Fall 2009

Family Classes

Weekly Drumming Circle (Connie Ralston)
In Drum Circle we will learn how to listen to one another and work as a team to create new patterns. With Connie, we’ll learn songs from all over the world. Connie is a veteran homeschooling mom who has been drumming for peace and leading drum circles for over 20 years. We have enjoyed her monthly drumming circles for two semesters now at HSoBX. This weekly class will give students of all ages a chance to focus on learning more rhythms and songs. ($110 for the semester, or three installments of $40.)

Belly Dancing for Moms (Sharon Barnes)
Moms, come treat yourself to an introduction to the ancient art of belly dance. Your cares will melt away as you relax through warm-ups, tone with isolations, and undulate across the floor. Expect to laugh a little (life’s best medicine for whatever ails you) and have a good time. Wear comfortable clothing, bare feet or socks, but leave your ego at the door. ($120 for the semester, or three installments of $43.)


Classes for Multiple Ages

Irish Dance (Mary Fein)
Don’t miss this great introduction to the world of Irish step dancing, one of the most exciting dance forms. Participants will learn the foundation steps of traditional Irish Step dancing. Foundations steps taught will be incorporated into individual steps and group Ceili dances (k-lee). This is a non-competitive class. Senior class requires permission of instructor. ($134 for the semester or three payments of $54.)

Championship Chess (Kala Dawson)
Chess works your brain in all kinds of ways: spatial aptitude, perceptive speed, reasoning, creativity, and concentration. Coach Kala starts with three pawns on each side of the board, and adds pieces one by one, teaching strategy to advanced players, basic game play to beginners. Students learn to be confident decision makers, honorable players, and critical thinkers. Ages 6+ are welcome, students with similar abilities will be paired. Books, DVDs, and travel chess sets are available for purchase, but not necessary. Coach Kala will bring everything needed for the class. You can find out more about the curriculum he uses here. This semester, Coach offers us two sections of chess, capped at 10 students each. The younger class will be co-operative, emphasis on learning the moves and strategies. The older class will be competitive, emphasis on matches and using strategies. ($150 for the semester or 3 payments of $55)

Latin for Children Enrichment Club (Lydia Netzer)
A weekly meet-up for those of us using the “Latin for Children” curriculum at home. I’m ready to get serious about Latin and stop pushing it down the priority list. Are you? The Latin Club at HSoBX will deliver accountability for us as home teachers, and fun and games with other children for our students. Every week I’ll assign and collect homework, to keep us all on track. You’ll make a commitment to do the teaching with your child in your home, and work through the lessons, one per week. During our club meetings we will sing songs, chant the chants, play games, act out skits, dress up, carry on, and have fun doing activities you can’t recreate without a group of kids. We will be using the Primer A level of Latin for Children for the 2009-2010 school year, and you’ll need to order at least the student workbook and the activity book to participate in the class. ($40 for the semester or 3 installments of $15. Two child discount: $27 for the semester or 3 installments of $10.)

Stories with Connie (Connie Ralston)
“Celebrating Native Wisdom in Stories” Class offering delightful stories from a variety of tribes illuminating lessons along the good red road. Some native practices shared. Appropriate for students 6 to 12 years old. ($110 for the semester, or three installments of $40.)

Classes for ages 4-5

Play and Learn (Patricia Richman)
This two hour long class will offer your little person excitement and adventure as they explore their world through play and guided activities. We’ll visit each of the seven continents, discover dinosaurs, study seasons and weather, marvel at animal mothers and babies, compare cultures through fairy tales and so much more! We frequently visit music, song, dance and stories along our journey, as well as letters, numbers and crafts. I look forward to playing and learning with your children! Think Montessori preschool once a week! ($210 for the semester, or three payments of $80)

Junior Irish Dance (Mary Fien)
A fun introduction to this popular and exciting dance form for the littlest dancers. Only 30 minutes long, this is the perfect way for your little dancer to learn the foundation steps and get up to speed to join our higher level classes in future semesters, without getting overtired in an hour long class or having to keep up with much bigger children. Appropriate for 5-6 year olds. Meets during lunch (12:00) for 30 minutes. ($75.00 for the full 15 week semester or three payments of $30.00.)

Classes for ages 6-8

Local Environmental Connections (Sara Houston)
Come join us as we learn about the food web beginning with bacteria all the way up to us humans! As we learn about the food web, we will make hands on connection with our own environment. Can we survive without bacteria? What is mold & how is it important? What kind of plants are growing in our backyards? Who eats these plants in our environment? Are there any predators in our area that keep those pesky rats in check? We will explore the answers to these questions (and MANY more!) while we learn about the connection between biology and our own day to day lives. ($105 for semester or three installments of $40.).

Jungle Book: Elementary Literature: Enrichment Track (Lydia Netzer)
Come explore the mysterious characters and wild adventures of The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling. If you sailed the high seas with Treasure Island, island-hopped with The Odyssey, and got sand in your shoes with Arabian Nights, you will love the latest installment of our HSoBX literature series for elementary students. Sing songs, make crafts, memorize poetry set to music, and learn about Indian animals and plants. Enrichment track will focus on understanding the stories and learning vocabulary words, with no writing or reading in class and no homework. Perfect for beginning readers and writers, or for students whose parents are looking for a more social/fun experience in class, and are less interested in completing homework. ($105 for semester or three installments of $40. Two child discount: $75 for the semester or three installments of $30).

Road Trip Across America (Rosemary Ayres)
We’ll take a tour of our very own country, stopping by famous geographical features such as the Mississippi River, the Appalachian and the Rocky Mountains, and the Great Lakes. While on our journey, we’ll learn basic map skills such as using a map key/legend and a compass rose, and learn our cardinal directions. This class will focus on U.S. geography in a world context; understanding that we live on planet Earth, on the continent of North America, in the USA, in a state called Virginia, in a city named Norfolk (or Virginia Beach, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Chesapeake, etc. ). If your child has ever confused their city with their state or thought that Mexico was part of America, then this class is for your child (and mine!) We’ll make maps, enjoy hands-on activities, and play geography games while we travel. So hop in my van, buckle up, and join me for our road trip, having adventures and learning on the way (all without using any gas!). ($100 for the semester or three installments of $40)

Waldorf Inspired World Mythology (Tina Essert)
We will explore a new world myth each week by hearing the story in class. Beginning with creation stories, we will learn about myths from various cultures including African, Native American, Japanese and Greek. After hearing the story, the children will cooperatively summarize the story and copy the short summary into a journal. The class will then decide on an illustration from the story and the instructor will demonstrate the Waldorf method for crayoning the picture which the children will then copy into their journals. At the end of the semester each child will have their own beautifully illustrated book of World Myths to take home. ($81 for the full semester or three payments of $30.)

Monart
The Monart Drawing Method creates a comfortable and non-competitive atmosphere where students can experience the joy of artistic expressino. Students receive enough structural guidance to be successful and enough freedo to be independently creative. Just as we are taught the ABC’s of phonetic rules in learning to read, and musical notes and scales to play an instrument, the Monart Method teaches the individual to perceive the world through five basic elements of shape and how to translate that information onto a flat surface using a variety of mediums. Equally important, the students are taught that there is not a right or wrong way to draw and that they have permission to explore any interpretation of the information they wish. Individuality is encouraged, so there is wonderful variety of interpretation derived from each project. ($150 for the semester or three installments of $60)

Students in this age group are also encouraged to take Championship Chess, Irish Dance, and Latin for Children Enrichment Club. These class descriptions can be found under “Classes for Multiple Ages.”


Classes for ages 9-12

Juicy Term Paper (Melina Winterton)
Our final product will be a 3-15 page research paper with references. We’ll be tackling this in cumulative, bite-sized lessons over the semester. Each week will be devoted to exploring non-fiction writing concepts through interactive games. For example, to learn about summarizing students will each have 60 seconds to summarize their favorite movie. Assignments will be directly related to class activities and will take 1-2 hours to complete, more if you tend to let assignments stack up. We’ll cover all the basics, including, but not limited to: brainstorming, outlining, topic sentences, paragraphs, conclusions, transitions, and referencing. Students select their own age-appropriate topics with parent/teacher guidance, or can use this class to explore material presented in another class. This class is appropriate for a wide range of abilities. At a minimum, students should be able to successfully generate sentences independently and have some kind of experience with writing paragraphs. At a maximum, your child may be technically ready for the High School version but still need to stick with the age-appropriate content of this class. Assignments will be posted online and homework will include reading the posted work of classmates in preparation for class discussions. There are no required texts for this class. Students will need internet access and a Google account to participate. ($120 for the semester or three installments of $43)

Presidential History (Ginny Harvey)
This one semester class will consider US History from the perspective of the executive branch. Rather than cover the whole scope of US history, we’ll concentrate on our best and worst Presidents, and what made them so. (Since everyone knows a lot about George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, we’ll concentrate on some of the lesser known Presidents.) Do you recognize the names of all of our 44 Presidents? Who was our best President? Who was our worst President? Who thinks so, and why? How has the office of the President changed over the past 220 years? Who was the first Vice President to become President after an assassination? This transfer of power has affected all subsequent Vice Presidents. Which President built the Panama Canal and why? Why was FDR such a beloved figure? Which President had an alligator as a pet? These questions and more will be answered during Presidential History. ($120 for the full semester or three payments of $43).

It’s My Business! (Deva Brockett)
It really is your business as you start up our own business and learn about entrepreneurship. This class is based on the Junior Achievement curriculum that puts a strong focus on social studies, reading, and writing skills. We will explore aspects of what makes a business work and have fun with creative marketing. Join us for lots of fun games and group projects. Students will also let their imaginations fly when they make up their very own business as an ongoing semester project. ($120 for the semester or 3 payments of $44.)

Jungle Book: Elementary Literature, Academic Track (Lydia Netzer)
Come explore the mysterious characters and wild adventures of The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling. If you sailed the high seas with Treasure Island, island-hopped with The Odyssey, and got sand in your shoes with Arabian Nights, you will love the latest installment of our HSoBX literature series for elementary students. Sing songs, make crafts, memorize poetry set to music, and learn about Indian animals and plants. Academic track will include an emphasis on Indian history and the Hindu religion, in-class writing and reading, and facts to study at home for in-class quizzes. Don’t let the name fool you — we will still have mad fun and games, silly songs, and messy projects. But we will also be bursting with India knowledge at the end of the semester. (($105 for semester or three installments of $40. Two child discount: $75 for the semester or three installments of $30). )

Robotic Engineering: offered at HSoBX by Virginia Air and Space Center
Embark on an adventure into the worl of robotics! Learn what simple machines help to make a robot work. Investigate how we use robots to explore space including upcoming Moon and Mars missions. Use end effectors to load a shuttle cargo bay. Build and test a Mars rover. Discover how humans use robots to avoid high-risk situations or explore places we cannot physically go. Program and play with working robots. Join a team to build and program a powered robot using Robotix™ to face a challenge competition among all teams. As you progress to more complex machines, we will introduce the Lego Mindstorms NXT™ platform to build and program to perform tasks. ($120 per semester or three installments of $45).

Students in this age group are also encouraged to take Championship Chess, Irish Dance, and Latin for Children Enrichment Club. These class descriptions can be found under “Classes for Multiple Ages.”


Classes for ages 13 and up

It’s My Enterprise! (Deva Brockett)
“A growing enterprise must have a bold leader” In this hands on class you will be running your own multi million dollar business. We will learn how our economy works on the macro, micro, and personal level. Together we will explore such topics as supply and demand, International relations, and money. Students will leave this Junior Achievement based class with basic knowledge of Economics taught in a fun and engaging setting. ($120 for the semester or 3 payments of $44.)

Juicy Term Paper (Melina Winterton)
Our final product will be a 10-20 page properly formatted (APA or MLA) research paper. We’ll be tackling this in cumulative, bite-sized lessons over the semester. Beginning with brainstorming and outlining, and ending with final editing, our class will chew up information and generate spectacular final results. Students will write, edit, re-write, edit, and write some more. Class time will be devoted (but not limited!) to exploring concepts like summation, intellectual property rights, plagiarism, citation formats, logical flow, research organization skills, definition or terms, drawing conclusions, transitional paragraphs, source exclusion and validation, and artistic expression in non-fiction research writing. Assignments will be posted online, and homework will include editing and commenting on the posted work of classmates. Participants select their own topics or can concentrate on material presented in another class. Students are encouraged to explore mature, challenging, controversial, personally relevant, and/or difficult topics. Plan on spending 1-2 hours a week on homework assignments, more if you tend to let assignments stack up. There are no required texts for this class. Students will need internet access and a Google account to participate. ($120 for the semester or 3 payments of $43)

Presidential History (Ginny Harvey)
Presidential History – a whirlwind tour through US history from the perspective of the Executive Branch. This class will consider each President in turn, reviewing important events both domestic and international during his term in office, as well as the influence of political parties and the First Ladies, and how the office of the President has changed over the past 220 years. The first semester will cover John Hanson (no, George Washington was not the first President,
just the first President under our current Constitution) through Grover Cleveland, approximately. The second semester will cover Benjamin Harrison (and Grover Cleveland again) through Barack Obama. With 30 weeks and 44 Presidents (not counting those under the Articles of Confederation), we’ll cover just over one President per week. Some, like William Henry Harrison (in office for 30 days before dying of pneumonia), will get less time, while others, like FDR (in office for 12 years), will get a bit more time. Why have some Presidents been more successful than others? Why did we have a run of 7 one-term Presidents in a row, and when was that anyway? Which President had an alligator as a pet? All these questions and more will be covered during Presidential History. ($120 for the full semester or three payments of $43).

Robotics Engineering offered at HSoBX by the Virginia Air and Space Center
Students will investigate robotics: history, usefulness, and how they work. Build your own teams that will explore robot toys and games, and then learn to construct robots using Robotix™ and Lego Mindstorms NXT™ platforms. Learn the programming language for Mindstorms and program your robots to achieve challenges set for them. You will embrace the ideas that complex tasks can be done by robots, that there is a real world connection between what you have constructed and robots that humans use to avoid high-risk situations or to explore places we cannot physically go, and that teamwork can achieve more than individuals alone. ($120 per semester or three installments of $45).

Students in this age group are also encouraged to take Championship Chess and Irish Dance. These class descriptions can be found under “Classes for Multiple Ages.”