To register or for more information, email Carol at or call/text 775-997-8114.
Ages/grades are recommendations, but I'm flexible depending on the student and situation.
Dates and breaks are listed at the bottom of the page. Fees listed are for the YEAR. I send invoices in late August and you can pay in whatever installments you prefer over the school year. You can still join in most classes (if not full) after they have begun, I do my best to prorate the fees for you. I charge approximately $5 per child per hour in order to make my classes accessible to homeschoolers. I do offer sibling discounts when possible.
Classes are in person unless otherwise noted. Class sizes are kept small. Families attending classes for this year must agree to The Young Explorers Compact of 2020.
10-11 Beginning IEW (ONLINE)- A fun introduction to Institute for Excellence in Writing's methodology for language arts. This is so much more than a writing program, it's a speaking, reading, and thinking program as well. I love introducing people to IEW. Ideal for beginning readers and up. Parents are strongly encouraged to attend unless they are already familiar with IEW. This class has homework in which the parent will be asked to do a lot of support as needed.
11-12 - Beginning IEW (in person) see above description
12-1 - Lunch/playtime
1-3 pm ART (in person)- I use art projects from Deep Space Sparkle and Meet the Masters, both fabulous and rich art curricula. Meet the Masters features part art history lesson and part art project inspired by the artist. Deep Space Sparkle offers a huge variety of projects with many different themes and mediums. This allows me to customize art projects based on the needs and interests of our group.
The Modern Era
Recommended grades 4-8
I'll be offering the same course online via zoom and in person. This is an integrated course in History and Language Arts. We may be able to do some fun interactions between the two groups at various times throughout the year like debate or parties, etc.
9:30-11:30 - zoom
History of The Modern Age from Victoria to the Fall of the USSR Students will need a copy of Story of the World Volume 4 and commit to reading the necessary chapters before class. During class we will extend our reading with projects, games, simulations, etc.
IEW - All units of teaching writing with structure and style will be covered using our history and book reading as inspiration. This class has homework! We do speeches every week, and I model the next week's homework, we play language arts games. IEW is not just for writing, it is a comprehensive language arts experience with reading, writing, speaking, listening.
Book Club - Participants will need a copy of the books we are reading and commit to reading the recommended chapters before class. Teacher and students will lead discussion and analyze literary elements. We will be using selections pulled from Sunlight E/Bookshark 4 and corresponding literature recommendations from Story of the World 4. The book list is as follows and can also be accessed via Amazon list https://a.co/8pLUH1k:
By the Great Horn Spoon - summer reading for first day
Sing Down the Moon
Freedom Train story of Harriet tubman
The Perilous Road
Turn Homeward, Hannalee
Shades of Gray
Cheaper by the Dozen
The Seventeenth Swap
Bud, not Buddy
Number the Stars
Author Pick Alan Gratz (choose among his WWII novels)
Meiko and the Fifth Treasure
Year of Impossible Goodbyes
The Watson’s Go to Birmingham
Red Scarf Girl
Exploring our Universe
Recommended ages 6-9
I'll be offering the same class twice so that we can ensure small classes.
Morning session: 9:30-11:30
Afternoon session: 12:30-2:30
Astronomy Adventure Grades 1-4 - We will be using REAL Science Odyssey Astronomy 1 as our foundational curriculum for our exploration of the universe. There will be a science reading, lab, and other literature, art, and extension activities.
Middle School Science
10-12 Exploration Education Advanced Physical Science grades 4-9 - This is the ultimate hands-on kit! We build a project and then do experiments with the project to explore physical science concepts. Must not be afraid of glue guns! You can still join this class second semester, but it won't be starting at the beginning.
12-1 - lunch/play - bring a lunch/snacks and a filled water bottle.
Wee Play and Learn
10-12 - Exploring our world one theme at a time. This class will be held mostly outside so our wee ones have a chance to safely play and learn without having to wear masks. We will focus on exploratory play through a variety of outdoor learning stations and do some structured group learning through stories, songs, games, art projects, and science experiments according to the theme of the day.
We will be working our way through the alphabet for the first 26 weeks, a different letter theme each week. The kids will help determine the themes for the final weeks.
Students should dress appropriately for being outside for two hours and bring a filled water bottle, snacks and lunch. There are indoor restrooms and an indoor space if we need it.
Dates and Fees
School year 2020-2021 classes begin September 8, 2020 and end June 7, 2021. There are 34 weeks scheduled. I am only charging for 30 weeks in case I have to cancel classes and can't make them up.
Fall Break: October 5-9
Thanksgiving: November 23-27
Winter Break: Dec. 21 - Jan. 8
MLK jr: January 18
Presidents' Day: February 15
Spring Break: March 15-19
Fees: These fees are for the YEAR, invoiced at the beginning of the school year and payable in whatever installments work for you over the school year. If you join after classes begin, I do my best to prorate classes. It works about to approximately $5 an hour. Some classes require the purchase of books or materials, see the description above. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will work to get you into the classes you want.
IEW only: $150
Art only: $350 (includes $50 supply fee)
In person: $450
Morning - $300
Afternoon - $300
Outdoor Kinder: $350. (includes $50 supply fee)