7 to 9 Years

50 Nifty United States  (Kirsten Karlsrud)

Discover fun and interesting facts about the United States through travelling to states and various regions. We have a log book to document our experiences and scrapbook our keepsakes. We follow a photographer and a history teacher who collect and create their own postcards. They email them to us starting in September. They traveled in their RV from state to state. We collect copies of postal stamps from the states we study–-these stamps lend themselves to discussion. For example, the California stamps have been a golden poppy, quail, redwood, the state flag, and Ronald Reagan. Anything like landmarks, famous people, mottos, nicknames, maps, agriculture, climate and more may be covered.
Kirsten Karlsrud
1 hour Friday
$260

Ancient Civilizations  (Kirsten Karlsrud)

As we travel back in time, we study ancient places and the people who lived there.  Every place has an impressive, special story to tell. The children learn through art, music, games, and other activities. After we get the facts, we can tell myths, folktales, fables, and act out plays. What was it like to live in Pompei, sail in a Viking ship, work on building a pyramid? We see how these ancient civilizations accomplished their great feats.
Kirsten Karlsrud
1 Hour Friday
$260

Culture Club   (Abby Polakow)

This is an interactive class, geared to the interests and energy level of young children. We spend the semester learning geography through exploring different countries and their cultures, discovering how kids around the world live differently, and how much we all have in common.
Abby Polakow
1 hour Mondays
$240

Early Reading   (Kirstin Karlsrud)

This class promotes literacy through fun activities. Adventures in picture books, read aloud books, shared reading, and folktales can give early readers the passport to anywhere their imaginations can go. They can have fun with reading through Sight Word Twister, reading recipes and cooking, syllable scramble races and fishing for letters. Help your children become a bookworm along with their friends.
Kirsten Karlsrud
1 hour Monday
$240

Gardening! (Rebecca Rosenstein-Sisson)

Ready to get your hands dirty? Learn to grow plants from seed and cuttings. Explore how soil, sun, and water impact plant growth through experimentation. Students will keep a journal to track and illustrate the growth of their plants. We also enjoy our harvest – by eating it! – with fun, kid-friendly recipes.
Rachel Rosenstein-Sisson
1 Hour Monday
$240

Hands On Science   (Kirsten Karlsrud)

Hands On Science explores the lives of animals, plants and people, as well as Earth and Physical Science. Observation, vinegar, corn starch, baking soda, and FUN are the main ingredients of this class. We look at the lives of plants from planting all the way to nutrition. We share the metamorphosis of various living creatures, from bears to butterflies. We look at our five senses. And finally, we look at our world from the sky to the weather.
Kirsten Karlsrud
1 hour Wednesday
$260

History of Holidays  (Kirsten Karlsrud)

Celebrate and explore the Holidays as they come on the calendar. This class gives kids the opportunity to understand why we are celebrating a holiday by knowing the history behind it. We express our new understanding through arts and crafts, food, traditions, and stories. We will be learning holiday songs, dances, and games.
Kirsten Karlsrud
1 hour Wednesday
$260

Imagination Theater   (Rebecca Martin)

A joyful exploration of theater and drama, through the art of storytelling. Using different voices, characters and physicality, we create stories together, based on folk and fairy tales. Rebecca helps students create all the parts of the story, developing confidence, narrative skills, stage presence and love of storytelling.
Rebecca Martin
1 hour  Wednesday
$260

Journey With The Magic Tree House (Kirsten Karlsrud)

This class enjoys traveling with Jack and Annie as they explore different places and different times. Through their discovery of a magic tree house Jack and Annie experience wonderful adventures. We follow along with them, collecting clues, and become detectives and explorers.  We make and collect objects & clues, illustrations, notes taken by the characters, and crafts we’ve made in class. The passport your student gains may lead to a lifelong love of reading.
Kirsten Karlsrud
1 hour Friday
$260

Little Artists  (Abby Polakow)

Beginning art class for young students that focuses on an introduction to various materials (different types of papers and supports) and tools (pencils, markers, crayons, pastels, brushes, etc.) for self-expression. We provide each student their own set of materials, which they are then responsible for. In this way they learn how to care for them. They build a portfolio of their work, and at the end of the term, they can see what they’ve accomplished. Materials fee of $25
Abby Polakow
1 hour Monday
$240

Math Games   (Kirsten Karlsrud)

Younger math concepts cover a huge range. We use various activities, games, and projects to learn about whole numbers, simple operations, basic fractions, time and money. We develop an understanding of two and three dimensional objects. It’s fun to work with patterns in sounds, shapes, and numbers. Math is all around us and we can use estimation, predictions, manipulatives, and measurement to enjoy it.
Kirsten Karlsrud
1 hour Monday
$240

Magic of Math  (Abby Palokow)

See how numbers meet to create magic!  Just like an alchemist turning lead into gold, we use our knowledge to transform numbers to change the world. This class covers basic addition and subtraction with use of tactile aids, as well as learning to write numbers and math sentences. Each technique is introduced with visual and tactile methods before progressing to writing. This gives the children a real understanding of how math is a part of everyday life, and gives them confidence with it. The goal is to have students be confident with addition and subtraction, borrowing/carrying over, and beginning multiplication by the end of the year.
Abby Polakow
1 hour Friday
$260

Physical Education (Kirstin Karlsrud)

We have fun as we get exercise working as individuals, with partners, or on teams during our classes. We emphasize fairness and the advantages of working with your teammates. Accepting a loss in stride is a main goal because in the end “if you had fun you won”.
Kirsten Karlsrud
1 hour Monday
$240

School Yard Games  (Kirstin Karlsrud)

We learn new games and play outside. Children experiment and learn how to work together. Good sportsmanship, fairness, and sharing are emphasized. Hide and Seek, Sardines in a Can, Hopscotch, and jump rope are some of the favorite schoolyard games. All you need is a little direction and some friends.
Kirsten Karlsrud
1 hour Wednesday
$260

Where Was?  (Kirsten Karlsrud)

This class studies famous places that already have a page in history. They may be a place like Stonehenge, The Coliseum, Taj Mahal, The Great Wall of China,  Mount Rushmore, and even The Brooklyn Bridge. These places may have been created in our distant or recent past. The children are familiar with the names of most of these places but don’t know much about them yet. We jump into our studies using the Where Was series published by The Penguin Group.
Kirsten Karlsrud
1 Hour Wednesday
$260

Wonder of Fairy Tales  (Abby Palokow)

This is a class based in the Waldorf tradition of bringing fairy tales into the classroom to inspire the children with a sense of wonder, and to lead them into a realm of compassion for themselves and those around them, creating a foundation of inner strength with which to meet the world. There is no moralizing here, only listening and experiencing the stories, then reflecting on how they touch us, through some group discussion and drawing pictures.
Abby Polakow
1 Hour Wednesday
$260

Wood Crafts (Bruce Fleenor)

What can we make out of wood? Anything – if we have imagination. This class is designed to spark imaginative crafting and build fundamental woodworking skills like sanding, gluing, hammering nails and simple decoration. Projects include free form sculpture and easy-to-build projects in kit form. Students learn shop safety.
Bruce Fleenor
1 Hour Friday
$260 + $30 materials fee

Words on the Page  (Abby Palokow)

This class is for students who know their alphabet and are ready to begin using it to create words. The focus is on smoothing out the writing of printed letters and to begin using words to form simple sentences. There is also work with spelling and word recognition, and the ways letters come together to create so many different sounds. This includes work from the Dolch Sight List.
Abby Polakow
1 hour Friday
$260