Course Descriptions
    Oral Presentations: grades 3-6, 1hr/wk
  • The focus of this class is to practice and strengthen memorization skills and oral recitation through the use of poetry, original speeches, dramatic interpretation, and classic speeches.  Etiquette such as introductions and conversation starters will be incorporated through skits, and group communication games. The final class for each unit will be student presentations. Class materials will be provided.

    Reader's Theatre: grades 3-6, 1hr/wk
  • Class time will be spent actively reading through scripted children’s literature with choral readings in which all students read a passage in unison and round-robin readings in which students take turns reading out loud.   Reader's Theater has been found to be effective in building reading fluency, boosting listening and speaking skills, and promoting cooperative interaction with peers. Reluctant readers are often transformed. The final class for each unit will be student presentations. Audio and video podcasts will be used as a tool to help students do their best.
    Minecraft for Communication and Problem Solving, grades 3-8, 1 hr/wk
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    Minecraft is a global phenomenon; a place where kids engineer complex machines, create civilizations, and make art. It’s a world of trial and error and constant discovery. Minecraft encourages kids to tinker, to break things and then fix them.

    Minecraft for Communication and Minecraft for Problem Solving will use Minecraft activities and student interest and knowledge as catalysts to practice  problem solving  and communication skills. 

    Building Thinking Skills: grades 4-6, 1hr/wk
  • Class time will be spent engaging students in verbal and nonverbal reasoning activities to boost listening and speaking skills, strengthen vocabulary, reading, reasoning and analyses, and enhance confidence and critical thinking.  
    History Speaks: Story of the World, grades 3-8, 1hr/wk
  • History Speaks: Story of the World 

    A variety of activities and teaching methods will be used to introduce students to the world of days gone by.  Many lessons in these units focus on an interactive approach to learning.  Students will be engaged in a variety of activities including the use of videos, games, creative individual writing, projects, and presentations.  

    Co-operative learning and active participation in group activities, class discussions, and presentations will also be emphasized throughout these units to create a meaningful learning experience.

    Homework is required as we work our way through books that help capture the times and places we will be studying.  

    History Speaks courses will be offered in alternating years. Historry Speaks can be taken in any order. 

    Read Write Speak: grades 3-8, 1hr/wk
  • This full Language Arts course will move your student forward in all of the components of mastering the English Language in an integrated and  approach.

    We will enjoy the benefits of a book club, a writer’s club, and even learn the components of and practice our communication skills.

    Homework will be required as we read through our books each semester, write paragraphs, learn the discipline of daily grammar drills and get comfortable learning to work  with classmates.

    Math Matters, grades 4-8, 1hr/wk
  • Math is not magic, though it is amazing. Math is a daily discipline. If you are looking for accountability and teaching help to move forward in the math curriculum of your choice then this is the class for you.

    Class time will be spent using a variety of teaching strategies to help students understand the fundamentals found in Saxon Math 76. These concepts will apply in whatever math program your student is using. Students should gain a strong understanding of these concepts to help them succeed in high school math courses.

    Parents will be required to make a contract with their students about their goals for math for the school year. Students will be held accountable to progress satisfactorily in meeting these goals. 

    The purpose of this class is to help students and parents be diligent in pursuing their math studies by doing them daily

    Informal Logic and Argumentation: grades 7-9, 1 hr/wk
  • This course will focus primarily on informal logic, the art of reasoning well. We will be learning to analyze arguments and spot logical fallacies using games, activities and stories in class. Students will have opportunity to practice being fallacy detectives in fun, yet structured rounds of debate. ( Should blue M&M’s become a classic color?) Excellent preparation for high school speech and debate. 
     
    Current Events: grades 7-9, 1 hr/wk
  • Current Events is a key component of Social Studies for the middle school years. This class focuses on increasing student knowledge and understanding of daily news events, helping them to understand the importance of people, events, and issues in the world. Students will follow domestic and international current events topics. Students will practice basic public speaking skills and be engaged regularly in discussion and  oral presentations during class time. No text required.
     
    Our US Constitution: grades 7-9, 1 hr/wk
  • The US Constitution is key to understanding our society and thus a key component of Social Studies for the middle school years. It is a straightforward and concise document that directs our everyday lives. Class time will be spent increasing student knowledge and understanding of the history, content and principles of the Constitution. Students will be engaged in class discussion, projects and presentations. Text TBD
     
    Economics is Everywhere: grades 7-9, 1 hr/wk
  • Economics is a key component of Social Studies for the middle school years. Building understanding of our world requires an economic way of thinking. Does ice cream sell well in Alaska?  What resources do we need to survive and how do we get them? And what is a resource anyway? This class will focus on fundamentals of economics and many of the terms that are commonly used. Students will gain a greater understanding of how we are all associated through our economic world. Text TBD
     
    Speech Smarts(A): grades 7-12, 1 hr/wk
  • Class time will be spent in actively learning communication skills and preparing speeches. Students will learn four different types of speeches throughout the year: impromptu, original oratory, interpretive and broadcasting. The final class for each unit will be student presentations.  Class materials will be provided. Speech Smarts A and B can be taken in any order. 
     
    Speech Smarts(B): grades 7-12, 1 hr/wk
  • Class time will be spent in actively learning communication skills and preparing speeches. Students will learn four different types of speeches throughout the year: impromptu, persuasive, storytelling and expository. The final class for each unit will be student presentations. Class materials will be provided. Speech Smarts A and B can be taken in any order.
     
     
    Speech and Debate: grades 9-12, 1hr/wk
  • Course covers the rhetorical subjects of speech and debate, long recognized to bring together and put into practice all the academic skills your student has been working to achieve up to this point. Speech units include Impromptu and Extemporaneous. Debate units include introductory theory in argumentation and class competition in parliamentary style debate. Class materials will be provided.
     
    US Government: grades 10-12, 2hr/wk, semester long
  • One semester course exploring the foundations of American government dedicated to the high school student with understanding and background in American History. Students will examine the components and principles of American government, constitutional freedoms and citizen responsibilities, political systems and public policies. Students will be engaged regularly in discussion and  oral presentations during class time. Text TBD
    Economics: grades 10-12, 1hr/wk, semester long
  • A one semester class exploring the key elements and principles of economic theory, and examining the choices that individuals, businesses and governments make.  This course includes micro and macro economic topics including markets, supply and demand, business and labor, money, banking and finance, measuring economic performance, and government role in the economy.
     
    PE Sports
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    Students will learn basic rules, rotations and strategies in team games including Volleyball, Basketball, Futsal, Wiffle ball, Spike ball, and Badmitton depending on class interest. Students will practice fundamentals and techniques to develop proper execution of all skills necessary to play with enjoyment, skill, satisfaction and safety in order to continue as a lifetime activity.

    Students will benefit from sportsmanship and team building strategies, develop the ability to act and think and communicate quickly while maintaining  moral conduct in competition, and develop muscular flexibility, coordination and  timing.