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Coast Live Oak offers classes for all ages, year round in Orange County, California and surrounding counties.


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Weekly Home School Field Classes

Our Weekly Home School Classes integrate native and ancestral wilderness skills, art and tool making, nature study, natural history, and real life problem solving with the theme for each day. We keep the teacher/student ratio very low (2 teachers with 10 students). With a small class group we can constantly engage with students in a supportive atmosphere.

Weekly Home School Classes are offered in semesters (Fall and Spring). Enrollment is for the full semester. It is important to us that we keep the same group of students together for the full semester, and that the semester is one connected experience for each individual and for the group. Each semester is really one single class; the knowledge and experiences gained one day connect to other days in the semester. We also do long term projects through the Fall semester, broken into smaller parts and skills so that one day’s completed project contributes to the completion of a larger semester project. One full year of our Weekly Home School class, Fall and Spring Semester, will give your child a full and connected learning experience which we hope they will carry for the rest of their lives.

The real, hands-on activities we do in Weekly Home School Class, like preparing foods for a feast, building shelters, and making tools, are great jumping off points for further learning at home. We shape the class experience to spark your child’s curiosity about the world and about specific subjects. We strive to encourage this curiosity through direct experiences. Curiosity is the fuel for further inquiry and learning.
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Coast Live Oak School, hands on learning, community building

At the end of each class day, we will send 2 to 4 questions to you, for your student, by email. The questions will be based on the things we did and learned in class that day. We go over these questions at the beginning of class the following week. These answers are not graded or scored, instead we give feedback and help students recall or deduce answers if they are struggling.

These questions are an excellent way for your child to talk with you about what our class day was like. They provide a great opportunity for reflection and discussion. You can help your child answer these questions and do research with them, or leave it up to them. These questions are a way for us as the teachers to see how each individual student is experiencing what we are doing in class and give us a better idea of ways we can make connections for the each of them in the future. They are a way for students to communicate their observations and recollections with their classmates. They are also a way for us to connect experiences and knowledge from previous classes to what we are doing that day.

Your child can send us emails anytime they would like to ask us follow up questions about things we have studied or where they can get more info about a certain topic.

Basic native and ancestral wilderness skills are a door to many other areas of knowledge: language studies, music, art, ecology, history, archaeology, mathematics, physics, botany, biology, geography, hydrology, and geology, to name a few. In Weekly Home School Classes we constantly integrate basic wilderness skills with these other areas of knowledge.

Basic Native and Ancestral Wilderness Skills and their academic connections

Listening and Observing… language studies, ecology, and communication skills

Knowing Plants… botany, ecology, and hydrology

Building Shelter... mathematics, physics, art, history, and archaeology

Finding Water… hydrology, botany, and ecology

Finding and Making Tools… botany, art, geology, physics, math, archaeology, and basic problem solving

Making String and Rope… botany, art, music, physics, history, archeology, and basic problem solving

Making Fire with the Hand Drill and Bow Drill… botany, physics, history, archaeology, and basic problem solving

Animal Tracking and Bird Language… language studies, art, physics, ecology, and biology

Cooking and Nutrition… ecology, music, nutrition, physics, and knowing where food comes from

Communication and Cooperation… language studies, conflict resolution, communication and social skills,
history, and basic group problem solving

Problem Solving and Decision Making… creating strategies and plans as an individual and as a group, overcoming life challenges and understanding how to assess problems


Class Days and Times

Weekly Home School Classes take place at various beaches, nature reserves,
wilderness parks, and outdoor locations around Orange County.

We currently have waiting lists for all our class days.
Please contact Mark at mnhay2000@yahoo.com
if you are interested in enrolling your child
in the next 1-3 years. He can put your child on the waiting list
right away or answer any questions you may have.

Monday Class
9am-2pm
Ages 7-12
10 students
Teachers: Mark Hay and Amy Hay

Tuesday Class
9am-2pm
Ages 7-12
10 students
Teachers: Mark Hay and Amy Hay

Wednesday Class
9am-2pm
Ages 7-12
10 students
Teachers: Mark Hay and Amy Hay

Friday Class
9am-2pm
Ages 10-14
10 students
Teachers: Mark Hay and Amy Hay

Class happens RAIN OR SHINE (or snow…especially snow!)
There is a great saying I like to remember:
“There is no such thing a bad weather, only bad clothes!”
Rain days give us chances to practice problem solving and decision making in VERY real circumstances. Everything is a learning experience!
Class locations may change due to weather or access… but we will always have class!

Fall Semester 2016: Sept 12, 2016 – Jan 27, 2017
(16 classes total with 1 week Thanksgiving Break and 3 week Holy Days/New Year’s Break)

Spring Semester 2017: Jan 30, 2017 – May 19, 2017
(16 classes total, we do not take a spring break)

Enrollment:
Enrollment in Weekly Home School class is for the full semester,
we do not do drop in classes or partial enrollment.
We keep the same group of students together for the full semester.
This is an important part of the learning experience we provide.

For class schedule and registration information
please contact Mark at mnhay2000@yahoo.com or 714-307-9481

Payment Options:
We accept cash, check, or charter school funds.
We have no additional registration fees beyond the amounts below.
1. Payment-in-Full by cash or check: $45 per class paid in full for the semester before the first day of class, total $720 per student for each semester
2. Monthly Payment by cash or check: $50 per class paid monthly before the first day of the month, total $800 per student for the full semester
3. Charter School Funds by Purchase Order: $50 per class paid by one Purchase Order received before the first day of class, total $800 per student for the full semester. We are approved vendors for Sky Mountain, iLead Exploration, Excel Academy, Sage Oak Charter, Dehesa/Element, and Inspire. Purchase Order(s) for the full semester must be received by Coast Live Oak before the first day of class. If you would like to pay for Weekly Home School Field Classes using Charter School funds, please contact Mark at mnhay2000@yahoo.com for PO and billing info.

Policies:
-Enrollment is for the full semester. We do not do drop in classes or partial enrollment. We require payment for all the class days, even if your child cannot attend all classes. You are paying for your child’s spot in class, we do not fill their spot if they miss a class.
-If your child has to stop class mid-semester due to serious illness or family emergency we can offer you a refund or class credit for the remaining classes they cannot attend.
-If Coast Live Oak cancels a Weekly Home School Class for any reason families will have the choice of attending a rescheduled class, receiving a full class credit toward any future Coast Live Oak class, or receiving a full refund for the class day.
-Coast Live Oak does not give makeup classes if a student misses a scheduled class.
-Coast Live Oak accepts cash, check, or charter school funds for Weekly Home School Class.
We are approved vendors for Sky Mountain, iLead Exploration, Excel Academy, Sage Oak Charter, Dehesa/Element, and Inspire. If you would like to pay for Weekly Home School Classes using Charter School funds, please contact Mark at mnhay2000@yahoo.com for PO and billing info.