Block Courses

 
Girl Drawing
Kindergarten Block

Give your child a joy-filled start to their school-age years and come be a part of our community at the Center for Home Education. Students will enjoy a thematic, integrated curriculum full of music, hands-on activities, and interactive games. They will learn the basics of reading and math using 0-20, and experience interacting with new friends as a small caring community.

If you require more details of daily activities, please request it in the comment section of your registration. Or, you may email the front desk and request it be emailed to you.

Required Materials:
Students need to bring a water bottle and a snack each day.

Class Prerequisites:  Must be completely self-reliant for the restroom.

Days: Monday & Wednesday

Time: 12:45 - 3:45

Teacher: Mrs. Heather Powell

Classroom: Art

Cost: $72/week for 32 Weeks & one-time $60 material fee

Girl with Braids
1st-2nd Grade Math and Language Arts Block

Check into the 1st/2nd Grade and set off on an enjoyable and interactive learning experience.
This 3-hour class will meet twice a week for 32 weeks and cover the foundational skills of reading, writing, and math through active learning with peers.

*Second-graders may be placed in this class or the 2nd-3rd Grade Block depending on your student’s skill level.

Required Materials:
Students need to bring a water bottle and snack daily.

Class Prerequisites:  May register for this class but must meet with one of the classroom teachers for a quick assessment prior to being accepted.

WAITLISTED​​

Days: Monday & Wednesday

Time: 9:00 - 12:00

Teachers: Mrs. Lisa Conn (LA on Mondays) & Mrs. Hannah Reyna (Math on Wednesdays)

Classroom: Art

Cost: $72/week for 32 Weeks and one-time $40 material fee

School Children
2nd-3rd Grade Math and Language Arts Block

Check into the 2nd/3rd Grade and set off on an enjoyable and interactive learning experience. This 3-hour class will meet twice a week for 32 weeks and cover the foundational skills of reading, writing, and math through active learning with peers. Select themes will direct this learning, bringing continuity to the classroom experience and opportunities to engage children with all learning styles.

 

*Second-graders may be entered into this class or the 1st-2nd Grade Block depending on your student’s skill level.


Curriculum/Required Text(s):
Master Books - 3rd Grade Math & Language Arts

Class Prerequisites:  Mrs. Hannah Reyna will contact you to arrange for a brief assessment for your student.

WAITLISTED

Days: Tuesday and Thursday

Time: 12:30 - 3:30

Teacher: Mrs. Hannah Reyna

Classroom: Art

Cost: $72/week for 32 Weeks and one-time $40 material fee

Language Arts & Writing Courses

 
Newspapers
Extra! Extra! Read All About It 4-7

This class is designed to help your student become a better reader, speller, and writer! Between the ages of 9 and 12, many students need some extra support and encouragement to find and improve their reading, spelling, and writing skills.

 

Spelling- All About Spelling/Dianne Craft Sight Words
Reading- Dianne Craft Right Brain Readers/various other readers both in class and at home
Critical Thinking- Critical Thinking Company /Grammar faux pas
Brain Training Exercises- lazy 8’s/cross body movements

 

Connecting Reading and Writing with vocabulary is an excellent research-based vocabulary/word- learning series. It helps students make essential language arts connections using interesting reading selections, vocabulary activities, writing activities, and more.

Is your student having a difficult time getting their thoughts down on paper? Part of this class will be spent helping reluctant writers find their voice in writing. Various styles and methods will be explored as ways to familiarize your student with different types of writing. Sentence construction, developing paragraphs, and writing 3-5 paragraph essays will be the focus of part of this course. Spelling and grammar instruction and practice will be a regular component of this class. The goal is to facilitate an atmosphere where your student can feel comfortable to bring their skill level, regardless of age or experience, and show progressive advancement by December. Then again, to show further progress from January until May.

WAITLISTED

Days: Tuesday

Time: 1:00-3:00

Teacher: Mrs. Donna Jones

Classroom: Far Side 2

Cost: $24/week for 32 Weeks and one-time $25 material fee

Hand Writing
Beginning Cursive 5-8

The method of teaching cursive through “Cursive Logic” is a proven and efficient system. Nothing overwhelming – no stress or pressure. Homework and “grades” will be minimal. Each student will be encouraged and coached to improve upon what they bring to the table the first week of class.

Days: Thursday

Time: 11:30-12:30

Teacher: Mrs. Shannon Jackson

Classroom: Annex 1

Cost: $12/week for 32 Weeks and one-time $25 material fee

Studying
Think Tank 4th & Up

This class addresses the specific needs of learners. Our class is encouraging, uplifting, and focuses on social skills and peer interaction. Academically, we focus on Language Arts (Reading, Comprehension, Writing, Spelling, Vocabulary, Oral speaking and listening).

 

If you need further information about Think Tank, please email the Director, Donna Jones at dmjbookmom@gmail.com and provide information about your student.

You may register for this class but you will not be officially accepted until after an interview with Mrs. Renee Fleming, the classroom teacher. The office will inform Mrs. Fleming that you are interested in taking this class.


Curriculum/Required Text(s):
Upon approval into this class, you will be provided with a list of books that you will need to purchase. Typically we use Total Language Plus, Progeny Press or Memoria Press study guides for our novel selections. We work through one novel and study guide at a time so it will not be necessary to purchase all of the curricula at one time.

WAITLISTED

Days: Monday and Wednesday

Time: 11:30-2:00

Teacher: Mrs. Renee Fleming

Classroom: Annex 1

Cost: $65/week for 32 Weeks and one-time $25 material fee

Stack of Books
Language Arts 4/5

If Saxon Math 5/4 is taken as a block class with LA 4/5, the price per week is $30.

This is a comprehensive language arts and literature studies course that will cover writing, vocabulary, spelling, and reading comprehension while promoting active reading and reflective thinking. Literature studies will provide the stimulus for writing, and assignments will give students exposure to the elements, language, and methods of writing focusing on content, style, organization, and mechanics. Writing skills will be challenged and refined through classroom instruction, guided practice, and at-home assignments.

 

This is a 30 week class and begins September 3rd.


Curriculum/Required Text(s):
Total Language Plus Study Guide and Novels:

Cricket in Time Square
My Side of the Mountain
From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankwiler
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

Days: Wednesday

Time: 12:00-1:30

Teacher: Mrs. Katharine Wright

Classroom: Far Side 2

Cost: $18/week for 30 Weeks and one-time $25 material fee

Math Courses

 
Math Tutor
Saxon Math 5/4

If Saxon Math 5/4 is taken as a block class with LA 4/5, the price per week is $30.

Saxon Math 5/4 is designed for students in grade 4 or grade 5 students who are struggling with math.

Saxon Math is the most popular homeschooling math program – hands down! It’s highly recommended by both Mary Pride and Cathy Duffy and also wins the Center’s award for the “Most Requested Text.”  Learning is incremental and each new concept is continuously reviewed so the learning has time to “sink in” instead of being forgotten when the next topic is presented. Higher scores on standardized tests and increased enrollments in upper-level math and science classes have resulted where Saxon has been used in public schools. Students like Saxon because they feel successful in math instead of overwhelmed. Because of the format, children are able to work more independently.

Parents will be responsible for grading math homework

This is a 30 week course and begins September 3rd.


Curriculum/Required Text(s):
Parent purchased text/supplies: Saxon Math 5/4 - 3rd Edition Home school Kit--consists of 3 books; Student Text, Test and Worksheet Manual, Solutions Manual.

Can be purchased here:
$79.50 material price at Rainbow Resource.com

Days: Wednesday

Time: 10:30-12:00

Teacher: Mrs. Katharine Wright

Classroom: Far Side 2

Cost: $18/week for 30 Weeks and one-time $25 material fee

Health & General Science Courses

 
Excited Children in Science Class
Science is Fun 4-6

Children are naturally inquisitive and want real answers to their questions. They also learn best through fun, hands-on experimentation. This class combines these two ingredients to guide students into scientific thinking and investigation while equipping them with the foundational knowledge they need to think critically about the world around them.

We will study scientists and perform experiments to explore some of their ideas.  We will take difficult theories and try to apply them to the real world. This will be a fun class to get young people exposed to complicated scientific principles through hands-on observations.

Days: Tuesday

Time: 9:15-10:45

Teacher: Mrs. Jessi Killion

Classroom: Annex 1

Cost: $18/week for 32 Weeks and one-time $70 material fee

Butterfly
God's World Science 5-8

50% of this class is inspired by the 100 devotions about God and Science, “Indescribable,” by Louie Giglio.

 

“The heavens tell the Glory of God. And the skies announce what His hands have made.” Psalm 19:1.

 

These devotions take students on the journey of God’s creativity by reading, discussing, writing, drawing, praying, and doing a few in-class projects.

 

Topics covered will include:
Space, Galaxies, Planets, and Stars;
Earth, Geology, Oceans, and Weather;
Animals, including our minds, bodies, and imaginations.

 

The other 50% of this class will utilize Abeka’s “Understanding God’s World” science curriculum.
Students will use the activity book, as well as read chapters about plants, animals, insects, fish, and more. Different than our “Science is Fun” class, this class is not about weekly labs, demonstrations, and activities. Suggestions for additional hands-on activities will be provided to the parents to complete at home.

WAITLISTED

Days: Tuesday

Time: 11:15-12:15

Teacher: Mrs. Ginger Flores

Classroom: Far Side 2

Cost: $12/week for 32 Weeks and one-time $25 material fee

Chest Cavity
Health and Anatomy 4-6

 

This new Health and Anatomy class is designed to help children explore the structures that make up their body, and how the various parts of their body work together. It is important for children to see how different foods and exercises are good for different organs of the body.
This course will include the introduction of:

  • The heart and circulatory system

  • The digestive system

  • The respiratory system

  • The Integumentary system

  • Eyes

  • Ears/hearing

  • Dental Health

  • The 5 senses

  • Nutrition

  • Exercise

  • Skeletal system

  • Muscles

  • Kidneys

  • Emotions

  • Illness and how our body fights back

Days: Friday

Time: 10:00-11:00

Teacher: Mrs. Shannon Jackson

Classroom: Annex 1

Cost: $12/week for 32 Weeks and one-time $32 material fee

Theatre Courses

 
Super Hero Kids
Intro to Theatre K-3

 

Learn the basics of theatre including stage acting, theatrical movement (dance) and singing, theatre etiquette and teamwork. Acting and improvisation games and exercises will help students prepare skits, monologues, and dances for recital.

This is a fun, playful class! No textbook or homework other than memorization will be required.

 

A parent or guardian is required to attend the first class.

Required Materials:
Comfortable clothing for dancing and jumping.
Wear shoes that stay on the feet.
Water bottle, and pencil.
Long hair must be secured out of the face.

Days: Friday

Time: 11:30-12:30

Teacher: Mrs. Asia Wall

Classroom: Theatre

Cost: $12/week for 32 Weeks and one-time $25 material fee

Microphone
Jr. Beginning Theatre – The Trial of The Big Bad Wolf 4-7

Welcome to beginner theatre! Designed for students who have little to no prior experience. Here you’ll learn all the ins and outs of auditioning for, rehearsing, and performing a full-length show!


We will take two semesters to accomplish what we do in two months with our seasonal shows. In that time, we will learn everything about being in a full production and also have plenty of time for asking questions along the way. We will start by learning how to audition and audition well! Once we do that, we will simulate a callback environment and cast our show and or assign our crew positions if that’s preferred. Once we have a casted show, we start rehearsals where you will learn blocking, teamwork, staying in character, practicing and performance. Along the way we will have opportunities to give insight on building character, memorization tips, and mood setting through lights, set design, and sound. At the end of the first semester we will have a recital where the classes can show off their audition pieces and an excerpt or two from the show they are working on. At the end of the second semester, we will perform the full show compete with costumes, intermission, bows and all that comes with putting on a full show! This year we will be putting on the production of The Trial of The Big Bad Wolf.


Required Materials:
Comfortable, modest clothing and shoes that stay on the feet during every rehearsal.
Notebook, folder, and pencils.
Simple costumes will be the responsibility of the student’s family. However, the Center may rent pieces to students on a case by case basis.

WAITLISTED

Days: Thursday

Time: 1:30-2:30

Teacher: Mrs. Asia Wall

Classroom: Theatre

Cost: $12/week for 32 Weeks and one-time $25 material fee

Elective Courses

 
Mexican Street Decoration
Spanish 3-5

This class will focus on basic language concepts and vocabulary, including numbers, colors, food, seasons, days of the week, along with basic conversational phrases. We will explore cultural topics, current events, and units that go along with holidays and seasons. The goal will be to relate the students’ normal life experience to what is being learned in class. We will use videos, storybooks, picture dictionaries, and music to give students more exposure to what the language looks like and sounds like. Students will be given a chance to hear, read, write, and speak basic Spanish.

Days: Wednesday

Time: 12:00-1:00

Teacher: Mrs. Lara Fuller

Classroom: Far Side 1

Cost: $12/week for 32 Weeks and one-time $25 material fee

Image by Adam Thomas
Texas History 5-8

Texas History students study the history of Texas from early times to the present. Students examine the full scope of Texas history, including the cultures of Native Americans living in Texas prior to European exploration and the eras of mission-building, colonization, revolution, republic, and statehood. Students will be able to explain the influence of the U.S. Constitution on the Texas Constitution and examine the rights and responsibilities of Texas citizens.


Curriculum/Required Text(s):
Celebrating Texas (McDougal Littell): 978-0618155125

Days: Wednesday

Time: 2:30-3:30

Teacher: Mrs. Renee Fleming

Classroom: Annex 2

Cost: $12/week for 32 Weeks and one-time $25 material fee

Craft Supplies
Art & Crafts (Multiple Classes)

One definition of Art is “the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power.” Students will be given opportunities to express themselves through the following themes and methods. They will be encouraged to use their imagination and to produce works that are meaningful to them. Fun!

1. Silhouette Identity
2. Drawing basic shapes and 3 Dimensions
3. Watercolor basics
4. Texture and more!


We will explore different mediums and learn a little about the artist who used or created them.

WAITLISTED

Grades: K-3

Days: Friday

Time: 12:45-1:45

Teacher: Mrs. Ruth Koinm

Classroom: Annex 2

Grades: 2-5

Days: Tuesday

Time: 11:00-12:00

Teacher: Mrs. Ruth Koinm

Classroom: Art 

Grades: 4-6

Days: Thursday

Time: 9:00 - 10:00

Teacher: Mrs. Ruth Koinm

Classroom: Art 

Cost: $12/week for 32 Weeks and one-time $40 material fee

Old Dolls House
American Girls 2nd-5th

In this class students will read along to an American Girl book and then do games, and activities that teach and explore the time and traditions of the story’s era. Seeing history and culture through our heroine’s eyes. This class will have some basic sewing and cooking along with games, crafts, and other activities. We may also watch a coordinating American Girl movie.

Days: Tuesday

Time: 9:00-10:30

Teacher: Mrs. Ruth Koinm

Classroom: Art

Cost: $18/week for 32 Weeks and one-time $50 material fee

Kids Playing Treasure Hunt
Youth Activity 5th-Age 14​ (Multiple Classes)

This class is designed to provide your students with a safe place to experience fun with their peers.  We want your student to come to this class to learn some new fun things and to socialize! During this 32 week course, we will learn and play new games, and traditional games, listen to speakers, see God’s love in experiential bible activities, discuss current events, work on our critical thinking skills, paint, create a service project, and much more.  Some of the activities that we do will be developed by the students.  They will vote on the choices for class activities. Every week will be different!

WAITLISTED

Days: Wednesday

Time: 1:15-2:15

Teacher: Mrs. Ruth Koinm

Classroom: Annex 3

Days: Friday

Time: 12:30-1:30

Teacher: Mrs. Shannon Jackson

Classroom: Annex 1

Cost: $12/week for 32 Weeks and one-time $25 material fee

Skipping Rope
Fitness 4-7

Would you like for your 4th to 7th-grade student to exercise and learn about keeping hydrated, eating fresh fruits and vegetables? This class is for them! Learn about the muscles of the body and proper stretching techniques for triceps, biceps, quad muscles, ab muscles, etc. Students will practice different kinds of exercises including:
Cardio
Pilates
Yoga
Strength training

Days: Monday

Time: 10:30-11:30

Teacher: Mrs. Ginger Flores

Classroom: Annex 3

Cost: $12/week for 32 Weeks and one-time $25 material fee

Image by Xavi Cabrera
Learning with Legos (Multiple Classes)

Explore basic engineering principles and creativity by designing with basic LEGO materials. Each week a theme will be assigned and LEGO’s provided for in class use. There will be a mix of individual play, group project builds, and speed challenges. We will have an end of the year kit provided to build and take home on the last day of class.

Grades: K-3

Days: Friday

Time: 10:00-11:00

Teacher: Mrs. Ruth Koinm

Classroom: Annex 2

Grades: K-5

Days: Friday

Time: 11:30-12:30

Teacher: Mrs. Ruth Koinm

Classroom: Annex 2

 

Cost: $12/week for 32 Weeks and one-time $50 material fee

Handman Tools
Life's Toolbox 5*-8

Life Skills: finding the right toolbox

Students will learn useful everyday skills. We will start by building a toolbox.
Throughout the year, students will work on projects while learning.
Students can start to fill their toolbox by collecting tools they learn how to use throughout the year.

This class is very hands-on. Here are some of the topics that will be covered:

– Basic household repair and maintenance: hanging curtains, repairing drywall, painting, etc..
– Basic car maintenance: how to check a car’s tire pressure, fluid levels, changing a tire, etc.
– Basic meal planning: creating a menu, making a grocery list and preparing a simple meal
– Responding to emergency situations.

Other fees: Tools you choose to buy or borrow: Prices vary
*5th grade with teacher approval.

WAITLISTED

Days: Tuesday

Time: 12:30-2:00

Teacher: Mrs. Ruth Koinm

Classroom: Annex 2

Cost: $18/week for 32 Weeks and one-time $25 material fee

Piano keyboards
Piano K-3

 

This class will teach the basics of music including playing with a steady beat, singing on pitch, note and rhythm reading, keyboard technique, theory, and music appreciation. Students will be introduced to famous composers and compositions. They will have an opportunity to practice both vocal and instrumental participation in class, applying skills to the learning and performing of songs. Students will have weekly assignments and are expected to practice and work on musical elements outside of class 4 – 5 days per week for at least 10 minutes.


Curriculum/Required Text(s):
1) Alfred’s Basic Group Piano Course, Book 1 (Book 2 may be needed in the 2nd semester, depending on class progress) ISBN: 978-0739002155 -- Must purchase on your own. 
2) Just The Facts Theory Workbook, Book 1 ( www.musicbagpress.com )

Required Materials:
Keyboard*
Headphones
Pencil and a 3-ring binder for class practice materials and assignments

*For class, the students need a keyboard that is portable. I would just get something inexpensive for class, and have a nicer instrument at home to practice on. In class, it is helpful if the keyboard can function without being plugged in (batteries). A shorter keyboard with full size keys is probably best, as the miniature keys tend to be a hindrance. Headphones to plug into the keyboard are helpful in class though we don't use them all the time. Ideally, students would have access to something with full size and fully weighted keys for practice outside of class.

Days: Friday

Time: 9:45 - 10:45

Teacher: Mr. Joel Pyron

Classroom: Art

Cost: $12/week for 32 Weeks and one-time $25 material fee