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Class Descriptions

Tuesday, First Block, 10am-11:15am

Let's Learn Together!

Instructor: TBD         Age Range: 5-6         Classroom: Cypress

Description: Children will rotate through a variety of learning activities, covering, letters, numbers, patterns, time, calendars, sharing, pre-reading skills, and much more. These activities are fun and the right amount of challenging. Children have the opportunity to develop new skills and master ones they have been working on already. The class has a lighthearted fun feel that fosters confidence and community building.

Important Notes: This class is taught the first block each day for this age group.

Prerequisite: Students should have the ability and desire to follow teacher direction and participate in learning activities.

Homework: None

Parents: Parents of this age group are required to stay on site while their children are at Cascadia and are welcome in the classroom. We also request that parents assist in the classroom as needed.

Ancient History

Instructor: Ariane Hjelle        Age Range: 7-9       Classroom: Cedar

Description:  Students will dive into ancient history using the Story of the World curriculum. This class will include lots of projects and hands on activities to bring the learning to life. 

Prerequisite: Students should have the ability and desire to follow teacher direction and participate in learning activities.Important Notes: Homework: None

Parents: Parents are welcome to participate in this class, as long as there is space in the room.

Delight in Drawing

Instructor: Debra Harrow          Age Range: 10-12       Classroom: Magnolia Room

Description: In this class we will explore the questions or 1) Why do we make art? and 2) Why do we study art history along with learning art techniques and principals? We will do this through discussing different periods and artists throughout history, while creating art in varying styles. Our goal is to find our own personal joy and inspiration in the act of creating art.

Important Notes: Students will be asked to refrain from criticizing their own and other's art and to demonstrate respect for themselves, their peers, and the teacher as they take this journey into self expression through art.

Prerequisite: None

Homework: Some light homework (finding pictures to bring, making index cards with facts about an artist, etc).

Parents: 

 

Tuesday, Second Block, 12pm-1:15pm

Storytime Creations

Instructor: TBD         Age Range:5-6          Classroom: Cypress

Description: This class begins with students being read to in a group. Books will be engaging and range in genre from fiction to science, history to poetry. After hearing the story, students will be guided in art, crafts, science projects, and movement that support the themes and information from the reading. Student will have the opportunity to bring the reading to life as they create together.

Important Notes: None

Prerequisite: Ability to sit through a twenty minute reading and participate in a guided project.

Homework: None

Parents: Parents of this age group are required to stay on site while their children are at Cascadia and are welcome in the classroom. We also request that parents assist in the classroom as needed.

Bringing Books to Life

Instructor: Nikiya McDonald & Everett Fuller      Age Range: 7-9        Classroom: Cedar

Description: In this class children will have the opportunity to grow their love of books, while developing their reading and reading comprehension skills. Class will begin with the teacher reading an engaging book to the kids. The books will be repeated to the children over a few classes allowing the kids to really dig into the themes and meanings. Books will include biology, ecology, history themes as well as some wonderful non-fiction.  After the story there will be a hands on project that brings the reading to life. While they are working on the project, Everette will take small groups of children aside to practice reading aloud together.

Important Notes: This class will be offered twice, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. This will allow deepened understanding and a variety of activities related to the texts, as well as more time to practice reading skills.

Prerequisite: Students should have the ability and desire to follow teacher direction and participate in learning activities.

Homework: None

Parents: Parents are welcome to participate in this class, as long as there is space in the room.

Math Challenge

Instructor: Breckon Neat        Age Range: 10-12          Classroom: Oak

Description: Students will be challenged each class with a word problem to solve with a partner. Each problem with have two or three levels of variables, so that children at different levels of math comprehension can equally participate. They will be encouraged to use a variety of math tools and manipulatables and then supported in coming up with strategies for solving the problem. Once they have it solved they will share their process with the group. Sometimes they will they devise their own word problem to solve using the tools and strategies they have used. We will also play fun math based games together. 

Important Notes: None

Prerequisite: None

Homework: None

Tuesday, Third Block, 2pm-3:15pm

Imaginative Play

Instructor: TBD        Age Range: 5-6          Classroom: Cypress

Description: Children will have the opportunity to free play with a variety of imaginative play items. There will be a kitchen, large blocks, a dress up trunk and more. Sometimes there will be guidance (if desired) in creating a restaurant, school, grocery store, etc. Children are encouraged to choose what they want to play and let their imaginations be the limit!

Important Notes: None

Prerequisite: Ability to play cooperatively without causing harm to other children or the play items available.

Homework: None

Parents: Parents of this age group are required to stay on site while their children are at Cascadia and are welcome in the classroom. We also request that parents assist in the classroom as needed.

We Love Writing

Instructor: Shaya Mooney        Age Range: 7-9        Classroom: Cedar

Description: This writing class is inspired by the Bravewriter program, which aims to help kids put their own, fascinating thoughts on paper in a supportive, engaging environment that is tailored to their current level. We will focus on creating a safe place for thought exploration, and then learn how to craft their writing into a satisfying finished product. Short, structured activities such as copywork, freewriting, and paragraph editing will start off each class. We also play games and do fun exercises that are designed to highlight specific writing concepts. Final projects will stem off of favorite pieces of writing that each child does over the course of the term.

Important Notes: None

Prerequisite: 

Homework: None

Parents: Parents are welcome to participate in this class, as long as there is space in the room.

Putting the Pen to Paper

Instructor: Meredith Branch       Age Range: 10-12          Classroom: Magnolia

Description: This writing class is inspired by the Bravewriter program, which aims to help kids put their own, fascinating thoughts on paper in a supportive, engaging environment that is tailored to their current level. We will focus on creating a safe place for thought exploration, and then learn how to craft their writing into a satisfying finished product. Short, structured activities such as copywork, freewriting, and paragraph editing will start off each class. We also play games and do fun exercises that are designed to highlight specific writing concepts. Final projects will stem off of favorite pieces of writing that each child does over the course of the term.

Important Notes: This class will be offered twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Prerequisite: None

Homework: Some minimal homework

Parents:

Wednesday, First Block, 10am-11:15am

Music Box followed by: Let's Learn Together!

Instructor: Maribeth Soderberg & TBD         Age Range: 5-6         Classroom: Cypress

Description: For the first thirty minutes of class, children will have the opportunity to explore a variety of musical instruments provided by the Shedd Music Institute and lead by the amazing Maribeth! At 10:30 children will transition in to Let's Learn Together class and rotate through a variety of learning activities, covering, letters, numbers, patterns, time, calendars, sharing, pre-reading skills, and much more. These activities are fun and the right amount of challenging. Children have the opportunity to develop new skills and master ones they have been working on already. The class has a lighthearted fun feel that fosters confidence and community building.

Important Notes: This class is taught the first block each day for this age group.

Prerequisite: Students should have the ability to follow teacher direction and participate in learning activities.

Homework: None

Parents: Parents of this age group are required to stay on site while their children are at Cascadia and are welcome in the classroom. We also request that parents assist in the classroom as needed.

Biology

Instructor: Liz Lorke         Age Range: 7-9        Classroom: Cedar

Description: This year we will be exploring the subject of biology all year long. We are partnering with WREN, an environmental education non-profit and the West Eugene Wetlands to bring our studies to to life! In this class we will be exploring the topics of habitat, biomes, and food chains, and diving in depth into the wetlands habitat, as well as, conducting some citizen science. And, biologists will be coming to our class to share activities related to our studies. We will also be doing a field trip to the West Eugene Wetlands. This is going to be an awesome class!

Important Notes: None

Prerequisite: 

Homework: Some light homework.

Parents

Biology

Instructor: Rosemary Campbell         Age Range: 10-12        Classroom: Magnolia

Description: This year we will be exploring the subject of biology all year long. We are partnering with WREN, an environmental education non-profit and the West Eugene Wetlands to bring our studies to to life! In this class we will be exploring the topics of habitat, biomes, and food chains, and diving in depth into the wetlands habitat, as well as, conducting some citizen science. And, biologists will be coming to our class to share activities related to our studies. We will also be doing a field trip to the West Eugene Wetlands. This is going to be an awesome class!

Important Notes: None

Prerequisite: 

Homework: Some light homework.

Parents

 

Wednesday, Second Block, 12pm-1:15pm

Storytime Creations

Instructor: TBD       Age Range:5-6          Classroom: Cypress

Description: This class begins with students being read to in a group. Books will be engaging and range in genre from fiction to science, history to poetry. After hearing the story, students will be guided in art, crafts, science projects, and  movement that support the themes and information from the reading. Student will have the opportunity to bring the reading to life as they create together.

Important Notes: None

Prerequisite: Ability to sit through a twenty minute reading and participate in a guided project.

Homework: None

Parents: Parents of this age group are required to stay on site while their children are at Cascadia and are welcome in the classroom. We also request that parents assist in the classroom as needed.

Bringing Books to Life 

Instructor: Nikiya McDonald & Everett Fuller         Age Range: 7-9        Classroom: Oak

Description: In this class children will have the opportunity to grow their love of books, while developing their reading and reading comprehension skills. Class will begin with the teacher reading an engaging book to the kids. The books will be repeated to the children over a few classes allowing the kids to really dig into the themes and meanings. Books will include biology, ecology, history themes as well as some wonderful non-fiction.  After the story there will be a hands on project that brings the reading to life. While they are working on the project, Everette will take small groups of children aside to practice reading aloud together.

Important Notes: This class will be offered twice, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. This will allow deepened understanding and a variety of activities related to the texts, as well as more time to practice reading skills.

Prerequisite: Students should have the ability and desire to follow teacher direction and participate in learning activities.

Homework: None

Parents:

Ancient History

Instructor: Liz Lohrke        Age Range: 10-12       Classroom: Oak

Description:  Students will dive into ancient history using the Story of the World curriculum. This class will include lots of projects and hands on activities to bring the learning to life. 

Important Notes: 

Prerequisite: None

Homework: None

Parents: Parents are welcome to participate in this class, as long as there is space in the room.

Wednesday, Third Block, 2pm-3:15pm

Imaginative Play

Instructor: TBD        Age Range: 5-6          Classroom: Cypress

Description: Children will have the opportunity to free play with a variety of imaginative play items. There will be a kitchen, large blocks, a dress up trunk and more. Sometimes there will be guidance (if desired) in creating a restaurant, school, grocery store, etc. Children are encouraged to choose what they want to play and let their imaginations be the limit!

Important Notes: None

Prerequisite: Ability to play cooperatively without causing harm to other children or the play items available.

Homework: None

Parents: Parents of this age group are required to stay on site while their children are at Cascadia and are welcome in the classroom. We also request that parents assist in the classroom as needed.

Bookmaking

Instructor: Ericka Rhodes      Age Range: 7-9          Classroom: Magnolia

Description: In this class, children will practice basic writing skills by creating their own unique book every week or every other week, depending on the complexity of the project. At the beginning of each class, the teacher will read aloud a picture book that demonstrates a simple writing concept that will be used in that week’s book project. Kids will then make and decorate their book, and write their story inside. Stories can be as simple or as complex as desired, corresponding to the children’s reading and writing abilities.

Important Notes: None

Prerequisite: None

Homework: None

Parents: Parents are welcome to participate in this class, as long as there is space in the room.

Book Club

Instructor: Meredith Branch         Age Range: 10-12    Classroom: Oak

Description: During the first class, kids will have the chance to sample a variety of books, reading whatever part they choose of each book for 5 minutes. Then they will be guided through rating the books and choosing their top three. For the rest of the term, kids will read their first choice. In class students will rotate through three stations in groups. Station one will consist of reading independently. Station two will be meeting with the teacher to discuss the learning topic for the week, plot, character development, themes, etc and link it to their own book. Station three will involve an activity that challenges them to deepen their understanding of the learning topic.

Important Notes: 

Prerequisite: Must be able to read at a third grade level or above. If child cannot read at that level, parents may work with the teacher to find an appropriate book.

Homework: None

Parents:

Thursday, First Block, 10am-11:15am

Let's Learn Together!

Instructor: TBD          Age Range: 5-6         Classroom: Cypress

Description: Children will rotate through a variety of learning activities, covering, letters, numbers, patterns, time, calendars, sharing, pre-reading skills, and much more. These activities are fun and the right amount of challenging. Children have the opportunity to develop new skills and master ones they have been working on already. The class has a lighthearted fun feel that fosters confidence and community building.

Important Notes: This class is taught the first block each day for this age group.

Prerequisite: Students should have the ability to follow teacher direction and participate in learning activities.

Homework: None

Parents: Parents of this age group are required to stay on site while their children are at Cascadia and are welcome in the classroom. We also request that parents assist in the classroom as needed.

Rip Roaring Recorders 

Instructor: Maribeth Soderberg     Age Range: 6-7    & 10-12      Classroom: Oak

Description: Beginning and Advanced Recorder will be offered for thirty-five minute sessions each. Students will learn to read music and play the recorder. There will be a performance at the end of term showcase.

Important Notes: This class will be offered for half of this class time. The other half of the class students will work in the Design Studio

Prerequisite: Students who have taken recorder at Cascadia will be placed in the Advanced group and new students will be placed in the Beginning Group.

Homework: Children will be asked to practice their songs.

Parents:

Design Studio

Instructor: Lucina Armstrong Michaud       Age Range: 6-7     &   10-12     Classroom: Oak

Description: Students will be given a biology themed problem to solve at the beginning of the term. They will develop a plan and a prototype for their design challenge solution. Once their prototype is complete, students will create a short video to convince the audience that their design is an awesome solution to the design challenge. Prototypes and a video montage will be displayed at the End of Term Showcase.

Important Notes: This class will be offered for half of this class time. The other half of the class students will be in Rip Roaring Recorders.

Prerequisite: None

Homework: Children will be encouraged to do lots of brainstorming and planning outside of the design studio.

Parents: Parents are more than welcome in the class!

 

Thursday, Second Block, 12pm-1:15pm

Storytime Creations

Instructor: TBD       Age Range:5-6          Classroom: Cypress

Description: This class begins with students being read to in a group. Books will be engaging and range in genre from fiction to science, history to poetry. After hearing the story, students will be guided in art, crafts, science projects, and  movement that support the themes and information from the reading. Student will have the opportunity to bring the reading to life as they create together.

Important Notes: None

Prerequisite: Ability to sit through a twenty minute reading and participate in a guided project.

Homework: None

Parents: Parents of this age group are required to stay on site while their children are at Cascadia and are welcome in the classroom. We also request that parents assist in the classroom as needed.

Math Challenge

Instructor: Anthony Edwards         Age Range: 6-7          Classroom: Cedar

Description: Students will be challenged each class with a word problem to solve with a partner. Each problem with have two or three levels of variables, so that children at different levels of math comprehension can equally participate. They will be encouraged to use a variety of math tools and manipulatables and then supported in coming up with strategies for solving the problem. Once they have it solved they will share their process with the group. Sometimes they will they devise their own word problem to solve using the tools and strategies they have used. We will also play fun math based games together. 

Important Notes: None

Prerequisite: Students should have the ability and desire to follow teacher direction and participate in learning activities.

Homework: None

Math Challenge

Instructor: Breckon Neat         Age Range: 10-12          Classroom: Oak

Description: Students will be challenged each class with a word problem to solve with a partner. Each problem with have two or three levels of variables, so that children at different levels of math comprehension can equally participate. They will be encouraged to use a variety of math tools and manipulatables and then supported in coming up with strategies for solving the problem. Once they have it solved they will share their process with the group. Sometimes they will they devise their own word problem to solve using the tools and strategies they have used. We will also play fun math based games together. 

Important Notes: None

Prerequisite: None

Homework: None

Parents: 

Thursday, Third Block, 2pm-3:15pm

Imaginative Play

Instructor: TBD         Age Range: 5-6          Classroom: Cypress

Description: Children will have the opportunity to free play with a variety of imaginative play items. There will be a kitchen, large blocks, a dress up trunk and more. Sometimes there will be guidance (if desired) in creating a restaurant, school, grocery store, etc. Children are encouraged to choose what they want to play and let their imaginations be the limit!

Important Notes: None

Prerequisite: Ability to play cooperatively without causing harm to other children or the play items available.

Homework: None

Parents: Parents of this age group are required to stay on site while their children are at Cascadia and are welcome in the classroom. We also request that parents assist in the classroom as needed.

Acting

Instructor: Anthony Edwards       Age Range: 7-9          Classroom: Grove

Description: This class will involve a lot of theater games that encourage the children to get comfortable speaking with and in front of a group. There will also be the beginnings of character development and some minimal line memorization.

Important Notes: None

Prerequisite: None

Homework: None

Parents:

Putting the Pen to Paper

Instructor: Rosemary Campbell       Age Range: 10-12          Classroom: Magnolia

Description: This writing class is inspired by the Bravewriter program, which aims to help kids put their own, fascinating thoughts on paper in a supportive, engaging environment that is tailored to their current level. We will focus on creating a safe place for thought exploration, and then learn how to craft their writing into a satisfying finished product. Short, structured activities such as copywork, freewriting, and paragraph editing will start off each class. We also play games and do fun exercises that are designed to highlight specific writing concepts. Final projects will stem off of favorite pieces of writing that each child does over the course of the term.

Important Notes: This class will be offered twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Prerequisite: None

Homework: Some minimal homework.

Parents:

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