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Extending the Lesson: WLR Classes

Most of WLR classes are hands-on. When students are immersed in engaging activities, learning is fun! By focusing on the experiential aspects of learning, WLR instructors maximize class time by leaving most skilled-based activities to the home educating parent or caregiver who knows the child’s strengths and areas that need extra support. So for instance, if a student is challenged with fine motor skills, writing a single word or sentence may take 10-20 minutes. Rather than use class time, this is an activity better suited to the one-on-one attention he/she is receiving at home.

However, there are several ways that parents can extend WLR lessons into their home learning environment, using the WLR lesson as inspiration for continued learning at home. Below are a few suggestions.

  1.  Telling back/oral narration. This is a common practice in Waldorf schools as well as those who use Charlotte Mason methods. It is simple and lays a strong foundation for composition as the child grows. How? Simply ask your child to tell you what he did in class. Avoid the temptation to interrupt with questions, but rather let the child “narrate” as if telling you a story about his/her day. In Waldorf schools, the telling back usually occurs the day after the lesson, allowing the images from the story or lesson to enter the subconscious during sleep; with Charlotte Mason methods, this is done shortly after the lesson. Telling back/narration is an excellent practice while the student is still developing the fine motor skills required for writing – especially when the hand cannot keep up with the mind! Narrating what he/she did in class or learned reinforces that learning and helps it to sink in. In addition, your child is naturally practicing the skills required for basic writing: sequencing of ideas, sentence composition, using adjectives, etc. The process strengthens the memory and speaking skills as well.
  2. Written narration. This is similar to #1 above, but can be done on paper. You can actually have your child do the oral narration first and then at another time, they can do the written narration. Again, this will extend and reinforce what has been covered in class. Depending on the child’s age and development, they may write for 2 – 20 minutes about their learning experiences in class. Rather than marking or grade the composition, simply observe any misspelled words or other errors that you can focus on during a separate lesson.
  3. Drawing or other artistic activity – In a Waldorf school, the main lesson often includes a teacher-led drawing from the story or subject matter. At home, you can simply have your child draw a picture related to what was learned in class that day or the day before. Alternatively, your student can sculpt, paint or engage in another artistic activity to help extend and reinforce the lesson.
  4. Creating a lesson book. If desired, your child can compile his/her written compositions and/or drawings into a lesson book, with a card stock cover that can also include an illustration and a title.

During the Fall 2017 Session, we have a number of classes that will work well with any of the above ideas including:

  • Science – Meteorology
  • Science – Rockets!
  • Hands-on Geology
  • Math: History & Mysteries
  • Biographies
  • Nature Stories & Crafts
  • Singing
  • Storytelling & Drama
  • Handwork: Farm to Fiber
  • Hero Stories
  • Musical Theatre
  • Games
  • Woodworking
  • Clay & World Crafts
  • Ceramics
  • Learning is Fun K-1 program

For any of our art-based classes, you may prefer an oral or written narration since the artistic activity has already been done in class.

You know your child best, of course. Modify any of the above ideas to your child’s developmental age, skill level, interest and any other considerations. Ideally, any of these activities will be a joyful extension of your child’s experience at Wholistic Learning Resources.

Check the Class Schedule pages to see what is currently being offered at WLR. You may also wish to visit the Class Description pages for details.

 

 

 

Last Day!

Today is the LAST day to get the Early Registration Discount. Click image below to register with WLR today! After setting up your profile and choosing classes, the system will automatically take $10 off each class.

You can still register after today, but will miss out on the discount ~ so act now. It only takes a few minutes to register.

You may wish to check out the Class Schedule pages and the Class Description pages first.

Go to the Meet Our Teachers page  to learn more about our excellent instructors.

Why Games Class?

At Wholistic Learning Resources, we honor the natural unfolding of the developing human being, offering supplemental classes to support all that you do at home with, and for, your children. Our Movement & Games classes are rooted in this same understanding. In modern culture, organized team sports are held in high status which can cause children to think of movement only in those terms.

Our Movement classes give students basic coordination and movement skills that will help them if and when they decide to play organized sports. Depending on the grade, children will play games, do relay races or learn dances that serve to develop skills that may also be beneficial for a conventional sport.

 

Not only do our movement classes provide the opportunity to play games and have fun, they also works with their social interaction: their activity teaches them to play with each other before they play against each other, to acknowledge each other, to play safely, and to gain an appreciation for all kinds of movement. Our Games classes enable students to move fully, know who they are, and enter into a more healthy relationship with the world. Various games help develop an enhanced awareness of personal space, with clearly defined boundaries. As the children develop, these skills lay the foundation for healthy participation in other activities and organized sports.

For the upcoming WLR Fall 2017 program, Games & Movement is offered on Tuesdays in Davis and on Thursdays in Sacramento. Click here to view the class schedule pages.

 

 

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.

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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New Central Sacramento Location!

WLR is pleased to announce our newest class site, conveniently located in the central Sacramento area!

Classes will begin Thursday, September 15, 2016, at the Unitarian Universalist Society of Sacramento (UUSS), located at 2425 Sierra Blvd.

Classes at UUSS will include a new Kindergarten program with Ms. Ciana Keller; Astronomy & Measuring Time with Mr. Huff; Math Puzzles & Games and Problem Solving & Logic Games with Ms. Audra. In addition, we will offer Nature Notebooks, Beginning Knitting and a Ceramics program at

UUSS grounds and labyrinth

UUSS grounds and labyrinth

the new site.

Stay tuned for more information. Registration will open soon!

Climbing structure and play yard

Climbing structure and play yard

Playground at UUSS

Playground at UUSS

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Classrooms 7 & 8