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  Marvelous Michigan/ Nifty Fifty

The fall semester will be devoted to the great state of Michigan! We will learn about the settlement of our Great Lakes, our amazing sports teams’ history, the automotive legacy of Detroit, our state capitol, a little bit of how government works, and even why our freeways are named in a certain way. We will play BINGO, hang man, and our own invented game called Circle of Champions. There are maps to color, crafts to create, and stories to tell about how Marvelous Michigan came to be our home sweet home!

The winter/spring semester will be spent looking at the Nifty Fifty United States of America. Students will learn about four states and four presidents every week. The worksheets will combine to make a beautiful binder of fun facts and activity pages. An emphasis will be placed on the geography of the U.S.A. as well as the major industries of our country. We will also discuss how our government is structured and a brief description of our founding documents.


  Instructor: Schmidt, Maribeth
  Instructor Bio:
  Mrs. Maribeth Schmidt has been homeschooling her three children for twelve years and has taught Marvelous Michigan, Nifty Fifty and Camera Club at Palaestra over the past four years. Married to her high school sweetheart, Jim, for 22 years, Maribeth attends North Ridge Church in Plymouth and is actively involved in children’s ministry every weekend. The University of Michigan – Dearborn is her alma mater with a B.A. in Music with a minor in English Literature. Upon completing her studies in 1992, Maribeth was hired as a portrait photographer for a national portrait studio chain. Her new career led her to work for commercial photographers in Detroit and Seattle until she was blessed to become a mother in 1998. Photography, music, history, politics, and children’s ministry are her passions in addition to educating her children. She loves teaching at Palaestra and has enjoyed getting to know all her students throughout the years.
  Fee: $90
  Material Fee: $15
  Minimum Age: 8
  Maximum Age: 10
Day:FridayTime:11:00 amLength:1 Hours
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