North East Coop
North East Location

Classes are held at New Kirk Presbyterian
491 Langford Road, Blythewood, SC

Open House/Orientation: January 11 at 11 a.m.

14 Classes held Wednesdays:
January 18, 25
February 1,8,15,22
March 1,8,15,22, 29
April 5,12*,19,26

Picnic and  Playdate on April 12 due to Richland 2 spring break

Semester registration fee: $10/student (ages 5+), limit $30/family, a building fee to pay or donate to the building for their utilities and supply costs. Each class or club may have a supply fee, which covers the entire semester as well.  You must first join REACH ($15 per year per family) in order to register for co-op. Parents are required to assist in some way during each class hour that their student(s) attend. No drop offs.
The deadline to register for classes is January 11. Some younger age classes are already full, so please read carefully.

NE Coordinators: Angela Williams and Wendy Weast
Contact: reach@reachgroup.org  

Spring 2017  Schedule: Wednesdays

10:00 – 10:50 am Class Descriptions

Tot time for birth to age 4
Come play with us! We will play with toys, read stories, play games, dance to music and have arts and crafts while older siblings attend classes. If weather permits, we will play on the playground or with a big parachute.

Class maximum: 18
Cost: $3 for age 18 months and up, for arts and crafts supplies. Infants are free.
Parents will need to bring snacks for their child (ren) and a bottle or cup as well as adequate diapers/pull ups or change of clothes if new to using the potty.
Two or more adults will be in the room at all times-Parents will rotate weekly/hourly.
We will separate the infants into another room if needed.
Coordinator: Shaka Dana Shakadana@gmail.com
American Girl Dolls club- ages 5*-10 **FULL**
Through several of the American Girls in the signature line of historical dolls, we will use discussion, crafts and imagination to connect our children with inspiring characters and timeless stories from America’s past.
Geared toward ages 6-10, older welcome. Younger by request, if the parent stays to assist their younger child.

Controversial issues: History in itself can be controversial. Areas planned to be discussed are ( but not limited to..) colonial life through a Native American girl’s perspective, immigration, The Great Depression, and war times.
Cost: $10. Looking for donations of tea sets.
Parent involvement: We’ll need at least 3 parents to lead 3 weekly activities based on a particular doll, as well as assist in the classroom while other parents lead the activity on their turns. Lesson plans are provided.
Teaching style: Commercially prepared
World View: We will be discussing different cultures so it will vary dependent on who/ what we are discussing
Class maximum:15, students may join at any time after the first meeting
Grading: None
Coordinator: Lani Garza  jleilani46@gmail.com

Lego Master Builders- ages 5-12**FULL**
We will use our 14 week class to explore basics in mechanical engineering. Week by week, we’ll learn about and build one of the six simple machines in physics. Hopefully, for our last few classes we’ll be able to put all of what we’ve learned together and build one great Rube Goldberg machine. Reactions and chain reactions are the name of the game!
If teams finish their machines early, it’s Lego Free Build. Time will be set aside for all class members to help pick up toward the end of class.
Many, if not all, of our lessons will be done in teams.
Controversial issues: None 
Parent involvement: We’ll need at least two parent assistants
Teaching style: Hands on, interactive and collaborative
World View: Neutral
Class maximum:18, students may join at any time after the first meeting.
Cost: Free
Grading: None
Instructor: Christy Haselden  mamaflip@hotmail.com
Space Explorers – ages 9-12
Wanted: Space Explorers to complete a series of space missions. Learn about forces, motion, gravity, the moon, the sky, rockets, living in space, and more!

Prerequisite: Reading and writing
Controversial issues: None
Parent Involvement: At least 2 parents will need to assist each week
Teaching style: Relaxed
World View: Neutral
Class maximum: 15
Cost: $5  Also, a notebook to keep observations and bring to class.
Grading: None
Instructor: Julie Diehl  gemie@diehlnet.com

Teen Club – ages 13+
A club for the teens, by the teens. While there will be two parent advisors in the classroom, we’re leaving this club to be run by the teens. Prior to the first class, we’d like to hear from the teens of what they’d like to vote on during the first class as to things they’d like to accomplish during club time so the advisors can help them keep on track.
Suggestions: Book club ,writing club,, chess, games, plan some outside co-op events like  Geocaching.  Hiking, Movies, Party, Hi-Wire. Bring in parents to teach crochet or knitting or other classes like life skills as teens show interest.

Controversial issues: None – any controversies will be brought to the student’s parent’s attention.
Parent Involvement: 2 adult advisors present each week.
Teaching style: Hands on, interactive and collaborative
World View: Neutral
Class maximum: None
Cost: $5, some activities may have a cost or need supplies brought from home
Grading: None
Coordinators:  Wendy Weast  cmwendyw@gmail.com & Jaime Franklin jaimefranklin75@yahoo.com 




 11:00 – 11:45 am Class Descriptions

Tot time for birth to age 4

Come play with us! We will play with toys, read stories, play games, dance to music and have arts and crafts while older siblings attend classes. If weather permits, we will play on the playground or with a big parachute.

Class maximum: 18
Cost: $3 for age 18 months and up, for arts and crafts supplies. Infants are free.
Parents will need to bring snacks for their child (ren) and a bottle or cup as well as adequate diapers/pull ups or change of clothes if new to using the potty.
Two or more adults will be in the room at all times-Parents will rotate weekly/hourly.
We will separate the infants into another room if needed.
Coordinator: Shaka Dana Shakadana@gmail.com

Elementary P.E.– ages 5*-10**FULL**
We will participate in a 15 min YouTube workout video. Then we will do a cool down stretch, get some water, and head out to the play ground for the rest of the class time. I will have indoor game ideas on days that it is raining. Please have kids dress in loose fitting clothing and tennis shoes. Five year olds must bring a parent to class.Controversial issues:. None
Parent Involvement: At least 2 parents will need to assist each week
Teaching style: Hands on, interactive, physically active
World View: Neutral
Class maximum: 15
Cost: Free
Grading: None
Instructor: Andrea Yeager andreafyeager@yahoo.com

Elementary Anatomy Part 2- ages 6-10
In this class we will learn more about the functions of the body and talk more in depth about the organs. This class will be full or review from Anatomy 1 and will also continue on the journey of the human body and how it works. I will also throw in a small amount about nutrition and how to keep our bodies happy and healthy. We will also be covering the reproductive/Endocrine system this semester. I will be talking about what hormones are and what they do and where they come from. There will be lots of activities as well as worksheets for the students to take home.
Prerequisite: Reading (or with parental help)
Controversial issues:. Worksheets as well as games to help the kids learn the body and its many parts, may include reproduction systems
Parent Involvement: At least 2 parents will need to assist each week
Teaching style: Hands on, interactive
World View: Neutral
Potentially controversial topics: Reproductive systems will be covered
Class maximum: 18, students may not join after the first week of class
Cost: $5
Grading: None
Instructor: Julie Rice blackfeatherfarm77@yahoo.com

Elementary Art- ages 7-13  **FULL**
This is an elementary art class covering many different projects and spotlighting  different famous artists. We will learn about various techniques of painting, drawing, and sculpting. Prerequisite: Following instructions
Controversial issues: None
Parent Involvement: At least 2 parents will need to assist each week
Teaching style: Relaxed
World View: Neutral
Class maximum: 15
Cost: $15
Grading: None
Instructor: Judy Farmer judithfphotography@gmail.com 

Ancient Civilizations – ages 7-12 (grade 2-8)**FULL**
We’ll focus on Rome, Greece, Egypt, Mesopotamia and the Indus Valley. We will have videos, discussion, hands on crafts & handouts.
Prerequisite: Reading and writing independently
Potentially controversial issues: Brief mention & discussion on the practices of Slavery, Human sacrifice, and
Polytheism
Parent involvement: Assist in class unless otherwise assigned to Tot time or another class.
Teaching style:Mix of lecture, facilitator,  and hands on activities.
World View: Secular
Class maximum:18, students may join later with instructor permission
Cost: $5
Grading: None
Instructor: Marie Kinard  Mariekinard@hotmail.com

HS Shakespeare – ages 13+
This class will explore and contrast three of Shakespeare’s plays and their modern adaptations to the big screen. I’ll be selecting one comedy, one tragedy, and one history for the class to read and discuss. There will be one viewing party per film (the date and location of which to be announced as it fits the pace of the class and everyone’s schedules) for those who are unable to view the films at home, or just want to do so as a group. Before the end of the course, students will select a scene from one of their own favorite Shakespeare plays not covered in class, and as a group, write and perform their own modern adaptation of that scene. By the end of the course, students should gain a deeper understanding of the more important themes of Shakespeare’s plays, and why they’re still relevant to a modern (even teen!) audience. A note for those tired of the tendency of high school Shakespeare courses that focus on Romeo and Juliet – we’ll be focusing on other, less frequently explored plays.
Prerequisite: Reading and writing well. Grade 9-12.
Controversial issues: Because of the nature of some of the films and the themes of the plays, it’s important that if your child take this class, they not be younger than age 13 (though my preference is for 15 to 18 on this one, I leave it to the judgement of individual parents to decide upon the maturity of their children). Also, while I tend to be an unschooler with my own kids, there will be occasional written/typed homework, and there will be a lot of reading in this class – so students should keep this in mind before they choose it. I promise it’ll be fun, though – my goal is to get even those who avoid or actively dislike Shakespeare to find something they can enjoy about it.
Teaching style: Eclectic blend of project-based learning and Socratic discussion
World View: Secular
Class maximum:25, students may join at any time after the first meeting but will pay the same supply fee
Cost: $10 supply fee,  to offset some of the cost of the films and handouts, I’ll need $10 from each student for the year (can be paid $5/semester, if that’s easier). There will be a reading list as well.
Grading: None
Instructor: Jessa Rittenhouse clockwork.siren@gmail.com 





LUNCH/Playground 11:45 am-12:15 pm

 

12:15 – 1:00 pm Class Descriptions

Tot time for birth to age 4
Come play with us! We will play with toys, read stories, play games, dance to music and have arts and crafts while older siblings attend classes. If weather permits, we will play on the playground or with a big parachute.
Class maximum: 18
Cost: $3 for age 18 months and up, for arts and crafts supplies. Infants are free.
Parents will need to bring snacks for their child (ren) and a bottle or cup as well as adequate diapers/pull ups or change of clothes if new to using the potty.
Two or more adults will be in the room at all times-Parents will rotate weekly/hourly.
We will separate the infants into another room if needed.
Coordinator: Shaka Dana Shakadana@gmail.com

Social Emotional Skills Introduction – ages 4-7 **FULL**
We will read about: Bullying/Teasing, Good Behavior Expectations, Self-Confidence, Problem Solving, Caring About Others and Empathy, General Feelings, Accepting Different Kinds of Friends, Being a Friend. Other topics may be added with interest from the kids.
There will be a short discussion on each topic after the story, then a small project to reinforce the book’s information.
Prerequisite: Listening to a story, taking turns
Controversial issues: None
Parent Involvement: At least 2 parents will need to assist each week
Teaching style: Story time, interactive
World View: Neutral
Class maximum: 12
Cost: $5
Grading: None
Instructor:Erin Ramirez  erin_elizabeth39@hotmail.com  

Goldie Blox Engineering – ages 6+**FULL**
Prerequisite: Age 5 ONLY if the parent stays to help the child participate and follow instructions.
Explore basic engineering concepts with fun hands-on projects using Goldie Blox kits; we may also play with Snap Circuits, TinkerToys, KNex, etc.
Prerequisite: Collaboration and following basic instructions
Controversial issues: Goldie products are designed to appeal to girls, but boys are welcome to participate.
Parent Involvement: At least 2 parents will need to assist each week
Teaching style: Hands on, interactive, building together, brief videos
World View: Neutral
Class maximum: 10
Cost: Students should bring a small (about 6″) action figure, and they may wish to purchase a Goldie or a Ruby but we will work in teams.
Affiliate link to support RTT–> Ruby Rails Action Figure with Parachute or Goldie Blox Zipline Action Figure
Grading: None
Instructor: JoAnn Johnson  autaugacreek@yahoo.com


 

German Language and Culture  102– ages 6-14

Guten Tag,
We will continue where we left off last semester. We will eat a German meal, have some more German snacks, and I will give you some German recipes. There are some cool holidays coming up in Germany that I want to talk to you about. We will play games and do some crafts. We will also dig deeper into conjugation, make sure we remember our sentences and vocabulary. I hope by the end of the semester I can speak some German with you guys, ask some questions and get some answers.
Hope to see you soon,
Bis bald,
Julie

Prerequisite: Reading and writing
Controversial issues: Mentioning of Christian celebrations in Europe
Parent Involvement: At least 2 parents will need to assist each week.
Teaching style: Hands on, interactive
World View: Secular, but mentioning of christian celebrations in Europe
Class maximum: 15
Cost: $5
Grading: None
Instructor: Julie Buchanan julie.buchanan1@yahoo.de 

The Secret of Handling Money God’s Way- ages 8-13
Bible based curriculum uses an interesting story and fun activities to teach kids the basics about money. Designed for ages 8-12, The Secret to Handling Money God’s Way features the adventures of Maria, Josh, Andy and Ruth as they try to save enough money for baseball camp. As they find out how to earn,save,give and spend money, they also learn some important things about God. It would be VERY helpful if the students had a money saving/give/spend system. Every week they will be required to memorize a Bible verse and to bring their Bibles to class.
Prerequisite: Reading and writing
Controversial issues: This is a Christian class based on the Bible.
Parent Involvement: At least 2 parents will need to assist each week
Teaching style: Hands on, interactive
World View: Christian
Class maximum: 15
Cost: $3 plus supplies: Bring Bibles and something to write with. Suggested to open a savings account or get a physical bank
Grading: None
Instructor:Andrea Yeager andreafyeager@yahoo.com

High School Government – ages 14+
American Government is a one-semester course for high school students (grades 9-12 AND/OR ages 14 and up) required for graduation. It is designed to give students a background of our nation’s government, how it works, and how we can participate to make it work for ALL U.S. citizens.
Class Structure:
We will have class discussions that are reinforced by weekly worktext assignments. I do not grade, but expect the assignments to be completed each week, and there will be an end of semester project.
Prerequisite: Age 14 and up
Controversial issues: None
Teaching style: Eclectic
World View: Secular
Class maximum: 20
Cost: No supply fee, but will need to get the Our Federal and State Constitutions – Alex J. Schmidt, and various audio/visual media to complement the worktext. To cut down on class costs, a free examination copy of the book is available at this link: http://www.ajspublications.com/smartlist_111
We will use the universal edition.
Grading: Parents grade work
Instructor: Jaime Franklin jaimefranklin75@yahoo.com

Art History Through the Ages – Part 2  (ages 14+)
This is an art history class for high school students with an interest in the evolving arts from the beginning of mankind to today. We will discuss artists, pieces, timelines and geography with encouragement in group discussions. There will be many controversial and debatable points!
We’re studying Baroque to Neoclassicism, The 19th Century, and the Modern Ages.
Controversial issues Nudity, religion, violence, etc (all art discussed will be classical pieces)
Please bring a notebook and pencil to class (keep all notes together and organized)
Internet and home research capabilities will be needed for homework and final project
Teaching style: Eclectic
World View: Secular
Class maximum: 20
Cost: $15. Please bring a notebook and pencil to class (keep all notes together and organized)
Internet and home research capabilities will be needed for homework and final project
Grading: None
Instructor: Judy Farmer judithfphotography@gmail.com 


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