4th-6th Grade Fall 2019 Semester Schedule

These classes are only offered at our FCC Campus. 7th grade students may elect to participate in this group or in our Jr/Sr High group. Students may only register for one campus.

Room assignments listed on this page will not be finalized until after registration closes because they are determined by actual registration numbers.

**Additional fee is required. See class description.

Pre-requisite applies. See class description.

First Period

(9:20-10:15)

 

Astronomy

 

Beginner Guitar**

Beginner Violin/Viola/Cello Group Lessons**

Codes and Ciphers

Coding w/ Dash & Dot**

Cooking w/ Class**

Harry Potter Science**

Junior Choir

Nature Journaling

Second Period

(10:20-11:15)

 

Beginner Guitar**

Crazy 8s Math

Crochet**

For the Love of Cats

French: Conversation, Culture & Crafts

Growth Mindset Journaling**

Into the Wardrobe

Traveling Around the World

Violin/Viola/Cello Group Lessons**

Third Period

(11:20-12:15)

 

Beginner Piano**

Chess Club

Christmas Ornament Workshop**

I Choose... Book Club


Phys. Ed.

Printmaking**

Sew Much Fun**

Sharks: Friend, Foe, or Just Plain Fabulous?

4th - 6th Grade Class Descriptions

Astronomy

Location: Room 142

Using Focus on Middle School Astronomy by Rebecca Keller as an outline we will explore the scientific discipline of astronomy. Students will learn about the history of astronomy; various astronomical tools, including telescopes, space probes, landers, and rovers; the phases of the moon and how the moon affects the Earth; the sun and solar energy; the planets in our solar system and their characteristics; the Milky Way Galaxy and other galaxies; stars and other celestial bodies; and more. Each week we will do some type of hands on experiment or project in class to apply what we are learning through reading and discussion.

week 1    What is Astronomy?

week 2    Astronomer's Toolbox

week 3    Earth in Space

week 4    The Moon and the Sun

week 5    Planets

week 6    Our Solar System

week 7    Other Solar Systems

week 8    Our Galaxy

week 9    Other Galaxies

week 10  The Universe 

(L. Padalik)

Beginner Guitar 

Location: Vestibule

This session of classes will introduce the student to the instrument and teach them to read music without any cheaters. By mid-course, everyone should be counting and playing music as it was meant to be played. Guitarists are taught to play melodies with some introductory chords. As it can be difficult for younger students to pay attention in a group setting, students should be 8 and older. Students must have an instrument to bring to class on the first day and to practice on at home. Home practice time is especially important in group lessons or the student will not be able to keep up in class. The instructor will provide all music. The semester fee must be paid directly to the instructor on or before the first day of class. Parents can contact Leslie at 856/952-7843 or leslieg25@comcast.net with any questions before the semester starts.  (L. Glenn) 
NOTE: There is a $100 fee payable by the first day of the semester.

Beginner Piano 

Location: Café B

This session of classes will introduce the student to the instrument and teach them to read music without any cheaters. By mid-course, everyone should be counting and playing music as it was meant to be played. By week 10, pianists should be playing with both hands doing full songs. As it can be difficult for younger students to pay attention in a group setting, students should be 8 and older. Students must have an instrument to bring to class on the first day and to practice on at home. Home practice time is especially important in group lessons or the student will not be able to keep up in class. The instructor will provide all music. The semester fee must be paid directly to the instructor on or before the first day of class. Parents can contact Leslie at 856/952-7843 or leslieg25@comcast.net with any questions before the semester starts.  (L. Glenn) 
NOTE: There is a $100 fee payable by the first day of the semester.

Beginner Violin/Viola/Cello

Location: Café B

This class includes all age and grade levels and is for all students who have NOT had prior instruction. The instructor offers one free lesson to all beginners before the start of the semester in order to tune the instrument and get the student ready to begin. You must contact her to set this up.

Traditional teaching: good posture, left hand position and bow hold, good intonation, correct rhythm, use of four fingers and four strings, use of low second finger; bowings: half or whole bows, legato, détaché, staccato; awareness of bow division. The quarter note approach is adopted because it is the unit of the beat and it encourages freedom of the bow and arm at the onset. Musical fundamentals will be taught and applied to playing of solos and ensembles. The instructor is Mrs. Amy Weckesser, member of the Shrewsbury String Quartet and director of the Homeschool Orchestra. Please contact Mrs. Weckesser with any questions: violinamy30@hotmail.com or 856/952-1737.

Violins can be rented from John Exley, if needed, for $132/year. This includes maintenance, but not any string replacement. His number is 856/304-7230. 
NOTE: There is a $100 fee for EACH child. Full payment must be payed directly to the instructor on or before the first day of class. This fee is a significant reduction of price from regular tuition and is structured to pay for the instructor to be there for the entire semester; it cannot be broken down into a weekly cost if your student misses a lesson. There are no refunds for lessons missed by the student. New students only have an additional book fee of $33.00 (total for 3 books).

 

Chess Club

Location: Welcome Center S

This class is for those students who already know the basics of chess and have a good working knowledge of the game. The purpose of this class is NOT to teach the students how to play, but to give them the opportunity to play other students of varying skill levels and to improve their game. If the students are interested, a tournament will be held during the last several weeks of the session. Let's play some Chess!  (K. Alvarez) 
NOTE: Each student should bring a chess set to class.

Christmas Ornament Workshop

Location: Room 205

Do your kids love to craft, paint, glitter and get a little messy? At the end of this class, each student will bring home a collection of handmade Christmas ornaments suitable for gifting or display! We plan to use a variety of materials and methods in this hands-on class. Techniques may include (age-appropriate) hand sewing, beading, and painting. (K. Allison)

NOTE: There is a $5 fee.

Codes & Ciphers

Location: Welcome Center S

What is the difference between a code and a cipher? What kinds of ciphers were used by Julius Caesar, Thomas Jefferson, and Navajo soldiers in World War II? How are ciphers used to keep information secret online? How can you use statistics and probability to crack most ciphers? How do you make invisible ink? Each week students will learn more about the secrets of encryption, and practice using a code or cipher to send secret messages of their own!  (L. Harrison) 

NOTE: Students will have homework, in the form of an encrypted message, that they will have to decode at home every week. Each student will need to bring a binder for handouts every week.

Coding w/ Dash & Dot

Location: Room 110

Coding is a modern day superpower, and even our elementary-aged kids can get it! Learning to code will give your child the power to create and succeed in the digital world. Come join the fun!
This is a new version of the Dash & Dot course. Students of all experience levels are welcome to attend. Students will work in pairs and individually to learn basic programming skills. The students will complete challenges using the various apps connected to Dash & Dot. EVERY STUDENT WILL NEED A COMPATIBLE TABLET/PHONE (with Bluetooth enabled). (If you do not have a compatible device, please contact Jill Iovino at jilliovino72@gmail.com BEFORE registering.) To check for tablet compatibility use this link: https://home.makewonder.com/compatibility.  More information about which apps to download will be sent before class begins.   (B. Eterno)

NOTE: There is a $5 fee.

Cooking w/ Class

Location: Kitchen

Through demonstration and hands-on experience, we will prepare interesting and delicious meals. Most recipes will be repeated from the Spring 2019 class. Please note that there can be long periods where students will have to wait patiently and stand around. Our class size is going to be limited to 10 students who really want to learn to cook what they are going to eat. We will be creating some familiar meals and some not so familiar meals.   (S. Eley) 
NOTE: Due to limited space, this class will first be offered to children who have not taken our cooking classes. Does your child have any allergies??? You MUST email us BEFORE registering. Students with food allergies that have not been pre-approved will be removed from the class and will potentially not be able to get a replacement class.
NOTE: There is a $10 fee.

Crazy 8s Math

Location: Room 138

This is no ordinary math class! It's not a class at all, but a club. There is no curriculum, no paper and pencil exercises, and no sitting still. The club will meet each week to work on a project or game to reinforce grade level math concepts. Crazy 8s is designed to demonstrate math concepts in a high energy and interactive club atmosphere. Projects may include marshmallow shooters, bouncy dice explosion, and toilet paper olympics to name a few. Students should be prepared to get moving, have fun, and maybe learn a little along the way.  

(Crazy 8s Math is copyrighted by Bedtime Math Foundation. All class materials, content, and coach instruction will be provided by the organization).  (M. Weber)

Crochet

Location: Sanctuary

Crochet is a portable, inexpensive hobby that many people enjoy, but crochet is not just a fun creative outlet! This popular handicraft also improves fine motor skills and reinforces basic math skills. We will introduce students to the basics of crochet (slip knot, chaining, single crochet, double crochet) as well as how to choose supplies and read a simple pattern. Our goal is to enable the students to explore and enjoy crochet beyond our time together in class. While our class will focus on beginner skills, intermediate crocheters are welcome to join us and hone their skills as well. A little patience and the willingness to follow instructions are the only prerequisites for this class. Homework may consist of completing projects that we begin together in class. (K. Allison & L. Groomes)

NOTE: There is a $4 fee.

For the Love of Cats

Location: Café A

If you love cats and want to know more about them, then this is the class for you! Each week we will learn something new about cats: some cat history, cat anatomy, cat care, cat behaviors, cat breeds, even do some cat themed art. We will learn about local cat shelters and make some toys for them too. We will also try to make time to share about your own cat (s) or a cat you would like to have too. It is sure to be purrfectly fun for those who just love cats!!  (M. Hooper & L. Eterno)

French: Conversation, Culture & Crafts

Location: Welcome Center S

Have you ever wanted to speak a foreign language? Then this class is for you! We will speak French, learn about French Culture, and even incorporate a craft. So the next time someone asks you, “Parlez-vous français? You can reply, “Oui!” (K. Walker)

Growth Mindset Journaling

Location: Room 110

This creative journaling class is designed to help children understand they have the capacity to learn anything! Students will learn what a “growth mindset” is, how their brain can change, grow, and learn over time, ways to stay resilient when they face challenges, how to view mistakes and failures as growth opportunities, and understand they can reach goals with practice and effort. Balanced with Biblical truths, children will create a dynamic, colorful journal binder with reflections, worksheets, activities, and coloring pages that focus on growth mindset that they can use as a resource anytime! (A. Martin)

NOTE: There is a $2 fee. Students are encouraged to bring special pens/markers/pencils to personalize their journals and make them something they love.

Harry Potter Science

Location: Café A

In this class you will learn the science and the logic behind the magic of Harry Potter. This class is a repeat of our wonderful class of Fall 2018. Students at Hogwarts take classes to learn how to be a wizard and each week we will be taking one of those classes just like a Hogwarts student. Astronomy, Defense Against the Dark Arts, Care of Magical Creatures, Potions, Herbology, Alchemy, and Charms just to name a few. Get ready for the sorting hat to sort you into your house! Will you be Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw or Slytherin?   (H. Kausch & J. Wells)

NOTE: There is a $5 fee.

I Choose ... Book Club

Location: Vestibule

World War II serves as the backdrop to many amazing real life stories of people who had to make tough choices. In our class, we will break into teams and vote on the choices we think the characters in our You Choose WW II Spies book should make. Then, using our book for inspiration, we will work together in small teams to design our own adventures! We will create characters whose storylines are full of tough choices that could mean the difference between life and death. Students will work collaboratively to learn how to build stories and how to make awesome choices in tough situations. Ever heard of the hamster who ran out of food while his owners were away? Or the Pirate who lost his ship? Or the boy who got lost on a mountain alone? Come help save them or create a new character who faces tough choices!   (C. Jenkin)

NOTE: Every student will need a copy of the You Choose WW II SPIES book. 

Into the Wardrobe

Location: Room 204

This semester we will be going on a journey through a wardrobe to a land called Narnia, all from the comfort of our own homes! The students will read assigned chapters from The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis at home each week. In class we will go over what we've read and have fun activities, food, and games. Please join us on an amazing adventure!  (H. McIntyre)

Junior Choir 

Location: Sanctuary

Come join the choir - just for our younger grades! We have so much fun as we make music, make friends and explore the vocal talents we have all been blessed with. Learn how to use your instrument. No experience necessary. The more the merrier! The only requirement is that you can read - words, not necessarily music.  (M. Hoffman)

Nature Journaling

Location: Welcome Center K

This class encourages students to explore nature and capture their observations through words and art. Students will make a handmade nature journal in the first class and use it throughout the semester to record their observations. We'll introduce a few different ways to add to their journal, which may include words, drawing, painting, flower/leaf pressing, nature weaving, sun prints, and/or rubbings. Drawing skills are not required - everyone can find the medium they feel most comfortable with! We'll have activities to encourage students to journal during class as well as add to their journals during the week. We plan to be outside each class, in all weather, so dress accordingly! Open to new and returning students, we will change activities with the seasons.  (A. Darlington & G. Arora)

Phys Ed

Location: Gym

This will be a fun yet structured time of playing games and practicing skills.  (J. McManus)

Printmaking

Location: Café A

Learn to create works of art in a fun environment using basic monoprint, collograph, and relief printmaking techniques. Each week we'll focus on a different printmaking design and/or technique, and incorporate mixed media. Make your own cards, gift wrap, and prints for framing! (A. Darlington)

NOTE: There is a $4 fee.

Sew Much Fun

Location: Welcome Center K

Come learn hand sewing basics while making fun projects including a Christmas gift! (J. Degaetano)

NOTE: There is a $5 fee.

Sharks, Shark Jokes, Shark Games and Baby Shark Song

Location: Room 142

Kids will be immersed in all things sharks in this S.T.E.A.M. geared class! We will learn about different kinds of sharks, how God designed their bodies, their skin, their teeth, what they eat, how they move the way they do, and more! Activities will include reading books, individual written activities, group games, shark jokes, a Lego craft, watching short videos, art projects, possibly a lap book, and maybe a trip to the aquarium!  (S. Baloche)

Traveling Around the World

Location: Room 142

No passport needed to go on this expedition! Let's discover amazing facts about the geographic location that will be presented each week. Learn more about different countries, territories and states. We'll have a special guest expert every class who will introduce us to the culture, demographics and the best of all, will share a traditional dish or local fruit for us to taste. Did I mention the fun games and trivia included in this class? (A. Williams)

Violin/Viola/Cello Group Lesson

Location: Café B

This class includes all age and grade levels and is for all students who have had prior instruction.

Traditional teaching: good posture, left hand position and bow hold, good intonation, correct rhythm, use of four fingers and four strings, use of low second finger; bowings: half or whole bows, legato, détaché, staccato; awareness of bow division. The quarter note approach is adopted because it is the unit of the beat and it encourages freedom of the bow and arm at the onset. Musical fundamentals will be taught and applied to playing of solos and ensembles. The instructor is Mrs. Amy Weckesser, member of the Shrewsbury String Quartet and director of the Homeschool Orchestra. Students are encouraged to join the Homeschool Orchestra in addition to this class. You may read more about it at http://SouthJerseyYouthOrchestra.com. Please contact Mrs. Weckesser with any questions about which period to select:violinamy30@hotmail.com or 856/952-1737.

Violins can be rented from John Exley, if needed, for $132/year. This includes maintenance, but not any string replacement. His number is 856/304-7230.

NOTE: $100 for EACH child for the semester. Full payment must be payed directly to the instructor at the beginning of the session. This fee is structured to pay for the instructor to be there for the entire semester, and thus it cannot be broken down into a weekly cost if your student misses a lesson. There are no refunds for lessons missed by the student.

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