Sherman ec spring 2012 Semester Dates: February 10 – April 20, 2012



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Sherman EC Spring 2012 Semester
Dates: February 10 – April 20, 2012

No class on Good Friday, March 30.

Please note:† Parents may choose the level of classes that best suits their children, but each child must take all classes within the same level.† For example, if a 9th grader chooses a 6th-8th grade class, he/she must choose †6th-8th grade classes for all 4 hours.
*****Course Descriptions*****

Baby and Toddler Nursery

We maintain a safe place for our youngest children to rest, to learn to play together, and to make friends. There will be short, teacher-led activities available for those interested in participating and a lot of free play. Please let us know if you will provide your child’s snacks or if he/she can eat the age-appropriate snack provided in the nursery. Please also provide allergy information.

Nursery Czar:

Fee: $0.75/hour for snacks, paper goods, extra cleaning supplies

Supplies: diapers, wipes, teething toys (if needed), a "sippy cup" or bottle, blanket for those who are likely to nap during the day. Please make sure all items are labeled.
PRE-K

Discovering (with) Our 5 Senses:† Come learn all about our 5 senses and the body parts that we use while "sensing" the world we live in through hands-on activities, experiments and crafts.

Teacher:† Dana McGee

Class Fee:† $4 for experiment and craft supplies†

Supplies:†Crayons... and your 5 senses, of course!
Little People Music:††Our little people will have the opportunity to explore the realm of†music in this creative, fun, keep-those-hands-busy class.† Each week there will be a guest musician to entertain our group while we learn about a different instrument.†We will sing songs, learn notes,†make our own instruments, and prepare a song to perform at the Night of Enrichment.†

Teacher:†Jennifer Olin

Class fee:†$5

Supplies:†Washable markers, scissors, glue
Once Upon a Time:Get ready to help Little Bo Peep find her sheep, make a cake with the Little Red Hen, and build houses with the Three Little Pigs. †We'll read, sing, and participate in all sorts of fun activities centered on classic fairy tales and nursery rhymes. †So, run, run, as fast as you can, and join us for an exciting time of learning.

Teacher: †Leandra Williams

Class Fee: †$0

Supplies needed:†None
Olympic Fun: Have you ever heard of the Olympics? Come learn all about them. We will make our own fun while learning the importance of friendship and peace.

Teacher:†Claudia Nichols

Class Fee:†$1.00

Supplies needed:†crayons, scissors, glue
K-2

American Girl History:†We will tour back in time and study the history of three American Girls. We will learn what it was like to live in colonial America with Felicity Merriman, travel to the Minnesota frontier with Kirsten and experience the Great Depression with Kit Kittredge. We will learn what life was like for these American Girls, learn what was going on in the world around them, do some crafts of their time and maybe even put on a skit.†
Teacher:†Cheryl Davis

Class Fee: $6 for copies and craft supplies
Supplies Needed:†pencil, crayons or colored pencils, scissors,†glue stick, 3 ring binder
Prerequisites:†The students will need to read or be read to the American Girl books as we study them. We will be reading "Meet Felicity", "Felicity Learns A Lesson", "Meet Kirsten", "Kirsten Learns A Lesson", "Meet Kit", and "Kit Learns A Lesson" in that order. †A reading schedule will be sent out in advance. The girls are welcome to bring their dolls to class but it is not required.
Extreme Weather!:† Get your head†in the clouds! Come†join us for a fun and active unit study on wild weather that has been raging since God created the earth! We'll learn about Bible, poetry, vocabulary, history and current events involving weather. Every class will include either an art project, a science experiment or fun and games! We will also be doing a fundraiser and donating the proceeds to a disaster relief organization.†The kids will take turns†selling items during lunch (with supervision). †

Teacher:†Tracy Smoot

Class Fee:†$8 for art and science experiment supplies

Supplies needed:†Pencil, scissors, colored pencils or crayons, ruler

Prerequisites/time required outside of class:†Homework will be optional.†Ideas for further investigation will be sent home and can be done at†Mom and Dad's discretion. †
Soccer 101: The focus of this class will be learning and developing basic soccer skills. The typical class will consist of several drills and skill games followed by a scrimmage. Rules taught will be consistent with those used by Texoma Soccer Association (TSA) for K-2 ages – modified for indoor play. No goalie position is used at this age.

Teacher: Larry Childress

Class Fee: $6.00. This is for a new size 3 ball for each child. This will be the child's to keep at the end of the semester.

Supplies needed: Athletic/Tennis shoes with good traction are needed for this class.
Themes to Remember:Join us as we take a musical journey with Piano, a quiet cat, and Forte, a noisy dog, to study famous composers and their compositions using Marjorie Kiel Persons’†Themes to Remember.† Singing fun and catchy lyrics will help us to recognize music composed by Vivaldi, Bach, Handel, Haydn and many more.† We will keep a glossary of musical terms, play games like “Name That Classical Tune”, “Name the Composer” and “Who am I?” and use our imagination by drawing and painting the musical themes.

Teacher:Susan Carter

Class Fee:† $2.00 (copies)

Supplies needed:†Colored pencils or crayons, pencil, a 3-prong folder
Wonder Club: Have you ever wondered... How were the Great Pyramids built?† Where did the Temple of Artemis stand?† Were there really Hanging Gardens in Babylon?† Why was the Colossus of Rhodes built?† Who ordered the construction of the Pharos of Alexandria?† What is a "pharos," anyway?† Maybe you've never heard of some of these structures.† That's okay...they make up some of the Seven Ancient Wonders of the World, which we'll be discovering more about as we get together each week.† We'll create a "wonder-filled" notebook featuring these and other man-made marvels, so get ready to learn some geography, history, and architecture along the way.† Grab your passports as we become armchair tourists of these wonders of the world!

Teacher:† Miriam Bayless

Class Fee:† $10 (many copies [some colored], craft supplies)

Supplies:† 1-in. 3-ring binder, colored pencils, scissors, glue stick, transparent tape, pencil

Room requests:† whiteboard
3-5

American Girl History: We will tour back in time and study the history of three American Girls. We will learn what it was like to live in colonial America with Felicity Merriman, travel to the Minnesota frontier with Kirsten and experience the Great Depression with Kit Kittredge. We will learn what life was like for these American Girls, learn what was going on in the world around them, do some crafts of their time and maybe even put on a skit.†
Teacher:†Cheryl Davis

Class Fee: $6 for copies and craft supplies
Supplies Needed:†pencil, crayons or colored pencils, scissors,†glue stick, 3 ring binder
Prerequisites:†The students will need to read or be read to the American Girl books as we study them. We will be reading "Meet Felicity", "Felicity Learns A Lesson", "Meet Kirsten", "Kirsten Learns A Lesson", "Meet Kit", and "Kit Learns A Lesson" in that order. †A reading schedule will be sent out in advance. The girls are welcome to bring their dolls to class but it is not required.
Extreme Weather! :†Get your head†in the clouds! Come†join us for a fun and active unit study on wild weather that has been raging since God created the earth! We'll learn about Bible, poetry, vocabulary, history and current events involving weather. Every class will include either an art project, a science experiment or fun and games! We will also be doing a fundraiser and donating the proceeds to a disaster relief organization.†The kids will take turns†selling items during lunch (with supervision). †

Teacher:†Tracy Smoot

Class Fee:†$8 for art and science experiment supplies

Supplies needed:†Pencil, scissors, colored pencils or crayons, ruler

Prerequisites/time required outside of class:†Homework will be optional.†Ideas for further investigation will be sent home and can be done at†Mom and Dad's discretion. †
Soccer Savvy: Do you want to learn to play soccer? Are you already an experienced team player? This soccer class is for those just beginning as well as those who want to sharpen their skills. We will be cover the basics as well as how to play in a real game situation. Come get some exercise and have some fun!

Teachers: Tyler Olin, Drew Crocker

Class Fee: $5.50. This is for a new size 4 ball for each child. This will be the child's to keep at the end of the semester.

Supplies needed: Athletic/tennis shoes with good traction, shin guards and a water bottle are recommended.

Time required outside of class: None required, but we hope you want to practice what you learn!


Themes to Remember:Join us as we take a musical journey with Piano, a quiet cat, and Forte, a noisy dog, to study famous composers and their compositions using Marjorie Kiel Persons’†Themes to Remember.† Singing fun and catchy lyrics will help us to recognize music composed by Vivaldi, Bach, Handel, Haydn and many more.† We will keep a glossary of musical terms, play games like “Name That Classical Tune”, “Name the Composer” and “Who am I?” and use our imagination by drawing and painting the musical themes.

Teacher:† Susan Carter

Class Fee:† $2.00 (copies)

Supplies needed:†Colored pencils or crayons, pencil, a 3-prong folder
Wonder Club: Have you ever wondered... How were the Great Pyramids built?† Where did the Temple of Artemis stand?† Were there really Hanging Gardens in Babylon?† Why was the Colossus of Rhodes built?† Who ordered the construction of the Pharos of Alexandria?† What is a "pharos," anyway?† Maybe you've never heard of some of these structures.† That's okay...they make up some of the Seven Ancient Wonders of the World, which we'll be discovering more about as we get together each week.† We'll create a "wonder-filled" notebook featuring these and other man-made marvels, so get ready to learn some geography, history, and architecture along the way.† Grab your passports as we become armchair tourists of these wonders of the world!

Teacher:† Miriam Bayless

Class Fee:† $10 (many copies [some colored], craft supplies)

Supplies:† 1-in. 3-ring binder, colored pencils, scissors, glue stick, transparent tape, pencil

Room requests:† whiteboard
6-12 (Please look carefully. While most are “crossover “ classes for 6-12, a few are for 6-8 or 9-12 only.)
Apologia Biology Lab (9-12): This class will complete the credit needed for the lab portion of the Apologia Biology Course.† We will explore plants, amphibians, insects, fish and more.†I†do expect you to be serious about your work and homework†if†you sign up for this†class.†

Teacher:† Angela Stewart

Class Fee:† $5.00 for class supplies and copies (fee for dissection laboratory materials will be determined at a later date).

Supplies Needed:† Apologia Biology book will be needed for a reference tool, 2" loose-leaf notebook with tabs, loose-leaf paper, pencil, and map colors.

Prerequisites:† It will be necessary to have gone through a biology course, or in the process of going through the course to have some understanding of what the labs are about.†

Time required outside of class:† Some time at home will be spent†finishing up lab work and/or preparing for the next class.†
Exploring Careers (9-12): “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Does this question strike fear in your heart? Make you feel like you should know the answer, but you don’t? You may not know specifically what you want to be, but in this class you will gain the tools that will allow you to search and plan better. You will discover your personality, abilities, skills, and priorities; match possible careers to your personality; research potential careers to see if there is a fit; and prepare a plan to pursue your career choice.

Teachers: Karen Childress, Dana McGee, Steve Kimberlin (guest teacher)

Class Fee: $2 copies

Supplies needed: folder or 3-ring binder

Time required outside of class: Some weeks-none, some weeks – 1 hr.+
Financial Peace for Teens (9-12):††Money! Money problems can bring down nations, cause marriages to fail, and make life just plain miserable!† Be the master of your money, not a slave to debt! Using Dave Ramsey's DVD presentations, students will get a thorough grounding in avoiding debt, saving, budgeting, and the best way to purchase items such as college, cars, and insurance.† To liven things up, students will play "what-if" games with various careers, expenses, and life events (both expected and unexpected) to see if their financial plans hold up.

Teacher:†Janet Schaab

Class Fee:†$13 for the Foundations in Personal Finance workbook

Supplies needed:†workbook, paper, pencil

Prerequisites/time required outside of class:†Students will have homework assignments which will take from 15-60 minutes per week.
Geometry Jump Start (6-8): How do you fold a sheet of paper in to the shape of a whale? How do you measure the area of a pizza? How can you draw a circle within a circle without lifting your pencil from the paper? Learn the answers to these questions and much more as we study the geometry basics of plane (two-dimensional figures) and solid (three-dimensional figures) geometry accompanied by fun projects to make the concepts “stick” in our heads.

Teacher: Nikki Crocker

Class Fee: $3.00 for copies and project supplies

Supplies needed: protractor, compass, pencil, scissors, lined and unlined paper
The History of Song (6-12): †Trace the history of the song from the beginning until now; its use in tribal activities, religion, and culture. Take a look at the structure and purpose of a song. Finally, the class will write a song together, record it, and receive a CD of the song at the end of the term.

Teacher:†Jim Barnes, guest teacher; Laura Hattaway, facilitator

Class Fee:†None

Supplies needed:†Paper, pen, a CD or memory card to receive the student-composed song.

Prerequisites/time required outside of class:††There will be outside research necessary some weeks; this will be a maximum of twenty minutes, unless the student is really into the topic and wants to delve in further.
The Magic Flute (6-12): The Magic Flute is a fairy tale composed by one of the greatest musical geniuses in Western musical history. It is full of strange and wonderful characters that do things we can only imagine. You are about to meet a Prince, a Princess, a Birdman, a Star-Blazing Queen, and a dragon—to say nothing of magic bells and, of course, the magic flute. To learn the rest of the story, join us as we learn about Mozart, opera, The Magic Flute, and many other things. We will have some fun hands-on activities to help bring the story to life. For those who are willing and able, we will attend a Dallas Opera performance of The Magic Flute in April. This cost is not included in the cost of the class and will be around $40.

Teacher: Karen Childress

Class Fee: $5 copies and supplies

Supplies needed: 3-ring binder, pen or pencil

Time required outside of class: Negligible to none
Man-Made Wonders of the World (6-12): Throughout history, men have sought to identify the wonders of their own time--"bucket lists of the ages," if you will.† This semester we will focus on many of the man-made structures that have received the honor of being on such a list.† Some are famous; some, more obscure.† We will put together a notebook as we search to answer questions pertaining to each Wonder: Where and when was it built?† What else was going on at that time around the world?† Why was it built?† Just how did the builders accomplish such a task without the modern tools of today?† How does it compare to other similar structures?† As you can see, geographical, historical, and architectural aspects will be covered.† Get ready to be amazed and inspired by what man's industry has built through time.† So, what awe-inspiring structures would make up your list?† Let's grab our passports and become armchair tourists as we discover for ourselves these wonders of the world!

Teacher:† Miriam Bayless

Class Fee:† $8 (many copies, some color)

Supplies:† 1-in. 3-ring binder, colored pencils, scissors, glue stick, transparent tape, pencil/pen

Time outside class:† 30 minutes-1 hour/week for the culminating activity (which could take a variety of forms--news story, interview, diorama, poster, pamphlet, etc.)
Secrets of the Dollar: Almost every American looks at a dollar bill on a daily basis, but few view it for its historic significance or its entertainment value. In this class we will explore the truth and the fiction about who did and who didn’t design the symbols on the dollar bill as well as what those symbols mean or do not mean. We will also learn some dollar origami. There is so much to do and explore with the dollar bill that by the end of class you could entertain friends and family with your knowledge for hours as well as leave your waiter a fancy tip when you go out to eat. If you are interested in money, whether it is spending it or collecting it, this class is for you! Teacher: Amy Pierce Class Fee: $4 for book and copy supplies Supplies needed:†folder with paper for taking notes, pen or pencil, a couple of clean & crisp dollar bills (optional) Prerequisites/time required outside of class: †the only prerequisite needed is the ability to pay attention, (as a matter of fact, the less you know about the dollar, the better), Outside of class you may have to do a small research project. (Optional: If we have enough interest, we may take a free tour of the Fort Worth Bureau of Engraving and Printing where they give a 45 minute quarter-mile long tour on an elevated walkway suspended over the production floor. We would actually get to see them make all kinds of paper money. There are only two places in the country that offer tours and we should take advantage of one being so close to us! Our family has done this tour and it was fantastic!
That’s Newsworthy! (6-12): Join the staff of the EC newspaper. Investigate topics that interest and affect us in EC, in our local community, and in homeschooling. Learn interviewing and article-writing skills, and then help produce several newspapers throughout the semester.

Teacher: Nikki Crocker

Class Fee: $2.00 for copies

Supplies needed: Pen or pencil and paper. If you have a laptop for in class typing, you may bring it, but it is not required.

Time required outside of class: We will be using our class time to its fullest to avoid too much homework. Students will be required to contribute a minimum number of articles and features to the newspaper and will need to finish at home what is not done in class.
"That's Not In There!"(6-12): †That's what people will say when you tell them the secret ingredient of the food we make each week. Experiment with some surprising ways to use food, and learn why the surprise ingredients work.

Teacher:†Laura Hattaway

Class Fee:†$12

Supplies needed:†None.
Volleyball (6-12): Let's play!! We have spent a few semesters refining our skills, now let's put them to the test.† We will spend a few minutes warming up each Friday†but most of the class time will be spent playing.† Don't worry if you are new to the game.†The goal is to have a good time, play hard and help everyone get involved in the game.

Teacher:† Janet Schaab
Class Fee: $0

Supply List: Kneepads are a good idea


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