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Home School Programs

Double J Riding Club classes and activities are designed to support both homeschooled students and students away from school with hands on learning in a variety of academic, physical, and social areas including: Early Childhood Education, Science, Creative Arts, History and Cultures, Foreign Language, Equine and Animal Sciences, Nature, Dance and Physical Education. Taught by trained professionals, each class/activity is comprised of no more than 8 students providing a small, safe, and stimulating environment, in which students are able to interact and collaborate with their peers around rich and developmentally appropriate curriculum.

Programs run Fall - Spring and are open to children from Kindergarten-12th grade. All ages are recommended ages.

 

Class options:

Early Education Courses:

Animal and/or Physical Education Courses:

  • Equine Science - Ages 7-14 yrs
  • Ecology: Animals and Habitats - Ages 6-10 yrs
  • Zoology- Ages 7-12 yrs
  • Entomology- Ages 7-12 yrs
  • Horse Lovers Math- Ages 7-12 yrs
  • Introduction to Veterinary: Large and Small Animals- Ages 8 & ^
  • Animal Adaptations- Ages 6-12 yrs
  • Horsemanship 101- Ages 7-12 yrs- More Information Here!
  • Junior Zookeepers- 4-12 yrs
  • Advanced Ecology- Ages 10 and UP
  • Astronomy- Ages 10 and UP
  • Farm Hand 101- Ages 6 and UP

Science Courses:

  • Imagineering- Ages 7-11 yrs
  • Geology- Ages 7-12 yrs
  • Human Anatomy- Ages 7-12 yrs
  • Conservation Science- Ages 7-14 yrs
  • Experimental Science- Ages 7-14 yrs
  • Physics: Simple Machines- Ages 7-12 yrs
  • Biology 101- Ages 7-12 yrs
  • Volcanoes- Ages 7-12 yrs
  • Garden Math- Ages 7-12 yrs
  • Dinosaurs!- 7-12 yrs

 

A girl standing in front of a creation.

History Courses:

  • International Studies- Ages 7-11 yrs
  • Civil War- Ages 7-14 yrs
  • Maritime History- Ages 7-14 yrs

Elective Courses:

  • Introduction to Digital Photography - Ages 9 and UP
  • Mixed Media Art- Ages 7-13 yrs
  • Art Exploration- Ages 7-13 yrs
  • Farm Art- Ages 4-7 yrs
  • Mini Adventure- Ages 5 and Up
  • Knitting 101- Ages 7 and UP
  • Trail Blazers- Ages 7 and UP
  • Music: Guitar- Ages 7 and Up
  • Intro To Spanish- Ages 7 and Up
  • Private Art Lessons- Ages 7 and Up
  • Fiber Arts- Ages 7 and Up
  • Teatime With Great Poets- Ages 7 and Up
  • Storybook Workshop- Ages 9 and UP

*Looking to spend the day at Double J Riding Club? No worries! If there are gaps in the classes you are interested in participating in, we can provide private and/or group options for your child. Options include, riding lessons, private art/photography classes, guitar lessons, or maybe some one on one time with animals. We are happy to discuss ways to complete your day.

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E-Learning study and lunch hours:

 

 

E-Learning Study Hour
All Ages

Instructed by Rotating Instructors

Looking for a quiet place to support your E-Learning? Double J Riding Club offers a small group format in which your student can quietly focus on their E-Learning. Staffed by our team of college educated instructors, we are here to help support your student navigate their work. This is a drop in class where students can come and go during the hours provided. Activity stations will be set up for students who finish their work early. This is a great class for working parents who need additional care hours before or after classes.

Offered: Monday-Friday from

8 am- 10 am and 2:30 pm- 5:30 pm.

Cost: $30 per class per day

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Lunch Hour
All Ages

Instructed by Rotating Instructors

If you are here for classes during the day, we can offer a supervised, quiet, clean place in which to have your lunch. Hand washing is mandatory and no more than two to a table in order to maintain social distance and provide safety to all our students.

Offered:

Monday-Friday from 11:45 am - 12:30 pm

Cost: $5 dollars per day or $32 for the whole semester for a specific day.

 

early childhood classes (Ages 4-6 YRS)

 

 

Farm Art
Ideal for Grades Kindergarten- 2nd Grade

Instructed by Jennifer Michalski

This course will allow students to experiment with paint, watercolors, outdoor materials, collaging materials and so much more! Let your child’s inner artist out using Double J’s farm as inspiration! Each week students will create a beautiful work of art you would be proud to showcase in your home.

Class time: Cost: $21 per class

Session Dates: Thursdays from 1:45-2:45 PM

Full Semester runs for 10 weeks starting the week of September 13th.

 

 

Wonderful World of Bugs
Ideal for Grades Preschool- 1st Grade

A pre-school age enrichment program for kids who love bugs and nature that will foster their independence and curiosity.

At Double J Farm, our Wonderful World of Bugs class will teach children all about different insects in our world. Students will learn through hands-on, nature-based experiences that address the developmental needs of children ages 4 to 7 as they explore the under human care and wild insects on the farm. Over this 10 week program, children will learn about insects, the most diverse group of animal life on earth! They will learn all aspects of how insects live and interact with each other. From what makes an insect an insect. To the different ways that insects get around. As well as learning about how and what these amazing animals eat. By the end of the semester they will have enough knowledge to come with and create a brand new insect from their imagination.

These 60 minute classes take learning to a higher level than the Tiny Animal Adventure class and are primarily drop off. After one class, your critter extraordinaire will want to join us all season long for this unique, down in the dirt learning experience that will last a lifetime!

Class time: Cost: $21 per class

Session Dates: Thursdays from 10:45 AM-11:45 PM

Full Semester runs for 10 weeks starting the week of September 13th.

 

Barnyard Beats
Ideal for Ages 1-4

During this Farm music class your child will learn fine motor skills, rhythm, movement, beats and more as they serenade our farm animals.

Class time: Cost: $21 per class

Session Dates: Wednesdays from 10:45 AM-11:45 PM

Full Semester runs for 10 weeks starting the week of September 13th.

 

Outdoor Adventures
Ideal for Grades 1st and Up

Have your kids been cooped up behind a screen doing distance learning? Come on down to the farm and get the sillies out at this all fun class. We will play outdoor and indoor games, make messy crafts, learn about nature and have adventures! Weather appropriate clothing is strongly recommended.

Class Information:

Class time: Cost: $21 per class

Session Dates: Thursdays from 12:30-1:30 PM

Full Semester runs for 10 weeks starting the week of September 13th.

 

Little Green Thumbs
Ideal for Ages 4-7

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Ages 4-7 years old

This class is for preschool aged kids (ages 4-7) that want to come out and dig in the dirt! We will be reading garden-related stories, plant seeds and vegetables, learn to compost and harvest food to give to the animals to eat. Play clothes are suggested, rain boots and sunhat strongly suggested. Farmer Amanda, a career horticulturist, is the leader for this class.

2021 Schedule:

Class runs on:

Tuesdays at 9:30-10:30 AM

 

Cost:
$21 per class

 

*Sorry, no drop-ins, must sign up online.*

 

Unicorn Riders
Ideal for Ages 4-7

This class is all about unicorn fun!! Each class includes a unicorn story, unicorn craft/activity and most importantly a unicorn pony ride. Come meet our unicorns and join us for some unicorn adventures. THERE WILL BE A UNICORN RIDE IN EVERY CLASS.

2021 Schedule:

Class runs on:

Mondays, Wednesday, or Fridays at 12:30-1:30 PM

 

Cost:
$150 for 5 week semester 

 

*Sorry, no drop-ins, must sign up online.*

 

Junior Scientists
Ideal for Grades Preschoolers- 2nd Grade

Get energized this semester as we learn all about fun experiments with an animal theme. Each week students will learn about an amazing animal adaptation, complete a science experiment to learn more about that adaptation and then meet and greet with the animal of the week. Students will work out loud through the scientific method as they predict and discuss their observations.

Class time: Cost: $200 for Spring Full Semester

Session Dates: Tuesdays from 1:45-2:45 PM

Full Semester runs for 10 weeks starting the week of September 13th.

 

Trail Blazers
Ideal for Ages 4- 14

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Ages 4-7 years old

 

Outside of the garden and animal pastures, a wild world exists on the farm! Come explore and adventure with us as your child learns the basics of outdoor survival and trail hiking. This 8 week class is filled with outdoor skills, fort building, hiking, foraging, scavenger hunts, basics of compasses and GPS location, plant identification and more! Each class your child will explore the wonders of the natural world to learn a new skill!

2021 Schedule:

Class time: Cost: $21 per class

Session Dates: Thursdays from 12:30-1:30 PM

Full Semester runs for 10 weeks starting the week of September 13th.

 

*Sorry, no drop-ins, must sign up online.*

 

A Colorful Farm
Ideal for Ages 1-4

Practice colors with our favorite animals and insects. From red lady bugs to orange leaves and yellow butterflies to green and blue birds and purple flowers, we will practice all of the rainbow colors. Complete with lots of animal play and story time.

2021 Schedule:

Class time: Cost: $21 per class

Session Dates: Fridays from 10:45-11:45 AM

Full Semester runs for 10 weeks starting the week of September 13th.

 

*Sorry, no drop-ins, must sign up online.*

 

Animal and/or Physical Education Courses:

 

 

Equine Science
Ideal for Grades 2nd-10th

 

Students in this course will gain a strong understanding of horsemanship through readings, hands on activities, and journaling. During this educationally rich science program, students will learn: how horses move, their anatomy, horse's jobs, horse's gaits, their wants and needs, proper care, horse history and art!

The journal resource is PACKED with interactive pages that will allow students to travel through horse and human history, document their results from various experiences, record what they've learned, complete breed of the week profiles, understand equestrian vocabulary and even some crafts!

Cost: Classroom Only is $150 (10 week semester)

Riding Add on is $45 per lesson

Current Class Offerings:

Full Semester runs for 10 weeks starting the week of September 13th.

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Contact us for group riding openings before or after class!

Please contact us for correct placement prior to signing up for class

Classroom time with riding is 2 hours

Introduction to Veterinary: Large and Small Animals
Ideal for Grades 3rd and Up

Through out this course students will learn the importance of preventive care, proper diet, common illnesses, animal anatomy, wound care and more using the animals on Double J Riding Club's property. This course will work with both our large and small animals and will include the full horse veterinary mini session within the schoolwork.

Class time: Cost: $150 for Fall Full Semester

Session Dates: Wednesdays from 1:45-2:45 PM OR Wednesdays 4:30-5:30 PM OR Fridays 1:45-2:45

Full Semester runs for 10 weeks starting the week of September 13th.

 

Horse Lover's Math
Ideal for Grades 2nd-6th

 

Horse Lover's Math is the perfect way for horse crazy kids to improve their math skills as they learn about the real-world of horses. Students will calculate problems such as horse's height, weight, heart rate, tack store prices, feed percentages, horse show time schedules, stall square footage, and more! Students will work with math operations such as adding, subtracting, multiplication, decimals, fractions, division and more.

Class time: Cost: $150 for Fall Full Semester

Session Dates: Wednesdays from 10:45-11:45 AM

Full Semester runs for 10 weeks starting the week of September 13th.

 

 

Junior Zookeepers
Ideal for Grades 1st-4th
A caged animal.

In each 60 minute class, students will explore and compare two different species of animals. Activities may include: learning animal fun facts, building toys for animals, creating animal art masterpieces, viewing animal habitats, caring for animals, playing fun animal themed games, cooking animal treats in the kitchen, and of course meeting the animals!

Each class is themed and will guide our activities for the week. This is the perfect way to get your child exposed to a variety of different species of animals.

 

This hands on and classroom oriented class is perfect for avid animal lovers to extend their animal science knowledge. 

 

 

 

Cost & Schedule:

 

SCHEDULE:

Class time: Cost: $150 for Fall Full Semester

Session Dates: Thursdays from 12:30-1:30 PM OR 4:30-5:30 PM

Full Semester runs for 10 weeks starting the week of September 13th.

 

Ecology: Animals and Habitats
Ideal for Grades 1st-4th

 

Does your child have a love and interest for animals and their environment?!

Students in this course will gain a strong understanding about habitats and the animals and plant life that call them home! The class will be enhanced through readings, hands-on-activities, experiments, observations, and journaling.

Each semester will feature a new habitat that your child will become an expert on! Activities include: journals, outdoor exploration, experiments, and plenty of animal interaction!

Fall Semester Habitat: 

Class time: Cost: $150 for Fall Full Semester

Session Dates: Mondays from 12:30-1:30 PM OR Thursdays 10:45-11:45 AM

Full Semester runs for 10 weeks starting the week of September 13th.

 

Zoology
Ideal for Grades 1st-6th

Does your child have a love and interest for animals?!

In this eight week class students will study animals of all shapes and sizes, from tiny insects to large mammals and investigate what animals eat and how they live. Students will learn about how we and other animal care organizations care for their animals. The class will be enhanced through readings, journaling, and interaction with animals.

 

Class time: Cost: $150 for Fall Full Semester

Session Dates: Fridays from 10:45-11:45 AM

Full Semester runs for 10 weeks starting the week of September 13th.

 

 

Environmental Science
Ideal for Ages 10 and Up

Does your child have a love and interest for animals and the environment?!

In this 8 week course, students will study biological and information sciences in order to learn about environmental problems and their solutions. Each week will have a lab section that will include hands on experiments and research studies. Laptops are required for this class, please note that this is a somewhat challenging course and students will learn about real life issues facing the world.

 

NOT OFFERED FALL 2021

 

 

Dinosaurs!
Ideal for Ages 7-12

Jump back to the Mesozoic Era with us as we explore everyone’s favorite giant reptiles: dinosaurs! Perfect for our young paleontologists, this class explores a variety of dinosaurs, from the ferocious Velociraptor to the classic Triceratops. Go on a fossil dig, learn about carnivores and herbivores, and explore what a paleontologist needs to do their job. This class branches into both science and social studies topics, and works with state educational standards for both.

Fall Semester Habitat: 

Class time: Cost: $150 for Fall Full Semester

Session Dates: Wednesday 1:45-2:45 PM

Full Semester runs for 10 weeks starting the week of September 13th.

 

 

 

Animal Adaptations
Ideal for Grades 2nd and Up

 

Students will learn about different types of animals and the amazing things they can do to help them survive in the world! Students will then discuss what humans have invented from inspiration of animal adaptations. Class includes hands on encountering with different animals each week.

NOT OFFERED FALL 2021

 

 

Entomology
Ideal for Grades 1st-6th

Does your child have a love and interest for bugs?!

Over this 10 week program, children will learn about insects, the most diverse group of animal life on earth! They will learn all aspects of how insects live and interact with each other. From what makes an insect an insect. To the different ways that insects get around. As well as learning about how and what these amazing animals eat. By then end of the semester they will have enough knowledge to come with and create a brand new insect from their imagination. Students will learn through hands on meet and greets with both our farmhouse insects and insects in the wild, readings, journaling, observations, hands on activities and more!

Class time: Cost: $150 for Fall Full Semester

Session Dates: Wednesday from 9:30-10:30 AM

Full Semester runs for 10 weeks starting the week of September 13th.

 

 

Imagineering (Animal Enrichment)
Ideal for Grades 2nd-6th

Students will utilize their imaginations to engineer all kinds of projects, inventions, and discoveries that revolve around enrichment for our animal collection. Each week students will work on ways to improve and better the quality of life of our animals. Students will learn it's okay to go back to the drawing board after making mistakes to go on to create great things for our animals.

 

Class time: Cost: $200 for Fall Full Semester

Session Dates: Mondays from 1:45-2:45 PM

Full Semester runs for 10 weeks starting the week of September 13th.

Farm Hand 101
Ideal for ages 6 and Up

Farm Hand 101 will learn all about real farming and teamwork while doing age-appropriate farm chores and animal care in a fun way! Chores include giving animals baths, collecting eggs, gardening, caring for animals, making natural cleaners, cleaning habitats, helping feed animals, creating animal enrichments, and more! Rubber boots and messy clothes are mandatory.

 

Cost & Schedule:

 

Class time: Cost: $150 for Fall Full Semester

Session Dates: Tuesday from 1:45-2:45 PM  OR 4:30-5:30 PM OR Fridays 9:30-10:30 AM

Full Semester runs for 10 weeks starting the week of September 13th.

Science Courses:

 

 

Geology
Ideal for Grades 3rd-6th

Dig into Geology this semester, where students will learn all about the Earth’s structure and the processes that make it what it is. From erosion and weathering to plate tectonics and crystals, this class offers fun, hands-on experiments and interactive elements every week to make learning engaging. 

Corresponds to the following Science Learning Standards for the State of Illinois:

  • ESS1.C: The History of Planet Earth
  • ESS2.A: Earth Materials and Systems
  • ESS2.B: Plate Tectonics and Large-Scale System Interactions
  • ESS2.C: The Roles of Water in Earth’s Surface Processes
  • ESS3.A: Natural Resources
  • ESS3.B: Natural Hazards

Class time: Cost: $150 for Fall Full Semester

Session Dates: Fridays from 12:30-1:30 PM

Full Semester runs for 10 weeks starting the week of September 13th.

 

 

 

Biology 101
Ideal for Grades 2nd-5th
This comprehensive course is designed to teach elementary school students important biology concepts such as ecosystem fundamentals.  This class will combine readings and hands-on experiments to understand how these living things work. Students will use and interact with the animals and plant life at Double J, as they expand their knowledge and understanding of the world around us!

​Class Information:

Class time: Cost: $150 for Fall Full Semester

Session Dates: Tuesdays from 12:30-1:30 PM

Full Semester runs for 10 weeks starting the week of September 13th.

 

 

 

Human Anatomy
Ideal for Grades 3rd and Up

Have you ever wondered what your blood does? How your muscles grow or what happens to your brain? How about how forensic detectives use the human body to solve crimes?

In our Human Anatomy program students will learn all about the human body and how we can identify people through the use of forensic science. This introduction to anatomy begins to list the different systems in our body and what they do. The amazing full-color student journal brings to life all of your learning and includes amazing, yet simple, lab experiments each week. Students will also learn about the study of medicine and it's history and development.

*This program will not go over the reproductive system*

Cost: NOT OFFERED FOR FALLSEMESTER

Current Class Offerings: NOT OFFERED FOR FALL SEMESTER

 

Volcanoes
Ideal for Grades 2nd-6th
Spend 3 weeks studying Volcanoes in this enjoyable science study. In this study you will learn about what causes volcanoes, the different types of volcanoes, lava, and so much more. Students will work on a variety of experiments in class including creating their own volcanoes. This study is filled with interactive journaling, hands-on activities and reading that comes to life!

​Class Information:

Class Time: NOT OFFERED FOR FALL SEMESTER

Cost: NOT OFFERED FOR FALL SEMESTER

Session Dates: NOT OFFERED FOR FALL SEMESTER

 

 

Conservation Science
Ideal for Grades 3rd-8th

Conservation Science focuses on why the Earth is such a special planet in the solar system, what threatens it, and what we can do to help protect it. Particular topics include composting, renewable energy, endangered species, pollution, and more! Students will take away practical solutions to environmental problems, and be able to implement them in their own homes.

Corresponds to the following Science Learning Standards for the State of Illinois:

  • LS2.A: Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems
  • LS2.B: Cycle of Matter and Energy Transfer in Ecosystems
  • LS2.C: Ecosystem Dynamics, Functioning, and Resilience
  • LS4.D: Biodiversity and Humans
  • ESS3.A: Natural Resources
  • ESS3.C: Human Impacts on Earth Systems
  • ESS3.D: Climate Change

Class time: Cost: $150 for Fall Full Semester

Session Dates: Thursday from 9:30-10:30 AM

Full Semester runs for 10 weeks starting the week of September 13th.

 

Horticulture
Ideal for Grades 2nd-7th

In this homeschool horticulture course, students will learn about plants, soil sciences, seeds, composting, vegetable gardening, urban agriculture, botany, sustainability and insects through hands-on activities and fun exercises. We will choose vegetable varieties to plant out in the farm’s garden and students will bring home seedlings to be grown at home in their own gardens. Classes will be held outside, weather permitting and we will definitely get dirty!

NOT OFFERED FALL 2021

 

 

Physics: Simple Machines
Ideal for Grades 2nd-6th

A simple machine is a mechanical device that changes the magnitude or direction of the force. There are six simple machines that were first identified by Renaissance scientists: lever, pulley, inclined plane, screw, wedge, and wheel and axle. Throughout this semester dive into these 6 simple machines; learn how they were used in history and how we use them now. Each week students will create they own machine and make observations on their machines.

Cost: NOT OFFERED FALL 2021

Current Class Offerings: NOT OFFERED FALL 2021

 

 

STEM Science (Astronomy)
Ideal for Grades 6th-10th

Instructed by Rebecca Irwin

Designed for home school families who want to provide high-level science education to their children, students in this course will be challenged to higher order thinking through activity-based learning. Topics include: motion, gravity, solar system, star and element formation, conservation, sustainable agriculture and much more!

Students will use and interact with the animals and plant life at Double J, as they expand their knowledge and understanding of the world around us!

*Activities include data analysis, so students should understand math through fractions and decimals.

Learn about the universe, from the solar system to stars and galaxies, from the big bang to the end of time, through hands on activities and experiments.

Classes are appropriate for ages about 9-16.

Class time: Cost: $150 for Fall Full Semester

Session Dates: Thursday from 10:45-11:45 AM

Full Semester runs for 10 weeks starting the week of September 13th.

Experimental Science
Ideal for Grades 3rd-8th
Get energized this semester as we learn all about fun experiments with an animal theme. Each week students will learn about an amazing animal adaptation, complete a science experiment to learn more about that adaptation and then meet and greet with the animal of the week. Science experiments are a great way to pique a student's interest in STEM careers and concepts. Each week students will work through an experiment focused on topics such as Heat, Energy, Light, Electricity and Magnetism.

** FALL FULL SEMESTER: ANIMAL ADAPTATION EXPERIMENTS

Class time: Cost: $200 for Fall Full Semester

Session Dates: Tuesdays from 9:30-10:30 AM

Full Semester runs for 10 weeks starting the week of September 13th.

 

 

Imagineering
Ideal for Grades 2nd-6th

Students will utilize their imaginations to engineer all kinds of projects, inventions and discoveries. Each week’s project will be a surprise based on topics using math, science, technology and engineering. Students will learn it's okay to go back to the drawing board after making mistakes to go on to create great things.

 

Classes meet on: NOT OFFERED FALL 2021

Cost:

Session Dates: Full Semester runs for 8 weeks from week of April 4th- May 23rd

STEM Science (Ecology)
Ideal for Grades 6th-10th

Instructed by Rebecca Irwin

Designed for home school families who want to provide high-level science education to their children, students in this course will be challenged to higher order thinking through activity-based learning. Topics include: motion, gravity, solar system, star and element formation, conservation, sustainable agriculture and much more!

Students will use and interact with the animals and plant life at Double J, as they expand their knowledge and understanding of the world around us!

*Activities include data analysis, so students should understand math through fractions and decimals.

Learn about species in their environments, and how human activities affect them through hands on activities and experiments.

Classes are appropriate for ages about 9-16.

Class time: Cost: $150 for Fall Full Semester

Session Dates: Thursday from 10:45-11:45 AM

Full Semester runs for 10 weeks starting the week of September 13th.

 

History Courses:

 

 

Maritime History
Ideal for Grades 2nd-9th

Set sail on this multi semester journey through history. Students will head to the past and track down pirates and seafarers. Hop aboard Viking warships as you learn all about how the history of sail determined the nations that rose and fell, study ocean habitats, learn about the mysterious creatures that call the sea home, and trace the chronicles of mans journey by sea. This will be done with in class readings, journaling, and lots of fun hands on activity. Students will also learn about marine mammals and the science of the sea.

Class time: Cost: $150 for Fall Full Semester

Session Dates: Wednesdays from 10:45-11:45 AM

Full Semester runs for 10 weeks starting the week of September 13th.

Teatime With Great Poets
Ideal for Grades 2nd-8th
Join us for afternoon tea at Double J with our special guests: great poetry writers from throughout history! Each week we will be holding a tea party with our famous poet. Children will learn about the featured guest, examine examples of their works, and discuss the importance of their contribution to society. Tea, cocoa, or lemonade will be served. Children are encouraged to bring a “tea time” snack. Throughout class we may read a book, do an art project, or incorporate other hands-on methods of learning..

 

Class time: Cost: $150 for Fall Full Semester

Session Dates: Tuesdays from 12:30-130 PM

Full Semester runs for 10 weeks starting the week of September 13th.

 

 

International Studies
Ideal for Grades 2nd-6th

Grab your passports and join us for this beloved program! Throughout this multi-semester course students will travel to more than 30 countries while encountering their culture, traditions, holidays, crafts and celebrations. In addition students will learn about world geography and major landmarks of each country.

Fall Semester Countries: France, Germany, Poland, Italy, Greece, Peru, Zimbabwe, Saudi Arabian, and Japan

Class time: Cost: $150 for Fall Full Semester

Session Dates: Mondays from 9:30-10:30 AM

Full Semester runs for 10 weeks starting the week of September 13th.

 

History of the Sea and Sky
Ideal for Grades 2nd-9th

Set sail on this multi semester journey through history. Students will head to the past and track down pirates, pilots, seafarers, skydivers, astronauts, explorers, scientists, astronomers and more. Hop aboard Viking warships as you adventure through the sea. Students will learn all about how the history of sail determined the nations that rose and fell, study ocean habitats, learn about the mysterious creatures that call the sea home, and trace the chronicles of mans journey by sea. Then head to the skies and work along side the Wright Brothers as they crack the mystery of flight. Students will see how flight shaped the 21st century as well as become mini meteorologists as they learn how to forecast weather through water cycle, wind chill, ocean currents and more. Finally head to space and learn all about how space ships are helping people discover things about the universe. Students then will study the planets and the stars. Through hands on activities students of all ages will love learning about the tales of daring figures and devilish friends.

Classes meet on: NOT OFFERED FOR FALL SEMESTER

Cost: NOT OFFERED FOR FALL SEMESTER

 

Christmas Around The World
Ideal for Grades 2nd-6th

Grab your passports and join us as we explore Christmas from China, Thailand, Japan, Russia, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Sweden, Greece, Australia, Ethiopia, Philippines, Canada, Guatemala, Mexico and the United States. Throughout the three weeks students will travel to each country and learn all about the culture and traditions each country has around the holidays. Students will live their traditions first hand through holiday readings, games and art projects.

 

Classes meet on: NOT OFFERED FOR FALL SEMESTER

Cost: $45 for full 3 week semester NOT OFFERED FOR FALL SEMESTER

 

Civil War
Ideal for Grades 2nd-8th

Students will spend 10 weeks learning about this most important conflict, the Civil War. Experience the Civil War in this extensive study rich with learning opportunities such as: incredible journaling pages, rich reading pages, and hands-on learning. Hear from the fighters at home and abroad, learn the strategies, tactics, and meet the key players in this terrible conflict.

Classes meet on: NOT OFFERED FOR FALL SEMESTER

Cost: NOT OFFERED FOR FALL SEMESTER

NOT OFFERED FOR FALL SEMESTER

 

Elective Courses:

 

 

Young Playwrights
Ideal for Grades 4th-8th Grade

Instructed by Amanda Thomsen

  • Gathering ideas for stories

  • Creating characters and settings

  • Writing short stories

  • Writing longer works and poetry

  • Editing

  • Writing a play

  • Creating costumes and sets

There will also be lots of writing prompts to spark the imagination and hone new skills. And, best of all, it's really fun! Students must be proficient in reading and writing, on their own, to get the most out of this class. There will be take-home writing projects for this 10 week workshop.

NOT OFFERED FALL 2021

Art Exploration
Ideal for Grades 3rd-8th

Instructed by Jennifer Michalski

Dive deep into Art with this 8 week courses where students will work on two massive projects throughout the semester. This Spring students will design and create a beautiful bench as a whole class that will stay on Double J's property for years to come for everyone to enjoy. Students will also create beautiful mosaic flower boxes for their spring flowers that they will bring home. These flower boxes will make a perfect Mother's Day gift!

Class time: Mondays from 9:30-10:30 am and Sundays from 11:30 am- 12:30 pm

Cost: $160 for Mondays and $140 for Sundays

** Please note Sundays will be a 7 week semester

 

Trail Blazers
Ideal for Grades 2nd and Up

Trail Blazers: Come and learn how to identify trail markers and the all fun that can be had in the outdoors. In this all outdoor class, learn about the proper ways to hike and have fun while in your backyard or the wilderness. Learn how to use a compass and the basics of GPS, as well as many other fun topics.

Class time: Cost: $21 per class

Session Dates: Thursdays from 12:30-1:30 PM

Full Semester runs for 10 weeks starting the week of September 13th.

 

Intro To Spanish
Ideal for Grades 2nd and Up

Did you know that the Chicago area has one of the largest Spanish speaking populations in the country? Come down to the farm to learn the basics of it, as well as the history of Hispanic icons and cultures of different Spanish-speaking countries around the world! We will cover reading, writing, and speaking through the use of Interactive Notebooks and hands-on learning.

Topics covered include:
Present tense verb use and conjugation
Alphabet and Numbers
Days, Months, and Seasons
Food and Cooking
Animals
Colors

Class time: Cost: $150 for the semester

Session Dates: Mondays from 10:45-11:45 AM

Full Semester runs for 10 weeks starting the week of September 13th.

 

Storybook Workshop
Ideal for Grades 3rd and Up

Unleash your inner writer with our Storybook Adventure Course. Throughout this fun 8 week course students will learn how to bring out their creative side as they write and illustrate their own children’s storybook. Students will have fun while gaining knowledge and exposure in the world of storybook writing. Students will learn to grow their own unique writing voice and style. We will help you create unforgettable characters, exciting story lines, and memorable details to spice up your writing. This class will teach kids about the parts of a story, how to create an outline and guide children in writing and illustrating their own book. Each class will include fun exercises and games to help children come up with ideas for their own book. At the end of the semester each student will go home with their own hardcover storybook. The storybooks written in class will also be showcased throughout the property for customers to read on their own storywalk.

 

Class time: Cost: $200 for Fall Full Semester

Session Dates: Tuesdays from 10:45 AM-11:45 AM

Full Semester runs for 10 weeks starting the week of September 13th.

Garden Math
Ideal for Grades 3rd-7th

Even when we’re outside, math is all around us! Armed with trusty Interactive Notebooks, this class will head to the garden to discover math concepts outdoors on the farm. This class is perfect for the outdoor enthusiasts among us, and provides an opportunity to explore the world around us from a different angle. Students will learn area and perimeter using leaves, map a coordinate grid of the garden, scavenger hunt with standard vs. non-standard units of measurement, and more!

Math standards include numbers, operations, & algebra; measurement; geometry & pattern; and data analysis.

Class time: Cost: $150 for Fall Full Semester

Session Dates: Thursday from 1:45-2:45 PM

Full Semester runs for 10 weeks starting the week of September 13th.

 

Outdoor Adventures
Ideal for Grades 1st and Up

Have your kids been cooped up behind a screen doing distance learning? Come on down to the farm and get the sillies out at this all fun class. We will play outdoor and indoor games, make messy crafts, learn about nature and have adventures! Weather appropriate clothing is strongly recommended.

 

Class Information:

Class time: Cost: $21 per class

Session Dates: Thursdays from 12:30-1:30 PM

Full Semester runs for 10 weeks starting the week of September 13th.

 

 

Private Art Lessons
Ideal for Grades 3rd and Up

Come learn about a new medium for 5 weeks! Choose from 5 different art mediums, Oil, Acrylic, Water Color, Colored Pencil/ Marker, or Oil Pastels (gel sticks). You will have full creative liberty to create any piece of art you want or you can have our Lead Artist Jen guide you through a project! Have siblings or a friend you want to bring with? You can add up to 4 other students at a reduced rate.

 

Class time: Cost: $250 for the semester for one student, an additional $200 for each student after, up to 4.

Session Dates: It is offered on Wednesdays at 9:00 AM, 10:15 AM, 11:30 AM, OR 2:00 PM

Full Semester runs for 5 weeks starting the week of September 13th.

 

Mixed Media Art Course
Ideal for Grades 3rd-8th

Instructed by Jennifer Michalski

Join us as we paint, draw, build and create with clay, wire, paints, pastels, and more in this explorative and fun Art Lab! Students will make exciting projects with a different medium each week while having plenty of creative exploration time in this encouraging and supportive environment. ​This class is fun, educational, and accessible class for young artists of all experience levels. Projects are new in every session.

Class time: Cost: $200 for Spring Full Semester

Session Dates: Mondays from 10:45-11:45 AM

Full Semester runs for 10 weeks starting the week of September 13th.

Introduction to Digital Photography
Ideal for Grades 4th-12th Grade

Instructed by Jennifer Michalski

Get to know your camera with this class as we explore the basic fundamentals of photography. Throughout the semester we will master camera lenses, lightning, portrait techniques, landscapes and much more! Each class will include indoor and outdoor photo shoots, class critiques and post processing tips.

  • Class Requirement: Digital SLR Camera

Private Classes Available:

30 Minute Private Lessons

$240 Per 8 Week Semester

Mondays at 10:45 AM or 11:30 AM

 

Fiber Arts
Ideal for Grades 4th-12th Grade

What are fiber arts? They’re art and craft projects involving yarn, string, and fabric! Come join us in the Art Garage and make some for yourself, starting with the basics of weaving and moving up to different art from around the world. We’ll explore Ojos de Dios from Mexico, Shibori from Japan, Batik from Indonesia, and some close-to-home favorites like sewing and paracord. At the end of the semester we’ll have an art fair to show off all the wonderful projects we’ve made!

This class is highly dependent on using your hands for fine motor skills, and may not be appropriate for some children.

Touches on some Social Science Learning Standards for the State of Illinois, including globalization and culture.

Class time: Cost: $200 for the semester

Session Dates: Wednesday from 12:30-1:30 PM

Full Semester runs for 10 weeks starting the week of September 13th.

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