CLASSES SUBMITTED(as of 8/14/10)
7 & Under
Ocean Adventures: This will be a story time/arts and crafts class. We will explore the ocean and some of the plants and animals that live there. We will read storybooks such as "The Rainbow Fish", "Fish Eyes", and "An Octopus Followed Me Home" and some non-fiction books including "What Lives in a Shell?" and "Starfish". We will color, paint, glue, and use clay to make a few craft projects each week. There will likely be other activities and games as well but the focus is arts and crafts. MaryBeth

Creative Movement: Each week we will create movement based on books, art, music and the world around us. Kara (kweilding@gmail)

Five in a Row Apple Pie: Using the book "How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World" as a base, we will explore geography, culture, and food. We will do a variety of activities in each class, but children should be able to sit and listen to a book or two, work cooperatively on games, and do some table work - coloring, gluing, etc. Please let me know if there are food allergies. Amy (


Exploring the Rainforest: We will explore the rainforest from the ground (or underground) up, taking a close look at the plants and animals of the Amazon and other rainforest, as well as an overview of the ecosystem. $8 Amy (
Discovering the Great Artist Within You! In this class, we will study a new artist every week and produce pictures inspired by that artist. An example of the artists we may study and the art projects we would like to do with you are: Thomas Gainsborough (Portrait on Landscape); Edgar Degas (Chalk on Cloth); Henri Matisse (Story Color Collage); Pablo Picasso (Fractured Friend); and Louise Nevelson (Scrap Box Art). This may change a little if we find something that we think you’ll enjoy even more. Come and have fun expressing yourself! We will be asking for donations of materials to keep costs to a minimum. Anne & Jean (
How Things Move: Physics Using Real Science 4 Kids: We will use the Real Science-4-Kids Physics Pre-Level I Books to explore simple physics concepts and terminology. Explanations followed by a simple experiment per class. We will not be able to finish the book in one session. If there is interest we can continue the next session as there are 10 lessons. This series is terrific at taking complex topics and making them understandable to younger kids. $5 Sheri (
Hands-on Natural Science: Discover the smells and tastes, and sounds and feels, of the natural world in your own back yard. Learn to distinguish the feel of clay soils from sandy soils, the sound of fairy bell ringing crickets from long eared grasshoppers, the smell of spice bush from the cherry centipede, and the taste of sourwood from the taste of horse sugar berries. At the end of this class, students will have sharpened sensory perception to the natural world around them and have derived the answer to a burning question on their own.

~$10 Lucy (

Playing With Poetry: In this class, we will deal with all things poetic. We will read aloud and/or listen to the author’s recording of some of the greatest children’s poetry, including works by Shel Silverstein, Eric Carle, Roald Dahl, Langston Hughes, Jon Scieszka, and Children’s Poet Laureates, Jack Prelutsky and Mary Ann Hoberman. We will learn about different forms of poetry, such as couplets and haiku, cinquain and diamantes, free verse and rhyming poems, and try our hands at writing different types of verses. We will also incorporate music, movement, and art into the poems we read aloud or write ourselves. We will create some poems as a group and others as individual projects, while also polishing our abilities to recite poetry aloud. Finally, we will publish a class booklet containing the best poems of all the students. There may be a bit of homework required, but it will probably be minimal (selecting a book or poem to read to the class, or finishing a project begun in class, etc.) Approximately $10-15 (including the cost of the published book). Kim ( and Carol (

Food Preservation and Storage: This class will explore methods used for preserving and storing foods, starting with current methods, and working back to older, traditional storage methods.There will be discussion of basic food handling safety; basic kitchen tool use and safety in the context of preparing food for storage. Each week there will be a take home project to complete and eat at home. A tasty stored or preserved food will be presented for sampling in each class; I will do my best to accommodate allergies if participants inform me in advance. Projects will include Japanese pickled vegetables, making cultured dairy foods, sauerkraut, food drying, and simple freezing and canning techniques. Child must be comfortable using a knife. Kalli (
Newbery Literature: Caddie Woodlawn: Join us as we explore the 1936 Newberry award book, Caddie Woodlawn. Caddie is a fiesty, 11-yr. old tomboy who gives us an exciting look at life on the Wisconsin frontier in the 1860s. We'll hear about her many adventures with her brothers, including crossing rivers on rafts, close calls with rattlesnakes, and secret meetings with Indians. Class activities may include reading, acting out scenes, drawing or painting, writing, and sampling food from the time period. Homework will be light--mostly reading. Copies of the book are available through the Wake County libraries. $3 Selby ( )
Legend of Druidawn III: A Learning Arbor favorite returns! The children REALLY enjoy the class time game play AND creative writing homework this class offers because students' word count allows them to buy all types of items for their character. This class is designed for anyone; from the reluctant writer, to ones who loves to write and those who love fantasy/sci-fi play. We will venture through villages, underground, through forests and across seas into magical lands where anything is possible. For returning students, we may start at the beginning of the game, depending upon how many new vs old Druidawn students we have in this class. Please see the Legends of Druidawn website for more information on how this game inspires creative writing and encourages reluctant writers to want to write. (click this link and look for The Legends of Druidawn on the right sidebar. ~$3-$6 Chrissy (
Recorder Duets and Vocal Music Ensemble : This class is a continuation of the recorder class offered last fall. It is for students that already have a background in playing an instrument and reading music notes and rhythms, or who took my recorder class last fall. After reviewing fingering and notes learned in part one, we will work on recorder duets and ensemble work. No one will be put on the spot to sing a solo, but singing the songs as a group is an important learning tool because it helps to learn how to sight read notation and then it is easy to play the songs on the recorder. Homework is to complete assignments and it is recommended to review and practice the recorder music for about 10 minutes a day. Cost TBD: Nadine (

Could You Survive the Lewis & Clark Expedition?: In this hands-on history class, you will get a taste of what it was like to be part of the famous 1804 expedition led by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark to explore the US Western territories that had never been mapped by Europeans. First, we'll set the context by putting on a Readers Theatre version of a play about the Louisiana Purchase. Then each student will take the role of an actual member of the team who traveled through these wild lands. We will read primary source descriptions of the journey and grapple with some of the issues they faced. Can you map spaces with no known landmarks? How can you describe and catalog plants and animals that white people had never seen before? Can you negotiate safe passage through the lands of Native populations who were suspicious of, if not downright hostile towards Europeans? At the end of the class, the actual fate of your character will be revealed. Will you survive the arduous journey? We'll see...This class will involve individual and group projects and presentations, a readers theater drama, journaling, mapmaking, drawing, and other hands-on activities. Subject matter will include art, science, geography, math, and history. There will be a limited amount of homework required. ~$10 Age range flexible. Carol (
Chess Puzzles: We will work on basic playing to hard puzzles, how to win in 4 moves, forks, pins, easy checkmating, and have games every day. No homework other than playing when you can. Everyone from beginners to experts, as a just for fun class! Free, bring your own chess board. Connor & Jaime ( (
Cells: We'll be investigating plant and animal cells, their similarities and their differences. We'll learn about cell parts and functions including the cell membrane, lipids, diffusion, osmosis, prokaryotes and eukaryotes, organelles, the genetic code, and viruses. Whoa! I bet you're thinking that with scary names like those this class will be all work and no play! But never fear, we'll be learning about them through awesome hands-on activities and experiments. In addition, we'll be covering some basic microscope skills and seeing some cells up close-- maybe even some of our own! The focus will be on hands-on learning, but the option to write up lab reports will be given. ~$8 Karen (

Mysteries in Geology: If we can't go to the mountain - we'll bring the mountain to us! Through hands-on examination of rocks and minerals, students will learn some exciting facts about our earth and the rocks and minerals that make it up. Every week students will tackle new mysteries - What is this rock? Where did it come from? What is it made of? This can be an opportunity to begin (or enhance) a rock collection! Cost will depend on number of students, ~$10-15
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Basic Human Genetics: Explore general genetics principles including how they affect human diseases. We will discuss simple Mendelian principles, autosomal dominant and recessive disease and x-linked. Simple cell division. *Discussion of formation of sex cells will be covered, so caution to parents who have not yet discussed this topic, might want to avoid this class* This will be a purely science class. No discussion of creation will be included, will leave this topic to parents. Homework may included consideration of genetic puzzles based on class discussions. ~$5 Jaime ( )
Writer's Circle: This is a class to assist and encourage writers. For each class, we will each bring in a piece of writing that is either a stand alone piece or part of a larger body of work. The writing can be fiction or nonfiction, and poetry is welcome too. We will need to bring enough copies for each member of the circle. After we read each piece, the circle will discuss that piece, offering constructive criticism and encouragement. Minimum size is 1/2 page single spaced. Maximum size is 3 pages single spaced. Pieces should be proofread and corrected before coming to class. I will introduce you to the editing program from SAS Curriculum pathways, called "Writing Revisor": You simply type in your writing, and it will offer editing suggestions! We will also bring in some of our favorite passages written by well-known authors, adding them to our own writings to create a collection of personal inspiration. If you love words, then this class is for you! Susan

Improv & Theater Games: We will be spending half of the class doing some improvisational work and the other half "playing" theatre games. This class is open to all skill levels within the 12 & up crowd. Kara (

Peacekeeping: A Global Perspective: PEACE..."the absence of war or other hostilities; an agreement or a treaty to end hostilities;freedom from quarrels and disagreement; harmonious relations." We will investigate the history of peacekeeping and the skills used to achieve it. We will explore the role of the United Nation in its' international peacekeeping and peacemaking abilities. The ultimate goal of this class will be to organize a homeschool contingency of prepared and engaged students to participate in a UN model conference in Chapel Hill. Skills learned will include researching, writing, public speaking, caucasing and conflict resolution. Middle school and high school age students are encouraged to participate. Group activities are planned and guest speakers will be invited. There will be some take home work included. ~$7 for copies. Sandra (
The Lord of the Rings" Book Club (Part One): Let's talk about Tolkien's Middle-earth, a world of Hobbits, Elves, Dwarves, Wizards, and Men. In this complex fantasy world, a classic battle between good and evil takes place and unlikely heroes emerge. We'll be reading "The Fellowship of the Ring" and discussing the characters, events, and some of the themes of the book. The book is long and our time is quite short so we will not be able to do a complete book study. Each week, we will cover a section of the book and there will be some comprehension questions and discussion questions. Homework expectations will be doing the reading and some light writing (not more than a few paragraphs per week). The book is approximately 500 pages. I'll send out a schedule of what sections we'll be working on each week. It is fine to read the book ahead of time. Any writing will be used as a starter for in-class discussions. (It will not be turned in or looked at for grammar, spelling, or hand-writing.) This class will be primarily a discussion class so students need to be willing to come in and participate fully by both sharing their thoughts and listening to the opinions of others. Students should bring their copy of the book to class for reference. I think this class will be fun whether this is the first time you'll be reading the book or not. If it is already a favorite, here is your chance to talk about why. $2 plus cost of book MaryBeth (
Immediately Useful Psychology: See "What is going on with me?" through the lens of developmental psychology, and critique the theories on the basis of your experiences. Take and make psychological tests, similar to this one: Conduct (non-lethal) experiments on yourself, friends and family. Learn some of the horrors behind Human Subject Protection requirements for experimentation. Homework will consist of taking online tests, which should take approximately 15 minutes a week. $0 Maria (

Construct and Animate! Geometry with Software: Feel the beauty and the power of using GeoGebra and Scratch to create math art similar to these pieces: Math topics include: - Euclid Constructions - Computational vs. exact math - Algorithms - Geometric entities and their properties (lines, polygons, circles) Bring Your Own Laptops. Maria (

CSI: Learning Arbor - Forensic Science Unit: Did you ever wonder what it's like to be a real life CSI investigator? Do you like to solve mysteries? Through real-life science labs we will become acquainted with the science involved in crime scene investigations. Topics may include ink and handwriting analysis, blood evidence (blood spatter and blood type), finger prints, and chromatography, trace evidence, impression evidence, arson investigations, and more! (After taking this class you may finally be able to figure out who stole that cookie from the cookie jar...). Some minimal preparation work may be required. Cost TBD Theresa & Rahel (

Card Games-Rules According to Hoyle: This class will include learning to play a wide variety of card games. We'll learn Hearts, Spades, Rummy, Canasta, and some of the many versions of Solitaire. We will use "The Rules According to Hoyle". Edmond Hoyle was considered the rules authority and there are several updated versions of his famous book. It is a great reference and includes a history of the games and strategy suggestions along with the rules. Homework will be reading the rules for the game to be played each week. (The Wake County Library has some copies of the book that circulate. There are on-line versions as well-students would need to print out the relevant sections and bring to class each week.) Book Cost only. Beth & MaryBeth