Welcome!

Welcome to Homeschool Out of the Box, (HSoBX), a unique homeschooling co-op experience conveniently located near the Chrysler Museum in Norfolk, VA.

Two aspects of HSoBX set us apart from other quality home school experiences in the Tidewater, VA: our commitment to high-level secular instruction and our dedication to developing a homeschooling community.

All of our faculty hold college degrees, and our program also includes local experts in their field. We are happy to include the Virginia Air and Space Center, Virginia Stage Company and the World of Words foreign language program in our offerings this year.

Our parent community meets monthly at local restaurants for a Mom’s Night Out. When not in class, students enjoy a lunch/recess hour filled with running outside and card or board games inside. HSOBX hosts monthly Spirit Days which include: Crazy Hat Day, Halloween Costume Day, Wear Your Flair Day and the very popular St. Patrick’s Day Scavenger Hunt.

We are known for our passionate instruction and strong bonds. If you’re looking for support, friendships and quality instruction for your homeschooling family, HSoBX is the home for you. We strive to maintain an inclusive, non-religious community, and would love for you to join us! To contact us for more information, please send an email. We would love to talk with you.

*SNOW DAY*

HSoBX will be closed today, March 4.  Stay warm, safe and dry, and we will see you next week!

Spring 2014 Schedule

Here is the schedule for the 2014 Spring Semester.

Registration will not open for current members until the week of Dec. 16 (more information to come).  Please do not send in class requests until registration officially opens. 


Spring 2014 Class Descriptions


Multiple Ages

 
HSoBX Girl Scout Troop #104 (Ginny Harvey) ages 6-14. Science, arts, outdoor skills, and more! Welcome to our homeschool Girl Scout troop! This multi-level GS troop includes girls from Brownie level up to Seniors, ages 6-15 (approximately grades 1-8). The Girl Scout program emphasizes progressive leadership development through girl-led, hands-on, just plain old fun activities. So what does this mean for you and your daughter? The girls will have numerous opportunities to choose the activities they'd like to try, and we're hoping parents will share their special areas of expertise as we earn badges in a variety of areas and take part in service projects to help our community. Join us as we learn more about ourselves and the world around us! Associated costs include $12 GSUSA registration and approximately $50 for vest or sash, book, Council patches and pins. Dues are $25/year. 

 
Knitting (Kelly Moore) Let's learn to knit! Learn how much fun you can have with needles and yarn! First we'll learn to cast on, knit, and purl. We'll learn to work the garter stitch, stockinette stitch, and how to knit ribbing and cast off your project! In addition to knitting basics, we'll learn a little about the history of knitting, how to read patterns and how to choose the right yarn and needles for projects. We'll also learn to increase and decrease stitches, and how to use yarn needles to do finishing work on finished projects. ($125/semester or $45/month; includes basic supplies).

 

Memory in Motion (Colleen Poteat) ages 6-11+.  As we continue our trek around the world, this semester we will learn the location of the countries of Africa, along with their flags and major landforms. There will be two class options again this semester: Enrichment and Academic.  Both classes will include Latin/Greek roots and information from chemistry (including hands-on demonstrations each week); the Academic class will also include trivia about each country, challenging vocabulary words, and memorizing the periodic table.  Students will be compiling Memory Notebooks, which will come home each week for 10-20 minutes of daily practice. The two classes will follow the same sequence, so siblings in both classes can practice together. Note: We will be using the content from Michael Clay Thompson's Caesar's English 2, but it is not necessary to purchase the book. ($125 for the semester or 3 payments of $45, plus a $10 supply fee for new students)
 

Tabletop Warfare (Colleen Poteat) ages 6-8+. Ready! Aim! FIRE! Using household items and large quantities of office supplies, kids in this class will create (reasonably safe) weapons based on weapons used throughout history. Kids will work in teams to plan and execute (reasonably friendly) battles. For parents who worry that we will shoot our eyes out - have no fear, ammunition will mostly include things like marshmallows and bits of rolled up paper. For kids who worry that this will be a lame, baby-ish class - have no fear, my husband and sons will be doing most of the planning. Older kids are welcome as generals! ($160 for the semester or 3 payments of $55, due to very large supply cost)
 

Creative Writing Club (Patricia Richman) ages 5-13+.   If you love to write and cannot wait to share your work with the world or if writing comes slowly as your mom insists on just one more sentence, this relaxed, creative, FUN writing club is the class for you!  Over the course of the semester we will write and share four assigned pieces and four "free" pieces, play games, and publish a small class newsletter.  An assigned piece may look like "What is your name?"  where we will write about our name, how we got it, do we like it, etc.  A "free" piece is whatever you would like to share: a story, book report, poem, even writing from another class.  Our writing games will include Mad Libs, Story Boxes, and Sentence Scramble.  And everyone will have at least one piece published in our newsletter.  Writing prompts and assignments will be tailored to the club member's readiness and comfort.  While a 5 year old may dictate three sentences and draw a picture to go with their story, a 15 year old may develop the same topic at length.  If you are looking for an encouraging and supportive space to share your writing, come join us!  All writing levels welcome!   ($100 for the semester, siblings $50)
 
  
Ages 4-5

 

Animals (Julie FoxRun) ages 4-5

Let's explore the animal world around us! We will explore a new animal each week. The children will make a lap book for each animal we explore! We will discover the animal’s natural habitat. What is the animal’s diet? Who are the animal’s predators? What does the animal look like? What is the size of the animal? The children will have 15 different lap books by the end of the class. So come and let's explore the animal world around us! ($120 for the semester or 3 installment payments of $50)

 

Play and Learn (Patricia Richman) ages 4-6.  PLEASE CONTACT INSTRUCTOR DIRECTLY FOR PLACEMENT IN THIS CLASS -- patricia@hsobx.org  Come and learn through play!  In Play and Learn we explore numbers, letters, history, geography, physical science, life science, and the animal kingdom.  Each class uses stories, music, big muscle movement, crafts, and guided activities to support our theme.  Play and Learn runs in a three year cycle, so children who return always have something new to discover.  A list of topics will be sent at the beginning of each semester, if parents would like to further explore our subjects at home.  This is the Montessori based, educational experience you've been looking for!  Play and Learn is a two hour long block class.  ($250 for the semester or 3 payments of $90.)

 

Purple Penguins Book and Art Club (Julie FoxRun) ages 4-5  Did you ever wonder why Pablo the Penguin hated the cold or what little Jack Paper was doing in the land of Honalee? We will explore a different book every week. After the story, we will create a craft that corresponds to the story. So come and listen and use your creativity to make a masterpiece. ($120 for the semester or 3 installment payments of $50)

 

Dinosaurs! (Jenn Taylor) ages 4-5

Let’s jump into a time machine and travel back in time millions of years ago to when dinosaurs roamed the earth. We’ll study the creatures that walked the land, inhabited the waters and flew in the sky. We’ll study what they ate, who their neighbors were and what the environment was like. We will look at the Jurassic, Triassic and Cretaceous periods of dinosaur existence on earth, What differences are there in today’s Earth and Earth a million years ago? How has geology changed and influenced living things? What was the plant life like? How has the weather changed or influenced the dinosaurs and their existence? How did the environment change from period to period? What led to the extinction of dinosaurs? We will touch on areas of ecology, geology, botany, meteorology and paleontology. We will use books, art and LOADS of imagination on our journey as paleontologists! ($140 for the semester or 3 installment payments of $50) 


Ages 6-8

 
Minute to Win it! (Julie FoxRun) ages 6-8

Do you love the game show Minute to Win it?  Do you love playing games? Do you like having fun and being silly? Then this class is for you! This class will be broken down into two parts. Part 1, the children will make the and create the game for the week. Part 2, the children will then play the game! The children will have 15 games to play and take home by the end of the semester. Parents be ready to play these fun family games when the children get home! ($120 for the semester or 3 installment payments $50) Plus $20 supply fee payable first class

 
Creativity Crafts (Suzanne Wheatley) ages 6-8+. Ever want your kids to do more arts & crafts, but don't feel like dealing with the mess at home? Well, this is the class for them and for you! With an emphasis on using all sorts of recycled materials, I will help them unleash their innate creative selves by incorporating creativity exercises. All the while building suncatchers, boats, flowers, maracas, drums, robots & whatever else their imaginations desire. *children need to be able to cut, paste and tape on their own ($130 for the semester or 3 payments of $45) 

Festivals & Celebrations Around the World (Jenn Taylor) ages 6-8. Does everyone around the world celebrate Christmas with Santa? Does everyone’s New Year begin on January 1st? Have you ever heard of Carnival in Rio de Janeiro or Dia de los Muertos in Mexico? In this class, we will journey around the world discovering ways people celebrate seasons and holidays. We will use books, arts and crafts and lots of fun! Let’s visit China, India and Russia to name a few...so grab your passport and away we go! ($140 for the semester or 3 installment payments of $50)

Trains (Lighting the Way) ages 6-8.  Take a ride through time on the HSoBx Express. Discover train locomotion from the pump cart, steam engine and modern gas engine. Learn the difference between the engine, cars and caboose. Find out the difference between charcoal and coal. Follow the creation of the continental railway. Design a caboose and food car. Take a trip to the Norfolk Train Museum and learn the world of model trains. ($100 for the semester)

Tabletop Warfare (Colleen Poteat) ages 6-8+. Ready! Aim! FIRE! Using household items and large quantities of office supplies, kids in this class will create (reasonably safe) weapons based on weapons used throughout history. Kids will work in teams to plan and execute (reasonably friendly) battles. For parents who worry that we will shoot our eyes out - have no fear, ammunition will mostly include things like marshmallows and bits of rolled up paper. For kids who worry that this will be a lame, baby-ish class - have no fear, my husband and sons will be doing most of the planning. Older kids are welcome as generals! ($160 for the semester or 3 payments of $55, due to very large supply cost)

Creative Writing Club (Patricia Richman) ages 5-13+.   If you love to write and cannot wait to share your work with the world or if writing comes slowly as your mom insists on just one more sentence, this relaxed, creative, FUN writing club is the class for you!  Over the course of the semester we will write and share four assigned pieces and four "free" pieces, play games, and publish a small class newsletter.  An assigned piece may look like "What is your name?"  where we will write about our name, how we got it, do we like it, etc.  A "free" piece is whatever you would like to share: a story, book report, poem, even writing from another class.  Our writing games will include Mad Libs, Story Boxes, and Sentence Scramble.  And everyone will have at least one piece published in our newsletter.  Writing prompts and assignments will be tailored to the club member's readiness and comfort.  While a 5 year old may dictate three sentences and draw a picture to go with their story, a 15 year old may develop the same topic at length.  If you are looking for an encouraging and supportive space to share your writing, come join us!  All writing levels welcome!   ($100 for the semester, siblings $50)
 

Bricks 4 Kidz Jr. Robotics Program (Jessica Filosa) ages 6-8 How would you like to turn your next LEGO creation into a robot, programmed to do exactly what you tell it to do? The Bricks 4 Kidz new Junior Robotics class offers all the benefits of building with LEGO bricks, PLUS the challenge of computer programming! Using drag-and-drop icon based software, WeDo software provides an introduction into the world of computer-programming and robotics that will equip children to succeed in a technology-based marketplace. This fun, action-packed class combines real-life skills with real-kid fun!

After each class, children will get a take home sheet explaining what they learned in class, along with a picture of the model they built. Since we use our LEGO supplies throughout the year, participants do not take home the projects or pieces. ($150 for the semester or 3 installment payments of $50).

 
Memory in Motion (Colleen Poteat) ages 6-11+.  As we continue our trek around the world, this semester we will learn the location of the countries of Africa, along with their flags and major landforms. There will be two class options again this semester: Enrichment and Academic.  Both classes will include Latin/Greek roots and information from chemistry (including hands-on demonstrations each week); the Academic class will also include trivia about each country, challenging vocabulary words, and memorizing the periodic table.  Students will be compiling Memory Notebooks, which will come home each week for 10-20 minutes of daily practice. The two classes will follow the same sequence, so siblings in both classes can practice together. Note: We will be using the content from Michael Clay Thompson's Caesar's English 2, but it is not necessary to purchase the book. ($125 for the semester or 3 payments of $45, plus a $10 supply fee for new students)

 

Ages 9-11

 

Newberry Book Club (Adrienne Ashby) ages 9-11.  Join us as we read, discuss and respond creatively to three Newberry Award winning books featuring girls as the main characters. The books that we will read are Number the Stars, by Lois Lowry, Walk the Two Moons, by Sharon Creech and The Midwife’s Apprentice, by Karen Cushman. Through the lens of these literary works, we will explore geography, journal keeping, World War II, medieval England, character traits, and poetry. This class is open to boys and girls. There will be assigned reading and journal entries each week. ($140 for the semester or 3 installment payments of $50).

Rainbow Loom Logic  (Lydia Netzer) ages 9-11. Using a rainbow loom and colorful rubber bands, we'll braid inductive reasoning, deductive reasoning, critical thinking, and mental math into constructing projects and patterns. Beyond the bracelet, we'll learn the basics of introductory logic: different types of statements, arguing with syllogisms, recognizing logical fallacies, and formally evaluating information we see around us. Students will need to own a Rainbow Loom and bring it to class each week along with a variety of rubber bands. (Min 6, Max 10) Tuition is $100 or three payments of $40. 



Art History, a Hands on Approach (Deva Brockett) In this art history class we will be working with the materials and using techniques the artists themselves used. This semester in addition to traditional painting and drawing we  will be doing some print making, fiber art, and mask making.  This class will cover a wide time period and cover some of the most famous artists world wide. We will focus on the elements of art, major recognizable artists like Jakuchu, Goya, Miro, and Chagall.  Every week we will work on an art project related to the artist we are studying with a focus on understanding the artists perspective and technique. This class is perfect for the reluctant budding artist or the artist who is ready to branch out and learn new skills. Students will leave this class with an eye opening understanding of the world of art surrounding them. ($130 for the semester or 3 payments of $50. Additional supplies not to exceed $30 are required, and the supply list will be provided in January. Students must bring a 9"x12" sketchbook to the first day of class.)This class is great both returning students and brand new students.
 
 

 

Boomerangs, Dingos & Koalas...oh my!!! (Jenn Taylor) ages 9-11

Let’s go on an adventure to the continent of Australia! We will examine animals, food, biomes and people of Australia. Let’s visit the Outback and the rainforests of this beautiful country. Discover Australia’s Ayer’s Rock, Great Barrier Reef and Kangaroo Island! We might even learn to play the didgeridoo! So pack your bags and let’s go on an Australian adventure together! ($140 for the semester or 3 installment payments of $50)

 

Smugglers (Lighting the Way) ages 9-11

Discover how America is the country of smugglers. Take a look at the different ways a person could smuggle and what they smuggled. Learn what an Owler, Tubman and Operator was. Research taxes and how they changed this country. Take a look at some of our founding fathers who were smugglers, John Hancock and Thomas Jefferson. Find out what smugglers had to do with the Boston Tea Party and the Revolutionary War. Learn slight of hand. Discover the different water ways that were used and the boats that floated on them. Take a look at a time that changed America with Prohibition. Design a Speakeasy and meet a rum runner. Visit with the Cyphers Gang of Smugglers Legacy. ($100 for the semester)
 

Math Crafts (Andrea Kinnear) ages 9-11.  Take a look at the beautiful size of numbers.  Each week, students will create a visual demonstration of a math concept to include bead graphing, scaled drawings and tessellations.  While there will be no homework or quizzing in class, each student will leave every class with a new math-drill fortune teller for concepts such as fractions, decimals, percents and multiplication.  There is no requirement for specific math knowledge (materials will range from 3rd to 5th grade concepts), but students must be able to independently handle small manipulatives, cut sturdy materials and follow directions.  Eight year olds with excellent fine motor skills are welcome with instructor permission.  ($135 for the semester, $50 monthly.  PayPal: runchkin94@cox.net)


Creative Writing Club (Patricia Richman) ages 5-13+.   If you love to write and cannot wait to share your work with the world or if writing comes slowly as your mom insists on just one more sentence, this relaxed, creative, FUN writing club is the class for you!  Over the course of the semester we will write and share four assigned pieces and four "free" pieces, play games, and publish a small class newsletter.  An assigned piece may look like "What is your name?"  where we will write about our name, how we got it, do we like it, etc.  A "free" piece is whatever you would like to share: a story, book report, poem, even writing from another class.  Our writing games will include Mad Libs, Story Boxes, and Sentence Scramble.  And everyone will have at least one piece published in our newsletter.  Writing prompts and assignments will be tailored to the club member's readiness and comfort.  While a 5 year old may dictate three sentences and draw a picture to go with their story, a 15 year old may develop the same topic at length.  If you are looking for an encouraging and supportive space to share your writing, come join us!  All writing levels welcome!   ($100 for the semester, siblings $50)


 

Ages 11-13

 
Ecopolis (Adrienne Ashby) ages 11-13.  In this class we will simulate running our own city and economy. Students will assume the roles of elected officials, campaign managers, bankers, and citizens (known as “ecopolitans”) while learning to apply economic concepts such as needs and wants, taxes, opportunity costs, entrepreneurship, scarcity and abundance, and global interdependence. Students will have fun earning “eco-bucks” for their savings accounts by doing things like completing homework on time, performing random acts of kindness, and completing chore at home. There will be 30-45 minutes of homework each week. ($140 for the semester or 3 installment payments of $50).
 


Life, the Universe, and Everything: From the Impossibly Small to the Unbelievably Large (Ginny Harvey) Ages 11-13.  In this modern physics class, we’ll consider how Einstein changed our perception of the world, and go on from there. We’ll talk elementary particles with spin and charm, and consider why string theory didn’t work out. Is everything just chaos after all? After considering the very small, we’ll head for outer space, where we’ll consider exo-planets, the consequences of falling in a black hole, and the plausibility of worm-holes and the TARDIS. If we can’t see dark matter and dark energy, how do we know they are there, and why do we care? Classroom based experiments in modern physics are few and far between, so this will be primarily a discussion based class. Homework (about 1 hour per week) will be online videos and readings.  $150 or 3 payments of $55 (checks or Paypal)  
 
Art History, a Hands on Approach (Deva Brockett) In this art history class we will be working with the materials and using techniques the artists themselves used. This semester in addition to traditional painting and drawing we  will be doing some print making, fiber art, and mask making.  This class will cover a wide time period and cover some of the most famous artists world wide. We will focus on the elements of art, major recognizable artists like Jakuchu, Goya, Miro, and Chagall.  Every week we will work on an art project related to the artist we are studying with a focus on understanding the artists perspective and technique. This class is perfect for the reluctant budding artist or the artist who is ready to branch out and learn new skills. Students will leave this class with an eye opening understanding of the world of art surrounding them. ($130 for the semester or 3 payments of $50. Additional supplies not to exceed $30 are required, and the supply list will be provided in January. Students must bring a 9"x12" sketchbook to the first day of class.)This class is great both returning students and brand new students.


Creative Writing Club (Patricia Richman) ages 5-13+.   If you love to write and cannot wait to share your work with the world or if writing comes slowly as your mom insists on just one more sentence, this relaxed, creative, FUN writing club is the class for you!  Over the course of the semester we will write and share four assigned pieces and four "free" pieces, play games, and publish a small class newsletter.  An assigned piece may look like "What is your name?"  where we will write about our name, how we got it, do we like it, etc.  A "free" piece is whatever you would like to share: a story, book report, poem, even writing from another class.  Our writing games will include Mad Libs, Story Boxes, and Sentence Scramble.  And everyone will have at least one piece published in our newsletter.  Writing prompts and assignments will be tailored to the club member's readiness and comfort.  While a 5 year old may dictate three sentences and draw a picture to go with their story, a 15 year old may develop the same topic at length.  If you are looking for an encouraging and supportive space to share your writing, come join us!  All writing levels welcome!   ($100 for the semester, siblings $50)

 
Alternative Engineering (Lighting the Way) ages 11-13. This is a progressive three section class. The first five weeks focus on solar power. The class explores how to build, use and the science behind the conversion of sun light to electricity. Build a large solar oven to bake cookies, cook hot dogs and boil water. The second five weeks focuses on hydroponics and it’s uses. The class will make a window unit out of recycled liter bottles to take home. They will learn the future of hydroponics in space. The last five weeks will focus on wind and wave power. We will explore and learn how they work and the science behind them. ($150 for the semester or 3 installment payments of $50).

 Aliens (Lighting the Way) ages 11-13.  Discover the wild world of aliens. Research the UFO phenomena, the different types of aliens and their technology. Dive deep into our oceans and take a look at the alien looking creatures of the deep. Look through the microscope and find an alien landscape populated by the strangest creatures of all. Roam Mars looking for water and signs of life. Search the solar system in search of aliens. Make an edible alien, hatch and raise brine shrimp, keeping detailed notes of their behavior. ($150 for the semester or 3 installment payments of $50).

 
Movie Making 101 (Stop Motion Animation) (Bricks 4 Kids: Jessica Filosa) ages 11-13. 
Lights, camera, LEGO action! Use LEGO bricks to tell YOUR story, complete with music and special effects! In this unique and creative class, students will plan, script, stage, shoot and produce their own mini-movie using Stop Motion Animation. Working as a team, students will use LEGO components to build the set, and props, then shoot their movie using a camera. Teams will use movie-making software to add special effects, titles, credits and more!  During each class, the Bricks 4 Kidz teacher will lead a discussion about the topic of the day (cameras, lighting, effects, writing, editing, or filming). Participants will work with a partner to explore and practice what they learned. Each lesson will prepare them for their final assignment, which is a mini-movie. After each class, children get a take home sheet explaining what they learned in class along with a short homework assignment. On the last day of the semester, the class will have a screening party! Each child will take home all of the movis on their own Bricks 4 Kidz flash drive! ($170 for the semester)

*This program mets 5 of 5 requirements of the Digital Photographer Badge for Juniors in Girl Scouting.

*This program meets 3 of 5 requirements of Digital Movie Maker Badge for Cadettes in Girl Scouting.




What Catches Your Eye? Graphic Design Today (Connie McClain) Ages 11-13.
Curious about another avenue for a creative child? In this class, we will learn what graphic design is, how it is needed in our everyday lives, and what makes a good design (vs. a bad design). We will look at examples through history and learn how to use typography, illustrations, and digital photography jointly in an effective, creative, and eye-pleasing way. We will also learn about different file formats, design terminology, and the programs a professional graphic designer uses. Students will redesign a favorite product and create their own logo – from start to finish! Using their creative juices, students will brainstorm ideas and learn the art of thumbnail sketching. Computer based design may be used later in the semester, using free downloadable design software. Each student will walk away from this class with an understanding and appreciation for design and a new outlook on our little world from a designer's viewpoint. Homework will be about 1 hour per week. Supplies needed for this class: 81/2 x 11” spiral bound sketchbook, pencils, colored pencils, black drawing pen or fine tip marker. $130 for the semester or 3 payments of $45 (check or Paypal to connie.mcclain@gmail.com)

**NEW**An Unexpected Party: Fun with The Hobbit (Tina Essert) 11-13. Open the door and let in the gnomes! We will be going on a grand adventure with Bilbo Baggins and his friends.
All students will be expected to have read The Hobbit before this class begins and to review one or two chapters each week for discussion in class. There will be homework each week to include: chapter review, studying vocabulary and other reading from the study guide or internet links. All students will be expected to present two projects, the first is to be a short paper  and the second will be whatever they want to do (diorama; model; skit; character interpretation; poster; etc). We will discuss themes, characters and places, Runes, the language of Middle Earth, the history of Middle Earth, compare the film to the text and (best of all!)  we will talk about the story. Students will be provided a bound study guide for this class. Cost: $125.00 per student. Siblings, $100.00 each (a savings of $25 per child).
 

Ages 13+

 Introduction to Linguistics (Megan Smith) Ages 13+. Did you ever want to understand the language of magic, aliens, elves, or the Na’vi? You can! All these (and more!) follow the same basic principles of our own languages, and linguistics, the systematic study of language, can show us why. We’ll explore linguistic concepts like syntax (grammar) and phonology (pronunciation) by comparing our own languages with those that have been created in books and movies. Every student will become a specialist in a fictional language of their choice, illuminating not only worlds of magic and aliens, but also problems that are all too real in our own societies. Class topics will include, but aren’t limited to: linguistic theory, syntax, phonetics, phonology, and how language is used to create and reinforce social groups.



Art History, a Hands on Approach (Deva Brockett) Ages 13+. In this art history class we will be working with the materials and using techniques the artists themselves used. This semester in addition to traditional painting and drawing we  will be doing some print making, fiber art, and mask making.  This class will cover a wide time period and cover some of the most famous artists world wide. We will focus on the elements of art, major recognizable artists like Jakuchu, Goya, Miro, and Chagall.  Every week we will work on an art project related to the artist we are studying with a focus on understanding the artists perspective and technique. This class is perfect for the reluctant budding artist or the artist who is ready to branch out and learn new skills. Students will leave this class with an eye opening understanding of the world of art surrounding them. ($130 for the semester or 3 payments of $50. Additional supplies not to exceed $30 are required, and the supply list will be provided in January. Students must bring a 9"x12" sketchbook to the first day of class.)This class is great both returning students and brand new students.
 
 
So you want to be a millionaire? (Ginny Harvey) Ages 13+. People choose. All choices have costs. All choices have consequences for the future. This is the start of thinking economically. In this class, we’ll talk about some of the economic choices that students will be facing in their futures, and economic ways of thinking about those choices. How do you get money? Usually the old-fashioned way -- you have to earn it. We’ll practice writing cover letters and resumes, and research the local job market. How do you get a better job? You get an education. We’ll discuss the costs and payoffs of a college education, as well as ways to pay for it. Once you’ve got money, you’d better pay attention to it. Cash or charge? Credit or debit? Why do I pay more interest than I earn? Why is so much money taken out of my paycheck? How does the stock market work? What are capitol gains? What is human capitol?  There’s no guarantee you’ll become a millionaire, but thinking economically is the right way to start. (No required text. We will be using information from the Financial Fitness for Life curriculum, grades 9-12, from the Council for Economic Education.) $120 or 3 payments of $45. Check or Paypal to ginny@harveyfamily.com

QuizBowl (Lydia Netzer) ages 13+.  In this class we will develop the skills and knowledge to form 2 official quizbowl teams for competition and possibly host a tournament with other homeschool co-ops. "Scholastic Bowl" is Virginia's state competition, and is not open to homeschoolers, as it is organized under the High School League. However, there are lots of other tournaments to attend someday, under National Academic Quiz Tournaments (http://www.naqt.com) and if we begin developing a homeschool team and get interest from other co-ops, we may gather some "all stars" that would want to travel. Half the class time will be spent going over materials in different subject areas, strategizing about how to approach different types of questions (computation, pyramid, buzzer race, swerves) and how to effectively memorize facts. The second half of the class will be spent playing Quizbowl with our own buzzer system. (Min 8, Max 10) Tuition is $100 or three payments of $40. 

British Literature II (Lydia Netzer) Ages 13+.  Read and relish the literature of the British Isles from 1832 to the present day. Dickens? Kipling, Forster, Woolf? Bring it on. Using an online component for discussion and assignments (Google+ Community), a standard high school textbook (Adventures in English Literature, Pegasus Edition), spirited discussion and connections to art, history and creative writing, we'll attempt to deliver the equivalent of one semester of actual high school English. New this semester: the First Chapter Challenge, where students dip into as many novels as possible, reading the first chapter only, for points and prizes. There will be a midterm, a final, a research paper, and a presentation! (Min 6, Max 10) Tuition is $100 or three payments of $40. 


Quarantine! Fundamentals of Epidemiology (Andrea Kinnear) Ages 13+. Using the backdrop of classic historical epidemics, students will learn the fundamentals of epidemiologic quantitative analysis, study the distribution and dynamics of disease progression and the science behind human disease progression. Concepts to be explored include:  incidence and prevalence; epidemic and pandemic; risk and incidence rates.  Approximately 1/5 of the class will be devoted to analysis.  Students are expected to enter the class with the ability to calculate proportions and ratios as well as manage linear equations.  Students must obtain copies of the following books for assigned readings:  The Great Mortality by John Kelly, The Ghost Map by Stephen Johnson and possibly one other text to be determined.  Tuition is $110 or three payments of $40.  Paypal to runchkin94@cox.net.

 

Parking!


The very small church parking lot and the 4 spaces outside the brick wall are for HSoBX teachers and church staff only. Teachers should not park in the 2 labeled church staff spaces. There is 1 designated parking space for last year's Teacher of the Year. Please leave 1 handicapped space available for church visitors.

As the Chrysler lot next to the Glass Studio is currently reserved for construction related parking, we cannot park there this semester. Our primary parking is on the street on the far side of the Hague. Norfolk Parking has kindly agreed not to enforce the 2 and 4 hour time limits for our group on Tuesdays. If street parking is full, we may park in the Chrysler lot on the museum side of Grace St. Please park in the spaces closer to the street rather than next to the museum building. 

Do not park on Yarmouth St, which is residential parking only, or in the EVMS lot on the far side of the Hague. 

Fall 2013 Class Descriptions

Multiple Ages

HSoBX Girl Scout Troop #104 (Ginny Harvey) ages 6-14. Science, arts, outdoor skills, and more! Welcome to our homeschool Girl Scout troop! This multi-level GS troop includes girls from Brownie level up to Seniors, ages 6-15 (approximately grades 1-8). The Girl Scout program emphasizes progressive leadership development through girl-led, hands-on, just plain old fun activities. So what does this mean for you and your daughter? The girls will have numerous opportunities to choose the activities they'd like to try, and we're hoping parents will share their special areas of expertise as we earn badges in a variety of areas and take part in service projects to help our community. Join us as we learn more about ourselves and the world around us! Associated costs include $12 GSUSA registration and approximately $50 for vest or sash, book, Council patches and pins. Dues are $25/year. 

Memory in Motion (Colleen Poteat) ages 6-11+.  As we continue our trek around the world, this semester we will learn the location of the countries of Asia, along with their flags and major landforms. This semester there will be two class options: the enrichment class will focus on Latin/Greek roots and an overview of human anatomy, and the academic class will include more information about each country, Latin/Greek roots along with vocabulary words, and a more detailed look at anatomy (for example: the parts of the eye).  The students will be compiling Memory Notebooks, which will come home each week for 10-20 minutes of daily practice. The two classes will follow the same sequence, so siblings in both classes can practice together. Note: We will probably be using the content from Michael Clay Thompson's Caesar's English 1, but it is not necessary to purchase the book. ($115 for the semester or 3 payments of $40, plus a $10 supply fee for new students)

Modern dance fundamentals (Heidi Anderson) 7+. Do you love to move? Do you like being barefoot?  Do you like being creative?  Have you ever wondered about modern dance?  If so, then this is the class for you.  We will explore The foundations and fundamentals of a modern dance class from first position parallel to body swings and triplets.  We will also learn about the historical giants of the modern dance world including Isadora Duncan,  Martha Graham and José Limon.  In addition, we will learn basic choreographic skills and have the opportunity to perform in our end of semester talent show.  ($140 or 3 payments of $50)

Spa Science (Andrea Kinnear) ages 6-11+. Learn the basics of acid-base chemistry through spa products.  Students will learn how humectants, exfoliants and anti-bacterials chemically work in the process of making them.  Emphasis will be on creating all natural products.  Girl Scouts will meet the requirements of at least one badge.  Older girls will be paired with younger girls for spa prep teams.  Limit 10. ($135/semester or $50/month.)

Creativity Crafts (Suzanne Wheatley) ages 6-8+. Ever want your kids to do more arts & crafts, but don't feel like dealing with the mess at home? Well, this is the class for them and for you! With an emphasis on using all sorts of recycled materials, I will help them unleash their innate creative selves by incorporating creativity exercises. All the while building suncatchers, boats, flowers, maracas, drums, robots & whatever else their imaginations desire. *children need to be able to cut, paste and tape on their own ($130 for the semester or 3 payments of $45)


Knitting Let's learn to knit! Learn how much fun you can have with needles and yarn! First we'll learn to cast on, knit, and purl. We'll learn to work the garter stitch, stockinette stitch, and how to knit ribbing and cast off your project! In addition to knitting basics, we'll learn a little about the history of knitting, how to read patterns and how to choose the right yarn and needles for projects. We'll also learn to increase and decrease stitches, and how to use yarn needles to do finishing work on finishedprojects. ($125/semester or $45/month; includes basic supplies).

 


Ages 4-6


Play and Learn (Patricia Richman) ages 4-6.  PLEASE CONTACT INSTRUCTOR DIRECTLY FOR PLACEMENT IN THIS CLASS -- patricia@hsobx.org  Come and learn through play!  In Play and Learn we explore numbers, letters, history, geography, physical science, life science, and the animal kingdom.  Each class uses stories, music, big muscle movement, crafts, and guided activities to support our theme.  Play and Learn runs in a three year cycle, so children who return always have something new to discover.  A list of topics will be sent at the beginning of each semester, if parents would like to further explore our subjects at home.  This is the Montessori based, educational experience you've been looking for!  Play and Learn is a two hour long block class.  ($250 for the semester or 3 payments of $90.)

Phonics Games (Colleen Poteat) ages 4-6+. Learning to read is quite an adventure with many stops along the way. In this class, we will play a variety of games to reinforce the phonics kids are learning at home. There will be different levels of the games, so this class is appropriate for kids reading "The cat sat" as well as for kids reading "The caterpillar was exactly three inches high." ($130 for the semester, or 3 payments of $45)

Bricks 4 Kidz Preschool Program (ages 4-5) Watch your preschooler's eyes light up as they dig into a pile of brightly-colored DUPLO® & LEGO® bricks!  Engaging models based on the ABC's are the building blocks of our Bricks 4 Kidz preschool curriculum.  Each week children learn about the model of the day, listen to a story, build a simple model based on the letter of the week, and practice essential preschool skills (letter recognition, patterning, colors, counting, fine motor skills, position and ordering).  Language development and storytelling are encouraged at the end of each class during free play!  $125 for 15 classes


Here Comes the Band! (Julie FoxRun) ages 4-5  Drums, guitar, flute…here comes the band! We will make musical instruments out of everyday objects and learn simple songs to sing along with our instruments. At the end of the semester, we will perform a few of our learned songs and play our nifty instruments. Come sing along with our homemade band! ($110 for the semester or 3 installment payments of $40)


Purple Penguins Book and Art Club (Julie FoxRun) ages 4-5  Did you ever wonder why Pablo the Penguin hated the cold or what little Jack Paper was doing in the land of Honalee? We will explore a different book every week. After the story, we will create a craft that corresponds to the story. So come and listen and use your creativity to make a masterpiece. ($110 for the semester or 3 installment payments of $40)


Cake Decorating 101 (Julie FoxRun) ages 8+. 

In this beginner class, students will learn basic cake and cookie decorating techniques. We will learn to frost a cake, make flowers, borders, and basket weaving just to name a few. Students will be required to bring in their own cake or cookies for that class due to potential student food allergies and sensitivities. We will also learn about cross contamination and baking safety. A syllabus will be given at the beginning of the semester so you will know when to bring in baked

goods. There will be a supply list before the semester begins to total no more than $30. So bring your sweet tooth and join us in our sugary adventure! ($80 for the semester or 3 installment payments of $30)


 

Ages 6-8

Spanish (World of Words, Claire Daugherty) Ages 6-8.  Come learn Spanish in a lively, interactive and playful classroom environment. In collaboration with WOW (World of Words), HSoBX instructor Claire Daugherty has created an innovative, manipulative-based curriculum for HSoBX students that is based on language learning through puzzles, puppets, games, dolls and masks. Claire's teaching draws from her extensive homeschool experience, and she is greatly looking forward to welcoming students new to Spanish alongside those who are continuing to build their Spanish language skills.  ($160 per semester or 3 payments of $55 payable to WOW)

Memory in Motion (Colleen Poteat) ages 6-11+.  As we continue our trek around the world, this semester we will learn the location of the countries of Asia, along with their flags and major landforms. This semester there will be two class options: the enrichment class will focus on Latin/Greek roots and an overview of human anatomy, and the academic class will include more information about each country, Latin/Greek roots along with vocabulary words, and a more detailed look at anatomy (for example: the parts of the eye).  The students will be compiling Memory Notebooks, which will come home each week for 10-20 minutes of daily practice. The two classes will follow the same sequence, so siblings in both classes can practice together. Note: We will probably be using the content from Michael Clay Thompson's Caesar's English 1, but it is not necessary to purchase the book. ($115 for the semester or 3 payments of $40, plus a $10 supply fee for new students)

Goin’ Buggy (Jacob Gard, Lighting the Way) ages 6-8
Explore the world of insects from their perspective and from ours. Learn about various creepy crawlies, like millipedes and spiders and beautiful butterflies and dragonflies. There will be a small amount of homework each week. ($100 for the semester or $35/month)

Egyptology (Adam Ciphers, Lighting the Way) ages 6-8
Study science and math as we explore the ancient culture of the Egyptians. Learn how big Egypt once was, why the Pyramids are triangular, and study like Cleopatra. Expect occasional homework. ($150/semester or $50/month)

Spa Science (Andrea Kinnear) ages 6-11+. Learn the basics of acid-base chemistry through spa products.  Students will learn how humectants, exfoliants and anti-bacterials chemically work in the process of making them.  Emphasis will be on creating all natural products.  Girl Scouts will meet the requirements of at least one badge.  Older girls will be paired with younger girls for spa prep teams.  Limit 10.($135/semester or $50/month).

Creativity Crafts (Suzanne Wheatley) ages 6-8+. Ever want your kids to do more arts & crafts, but don't feel like dealing with the mess at home? Well, this is the class for them and for you! With an emphasis on using all sorts of recycled materials, I will help them unleash their innate creative selves by incorporating creativity exercises. All the while building suncatchers, boats, flowers, maracas, drums, robots & whatever else their imaginations desire. *children need to be able to cut, paste and tape on their own ($130 for the semester or 3 payments of $45)

Bricks 4 Kidz (Jessica Filosa) ages 6-8. This is a hands-on class where students will design and build motorized models based on exciting themes like space, animals, and forces of nature using LEGO bricks. While exploring science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), students will develop problem solving and critical thinking skills. During each class, the Bricks 4 Kidz teacher, will lead a discussion about the model of the day. Participants will work with a partner to construct their one of a kind Bricks 4 Kidz model that you can't find in stores. Once their project is complete, children will use the rest of their time to expand their gadgets and collaborate with one another. After each class, children will get a take home sheet explaining what they learned in class along with a picture of the model they built. Since we use our LEGO supplies throughout the year, participants do not take home the projects or pieces. Each child will be able to create their own mini-figure on the first day of class to use each week. On the last day of the semester, children will be able to take their mini-figure home! ($150 for the semester or 3 payments of $50)

Ages 9-11

Art History, a Hands on Approach (Deva Brockett) ages 9-11. In this art history class we will be working with the materials and using techniques the artists themselves used. This class will cover a wide time period and cover some of the most famous artists world wide. We will focus on the elements of art, the major recognizable artists like, Van Gogh, Rizzi, Kalo, Cassatt, Wood,  and the materials they used. Every week we will work on an art project relayed to the artist we are studying with a focus on understanding the artists perspective and technique. This class is perfect for the reluctant budding artist or the artist who is ready to branch out and learn new skills. Students will leave this class with an eye opening understanding of the world of art surrounding them. ($130 for the semester or 3 payments of $50. Additional supplies not to exceed $20 are required, and the supply list will be provided in August. Students must bring a 9"x12" sketchbook to the first day of class.)This class is great both returning students and brand new students.

Virginia history (Heidi Anderson and Noel Fernandez)
Do you know our state song?  Do you know the story of our state flag? Let's learn about the history of our great state of Virginia.  This semester we will explore the people, places and events that have helped shape the state where we live.  We will also learn about our geography and natural resources.  In addition, we will begin memorizing the states and capitals of the United States leading off with Virginia and the 13 original colonies.  We'll continue this state and capital memorization process and exploring famous landmarks and people  into the spring semester with the historical expansion of the United States as our guide. ($150 or 3 for $55)

Pirates! (Adam Cyphers, Lighting the Way) ages 9-11
A pirate vessel has to serve as a moving town with food, doctors and repair men available for everyone. There’s always something to do, yet the work can get boring. To travel the seas, one needs to be able to find where the boat is. Discover some of the skills needed to sail the seas. Expect homework each week. ($150/semester or $50/month)

Ancient Rome (Tina Essert) ages 9-11. Use literature as a base to study the culture of Ancient Rome. We will study politics, social structure, warfare, art, religion, geography, construction and lifestyle of Ancient Rome. There will be a play at the end of the semester. Homework will be
one hour each week (reading, writing, research). ($130 for the semester; PayPal= cerwydwyn@gmail.com)

Native American Culture and Folklore (Jenn Taylor and Linda FoxRun) ages 9-11
In this class, we will explore Native American culture, rituals, mythology, symbols and the importance of storytelling. We will look at gender roles, children’s roles, chores and games they played. We will research famous Native Americans such as Chief Joseph and Wilma Mankiller, the first female Chief of the Cherokee nation. We will study herbology and the role of the shaman in healing. We will read stories, participate in traditional games and dances and use our creativity for beautiful arts and crafts projects. Occasional homework. ($140 for the semester or 3 installment payments of $50).
 
African Safari (Jenn Taylor) ages 9-11. 

The African continent contains over 50 countries! So let’s go on safari and explore some of these beautiful countries! We will explore the animals native to Africa, food, transportation, terrain, environment, geography and weather just to start. We will examine children’s roles, games and toys they play with and how they are different and the same as American children. So grab your backpack and imagination as we search for okapi and hippos, explore the Kalahari Desert and search the rainforests of the Congo. Occasional homework. ($140 for the semester or 3 installments of $50)

Ages 11-13

Writing for Research (Deborah Rice, Lighting the Way) ages 11+
Prepare a research project while studying the best resources for research. Practice the skills needed to write various styles of reports including MLA, APA, and Chicago formats. Prepare a research paper and presentation with a bibliography. Expect homework each week. ($100/semester or $35/month)

Art History, a Hands on Approach (Deva Brockett) ages 11-13. In this art history class we will be working with the materials and using techniques the artists themselves used. This class will cover a wide time period and cover some of the most famous artists world wide. We will focus on the elements of art, the major recognizable artists like, Van Gogh, Rizzi, Kalo, Cassatt, Wood,  and the materials they used. Every week we will work on an art project relayed to the artist we are studying with a focus on understanding the artists perspective and technique. This class is perfect for the reluctant budding artist or the artist who is ready to branch out and learn new skills. Students will leave this class with an eye opening understanding of the world of art surrounding them. Students will be required to do some light homework and work on vocabulary and key terms used in Art History. ($130 for the semester or 3 payments of $50. Additional supplies not to exceed $20 are required, and the supply list will be provided in August. Students must bring a 9"x12" sketchbook to the first day of class.) This class is great both returning students and brand new students.

Chemistry (Ginny Harvey) ages 11-13. Students should have a basic knowledge of atoms and molecules, the states of matter, the periodic table and the ideas of bonding. We’ll be starting with the Middle School Chemistry material available from the American Chemical Society, and going on from there. No text will be required, but there will be printed readings, Khan Academy lessons, and selected chapters from the CK-12 Chemistry Concepts book, as well as online chemistry games and videos. Homework must be done in advance (1-2 hours per week) so that our time in class can focus on experiments. ($150 or 3 payments of $55 checks or Paypal to ginny@harveyfamily.com)

Engineering for Minecraft (Deborah Rice, Lighting the Way) ages 11-13
Learn engineering design to scale by developing floor plans and schematics in class. Use Minecraft to build the structures. Balance resources and structural development. Expect homework each week. ($150/semester or $50/month)

Zombie Survival Skills (Deborah Rice, Lighting the Way) ages 11+
Create a zombie plan, developing disaster skills while balancing food and medical resources. Practice survival skills and develop teamwork skills. Expect homework each week. ($150/semester or $50/month)

Ancient Rome (Tina Essert) ages 11-13. Use literature as a base to study the culture of Ancient Rome. We will study politics, social structure, warfare, art, religion, geography, construction and lifestyle of Ancient Rome. There will be a play at the end of the semester. Homework will be
one hour each week (reading, writing, research). ($130 for the semester; PayPal= cerwydwyn@gmail.com)

Ages 13+

*NEW* British Literature 449-1832 (13+) Lydia Netzer


From the Germanic invasions to the beginning of the Victorian Age, the literature of the British Isles was inextricably linked to the history of the region. We’ll study poetry, fiction, and drama to follow historical and literary threads from Chaucer to Austen, with lots of surprises along the way. This class, along with the second half (1833-2013) which will follow in the spring semester, will fulfill a year’s “standard credit” in high school English. Participation and homework will be graded weekly with a mandatory online component and an additional mandatory online meeting each week, to fulfill the required 70 hours of instruction per semester. At the end of the year, we will study for and take a subject-specific test to earn an additional “verified credit” in British Literature. For a textbook we will use ADVENTURES IN ENGLISH LITERATURE, the 1989 Pegasus Edition, of which there are many copies for sale cheaply on Amazon. We will supplement this with online readings and activities, and at least one other paperback book each term. There will be written assignments, in compliance with the 12th grade English SOL for Virginia. Having said all that serious stuff, please know we will also have fun, laugh, play games, do skits, irreverently declaim honored canonical texts, and eat candy. ($100 or three payments of $40, Paypal preferred to jackets@rpsd.com)


Art History, a Hands on Approach (Deva Brockett) ages 13+. In this art history class we will be working with the materials and using techniques the artists themselves used. This class will cover a wide time period and cover some of the most famous artists world wide. We will focus on the elements of art, the major recognizable artists like, Van Gogh, Rizzi, Kalo, Cassatt, Wood,  and the materials they used. Every week we will work on an art project relayed to the artist we are studying with a focus on understanding the artists perspective and technique. This class is perfect for the reluctant budding artist or the artist who is ready to branch out and learn new skills. Students will leave this class with an eye opening understanding of the world of art surrounding them. Students will be required to do some light homework and work on vocabulary and key terms used in Art History. ($130 for the semester or 3 payments of $50. Additional supplies not to exceed $20 are required, and the supply list will be provided in August. Students must bring a 9"x12" sketchbook to the first day of class.) This class is great both returning students and brand new students.

Conquering the SAT Essay (Ginny Harvey) 13+.  Going in with a plan is the first step toward conquering the SAT essay. We will make those plans! Students will become familiar with the instructions for the essay section, the scoring criteria, and sample essay prompts. Then we’ll start making the plans. Each student will pick topics and develop content in 5 areas (literature, arts & music, history, science & technology, and historical biography), using their own studies, readings and experiences. Thinking in broad terms, we’ll see how to discuss those topics from a variety of angles. We’ll work on thesis statements, linking phrases, and conclusions, as we discuss how to use the developed content to fit a variety of essay prompts. Once everyone has a plan, we will practice, practice, practice, using real SAT essay prompts. ($120 or 3 payments of $45checks or Paypal to ginny@harveyfamily.com)

The 60’s: A Revolutionary Decade (Mark Campbell) ages 13+. This course will dive deep into the 1960’s and look at an array of events that affected the United States. In order to fully understand the 1960’s, we must look at significant events at the end of World War II until the 1960’s. 1960 marked the election of John F Kennedy and shifting American attitudes toward race, gender and free speech. America saw itself embroiled in wars abroad to contain communism. Wars are brewing at home on college campuses over free speech and the New Left. Feminism and the environment began to receive considerable attention. A movement toward racial equality took hold of the country and turned the South upside-down. Vietnam dominated the nightly news and the country witnessed the assassinations of Martin Luther King Jr, Bobby Kennedy and President John F Kennedy. The United States was in turmoil for much of the 1960’s and this course will look deeper into many of these issues to create a better understanding of the times because “the times they were a changin’. Homework about 1 hour a week.

Teen Court (Adrienne Ashby) ages 13 and up.  Have you ever been wrongly accused of something that you did not do? Perhaps one of your siblings actually did it.  Ever wonder how it would feel to have your day in court so that JUSTICE could be done?  If so, then this mock trial class is for you.  In this class, you will learn how a trial is conducted in our justice system by conducting your own trial as part of a team.  You will develop and present opening statements and closing arguments like an attorney and practice techniques for questioning witnesses and picking a jury. The class will culminate with a trial in which class members play the parts of attorneys and witnesses in a mock court case.  Homework:  30 minutes per week of preparation done at home for class.  As it gets closer to the actual trial time, the homework time could increase to an hour.  ($140 for the semester or three payments of $50)