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 fees are listed at the bottom of page. 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. Classes are limited to 16 students. Families attending classes for this year must sign and agree to The Young Explorers Treaty of 2020 (work in progress).
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 if possible) see above description
12-1 - Lunch/playtime
1-3 pm ART - 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
This is meant to be a full day program, however you can sign up for the separate elements.
10-12 - 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.
12-1 - Lunch/Recess
1-2 - 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. This IEW class is for stronger readers or for students attending all day Tuesday.
2-3 - 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
10-2 Astronomy Grades 1-4 - We will be using REAL Science Odyssey Astronomy 1 as our foundational curriculum for our exploration of the universe. We will also incorporate additional literature into our day. A typical day might look like:
10-11:30 - read the science lesson and do the lab.
11:30-12:30 lunch and playtime
12:30-2:00 - supplemental activities and readings related to the topic of the day
Physical Science and Astronomy
Middle School Science
Wee Play and Learn
10-12 - 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 thematic learning through stories, songs, games, art projects, and science experiments. Students should dress appropriately for being outside for two hours and bring a 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.
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.
IEW only: $150
Art only: $350
All day: $600
Half Day: $350
Full Day: $700
10-2 - $600
Half Day: $350
Full Day: $700
Outdoor Kinder: $350.