Category Archives: Homeschooling

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.

New Class! Nature Connections ~ Outdoor Education Program

WLR is excited to announce our newest class offering: Nature Connections.

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

Instructor Guy Galg-galanteante is a Carmichael native who is passionate about the American River Parkway. Guy has led hundreds of walks and talks along the American River with youth and adults covering a wide variety of topics. Previously, he served as the Youth Education Director at Soil Born Farms where he delivered farm and nature-based curriculum. Click here to learn more about Guy.

As an inter-disciplinary program, Nature Connections 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.

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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.”

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Nature Connections 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.

Nature Connections is offered as a 12-week session or, if preferred, choose one of our 6-week options. Classes will be held at Ancil Hoffman Park in Carmichael on Wednesday mornings.  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.

For class meeting dates, fees and more information, go to the 2017 Winter-Spring Wednesdays at Ancil Hoffman Park Schedule page.

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

Go to WLR Registration Page.

 

Nature Connections Class – coming soon!

Stay posted for information coming soon on WLR’s latest class offering: Nature Connections.

Days & Times: Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m. – 12 noon

Location: Ancil Hoffman Park, Carmichael

Instructor: Guy Galante

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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)

More information coming soon!

Class Spotlight: Math Games & Puzzles and Math Games & Logic

Solving problems logically is an important skill that goes far beyond math and other academics. It is a life skill that children will need as they grow toward and into adulthood when managing numerous challenges such as resolving conflicts with roommates; navigating the myriad of university major, general education, and graduation requirements; and other tasks like learning to change a tire, balance a checkbook or compare credit card offers.

Organizing information, guessing, estimating and predicting are all aspects of learning to think logically. One of the best ways for students to acquire problem-solving skills is through active involvement in a variety of problem-solving situations. Since children develop these skills through experience, it is helpful to expose them to a variety of problem-solving opportunities.

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In WLR’s Math Games & Puzzles and Math Games & Logic classes, students practice finding solutions through pictorial representations or by constructing three-dimensional models. They may examine visual representations of the problems or use manipulatives such as wooden or cardboard tangrams, colored circles, dice, game pieces or game boards. They deepen and expand their understanding through opportunities to explain their problem-solving strategies  to the teacher and their classmates.

The goal of these classes is twofold:

  1. To ensure that students increase positive feelings and decrease fearful attitudes about mathematics.
  2. To increase problem solving skills.

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Math Games & Puzzles is for students Grades 2-4 and emphasizes the joy and wonder of math, helping to lay the foundation for a lasting interest in mathematics. For grades 4-8 in Math Games & Logic, students will learn to approach problems systematically, sharpening their powers of logical deduction. They will learn to recognize patterns to solve problems and learn to try new ideas or generate new methods of tackling a problem. Both classes emphasize a cooperative learning environment and a non-threatening, supportive approach to encourage intellectual exploration and risk-taking.

Both classes begin January 23, 2017,   American River Grange in Rancho Cordova. Our teacher, Ms. Audra Sterrett, is warm, caring, cheerful and enthusiastic. As both an experienced public classroom teacher as well as a home educator of her own three children, she is sensitive to the needs and experiences of homeschooled students.

Click here to register.

Ceramics Classes

WLR is excited to have a new art class added to our 2016 Fall Session: Clay & Ceramics.

Ms. Christine Ault is a passionate artist and teacher who homeschools her own children – now teenagers – who assist with the classes.  She loves the encouragement and happiness that the students give each other during class … and that art gives them.

We are lucky to have these incredibly expressive art classes at WLR as they tend to sell out quickly.

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Students can explore their creativity in Ms. Ault’s class with plenty of freedom.  In regard to the plate project, Ms. Ault says,  “The plates are a great way to allow your kids to express themselves and learn techniques which are transferable to other medium like paper designs or sculpting.” 

Classes are offered in Sacramento on Thursdays.

Grades 1-4, 12:20 -1:10 p.m.

Grades 4-8, 1:20 – 2:20 p.m.

Click here to register.

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Registration is STILL open!

Although the early registration discount period has ended, WLR is still accepting registrations in most of our classes. A few descriptions are below.

For full list of class descriptions, click here.

For 2016 Fall Semester class schedules, click here.

To register, click here.

Scroll down for list of classes that are full and those with limited openings.

RANCHO CORDOVA – Mondays

persp-fenceDrawing with Perspective with Mr. Huff. Drawing in perspective represents a big change: previously the children have only drawn in two dimensions. In this class, they will learn to draw the world as they see it — in three dimensions! 

Singing Grades 4-8 with Ms. Christiana – in this class for older children, students will learn music literacy and skills in a joyful, enthusiastic atmosphere.

Choroi C-fluteMy First Instrument Grades 4-8 with Ms. Christiana – students will learn to play the C-flute or Diatonic flute (provided by instructor), a beautiful, wooden instrument similar to the recorder, but with softer tones.

knife2Kitchen Basics Grades 4-8 with Mr. Godby. Students will learn to work safely in the kitchen, preparing healthy, delicious simple foods such as salsa, guacamole and pesto. Bonus: they will bring the recipes home to prepare for you!

SACRAMENTO – Thursdays

Games Grades 1-8 with Mr. Huff – historically one of our most popular classes and a surprise that it is not yet sold out!

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Astronomy Grades 5-8 with Mr. Huff – one of our most popular teacher who brings life, magic and a sense of wonder to all subjects whether academic, artistic or physical. Students will learn about the solar system, our sun and the relationship between the earth’s rotation and the seasons.

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The following classes have limited openings:

DAVIS

Art Grades 4-8

Games & Movement

RANCHO CORDOVA

Math is Fun! Grades 1-4

Storytelling & Drama Grades 1-3

SACRAMENTO

Nature Notebooks Grades 1-4

The following classes are full / wait-listed:

DAVIS

Art Grades 1-3

Woodworking Grades 1-3

Handwork Grades 1-3

 

 

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.

WLR 2016 Fall flyer

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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