Group Lesson Descriptions

1st- 4th Science Investigators (Monday/Wednesday)

This group meets Monday and Wednesday for two hours per day. Through investigation, creative learning and hands-on lessons, this group will explore the concepts of the Scientific Method, Plant parts and pollination, life cycles, properties of matter and chemical changes, Space, weather and climate, forces and motion, magnets, fossils, heredity and traits, and ecosystems! (Subjects and pace determined by interest and engagement of students.)

Transitional Kindergarten-First Grade Explorations Monday-Friday (Mon-Thurs WAITLIST ONLY)

This four-hour class is perfect for age 4 through First Grade, and is based on learning through play. Children at this age are not meant to be sitting still for hours. They need to be moving, playing and creating! We will go outside everyday, maybe multiple times! We will explore, get dirty and go on adventures! I use nature to show my Little's the science behind what birds are in our backyard, what's cool about bats, do animals hibernate or migrate and many more fun topics. To prepare for reading we will: learn our letters, their sounds and begin to identify words that begin with them. We will accomplish writing our first and last names. We will begin reading basic sight words! I can't wait to meet you and your child! It's going to be an awesome year!


Elementary Bible History Quest (FREE!)

This two-hour class will study the Bible as a factual history book, using archaeological evidence, Biblical truth and science as we learn about the people and places of the Bible. We will start in Genesis and work our way through the Old Testament and connect it with our spiritual heritage. We will use hands-on and interactive activities to learn the who, what, when and where of the Bible!


OG Reading and Spelling Discoveries

Reading/Spelling Discoveries is an intensive reading and spelling program designed for reading and spelling readiness, emergent reader and spellers, struggling readers and spellers or gifted children with unique learning styles. Your child will receive targeted instruction in areas of phonemic awareness, phonics, decoding, spelling, listening & reading comprehension skills. Reading/Spelling Discoveries uses an Orton-Gillingham (OG) approach.Orton-Gillingham is a language-based, multi-sensory, structured, and sequential method of instruction that assists struggling students by activating visual, auditory, tactile, and kinesthetic sense to enhance learning and memory. This group meets twice a week for two hours. The 9-11am group will have a snack and play break and the 11-1pm group will have lunch and playtime.


OG Beginning Bookworms

Beginning Bookworms is an intensive phonics program designed for emergent readers and spellers. This is a level 1 Orton Gillingham class. Each week a new letter/sound will be introduced and practiced through a kinesthetic approach to promote reading and spelling. This group meets twice a week for two hours, 1pm to 3pm Monday and Wednesday.


Middle School Smoothie Scholars Reading Club

Students will begin each class with a focus on Orton-Gillingham-based reading and spelling strategies. These research & evidence-based strategies will strengthen both foundational and overall reading skills. Students will also cultivate a joy for reading as they explore various novels throughout the year with a focus on reading comprehension skills and strategies. This will be done while enjoying weekly smoothies during our low-pressure, cafe-style book club! Class times are Mondays and Wednesdays from 11am -1 pm.

1st-3rd Woodland Writers

The Woodland Writers will gather in the woods to unplug from screens and technology, relax and explore in nature, while expressing ourselves through our writing. We will learn how to write good sentences that turn into great stories. We will learn about two different writing styles; persuasive and descriptive in a fun stress free environment. We will create our own pencils, and paper to create a journal that will hold some of our chosen pieces. We will also learn about different naturalist writers such as Robert Frost and John Muir. All Woodland Writers will need a 3 ring binder for this class. This group meets for 2 hours once a week, on Tuesdays.

4th-6th Woodland Writers

The Woodland Writers will gather in the woods to unplug from screens and technology, relax and explore in nature, while expressing ourselves through our writing. We will learn about the different writing styles; persuasive, narrative, expository, creative and descriptive in a fun stress free environment. We will create our own pencils, and paper to create a journal that will hold some of our chosen pieces. We will also learn about different naturalist writers such as Robert Frost and John Muir. All Woodland Writers will need a 3 ring binder for this class. This group meets for 4 hours once a week, on Thursdays.

1-2nd Grade Language/ Math Adventures

This four-hour class consists of approximately two hours of Language Arts instruction. Learners will have guided instructional time and participate in hands-on activities pertaining to phonics, grammar, poetry, journaling, comprehension strategies, and a read aloud. We then have a 30 minutes lunch/recess break. After lunch, we will focus on objectives of 1st/2nd grade mathematics. Learners will experience fun activities, utilize manipulatives, and engage in learning that requires critical thinking. We will represent and solve problems involving addition and subtraction, focus on understanding place value, measure and estimate lengths in standard units. We will also work with time, money, data, and attributes of shapes. The opportunities in this class will instill a love of learning!


3rd-6th Ancient History Experiences

This two-hour group lesson will be an active history class covering ancient times from all over the world, with hands on exploration and group games and activities to bring the ancient world alive. This will not be your standard boring history class! We will do all kinds of things to make history interesting, fun, and applicable to us. Things might get messy, as history almost always is!


3rd-6th Humanities

This two-hour group lesson will cover Artists, Composers and plenty of hands-on games and fun to create art and explore various handicrafts such as Sloyd, origami, hand sewing and more. Some students may wish to acquire tools of the trade (needle, hoop) for continuing projects at home, though all needed for class work will be provided. This is a hands-on class geared for all learners and abilities.


3rd-6th STEM

This two-hour group lesson will cover a variety of science, Technology, Engineering and Math topics from Electricity, to Chemistry and more, using hands on projects with open ended exploration for kids to test, design and retest various STEM principles.


3rd-6th ELA Fun!

This two-hour group lesson will cover literature from around the world as well as basic writing and grammar and a weekly poetry 'tea time'. Students will need their own notebook for various assignments, though most activities will be group games or writing together. This is the perfect group for the reluctant writer and the learner who needs encouragement to pursue literature.

3rd-4th Grade Math

This four-hour class consists of approximately 2 hours of instruction and activities. We then have a 30 minute lunch/ recess break, and 1.5 hours of more activities. This class will be designed around the needs of the students and what concepts that need more attention. OPTIONAL Spectrum Math workbook for either grade 3 or 4 can be used for reinforcement (or another similar resource). Contents includes: Multiplying and dividing, fractions and decimals, measurement conversions, classifying geometric figures, and algebra preparation.


5th-6th Grade Math

This two-hour class will be filled with instruction and activities. This class will be designed around the needs of the students and what concepts that need more attention. OPTIONAL Spectrum Math workbook for either grade 5 or 6 can be used for reinforcement (or another similar resource). Content includes: decimals, fractions, operation with rational number, proportions and percentages.



7th-8th Grade Math (AKA Pre-Algebra)

This two-hour class will be filled with instruction and activities. This class will be designed around the needs of the students and what concepts that need more attention. OPTIONAL Spectrum Math workbook for either grade 7 or 8 can be used for reinforcement (or another similar resource). Contents includes: Positive and negative integers, ratios and proportions, algebraic equations and inequalities, geometric problem-solving, and probability and statistics.

6th-8th Chemistry Matters

This introductory Chemistry group meets on Tuesdays for 4 hours. We will have about 2 hours of science instruction and activities. We will then have a 30 minute lunch/recess break, and 1.5 hours of lab time. (Things might get messy!) We will be going over topics students will see in High School Chemistry, but all at a Middle School level. The goal is that when learners see the material again in high school, it will be familiar and they will confidently excel at Chemistry! Content includes: matter, chemical/physical changes, periodic table, atomic structure, balancing chemical reactions, and more.


Middle School STEAM Powered!

This class is geared toward 5th-8th grade learners. This four-hour class consists of approximately 2 hours of instruction and activities. We then have a 30 minute lunch/ recess break, and 1.5 hours of more activities. The focus of this class will be to strengthen Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math skills in real-world and hands on applications. Contents include: Budgets, fractions and portions in baking, blue prints, etc.


Elementary STEAM Powered!

This class is geared toward 1st- 4th grade learners. This four-hour class consists of approximately 2 hours of instruction and activities. We then have a 30 minute lunch/ recess break, and 1.5 hours of more activities. The focus of this class will be to strengthen Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math skills in real-world and hands on applications. Contents include: Budgets, fractions and portions in baking, blue prints, etc.


4th-6th Spanish Speakers (aka Learners)

This group lesson, which meets twice a week for two hours, is geared toward learners who are not familiar with the Spanish language but who want to learn to speak it. This class focuses on vocabulary, sentence formation, conversational Spanish and having fun using new words!


K-3rd Spanish Speakers (aka Learners)

This group lesson, meeting twice a week for two hours each time, is geared toward learners who are not familiar with the Spanish language but who want to learn to speak it. This class focuses on vocabulary, sentence formation, conversational Spanish and having fun using new words! We will incorporate movement, hands-on activities, music and culture to help students develop their Spanish skills.


Elementary Spanish Speakers (Tuesday WAITLIST ONLY!)

This group lesson, meeting ONCE OR TWICE a week for two hours each time, is geared toward learners who are not familiar with the Spanish language but who want to learn to speak it. This class focuses on vocabulary, sentence formation, conversational Spanish and having fun using new words! We will incorporate movement, hands-on activities, music and culture to help students develop their Spanish skills. Ages Kindergarten through Fifth Grade are welcome to this fun and interactive class!


Elementary Art

This group, which meets twice a week for two hours each time, will focus on art expression and fundamentals. We will learn about painting, drawing, dimensions, lining, shades, light, and texture, learning to bring their imaginations to reality. They will also learn about some of the brilliant artists of the world and mimic their work in their own unique style. They will begin to see art as a subject and they will learn to express themselves in unimaginable ways.

Tuesday Elementary Science/ American History

This four-hour class consists of approximately 2 hours of science instruction and activities. We then have a 30 minute lunch/ recess break, and 1.5 hours of American History! This class is very student-oriented and we focus on student interests along the way. Content includes: Cellular structure and function, human body systems, energy, solar system and ecology. American History will include early 1700s- World War II.

Middle School Science/ American History (Thursday)

This four-hour class consists of approximately 2 hours of science instruction and activities. We then have a 30 minute lunch/ recess break, and 1.5 hours of American History! This class is very student-oriented and we focus on student interests along the way. Content includes: Cellular structure and function, human body systems, energy, solar system and ecology. American History will include early 1700s- World War II.

Middle School Learning C.E.O.s

Learning C.E.O.s (Capable, Efficient, Organized) is a class designed to help middle school learners become self-driven, motivated, organized and efficient learners. We will work on organization, time management and prioritizing, study methods, self-motivation, growth-mindset, and efficiency. This class meets twice a week, Monday and Wednesday from 9-11am. Requires a planner/calendar and journal.