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Class Descriptions 2017-2018

Learn Bravely offers four, one hour classes. Our classes are small, with approximately eight to twelve students in each group.

Our daily schedule:

10:00 am – Session one

11:00 am – Session two

Noon – Lunch and recess

1:00pm – Session three

2:00om – Session four

**All classes are subject to change depending on the availability of facilitators and resources. These courses are not listed in order of school day.**

Spring 2018

4-6 years old

  • Music and Movement – starting our day with songs, dance, and playground games
  • Little House on the Prairie – learning about pioneer life from the stories of Laura Ingalls Wilder
  • Stories and Crafts – a quiet hour after lunch to be inspired by great stories

7-9 years old

  • Time Travelers – we’ll learn about life throughout human history with a variety hands-on and immersive activities
  • Simple Machines and Junk Box Engineering – exploring simple machines using K’nex and applying those concepts by repurposing ‘junk’ into cool creations
  • National Parks – let’s travel the US and learn more about its wonders with virtual visits to the National Parks

10-13 years old

  • Physical Science – fun experiments to introduce physics and chemistry concepts
  • Myths and Legends – we’ll discuss the similarities in the many stories told around world and learn about the Hero’s Journey
  • Brain Games and Logic Puzzles – metacognition is fun when you explore perception, illusions, challenges, and more with play!

14-18 years old

  • World Government and Economics – integrating mock UN, stocks, and public speaking
  • Hot Topics – critical thinking and open, respectful discussions about various current event subjects
  • General Chemistry – labs and discussion to get hands-on with science

Choice – an hour of mixed age group classes based on shared interests

  • Drama and Improv – acting-up with improv games and creative drama fun
  • Yoga and Relaxation – integrating our minds and bodies for calm awareness
  • Card Games – we’ll play a variety of traditional and deck-building games using various types of cards

 

Fall 2017

4-6 years old

  • Get to Know You – stories, music, movement to ease into the day
  • You Built It! – play with legos, lincoln logs, and more
  • Our Universe, Our World – astronomy and nature studies

7-9 years old

  • Young Zoologists – animal characteristics and care
  • All About Games – tv game shows, board games, and card games
  • Introduction to Sewing and Fiber Arts

10-13 years old

  • Electricity and Magnetism
  • Survival Skills (with high school)
  • Creative Carpentry Workshop

14-18 years old

  • World Government and Economics – integrating mock UN and public speaking
  • Survival Skills (with middle school)
  • General Chemistry

Choice – an hour of mixed age group classes based on shared interests

  • Desserts and Digital Gaming – gaming while our creations bake
  • Book Club and Writing – talk about favorite books and write our own
  • PE – different sports, games, and dances
  • Art Appreciation – inspiration from the masters

First Day of Fall 2016 

One student said “Summer was boring without our co-op friends” while another checked days off her calendar over the last few weeks until this day arrived. Today was the day to reunite with old friends and make new friends.   Viking ships were made and tested .   Marionettes were being created for puppetry.  Engineering design process was being learned. Learning bravely and collaboratively seemed to be the theme this week! 

Viking ships
Returning from hike to show nature journal discoveries
Making Marionettes
Staying active with writing activity in upper elementary group
teens texting on their phones? No! Having fun synonym searchimg for writing .
Lunch time social for thr youngest group

Class Descriptions for 2016-17

Learn Bravely offers four, one hour classes. Our classes are small, with approximately eight students in each group.

Our daily schedule:

10:00 am – Session one

11:00 am – Session two

Noon – Lunch and recess

1:00pm – Session three

2:00om – Session four

**All classes are subject to change depending on the availability of facilitators and resources. These courses are not listed in order of school day.**

Spring 2017

Lower Elementary (5K – 3rd)

  • Astronomy / Dangerous Nature – Two 6-week sessions engaging children in hands-on explorations of earth and space science.
  • Show and Tell / Community Jobs – A combination of sharing our own interests and learning about those that shape a wide variety of occupations in our community.
  • Games, Shapes, and Patterns – Interactive mathematics showing how fun mathematical concepts can be!

Upper Elementary (4th – 7th)

  • Book Club – We’ll discuss and act out narrative and plot elements from one or more books we choose. Reading may need to begin in January for students.
  • Introduction to Coding – Come learn the basics of coding with Scratch and other user-friendly platforms.
  • Sewing / Fiber Crafts – Beginners will practice basic skills with weaving, crotchet, and stitching. We’ll use a variety of tools, including sewing machines.

*May be assigned limited homework. It will be optional, and could be useful for collaboration with classmates.*

Middle-High School (7th – 12th)

  • Computer Science – Starting with the most basic computer skills and building toward programming and blog design, this class can even be a valuable tool for students who wish to CLEP computer science.
  • Brain Games – Students will explore how the brain works through readings, discussion, and of course, games!
  • Writing Workshop – Dive into creative and academic writing by honing skills and working with other students to master the writing process. We will focus on a variety of genres and techniques.

*These classes are designed to guide students through credited courses, with the bulk of work done independently or through self-motivated collaboration with classmates. They will not completely replace parent/ student prepared study or assignments.*

Choice (mixed age-group learning)

  • Master Chef – Basic and advanced cooking techniques based on a variety of international foods.
  • Mythbusters – Busting common myths by putting the scientific method into action.
  • Drama and Theater Arts – Improv, film-making, and much more!

* These classes will all take place during the same hour. Children will be able to sign up in advance for those that interest them, with three 4-week sessions occurring during the term. They can try each class or stick with one subject during all 12 weeks. Classes will emphasize skills appropriate to all age groups and encourage positive mixed-age interactions.

 

Fall 2016

Lower Elementary (5K – 3rd)

  • Nature Journals – Let’s take a walk in the woods and make a lovely handmade journal to savor the memories
  • How the States Got Their Shapes/ U.S. Geography – Come solve the puzzle of U.S. geography in a fun, interactive journey across the fifty states
  • Yoga and Free Play – An introduction to yoga and other fun, creative methods for relaxation, intermingled with free time for snacks and play 
  • Puppetry and Theater – A mixture of storytelling and puppetry using a puppet stage, this class explores drama with hands-on fun.

Upper Elementary (4th – 7th)

  • Engineering Design Process – How do engineers, inventors, and builders make their ideas come to life? Learn how to use the engineering design process to take tinkering to a whole new level.
  • War Games – (combination class with middle-high school) Explore the history of war through physical activity, strategy, and basic survival.
  • Writing Bravely – Take writing step by step in this introduction to the writing process. This creative writing workshop explores a variety of genres and allows for both guided and independent writers.
  • Board Games – Practice strategic reasoning by playing a variety of board games, then we’ll use our creativity to create our own.

*May be assigned limited homework. It will be optional, and could be useful for collaboration with classmates.*

Middle-High School (7th – 12th)

  • Computer Science – (two hour block) Starting with the most basic computer skills and building toward programming and blog design, this class can even be a valuable tool for students who wish to CLEP computer science.
  • War Games – (combination class with upper elementary) Explore the history of war through physical activity, strategy, and basic survival.
  • Writing Workshop – Dive into creative and academic writing by honing skills and working with other students to master the writing process. We will focus on a variety of genres and techniques.

*These classes are designed to guide students through credited courses, with the bulk of work done independently or through self-motivated collaboration with classmates. They will not completely replace parent/ student prepared study or assignments.*

Class Descriptions for 2015-16

Classes for 2015-16 school year:

Middle school (7th – 9th grades)

***All courses for this group are planned with high school credits in mind***

Fall:

Biology (block schedule time) – labs and discussions of basic biological concepts

Literature – discussion based class with activities relating to various book genres

Art – elements of art; the first part of Introduction to Art

 

Spring:

 

 Biology – opportunity for independent study; long term science project

Literature – study of various genres in literature

Art – principles of design; part two of year long Introduction to Art

World Cuisines – cooking class based on world cultures

 

Older elementary (3rd – 6th grades)

Fall:

Book club – discussion and projects structured around books

Maker station – building challenges to make new creations from provided materials

Sports/PE – trying out a variety of sports and other physical activities

Oregon trail – Do you have what it takes to be a pioneer?

 

Spring:

Kitchen Chemistry/ Cooking – science based, a mixture of experimentation and cooking

Art – exploring the elements of art through projects and activities

Book Club – activity based literature class

World Culture – exploring world cultures of our past and present

 

Younger elementary (K5 – 3rd grades)

Fall:

Story Art – observe the work of illustrators and then become one!

Map-making – learn the essential parts of maps and use them to make your own

Games – play with friends using games of all kinds

Shop / Building class – use basic building supplies to make your own creations

 

Spring:

STEM – projects addressing science and engineering concepts (six weeks)

Survival Skills – learn everyday basics needed in the great outdoors, as well as useful skills for the home (six weeks)

Art – fun art projects (six weeks)

Lego challenge – language based building challenges with assorted Lego bricks (six weeks)

Cooking – concoct kid-friendly recipes to eat and take the recipes home to make more!

World Cultures – exploring world cultures of our past and present

 

 

FAQ’s

Policy Based Questions

**Please scroll down for Education Based FAQ’s.**

When are our payments due?  The registration fee is due upon acceptance.  We need to receive it within ten days of notification of acceptance.  The tuition is due May 1 and December 1.  Please plan accordingly.

What if I miss the fee deadline?  The registration fee is non-negotiable.  We will not hold spots.  If you are more than 30 days late on tuition payment, your spot will be offered to another family on our waiting list.

What is the registration/ tuition money paying for?  The registration covers insurance and a criminal background check for the participating parent.  The tuition covers a rental fee per family for the space and supplies for our co-op.  Money goes into a general fund.  It does NOT cover specific class materials.

Does anyone earn a stipend?  No.  All work with the co-op is the collaborative effort of our families and is considered volunteer work. Even our administrators receive no monetary compensation.

Class size?  We are limiting classes to around 8 students per age group.  There will be a little bit of fluctuation since we are accepting family units.

You have 3rd grade listed twice.  In which age group do they fit?  Third grade is a big developmental year.  Some of these children are ready to move into upper elementary and gain new challenges and added independence.  Some may not yet feel comfortable with this leap.  We understand parents know their children better than anyone, so this is a parental decision.

My child is delayed/ advanced.  Can he/ she be in a different grade grouping?  During the transitional years between grade ranges (6th, 3rd) there may be opportunity for students to mix and match their schedule based on specific strengths and weaknesses.  If a child falls solidly into a grade range, however, we expect the child to participate in his/ her appropriate range’s class schedule.

Can my child sit out one of the classes?  Maybe.  We need parents to take on various roles within our co-op structure.  If you are available during the hour you child is struggling with a class choice, then a study hall type arrangement may be a possibility.  However, we encourage participation.

What do you mean by online component?  Our goal is for the students to be able to share ideas and collaborate in learning even when they can’t meet face to face.  So we are taking Learn Bravely to the cloud and joining a server where students can get together virtually on days we aren’t at the campus location.

Can my child bring an electronic device?  What about your cell phone policy?  We love technology for all its benefits.  While we cannot be responsible for any personal electronic devices, such as cell and smart phones, we gladly welcome them at the owner’s responsibility. Tablets, computers, and phones allow us to use Google and to share information while in class.   We expect the student to also understand that if there is excessive use not related to the class, and it becomes too distracting, the facilitator may ask for devices to be put away for the time being.

Is this a nut free facility?  We take food allergies into consideration.

Do you offer nursery care?  No.  We are attached to a wonderful nursery and preschool.  They would be happy to talk with you about the services they can offer.

Is a parent required to stay?  Yes.  Each family needs one participating adult.

Is the parent required to teach?  Maybe.  We need teachers, certainly.  But we have other needs as well for our co-op to run smoothly.  There are other opportunities to serve besides teaching.

Can I bring my baby/ toddler with me since I am required to stay?  Nursing/ newborn infants are welcome, if they are “worn”.  The parent is fully responsible for the newborn.  We do not currently have the ability to provide nursery/ toddler assistance.  If your preschooler is crawling or walking, other arrangements must be made.

Can I join now?  We occasionally allow students to join mid year based on space and need. We use open enrollment starting in March for each year so that any interested family can fill out our short application. After we have a period of open enrollment, we schedule interviews with families and offer spots according to our vacancies and needs for the upcoming school year.

Can we leave during the co-op hours if we have a break?  No.  We ask that everyone stay on campus for the entire time.  If a parent needs to leave for some emergency reason (forgot lunch, etc.), we ask the parent to take their children with them on the errand or sign an emergency release form. This has to do with our liability and rental agreement.

Lunch and Recess?  Yes, of course!  Please bring your own lunches from home.  We will have an hour for lunch, clean up, and recess.

Education Based FAQ’s

What curriculum do you use?  We do not use any specified curriculum. Each class is designed by the lead facilitator, and is often done so from scratch with our unique students in mind. Given that our student base changes and the students’ interests change, our classes develop according to the current needs.

But what about science? And in high school? This past year for biology, our students picked their own textbooks. Our classes focused on labs which further examined basic biological concepts addressed in most all curriculums. Our younger students participate in exploratory classes covering different areas of science.

What about creation? We use Apologia science. Great! It is wonderful that your family can connect and use a certain brand of curriculum positively within your individual homeschool. We are an education based cooperative. We are not faith based. This means that while we are respectful of religious viewpoints and different practices of faith, we focus on education. We discuss and explore many topics, including evolution. If your family chooses to use Apologia curriculum in your homeschool, it will not affect our ability to be inclusive and we welcome cultural/ religious diversity within our community.

Are you Charlotte Mason/ Montessori/ Classical method?  We are a combination of the best of each method and more. We do not fit any certain label, but our approach tends to be hands-on, student driven, with a collaborative learning environment at the core of each course. Because we do not subscribe to any one curriculum or form, we are able to use a variety of methods that truly mimic our students’ learning styles.

Do you give grades?  We are a supplementary cooperative. We do not grade student work, as it is ultimately up to the parent to record and give grades to each student. At times we give feedback and we are happy to help, but we are not responsible for grading.

 

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