Wednesday SCHEDULE Fall 2017 
Descriptions available  below right.

9 am  8*12  Key of Liberty: American History & Gov't

         K*8   Science & Art Block

         Pre-School Morning meeting, stations

10:05  PS*8  Recess

10:30  Morning Devotions & Announcements

10:45  HS  Physics Lab

          K*8  Spanish Language block

          PS   story, dance, art rotation

11:30  K-8  Old Testament History

           PS   Lunch & play

12:15  K*HS  Lunch

12:50 pm    Afternoon Devotions

1 - 3pm  Enrichment Blocks

1 pm   Creative Writing

2 pm  Speech & Debate

Enrichment Blocks may also include 2 to 4 of the following:

Jump Rope p.e. & dance,  Games & Teams, Singing, Piano lessons, Crafternooners, Literature discussion, Irish Dance....

(always taking other options!)


Extracurricular options:

Literature Group (W): organized by & for girls 9 - 14 

Junior Legion of Mary (W 4pm)

American Heritage Girls (Th 6:30)

National Federations of North American Explorers 

      (Th 6:30pm)

Field Trips

Teen Socials

Family events


MONEY MATTERS*:

$20 Insurance Fee / family/ annual

$10 - 15 K - 8 materials fee /class/ child/ annual 

$25  PS materials fee/ participating child/ semester

$50  Physics Lab materials fee/ student/ semester

$50 est. Key of Liberty materials

         fee/  student/  semester

$25 Creative Writing tuition+materials/ student/

         semester, +10 first sibling, +5 additional sibs

$20 Speech & Debate tuition + materials/ student/

         semester  +10 first sibling, +5 additional sibs

$10 facilities donation (to church for hall) / student, 

     monthly (or $75 annual) 


*Our community makes every effort to keep co-op reasonable and affordable.  If, however, your family situation makes these costs prohibitive to participation, consult with the director or specific teachers to work out alternative plans.


Money matters may be handled all at once upon the start of classes or may be broken up into monthly contributions.  Simply communicate your plans!


Links to printables:
Printable calendar of OLJ events.         Printable Fall 2017 schedule.

Do we have to participate in every class?  Can we pick & choose?

K-8 & HS students may elect to participate in any number of the blocks or sessions offered.  For example, a 6th grader may be enrolled in the history block and two enrichment blocks, skipping Literature and Science blocks.  A HS student may choose to be a part of the science lab and nothing else.
     However, participation in the scheduled devotion time is not optional.  If a student is on campus in the morning, they should participate in the 10:30 prayers.  Those staying for lunch or enrichment blocks will join in the 1:15 prayer.  This faith time is essential to the joyful fulfillment of our purpose, to support one another in allowing the True Catholic Faith to permeate the lives and education of our children and to create an opportunity for fellowship in that Faith with like-minded families.

Class, Lab & Meeting descriptions
 Class sign ups available upon Registration.

HIGH SCHOOL GEARED COURSES  (middle schoolers admitted at discretion of teacher & director):
PHYSICS LAB  taught by Mrs. Torti

A hands­ on physics lab course where students are expected to be prepared (readings provided) before each class and will need to follow lab safety procedures. Basic algebra skills needed. Labs will be investigative and exploratory in nature.  Students should follow a HS physics text & curriculum appropriate to their course of study.

KEY of LIBERTY, a Thomas Jefferson Education style course, age 12+ taught by Mrs. Fletcher

Content: Revolutionary War Period

Key of Liberty is split into two semesters. In the first semester we work on our scholar skills using Early American History as our subject matter. The students learn how to express their opinions by writing a series of nine opinion papers. They learn how to study difficult documents in our document studies, how to give a fantastic presentation in class, how to read good informative classics and, probably the most challenging and rewarding of them all, memorize the Declaration of Independence. 

In the second semester, we delve into Post Revolutionary War and study the document that holds this country together, The Constitution of the United States of America. We study its contents, the process of the American government, and how the new ideas of our founders changed the world. We continue to write papers, read books, and give presentations. In this semester  students also learn the skill of test taking by completing three challenging quizzes on the Constitution. By the end of this semester, the students have learned what they can do to increase and keep safe the freedom their founders secured for them.


CREATIVE WRITING ages 9 - 18    taught by Mrs. Gambrell
Required books: Dictionary and Thesaurus
Have you ever stared at a blank page, waiting for the words to come? Have you ever seen such a spectacular sunset that words just couldn’t effectively express its beauty? In this class we will develop skills for composing prose and poetry and learn strategies for getting those words onto paper in a manner that is clear, understandable, and intriguing for both writer and reader. We will be writing individually and as a group to develop descriptive writing, we will share great reading, we will build vocabulary, and we will loosely address grammar, spelling, and punctuation skills. Homework will be minimal. The goal in this class is to make creative writing fun and to give the students the skills to make that happen. Students who are already strong writers will enjoy the opportunities to focus on and develop their writing.

SPEECH & DEBATE grades 8 * 12 led by Nicholas D:
            Students gain experience in various forms of public speaking starting with simple prepared presentations.   Impromptu and extemporaneous skills come next and finally debate organization and strategies.  All subject matter will concern the Catholic Faith with the goal of developing our ability to explain or defend our teachings.

K * 8 STUDENTS:
 SCIENCE LAB  4 groups based on essential skills, taught by Mrs. Griger & Mrs. Torti
Simple instruction provided within class for outstanding hands on activities, experiments and participatory demonstrations.  A favorite class with students and parents alike!  Surveys various scientific disciplines & topics.  Concurrent study not required.  Weeks alternate with Art & Lit (see below)

ART & LIT  
Alternates with science.  Art instruction and project about 1x/mo.  Literature discussion and activities on alternate session.  Science, Art, Science, Lit is the rotation.

SPANISH BLOCK 
Super exciting to be able to offer a fun Spanish experience for all ages and knowledge levels taught by native speakers.  Activities, songs & games planned around social themes such as park, home, store, etc.

OLD TESTAMENT HISTORY BLOCK 
Following the historical procession of the Old Testament and incorporating Ancient Civilizations  where they come into contact with the story of God's people.  Stations and activities intended for students to explore at their own pace with deference to their personal interests and abilities.

PRE-SCHOOL PARENT & ME:
Toy rotation for younger ones.

9:00 meet & social. 9:15 prayers & morning meeting

10 min-Spanish: greetings, and basic words ( Jenny will give a handout, or maybe a copy from a book, so that you guys can practice at home during the week)

 then PS'rs and their parent proceed to 

Stations:

Puzzles

Thinking Skills: (Building Thinking Skills by Michael Baker) We can use this book to get us started. It has riddles that you would read for your student(s).

Alphabet/Sight words depending on each student

Fine Motor Skills: lacing, tracing

Math: addition, subtraction, time, shapes


After Recess, Morning Devotions:

10:45  teachers will rotate for bible story & activity, dance, and more

11:15 clean up, lunch & recess




ENRICHMENT BLOCKS (afternoon options open to all)
CREATIVE WRITING for age 9 (solid writing) & up    taught by Mrs. Gambrell
Required books: Dictionary and Thesaurus
Have you ever stared at a blank page, waiting for the words to come? Have you ever seen such a spectacular sunset that words just couldn’t effectively express its beauty? In this class we will develop skills for composing prose and poetry and learn strategies for getting those words onto paper in a manner that is clear, understandable, and intriguing for both writer and reader. We will be writing individually and as a group to develop descriptive writing, we will share great reading, we will build vocabulary, and we will loosely address grammar, spelling, and punctuation skills. Homework will be minimal. The goal in this class is to make creative writing fun and to give the students the skills to make that happen. Students who are already strong writers will enjoy the opportunities to focus on and develop their writing.

FUN P.E. rotation of jump rope instruction, play ground games and various dance styles.

GAMES & TEAMS  varying academic themes. students spend several classes exploring materials, games, activities within an academic theme then participate in team games or contests.  Fun, not competition is the goal!

LITERATURE DISCUSSION
IRISH DANCE 
CRAFTERNOON activities
PIANO TUTORING, LESSONS

SINGING, CHOIR