Explorers Home School Association

Classes - 7th/8th Grade

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      1st hour

      Class Description

      Study Hall

      Age Groups7th/8th Grade, High School
      Instructor NamePolly Gjernes
      Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$0
      Class Size1 to 14
      Class Length2 semester(s)
      Class Room2
      DescriptionStudy Hall - Please keep this one quiet if there is only one room available to us. All students who sign up for this class must remain in the classroom the entire class period. No wandering around the building. Attendance will be taken. All students must be accounted for.
      Additional InformationAll students must remain in the classroom during the entire class period. If a student is not going to be in the classroom, they need to notify the team leader.
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      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
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      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
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      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
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      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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      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
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      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
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      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
      Class Description

      HS/MS Journalism/Publication

      DisciplineLanguage arts/ social studies
      Age Groups7th/8th Grade, High School
      Instructor NameAnn Kueffner
      Second Instructor NameKrista Woon
      Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$25 copies
      Class Size2 to 10
      Class Length1 semester(s)
      Class Room21
      HomeworkThere will be work done outside of class. That work will depend on your role in the class. Examples would be writing an article, conducting an interview, attending a field trip and reporting on it, drawing a comic strip, or possibly answering an advice column.
      DescriptionNEW STUDENTS WELCOME! J/P is a class that will give each student a taste of the many different aspects of printed journalism. They will learn the importance, and power, of stories printed in both written and picture form. Each semester the class will publish 3-4 newsletters. Students will have varying jobs throughout the semester, including reporter, photographer, editor, copywriter, etc. The newsletter may have an advice column, a running comic storyline and an opinion column. The plan is that while each student will get a taste of the many jobs that are involved in printed journalism, they will discover their strengths, and weaknesses, and build a stronger communication skill set.
      Additional InformationThis class is being offered every hour but will be one class. Occasionally there will be lunch meetings to make sure the entire class is on the same page, literally.
      High School Credit1
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      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


      2nd hour

      Class Description

      Study Hall

      Age Groups7th/8th Grade, High School
      Instructor NamePolly Gjernes
      Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$0
      Class Size1 to 14
      Class Length1 semester(s)
      Class Room2
      DescriptionStudy Hall - Please keep this one quiet if there is only one room available to us. All students who sign up for this class must remain in the classroom the entire class period. No wandering around the building. Attendance will be taken. All students must be accounted for.
      Additional InformationAll students must remain in the classroom during the entire class period. If a student is not going to be in the classroom, they need to notify the team leader.
      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
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      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
      Class Description

      Apologia Exploring Creation with Physical Science

      DisciplineScience
      Age Groups7th/8th Grade, High School
      Age (Notes)This class is for 7th-9th grade.
      Instructor NameAmy Parrish
      Second Instructor NameEllen Johnson
      Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$20 materials fee
      Class Size4 to 18
      Class Length2 semester(s)
      Class Room4/5
      CurriculumExploring Creation with Physical Science by Dr. Jay Wile (2 nd Edition preferred). Students must have the textbook and bring it with them to each class.
      HomeworkThis class will require significant work at home. Expect approximately 30-60 minutes each day. Homework will include in-depth reading assignments, completing handouts and textbook questions, composing lab reports, studying for quizzes and exams, and completing module exams. Some
      experiments will need to be completed at home.
      MaterialsEach student must have a copy of the textbook. Additionally, students will need to bring a notebook and a writing utensil to class. Students will also need internet access at home, as assignments and other class communication will be through email. The instructor will provide materials for the in-class experiments.
      DescriptionFollowing the Apologia textbook, this class will explore the physical aspects of the world and the universe it is in. Some concepts we will cover include atoms and molecules, unit conversions, air and its components, Earth’s atmosphere, water, the water cycle, geology, weather, the physics of
      motion, and Newton’s Laws of Motion.
      In-class and at-home experiments will provide hands-on learning, and students will practice scientific thinking and writing as they compose lab reports for many of the experiments. Exams will be given for each module to assess subject comprehension. This will be a fast-paced, academically rigorous science class. Students are expected to complete all assignments on time, and all work will be graded. By the end of the course, students can expect to have a better scientific understanding of the world around us.
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      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
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      MS/HS Woodworking

      DisciplineArts
      Age Groups7th/8th Grade, High School
      Age (Notes).
      Instructor NameCatherine Donahue
      Tuition/Materials Fees$65/$30
      Class Size6 to 12
      Class Length1 semester(s)
      Class Room24/35
      HomeworkNone.
      PrerequisitesNone.
      MaterialsSafety glasses are required. A work apron is recommended.
      DescriptionThis woodworking class is for MS/HS students who enjoy "hands-on" creating. The students will learn about wood and woodworking tools from basic, interesting hand tools to typical power tools. They will gain skills and improve techniques as they work to complete various projects of interest. Whether a student has some experience or is new to woodworking, students of all levels will enjoy working at their own pace developing a life-long appreciation of creating something of your own.

      PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER ADD/DROP.
      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 InformationTHIS IS A PROFESSIONAL CLASS.

      Professional Class?Professional
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      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
      Class Description

      HS/MS Journalism/Publication

      DisciplineLanguage arts/ social studies
      Age Groups7th/8th Grade, High School
      Instructor NameAnn Kueffner
      Second Instructor NameKrista Woon
      Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$25 copies
      Class Size2 to 10
      Class Length1 semester(s)
      Class Room21
      HomeworkThere will be work done outside of class. That work will depend on your role in the class. Examples would be writing an article, conducting an interview, attending a field trip and reporting on it, drawing a comic strip, or possibly answering an advice column.
      DescriptionNEW STUDENTS WELCOME! J/P is a class that will give each student a taste of the many different aspects of printed journalism. They will learn the importance, and power, of stories printed in both written and picture form. Each semester the class will publish 3-4 newsletters. Students will have varying jobs throughout the semester, including reporter, photographer, editor, copywriter, etc. The newsletter may have an advice column, a running comic storyline and an opinion column. The plan is that while each student will get a taste of the many jobs that are involved in printed journalism, they will discover their strengths, and weaknesses, and build a stronger communication skill set.
      Additional InformationThis class is being offered every hour but will be one class. Occasionally there will be lunch meetings to make sure the entire class is on the same page, literally.
      High School Credit1
      Explorers' Professional Class Description

      Strength and Conditioning Circuit

      DisciplinePhysical Education
      Age Groups7th/8th Grade, High School
      Age (Notes)Students should be 13+ years of age
      Instructor NameTerry Brennan
      Tuition/Materials Fees$95/$0
      Class Size6 to 20
      Class Length1 semester(s)
      Class Room101
      DescriptionImprove strength, mobility, and cardio function with great workout in the gym using kettlebells, bands, and bodyweight. Focus will be on safety, and maintaining good technique at all times. Programming for a Friday "homework" session included weekly. Scaled for all ability levels. Class open to High School students and parents who'd like to get an efficient workout in on Explorers days.
      PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
      Instructor BioTerry Brennan is an Explorers dad who has spent decades training the Ann Arbor community. His company works with people in their homes to develop personalized training plans based on their unique circumstances. Terry is certified through the National Academy of Sports Medicine, and is insured.
      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

      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


      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
      Class Description

      Study Hall

      Age Groups7th/8th Grade, High School
      Instructor NamePolly Gjernes
      Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$0
      Class Size1 to 14
      Class Length1 semester(s)
      Class Room2
      DescriptionStudy Hall - Please keep this one quiet if there is only one room available to us. All students who sign up for this class must remain in the classroom the entire class period. No wandering around the building. Attendance will be taken. All students must be accounted for.
      Additional InformationAll students must remain in the classroom during the entire class period. If a student is not going to be in the classroom, they need to notify the team leader.
      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
      Class Description

      HS/MS Journalism/Publication

      DisciplineLanguage arts/ social studies
      Age Groups7th/8th Grade, High School
      Instructor NameAnn Kueffner
      Second Instructor NameKrista Woon
      Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$25 copies
      Class Size2 to 10
      Class Length1 semester(s)
      Class Room21
      HomeworkThere will be work done outside of class. That work will depend on your role in the class. Examples would be writing an article, conducting an interview, attending a field trip and reporting on it, drawing a comic strip, or possibly answering an advice column.
      DescriptionNEW STUDENTS WELCOME! J/P is a class that will give each student a taste of the many different aspects of printed journalism. They will learn the importance, and power, of stories printed in both written and picture form. Each semester the class will publish 3-4 newsletters. Students will have varying jobs throughout the semester, including reporter, photographer, editor, copywriter, etc. The newsletter may have an advice column, a running comic storyline and an opinion column. The plan is that while each student will get a taste of the many jobs that are involved in printed journalism, they will discover their strengths, and weaknesses, and build a stronger communication skill set.
      Additional InformationThis class is being offered every hour but will be one class. Occasionally there will be lunch meetings to make sure the entire class is on the same page, literally.
      High School Credit1
      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
      Explorers' Professional Class Description

      A Great Books Club

      DisciplineLiterature
      Age Groups7th/8th Grade, High School
      Age (Notes)Your 7th or 8th grade student should be able to handle a high school level reading pace.
      Instructor NamePatti Cousino
      Tuition/Materials Fees$50/$10 copies
      Class Size4 to 8
      Class Length1 semester(s)
      Class Room27
      HomeworkWeekly reading assignments will be given, and are required in order to discuss them. I will look to see if some or all of them are available audibly.
      DescriptionThis class is an opportunity to read some great book selections and discuss them during class. When we discuss great books with one another we gain insights that we do not gain when we read them on our own!

      We will start the semester with Dante's The Divine Comedy, which will take about 9 of our 12 weeks of class.
      Dante's Divine Comedy can rightly be called the greatest poem ever written, praised through the ages by a pantheon of writers and scholars. Romantic poet William Wordsworth (1770-1850) referred to Dante's crowned "visionary brow." Irish novelist James Joyce (1882-1941) said "Dante is my spiritual food!" Pope Benedict XV (1854-1922) called Dante "the most eloquent singer of the Christian idea." Even the 20th century literary critic T.S. Eliot (1888-1965) famously wrote that "Shakespeare and Dante divide the world between them, there is no third." I think that it will be enlightening to us all. Then I will pick between some of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales or Sir Walter Scott's novel Ivanhoe. I will let you know on time to purchase it.

      I try to make sure that the books are also available audibly to those who love listening to books, as I do. I will try to make sure that the length of the reading selections are short enough to be read within the week, but will challenge the students.
      PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
      High School Credit.5
      Professional Class?Professional
      Class Description

      Current Events

      DisciplineSocial Studies
      Age Groups7th/8th Grade
      Instructor NameTanya Towler
      Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$10 Subscription & materials
      Class Size5 to 20
      Class Length2 semester(s)
      Class Room24/35
      CurriculumLiterature Selection:
      World Teen – Gods World News
      Additional Resources:
      Bible
      The 5000 Year Leap
      Online Media/Articles
      HomeworkThis class will require 1-1 ½ hour/s of reading/study time each week.
      PrerequisitesPrior to Class
      I will send an email to the parents with the link to the WORLDteen website along with the password and the first reading assignment that students should familiarize themselves with understanding the issues, as we will be using it in class to navigate our first discussion. During our first class we will look at the vocabulary words and discuss them and I will instruct on how to complete the weekly worksheet.
      MaterialsStudents will need a ½ “ ring binder with pockets to keep their worksheets in along with their magazines.
      DescriptionWe will be utilizing various sources to look at current events in our society and around the world that affect our daily lives. The main source of our discussions will originate with WORLDteen magazine. WORLDteen editors select age-appropriate news that broadens young teens’ awareness of world events. In addition, stories in WORLDteen are written from an underlying biblical perspective, often integrated into the story. This helps readers develop discernment in the context of current events, building up both knowledge and wisdom. We will objectively look at related articles that contain various types of bias in order to learn how to draw out the facts versus opinion. We will also seize a couple of opportunities to take a closer look at relevant issues pertaining to law and parallel these topics with our Constitution and our Principles of Freedom that we live under today and God's law which is our ultimate authority.

      Class Layout
      The group subscription for the class will be sent to me from Worldteen and I will distribute the magazines on the first day of class and thereafter bimonthly as I receive them. I will also distribute the reading assignments at that time. Students will be issued a password for the website that will allow them access to enjoy the articles online as well. But they should bring their magazine to class with them each week for quick reference during our discussions. As part of the objective to learn to identify Bias, etc. I will provide additional resources to daily news. In addition to their weekly reading assignment they will have a Review worksheet to complete, designed to identify the issue/s being discussed in the article/s while using a small set of vocabulary words that will be our navigation tool throughout this Unit to draw out bias, propaganda, point of view/s, etc. Students will bring their completed worksheet to class prepared to discuss, analyze and share their findings.
      Additional InformationThe cost of this class will be adjusted based on the number of participants.
      In the event that we do not meet the minimum of eight students, the subscription costs would be divided equally. Minimum of five students for this class to run.
      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

      Class Description

      Study Hall

      Age Groups7th/8th Grade, High School
      Instructor NamePolly Gjernes
      Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$0
      Class Size1 to 14
      Class Length1 semester(s)
      Class Room2
      DescriptionStudy Hall - Please keep this one quiet if there is only one room available to us. All students who sign up for this class must remain in the classroom the entire class period. No wandering around the building. Attendance will be taken. All students must be accounted for.
      Additional InformationAll students must remain in the classroom during the entire class period. If a student is not going to be in the classroom, they need to notify the team leader, Linda Hall.
      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
      Class Description

      HS/MS Journalism/Publication

      DisciplineLanguage arts/ social studies
      Age Groups7th/8th Grade, High School
      Instructor NameAnn Kueffner
      Second Instructor NameKrista Woon
      Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$25 copies
      Class Size2 to 10
      Class Length1 semester(s)
      Class Room21
      HomeworkThere will be work done outside of class. That work will depend on your role in the class. Examples would be writing an article, conducting an interview, attending a field trip and reporting on it, drawing a comic strip, or possibly answering an advice column.
      DescriptionNEW STUDENTS WELCOME! J/P is a class that will give each student a taste of the many different aspects of printed journalism. They will learn the importance, and power, of stories printed in both written and picture form. Each semester the class will publish 3-4 newsletters. Students will have varying jobs throughout the semester, including reporter, photographer, editor, copywriter, etc. The newsletter may have an advice column, a running comic storyline and an opinion column. The plan is that while each student will get a taste of the many jobs that are involved in printed journalism, they will discover their strengths, and weaknesses, and build a stronger communication skill set.
      Additional InformationThis class is being offered every hour but will be one class. Occasionally there will be lunch meetings to make sure the entire class is on the same page, literally.
      High School Credit1
      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

      Study Hall

      Age Groups7th/8th Grade, High School
      Instructor NamePolly Gjernes
      Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$0
      Class Size1 to 14
      Class Length1 semester(s)
      Class Room2
      DescriptionStudy Hall - Please keep this one quiet if there is only one room available to us. All students who sign up for this class must remain in the classroom the entire class period. No wandering around the building. Attendance will be taken. All students must be accounted for.
      Additional InformationAll students must remain in the classroom during the entire class period. If a student is not going to be in the classroom, they need to notify the team leader.
      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

      MS/HS Woodworking

      DisciplineArts
      Age Groups7th/8th Grade, High School
      Age (Notes).
      Instructor NameCatherine Donahue
      Tuition/Materials Fees$65/$30
      Class Size6 to 12
      Class Length1 semester(s)
      Class Room24/35
      HomeworkNone.
      PrerequisitesNone.
      MaterialsSafety glasses are required. A work apron is recommended.
      DescriptionThis woodworking class is for MS/HS students who enjoy "hands-on" creating. The students will learn about wood and woodworking tools from basic, interesting hand tools to typical power tools. They will gain skills and improve techniques as they work to complete various projects of interest. Whether a student has some experience or is new to woodworking, students of all levels will enjoy working at their own pace developing a life-long appreciation of creating something of your own.

      PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER ADD/DROP.
      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 InformationTHIS IS A PROFESSIONAL CLASS.

      Professional Class?Professional
      Class Description

      HS/MS Journalism/Publication

      DisciplineLanguage arts/ social studies
      Age Groups7th/8th Grade, High School
      Instructor NameAnn Kueffner
      Second Instructor NameKrista Woon
      Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$25 copies
      Class Size2 to 10
      Class Length1 semester(s)
      Class Room21
      HomeworkThere will be work done outside of class. That work will depend on your role in the class. Examples would be writing an article, conducting an interview, attending a field trip and reporting on it, drawing a comic strip, or possibly answering an advice column.
      DescriptionNEW STUDENTS WELCOME! J/P is a class that will give each student a taste of the many different aspects of printed journalism. They will learn the importance, and power, of stories printed in both written and picture form. Each semester the class will publish 3-4 newsletters. Students will have varying jobs throughout the semester, including reporter, photographer, editor, copywriter, etc. The newsletter may have an advice column, a running comic storyline and an opinion column. The plan is that while each student will get a taste of the many jobs that are involved in printed journalism, they will discover their strengths, and weaknesses, and build a stronger communication skill set.
      Additional InformationThis class is being offered every hour but will be one class. Occasionally there will be lunch meetings to make sure the entire class is on the same page, literally.
      High School Credit1
      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
      Explorers' Professional Class Description

      A Great Books Club

      DisciplineLiterature
      Age Groups7th/8th Grade, High School
      Age (Notes)Your 7th or 8th grade student should be able to handle a high school level reading pace.
      Instructor NamePatti Cousino
      Tuition/Materials Fees$50/$10 copies
      Class Size4 to 8
      Class Length1 semester(s)
      Class Room27
      HomeworkWeekly reading assignments will be given, and are required in order to discuss them. I will look to see if some or all of them are available audibly.
      DescriptionThis class is an opportunity to read some great book selections and discuss them during class. When we discuss great books with one another we gain insights that we do not gain when we read them on our own!

      We will start the semester with Dante's The Divine Comedy, which will take about 9 of our 12 weeks of class.
      Dante's Divine Comedy can rightly be called the greatest poem ever written, praised through the ages by a pantheon of writers and scholars. Romantic poet William Wordsworth (1770-1850) referred to Dante's crowned "visionary brow." Irish novelist James Joyce (1882-1941) said "Dante is my spiritual food!" Pope Benedict XV (1854-1922) called Dante "the most eloquent singer of the Christian idea." Even the 20th century literary critic T.S. Eliot (1888-1965) famously wrote that "Shakespeare and Dante divide the world between them, there is no third." I think that it will be enlightening to us all. Then I will pick between some of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales or Sir Walter Scott's novel Ivanhoe. I will let you know on time to purchase it.

      I try to make sure that the books are also available audibly to those who love listening to books, as I do. I will try to make sure that the length of the reading selections are short enough to be read within the week, but will challenge the students.
      PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
      High School Credit.5
      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.
      Class Description

      Beginning Spanish

      DisciplineWorld Languages
      Age Groups7th/8th Grade, High School
      Instructor NameKirsten Moran
      Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$10
      Class Size6 to 12
      Class Length2 semester(s)
      Class Room8/9
      PrerequisitesNone
      DescriptionThis is a continuing Spanish class that will be taught by Mrs. Moran.
      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.
      High School Credit1
      Class Description

      Introduction to Poetry

      DisciplineLanguage Arts
      Age Groups7th/8th Grade, High School
      Age (Notes)Mature 7th & 8th graders
      Instructor NameMelanie Emerson
      Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$0 copies
      Class Size4 to 12
      Class Length1 semester(s)
      Class Room4/5
      CurriculumWorkbook and book bundle
      Introduction to Poetry by Progeny Press - PRINTED WORKBOOK 24.99
      https://stores.progenypress.com/introduction-to-poetry-forms-and-elements-study-guide/
      SKU: 429
      Workbook ISBN: 978-1-58609-367-9

      Book Bundle 10.00
      https://stores.progenypress.com/introduction-to-poetry-forms-and-elements-book-bundle/
      SKU: 429B
      ISBN 1:
      978-0-486-41105-7
      ISBN 2:
      978-0-486-28553-5
      ISBN 3:
      978-0-486-40158-4
      MaterialsPencil and Paper
      DescriptionUsing three short poetry anthologies, this study guide examines more than 40 well-known English-language poems, introducing students to techniques such as rhyme and meter and various poetic forms such as the sonnet, the villanelle, the ballad, and more. All poems in this study guide may be found in the three Dover Editions (book bundle) Great Short Poems, 100 Best-Loved Poems, 101 Great American Poems.
      Additional InformationIn 72 pages (plus the answer key), our study guide contains:

      Background on the authors and story
      Prereading suggested activities
      Vocabulary activities related to the story
      General content questions
      Literary analysis and terminology questions designed to give students a good understanding of writing technique and how to use it
      Critical analysis questions designed to help students consider and analyze the intellectual, moral, and spiritual issues in the story and weigh them with reference to scripture
      and, of course, a detailed answer key!
      High School Credit.5


      6th hour

      Class Description

      Study Hall

      Age Groups7th/8th Grade, High School
      Instructor NamePolly Gjernes
      Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$0
      Class Size1 to 14
      Class Length1 semester(s)
      Class Room2
      DescriptionStudy Hall - Please keep this one quiet if there is only one room available to us. All students who sign up for this class must remain in the classroom the entire class period. No wandering around the building. Attendance will be taken. All students must be accounted for.
      Additional InformationAll students must remain in the classroom during the entire class period. If a student is not going to be in the classroom, they need to notify the team leader, Linda Hall.
      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


      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
      Explorers' Professional Class Description

      A Great Books Club- Friday Edition

      DisciplineLiterature
      Age Groups7th/8th Grade, High School
      Age (Notes)Your 7th or 8th grade student should be able to handle a high school level reading pace.
      Instructor NamePatti Cousino
      Tuition/Materials Fees$50/$10
      Class Size4 to 15
      Class Length1 semester(s)
      Class RoomMrs. Cousino's home
      HomeworkWeekly reading assignments will be given, and are required in order to discuss them. I will look to see if some or all of them are available audibly.
      DescriptionThis class is an opportunity to read some great book selections and discuss them during class. When we discuss great books with one another we gain insights that we do not gain when we read them on our own!

      We will start the semester with Dante's The Divine Comedy, which will take about 9 of our 12 weeks of class.
      Dante's Divine Comedy can rightly be called the greatest poem ever written, praised through the ages by a pantheon of writers and scholars. Romantic poet William Wordsworth (1770-1850) referred to Dante's crowned "visionary brow." Irish novelist James Joyce (1882-1941) said "Dante is my spiritual food!" Pope Benedict XV (1854-1922) called Dante "the most eloquent singer of the Christian idea." Even the 20th century literary critic T.S. Eliot (1888-1965) famously wrote that "Shakespeare and Dante divide the world between them, there is no third." I think that it will be enlightening to us all. Then I will pick between some of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales or Sir Walter Scott's novel Ivanhoe. I will let you know on time to purchase it.

      I try to make sure that the books are also available audibly to those who love listening to books, as I do. I will try to make sure that the length of the reading selections are short enough to be read within the week, but will challenge the students.

      This Friday class will meet at Mrs Cousino's home, time to be determined after registration.
      PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
      High School Credit.5
      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


      9th hour



      10th hour