Category Archives: Homeschool teacher

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!

Go to WLR Registration Page.

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.

Register Soon

Early Registration Discount ends tomorrow, January 9th at midnight. So register soon for the best rates.

We also offer:

  • Multiple class discounts when enrolling in 3+ classes
  • Self-paying discounts
  • Supervised lunch recess for students enrolled before and after the break

Why choose WLR?

  • Several convenient locations
  • Experienced, dedicated teachers
  • Small classes
  • All locations have plenty of space for outdoor play during breaks

Go to WLR Registration Page.

Physical Education: Games & Movement

Movement is an important part of education. But what is healthy movement? How do we meet the developmental needs of the growing child?

In Western culture where professional sports hold high status, children may think of movement primarily in terms of team sports. In the WLR Games classes, we aim to give the children basic coordination and movement skills that will help them when they decide to play organized sports. Children engage in a variety of traditional games including circle games, running and tag games, line games and others. These activities help develop skills useful for other sports such as basketball. Students learn to work together as part of a group in both highly active as well as quieter games.

In addition to simply having fun in our popular Games classes, students also work on their social interactions, learning to play with their peers: learning to acknowledge one another, play safely and to gain an appreciation for each other as well as their physical skills and the many types of movement.

Games has always been one of our most popular classes and is now offered at two of our convenient locations for Grades 1-8:

  • Tuesdays in Davis, from 1:10 – 2:00 p.m., led by Dr. Tan
  • Thursdays in Sacramento, from 1:20 – 2:10 p.m., led by Mr. Huff

Click here to register.

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Games Class offers fun, exercise and a positive social experience!

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Sharing WLR

Although our classes are intentionally small to ensure the highest quality, we do need minimum enrollments (typically about 5 students) in each class.

Please feel free to share the WLR 2016 Fall flyer with your homeschooling friends—or those who are considering home education! You may print and post the flyer or forward it online.

For your friends who enjoy social media, photos of our classes in action can be found on the WLR Facebook page.

Thank you for spreading the word about our unique classes and programs! Your assistance is appreciated not only by WLR staff and teachers, but also by our currently registered families.

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Free Homeschool Information Fair

Join fellow homeschoolers at a free Homeschool Information Fair and get discount certificate to the Wholistic Learning at Home Mini-Conference!

A couple of weeks ago, homeschooling mom Megan Zeydel contacted me to participate in a free homeschooling information fair. Megan has generously arranged for the fair to take place at the Sylvan Community Center in Citrus Heights and has invited a number of vendors to participate.

Homeschool Fair (free)
Sylvan Community Center
7521 Community Drive, Citrus Heights
4 – 7 pm

Wholistic Learning Resources will be at the fair with information on our upcoming 2016 Fall Session of classes, offered in several locations.

In addition, we will have information on the upcoming Wholistic Learning at Home Mini-Conference including discount certificates to the Conference. Certificates will allow participants to attend the Conference for a reduced fee of $25 per person. (Regular fee is $60; early registration until 7/25/16 is $45.)

WHOLISTIC LEARNING AT HOME-$25 special

“Unschooling” / Self-Directed / Natural Learning

I am so excited that Kathy Anuszczyk is joining us at the Wholistic Learning at Home mini-conference!

I met Kathy during my first year of homeschooling when my son, Noah, was just five-years-old. I was just getting my feet wet and starting to hear about a new idea: “unschooling.”

Kathy is the mother of six children who have never attended traditional K-12 school. Their Kathy-family interests have taught her so much about spontaneity, curiosity, and trust. They attended community college while in high school, danced across Europe, participated in the City Youth Commission, played music with the jazz society, rebuilt classic cars, rode horses, joined a fire crew, ran sound systems for concerts, and much more. Three are grown now: one created a Bachelor’s Degree in Linguistics and Foreign Languages, one is transferring to the University of California to study Wildlife Biology, and one has just completed his first year at an Ivy League Engineering College on a full-ride scholarship. Three teens are still home, caring for gardens and animals, playing music, reading and cooking, and volunteering in the community.

I cannot think of a better person to lead the Self-Directed Learning / Unschooling workshop!

Kathy will lead participants in exploring the many ways we can enhance learning by trusting and supporting the interests our children express. Learn how the natural yearnings to explore and experiment will eventually lead to a very rich education. Discuss ways to let go of the expectations of structure and discipline that were imposed and considered necessary in our own schooling, and how to work through those niggling doubts that inevitably come up while exploring the ways that work best for your family’s learning.

“Freedom in structure means much more time for pondering, which is key to true education.  Once you’ve created a foundational space for learning, nurtured reading time and artistic expression, you’re on your way for quite an adventure. This certainly won’t always look like how society tends to think schooling happens, but the one-on-one interactions and explorations are so valuable to our young people.” — Kathy Anuszczyk

Thank you to our sponsors!

Pulling together the many pieces to make a conference happen takes time, energy and effort. I am so grateful to the many folks who are helping WLR make this conference a success!

And a special thank you to our sponsors! Please be sure to check out the many resources they have to offer homeschooling families.

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Early registration – still available!

Early registration discount for the Wholistic Learning at Home Conference has been extended to July 25th!

$45 for 1st attendee / $15 for 2nd attendee

Group rates: 5 people for $75 or 10 people for $100 – great for co-ops, homeschool groups and friends!

Click here to register.

Join us for an interactive Keynote presentation with Rick Tan, a variety of workshops as well as local vendors, a raffle and more.

All are welcome!

August 6, 2016

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

American River Grange, 2720 Kilgore Road, Rancho Cordova, California

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