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Practical Life

One of our goals as parents and teachers is to help our kids develop a strong and realistic sense of independence and self-reliance. We want them to be prepared, and feel prepared, as they make the journey into adulthood. These classes will address some of the most important skills necessary to make a seamless transition into adulthood and its many challenges.
Cooking Challenge 12-14 Rm #22
Teacher: Jennifer Clark
Outside Work: Moderate
Ages: 12 - 14
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $60.00
Cooking can be creative. It can be science. It can awaken your senses! Can you make a healthy meal with a budget of $5? What about a meal made entirely of vegetables? How about a vegan meal? How nutritious is the food we are eating?

Cooking Challenge 14+ Rm #22
Teacher: Jennifer Clark
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 14 and up
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $60.00
Cooking can be creative. It can be science. It can awaken your senses! Can you make a healthy meal with a budget of $5? What about a meal made entirely of vegetables? How about a vegan meal? How nutritious is the food we are eating?

Fantastic Farms 12-14 Rm #31
Teacher: Julie Doughty
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 12 - 14
1.5 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $45.00
What is "agriculture"? 1,000 acres of wheat in Kansas? A coffee plantation in South America? An Ohio dairy farm? The local farmer's market? All this and more. In this class we'll explore the origins of food, clothing and many other products we use every day and follow their paths from the dirt to our hands. Plant, harvest, cook, experiment, read, write, produce art and enjoy visits from local farm residents - maybe even people - as we learn about the everyday and perhaps surprising impact agriculture has on our lives and world.

Fantastic Farms 14+ Rm #31
Teacher: Julie Doughty
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 14 and up
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $45.00
What is "agriculture"? 1,000 acres of wheat in Kansas? A coffee plantation in South America? An Ohio dairy farm? The local farmer's market? All this and more. In this class we'll explore the origins of food, clothing and many other products we use every day and follow their paths from the dirt to our hands. Plant, harvest, cook, experiment, read, write, produce art and enjoy visits from local farm residents - maybe even people - as we learn about the everyday and perhaps surprising impact agriculture has on our lives and world.

Fantastic Farms 6-8 Rm #31
Teacher: Julie Doughty
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 6 - 8
1 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $45.00
What comes from farms? Learn about different kinds of farms and the plants and animals that live on them. Plant some seeds, meet some animal friends who help make our food and clothes, and find out how things are grown and raised on a farm. Through stories, visitors, and lots of hands on activities we'll learn about the amazing journeys many of our things take from the dirt to our houses.

Fantastic Farms 9-12 Rm #31
Teacher: Julie Doughty
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 9 - 12
1 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $45.00
What do you imagine when you hear the word "farm?" A field of corn? A barn full of animals? Sure farms give us foods like milk and vegetables, but you might be surprised what else comes from a farm. Through art, cooking, stories, experiments, hands on projects, and special visitors, we'll explore the many products that come from different types of farms locally and around the world.

Health and Nutrition 14+ Rm #13
Teacher: Michael Nichols
Outside Work: Moderate
Ages: 14 and up
1.5 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $45.00
In this class, we will cover many topics that encompass health and nutrition. Nutrition will be a large focus of this class including the topics of healthy eating including macro and micro nutrients, whole foods v refined and processed foods, nutritional supplement pros and cons, vitamin and mineral deficiencies, diseases related to poor nutrition, safe food handling, and more. Other topics covered will include how fitness keeps us healthy, options for healthy fitness regimens, dental health, environmental stress such as air and water quality, first aid and injury prevention, sleep, the risks of tobacco, drugs and alcohol for teens, stress management, and types of health practitioners including alternative health options. There will be some out of class assignments. Class time will involve lectures, group discussions, videos, and guest lecturers.Description coming soon.

Money Makers 11-13 Rm #33
Teacher: Elizabeth Tillis-Gilland
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 11 - 13
1.5 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $40.00
Economics comes alive through hands-on activities, simulations, a mini class economy, and a class business. Students explore seemingly complex concepts in easy-to-understand and exciting ways. We will design our own currency, use play dough (truly!), participate in a stock market simulation, build paper airplanes, and more. Each student will apply and interview for a classroom job. Students will learn what is involved in making a product, and the class will run its own small business. Students will have many opportunities to put their creativity and problem solving skills into action.

Photography 14+ Rm #20
Teacher: Jessica Summers
Outside Work: Moderate
Book Purchase Required
Prerequisites: Students must have their own camera. Recommended camera would be a Canon Rebel T5I or any Rebel.
Ages: 14 and up
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $60.00
Join me as I take you on a journey into the world of basic photography. You'll learn the basic foundation of photography: how your camera works, lighting techniques , how to properly compose an amazing eye catching image and much much more.

Practical Life Skills 16+ Rm #24
Teacher: Jennifer Showalter
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 16 and up
1.5 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $35.00
This class will take the mystery out of the world of personal finance and will help to prepare students to make financially sound decisions.

Topics to be covered:

*financial terms and vocabulary
*balancing checking/savings accounts
shopping for a bank
*W-4 (What is it? How do you fill it out?)
*reading a pay stub
*computing payroll withholdings
*filling out deposit/withdrawal slips
*writing checks/endorsing checks
*creating a budget
*philanthropy/charity
*researching, budgeting and buying a car
*budgeting for college/school loans
*credit cards (shopping for the right card, interest rates, fees, reward programs, reading credit card statements, dangers/benefits)
*filling out tax forms (1040)
*moving-out expenses, budgeting, insurance
*investing in stocks, bonds, mutual funds, IRA's, 401k accounts, CDs and money markets


Practical Life Skills 16+ Rm #24
Teacher: Jennifer Showalter
Outside Work: Moderate
Ages: 16 and up
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $35.00
This class will take the mystery out of the world of personal finance and will help to prepare students to make financially sound decisions.

Topics to be covered:

*financial terms and vocabulary
*balancing checking/savings accounts
shopping for a bank
*W-4 (What is it? How do you fill it out?)
*reading a pay stub
*computing payroll withholdings
*filling out deposit/withdrawal slips
*writing checks/endorsing checks
*creating a budget
*philanthropy/charity
*researching, budgeting and buying a car
*budgeting for college/school loans
*credit cards (shopping for the right card, interest rates, fees, reward programs, reading credit card statements, dangers/benefits)
*filling out tax forms (1040)
*moving-out expenses, budgeting, insurance
*investing in stocks, bonds, mutual funds, IRA's, 401k accounts, CDs and money markets


Sewing 10+ Rm #37
Teacher: Lisa Boys
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 10 and up
1.5 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $40.00
Students in this class learn everything they need to know to create whatever they desire out of fabric! Students learn hand stitching techniques and what they are used for; how to use and care for a sewing machine, how to choose a pattern, and learning to read and follow a pattern through to the end! This class is individualized to accommodate all sewing levels. It is strongly recommended that each student have their own machine.

Students who have already taken Sewing I or come in with sewing knowledge will pick up where they left off.


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