Playwriting Class

Playwriting is an exciting and engaging way to learn about performing arts and scriptwriting. To be successful, you need to know where ideas for plays come from, the lingo writers speak, how to create fully dimensional characters, how to write dialogue, where to start your play, how to develop your storyline and reach the story’s climax, and how to bring your play to a satisfying conclusion.

If you want to explore script writing and learn script writing this class is for you. The skills you learn in this class will help you write better stories, better dialogue and be useful in many other writing areas. This class is not just for writers, anyone with an interest in any aspect of performing will benefit from learning about the aspects of writing and storytelling techniques that will be presented. An experienced team of writers, directors, actors and designers, from Prescott Center for the Arts, will
teach this class. The team has years of experience working with elementary and secondary students. The goal of the class will be to guide students through the process of writing, revising and producing their work. Students will be encouraged to submit their plays for Prescott Center for the Arts Young Playwrights Festival. They will also learn about additional opportunities to submit their work for scholarships or other playwriting competitions. In the spring, a special festival production opportunity will be given to all writers who wish to take their play to the next step of performance.

This course will meet once a week for 2 hours for a total of twelve weeks. Additional work out of class will be encouraged and required for students to achieve the best results with their writing. (Students should plan to spend an average of 2 hours per week outside of class working on assignments and their play script.)

Learning Outcomes:
Students will understand the structure of a story and the structure of a theatrical script.
Students will learn how to fully develop a character for a play or story.
Students will learn to write dialogue that helps convey and move a story forward.
Students will write and revise a 10-minute script that will not exceed 10 pages.
Students will learn to submit writing for competitive opportunities.
Students, who desire, will participate in the process of bringing their writing to life for a showcase performance.

Class Location: Prescott Center for the Arts StageToo
Time: Mondays from 1:00 to 3:00pm
Class duration: 12 weeks beginning on Jan. 8, 2018
Cost: $125. Per student
https://www.pca-az.net/young-playwrights-festival.html
Prescott Center for the Arts Young Playwrights Festival Information
Email questions to:
Debra White
dclarewhite@me.com

PCA Ex. Director
director@pca-az.net

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Science, Literature, and History Class

Lydia Wimber, who lives in the heart of Prescott Valley (near the library), will be teaching a Science, Literature, and History Class in a one-room-school format. The majority of the students are in 1st-6th Grades. This is a class that has been following a curriculum for the past 2 years, so it will be going on its 3rd year. Students can join in at any time, but the teacher will teach the curriculum where they left off at the end of the school year. The curriculum is created by members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, so, like other religious curriculums, sometimes combines secular and religious topics into the lessons. This curriculum can be taught to children who are not LDS, as the academic thoroughness of the curriculum is to be accounted for, and Mrs. Wimber can tailor the lessons to the needs of her class. If you are interested, please follow the links to learn more about the curriculum and contact Mrs. Wimber at jlwimber2@yahoo.com for more information.

From Mrs. Wimber:

I will continue to teach the Tuesday/ Thursday class for all ages. 8am-12pm. I would like to offer the classes for $80/month, depending on enrollment. This includes Lessons in the three subjects indicated above using an LDS based curriculum. You can check it out here:

LDS Homeschool Curriculum – The Family School Online

The price for this class includes most of the cost for the curriculum and any copies I need to make for it. You may be asked to send your child with a copy of the pages for the workbook for history. I spoke with some parents and we thought we could continue with the current curriculum for history which is “The Story of the World”. We would begin where we left of at the fall of Rome with the second volume of the series. This is a link to the workbook pages. You should shop around, though and you may find a better price elsewhere. This is also offered as a PDF download that you can print:

https://www.amazon.com/Story-World-Classical-Activity-Renaissance/dp/1933339136

Another option for history lessons that would not include purchase of the workbook is the LDS Homeschool Curriculum that I am using for the Science and the Literature classes. I already have access to the history portion as well and could use that for our history lessons. I would look through it and try to start the lessons where we left off with the other lesson.

Sewin’ Time Classes

Yesterday, we were at the PV public library to sign up for the Summer Reading Program and participate in the activities. My kids are crazy motivated to read! This is amazing!* While we were there, I ran into a fellow homeschooling mom who I’ve run into before. 🙂 She let me know that she teaches sewing classes and asked if I could post about them. She is interested in teaching several classes. So if you have a group you know of and want to set something up with her, or if your child (or you!) wants to join a class, send her an email with your contact info and she’ll work something out with you!

WEEKLY CLASSES

Kids 6-12, teens, or adults will enjoy a one hour class each week. Class size is limited to four students to allow sufficient instructor attention. Students will purchase a $35 pattern package which contains roughly 10 projects. One pattern package will last each student about 9-10 months. Once they complete that package they are ready to move to the next level. Teens and adults have their own specialized pattern packages.

CAMPS AND SPECIAL EVENTS

This is a great way to jump start you or your child’s sewing skills. Camps are fun! Most camps consist of two half days of creating, learning, and laughing. They also allow for a larger class size. At the end of the camp, you may go home with something to wear, a backpack, or even a matching outfit for an American Girl Doll and you!

CONTACT:

Sherri Smith

sewintime@hotmail.com

Prescott Valley

 

 

*You can sign your kids up for the library’s SRP online. Just go here.

Prescott Area Summer Camp Ideas for 2016*

Summer time can sure be a great way to give our kids the opportunity to attend a summer camp for a few days in something they really love (or something we would love for them to learn). It also can give homeschool moms a little bit of a break! (I’m sooo looking forward to summer, myself!) And summer camps can also be a fun thing for our kids to do with a neighborhood friend that normally goes to school…or with a favorite homeschool friend that lives across town.

Sport Camps:

If your child is interested in a specific sport, look up/contact the local leagues or businesses/studios for summer camp options. Yavapai Soccer, Prescott AYSO, Little League, Softball, Basketball Camp (in PV it’s through the County), Dance, Karate, Martial Arts, Golf. There really are too many options to mention here. But I’ll do my best.

Sport Camps at Prescott YMCA

Gymnastics Camp at Prescott YMCA

Embry Riddle has sport camps: Volleyball, Basketball, Soccer, Softball

Swimming Lessons at Mountain Valley Splash or YMCA

Academic Camps/Classes:

Yavapai College for Kids: Their classes include art, language, writing, technology, nature, science, cooking, photography, drama, filmmaking. Fantastic options for exploring interests or going into depth on already known interests.

Embry Riddle also has a variety of camps for teens in aeronautics and engineering. Even a helicopter class!!

Nature Camps:

Zoo Camp at Heritage Park Zoo (there are 6 different sessions)

All Children in the Woods

The Arts:

These places have had theater camps in the past: Prescott Center for the Arts and Footlight Productions (with Fusion of Movement)

Other Summer Fun Ideas:

A few years ago, I wrote this post for other Summer Fun ideas. But some ideas for Summer Fun include:

  • Harkins Summer Movie Series
  • Summer Library reading program with activities and shows at your local library (Prescott, PV, or CV)
  • Arts and Craft classes as JoAnn’s or Michael’s
  • The Spot, a Children’s Museum
  • Visiting local museums like the Smoki Museum, Phippen Art Museum, Sharlot Hall Museum, the Dewey museum, the museums in Jerome
  • Easy to difficult hikes (or some for mountain biking) like Watson Lake Riparian Preserve, hikes on Mingus Mountain, Thumb Butte, the Constellation Trails, the white dot trails at Watson, Pea Vine/Iron King Trail, Granite Mountain hike, the new hike up to the top of Glassford Hill, Salida Gulch, Indian Ruins trail near Lynx Lake
  • Day Trips to Phoenix, Sedona, Slide Rock State Park, Cottonwood, Fossil Creek, Grand Canyon, Flagstaff and all that those places have to offer
  • Spending an afternoon or morning at the lake: Watson Lake, Lynx Lake, Goldwater, Granite Basin, Mingus Mudhole, (Willow Lake…if you want to battle the bugs…Willow Lake is best for the trails, not the lake)

I hope with these Summer Fun Ideas you’ll have an enjoyably filled summer of learning, fun, relaxation, reading, and creativity!

* This list is definitely not comprehensive. In fact, PLEASE email me with other summer camps in the Prescott area. I will update this post periodically with additions. Please email me with the name of the Summer Camp and the website for more information, and the ages of kids the camp works with. prescotthshub@gmail.com 

Thank you!

Online Courses for Home School

Jennifer Tharp, of My Online High School, submitted the following information for a complete online homeschool experience.

Good afternoon!

I would like to share a great program with you that is perfect for homeschool students as well as co-op groups. Whether you work with your children in your home or in a group setting our courses are a great addition to what you’re currently doing.
I’ve attached a benefit sheet for additional details. Your child will be able to experience and learn the discipline needed to be successful in the next level of education in a supported environment.
If you’re running into a course that you’re not completely comfortable with or your student would benefit from being accountable to an outside instructor we’ll be a great fit!
Our courses can be taught by you or one of our highly trained instructors.
Please email me to request a detailed course listing for your review. We are always adding more courses….like our trade certification courses in Electrical, HVACR & Plumbing. Learning one of these skills means a job for life!
Feel free to email any questions you might have or for additional information. Our website for non-traditional learners is currently under construction.If anyone would like to see a demo, I can also provide the log in information for that. I look forward to hearing from you! Have a fabulous day!
Jennifer W Tharp

Director of Sales & Marketing
jtharp@myonlinehighschool.com
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¿Quieras Hablar otro Idioma?

Would you like to learn another language? Or have your kids be bilingual? Have you thought about Spanish or French? Or even Chinese? Where we live, there are many native Spanish speakers. My husband is even starting to learn Spanish so he can interact with his patients and their parents better in his orthodontic practice. Learning another language is so useful to him and the success of his business. What about the success of your child’s future? Is it worth investing time and money to learn another language? Especially if they are interested and driven to themselves? What about preparing them to go to college? Many colleges require, or at least encourage, an introductory learning of another language.
This information was submitted to the Prescott Homeschool Hub by Steve Nesbitt, the creator of ULAT. If you are interested in teaching your children another language but don’t know one yourself, check out this resource. It is video based, self paced, and it looks quite thorough. Maybe it could even make a great summer independent study course for middle to high school learners!
Dear educators,
The ULAT (Universal Language Acquisition Tool) is an extraordinarily inexpensive, yet highly effective, French and Spanish program for middle school, high school and adult learners located at www.theulat.com.
The growing popularity of the ULAT program can be largely attributed to its respect of the Natural Language Acquisition Sequence whereby its over 160 days of lesson plans and many hours of video instruction first lay a strong oral foundation to the student’s knowledge of the new language, before proceeding to phonics instruction, elementary reading and then, only after an entire year of study, to the skill of writing. Additionally, as it provides options for both secular and biblical reading selections, it is appropriate for public school, private school and homeschooling use as well.
Annual subscriptions to the ULAT established at this time will be honored through June 30, 2017.  I encourage you not to take my word for the program’s effectiveness, but rather to read the reviews provided by the ULAT’s many enthusiastic users.
Best regards,
Steve Nesbitt
Homeschooling mother from Minnesota:  “I am a homeschooling mother of two high school students who just started using the ULAT course this year. We love it! We have used several other programs, and never before have we found one so easy to use, so thorough, or so reasonably priced. We are learning to speak and to communicate faster and more easily than ever before and the videos are both helpful and entertaining. Thank you, Mr. Nesbitt! We now look forward to learning more instead of dreading it!!”
 
Carol Stines, International Director at Phoenix Christian Preparatory School in Arizona:  “We began using the ULAT program in our foreign language classes about 7 years ago. We were impressed by the emphasis on verbal communication right from the start. The combination of actions and words causes the students to remember. As has been said, “There’s memory in muscle”. Combining logical actions with the vocabulary makes a huge difference in student’s ability to acquire the language. Plus, there is no translating, The students think in the target language without going through the wasteful step of going back to their English to comprehend. I would recommend the ULAT program for any school for use in teaching foreign languages as well as English.”