Spring 2022 Courses

Instructor: Kristin Riffe, Homeschool Mom of Three and OK Certified Teacher with Extensive Elementary Teaching Experience

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Most of Ms. Kristin’s classes are flexible schedule classes that will not meet in-person (either in real life or online).  Instruction will be through videos posted in Google Classroom.  Students will watch the videos on their own time, do the activities with the videos, and post their finished assignments in the classroom to be graded.  Art classes *may* offer one in-person meeting in the form of an art fair in which to showcase art from class and other personal art pieces they have created.  More information on that will be decided as the semester nears an end.  The biome/ecosystem fair will also have one in-person meeting to share their projects. 

Writing Level 1 and 2, art, STEAM, and beginning reading classes will be graded as pass or as fail to participate.  Feedback and encouraging comments will be left for students.  The goal is to develop a love for learning and to provide some scaffolding to learn and meet goals.  Writing level 3 will be graded.  The goal for that class is to prepare students for the rigor of middle school classes and to turn in properly edited writing pieces. 

Classes begin March 6th and run 12 weeks. 

Building Writers Level 1

Grade Levels 2-5

Level 1 focuses on writing complex sentences and beginning story writing.

Project topics: complex sentences, scribble writes, picture writes, rock writing game, parts of speech, story writing, personal narrative, sequence, opinion, persuasive, friendly letter, poetry

Supply List:  pencil and paper. Need to be able to print some handouts.

Cost: $75 first child, $15 additional children from same family 

Building Writers Level 2

Grade Levels 2-5

Level 2 focuses on writing paragraphs and longer essays

Project topics: paragraphs, prompts, summarizing, 1st person narrative, 3rd person narrative, persuasive, cause and effect, story, recipes, art, fairy tales, literary devices

Supply List:  pencil and paper. Need to be able to print some handouts.

Cost: $75 first child, $15 additional children from same family 

Building Writers Level 3

Grade Levels 4-5

Level 3 focuses on combining everything learned in levels 1 and 2 into application of writing skills. This class will include heavy critique and editing on all writing assignments, unlike the first two levels that focus more on developing a love of writing. Students will be expected to learn editing and revising skills, fix mistakes, and turn in a revised copy of work every week. Designed to prepare students for the expectations of middle school.

Overview:

Week 1 review of skills and literary devices

Weeks 2-4 creative writing

Weeks 5-7 short essay writing over certain topics

Weeks 8-12 research paper writing- learn the steps to write a proper research paper on topic of choice

Supply List:  pencil and paper. Need to be able to print some handouts.

Cost: $75 first child, $15 additional children from same family 

Elementary Art Class 1

Grade Levels PreK and up

All ages can have fun in art class! Projects are designed so everyone can be successful. Older students are welcome to add more detail and change the project to fit their personal style. Younger kids can find joy in the process and still have something whimsical made at the end.

Project topics: monochromatic art, salt dough textures, tessellations, water color resists, qtip dot art, dragon egg, neurons, rainbow cave dance, up up and away, monet inspired lilypad, pacita Abad inspired trees, windmills

Cost: $25 first child, $5 additional children from same family 

Art 1 Supply List

White paper

Markers, colored pencils, crayons

Watercolor paint and supplies to paint

Salt, flour

Found objects and cookie cutters

Qtips

Tempera paint and supplies to paint

Oil pastels

Washi tape

Tissue paper

Scrap felt

Pipe cleaners

Metal brad

Ability to print a few things

Elementary Art Class 2

Grade Levels PreK and up

All ages can have fun in art class! Projects are designed so everyone can be successful. Older students are welcome to add more detail and change the project to fit their personal style. Younger kids can find joy in the process and still have something whimsical made at the end.

Project topics: painted paper castles, Savanna pop up art, Van Gough inspired flowers, Luna moth, treasure map, campfire, phoenix, roller coaster, high rise mural, beetle, tropical tree lungs, farmer truck trouble, mushroom color wheel

Cost: $25 first child, $5 additional children from same family 

Art 2 Supply List

White paper

White cardstock

Black paper

Markers, colored pencils, crayons

Watercolor paint (I suggest tube water colors with many shades) and supplies to paint

Qtips

Tempera paint and supplies to paint

Small Magnets

Wide Craft Stick

Gold Acrylic Paint

Roller coaster project requires the use of a hot glue gun by an adult.

Ability to print a few things

Elementary Art Class 3, Winter Art

Grade Levels PreK and up

All ages can have fun in art class! Projects are designed so everyone can be successful. Older students are welcome to add more detail and change the project to fit their personal style. Younger kids can find joy in the process and still have something whimsical made at the end.

Projects are all winter themed:

Swirly sky trees, northern lights Polar bears, gnomes, reindeer on tundra, mice skating, fox, snow mouse, snow palace, snowflakes, snow donuts, dancing deer, reindeer collage, winter ballet, singing bird, snow globe

Cost: $25 first child, $5 additional children from same family 

Art 3 Supply List

Tempera paint and painting supplies

White paper

Chalk pastels (or fluorescent chalk)

Oil pastels (or crayons can work too)

Shaving cream

White school glue

Paintbrushes

Black marker (crayola is fine)

Watercolor paints

Air dry clay

Silver glitter or glitter glue or nail polish with glitter in it (glitter glue is easiest to clean up) 

Clear glue if you pick regular glitter 

Piece of scrap cardboard the size of a paper

Foil 

Qtips

Tissue paper (white or light wintery color) 

Glue 

Bits of scrap paper (painted paper, wrapping paper, etc) for collage 

Elementary STEAM

Grade Levels 3-5

Science projects designed for both learning and fun! Let’s enjoy some science, technology, engineering, art, and math! This class will require you to provide quite a few materials and supervise. Some projects require scissors and hot glue. Some kids may need a lot of supervision and some very little. I’d strongly encourage supervising over doing it for them; It’s supposed to be challenging! There are 6 projects, but some may take you multiple days to complete. I will be checking into the classroom to offer help and comments, and posting the projects over a total of 12 weeks. So they will be spread out to give you adequate time to complete them.

Project topics:

Non-newtonian fluids, mazes, build a toothpick bridge, build a plinko board, supersaturated liquids, rubber band car

Cost: $25 first child, $5 additional children from same family 

Elem STEAM supplies

Cornstarch

Water

Elmer’s glue

Baking soda

Contact solution with borax

Food coloring

Box lid

Straws

Toilet paper tubes

Craft sticks

Hot glue

Lots and lots of toothpicks/flat craft toothpicks

More Elmer’s glue or craft glue

Wax paper

Ability to print handouts

A giant piece of cardboard

A ton of craft sticks

Hot glue galore

Water

Jar

String

Another craft stick or pencil you can spare

Sugar

More craft sticks

Hot glue

Rubber bands

Round toothpicks

4 pop bottle lids (or wheels if you have 4 the same size from legos, etc)

Learn to Read Short Vowels

Grade Levels: PreK-1st 

Practice decoding skills by reading small rhyming word families with short vowels.  Then complete a project or game with the words. Students should know letters and letter sounds. 

Word Families Covered: at, ot, ig, ack, um, ip, op, ab, ell, amp, un, an

Cost: $25 first child, $5 additional children from same family 

Learn to Read Long Vowels

Grade Levels: K-2nd  

Practice decoding skills by reading words with long vowels, digraphs, blends, dipthongs, and r-controlled vowels. Students should be reading short vowel words easily.  A word family will be studied each week, with an accompanying activity. 

Word Families Covered: ate, oon, ail, ake, ine, ight, ace, ain, ave, aze, ar, each, ew 

Cost: $25 first child, $5 additional children from same family 

Biomes and Ecosystems Fair 

Grade levels: 2nd-5th 

Students will study and create a research project over one biome or ecosystem of their choice.  The videos in this class will be short science and geography lessons about biomes and ecosystems, as well as some instruction on completing a report for their chosen project.  Each student will be responsible for finishing a report and also creating a visual aid (think science fair board type project) about their chosen biome/ecosystem. This class will meet IN PERSON to share their visuals and reports aloud.  Each student will give an oral presentation and show off their project.  This is a supportive environment.  Students can have adult support if needed due to anxiety, etc. The expectation is to share in some way, but all kids have different needs.  Date and place TBD, but most likely the downtown Tulsa library on a weekend.  If you live out of town, are unable to meet in person due to medical needs/covid, etc, you may post a video in the classroom of your project instead.  

Cost: $15 first child, $5 additional children from same family