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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.

Welcome Ms. Audra Sterrett!

WLR is pleased to welcome Audra Sterrett to our program!

Audra holds a Bachelor’s degree in Literature and has been credentialed to teach Audra-picin California public schools. In addition, Audra has been homeschooling her own children for seven years.

Learning Spanish in high school piqued Audra’s interest in different languages. She subsequently studied French, Spanish and American Sign Language (ASL) while earning her degree at U.C. Santa Barbara. When Audra learned that her sister was teaching her nephew to sign before he could speak, she realized that ASL would be helpful with young children. As a public school kindergarten teacher, Audra used sign language and other movement as a way to engage her students. ASL helped them actively engage in the learning process and improved their memory. Audra also used ASL to communicate with her own children before they could speak.

Audra has taught ASL classes to parents and toddlers through Mother’s Support Network, “1st 5 Sacramento,” and to children of all ages through the University of California’s 4-H Youth Development program.

Audra will be teaching ASL at WLR on Thursdays this Fall. Check the Class Descriptions page and the Thursday Class Schedule for more information.

Read more about WLR’s highly qualified teachers here.

Charlotte Mason Class Coming Soon!

Since the inception of WLR, I have been looking to add Charlotte Mason-inspired programs. So I was thrilled when teacher Lorna Burkhard contacted me to propose a new class: Nature Notebooks.

Lorna is a credentialed teacher who homeschooled her own children all the way through high school. She is enthusiastic in her approach and understands the needs of homeschoolers from direct experience.

Lorna’s nature journaling class offers many benefits including coverage of core curriculum areas such as Nature notebook picscience, art, math, language arts, and social studies; growth in appreciation and observance of nature; and curiosity and independence in personal study. Students will discover new facts and skills in their study of nature.  The class offers a platform for children to communicate their experiences and prioritizes a time for drawing and notating details. Students will concentrate on a variety of topics ranging from detailed studies of flowers, insects, sea animals, birds, weather, or topics of their choice.

Nature Notebooks is scheduled for Mondays, beginning September 8 at 11 a.m. for Grades 4-8 and at 12:30 p.m. for Grades 1-3. The Fall Session runs for 10 weeks. Register here.

Join me in welcoming Ms. Burkhard to WLR!