4th-6th Grade Spring 2020 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)

 

Beginner Guitar**

Beginner Violin/Viola/Cello Group Lessons**

Coding w/ Dash & Dot**

Crazy 8s Math

Gnome Homes

Jane Austen**

Junior Choir

Nature Explorers

Traveling the World**

Unsung Heroes

Second Period

(10:20-11:15)

 

Amigurumi**

 

Beginner Guitar**

Creative Cooking**

Discovering Great Artists**

Geology

Violin/Viola/Cello Group Lessons**

Wags & Woofs

Watercolor for Beginners

Wild & Wacky Holidays**

Third Period

(11:20-12:15)

 

3D Paper Crafts**

 

Beginner Piano**

Board Games

 

Chess Club

Create-A-Book**

Mini Weapons**


Phys. Ed

Poetry Teatime**

4th - 6th Grade Class Descriptions

3D Paper Crafts

Location: Café A
Who says paper has to be flat? We are going to have fun creating a variety of 3D items with paper. We'll explore techniques such as paper quilling/rolling, paper flower and box making, paper sculpture, papier mache’, and decoupage. Some painting and mixed media will be included.  (A. Darlington)
NOTE: There is a $5 fee.

Amigurumi

Location: Sanctuary A
In this class we will be exploring the adorable, miniature world of Amigurumi! We will be learning various techniques to create small 3D toys with crochet. This an intermediate skill class. Students must be comfortable with single crochet, double crochet and chaining. Experience in following a pattern is also helpful. Each student should have their own set of crochet hooks, at the minimum a G hook and an H hook, that they bring to class each week. Please contact the teacher if you need advice on purchasing a set.  (K. Allison & L. Groomes)
NOTE: There is a $5 fee.

Beginner Guitar 

Location: Room 110 (1st pd), Vestibule (2nd pd)

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 paid 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).

Board Games

Location: Sanctuary B

Do you like rules? And winning? Have you learned how to defeat your entire family in your favorite games and you're looking for a new challenge? Board Games is the class for you! Bring your favorite games to class and teach your friends. Card games and board games are welcome - whatever you enjoy playing at home. While your parents think you are off learning strategy and sportsmanship, you'll really be learning tools for world domination. If there are multiples of the same game, we will have tournaments. Please do not bring video or electronic games. (A. DeCharleroy)

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.

Coding w/ Dash & Dot

Location: Sanctuary B

Programming is not about writing code, but about problem solving. Coding is the tool used by programmers to solve problems. In this class children will learn about the tools they have available to them and will need to solve problems presented to them in various challenges. Problem solving is one of the most important skills you can learn, and in this class you will learn how to do it in a fun and engaging way.  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). Tablets are STRONGLY preferred. 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.

Crazy 8s Math

Location: Room 142

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.  This class is all new material from our fall semester class.

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

Create-A-Book

Location: Room 110

In this class we will spend the first few classes reading and analyzing our favorite storybooks as well as developing the story and illustrations for our own book. The last five weeks will be spent carefully rewriting the story and drawing the illustrations in the book so by the end of the semester students can take home their own hard-back story book. They will be approximately 25 pages in length.  (K. Norberg)

Note: There is a $2 fee.

Creative Cooking

Location: Kitchen

Come have fun with us as we get creative in the kitchen and explore new flavors & recipes.  In addition to making fun recipes, we will explore a specific ingredient each week to understand why it is important in a recipe.  As the semester wraps up, students will have a better understanding of the science behind the recipes. We will be making a combination of new and repeat recipes from last semester.   (S. White) 
NOTE: Due to limited space, this class will first be offered to children who have not taken our cooking class. 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.

Discovering Great Artists

Location: Welcome Center K

This class is based on the book by MaryAnn Kohl. Students will learn the history and biographies of great artists and then create art masterpieces using a variety of mediums, to replicate the styles and techniques of the masters!  This semester we will be covering the following artists/projects:

  • Giotto - Egg Paint

  • Angelico - Painting with Silver Leaf

  • Michelangelo - Fresco Plaque

  • El Greco - Drawing Tall Figures

  • Blake - Hand Colored Prints

  • Monet - Dabble in Paint

  • Degas - Resist in Motion

  • Homer - Wilderness Watercolor

  • Renoir - Mixed Media Still-Life

  • Van Gogh - Starry Night

The class will culminate in an art show during the last week of the semester, where students will display their favorite pieces. At the end of the semester students will bring home their entire portfolio. Students will not need to buy/bring any art supplies from home.  (S. Baloche)
NOTE: There is a $10 fee.

Geology

Location: Room 138

Following Real Science 4 Kids Focus on Geology we will explore the topic through reading, discussion, hands-on experiments & projects, and notebooking. 
Topics that will be covered include:

  • What is Geology?

  • Geologist's Toolbox

  • What is Earth Made of?

  • Our Earth

  • Earth is Active

  • Earth's Spheres

  • The Geosphere

  • Air We Breathe

  • Our Water

  • Plants & Animals

  • Magnetic Earth

  • Working Together  

(L. Padalik)

Gnome Homes

Location: Café A

Welcome to the wonderful world of gnomes! In this class we will take regular everyday materials from home and turn them into works of art; beautiful enough for a gnome to make their home! We will build gnome homes that resemble hollowed logs using plastic bottles, foil, tape, and paper towels dipped in a glue mixture. Once done we will paint our homes then build and create furniture and decor to decorate them. We will be working in miniature and will be using lots of very small materials, also cutting, painting, paper mache, and working with hot glue guns. This will sometimes be a messy class, so plan to wear appropriate clothing or bring a smock. The gnome homes will be created over several weeks. It will be each student’s responsibility to take their unfinished project home each week and return with it the following class. This will be an important responsibility!! If you don’t bring your gnome home back to class each week you will not be able to finish and your gnomes won’t have a home to move in to!! Come prepared to get a little bit messy, use lots of imagination, and create something truly special.  (A. Johnson)

Jane Austen: Her Writings and World
Location: Vestibule
Join us as we explore the life and times of Jane Austen! Through art, music, and games we’ll learn the customs and traditions of her era, as well as explore some of her better known books. Some of the special crafts and activites will include:

  • Regency Tea

  • Creating a Christmas kissing bough

  • Planting a kitchen garden

  • Decorating candles

  • Making Recency style turbans/top hats

  • Making a sextant 

  • Creating "frame-able" Jane Austen quotes 

Required readings are: Who Was Jane Austen? and Usborne Complete Jane Austen. We will be discussing these books so please make sure your student has them!  (K. Brueker)

NOTE: There is a $5 class fee.
 

Junior Choir 

Location: Sanctuary A

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)

Mini Weapons

Location: Room 142
Who needs a spitball or a peashooter when you can make a Clothespin Catapult, a Paperclip Crossbow, or a Coat Hanger Slingshot? Every kid knows it's their responsibility to protect their backyard from the imminent threat of the zombie apocalypse (or at least be good enough at target practice to impress all their friends). Come arm yourselves with a militia of household objects, and maybe learn a little about the physics and engineering principles that make a good projectile while you're at it. (Students must be willing to carefully follow instructions and to take the Mini-Weapon Maker's Pledge: "I will never use my weapons on anything living, except for trees because they don't mind.")  (L. Harrison)
NOTE: There is a $5 fee.

Nature Explorers

Location: Kitchen

This class is a continuation of our Nature Journaling endeavors.  Students will explore nature through hands-on activities, journaling, and art. They’ll make a nature journal in the first class and use it throughout the semester to record their observations, both in class and at home during the week. Drawing is not required!  We’ll introduce different ways to add to their journal such as rubbings, flower/leaf pressing, prints, and collections. We plan to be outside each class, in all weather, so dress accordingly! Open to new and returning students, we change activities with the seasons.  (A. Darlington & K. Walker)

Phys Ed

Location: Gym

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

Poetry Teatime

Location: Welcome Center K

Each week we will learn about a poet and read their poems together. While our focus is on enjoying poetry, we will touch on historical context and the biographies of famous poets. Students may also work on reading aloud to the class and keeping a notebook of the poems we cover in class. And of course we will have a cup of tea and a snack each week too!  (K. Allison & C. Jenkin)

NOTE: There is a $5 fee.

Traveling Around the World

Location: Welcome Center S

Come join us for a brand new, fun filled adventure around the world to 10 exciting countries where we will learn to identify flags, capital cities, locations, commodities, landmarks, foods, currency, and more. We will be traveling through Japan, Haiti, India, China, Israel, Spain, Germany, Saudia Arabia, France & USA. Each student will log their travels with the help of their personal passport, take turns as the classroom customs agent, stamping the date of each journey taken, and engage in easy note taking skills in a fun way by filling out 10 country sections to complete a personal lap-book on the highlights of the material covered in class. For students who like to express creativity, there will be opportunities to reinforce learning through designing a lap-book cover, coloring flags, designing a luggage tag, and a super fun modeling clay project. Ten to fifteen minutes each week will be devoted to U.S. geography and learning the states and capitals as well as their location on the map. On week 9, we will indulge in foods of all the countries explored, review, and finish our lap-books to take home in preparation for our final week with a game of Jeopardy!  (J. Holm)

NOTE: There is a $2 fee.

 

Unsung Heroes

Location: Room 204

This class is specially designed for 3rd-5th graders. We are going to take a look at people and animals from throughout history and around the world that have achieved great things or performed acts of bravery or self-sacrifice. The catch? They are not celebrated or recognized. We will discuss their stories, why they've been overlooked, and then have a group discussion time about what we have learned. We will have projects, crafts, and experiments as we learn more about these incredible individuals!  (H. McIntyre)

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 paid 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.

Wags & Woofs

Location: Room 204
This class is for those who love dogs and want to learn more about them, including the way they communicate with their woofs and wags. What do they really mean? We will talk about some dog history, other dog behavior, and health. We will make some fun dog-themed crafts and some treats for our beloved buddies or to give to some dogs in need. There will be an opportunity for students to read an oral report about their dog, a favorite kind of dog, a famous dog, a personally written dog story, a dog poem, etc. You get the idea! Talking about a dog is the only real objective (and I will help any shy student too - no one is forced or failed if they do not do this, it’s just an opportunity and encouraged since it’s a fun topic). You do not need to have a dog to take part in this class - just a love for these amazing creatures.  (M. Hooper)
NOTE: Students will need to provide a thin 3-hole binder or folder for all of our class worksheets.

Watercolor for Beginners

Location: Café A
Learn the basics of watercolor painting and create beautiful artwork.  Students will have the opportunity to paint pre-drawn pieces or create their own ideas from scratch. Students will also purchase their own beginner water color set to keep! Classes will include video instruction and hands on help with each project.   (A. Martin)
NOTE: Students will be required to purchase THIS WATER COLOR SET before the first day of class.


Wild & Wacky Holidays

Location: Room 110
Everyone has their favorite holiday. In Wild and Wacky Holidays we will celebrate the amazing and different holidays that are not as common. At the same time we will incorporate fun facts about geography, history, science, and maybe even math. Classes will primarily be all about crafts, fact sheets, with the odd snack thrown in.  (Please email the teacher before registering if you have concerns about food allergies or sensitivities.) Students get to make up their own holiday and present it to their friends at the end of the semester. We are going to have a blast discovering these amazing holidays!  (K. Walker)

NOTE: There is a $3 fee.

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