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2023 - 2024 1st - 2nd Grade Schedule

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2023 - 2024 1st - 2nd Grade Class Descriptions

ART APPRECIATION 1st – 2nd (2YR. ROTATION)

Teacher: Teresa Eastwood
Suitable ages, abilities, or skill level needed for this class: 1st-2nd grades 
Class Fee: $25 per Semester 
Maximum Number of Students: 10 
Minimum: 4 
Objectives of this class: Students will learn to use basic art techniques and various media to express their creativity. They will learn simple art vocabulary and become familiar with famous artists and their art styles. 
Description of the general class format: The first semester will focus on learning art basics and vocabulary while trying out different media and techniques. The second semester we will study different artists' lives and their artistic styles. Then we’ll create an art project following that artist’s style. We will end each semester with an art show to display our beautiful work.  No written homework will be assigned, and students will not need a textbook. 

**this course is offered as a 2 year rotation. Students can take Art Appreciation both years and not repeat material

 

FUN SCIENCE 1ST-2ND (2YR. ROTATION) 

Teacher:  Amie Height
Suitable ages, abilities, or skill level needed for this class- 1st and 2nd grade 
Class Fee- $20.00 per semester (this covers all supplies) 
Maximum number of students: 12 
Minimum number of students: 6 
Objectives of this class: To open young minds to the wonders of science and to teach them the safety and respect of the wonders of science. 
Description of the general class: Basic general hands-on science experiments, worksheets, and several lab folders. This class will be in 2 yr. rotation so that both and 1st and 2nd grade will have a good understanding of science and a good concept of science safety for when they move up to 3rd grade. Each yr. will cover different material. A certificate of completion will be given at the completion of 2 yrs. 
Description of enrichment or homework activities: Most experiments will be completed in class. On occasion experiment kits with instructions will be sent home to complete due to the lack of time required for the experiment to be a success and our limited time at CG. Emails and reminders will be sent out. 
Textbook/workbook: None (All supplies including Crayola’s, pencils, etc. will be provided) 
Other Important Information: Some experiments will involve mild chemicals, potting soil, grass, nuts, and other food items. Gloves and aprons will be provided. Please notify the teacher if your child has any allergies.

**YOU CAN NOT REGISTER FOR BOTH THIS CLASS AND NATURE STUDY . CHOOSE ONE OR THE OTHER.

 

MIND, BODY, MOTOR – 1st – 2nd and 3rd – 5th combined

Teacher: Becky Dykes 
Suitable ages, abilities, or skill level needed for this class: 1st – 2nd and 3rd - 5th 
Class Fee: $5 for each student per semester
Maximum number of students in the class: 20 total (10 students per grade group)
Minimum number of students for the class to make: 4  
Objectives of this class: We will be using exercises to improve motor skills that were developed and have been proven to help children with their cognitive development.  
Description of the general class format: In this class, we will work on different areas of development. Such as – Brain Gym games and exercises, body awareness, and basic fine and gross motor skills. We will have competitions and work on developing a healthy competitive spirit. Class participation is absolutely required.  
Description of enrichment or homework activities: None  
Textbook/workbook information: None  
Other Important Information: Class participation is absolutely required.

 

ELEMENTARY SPANISH – 1st-5th combined

Teacher: Elizabeth Haynie

Suitable ages, abilities, or skill level needed for this class- 1st and 2nd grade 
Class Fee: $10 per semester
Maximum number of students: 12 total (6 per grade group)
Minimum number of students: 2

Class Description: Focus on correct pronunciation through conversation and building vocabulary.

Description of the general class: Some prior knowledge of Spanish would be very helpful in this class, but it is not a requirement. Each class will include some conversation time followed by fun hands-on activities and games that teach new vocabulary. Each week, we will review previous vocabulary terms, then add new ones and practice them through conversation. The class will teach students to recognize common Spanish expressions, greetings and simple conversational words and how to respond appropriately in Spanish. There will be very little written work and an occasional craft project when it applies to that week’s vocabulary. Spanish grammar will not be taught.

Description of enrichment or homework activities: No written homework will be assigned. However, students are strongly encouraged to practice their vocabulary each week.

 

 

THINK!/Legos 1st – 2nd 

Teacher: Tiffany Laine 
Suitable ages, abilities, or skill level needed for this class: 1st – 2nd, must have the ability to think and work independently (and occasionally in groups), and follow clear, direct given directions.   
Class Fees: $15 per semester
Max number of students: 10
Minimum number of students: 4 
Description of the general class: This class builds on student’s natural curiosity to question how and why things work the way they do. We will spend time learning about a particular object or subject, then build it and test it. The students are then encouraged to use critical thinking and make corrections based on the outcome of our testing to achieve a better result. The fall portion will focus on household objects for the base of our creations such as cards, playdoh, cups, and toilet paper rolls. In the spring, we will integrate Legos into our creations! Both semesters will engage their brain and inspire creativity by hands-on activities.

 

 

EXPLORING THE STATES (2 Yr. Rotation) 1st – 2nd

Teacher:  Jessica Ogilvie
Suitable ages, abilities, or skill level needed for this class: 1st and 2nd 
Class Fee:  $20 per semester
Maximum number of students: 10 
Minimum number of students: 4 
Objectives of this class:  To have FUN learning about the states and their roles in our country  
Let’s go on a trip across the USA!  We will learn interesting facts about each state we visit and what makes it unique to our country.  We will highlight important historical events, people, geography, and/or landmarks during our visits.  We will also become familiar with the United States map, as well as all fifty states and capitals.  
During each class, we will work in our state journals and we’ll complete a fun, state-related activity. Activities may include crafts, stories, hands-on play, songs, games, and/or snacks.   
This class is designed to cover all 50 states over a two-year rotation. States will be studied by regions, with 25 states being studied each year.  Please make sure the food allergy form has been turned in to your child’s teacher - snacks will be eaten most weeks.  

 

INTRO TO MATH FACTS 1st – 2nd 

Teacher: Jennifer Platt
Suitable ages, abilities, or skill level needed for this class: 1st - 2nd with basic skill knowledge of adding, subtraction, shapes, measuring, patterns, etc.   
Class Fees: $10 per semester
Max number of students: 10 
Minimum number of students: 4 
Objects of class: Students will have fun building their foundation of math skills and knowledge through various games, strategic thinking, manipulatives, etc. This class is NOT a whole base curriculum. It is designed to be an added tool in your child’s math curriculum.  

 

CREATING FOOD THROUGH LITERATURE 1st – 2nd  

Teacher: Erin Green
Suitable ages, abilities, or skill level needed for this class: 1st – 2nd and ability to listen to a story independently and follow clear, direct directions to cook/bake. 
Class Fee: $20 per semester
Maximum number of students: 10
Minimum number of students: 4 
Objectives of this class: Students will cultivate their love of literature and food through storytelling, discussion, and baking/cooking a treat that is directly related to the book(s) of the day. 
Other important information: Parents must let the teacher know of any allergies. Work with the teacher to help accommodate child’s allergies and the food that will be prepared in class. 

 

READING WITH PHONICS – 1st-2nd

Teacher: Erin Blalock

Suitable ages, abilities, or skill level needed for this class: 1st and 2nd graders.

Class fee: $10 per semester

Maximum number of students: 8

Minimum number of students: 3

Objectives of this class: Students will have fun building their foundation of phonics skills and knowledge through various games, worksheets, and teacher instruction. This class is NOT a whole base curriculum. This course is designed to be an added tool in your child’s curriculum. The goal is for the students to achieve a higher proficiency in reading by strengthening their knowledge of phonics sounds and word blends.

 

 

RHYTHM AND MUSIC 1st – 2nd  

Teacher: Mariam Adair
Suitable ages, abilities, or skill level needed for this class: 1st – 2nd and ability to listen and follow instructions
Class Fee: $12 per semester
Maximum number of students: 12 
Minimum number of students: 4 
Objectives of this class: Students will express themselves through an assortment of music-related activities. Each class will be filled with vocal warm-up games, followed by active movement songs where kids learn how singing can bring joy to others and themself.  Each class day, everyone will have a chance to use an instrument such as rhythm sticks, tambourines, or egg shakers to keep rhythm with the music.  My desire is for your child to gain the opportunity to build self-esteem, improve memorization, strengthen hand-eye coordination, and build a love for music.

 

 

NATURE STUDY 1st – 2nd  

Teacher: Lisa Rawls
Suitable ages, abilities, or skill level needed for this class: 1st – 2nd 
Class Fee: $25 per semester
Maximum number of students: 10 
Minimum number of students: 4 
Objectives of this class: A Charlotte Mason-inspired approach to God’s creation, we will cover 3 broad topics per year and work on a rotation to repeat each topic every 5 years (Nature study will extend into the 3rd-5th grade. A student can take all 5 years and never repeat material).  Fall 2023 will be trees, winter will be stars and sky, and spring will be amphibians. Students will have hands-on activities to learn and observe and will be guided through nature journaling their observations and discoveries.  At the end of each term, students will have the opportunity to present something of their choice to the class from the topic covered (for example, for the tree study presentation, a student may choose to present a cedar, loblolly pine, or red maple, etc.).

**YOU CAN NOT REGISTER FOR BOTH THIS CLASS AND FUN SCIENCE. CHOOSE ONE OR THE OTHER.

 

 

BIBLE SKILLS 1st-2nd

Teacher: Bethany Brizuela

Grades: 1st-2nd

Class Fee: $5 per semester

Maximum number of students: 10

Minimum number of students: 4

Objectives of this class: In this class, students will learn to memorize scripture, begin to learn the names of all 66 books of the Bible, and work on how to navigate through their bible to find scriptures easily. Along with memorization, we will also read scripture each class, followed by discussion.  The goal is for the students to get to know God’s Word intimately and to learn to hide His word in their hearts. This class will be offered as a 2-year rotation. One year, this class will focus on the Old Testament.  The subsequent year, this class will focus on the New Testament.

Homework: Students will be encouraged to recite memorized verses before meals during the week. 

Required Materials: must bring an ESV bible to class each week

 

 

DRAMA FUN 1st-2nd

Teacher: Rebecca Leech

Suitable ages, abilities, or skill level needed for this class: 1st-2nd grade. Minimal reading adjusted to student age level; must be able to follow instructions and have fun

Class fee: $15 per semester

Maximum number of students: 8

Minimum number of students: 4

Objectives of this class: To give children an outlet for their God given creative abilities. Explore stories, especially from a Godly view. Learn some basic theater terms, work on skills that will benefit future thespians, dictation, projection, and facial expressions.

Description of the general class: We will use the following techniques to explore and have fun:

  • Narrative Pantomime stories: A technique in which the teacher or leader tells a story and each student, usually working independently, “acts out” the story

  • Physical and Pantomime Activities: These activities all teach physical control and pantomime communication.

  • Improvisation Activities: Virtually all creative drama involves improvisation, but these plans focus in part on building improvisation skills.

  • Role drama Activities: These lessons use the technique known as role drama, in which students are in role and must make choices and relate to each other in a role.

Description of enrichment or homework activities: No written homework will be assigned.

 

 

YOUNGER GIRLS CLUB 1st – 2nd  

Teacher: Heather Rucker
Suitable ages, abilities or skill level needed for this class: 1st – 2nd Girls   
Class fee: $15 per semester
Maximum number of students: 12 
Minimum number of students: 5 
Objectives of this class: To foster friendships and promote good sportsmanship among the girls with a chance for fellowship while having FUN! 
Description of the general class format: This year we will split our time between structured read-alouds, crafts, and games.  
Description of enrichment or homework activities: None 
Other Important Information: Please inform the teacher if your daughter has any allergies to food. Snacks will be provided

 

YOUNGER BOYS CLUB 1st – 2nd  

Teacher: Alyna Abel
Class fee: $10 per semester 
Suitable ages, abilities, or skill level needed for this class: 1st – 2nd Boys 
Maximum number for class: 12
Minimum number for class: 4 
Objectives for this class: 
1.    The boys will be encouraged to develop friendships. 
2.    The boys will learn good sportsmanship. 
3.    The boys will learn to follow directions while playing games, building craft projects, and working together. 
Description of the general class format: Boys will exert energy while participating in indoor and outdoor group games and working on projects. This is meant to be a FUN time! 
Description of enrichment or homework activities: None 
Textbook/workbook information: None 

 

BEGINNING SIGN LANGUAGE 1st-5th combined

Teacher: Meg Wingard

Grades: 1st-5th

Class Fee: $10 per semester

Maximum number of students: 10 total (5 per grade group)

Minimum number of students: 2

Objectives of this class: Beginning level to American Sign Language. Topics include vocabulary, history, finger spelling, numbers, and Deaf culture

Description of the general class: We will play, sing, and sign along with Signing Time DVDs. We will also practice what we have learned with flash cards and do worksheets in class.

Description of enrichment or homework activities: Child will be encouraged to teach siblings and parents the signs they have learned.

Required Materials: None

 

CHESS/GAMES WITH STRATEGY 1st-5th combined

Teacher: Jason Moore

Suitable ages, abilities, or skill level needed for this class: 1st – 5th. students need to be able to listen to instruction and have a significant interest in chess and other strategic board games.

Class Fee: $10 per semester

Maximum number of students: 16 (8 per grade group)

Minimum number of students: 4

Objectives for this class: Students will learn strategic games such as checkers, chess, risk, ticket to ride, etc.

Description of the general class: Students will learn decision making skills and improve their problem-solving abilities through board games. By playing strategy games such as chess, students will improve their memory, use creativity, improve their concentration, build resilience, learn patience, and learn good sportsmanship.

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