Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Enrichment Class Outlines

In January 2012, Red River Enrichment Classes celebrated its 12th year! We are so excited about what God has done for us, and look forward to the future.

As we grow, the need for increased structure and accountability increases. To that end, EC teachers will now submit a Class Outline Form with each class proposal. This additional information will not be included in class descriptions printed for distribution, but the form will be kept on file.

The Class Outline Form will afford teachers an opportunity to consider class goals and material in advance. This is a good thing! The goal is not to increase anyone’s burden, but rather to benefit teachers, parents and the board as we work together to bless the children we’re so privileged to instruct. 
Classes will not be considered without this form.

Examples follow below. You’ll notice that some classes (Games! & etc.) lend themselves to a very informal format, while more academic classes call for a bit more structure. 

If you have any questions about this form or classes in general, please contact an EC Board Member. To download a Class Description Form, click here.


Nicki Truesdell
Dainah Blalock
Nichole Hackney

{ Example 1 }

 Class: Backyard Science                        Grade: Pre-K

What are your goals for this class?

My goal is to make preschool students more aware of God’s incredible creation and teach them how to learn and discover the exciting things in nature for themselves. We will have a notebook to show parents at the end of 10 weeks.

Please give a basic 10-week outline for accomplishing these goals:

Weeks 1 & 2 – introduce field guides and teach students to look up animal tracks, wildflowers, and insects. Take walks outside as weather permits.

Week 3 – Read about the life cycle of a plant; plant lima bean seeds in a cup

Week 4 – discuss trees, the change of seasons, and make a leaf rubbing

Week 5 – read about rocks and minerals and examine rocks found in the church yard

Week 6 – read and talk about weather; make a tornado in a jar

Week 7- read and talk about snakes and lizards

Week 8 – read and talk about insects

Week 9 – read and talk about spiders

Week 10 – show and tell; class party with nature themed snacks

Please list materials used in this class:

  • Usborne book of Rocks and Minerals
  • Trees and Seasons
  • Spiders
  • Magic School Bus Explores Plants
  • printed materials from to make lapbooks
  • various field guides
{ Example 2 }

 Class: Board Games                            Grade: 9th-12th

What are your goals for this class?

To have fun! I want to provide an hour of relaxed social time where kids interact with each other through the fun of popular board games. I will also encourage good sportsmanship and teamwork.

Please provide a basic 10 week outline for accomplishing these goals:

Every week we will just play board games and have fun.

What materials will be used in this class?

Popular board games, like Clue, Boggle, Scrabble, etc.
{Example 3}

"Build it Big" class

Goals for the Class: To use the principles of science and teamwork to solve various tasks using household items.

Week 1: Marshmallow Tower (Structures)
Week 2: Balloon Columns (Structures)
Week 3: Tower of Coins (Forces and Energy)
Week 4: Bubble City (Design It)
Week 5: Balloon Car (Forces and Energy)
Week 6: Roller Coaster (Design It)
Week 7: Parachute (Design It)
Week 8: Moving Cans (Forces and Energy)
Week 9: Paper Bridge (Structures)
Week 10: Cup Tower (Structures)

Materials Used in Class: balloons, marshmallows, coins,bubbles, straws, books, marbles, soda cans, paper, cups, plastic bags, water,etc.
Back-Up Plan: The Cup Tower or Paper Bridge Activities canbe easily led by anyone.  I will have supplies and directions for both ready at the beginning of the semester so I can hand them off to someone if need be.
 {Example 4}

"The Hobbit" class

Please give a basic 10-week outline for accomplishing these goals:

Week 1: Chapters 1-2, history and characteristics of Dwarves and trolls
Week 2: Chapters 3-5, studying Elrond, Imladris, and Elves; Goblins (Orcs); Gollum; the Ring
Week 3: Chapters 6-7, studying wargs, Eagles, Beorn, Mirkwood
Week 4: Chapters 8-9, studying Wood Elves, Sting, King Thranduil
Week 5: Chapters 10-11, history and maps of Lonely Mountain, Lake Town, the Secret Door
Week 6: Chapters 12-13, the Arkenstone, Smaug and dragons, Mithril, Thror, Dunland, Cram
Week 7: Chapters 14-15, the Bard,birds, Carc, Roac,
Week 8: Chapters 16-17, Dain, return of Gandalf, Thorin, Gobblins, The Battle of Five Armies
Week 9: Chapters 18-19, the Return Journey and the Last Stage
Week 10: Wrap up- quiz, questions,and games
What materials will be used in this class?

  • The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien 
  • The Atlas of Middle Earth by Karen Wynn Fonstad 
  • The Tolkien Companion by J.E.A. Tyler 
  • Finding God in the Lord of the Rings by Kurt Bruner & Jim Ware 
  • The J.R.R. Tolkien Handbook by Colin Duriez 
  • Unfinished Tales by J.R.R. Tolkien 
  • The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien

We hope these examples will give you a clear understanding of the kind of outlines required for class submissions.

Thank you to all of our wonderful EC parents for your creative and fun classes!

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