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 Shannon Steele.
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.
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 energy transformations will be studied through designing and analyzing mechanical systems. Taught by: Kathleen Van Keuren
Math Foundations, Tuesday/Thursday, 9 - 9:50 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
Student Led Book Clubs, Monday/Wednesday, 12 - 12:50 p.m.
Reading is always more fun with a friend, and in this class, students will take the lead as they read and discuss books they select together. Students will be expected to read their book selections outside of class, and will come together each session to discuss their reading. Students will develop their communication skills, as well as their ability to analyze and make sense of literature. Book selections will be based on student interest. Taught by: Megan Runion
Registration for this class is opening soon!
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: Megan Runion
Registration for this class is opening soon!
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
Ages 12 - 15
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 9 - 11 year olds. 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
Lunch and recess are held every day from 11 - 11:30 a.m.
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 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 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.
Health and Safety
We want to keep participants and staff safe. Learn more about our safety measure and health screening.