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 or are experienced practitioners in their field in their field. We are happy to include offerings from the Attucks Theater Multicultural Performing Arts, Lighting the Way and Bricks4Kids .

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: 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.

Fall 2014: Schedule

Please view the schedule for our fall 2014 semester here.

Fall 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).

 

Creative Writing Club (Patricia Richman) ages 7-11.   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, an 11 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

 

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 three installment payments of $90).

 

Mini Munchkin Makers (Eleanor Jones)

Ever wonder how your lights turn on and off? Want to look inside some of the electronics we use every day? Start on the path to becoming a Mini Maker by learning about electricity and basic circuitry. Every week we will learn from a new scientist like Joule, Ohm, or Tesla. We will stamp our own circuit diagrams and then build our own using Snapcircuits and littleBits. ($80 for the semester or three installment payments of $30).  

 

Five in a Row (Sheri Huddleston) This homeschool curriculum uses beloved children’s literature to teach in a way that causes children to fall in love with learning. At home, children will read a designated book several times with a parent.  In co-op, connections between the book and  Social Studies, Geography, Language Arts, Applied Math, and Science will be made with hands-on activities.  ($120 for the semester or 3 payments of $45.  PayPal to sherihuddleston@yahoo.com).

 

Ages 6-8

 

Ancient Science (Misty Thompson)

Ever wonder how such large stones were moved to make Stonehenge? What was used as money before there were coins? How can you make a sundial and tell time with it? How did people deal with daily problems before our modern comforts? This class will engage in hands-on activities to demonstrate early simple machines and devices created to help people. Students will look at early maps of the world, explore basic navigation techniques, and creatively solve everyday problems people would have encountered. All of the projects will be easy to do with common household items, so students will be able to recreate the experiments. Instruction sheets will be sent home after each class, along with a brief history of the science involved. Students will have science journals to record predictions and will use the scientific process to increase their understanding of the results (CLASS FEE PENDING).

 

Mini Makers (Eleanor Jones)

Get started building simple circuits, machines, and toys! We will explore electricity with littleBits and eventually set up our own circuits. We will learn how to cannibalize broken toys and electronics to make our own tools and toys.  Some of our projects will include a motorized man, moon buggy, a variety of pumps, and our own mini generator. We will be soldering in this class, so for safety all students must have safety glasses. ($85 for the semester or three installment payments of $30).

 

Building BIG! (Juliana Perez-Lopez) Calling all Junior Engineers!    Join us to explore large structures such as bridges and skyscrapers, and learn what it takes to build them.    We will have fun doing lots of hands-on activities to explore the key engineering principles behind these superstructures.   Based on the "Building Big" book by David Macaulay and the PBS series.  ($150 for the semester or 3 installments of $55)

 

Steel Band (Anthony Hailey) Escape to the Caribbean each week this fall by learning to play steelpan – the National Instrument of Trinidad & Tobago. If you love music and like to imagine white sandy beaches, crystal blue water and palm trees; then this is the class for you. We explore the history, culture and especially the soothing Island Music of Trinidad & Tobago; learning concepts such as movement, melody, harmony, rhythm and texture. This class also develops individual strengths such as focus within the context of a teambuilding group activity. We culminate with an exhibition performance so you can invite friends and family to our Caribbean GetAway. All instruments and materials for participation are provided. ($150/semester or 3 payments of $55, sibling + $100 then 3 payments of $85) 

Junior Robotics 2 (Jessica Filosa)

Students enhance their understanding of programming using WeDo® software, a visual, drag-and-drop environment designed for LEGO® motors and sensors. Each class students will learn a new concept, while creating an extraordinary robot project using Bricks 4 Kidz® plans and LEGO® bricks, motors, and sensors. Students will also enjoy STEM challenges throughout the 15 week session.  LEGO® is a registered trademark of the LEGO® Company which is not affiliated with these programs. ($150 for the semester or three installment payments of $50).

Creative Writing Club (Patricia Richman) ages 6-11.   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, an 11 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)

 

Five in a Row  (Suzanne Wheatley). This homeschool curriculum uses beloved children’s literature to teach in a way that causes children to fall in love with learning. At home, children will read a designated book several times with a parent.  In co-op, connections between the book and  Social Studies, Geography, Language Arts, Applied Math, and Science will be made with hands-on activities.  The books and activities, while similar in format to the 4-5 year old Five in a Row class, will reflect the needs of older children.  (CLASS FEE PENDING).

 

Ages 9-11

 

Poetry Tea (Adrienne Ashby)

Calling all lovers (and haters) of verse and lovers of tea! In this class we will celebrate, explore and find the fun in poetry by reading it, writing it, and reciting it. We will learn about rhythm and meter using the Random House Book of Poetry for Children and Michael Clay Thompson’s Music of the Hemispheres. Our class will publish its own illustrated book of poems. Along with our poetry, we will share cups of tea and learn the history of this ancient beverage. There will be 30 minutes of homework each week. ($125 for the semester or three installment payments of $45).

 

Art: Sculpture, Way Beyond Clay (Deva Brockett)

Create 3-D forms with wax, paper mache, wire, wood, glass, clay, and more, to explore mass, space, texture, and the expressive potential of the different mediums. In each class we will make sketches for our projects and then execute various ancient and contemporary sculpting techniques to turn them into 3D art. Along the way, we will also study famous sculptures and the 3-D artists who made them, like Michelangelo, Bernini, Haruki Nakamura, and  Sher Christopher.  Students who have taken my classes in the past will love all the new projects. New students will enjoy experiencing this hands-on approach to teaching art and art history, because working with real supplies and techniques makes learning about artists and the fundamentals/principles tangible and memorable. I believe that every person can make meaningful art, without being restricted to realistic drawings and paintings. My goal is to give even the most reluctant student tools to make art their own, and to inspire enthusiastic artists to try new materials and new modes of expression. 

 

Supplies: Each student will need a sketchbook, pencils and a supply kit not to exceed $25. 

 

Geography Rocks! – Part I (Maryann Casey) 

Ever wonder which way is north?  Want to learn how to measure a mountain?  What exactly are the differences between oceans and seas, rivers and streams? Come discover the answers to these questions and more!  This class will explore the physical geography of our wonderful world, from the skies (atmosphere), to the land (lithosphere), and all the water in between (hydrosphere).  This class will be offered in two parts:  Part I (Fall 2014) will examine Earth’s atmosphere and hydrosphere and will include such topics as: atmospheric conditions, climatic zones and global weather patterns, classifying clouds and rainbows; along with, water forms and oceans, wetlands, watershed drainage, and aquifers.  Part II (Spring 2015) will focus on Earth’s lithosphere and will investigate landforms, plate tectonics, volcanoes and earthquakes, rocks and minerals, and weathering and erosion.  ($125 for the semester or 3 payments of $45.)

 

Class will consist of in-class discussions and review accompanied by hands-on projects, activities, and simple experiments to reinforce the topics explored.  Homework will be minimal and will be comprised of viewing online videos and reviewing online interactive websites.  Homework is not expected to exceed an hour per week. 

 

Newbery Book Club (Tiffany Firestone)

Join us as we read, discuss and respond to three Newbery Award winning books. The books we will read are The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin, The Whipping Boy by Sid Fleischman and The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi. Through the lens of these literary works we will map a journey, solve mysteries and illustrate scenes from a novel through the use of comic strips. There will be reading and journal entries assigned weekly. ($120/semester or 3 payments of $45)

 

Steel Band (Anthony Hailey) Escape to the Caribbean each week this fall by learning to play steelpan – the National Instrument of Trinidad & Tobago. If you love music and like to imagine white sandy beaches, crystal blue water and palm trees; then this is the class for you. We explore the history, culture and especially the soothing Island Music of Trinidad & Tobago; learning concepts such as movement, melody, harmony, rhythm and texture. This class also develops individual strengths such as focus within the context of a teambuilding group activity. We culminate with an exhibition performance so you can invite friends and family to our Caribbean GetAway. All instruments and materials for participation are provided. ($150/semester or 3 payments of $55, sibling + $100 then 3 payments of $85) 

Comic Creator Camp (Jessica Filosa) Bricks, Camera....COMIC Action!  Explore the artistic form of comic book design as you learn to create your personalized edition. Create your own characters, develop story lines and incorporate pictures of actual sets, all designed with LEGO® Bricks! After creating various scenes, students will snap pictures and upload them, utilizing a software program to create their very own, one of a kind comic book. Along with honing your story telling skills, this class is sure to take your imagination to the next level. Students will have different assignments throughout the 15 week session and they will be provided with a digital copy of the comic book they created. So, how’s that for comic relief? ($150 for the semester or three installment payments of $50). 

Hands-On Math (Theresa Kim) Come practice math skills using manipulatives like rainbow cubes, number tiles, two-color counters, dot paper, and pattern blocks. Hands-On activities will help students visualize operations with integers, explore proportional reasoning, and develop pre-algebra Skills.  Logic puzzles and games will add to the challenge.  Students should be comfortable performing all four operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.)  Manipulatives will be provided for in-class use. ($120 for the semester or three installment payments of $45.)

Creative Writing Club (Patricia Richman) ages 6-11.   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, an 11 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 12-14

 






Yearbook Staff (Connie McClain) 
Love photography and design? Have a knack for writing creative captions? Join me as we spend the semester creating the school yearbook! Each student will learn tips for portraits, along with how to get fun, candid shots that still look professional. We will compile photos, come up with creative layouts, and design the yearbook! Organization, time management, and team cooperation will be stressed, as they are key to getting the job done. Each student will need to bring a notebook (one with pockets and several subjects will be handy) and pencil to class each week, along with a digital camera. ($140 for the semester or 3 payments of $50) check or PayPal to connie.mcclain@gmail.com

 




 

Art: Sculpture, Way Beyond Clay (Deva Brockett)

Create 3-D forms with wax, paper mache, wire, wood, glass, clay, and more, to explore mass, space, texture, and the expressive potential of the different mediums. In each class we will make sketches for our projects and then execute various ancient and contemporary sculpting techniques to turn them into 3D art. Along the way, we will also study famous sculptures and the 3-D artists who made them, like Michelangelo, Bernini, Haruki Nakamura, and  Sher Christopher.  Students who have taken my classes in the past will love all the new projects. New students will enjoy experiencing this hands-on approach to teaching art and art history, because working with real supplies and techniques makes learning about artists and the fundamentals/principles tangible and memorable. I believe that every person can make meaningful art, without being restricted to realistic drawings and paintings. My goal is to give even the most reluctant student tools to make art their own, and to inspire enthusiastic artists to try new materials and new modes of expression. ($130 for the semester or three installments of $50)

 

Supplies: Each student will need a sketchbook, pencils and a supply kit not to exceed $25. 

 

The Middle Ages for the Middle Schoolers (Tina Essert)

Using the curriculum Moving Beyond the Page as a guide, we will study the Middle Ages in Europe. Students will need to have the MBtP book for class. I will organize ordering but will require payment in advance for the books. We will also read two novels: The Hidden Treasure of Glaston and Catharine Called Birdy and discuss them in class.

This will be fast-paced and intense with a good bit of homework in order to stay on top of things. $150 plus curriculum and novels

 

How to win friends and influence people - a course in public speaking (Sherene Silverberg)

Whether your 12-18yo has a flair for the dramatic or prefers to avoid the spotlight at all costs, this speech class is the perfect fit! This interactive course eases students out of their comfort zone exposing them to a variety of speech genres including persuasive, informative and after-dinner speeches. Through exercises and practice, students will learn effective presentation and delivery techniques…. all in a fun and supportive environment! It is an excellent jumpstart for students considering speech competition. A pre-semester assignment will be sent out to all registered students 2-3 weeks before the semester begins. This course is for beginners, there are no prerequisites to attend this course.

 

The course will culminate in the students giving their speeches to members of co-op during the lunch periods over the last 3 weeks of the semester.

 

Homework is mandatory for this class (students not completing homework will be invited to leave the class with no refund).   The students will be expected to craft their speeches at home, watch videos of outstanding speeches and to practice various aspects of their speeches at home.  Furthermore, all students will be expected to memorize their speeches (8-10 min) so that they can do them by heart when they present them in co-op. ($100 for the semester or three payments of $35).

 

Space Ship Earth (Deborah Rice)

Discover the difference between Earth’s biomes as you follow a polar bear, orangutan and horseshoe crab through their changing environment and time. Using NASA imaging and monitoring tools, travel to the far north to learn of the changing climate that is causing polar bears to move inland. Follow the ice as it flows to the sea in giant glaciers, calves icebergs and raises the water level of the world oceans. Using scientific investigation, explore sea level rise, methane leaks and polar biome. Learn the carbon cycle, the importance of our rain forest when you explore the changing world of the orangutan. Discover the multi-layered biome of the forest from the tree tops to the murky forest floor. Measure the growth of trees, make a carbon cycle chart. Become a time traveler when you step in to the ancient past, then travel to the present with the hermit crab. Discover how it’s environment has changed and why the hermit crab is important to medical science. This class requires a science journal to be kept that will include science observations, weather monitoring, as well as experimental findings. This class is heavy in math, charting and mapping. ($150 for the semester or three installment payments of $50).

 

Psychology (Suzanne Wheatley)

Come meet Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung!  Explore the development of an individual’s personality and the relationship between the conscious and subconscious mind.  Students will discover the relationship between heredity, environment, culture and mental health as well as the history of mental health diagnosis and treatment.  Homework will consist of readings each week.  (CLASS FEE PENDING)

 

Genetics (Andrea Kinnear)

Using the National Institute of Health’s Genetics, Education and Discovery materials, students will explore topics in genetics including inheritance, genetic diseases, genetic screening and bioethics (discussion will be limited to pre-pregnancy screening).  Hands-on labs (including a genetic evaluation of Harry Potter’s world) will help students visualize what is happening with our genes. Homework will consist of videos, readings and the occasional problem set.  All students will be provided with a 6 DVD set of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute's videos on various genetics topics ($125 for the semester or three installments of $45).

 

 

 

 

High School

 

The Supremes’ Greatest Hits (and misses) (Adrienne Ashby)

No, not the 1960’s Motown singing group. In this class we will learn all about the United States Supreme Court and the famous and infamous legal rulings that have shaped our modern representative democracy. Did you know that it took a Supreme Court ruling to declare that parents have the right to direct the education of their children? Did you know that the Supreme Court once ruled that the United States government could imprison a group of people solely because of their race? We will discuss and politely debate many of the controversial rulings of the court and how they impact our lives today. We will also study the history of the Court and some of the Court’s most interesting justices. There will be approximately 30-45 minutes of homework each week. ($125 for the semester or three payments of $45).

 

Gross (and Fine) Anatomy (Ginny Harvey)

What makes an animal an animal, and not a plant or just a cohabiting collection of cells? Do all animals have organs? What about organ systems? Locomotion? We’ll start with sponges and work our way up the major phyla of the animal kingdom, dissecting and comparing as we go. Who were the first animals to move around, and how did that change the world? Who had the first revolutionary one-way digestive tract? What other big innovations led evolution in new directions? This high school level biology lab class will use the PBS series “The Shape of Life” as a reference, as well as dissection guides and specimens from Carolina Biological Supply. Course fee includes a dissection kit (scissors, forceps, scalpel, pins, etc.) that is yours to keep. This class will be followed next semester by a Human Body Systems class. It is not necessary to take both semesters, but the spring semster information will build on the information presented in this class. Guidance will be provided for additional study units to cover a complete high school biology curriculum. ($160 for the semester or three installment payments of $55).

 

Quizbowl! (Lydia Netzer)

In this class we will develop the skills and knowledge to form 2 official quizbowl teams for competition under National Academic Quiz Tournaments (http://www.naqt.com). Half the class will be spent going over materials in different subject areas, strategizing about 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. ($100 for the semester or three installment payments of $40).

 

How to Write a Research Paper (Megan Smith)

Do you have a topic that you’ve been itching to learn more about? Learn about a topic of your choosing through the process of writing a research paper. Being able to write a well crafted research paper is a critical school skill. It is also a helpful life skill (writing the annual report for your department at work isn’t much different). This class will cover the research paper process from beginning to end. Class topics will include: brainstorming, narrowing a topic, effective research techniques, writing and proofreading, choosing the best format for your paper, and citations and avoiding plagiarism. ($120 for the semester or three installment payments of $45. Paypal to smith.megan.e@gmail.com).






American Poetry through the Civil War (Lydia Netzer)
This class will serve as an introduction to fifteen American poets, from Anne Bradstreet through Walt Whitman to Emily Dickinson, as we read work from one poet per week, with one associated essay or article. While this is a literature class, a lot of the instruction will focus on note-taking, both taking notes while reading and taking notes while listening. Students will listen to a lecture or essay each week (of increasing length, starting with one minute) and take notes in class. Then we'll go over their notes, compare them to different examples, and work on refining this skill. Students will also take notes from essays, web sites, and news articles they read at home. Finally, they'll learn how to "actively" read (or dissect) a poem by analyzing its literary components on paper, listing research questions, and journaling personal responses. No textbook required, but each student will need a designated notebook (for notes!) to be used in class and at home, and a writing utensil. $100 or three payments of $40.







Art: Sculpture, Way Beyond Clay (Deva Brockett)

Create 3-D forms with wax, paper mache, wire, wood, glass, clay, and more, to explore mass, space, texture, and the expressive potential of the different mediums. In each class we will make sketches for our projects and then execute various ancient and contemporary sculpting techniques to turn them into 3D art. Along the way, we will also study famous sculptures and the 3-D artists who made them, like Michelangelo, Bernini, Haruki Nakamura, and  Sher Christopher.  Students who have taken my classes in the past will love all the new projects. New students will enjoy experiencing this hands-on approach to teaching art and art history, because working with real supplies and techniques makes learning about artists and the fundamentals/principles tangible and memorable. I believe that every person can make meaningful art, without being restricted to realistic drawings and paintings. My goal is to give even the most reluctant student tools to make art their own, and to inspire enthusiastic artists to try new materials and new modes of expression. ($130 for the semester or three installments of $50)

 

Supplies: Each student will need a sketchbook, pencils and a supply kit not to exceed $25. 

 

Public Health Ethics (Andrea Kinnear)

What does it mean to be ethical?  Does the definition of ethical change over time.  Using the 20th century American public health system as a backdrop for conversations of ethics, students will explore Typhoid Mary’s quarantine, Margaret Sanger’s works, the Tuskeegee Trials, HIV interventions and other topics.  The final project will consist of a prepared debate on a topic discussed in class.  This class is intended for the mature high school student.  ($125 for the semester or three installments of $45).

*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.