2021-2022 CLASSES

Please Note: Due to the Governor's mandate, we will be wearing masks while inside the classroom.

 To register or for more information, email Carol at youngexplorersnv@gmail.com or call/text 775-997-8114. 

Ages/grades are recommendations only, I'm flexible depending on the student and situation, you know your child best.

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, you can drop off (if your kidoo is ok with that) or you can stay and play with us.

Painting

MONDAY SCHEDULE

10 - 11 - Poetry Teatime - Set a relaxing, fun, and delectable tone for the week by beginning your week with Poetry Teatime. I will provide a different tea sampling each week and a variety of poetry books, themes, and forms to choose from. Participants will rotate bringing in the treats to share for that week. (This is not a good class choice if you have a lot of food allergies, but we can try to make some adjustments as necessary.) 

11-12  Beginning IEW - 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.

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. 

Cityscape

TUESDAY SCHEDULE

9:30AM-3:00PM - Grades 4-8 - The Once and Future City

An exploration of society and how cities work, past, present, future, with an emphasis on 1994 toward the future (where story of the world 4 ends) Topics to explore: 

History of various cities

Geography 

Economic and government systems

Moral and ethical philosophy and psychology 

Sociology

Infrastructure (how it works, science/engineering, past, present, future)  transportation, water, energy, waste, food, communications, recreation, health/medical (cue the local field trips and speakers)

Security, Safety/Crime, legal systems

Natural resources/preservation and conservation

Dealing with natural disasters

Future technologies

Dystopian and Utopian novels

Build model future city

Play city building simulations

Go on field trips related to city services

This class will have weekly reading and writing assignments. We'll be reading a mix of fiction novels set in cities and dystopian/science fiction. I'll be compiling the nonfiction readings from a variety of sources. For writing we'll be writing our own mini-novel for the creative track and emphasizing critical thinking and persuasive writing for our non-fiction track. Over the year they will also be working on a model of their own future city. Tentative booklist here: https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/2IASYV31UMSBM?ref_=wl_share

Image by British Library

WEDNESDAY SCHEDULE

Ancient History 10AM-12PM Grades 1-4

This will be a homework involved class.  At home you will read a chapter of Story of the World: Volume 1 Ancient times, do a writing assignment (IEW), and read some complementary historical fiction, and other literature that corresponds to our SOTW chapter. During class we will share our writing, do hands-on activities, projects and discussion to extend our history and literature readings. I'm still working on the book list...stay tuned. This is such a fun way to satisfy your social studies, reading, and writing goals for the year.

12-1 - Lunch/Playtime

1-3PM R.E.A.L. Science Odyssey - Physics Grades 1-4 -

This is a wonderful science curriculum with a great balance between workbook and hands-on experiments. We will study Newton's Laws, Simple and complex machines, sound, and more. Check out this curriculum at https://www.pandiapress.com/product/real-science-odyssey-physics-level-one/

Kids Stacking Blocks

THURSDAY SCHEDULE

 10 -12 - Grades 2-5 - Brain Power -  This class will be all about solving puzzles and mysteries, developing strategies, engaging in logical and lateral thinking, playing with riddles and mathematical concepts. It will also be about lessening the stress on the brain to maximize its power. We will learn chess and other strategy games, use materials from critical thinking company, play math games, engage in debate, take a lot of brain breaks, learn about how the brain works, and practice relaxation and focus techniques.

12-1 - Lunch/Playtime

1-3 - K-2 - Thematic Adventures- We will be setting up different pretend play areas over the year, changing out our theme every few weeks. We will become part of a space station, construction site, restaurant, pet store, bakery, etc. We will enhance our experience with stories, songs, games, crafts, and thematic snacks.

Road to Monument Valley

FRIDAY SCHEDULE

10-12 - Grades K-4 - Road Trip USA!

Every week we will visit another state, learning a bit of geography and state symbols. We'll read stories, play games, taste foods/cook, and make crafts that extend our learning about each state we visit.

1-3PM - Grades K-6 - Art 

This art class will focus on the EPIC curriculum from Deep Space Sparkle. This curriculum focuses on a different art element every few weeks, line and pattern, shape, color, contrast and emphasis, movement and rhythm, value, texture, balance, form, space, proportion, and unity and variety. These lessons are usually accompanied by a picture book at the beginning of the lesson. The projects in this class will be different than Monday's art class.

Dates and Fees

Classes begin September 7 and end June 6. There are 32 weeks scheduled and I charge for 30 weeks in the event I need to cancel and can't make it up.

Breaks/Holidays/No Class: 

Fall Break: October 4-8

Thanksgiving: November 22-26

Winter Break: December 20 - January 7

MLK jr: January 17

Presidents' Day: February 21

Spring Break1: March 14 - 18 

Spring Break 2: April 18 - 22 

(Trust me on the 2 spring breaks spread out people :)

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  I have added a $50 supply fee.  Please email me at youngexplorersnv@gmail.com and I will work to get you into the classes you want.

Mondays:

Poetry Teatime: $150

IEW: $150

Art: $350

Tuesdays:


The Once and Future City: $750

(you will also need to secure the books from the book list tbd, either by purchasing or through the library)


Wednesdays:


Ancient History: $350

(you will also need to secure the books from the book list tbd, either by purchasing or through the library)

R.E.A.L. Science Physics: $350

Thursdays:


Brain Power: $300


Thematic Adventures: $300

(I will probably ask for help with sponsoring snacks from time to time)

Fridays:


Road Trip USA!: $350 

(I will probably ask for help with sponsoring snacks from time to time)


Epic Art: $350

 

2020-2021 CLASSES

 To register or for more information, email Carol at youngexplorersnv@gmail.com 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

Plasticine

MONDAY SCHEDULE

Create!

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. 

USA Flag

TUESDAY SCHEDULE

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

Caddie Woodlawn

Cheaper by the Dozen

Esperanza Rising

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

Star Formation

WEDNESDAY SCHEDULE

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.

Newton's Pendulum

THURSDAY SCHEDULE

Physical Science 
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.

Image by Markus Spiske

FRIDAY SCHEDULE

Wee Play and Learn
Kindergarten Age

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. 

Breaks/Holidays/No Class:

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 youngexplorersnv@gmail.com and I will work to get you into the classes you want.

Mondays:

IEW only: $150

Art only: $350 (includes $50 supply fee)

Tuesdays:

Zoom: $300

In person: $450

Wednesdays:

Morning - $300

Afternoon - $300

Thursdays:

Fridays:

Outdoor Kinder: $350. (includes $50 supply fee)