After reading through this page if you still have questions email FPCEPHomeschoolco-op@hotmail.com 

 

Our Mission

As an outreach of First Presbyterian, the Homeschool Co-op exists to provide a fun, inclusive, educational environment creating community that adapts to the needs of our homeschool families.

Upcoming Events

FIRST DAY OF CLASS IS January 23, 2016

No class on February 20, March 6 & 13.

LAST DAY OF CLASS April 3

End of Semester Party April 10

Registration Information

Only the following options for registration are available for Spring 2017. No early registrations will be accepted. The calendar is as follows:

First day of Co-op Classes – January 23, 2017

Days off – February 20, March 6 & 13

Last day of Co-op Classes – April 3

End of Semester Party – April 10

When looking at classes, please be aware and respectful of the skills/ages the teachers have provided. We will not allow children in classes who do not possess the necessary skills to be successful in the class. We want to set our kids up for success, so please help us in this effort.

Class size is limited, and all classes are first come, first served. All emails will be time stamped, so if we do not receive payment by your deadline, your spot will be given to the next person in line for the class.

All registrations forms can be found on this website. You will need to fill out and/or electronically sign the following:

  1. FPCEP Homeschool Co-op Release Form/Authorization for Emergency Medical Treatment
  2. Policies & Procedures
  3. Allergy/Medication Information

If one or more of these forms are not turned in by the registration deadline, your registration will not be completed.

Teacher Registration – Online only December 28-31 Closed. 

As a thank you to our teachers, you are able to register your children before it is open to the rest of the co-op. If you are a teacher for Spring, you can register your children online and pay via PayPal. You will need to fill out the registration forms, choose the classes you would like and submit them for review. The board will review the class choices to make sure we are honoring the teacher’s requirements and let you know the total due for your classes and registration fee. You will then pay via PayPal and you’re all set. If you do not submit all registration paperwork and fees by December 31, 5:00 PM, you will not be added to the classes you want. If you miss online registration, you will need to come to in-person on January 9.

**New for Spring 2017** Per requirement of all children’s ministries of First Presbyterian Church, all teachers will have a background check before being permitted to teach.

 

Returning Member Registration – Online only January 3-5 

Closed. If you missed the online registration, no worries, you can still join us on January 9th for New Student Registration

As a thank you to our returning members, you are able to register your children before new members. You will need to fill out the registration forms, choose the classes you would like and submit them for review. The board will review the class choices to make sure we are honoring the teacher’s requirements and let you know the total due for your classes and registration fee. You will then pay via PayPal and you’re all set. If you do not submit all registration paperwork and fees by January 5, 5:00 PM, you will not be added to the classes you want. If you miss online registration, you will need to come to in-person on January 9.

 

New Member Registration – In-person only January 9, 11a.m.-12:30 p.m. We’ve added an online form to fill some of our remaining spots. 

We welcome all new members with open arms! Please come with your registration paperwork filled out, we will have class sign-up sheets available at registration. You will be able to pay with cash, or PayPal on the day of. NO checks will be accepted.

Field Trip Only Members – Online only December 28-January 9

NEW THIS SEMESTER!! If you want to take part in our field trips, but cannot commit to classes each week, this is the option for you. You must fill out registration information, submit it to the board and pay the $10 registration fee via PayPal. Once we receive your documents and payment, we will add you to the group so you have access to all the information from our Homeschool Co-op.

Classes will be held Monday 9:00 to 2:30. The spring semester will be 8 weeks and begin on January 23, 2016.

 

Spring Semester Schedule

Start Date: January 23

Break: February 20, March 6 & 13

Last Day of Instruction: April 3

End of Year Party: April 10


Field Trip Info

Our hope is to have a field trip the first and third Friday of each month. This can change, however, if the venue only offers field trips on specific days.

At this point, there are two field trips scheduled for Spring, more will be added and events will be created for each one on the Facebook page. Be sure to check the “Events” tab often for updates and added field trips.

Friday, January 27, we will be visiting the Las Cruces Nature & Science Museum, and Monday March 6, we will again be attending “Kids, Kows & More” at the Coliseum.

A few notes about field trips….if you sign up to attend, you must RSVP in the comments the # of kids and adults. If you do not, you will not be counted in the final numbers, as all venues need to know the total number of people they have to accommodate.

As parents, we all have things that come up at the last minute, like sick kids, emergencies, etc. Barring these things, if you sign up to attend a field trip, please make every effort to be there. Venues often offer free, docent guided tours that are not available to the general public, and if they plan for 25 people and only 10 show up, it makes a big difference. It also makes our group look less than stellar, and we all know how amazing our “family” is, so let’s show the broader community that. If something does come up, please let the field trip coordinator know as soon as possible so the venue can be contacted.

Please understand that some field trips will have age restrictions. If it is a high school level field trip, do not bring your littles.

If it is a pre-paid field trip, we will accept PayPal or cash. All pre-paid field trips are non-refundable.

Any questions, comments or ideas for field trips can be submitted to Denise Prieve, Events Coordinator, deniseprieve@gmail.com.

(Un)Mundane Mondays

The first Monday of each month will again be “Un-Mundane Monday”. We will have a theme for that day for students (and parents!) to dress up, have some fun and also we will share a potluck lunch that day. Here are the dates and themes for Spring:

January 23, 2017 – To bring in the new semester, Dress as your favorite storybook character

February 6, 2017 – Dress in red/pink to celebrate the month of love

March 20, 2017 (there are no classes March 6 & 13) – Dress as your favorite Dr. Seuss character to celebrate his birthday month

April 3, 2017 – What do you want to be when you grow up? Dress up for your future career.

The final date to put on your calendar is Monday, April 10, 2017. This will be our end of semester party. Again, a potluck and chance to relax and have fun with everyone.

Update On Classes Being Offered Spring 2017

The Homeschool Girl Scout Troop will be meeting every other Monday from 2:30 to 4:30 pm. For questions regarding Girl Scouts please email GSTroop61061@gmail.com

If you are interested in the Boy Scout Troop that meets at First Presbyterian on Monday nights call the church office at (915)533-7551

Class Descriptions (any class fees are to cover the cost of materials your child will need for the class and need to be paid at registration) –

(We also have an amazing Pre-school on site that has part time slots available. Just click on the image below for more details.)

preschool

Spring Semester Class List

Classes are 50 minutes unless otherwise noted.

MONDAYS

9:00 AM

RM 205 – IEW Advanced teacher Kara Swartz – Closed, Continuation Class

Homework? YES

This writing course for elementary students new to IEW lays a solid foundation of writing skills. Over the course of 15 weeks, students will learn how to effectively use a wide range of structural models and stylistic techniques in their compositions, as they write on a variety of enjoyable fiction and non-fiction topics. Included with the student handouts are complete teacher’s notes, source texts, assignments, and checklists. Syllabus: IEW Level A

9:30 AM
Library-Chemistry (H.S.)teacher Tina Burriss – Closed, Continuation Class

This course will be an introduction to the basic concepts and applications of chemistry. We will be keeping a lab notebook and a credit will be awarded for a Chemistry Lab. The parent will be responsible for issuing a credit for the actual Chemistry course. The student will be required to turn in their lab book at the end of the semester for credit. This will cover lab kits and any extra lab supplies that are needed.  Syllabus: Chemisty-Syllabus-1st-Semester (note: the class fee in the syllabus is wrong, the correct fee is $30)

10 AM

RM 201- Godly Play (prek-5) teachers Hope Griffin and Kaitlyn Ramos Class Fee $0

slots available for New Student Registration

Homework? NO

Godly Play is a creative, imaginative approach to Christian formation and spiritual guidance.

Godly Play has a Montessori foundation with 40+ years of research and practice.

Godly Play values process, openness, discovery, community and relationships.

Godly Play models the worship life, stories, symbols and rituals of Christian congregations.

Godly Play allows practitioners to make relevant and personal theological meaning.

Godly Play nurtures participants to larger dimensions of belief and faith through wondering and play.

To learn more about Godly Play visit http://www.godlyplayfoundation.org/ Following each lesson the children will respond through art.

Syllabus: GodlyPlaySyllabus

RM 202- Japanese Culture Through Anime and Manga (6th-12th Grade) teacher Bethany Hart, Class Fee$15

7 slots available for New Student Registration

Homework? YES

This class will focus on the art of anime and Manga and how it can be used to identify key points in Japanese culture. We will also be introduced to Japanese language and how western culture has influenced life in Japan.

Student must be able to read quickly enough to follow subtitles, sit quietly through an hour of reading or watching a video. Must be interested in anime or Manga. The shows and Mangas we will cover have ratings that include Teen and Older Teen. These do have what some would consider mature content and themes and are designed for those 14 to 16 and older. Please consider if these topics are right for your family and/or your child. There will be homework. Students will need colored pencils & access to a video viewing platform for watching anime at home and a library or willingness to purchase books for Manga homework.

RM 204- Beginning Ballet (k-3) teacher Jennifer Cruz Class Fee $0

slots available for New Student Registration

Beginning Ballet Syllabus

RM 205 – IEW  teacher Kara Swartz – Closed, Continuation Class

Homework? YES

This writing course for elementary students new to IEW lays a solid foundation of writing skills. Over the course of 15 weeks, students will learn how to effectively use a wide range of structural models and stylistic techniques in their compositions, as they write on a variety of enjoyable fiction and non-fiction topics. Included with the student handouts are complete teacher’s notes, source texts, assignments, and checklists. Syllabus: IEW Level A

RM 206- Life & Times of King Arthur (6th-8th Grade) teacher Kaitlyn Ramos- Class Fee $0

slots available for New Student Registration

Homework? YES

In this course, we will study the middle ages as well as some of the legends surrounding King Arthur. Students will read short stories or book excerpts, write a journal, do a project, and be exposed to the art, music, and cultural customs of the middle ages.

Success in the class will be based on participation in classroom activities, personal journals, and a larger project toward the end of the semester, and small homework assignments. Students will need notebooks and pens/pencil in class, a composition journal, and supplies for a project of the students choice

11AM

RM 201- Godly Play (prek-5) teachers Hope Griffin and Kaitlyn Ramos Class Fee $0

 slots available for New Student Registration

Homework? NO

Godly Play is a creative, imaginative approach to Christian formation and spiritual guidance.

Godly Play has a Montessori foundation with 40+ years of research and practice.

Godly Play values process, openness, discovery, community and relationships.

Godly Play models the worship life, stories, symbols and rituals of Christian congregations.

Godly Play allows practitioners to make relevant and personal theological meaning.

Godly Play nurtures participants to larger dimensions of belief and faith through wondering and play.

To learn more about Godly Play visit http://www.godlyplayfoundation.org/ Following each lesson the children will respond through art.

Syllabus: GodlyPlaySyllabus

 

RM 202- History & Science of Chocolate (6th-8th Grade) teacher Bethany Hart and Sarah Herrera Class Fee $10

8 slots available for New Student Registration

Homework? YES

We will study the history of chocolate, it’s uses and the sciences behind it. Students must be able to read, follow directions, and safely able to consume chocolate. Students will need the following supplies: pen, paper, 3 prong folder, plus ingredients as requested in class. 

RM 203- Alphabet Zoo (preK-2nd grade) teacher Jill Root Fee $10 CLOSED

The second half of Alphabet Zoo students will explore the letters m-z. We will be reading lots of fun stories, singing songs, trying new games, and learning through play. Students will need to bring crayons scissors and glue.

RM 204 – Anatomy (4th-8th grade) teachers Gina Celis & Jossi Inthalangsy Class Fee $15 CLOSED

Hands on fun Science class for 10 to 14 year olds. This class was offered last semester and was a big hit. It is not a continuation class.

RM 205- Imagination Station (K-2nd grade) teacher Ruby Zamarripa Class Fee $5 CLOSED

Homework? NO

Imagination station will be a place for students to create, build, explore, and let their imaginations run wild. We will work on various projects where students will be cutting, sculpting, painting, designing, and more!

Library- Logic (H.S.) teacher Holly Massie  – Closed, Continuation Class

Objectives: Knowledge – Learn what common fallacies are, & how to recognize them. Skills – Write short essays/paragraphs on research and opinion. Begin to think critically about the world around you, when involved in conversations, social media etc. Demonstrate understanding of Basic Logic and why it is important.  Syllabus: LogicSyllabus-1

12:00-12:30 LUNCH TIME

Students and parents are welcome to eat in the classrooms or at the picnic tables out front. Please make sure to pick up after yourselves as classes resume at 12:30.

12:30

RM 202- Physical Science- (M.S.) teacher Tina Burriss  Closed, Continuation Class

This course will look at the world around us and what makes it work. We will be keeping a lab notebook which the parent can then use along with tests at home or home evaluation to determine if the student completed the course to their satisfaction. The cost of the course is $25 per student. This will cover lab kits and any extra lab supplies that are needed. The text we will be using is Exploring Creation With Physical Science from Apologia. I also recommend purchasing the notebook but it is not necessary. It is also okay to use a different textbook but the student and parent will be responsible for lining up the reading with the experiments for each week. Reading will need to be done before class and then the experiments will be done in class.  Syllabus: Syllabus-Physical-Science-1st-Semester

RM 204- Poetry Writing (6th-8th Grade) teacher Jessica Zamarripa Class Fee $0

Homework? YES

This will be a fun and open poetry writing class for students in grades 6th – 8th. This is a class for; the reluctant writer, the confident writer, the shy, and the bold. We will learn fun strategies and techniques to help students express themselves through poetry, as well as help them feel increasingly at ease with sharing their creative works aloud with others. Homework will be assigned weekly and will include skill building activities and/or poetry writing. All poetry will be saved in a creative journal for the students to keep at the end of the semester. Students must bring a notebook or journal and possess general literary skills.

RM 205 – Show and Tell, Public Speaking Class (2nd-5th grade) teacher Iris Retana Class Fee $0 CLOSED

Homework? YES

Children will each bring in an item weekly & present their item with adequate information, using public speaking tips & tricks. Each student will learn:
-Their individual attitude towards public speaking & how to use that in their favor.
-planning & knowing your audience
-Setting & knowing benchmarks
-Planning basic Structure of Presentation
-Planning a convincing Presentation
-Planning a Surprising Presentation
-Using Visuals
-Handling Questions & Answers
-Remembering Basic Purpose of Presentation.
-Being a Respectful & Cooperative Audience Members
Students will be critiqued on presentation by being provided an envelope with teacher & classmate tips & praise to take home each class. They will need to bring a pencil or pen to each class along with index cards.

RM 206- Sewing with Heart (4th grade and up) teachers Erica Smith and Gina Celis Class Fee $20 CLOSED

Homeschool? YES

To teach very basic machine sewing and hand sewing, project planning and execution for gifting, home making and helping our community.

This is a community project. Students will be able to keep a couple of the projects, but primarily it is a community project and will be used for donation purposes. This class will get more accomplished if some children are able to bring in their own machines no need to buy one but if you have one at home we can use, please bring it. If we have just a few sewing machines, we can set up work stations (this is why we are asking for 2 extra volunteers) to help man the station’s for safety and so that proper instruction and attention is given to the students. I have a large cutting mat, so as to protect tables.

Students must be willing and able to follow directions. This class is strictly for beginners but they must be willing to listen and learn.

Students might need help with homework, including prep work such as cutting, hand sewing. Students and parents must fully understand that this class is strictly for beginners, experienced sewers will not be allowed to go ahead of the class. Please do not take an available spot from someone who can benefit from this class. Also that this is a community project. Students will be able to keep a couple of the projects, but primarily it is a community project and will be used for donation purposes. The knowledge however is theirs to keep, build on and pass along. Students will need to purchase fabric, scissors, and pins.

Library- Computers (6th and up) teacher Timothy Call Class Fee $0 (Parts for Computer – Roughly $400 worth spaced over the total time of the course.)

slots available for New Student Registration

Homework? NO

This class will over its duration seek to familiarize its students with the basic hardware of a modern computer system and then over the course of the class construct a modern fully operating desktop system. A parts list will be provided but students and parents are free to substitute other suitable parts in if they so desire to construct a different system. The parts list provided will assemble a small lightweight desktop that is Windows 10 capable and should be capable of running most if not all modern academic programs, games, etc. operating system permitting. Operating installation will be at the end of the semester and will be students/parents choice of SteamOS(free game console style OS) LinuxMint (Free Windows style OS) or Windows 10 (limited trial edition, activation code will be required to fully activate it which is anywhere from $100 to $130 extra on top of the system construction costs). Cost of computer system is only for the system and does not include a monitor or keyboard/mouse, though links for those will be provided should you desire to purchase those new as well, though those will be above and beyond the estimated $400 for the system. The schedule of progression in the class will be by necessity loose as different students will get parts in at different times. Missing a class or four will not hamper class progression and any makeup work will be done within class under supervision.

The system being built is a modern upto date system with quality parts that should be future proofed for at least the next 2 or 3 years. The world of computer hardware being what it is makes it impossible to make any guarantees on this. The parts chosen will be done so as to maximize bang for buck. Thus the parts while quality will not be top of the line and they will not be constructing amazing super computer machines but instead basic jack of all trade machines that should be upto running modern productivity software as well as most modern games in at least lower graphical quality settings and simple video editing and both wired and wireless computer internet connections.

Syllabus: Syllabus-1

A note from the teacher:

Parts List for those in or interested in the Computer Class. These items are kept on a wishlist format on Newegg so that I can continue to update the items as availability and price shifts might change them. Regardless of when you get an item all will be interchangeable with any other similar item that is listed for the same job.

First Build Items: These are items needed to start the class. The first few classes will mostly be demonstration and not hands on but after that these items will be necessary. https://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx… The case listed here is currently out of stock on newegg. But is available here for less. https://www.directron.com/tx381c.html?aff=2

Second Build Items: These are items that will be used in the second month of class. https://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx…

Third Build Items: For the third month. https://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx…

Optional Final Items: These are the last items needed and are optional if you have something else to use for them such as an old LCD TV or other monitor or existing keyboard and mouse. https://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx…

 

1:30PM

 

RM 202- Learn through Play (3rd – 5th grade) teacher Jossi Inthalangsy-Class Fee $5

slots available for New Student Registration

Homework? NO

Learn Through Play is a class for students to be introduced to subjects, review and reinforce educational subjects and skills through toys and games. Students must be able to read and have basic math skills. Students will need pencils, colored pencils, crayons or markers, glue, and scissors.

Syllabus: Wellness Syllabus

RM 204- Improv (6th Grade and up) teacher Addie Brandenburg-Class Fee $4

slots available for New Student Registration

Improv is a form of theater where most or all of what is performed is created at the moment it is performed. It is a creative way to develop communication skills, creative problem solving, and supportive team-work abilities. We will be using Improv games and skills to develop these abilities.

Class will learn about Improv and quick thinking while performing. Interacting with other students to make a scene flow and perform well. We will do different Improv games and scenes to improve skills and imagination and quick thinking while working in unison with other students.

Students will need to display respect for fellow students, ability to understand and follow instruction, and to fully participate in class lessons.

RM 206- Newspaper (6th and up) teacher Holly Pierce – Class Fee $10

slots available for New Student Registration

HOMEWORK? YES

We will work together to research, write, and publish our very own newspaper. Students need to do their homework in the time frame given by teacher.

Library- GIRL SCOUTS & Centre

WEDNESDAYS

We’ve added a second day! These classes start and end times are slightly different than the Monday classes. Information COMING SOON on a Home School Choir, Violin, Piano, and Guitar Classes.

10 to 12pm

Small Chapel- Homeschool Choir (k through 12th grade) teachers AJ and Sally- Class Fee $150

NO LIMIT

Students will take part in a choir singing many genres and styles with music your child is sure to enjoy. Students will also learn how to read music from unison to multiple part harmonies, blend within an ensemble, and understand some vocal mechanics and basic music theory. They will work on mastering rhythm, sight-reading, multipart singing, and basic music theory.  The choir will be split into two age groups after the first day of class. Your student will practice for one hour every Wednesday between the hours of 10 and 12. Every studennt will need to bring a 3 ring binder and pencil.

First day of class is January 25 (Class fee will be due by January 23). There will be no class on March 15 (Spring Break) and the last day of class will be April 5. The semester concert is tentatively scheduled for the evening of April 7 (we are waiting to see class size before reserving the location of the concert).

1 to 6pm (30-minute private lessons)

Private Guitar Lessons (5 years old and up) teacher Nicki Gabriel- Class Fee $100 (10 30-minute private lessons)

spaces available between 2:30 and 5:30

Students must have a notebook and guitar. We will start by learning the name of the strings and I will teach the student how to tune the guitar by ear and with a tuner. Every student’s curriculum is going to be slightly different, depending on what they listen to and what they want to learn from this class.

First day of class is January 25 (Class fee will be due by January 23). There will be no class on March 15 (Spring Break) and the last day of class will be April 5.

5 to 6pm

Centre- A TRIP TO THE ARAB WORLD (2nd grade and up) teacher Majd Sarah – Class Fee $15

No Limit- Parents are encouraged to register for this class as well. 

Students of all ages will gain Arabic language skills and cultural competence while learning about Arabic countries, culture and foods. This is a 15 week language course. Students must be able to read and write on their own. Class begins January 11 and ends April 19.

Join us Wednesday night EXPLORE program, beginning January 11, as we explore cultures throughout the world. There will be cooking classes, family friendly movies from around the world, along with other fun activities.

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