Author Archives: Sandi

New class! Herbal Alchemy in Davis

WLR is pleased to announce this new class just added to the Davis Schedule: Herbal Alchemy.

Instructor Jennifer Tan will engage students in this hands-on class of discovery, learning all about the natural world of herbs. Students will gather herbal seeds, plant and harvest herbs, and blend herbs for teas and scent sachets, creating a variety projects that are sure to delight the senses. With soothing lavender, invigorating rosemary and others, students will have a scent-sational time, as they deepen their understanding and appreciation for nature’s gifts.

Herbal Alchemy is offered at our Davis location on Tuesdays, beginning September 12th. Click here to register and save your child’s place in class.

New class! Celtic Knot Braids & Designs

From simple, two-stranded braids to complex spirals and fantastic animal forms, Celtic knots have long been admired for their intricacy and beauty. But did you know that even the most complicated of these forms are built up from simple principles?

In this class students will learn not only how to draw these forms, but also how to decorate them in a variety of ways. By working with Celtic knot and braid designs, students experience the dimensionality of form as they explore the concepts of “over” and “under.” Introduction of the “disappearing line” helps develop the ability to “follow a line of thought.” In addition, drawing these forms helps to advance focus and concentration as the drawing process itself organically brings students to an  attentive, alert state.

Celtic Knot Braids & Designs for Grades 5-8 is offered on Mondays at our Rancho Cordova location and is taught by Mr. Huff. Register soon to hold your child’s place in class!

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New! Writing: Imagination & the Basics

In this writers’ workshop for Grades 4-8, students will experience playing with dialogue, using descriptive language, and learning word games and activities. With their new skills, students will combine sentences to create more complex and interesting writing. Designed for both enthusiastic writers and those who would rather do anything than write, this class will deepen students’ relationship to language, showing how sensory images make writing come to life. Students will have opportunities to share their work and ask questions about each other’s writing in a supportive environment, while enhancing the process of revision. Along the way, students will learn the answers to these questions:

  • What is a sentence?
  • Where do I punctuate?
  • How do I write a paragraph? (topic sentence, closing sentence, starting a new paragraph)

Homework will be assigned. Supplies students will need to bring to each class meeting: binder, pens, pencils and a folder. Optional: pencil sharpener, journal/notebook.

Instructor, Ms. Audra Sterrett, holds a BA in Literature and has been credentialed to teach in California public schools. In addition, Ms. Audra has been homeschooling her own children for nine years and teaching and assisting at WLR for two years. Ms. Audra brings joy and enthusiasm to her students, with a bright, positive outlook that is inspiring to all.

Registering for WLR classes

How to register for WLR classes:

  1. View the Class Schedules and Class Descriptions pages. Not all classes are offered every session. The schedule varies from semester to semester but we leave the class descriptions online so you can see the variety of classes we offer.
  2. After reviewing class descriptions, be sure to note any required supplies, prerequisite skills, class start & end dates and any designated holidays. If you have any concerns about your child’s ability to fully participate in class, be sure to review the Participation in WLR classes page.
  3. Go to the Registration page to register for the upcoming WLR session. Be sure to complete all forms and e-sign as indicated (cancellation policy, waiver/liability release, medical information, etc.)
  4. Self-paying families may make secure online payment or mail check or money order to the WLR, P.O. Box 19676, Sacramento 95819.
    Charter school families: forward the WLR e-mail confirmation to your teacher and request P.O./voucher/certificate for the chosen classes.

Thank you for your interest in our program. If you have any questions, call Sandi at 916-606-0799.

Go to WLR Registration Page.

New class! Handwork: Farm to Fiber

Where do our clothes come from? What are fibers? Where do wool, silk and cotton come from?

In this unique class, students will learn the answers to these questions while developing an appreciation and understanding of natural fibers and their sources, including biodynamic sheep fleece, silk worm cocoons and organic cotton bolls. Students will learn about sheep and the process of breaking down fleece. Although the class emphasizes fiber sources and processes rather than projects, students will experience several hands-on projects such as making a small piece of felt and making yarn from wool, cotton and silk. Mythical tales may be woven into the program to elaborate upon and extend the fiber lessons.

Cotton bolls in fall

Instructor Ms. Katrina Schultz brings her love and experience of working with farm animals and biodymamic gardening to the classroom environment. Ms. Katrina focuses on hands-on learning, enlivening the subject matter while engaging the imagination of her students.

Handwork: Farm to Fiber is offered on Thursdays at WLR’s Sacramento location.

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New class! Hands-on Geology

Joyful, enthusiastic teachers are your student’s mentors at Wholistic Learning Resources. While preparing for this class, I received the following message from Ms. Katrina:

“Okay! I am so excited about this class! I spent sooo much time collecting rocks, many hours with my son at crystal shops, and then camping too. This class is going to be great!”

Ms. Katrina’s enthusiasm for this topic is palpable –  and is exactly what makes our program shine: teachers who are passionate about their topics and dedicated to inspiring joyful learning in our students!

In this fun and exciting class, your student will learn about the Rock Cycle and rock types: igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary. Using Mohs Hardness kits, students will test various rocks. In addition, they will learn about crystals and geodes, and the earth’s shifting crust. Ms. Katrina will lead the class in creating a model volcano and setting if off. Class integrates the arts and science through many hands-on activities, drawing and sculpting.

Hands-on Geology is offered on Thursdays for Grades 4-8 at our Sacramento location in the Arden Area.

Go to WLR Registration Page.

New class! Rockets!

Students in Grades 5-8 can join Mr. Huff for a new fun, exciting class this fall: Rockets!

In this class students will work in teams to design and launch a pressurized water bottle rocket. Class will cover:
• Newton’s 1st and 3rd laws of motion
• Forming hypotheses and testing them
• Problem solving through brainstorming, evaluation, and testing of possible solutions
• Principles of propulsion and flight

Launches will take place the last two or three class sessions.

“Two-Liter Pop Bottle Rockets may well be the GREATEST PHYSICAL SCIENCE TEACHING TOOL EVER CREATED!!” ~ NASA water bottle rocket information page.

Rockets is offered for students in Grades 5-8 on Thursdays at our Sacramento location. View the Thursday Class Schedule here.


New class in Davis: Musical Theatre!

For the Fall term, Davis WLR is excited to announce Musical Theatre!

Students who enroll for this class will benefit from the combined talents of Mrs. Jennifer Tan, teaching the music and songs, and Dr. Rick Tan, directing the students in a musical production! Depending on age, experience, and desire, students will be assigned individual roles and/or choral parts. The medium of theatre, enhanced with music, is a fantastic way for children to learn dramatic and choral skills.

First day: students reviewing the script with Dr. Tan.

On the final day of the Fall term, the children will perform their musical for families and friends. Written by Dr. Tan, the story is always a creative re-telling of a historical figure and events. This Fall, the play centers around Elizabeth Jane Cochran, who pioneered investigative journalism, and went around the world in a record 72 days back in Novemeber 14, 1889. She was famously known as Nelie Bly. Songs will include pieces inspired by Stephen Foster’s ballads of traditional Americana. Parents may be recruited for assistance with their children’s costumes.

Registration for the WLR 2017 Fall term opens soon – during the first week of July! Join the mailing list to stay up to date on our latest class offerings in Davis, Sacramento, Rancho Cordova and Carmichael.

Nature Connections – Session 2 coming soon!

Good news! Openings are available for our upcoming Session 2 of Nature Connections:

Session 2: 3/29 – 5/17 (Rain make-up if needed: 5/24/17)
Fee: $220 Early Bird Registration by 3/10/17; $235 after 3/10/17.

Go to WLR Registration Page.



 Nature Connections
9:30 a.m. – 12 noon
Ancil Hoffman Park, Carmichael

12 Weeks • Wednesdays, beginning February 1, 2017
Fee: $375 Early Bird Registration by 1/18/17 1/27/17; $400 after 1/18/17 1/27/17.

or choose a 6-week option*:

Session 1: 2/1 – 3/8 (Rain make-up if needed: 3/15/17)
Fee: $220 Early Bird Registration by 1/18/17 1/27/17; $400 after 1/18/17 1/27/17.

Session 2: 3/29 – 5/17 (Rain make-up if needed: 5/24/17)
Fee: $220 Early Bird Registration by 3/10/17; $235 after 3/10/17.

*Class space limited. Those enrolling in the 12-week option will have priority.

Self-payment discount: $10 off for 12-week session; $5 off per 6-week session.

No classes on:  3/22, 4/12 & 4/19

 Go to WLR Registration Page.



Location & Time:
9:30 a.m. – 12 noon
Ancil Hoffman Park

6700 Tarshes Dr, Carmichael, CA 95608
Specific meeting place to be e-mailed prior to class start date.
Please note: Ancil Hoffman is a County Park charging a $5.00 parking fee. Alternatively, an annual County Parking pass, good for other County parks as well, may be purchased here. 

Self-Paying Discount: $10 off per class for those who are paying the entire balance via online payment or by check. Self-payment discount not applicable to those who are doing split payments with charter school. Multiple class discounts are not applicable to the Nature Connections program.

Split Payments: If you need to split your payments between charter school and self-payment, contact WLR.

Nature Connections Class Description

This outdoor educational program is designed to foster future stewards of our natural resources through hands-on experiences that awaken the senses and lead students to deeper understanding of our local geography while gently awakening their intrinsic love of the land.

As an inter-disciplinary program, students will engage not only in science but also art, public speaking, local history, some writing (nature journals) and technology (Google maps and iNaturalist). Learning will be facilitated through the use of “Core Routines” such as Sit Spot, Expanding Sensory Awareness, Questioning and Tracking, Animal Forms, Wandering, Mapping, Exploring Field Guides, Journaling, Minds-eye Imagining, Listening for Bird Language, Gratitude, and Story of the Day.

Nature Connections is built on the foundation of Coyote Mentoring which facilitates conscious expansion of awareness through both the major and minor senses while deepening relationships with the environment including family, community and nature.


From Coyote’s Guide to Connecting with Nature:

‘The Core Routines of Nature Connection are things people do to learn nature’s ways. They aren’t lessons. They aren’t knowledge. They are learning habits. Luckily for us as nature guides, shifting our mental habits into these Core Routines of Nature Connection comes as second nature to all human beings. This way of knowing was not born a few hundred years ago, or even with the rise of civilization thousands of years ago. Rather than informing, our teaching job educates ourselves and those we mentor to discover what the Haudenosaunee people call our ‘original instructions.’ Humans evolved with original instructions designed for dynamic awareness of nature. If we can inspire practice of these Core Routines, remembering our original instructions will happen on its own.”

WLR’s Nature Connections class will cover topics such as:

  • Hiking Basics: the 10 Essentials and Leave No Trace principles; appropriate clothing, footwear, and foot travel techniques.
  • Native Plants and Habitat Restoration: edible and medicinal plants, California Native Plant Society, Invasive plant removal, and native planting processes including seed collecting.
  • Watersheds and Water Conservation: macro invertebrates, water quality and water safety.
  • Stewardship: trash cleanup, parkway etiquette, plant restoration and maintenance.
  • Primitive skills: shelter building, introduction to friction fire, cordage and bush craft
  • Wildlife: tracking and identification, including bird language, field guides, and ecosystems
  • Parkway Stakeholders: meet and work with others who strive to protect the land and people (e.g. rangers, other naturalists, plant specialists, maintenance staff, farmers, water conservationist)

In addition, the mixed-age program for Grades 1-8 provides opportunities to cultivate leadership and mentoring skills as well as promoting community.Go to WLR Registration Page.

Instructor: Guy Galante

Students will need to wear appropriate clothing (sturdy shoes or boots) and may need to bring minimal supplies such as water bottle, notepad, pencil and colored pencils.

Please note: Ancil Hoffman is a County Park charging a $5.00 parking fee. Alternatively, an annual County Parking pass, good for other County parks as well, may be purchased here.