Young Explorers

2018-2019 Co-op

Welcome to the leading edge of education! I offer supplemental classes for homeschoolers in a "hybrid" school environment which offers all the freedom and flexibility of homeschooling with the benefits of group learning.  

I'll be focusing on a different subject or theme each day or half-day.  I prefer not to continually switch subjects throughout the day. This also allows homeschoolers to pick which subjects or themes they'd like to join in on. You can choose to join in for one or as many days as you'd like for the school year. 

 You can drop-off or hang out with your kiddos. I welcome students of all ages who might be interested in attending. Typically, my students range from 6-12 years old. The one-room schoolhouse is alive and well in Sun Valley, Nevada!

 Second Semester - January 14 - June 3 - Holidays/No class:  Jan. 21; Feb. 18; Mar. 25 - Apr.5; May 27

Fees listed are for the semester. You can pay in whatever installments work for you.  To register, email Carol at or message via Facebook Young Explorers page.

Mondays -  Math games and STEM explorations -10:30-12:30 ($150)- Spanish 1:30-3:00PM ($150)- Come learn and play at Spanish this semester! Full Disclosure, I am not a fluent speaker of Spanish but I have a degree in Romance languages and much of my teacher training has been in teaching second languages. I'm determined to get more comfortable with Spanish, join me! I love teaching languages through games, songs, skits, total physical response. Let's do this! 

Tuesdays - 10:30-3:00 ($300)  Amazing Animals - An integrated, thematic unit on all things animals. We will explore invertebrates, amphibians, reptiles, fish, birds, and mammals through research, experiments, observation, poetry, skits, etc. Students will need a notebook to leave in class.

Wednesdays -  Story of the World Volume 2 - Medieval Times  10:30-12:30 ($150) - Enter the world of vikings, knights, and castles! Students will need a binder (to leave in class) 

Arts and Crafts - 1:30-3:00 ($150) - an exploration in various techniques and mediums, visiting artists, online/video-based instruction, student-led projects, etc. Let’s get creative!  I use a lot of projects from Deep Space Sparkle club to which I belong. 

Thursdays - 10:30 - 12:30 ($150) -  Amazing Humans - An exploration of the human body systems and research projects on amazing humans through biographies and autobiographies.

1:30-3:00 ($150) - Spanish - This is a repeat/extension of Monday's class.

Fridays -  Home Means Nevada - 10:00-2:00 (typically) ($300, plus some admission fees) - times subject to slight changes depending on field trip schedules. An integrated, thematic year filled with history, geography, science, art, language arts, and field trips to enhance our love for our state. As we explore our beautiful state, students will be investigating and researching other states for state reports and presentations. We alternate (mostly) days out in the field and research days in the classroom.

Every co-op day/subject area will include a number of homework "opportunities" to extend that subject learning throughout the week. These options are completely up to you to work on or not depending on your own needs in your homeschool. Some students may be doing another full curriculum at home and using these co-op days simply as a group learning extension. Others may want to use these classes as a launching point to drive their own curriculum at home so I provide a lot of resources if they choose that path.  Each family's homeschool situation is unique, so there are no homework requirements on my end. 

 Holidays/No class:  Jan. 21; Feb. 18; Mar. 25 - Apr.5; May 27

How is this a Co-op? 

As homeschoolers, we are used to the term co-op as a general term for structured group learning, so even if I call it something else,  by default people tend to call it a co-op anyway :).  Most co-ops have a volunteer requirement from participating parents. My ultimate goal is to build a strong, supportive learning community. I’m not big on requirements, but I’d like to think that my participating families will help with whatever needs arise. It is my goal to keep fees at the bare minimum, so that anyone who wishes to participate in some way, can easily afford to. 

Young Explorers Group Mission Statement - Our goals for getting along and working together:

Safety FIRST!  We are aware of our surroundings and each other. We think before we act.

We explore and try new things. When we are at the edge of our comfort zone is when we are really learning and growing.

We are creative.  We make messes and clean up after ourselves. We take care of our space and materials so we can always be inspired. 

We celebrate each other’s successes. We all have different gifts and talents. We dream big, and encourage each other.

We’re not perfect. We make mistakes, and we all have room for improvement. We try to accept and forgive ourselves and others, knowing that we are always learning and growing.

We have disagreements. We try to resolve them by listening to each other’s point of view and brainstorming solutions. Sometimes we have to just agree to disagree and let it go.

We work while we work, and play while we play. There’s a time for silliness and a time for focus. Different activities require different levels of focus and choice. 

We are in charge of our own learning. We actively seek what is important and interesting in any moment. 

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