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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.
Academic Quiz Team
Teacher: To be determined
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 14 and up
0.5 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $75.00
Learning! Quiz Team helps students learn to think quickly, creatively, and make good guesses. It is also a good way to gain knowledge for the ACT and SAT. “While winning is just the cherry on the top, student leadership and development are our main objectives. Well, that and having fun ...which comes easy with the way we approach Quizzing”, says Coach Stark.

Competitions are made of two teams of four players (plus subs) going head-to-head in a format similar to your favorite game show. Matches are held 4:00 Mondays at Cincinnati State (family carpools are encouraged) October 23 through February 2018. Practices are held in Room 20 on Wednesdays during lunch for each week of the season. Our varsity and reserve teams compete against other private and public high schools in the Cincinnati area, testing their range of knowledge and trivia in a variety of categories, including: World and U.S. History; Life Sciences; Physical Science; World and American literature; Fine Arts; Geography; Math; Music; and General Knowledge questions. The season lasts from late October to early February, ending with tournament play.

Enrollment is open to all high school students and is one way in which students can demonstrate their school spirit and pride. For more information, drop into a Wednesday practice during lunch! Cost is $75. The Quiz Team is coached by Allison Evans and David Stark. For more information, contact them at dstark@leavesoflearning.org and/or aevans Wednesdays during lunch for each week of the season. Our varsity and reserve teams compete against other private and public high schools in the Cincinnati area, testing their range of knowledge and trivia in a variety of categories, including: World and U.S. History; Life Sciences; Physical Science; World and American literature; Fine Arts; Geography; Math; Music; and General Knowledge questions. The season lasts from late October to early February, ending with tournament play.

Enrollment is open to all high school students and is one way in which students can demonstrate their school spirit and pride. For more information, drop into a Wednesday practice during lunch! Cost is $75. The Quiz Team is coached by Allison Evans and David Stark. For more information, contact them at dstark@leavesoflearning.org and/or aevans@leavesoflearning.org.


Be an Entrepreneur! 14+ W Rm.
Teacher: Jessica Summers
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 14 and up
1.5 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $45.00
Create your own business from the ground up. Learn what it takes to make a business and keep it running. Students will be expected to come up with a business and run it for the school year. We will work on determining their target market, branding, social media expectations and much more!

Conscious Connections 11-13 Rm #
Teacher: Sherry McHenry
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 11 - 13
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $35.00
In this class we learn effective approaches to the way we connect with others and communicate, especially in challenging situations. Learn practical skills in bringing more awareness, insight, compassion, and choice to your communications. The way we speak, to others and especially to ourselves, how we connect with and treat ourselves, all affect our connection with other people. Develop deeper listening skills and the ability to stay present in conversations. When we are not mindfully communicating we judge, label, blame and criticize ourselves and others. Develop awareness of those negative patterns and choose to communicate more effectively.

Conscious Connections 13+ Rm
Teacher: Sherry McHenry
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 13 and up
1.5 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $35.00
In this class we learn effective approaches to the way we connect with others and communicate, especially in challenging situations. Learn practical skills in bringing more awareness, insight, compassion, and choice to your communications. The way we speak, to others and especially to ourselves, how we connect with and treat ourselves, all affect our connection with other people. Develop deeper listening skills and the ability to stay present in conversations. When we are not mindfully communicating we judge, label, blame and criticize ourselves and others. Develop awareness of those negative patterns and choose to communicate more effectively.

Epic Plates: Cooking 13+ T/TH Kitchen
Teacher: Elena Licu
Outside Work: Moderate
Ages: 13 and up
1.5 Hour Class; 2 days/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $80.00
Students will learn to make informed diet choices which will pave the way to independent living, on or off a budget. Students will learn to prepare foods that they choose and like. Food preparation will be a fun and relaxing activity. Prepared food will be eaten at each class!

Fiber Arts 13+ 3:30 W Rm. 31
Teacher: To be determined
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 13 and up
1 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $55.00
Learn about a variety of fiber, how it is grown or made, and what sources and materials are used in its production. We will try our hands at carding, spinning, and dying techniques. Students will also explore several knitting methods, weaving, and cross stitch. We’ll have the opportunity to create some of our own tools and patterns as well.

Green Leaves Club 9-12 T Rm. 31
Teacher: Julie Doughty
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 9 - 12
1 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $25.00
The choices we make every day determine what kind of a world we live in. Discover ways you can reduce your environmental impact and help Leaves of Learning conserve resources. Learn about making healthier choices for yourself and the planet, investigate the life cycle of common products, and brainstorm creative and fun solutions to challenges. We’ll do crafts, make food, play games, run school wide projects and contests, and hopefully take a field trip.

How to Be Funny 13+ Rm # 23
Teacher: Rick Sowash
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 13 and up
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $45.00
-- jokes, jests, puns, wordplay, double talk, malarkey, poppycock, balderdash and twaddle
-- stunts, tricks, gags, practical jokes, high jinks, shenanigans, tomfoolery and monkeyshines
-- funny actual words like rannygazoo, flummery, oompus-boompus, phonus balonus, kerfuffle
-- funny names, like Jack Dupp, Eileen Dover, Plato Beans, Helen Highwater, Hugo Yorway
-- learning to speak apparent gibberish, i.e, ‘code languages’ similar to Pig-Latin
-- legerdemain (sleight-of-hand) for beginners
-- plus Other Things to Say & Do of Which Serious-minded People Scarcely Approve
-- Discovering classic written humor:
PG Wodehouse, Jerome K Jerome, Mark Twain, James Thurber, humorous poems, aphorisms, one-liners, parody, satire, writing your own humor
-- Discovering classic film humor:
Laurel & Hardy, The Three Stooges, The Marx Bros., Jonathan Winters, Monty Python
-- Discovering musical humor:
Gilbert & Sullivan, Spike Jones, Peter Schickele, Porky Pig’s Blue Christmas, Jonathan & Darlene Edwards, Ray Stevens
funny songs, novelty numbers, writing your own funny song
-- Discovering the practical uses to which funniness can be put: to have fun, to amuse friends, to compel people to listen to you, to appeal to potential boyfriends and girlfriends, to see the comedic potential in almost every situation, to develop a healthy alternative to the Blues and to banish dull care with a hey nonny no and a hot cha cha.
-- Philosophizing throughout on the nature of comedy, i.e, why something is funny.

Mr. Sowash, who is the author of seven books, will also share some of his own humorous writings.”


LOL Bakers 12-15 W Kitchen
Teacher: Elena Licu
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 12 and up
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $75.00
Who doesn't like playing with dough? Learn the ins and outs of the art of baking. Each week, learn to prepare a different tasty treat whether it's savory or sweet.

Modern Day Pioneering 6-9 F Rm. 31
Teacher: Julie Doughty
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 6 - 9
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $45.00
Learn about homesteading on a small farm or in your own back yard. Learn about growing food, raising animals for eggs, milk, fiber, and feathers; bees; and composting. Both modern and historical methods will be discussed. Learn some ways to use and preserve the harvest and explore how different parts of the farm work together. We will have many hands on projects that can be taken home and shared or continued.


Per. Finance & Prac. Life Skills (T only) Rm 24
Teacher: Jennifer Showalter
Outside Work: Moderate
Ages: 15 and up
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $40.00
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


Personal Finance & Prac. Life 15+ 1:00 Rm # 30
Teacher: Allison Evans
Outside Work: Moderate
Ages: 16 and up
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $40.00
Plan for the Journey Ahead with Financial Education

From High School Financial Planning Program:

"Financial planning is not just about money. It’s about your journey: where you want to go, what you want to do, what your life will be like. How will you sort through all the possible pathways and make your dreams a reality?

This program helps you discover tips and tools to intentionally choose your direction while navigating the unknown frontier of your financial future. Learn how to chart and adjust your route as your values and life circumstances change.

The HSFPP's plan-driven approach doesn't just teach information or show students how to manage a financial task – it guides them to do it for themselves so they can apply financial decisions to their own lives and return in the future to do it again successfully.

As a result, HSFPP students are better at demonstrating and forming positive behaviors, and have greater average gains in confidence, than those who take other financial education courses based solely on knowledge and literacy.

The HSFPP materials are research-based, noncommercial and offered completely free of charge, including printed materials, as a public service. There's no catch, ulterior motive or cost. Period."


HSFPP Personal Finance Module Topics
Money Management - Control Your Cash Flow
Borrowing - Credit: Use--Don't Abuse
Earning Power - More Than a Paycheck
Investing - Money Working for You
Financial Services - Care for Your Cash
Insurance - Protect What You Have


Personal Finance & Prac. Life 15+ 2:15 Rm #30
Teacher: Allison Evans
Outside Work: Moderate
Ages: 16 and up
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $40.00
Plan for the Journey Ahead with Financial Education

From High School Financial Planning Program:

"Financial planning is not just about money. It’s about your journey: where you want to go, what you want to do, what your life will be like. How will you sort through all the possible pathways and make your dreams a reality?

This program helps you discover tips and tools to intentionally choose your direction while navigating the unknown frontier of your financial future. Learn how to chart and adjust your route as your values and life circumstances change.

The HSFPP's plan-driven approach doesn't just teach information or show students how to manage a financial task – it guides them to do it for themselves so they can apply financial decisions to their own lives and return in the future to do it again successfully.

As a result, HSFPP students are better at demonstrating and forming positive behaviors, and have greater average gains in confidence, than those who take other financial education courses based solely on knowledge and literacy.

The HSFPP materials are research-based, noncommercial and offered completely free of charge, including printed materials, as a public service. There's no catch, ulterior motive or cost. Period."


HSFPP Personal Finance Module Topics
Money Management - Control Your Cash Flow
Borrowing - Credit: Use--Don't Abuse
Earning Power - More Than a Paycheck
Investing - Money Working for You
Financial Services - Care for Your Cash
Insurance - Protect What You Have


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.


Sweets From Scratch 9-12 1:00 Kitchen
Teacher: Elena Licu
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 9 - 12
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $75.00
Who doesn't like playing with dough? Learn the ins and outs of the art of baking. Each week, learn to prepare a different tasty treat whether it's savory or sweet.

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