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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.

New! Biographies: People Who Changed the World

Combining History, Language Arts, and Science, students will travel through time to meet people who changed the world. After each historical figure (such as Leonardo Da Vinci or Marie Curie) is introduced through story, students will step into their shoes by experiencing hands-on activities that relate to their lives. By creating lesson book pages will reinforce their learning and expand their skills through summarizing, writing and drawing. Students will complete a page for each historical figure into their lesson books  If desired, parent home educators can extend the lessons at home, using the completed lesson book pages as inspiration for extending their student’s learning. The 10-week course will cover approximately five historical figures; possible historical figures may include:

  • Leonardo Da Vinci (mirror writing, experiments with water)
  • Avicenna, a doctor & author born in 980 (Indian number system, Arabic writing, memorizing)
  • Aristotle
  • Plato
  • Sacajewea (invaluable to helping Lewis & Clark travel to the Pacific coast)
  • Marie Curie (first woman to win Nobel Prize, radium, x-ray machine with daughter)
  • Maria Mitchell (self educated Astronomer, first to photograph the sun, studied Jupiter & Saturn)
  • Eleanor Roosevelt (United Nations committee that wrote the Declaration of Human Rights)
  • Florence Nighingale (nursing)
  • Einstein (experiments)

Biographies is offered at the WLR Rancho Cordova site on Mondays for Grades 5-8, and is led by the enthusiastic Ms. Audra Sterrett. Ms Sterrett also teaches Heroes & Fables for Grades 1-4 on Mondays.

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.

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

 

 

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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We have raffle prizes!

Raffle Prizes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I am so grateful for the amazing group of homeschool friends and leaders that is coming together to make the Wholistic Learning at Home conference a success! And, our generous vendors are donating some wonderful raffle prizes! Take a look!

Raffle Prizes!

Basket of handwork supplies courtesy of Colors of Nature

$25 Gift Certificate to Rudolf Steiner College Bookstore

Books from Rudolf Steiner College Bookstore

$25 Gift Certificate for Wholistic Learning Resources 2016-17 school year

1-hour Ceramics Party for 6 children from Express Yourself Ceramics

More to come!

 

Partial Vendor List

Colors of Nature

Delta Empire Charter School

Discovery of Learning

Express Yourself Ceramics

Inspire Charter School

Rudolf Steiner College Bookstore

Thank you to our Conference Sponsor!

Thank you to our Conference Sponsor!

Syrendell

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Wholistic Learning Resources

Join Rick Tan for this outside-of-the-box keynote presentation at WLR’s upcoming Wholistic Learning at Home Parent Mini-Conference.

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Rick will lead participants through a hands-on activity to develop a practical understanding of five key areas that impact homeschool life. Using the senses and imagination, gain insight and inspiration into your path as a home educator, while learning to balance personal health, homeschooling goals and family life. What an excellent way to kick off our mini-conference Rick and Jenn no glasses - Copytheme of “avenues and inspiration!”

To learn more about the Wholistic Learning at Home Parent Mini-Conference, click here. Read the workshop descriptions here. Register for the conference here.