Class List

This is a list of the classes we are offering at NEXT Education. If classes have already started, you may still be able to enroll. Please contact us for more information or to sign up!

Also, please note that there are video class descriptions listed under the “academics” tab.

Spring 2018

“Mock Trial” @ NEXT Education (Hubbard)
Grades 7-12
Tuesdays 12:00-1:25 p.m., January 9 to April 24

At some point, most adults have wondered, “What if I got sued? Do I know how to use the court system well enough?” Even worse, what if you were accused of committing a crime? This class will bring students (and parents, if they follow along!) into a familiarity with the legal practices that are a mystery to most citizens. In this Mock Trial experience, students will take the parts of various players in a courtroom, and will prepare a case that will be “tried” at the end of the course. Don’t stand by and let your children remain ignorant of the mechanisms of law and liberty!

“Cells” @ NEXT Education (Hubbard)
Grades 5-8
Thursdays 12:30-3 p.m., January 11 to February 22

Hands-on science goes to a new level in this course, where you will find students preparing materials for numerous science experiments … but you will also find students learning abstract concepts using innovative techniques like games, puzzles and craft projects! The course is based on “Cells,” a curriculum specifically designed for homeschool groups, and you can see a sample of the curriculum on ellenjmchenry.com. This is one course where content isn’t sacrificed for fun … but neither is fun sacrificed for content! Kids will learn more than you ever believed possible, and will enjoy their studies at home even more because of the enrichment they receive at NEXT Education on Thursdays!

“Protozoa” @ NEXT Education (Hubbard)
Grades 5-8
Thursdays 12:30-3 p.m., March 1 to April 26

If you have ever looked at the cilia on a protozoan and thought they looked like fringe on a couch cushion, you must have a lot in common with the author of this fantastic curriculum about the little tiny things that swim around in pond water. Get ready to make your very own scientific couch pillow, kids!  It’s just one example of the games, activities, experiments, and craft projects we will be using from “Protozoa,” a curriculum specifically designed for homeschool groups. (You can see a sample of the curriculum on ellenjmchenry.com.) High content, high levels of fun! Kids learn so much and have fun all along. Students will come away with a solid understanding of protozoa through their tutor-guided exploration of the world of pond scum!

“Elements of Art” @ NEXT Education (Hubbard)
Grades 7-12
Tuesdays 1:30-2:55 p.m., January 9 to April 24
Homeschool mother Amy Jones brings her love of art to life in this studio art class. All art is based on the basic elements and principles of art. The 16 elements and principles will be taught in a studio art environment, along with critique and coordinated study of art history. Students will take their place in the history of creative arts with projects in pencil, ink, paints, and mixed media. Amy is an artist and homeschool mom, and loves sharing her love of art with children and adults alike. Her background in studio art, graphic design, and art history allow her to provide a rounded experience of art.
WHAT TO BRING: Sketchbook with heavyweight paper and a nice quality eraser (art eraser if possible), and an old shirt for a paint smock.

Full-Year Classes

The following classes began in September 2017.

“Math” @ NEXT Education (Hubbard)
Grades 7-12
Tuesdays 8:30-9:55 a.m. AND Thursdays 8:45-9:55 a.m.

We have a math “study hall,” which allows kids to complete homework for any math curriculum their families choose to use, at any level. A tutor knowledgeable about high school math (and lower levels, of course) watches over the kids to answer questions and help kids stay on track with their precious study time.

“Latin 1” @ NEXT Education (Hubbard)
Grades 7-9
Tuesdays 8:30-9:55 a.m.

Visual Latin 1, a popular video course from Compass Classroom, is our basis for this course. In class, we watch instructional DVDs and complete some homework exercises. We also take time to review concepts and solidify students’ learning. As homework, students complete any homework we didn’t have time for in class, and also complete the exercises from the entire lesson a second time. Students also review vocabulary and grammar at home.

“Ancient History” @ NEXT Education (Hubbard)
Grades 7-12
Tuesdays 10:00-11:25 a.m.

The Classical Historian teaches students critical thinking in the study of human history. This is especially important as students prepare to meet the revisionist histories so often created by political interest groups in today’s political climate. Students will study the ancient societies that are fairly obscure, such as the Phoenicians, as well as the more well known ancient cultures such as the Egyptians and Greeks. Perhaps most importantly, students learn to craft essays that explain their point of view about which historical facts we should consider significant.

“Writing Skills” @ NEXT Education (Hubbard)
Grades 9-12
Thursdays 10:00-10:25 a.m.

This course is based on video classes available on Homeschool Connections, a popular homeschool service that brings the strength of Catholic education to the homes of students on a reasonable monthly subscription basis. The short class time allows students to remain accountable with their at-home study, and gives students a chance to share their work with other students who form an appreciative audience.

“Spanish 1 and 2” @ NEXT Education (Hubbard)
Grades 9-12
Thursdays 10:30-11:25 a.m.

We have a very talented Spanish tutor who telecommutes in to teach a wonderful course that will get students motivated to learn Spanish, and even to go on missions trips to Spanish speaking areas! Senora Kruk has a passion for the language and for the way it connects her to Central and South America, where she regularly travels for her own missions trips. Students are challenged to memorize prayers and songs in Spanish as part of their work, and also interactive software and videos in their language acquisition process.

“Chemistry” @ NEXT Education (Hubbard)
Grades 9-12
Thursdays 12:30-2:55 p.m.

This course is based on the challenging text from Prentice Hall, and will lead students through developing a solid understanding of basic chemistry concepts. The course is facilitated by a very knowledgeable tutor, and utilizes videos and online quizzes as part of the homework. All chemistry experiments are done in class, and then students write lab reports at home. This is a great course and the students will really learn a lot!

NOTE: Other high school and middle school classes are also listed under “fall” and “spring” semesters, since those courses had a shorter duration than the full-year courses listed here.

“Writing and Grammar” @ NEXT Education (Hubbard)
Grades 5-8
Thursdays 10:00-11:25 a.m.

Get ready to learn a grammar system that will make sense and stick with you for life! If it sounds too good to be true, you haven’t met our energetic facilitator … and you haven’t used the classical grammar system, in which key facts are memorized so that they become lifetime reference points for grammar and usage! Students will complete exercises each week at home, allowing them to rehearse what they learned so they are ready for another dose the following week. Bring a bag of giggles so you can enjoy the pancake flipping, cartoon drawing, interactive dream-come-true grammar class of a lifetime!

“Middle School Science” @ NEXT Education (Hubbard)
Grades 5-8
Thursdays 12:30-2:55 p.m.

The topics rotate, so this and other similar classes are listed above by topic in the “Spring Semester” listing.

“Classical Studies: The Ancients” @ NEXT Education (Hubbard)
Grades K-6 (open to 4-year-olds as well)
Tuesdays 8:30-11:25 a.m.

We sing about the people of Persia, Egypt, Akkad, and Greece. We chant about the multiplication tables, order of operations, prime numbers and fraction to decimal conversions. We toss a ball to the rhythm of the definitions for nouns, direct objects, and object complement nouns. We make silly hand motions about the parts of an animal cell, the parts of a flower, and the six animal kingdoms. We sing about Latin and our Bible verses. WE ARE THE KIDS OF CLASSICAL EDUCATION, and we are learning the presidents of the United States, a timeline of world history, the Lord’s Prayer, Philippians 2:1-11, words to Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing, and so much more! We complete science experiments, have student presentations, learn about art and music, and more. Come on and join in the fun!
(NOTE: This is a very special class, because it’s great for kids to start at any time of the year. We learn new material every week, then we review five weeks of material. So, when you have been there for about a month, you will be completely caught up!)

“Math” @ NEXT Education (Hubbard)
Grades 3-6
Tuesdays 12:30-1:25 p.m.

Hands-on manipulatives can create a solid understanding of math for children in this important “concrete” learning stage. We rotate children through a quiet homework time while a tutor gives kids the conceptual foundation of math concepts that can only be created by using hands-on materials. This is the kind of course that offers something most families cannot, because the number of hands-on activities surpasses what most families could do at home with family budgets and time constraints. We are so proud to give our younger students a good foundation for future math study.

“Ancient History” @ NEXT Education (Hubbard)
Grades 3-6
Tuesdays 1:30-2:55 p.m.

Students will enjoy learning about the ancient societies they are studying in their Classical Studies class. This course is built around Story of the World, a popular homeschool curriculum by Susan Wise Bauer. In this course, we will complete many of the enrichment activities found in the activity book, and will listen to the material found in Book 1 of the series. We will also explore additional coordinating literature and history books.

“Classical Review and Geography” @ NEXT Education (Hubbard)
Grades 3-6
Thursdays 8:30-9:55 a.m.

This class is appropriate ONLY for children who are also attending the “Classical Studies” course that takes place on Tuesdays. During this time, students review their memory work (which should be done each weekday) and also study world geography, complete with projects and hands-on activities that develop a familiarity with the globe and basic map concepts.

“Science” @ NEXT Education (Hubbard)
Grades 3-5
Thursdays 10:00-11:25 a.m.

This course follows the memorization material from the “Classical Studies” course, going deeper with science topics covered briefly in the information to be memorized each week. Students complete hands-on projects and worksheets, and listen to supplemental facts and information to gain a better understanding of the world God created!

“Writing and Grammar” @ NEXT Education (Hubbard)
Grades 3-4
Thursdays 12:30-1:55 p.m.

Students will study grammar terminology and usage basics appropriate for the age group. The course is based on the Claritas grammar program, utilizing the Lower Grammar workbook and a number of hands-on materials, visual aids, and the Writing Strands 2 writing workbook. Students will enjoy class and will come away as better grammarians, better spellers, and better writers. This course is facilitated by an enthusiastic grammar tutor who brings grammar concepts to life!

“Read Aloud and Art” @ NEXT Education (Hubbard)
Grades 1-4
Thursdays 2:00-2:55 p.m.

Students read classic literature and complete art projects that make a fantastic end of the day. Always a favorite of our students!

 

ARCHIVE OF PAST CLASSES OFFERED

Fall 2017 (ARCHIVE)

“Biz3D” @ YBI (Youngstown Business Incubator)
Grades 9-12 (open to grades 7-8 for advanced students)
Tuesdays 1:45-2:45 p.m., September 5 to December 12

If you haven’t been to YBI before, prepare to meet the driving force behind Youngstown’s economic revitalization! YBI’s innovative team are helping local business people to retrain for the new economy, including Youngstown’s hottest technology, 3D printing! In this class, students will learn about 3D printing, including an introduction to 3D design software. Plus, students will prepare a business plan for a business that will implement 3D printing to offer a product in an innovative way that was impossible before this technological advance! This course is offered in cooperation with YSU and with support from the AT&T Foundation.

“Botany in 8 Lessons” @ NEXT Education (Hubbard)
Grades 5-8
Tuesdays 12:30-3 p.m., September 5 to December 12

Hands-on science goes to a new level in this course, where you will find students preparing materials for numerous science experiments … but you will also find students learning abstract concepts using innovative techniques like games, puzzles and craft projects! The course is based on the popular curriculum specifically designed for homeschool groups, and you can see a sample of the beginning of the curriculum on ellenjmchenry.com. This is one course where content isn’t sacrificed for fun … but neither is fun sacrificed for content! Students will come away with a solid understanding of botany through their tutor-guided exploration of the world of plants!

“Reading Aloud and Art” @ NEXT Education (Hubbard)
Grades 1-6
Tuesdays 1:30-3 p.m., September 5 to December 12
Students will study color theory as they study great artists and complete art projects that are designed to bring pleasure to even the youngest of artists! After the art education part of the class time, students will work on projects while listening to classic literature designed to increase their vocabulary and comprehension skills. But don’t tell the kids they are learning so much … they think it’s all great fun!

“Claritas Grammar – Ground Level” @ NEXT Education (Hubbard)
Grades 2-4 (or older students who need this foundation)
Tuesdays 12-1:25 p.m., September 5 to April 26
Why should grammar be hard, when it can be as easy as purple triangles (pronouns) and orange circles (adverbs)? In this class, we use an innovative blend of Montessori techniques and Classical education constructs to bring students to a greater awareness of the words they use, along with their proper spelling and usage. There is a strong emphasis on learning the parts of speech. Students will be laughing as they play games and watch chalkboard dramas, and  laughter makes them more likely to remember core grammar concepts! This “ground level” course prepares students for the Claritas grammar course that is called “Level 1.” It is an appropriate class placement for any child who needs a good starter course in grammar. This course uses the “Fundamental Grammar for the Lower Grammar Stage” workbook 1 from Claritas Publishing.

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