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 area: our commitment to high-level secular instruction and our dedication to developing a homeschooling community.

All of our faculty hold college degrees or are experienced practitioners in their field. We are happy to include offerings from Lighting the Way, Konneckt IT, and Mosaic Steel Drums. We also have our very own Girl Scout troop.

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 Spirit Days which include: Halloween Costume Day, Holiday Craft Fair Day, Curriculum Sale Day, Talent Show Day, an End-of-the-Year Potluck Picnic, and the very popular St. Patrick’s Day Scavenger Hunt. We also host two teen dances a year and an all-ages Father-Daughter dance.

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.

Registration Information: Fall 2015


Registration time is upon us! Please read this information carefully and email any remaining questions to vanessa@hsobx.org


  1. Even if you are a returning member, please look at the registration procedure here, and read the instructions carefully. Remember that class requests will not be considered until your family is in the registration database for this semester, and the registration fee has been paid.


  1. Two very important notes about registration fees:
    • The PayPal address has changed to payobx@hsobx.org
    • The fee schedule has changed to reflect an additional $15 fee for an (optional) second day of classes.


  1. Registration dates for this semester are as follows:
      • Registration opens:
        • Returning families: Friday, May 15, 9am
        • New families: Friday, May 29, 9am
      • Registration closes (no requests taken): June 12 - August 23
      • On Monday, August 24, 9am, registration will re-open for any remaining spots before classes begin.
      • Once classes begin in September, permission must be obtained from the instructor AND A BOARD MEMBER before a class can be added.


  1. Registration requests received outside of the registration window dates/times will not be considered, and must be re-submitted when registration is open.


  1. Out of consideration for the registrar and to eliminate potential confusion, registration request emails should contain the following information:
    • Full name of parent listed in registration database
    • Full names and ages of each child registering for classes
    • For each child, clearly list the title and time of each class requested, along with a second choice (if any) for that time slot.
    • Any additional information for a particular class, as noted in the description (e.g., optional Thursday attendance)
  2. A note on age ranges for classes:
  • Some course descriptions give age ranges either narrower or broader than our five categories. We appreciate that our instructors are very thoughtful when they specify age guidelines. If your child is within the age range specified in the course description of a specific class, you are free to request that class. 
  • Unless specified otherwise in a course description, you are free to request any class listed for your child's age group.
  • If you feel that very special circumstances apply, you may request approval for your child to enroll in a class for which he or she is outside of the stated age range. If the instructor and a board member approve, you may request that class in your registration email. However:
  • We will waitlist those students for 24 hours to give all students within the stated age range priority. If there are spaces available 24 hours after the registration window has opened, then younger instructor-approved students can be enrolled in the class.  
  • For this reason, we recommend listing a second-choice class where possible.
We look forward to seeing everyone in the fall!

Fall 2015: Class Descriptions

HSOBX Fall 2015 Class Descriptions


(View the class schedule here.)



All Ages


HSoBX Girl Scout Troop #104 (Ginny Harvey; ginny@hsobx.org) -- ages 5-15. Science, arts, outdoor skills, and more! Welcome to our homeschool Girl Scout troop! This multi-level GS troop includes girls from Daisy level up through Seniors (approximately grades K-10). 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 $15 GSUSA registration and approximately $70 for vest or sash, book, Council patches and pins. Troop dues are $25/year.







Ages 4-6


Play and Learn -- (Patricia Richman; patricia@hsobx.org) ages 4-6.  PLEASE CONTACT INSTRUCTOR DIRECTLY FOR PLACEMENT IN THIS CLASS.  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 or three payments of $90.


Hands-On Math  (Juliana Perez-Lopez; jplred@hotmail.com)   Please join us for some fun with math!  We will introduce and explore basic math concepts such as counting, patterns, symmetry, fractions, using a math balance, and measuring, using games and manipulatives.  Older children welcome with permission of instructor. $150 or three payments of $55.


Ages 6-8


Talk Like an Egyptian (Nora Lee Smith; norahopelee@gmail.com) Ever want to talk like a modern Egyptian? Well, after taking this class you can! Egypt has its own dialect of the Arabic language, which is the most widely understood dialect across the entire Arab world. Students will learn basic vocabulary, conversational phrases, how to write their name in Arabic, and some geography of the Middle East. This class will use music, cartoons in Arabic and other media to expose students to the language and culture. I will give weekly worksheets to help students remember what they learned in class. $120 or 3 payments of $45.

Garden Magic -- (BE Essert; cerwydwyn@gmail.com) -- We will learn about the different types of fairies, wild plants that grow in the church yard, a bit about gardening and caring for Gaia that even the very small can do (like small children and small fairies!) We will build fairy houses and fairy gardens.  This class will require quite a lot of instructor-provided materials. The cost for these is included in the fee. Five year olds welcome with approval of instructor.  $150 or three payments of $60


Daring and Dangerous Club for Boys (Misty Thompson; starofleo@yahoo.com)  The Club is looking to expand its adventures and adventurers. We plan on giving the boys chances to earn badges for their activities. We will do a little fundraising at the beginning of the semester to offset the cost of a once a month field trip. We are hoping to do a nature walk, beach clean up, and orienteering. We will need parent volunteers for these field trips and the trips will take place on Sunday afternoon. We will continue to have visitors with various daring and dangerous jobs and find our own ways of having daring and dangerous fun at the co-op. Our goals for the class are to allow the students to continue building teamwork, confidence, and leadership skills. $150 or three payments of $55.


Nobel Biographies -- (Tricia Mahlau-Heinert; Mhfamilyof6@gmail.com)  This class will be taught using a cooperative teaching model. There will be no tuition. Each parent with a child registered in the class is responsible for preparation and teaching 2 of the 15 weeks in the semester. This semester we will focus on inventors and scientists, including Nobel Laureates. We will step up the academics from last year's drawing and sentence copying to composing summary paragraphs. There will be a presentation by the parent/teacher of the scientist's life story. The teacher will encourage note taking and have relevant information available to share as a hand-out or on our Facebook group. We will further explore this person's passions by conducting experiments or recreating inventions. For homework, students will be expected to use their notes to write a short biography each week (a few sentences in September, hopefully increasing with parent support, to a paragraph or essay by December) which will be read to their peers at the start of each class. This class is appropriate for students ages 7-9 with adequate reading and writing ability and an interest in science! Please contact instructor for approval prior to enrollment. (Note: A Biographies class for younger students should be offered in Spring 2016.)


Think Like a Scientist -- (Antoinette Croly; acroly@gmail.com) Using Bernard Nebel’s Building Foundations of Scientific Understanding, we will explore The Nature of Matter, Life Science, Physical Science and Earth Science through the very thing kids do best ASK QUESTIONS! We will be working on building a solid foundation through observations, experiences and reasoning.  I will be their guide, as they use their senses and develop their critical thinking about gravity, matter, maps, energy and living things.  $120 or three payments of $40.

Patterns--(Sheri Huddleston; sherihuddleston@yahoo.com)
Patterns are all around us! In the weather, in the days and seasons, in words and sentences and stories, in plant and animals, on charts and graphs and calendars, in how we count, in all we do, we find patterns. Join us as we explore patterns of all sorts using the many fun and creative activities in the Moving Beyond the Page Curriculum "Patterns." We'll read stories, act, draw, observe, describe, and record. We will find patterns, and make them. Word patterns, shape patterns, poetry patterns, and so much more. This class is appropriate for ages 5-7, or as approved by instructor. Every student needs to have their own copy of the student activity book "Patterns" for this age level, which is $24.99 plus shipping, and can be purchased through the following link. (Please order early enough so that your student has their book in time for the first day of class. It can take 1-3 weeks for delivery.)
http://www.movingbeyondthepage.com/purchase/skulist.aspx?purchaseTab=5to7
$120 or three payments of $45.

Story Acts -- (Vanessa Metcalf Wagner, Tricia Mahlau-Heinert; vgmetcalf@gmail.com)  Come bring your favorite stories to life with your friends! Each week, we will break into two teams of 3-4 Story Actors. Each team will choose a picture book and take turns reading out loud to their team members. Next, the team will assign themselves roles from the story and (with our help) write down some lines and stage directions. Then the teams will take turns serving as an audience while the other performs their original play! Books will be available for different reading levels, and participants may also bring in favorite books from home. We will have a small selection of multipurpose free form-type props available, such as silk cloth.  This class is appropriate for 7 and 8 year olds, or as approved by instructors (reading required).  $150 or three payments of $55.


Maestro Classics, Stories in Music (Laura Norton, laura_ann_kain@yahoo.com)  Do you love music? Do you love stories? Using the Maestro Classics, Stories in Music program we will listen to classically styled music and enjoy a story at the same time. We will spend two weeks on each story. With each story we will learn about the type of music that we are listening to and have fun activities to go along with each story. We will listen to Peter and the Wolf, The Tortoise and the Hare, The Story of Swan Lake, Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel, My Name is Handel: The Story of Water Music, Juanita the Spanish Lobster, The Sorcerer's Apprentice, Casey at the Bat and The Soldier's Tale. Five year olds welcome with approval of instructor. $130 or three payments of $50.


Mars Colony  (Deborah Rice; ltw@ltweducation.com)  We are on the verge of a mission to colonize Mars. Students investigate the planet Mars and the theory of Terraforming. They will learn the challenges of traveling to Mars, building a colony and surviving there.  Students will experiment with different building materials. Learn the art of renewable energy and sustainable farming. Utilizing NASA learning tools, renewable resources and different building materials. Students will explore, build, plant and create their colony in the stars.  $150 or three payments of $50.  







Ages 9-11


Daring and Dangerous Club for Boys (Misty Thompson; starofleo@yahoo.com)  The Club is looking to expand its adventures and adventurers. We plan on giving the boys chances to earn badges for their activities. We will do a little fundraising at the beginning of the semester to offset the cost of a once a month field trip. We are hoping to do a nature walk, beach clean up, and orienteering. We will need parent volunteers for these field trips and the trips will take place on Sunday afternoon. We will continue to have visitors with various daring and dangerous jobs and find our own ways of having daring and dangerous fun at the co-op. Our goals for the class are to allow the students to continue building teamwork, confidence, and leadership skills. $150 or three payments of $55.


Physics 1 -- (Ginny Harvey; ginny@hsobx.com)  Physics is a one-semester class using the textbook Real Science 4 Kids Physics Level I.  Topics covered will include the definition of physics; force, energy and work; simple machines; electrical energy and charges; and light and sound. Toward the end of the semester (as time allows), we'll get into modern physics with lasers, LEDs, relativity and subatomic particles. Textbook reading, reports and workbook pages will be assigned for homework. Most of our class time will be devoted to conducting experiments and recording our data. Some history of science will be covered as well.
Required books:
Real Science 4 Kids Physics Level I Student Text (available from Amazon, B & N or the rs4k.com website) and Physics Level I Laboratory Worksheets. ($150 or three payments of $55)


Basic Machine Sewing -- (Sheri Huddleston; sherihuddleston@yahoo.com) Students will learn the basics of machine sewing.  They will learn their machines and how they work. They will complete several small projects throughout the semester.  Students will need to have their own portable sewing machine that must be brought to every class. They will also need to bring a small sewing kit that includes scissors, thread, needles, etc.  These can be purchased for roughly $12.  Students will also be required to supply needed fabric for the different projects.  I will send a detailed list before the semester starts.  All patterns and instructions will be provided. This class is open to anyone ages 9 and up with an interest in Sewing.  $100 or three payments of $40. (Registrar’s note: This class is offered in two time slots. Please indicate in registration request which hour your child would like to attend.)


Private Eye School -- (Kristen Abney; kristen.abney@gmail.com)  Students become "private eyes" in this logic and reasoning class featuring the One-Hour Mysteries series by Mary Ann Carr (three books in the series will be combined for the class).  A new mystery will be solved each week.  Students will learn to analyze bloodstains and lip prints, decode messages and solve challenging puzzles while working as a group. Students will think outside of the box, organize data, take notes, make inferences, and use deductive reasoning skills.  Students need to have the ability to write notes and complete clues.  Most work will be completed in class.  There may be minimal reading or follow-up worksheets sent home.  $140 or three installments of $50.


Math Wiz -- (Cynthia Dise; cynthiadise@gmail.com)  This class will be fun for all.  Math is more than just adding and subtracting, and students will learn about these fun aspects of mathematics through problem-solving and logic.  Some of the topics to be covered are: patterns, symmetry, the golden ratio, maps, graphs, number tricks, probability, math games, and geometry, to name a few.  $120 or three payments of $45.


The Chesapeake Bay: 1600 to Now (Deborah Rice; ltw@ltweducation.com) Captain John Smith made 2 voyages to explore the Chesapeake Bay and it's tributaries. He documented his interactions with the inhabitants and environment. In this class students use research, hands-on investigations and experimentation to compare the 1600 environment to today. Students will make a travel journal to keep their observations, experiment findings and research. We will explore the lives of horseshoe crabs, seahorses, sturgeon and SAVs (submerged aquatic vegetation). The first 5 weeks start our journey as we travel around the Chesapeake Bay Watershed with Captain John Smith. Weeks 6 through 10 bring us to 2015 as we discover the challenges and problems of the Chesapeake Bay. In weeks 11 to 15 we compare the two time frames and learn ways to bring the Chesapeake Bay watershed to a healthy state. $150 or three payments of $50.


Discover America! A State-by-State Exploration -- (Maryann Casey; macasey@icloud.com)  “America, the beautiful…” goes the song.  Yes, indeed…There is so much more to learn about the United States than just memorizing capitals!  In Discover America! we will examine the physical geography of our wonderful nation, including its diverse landscapes, natural formations, monuments, and landmarks.  Our studies will also include the nation’s regions and time zones, locations of the states and their capitals, state facts and notable features.  We will explore mountain ranges, major lakes and rivers, coastlines and beaches, and more.  Come investigate the highs (Highest peaks), the lows (Lowest points) and everything in-between!


In an effort to reach all types of learners, class activities will vary widely.  Each week, we will have in-class discussions and review.  These discussions will be accompanied by hands-on projects, crafts, games, and simple experiments to reinforce the topics explored.  Homework will also vary across a spectrum of activities in order to appeal to diverse learning styles (for example, artistic expression, independent research, interactive websites and videos, etc.).  Homework is not expected to exceed one hour per week.  $125 or three payments of $45.


Creative Writing Club -- (Patricia Richman; patricia@hsobx.org)   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 three "free" pieces, play games, and publish a small class newsletter.  Our assignments this semester will revolve around the writing found in a newsletter - an interview, news flash, editorial, advertisement, advice column, and cartoon.  A "free" piece is whatever you would like to share: a story, book report, poem, even writing from another class.  Each student will design their own newsletter, filled with their writing, illustrations, and drawings.  When we are not working on our newsletters, we'll play different word games.  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 or three payments of $35, siblings $50.


Courageous Black Lives  (Sally Duncan; sduncan002@yahoo.com)  This class will introduce kids to the black artists, activists, writers, leaders, and musicians who paved the way for others to follow. From well-known names like Langston Hughes and Booker T. Washington to lesser known people like Bessie Coleman and Blanche Bruce, we will work our way through the timeline of black history in America by studying the lives of various courageous people.


A beginning resource list will be given at the beginning of the semester, and will be added to as the class progresses. No books are required to purchase, but the readings and videos on the resource list are highly recommended.  $100 or three payments of $40.


Finely Crafted: Folk Art Around the World (Deva Brockett; knittingdeva@gmail.com) Using materials like clay, fabric, and paint students will craft quality art pieces using techniques and cultural inspiration from around the world. We will be making traditional African masks, Guatemalan Worry Dolls, Appalachian Southern quilts.  $130 or three payments of $50; $15 materials fee.


Laissez le bon temps rouler! -- (Christina Havlin; christina.havlin@gmail.com) Calling 9-11 year olds who would like to communicate in French - this class is for you!  We will acquire language with the goal of communicating with francophone penpals, participating in playdates with francophone friends, appreciating francophone culture (music, videos, fashion, cuisine) and enjoying bites of francophone literature. This is a two-day course.  Allez. viens! $250 or three payments of $90.







Ages 12-14


Oyster Restoration Educational Program -- (Robin Frazier; robinfrazier529@gmail.com) This class is open to high school students as well.  Study the Chesapeake Bay- cross-curricular lessons in Life Science, Earth Science & Physical Science-explore habitats, estuary-watershed geography-pollution-aquatic life-and collect data with hands-on field trips to maintain an oyster garden. Students may want to set up a saltwater fish tank for the school year. (Optional) Bring back specimens for your salt-water fish tank as part of the study. First 15 weeks will be for Middle and High Schoolers; second 15 weeks (2016) elementary school- maintaining thereby oyster float for school year 2015-2016. Saturday once a month 4th Saturday for Field Investigation, that provides data collection and maintaining growing Spats. End of the year field trip for placing the oysters on protected reef. All field equipment will be supplied. We may decide other field trips to NOAA-VIMS-VORC & Farm for trips if available.  $135 or three payments of $45.  


Basic Machine Sewing -- (Sheri Huddleston; sherihuddleston@yahoo.com) Students will learn the basics of machine sewing.  They will learn their machines and how they work. They will complete several small projects throughout the semester.  Students will need to have their own portable sewing machine that must be brought to every class. They will also need to bring a small sewing kit that includes scissors, thread, needles, etc.  These can be purchased for roughly $12.  Students will also be required to supply needed fabric for the different projects.  I will send a detailed list before the semester starts.  All patterns and instructions will be provided. This class is open to anyone ages 9 and up with an interest in Sewing.  $100 or three payments of $40. (Registrar’s note: This class is offered in two time slots. Please indicate in registration request which hour your child would like to attend.)


Finely Crafted: Folk Art Around the World (Deva Brockett; knittingdeva@gmail.com) Using materials like clay, fabric, and paint students will craft quality art pieces using techniques and cultural inspiration from around the world. We will be making traditional African masks, Guatemalan Worry Dolls, Appalachian Southern quilts.  $130 or three payments of $50; $15 materials fee.


World Music (Nora Lee Smith; norahopelee@gmail.com)  Do Palestinian teens listen to the same music we do? What about Indian teens? This class on world music will be structured around contemporary genres of music found in different regions of the world. We will discuss both popular music (such as Palestinian hip-hop) and art music (for example, Javanese gamelan). After learning the history, performance contexts, and instruments, we will connect each genre to bigger ideas about globalization, politics, gender, culture, and the links between the genres themselves. Homework for this class will consist of assigned readings, listening to/watching music, writing quick reflections, and doing some online research.  Homework will be about one hour per week for most students. For those interested in high school credit, there will be an additional short research project. $130 or three payments of $50


Engineering Design Challenge  (Cynthia Dise; cynthiadise@gmail.com) Students will learn about different types of engineers, properties of materials, how to manage materials and cost, and the engineering design process to solve problems and create innovative solutions to everyday applications.  
Examples of some of the challenges students will face:
  • Designing a tower that can hold 2 pounds for 2 minutes with materials provided
  • Finding the critical load of a structure
  • Constructing a functional wheel
  • How to get electricity to travel 3 feet
  • Designing a gumball machine
There may be occasional homework such as researching a specific type of engineer or an engineering failure that turned into a success.
This class will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays, but the Thursday option is not required.  $250 or three payments of $90 for two days; $125 or three payments of $45 for one day. (Registrar’s note: Please indicate in registration request whether you are registering for the one-day or two-day option.)


Battling Black Death! Investigating through Problem-Based Learning  (Maryann Casey; macasey@icloud.com)
The Plague is coming!  Go back to Medieval Europe, where you will have to weigh life or death situations!  In Black Death, collaboration is the key!  Students will have to work together as a team to solve the dilemma of the plague using information that was available in 1348.  They will learn to think like government officials, using values and priorities that represent concern for the public good.


Using a Problem-Based Learning (PBL) model, students will learn how to collaborate with fellow classmates, building important life skills; judge the usefulness of solutions as they investigate the situation; compare information from different sources; and demonstrate consequences of actions.  Students’ growing awareness of the nature of the scenario, their skills as problem solvers, and their ability to remain flexible as the dilemma changes, will be tested to the limit as they delve deeper into the challenge.  Through the use of an ill-structured scenario and the power of storytelling, students will make use of a variety of activities (summaries, graphic organizers, Venn diagrams, Risk maps, Circle maps, etc.) to gather evidence and analyze the problem.  Help the team defeat the plague...before its too late!  Homework is expected to be approximately one to two hours per week. $125 or three payments of $45.


Social Work 101  (Suzanne Wheatley; suzchuck@aol.com)  It's a big wide world all around us. Ever wonder about people that aren't just like you?  Why do people act the way they do? Live the way they do?  Make the choices they do?  In this class we'll focus on basic social work tenants, starting where the client is, having empathy, learning about systems and human behavior. It will be fun, informative, include some field trips and outings. Homework will be minimal just an hour or two per week. Open to ages 12 and up.  $140 or three payments of $55.

Study Skills 101 (Renee Geisler; Lucy2coll@yahoo.com) Come and learn the essentials to effective study skills! No more floundering around or trying different methods that don't seem to work. In this class we'll find out where you are in terms of study skills, consider your learning style, and then get to work on organization, time management, motivation and goal setting, effective study habits, taking notes and test taking. You'll come away with skills to help you master the toughest courses. Open to ages 12 and up. $120 or 3 payments of $45.

Quest -- (Andrea Kinnear; andrea@hsobx.com)  Take a trip through time and primes.  Come meet Eratosthenes, Euclid, Fibonacci, Pascal and Marsenne on a journey to discover the importance of prime numbers, factors, topology and many other numerical necessities.  Using the Duke Gifted MathPack (7th and 8th grade competencies) and the required workbook Making Friends with Numbers by Edric Cane, students will conduct math labs in class.   No drill and kill homework, no insufferable math tests, and little sitting in seats, this class aims to convert the most math adverse.  $100 or three payments of $35 + required workbook.







High School


Finely Crafted: Folk Art Around the World (Deva Brockett; knittingdeva@gmail.com) Using materials like clay, fabric, and paint students will craft quality art pieces using techniques and cultural inspiration from around the world. We will be making traditional African masks, Guatemalan Worry Dolls, Appalachian Southern quilts.  $130 or three payments of $50; $15 materials fee.


1960’s Tumultuous Times  (Jenn Taylor; taylorfam0@yahoo.com)  The 1960's were full of tension & change! It was a time of new beginnings, lots of "firsts" and tragic endings! We will examine how all of these things impacted and shaped our country and culture of the time. We will witness the beginnings of the Civil Rights Movement with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Medgar Evers and Rosa Parks. We'll examine the "Race to Space", the Cuban Missile Crisis and the Tet Offensive. We'll study the influential people of the time such as JFK, The Beatles, Neil Armstrong, Thurgood Marshall, Andy Warhol and Malcolm X to name just a few. We'll experience the art, music and fashion of the decade. Changing times lie ahead...


There will be about an hour of homework each week consisting of reading, watching movie clips or project based work. $120 or three payments of $45.  


U.S. Government Part 1 (Adrienne Ashby; adrienne@hsobx.com) "Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time."
-- Winston Churchill


So how does our democracy work?  Sure, you probably already know the basics about the three branches of government.  Now it is time to go deeper.  In this class we will explore the roots of our republic, its founding documents, and the philosophies behind them.  We will also study political parties, political beliefs, public policy, civil liberties and civil rights.  We will not shy away from the tough issues and questions in the process of studying and discussing how our government works.  Students should expect quizzes, an exam, and weekly written assignments.  There will also be a summer assignment.  Our main text will be United States Government: Democracy in Action ( ISBN-10: 0078259835).  There are good prices on used copies of the book.  In addition we will use primary source documents, videos, living books, and political cartoons in our studies.  This class will last for two semesters and meet twice per week.  $250 or three payments of $90.


Doctor Who's History Time Warp (Jenn Taylor; taylorfam0@yahoo.com) Join Doctor Who traveling through time in TARDIS as we relive and explore historical events that have shaped our country and world! We'll time travel back to the 1900's to see the Wright Brothers make their first flight and experience the giant earthquake that rocked San Francisco. Transport to the 1910's where Halley's Comet appears, the Titanic meets an iceberg and Oreos were invented. Jump to the 1920's with Prohibition, flappers and Black Tuesday. Time warp to the 1930's with the Great Depression, Dust Bowl and the beginning of WWII. Leap forward to the 1940's where Israel is founded, Polaroid invents the camera. Finally we rest in the 1950's with the first organ transplant, LEGOs are introduced to the world, and Sputnik launches the Space Age.


We will meet incredible people...Rosa Parks, Fidel Castro, FDR, Anne Frank, Alice Paul, Al Capone, Gandhi and Pablo Picasso to name just a few. We will explore the music, dress, and pop culture of the time we are trapped in.


This will be a 2-part course with the 1960's to the present being explored in the spring semester. There will be at least an hour of homework each week which will vary from reading, watching movie clips or hands-on projects. $130 or three payments of $48.

Study Skills 101 (Renee Geisler; Lucy2coll@yahoo.com) Come and learn the essentials to effective study skills! No more floundering around or trying different methods that don't seem to work. In this class we'll find out where you are in terms of study skills, consider your learning style, and then get to work on organization, time management, motivation and goal setting, effective study habits, taking notes and test taking. You'll come away with skills to help you master the toughest courses. Open to ages 12 and up. $120 or 3 payments of $45.


Homeschool Your Way to College -- (Ginny Harvey; ginny@hsobx.com) Are you a high school junior thinking about the college application process? It’s time to get serious, and this is the class for you. We’ll be discussing the College Board and information available there, how to start thinking about where to apply (large or small, urban or rural, near or far), and what kinds of questions to ask on a college visit. As a homeschooler, there are some extra things to think about. How will you present yourself as a homeschooler in interviews and essays? Why were you homeschooled, and how have you used this to your advantage? A lot of college admissions officers and alumni interviewers don’t really understand homeschooling, so you’ll need an “elevator speech” to explain. These will be different for everyone. We’ll also go over the Common App, and start making plans for completing the different sections. You’ll need letters of recommendation, so who should you ask? It’s time to start cultivating those relationships. We’ll be covering transcripts, standardized testing, early decision versus early action, and lots more. Come with your questions, and leave ready to face the Common App! $120 or three payments of $45.


Parlez-vous Francais 1? -- (Christina Havlin; christina.havlin@gmail.com)  Are you passionate about French fashion? food? culture? literature?  Or are you dreading the chore of completing your 3 high school language credits for college applications?  Either way, this French class is for you.


French 1a will be a dynamic exploration of French language and culture.  You will develop the ability to communicate in the present tense about some of the basic world around you.  Speaking and listening, reading and writing will all be a part of this class.  


Because learning a language takes regular reinforcement, this class will meet twice per week.  Also, nightly homework of 20 minutes in 4 intervals plus one longer stretch is necessary to achieve your goal - using your knowledge to communicate.  Fall (French 1a) plus spring (French 1b) will be the equivalent of high school French 1.


Opportunities to use French with native speakers, to explore culture in real life and to experience French food will be optional, but you will want to participate!  $250 or three payments of $90.


Quiz Bowl -- (Andrea Kinnear, Adam Kinnear, and Maryann Casey; andrea@hsobx.com)  Do any of these sound familiar?  “In one of these works, the viewer looks up through a stairwell as men smile down from a balcony.”  “This term can refer to a matching between the kinetic energies of two particles and those two particles’ bound-state energy.”  “The deification of this object will be consumed by Skoll at Ragnarök.”  Test your knowledge of trivia as well as your logical reasoning skills as you prepare for academic challenge competition (see:  www.naqt.org).   Students should be prepared for a minimum of three Saturday travel competitions as well as team building and training outside of class.   Instructor permission required for this class.  Ages 12 and up are eligible to seek permission.  $100 for cost of buzzer system and tournament fees.

Social Work 101  (Suzanne Wheatley; suzchuck@aol.com)  It's a big wide world all around us. Ever wonder about people that aren't just like you?  Why do people act the way they do? Live the way they do?  Make the choices they do?  In this class we'll focus on basic social work tenants, starting where the client is, having empathy, learning about systems and human behavior. It will be fun, informative, include some field trips and outings. Homework will be minimal just an hour or two per week. Open to ages 12 and up.  $140 or three payments of $55.

World Music (Nora Lee Smith; norahopelee@gmail.com)  Do Palestinian teens listen to the same music we do? What about Indian teens? This class on world music will be structured around contemporary genres of music found in different regions of the world. We will discuss both popular music (such as Palestinian hip-hop) and art music (for example, Javanese gamelan). After learning the history, performance contexts, and instruments, we will connect each genre to bigger ideas about globalization, politics, gender, culture, and the links between the genres themselves. Homework for this class will consist of assigned readings, listening to/watching music, writing quick reflections, and doing some online research.  Homework will be about one hour per week for most students. For those interested in high school credit, there will be an additional short research project. $130 or three payments of $50


Basic Machine Sewing -- (Sheri Huddleston; sherihuddleston@yahoo.com) Students will learn the basics of machine sewing.  They will learn their machines and how they work. They will complete several small projects throughout the semester.  Students will need to have their own portable sewing machine that must be brought to every class. They will also need to bring a small sewing kit that includes scissors, thread, needles, etc.  These can be purchased for roughly $12.  Students will also be required to supply needed fabric for the different projects.  I will send a detailed list before the semester starts.  All patterns and instructions will be provided. This class is open to anyone ages 9 and up with an interest in Sewing.  $100 or three payments of $40. (Registrar’s note: This class is offered in two time slots. Please indicate in registration request which hour your child would like to attend.)




Adult


Mom’s Menu Club (Patricia Richman; patricia@hsobx.org)  PLEASE CONTACT TEACHER DIRECTLY TO ENROLL IN THIS CLASS.  Ever wonder what's for dinner?  Are your kids lucky to have hotdogs and carrots after a long day at co-op, or are they scrounging through the cupboards that you hope are not bare?  Would you like to spend more time with your children and less time at the stove?  How about cut your grocery bill in half?  Do you struggle to find new recipes that are tried and true and kid approved?  If you answered "yes" to any of the above, then you MUST join our Mom's Menu Club!
We will start with baby steps and plan one week of meals that will work for your family, taking into consideration schedules and preferences.  We'll swap recipes and ideas, share tips, and support each other along the way.  After 15 weeks, you may just have 42 different meals that your family loves, always have on hand what you need to make those meals, and only be cooking once a week!  Best of all, this class is FREE!