Rotation Classes For Early Grades

Art, Music, and Movement - Instructor:  Ms. Sandyand Mrs. Ozment -Ages 3 to 5 - Monday

Children will discover "the joy of Art" as they are introduced to a variety of art and art activities.  These activities are designed to encourage development of artistic vision and creative expressions through art, music and creative dramatic play.  Discover the excitement of paints, clay, collage, pastels and other media.

Through music we'll swing and sway jump and jiggle to new songs and old favorites. While wiggling and jiggling we' be learning about the instruments in an orchestra and other musical instruments that create beautiful music and rhythm. 

All children have the potential core creative expression.  The creative art, music and movement class provides the opportunity for this potential to develop.  We encourage the children to verbalize about their paintings, other art activities and other art expressions.  Talking about their work seems to give them greater confidence as each artistic activity requires original thinking planning and doing.

Child art has a distinct charm of its' own as the child expresser their feelings.  Students must bring a water bottle  to class each week

K+ - First Grade (ages 5-7) (Monday 2 hour class)

Minnesota History/Science - Instructor: Mrs. B. Westrup

The class is designed for students ages 5 to 7 for Monday mornings.   They will have fun with learning all about the marvelous state of Minnesota. 

Join in the fun as we learn all about our great State of Minnesota. Through literature, art, and song, with a special focus on science, history and geography, we will explore the 32nd state. Students will engage in activities that stimulate the senses; as they learn best with hands-on, concrete experiences. We will work to develop language arts skills and comprehension with a variety of Minnesota themed books. The children and I will sing our way through the year to memorize numerous concepts. Students will even create their own Minnesota Keepsake book! Grab a blueberry muffin and a glass of milk and come along…

Second grade US Geography (Monday 2 hour class)

Welcome to Cantering The Country - "US Geography" - Instructor - Mrs. Olson - Grades 2

Pack your bag and come take a trip with us across the United Sates!  This fun two hour class will travel through the 50 states and learn about their unique characteristics.  The children will learn about the states through science activities, books, crafts, hand-on-activities, and other resources.  The curriculum we will be using is, "Cantering the Country" by Lore Petit and Dari Mullins and "Children's illustrated United States Atlas" by Rand McNally Schoolhouse.   There will be a large flannel map of the U.S. to help us keep track of our traveling.  We do make time for a snack which the students will provide on a rotating schedule. 

Supplies your child needs:


*washable markers OR crayons OR colored pencils


*glue sticks

*Water bottle to bring to class each week for snack

*Old shirt for painting

*Three-ring notebook that will contain worksheets for the year: purchase from HERO for $10.00.

Science and Geography Rotation Classes - Monday

Instructors: Science - Mrs. Dawn Meyer      Geography - Mrs.  Leah Adams  - Grades 3-6

This is a package deal on Monday mornings where students will receive 1-hour of instruction in each of these core subjects.  The students are divided by grade  (3/4, 5/6), and they rotate every hour between science, and geography.

Monday Science Rotation

Year 1 (2016-2017)

  • Semester 1 Apologia Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology- pt. 2
  • Semester 2 Apology Exploring Botany   

Year 5 (2020-2021)

  • Semester 1 Apologia Zoology 2 - Swimming Creatures of the Fifth Day
  • Semester 2 Apologia Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology – pt. 1     

Year 2 (2017-2018)

  • Semester 1 Apologia Zoology 3 -  Land Animals of the Sixth Day
  • Semester 2 Apologia Science Chemistry and Physics

Year 4 (2019-2020)

  • Semester 1 Apologia Zoology 1 - Flying Creatures of the Fifth Day
  • Semester 2 Apologia Exploring Creation With Astronomy      

Apologia Science Rotation Class-

]2017-2018 is Zoology 3: Lands Animals of the Sixth Dayand Exploring Creation with Chemistry and Physics .

First Semester: We will cover Exploring Creation with Zoology 3: Lands Animals of the Sixth Day. Students will learn about animals from varied inhabitants of jungles, deserts, forests, farms, and other ecosystems.  We will explore land animals characteristics, differences between species, habits, classification order, and much more.  Student will need the text book Exploring Creation with Zoology 3: Lands Animals of the Sixth Day and student booklet.  The booklet will have follow up questions for students to complete at home.  Students will also complete an animal project/paper .

Second Semester:    We will cover Exploring Creation with Chemistry and Physics.  We will study how the universe functions through exploration of matter and energy; lessons will cover atoms and molecules, laws of motions, dynamics of motion, energy, waves, light, machines, and magnets. Students will need the text book Exploring Creation with Chemistry and Physics and the student booklet. The booklet will have follow up questions for students to complete at home.

Supplies needed for this course:

1.       Student Booklet – available through HERO

2.       A notebook or paper

3.       A folder dedicated to science class to take home any notes and to save materials.  Please bring to class each week!   

4.       Several sharpened pencils.

5.       Colored pencils, scissors and a glue stick (Please keep in backpack so available when needed – this helps class go much faster, smoother and more time efficient when we have enough supplies

GEOGRAPHY ROTATION- Monday: Instructor: Mrs. Adams - Grades 3/4 and 5/6       2017-2018

This year we will be studying the geography of Asia during the first semester and Australia and Oceania during the second semester. 

Our texts will cover the essential elements of geography while exploring the unique characteristics of the continent/region in focus.  We will study location, mapping, resources and cultures through reading and engaging in writing and hands-on activities.

On and off, throughout the year, we will enhance our study of a country by engaging in a craft, game, song, or snack common to the people who live there.

The texts come from a series called The 7 Continents by the Evan-Moor publishing company.  First semester we will use the book entitled Asia (EMC-3734).  Second semester we will us the book entitled Australia & Oceania (EMC-3733).  A teacher supplement/folder is required for the class.  These items will be available for purchase from the HERO bookstore.

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Preschool Class - Instructors: Mrs. Pappenfus and Mrs. Ozment (3 hour class on Tuesday morning)

Preschool Welcome to the World of Preschool.  Sending a child off to preschool for the first time is a big step for you and your child.  It is the beginning of a new host of experiences for you and your child. New friends, new faces and many new activities to be a part of their learning experience.

Children learn best through play.  I have lots of creative play activities that will help us with our learning.  We will be studying literature, language and letters, mathematical thinking, learning patterns and relationships.  We will be seeking answers to problems.  We will investigate the natural and physical world through observing, questioning, describing and forming explanations.  Our art will emphasize different art forms.  We will use art to express our ideas and emotions.  We will study relationships between people and their environment.  We will learn about people, places, community workers, develop and improve gross motor skills (large muscle movement) and fine motor skills (small precise movements).  We are also going to work on personal health and safety.

We are hoping they have a smooth tranisition moving from home to preschool.  We consider it a privilege to partner with you, in your home school experience.

Supplies that your student needs are as follows:
Freezer Gallon Ziploc Bag with their name on it
Watercolors (separate ziploc bag)
Paint shirt
Watercolor Tablet 9X12
Washable markers
4-Glue Sticks
1-Bottle of glue
Colored pencils
2-#2 pencils

NOTE: We will keep the supplies at school to be used in class each week.

Kindergarten - Instructor: Mrs. Olson (Tuesday 8:30 - 11:30)

The Kindergarten class offers a variety of ways for children to learn and socialize.  It is geared to teach students learning at the Kindergarten level.  The children will work with letters (sounds & writing), numbers, and a variety of topics through singing, crafts, games, stories, and various activities.  SOME topics that will be covered are: Apples, Community Helpers, Healthy Habits, Water Cycle, Various Holidays, and Fire Safety, The children are given the opportunity to interact with each other during free play. When your child is the BIG APPLE, have your child bring a show and tell item and one book for me to read at story time.  We do make time for a snack which the students will provide on a rotating schedule.  PLEASE let me know the first day of school if your child has a food allergy. . Please no candy or pop. Come and explore our fun and exciting class! 

Supplies needed for this class:

*2 Pencils

*One box washable markers

*Four glue sticks

(The above supplies will be collected and used by the class)

*Paint shirt (this will be kept in your child’s backpack)

*Water bottle to be used each week during snack

*Two pocket folder that will hold worksheets for the year. Purchase from HERO for $3.00

First Grade Class - Adventures in Language and Math - Tuesday Rotation : Instructors: Mrs. B. Westrup  and Mrs. R. Wahlberg (3 hour class on Tuesday morning)

Our first grade class will offer children an opportunity to develop and practice their early learning skills. Through a variety of individual and group learning activities, including games, songs, stories and projects, students will have the opportunity to practice their language arts, writing, memorization, large and small motor as well as math skills.

Using the classical approach to learning (First Language Lessons), the students will discover the rules and usage of the English language through four different tools: memory work, copying and dictation, narration and grammar. The goals are to train the child's ear by allowing him or her to listen to correctly spoken language; to train the child's speech by practicing correctly spoken grammar; to train the child's attention by reading aloud and having him or her narrate back the content or story line using proper grammar; and to teach beginning skills in grammar, capitalization, punctuation and spelling.

Additionally, through literature, the students will practice phonics and sight words, learn vocabulary, enjoy stories, create books, and sing songs. Students will develop fine motor and handwriting skills while working with a variety of hands on activities. With games and math activities, students will practice skip counting, identifying patterns, sorting, telling time, adding and subtracting. The first graders will also enjoy some time in the gym. We will take a short break during class so children will have the opportunity to bring a snack on a rotating schedule.  

We will focus on creating good work habits, following directions, peer interaction and independent work.

Science/Language Arts Classes - Tuesday (2 hour rotation)
Instructors: Science - Mrs. Adams and Writing - Mrs. Harris - Grades 2-5

This is a rotation class on Tuesday mornings where students will receive 1-hour of instruction in each of these core subjects.  The students are divided by grade ((2/3 and 4/5)  and  they rotate every hour between science and language arts.  Class descriptions for 2017-2018 coming soon. 


Science Rotation with Mrs. Adams - Grades 2-3 and 4-5  2017-2018

This year we will be studying the atmosphere and oceans of our planet.  We will explore the weather, its patterns, and how it is studied and predicted by meteorologists.  We will also examine God’s design of the oceans and their effect on our weather.

We will be working from the textbook:  God’s Design for Heaven & Earth:  Our Weather & Water (3rd Edition) (ISBN-13 978-1-60092-155-1)   This is an Answers in Genesis text written by Debbie & Richard Lawrence.  Grades 4 & 5 will need to purchase the textbook.  A teacher supplement/folder is required for both age levels.  Both items will be available for purchase from the HERO bookstore.

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Language Arts- Tuesday Rotation - Instructor: Mrs. Harris - Grades 2-3   2016-2017

This year-long class may focus on various Language Arts activities relating to many tall tales, fairy tales, legends, fiction, and non-fiction stories that will be read.  After reading a piece of literature, students will have the opportunity to be creative by designing pamphlets, story  webs, and story maps, etc.  These activities will reinforce understanding of the story's setting, characters, plot, and resolutions.  Other literature projects such as critiquing videos will be considered as the semester continues.  Mr. Popper's Penguins chapter book is a possibility for a reading selection in this class. 

Language Arts- Tuesday Rotation - Instructor: Mrs. Harris - Grades 4-5   2016-2017

This year long class will focus on various Language Arts activities that correlate with chapter books we will be reading as a class.  The skill developments projects we will do that relate to the setting, character, plot, and resolution of our chapter books are the following: story mapping, book review, film (video) review,
I-Spy (punctuation errors) games, sequencing events/chain-link games, and other literature based activites. 


Class description for 2017-2018 coming soon.