Summer Classes | Homeschool Connections
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Classes are open to any student willing to learn and come with a positive attitude. Please read the full class descriptions for appropriate grade levels, dates and required materials.

All classes will be held at the Homeschool Connections Headquarters, conveniently located at 2685 S. Lapeer Rd., Suite 208, Auburn Hills, MI 48326.

Registering is easy. Pick one, two or however many classes your student would like to take, complete the form below and check out! Your teacher will contact you prior to class with more details.

2019 Summer Class Selections

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CLOSED: Theater Camp - Around the World

Registration closes July 15th

Monday through Friday, July 22-26 9:00 am- 12:00 pm
Performance Friday, July 26th at 7 pm
Class Fee: $150
Teacher: Megan Timberlake
Grades: 1-6
Total Class Time: 15 hours

All the world’s a stage! Come join us for this fun theater camp where you can learn about stories from around the world! During the week, you will participate in fun theater games, learn about basic acting skills, and use your imagination to act out multicultural skits! At the end of the week, on Friday evening, we will have an opportunity to showcase everything we have learned for our families and friends. All elementary students are welcome at this camp, but it is highly recommended that the students are independent in their reading skills.

Must have a minimum of 4 students.

CLOSED: Teen Sports Meet-up in Rochester Hills

Please register through the link below if you plan to attend. You will pay at the park when you arrive.

Tuesdays 10:00 am-noon
Dates: June 4, 11, 18, 25, July 9, 16, 23, 30
Organizer/Supervisor: Ray Clay
Ages 13-18

Price is $5 per teen per day attended. Equipment and water will be provided. This is for all sports levels! Recreational sports include Capture the Flag, 3-on-3 basketball, tennis, soccer, kickball, volleyball, and dodgeball!

Borden Park: 1400 E Hamlin Rd, Rochester Hills, MI 48307.

CLOSED: Robots Unlimited Camp

Registration closes July 8.

Monday through Friday, July 15-19, 10:30 am- 12:30 pm
Class Fee: $100
Teacher: Sue Osis
Grades: 5-8
Total Class Time: 10 hours

All robotics experience levels welcome! This is a new twist on the fall/winter Robotics course as we will go “off the grid” and build some pretty cool robots that are part of the EV3 curriculum and the NXT curriculum. Then students will download and revise programs. Robots include: Spike, lawnmower, machine gun, snake robot, and many others to choose from. Since the robots are complicated to build, students will work in pairs to complete them. Students will also learn about the robotics technologies themselves which impact all modern industries, from agriculture to healthcare, banking, manufacturing, transportation, energy, and security.

Must have a minimum of 4 students.

CLOSED: Create with Scratch Camp

Registration closes Monday, July 8

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, 1:00 pm- 3:00 pm
Class Dates: July 15, 16, 17, 19 (NOT Thursday, July 18)
Class Fee: $80
Teacher: Sue Osis
Grades: 4-7
Total Class Time: 8 hours

Don’t just play games – let’s make them!
SCRATCH is a programming language and an online community where children can program and share interactive media such as stories, games, and animation with people from all over the world. As children create with Scratch, they learn to think creatively, work collaboratively, and reason systematically. Scratch is designed and maintained by the Lifelong Kindergarten group at the MIT Media Lab.

Class description: SCRATCH is a programming language that lets you create your own interactive stories, animations, games, music, and art. With Scratch, you can program your own interactive stories, games, and animations — and share your creations with others in the online community. Scratch helps young people learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively — essential skills for life in the 21st century.

Must have a minimum of 4 students.

CLOSED: Art Club - Tuesdays - Session 2 (July)

Registration closes July 1st

Tuesdays, 3:00-5:00 pm
Class Fee: $65
Teacher: Caylin Puckett
Grades: 6-12 (parents of students also welcome to register)
Materials Needed: An art project to work on or a desire to get creative with what we have on hand.
Class Dates: July 9, 16, 23
Total Class Time: 6 hours

Come join other artists and work on your own projects from one of our many class offerings or your own work. You may also choose to come and just get creative with the supplies we have on hand. The instructor is willing and able to help guide and encourage you in whatever project you are working on. This will be an excellent time to meet new people with similar interests as well!

Must have a minimum of 4 students.

CLOSED: Teen Sports Meet-up in Oxford

Please register through the link below if you plan to attend. You will pay at the park when you arrive.

Tuesdays 10:00 am-noon
Dates: July 9, 16, 23, 30
Organizer/Supervisor: Amanda Jubelt
Ages 13-18

Price is $5 per teen per day attended. Equipment and water will be provided. This is for all sports levels! Recreational sports include Ultimate Frisbee, Capture the Flag, Four Square soccer, kickball, volleyball, and dodgeball!

Seymour Lake Township Park: 2795 Seymour Lake Rd, Oxford, MI 48371.

CLOSED: Anime Figure Drawing - Session 2 (July)

Registration closes July 1

Mondays and Wednesdays, 12:30-2: 30 pm
Class Fee: $125
Teacher: Caylin Puckett
Grades: 6-12 (parents of students also welcome to register)
Materials Needed: Desire to have fun! (supplies included)
Class Dates: July 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 24
Total Class Time: 12 Hours

This is a basic drawing course which focuses primarily on Anime/Manga style illustration. Our instructor will guide you from the basics to professional level skills! This class will teach:
Anime drawing techniques
Techniques for drawing Anime faces and hairstyles
Expression using Anime styles
Drawing correct body proportions for Anime styles
Designing or re-creating your own Anime character
We will also get into the differences in drawing with pencil, vs colored pencil, vs pen and ink. Your dream of being a pro comic book artist is closer than you think!

Must have a minimum of 4 students.

CLOSED: Art Club - Fridays 12:30 - Session 2 (July)

Registration closes July 1st

Fridays, 12:30-2:30 pm
Class Fee: $45
Teacher: Caylin Puckett
Grades: 6-12 (parents of students also welcome to register)
Materials Needed: An art project to work on or a desire to get creative with what we have on hand.
Class Dates: July 19, 26
Total Class Time: 4 hours

Come join other artists and work on your own projects from one of our many class offerings or your own work. You may also choose to come and just get creative with the supplies we have on hand. The instructor is willing and able to help guide and encourage you in whatever project you are working on. This will be an excellent time to meet new people with similar interests as well!

Must have a minimum of 4 students.

CLOSED: Art Club - Fridays 2:30 - Session 2 (July)

Registration closes July 1st

Fridays, 2:30-4:30 pm
Class Fee: $45
Teacher: Caylin Puckett
Grades: 6-12 (parents of students also welcome to register)
Materials Needed: An art project to work on or a desire to get creative with what we have on hand.
Class Dates: July 19, 26
Total Class Time: 4 hours

Come join other artists and work on your own projects from one of our many class offerings or your own work. You may also choose to come and just get creative with the supplies we have on hand. The instructor is willing and able to help guide and encourage you in whatever project you are working on. This will be an excellent time to meet new people with similar interests as well!

Must have a minimum of 4 students.

CLOSED: The Art of Lettering - Session 2 (July)

Registration closes July 1

Mondays and Wednesdays, 3:00 – 4:00 pm
Class Fee: $65
Teacher: Caylin Puckett
Grades: 6-12 (parents of students also welcome to register)
Materials Needed: Desire to have fun! (supplies included)
Class Dates: July 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 24
Total Class Time: 6 hours

This class will show you how to create beautiful handmade lettering art even if you don’t like your handwriting! We will go over the basics for beginners, as well as some tips for the pros. Our easy to follow course guide will go over calligraphy, typography, font, and lettering. Come show your love for letters!

Must have a minimum of 4 students.

CLOSED: Comedy Camp - Session 2 (July)

Registration closes July 1.

Monday through Friday, July 8-12 9:00 am- 12:00 pm
Performance Friday, July 12th at 7 pm
Class Fee: $150
Teacher: Megan Timberlake
Grades: 6-12
Total Class Time: 15 hours

Come tickle your funny bone this summer! For one week only, participate in fun theater games, improv training, and engaging rehearsals with hilarious skits! Students will laugh, make new friends, have a great time, all while learning important public speaking skills and overcoming stage fright. To wrap up the entire week of camp, we will have a performance on Friday night so the students can showcase everything that they’ve learned! This summer camp is just for middle school and high school students.

Must have a minimum of 4 students.

CLOSED: Drawing like a Pro - Session 2 (July)

Registration closes July 1

Thursdays, 3:00 – 5:00 pm
Class Fee: $65
Teacher: Caylin Puckett
Grades: 6-12 (parents of students also welcome to register)
Materials Needed: Desire to have fun! (supplies included)
Class Dates: July 11, 18, 25
Total Class Time: 6 hours

This amazing drawing class will give students the ability to obtain art skills like they never dreamed they could have! Students will gather a deep understanding of basic drawing fundamentals. The course is set up to quickly go through the drawing process, step by step, in a multitude of styles. It will equip students with the knowledge to create stunning works of art using pencil, charcoal, and colored pencil.

Must have a minimum of 4 students.

CLOSED: Junk Journaling - Session 2 (July)

Registration Closes July 1st

Friday, July 12th 12:30-4:30 pm
Class Fee: $45
Teacher: Caylin Puckett
Grades: 6-12 (parents of students also welcome to register)
Materials Needed: Desire to have fun! (supplies included)
Total Class Time: 4 hours

A junk journal is a handmade book made up of recycled items such as papers from magazines, brochures, patterned paper, music sheets, envelopes, packaging, brown paper bags, road maps, greeting cards, postcards, doilies, to name a few.
In this class, we will teach you how to make an entire junk journal, start to finish. We will create the cover, cut down our pages, sort them into signatures, and bind them. Then we will go into several unique ways of using our junk journals! Come join in this relaxing, earth-friendly hobby!
Sign up for one 4 hour session and come back for more on a 2-hour basis during any of our Art Club sessions!

Must have a minimum of 4 students.

CLOSED: Mixed Media Art - Session 2 (July)

Registration closes July 1

Tuesdays, 12:30 – 2:30 pm
Class Fee: $65
Teacher: Caylin Puckett
Grades: 6-12 (parents of students also welcome to register)
Materials Needed: Desire to have fun! (supplies included)
Class Dates: July 9, 16, 23
Total Class Time: 6 hours

Mixed media art refers to a visual art form that combines a variety of media in a single artwork. For example, if you draw with ink, then paint over it with watercolors, then add some highlights in colored pencil – that is mixed media. This is a concept with endless possibilities. This course will cover all the basics of laying out a mixed media art piece. Students will learn about common materials and how each media within an art piece works and interacts with each other.

Must have a minimum of 4 students.

CLOSED: Paper Architecture - Session 2 (July)

Registration closes July 1st

Thursdays, 12:30-2:30 pm
Class Fee: $65
Teacher: Caylin Puckett
Grades: 6-12 (parents of students also welcome to register)
Materials Needed: Desire to have fun! (supplies included)
Class Dates: July 11, 18, 25
Total Class Time: 6 hours

Come build beautiful 3-dimensional art out of paper! This fun and easy course will go over how to create beautiful houses and buildings out of paper, origami, kirigami, paper curling, and much much more! Don’t miss out on your opportunity to create your own world with something as simple as paper.

Must have a minimum of 4 students.

CLOSED: Test Taking Skills - Session 2 (July)

Registration closes July 1st

Mondays, 3:30-5:00 pm
Class Fee: $45
Teacher: Ray Clay
Grades: 9-12
Materials Needed: paper and pencil
Class Dates: July 8, 15, 22
Total Class Time: 4.5 hours

Tests got you down? SAT and ACT seem too big to handle? Well, a few trick tips and helpful hints can’t be a bad thing then! If you want to sharpen your test-taking skills or if you just want to know what teachers and test makers do to make tests come to this class and we will let you in on the big secrets.

Must have a minimum of 4 students.

CLOSED: Theater Camp: Fairy Tale

Registration closes June 10th

Monday through Friday, June 17-21 9:00 am- 12:00 pm
Performance Friday, June 21st at 7 pm

Class Fee: $150
Teacher: Megan Timberlake
Grades: 1-6
Total Class Time: 15 hours

Does your imagination need a workout this summer? Join us for one week only for our fairy tale theater camp! Throughout the week, students will laugh during fun theater games, make new friends while working on fairy tale skits, and learn about basic acting skills which will help them speak in public and overcome stage fright! To wrap up the entire week of camp, we will have a performance on Friday night so the students can showcase everything that they’ve learned! This summer camp is open to all elementary-aged kids, but we recommend that the students are proficient in reading.

Must have a minimum of 4 students.

CLOSED: IOWA Testing

Registration is closed.

Wendy Kapusta is once again offering to proctor the IOWA Test for any student in the homeschool community. The IOWA test is a series of grade-standardized tests that are created by the College of Education of the University of Iowa. This is a voluntary evaluation and the results are sent to parents confidentially about 4-6 weeks after the tests are completed.
Parents, please fill out this form if you are interested in taking advantage of this opportunity with Wendy Kapusta.
Dates: June 4,5,6 (The last day may be eliminated or lessened, depending on the testing situation)
Times: Grades K-3:   8:30-10
Grades 4-8:   10:15-12:15
Grades 9-12:   1-3:30
Costs: $60/test
Where: Homeschool Connections Main Office
2685 Lapeer Rd Suite 208
Auburn Hills, MI 48326
Next, send a check, made payable to Homeschool Connections, to the address listed above.
Your spot will be confirmed via email once your check has been received. If you have questions, please email Wendy directly at kapustamom@gmail.com.

CLOSED: ACT/SAT Prep

Registration is closed.

Tuesdays 10:00 am-noon
Class Fee: $120
Teacher: Wendy Kapusta
Grades: 10-12
Materials Needed: a calculator, paper and pencil
Class Dates: June 11, 18, 25, July 9, 16, 23
Total Class Time: 12 hours

Is your child preparing to take the Act or SAT this year? Save money and reduce stress by taking a prep class! We will cover the basics of each test and strategies for taking each.

Must have a minimum of 4 students.

CLOSED: Anime Figure Drawing - Session 1 (June)

Registration is closed.

Mondays and Wednesdays, 12:30-2: 30 pm
Class Fee: $125
Teacher: Caylin Puckett
Grades: 6-12 (parents of students also welcome to register)
Materials Needed: Desire to have fun! (supplies included)
Class Dates: June 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, 26
Total Class Time: 12 Hours

This is a basic drawing course which focuses primarily on Anime/Manga style illustration. Our instructor will guide you from the basics to professional level skills! This class will teach:
– Anime drawing techniques
– Techniques for drawing Anime faces and hairstyles
– Expression using Anime styles
– Drawing correct body proportions for Anime styles
– Designing or re-creating your own Anime character
We will also get into the differences in drawing with pencil, vs colored pencil, vs pen and ink. Your dream of being a pro comic book artist is closer than you think!

Must have a minimum of 4 students.

CLOSED: Art Club - Fridays 12:30 - Session 1 (June)

Registration is closed.

Fridays 12:30-2:30 pm
Class Fee: $45
Teacher: Caylin Puckett
Grades: 6-12 (parents of students also welcome to register)
Materials Needed: An art project to work on or a desire to get creative with what we have on hand.
Class Dates: June 20, 27
Total Class Time: 4 hours

Come join other artists and work on your own projects from one of our many class offerings or your own work. You may also choose to come and just get creative with the supplies we have on hand. The instructor is willing and able to help guide and encourage you in whatever project you are working on. This will be an excellent time to meet new people with similar interests as well!

Must have a minimum of 4 students.

CLOSED: Art Club - Fridays 2:30 - Session 1 (June)

Registration is closed.

Fridays 2:30-4:30 pm
Class Fee: $45
Teacher: Caylin Puckett
Grades: 6-12 (parents of students also welcome to register)
Materials Needed: An art project to work on or a desire to get creative with what we have on hand.
Class Dates: June 20, 27
Total Class Time: 4 hours

Come join other artists and work on your own projects from one of our many class offerings or your own work. You may also choose to come and just get creative with the supplies we have on hand. The instructor is willing and able to help guide and encourage you in whatever project you are working on. This will be an excellent time to meet new people with similar interests as well!

Must have a minimum of 4 students.

CLOSED: Art Club - Tuesdays - Session 1 (June)

Registration is closed.

Tuesdays 3:00-5:00 pm
Class Fee: $65
Teacher: Caylin Puckett
Grades: 6-12 (parents of students also welcome to register)
Materials Needed: An art project to work on or a desire to get creative with what we have on hand.
Class Dates: June 11, 18, 25
Total Class Time: 6 hours

Come join other artists and work on your own projects from one of our many class offerings or your own work. You may also choose to come and just get creative with the supplies we have on hand. The instructor is willing and able to help guide and encourage you in whatever project you are working on. This will be an excellent time to meet new people with similar interests as well!

Must have a minimum of 4 students.

CLOSED: College Prep Writing

Registration is closed.

Tuesdays noon-1 pm
Class Fee: $60
Teacher: Wendy Kapusta
Grades: 10-12
Materials Needed: paper and pencil
Class Dates: June 11, 18, 25, July 9, 16, 23
Total Class Time: 6 hours

At the college level, students are expected to be able to communicate effectively through the written word. This class will go beyond the basic essay to improve argumentative and rhetorical skills in writing.

Must have a minimum of 4 students.

CLOSED: Comedy Camp - Session 1 (June)

Registration is closed.

Monday through Friday, June 10-14 9:00 am- 12:00 pm
Performance Friday, June 14th at 7 pm
Class Fee: $150
Teacher: Megan Timberlake
Grades: 6-12
Total Class Time: 15 hours

Come tickle your funny bone this summer! For one week only, participate in fun theater games, improv training, and engaging rehearsals with hilarious skits! Students will laugh, make new friends, have a great time, all while learning important public speaking skills and overcoming stage fright. To wrap up the entire week of camp, we will have a performance on Friday night so the students can showcase everything that they’ve learned! This summer camp is just for middle school and high school students.

Must have a minimum of 4 students.

CLOSED: Drawing like a Pro - Session 1 (June)

Registration is closed.

Thursdays, 3:00 – 5:00 pm
Class Fee: $65
Teacher: Caylin Puckett
Grades: 6-12 (parents of students also welcome to register)
Materials Needed: Desire to have fun! (supplies included)
Class Dates: June 13, 20, 27
Total Class Time: 6 hours

This amazing drawing class will give students the ability to obtain art skills like they never dreamed they could have! Students will gather a deep understanding of basic drawing fundamentals. The course is set up to quickly go through the drawing process, step by step, in a multitude of styles. It will equip students with the knowledge to create stunning works of art using pencil, charcoal, and colored pencil.

Must have a minimum of 4 students.

CLOSED: Grammar: Digging Deep

Registration is closed.

Mondays and Wednesdays, 10:00-11:00 am
Class Fee: $160
Teacher: Judy Rector
Grades: 6-12
Materials Needed: Paper, pencil, notebook
Class Dates: June 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, 26, July 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 24, 29, 31, August 5, 7
Total Class Time: 16 hours

Understanding grammar helps enable us to fully and clearly express the meaning of our speech and writing. An in-depth study of grammar, including understanding context, subordinating conjunctions, verb tenses, compound, and complex sentences, and so much more. Students will also be writing a story as a class using what they have learned.

Must have a minimum of 4 students.

CLOSED: IEW Prep Writing

Registration is closed.

Tuesdays, 1:00 – 2:00 pm
Class Fee: $60
Teacher: Wendy Kapusta
Grades: 5-8
Materials Needed: paper and pencil
Class Dates: June 11, 18, 25, July 9, 16, 23
Total Class Time: 6 hours

If you are planning on taking the IEW 2 class this fall, this class is perfect to review or learn, the basic IEW techniques.

Must have a minimum of 4 students.

CLOSED: Junk Journaling - Session 1 (June)

Registration is closed.

Friday, June 14th 12:30-4:30
Class Fee: $45
Teacher: Caylin Puckett
Grades: 6-12 (parents of students also welcome to register)
Materials Needed: Desire to have fun! (supplies included)
Total Class Time: 4 hours

A junk journal is a handmade book made up of recycled items such as papers from magazines, brochures, patterned paper, music sheets, envelopes, packaging, brown paper bags, road maps, greeting cards, postcards, doilies, to name a few.
In this class, we will teach you how to make an entire junk journal, start to finish. We will create the cover, cut down our pages, sort them into signatures, and bind them. Then we will go into several unique ways of using our junk journals! Come join in this relaxing, earth-friendly hobby!
Sign up for one 4 hour session and come back for more on a 2-hour basis during any of our Art Club sessions!

Must have a minimum of 4 students.

CLOSED: Mixed Media Art - Session 1 (June)

Registration is closed.

Tuesdays, 12:30 – 2:30 pm
Class Fee: $65
Teacher: Caylin Puckett
Grades: 6-12 (parents of students also welcome to register)
Materials Needed: Desire to have fun! (supplies included)
Class Dates: June 11, 18, 25
Total Class Time: 6 hours

Mixed media art refers to a visual art form that combines a variety of media in a single artwork. For example, if you draw with ink, then paint over it with watercolors, then add some highlights in colored pencil – that is mixed media. This is a concept with endless possibilities. This course will cover all the basics of laying out a mixed media art piece. Students will learn about common materials and how each media within an art piece works and interacts with each other.

Must have a minimum of 4 students.

CLOSED: Paper Architecture - Session 1 (June)

Registration is closed.

Thursdays, 12:30-2:30 pm
Class Fee: $65
Teacher: Caylin Puckett
Grades: 6-12 (parents of students also welcome to register)
Materials Needed: Desire to have fun! (supplies included)
Class Dates: June 13, 20, 27
Total Class Time: 6 hours

Come build beautiful 3-dimensional art out of paper! This fun and easy course will go over how to create beautiful houses and buildings out of paper, origami, kirigami, paper curling, and much much more! Don’t miss out on your opportunity to create your own world with something as simple as paper.

Must have a minimum of 4 students.

CLOSED: Reading Comprehension & Creative Writing: An All-Inclusive Course

Registration is closed.

Thursdays, 1:00-2:00 pm
Class Fee: $80
Teacher: Judy Rector
Grades: 6-12
Materials Needed: Paper, pencil, notebook
Class Dates: June 13, 20, 27, July 11, 18, 25, August 1, 8
Total Class Time: 8 hours

Reading Comprehension is a fun class for anyone who knows the words, but has trouble figuring out the meaning of the story and what the author is trying to say and has difficulty answering the questions after the reading passage (or simply wants to improve). We will focus on: Reading Speed, Recall, Fact/opinion, Predicting, Inferencing, Cause and Effect, Comparing, Contrasting, Author’s Intent, Analyzing, Vocabulary, Main Idea/details, Summarizing, Evaluating, Drawing Conclusions, Paraphrasing, Connections of Ideas. We use fun reading materials to make sure you don’t just “know the words” but you understand the purpose of the words as well!

Creative Writing focuses on unlocking your imagination and concentrating on your creative side into a whole new world of learning. We will experiment in Autobiography, Poetry, Creative Nonfiction, Short stories, Narrative fiction, Personal Narrative, Expository Essay, Persuasive essay, Descriptive writing, Mystery, Fairy Tales, Thankful Essay, Biographical writing, Novel writing, Restaurant reviews, Movie, and music reviews.

Must have a minimum of 4 students.

CLOSED: Sentence Sense: Unlocking the Secrets

Registration is closed.

Mondays, 11:00 am-noon
Class Fee: $80
Teacher: Judy Rector
Grades: 6-12
Materials Needed: Paper, pencil, notebook
Class Dates: June 10, 17, 24, July 8, 15, 22, 29, August 5
Total Class Time: 8 hours

Description: Students will go through a multi-draft system, practicing fine points of editing and revision with genres from creative writing through imaginative, expository and argumentative. Assignments will be representative of the range of those encountered in undergraduate curricula with a variety of disciplines. For research-based pieces, we will use primary sources. In revision, the focus will include sentence and paragraph structure, along with uses of figurative language. Critical intellectual development, honing high-level thinking skills will be another key aspect. Grammar and vocabulary instruction offered as needed.  Topics may be individualized if requested. Expect to find growth by becoming a more effective writer, having a greater appreciation of the craft, and gaining shortcuts to the “A” paper.

In Sentence Sense we will learn the parts of speech and how to decide on word choice in our compositions, using participial (-ing, -ed verb forms), prepositional, adjectival, and adverbial phrases to achieve superior sentence variety, types of sentences, types of phrases and practice using them, identifying run-ons and fragments, and expanding short sentences. Students will use a variety of games and other hands-on activities for most effective learning while having fun.

We will use a three-step process to help students turn boring sentences into superior sentences. They will learn the difference between fragments, run-ons, and complete sentences, then practice revising and expanding basic sentences to make them more interesting. Phrases such as complex and compound will be demonstrated so they can practice their own.  As we study each part of speech, word choice will be emphasized for most effectiveness. The teacher will model activities and the class will do it then in a whole group setting, by playing a game called Sentence Go Round. The difference in their writing is usually dramatic! Before long, they will be adding more detail to their sentences and using sentence variety by starting their sentences with adverbial, adjectival and prepositional phrases. They will know how to recognize run-ons during the writing process. They will discover the ease and facility of forming sentences that express their thoughts in the most intelligent ways.

Students will use a variety of activities, especially games, to make this area of study fun and interesting. We will use humor as we make fun of the inconsistencies in our language, and thank God that we learned it as children.

CLOSED: Study Skills: the Essentials

Registration is closed.

Wednesdays, 11:00 am-noon
Class Fee: $80
Teacher: Judy Rector
Grades: 6-12
Materials Needed: Paper, pencil, notebook
Class Dates: June 12, 19, 26, July 10, 17, 24, 31, August 7
Total Class Time: 8 hours

We will be studying time management, organization, how to take productive study breaks, planning for building good study habits, reading strategies, speed reading, skimming, comprehension, recall. You will find out how to identify different learning styles and which one(s) work best for you, the use of music while studying, the best methods for effective note taking, communicating with teachers. This class also covers test preparation, test taking, test anxiety, knowing what to study, getting a quiet studying environment, the process of a research paper, public speaking, the fastest and best memory techniques, homework completion, making deadlines, prioritizing and minimizing distractions. A must-take course for any student!

Must have a minimum of 4 students.

CLOSED: Test Taking Skills - Session 1 (June)

Registration is closed.

Mondays, 3:30-5:00 pm
Class Fee: $45
Teacher: Ray Clay
Grades: 9-12
Materials Needed: Paper and pencil
Class Dates: June 10, 17, 24
Total Class Time: 4.5 hours

Tests got you down? SAT and ACT seem too big to handle? Well, a few trick tips and helpful hints can’t be a bad thing then! If you want to sharpen your test-taking skills or if you just want to know what teachers and test makers do to make tests come to this class and we will let you in on the big secrets.

Must have a minimum of 4 students.

CLOSED: The Art of Lettering - Session 1 (June)

Registration is closed.

Mondays and Wednesdays, 3:00 – 4:00 pm
Class Fee: $65
Teacher: Caylin Puckett
Grades: 6-12 (parents of students also welcome to register)
Materials Needed: Desire to have fun! (supplies included)
Class Dates: June 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, 26
Total Class Time: 6 hours

This class will show you how to create beautiful handmade lettering art even if you don’t like your handwriting! We will go over the basics for beginners, as well as some tips for the pros. Our easy to follow course guide will go over calligraphy, typography, font, and lettering. Come show your love for letters!

Must have a minimum of 4 students.

CLOSED: The Essential College Prep Class: Be in the Know!

Registration is closed.

Thursdays, 10:00 am-noon
Class Fee: $160
Teacher: Judy Rector
Grades: 9-12
Materials Needed: Paper, pencil, notebook
Class Dates: June 13, 20, 27, July 11, 18, 25, August 1, 8
Total Class Time: 16 hours

Plan and implement a personalized college and career plan, Research colleges of interest, Engage in activities/research that lead to self-discovery and goal setting, Fill out entrance applications, List future plans, Write rough draft and final draft of application essay, Inventory skills of students, Practice high-order thinking skills, Identify talents and aptitudes related to career choices, Develop and refine study skills, Goal setting, Making a plan based on goals, with time-sensitive deadlines, Read and comprehend a wide variety of expository texts, Compose a variety of written compositions with a clear controlling thesis, coherent, organization, and sufficient details, Know how to locate a range of relevant sources and evaluate, synthesize, and present ideas with supporting information, Listen and respond to the ideas of others while contributing original ideas during, conversations and in group settings, Use the oral and written conventions of the English language in speaking and writing, effectively, Engage in other written and oral activities that build on prior knowledge and skills in order
to strengthen literacy. A great class for anyone getting ready for college!

Must have a minimum of 4 students.

CLOSED: Writing Amazing Essays: All the Essentials

Registration is closed.

Thursdays, noon-1:00 pm
Class Fee: $80
Teacher: Judy Rector
Grades: 6-12
Materials Needed: Paper, pencil, notebook
Class Dates: June 13, 20, 27, July 11, 18, 25, August 1, 8
Total Class Time: 8 hours

In Writing Amazing Essays, you will develop your ability to write college-level expository prose, explore the writing process with focus on structure, phrasing of sentences, word choice, editing and revising, analyze assignments and identify: a) the purpose of the paper; b) the audience and c) the role, voice, or level of formality required for the paper. We will discuss the role of collective inquiry and collaboration in learning, the value of discussing your ideas and drafts with others, and find that the development and expression of ideas is a process that can be enriched by discussion, debate, research, and group inquiry. We will also analyze the assigned readings, organize an essay according to an identifiable pattern, with an effective introduction, a main point or thesis, the clear development of an idea that builds to a conclusion, and balance between main and supporting points.

Must have a minimum of 4 students.

CLOSED: Writing for the Real World

Registration is closed.

Mondays and Wednesdays, noon-1:30 pm
Class Fee: $175
Teacher: Zina Hermez
Grades: 9-12
Materials Needed: Paper, pencil, notebook
Class Dates: June 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, 26, July 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 24, 29, 31, August 5, 7
Total Class Time: 24 hours

Students will improve their writing skills by completing a weekly assignment. They will often choose from a selection of topics, and explore creative writing techniques such as: how to open with a hook, how to keep readers interested, and how to end with a punch. Different essay styles will be implemented such as the argumentative, cause-effect, personal narrative, persuasive, and compare/contrast. This course will make students better writers, and they will also have fun learning techniques such as how to use dialogue, metaphors, and word pictures through weekly lessons. This course will go beyond a common composition course! Students will become well prepared for college. Citing sources, using direct quotations (according to MLA styles), and paraphrasing will all be taught. We will use, “How to Write Your Story Now: Writing Skills to Captivate Your Reader.” Students will receive lots of feedback, and they’ll become confident writers!

This course counts as a credit of High School Language Arts.

Must have a minimum of 4 students.

CLOSED: Writing through History

Registration is closed.

Mondays and Wednesdays, 2:00-3:30 pm
Class Fee: $175
Teacher: Zina Hermez
Grades: 9-12
Materials Needed: Paper, pencil, notebook
Class Dates: June 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, 26, July 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 24, 29, 31, August 5, 7
Total Class Time: 24 hours

This course will include writing journal entries. The journal entry will be based on a specific topic. Students will be given length and time requirements and learn how to edit their own work (a skill much needed in college and the real world)! Students will be given a checklist in each class and lots of feedback. There will be scoreboards so students can track their improvement. We will move into longer essays and even short stories. The goal will be to become more confident and better at writing. Daily journal entries will turn into more formal assignments. We will explore topics such as civilization to the modern era; writings about Europe, Asia, North America, Africa, and South America. The Renaissance, famous trading routes, and the Industrial Revolution. Our topics will reflect what you would learn about in a college history or literature/composition class. There will be a mid-term and final exam.

This course counts as a credit of High School Language Arts and/or History.

Must have a minimum of 4 students.

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