Planet Homeschool

Faith United Methodist Church

2708 33rd Ave NE
Saint Anthony Village, MN 55418

Planet Homeschool (PHS) is a parent-administered, secular, teen-focused homeschool co-op offering both full-year and semester-long courses.

Planet Homeschool welcomes everyone regardless of ability, gender, culture, race, religion, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation or educational philosophy. Everyone is expected to treat each other, the community and the space with respect.

Instructors are passionate about their crafts, actively engaged in their fields, and offer a wide selection of courses.

When do you meet? Fridays, September through May, with a 12-week Fall Semester and a 16-week Spring Semester.

Daily schedule: Students may take up to 4 classes per semester:
Set-up period: 9am-9:15am (15 minutes)
1st period: 9:15am–10:30am (1 hour, 15 minutes)
2nd period: 10:35am–11:50am (1 hour, 15 minutes)
Lunch period: 11:55am–12:25pm (30 minutes)
3rd period: 12:30pm–1:45pm (1 hour, 15 minutes)
4th period: 1:50pm–3:05pm (1 hour, 15 minutes)
Clean-up period: 3:05pm–3:20pm (15 minutes)

Costs:
Annual membership fee: $70 Used to pay rent, insurance, website fees, and other overhead costs. The annual membership fee is non-refundable.
Tuition: Varies by course and instructor, from $10 to $20 per class meeting.
Materials fees: Varies by course and instructor. Many classes do not have any materials fees, those that do typically charge from $15 to $50 per semester. Some courses may have required textbooks that students purchase independently.
Tuition and materials fees are paid directly to the class instructor. Instructors will issue refunds only for cancellations made at least one week prior to the first day of class.

Children's ages: Planet Homeschool accepts families with at least one student ages 12 years or older. There are no exceptions made to this rule, but classes are available for siblings as young as 9.

Planet Homeschool is a vibrant, inclusive and welcoming learning community that attracts an exceptional group of lively, intellectually curious students and an array of talented and supportive parents who have built this co-op from its start in 2000.

Parent commitments: Parents are expected to help in running the cooperative. Most families volunteer 2 to 4 times each year as Parent Monitors during the co-op day, but other volunteer opportunities are available as well.

Student responsibilities: All students are expected to help with set up and take down of classrooms and common areas. The lease provides that we will handle our own rearranging of furniture and that things need to be put back in place for the church's weekend activities.

For more information contact the PHS Leadership Team at PlanethomeschoolMN(at)gmail.com or visit homeschool-life.com/mn/planethomeschool/.


Fall Semester 2017 (12 weeks)

Fridays, Sep 15–Dec 8, 2017. Make-Up Day is Dec 15. Alternate location on Oct 6. No classes on Nov 24.

This schedule is tentative and subject to change.


Set-Up Period 9:00 AM – 9:15 AM


First Period 9:15 AM – 10:30 AM (Fall Semester 2017 • 12 weeks)

World War II — A to Z with Theresa Redfern-Hall (ages 12 and up; 6th–12th grades; 2 semesters). Analyze events to determine why, when, where and how WWII started. Investigate the countries involved and those who remained neutral. Explore the differences between fascism, communism, authoritarianism and totalitarianism. Primary source material will be used including, documentaries, letters, political cartoons and more.

Space Travel & You: Mars Colonies, Hyperdrives, Exoplanets & the Future of Human Existence with Tim Hereid (ages 13 and up; 7th–12th grades; 2 semesters). Private moon missions, colonizing and possibly terraforming of Mars, explorations of distant solar system objects, mining the asteroids for precious metals. Engage in discussion and debate about the impact of new technologies, alien life and space travel on society. Tap into your sense of wonder about the vastness of our universe.

Current Events with Maria Almli (ages 12 and up; 6th–12th grades; 1 semester). Using the Foreign Policy Association's Great Decisions curriculum, delve into Nuclear Security, the Prospects for Afghanistan and Pakistan, the Future of Europe, Trade and Politics, Saudi Arabia in Transition, Latin America's Political Pendulum, and more. Learn to discern media bias, use multiple news sources, and fact check.

2D Art with Valerie Geary (ages 12 and up; 6th–12th grades; 1 semester). Try your hand at a variety of projects such as designing wallpaper, stylizing animals and making art with words to name a few. This class will get you started on an individual project, give you time to work and feedback to help you along the way. The best part is seeing the range of amazing creations from all the students.

Choir & Instrumental Ensemble with Dr. Tiffany Skidmore (ages 10 and up; 4th–12th grades; 2 semesters). Learn proper vocal and instrumental techniques, sight-singing/sight-reading, and some basic music theory. We will perform choral and instrumental music in parts and students will be invited to help choose some of our performance repertoire. We will end the semester with two performances for family and friends.

Fencing with Minnesota Swordplay (ages 10 and up; 4th–12th grades; 2 semesters). Develop stamina, quick reactions, speed, accuracy of movement and excellent coordination through this vigorous sport. The intense tactics of attacking, defense and timing are all integrated into this course, developing a high level of self-discipline. All equipment is provided, including safety jackets and masks.


Second Period 10:35 AM – 11:50 AM (Fall Semester 2017 • 12 weeks)

Women Throughout History with Theresa Redfern-Hall (1 semester). Discover some of history's most amazing women as well as the impact of women in every day life. Explore ancient history to the modern day in Africa, China, Europe, the Americas, even the Antarctic. Uncover the importance of women in history even though they might not receive the official acknowledgment that men have received.

Japanese with Suzanne Burke (ages 10 and up; 4th–12th grades; 2 semesters). Learn to speak and listen through practical conversation, cultural activities and exploration. Students will master the complete set of Hiragana and Katakana through writing and relevant reading material. A few key Kanji will be incorporated with a goal of recognition and an entry to writing and reading.

Beginning to Intermediate Sewing with Maria Almli (ages 10 and up; 4th–12th grades; 1 semester). Make a pincushion, pajama pants, and a project of your choice. All students will need their own sewing machine, pins, seam ripper, and sharp scissors. Materials for the pincushion will be provided. Students will need to get their own fabric for the pants and the free choice project. Some sewing outside of class will be necessary.

Play and Script Writing with Nora Parker Cox (1 semester). Learn the craft of script writing and the basics of writing through a whole new medium: dialogue. How do you build your characters if all you have to guide the actors and director is conversation? How do you stage a fight scene without prose? How do you build a world without description? You'll learn all this and more.

CLEP Test Prep: College Algebra with Tim Hereid (1 semester). Basic algebraic operations; linear and quadratic equations, inequalities, and graphs; algebraic, exponential, and logarithmic functions; and miscellaneous other topics covered in the CLEP Test. Be ready to learn content, drill and take timed tests every day of the course.

Civil Engineering: Building Up with Engineering for Kids (ages 10 and up; 4th–12th grades; 1 semester). Use the Engineering Design Process to design, create, test, and refine a balsa wood bridge designed to withstand the greatest force. Examine several different types of bridge designs and discover how the forces of tension, compression, bending, torsion, and shear are distributed throughout their structures.

How to Boil Water with Doug Nepp & Barbara Crist-Nepp (ages 13 and up; 7th–12th grades; 1 semester). Are you ready for some of the best food of your life?!!! Learn to prepare some crazy good food using fresh ingredients and proper cooking techniques. Discover the origins of food and the importance of food in different cultures. Expand your horizons by expanding your palate. We will take you from kitchen neophyte to kitchen ninja.


Lunch Period 11:55 AM –12:25 PM


Third Period 12:30 PM – 1:45 PM (Fall Semester 2017 • 12 weeks)

Modern World History and Current Events with Theresa Redfern-Hall (2 semesters). Analyze events in the recent past that have had a direct impact on current world events: how decisions made in the Middle East following WWII contribute to the current conflict between Israel and Palestine; the Soviet Union, the United States the Cold War and how power struggles still continue even after the fall of the Soviet Union; and more.

LEGO: Principles of LEGO Design with Dr. Tom Anderson (ages 10 and up; 4th–12th grades; 1 semester). Want to take your LEGO-building skills to the next level? Explore construction techniques and the design process, including the use of free computer-based tools along with a little math, science, architecture, and history. LEGO pieces will be provided, and students can also bring in their own pieces and creations.

Fiber Arts with Kim Chase-Kozak (ages 10 and up; 4th–12th grades; 2 semesters). Welcome all to the wide wooly world of fiber arts! With a focus on Crochet for fall, topics may include looming, weaving, needle felting, wet felting, winter wear, holidays, applied math, amigurumi/shapes/creatures, color work, lace, granny squares, free crochet, donation items, yarn bombing, and more!

Advanced Drawing with Megan McNinch (1 semester). In-class exercises and sketchbook work will help students learn new skills while building on and reinforcing drawing basics. Explore principles of design, anatomy for artists, drawing a likeness, basic color theory, and more. Students will also look at and discuss work by a wide variety of contemporary and traditional artists.

Writing Fantasy with Tim Hereid (1 semester). Fantasy is the oldest form of story-telling. Read, write and maybe even publish. Explore the most powerful tropes in fantasy writing, read masters of fantasy, discuss keeping dragons, casting spells, wielding swords, defeating tyrant kings, encountering the fae, contending with demons, avoiding imps and defeating wizards.

Bike Repair with Tyler Skidmore (ages 10 and up; 4th–12th grades; 1 semester). The fundamentals of how to repair and tune up bicycles, useful for those looking for a bicycle repair job, for bike enthusiasts, and those who just enjoy tinkering.

Spanish with Dorothy Rose (ages 10 and up; 4th–12th grades; 2 semesters) 1:05pm–1:45pm. Although some writing, reading, and culture are incorporated into this stimulating, interactive, individualized course, the emphasis is on speaking and understanding the spoken language. A great variety of activities and methods will be used to appeal to all learning styles.


Fourth Period 1:50 PM – 3:05 PM (Fall Semester 2017 • 12 weeks)

Points in History and Conspiracy Theories with Theresa Redfern-Hall (1 semester). In the fashion of MythBusters, explore history from different perspectives, look at established facts of significant events, institutions and groups and then analyze the event in comparison with well and lesser known conspiracy theories that have evolved surrounding them. Learn to question sources and fine tune your analytical skills.

Fandom with Michelle Lehman (ages 10 and up; 4th–12th grades; 1 semester). From Harry Potter to Star Trek, sometimes fandoms just take on a life of their own. Explore fandoms and their cultures while geeking out with some FAN-tastic gadgets and gizmos that capture your imagination! Learn wiring, sewing, molding, painting and other cosplay construction techniques while building props and costume pieces.

High School Biology with Lauren Borer (ages 13 and up; 7th–12th grades; 2 semesters).

Middle School Drawing with Megan McNinch (ages 10 and up; 4th–12th grades; 1 semester). Learn drawing fundamentals while exploring your personal interests. Exercises and sketchbook work will focus on improving drawing skills and helping students express their creativity. Students will experiment with pencil, ink, charcoal, and more and discover work by a number of artists and explore a wide variety of drawing styles.

Middle School Physics with Dr. Tom Anderson (ages 10–13 years; 4th–7th grades; 1 semester).

Ballroom Dance with Dorothy Rose 1:50pm–2:50pm (ages 10 and up; 4th–12th grades; 2 semesters). This popular course began eleven years ago as a result of students' requests. Ballroom Dance is a useful, life-long skill which will benefit you physically and socially. Waltz, Fox Trot, East Coast Swing, West Coast Swing, Tango, Cha Cha, Samba, Mambo, Polka, Rhumba, Quick Step, and several "warm up" group dances.


Clean-Up Period 3:05 PM – 3:20 PM



Spring Semester 2018 (16 weeks)

Fridays, Jan 12–May 11, 2018. Make-Up Day: May 18. No classes on Feb 23 or Apr 13.

This schedule is tentative and subject to change.


Set-Up Period 9:00 AM – 9:15 AM


First Period 9:15 AM – 10:30 AM (Spring Semester 2018 • 16 weeks)

World War II — A to Z with Theresa Redfern-Hall (ages 12 and up; 6th–12th grades; 2 semesters). Analyze events to determine why, when, where and how WWII started. Investigate the countries involved and those who remained neutral. Explore the differences between fascism, communism, authoritarianism and totalitarianism. Primary source material will be used including, documentaries, letters, political cartoons and more.

Space Travel & You: Mars Colonies, Hyperdrives, Exoplanets & the Future of Human Existence with Tim Hereid (ages 13 and up; 7th–12th grades; 2 semesters). Private moon missions, colonizing and possibly terraforming of Mars, explorations of distant solar system objects, mining the asteroids for precious metals. Engage in discussion and debate about the impact of new technologies, alien life and space travel on society. Tap into your sense of wonder about the vastness of our universe.

Narrative Film Making with Deacon Warner (ages 12 and up; 6th–12th grades; 1 semester). Learn the art of filmmaking—from story development and script writing to camera work and editing. Write a short script. Work collaboratively to produce a short film. Create short video poems as introductory projects. Includes two extra Wednesday sessions on Feb 16 & May 4, 9am-noon, when students will edit with Adobe Premiere Pro at IFP MN’s facility (550 Vandalia St, St Paul).

Photography with Kathy Oaks (1 semester). Basic photography, from the history of the photographic process and influential photographers to using your camera to best effect today. Assignments include understanding light and shadow, perspective and focus, composition, emphasizing your subject, using natural light for portraiture, etc. Two walking field trips during class time.

Choir & Instrumental Ensemble with Dr. Tiffany Skidmore (ages 10 and up; 4th–12th grades; 2 semesters). Learn proper vocal and instrumental techniques, sight-singing/sight-reading, and some basic music theory. We will perform choral and instrumental music in parts and students will be invited to help choose some of our performance repertoire. We will end the semester with two performances for family and friends.

Fencing with Minnesota Swordplay (ages 10 and up; 4th–12th grades; 2 semesters). Develop stamina, quick reactions, speed, accuracy of movement and excellent coordination through this vigorous sport. The intense tactics of attacking, defense and timing are all integrated into this course, developing a high level of self-discipline. All equipment is provided, including safety jackets and masks.


Second Period 10:35 AM – 11:50 AM (Spring Semester 2018 • 16 weeks)

Gruesome Fairy Tales with Theresa Redfern-Hall (ages 12 and up; 6th–12th grades; 1 semester). The original fairy tales were not happily-ever-after stories. They were warnings about life and what happened to those who didn’t listen. Digs into those tales and analyze what happens in the original stories. Learn about fractured fairy tales and how to create them, and compile our own group of student-created fractured fairy tales.

Revolution: A World History with Tim Hereid (1 semester). While revolutionary movements might have slightly different goals and begin for slightly different reasons, they have much in common. Explore various revolutions throughout world history and develop an understanding of the causes, demands and success of various revolutionary movements through discussion, debate, mini-lecture, videos, reading and role play.

Board Game Creation with Kim Chase-Kozak (ages 10 and up; 4th–12th grades; 1 semester). Walk through the process to create your own board game. Discuss game play, game types, probability, themes, logic, flow. Selecting your own theme, start a rough prototype, and go into test play mode. You may have a working board game at the end of class!

Software Engineering: Scratch Video Sensing with Engineering for Kids (ages 10 and up; 4th–12th grades; ½ semester). What’s more fun than playing an interactive video game? Writing one! Video sensing allows you to design and program you own video games and then test them by interacting with the program via webcam. In this Scratch program, work together to create your own games, art, and musical instruments while exploring coding foundations.

Electronic Game Design: Motocross with Engineering for Kids (ages 10 and up; 4th–12th grades; ½ semester). Use the Engineering Design Process to create a storyboard that will outline the rules of play and characters for a game based on the basic rules of racing. Then use Windows-compatible Clickteam Fusion 2.5® to bring the storyboard to life with programming.

Japanese with Suzanne Burke (ages 10 and up; 4th–12th grades; 2 semesters). Learn to speak and listen through practical conversation, cultural activities and exploration. Students will master the complete set of Hiragana and Katakana through writing and relevant reading material. A few key Kanji will be incorporated with a goal of recognition and an entry to writing and reading.

Murder Mystery Production (Cast) with Dr. Tiffany Skidmore (ages 10 and up; 4th–12th grades; 1 semester). Student actors will learn character development, lines, and blocking for a final show. Participation in two theater retreats is expected. Auditions will be held to determine role placements, but all registered students will play a part.


Lunch Period 11:55 AM –12:25 PM


Third Period 12:30 PM – 1:45 PM (Spring Semester 2018 • 16 weeks)

Modern World History and Current Events with Theresa Redfern-Hall (2 semesters). Analyze events in the recent past that have had a direct impact on current world events: how decisions made in the Middle East following WWII contribute to the current conflict between Israel and Palestine; the Soviet Union, the United States the Cold War and how power struggles still continue even after the fall of the Soviet Union; and more.

Research Paper/Expository Writing with Elise W (ages 13 and up; 7th–12th grades; 1 semester). Develop and improve your academic writing skills. Complete a formal research paper on a topic of your choice. Weekly assignments, writing exercises, and peer review will keep the process manageable and enjoyable. Gain academic writing practice with a topic that fascinates you!

Fiber Arts with Kim Chase-Kozak (ages 10 and up; 4th–12th grades; 2 semesters). Welcome all to the wide wooly world of fiber arts! With a focus on Knit for fall, topics may include looming, weaving, needle felting, wet felting, winter wear, holidays, applied math, amigurumi/shapes/creatures, color work, lace, granny squares, free knit, donation items, yarn bombing, and more!

Relief Printmaking with Megan McNinch (ages 12 and up; 7th–12th grades; 1 semester). Experiment with a variety of relief printmaking processes including linocuts, woodcuts, collagraphs, and more. Explore design essentials and principles like color, balance, and proportion. Look at work by printmakers and artists from around the world and throughout history. Bind prints into a simple bound or accordion book.

Spanish with Dorothy Rose (ages 10 and up; 4th–12th grades; 2 semesters) 1:05pm–1:45pm. Although some writing, reading, and culture are incorporated into this stimulating, interactive, individualized course, the emphasis is on speaking and understanding the spoken language. A great variety of activities and methods will be used to appeal to all learning styles.

Theatrical Production Arts (Crew) with Michelle Lehman (ages 10 and up; 4th–12th grades; 1 semester). Putting on a show is more than just jumping on stage. It’s all about bring a world to life! Learn the ins and outs of theater production in this hands on class. We will explore set design and construction, prop creation, costume design, and the hair/makeup for our very own PHS production.


Fourth Period 1:50 PM – 3:05 PM (Spring Semester 2018 • 16 weeks)

3D Art with Valerie Geary (ages 12 and up; 6th–12th grades; 1 semester). Make amazing 3D creations using a variety of materials including clay, recycled materials and paper. Projects may include art wind chimes, scale model sculptures and zentangle inspired reliefs. This class will get you started on an individual project, give you time to work and feedback to help you along the way.

Middle School Chemistry with Dr. Tom Anderson (ages 10–13 years; 4th–7th grades; 1 semester). This fun hands-on middle school chemistry class will give students a chance to learn about the natural and man-made materials in the world around them. We’ll also introduce skills in making careful measurements and observations in regular lab activities with chemistry professor Dr. Tom Anderson.

High School Biology with Lauren Borer (ages 13 and up; 7th–12th grades; 2 semesters).

Artistic Welding and Metal Working with Michelle Lehman (ages 13 and up; 7th–12th grades; 1 semester). This hybrid shop/art class will introduce the basic concepts of several types of metalworking including casting, embossing, electro-etching, and welding. Explore some of the history of metalworking and create a variety of projects featuring different metals and techniques. Students will also have the opportunity visit my home and use a plasma cutter and MIG welder to create a unique, functional or artistic piece.

Podcasting with Maria Almli (ages 11 and up; 5th–12th grades; 1 semester). Learn how to do interviews, put together a story, record and edit audio. Workshop each other's pieces. Explore the different types of podcasts, and make one as a class. Students will also have the opportunity to tour a radio station, though it may be outside class hours. A smartphone, laptop computer and headphones are required for this class.

Ballroom Dance with Dorothy Rose 1:50pm–2:50pm (ages 10 and up; 4th–12th grades; 2 semesters). This popular course began eleven years ago as a result of students' requests. Ballroom Dance is a useful, life-long skill which will benefit you physically and socially. Waltz, Fox Trot, East Coast Swing, West Coast Swing, Tango, Cha Cha, Samba, Mambo, Polka, Rhumba, Quick Step, and several "warm up" group dances.


Clean-Up Period 3:05 PM – 3:20 PM

 

Getting there

Planet Homeschool meets at Faith UMC in Saint Anthony Village, which is located between Silver Lake Rd and Stinson Blvd at 2708 33rd Ave NE.

From I-35W north, take exit 24 for Cleveland Ave/County Rd C. Keep right at the fork, following signs for Westbound and merge onto County Rd C. In about 1 mile, County Rd C become 29th Ave NE when you cross New Brighton Blvd. Drive another ½ mile and then turn right onto Silver Lake Rd NE. Drive north another ½ mile and then left onto 33rd Ave NE. The entrance to the parking lot for Faith Church will be on your left.

From I-35W south, take exit 25B for County Rd 88 and merge onto County Rd 88 south. Drive 1 mile and then turn right onto Country Rd C2 W / 33rd Ave NE. Drive about another ¾ mile to the entrance to the parking lot for Faith Church, which will be on your left.

 


Information subject to change. Please check with Planet Homeschool for the most current information. Last updated on Sat, May 20, 2017.