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The YMCA is hosting a Homeschool program, beginning August 31, 2021.

As the number of Homeschool families in our community grows, the YMCA is excited to partner with these families through providing resources like branch facility access and more than a dozen classrooms. 

Official registered intent with the North Carolina Department of Education is required to participate in this program. All courses and recreational offerings are held at the Northwest Cary YMCA.

For questions about this program, please contact Megan Runion. 

Read our FAQs and learn more.

Program Offerings

We are offering courses for ages 9 - 11 and 12 - 15. Each age group has different course offerings on Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday. Each day runs from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. with time for lunch, recess, bathroom breaks and hand washing.

All courses meet twice per week for 15 weeks. Each class is 50 minutes long.

We will continually add new classes, so please check back soon.

Class Schedule

Ages 9 - 11

Motion Investigations, Monday/Wednesday, 9 - 9:50 a.m.
Students will engage in investigations which explore various forces and motion. Energy forms, transfers, and transformations will be studied through designing and analyzing mechanical systems will be modeled and analyzed through the lens of Newton's Three Laws of Motion. Taught by: Kathleen Van Keuren

Introduction to Hands On Equations, Monday/Wednesday, 10 - 10:50 a.m.
In this class, students will explore the fundamentals of problem solving and algebra using a system called Hands on Equations. Students will use materials to visualize a problem, which makes solving much simpler for visual and hands-on learners. In addition to algebra, students in this class will build their understanding of multiplication, division, addition and subtraction. Taught by: Megan Runion

Storytelling with Stop Motion Animation, Monday/Wednesday, 12 - 12:50 p.m. 
Storytelling is about more than just the written word. In this class we will experiment with telling stories through dialogue and action, utilizing moveable characters and technology. Students will learn the basics of creating a storyboard, elements of storytelling, character development, and the functionality of the free app Stop Motion Studio. No previous experience with Stop Motion animation is required. Taught by: Megan Runion 

Nature Journaling, Monday/Wednesday, 1 - 1:50 p.m.
Grab a notebook and meet us outside! Students will deepen their understanding and appreciation of the natural world by creating journals. Activities include art, writing, poetry, games, and outdoor explorations. Taught by: 
Kathleen Van Keuren  

Math Foundations, Tuesday/Thursday, 9 - 10:50 a.m.
Instruction and activities will be used for students to gain the foundational skills and understanding of Rational Numbers, Algebra and Geometry. Taught by: Camille McCabe

Biological Science: Genetics, Tuesday/Thursday, 10 - 10:50 a.m.
Students will deepen their understanding of inherited traits through data collecting activities which reveal patterns of heredity. What roles do the environment and lifestyle choices play in our inheritance? Taught by: Kathleen Van Keuren

Introduction to US History, Tuesday/Thursday, 12 - 12:50 p.m.
In this class, students will explore the foundations and history of our government by examining primary sources, biographies, historical fiction, and other reliable sources. We will examine topics from multiple perspectives and consider the ways our present has been affected by our past. Students may be required to complete some work outside of class to preserve our meeting times for discussion and collaboration. Discussions will be held in a Socratic Seminar format which will enable students to develop their critical thinking and academic discussion skills in addition to their understanding of history. Taught by: Lareissa Stumm

Language Arts and Literature, Tuesday/Thursday, 1 - 1:50 p.m.
Students will read The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster. They will learn about writing techniques, character traits and vocabulary using classroom discussion and activities. Taught by: Camille McCabe

Guided Study, Monday - Thursday, 9 a.m., 10 a.m., 12 p.m. and 1 p.m
In these sessions, students can join us to work on their own independent homeschool work. In addition to a safe, quiet place to work, they will benefit from the support of a skilled educator who can coach them on executive functioning and/or project management skills. Teachers will partner with families and students to determine individualized goals that students will work toward throughout the semester. 

You have the option to purchase one class or a full day of classes. Parents are not required to be at the YMCA facility while their child is attending their class(es). Read our FAQs to learn more.

REGISTER TODAY

 

Ages 12 - 15

Advanced Hands on Equations, Monday/Wednesday, 9 - 9:50 a.m.
In this class, students will explore the fundamentals of problem solving and algebra using a system called Hands on Equations. Students will use materials to visualize a problem, which makes solving much simpler for visual and hands-on learners. In addition to algebra, students in this class will build their understanding of multiplication, division, addition and subtraction. This class will go beyond the scope of the class intended for younger students by integrating the use of negative numbers and more complex problem solving. Taught by: Megan Runion 

Motion Investigations, Monday/Wednesday, 10 - 10:50 a.m.
Students will engage in investigations which explore various forces and motion. Energy forms, transfers, and energy transformations will be studied through designing and analyzing mechanical systems. This course will be more advanced than the course for 12 - 15 year olds. Taught by: Kathleen Van Keuren

Storytelling with Stop Motion Animation, Monday/Wednesday, 12 - 12:50 p.m. 
Storytelling is about more than just the written word. In this class we will experiment with telling stories through dialogue and action, utilizing moveable characters and technology. Students will learn the basics of creating a storyboard, elements of storytelling, character development, and the functionality of the free app Stop Motion Studio. No previous experience with Stop Motion animation is required. Taught by: Megan Runion 

Nature Journaling, Monday/Wednesday, 1 - 1:50 p.m.
Grab a notebook and meet us outside!  Students will deepen their understanding and appreciation of the natural world by creating journals. Activities include art, writing, poetry, games, and outdoor explorations. Taught by: 
Kathleen Van Keuren  

Biological Science: Genetics, Tuesday/Thursday, 9 - 9:50 a.m.
This course will be more advanced than the course for 9 - 11 year olds. Students will deepen their understanding of inherited traits through data collecting activities which reveal patterns of heredity. What roles do the environment and lifestyle choices play in our inheritance? Taught by: Kathleen Van Keuren

Website Building and Design, Tuesday/Thursday, 10 - 10:50 a.m.
Number Bases, HTML and CSS will be taught, using a textbook and instruction, to build a website. Taught by: Camille McCabe

Technical Writing, Tuesday/Thursday, 12 - 12:50 p.m.
Writing instruction and activities will be used for the student to understand the audience, focus and style of technical writing. Taught by: Camille McCabe

Research Methods, Tuesday/Thursday, 1 - 1:50 p.m.
As students become more advanced in their technical writing skills, it is important to move beyond memorizing information and instead focus on solving new problems, finding patterns, and combining multiple perspectives. Solid research skills underpin this! Having the fluency to find and use information successfully is an essential skill for life and work. Today’s students have more information at their fingertips than ever before! This course will zero-in on a five-step approach to breaking down the research process into manageable chunks. Throughout the course, we will help build students’ skills in the five areas of basic research: clarify, search, delve, evaluate, and cite. We will also focus on staying organized through the research process. Taught by: Lareissa Stumm

Guided Study, Monday - Thursday, 9 a.m., 10 a.m., 12 p.m. and 1 p.m
In these sessions, students can join us to work on their own independent homeschool work. In addition to a safe, quiet place to work, they will benefit from the support of a skilled educator who can coach them on executive functioning and/or project management skills. Teachers will partner with families and students to determine individualized goals that students will work toward throughout the semester. 

You have the option to purchase one class or a full day of classes. Parents are not required to be at the YMCA facility while their child is attending their class(es). Read our FAQs to learn more.

REGISTER TODAY
 

Lunch and Recess

Is your student staying the whole day with us, or perhaps they want to enjoy some outside time with their homeschool friends? Supervised lunch and outdoor time is the perfect break in the middle of the learning day. Lunch and Recess is a part of the YMCA Homeschool day and is free of charge. Lunch and recess are held every day from 11 - 11:30 a.m. 

Instructor Bios

Kathleen Van Keuren
Kathleen Van Keuren is a NC State graduate who has taught middle school science for 31 years in the public school system. Throughout her career, she's enjoyed sharing her love of science with her students and their families. Since science is such an engaging topic, she fins that it appeals to her curiosity and need to investigate or learn more. Her goal is to make science fun, useful, and understandable through activity-based lessons. Kathleen is very excited to partner with the NW Cary YMCA as a homeschool teacher, where she'll engage in all of the best parts of teaching. She looks forward to learning along with her students and experiencing the fascinating scientific world around us.

Camille McCabe
Camille McCabe is excited to share her knowledge and love of learning. Her purpose for these classes is to use her background - she has homeschooled her children, has a BS in Math and Computer Science, a Certificate in Advertising, Graphic and Web Design and has worked in the various fields. Camille will teach the children in a fun and memorable way so that they can bring what they learn to all aspects of their lives. She looks forward to seeing the "Ah-Ha" moments on the children’s faces and their joy in learning.

Megan Runion
Megan is a National Board Certified teacher with 11 years of experience in upper elementary school. She is also licensed in Middle School Math and Gifted Education. Megan is passionate about finding and meeting the individual needs of students, and making sure that all students get what they need to learn and grow. She believes students learn best when they are engaged project based tasks that relate to the real world, and she enjoys providing authentic opportunities for students to have ownership of their learning.

Lareissa Stumm
Lareissa graduated from the University of South Carolina where she studied Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Throughout her career she has worked in various aspects of public health, from a cancer research fellowship at The National Cancer Institute, to conducting research studies at the state and national level, to teaching biostatistics and epidemiology at James Madison University. Being home with her family and teaching her children is now her full-time job and the one in which she is most happy! She enjoys challenging students to succeed and helping them to truly LOVE what they’re learning! Lareissa and her husband have twin boys and a beautiful little girl and happily reside in Apex, North Carolina.

Health and Safety

We want to keep participants and staff safe. Learn more about our safety measure and health screening.