
        Age Groups7th/8th Grade, High School
        Instructor NameMelanie Emerson
        Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$15 Materials
        Class Size4 to 12
        Class Length2 semester(s)
        Class Room27
        CurriculumRequired Textbook: Cost is approx 54.00
        https://www.themysteryofhistory.com/store/the-mystery-of-history-volume-iv/volume-iv-history-curriculum/
        HomeworkReading assignments, extra homework, and research will be required.
        DescriptionDescription: Mystery of History IV provides a historically accurate Christ-centered approach to 3 centuries of world history. Covering 1708-2014, it begins with Bach and Handel, brings the reader through multiple "Wars of Independence" as well as many "Wars of Ideologies" between Marxism, Darwinism, Fascism, and the Cold War. Vol IV is set up a bit differently than previous volumes The student reader is a stand alone world history text while the maps, activities, quizzes and other resources are combined in one downloadable companion guide. https://www.themysteryofhistory.com/history-curriculum/#volumeIV
        Additional InformationFrom the Teacher: Since this class is geared for the 'more 'mature' age group, timeline figures will not be utilized as in previous MOH classes. Over the course of his year, my plan is to engage the students in class with discussion of the above mentioned ideologies of our time, cover geography (map study), and expose my students to classical music and composers. Homework assignments will consist of reading assigned chapters from the text along with select literature picks I have in mind such as The Light and the Glory by Peter Marshall and biographies of various missionaries to the nations. Just a few will be selected. Parents are welcomed to express their students' particular need and I will be happy to assist. If you'd like your student to write a research report or if you'd like the option I include writing papers in general, email me and I will be happy to assist.
        Fieldtrips will be offered as an outside class option.
        Class Description

        Programming for the Web

        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)
        CurriculumTextbooks Required: Parents are required to purchase the following textbooks:
        • HTML and CSS Visual Quickstart Guide (8th edition) by Elizabeth Castro and Bruce Hyslop
        (ISBN-13: 978-0321928832 / ISBN-10: 0321928830)
        • Javascript for Kids: A Playful Introduction to Programming by Nick Morgan
        (ISBN-10: 1593274084 / ISBN-13: 978-1593274085)

        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.
        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.
        DescriptionLearn how to program for the World Wide Web! This class will offer an introduction to web programming and design utilizing the programming languages of HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. We will learn what the web is, where it came from, and how we can build and post our own web pages. Later we will learn how to make our websites interactive and we’ll even have some fun learning how to write our own computer games.
        Students in this class will learn the fundamentals of computer programming, which will help them learn future programming languages.


        6th hour

        Class Description

        Study Hall

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

        Private Guitar Lessons

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

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

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

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

        Private Voice/Piano Lessons

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

        Yearbook

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

        Private Piano Lessons

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

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

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

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

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

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

        Gym

        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 NameSusie Livingston
        Tuition/Materials Fees$30/$0
        Class Size6 to 20
        Class Length1 semester(s)
        Class RoomGym
        DescriptionInstructor TBD
        Come out for baseball, basketball, football, kickball, soccer, ultimate frisbee, capture the flag, and more. We'll learn the rules and skills and then play the game.
        PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER ADD/DROP.
        Additional InformationPROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER ADD/DROP.
        Professional Class?Professional
        Class Description

        Theatre Troupe

        DisciplinePerforming Arts
        Age Groups5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
        Age (Notes)4th graders with permission from Anna Valaskova. Please let Susie Livingston know and she will add your student to the class.
        Instructor NameAnna Valaskova
        Second Instructor NamePolly Gjernes
        Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$100 Materials, rentals, & director fees.($100 fee for 2nd semester as well)
        Class Size12 to 30
        Class Length2 semester(s)
        Class Room22/34, 24/35
        HomeworkThis class culminates in a performance outside regular Explorers term. There will also be Friday afternoon rehearsals throughout the school year. 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.
        Description This class will be performing the musical Seussical. (Production description at https://www.mtishows.com/seussical) Public performances are tentatively set for June 7&8, 2019. In class students will be working on both onstage and technical aspects of the production. Students interested in only backstage work can also register for the class.
        Instructor BioAnna has extensive experience and education in both adult and children’s theatre – directing, designing and acting; as well as teaching classes for all ages. After earning a Master of Fine Arts at EMU in Children’s Theatre, Anna directed a children’s theatre program in Salina, KS. Anna has directed and taught at every level, including university. Children have a unique talent for ‘playing’ and acting is just guiding that talent to a specific story.
        Additional Information2 semesters, can be taken only 2nd semester WITH INSTRUCTORS PERMISSION.
        First term – Students are encouraged to take 5th hour Theatre Lab
        Second term – Students will be required to take both 5th and 6th hours.
        Unfamiliar with this production? Check out numerous videos of the show on youtube.

        Parents of participants will be required to participate in 5-8 fundraising events; 2 parent meetings; production work of approximately 20-30 hours over the course of the year; a production week assignment; and with set building, move-in and strike.
        High School Credit1
        Class Description

        Small Engines

        DisciplineScience
        Age Groups7th/8th Grade, High School
        Age (Notes)6th graders with permission
        Instructor NameTom Sponseller
        Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$15 Parts
        Class Size4 to 16
        Class Length1 semester(s)
        DescriptionWeed whackers, lawn mowers, go-carts, chainsaws: they all have small engines. Come and learn the ins and outs of small engine maintenance and repair. We will study them, take them apart, and even try to bring some old ones back to life
        Instructor BioTom Sponseller is a civil engineer with a Bachelors of Science in Engineering from the University of Michigan, and a Master's in Civil Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. He studied Spanish in high-school, however he really learned the language by living with a Venezuelan family for a year. He works at a materials testing lab in Ann Arbor, where he lives with his wife and three children.


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        Class Description

        Class Trip to Washington DC

        DisciplineField Trip
        Age Groups5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
        Age (Notes)This is for 6th grade thru high school.
        Instructor NameMelanie Emerson
        Second Instructor NameTanya Towler
        Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$0 See description
        Class Size2 to 50
        Class Length2 semester(s)
        PrerequisitesProcedure and Information:
        • $100 non-refundable deposit per person is due by June 15, 2018.
        • All payments made over and above the deposit are completely refundable up to 30 days prior to departure
        • Final payment is due 30 days prior to departure
        • A parent or legal guardian must attend for each family
        • Student must be in 6th grade at the start of the 2018-19 school year or older
        Description April 3-6, 2019. We are so very excited to be hosting this Middle/High school trip along with Bianco tours to Washington DC during the Cherry Blossom season next year, 2019. Our trip destinations are listed below along with other helpful information to assist you.
        • Gettysburg, PA: Civil War Museum, Cyclorama, Battlefield Tour, Farnsworth House
        • Washington, DC: Whitehouse Capital Tour, Whitehouse Photo Stop, Union Station, Bertucci’s, Tour of Monuments and Memorials, Museum of Bible, Smithsonian Museum, Hard Rock Café, Arlington National Cemetery-Tram Tour, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Kennedy Gravesite, Iwo Jima and Pentagon Memorial, Pentagon City Mall
        Cost is set at $560 per person based on quad occupancy with a total of 50 travelers. The price may vary a bit depending on number of travelers but at no time will increase above $580 per person at 45 travelers. We reserve the right to cancel the trip and refund all deposits paid in the event that we do not reach our required headcount prior to booking the trip. There will be an additional charge of no more than $15 per person to cover lanyard/badges and a T-shirt for a group photo at the Whitehouse Photo Stop.
        If there are seats available on the bus after Explorers’ registration closes we will extend, by personal invite, offers to other homeschool families to join us in order to fill the bus and lock in our pricing.
        Additional InformationIf you have additional questions or you would like to receive an information packet which includes the trip itinerary, please contact Melanie Emerson or Tanya Towler.
        We will be hosting fundraisers and taking volunteers to do the same to assist with payment. Your family can participate in all or none of them. It is totally up to you.
        We have already begun our first effort with the sale of Marcos pizza cards. These are all profit. They have ben generously donated and have cost us nothing. You will be credited $10 for each card purchased/sold. Please see Tanya if you would like to get started.
        We hope that you will join us with your middle/high schooler for an unforgettable experience!
        Melanie Emerson – melanieemerson@gmail.com
        Tonya Towler - towler001@gmail.com