Explorers Home School Association

Classes - 5th/6th Grade

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      Explorers' Professional Class Description

      Martial Arts

      DisciplineMartial Arts
      Age Groups1st/2nd Grade, 3rd/4th Grade, 5th/6th Grade
      Instructor NameBrandon Lockman
      Tuition/Materials Fees$100/$15 Uniform/Equipment Fee
      Class Size8 to 28
      Class Length1 semester(s)
      Class RoomGym B
      CurriculumSyllabus is tailored to the training level of each individual student.
      Homework10-20 minutes, 2-3 times a week
      PrerequisitesNone
      Materials$15 covers the cost of the uniform for the new students, or the hand pads for those attending their 2nd semester of martial arts, or the foot pads for those attending their third semester of martial arts. If the student already has everything, they don't need to pay the equipment fee.
      DescriptionOur classes are based on our instructor's certifications and experience in several martial arts including Choi Kwang-Do, Tae Kwon Do and Brazilian Jui-Jitsu. Our style of teaching is an exciting and innovative approach to martial arts that combines all of the positive aspects of traditional martial arts - such as character development and positive mental attitude - with a training system that is pure innovation! Our system provides the most effective martial arts system for today's modern society that is easy to learn - yet provides a complete health system for both body and mind. Unlike many martial arts used for athletic competition, our system is designed to enhance students’ overall health, fitness, and well-being.
      If your 4 or 5 year old was previously in martial arts - Master Lockman will need to approve entrance into class. This class is designed for students that are Gold Belt and below. It is highly recommended that students that are Orange Belt and above attend two classes per week in order to keep the progressing at a normal rate, motivated, and keep them passionate about their martial arts training.
      If you have any questions, please contact Master Lockman at 734 424-5125

      PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
      Instructor BioMaster Brandon Lockman trained in Choi Kwang-Do Martial Art International for 18 years. In May of 2007 Master Lockman received his fifth degree Black Belt at the twentieth anniversary for Choi Kwang-Do (CKD), making him the youngest master in CKD world-wide.

      Master Lockman and his martial art school (The Black Belt Academy) are a part of Kinect Martial Art International (KMAI). With it’s 40 locations world-wide, KMAI is a diversified martial art organization that embraces several training philosophies from multiple martial arts including Choi Kwang-Do, Tae Kwon Do and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

      Recently, Master Lockman celebrated the Black Belt Academy’s seventh year of being open as a full-time martial arts academy. As a part of celebrating this anniversary, Master lockman has tested and recieved his Blue Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
      Additional InformationCourse fee includes a free promotional test - $55 value

      PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
      Professional Class?Professional
      Explorers' Professional Class Description

      Private Guitar Lessons

      DisciplineMusic
      Age Groups1st/2nd Grade, 3rd/4th Grade, 5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
      Instructor NameSpencer Hanson
      Tuition/Materials Fees$297/$0
      Class Size1 to 2
      Class Length1 semester(s)
      Class RoomLibrary
      CurriculumSyllabus is tailored to fit the learning style, musical interest, and pace that is appropriate for the individual student.
      HomeworkDaily practice (15-30 minutes or more)
      PrerequisitesNone
      MaterialsStudents will need their own instrument. Instructor is able to provide information for the purchase of a quality, beginning level instrument; needed before the start of class.
      Hal Leonard guitar method books 1-3
      Binder with Lined paper
      Tablature paper
      DescriptionAs a music teacher Spencer values learning by improvisation, and emphasizes creativity and having fun. He has had experience teaching a large range of ages, and focuses on tailoring lessons to the needs and abilities of each individual student.
      Evaluations will be provided halfway through the semester, as well as at the end.

      PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
      Instructor BioSpencer Hanson has been playing music avidly for the last 13 years. He attended Eastern Michigan University’s School of Music, with his main instrument being the classical guitar. During his time at EMU, Spencer was a member of multiple jazz combos, where he played electric jazz guitar, as well as electric and double bass. With these jazz combos he has performed at events such as the Eastern Michigan University Regent’s Dinner, the Ann Arbor Art Fair, 5:01 Jazz in Ann Arbor, and the Michigan Jazz Festival. Spencer is also part of a local band that has played numerous shows in states across the Midwest.
      As a music teacher Spencer values learning by improvisation, and emphasizes creativity and having fun. He has had experience teaching a large range of ages, and focuses on tailoring lessons to the needs and abilities of each individual student.
      Additional InformationPROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
      Professional Class?Professional
      Explorers' Professional Class Description

      Martial Arts Gold and Above

      DisciplineMartial Arts
      Age Groups3rd/4th Grade, 5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
      Age (Notes)This class is designed for students Gold Belt and above.

      Instructor NameBrandon Lockman
      Tuition/Materials Fees$100/$15 Uniform/pads
      Class Size6 to 20
      Class Length1 semester(s)
      Class RoomGym B
      Homework10-15 minutes 2-3 times per week
      PrerequisitesAchieved a gold belt or above in previous a class.
      Materials$15 covers the cost of the uniform for the new students, or the hand pads for those attending their 2nd semester of martial arts, or the foot pads for those attending their third semester of martial arts. If the student already has everything, they don't need to pay the equipment fee.
      DescriptionOur classes are based on our instructor's certifications and experience in several martial arts including Choi Kwang-Do, Tae Kwon Do and Brazilian Jui-Jitsu. Our style of teaching is an exciting and innovative approach to martial arts that combines all of the positive aspects of traditional martial arts - such as character development and positive mental attitude - with a training system that is pure innovation! Our system provides the most effective martial arts system for today's modern society that is easy to learn - yet provides a complete health system for both body and mind. Unlike many martial arts used for athletic competition, our system is designed to enhance students’ overall health, fitness, and well-being. 
      It is highly recommended that students that are Orange Belt and above attend two classes per week in order to keep the progressing at a normal rate, motivated, and keep them passionate about their martial arts' training.
      If you have any questions, please contact Master Lockman at 734 424-5125

      PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
      Instructor BioMaster Brandon Lockman trained in Choi Kwang-Do Martial Art International for 18 years. In May of 2007 Master Lockman received his fifth degree Black Belt at the twentieth anniversary for Choi Kwang-Do (CKD), making him the youngest master in CKD world-wide.

      Master Lockman and his martial art school (The Black Belt Academy) are a part of Kinect Martial Art International (KMAI). With it’s 40 locations world-wide, KMAI is a diversified martial art organization that embraces several training philosophies from multiple martial arts including Choi Kwang-Do, Tae Kwon Do and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

      Recently, Master Lockman celebrated the Black Belt Academy’s seventh year of being open as a full-time martial arts academy. As a part of celebrating this anniversary, Master lockman has tested and recieved his Blue Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
      Additional InformationPROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER ADD/DROP.
      Professional Class?Professional
      Explorers' Professional Class Description

      Private Piano Lessons

      DisciplineFine Arts
      Age GroupsK4/5, 1st/2nd Grade, 3rd/4th Grade, 5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
      Age (Notes)Do not need to know how to read, just be able to recognize letter A-G and numbers 1-5
      Instructor NameRonni Brennan
      Tuition/Materials Fees$255/$5
      Class Size1 to 2
      Class Length1 semester(s)
      Class Room106
      HomeworkRonni believes that practice is always required to grow musically, but she also knows that if a student isn't having fun with lessons and the piano, learning is likely to not happen. Practicing is highly encouraged, but she does not require "practice logs" as part of the learning process. Ronni offers rewards to motivate her students and encourages parents to offer a space for their child to practice at home. It's has been Ronni's experience that much musical material is remembered when the student is in a stress-free environment and is in a "playful mindset" while playing the piano. Practicing will happen when the student is enjoying the piano.
      MaterialsRonni uses the Bastien Piano Basics curriculum. There are four books - piano, performance, technique and theory. All levels are available. She also takes into consideration what each student enjoys playing and implements those genres of music in lessons.
      DescriptionDuring the 30 minute private lesson, students will learn musical theory, scales and performance songs. Ronni believes in providing a solid musical foundation where students learn to read music and can eventually play any song they desire, not just copy/memorize a piece or two. All skill levels are welcome. Classes are taught in a stress-free environment with an encouraging attitude and positive motivation. Each lesson is also tailored to the student's interests and abilities.

      Class expectations will be given at the beginning of the semester and evaluations will be provided halfway through the semester, as well as at the end.

      PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
      Instructor BioPiano has been a part of Ronni Wilson's life since she began taking lessons at the age of three. She continued lessons until she left for college where she became a certified elementary school teacher. Throughout her college career at Eastern Michigan University, she was a member of the symphonic band and marching band from 1989 to 1993. In 1990, she became Eastern Michigan University's first female Drum Major of the then EMU Marching Hurons.

      After teaching fourth grade for four years, Ronni decided to become a stay-at-home mom and teach a few piano lessons. She began with two students in 1999. She now has over 40 students and absolutely loves her job!

      Ronni has done community musical theater, plays piano and sings in her church worship band, and plays and sings with her sister at a variety of church and community functions.

      Outside of teaching, Ronni enjoys being with her family, reading, knitting, baking bread, spending time and having fun with friends and jumping rope!
      Additional InformationLessons will begin the second half of first hour (9:25 a.m.)

      PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
      Professional Class?Professional
      Explorers' Professional Class Description

      Painting with Acrylics

      DisciplineArt
      Age Groups5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
      Age (Notes)This class is for students age 11 and above.
      Instructor NameTerisa Tengler
      Tuition/Materials Fees$75/$25
      Class Size4 to 18
      Class Length1 semester(s)
      Class Room10/11
      MaterialsStudents should wear paint clothes or bring long smocks to every class.
      DescriptionThis semester in Acrylic Painting, students will spend half the semester on group projects and half the semester on the project of their own choosing. Among the group projects will be a scenic painting and a still life - which will be set up in the classroom.
      As a class, we'll focus on a few important techniques: shading, blending and perspective.
      Students should expect to create at least 4 frameable works of art throughout the semester.
      As always, no previous experience or drawing skills are necessary. Veteran students are encouraged to return, and new students are warmly welcome!
      This class is for students aged 11 years and above. It will be a bright and fun hour of color and technique set to the best playlist anyone ever heard!

      PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
      Instructor BioTerisa started drawing at 5 years old from watching her mother who could draw beautifully. Terisa has won awards throughout her school and career for drawing, architectural design and drawing, and photography. In college she was able to study alongside artists like Sam Houston who is well known for his beautiful watercolor landscapes. She graduated from Carson Newman College with a BA in photography and art. She was in the Who's Who for college photography the year she graduated.
      She taught photography for a large camp. Worked as a portrait photographer for many years. She has done commissioned oil painting and taught acrylics and painting in homeschool groups. She also is in the planning stages of a business/ministry teaching acrylics to women in churches that will have a spiritual discussion.
      She recently has connected with her extended family in Sweden and realized artistic abilities run in the family. Many of them and their ancestors are artist as well. They even have their own family fb page dedicated just to share their artistic endeavors.
      Professional Class?Professional
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      Fun with Woodworking

      DisciplineArts
      Age Groups1st/2nd Grade, 3rd/4th Grade, 5th/6th Grade
      Age (Notes)This class is only for 2nd grade through 6th grade. Second graders that take this class need to be able to listen carefully to safety and class instructions.
      Instructor NameCatherine Donahue
      Tuition/Materials Fees$65/$25
      Class Size6 to 13
      Class Length1 semester(s)
      Class Room24/35
      HomeworkNone
      PrerequisitesNone. Experience with tools is helpful.
      MaterialsSafety glasses are required.
      DescriptionIn this class, students will create projects in wood using simple tools and techniques. We will emphasize safety and tool knowledge in all our explorations. Children will find pleasure in making things they can bring home and share with their families. Anticipate your child gaining a love for creating things that stays with them and blossoms over a lifetime.

      PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
      Instructor BioGrowing up the daughter of a "jack-of-all-trades," Cathy Donahue's father gave her an incredible foundation for endeavors of all kinds, including her love for building with wood. She has been home schooling for 11 years. Mrs. Donahue has taught in a variety of settings to ages ranging from early childhood thru high school. Through experience and a BA in Counseling/Psychology, she has gained understanding in the learning abilities of all ages. Desiring the Word of God as her foundation in life, she obtained a second major in Theology and double-minored in Speech Communication and Childhood Development.
      Additional InformationPROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER ADD/DROP.
      Professional Class?Professional
      Explorers' Professional Class Description

      5th-12th Grade Choir

      DisciplineFine Arts
      Age Groups5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
      Instructor NameTrish Pino
      Tuition/Materials Fees$35/$5 material fee for music
      Class Size10 to 100
      Class Length1 semester(s)
      Class RoomSanctuary
      DescriptionCome sing in the Choir! This class will focus on vocal technique, harmonizing, ear training and fun! Choir helps to develop musicality and teamwork principles. New students welcome.

      PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
      Instructor BioInstructor Bio
      Trish Pino earned her Bachelor’s of Music in Music Education from the State University of NY at Fredonia and is certified in K-12 Vocal and General Music.  She then took a one year placement as a 6th-12th grade vocal and general music teacher.  After that, she studied at Belmont University and received her Master’s of Music in Music Education with a concentration in Vocal and Secondary Education.  After receiving her Master’s degree, she taught for 5 years at Currey Ingram Academy in Nashville, TN where she was responsible for 5th-6th grade general music classes, choir, and band.  She also has over 13 years of experience as a private piano and voice teacher.  Mrs. Pino served as the Music Director at Keystone Church in Saline for 4 years and now has her own practice of private piano and voice students.  
      Additional InformationTHIS IS A PROFESSIONAL CLASS. FEES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
      Professional Class?Professional
      Explorers' Professional Class Description

      Private Violin/Voice Lessons

      DisciplineFine Arts
      Age GroupsPreschool - Three-year-olds, K4/5, 1st/2nd Grade, 3rd/4th Grade, 5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
      Age (Notes)Students age 3-6 must have a parent accompany them to the lesson. Parents of students older than 6 are also invited to sit in on the lesson if they like.
      Instructor NameKate Talo
      Tuition/Materials Fees$240/$0
      Class Size1 to 2
      Class Length1 semester(s)
      Class Room1
      HomeworkPractice 15-30 minutes of daily practice.
      DescriptionEach lesson will be a private, weekly, 30 minute tutoring session where students will receive individualized instruction, feedback and practice on their instrument/voice. Students will benefit most if they commit to 15 - 20 (30 for older students) minutes of daily practice of assigned
      work. My goal is to create a comfortable, fun environment where students feel free to make mistakes and learn from them, hopefully avoiding too much frustration which can lead to discouragement and quitting.

      I will choose appropriate materials needed to be purchased throughout the semester and school year.
      PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
      Instructor BioI have a Bachelors Degree in Music Education and have been teaching or caring for children since
      my graduation in 1998. My experience includes, most recently, teaching private voice, violin and piano, and previously working in public and private schools as a music teacher for grades ranging from Kindergarten to 12th grade. I also have experience as
      a nanny and preschool teacher.
      Additional InformationPROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
      Professional Class?Professional
      Explorers' Professional Class Description

      ASL

      DisciplineWorld Languages
      Age Groups5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
      Age (Notes)This is a wide age range to teach foundational ASL.
      Instructor NameMary Parrish
      Second Instructor NameIsabel Pierzynowski
      Tuition/Materials Fees$15/$0
      Class Size5 to 12
      Class Length2 semester(s)
      Class Room27
      CurriculumYou'll need the book "A Basic Course in American Sign Language second Edition" and access to the internet.
      Homework Minimal homework other than to practice using signs.
      DescriptionThis class will be taught by our three advanced ASL high school students Gabe Gjernes, Isabel Pierzynowski, and Mary Parrish. They will be mentored by Teresa Gjernes.
      This class will be a continuation of the previous Beginning American sign language though new-comers are welcome. We will be learning more signs and phrases using games, music, and worksheets. The students will continue to build their vocabulary with storytelling and weekly vocabulary sheets. PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
      Additional InformationGabe Gjernes will also instruct this class.
      Professional Class?Professional
      Explorers' Professional Class Description

      Private Reading Tutor

      DisciplineLanguage Arts
      Age Groups1st/2nd Grade, 3rd/4th Grade, 5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
      Instructor NameMarsha Comella
      Tuition/Materials Fees$420/$50 Evaluation and curriculum material
      Class Size1 to 1
      Class Length1 semester(s)
      Class RoomDownstairs Office
      CurriculumOrton Gillingham curriculum for students who are dyslexic or are having other difficulties learning to read.
      HomeworkStudents will be given reading, spelling or writing work to reinforce concepts being taught.
      PrerequisitesTesting evaluations to be conducted in early September.
      MaterialsFee to evaluate student for reading fluency, as well as develop a tutoring plan.
      DescriptionHave you ever wondered if your child is dyslexic or has other learning challenges? Have a personal inventory test done to look at these possibilities. Tutoring sessions are 55 minutes long. Evaluations will be done at the beginning of September.
      1st hour is in classroom 8/9
      3rd hour is in classroom 4/5
      PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
      Instructor BioMarsha has a degree in Special Education and is Orton Gillingham trained. She has been tutoring students of all ages in reading and writing for 25 years. She has tutored many students who have struggled with dyslexia, autism and other learning challenges. She has worked with public, private and homeschooled children. She has homeschooled her own four children and looks forward to helping you succeed with your children.
      Additional InformationAll lessons are explicitly designed for your student each week.
      Professional Class?Professional
      Class Description

      World Geography Part 2

      DisciplineSocial Studies
      Age Groups3rd/4th Grade, 5th/6th Grade
      Instructor NameBonnie Godbey-Potter
      Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$20
      Class Size4 to 12
      Class Length1 semester(s)
      Class Room4/5
      DescriptionA continuation from first semester: Countries, Capitals, Hemispheres, Prime Meridian, Latitude, Longitude, Climates and Maps!! Oh My! It’s not as bad as it sounds and we can have some fun while learning about the world we live in and our place in it. There will be mapping activities and varied cultural assimilation. I am honored to help you and look forward to seeing you there.


      2nd hour

      Explorers' Professional Class Description

      Private Guitar Lessons

      DisciplineMusic
      Age Groups1st/2nd Grade, 3rd/4th Grade, 5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
      Instructor NameSpencer Hanson
      Tuition/Materials Fees$297/$0
      Class Size1 to 2
      Class Length1 semester(s)
      Class RoomLibrary
      CurriculumSyllabus is tailored to fit the learning style, musical interest, and pace that is appropriate for the individual student.
      HomeworkDaily practice (15-30 minutes or more)
      PrerequisitesNone
      MaterialsStudents will need their own instrument. Instructor is able to provide information for the purchase of a quality, beginning level instrument; needed before the start of class.
      Hal Leonard guitar method books 1-3
      Binder with Lined paper
      Tablature paper
      DescriptionAs a music teacher Spencer values learning by improvisation, and emphasizes creativity and having fun. He has had experience teaching a large range of ages, and focuses on tailoring lessons to the needs and abilities of each individual student.
      Evaluations will be provided halfway through the semester, as well as at the end.

      PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
      Instructor BioSpencer Hanson has been playing music avidly for the last 13 years. He attended Eastern Michigan University’s School of Music, with his main instrument being the classical guitar. During his time at EMU, Spencer was a member of multiple jazz combos, where he played electric jazz guitar, as well as electric and double bass. With these jazz combos he has performed at events such as the Eastern Michigan University Regent’s Dinner, the Ann Arbor Art Fair, 5:01 Jazz in Ann Arbor, and the Michigan Jazz Festival. Spencer is also part of a local band that has played numerous shows in states across the Midwest.
      As a music teacher Spencer values learning by improvisation, and emphasizes creativity and having fun. He has had experience teaching a large range of ages, and focuses on tailoring lessons to the needs and abilities of each individual student.
      Additional InformationPROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
      Professional Class?Professional
      Explorers' Professional Class Description

      Private Voice/Piano Lessons

      DisciplineMusic
      Age GroupsK4/5, 1st/2nd Grade, 3rd/4th Grade, 5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
      Age (Notes)Piano lessons are for all ages, K-12

      Voice lessons are for middle school and high school students.
      Instructor NameTrish Pino
      Tuition/Materials Fees$255/$5 fee for music
      Class Size1 to 2
      Class Length1 semester(s)
      Class RoomSanctuary
      CurriculumVoice: Christian contemporary, musical theatre, classical music or requested titles

      Piano: Faber and Faber Piano curriculum, supplemental songs
      HomeworkPractice 15 minutes/ 5 days
      PrerequisitesVoice: a love for singing.

      Piano: an iterest in learning to play or strengthening skills on the piano.
      MaterialsVoice/Piano: $5-15 fee will be assessed by instructor if student needs to purchase a new book. Plan on one book/semester
      DescriptionLessons are available 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th. There are two openings per hour as these are 1/2 hour lessons.
      In voice, students will learn how to properly use their voice in order to strengthen and grow it in a healthy way, as well as build a personal repertoire. The goal will be to customize each lesson to the skill level of the student and focus on all aspects of performance such as diction, phrasing, stage presence, breathing, artistic expression, etc.

      For piano, students will learn proper technique at the piano, how to hold their hands and wrists, sit correctly, and how to use their fingers. They will be given exercises and songs to practice during the week which will strengthen their fingers and enforce proper techniques learned. Students will also learn to read music and basic music theory. Piano is a great starter instrument since many of the skills will translate to other instruments.

      If desired, both voice and piano students will have the opportunity to perform in the Extravaganza.

      Class expectations will be given at the beginning of the semester and evaluations will be provided halfway through the semester, as well as at the end.

      PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
      Instructor BioInstructor Bio
      Trish Pino earned her Bachelor’s of Music in Music Education from the State University of NY at Fredonia and is certified in K-12 Vocal and General Music.  She then took a one year placement as a 6th-12th grade vocal and general music teacher.  After that, she studied at Belmont University and received her Master’s of Music in Music Education with a concentration in Vocal and Secondary Education.  After receiving her Master’s degree, she taught for 5 years at Currey Ingram Academy in Nashville, TN where she was responsible for 5th-6th grade general music classes, choir, and band.  She also has over 13 years of experience as a private piano and voice teacher.  Mrs. Pino served as the Music Director at Keystone Church in Saline for 4 years and now has her own practice of private piano and voice students.  
      Additional InformationThese are 1/2 hour lessons. You will need to talk with the instructor about which half of the hour you would like. Please note: each semester the student will receive 11 lessons. On the 12th week, the student will be expected to stay in the sanctuary in order to rehearse for the Extravaganza. If your child does not participate in the Extravaganza, he/she should not plan on a lesson that week; although if the sanctuary is empty and Mrs.Pino is not required for Extravaganza rehearsals, you may be able to do some singing/piano. Additionally, there is a possibility that a fee will be assessed for an accompanist for the Extravaganza, if necessary. Typical accompanist fees vary.
      (Please note: priority enrollment for 2nd semester will be given to those enrolled during 1st semester)

      PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
      Professional Class?Professional
      Explorers' Professional Class Description

      Private Piano Lessons

      DisciplineFine Arts
      Age GroupsK4/5, 1st/2nd Grade, 3rd/4th Grade, 5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
      Age (Notes)Do not need to know how to read, just be able to recognize letter A-G and numbers 1-5
      Instructor NameRonni Brennan
      Tuition/Materials Fees$255/$5
      Class Size1 to 2
      Class Length1 semester(s)
      Class Room106
      HomeworkRonni believes that practice is always required to grow musically, but she also knows that if a student isn't having fun with lessons and the piano, learning is likely to not happen. Practicing is highly encouraged, but she does not require "practice logs" as part of the learning process. Ronni offers rewards to motivate her students and encourages parents to offer a space for their child to practice at home. It's has been Ronni's experience that much musical material is remembered when the student is in a stress-free environment and is in a "playful mindset" while playing the piano. Practicing will happen when the student is enjoying the piano.
      MaterialsRonni uses the Bastien Piano Basics curriculum. There are four books - piano, performance, technique and theory. All levels are available. She also takes into consideration what each student enjoys playing and implements those genres of music in lessons.
      DescriptionDuring the 30 minute private lesson, students will learn musical theory, scales and performance songs. Ronni believes in providing a solid musical foundation where students learn to read music and can eventually play any song they desire, not just copy/memorize a piece or two. All skill levels are welcome. Classes are taught in a stress-free environment with an encouraging attitude and positive motivation. Each lesson is also tailored to the student's interests and abilities.

      Class expectations will be given at the beginning of the semester and evaluations will be provided halfway through the semester, as well as at the end.

      PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
      Instructor BioPiano has been a part of Ronni Wilson's life since she began taking lessons at the age of three. She continued lessons until she left for college where she became a certified elementary school teacher. Throughout her college career at Eastern Michigan University, she was a member of the symphonic band and marching band from 1989 to 1993. In 1990, she became Eastern Michigan University's first female Drum Major of the then EMU Marching Hurons.

      After teaching fourth grade for four years, Ronni decided to become a stay-at-home mom and teach a few piano lessons. She began with two students in 1999. She now has over 40 students and absolutely loves her job!

      Ronni has done community musical theater, plays piano and sings in her church worship band, and plays and sings with her sister at a variety of church and community functions.

      Outside of teaching, Ronni enjoys being with her family, reading, knitting, baking bread, spending time and having fun with friends and jumping rope!
      Additional InformationLessons will begin the second half of first hour (9:25 a.m.)

      PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
      Professional Class?Professional
      Explorers' Professional Class Description

      Private Violin/Voice Lessons

      DisciplineFine Arts
      Age GroupsPreschool - Three-year-olds, K4/5, 1st/2nd Grade, 3rd/4th Grade, 5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
      Age (Notes)Students age 3-6 must have a parent accompany them to the lesson. Parents of students older than 6 are also invited to sit in on the lesson if they like.
      Instructor NameKate Talo
      Tuition/Materials Fees$240/$0
      Class Size1 to 2
      Class Length1 semester(s)
      Class Room1
      HomeworkPractice 15-30 minutes of daily practice.
      DescriptionEach lesson will be a private, weekly, 30 minute tutoring session where students will receive individualized instruction, feedback and practice on their instrument/voice. Students will benefit most if they commit to 15 - 20 (30 for older students) minutes of daily practice of assigned
      work. My goal is to create a comfortable, fun environment where students feel free to make mistakes and learn from them, hopefully avoiding too much frustration which can lead to discouragement and quitting.

      I will choose appropriate materials needed to be purchased throughout the semester and school year.
      PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
      Instructor BioI have a Bachelors Degree in Music Education and have been teaching or caring for children since
      my graduation in 1998. My experience includes, most recently, teaching private voice, violin and piano, and previously working in public and private schools as a music teacher for grades ranging from Kindergarten to 12th grade. I also have experience as
      a nanny and preschool teacher.
      Additional InformationPROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
      Professional Class?Professional
      Explorers' Professional Class Description

      Private Reading Tutor

      DisciplineLanguage Arts
      Age Groups1st/2nd Grade, 3rd/4th Grade, 5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
      Instructor NameMarsha Comella
      Tuition/Materials Fees$420/$50 Evaluation and curriculum material
      Class Size1 to 1
      Class Length1 semester(s)
      Class RoomDownstairs Office
      CurriculumOrton Gillingham curriculum for students who are dyslexic or are having other difficulties learning to read.
      HomeworkStudents will be given reading, spelling or writing work to reinforce concepts being taught.
      PrerequisitesTesting evaluations to be conducted in early September.
      MaterialsFee to evaluate student for reading fluency, as well as develop a tutoring plan.
      DescriptionHave you ever wondered if your child is dyslexic or has other learning challenges? Have a personal inventory test done to look at these possibilities. Tutoring sessions are 55 minutes long. Evaluations will be done at the beginning of September.
      1st hour is in classroom 8/9
      3rd hour is in classroom 4/5
      PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
      Instructor BioMarsha has a degree in Special Education and is Orton Gillingham trained. She has been tutoring students of all ages in reading and writing for 25 years. She has tutored many students who have struggled with dyslexia, autism and other learning challenges. She has worked with public, private and homeschooled children. She has homeschooled her own four children and looks forward to helping you succeed with your children.
      Additional InformationAll lessons are explicitly designed for your student each week.
      Professional Class?Professional
      Class Description

      Explorations in Art 2

      Age Groups3rd/4th Grade, 5th/6th Grade
      Instructor NameLinda Selby
      Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$20
      Class Size4 to 12
      Class Length1 semester(s)
      Class Room10/11
      DescriptionWe will be exploring art hands-on with multiple mediums and techniques. Water colors, oil pastels, foil, resist techniques, drawing games, 3-D art and more. Each student will also have the opportunity to keep an art journal/sketch book.
      Instructor BioLinda has homeschooled for the past 14 years. She has a BA in Business Administration with a major in Accounting and an MBA. She is the owner of the Dexter Blueberry Farm. She loves to do crafts in her spare time.
      Class Description

      Tolkien Book Club

      Age Groups5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
      Instructor NameKirsten Moran
      Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$0
      Class Size4 to 12
      Class Length1 semester(s)
      Class Room30
      HomeworkWe will read 3-4 chapters per week.
      MaterialsEach student will need their own copy of The Two Towers and The Return of the King.
      DescriptionThis is a continuation of first semester, but new students are welcome. We'll be reading The Two Towers and The Return of the King.
      Instructor BioKirsten has been homeschooling for seven years. She loves that she has found something to do with her history degree. She loves to read, especially historical fiction.
      Explorers' Professional Class Description

      Robot Builders Extravaganza

      DisciplineComputer science
      Age Groups3rd/4th Grade, 5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade
      Age (Notes)For grades 4-8
      Instructor NameKatie Tilton
      Tuition/Materials Fees$80/$25 Rental fee
      Class Size8 to 14
      Class Length1 semester(s)
      Class Room28/29
      DescriptionBuilders Extravaganza is buffet for the LEGO building connoisseur. We have designs for all levels of interest and imagination. Of course these designs can be altered to fit the LEGO builders imaginative needs. The best part of this course besides the building is that we make these designs come alive using the LEGO Mindstorms NXT robot. Our designs move, walk, slither, roll, balance and even launch! Some of our designs include a robotic puppy, electric guitar, ball shooter, humanoid, Johnny 5 robot, mini-catapult, segway balance bot, spy rover, flipping robot gymnast, remote control car, voice control car, bumper car, crazy lawnmower, rattlesnake and many more.
      PROFESSIONAL FEES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION ENDS.
      Instructor BioKatie Tilton is the owner of the educational company Brain Monkeys.  She has a B.A. from Hollins College and a teaching certificate from Adrian College.  Katie has been teaching for over 10 years throughout southeastern Michigan and offers classes both in and out of the traditional school setting but enjoys working with homeschool students the most! Brain Monkeys Academy and Katie can be found at www.BrainMonkeys.com.
      Additional InformationPROFESSIONAL FEES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
      Professional Class?Professional
      Class Description

      Gym Games

      Age Groups3rd/4th Grade, 5th/6th Grade
      Instructor NameMichele Knezek
      Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$0
      Class Size5 to 15
      Class Length1 semester(s)
      Class RoomGym
      DescriptionWarm up exercises and fun games and activities in the gym.


      3rd hour

      Explorers' Professional Class Description

      Private Guitar Lessons

      DisciplineMusic
      Age Groups1st/2nd Grade, 3rd/4th Grade, 5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
      Instructor NameSpencer Hanson
      Tuition/Materials Fees$297/$0
      Class Size1 to 2
      Class Length1 semester(s)
      Class RoomLibrary
      CurriculumSyllabus is tailored to fit the learning style, musical interest, and pace that is appropriate for the individual student.
      HomeworkDaily practice (15-30 minutes or more)
      PrerequisitesNone
      MaterialsStudents will need their own instrument. Instructor is able to provide information for the purchase of a quality, beginning level instrument; needed before the start of class.
      Hal Leonard guitar method books 1-3
      Binder with Lined paper
      Tablature paper
      DescriptionAs a music teacher Spencer values learning by improvisation, and emphasizes creativity and having fun. He has had experience teaching a large range of ages, and focuses on tailoring lessons to the needs and abilities of each individual student.
      Evaluations will be provided halfway through the semester, as well as at the end.

      PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
      Instructor BioSpencer Hanson has been playing music avidly for the last 13 years. He attended Eastern Michigan University’s School of Music, with his main instrument being the classical guitar. During his time at EMU, Spencer was a member of multiple jazz combos, where he played electric jazz guitar, as well as electric and double bass. With these jazz combos he has performed at events such as the Eastern Michigan University Regent’s Dinner, the Ann Arbor Art Fair, 5:01 Jazz in Ann Arbor, and the Michigan Jazz Festival. Spencer is also part of a local band that has played numerous shows in states across the Midwest.
      As a music teacher Spencer values learning by improvisation, and emphasizes creativity and having fun. He has had experience teaching a large range of ages, and focuses on tailoring lessons to the needs and abilities of each individual student.
      Additional InformationPROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
      Professional Class?Professional
      Explorers' Professional Class Description

      Private Voice/Piano Lessons

      DisciplineMusic
      Age GroupsK4/5, 1st/2nd Grade, 3rd/4th Grade, 5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
      Age (Notes)Piano lessons are for all ages, K-12

      Voice lessons are for middle school and high school students.
      Instructor NameTrish Pino
      Tuition/Materials Fees$255/$5 fee for music
      Class Size1 to 2
      Class Length1 semester(s)
      Class RoomSanctuary
      CurriculumVoice: Christian contemporary, musical theatre, classical music or requested titles

      Piano: Faber and Faber Piano curriculum, supplemental songs
      HomeworkPractice 15 minutes/ 5 days
      PrerequisitesVoice: a love for singing.

      Piano: an iterest in learning to play or strengthening skills on the piano.
      MaterialsVoice/Piano: $5-15 fee will be assessed by instructor if student needs to purchase a new book. Plan on one book/semester
      DescriptionLessons are available 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th. There are two openings per hour as these are 1/2 hour lessons.
      In voice, students will learn how to properly use their voice in order to strengthen and grow it in a healthy way, as well as build a personal repertoire. The goal will be to customize each lesson to the skill level of the student and focus on all aspects of performance such as diction, phrasing, stage presence, breathing, artistic expression, etc.

      For piano, students will learn proper technique at the piano, how to hold their hands and wrists, sit correctly, and how to use their fingers. They will be given exercises and songs to practice during the week which will strengthen their fingers and enforce proper techniques learned. Students will also learn to read music and basic music theory. Piano is a great starter instrument since many of the skills will translate to other instruments.

      If desired, both voice and piano students will have the opportunity to perform in the Extravaganza.

      Class expectations will be given at the beginning of the semester and evaluations will be provided halfway through the semester, as well as at the end.

      PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
      Instructor BioInstructor Bio
      Trish Pino earned her Bachelor’s of Music in Music Education from the State University of NY at Fredonia and is certified in K-12 Vocal and General Music.  She then took a one year placement as a 6th-12th grade vocal and general music teacher.  After that, she studied at Belmont University and received her Master’s of Music in Music Education with a concentration in Vocal and Secondary Education.  After receiving her Master’s degree, she taught for 5 years at Currey Ingram Academy in Nashville, TN where she was responsible for 5th-6th grade general music classes, choir, and band.  She also has over 13 years of experience as a private piano and voice teacher.  Mrs. Pino served as the Music Director at Keystone Church in Saline for 4 years and now has her own practice of private piano and voice students.  
      Additional InformationThese are 1/2 hour lessons. You will need to talk with the instructor about which half of the hour you would like. Please note: each semester the student will receive 11 lessons. On the 12th week, the student will be expected to stay in the sanctuary in order to rehearse for the Extravaganza. If your child does not participate in the Extravaganza, he/she should not plan on a lesson that week; although if the sanctuary is empty and Mrs.Pino is not required for Extravaganza rehearsals, you may be able to do some singing/piano. Additionally, there is a possibility that a fee will be assessed for an accompanist for the Extravaganza, if necessary. Typical accompanist fees vary.
      (Please note: priority enrollment for 2nd semester will be given to those enrolled during 1st semester)

      PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
      Professional Class?Professional
      Explorers' Professional Class Description

      Private Piano Lessons

      DisciplineFine Arts
      Age GroupsK4/5, 1st/2nd Grade, 3rd/4th Grade, 5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
      Age (Notes)Do not need to know how to read, just be able to recognize letter A-G and numbers 1-5
      Instructor NameRonni Brennan
      Tuition/Materials Fees$255/$5
      Class Size1 to 2
      Class Length1 semester(s)
      Class Room106
      HomeworkRonni believes that practice is always required to grow musically, but she also knows that if a student isn't having fun with lessons and the piano, learning is likely to not happen. Practicing is highly encouraged, but she does not require "practice logs" as part of the learning process. Ronni offers rewards to motivate her students and encourages parents to offer a space for their child to practice at home. It's has been Ronni's experience that much musical material is remembered when the student is in a stress-free environment and is in a "playful mindset" while playing the piano. Practicing will happen when the student is enjoying the piano.
      MaterialsRonni uses the Bastien Piano Basics curriculum. There are four books - piano, performance, technique and theory. All levels are available. She also takes into consideration what each student enjoys playing and implements those genres of music in lessons.
      DescriptionDuring the 30 minute private lesson, students will learn musical theory, scales and performance songs. Ronni believes in providing a solid musical foundation where students learn to read music and can eventually play any song they desire, not just copy/memorize a piece or two. All skill levels are welcome. Classes are taught in a stress-free environment with an encouraging attitude and positive motivation. Each lesson is also tailored to the student's interests and abilities.

      Class expectations will be given at the beginning of the semester and evaluations will be provided halfway through the semester, as well as at the end.

      PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
      Instructor BioPiano has been a part of Ronni Wilson's life since she began taking lessons at the age of three. She continued lessons until she left for college where she became a certified elementary school teacher. Throughout her college career at Eastern Michigan University, she was a member of the symphonic band and marching band from 1989 to 1993. In 1990, she became Eastern Michigan University's first female Drum Major of the then EMU Marching Hurons.

      After teaching fourth grade for four years, Ronni decided to become a stay-at-home mom and teach a few piano lessons. She began with two students in 1999. She now has over 40 students and absolutely loves her job!

      Ronni has done community musical theater, plays piano and sings in her church worship band, and plays and sings with her sister at a variety of church and community functions.

      Outside of teaching, Ronni enjoys being with her family, reading, knitting, baking bread, spending time and having fun with friends and jumping rope!
      Additional InformationLessons will begin the second half of first hour (9:25 a.m.)

      PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
      Professional Class?Professional
      Explorers' Professional Class Description

      Private Violin/Voice Lessons

      DisciplineFine Arts
      Age GroupsPreschool - Three-year-olds, K4/5, 1st/2nd Grade, 3rd/4th Grade, 5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
      Age (Notes)Students age 3-6 must have a parent accompany them to the lesson. Parents of students older than 6 are also invited to sit in on the lesson if they like.
      Instructor NameKate Talo
      Tuition/Materials Fees$240/$0
      Class Size1 to 2
      Class Length1 semester(s)
      Class Room1
      HomeworkPractice 15-30 minutes of daily practice.
      DescriptionEach lesson will be a private, weekly, 30 minute tutoring session where students will receive individualized instruction, feedback and practice on their instrument/voice. Students will benefit most if they commit to 15 - 20 (30 for older students) minutes of daily practice of assigned
      work. My goal is to create a comfortable, fun environment where students feel free to make mistakes and learn from them, hopefully avoiding too much frustration which can lead to discouragement and quitting.

      I will choose appropriate materials needed to be purchased throughout the semester and school year.
      PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
      Instructor BioI have a Bachelors Degree in Music Education and have been teaching or caring for children since
      my graduation in 1998. My experience includes, most recently, teaching private voice, violin and piano, and previously working in public and private schools as a music teacher for grades ranging from Kindergarten to 12th grade. I also have experience as
      a nanny and preschool teacher.
      Additional InformationPROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
      Professional Class?Professional
      Explorers' Professional Class Description

      Private Reading Tutor

      DisciplineLanguage Arts
      Age Groups1st/2nd Grade, 3rd/4th Grade, 5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
      Instructor NameMarsha Comella
      Tuition/Materials Fees$420/$50 Evaluation and curriculum material
      Class Size1 to 1
      Class Length1 semester(s)
      Class RoomDownstairs Office
      CurriculumOrton Gillingham curriculum for students who are dyslexic or are having other difficulties learning to read.
      HomeworkStudents will be given reading, spelling or writing work to reinforce concepts being taught.
      PrerequisitesTesting evaluations to be conducted in early September.
      MaterialsFee to evaluate student for reading fluency, as well as develop a tutoring plan.
      DescriptionHave you ever wondered if your child is dyslexic or has other learning challenges? Have a personal inventory test done to look at these possibilities. Tutoring sessions are 55 minutes long. Evaluations will be done at the beginning of September.
      1st hour is in classroom 8/9
      3rd hour is in classroom 4/5
      PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
      Instructor BioMarsha has a degree in Special Education and is Orton Gillingham trained. She has been tutoring students of all ages in reading and writing for 25 years. She has tutored many students who have struggled with dyslexia, autism and other learning challenges. She has worked with public, private and homeschooled children. She has homeschooled her own four children and looks forward to helping you succeed with your children.
      Additional InformationAll lessons are explicitly designed for your student each week.
      Professional Class?Professional
      Class Description

      Apologia Exploring Creation with Anatomy and Physiology

      Age Groups5th/6th Grade
      Instructor NameSarah Greene
      Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$0
      Class Size4 to 12
      Class Length2 semester(s)
      Class Room22/34
      HomeworkIt is expected that each student read or at least skim the required reading before class starts. If the material seems hard to your student, please have them pick a section that interests them most so that they can participate in class discussions. I will also assign notebooking pages so that the notebooks actually get used.
      Materialsbook: Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology, by Jeannie Fulbright published by Apologia and journal. Please purchase text book and journal prior to beginning of class. Books can be found at CBD.com or Amazon.
      Description“I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made!” Psalm 139.14 Come learn about the intricate workings of the human body; from DNA and cell structure through 8 different body systems. We will be spending our time doing the book’s suggested experiments in class and writing about them in the journal. Although this is not memorization heavy, students should be familiar with the vocabulary used in the book as we will use it in class discussion and games. This is a reading heavy science curriculum. All reading should be done prior to class
      We are essentially squishing a 36 week course into 24 weeks. This class will be intense at times. If you plan to finish all the hours during the co-op year you may need to plan on 3.5 hours of homework per week. If you plan to stretch this class to a more comfortable pace for your student please feel free to do so as this is not a graded class.
      Class Description

      Fun with Photography

      Age Groups3rd/4th Grade, 5th/6th Grade
      Instructor NameTerisa Tengler
      Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$10 For frame and printing
      Class Size4 to 10
      Class Length1 semester(s)
      Class Room26
      MaterialsYou will need access to a camera. Preferably one you can bring to class. Coop does have a couple if you don't, but they cannot be taken home. So at least a phone camera that takes decent pictures at home. Parents please teach your child about how to use your own camera before class, like the on button, how to open it and any special features so I don't need to spend time on each specific camera in class. I'll teach them about the inner workings of a camera.
      DescriptionYou will learn about how to take good pictures in this class. There will be class time to learn how and walking around taking pictures. We'll start with how a camera works and some of the extras in using it. Then you will learn things to help you take good pictures and techniques for doing it and having fun with it.
      You will need access to a camera. Preferably one you can bring to class. Coop does have a couple if you don't, but they cannot be taken home. So at least a phone camera that takes decent pictures at home. Parents please teach your child about how to use your own camera before class, like the on button, how to open it and any special features so I don't need to spend time on each specific camera in class. I'll teach them about the inner workings of a camera.
      Instructor BioTerisa started drawing at 5 years old from watching her mother who could draw beautifully. Terisa has won awards throughout her school and career for drawing, architectural design and drawing, and photography. In college she was able to study alongside artists like Sam Houston who is well known for his beautiful watercolor landscapes. She graduated from Carson Newman College with a BA in photography and art. She was in the Who's Who for college photography the year she graduated.
      She taught photography for a large camp. Worked as a portrait photographer for many years. She has done commissioned oil painting and taught acrylics and painting in homeschool groups. She also is in the planning stages of a business/ministry teaching acrylics to women in churches that will have a spiritual discussion.
      She recently has connected with her extended family in Sweden and realized artistic abilities run in the family. Many of them and their ancestors are artist as well. They even have their own family fb page dedicated just to share their artistic endeavors.
      Class Description

      Cartooning Basics

      Age Groups5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade
      Instructor NameCory Hinman
      Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$25
      Class Size2 to 10
      Class Length1 semester(s)
      Class Room30
      DescriptionIn Cartooning Basics, we will learn basic perspective and figure sketching. A special focus will be placed on comic book "story-telling'; how we make the the choices that cause the small individual frames ("panels") on a typical comic page to "flow" from one to the next in an interesting, even exciting manner. Students are encouraged to bring their favorite comics/graphic novels to class for discussion, otherwise materials provided.


      4th hour

      Explorers' Professional Class Description

      Private Guitar Lessons

      DisciplineMusic
      Age Groups1st/2nd Grade, 3rd/4th Grade, 5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
      Instructor NameSpencer Hanson
      Tuition/Materials Fees$297/$0
      Class Size1 to 2
      Class Length1 semester(s)
      Class RoomLibrary
      CurriculumSyllabus is tailored to fit the learning style, musical interest, and pace that is appropriate for the individual student.
      HomeworkDaily practice (15-30 minutes or more)
      PrerequisitesNone
      MaterialsStudents will need their own instrument. Instructor is able to provide information for the purchase of a quality, beginning level instrument; needed before the start of class.
      Hal Leonard guitar method books 1-3
      Binder with Lined paper
      Tablature paper
      DescriptionAs a music teacher Spencer values learning by improvisation, and emphasizes creativity and having fun. He has had experience teaching a large range of ages, and focuses on tailoring lessons to the needs and abilities of each individual student.
      Evaluations will be provided halfway through the semester, as well as at the end.

      PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
      Instructor BioSpencer Hanson has been playing music avidly for the last 13 years. He attended Eastern Michigan University’s School of Music, with his main instrument being the classical guitar. During his time at EMU, Spencer was a member of multiple jazz combos, where he played electric jazz guitar, as well as electric and double bass. With these jazz combos he has performed at events such as the Eastern Michigan University Regent’s Dinner, the Ann Arbor Art Fair, 5:01 Jazz in Ann Arbor, and the Michigan Jazz Festival. Spencer is also part of a local band that has played numerous shows in states across the Midwest.
      As a music teacher Spencer values learning by improvisation, and emphasizes creativity and having fun. He has had experience teaching a large range of ages, and focuses on tailoring lessons to the needs and abilities of each individual student.
      Additional InformationPROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
      Professional Class?Professional
      Explorers' Professional Class Description

      Private Voice/Piano Lessons

      DisciplineMusic
      Age GroupsK4/5, 1st/2nd Grade, 3rd/4th Grade, 5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
      Age (Notes)Piano lessons are for all ages, K-12

      Voice lessons are for middle school and high school students.
      Instructor NameTrish Pino
      Tuition/Materials Fees$255/$5 fee for music
      Class Size1 to 2
      Class Length1 semester(s)
      Class RoomSanctuary
      CurriculumVoice: Christian contemporary, musical theatre, classical music or requested titles

      Piano: Faber and Faber Piano curriculum, supplemental songs
      HomeworkPractice 15 minutes/ 5 days
      PrerequisitesVoice: a love for singing.

      Piano: an iterest in learning to play or strengthening skills on the piano.
      MaterialsVoice/Piano: $5-15 fee will be assessed by instructor if student needs to purchase a new book. Plan on one book/semester
      DescriptionLessons are available 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th. There are two openings per hour as these are 1/2 hour lessons.
      In voice, students will learn how to properly use their voice in order to strengthen and grow it in a healthy way, as well as build a personal repertoire. The goal will be to customize each lesson to the skill level of the student and focus on all aspects of performance such as diction, phrasing, stage presence, breathing, artistic expression, etc.

      For piano, students will learn proper technique at the piano, how to hold their hands and wrists, sit correctly, and how to use their fingers. They will be given exercises and songs to practice during the week which will strengthen their fingers and enforce proper techniques learned. Students will also learn to read music and basic music theory. Piano is a great starter instrument since many of the skills will translate to other instruments.

      If desired, both voice and piano students will have the opportunity to perform in the Extravaganza.

      Class expectations will be given at the beginning of the semester and evaluations will be provided halfway through the semester, as well as at the end.

      PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
      Instructor BioInstructor Bio
      Trish Pino earned her Bachelor’s of Music in Music Education from the State University of NY at Fredonia and is certified in K-12 Vocal and General Music.  She then took a one year placement as a 6th-12th grade vocal and general music teacher.  After that, she studied at Belmont University and received her Master’s of Music in Music Education with a concentration in Vocal and Secondary Education.  After receiving her Master’s degree, she taught for 5 years at Currey Ingram Academy in Nashville, TN where she was responsible for 5th-6th grade general music classes, choir, and band.  She also has over 13 years of experience as a private piano and voice teacher.  Mrs. Pino served as the Music Director at Keystone Church in Saline for 4 years and now has her own practice of private piano and voice students.  
      Additional InformationThese are 1/2 hour lessons. You will need to talk with the instructor about which half of the hour you would like. Please note: each semester the student will receive 11 lessons. On the 12th week, the student will be expected to stay in the sanctuary in order to rehearse for the Extravaganza. If your child does not participate in the Extravaganza, he/she should not plan on a lesson that week; although if the sanctuary is empty and Mrs.Pino is not required for Extravaganza rehearsals, you may be able to do some singing/piano. Additionally, there is a possibility that a fee will be assessed for an accompanist for the Extravaganza, if necessary. Typical accompanist fees vary.
      (Please note: priority enrollment for 2nd semester will be given to those enrolled during 1st semester)

      PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
      Professional Class?Professional
      Explorers' Professional Class Description

      Private Piano Lessons

      DisciplineFine Arts
      Age GroupsK4/5, 1st/2nd Grade, 3rd/4th Grade, 5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
      Age (Notes)Do not need to know how to read, just be able to recognize letter A-G and numbers 1-5
      Instructor NameRonni Brennan
      Tuition/Materials Fees$255/$5
      Class Size1 to 2
      Class Length1 semester(s)
      Class Room106
      HomeworkRonni believes that practice is always required to grow musically, but she also knows that if a student isn't having fun with lessons and the piano, learning is likely to not happen. Practicing is highly encouraged, but she does not require "practice logs" as part of the learning process. Ronni offers rewards to motivate her students and encourages parents to offer a space for their child to practice at home. It's has been Ronni's experience that much musical material is remembered when the student is in a stress-free environment and is in a "playful mindset" while playing the piano. Practicing will happen when the student is enjoying the piano.
      MaterialsRonni uses the Bastien Piano Basics curriculum. There are four books - piano, performance, technique and theory. All levels are available. She also takes into consideration what each student enjoys playing and implements those genres of music in lessons.
      DescriptionDuring the 30 minute private lesson, students will learn musical theory, scales and performance songs. Ronni believes in providing a solid musical foundation where students learn to read music and can eventually play any song they desire, not just copy/memorize a piece or two. All skill levels are welcome. Classes are taught in a stress-free environment with an encouraging attitude and positive motivation. Each lesson is also tailored to the student's interests and abilities.

      Class expectations will be given at the beginning of the semester and evaluations will be provided halfway through the semester, as well as at the end.

      PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
      Instructor BioPiano has been a part of Ronni Wilson's life since she began taking lessons at the age of three. She continued lessons until she left for college where she became a certified elementary school teacher. Throughout her college career at Eastern Michigan University, she was a member of the symphonic band and marching band from 1989 to 1993. In 1990, she became Eastern Michigan University's first female Drum Major of the then EMU Marching Hurons.

      After teaching fourth grade for four years, Ronni decided to become a stay-at-home mom and teach a few piano lessons. She began with two students in 1999. She now has over 40 students and absolutely loves her job!

      Ronni has done community musical theater, plays piano and sings in her church worship band, and plays and sings with her sister at a variety of church and community functions.

      Outside of teaching, Ronni enjoys being with her family, reading, knitting, baking bread, spending time and having fun with friends and jumping rope!
      Additional InformationLessons will begin the second half of first hour (9:25 a.m.)

      PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
      Professional Class?Professional
      Explorers' Professional Class Description

      Private Reading Tutor

      DisciplineLanguage Arts
      Age Groups1st/2nd Grade, 3rd/4th Grade, 5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
      Instructor NameMarsha Comella
      Tuition/Materials Fees$420/$50 Evaluation and curriculum material
      Class Size1 to 1
      Class Length1 semester(s)
      Class RoomDownstairs Office
      CurriculumOrton Gillingham curriculum for students who are dyslexic or are having other difficulties learning to read.
      HomeworkStudents will be given reading, spelling or writing work to reinforce concepts being taught.
      PrerequisitesTesting evaluations to be conducted in early September.
      MaterialsFee to evaluate student for reading fluency, as well as develop a tutoring plan.
      DescriptionHave you ever wondered if your child is dyslexic or has other learning challenges? Have a personal inventory test done to look at these possibilities. Tutoring sessions are 55 minutes long. Evaluations will be done at the beginning of September.
      1st hour is in classroom 8/9
      3rd hour is in classroom 4/5
      PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
      Instructor BioMarsha has a degree in Special Education and is Orton Gillingham trained. She has been tutoring students of all ages in reading and writing for 25 years. She has tutored many students who have struggled with dyslexia, autism and other learning challenges. She has worked with public, private and homeschooled children. She has homeschooled her own four children and looks forward to helping you succeed with your children.
      Additional InformationAll lessons are explicitly designed for your student each week.
      Professional Class?Professional
      Class Description

      MS Theatre – Acting

      DisciplinePerforming Arts
      Age Groups5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade
      Age (Notes)This class is for 6th-8th grade.
      Instructor NameAnna Valaskova
      Second Instructor NamePolly Gjernes
      Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$75
      Class Size10 to 15
      Class Length2 semester(s)
      Class Room22/34
      HomeworkThis class culminates in a performance outside regular Explorers term. There will also be Friday afternoon rehearsals during the 2nd term. Students will be required to commit to all extra rehearsals and performances. Students must spend time outside of class learning material. Students, as well as parents, will be required to assist in the technical aspects of the production as well as 5-8 fundraising events throughout the year.
      DescriptionDuring the first term, students will develop their own version of Stone Soup using improvisation, process drama and playbuilding techniques. Roles will be assigned and rehearsal will begin during 2nd term. Public performances are tentatively set for May 29&30, 2020. This production will perform in a ‘night of one-acts’ with the HS production.
      This class can be taken only 2nd semester WITH INSTRUCTORS PERMISSION.
      Instructor BioAnna has extensive experience and education in both adult and children’s theatre – directing, designing and acting; as well as teaching classes for all ages. After earning a Master of Fine Arts at EMU in Children’s Theatre, Anna directed a children’s theatre program in Salina, KS. Anna has directed and taught at every level, including university. Children have a unique talent for ‘playing’ and acting is just guiding that talent to a specific story.
      Additional InformationParents of participants will be required to participate in 5-8 fundraising events; 2 parent meetings; production work of approximately 20-30 hours over the course of the year; a production week assignment; and with set building, move-in and strike.
      Class Description

      Middle School World Geography

      DisciplineSocial Studies
      Age Groups5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade
      Age (Notes)This class lis for 6th grade-8th
      Instructor NameBonnie Godbey-Potter
      Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$25 materials
      Class Size4 to 12
      Class Length2 semester(s)
      Class Room4/5
      HomeworkThis class will have a homework assignment each week, which will usually consist of a review of the material covered in class.
      DescriptionLearning about the world we live in is essential and helps us appreciate our blessed lives. Topics covered will be Mapping, World Climate and weather patterns, physical features of our country and our world. I will also be introducing World Flags and Capitals. There will additionally be a one week quick course on finding and mapping Latitude and Longitude coordinates.
      Explorers' Professional Class Description

      A Stitch In Time

      DisciplineLife Skills
      Age Groups3rd/4th Grade, 5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
      Age (Notes)Your student should have the dexterity to learn these movements.
      Instructor NamePatti Cousino
      Tuition/Materials Fees$25/$0
      Class Size4 to 12
      Class Length1 semester(s)
      Class Room27
      HomeworkEach student will want to practice their craft at home to complete their projects
      MaterialsNeedles and yarn
      DescriptionThis is a simple class, maybe more like a club. I will teach some simple knitting techniques and help with any helps that you need. If you want to learn to crochet, then I can also do that. We will have fun. There will be time for talk, and laughter, and maybe some tea and cookies.
      PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
      Professional Class?Professional


      5th hour

      Class Description

      Active Gym Games

      DisciplinePhysical Eduation
      Age GroupsK4/5, 1st/2nd Grade, 3rd/4th Grade, 5th/6th Grade
      Age (Notes)This class is only for students K - 5th grades. Students may only take this class if they have a parent teaching a class in the afternoon at Explorers.

      Older students may take this class with permission from Team Leader and instructor only.
      Instructor NameThomas Tengler
      Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$0
      Class Size4 to 20
      Class Length1 semester(s)
      Class RoomGym
      Homeworknone
      Prerequisitesnone
      Materialsnone
      DescriptionThis is a class that emphasizes physical activity, a key to good health, by offering hands-on skills development, games, and fun for all. We plan to teach and play a range of games including sharks and minnows, capture the flag, gaga ball, kickball, soccer, basketball, etc.
      Explorers' Professional Class Description

      Private Guitar Lessons

      DisciplineMusic
      Age Groups1st/2nd Grade, 3rd/4th Grade, 5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
      Instructor NameSpencer Hanson
      Tuition/Materials Fees$297/$0
      Class Size1 to 2
      Class Length1 semester(s)
      Class RoomLibrary
      CurriculumSyllabus is tailored to fit the learning style, musical interest, and pace that is appropriate for the individual student.
      HomeworkDaily practice (15-30 minutes or more)
      PrerequisitesNone
      MaterialsStudents will need their own instrument. Instructor is able to provide information for the purchase of a quality, beginning level instrument; needed before the start of class.
      Hal Leonard guitar method books 1-3
      Binder with Lined paper
      Tablature paper
      DescriptionAs a music teacher Spencer values learning by improvisation, and emphasizes creativity and having fun. He has had experience teaching a large range of ages, and focuses on tailoring lessons to the needs and abilities of each individual student.
      Evaluations will be provided halfway through the semester, as well as at the end.

      PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
      Instructor BioSpencer Hanson has been playing music avidly for the last 13 years. He attended Eastern Michigan University’s School of Music, with his main instrument being the classical guitar. During his time at EMU, Spencer was a member of multiple jazz combos, where he played electric jazz guitar, as well as electric and double bass. With these jazz combos he has performed at events such as the Eastern Michigan University Regent’s Dinner, the Ann Arbor Art Fair, 5:01 Jazz in Ann Arbor, and the Michigan Jazz Festival. Spencer is also part of a local band that has played numerous shows in states across the Midwest.
      As a music teacher Spencer values learning by improvisation, and emphasizes creativity and having fun. He has had experience teaching a large range of ages, and focuses on tailoring lessons to the needs and abilities of each individual student.
      Additional InformationPROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
      Professional Class?Professional
      Explorers' Professional Class Description

      Private Voice/Piano Lessons

      DisciplineMusic
      Age GroupsK4/5, 1st/2nd Grade, 3rd/4th Grade, 5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
      Age (Notes)Piano lessons are for all ages, K-12

      Voice lessons are for middle school and high school students.
      Instructor NameTrish Pino
      Tuition/Materials Fees$255/$5 fee for music
      Class Size1 to 2
      Class Length1 semester(s)
      Class RoomSanctuary
      CurriculumVoice: Christian contemporary, musical theatre, classical music or requested titles

      Piano: Faber and Faber Piano curriculum, supplemental songs
      HomeworkPractice 15 minutes/ 5 days
      PrerequisitesVoice: a love for singing.

      Piano: an iterest in learning to play or strengthening skills on the piano.
      MaterialsVoice/Piano: $5-15 fee will be assessed by instructor if student needs to purchase a new book. Plan on one book/semester
      DescriptionLessons are available 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th. There are two openings per hour as these are 1/2 hour lessons.
      In voice, students will learn how to properly use their voice in order to strengthen and grow it in a healthy way, as well as build a personal repertoire. The goal will be to customize each lesson to the skill level of the student and focus on all aspects of performance such as diction, phrasing, stage presence, breathing, artistic expression, etc.

      For piano, students will learn proper technique at the piano, how to hold their hands and wrists, sit correctly, and how to use their fingers. They will be given exercises and songs to practice during the week which will strengthen their fingers and enforce proper techniques learned. Students will also learn to read music and basic music theory. Piano is a great starter instrument since many of the skills will translate to other instruments.

      If desired, both voice and piano students will have the opportunity to perform in the Extravaganza.

      Class expectations will be given at the beginning of the semester and evaluations will be provided halfway through the semester, as well as at the end.

      PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
      Instructor BioInstructor Bio
      Trish Pino earned her Bachelor’s of Music in Music Education from the State University of NY at Fredonia and is certified in K-12 Vocal and General Music.  She then took a one year placement as a 6th-12th grade vocal and general music teacher.  After that, she studied at Belmont University and received her Master’s of Music in Music Education with a concentration in Vocal and Secondary Education.  After receiving her Master’s degree, she taught for 5 years at Currey Ingram Academy in Nashville, TN where she was responsible for 5th-6th grade general music classes, choir, and band.  She also has over 13 years of experience as a private piano and voice teacher.  Mrs. Pino served as the Music Director at Keystone Church in Saline for 4 years and now has her own practice of private piano and voice students.  
      Additional InformationThese are 1/2 hour lessons. You will need to talk with the instructor about which half of the hour you would like. Please note: each semester the student will receive 11 lessons. On the 12th week, the student will be expected to stay in the sanctuary in order to rehearse for the Extravaganza. If your child does not participate in the Extravaganza, he/she should not plan on a lesson that week; although if the sanctuary is empty and Mrs.Pino is not required for Extravaganza rehearsals, you may be able to do some singing/piano. Additionally, there is a possibility that a fee will be assessed for an accompanist for the Extravaganza, if necessary. Typical accompanist fees vary.
      (Please note: priority enrollment for 2nd semester will be given to those enrolled during 1st semester)

      PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
      Professional Class?Professional
      Explorers' Professional Class Description

      Private Piano Lessons

      DisciplineFine Arts
      Age GroupsK4/5, 1st/2nd Grade, 3rd/4th Grade, 5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
      Age (Notes)Do not need to know how to read, just be able to recognize letter A-G and numbers 1-5
      Instructor NameRonni Brennan
      Tuition/Materials Fees$255/$5
      Class Size1 to 2
      Class Length1 semester(s)
      Class Room106
      HomeworkRonni believes that practice is always required to grow musically, but she also knows that if a student isn't having fun with lessons and the piano, learning is likely to not happen. Practicing is highly encouraged, but she does not require "practice logs" as part of the learning process. Ronni offers rewards to motivate her students and encourages parents to offer a space for their child to practice at home. It's has been Ronni's experience that much musical material is remembered when the student is in a stress-free environment and is in a "playful mindset" while playing the piano. Practicing will happen when the student is enjoying the piano.
      MaterialsRonni uses the Bastien Piano Basics curriculum. There are four books - piano, performance, technique and theory. All levels are available. She also takes into consideration what each student enjoys playing and implements those genres of music in lessons.
      DescriptionDuring the 30 minute private lesson, students will learn musical theory, scales and performance songs. Ronni believes in providing a solid musical foundation where students learn to read music and can eventually play any song they desire, not just copy/memorize a piece or two. All skill levels are welcome. Classes are taught in a stress-free environment with an encouraging attitude and positive motivation. Each lesson is also tailored to the student's interests and abilities.

      Class expectations will be given at the beginning of the semester and evaluations will be provided halfway through the semester, as well as at the end.

      PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
      Instructor BioPiano has been a part of Ronni Wilson's life since she began taking lessons at the age of three. She continued lessons until she left for college where she became a certified elementary school teacher. Throughout her college career at Eastern Michigan University, she was a member of the symphonic band and marching band from 1989 to 1993. In 1990, she became Eastern Michigan University's first female Drum Major of the then EMU Marching Hurons.

      After teaching fourth grade for four years, Ronni decided to become a stay-at-home mom and teach a few piano lessons. She began with two students in 1999. She now has over 40 students and absolutely loves her job!

      Ronni has done community musical theater, plays piano and sings in her church worship band, and plays and sings with her sister at a variety of church and community functions.

      Outside of teaching, Ronni enjoys being with her family, reading, knitting, baking bread, spending time and having fun with friends and jumping rope!
      Additional InformationLessons will begin the second half of first hour (9:25 a.m.)

      PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
      Professional Class?Professional
      Explorers' Professional Class Description

      Private Reading Tutor

      DisciplineLanguage Arts
      Age Groups1st/2nd Grade, 3rd/4th Grade, 5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
      Instructor NameMarsha Comella
      Tuition/Materials Fees$420/$50 Evaluation and curriculum material
      Class Size1 to 1
      Class Length1 semester(s)
      Class RoomDownstairs Office
      CurriculumOrton Gillingham curriculum for students who are dyslexic or are having other difficulties learning to read.
      HomeworkStudents will be given reading, spelling or writing work to reinforce concepts being taught.
      PrerequisitesTesting evaluations to be conducted in early September.
      MaterialsFee to evaluate student for reading fluency, as well as develop a tutoring plan.
      DescriptionHave you ever wondered if your child is dyslexic or has other learning challenges? Have a personal inventory test done to look at these possibilities. Tutoring sessions are 55 minutes long. Evaluations will be done at the beginning of September.
      1st hour is in classroom 8/9
      3rd hour is in classroom 4/5
      PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
      Instructor BioMarsha has a degree in Special Education and is Orton Gillingham trained. She has been tutoring students of all ages in reading and writing for 25 years. She has tutored many students who have struggled with dyslexia, autism and other learning challenges. She has worked with public, private and homeschooled children. She has homeschooled her own four children and looks forward to helping you succeed with your children.
      Additional InformationAll lessons are explicitly designed for your student each week.
      Professional Class?Professional
      Class Description

      Middle School Writing

      Age Groups5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade
      Age (Notes)6th-8th grade
      Instructor NameKimberlee Smith
      Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$0
      Class Size4 to 10
      Class Length2 semester(s)
      Class Room10/11
      HomeworkStudents will need to do homework: reading, writing, and rewriting for an age-appropriate amount of time each week.
      MaterialsThere will most likely be a student workbook that will need to be purchased.
      DescriptionThis will be a literature-based writing class for 6th-8th grade. Over the summer, I will contact parents to assess the skill-level and needs of students in order to choose the most helpful curriculum and offer an individualized approach.
      Instructor BioKimberlee Smith taught a literature class last fall at Explorers. She has a bachelor's degree in French Literature, and a master's degree in English. She has taught English to both native and nonnative speakers, including to students who are illiterate. She studied abroad in France and Mexico, and worked for a summer in London, England. She has also lived in nine separate states in the USA. Due to growing up in a home without television or video games, she has been a bookworm ever since she can remember.


      6th hour

      Explorers' Professional Class Description

      Private Voice/Piano Lessons

      DisciplineMusic
      Age GroupsK4/5, 1st/2nd Grade, 3rd/4th Grade, 5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
      Age (Notes)Piano lessons are for all ages, K-12

      Voice lessons are for middle school and high school students.
      Instructor NameTrish Pino
      Tuition/Materials Fees$255/$5 fee for music
      Class Size1 to 2
      Class Length1 semester(s)
      Class RoomSanctuary
      CurriculumVoice: Christian contemporary, musical theatre, classical music or requested titles

      Piano: Faber and Faber Piano curriculum, supplemental songs
      HomeworkPractice 15 minutes/ 5 days
      PrerequisitesVoice: a love for singing.

      Piano: an iterest in learning to play or strengthening skills on the piano.
      MaterialsVoice/Piano: $5-15 fee will be assessed by instructor if student needs to purchase a new book. Plan on one book/semester
      DescriptionLessons are available 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th. There are two openings per hour as these are 1/2 hour lessons.
      In voice, students will learn how to properly use their voice in order to strengthen and grow it in a healthy way, as well as build a personal repertoire. The goal will be to customize each lesson to the skill level of the student and focus on all aspects of performance such as diction, phrasing, stage presence, breathing, artistic expression, etc.

      For piano, students will learn proper technique at the piano, how to hold their hands and wrists, sit correctly, and how to use their fingers. They will be given exercises and songs to practice during the week which will strengthen their fingers and enforce proper techniques learned. Students will also learn to read music and basic music theory. Piano is a great starter instrument since many of the skills will translate to other instruments.

      If desired, both voice and piano students will have the opportunity to perform in the Extravaganza.

      Class expectations will be given at the beginning of the semester and evaluations will be provided halfway through the semester, as well as at the end.

      PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
      Instructor BioInstructor Bio
      Trish Pino earned her Bachelor’s of Music in Music Education from the State University of NY at Fredonia and is certified in K-12 Vocal and General Music.  She then took a one year placement as a 6th-12th grade vocal and general music teacher.  After that, she studied at Belmont University and received her Master’s of Music in Music Education with a concentration in Vocal and Secondary Education.  After receiving her Master’s degree, she taught for 5 years at Currey Ingram Academy in Nashville, TN where she was responsible for 5th-6th grade general music classes, choir, and band.  She also has over 13 years of experience as a private piano and voice teacher.  Mrs. Pino served as the Music Director at Keystone Church in Saline for 4 years and now has her own practice of private piano and voice students.  
      Additional InformationThese are 1/2 hour lessons. You will need to talk with the instructor about which half of the hour you would like. Please note: each semester the student will receive 11 lessons. On the 12th week, the student will be expected to stay in the sanctuary in order to rehearse for the Extravaganza. If your child does not participate in the Extravaganza, he/she should not plan on a lesson that week; although if the sanctuary is empty and Mrs.Pino is not required for Extravaganza rehearsals, you may be able to do some singing/piano. Additionally, there is a possibility that a fee will be assessed for an accompanist for the Extravaganza, if necessary. Typical accompanist fees vary.
      (Please note: priority enrollment for 2nd semester will be given to those enrolled during 1st semester)

      PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
      Professional Class?Professional
      Explorers' Professional Class Description

      Private Piano Lessons

      DisciplineFine Arts
      Age GroupsK4/5, 1st/2nd Grade, 3rd/4th Grade, 5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
      Age (Notes)Do not need to know how to read, just be able to recognize letter A-G and numbers 1-5
      Instructor NameRonni Brennan
      Tuition/Materials Fees$255/$5
      Class Size1 to 2
      Class Length1 semester(s)
      Class Room106
      HomeworkRonni believes that practice is always required to grow musically, but she also knows that if a student isn't having fun with lessons and the piano, learning is likely to not happen. Practicing is highly encouraged, but she does not require "practice logs" as part of the learning process. Ronni offers rewards to motivate her students and encourages parents to offer a space for their child to practice at home. It's has been Ronni's experience that much musical material is remembered when the student is in a stress-free environment and is in a "playful mindset" while playing the piano. Practicing will happen when the student is enjoying the piano.
      MaterialsRonni uses the Bastien Piano Basics curriculum. There are four books - piano, performance, technique and theory. All levels are available. She also takes into consideration what each student enjoys playing and implements those genres of music in lessons.
      DescriptionDuring the 30 minute private lesson, students will learn musical theory, scales and performance songs. Ronni believes in providing a solid musical foundation where students learn to read music and can eventually play any song they desire, not just copy/memorize a piece or two. All skill levels are welcome. Classes are taught in a stress-free environment with an encouraging attitude and positive motivation. Each lesson is also tailored to the student's interests and abilities.

      Class expectations will be given at the beginning of the semester and evaluations will be provided halfway through the semester, as well as at the end.

      PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
      Instructor BioPiano has been a part of Ronni Wilson's life since she began taking lessons at the age of three. She continued lessons until she left for college where she became a certified elementary school teacher. Throughout her college career at Eastern Michigan University, she was a member of the symphonic band and marching band from 1989 to 1993. In 1990, she became Eastern Michigan University's first female Drum Major of the then EMU Marching Hurons.

      After teaching fourth grade for four years, Ronni decided to become a stay-at-home mom and teach a few piano lessons. She began with two students in 1999. She now has over 40 students and absolutely loves her job!

      Ronni has done community musical theater, plays piano and sings in her church worship band, and plays and sings with her sister at a variety of church and community functions.

      Outside of teaching, Ronni enjoys being with her family, reading, knitting, baking bread, spending time and having fun with friends and jumping rope!
      Additional InformationLessons will begin the second half of first hour (9:25 a.m.)

      PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
      Professional Class?Professional
      Class Description

      Strategic Gaming

      DisciplineLife Skills
      Age Groups5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
      Age (Notes)6th grade and up
      Instructor NameABC123 ABC123
      Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$0
      Class Size4 to 18
      Class Length1 semester(s)
      Class Room104/105
      DescriptionWork through the strategy of games like Risk, Stratego, Chess, Ticket to Ride, Dragonwood, Rush Hour, Blokus, Sequence, and many more. This class will be fun and encourage strategic thinking. We also aim to provide a time for our Explorers students to enjoy game time together.
      This semester we may have guest instructors to teach different games and strategies.
      Explorers' Professional Class Description

      Miniature Making

      DisciplineCreative Arts
      Age Groups5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
      Age (Notes)This class is for girls, 6th grade and up
      Instructor NameAyanna Michaeli
      Second Instructor NameRachel Wampler
      Tuition/Materials Fees$10/$15 materials
      Class Size2 to 7
      Class Length1 semester(s)
      Class Room4/5
      PrerequisitesYour student should be mature enough to use sharp tools carefully.
      DescriptionNew Students are welcome!
      Hello, my name is Ayanna Michaeli, I am a high school student at Explorers and I love making miniatures. So I decided to teach a class for girls that I hope you'll enjoy. In this class we will be making miniature accessories for dollhouses, dolls, or just for fun. We will be making the accessories out of clay, paper, and other things. The purpose of this class is to have fun, learn new skills, and explore creativity. We will be using sharp tools, so this is a class for 6th grade and up. I plan on making things on the smaller side, so most things we make will be smaller than your hand.
      PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
      Instructor BioI am a tenth grade student at Explorers and really enjoy it. I have been working on my miniature craft for 3 years.
      I have been homeschooled my entire life and love having the freedom to learn a variety of new things.
      Additional InformationThis is a Student taught class. There will be an adult advisor.
      Professional Class?Professional
      Class Description

      Art Lab

      DisciplineVisual Arts/Art History
      Age GroupsK4/5, 1st/2nd Grade, 3rd/4th Grade, 5th/6th Grade
      Age (Notes)This class is for K-8th.
      Instructor NameCindy Remski
      Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$15 materials
      Class Size3 to 12
      Class Length1 semester(s)
      Class Room10/11
      DescriptionDo you like to paint and draw? Join us for ​Art Lab,​ where creating an awesome piece of art is easy and fun. Using simple, step-by-step lessons from the books ​Art Lab for Kids ​by Susan Schwake, ​Draw Paint Sparkle ​by Patty Palmer​, h​ ttp://www.paintedpaperart.com/​, ​and other popular sources, students will complete a different project each week. Themes will include seasons, holidays, animals, sea life, history, travel, nature, and more. Students will be using a variety of mixed media such as watercolors, oil pastels, tempera, and acrylic paints to make painted paper collages, colorful folk art, pop art, doodles, and other imaginative pictures. We will also recreate mini masterpieces by a few famous artists and learn some fun facts about each of the artists’ famous paintings.


      7th hour

      Explorers' Professional Class Description

      Private Voice/Piano Lessons

      DisciplineMusic
      Age GroupsK4/5, 1st/2nd Grade, 3rd/4th Grade, 5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
      Age (Notes)Piano lessons are for all ages, K-12

      Voice lessons are for middle school and high school students.
      Instructor NameTrish Pino
      Tuition/Materials Fees$255/$5 fee for music
      Class Size1 to 2
      Class Length1 semester(s)
      Class RoomSanctuary
      CurriculumVoice: Christian contemporary, musical theatre, classical music or requested titles

      Piano: Faber and Faber Piano curriculum, supplemental songs
      HomeworkPractice 15 minutes/ 5 days
      PrerequisitesVoice: a love for singing.

      Piano: an iterest in learning to play or strengthening skills on the piano.
      MaterialsVoice/Piano: $5-15 fee will be assessed by instructor if student needs to purchase a new book. Plan on one book/semester
      DescriptionLessons are available 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th. There are two openings per hour as these are 1/2 hour lessons.
      In voice, students will learn how to properly use their voice in order to strengthen and grow it in a healthy way, as well as build a personal repertoire. The goal will be to customize each lesson to the skill level of the student and focus on all aspects of performance such as diction, phrasing, stage presence, breathing, artistic expression, etc.

      For piano, students will learn proper technique at the piano, how to hold their hands and wrists, sit correctly, and how to use their fingers. They will be given exercises and songs to practice during the week which will strengthen their fingers and enforce proper techniques learned. Students will also learn to read music and basic music theory. Piano is a great starter instrument since many of the skills will translate to other instruments.

      If desired, both voice and piano students will have the opportunity to perform in the Extravaganza.

      Class expectations will be given at the beginning of the semester and evaluations will be provided halfway through the semester, as well as at the end.

      PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
      Instructor BioInstructor Bio
      Trish Pino earned her Bachelor’s of Music in Music Education from the State University of NY at Fredonia and is certified in K-12 Vocal and General Music.  She then took a one year placement as a 6th-12th grade vocal and general music teacher.  After that, she studied at Belmont University and received her Master’s of Music in Music Education with a concentration in Vocal and Secondary Education.  After receiving her Master’s degree, she taught for 5 years at Currey Ingram Academy in Nashville, TN where she was responsible for 5th-6th grade general music classes, choir, and band.  She also has over 13 years of experience as a private piano and voice teacher.  Mrs. Pino served as the Music Director at Keystone Church in Saline for 4 years and now has her own practice of private piano and voice students.  
      Additional InformationThese are 1/2 hour lessons. You will need to talk with the instructor about which half of the hour you would like. Please note: each semester the student will receive 11 lessons. On the 12th week, the student will be expected to stay in the sanctuary in order to rehearse for the Extravaganza. If your child does not participate in the Extravaganza, he/she should not plan on a lesson that week; although if the sanctuary is empty and Mrs.Pino is not required for Extravaganza rehearsals, you may be able to do some singing/piano. Additionally, there is a possibility that a fee will be assessed for an accompanist for the Extravaganza, if necessary. Typical accompanist fees vary.
      (Please note: priority enrollment for 2nd semester will be given to those enrolled during 1st semester)

      PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
      Professional Class?Professional


      8th hour

      Explorers' Professional Class Description

      Private Voice/Piano Lessons

      DisciplineMusic
      Age GroupsK4/5, 1st/2nd Grade, 3rd/4th Grade, 5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
      Age (Notes)Piano lessons are for all ages, K-12

      Voice lessons are for middle school and high school students.
      Instructor NameTrish Pino
      Tuition/Materials Fees$255/$5 fee for music
      Class Size1 to 2
      Class Length1 semester(s)
      Class RoomSanctuary
      CurriculumVoice: Christian contemporary, musical theatre, classical music or requested titles

      Piano: Faber and Faber Piano curriculum, supplemental songs
      HomeworkPractice 15 minutes/ 5 days
      PrerequisitesVoice: a love for singing.

      Piano: an iterest in learning to play or strengthening skills on the piano.
      MaterialsVoice/Piano: $5-15 fee will be assessed by instructor if student needs to purchase a new book. Plan on one book/semester
      DescriptionLessons are available 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th. There are two openings per hour as these are 1/2 hour lessons.
      In voice, students will learn how to properly use their voice in order to strengthen and grow it in a healthy way, as well as build a personal repertoire. The goal will be to customize each lesson to the skill level of the student and focus on all aspects of performance such as diction, phrasing, stage presence, breathing, artistic expression, etc.

      For piano, students will learn proper technique at the piano, how to hold their hands and wrists, sit correctly, and how to use their fingers. They will be given exercises and songs to practice during the week which will strengthen their fingers and enforce proper techniques learned. Students will also learn to read music and basic music theory. Piano is a great starter instrument since many of the skills will translate to other instruments.

      If desired, both voice and piano students will have the opportunity to perform in the Extravaganza.

      Class expectations will be given at the beginning of the semester and evaluations will be provided halfway through the semester, as well as at the end.

      PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
      Instructor BioInstructor Bio
      Trish Pino earned her Bachelor’s of Music in Music Education from the State University of NY at Fredonia and is certified in K-12 Vocal and General Music.  She then took a one year placement as a 6th-12th grade vocal and general music teacher.  After that, she studied at Belmont University and received her Master’s of Music in Music Education with a concentration in Vocal and Secondary Education.  After receiving her Master’s degree, she taught for 5 years at Currey Ingram Academy in Nashville, TN where she was responsible for 5th-6th grade general music classes, choir, and band.  She also has over 13 years of experience as a private piano and voice teacher.  Mrs. Pino served as the Music Director at Keystone Church in Saline for 4 years and now has her own practice of private piano and voice students.  
      Additional InformationThese are 1/2 hour lessons. You will need to talk with the instructor about which half of the hour you would like. Please note: each semester the student will receive 11 lessons. On the 12th week, the student will be expected to stay in the sanctuary in order to rehearse for the Extravaganza. If your child does not participate in the Extravaganza, he/she should not plan on a lesson that week; although if the sanctuary is empty and Mrs.Pino is not required for Extravaganza rehearsals, you may be able to do some singing/piano. Additionally, there is a possibility that a fee will be assessed for an accompanist for the Extravaganza, if necessary. Typical accompanist fees vary.
      (Please note: priority enrollment for 2nd semester will be given to those enrolled during 1st semester)

      PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
      Professional Class?Professional


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