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UNDER CONSTRUCTION! Classes for fall 2018 are being uploaded. Below is a partial list only. Early registration opens Tuesday, May 22, at 6:00 am. Classes begin on September 7 (Friday classes) and September 12 (Wednesday classes). An early registration discount of 10% will be offered off all registrations completed through June 15. Check back often for updates. Filter the class list below, or click any column heading to sort by that field.

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    • Review the schedule grid to view class options hour-by-hour or filtered by grade level.Check the full class descriptions, times, recommended grade range, and prerequisites (for some)
    • Classes meet in Oakton. Read class descriptions carefully to see whether a class meets Wednesday only (most), Friday only (some), or Wednesday and Friday (few).
    • Review Compass policies regarding age/grade placement, class withdrawals and refunds.
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  • Full (Wait Listed) Classes
    Please note that as classes become full, a wait list is created. Please add your child’s name to the wait list if you are interested in the course, as openings sometimes become available. You will not be asked to pay anything to be on the wait list.  Closed classes with a wait list are displayed alphabetically on the list below after open classes. Read the FAQs about Wait Listed classes.
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    An administrative fee of $6.00 is added to each quarter-long class at check-out ($12.00 for semester-long classes, and $24.00 for year-long classes).

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Hugh Gardner

Students will be immersed in detail and fully engaged in this intensive history course led by well- known homeschool instructor and historian Hugh Gardner. This history class is unlike other high school American history courses. Instead of learning a sequential set of names, dates, and battles, students will learn how to analyze and interpret history. Much like a college seminar, this approach to American History incorporates historiography (the history of the history.) Mr. Gardner does not teach a narrow view from a single textbook or static set of prepared notes. Instead, he presents the back story and multiple interpretations for the "why" questions in American history. Class discussion considers interpretations from a wide array of scholars and is updated as new sources are published. Rather than running through a timeline of outcomes, students will evaluate contributing factors (the "how" questions) and will learn about the personalities, prejudices, and biases of the people involved ("who"). First semester will begin with the War of 1812 and its test of the new republic. The group will examine slavery in America, from Jamestown to the rebellion of Nat Turner. In addition, the class will study how prevailing beliefs and movements such as westward expansion, manifest destiny, and nativism. The saga of Texas and the Mexican-American War will be investigated in-depth, as these not only are essential for study of the Civil War, but are extremely relevant to current political and economic debate. The class will discuss the effects on the political, social, economic, and religious climate as well as influences on the arts, science, literature, and warfare. This is no ordinary history class as Mr. Gardner surrounds the students with vivid posters, maps, charts, primary sources, and artifacts to supplement his story-telling style. Students will be able to examine and handle period pieces such as antique and replica weapons and military accoutrements of the era while learning how these tools helped shape the battlefields and turning points in history. With an emphasis on primary sources, students will scrutinize historical atlases and original writings, all in a fun and interactive setting. Just for fun, students earn historical trading cards for class participation. Registration for the second semester, covering the rise of Lincoln, the complete Civil War, and the aftermath will take place separately in late fall 2018. This class meets for 2.5 hours, one time per week on Wednesdays. Students should expect to spend 1-2 hours outside of class each week completing assigned reading. Students will be asked to purchase books for class (approximately $30-$40). For those families who want to investigate the course themes at a deeper level, an optional reading list will be furnished. Based on the format and rich content of this class, homeschool families could count two semesters of this series as a full credit in American History for purposes of a high school transcript.

Mylene Nyman

Students will enjoy making savory fall recipes and cool weather comfort foods that feature a variety of fruits, vegetables, and fresh ingredients. Fall Favorites are selected to be nutritious, fun, and simple to make. Each class will focus on a portion of a meal including appetizer, salad, soup, side dish, main dish, and dessert. The Compass chefs' culinary adventures will include: Cranberry Pumpkin Brie Bites (appetizer), Chipotle Corn Soup Autumn Apple-Pea Salad, Stuffed Acorn Squash (side dish), Butternut Squash Alfredo (entree), Turkey Pumpkin Casserole (entree), Caramel Apple Cake and Sweet Potato Bars (desserts). Students will be eating what they make each week and bringing home the recipes and leftovers. These engaging cooking classes will get students excited about helping in the kitchen, experimenting, and trying new foods. Students will be exposed to healthy ingredients they may not regularly eat. They will learn important kitchen skills such as safety, sanitation, measuring, knife skills, and other tricks of the trade. Culinary vocabulary and terms are introduced each week, with no-pressure verbal review of those words the following week. Notes: Sorry, but students with allergies to food ingredients or dietary restrictions cannot be accommodated in this class. Recipes may contain dairy, wheat, gluten, and eggs. While no nuts are included in recipes, ingredients may come from factories or machinery that also process nuts. This class is best suited for students who can follow instructions, complete sequential tasks, and work in a group. Students will be asked to bring an apron and plastic storage container with a tight fitting lid. There is a $40.00 material fee for this course payable to the instructor on the first day.

Mylene Nyman

Students will enjoy making savory fall recipes and cool weather comfort foods that feature a variety of fruits, vegetables, and fresh ingredients. Fall Favorites are selected to be nutritious, fun, and simple to make. Each class will focus on a portion of a meal including appetizer, salad, soup, side dish, main dish, and dessert. The Compass chefs' culinary adventures will include: Cranberry Pumpkin Brie Bites (appetizer), Chipotle Corn Soup Autumn Apple-Pea Salad, Stuffed Acorn Squash (side dish), Butternut Squash Alfredo (entree), Turkey Pumpkin Casserole (entree), Caramel Apple Cake and Sweet Potato Bars (desserts). Students will be eating what they make each week and bringing home the recipes and leftovers. These engaging cooking classes will get students excited about helping in the kitchen, experimenting, and trying new foods. Students will be exposed to healthy ingredients they may not regularly eat. They will learn important kitchen skills such as safety, sanitation, measuring, knife skills, and other tricks of the trade. Culinary vocabulary and terms are introduced each week, with no-pressure verbal review of those words the following week. Notes: Sorry, but students with allergies to food ingredients or dietary restrictions cannot be accommodated in this class. Recipes may contain dairy, wheat, gluten, and eggs. While no nuts are included in recipes, ingredients may come from factories or machinery that also process nuts. This class is best suited for students who can follow instructions, complete sequential tasks, and work in a group. Students will be asked to bring an apron and plastic storage container with a tight fitting lid. There is a $40.00 material fee for this course payable to the instructor on the first day.

Jamie Gallagher

CrossFit Kids is a dynamic kids' fitness program that incorporates well-rounded exercises to get kids up and moving mid-day! No two workouts are the same, but each day's activities incorporate exercises that target 10 areas: cardio-vascular endurance, stamina, strength, flexibility, power, speed, coordination, agility, balance, and accuracy. CrossFit Kids focuses on functional movements that are fundamental to all aspects of play and exercise- pulling, pushing, running, throwing, climbing, lifting, and jumping. Work-outs are scalable and adaptable to different individual's own level, and the emphasis in on fun, safety, and personal accomplishment rather than competition among classmates. Kids will use a variety of small equipment and gear in their workouts such as mat, dumbbells, kettlebells, jump ropes, medicine balls, slam balls, rope ladders, and more. When the weather permits, some exercises may be taken outdoors. The physical challenges of CrossFit Kids will foster self-confidence, focus, and help instill a foundation for a lifetime of fitness. All equipment is furnished. Students are asked to wear loose, comfortable clothing, such as running pants or sweatpants, and comfortable, supportive athletic shoes.

Jeanniffer Denmark

Hola! Spanish Amigos is a fun, play-based, Spanish immersion class for young children. Much like learning their native language, children will be exposed to the sounds, vocabulary, and phrases in Spanish through songs, games, stories, interactive and hands-on activities. Limited cues in English will be used to prompt students in the first few weeks. Spanish language instruction will be presented in a natural learning sequence beginning with themes about colors, numbers, clothing, foods, animals, family members, days/dates, parts of the house, common objects, body parts, etc. Greetings and simple phrases will be woven into the day's activities, as well as cultural traditions when applicable. Writing, spelling, and grammar will not be emphasized in this class. Each quarter introduces new themes and new vocabulary in Spanish, so continuing students can continue to build their language basics. However, themes and units are non-sequential, so students may enroll in this level in any quarter. The goal of this introductory course is to lay foundations in sounds, vocabulary, and simple phrases while having fun and building confidence in a foreign language. Fluency should not be expected at this level. Students may join Spanish Amigos during any quarter.

Mylene Nyman

Students will enjoy making savory fall recipes and cool weather comfort foods that feature a variety of fruits, vegetables, and fresh ingredients. Fall Favorites are selected to be nutritious, fun, and simple to make. Each class will focus on a portion of a meal including appetizer, salad, soup, side dish, main dish, and dessert. The Compass chefs' culinary adventures will include: Cranberry Pumpkin Brie Bites (appetizer), Chipotle Corn Soup Autumn Apple-Pea Salad, Stuffed Acorn Squash (side dish), Butternut Squash Alfredo (entree), Turkey Pumpkin Casserole (entree), Caramel Apple Cake and Sweet Potato Bars (desserts). Students will be eating what they make each week and bringing home the recipes and leftovers. These engaging cooking classes will get students excited about helping in the kitchen, experimenting, and trying new foods. Students will be exposed to healthy ingredients they may not regularly eat. They will learn important kitchen skills such as safety, sanitation, measuring, knife skills, and other tricks of the trade. Culinary vocabulary and terms are introduced each week, with no-pressure verbal review of those words the following week. Notes: Sorry, but students with allergies to food ingredients or dietary restrictions cannot be accommodated in this class. Recipes may contain dairy, wheat, gluten, and eggs. While no nuts are included in recipes, ingredients may come from factories or machinery that also process nuts. This class is best suited for students who can follow instructions, complete sequential tasks, and work in a group. Students will be asked to bring an apron and plastic storage container with a tight fitting lid. There is a $40.00 material fee for this course payable to the instructor on the first day.

Mylene Nyman

Students will enjoy making savory fall recipes and cool weather comfort foods that feature a variety of fruits, vegetables, and fresh ingredients. Fall Favorites are selected to be nutritious, fun, and simple to make. Each class will focus on a portion of a meal including appetizer, salad, soup, side dish, main dish, and dessert. The Compass chefs' culinary adventures will include: Cranberry Pumpkin Brie Bites (appetizer), Chipotle Corn Soup Autumn Apple-Pea Salad, Stuffed Acorn Squash (side dish), Butternut Squash Alfredo (entree), Turkey Pumpkin Casserole (entree), Caramel Apple Cake and Sweet Potato Bars (desserts). Students will be eating what they make each week and bringing home the recipes and leftovers. These engaging cooking classes will get students excited about helping in the kitchen, experimenting, and trying new foods. Students will be exposed to healthy ingredients they may not regularly eat. They will learn important kitchen skills such as safety, sanitation, measuring, knife skills, and other tricks of the trade. Culinary vocabulary and terms are introduced each week, with no-pressure verbal review of those words the following week. Notes: Sorry, but students with allergies to food ingredients or dietary restrictions cannot be accommodated in this class. Recipes may contain dairy, wheat, gluten, and eggs. While no nuts are included in recipes, ingredients may come from factories or machinery that also process nuts. This class is best suited for students who can follow instructions, complete sequential tasks, and work in a group. Students will be asked to bring an apron and plastic storage container with a tight fitting lid. There is a $40.00 material fee for this course payable to the instructor on the first day.

Monika Dorroshef

Learn to play the violin! Students will learn the fundamentals of playing the violin: how to hold the instrument, how to correctly hold the bow, parts of the instrument, and the names of the open strings. Technique progresses by adding one finger at a time to each string until the student can play a complete scale. The students will be taught to play in unison from a songbook of arranged works. Music education enhances teamwork skills and provides children with a path for self-expression. Scientific research has shown that music lessons not only improve organizational skills and executive functioning but that they also develop self-confidence. At the end of the semester, the class will be able to play several simple tunes and will perform for the parents.
Class Expectations: Students will be asked to bring their instrument, bow, and case to every class. In order to fully benefit from each lesson, daily practice is required. The instrument should be set up professionally by a local music store or a string luthier. An instrument can be purchased or rented from most music stores. Parents may contact Compass for a list of recommendations from the instructor. No sheet music purchase is required for this class. This is a 13-week semester class, and the week off will be announced by the instructor.

Step back in time with American History Alive for a one-of-a-kind living history rendez vous with Alexander Graham Bell as portrayed by Bob Gleason of Philadelphia, PA, on Wednesday, April 25. Living history actors are the costumed scholars employed by museums, historical sites, and conferences. Presentation will be conversational in style, first person narrative, and conclude with spontaneous audience Q & A. Watch the historical actor answer 21st century questions in character with period replies! Students younger than third grade (or age 8) must be accompanied by a paid, registered parent or adult. This is a one-day admission for this performance only. One day tickets are $18.00 in advance or $20.00 at the door. Remember to bring a camera for photos with the historical figure after the presentation.

Prerequisites: None

Step back in time with American History Alive for a one-of-a-kind living history rendez vous with Franklin D Roosevelt as portrayed by Neill Hartley of Havertown, PA, on Wednesday, May 16. Living history actors are the costumed scholars employed by museums, historical sites, and conferences. Presentation will be conversational in style, first person narrative, and conclude with spontaneous audience Q & A. Watch the historical actor answer 21st century questions in character with period replies! Students younger than third grade (or age 8) must be accompanied by a paid, registered parent or adult. This is a one-day admission for this performance only. One day tickets are $18.00 in advance or $20.00 at the door. Remember to bring a camera for photos with the historical figure after the presentation.

Prerequisites: None

Step back in time with American History Alive for a one-of-a-kind living history rendez vous with Martin Luther King, Jr. as portrayed by Bill Grimmette of Gambrills, MD, on Wednesday, May 23. Living history actors are the costumed scholars employed by museums, historical sites, and conferences. Presentation will be conversational in style, first person narrative, and conclude with spontaneous audience Q & A. Watch the historical actor answer 21st century questions in character with period replies! Students younger than third grade (or age 8) must be accompanied by a paid, registered parent or adult. This is a one-day admission for this performance only. One day tickets are $18.00 in advance or $20.00 at the door. Remember to bring a camera for photos with the historical figure after the presentation.

Prerequisites: None

Step back in time with American History Alive for a one-of-a-kind living history rendez vous with Rosie the Riveter as portrayed by Mary Ann Jung of Annapolis, MD, on Wednesday, May 30. Living history actors are the costumed scholars employed by museums, historical sites, and conferences. Presentation will be conversational in style, first person narrative, and conclude with spontaneous audience Q & A. Watch the historical actor answer 21st century questions in character with period replies! Students younger than third grade (or age 8) must be accompanied by a paid, registered parent or adult. This is a one-day admission for this performance only. One day tickets are $18.00 in advance or $20.00 at the door. Remember to bring a camera for photos with the historical figure after the presentation.

Prerequisites: None

Step back in time with American History Alive for a one-of-a-kind living history rendez vous with Eleanor Roosevelt as portrayed by Kate Campbell Stevenson of Silver Spring, MD, on Wednesday, May 9. Living history actors are the costumed scholars employed by museums, historical sites, and conferences. Presentation will be conversational in style, first person narrative, and conclude with spontaneous audience Q & A. Watch the historical actor answer 21st century questions in character with period replies! Students younger than third grade (or age 8) must be accompanied by a paid, registered parent or adult. This is a one-day admission for this performance only. One day tickets are $18.00 in advance or $20.00 at the door. Remember to bring a camera for photos with the historical figure after the presentation.

Prerequisites: None

Mylene Nyman

Students will enjoy making savory fall recipes and cool weather comfort foods that feature a variety of fruits, vegetables, and fresh ingredients. Fall Favorites are selected to be nutritious, fun, and simple to make. Each class will focus on a portion of a meal including appetizer, salad, soup, side dish, main dish, and dessert. The Compass chefs' culinary adventures will include: Cranberry Pumpkin Brie Bites (appetizer), Chipotle Corn Soup Autumn Apple-Pea Salad, Stuffed Acorn Squash (side dish), Butternut Squash Alfredo (entree), Turkey Pumpkin Casserole (entree), Caramel Apple Cake and Sweet Potato Bars (desserts). Students will be eating what they make each week and bringing home the recipes and leftovers. These engaging cooking classes will get students excited about helping in the kitchen, experimenting, and trying new foods. Students will be exposed to healthy ingredients they may not regularly eat. They will learn important kitchen skills such as safety, sanitation, measuring, knife skills, and other tricks of the trade. Culinary vocabulary and terms are introduced each week, with no-pressure verbal review of those words the following week. Notes: Sorry, but students with allergies to food ingredients or dietary restrictions cannot be accommodated in this class. Recipes may contain dairy, wheat, gluten, and eggs. While no nuts are included in recipes, ingredients may come from factories or machinery that also process nuts. This class is best suited for students who can follow instructions, complete sequential tasks, and work in a group. Students must be minimum age six (6) by the start of class. Students will be asked to bring an apron and plastic storage container with a tight fitting lid. There is a $40.00 material fee for this course payable to the instructor on the first day.

Mylene Nyman

Students will enjoy making savory fall recipes and cool weather comfort foods that feature a variety of fruits, vegetables, and fresh ingredients. Fall Favorites are selected to be nutritious, fun, and simple to make. Each class will focus on a portion of a meal including appetizer, salad, soup, side dish, main dish, and dessert. The Compass chefs' culinary adventures will include: Cranberry Pumpkin Brie Bites (appetizer), Chipotle Corn Soup Autumn Apple-Pea Salad, Stuffed Acorn Squash (side dish), Butternut Squash Alfredo (entree), Turkey Pumpkin Casserole (entree), Caramel Apple Cake and Sweet Potato Bars (desserts). Students will be eating what they make each week and bringing home the recipes and leftovers. These engaging cooking classes will get students excited about helping in the kitchen, experimenting, and trying new foods. Students will be exposed to healthy ingredients they may not regularly eat. They will learn important kitchen skills such as safety, sanitation, measuring, knife skills, and other tricks of the trade. Culinary vocabulary and terms are introduced each week, with no-pressure verbal review of those words the following week. Notes: Sorry, but students with allergies to food ingredients or dietary restrictions cannot be accommodated in this class. Recipes may contain dairy, wheat, gluten, and eggs. While no nuts are included in recipes, ingredients may come from factories or machinery that also process nuts. This class is best suited for students who can follow instructions, complete sequential tasks, and work in a group. Students will be asked to bring an apron and plastic storage container with a tight fitting lid. There is a $40.00 material fee for this course payable to the instructor on the first day.

Monika Dorroshef

Students who play violin, viola, cello, or bass are invited to join this homeschool string orchestra! Musicians will have an opportunity to develop ensemble skills and enjoy the experience of practicing, playing, and performing as a group. The class will start each week with tuning and warm-ups such as playing musical scales and simple exercises. Then the class will work on several group songs each semester where they will improve musical literacy, learn to follow the directions from the conductor, and learn to play in different keys- as a group. During the final class of the semester (week 14), a concert will be held for friends and family.
This orchestra is intended for advanced beginners and intermediate strings students who are currently (or recently) enrolled in private lessons. As a guideline, a students should be able to play a D major scale in two octaves on his/her instrument. Students are expected to be able to locate notes on the their instrument, read music and be able to identify all rhythmical patterns. Students with less experience will be asked to play for the conductor or to submit a brief video to help establish placement.
The instructor will provide the orchestral repertoires, and these arrangements will be specially composed to accommodate the range of abilities of all stringed players in the orchestra. Students will be asked to pay a fee $5.00 for their individual music which will be provided on the first day of class. Participants are expected to prepare and practice at home for at least 15 - 20 minutes per day. This is a 13-week semester program, and the week off will be announced by the instructor.

Prerequisites: Private instruction on stringed instrument

Premier Martial Arts

Krav Maga is the Israeli martial art which teaches self defense and fitness. Students of Krav Maga are taught a series of strategies to assess and respond to common situations, such as facing a bully. Kids are always taught to first and foremost to get away, to get help, and to try to deescalate the situation. When that fails, students practice a technique that includes a warning strike followed by escape, and finally, they learn how to stand up for themselves and how to counterattack if a sitation escalates and becomes threatening. Kids are empowered and gain confidence when they rehearse how to handle real-life situations. Exercises and self defense practice in class incoporporate balance, coordination, energy, and other key elements of fitness alog with life skills such as confidence, teamwork, respect, discipline, and respect. In lieu of a full martial arts uniform, students will be asked to wear a class t-shirt that the instructor will furish for $10.00 on the first day of class. Students should also wear shorts, leggins, or loose, comfortable athletic pants, and comfortable athletic shoes or sneakers with their class t-shirt.

Natalie DiVietri

ASL for Little Fingers is a fun, play-based sign language class for younger children. Students will begin to learn the language of the Deaf community by developing a vocabulary for greetings, everyday objects and common phrases. In Quarter Four, children will learn signs about the home. We will focus on family, rooms in the house, household items, cooking, daily routines, and clothing. We will also review signs for the alphabet and colors, and learns some new poems, which are always a favorite. Students will watch short videos of a Deaf family demonstrating the signs, learn about Deaf culture, play games, work with partners, and have familiar stories signed to them. ASL is an excellent second language choice for young children who are not ready for a foreign language with difficult writing, spelling, or challenging pronunciation. Penn State University research demonstrated that adding the visual and kinesthetic elements of ASL to verbal communication helped to enhance the vocabulary, spelling, and reading skills in hearing students. Students may join ASL for Little Fingers during any quarter. Since it's the final quarter, we will do a small performance for parents so that the students can showcase their learning.

Mylene Nyman

Students will enjoy making savory fall recipes and cool weather comfort foods that feature a variety of fruits, vegetables, and fresh ingredients. Fall Favorites are selected to be nutritious, fun, and simple to make. Each class will focus on a portion of a meal including appetizer, salad, soup, side dish, main dish, and dessert. The Compass chefs' culinary adventures will include: Cranberry Pumpkin Brie Bites (appetizer), Chipotle Corn Soup Autumn Apple-Pea Salad, Stuffed Acorn Squash (side dish), Butternut Squash Alfredo (entree), Turkey Pumpkin Casserole (entree), Caramel Apple Cake and Sweet Potato Bars (desserts). Students will be eating what they make each week and bringing home the recipes and leftovers. These engaging cooking classes will get students excited about helping in the kitchen, experimenting, and trying new foods. Students will be exposed to healthy ingredients they may not regularly eat. They will learn important kitchen skills such as safety, sanitation, measuring, knife skills, and other tricks of the trade. Culinary vocabulary and terms are introduced each week, with no-pressure verbal review of those words the following week. Notes: Sorry, but students with allergies to food ingredients or dietary restrictions cannot be accommodated in this class. Recipes may contain dairy, wheat, gluten, and eggs. While no nuts are included in recipes, ingredients may come from factories or machinery that also process nuts. This class is best suited for students who can follow instructions, complete sequential tasks, and work in a group. Students will be asked to bring an apron and plastic storage container with a tight fitting lid. There is a $40.00 material fee for this course payable to the instructor on the first day.

Taliesin Knol

Travel back to the ancient Middle East and learn about the very first civilizations ever to exist! Discover the first major cities of Ur and Uruk, the first written language in Cuneiform, and the first story every written, The Epic of Gilgamesh. Each student will create an individual diorama of an ancient Sumerian Settlement city. Students will craft and hand-shape their scene on a 10" x 12" foam board using artistic, model-making techniques. They will customize their dioramas with landscape elements, waterways, structures of the time, and paint. Once individual projects are constructed, students will populate them with 1:72 miniature figures and combine their dioramas alongside those of their classmates to create a larger terrain. Students will then compete in a history-based survival strategy game. This will reinforce lessons about the culture, agriculture, warfare, and politics of the time. Each student will have at least one board and set of miniatures to take home with them. Course documents such as maps, game rules and all other instructional media will be available via a Google Drive link which will be emailed to parents. There is a $15.00 materials fee payable to the instructor on the first day of class. Future topics in this series include Ancient Greece, The Iliad & Odyssey (2nd quarter), Roman Republic, Hannibal & The Punic Wars (3rd quarter), and Ancient China and The Three Kingdoms (4th quarter).

Kathy Preisinger

Little Hands is a family music and movement classes for parents and children, aged infant to 5 years old. Be part of an engaging musical world while building confidence, coordination, and communications skills. Singing, imitating sounds, rhyming, and object identification foster language skills. Creative movement to various musical moods develops a sense of balance, timing and spatial awareness. Listening and taking turns encourage blossoming social skills. Children and parents meet weekly for a 30-minute class and enjoy singing, moving, listening, and playing simple, specially designed instruments. Structured time runs from 1:15-1:45 pm, with time before and after for gathering and transitions.

Taliesin Knol

This quarter will focus on the first battles of the American War of Independence, Lexington and Concord from the shots heard round the world to the unlikely match-up of an untrained militia of colonial farmers against the professional soldiers and statesmen of the great British Empire s army. Students will engage in a hands-on 3D battle strategy game using the military dioramas that they make! Using artistic model-making techniques, hand tools, and historical maps, students will each form a 12 X 18 shaped, foam diorama with landscape elements (hills, valleys, rivers, ridges, vegetation, fences, etc) to represent a scene of a famous historical engagement. Students will each receive 1:72 scale miniature soldiers to populate their scene. Once individual projects are constructed, students will combine their dioramas alongside those of their classmates to approximate the larger battlefield terrain. Students will spend the remainder of the quarter learning about the tactics and outcomes of the military engagement while playing a table-top strategy game. Student strategists will use a simplified version of the Fire and Fury historical war gaming rule system for moving troops and equipment. Along with their classmates, students will see how this battle progressed and test different outcome scenarios that might have occurred with different battlefield choices. The instructor will use maps and visual presentations to explain the historical background and circumstances leading up to the specific battle. Course documents, such as period maps, game rules and all other instructional media will be available via a Google Drive link which will be emailed to parents. There is a $25.00 materials fee payable to the instructor on the first day of class. Topics in this year s series include: Revolutionary War, Battles of Lexington and Concord (1st quarter), Revolutionary War, Yorktown (2nd quarter), Civil War, Gettysburg (3rd quarter), and Civil War, The Siege of Petersburg (4th quarter).

Mylene Nyman

Students will enjoy making savory fall recipes and cool weather comfort foods that feature a variety of fruits, vegetables, and fresh ingredients. Fall Favorites are selected to be nutritious, fun, and simple to make. Each class will focus on a portion of a meal including appetizer, salad, soup, side dish, main dish, and dessert. The Compass chefs' culinary adventures will include: Cranberry Pumpkin Brie Bites (appetizer), Chipotle Corn Soup Autumn Apple-Pea Salad, Stuffed Acorn Squash (side dish), Butternut Squash Alfredo (entree), Turkey Pumpkin Casserole (entree), Caramel Apple Cake and Sweet Potato Bars (desserts). Students will be eating what they make each week and bringing home the recipes and leftovers. These engaging cooking classes will get students excited about helping in the kitchen, experimenting, and trying new foods. Students will be exposed to healthy ingredients they may not regularly eat. They will learn important kitchen skills such as safety, sanitation, measuring, knife skills, and other tricks of the trade. Culinary vocabulary and terms are introduced each week, with no-pressure verbal review of those words the following week. Notes: Sorry, but students with allergies to food ingredients or dietary restrictions cannot be accommodated in this class. Recipes may contain dairy, wheat, gluten, and eggs. While no nuts are included in recipes, ingredients may come from factories or machinery that also process nuts. This class is best suited for students who can follow instructions, complete sequential tasks, and work in a group. Students will be asked to bring an apron and plastic storage container with a tight fitting lid. There is a $40.00 material fee for this course payable to the instructor on the first day.

Kathy Preisinger

Music Makers explores many facets of the musical experience- singing, moving, dancing, listening, and playing instruments. The class will explore musical stories, famous composers, and different genres of music while playing a variety of percussion instruments (drums, sticks, triangles, woodblocks and more!). Students will learn to play a beginning pitched instrument on glockenspiels (a small barred instrument like the xylophone). Using an Orff-based approach, students will learn to read and write beginning musical notation and learn musical terminology all in the context of fun and play. Music Makers classes provide a fun, pressure-free environment to experience music and movement with the goal of general musicianship and excellent preparation for further, individual instrument lessons if desired. Music Makers helps every child acquire the essential building blocks for a future of musical learning!

Soccer Shots

Soccer Shots is a fun, engaging class for the youngest Compass students or their preschool-aged siblings! Soccer Shots is an outdoor skills class in which children learn basic mechanics of soccer such as passing, dribbling, and shooting through imaginative games in a fun, supportive, small-group experience with a dedicated coach. Equally as important, young athletes get to practice valuable life skills such as working with teammates, good sportsmanship, taking turns, cooperation, and communicating with their coach! Each week, young soccer players will be guided through warm-ups, skill-building games, and a scrimmage. This program includes 30 minutes of structured coaching from 2:15 pm - 2:45 pm. Time before is for gathering, and the final 15 minutes are for cool-down and free play. This is a 7-week program that will meet weeks 1-7 with the 8th week of the quarter reserved for an inclement weather make-up, if needed. Students must be age 4 by the start of this program and must be able to separate from his/her parent and follow directions. There is an optional fee of $8.50 payable to the instructor on the first day of class for a high quality Adidas team jersey.

Mylene Nyman

Students will enjoy making savory fall recipes and cool weather comfort foods that feature a variety of fruits, vegetables, and fresh ingredients. Fall Favorites are selected to be nutritious, fun, and simple to make. Each class will focus on a portion of a meal including appetizer, salad, soup, side dish, main dish, and dessert. The Compass chefs' culinary adventures will include: Cranberry Pumpkin Brie Bites (appetizer), Chipotle Corn Soup Autumn Apple-Pea Salad, Stuffed Acorn Squash (side dish), Butternut Squash Alfredo (entree), Turkey Pumpkin Casserole (entree), Caramel Apple Cake and Sweet Potato Bars (desserts). Students will be eating what they make each week and bringing home the recipes and leftovers. These engaging cooking classes will get students excited about helping in the kitchen, experimenting, and trying new foods. Students will be exposed to healthy ingredients they may not regularly eat. They will learn important kitchen skills such as safety, sanitation, measuring, knife skills, and other tricks of the trade. Culinary vocabulary and terms are introduced each week, with no-pressure verbal review of those words the following week. Notes: Sorry, but students with allergies to food ingredients or dietary restrictions cannot be accommodated in this class. Recipes may contain dairy, wheat, gluten, and eggs. While no nuts are included in recipes, ingredients may come from factories or machinery that also process nuts. This class is best suited for students who can follow instructions, complete sequential tasks, and work in a group. Students must be minimum age six (6) by the start of class. Students will be asked to bring an apron and plastic storage container with a tight fitting lid. There is a $40.00 material fee for this course payable to the instructor on the first day.

Fencing Sports Academy

Fencing is the clashing of steel and competitive spirit combined with the battle of the wits. Apply the rules of Olympic fencing, and you have a physically and mentally challenging game of strategy, often called, "physical chess." In Beginning Fencing, students will learn the rules of the sport as well as footwork, attacks, parries, responses, and how to judge matches. Beginning students will use the epee, a thin, lightweight sword with broad hand guard and will wear a wireless electronic scoring sensor over layers of protective gear. Returning students will work with both the epee and foil. The physical benefits of fencing are an increase in agility, balance and coordination. Fencing also provides mental benefits such as improved focus, strategy and confidence. Fencing is safety-oriented with blunt tip weapons, chest protectors, chest/sleeve pads, fencing jacket, gloves, and face mask. All equipment is provided by the instructor. Students are asked to wear comfortable athletic pants such as running pants or sweatpants (no jeans, no dresses), and low-heeled athletic shoes.

Taliesin Knol

The Mongol hordes spread out like a plague across Asia, killing an estimated 25-50% of the populations that dared stand in their way. This quarter will examine the Great Khan himself, and the Mongol empire he left behind that stretched from the Pacific Coast all the way to Europe s borders. Using artistic model-making techniques, hand tools, and historical maps, students will create a 12 X 18 diorama board, and populate it with 1:72 scale invading armies and their adversaries for historical re-enactments. Once individual projects are constructed, students will combine their dioramas alongside those of their classmates to approximate a larger battlefield terrain. Students will spend the remainder of the quarter learning about the tactics and outcomes of the conquest while playing a table-top strategy game. Student strategists will use a simplified version of the Fire and Fury historical war gaming rule system for moving troops and siege equipment. Along with their classmates, students will see how battles progressed and test different scenarios that might have occurred with different battlefield choices. Course documents, such as period maps, game rules and all other instructional media will be available via a Google Drive link which will be emailed to parents. There is a $25.00 materials fee payable to the instructor on the first day of class. Topics in this year s series include: Genghis Khan (1st quarter), Alexander Nevsky, Russia's Hero (2nd quarter), Edward the Black Prince & Henry V, The 100 Years War (3rd quarter), and French King Charles VIII, The Italian Wars (4th quarter).