Solar Eclipse 2017 Class on SKrafty Homeschool Minecraft

I’m sure by now you know that there is a big astronomical event happening this week – A Solar Eclipse!  A solar eclipse is definitely not common occurrence  so why not take this opportunity for a bit of learning this week?

We are offering a SKrafty class to help students learn about the science behind this fun event.  Class will be active on the EDU  on Monday Morning on 8/21 and will be automatically listed for Subscribers.  We will also have a meet up time on the Server for those who would like to learn and play with friends!  If you are not a subscriber and wish to join us you can purchase the class individually for $4.99 below:

Minecraft User Name:

Meet up time Details:

I know many of us have plans to view the eclipse live with family and/or friends so we won’t meet up to do the Minecraft build on Monday the 21st.  Instead, let’s plan to meet on the SKscience server at 3pm CST on Tuesday, August 22nd if anyone wants to work together on their projects or just hang out.  We hope to see many of you there!

SKrafty Live Online Spanish Classes

Spanish Anyone?  Does your student need a High School credit in Spanish?  Do you have a 5th – 8th grader who would like to learn Spanish? If so you will definitely want to take a look at this Live, Online Spanish class!

We have 2 different offerings depending on the ages of your students.  See the descriptions below.

High School Spanish I – This class will provide a High School foreign language credit.

This course is a full year of Spanish curriculum for High School Students.  We will have a weekly Live class using our virtual classroom in Adobe Connect, assignments, and of course optional Minecraft activities to go along with it.

The following books are required:

Por Todo el Mundo–Spanish 1, Books A & B

Por todo el mundo Spanish Year 1 Teacher Guide

Por todo el mundo Spanish Year 1 Vocabulary Manual

Note:  The Teacher’s Manuals are needed for checking the answers to the weekly exercises.

Following are the details:

Class will take place starting on Thursday, September 14th at 12:00 PM CST

Live weekly Class with in game assignments – $149.99 or FREE for SKrafty EDU Subscribers

Minecraft User Name:

Middle School Spanish for Grades 5 – 8:

This course is a full year of Spanish curriculum for Middle School Students.  We will have a weekly Live class using our virtual classroom in Adobe Connect, assignments, and of course optional Minecraft activities to go along with it.  Students in this class will use the same curriculum as the High School class, but they will only go through BOOK A.

The following books are required:

Por Todo el Mundo–Spanish 1, Book A ONLY

Por todo el mundo Spanish Year 1 Teacher Guide

Por todo el mundo Spanish Year 1 Vocabulary Manual

Note:  The Teacher’s Manual is needed for checking the answers to the weekly exercises.

Following are the details:

Class will take place starting on Thursday, September 14th at 1:00 PM CST

Live weekly Class with in game assignments – $99.99 or FREE for SKrafty EDU Subscribers

Minecraft User Name:

WHERE: SKrafty Homeschool Minecraft Server and SKrafty Adobe Connect Classroom (Not playing on SKrafty yet?  Get Whitelisted here)

WHAT:

We will have the following:

  • Weekly teacher led live class and textbook assignments.
  • Weekly Minecraft Project Assignments.  Students will have a week to complete assignments.
  • Weekly Quizzes to test progress (optional)

 

SKrafty Class List at a Glance

On SKrafty we have many classes available as part of our SKrafty EDU Subscription.  Choices are great, right?  However, it can be a bit overwhelming when trying to decide which ones to choose.  We have created this super helpful pdf which shows all of our classes If you would like to see ALL of our classes at a glance download the PDF via the button below.  You will be able to see details about each class including whether a textbook is required, whether it is a live or self paced class, and more.

SKrafty Field Trip: Polyface Farms in Swoope, VA

We are so excited for our next SKrafty IRL field trip!  SKrafty is going to Polyface Farms in Swoope, VA, and we want you to join us!  I read Joel Salatin’s book  Folks, This Ain’t Normal: A Farmer’s Advice for Happier Hens, Healthier People, and a Better World a few years ago and LOVE it.  It’s a great read, and I highly recommend it.  This is his family’s farm and business which will be so fun and educational to visit.

Following are the details:

Date:

Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at 10:30 AM EST

Agenda:

This will be an approximately two hour walking tour of the farm, during which we will discuss as many components of the farm as we can (soil, grass, animals, individual business enterprises) and how it contributes to the farm as a whole. Currently, they have cows, pigs, meat chickens, laying hens, rabbits, lambs, ducks and baby chicks. If there is time, we will tour the gardens and processing shed, discuss our winter farming methods, talk about how they market, and talk about the current state of the industrial food system.

Cost:

$8/person

Register Below:

 

Blogging 101 for High School Students

Does your student want to start a blog, but not sure how to begin?  Are you looking for an extra high school technology credit?  Check it out! We are so excited to offer a new concept class for the 2017/2018 School year. This class will be a bit different than our other classes as there is no Minecraft assignment involved. However, students will be able to earn a High School Credit in Technology upon completion of this course. This course will be taught by myself, Holly Syx AKA SuperMom767 on SKrafty.  I have been blogging using WordPress for over 10 years, and I want to share this experience with our students.

Our Blogging 101 for High School Students class includes the following:

  • Hands on experience in creating their own WordPress blog
  • Ongoing Mentorship
  • Their own wordpress blog hosted by us for the duration of the course
  • Weekly blog reviews and feedback
  • Weekly online class meeting to introduce new topics and hold discussions
  • Weekly hands-on assignments for practice and enhancement of learning

Due to the hands on and heavy instructor involvement in this class we can only accept 20 students.  I want to be able to ensure that everyone receives a quality amount of instructor time.  This class is not included in the SKrafty EDU subscription, however EDU students can receive a 25% off discount.  Please email support@SKrafty.com for the EDU discount code if you are an EDU subscriber.

This course is meant for students in 7th grade and up.  Prerequisites are basic computer operator knowledge (how to use a keyboard and mouse) and Word processor knowledge such as Google Docs, Word, etc.

Details and Registration for Blogging 101 for High School Students Below:

WHEN: Mondays at 9AM CST starting on September 18.  The class will run for 19 weeks.  There will be a week off for Thanksgiving on November 20 – 24, and 2 weeks off during December 18 – January 5th.  Second semester will begin on the week of Monday, January 8th and conclude on the week of April 30th.  Spring break will take place during the week of March 26 – 30 during which there will be no classes.

COST:  $249.99

Minecraft User Name or Student First Name:

SKrafty Live Classes for 2017/2018 School Year

We are so excited about the Live class lineup we have for the 2017/2018 School year!  All of these classes are included in a SKrafty EDU subscription* for only $199/year or $19.99 per month!!  Get more details HERE or at the link below:

Sign up for SKrafty EDU Subscription!

IEW Writing & Grammar Live Classes

Read more information about Each IEW Writing Class HERE.

Grades 3 – 5th (All Things Fun & Fascinating) Mondays at 11:00 – 12:30 PM CST

Grades 4th – 7th (Ancient History Writing) Wednesdays at 10 am – 11:30 pm CST

Grades 6th & Up (US History) Wednesdays at 12:30 – 2:00 PM CST

Grades 6th & Up (World History) Tuesdays at 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm CST

Grades High School – For experienced IEW students (World History) Mondays at 1:30 – 3:00 PM CST

Fix-it Grammar (Nose Tree) Tuesdays from 10:00 – 10:45 AM CST

Fix-it Grammar (Robin Hood) Mondays at 10:00 – 10:45 AM CST

Fix-it Grammar (Frog Prince) Tuesdays at 11:00 – 11:45 PM CST

Notgrass History Live Classes

Notgrass America The Beautiful for Grades 4th – 8th  Wednesdays at 4:30 PM CST

Notgrass Exploring World History for Grades 9 – 12 Wednesdays at 3:30 PM CST
More information can be found here at SKrafty Live Online History Classes.

Live High School Math

Live High School Algebra 1 Class with Minecraft – Mondays at 3:00 pm CST
Live High School Algebra 2 Class with Minecraft – Tuesdays at 2:45 pm CST

Live High School Chemistry

Live High School Chemistry Class with Minecraft
More to come!!  Also, Don’t miss all the self-paced classes available to start at any time.

Live High School and Middle School Spanish (Coming Soon!)

*IEW classes have an additional $50 charge.

Live High School Algebra 1 Class with Minecraft

It’s math time! Please join us for a fun-filled math class while we learn all about Algebra 1 for High School Students.

This course is a Full Year class, and the text book we will be using is Holt McDougal Larson Algebra 1.  The ISBN number is 0547315155.  We are using the 2009 copyright version which may have 2011 on the cover.

This book is readily available in used condition from Amazon.com.  We will have a Live class each week taught by Mrs. Kristen, assignments, and of course Minecraft activities to go along with it.

Includes the following:

  • Live Option includes live, interactive class taught in Adobe Connect virtual classroom.
  • Weekly reading assignment
  • Online, self-graded quizzes
  • Live classes are recorded for later viewing
  • Minecraft assignment is optional

Following are the details:

WHEN :

Live Instructor-led classes will take place weekly on Mondays at 3:00 pm CST starting on 9/11/17.  Classes will be recorded so you can watch later if you have to miss.

Live Option  (Full Year, includes both semesters live class) – $159.99 or included with SKrafty EDU Subscription

Minecraft User Name:

WHERE: SKrafty Homeschool Minecraft Server (Not playing on SKrafty yet?  Get Whitelisted here)

WHAT:

We will have the following:

  • Weekly lesson and textbook assignments.
  • Students will log into online class portal for weekly assignments.
  • Weekly Minecraft Project.  Students will have a week to complete assignments.
  • Weekly Quiz to test progress
  • In – Game rewards for completing course milestones.

Requirements and Prerequisites:

  • Premium Minecraft Account and Minecraft for PC or MAC if doing the Minecraft option
  • Minecraft account must be whitelisted on SKrafty Homeschool Minecraft Server.  Get Whitelisted here.
  • Required Textbook: Holt McDougal Larson Algebra 1 
  • Student should know the basics of building in Minecraft, and use proper Minecraft ettiquette (no griefing, etc.)
  • PREREQUISITES:  Student should have gone through Algebra I already.
  • Students will be able to log in and begin on Monday, September 11th.

Need to start later or miss a few weeks?  No problem!  Just pick up where you left off.

IEW Writing Classes Summer 2017

iewgraphic
It’s writing time!  Please join us for a fun-filled writing class with live classes, grading, and some Minecraft.

This is an introductory course to the IEW method for students in grades 4–12 with little or no IEW writing. This four-week course will teach key word outlines and stylistic techniques. Students will use these skills while learning note taking and essay writing models. Students will need to be able to use a computer and also have parent help if needed. This class is a four week “boot camp” type class intended to give the students and parents some familiarity with the method before taking a full course. This summer class may also be good for students who are struggling with writing. It is also helpful for Classical Conversation students who are entering Essentials in the fall.

We will have a live class each week, assignments, and of course Minecraft activities to go along with it.  The live class will be recorded to watch later.  These classes will be taught using methodology by The Institute for Excellence in Writing by teachers certified to teach with this method.  You can read more about this method below:

Institute for Excellence in Writing

Following are the details:

NOTE:  Due to the grading and teaching time involved these classes have limited space.  Each Student needs to have access to an email account in order to submit papers through Google Docs.

Required Textbooks (Must be purchased separately):

No Textbook Required for this summer class.

WHEN :

Live Classes begin the week of Wednesday, July 12th and end the week of Wednesday, August 2nd.

Class Times: 

Grades 4th – 6th Wednesdays at 12:00 – 1:00 pm CST

Grades 7th – 12th Wednesdays at 1:30 – 2:30 pm CST

Purchase:

NOTE:  Classes must have a minimum number of 8 students to “make” the class.  These classes are limited.

Live weekly Class with in game assignments (4 Weeks) – $67.00

Grades 4th – 6th: 

Grades 7th – 12th

Minecraft User Name:

**IEW Writing classes are not included in the EDU subscription, but subscribers get a significant discount.  ($27 cost for this summer class instead of $67).  Please email support@SKrafty.com to receive a subscriber code for this class.

WHERE: SKrafty Homeschool Minecraft Server (Not playing on SKrafty yet?  Get Whitelisted here)

WHAT:

We will have the following:

  • Weekly teacher led live class and textbook assignments.  Classes will meet in a virtual classroom with Adobe Connect in which the teacher will present the lesson and interact with students.
  • Students will log into online class portal for weekly assignments.
  • Weekly Minecraft Project.
  • Papers and assignments will be graded in the writing classes.
  • In – Game rewards for completing course milestones.

Requirements and Prerequisites:

  • Premium Minecraft Account and Minecraft for PC or MAC
  • Minecraft account must be whitelisted on SKrafty Homeschool Minecraft Server.  Get Whitelisted here.
  • Required Textbook see class descriptions: None for this class
  • Student should know the basics of building in Minecraft, and use proper Minecraft ettiquette (no griefing, etc.)
  • Students will be able to log in and begin on Wednesday July 12th, 2017.

NEW Self Paced Geography Classes with Minecraft Activities for Fall 2017

It’s time for Geography!  We will be starting up some NEW Self Paced Geography classes for the 2017/2018 School year, and I would love to invite you all to join us!

We have 3 different offerings depending on the your preferred style.  See the descriptions below.


Elementary Geography & Cultures (Textbook Required):

This course is a full year of Geography curriculum covering places and cultures all over the world.  The text book(s) we will be using is the Elementary Geography & Cultures pack from Master Books (purchased separately).  Use coupon code skrafty to receive a 5% discount on this curriculum set until 12/31/17!  Read this snippet from their site about this curriculum:

Children will learn intriguing facts about countries, including their capital cities, maps, flags, populations, and religions. The course is packed with unique insights into Christian history makers and amazing landmarks, as well as global recipes and words in foreign languages. It glorifies God, explores His creation, and honors His followers around the world

Following are the details:

Class will begin the week of Monday, September 11th.

Self-Paced weekly Class with in game assignments – $39.99 or FREE for SKrafty EDU Subscribers

Minecraft User Name:

WHERE:

SKrafty Homeschool Minecraft Server (Not playing on SKrafty yet?  Get Whitelisted here)

WHAT:

We will have the following:

  • Weekly assignments on the SKrafty EDU site including Textbook assignments.
  • Weekly Minecraft Project Assignments.  Students will have a week to complete assignments.
  • Weekly Quizzes to test progress (optional)

Basics of Geography:

The Basics of Physical Geography will be the perfect class for grades 1st – 5th. We will cover common geography terms, map reading, landforms, oceans, and more. This class will include vocabulary and memory work. There will be no textbook required. This is a 6 week self-paced class and will be available the week of October 3rd, 2017.  

Following are the details:

Class will take place starting on October 3rd, 2017.

Self-Paced Weekly Class (6 weeks) with in game assignments $12.99 or FREE for SKrafty EDU Subscribers 

Minecraft User Name:

WHERE:

SKrafty Homeschool Minecraft Server (Not playing on SKrafty yet?  Get Whitelisted here)

WHAT:

We will have the following:

  • Weekly assignments on the SKrafty EDU site.
  • Weekly Minecraft Project Assignments.  Students will have a week to complete assignments.
  • Weekly Quizzes to test progress (optional)

U.S. Geography:

U.S. Geography will be a study in the 50 States of the USA. It will be well suited for grades 1st – 5th. We will cover each state in order of its admission to the Union as well as various landmarks, geological specialties, and fun facts about each state. Students will memorize the states, their capital cities, and the location of each state. This is a 10 week self paced class and it will be available the week of January 8th, 2018.

Following are the details:

Class will take place starting on January 8th, 2018.

Self-Paced Weekly Class (6 weeks) with in game assignments $12.99 or FREE for SKrafty EDU Subscribers 

Minecraft User Name:

WHERE:

SKrafty Homeschool Minecraft Server (Not playing on SKrafty yet?  Get Whitelisted here)

WHAT:

We will have the following:

  • Weekly assignments on the SKrafty EDU site.
  • Weekly Minecraft Project Assignments.  Students will have a week to complete assignments.
  • Weekly Quizzes to test progress (optional)