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Monday

Debate Club: Teaching Critical Thinking and Tolerance - Winter 2019

Term: Winter 2018     Class Meets: Monday,      1:00 am - 2:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Jan 14, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $240.00

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Learning to debate supports and enhances brain development in young people, encouraging the natural shift from concrete to abstract processing and increasing their capabilities to problem solve, plan, and think critically.The format for this course is inspired by the International Debate Education Association (https://idebate.org/), which focuses on education, not competition, as the goal of debates. I emphasize the development of critical thinking skills and a tolerance for differing viewpoints, instilling an appreciation for the value of teamwork.Distilling the research is an important part of the course, as is learning to debate both sides of any topic, actively listening to the arguments of opposing teams, and realizing that there is more than one way of thinking about any single question. You can read more about the benefits of debate here: http://www.parentingscience.com/debate-improves-critical-thinking-skills.htmlPlease note: This class is repeated two more times this year, during Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 on different days and different times.

Instructor: Jessica Elkins

Grade Range: 6th - 9th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Wednesday

Creative Story Writing

Term: Winter 2019     Class Meets: Wednesday,      9:00 am - 10:30 am ET

Class Begins: Jan 16, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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Have you ever wondered how to write a compelling story?

Do you want to learn the secret of an opening sentence that hooks your reader?

Does writing a plot that bolts off the page intrigue you?

Are you stuck trying to create compelling characters?

Is creating a unique and authentic writer's voice important to you?

This course answers all these questions and more. Our class topics include:

-components of strong introduction, climax, and conclusion

-character development

-body language, gestures, and facial expressions

-setting

-heightening the use of senses

-sharpening descriptive language

Instructor: Sarina Furer

Grade Range: 7th - 12th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Wednesday

Creative Story Writing

Term: Spring 2019     Class Meets: Wednesday,      9:00 am - 10:30 am ET

Class Begins: Apr 03, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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We will be exploring different aspects and genres of creative writing through reading and analyzing contemporary works. Our writing journey will include intriguing categories such as the lyrical story, flash fiction, and magical realism.

Instructor: Sarina Furer

Grade Range: 7th - 12th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Monday

Exciting Experiments Using the Scientific Method - Spring 2019

Term: Spring 2019     Class Meets: Monday,      9:00 am - 10:30 am ET

Class Begins: Apr 01, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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Experiments encourage kids to be curious, creative and confident. Jokes make us laugh because the punchline takes us by surprise. The best experiments do the same. Join me for a fun approach to learning the Scientific Method through hands-on experiments!

This course will familiarize your child with The Scientific Method, as we will complete the Method during each class. We will begin the course with introduction to Science Safety and the Scientific Method. Each class thereafter will begin with the introduction of the experiment, and we will go through the steps of the Scientific Method together in class--including completing the experiment! For our Final, learners will each form a testable hypothesis. This can be as small or large as they would like! They can even introduce variables into the experiments we've already conducted. Our final class is our oral presentation show-and-tell.

We will learn about many different things during this course, including Bernoulli's Principle, total internal reflection, surface tension, hydrophilic/hydrophobic, Charles's Law, Suspension, viscosity, non-Newtonian fluids, Newton's Laws of Motion, Nucleation, and more!

Please note: This course is being offered each semester with DIFFERENT topics and experiments. Your child is invited to sign up for one or all three. They are going to LOVE it!

Instructor: Jessica Elkins

Grade Range: 3rd - 5th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Monday

Exciting Experiments Using the Scientific Method - Winter 2019

Term: Winter 2019     Class Meets: Monday,      9:00 am - 10:30 am ET

Class Begins: Jan 14, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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Experiments encourage kids to be curious, creative and confident. Jokes make us laugh because the punchline takes us by surprise. The best experiments do the same. Join me for a fun approach to learning the Scientific Method through hands-on experiments!

This course will familiarize your child with The Scientific Method, as we will complete the Method during each class. We will begin the course with introduction to Science Safety and the Scientific Method. Each class thereafter will begin with the introduction of the experiment, and we will go through the steps of the Scientific Method together in class--including completing the experiment! For our Final, learners will each form a testable hypothesis. This can be as small or large as they would like! They can even introduce variables into the experiments we've already conducted. Our final class is our oral presentation show-and-tell.

We will learn about many different things during this course, including Bernoulli's Principle, total internal reflection, surface tension, hydrophilic/hydrophobic, Charles's Law, Suspension, viscosity, non-Newtonian fluids, Newton's Laws of Motion, Nucleation, and more!

Please note: This course is being offered each semester with DIFFERENT topics and experiments. Your child is invited to sign up for one or all three. They are going to LOVE it!

Instructor: Jessica Elkins

Grade Range: 3rd - 5th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Thursday

Executive Function and Study Skills for Pre-teens and Teens - Winter 2019

Term: Winter 2019     Class Meets: Thursday,      9:00 am - 10:30 am ET

Class Begins: Jan 17, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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This course covers essential skills for learners of all ages such as: planning, organization, time management, working memory, metacognition, self-control, sustained attention, flexibility, and perseverance, and finishes with a study skills unit!

The executive functions are a set of processes that all have to do with managing oneself and one's resources in order to achieve a goal. It is an umbrella term for the neurologically-based skills involving mental control and self-regulation. In this course, we will cover executive functions, followed by a unit on study skills. The study skills unit is a great foundation for learners who may or may not be struggling; these are absolutely necessary skills for success in any part of life.

Each executive function lesson includes a description of the skill, a pre-assessment, and activities to practice the skill. The SMART goals worksheet is aimed at helping learners create their own SMART goals. SMART goals are written so that learners can specifically target what areas they need to change, identify HOW they can make improvements, and set a deadline for when the goal should be met.

Each class will have printable handouts we will discuss and fill out during class. Learners will be expected to practice the skills we learn outside of class and report back to the class about how these worked out. This is a tested curriculum I developed while in college, using my Education and Psychology backgrounds, and have successfully taught to over 100 young people, both in public and non-traditional schools.

Please note: This exact course is being offered two more times this year, during Fall 2018 and Spring 2019, on different days/times.

Instructor: Jessica Elkins

Grade Range: 4th - 9th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Tuesday

Geometry Guru for Grades 4 and 5

Term: Winter 2019     Class Meets: Tuesday,      9:00 am - 10:30 am ET

Class Begins: Jan 15, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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This course is designed for the student going into 5th grade math OR the 5th grade student who is struggling, needs extra practice or an alternative way of doing calculations. To build a strong foundation of math basics you need to learn and practice. Various strategies such as classroom activities, video clips and music will be used in this course. These training methods will be implemented to teach students about shapes, lines, angles, and their inter-relationships. These skills are the building blocks needed to excel in higher level math classes.

This class can be taken in conjunction with a traditional math class.

This is SUPPLEMENTAL to help strengthen a child's skills.

Instructor: Margie Mascolino

Grade Range: 4th - 5th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Wednesday

Getting Yourself Together: Study Skills for the Middle School Student

Term: Winter 2019     Class Meets: Wednesday,      9:00 am - 10:30 am ET

Class Begins: Jan 16, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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This class will focus on the study skills that today's students need in order to succeed in an academic setting (of any kind). The students will learn organization, time management, note-taking, test-taking strategies, work prioritization, and how to study. It does not matter how hard you study if you are not studying in an effective manner. This course teaches kids how to study smarter, not harder.

Instructor: Charissa Vangi

Grade Range: 5th - 7th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Tuesday

Human Rights: What They Are and Why We Have Them

Term: Winter 2019     Class Meets: Tuesday,      9:00 am - 11:30 am ET

Class Begins: Jan 15, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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This course will give an overview of the United Nations, the development of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and the leading historical figures in its inception, including Eleneanor Roosevelt. It will then cover the 30 human rights as laid out in the UDHR in more detail and explain what the process is for those whose rights are violated.

The first class will be an introduction and story of human rights development. During the second class the focus will be on Article 1 of the UDHR, "We are all born free and equal". The third class will focus on Articles 2-5, the fourth class will focus on Articles 6-11, the fifth class will focus on Articles 12-18 and the six class will focus on Articles 19-25. The seventh class will focus on Articles 26-30. During these classes vocabulary will be studied, each right will be presented and discussed, debate prompts may be given, group projects and scenarios to be analyzed may be part of the class experience. In each section the students will be provided the information and then presented with activities to help the student to understand the right in more applicable terms. In the eighth, ninth and tenth classes the students will each do a creative project to highlight an important right and showcase their project during class. The tenth class will conclude with the students ability to view what a successful application of the UDHRs looks like.

Instructor: Kirsten Bowman

Grade Range: 7th - 10th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Thursday

Meddling Muggles: Harry Potter Book, Movie, and Debate Club! - Spring 2019

Term: Spring 2019     Class Meets: Thursday,      9:00 am - 10:30 am ET

Class Begins: Apr 04, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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Calling all muggles, witches, and wizards! Your keen eye and intellect are needed to cross-examine Diagon Alley and more in this comparative book/cinema club!

In this course, we will read Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince outside of class, and analyze the plot, characters, themes, and more!

Comprehension questions will be provided for each book.

After we've read each book, students will also watch the movie outside of class. We will compare and contrast the book and the movie in our last class for each book, debate which was better: the movie or book, and do a character analysis in class.

After this class, each student will complete an essay on the book/movie and possible explanations for variances. This should be 1-2 pages in length and will be uploaded to the classroom.

Please note: There are three DIFFERENT sessions of this course in total, each one focusing on two different Harry Potter Books. Your child can join this course for any session. Previous sessions are NOT a prerequisite.

Instructor: Jessica Elkins

Grade Range: 4th - 9th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Thursday

Meddling Muggles: Harry Potter Book, Movie, and Debate Club! - Winter 2019

Term: Winter 2019     Class Meets: Thursday,      9:00 am - 10:30 am ET

Class Begins: Jan 17, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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Calling all muggles, witches, and wizards! Your keen eye and intellect are needed to cross-examine Diagon Alley and more in this comparative book/cinema club!

In this course, we will read Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire outside of class, and analyze the plot, characters, themes, and more!

Comprehension questions will be provided for each book.

After we've read each book, students will also watch the movie outside of class. We will compare and contrast the book and the movie in our last class for each book, debate which was better: the movie or book, and do a character analysis in class.

After this class, each student will complete an essay on the book/movie and possible explanations for variances. This should be 1-2 pages in length and will be uploaded to the classroom.

Please note: There are three DIFFERENT sessions of this course in total, each one focusing on two different Harry Potter Books. Your child can join this course for any session. Previous sessions are NOT a prerequisite.

Instructor: Jessica Elkins

Grade Range: 4th - 9th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Monday

Middle School Meteorology

Term: Winter 2019     Class Meets: Monday,      9:00 am - 10:30 am ET

Class Begins: Jan 14, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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How do meteorologists determine the forecast? During this class we will investigate why and how it rains, shines, sleets or snows and the implications severe weather events have on humans. Expect no more than 1 hour of homework per week to work on projects and/or prepare for class discussion.

Instructor: Laura Petrusic

Grade Range: 6th - 8th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Thursday

Minecraft + Architecture History

Term: Winter 2019     Class Meets: Thursday,      9:00 am - 10:30 am ET

Class Begins: Jan 17, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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The Minecraft + Architecture History course will teach students about 10 architectural styles to include Egyptian, Native American, Roman, Greek, Medieval, Renaissance, Victorian, early American, Modern and 21st Century architecture.

During the course students will create many builds in Minecraft. It is preferred that students create their builds on the *QwestCraft Minecraft server but they can also create their builds on their own home computer or even on Minecraft pocket edition (tablet) or console (Xbox, etc.). Server participation is not required for this course. Students will also write discussion posts, complete assignments, quizzes, and provide feedback to classmates about their Minecraft architecture creations.

*Only Java 'Vanilla' Minecraft for PC/Mac computer is supported on the server. Please email stemqwest@gmail.com if you have any questions about Minecraft version compatibility.

There are a total of 1000 points available to be earned throughout the class. All points are weighted evenly. Points for completing a discussion post are weighted equally as points awarded for Minecraft builds.

Instructor: Ryan Rasar

Grade Range: 5th - 8th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Tuesday

Music and Art Appreciation

Term: Winter 2019     Class Meets: Tuesday,      9:00 am - 10:30 am ET

Class Begins: Jan 15, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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Music and art are an important part of what makes us human. Every culture on the planet creates its own unique form of music and art. Scientists have discovered that music and art effect our brain, but you don't even have to be a scientist to know how music and art effect your own creativity. Music and art are powerful languages that enable us to express our feelings, emotions, memories and dreams. In this class we will become familiar with the great movements in music and art. We will learn how these two worlds are really one; both express inner beauty and human creativity. We will learn how new ways of understanding the world effected both the music and art of those periods. We will create our own works of art as we learn.  

Instructor: Geula Twersky

Grade Range: 2nd - 5th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Tuesday

Quick Recall: Quiz Bowl Trivia Club - Spring 2019

Term: Spring 2019     Class Meets: Tuesday,      9:00 am - 10:30 am ET

Class Begins: Apr 02, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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Albert Einstein said, "I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious." For many people, young and older alike, sometimes learning new things can be challenging. We already know that when we are curious about a topic, it is easier to learn. In this class, we will take on various subject matter (outlined below), which can and usually does help spark a desire to learn more about the answers and questions. (For more on how curiosity aids in learning, please read this study:
http://www.cell.com/neuron/fulltext/S0896-6273(14)00804-6

If your child has an interest in trivia, competition, obscure facts, and is curious with questions about many things in life, please join our Quick Recall Team!

In my home state of Kentucky, I was an avid participant in the Governor's Cup and Quick Recall for many years. I am excited to bring this fun approach to learning to you! In Quick Recall, a team of young people listens to questions read by a moderator (me) and tries to beat the clock, and the opposing team, with a correct response.

The questions are divided into 5 categories:
Math
Science
Social Studies (History, Geography, Current Events, Economics, Sociology)
Arts and Humanities (Art, Music, Dance, Mythology, Religion, Pop Culture)
Language Arts (Literature, Grammar, Literary Terms).

Students are given a set of questions to study for the week, and I will choose questions from this list to toss-up during each class (called a "meet"), which will have two rounds with a short recess in between. Each question will have a very answer short timer I'll display on screen, and I'll track points to choose the winning team at the end of each meet. I will give a new set of questions for each meet that will be appropriate for grades 5-10, and advanced learners may do well. Some questions will be general knowledge, but most will be memorization so younger or older learners can enjoy trivia as well. We will play individually for classes 1-5. During classes 6-10, our class will be divided into two teams.

Please note: This course is being offered each semester with different questions and topics. Your child is invited to sign up for one or all three. They are going to LOVE it!

Instructor: Jessica Elkins

Grade Range: 5th - 9th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Wednesday

Starting at the Very Beginning: A Jump Start to IEW Writing

Term: Spring 2019     Class Meets: Wednesday,      9:00 am - 10:30 am ET

Class Begins: Apr 03, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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Are you looking for a SOLID jump start for whatever writing classes you choose for 2019 - 2020 school year? If so, this is it!

Eva Goldstein-Meola, certified IEW specialist as well as seasoned reading/writing teacher with over 30 years of teaching experience, is leading this interactive, introductory class geared towards elementary to middle, and/or upper elementary level students.

In this class, students will focus on brainstorming, note taking and writing both fiction and nonfiction pieces. Writing structures can include summarizing nonfiction, narrative summaries, beginning story writing using narrative summaries and beginning report writing.

Simultaneously, students will also learn how to implement various stylistic techniques to increase description, as well as remove banned words (overused, boring words) from their writing. Students will receive approximately 30 minutes of homework daily.

 

Instructor: Eva Goldstein-Meola

Grade Range: 3rd - 7th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Tuesday

You Can't Stop Them: Project Based - Literature Class Literature with Strong Female Leads - Session 2 - Spring 2019

Term: Spring 2019     Class Meets: Tuesday,      9:00 am - 10:30 am ET

Class Begins: Apr 02, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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Leadership! Courage! Empathy! Passion!
Delphine, Esperanza, Davey,Carley and Koly thought they had it all.

Together, in this class, we will read, discuss, debate and analyze about the leading ladies in five award winning yet very different novels. Students are expected to read the novel independently and come prepared to discuss.

Due to the content of these books, I ask that all students are respectful to one another. Independently or in wikigroups, students will be responsible to complete either a project or a paper (of their choice from a list) with every novel.

Parents please read the descriptions of the novels below, so you are aware of the content we will be reading. This class is for VERY mature 5th grade through 8th grade because of the content discussed in the books.

In addition, please note that students have tremendous freedom and choice in the project or paper they wish to accomplish. They are creative, artistic, technological, written and …..basically you name it the student can do it. The project is expected to take about 4 - 5 hours over the course of two weeks (one project due every other week). This is why I encourage the PRE-READING of these novels.

Please note:  Both "You Can't Stop Them" classes are independent of one another.   You can take them in ANY order.  You can join at any time.  Please just double check the novels we are reading in the syllabus to make sure that your child hasn't participated in the class. 

 

Novels to be read....

One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams Garcia

Homeless Bird by Gloria Whelan

Tiger Eyes by Judy Blume

The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneos

One for the Murphys by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

Instructor: Eva Goldstein-Meola

Grade Range: 5th - 8th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Tuesday

You Can't Stop Them: Project Based - Literature Class Literature with Strong Female Leads Session 1 - Winter 2019

Term: Winter 2019     Class Meets: Tuesday,      9:00 am - 10:30 am ET

Class Begins: Jan 15, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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Leadership! Courage! Empathy! Passion!

Esperanza, Joan, Ally, Melody and Charlotte had it all.

Together, in this class, we will read, discuss, debate and analyze about the leading ladies in five award winning yet very different novels. Students are expected to read the novel independently and come prepared to discuss.

Due to the content of these books, I ask that all students are respectful to one another. Independently or in wikigroups, students will be responsible to complete either a project or a paper (of their choice from a list) with every novel.

Parents please read the descriptions of the novels below, so you are aware of the content we will be reading. This class is for VERY mature 5th grade through 8th grade because of the content discussed in the books.

In addition, please note that students have tremendous freedom and choice in the project or paper they wish to accomplish. They are creative, artistic, technological, written and …..basically you name it the student can do it. The project is expected to take about 4 - 5 hours over the course of two weeks (one project due every other week). This is why I encourage the PRE-READING of these novels.

Please note:  Both "You Can't Stop Them" classes are independent of one another.   You can take them in ANY order.  You can join at any time.  Please just double check the novels we are reading in the syllabus to make sure that your child hasn't participated in the class. 

 

Instructor: Eva Goldstein-Meola

Grade Range: 5th - 8th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Monday

All Aboard: Virtual Field Trips - Spring 2019

Term: Spring 2019     Class Meets: Monday,      11:00 am - 12:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Apr 01, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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Virtual field trips have completely changed the way learners experience the world outside our four walls; they are incredibly engaged through these virtual learning experiences and get excited to visit new places and see where we are traveling to next. Come along and join us!

A virtual field trip, if done correctly and in an educationally sound fashion, can provide many of the identical cognitive and affective gains that an actual real-life field trip can provide.

The trick is to give the activity the same care and credibility as one would give to a real-life curricular excursion. Simply going to an interesting Web site would not constitute a curricular field trip in and of itself, just as an off-campus excursion to an amusement park would have limited curricular value.

I've chosen a list of locations we will virtually visit that will meet the criteria I've set below. Therefore, each class will begin with a few slides from a presentation I've made that will cover some basic information for our field trip. I'll use different methods for each trip including additional slideshows, videos, and more to help students grasp the class's subject.

Online games will be used when possible and available, and offered for out of class practice if desired. Students will fill out slotted notes and their travel journal during each class. Students will choose our last two field trips; I will give ideas for inspiration if needed. Then, I'll research, and compile information based on the student's choices. We will finish our class with a slideshow review. This class may be appropriate for younger or older learners, depending on the individual learner. You're welcome to message me if you'd like to discuss this!

Please note: During Fall 2018 and Winter 2019, there are two additional sessions of Virtual Field Trips. All three sessions are unique and independent. Students can take one, two or all three. Please come along and join us traveling around the world!

Instructor: Jessica Elkins

Grade Range: 4th - 8th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Monday

All Aboard: Virtual Field Trips - Winter 2019

Term: Winter 2019     Class Meets: Monday,      11:00 am - 12:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Jan 14, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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Virtual field trips have completely changed the way learners experience the world outside our four walls; they are incredibly engaged through these virtual learning experiences and get excited to visit new places and see where we are traveling to next. Come along and join us!

A virtual field trip, if done correctly and in an educationally sound fashion, can provide many of the identical cognitive and affective gains that an actual real-life field trip can provide.

The trick is to give the activity the same care and credibility as one would give to a real-life curricular excursion. Simply going to an interesting Web site would not constitute a curricular field trip in and of itself, just as an off-campus excursion to an amusement park would have limited curricular value.

I've chosen a list of locations we will virtually visit that will meet the criteria I've set below. Therefore, each class will begin with a few slides from a presentation I've made that will cover some basic information for our field trip. I'll use different methods for each trip including additional slideshows, videos, and more to help students grasp the class's subject.

Online games will be used when possible and available, and offered for out of class practice if desired. Students will fill out slotted notes and their travel journal during each class. Students will choose our last two field trips; I will give ideas for inspiration if needed. Then, I'll research, and compile information based on the student's choices. We will finish our class with a slideshow review. This class may be appropriate for younger or older learners, depending on the individual learner. You're welcome to message me if you'd like to discuss this!

Please note: During Fall 2018 and Spring 2019, there are two additional sessions of Virtual Field Trips. All three sessions are unique and independent. Students can take one, two or all three. Please come along and join us traveling around the world!

Instructor: Jessica Elkins

Grade Range: 4th - 8th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Tuesday

Debate Club: Teaching Critical Thinking and Tolerance - Spring 2019

Term: Spring 2018     Class Meets: Tuesday,      11:00 am - 12:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Apr 02, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $240.00

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Learning to debate supports and enhances brain development in young people, encouraging the natural shift from concrete to abstract processing and increasing their capabilities to problem solve, plan, and think critically.The format for this course is inspired by the International Debate Education Association (https://idebate.org/), which focuses on education, not competition, as the goal of debates. I emphasize the development of critical thinking skills and a tolerance for differing viewpoints, instilling an appreciation for the value of teamwork.Distilling the research is an important part of the course, as is learning to debate both sides of any topic, actively listening to the arguments of opposing teams, and realizing that there is more than one way of thinking about any single question. You can read more about the benefits of debate here: http://www.parentingscience.com/debate-improves-critical-thinking-skills.htmlPlease note: This class is repeated this year, during Fall 2018 and Winter 2019 on different days and different times.

Instructor: Jessica Elkins

Grade Range: 6th - 9th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Monday

Ecology and Environmental Science for Middle Schoolers

Term: Spring 2019     Class Meets: Monday,      11:00 am - 12:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Apr 01, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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How does human activity effect our natural world? Our study of Ecology and Environmental Science we will investigate this question and possible solutions to environmental problems. Together, we will investigate topics such as Ecology, Natural Resources, Pollution, Climate Change and Sustainability.

Students will demonstrate their understanding of ecology and environmental science with inquiry-based investigations (as homework or during class time); and with “real world” application through the End of Course Project.

Instructor: Laura Petrusic

Grade Range: 6th - 8th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Wednesday

Elements of Poetry - Winter 2019

Term: Winter 2019     Class Meets: Wednesday,      11:00 am - 12:30 am ET

Class Begins: Jan 16, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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This course provides a comprehensive analysis of many different aspects of poetry and famous poets to allow students the opportunity to fully understand what poetry is and how to create it. Together, we will study the career, personal life, and legacies of poets Dickenson, Hughes, Frost, and Poe.

I've prepared a PowerPoint presentation that provides in-depth analysis of each of aspect of poetry. We will also fill out printables for each class and write poems together. For our research presentation, each student will choose a different poet to study and his/her poem dissect using what we've learned in class.

Please note: This course is being repeated during Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 on different days and times.

Instructor: Jessica Elkins

Grade Range: 4th - 8th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Wednesday

Executive Function and Study Skills for Pre-teens and Teens - Spring 2019

Term: Spring 2019     Class Meets: Wednesday,      11:00 am - 12:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Apr 03, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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This course covers essential skills for learners of all ages such as: planning, organization, time management, working memory, metacognition, self-control, sustained attention, flexibility, and perseverance, and finishes with a study skills unit!

The executive functions are a set of processes that all have to do with managing oneself and one's resources in order to achieve a goal. It is an umbrella term for the neurologically-based skills involving mental control and self-regulation. In this course, we will cover executive functions, followed by a unit on study skills. The study skills unit is a great foundation for learners who may or may not be struggling; these are absolutely necessary skills for success in any part of life.

Each executive function lesson includes a description of the skill, a pre-assessment, and activities to practice the skill. The SMART goals worksheet is aimed at helping learners create their own SMART goals. SMART goals are written so that learners can specifically target what areas they need to change, identify HOW they can make improvements, and set a deadline for when the goal should be met.

Each class will have printable handouts we will discuss and fill out during class. Learners will be expected to practice the skills we learn outside of class and report back to the class about how these worked out. This is a tested curriculum I developed while in college, using my Education and Psychology backgrounds, and have successfully taught to over 100 young people, both in public and non-traditional schools.

Please note: This exact course is being offered two more times this year, during Fall 2018 and Winter 2019, on different days/times.

Instructor: Jessica Elkins

Grade Range: 4th - 9th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Tuesday

Exploring American History with American Girls - Session One - Winter 2019

Term: Winter 2019     Class Meets: Tuesday,      11:00 am - 12:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Jan 15, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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Students will explore United States History from 1764-1824.

  • Native American - Meet Kaya
  • Revolutionary/Colonial Time Period - Meet Felicity
  • War of 1812 - Meet Caroline
  • Mexican American - Meet Josephina

We plan to include the historical events of the country for the time studied. In addition, we will explore the culture, lifestyle, geography and inventions of the time. Students will write short journal entries, create timelines and be involved with one project during the semester, which the students will present. We also begin to talk about some literary terms such as character, setting and conflict as they are used in literary analysis.

Please note:  All the Exploring American History through the American Girls are independent of one another.   You can take them in ANY order.  You can join at any time.  Please just read the time periods/historical girls we are covering so that you can make sure this is not a repeat class for your child. 

 

Instructor: Eva Goldstein-Meola

Grade Range: 2nd - 5th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Tuesday

Exploring American History with American Girls - Session Two - Spring 2019

Term: Spring 2019     Class Meets: Tuesday,      11:00 am - 12:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Apr 02, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Students will explore United States History from 1853 - 1904.

  • French Influence/New Orleans - Meet Cecile
  • Swedish Immigration - Meet Kirsten
  • Civil War/Underground Railroad - Meet Addy
  • Industrial Revolution - Meet Samantha

We plan to include the historical events of the country for the time studied. In addition, we will explore the culture, lifestyles, geography and inventions of the time. Students will take short comprehension quizzes, create timelines, create a map and be involved with one project during the semester, which the students will present. We also begin to talk about some literary terms such as character, setting and conflict as they are used in literary analysis.

Please note:  All the Exploring American History through the American Girls are independent of one another.   You can take them in ANY order.  You can join at any time.  Please just read the time periods/historical girls we are covering so that you can make sure this is not a repeat class for your child. 

 

Instructor: Eva Goldstein-Meola

Grade Range: 2nd - 5th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Thursday

Fables, Myths, and Fairy Tales IEW Writing Lessons in Structure and Style

Term: Winter 2019     Class Meets: Thursday,      11:00 am - 12:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Jan 17, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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Learning to write well will serve children not only during their school years; however, into college and throughout their adult lives. Writing skills are profoundly important in the workplace, and the process of learning to write well also teaches students how to think clearly and communicate effectively in every area of life. IEW teaches students to hone the skills needed to communicate confidently and effectively. Whether your students are eager learners or reluctant writers, IEW's award-winning approach will give them the tools they need to confidently write well, think clearly, and express themselves eloquently and persuasively. Unlike many creative writing programs, this more classical system stresses modeling and builds a firm foundation of specific skills. As students practice each format and master each technique, they develop confidence - and consequently creativity. Even beginners can get a sense of structure and a repertoire of style

This class is specifically for grades 3rd (mature) - 5th. It is considered an introduction IEW class. We will learn how to write a keyword outline, do verbal rehearsals, write, edit and more! It is intended as a "first class"/beginners class.

 

Instructor: Jessica Elkins

Grade Range: 3rd - 5th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Monday

Great or Terrible Leaders: You Decide! (Middle School Students)

Term: Winter 2019     Class Meets: Monday,      11:00 am - 12:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Jan 14, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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By studying global historical leaders throughout time, this class aims to engage students to think about what leadership means and what traits or characteristics are needed to truly be a great leader.

What makes a good or bad leader? This course will be a mix of geography, economics, law and government, culture and history. We will be looking at all of these areas through the focused lens of leadership, with issues of social justice being discussed throughout.

Instructor: Kirsten Bowman

Grade Range: 5th - 8th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Wednesday

Greek Tragedies Drama … Ancient Style

Term: Spring 2019     Class Meets: Wednesday,      11:00 am - 12:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Apr 03, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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Who loves a good tragedy faced with family drama?

If these Greek tragedies were staged today, they would be popular among all age groups!
This course is the study of an introduction to Greek tragedy as a literary and ritual form through close readings of several Greek Tragedies. We will look at the ideas the tragedies convey, and study details of their staging, culminating in a detailed study and performance of an individual play. Reading will focus attention to poetic language, dramatic technique, and historical/ritual context. During this part of the course, the students will express themselves creatively and intuitively. Because of the dialogue nature of this class, students will need a functioning microphone.

 

Instructor: Erin Forte-Froehling

Grade Range: 9th - 12th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Wednesday

HerStory: Important Periods in History from a Female Perspective

Term: Winter 2019     Class Meets: Wednesday,      11:00 am - 12:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Jan 16, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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We often explore and learn about history from the male point of view. This series teaches students that the stories of our past have other perspectives. Students will learn not only to look at these historical events and time periods from a female perspective, but will come to understand that by looking at events from multiple perspectives (including, for example, a child’s perspective, or a different cultural perspective) they will come to develop a deeper understanding of our past, present and future.

This 10 week course will start with an overview class to help students grasp the idea of various perspectives in history and then in each subsequent class we will study a different event or time period from a female perspective – both important contributions of women during the time as well as the experience of life during that time from a women’s point of view. The class will cover the Viking era, the American pioneers, the American Civil War, the French Revolution, the Industrial Revolution, WWII, the American Revolution, The Renaissance period, and the American Civil Rights movement.

Instructor: Kirsten Bowman

Grade Range: 5th - 8th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Tuesday

Ideas that Changed the World - Part Three - Spring 2019

Term: Spring 2019     Class Meets: Tuesday,      11:00 am - 12:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Apr 02, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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Discoveries don't usually come about with someone leaping out of a bathtub shouting "Eureka!" More often than not discoveries are the result of the coming together of efforts of a lot of different people.

This class focuses on ten inventions, theories or discoveries that truly changed the world, and on the people who were involved in the process. The world is big multifaceted place. With that in mind, each class will focus on a different area of science. This interdisciplinary class will be sure to surprise you and to blow your mind!

Please note: All Ideas That Changed The World classes are independent of one another. You can take them in ANY order. You can join at any time. 

 

Instructor: Geula Twersky

Grade Range: 5th - 9th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Tuesday

Ideas that Changed the World - Part Two - Winter 2019

Term: Winter 2019     Class Meets: Tuesday,      11:00 am - 12:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Jan 15, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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Discoveries don't usually come about with someone leaping out of a bathtub shouting "Eureka!" More often than not discoveries are the result of the coming together of efforts of a lot of different people.

This class focuses on ten inventions, theories or discoveries that truly changed the world, and on the people who were involved in the process. The world is big multifaceted place. With that in mind, each class will focus on a different area of science. This interdisciplinary class will be sure to surprise you and to blow your mind!

Please note: All Ideas That Changed The World classes are independent of one another. You can take them in ANY order. You can join at any time. 

 

Instructor: Geula Twersky

Grade Range: 5th - 9th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Wednesday

Introduction to Psychology and the Brain

Term: Winter 2019     Class Meets: Wednesday,      11:00 am - 12:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Jan 16, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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Have you ever wondered what makes us tick? Some may say it is our heart, but what about our brain? What role does it play in who we are and the choices we make? Introduction to Psychology will introduce students to human nature. We will explore the brain’s anatomy, understand the history of psychology and the various points of view that have existed over time. We will delve into experience, emotion, learning, behavior and psychological disorders through readings, videos, research and lectures. The class will observe a live dissection of a brain, performed by the teacher (with possibility to follow along at home).

Instructor: Samantha Star

Grade Range: 8th - 12th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Wednesday

Mosaics 101

Term: Winter 2019     Class Meets: Wednesday,      11:00 am - 12:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Jan 16, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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An introductory class to the wonderful world of mosaics. We will investigate different mosaic layout techniques, color theory, discuss proper materials, and students will be able to execute multiple mosaic projects. Students will also learn to work with a variety of surfaces which include but not limited to paper mosaics, a nature mosaic, working with stained glass to create their own mosaic mirror, and a 3D mosaic object. Students will be able to incorporate different materials to create a cohesive piece. As this is a mosaic class, students will be cutting their own stained glass by hand and will be grouting their own mosaics at the end of the semester! Safety precautions will be implemented.

Instructor: Celina Vallarta

Grade Range: 6th - 12th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Thursday

Over 30 Accents in 10 Weeks

Term: Winter 2019     Class Meets: Thursday,      11:00 am - 12:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Jan 17, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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Ten weeks to learn how to speak like someone else? YES! There are so many accents in this world, and we only learn a fraction of them, but in this short span, you'll learn these accents. By the end of our 10 weeks, your student will learn a grand total of 37 accents. This class is perfect for your budding actor who wants to branch out into all different kinds of fun parts. Plus, there is a little foreign language and history learned as well. As seasoned actor, Catherine Holder, takes the students through WHY each accent sounds the way that it does. In each class, the class will be consisting of both lecture and practice and will include:

1. A history lesson of why that particular region sounds the way it does (migrations of different people from different lands, socio-economic status, etc.) 2. A demonstration from the teacher of how to pronounce the accent 3. Student practice with their new accents individually to be critiqued and helped by the instructor

Instructor: Catherine Holder Dugger

Grade Range: 5th - 9th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Wednesday

Performing Arts History for the Elementary Schooler

Term: Winter 2019     Class Meets: Wednesday,      11:00 am - 12:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Jan 16, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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From Sophocles to Shakespeare, from Puccini to Porter, and from Twyla to Twitch, your student will learn about the history of the performing arts. Your student will study pictures, hear music, watch videos, and have an interactive craft or performing arts activity every class to learn how the performing arts is not only an important part of our history, but has also shaped the world that we live in!

Every class, students will participate in an interactive class where they will learn about the visual art, music, theater, and dance of each era. Then at the end, they will all create a craft or participate in a performing arts activity to make history come alive!

Instructor: Catherine Holder Dugger

Grade Range: 2nd - 5th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Monday

Puppetry 101

Term: Winter 2019     Class Meets: Monday,      11:00 am - 12:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Jan 14, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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In this ten-week course, students will learn the basics of puppet making and puppetry. Students will create three puppets: a finger puppet, a sock puppet, and a glove puppet. They will be original creations that will have personalities and characters that the students will create themselves. The students will have a final presentation that they can either record on video or present live in the last class for their final grade.

Instructor: Catherine Holder Dugger

Grade Range: 2nd - 6th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Tuesday

Reading Boot Camp Level II - For Grades 5 - 7

Term: Winter 2019     Class Meets: Tuesday,      11:00 am - 12:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Jan 15, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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Do you desire to become a stronger reader? Are you ready to up-level your reading, writing, and thinking? If you're a parent, do you want these things for your learner?

In this class, we will definitely do all of this! We will celebrate our love of reading and work on our reading skills simultaneously. This class will be operated in a way that starts in the beginning yet builds on several areas so that multiple levels of readers can work together to improve their individual reading abilities- And YES, we will have FUN!

My aim is to identify and close the reading gaps in my students' abilities. My private tutoring students generally improve one grade level in their reading level with just 10-12 hours of instruction, so I'm excited about this group format!

This course focuses on the five components of reading that is differentiated for this age group. It is for readers who find reading to be more difficult than fun. The primary skills for Level I include reviewing phonics, fluency, writing in response to reading, and comprehension. In Level II, we build upon this framework by removing phonics and adding higher- level thinking and reading skills; this includes more inferencing, summarizing, drawing conclusions, etc. In addition, we will practice test taking skills such as finding evidence and rereading to gain clarity. Everything in this class aims to allow an opportunity for students to gain and grow healthy reading habits.

***Students can take Level II without taking Level I. ***

In this class, we will be learning literacy skills and will aim to provide a framework so that every student will end the course with a brighter spark for reading.

Instructor: Ashley Matheny

Grade Range: 5th - 7th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Wednesday

Tales from Tolkien: A Study of The Lord of the Rings Trilogy

Term: Winter 2019     Class Meets: Wednesday,      11:00 am - 12:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Jan 16, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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Bring the movies to life! Books allow our imagination to flourish and details to be absorbed … while learning. The immensely intelligent J.R.R. Tolkien is famous for the imaginative worlds of Middle-earth and unique concept of mythopoeia. We can understand why his epic trilogy; The Lord of the Rings is so vastly popular that it has reached cult status. Today, Tolkien's fiction is not only a literary classic, but it's also instrumental to the growth and popularity of the genre of modern fantasy. Students in this course will have the opportunity to read Tolkien's work for pleasure, as well as discover the historical, mythological and literary backgrounds of his tales. Students will come away with a new appreciation and understanding of Tolkien's epic stories.

 

Instructor: Erin Forte-Froehling

Grade Range: 8th - 12th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Tuesday

The History of Broadway

Term: Winter 2019     Class Meets: Tuesday,      11:00 am - 12:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Jan 15, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Starting with the Operetta and ending with the biggest hits on Broadway now, this class will dive into the rich history of Broadway and the American Musical. Students will learn about the biggest names of Broadway and the shows that made them famous!

Every class will start with an interactive lesson complete with pictures and videos. Then the class will be opened up to discussion to analyze scripts, songs, and various other aspects of the Broadway musical.

Instructor: Catherine Holder Dugger

Grade Range: 7th - 12th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Thursday

The Human Body: Organ Systems - Spring 2019

Term: Spring 2019     Class Meets: Thursday,      11:00 am - 12:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Apr 04, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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Anatomy and Physiology for young people, presented as an age-appropriate, fun approach to learning the major organ systems of the human body!

I'll use a combination of slideshows, videos, written work, and oral discussion to discuss each organ system. Students will also be provided with an activity to complete and present during class time. Time permitting, we will play online games to "build" each organ system of the human body.

Reproductive organ system note: I cover that males and females have different reproductive organs for different purposes and what the reproductive organs are for each. While this is not a sexual education class, we do discuss how these organ systems may work together.

Please note: This course is being offered during Fall2018 and Winter 2019 on different days and times.

Instructor: Jessica Elkins

Grade Range: 4th - 8th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Tuesday

The Human Body: Organ Systems - Winter 2019

Term: Winter 2019     Class Meets: Tuesday,      11:00 am - 12:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Jan 15, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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Anatomy and Physiology for young people, presented as an age-appropriate, fun approach to learning the major organ systems of the human body!

I'll use a combination of slideshows, videos, written work, and oral discussion to discuss each organ system. Students will also be provided with an activity to complete and present during class time. Time permitting, we will play online games to "build" each organ system of the human body.

Reproductive organ system note: I cover that males and females have different reproductive organs for different purposes and what the reproductive organs are for each. While this is not a sexual education class, we do discuss how these organ systems may work together.

Please note: This course is being offered during Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 on different days and times.

Instructor: Jessica Elkins

Grade Range: 4th - 8th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Thursday

Touring Art History and Meeting the Masters - Part Three - Spring 2019

Term: Spring 2019     Class Meets: Thursday,      11:00 am - 12:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Apr 04, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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Students become acquainted with classic artists through their works of art. Biographical information about the artists are complemented by a review and discussion of their works. An emphasis is placed on learning the techniques which made their art revolutionary. Each unit culminates with the students’ acquisition of the techniques through the creation of their own artwork.

During Spring 2019, we will be studying Edward Hopper, Wassily Kandinsky, Jackson Pollock, Andy Warhol, Norman Rockwell and Faith Ringgold

Please note:  All the Touring Art History/Meet the Masters classes are independent of one another.   You can take them in ANY order.  You can join at any time.  Please just read the artists we are covering so that you can make sure this is not a repeat class for your child.   

 

Instructor: Geula Twersky

Grade Range: 6th - 10th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Thursday

Touring Art History and Meeting the Masters - Part Two - Winter 2019

Term: Winter 2019     Class Meets: Thursday,      11:00 am - 12:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Jan 17, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Students become acquainted with classic artists through their works of art. Biographical information about the artists are complemented by a review and discussion of their works. An emphasis is placed on learning the techniques which made their art revolutionary.

Each unit culminates with the students’ acquisition of the techniques through the creation of their own artwork.  During Winter 2019, we will be studying Michelangelo, Degas, Rembrandt, Cassatt and Kahlo.

Please note:  All the Touring Art History/Meet the Masters classes are independent of one another.   You can take them in ANY order.  You can join at any time.  Please just read the artists we are covering so that you can make sure this is not a repeat class for your child. 

 

Instructor: Geula Twersky

Grade Range: 6th - 10th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Thursday

Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star Introduction to Elementary Astronomy

Term: Spring 2019     Class Meets: Thursday,      11:00 am - 12:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Apr 04, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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Astronomy is more than just stars in the sky: it's the big bang, the milky way, telescopes and much, much more! Together we will study the planets and their moons, comets, galaxies and space! Students will explore the four corners of our galaxy and we will discuss what could possibly be out there in a classroom far, far away.

Instructor: Samantha Star

Grade Range: 2nd - 5th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Wednesday

What is Important in Today's World? Understanding and Following Current Events - Spring 2019

Term: Spring 2019     Class Meets: Wednesday,      11:00 am - 12:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Apr 03, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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This class is designed to provide students with an opportunity to discuss, understand, and explore political, economic and social issues. These issues may be either local, national, and/or international in scope.

All issues will be discussed in a respectful, meaningful, and active way - utilizing both contemporary and historical sources as available. Throughout the term, students will stay up to date on current issues and trends. Because the subjects covered in this class are by their very nature "current and contemporary," a variety of topics may be covered during the course, depending on the current news cycle.

 

Instructor: Jonathan Meola

Grade Range: 7th - 10th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Thursday

A Class 65 Million Years in the Making: Introduction to Paleontology

Term: Spring 2019     Class Meets: Thursday,      1:00 pm - 2:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Apr 04, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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What was life on earth like millions of years ago? This class will discuss how the Big Bang created the opportunity for life, growth and evolution. Together we will learn how to study fossils and we will discover how animals evolved from sea creatures to become dinosaurs as we know them today.

Instructor: Samantha Star

Grade Range: 7th - 12th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Monday

ADHD Toolbox - Spring 2019

Term: Spring 2019     Class Meets: Monday,      1:00 pm - 2:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Apr 01, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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Having an ADHD brain doesn't mean there's something wrong with you, it's kind of like being left handed. Not defective, just different. The world is a right-handed world because the majority of people are right handed. Left handed people need specialized tools to function properly in a right-handed world. People with ADHD need specialized tools to function properly in a neurotypical world.

Over the 10 weeks of this course, we will walk through and create our own unique (unique to you, because you will design a system that works for you) system for functioning successfully in this NT world.

This course will be helpful for all students with ADHD, as well as ADHD affect from growing up with ADHD parent, regardless of any other medical or natural treatments being administered.

My name is Penina Taylor and I am the designer and teacher of this class. I am a motivational speaker with ADHD, who raised and homeschooled several ADHD children of my own.

I believe that ADHD is real and something that needs to be dealt with; however, I don't like the term disorder. A "disorder" in most people's minds is synonymous with "disease", but a disease is something that makes your body sick. People with ADHD aren't sick, they have a disorder. A disorder is anything that puts you outside the realm of "normal". And normal does not always mean healthy; we should never confuse the two.

Instructor: Penina Taylor

Grade Range: 6th - 12th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Wednesday

Adulting 101 - Winter 2019

Term: Winter 2019     Class Meets: Wednesday,      1:00 pm - 2:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Jan 16, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Being an adult isn't easy, but it can be a little easier with some preparation. In this course we will be covering the topics most often cited by older adults as things they wish they had known, or things they think every young adult needs to know to be able to function effectively in the world.

In this course we will cover topics such as money, health care, the working world, "messing up", reputation management, first apartments, emergency situations, getting around, going places, traveling, grocery basics and safe relationships. Please see syllabi for full details on these categories. This class will send your child off with the toolbox they need for success.

Instructor: Penina Taylor

Grade Range: 9th - 12th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Tuesday

Art Journaling

Term: Spring 2019     Class Meets: Tuesday,      1:00 pm - 2:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Apr 01, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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An art journal is a kind of a diary in which you combine art and words to express yourself. There is no right or wrong. It's all about self-expression. Artists have always kept notebooks in which they sketched, practiced, experimented, and recorded themselves.  Vincent Van Gogh, Pablo Picasso and Leonardo Da Vinci were prolific sketchbook keepers; therefore, you are in good company! Each session will begin with a series of writing and artistic prompts and ideas sure to inspire you and to help bring out your inner creative genius!

 

Instructor: Geula Twersky

Grade Range: 5th - 9th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Monday

ASL for Little Hands - Spring 2019

Term: Winter 2019     Class Meets: Monday,      1:00 pm - 2:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Apr 01, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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Ready to get your little ones signing? This class is all about introducing American Sign Language to children in a fun, interactive way! We’ll start with the basics: letters, numbers, days of the week, and months of the year. Then we’ll move on to animal signs, food signs, basic vocabulary, feelings, simple sentences, and much more! Kids will get a chance to watch ASL video clips and fairy tales, plus they’ll get to create their own ASL video submissions!

Please note:  ASL for Little Hands's class size is limited to eight students.

Instructor: Selena Robinson

Grade Range: 2nd - 6th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Thursday

Attention all Detectives and Crime Solvers! Forensic Science for Middle and High School Students

Term: Winter 2019     Class Meets: Thursday,      1:00 pm - 2:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Jan 17, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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Just how do detectives know how to match up fingerprints or determine the manor of death? In Forensic Science you get to kindle your fascination for sleuthing and put logic and reason to the test in this crime solving class. Join the investigation as we study the various branches of forensic science; from crime scene investigation to forensic pathology to fingerprint analysis; this class is perfect for any student interested in becoming a forensic scientist.

Instructor: Sarah Pope

Grade Range: 7th - 12th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Monday

Beyond Worksheets: Grammar, Punctuation, Editing – Oh My!

Term: Spring 2019     Class Meets: Monday,      1:00 pm - 2:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Apr 01, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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Who remembers the dreaded WARRINER’S GRAMMAR textbook that almost every high school student used? Yup – you know the one. The small, thick book that had grammar exercise after exercise. Don’t panic! This course is NOT that.

In Beyond Worksheets, students will be active learners in the understanding of the rules as well as providing examples of their knowledge. Students will learn through videos, engaging games and activities as well as creating an interactive notebook, which will serve as a resource. Students will NOT master every rule in 10-weeks; however, this course is intended to open their eyes, introduce them to the rules and help them develop a resource to refer to in the future.

Instructor: Eva Goldstein-Meola

Grade Range: 5th - 9th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Tuesday

Bonjour! Je m'appelle… Elementary French - Spring 2018

Term: Spring 2019     Class Meets: Tuesday,      1:00 pm - 2:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Apr 02, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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This course is a basic introduction to the French language and culture. Students will learn basic vocabulary including numbers, colors, greetings etc. Together we will travel to Quebec and France and use our new vocabulary with locals (through the magic of the internet, no airfare required).

Learning a new language can be intimidating, this class aims to make language learning fun and put students at ease in order to create the perfect learning environment. J’espère de vous voir en classe! (I hope to see you in class!)

Instructor: Samantha Star

Grade Range: 2nd - 6th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Monday

Books & Beyond - Picture Books & Art Projects - A Five Week Sampler Class

Term: Winter 2019     Class Meets: Monday,      1:00 pm - 1:55 pm ET

Class Begins: Jan 14, 2019

Duration: 55 minutes,  Weeks: 5

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Price: $100.00

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Do you need a class that will encourage creativity in your child?

This class is designed for the reluctant artist and the already budding confident individual. Come join Ms. V for a phenomenal art course! We will use an inspirational popular picture book that will encourage creativity and will be a starting point for our artistic conversations.

Classes will primarily start with a read aloud of a book, viewing a demonstration video of Ms. V executing the project and Ms. V showing a step-by-step break down of each project. Each class will focus on an art skill/technique whether it be color theory, composition, perspective and much more. Other media such as inventive music videos will be used to demonstrate the art that surrounds us in our everyday lives.

PLEASE NOTE: This class is a FIVE WEEK sampler class that lasts for 55 minutes per week.

Instructor: Celina Vallarta

Grade Range: 1st - 4th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Monday

Broadway Bound

Term: Winter 2019     Class Meets: Monday,      1:00 pm - 2:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Jan 14, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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Singing! Dancing! Stage presence and more! Your child will LOVE this class!

Through the classics of Broadway, learn the basics of acting, voice, and dance and prepare to be “Broadway Bound!” Students will learn:

1. The Song and Broadway choreography from 3 Hit Shows
2. The History of the Broadway Show
3. Audition Preparation, including how to build a resume, cold readings, choosing good audition songs and monologues, and relaxation techniques

In every class, we will start with vocal and physical warm-ups, then we will either learn or rehearse the songs and dances from four Broadway shows. Then the students will learn history or facts about the show, the song, and the performers that made the song famous. Lastly, students will learn about audition preparation in each class, with a new technique or tip shared with each class.

Instructor: Catherine Holder Dugger

Grade Range: 3rd - 6th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Tuesday

Comic Art

Term: Winter 2019     Class Meets: Tuesday,      1:00 pm - 2:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Jan 15, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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Do you often find yourself developing elaborate doodles?

Are you an aspiring cartoonist?

This class will help you turn your doodles into comic strips that tell your own story. You will acquire the fundamental building blocks that you need in order to express yourself through a combination of pictures and words. We will explore panel transitions, text image relationships, one, two, and three-point perspective as well as figure drawing. Each class will conclude with a creative assignment which reinforces the artistic principles covered in class.

Instructor: Geula Twersky

Grade Range: 5th - 9th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Tuesday

Elements of Poetry - Spring 2019

Term: Spring 2019     Class Meets: Tuesday,      1:00 pm - 2:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Apr 02, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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This course provides a comprehensive analysis of many different aspects of poetry and famous poets to allow students the opportunity to fully understand what poetry is and how to create it. Together, we will study the career, personal life, and legacies of poets Dickenson, Hughes, Frost, and Poe.

I've prepared a PowerPoint presentation that provides in-depth analysis of each of aspect of poetry. We will also fill out printables for each class and write poems together. For our research presentation, each student will choose a different poet to study and his/her poem dissect using what we've learned in class.

Please note: This course is being repeated during Fall 2018 and Winter 2019 on different days and times.

Instructor: Jessica Elkins

Grade Range: 4th - 8th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Thursday

Geology Rocks! Introduction to Elementary Geology

Term: Winter 2019     Class Meets: Thursday,      1:00 pm - 2:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Jan 17, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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While geology rocks, geology isn't just about rocks. The science of geology deals with the earth's physical structure and substance, its history and the processes acting on it. These processes include volcanoes, earthquakes, rocks, mountains, oceans etc. Together we will travel to the top of active volcanoes, survey earthquakes throughout history, climb to the very top of the tallest peaks on the planet and dive to the bottoms of our oceans. So pack your bag, put on a pair of comfortable walking shoes and join me as we look at planet Earth through the eyes of a geologist!

Instructor: Samantha Star

Grade Range: 2nd -5th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Monday

Great or Terrible Leaders: You Decide! (High School Students)

Term: Winter 2019     Class Meets: Monday,      1:00 pm - 2:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Jan 14, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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By studying global historical leaders throughout time, this class aims to engage students to think about what leadership means and what traits or characteristics are needed to truly be a great leader.

What makes a good or bad leader?

This course will be a mix of geography, economics, law and government, culture and history. We will be looking at all of these areas through the focused lens of leadership, with issues of social justice being discussed throughout. Students can truly analyze what makes good leadership in context. The final class will be a wrap up and reflection class, as well as a chance for students to present their final project.

Instructor: Kirsten Bowman

Grade Range: 9th - 12th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Wednesday

How to Create a Role Playing Game - Spring 2019

Term: Spring 2019     Class Meets: Wednesday,      1:00 pm - 2:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Apr 03, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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Role-playing games are a great way to explore fantasy writing and use storytelling in a creative, positive way. In this course, each learner will have the opportunity to design their own RPG (including LARP!) with guidance, and then experience playing it with classmates!

We will create an entire RPG (Role Playing Game) from concept to completion during this course. A wonderful way for reluctant writers and lovers of writing alike to explore the world of fantasy, I'll focus heavily on logic and understanding cause/effect, and action/reaction during development.

During this course, I'll use a combination of multimedia and written/oral instructions to present the basic mechanics of RPG's. Experience playing RPG's is not required but is helpful. Students will be encouraged to use creativity in both writing and drawing (or the use of artistic renderings) to help with their game.

Students can use pencil and paper to write out each class's work or use Google Documents or another word editing program. Outside of class, students will complete anything not finished during class and then upload the work to the classroom.

During our last few classes, we will play each student's game. Each student will be assigned a class that they will play DM (dungeon master, or whatever they call the "boss" and rule keeper in their game). This will be discussed by week 8 so each student can be prepared. Rules and pertinent information should be uploaded to the classroom prior to the game play so all players can review. By playing in class, will be able to hone rules and ensure everything in the game runs smoothly.

Please note: Due to the nature of this class, the maximum participants that can be enrolled for this class is five students.

Please note: This exact course is being offered two more times this year, during Fall 2018 and Winter 2019, on different days/times.

Instructor: Jessica Elkins

Grade Range: 6th - 10th

A minimum of 3 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Thursday

How to Train Your Dragon Novel Study - Winter 2019

Term: Winter 2019     Class Meets: Thursday,      1:00 pm - 2:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Jan 17, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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A multidisciplinary class based around the stories by Cressida Cowell of an unlikely Viking hero named Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III. We will sharpen critical thinking skills while discussing the book, complete creative writing assignments about dragons, learn about Viking history, take part in map reading activities and learn strategies for reading comprehension.

Please note: This class is also being offered during Fall 2018 at a different day/time.

Instructor: Beth Roussakis

Grade Range: 2nd - 5th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Monday

Introduction to American Deaf Culture

Term: Winter 2019     Class Meets: Monday,      1:00 pm - 2:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Jan 14, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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Can hearing people be a part of the Deaf community? Why are cochlear implants so controversial? Are Signed Exact English, American Sign Language, and Pidgin Sign all the same thing? In what ways are Deaf people and people with disabilities similar and different? What type of careers can I obtain working with Deaf people?

These are a few of the many questions we will answer this semester. This course is designed to introduce you to the most important aspects of the American Deaf experience. We will expose the history, contributions, and contemporary lives of Deaf people in America.

Using an interdisciplinary approach, we will address topics such as the diversity of Deaf people, Deaf cultural norms, Deaf arts, and Deaf international communities. This course will provide you will a foundation in which future Deaf Studies classes will expand.

Instructor: Selena Robinson

Grade Range: 7th - 12th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Thursday

Introduction to Cooking

Term: Winter 2019     Class Meets: Thursday,      1:00 pm - 2:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Jan 17, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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There's nothing more satisfying than having freshly baked bread that is slightly too hot to the touch as it exits the oven and hits the dining table waiting to be devoured. What is even more satisfying is when you bake it yourself! In this class students will learn knife skills, kitchen safety, culinary terms, how to use a cast iron and basic recipes. Recipes will include homemade bread, Italian meatballs, roasted veggies, and more!

This class will be using meat products, dairy products, and gluten. Please contact Ms. V with any dietary concerns.

Instructor: Celina Vallarta

Grade Range: 6th - 12th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Wednesday

Join us for…. Virtual Art Field Trips

Term: Winter 2019     Class Meets: Wednesday,      1:00 pm - 2:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Jan 16, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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This class is structured to "virtually visit" a series of international art museums. Ms. V will be acting as your art tour guide at the designated art museums. We'll meet on the front steps of said museum, have a brief introduction of the city and learn the history of the museum. We'll use the maps of the museum to guide us through the halls and wings and discuss a few selections of artwork at the museum. When possible, we'll hear from individuals who are involved with the museum (directors, curators) and listen to them discuss the artwork.

Ms. V will incorporate supplemental resources about the museums, whether it be a book we read together in class or recommended reading. This class will be presented via PowerPoint and is lecture base. When possible, relevant audio and video clips will be used. Students will be asked to research artwork in particular museums and present.

Some of the museums that we will visit will include but not limited to the Art Institute of Chicago (Ms. V's alma mater as she studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the school adjacent to AIC), the Louvre in Paris, France, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC.

Instructor: Celina Vallarta

Grade Range: 5th - 9th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Monday

Oceanography

Term: Winter 2019     Class Meets: Monday,      1:00 pm - 2:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Jan 14, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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Oceanography is a lab-based class, with hands on guided inquiry activities in which students will study the physical, chemical, and geological aspects of the ocean. Topics include exploration and oceanographic instruments; the chemistry of sea water; ocean dynamics; ocean floor features and formation; waves and tides.

Instructor: Sarah Pope

Grade Range: 7th - 10th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Monday

Perspectives: Combining Middle School Short Stories with IEW Writing - Session Two - Winter 2019

Term: Winter 2019     Class Meets: Monday,      1:00 pm - 2:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Jan 14, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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In literature, characters become our friends. We can sympathize or celebrate with them. We feel their joys, sorrows and pain. In this class, Perspectives, your child will embrace the world of Short Stories. We will delve deep into these pieces of literature analyzing, discussing and writing about the details pertaining to these stories. There will be two creative writing pieces as well as three formal essays.

During Winter 2019, we will read the following short stories:

"The Ransom of Red Chief" by O. Henry

"Rules of the Game" by Amy Tan

"Mother and Daughter" by Gary Soto

"The Moustache" by Robert Cormier

"All Summer in a Day" by Ray Bradbury

Please note: You do NOT have to take "Perspectives" in any order. The two semesters are INDEPENDENT of one another. They are simply labeled "Session One" and 'Session Two" so you know which short stories we are focusing on each "session". 

 

Instructor: Eva Goldstein-Meola

Grade Range: 6th - 9th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Tuesday

Short Filmmaking 101

Term: Winter 2019     Class Meets: Tuesday,      1:00 pm - 2:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Jan 15, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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In this ten-week course, students will learn the basics of filmmaking. Students will start with either a written script or an original idea to create a 7-minute film of a fiction or non-fiction leaning. Students will learn everything from storyboarding and pre-production, to recording video and audio basics, to directing, and to editing and post-production. At the end of the course, we will have a short film festival where each student will showcase his or her own original 5-7-minute film to the class.

Instructor: Catherine Holder Dugger

Grade Range: 5th - 9th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Thursday

Sing like a Pro…. Through the Hits of Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston

Term: Winter 2019     Class Meets: Thursday,      1:00 pm - 2:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Jan 17, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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Through the music of Whitney Houston and Michael Jackson, students will learn how to sing pop music like a pro! Every week, students will come to class having learned one of two songs assigned by the teacher to sing for the class. The instructor will then work with each student individually in front of the class to improve the student’s tone, musicality, and overall artistry in each class.

Every class will begin with a group vocal warm-up. Then the students will learn a new pop technique ranging from the vocal fry to the overdrive to the growl. Each student will then perform an excerpt from the song for the class. The instructor will give feedback and tips to help the student’s performance. The student will then perform the song one more time. Each student will have a chance to perform in each class.

Instructor: Catherine Holder Dugger

Grade Range: 5th - 9th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Wednesday

Songwriting and Production on Garage Band

Term: Winter 2019     Class Meets: Wednesday,      1:00 pm - 2:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Jan 16, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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Join singer/songwriter and recording artist, Catherine Holder, as she guides students through the art of crafting an original song with both lyrics and melody, charting the song, and then creating a fully produced song with GarageBand!

If students do not have experience with charting a song and need a little more help, a 30-minute session is also available at an extra cost to each student.

In each class, students will get a lesson on how to produce each part of a song (lyrics, melody, instrumentation, etc.), and then be asked to take time to come up with content of their own. In each class, the students will present their material to the class, and have the instructor give notes on how the student may improve.

Instructor: Catherine Holder Dugger

Grade Range: 5th - 9th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Wednesday

The Ancient World - Greece - Winter 2019

Term: Winter 2019     Class Meets: Wednesday,      1:00 pm - 2:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Jan 16, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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This course, in its entirety, will follow the dramatic history of the world's early civilizations from the first farmers of the Middle East to the rise of the mighty empires in Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece and Rome. We will explore the timeline, history and people of the time allowing students to create a vivid picture of life in the ancient world.

Parent have the option of taking one semester or two semesters or enroll in the entire year.

Fall 2018 - Ancient World: Egypt - $300.00

Winter 2019 - Ancient World: Greece - $300.00

Spring 2019 - Ancient World: Rome - $300.00

Ancient World - Early Civilizations, Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, Rome - $700.00

Instructor: Jonathan Meola

Grade Range: 6th - 9th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Wednesday

The Ancient World - Rome - Spring 2019

Term: Spring 2019     Class Meets: Wednesday,      1:00 pm - 2:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Apr 03, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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This course, in its entirety, will follow the dramatic history of the world's early civilizations from the first farmers of the Middle East to the rise of the mighty empires in Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece and Rome. We will explore the timeline, history and people of the time allowing students to create a vivid picture of life in the ancient world.

Parent have the option of taking one semester or two semesters or enroll in the entire year.

Fall 2018 - Ancient World: Egypt - $300.00

Winter 2019 - Ancient World: Greece - $300.00

Spring 2019 - Ancient World: Rome - $300.00

Ancient World - Early Civilizations, Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, Rome - $700.00

Instructor: Jonathan Meola

Grade Range: 6th - 9th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Tuesday

Watercolor Basics

Term: Winter 2019     Class Meets: Tuesday,      1:00 pm - 2:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Jan 15, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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Need to take your artistic skills to the next level? Love to draw but have no idea on how to approach color? Come learn the watercolor basics! Many animators, illustrators, and graphic designers love using watercolor. It’s versatile, creates rich and vibrant colors, and it’s a very approachable material once you familiarize yourself with the material. This class is designed for the student who has no or little experience with watercolor.

Instructor: Celina Vallarta

Grade Range: 6th - 11th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Monday

Youth Astronomy - Spring 2019

Term: Spring 2019     Class Meets: Monday,      1:00 pm - 2:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Apr 01, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $240.00

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This Awesome Astronomy unit covers the planets in our solar system, our moon and its phases, other moons, asteroids, comets, meteors, stars, and black holes.This is a really fun, interactive learning class where we will watch videos and work together to learn all about space. Each lesson has a pre- and post-assessment, student pages to assess learning, and more. We will write poetry, complete fact and opinion writings, create a solar system flip book, and draw and color each week's subject. I have created a powerpoint presentation to go along with each week, too!.Please note: This course is being offered during Fall 2018 and Winter 2019 on different days and times.

Instructor: Jessica Elkins

Grade Range: 3rd- 5th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Tuesday

"Wonder"ful Novel Study - Winter 2019

Term: Winter 2019     Class Meets: Tuesday,      1:00 pm - 2:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Jan 15, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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This class will study the powerful novel, "Wonder" by R.J. Palacio, and dig deeper into the overarching themes of kindness, tolerance of differences, family, courage and friendship.

This book is the story of a fifth-grade boy who was homeschooled due to having facial abnormalities. His parents decide to send him to a private Middle School where most of the students were not accepting of him. His struggles and ability to overcome them with the help of strong familial and friend relationships are highlighted throughout the story. This novel is an extremely thought-provoking book that encourages empathy in the readers. As author R.J. Palacio states, "Empathy is something that is very difficult to teach, but it's something that can be inspired in children." The goal of this class will be just that- to inspire the students to yearn for kindness in the world around them and understand it can start with them.

We will complete extension activities that help students make connections with the text in order to better comprehend the story, work with unfamiliar vocabulary, create a sequencing flow map, analyze figurative language, and complete guided writing prompts. Our discussions will be literature circle style (where each student has a role) to encourage participation by all. The class will culminate with a "Kindness Project".

The book should be read or listened to outside of class time. The students will be asked to keep a reading journal with their thoughts about each chapter and responses to teacher generated discussion questions.

Please note: This class will also be offered during Spring 2019 at a different day and time.

Instructor: Beth Roussakis

Grade Range: 5th - 8th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Thursday

A Nordic Adventure! Sticks Across the Chimney by Nora Burglon - Spring 2019

Term: Spring 2019     Class Meets: Thursday,      3:00 pm - 4:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Apr 04, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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Travel back in time to Denmark at the turn of the 20th century! In this class, we will immerse ourselves in the study of the novel, Sticks Across the Chimney, that will incorporate Reading, Writing, Social Studies and critical thinking skills.

Students will be assigned a chapter or two per week to read (or have read to them) prior to class, as well as some work in a reading journal. As the introduction in the beginning of the book correctly describes, "(Sticks Across the Chimney) is richly layered with mystery and intrigue, telling a captivating story of two Danish children and their widowed mother struggling to survive on a dilapidated farm. The mother's positive beliefs combined with the children's wit, compassion and creativity influence events and touch everyone around them.

Scandinavian author Nora Burglon skillfully weaves Viking history, folklore, and archeology among the story fibers, bringing ancient sagas alive in fascinating detail." We will explore the Danish culture, along with the exciting Viking history that goes with it, while enjoying the delightful story this talented writer tells.

Please note: This class will also be offered during Fall 2018 at a different day/time.

Instructor: Beth Roussakis

Grade Range: 3rd - 6th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Tuesday

A Sweet Adventure through Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Winter 2019

Term: Winter 2019     Class Meets: Tuesday,      3:00 pm - 4:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Jan 15, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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An interdisciplinary novel study that incorporates Reading, Science, Social Studies and Art all while exploring the magical world of Willy Wonka!

This class uses Roald Dahl's classic novel "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" in order to teach the story elements of fiction and the comprehension strategies of visualization, activating background knowledge, inferencing and summarizing. The students will be assigned chapters to read or listen to outside of class, along with completing work in an interactive reading journal (provided by the instructor). Class will be very interactive and include a variety of extension activities that will complement the novel reading.

Please note: This class is also being offered during Fall 2018.

Instructor: Beth Roussakis

Grade Range: 2nd- 4th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Wednesday

Adulting 101 - Spring 2019

Term: Spring 2019     Class Meets: Wednesday,      3:00 pm - 4:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Apr 03, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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Being an adult isn't easy, but it can be a little easier with some preparation. In this course we will be covering the topics most often cited by older adults as things they wish they had known, or things they think every young adult needs to know to be able to function effectively in the world.

In this course we will cover topics such as money, health care, the working world, "messing up", reputation management, first apartments, emergency situations, getting around, going places, traveling, grocery basics and safe relationships. Please see syllabi for full details on these categories. This class will send your child off with the toolbox they need for success.

Instructor: Penina Taylor

Grade Range: 9th - 12th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Monday

An Introduction to World Religions

Term: Winter 2019     Class Meets: Monday,      3:00 pm - 4:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Jan 14, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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Across the globe, people have asked questions such as:

Where/How did the world begin?

  1. Who are we?
  2. What is our purpose is in life?

These questions, when viewed through the prism of different religious traditions, have a variety of answers. Throughout human history, religion has played a role in history, literature and current events. Without a basic understanding of various religious traditions, students often can't relate to what they read in fiction and non-fiction texts.

In this survey class, we will explore some of the major faiths practiced by people worldwide. For each one studied, we will learn about:

  1. Sacred objects
  2. Festivals
  3. Traditions
  4. Sacred places
  5. Rites of passage

Instructor: Jonathan Meola

Grade Range: 7th - 9th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Thursday

Harry Potter Art Edition

Term: Winter 2019     Class Meets: Thursday,      3:00 pm - 4:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Jan 17, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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The world of Harry Potter is exceptionally enchanting and creative with the unique creatures spilling out of the books. The creatures that we find enchanting rely heavily on existing animals and vegetation. Let's learn the basics of how to create your own mandrakes and your own pet owl. This class will give students the basis to understand drawing techniques by focusing on nature, animal anatomy, and portraits. Standard homework will include sketching every week. Sharing your artwork and process is expected in the classroom environment.

Instructor: Celina Vallarta

Grade Range: 5th - 9th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Monday

International Justice: From Nuremberg to the International Criminal Court

Term: Spring 2019     Class Meets: Monday,      3:00 pm - 4:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Apr 01, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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This class will focus on the International Criminal Court – a permanent independent international court, closely connected but not a part of the UN system.

Beginning with WWII, students will discover the amazing history of the fight for global justice and ultimately a more peaceful existence. The first two weeks of this course will help students to understand the progression of international justice from Nuremberg through regional courts and finally to the installation of a permanent court to try atrocity crimes.

Turning to focus for six weeks on the International Criminal Court – students will dive deep to focus on three topical themes 1) Law or War where students will be faced with questions for debate such as ‘should the U.S. join the treaty to become a part of the International Criminal Court’ 2) Peace and Justice where students will focus on two questions. First the ramifications of the use of child soldiers and the idea of child soldiers as victims or perpetrators of crimes. Secondly, students will learn about local justice systems, comparing those to international justice mechanisms. 3) Testing the Limits where students will consider how far the UN and an international court can really go to achieve international justice.

In the final two weeks of the course students will engage in a team debate with the question to be considered – Can war be waged legally? Here the students will put their new knowledge and critical analysis into action to debate whether it is possible, under existing international laws, for governments or rebel groups to wage war legally considering issues such as child soldiers, the bombing of medical facilities and the displacement of civilian populations.

NOTE: It is not necessary to have taken the international law course offered in the winter, in order to take this course. It is also important to note that the material will NOT be overlapping, so you may take both to engage in a deep understanding of issues of international law and restorative justice and peace.)

Instructor: Kirsten Bowman

Grade Range: 9th - 12th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Monday

International Law: Peace, Security and International Justice in a Global World

Term: Winter 2019     Class Meets: Monday,      3:00 pm - 4:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Jan 14, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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This class provides students with a strong introduction into the world of international justice, the United Nations and the organizations and courts which work to ensure peace and security in an ever volatile world. Through a combination of lectures, seminar style conversations and debates, and mock court experiences the student will gain a deeper understanding international justice.

Instructor: Kirsten Bowman

Grade Range: 8th - 12th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Tuesday

Research Writing - IEW: In Ten Easy Classes

Term: Spring 2019     Class Meets: Tuesday,      3:00 pm - 4:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Apr 02, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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Throughout your child's education, your child will be asked to write research papers. This CAN be done without tears and tantrums! All you need is a step-by-step method. In this class, we will begin with simple, one paragraph research papers and progress until we write a five-paragraph, multi-source research paper using the IEW method of writing.

Students will learn about

  1. How to brainstorm potential research topics and subtopics
  2. How to locate and cite credible research sources
  3. How to write a spell-binding dramatic opening
  4. How to write a thesis
  5. How to write a final clincher
  6. How to write topic and clincher sentences for body paragraphs
  7. How to write a transitional bridge
  8. How to use stylistic techniques within their research paper
  9. How to avoid banned words
  10. How to write a bibliography/works cited using MLA format

and so much more

Instructor: Eva Goldstein-Meola

Grade Range: 5th (advanced) - 9th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Thursday

World Cultures through EPCOT’S World Showcase - A Five Week Sampler Class

Term: Winter 2019     Class Meets: Thursday,      3:00 pm - 4:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Jan 17, 2019

Duration: 55 minutes,  Weeks: 5

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Price: $150.00

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Language! Food! Celebration and more! In this class, students will travel through Walt Disney World’s EPCOT World Showcase to learn about various cultures around the globe. Starting in Canada and ending in Mexico (just as it does in the world showcase), students will learn about the language, arts, foods, and celebrations of each country!

We will cover 11 countries in this 5-week class, which means that we will cover 2 countries a class, in the order that the imagineers put them in the EPCOT center. Students will learn how to say “Hello,” “Goodbye,” and “Thank you” in each language. They will learn about the local food (including the most delicious and popular dishes at the restaurants in EPCOT). They will learn about the most popular celebrations in each country. And students will see visual art and learn one song from each country!

Instructor: Catherine Holder Dugger

Grade Range: 2nd - 5th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Monday

You Decide! Applying Court Cases to the Bill of Rights

Term: Spring 2019     Class Meets: Monday,      3:00 pm - 4:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Apr 01, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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The United States Constitution was drafted in Philadelphia in 1787 at the Constitutional Convention. However, many delegates felt that the document was not truly complete, since it did not include a list of rights that offered people protections from abuses of power by the government. These delegates felt that the lack of these rights would prevent ratification by the States, and after further deliberations, crafted ten Amendments to the Constitution that are known collectively as the Bill of Rights.

In this survey class, we will explore the Bill of Rights, using cases and examples covering the first eight Amendments, that will cover both the Founders' intent and further interpretation by the judiciary.

Instructor: Jonathan Meola

Grade Range: 7th - 10th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Thursday

"Wonder"ful Novel Study - Spring 2019

Term: Spring 2019     Class Meets: Thursday,      3:00 pm - 4:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Apr 04, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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This class will study the powerful novel, "Wonder" by R.J. Palacio, and dig deeper into the overarching themes of kindness, tolerance of differences, family, courage and friendship.

This book is the story of a fifth-grade boy who was homeschooled due to having facial abnormalities. His parents decide to send him to a private Middle School where most of the students were not accepting of him. His struggles and ability to overcome them with the help of strong familial and friend relationships are highlighted throughout the story. This novel is an extremely thought-provoking book that encourages empathy in the readers. As author R.J. Palacio states, "Empathy is something that is very difficult to teach, but it's something that can be inspired in children." The goal of this class will be just that- to inspire the students to yearn for kindness in the world around them and understand it can start with them.

We will complete extension activities that help students make connections with the text in order to better comprehend the story, work with unfamiliar vocabulary, create a sequencing flow map, analyze figurative language, and complete guided writing prompts. Our discussions will be literature circle style (where each student has a role) to encourage participation by all. The class will culminate with a "Kindness Project".

The book should be read or listened to outside of class time. The students will be asked to keep a reading journal with their thoughts about each chapter and responses to teacher generated discussion questions.

Please note: This class will also be offered during Winter 2019 at a different day and time.

Instructor: Beth Roussakis

Grade Range: 5th - 8th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.