Veritas In Academia

Serving homeschoolers through Catholic tutors.

2022 - 23 Course Descriptions

Younger Students



Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Level 1 (ages 3-6)

Note: Given the long wait lists for this class in past years, there are now two seperate sections of this class, both of which meet on Tuesdays.

Tutor: Terese Weber



Course Description: Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is a multi-year Montessori-based Catholic faith formation program where children can grow in their relationship with God through a deep engagement in Scripture and liturgy. CGS is based on the belief that God and the child are already in relationship. Our work as adults is to provide a place for the child and God to come together and grow. This place or atrium is a specially prepared room where children can come to know Jesus, the Good Shepherd. The atrium is prepared with materials that children work with as a way of meditating upon the essentials of our faith found in Scripture and in liturgy.

Prerequisite: Must be potty trained.



A Children's House (ages 3-6)

Tutor: Terese Weber



Course Description: The Montessori Children’s House is a mixed age environment specifically designed to help children between the ages of 3 to 6 years to develop at their own pace, choosing their own activities from the Montessori materials which are displayed in an ordered and accessible way. Children work individually, or in groups, with hands-on activities which are designed to help them develop physically, socially and intellectually. Each activity is complete in itself and also prepares for later activities so that the children move from one activity to the next. Children develop the ability to concentrate, work on eye-hand coordination, discover order, and develop independence.

Prerequisite: Must be potty trained.



Little Artists 1

Tutor: Julie Leighton

Course Description: Come and explore the JOYS of ART! We will have fun creating simple art projects with an emphasis on process art. This class is geared for age appropriate, cognitive, fine motor skills, short attention spans, and a loving environment. Mom’s are always welcome to stay. 😊💕
Children ages 3-6

Note: T and TH classes are independent and the projects will be different. Students are welcome to take one or both classes.




Tumbling (ages 3-6)

Tutor: Jennifer Meyer

Course Description: Little ones will lean how to tumble and gear up for possible future gymnastics or dance classes! They will learn how to do army crawls, crab walks, front and back rolls (somersaults), head and handstands, backbends/bridges, cartwheels, and possibly even one-handed cartwheels and front/back walkovers! Both thin and thick mats will be used for the safety of the children. Tighter vs. loose clothes are encouraged, such as in dance class.




How to Pray (ages 3-6)

Tutor: Jennifer Meyer

Course Description: Come and learn different types of prayer, different ways of praying, and essentially how to do it. All children will be learning how to use their imagination in the art of contemplative prayer to Jesus. There will be a Marian element to this class as well (leading the children to Mary). We will learn and practice how to make hidden, little sacrifices to Our Lady, which is so pleasing to both her and the Lord. We will learn and practice different virtues, including faith, hope, and humility. The children will discover or deepen their knowledge of their patron saint(s) and their guardian angel, growing in relationship with them.



Our World (ages 3-6)

Tutor: Christy Bauman

Course Description: In this engaging class specifically designed for preschoolers we will use the highly praised 5 in a row curriculum. Reading a story every week, while learning our ABC's, Numbers, animals, colors, and weather. There will be a worksheet every week so children can practice tracing and coloring.



Music (ages 3-6)

Tutor: Jenny Meyer

Course Description: Learning and singing songs, and playing instruments (30 mins).



Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Level 2 (ages 6-9)

Note: This class meets only on Thursdays.

Tutor: Terese Weber

Course Description: Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Level Two is a multi-year Montessori-based Catholic Faith Formation program for children ages 6-9 years old. The True Vine is at the heart of this level, whereas, the Good Shepherd was at the heart of the Level I atrium. At this level children continue to grow in their relationship with God by looking at Sacred History, moral formation, sacramental preparation, Eucharist, the Incarnation, and the Paschal Mystery. The atrium is a specially prepared room where children can come to know Jesus, the True Vine. The atrium is prepared with materials that children work with as a way of meditating upon the essentials of our faith found in Scripture and in liturgy.



A Children's House 2 (6-9 year olds)

Note: This is a two day per week class. It meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Tutor: Terese Weber

Course Description: The Montessori Elementary One class is a mixed age environment specifically designed to help children between the ages of 6 to 9 years. The Montessori elementary child enters a prepared learning environment that continues to be based on the use of concrete Montessori materials and learning through experience and discovery. The elementary program offers a continuum built on the preschool experience.

Prerequisite: 7 years of age, completed A Children's House level 1, or tutor approval.



IEW Fables and Fairy Tales READING AND WRITING

Tutor: Julia Johnson

Course Description: IEW (suggested for about second and third graders) This course features marvelous fables, myths and fairy tale writing lessons for eight and nine year olds, using the excellent Institute for Excellence in Writing techniques. Students will also enjoy journaling, Caught’ya Grammar, Daily Oral Language, Grammar Ball and Mad Libs. This course is taught by Julia, who embraces IEW and Language Arts and will be happy to assess, with parent help, whether your blooming reader and writer is ready for this enjoyable course.

Materials:
IEW Fables and Fairy Tales
Colorful pens!
Pencils
Spiral Notebook
Folder
$5 for word walls, posters and extra enhancing materials to decorate our IEW classroom



Physical Education

Tutor: Julia Johnson

Course Description: This exercise time will introduce football, basketball, floor hockey, soccer, hiking/running, softball and golf. Between getting a feel for each sport in an enthusiastic, team effort manner, we will also play a few traditional gym games. Mrs. Johnson will survey students throughout the school year to evaluate which sports are enjoyed more thoroughly so we can focus on fitness in ways that children enjoy.



FLL Explore

Tutor: Shelly Westrich and Assistants

Course Description: First Lego League (FLL) Explore is a robotics program designed for kids ages 6-10. Teams of 2-6 students work together to discover how science and technology impact the world around them. Teams work with legos to build a motorized model, program using Lego Education WeDo Software, and create a Show Me poster related to their research of the yearly theme. Teams will compete in a Lego Explore Expo which is typically held in the spring. For more information contact Shelly Westrich at swestrich3@comcast.net


Ballet (ages 3-6)

Tutor: Jennifer Meyer

Class Description: Come and learn this beautiful style of performance dance for beginners. Younger children will learn the basics of the ballet style of dance, including terms, poses, dance positions, common ballet moves, ballet barre and center exercises, and stretching. The children will also learn a routine putting different ballet positions and moves together. There will be Catholic-Christian music and a performance for family at the end of the year.

Class Materials: Pink leather ballet shoes. Possible some costume peices for the spring performace.




How to Pray (ages 6-9)

Tutor: Jennifer Meyer

Course Description: Come and learn different types of prayer, different ways of praying, and essentially how to do it. All children will be learning how to use their imagination in the art of contemplative prayer to Jesus. There will be a Marian element to this class as well (leading the children to Mary). We will learn and practice how to make hidden, little sacrifices to Our Lady, which is so pleasing to both her and the Lord. We will learn and practice different virtues, including faith, hope, and humility. The children will discover or deepen their knowledge of their patron saint(s) and their guardian angel, growing in relationship with them.



Little Artists 2

Tutor: Julie Leighton

Course Description: Come and explore the JOYS of ART! We will have fun creating multi step projects using a wide variety of media. We will learn basic color theory working with paints and markers. We will work individually and in groups.
Children ages 6-9.



Beginner Art Skills

Tutor: Julie Leighton

Course Description: In this class we will learn basic art skills and how to use them in our art work. We will study the elements of art: line, shape, form, value, space, color, and texture. We will also study the principles of art: rhythm, balance, contrast, proportion, gradation, harmony, variety, and movement.
Children ages 6-9.


Ballet (ages 6-9)

Tutor: Jennifer Meyer

Class Description: Come and learn this beautiful style of performance dance for beginners and/or intermediate dancers. Older children will learn both the basics and/or intermediate instruction of the ballet style of dance, poses, dance positions, common ballet moves, ballet barre, center, and across the floor exercises, and stretching. The children will also learn a routine putting different ballet positions and moves together. There will be Catholic-Christian music and a performance for family at the end of the year.

Class Materials: Pink leather ballet shoes. Possible some costume peices for the spring performace.



Latin for Little Ones (6-9)

Tutor: Susan Steinke

Course Description: This class will be a gentle introduction to Latin. Students will learn vocab and beginning grammar concepts through chant, song, stories, and fun activities! We will work through one chapter per week, with some homework assigned for additional practice at home.

Supplies:
Song School Latin Book 2 with CD (Student Edition) (available from Classical Academic Press for $28.95)
pencil

Children ages 6-9.



Our World (ages 6-9)

Tutor: Jen Kellar

Course Description: It’s never too early to learn how literature draws you in and sends you out into the world! In this course for 6 – 9 year-olds, we will explore some great children’s literature that will take us around the world. The books chosen are classics. We will explore the moral of the story, what the author says and what the author implies, the artistry of illustrations, the historical, geographical, and cultural aspects of the book’s location (and maybe bring in some dishes from different cultures?) We will also be doing a craft/art project/snack or some other activity that goes along with the story.

This semester long course is for 6 – 9 year olds. Supplies list will be sent to parents prior to the start of the school year and are not included in the price, but will be minimal.



Family Study Hall

Tutor: you! Talk to us about how you can help!

Course Description: Mom school time.

The lunch room is reserved for quiet, family study time, or Mom School following morning announcements until lunches, and then again after lunches through the end of the VIA day. This is roughly 9 - 11:30 and 12:30 - 4.

If you need Mom visiting time please respect those working with their children by conversing in the lobby or out in God's nature.

Elementary




Physical Education (4th-6th)

Tutor: Lacy Apfelbeck

Course Description: In her teens, Mrs. Apfelbeck was a committed athlete and a National Curler. She looks forward to helping your kiddos discover the joy of moving their bodies and learning some of the techniques of professional athletes.



IEW Narnia, Reading and Writing

Tutor: Julia Johnson

Course Description: This language arts class is created for grades four through six. We will read energetic, age appropriate literature to spark writing quality sentences and paragraphs. We will focus on the writing process and aspects of Andrew Pudewa’s Institute for Excellence in Writing. Students will also enjoy journaling, Caught’ya Grammar, Daily Oral Language, Grammar Ball and Mad Libs.

Course materials:
IEW Following Narnia Volume 1
Colorful pens!
Pencils
Spiral Notebook
Folder
The Magician's Nephew by C.S. Lewis
$5 for word walls, posters and extra enhancing materials to decorate our IEW classroom



Exploring Art Media   (grades 4-6)

Tutor: Julie Leighton

Course Description: This class is a survey course intended to expose students to a variety of art media. We will spend approximately three weeks on each. Fall and Spring semester can be taken independently.

Fall semester: Elements & Principles of Art, pencil, Charcoal (conte, soft, and willow vine), Pastels (soft and oil), Mixed Media.

Spring semester: Color Theory, watercolor (pans, tubes, and pencils) Acrylics, Colored Pencil, Mixed Media.

Fall and Spring semesters can be taken independently of each other.


Ballet (ages 9-12+)

Tutor: Jennifer Meyer

Class Description: Come and learn this beautiful style of performance dance for beginners and/or intermediate dancers. Older children will learn both the basics and/or intermediate instruction of the ballet style of dance, poses, dance positions, common ballet moves, ballet barre, center, and across the floor exercises, and stretching. The children will also learn a routine putting different ballet positions and moves together. There will be Catholic-Christian music and a performance for family at the end of the year.

Class Materials: Pink leather ballet shoes. Possible some costume peices for the spring performace.



Fine Arts Appreciation (Full year) 4th-6th grade (3rd grade with permission)

Tutor: Susan Steinke

Class Description: This class will focus on four elements that can often fall to the wayside during busy homeschool weeks: Poetry, Art Appreciation, Music Appreciation, and Shakespeare study.

Poetry: We’ll spend the first half of the year reading the poems of Robert Frost. We’ll learn about this Pulitzer-Prize winner’s life and become familiar with his poetic style and expression. The second half will be spent with the poems of Samuel Taylor Coleridge.

Art Appreciation: We’ll cover the works of three artists throughout the year: Fra Angelico, Van Eyck, and Monet. We’ll read biographies of the artists, and each week linger over one of their pieces, discussing what we see, what stands out, details about the subject, etc.

Music Appreciation: We’ll cover the Baroque and Classical Eras of music using the SQUILT curriculum (SQUILT stands for Super Quiet Un-Interrupted Listening Time). We’ll listen to pieces from each era of music, learn about composers, and discuss concepts such as instrumentation, rhythm, tempo, and dynamics.

Shakespeare Study: I’ll be using Ken Ludwig’s How to Teach Your Children Shakespeare for this part of the course. His approach involves memorizing passages of Shakespeare’s works while also understanding what the words in those passages mean and where they fit into the context of Shakespeare’s story. We’ll learn about Shakespeare, his life, and why, as Ludwig says, “he is the cause of creation in other writers.” I will follow the suggested order in Ludwig’s book, starting with A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Twelfth Night, and Romeo and Juliet, and see how far we get! We won’t be memorizing the entire plays, just key passages. We also won’t be reading the plays in their entirety, but I will be sharing some wonderful retellings of the plays as we study them.

We’ll spend approximately a quarter of our class time on each element, give or take depending on what we are doing that week. Little to no homework will be assigned (except to practice reciting Shakespeare at home!).

Supplies: A one-inch binder with four dividers for handouts. Colored pencils/markers for occasional class work when we illustrate poems or draw an artist’s work.



Religion: Life of Christ

Tutor: Jenna Montedonico

Class Description: We will study the life of Christ, incorporating history and geography, learning how Jesus was a real person in a real time and a real place. We will read, study, and compare the Gospels within their historical contexts.


Please note: This class will begin Sept. 20th



Latin I (grades 4-8)

Tutor: Susan Steinke

Course Description:
As Catholics, the Latin language is part of our faith heritage. Since over half of English words have Latin as their root, learning Latin enables students to interact with and participate in the world around them on a deeper level, particularly in the Liturgy.

This introductory Latin course will develop a firm foundation of grammar, vocabulary, and translation skills with the goal of recognizing core elements and the basic patterns of Latin sentences. Students will learn a number of Latin prayers; not only how to say them, but also what they mean in the original Latin. Students will also be introduced to elements of Roman history as well as Latin in the modern world. Class time will focus on learning new vocabulary, grammatical concepts, and translation practice. Weekly homework will include vocab practice and workbook assignments.

Course materials:
    Latin Alive! Book 1 (student edition). Classical Academic Press (classicalacademicpress.com) has it for $24.95.
    A folder or binder to store handouts,
    Loose leaf paper or notebook with perforated pages for classroom work,
    Index cards and storage box for vocabulary flashcards.



Conversational Spanish I

Tutor: Ana Grace Plotts

Course Description: Learn to speak Spanish the way all people learn their native language - by using it. We will discuss, listen, celebrate, play and eat our way through the Spanish language. We will immerse ourselves in the faith, culture, and daily life of the Hispanic people. In addition to in-class participation, there will be outside time required for specific online tools, and outside speaking/hearing opportunities.

Supplies Needed:
*Students will need access to a computer at home to use Duolingo 10-15 minutes per day.
*Post-it Notes (5-90 sheet pads of 5 different colors)
*lined paper in a three ring binder or a folder
*Carson Dellosa – Skill Builders Spanish I Workbook, for Grades K–5
*Carson Dellosa – Skill Builders Spanish II Workbook, for Grades K–5



Conversational Spanish II

Tutor: Ana Grace Plotts

Course Description: Learn to speak Spanish the way all people learn their native language - by using it. We will discuss, listen, celebrate, play and eat our way through the Spanish language. We will immerse ourselves in the faith, culture, and daily life of the Hispanic people. In addition to in-class participation, there will be outside time required for specific online tools, and outside speaking/hearing opportunities.

Supplies Needed:
*Students will need access to a computer at home to use Duolingo 10-15 minutes per day
*Post-it Notes (5-90 sheet pads of 5 different colors)
*lined paper in a three ring binder or a folder
* Carson Dellosa, Skill Builders Spanish I Workbook, for Graces 6-8
* Carson Dellosa, Skill Builders Spanish II Workbook, for Grades 6-8



Exploring Science

Tutor: Nichole Moudry

Course Description: This class will investigate different science disciplines to give the students a foundational background. We will sample earth science, chemistry, biology, and physics.



Sewing: The Single Stitch

Tutor: Kate Bestgen

Course Description: The Single Stitch class will be the first of two optional semesters. The first semester will focus on the basics of hand sewing, fabric types, stitch names and applications, as well as the practical application of these principles. The information and skills covered in this semester course are essential! Once your student has mastered the skill of hand sewing they can create anything they can imagine with a needle and thread. This is also the most practical form of sewing as it doesn’t require machinery or power and is very portable. Come learn how to fix and create with fabric the way Anne of Green Gables or Laura Ingalls Wilder would have!!

Projects:
● Sewing samplers (practice stitches)
● Patching clothing (outfit fixes)
● Light darning (fixing holes in socks or knit fabric)
● Small quilting sampler

**DISCLAIMER**
● Students will be responsible for bringing items from home such as clothing and or socks with holes.
● Parents will be expected to provide materials for the class such as small amounts of quilting cotton, thread and needles (thimbles are optional but recommended)
● This class features needles, scissors and other sharp objects therefore pricks, pokes and minor cuts may occur

Prerequisite: Interest in sewing

Individual instrument lessons - various ages




Guitar Lessons



VIA is currently working with two potential guitar tutors. (God is so good!)
If you have interest please send us note at veritas.in.academia@gmail.com to let us know.




Piano Lessons



VIA is blessed to have two wonderful, piano tutors this year:


Piano Lessons with Diana Anderson (4th - 12th grade) (4th through 12th)



Tutor: Dianna Anderson

Course Description: All skill levels welcome and adapted to. Lessons include learning a classical-style technique, basic principles of music theory appropriate to the student, and learning to read notes through studying the different songs.



Piano Lessons with Mary Margaret Bolin (6 years of age through 12th grade)


Tutor: Mary Margaret Bolin

Course Description:These fun and engaging piano lessons for beginners will include learning proper technique, music theory basics, and reading music.

Supplies Needed:
The 6 to 9 year olds would need the Primer Level-Lesson Book-Piano Adventures Faber and a blank Composition Notebook.

Older beginners would either start at the same level and move to the next quickly, or start with the Level One-Performance Book-Piano Adventures Faber. They should also bring a blank Composition Notebook.

Cost note:: As you will see on the registration form there are two different costs listed for these lessons. Younger students (shorter attention spans) will have 20 minutes lessons while the older ones will have 35 minutes (give or take 5 minutes, which will be determined when VIA works out the specific lessons schedules in August.)the exact scheduling time in August.)

Grades 7th-12th



IEW Writing and Grammer

Tutor: Susan Steinke

Course Description: This course will build confidence in writing through the methodology taught in IEW Bible-Based Writing Lessons. Each week will start with journaling prompts aimed at increasing creativity in writing, followed by short grammar exercises before we start the IEW lesson. There are wonderful literature selections suggested by this textbook that I plan to incorporate. Stay-tuned for that list. Books should be available from your local library or inexpensively from used-book websites. As time allows, we’ll use these literature selections as a starting-point for seminar discussion, and as a basis to solidify the five-paragraph essay.

Next year's class (2023-2024) will move on to Advanced U.S. History-Based Writing Lessons (the next step on the IEW plan). This could then be followed with IEW Classical Rhetoric through Structure and Style (2024-2025) OR the College Prep Writing Course offered by VIA.

Supplies List:
*IEW Bible-Based Writing Lessons Student Book
*1 inch binder
*divider tabs (3)
*loose-leaf paper (to be put in binder)
*composition notebook (for journaling)


Literature Selections to be announced shortly.



Biology

Tutor: Sherry Zeisel

Course Description: This comprehensive survey of biology applies a solidly Catholic perspective to everything from evolution to life issues in a way that no homeschool biology course has yet attempted to do! In the first semester, students will learn the background of biology, with units on ecology, cell biology, and biochemistry, and then move on to a survey of the five kingdoms of organisms. The second semester is devoted entirely to human anatomy and physiology. The two together form the complete high-school level course. The course includes video lectures, extensive notes, homework and answer keys; no textbook required! In-class time will be devoted to labs and “office hours” with the tutor.

Course materials: Students will need access to a computer for daily video lectures. Lab supplies are covered in the supplies fee.

Prerequisites: At least one high-school level science course, such as general or physical science. Biology is commonly done in 10 th grade, but can be done earlier if the student has completed the prerequisite.



Physical Science

Tutor: Nichole Moudry

Course Description: This year long course will explore the scientific laws that God created to govern the physical world. My goal is that by understanding the incredible way things work together the students become more convicted that there is no other explanation for our existence than a Divine Creator. We will cover a variety of topics from hydrology to electromagnetism. Some homework will be necessary to leave enough class time for labs and experiments.

Materials: Apologia Exploring Creation with Physical Science 2nd Edition book. Please note that there is a 3rd edition out so it may have to be found used.



The Art of Valuation: Logic, Econ, and Investing for Life (grades 10-12 or tutor approval)

Tutor: Pat Weber

Course Description: The Art of Valuation is about assigning value to thing - investments, your energy, and time. The class will start with gaining an understanding of logic - both fun, practical logic and formal logic, followed by understanding how things in the world are valued. With a solid foundation of logical reasoning and what it means to value something we'll move on to tackle topics including labor, currencies including crypto, commodities, insurance, investing, and much more.

Topics in this class could easily fit in a homeschool highschool credits for logic, social studies, and macro & micro econ.

Supplies Needed: Coming soon.

Prerequisite: A maturing mathematical mind. Contact tutor for a discussion of whether your student is ready for logic. Some evidence your student is ready would include successful completion of geometry or Algebra II, or enjoyment of logic puzzles.



Acting (grades 7-12)

Tutor: Amy Bittner

Course Description: This class is intended to provide young actors with an overview of the concepts of acting, the basic techniques of acting, and a brief look into dramatic literature. We will look at physical form, vocal techniques, and creating a character, as well as some beginner information about the world of Theatre. During this course students will investigate voice, movement, text, improvisation, and performance with the goal of improved performance skills and theatrical understanding.



Thomistic Moral Theology

Tutor: Christy Bauman

Course Description: Using some of the writings of the great Doctor of the Church, St. Thomas Aquinas and our late Holy Father, Saint John Paul II. We will explore the true meaning of Freedom, and what Beatitude is. We will not be going over all of the do's and don'ts of a moral life as much as giving ourselves a framework for making decisions.

Grades: 7th-12th
Course Materials: Coming soon


Art

Tutor: Julie Leighton


Drawing -all levels (7-12 grade)

Class Description: This class is open to all levels from beginner to advanced. Students will work at their own pace and level. Lessons will be catered to meet each student’s individual needs.

Supplies needed:
9” x 12” pad of sketch paper. (higher quality drawing paper for final drawings will be provided by tutor)
Set of drawing pencils
Blending stumps (a variety of sizes)
Gum eraser (also called “Art Gum”)
Plastic eraser (Factis extra soft)
Kneaded rubber eraser (recommended brand Generals))


The Beauty of Watercolor

Class Description: Come experience the joy of this delightful medium! This class is open to both beginner and intermediate levels. Tutor will work with each student at their own level and pace. We will work with three different types of water color paint: liquid, pans, and pencil. We will learn the techniques for each. This is a one semester class. Acrylics will be offered Spring semester.

Cost of supplies $30.


Amazing Colored Pencil

Class Description: Come experience the beauty of color! Colored pencil is an amazing versatile medium. Students will learn the techniques needed to create painting-like works of art.

Supplies needed: 9” x 12” table of colored pencil paper (Recommend brand: Strathmore)
Prismacolor Premier colord pencils (24 count set)
Colorless blender. Most are sold in packages of two. (option to purchase a single from tutor)
Bottle of baby oil (generic)
Box of cotton swabs (generic)

Prerequisites:Basic Drawing or equivalant, basic drawing skills.



Life Organization, Virtues, and Study Skills

Tutor: Jen Kellar

Course Description:In the Life Organization, Virtues, and Study Skills Course, students will learn how to order their surroundings, strengthen their study habits, develop goal setting practices, and become aware of and utilize stress management techniques. We will examine and apply the virtues to our work throughout the semester: what the virtues are and why God has given them to us. Each of these topics is essential in life! These skills will assist your student in decreasing stress and anxiety as well as helping to enhance the student’s ability to think, learn, process, and grow.

This course includes:
*Virtue knowledge and use in daily life
*Setting goals
*Making plans to achieve those goals
*Self-reflection
*Learning styles
*General organization – and project work at home!! (e.g. how to clean your bedroom and make it stick 😉 )
*Time management
*How to use a calendar
*How to set a schedule
*Motivation techniques
*Taking notes
*Testing strategies
*Why these things matter in general and in their own lives

This one semester course is designed for 6th–10th graders. We will be utilizing the Victus Study Skills System (through Institute for Excellence in Writing – IEW) as our primary curriculum. A student workbook and a planner are included in the cost and will be distributed the first day of class, unless a student comes in late to the course or registers late. Limit 15 students. 11 th and 12 th graders may join if they have difficulty with organization and time management!

Geometry

Tutor: Shelly Westrich

Course Description: In this course students will be taugh geometry using the Math-U-See program.

Supplies: Math-U-See Geometry workbook, instruction manual (to check answers), and test book
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Spanish I & II

Tutor: Karyn Schnieder and/or Ana Grace Plotts

Course Description: Learn to speak and understand Spanish the way all people learn their native language - by using it!

We will discuss, listen, play and eat our way through the Spanish language immersing ourselves in the faith, culture, and daily life of the Hispanic people. We will be using two books. The first will walk us through the Spanish language, starting with "Hola!". This will allow advanced students to polish their skills and students that are new to Spanish will have all of the tools they need to succeed. Beginner students should also be aware that we will move fairly quickly through some of the first chapters of this book. However, beginners will also receive extra support during class time. The second text, Read & Think Spanish, is a fun filled collection of short articles in Spanish about traditions, geography, music, etc! This text makes these articles easy to read with vocabulary aids on each page! The texts have additional resourses that can be accessed through their app for families that find this supplemental material helpful.

In addition to in-class participation, there will be outside time required for specific homework assignments, online tools, and outside speaking/hearing opportunities.

Spanish I course materials:
    Read & Think Spanish, Premium Third Edition
    Practice Makes Perfect Basic Spanish, Third Edition: Beginner (about $15 on Amazon)

Spanish II course materials:
    Read & Think Spanish, Premium Third Edition
    Practice Makes Perfect Basic Spanish, Third Edition: Intermediate (https://www.amazon.com/Practice-Makes-Perfect-Intermediate-Spanish/dp/1260121690/ref=sr_1_6?dchild=1&keywords=mcgraw+hill+intermediate&qid=1589206877&sr=8-6)



American Sign Language 1

Tutor: Kathy Michael

Course Description: This class will introduce students to American Sign Language and the culture of Deaf people. The class will focus on building ASL vocabulary and dialogue needed for everyday conversations. This will be a fun and interactive class where students will be challenged to communicate using ASL. Along with learning ASL vocabulary, students will learn the importance of non-manual markers such as facial expressions. Students will also be introduced to the rich history and culture of the Deaf community. During the semester we will invite a Deaf person to one of our classes to give students the opportunity to learn first hand what it is like to live in a Deaf world. If you are looking for a fun and interesting way to learn another language this may be the class for you!



American Sign Language 2


Tutor: Kathy Michael

Course Description: In this class we will continue where we left off last year. We will start the year reviewing what we learned in ASL 1 and then continue building our ASL vocabulary in order to have even more complex conversations in ASL. Along with learning ASL vocabulary we will continue to build our knowledge of ASL grammar, sentence structure, and non manual markers. As the semester progresses we will challenge ourselves by spending most of the class time communicating only in ASL with the goal of comfortably communicating in ASL. Along with learning to fluently converse in ASL we will continue to learn more about the culture of the Deaf community. The class will be taught in a fun and engaging manner.

Prerequisite ASL 1 or previous experience with ASL 1 (with tutor’s approval)



Sewing: The Running Stitch

Tutor: Kate Bestgen

Course Description:The Running Stitch class will be a year long course. The first semester will focus on the practice and principles of hand sewing, patching and some garment fitting. We will also learn names and applications of individual stitches as well as fabric types, weaves and uses. These foundational principles will give your student a leg up in their sewing journey, allowing them to pick their materials and patterns to properly suit their sewing needs. The second Semester will be focused on machine sewing skills. This will include mapping out their personal machine, learning their machine settings and how to use them and learning the stitches and what they are used for. Your student will also learn how to read patterns, tips for sewing efficiently and more as they bring their sewing ideas to life!

**DISCLAIMERS**
● Machines used in this class MUST be made within the last 20 years, be in working order and have a correct and complete owners manual!! They must also have at least the ability to straight stitch, back stitch, zigzag stitch! Please do not bring machines that are made as children's toys or are miniature!
● Parents will be responsible for purchasing the fabric, thread, closures (buttons, zippers, hooks & eyes, etc.) and patterns for the class.
● Students will also be practicing patching and darning and should bring items from home to be patched/mended/darned (ex. T-shirts, pants, socks or knit fabric) as well as an item they would like to refashion or fit for themselves or a family member

Projects
(1st Semester)
● Sewing samplers (practice stitches)
● Patching clothing (outfit fixes)
● Light darning (fixing holes in socks or knit fabric)
● Small quilting sampler
● Fitting or refashioning an existing garment
● Personal Lookbook (4-5 ideas for 2nd semester projects which will help the student decide on their patterns and fabric for the upcoming semester and will be reviewed to check the difficulty level of the project)
(2nd Semester)
● 2-3 completed projects based on the students' Lookbook (these may include simple quilts, clothing items, stuffed animals, accessories, etc.)

Prerequisite: Interest in sewing


Not currently scheduled this year, but if you have interest and round up a few other students we have a tutor and likely capacity to offer it.




VIA Choir (ages 9 and up)

Tutor:

Course Description: : We will be exploring the joy of music by singing a wide range of pieces including learning Latin pronunciation for some of the songs. Techniques for breathing, vocal exercises, and enunciation will also be worked on.



United States History

Tutor: Dr. Chuck Chalberg

Editorial comment from the VIA administration: Dr. "Chuck" Chalberg is a priceless. If you want more than checking a box for your MN High School graduation U.S. History requirement, this is the place for you. Dr. Chalberg is a national treasure. Your students will not just learn what happened in U.S. History, but why! What were people thinking? Why things worked, and others failed. Don't miss a chance to expose your student to this great opportunity to expand their ability to learn how to think. Dr. Chalberg's 30 years of teaching and acting out history at Normandale and around the country as Teddy Roosevelt, G.K. Chesterton, Rickey Branch, make the discussions in class truly come alive.

Course Description: American History from the Age of Exploration to the Civil War and Reconstruction. The heart of the course will focus on 1) the road to the American Revolution, the revolutionary era itself and its aftermath and consequences; 2) the road to the Civil War, the war itself, and the aftermath and consequences.
Supplies needed: A Land of Hope by Wilfred McClay



Algebra I, II, Trig, Pre-calc

Tutor: . Let us know if you have a need here.

Course Description:


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