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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.

Thursday

3D Game Design

Term: Fall 2018     Class Meets: Thursday,      9:00 am - 10:30 am ET

Class Begins: Oct 11, 2018

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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Introduction to 3D Game Design teaches the fundamentals of video game creation. Topics taught during this course include video game story lines, character creation, animation, level design and programming of both player controlled and non-player controlled video game elements. All of these topics are critical to the creation of a fun, challenging, and enjoyable video game.

During the course, you will create a minimum of 8 different games that focus on multiple aspects of video game design. You will also write discussion posts, complete assignments, and play and provide feedback to your classmates about their game creations.

There are a total of 1000 points available (100 per week) to be earned throughout the class. All points are weighted evenly. Points for completing a discussion post are weighted equally as points awarded for video game creations.

Instructor: Ryan Rasar

Grade Range: 6th - 9th

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

Monday

All About Essays - IEW Writing - B Week

Term: Full Year     Class Meets: Monday,      9:00 am - 10:30 am ET

Class Begins: Oct 15, 2018

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 14

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Price: $450.00

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It is imperative that students, with the goal of attending college, can write basic essays with ease, speed and confidence. In this class, your child will become well-versed in the structure and application of expository, persuasive, compare/contrast and personal essays, which are found on most applications and scholarship forms for college, competitive summer programs and high school admission.

In addition to the above, the students will learn how to approach the SAT Timed Writing Test through analyzing samples, as well as beginning timed practices.

Students will explore and implement many stylistic techniques within the structures of their essays that will assist them later in finding their voice within their own written words. They will learn how to use composition checklists to ensure that they have done a solid job editing their work. This class is high paced with the emphasis on EDITING - TRULY EDITING using their COMPOSITION CHECKLIST. The goal is for the student to understand that writing takes TIME and cannot be done in one or two sittings. It is expected that the students work a minimum of 45 minutes per day on their assignment; a minimum 7 - 8 hours over the course of two weeks to produce a well written paper.

NOTE: A good essay is NOT done in ONE or TWO sittings; instead it is created over time. When a student grows into a confident writer, less time will be needed for the process. This typically happens in the second year of this class. While working on homework, students are expected to repeat the writing process with some degree of independence. NEW (first year) students might need parental assistance, but, over time, ultimately, we are striving for them to establish independence as writers. In addition, after multiple years studying/using IEW methodology, it is often during the second year of this class that a student will begin "finding their voice" and given freedom to use stylistic techniques as they feel needed.

Homework is given at the end of each class. Students are expected to submit their writing to CANVAS (our LMS) or to email their writing for an evaluation to eva@writingteacher.com

 

Instructor: Eva Goldstein-Meola

Grade Range: 8th - 11th

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

Tuesday

Bon Voyage: Middle School Geography Join us on a voyage, as we study the geography of the world!

Term: Fall 2018 and Winter 2019     Class Meets: Tuesday,      9:00 am - 10:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Oct 09, 2018

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 20

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Price: $500.00

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This year long course will take you on a voyage of discovery as we explore the diversity of both the physical and cultural aspects of this globe. Using interactive games, personal geography notebooks, culture studies, 3-D map creations, ethnic foods, and much more we will embark upon a journey discovering the fascinating world we live in. Thank you for joining us on our voyage!

Instructor: Sophia Arroyo

Grade Range: 5th - 8th

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.

Wednesday

Creative Writing: Strengthening the Young Writer's Voice

Term: Fall 2018     Class Meets: Wednesday,      9:00 am - 10:30 am ET

Class Begins: Oct 10, 2018

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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 In this unique and highly creative course different aspects and genres of creative writing will be explored.  Each class is comprised of original writing exercises created by the instructor. Short stories and poems from around the globe are read and discussed. Students write, share, and respond to each other’s work. Class is lively, interactive and imaginative!

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 - Fall 2018

Term: Fall 2018     Class Meets: Monday,      9:00 am - 10:30 am ET

Class Begins: Oct 08, 2018

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 - 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.

Wednesday

Geography for the High School Student

Term: Fall 2018 and Winter 2019     Class Meets: Wednesday,      9:00 am - 10:30 am ET

Class Begins: Oct 10, 2018

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 20

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Price: $500.00

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Geography is an interdisciplinary subject! During this twenty-week course, students will travel the globe studying both the geographical elements of each continent as well as the culture and the people who live there. Students will be responsible for learning the countries, major mountain ranges and bodies of water.

As geography and history are impossible to separate, we will also learn some history of the land! Class will be made up of lectures, multi-media, discussions and open-ended questions. Homework will be made up of independent reading, map building, map quizzes, open book tests and a final and a mid-term.

We have a lot to cover! Do you want to join us on our journey around the world? Come along - it will be fun!

Instructor: Jonathan Meola

Grade Range: 8th - 12th

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.

Monday

High School Research & More - IEW - A Week

Term: Full Year     Class Meets: Monday,      9:00 am - 10:30 am ET

Class Begins: Oct 08, 2018

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 14

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Price: $450.00

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This year, in high school writing, students will focus on the RESEARCH TERM PAPER. Students will learn how to dissect these "long, scary assignments" and break them down into manageable chunks. We will examine how to break down a (approximately) fifteen to twenty page "assigned" term paper using time management and organizational skills. The student will learn how to:

  1. Research with multiple sources
  2. Utilize an online database via the public library
  3. Merge notes together to limit and choose the most appropriate information for their topic
  4. Write a solid thesis statement
  5. Write from their notes making sure all notes are appropriate for their topic
  6. Use IN TEXT citations
  7. Write an MLA bibliography, transitional paragraphs, introductory and concluding paragraphs

In between our term paper, if time allows, we will approach the Timed SAT Analytical essay.

In addition to writing their "term paper" during the first half of the year, the students will also learn how to write a solid personal essay; these types of essays will help them with gaining admission to competitive summer programs, internships, colleges, and help their chances towards earning scholarships.

Finally, during the second half of the year, the students will learn how to approach the SAT Timed Writing Test through analyzing samples and practicing their own skills.

This class is fast-paced, with the emphasis on EDITING - TRULY EDITING, using their COMPOSITION CHECKLIST. The goal is for the student to understand that writing takes TIME and cannot be done successfully in just one or two brief sittings. The students ARE expected to work at home for a minimum of 45 minutes per weekday on their "homework" - which is given at the end of each class. All students are expected to email their homework for evaluation to eva@writingteacher.com.

 

Instructor: Eva Goldstein-Meola

Grade Range: 9th - 12th

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.

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.

Tuesday

Quick Recall: Quiz Bowl Trivia Club - 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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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

To Hope and Back: The Journey of the SS St. Louis - Combining Literature with History

Term: Fall 2018     Class Meets: Tuesday,      9:00 am - 10:30 am ET

Class Begins: Oct 09, 2018

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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Can you imagine reaching out to the president of the United States about a ship full of Jewish refugees, who are going to be sent to concentration camps or worse, death camps, if they return to Germany, and the President of the United States not responding? This class is about the true story of a journey on a ship, The SS St. Louis, sailing in 1939 with just under 900 Jewish passengers and what happened to them.

The story of Lisa and Sol, two young children on the SS St. Louis, is set against the tragic true history of the St. Louis. Denied entry from port after port, the captain was forced to return his Jewish passengers to Europe, where many died in the Holocaust. Through the eyes of these innocent children, we see the injustice and heartbreak that were caused by the prejudice and hatred of so many.

Together, we will read, discuss, map out the route taken, understand the history, discuss the prejudice and hatred and try to understand why the world turned their back on The SS St. Louis.

 

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 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.

Tuesday and Thursday

Algebra 1 - High School

Term: Fall 2018 and Winter 2019     Class Meets: Tuesday and Thursday,      11:00 am - 12:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Oct 09, 2018

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 20

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Price: $700.00

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This course is a complete, first year Algebra course. The fundamentals learned in this course are the precursors to all future math education! Understanding and applying basic algebra is key to being successful in Geometry, Statistics, Trigonometry, Algebra 2, Chemistry, Physics and even Calculus!

Topics include learning manipulation of variables in expressions and equations, order of operations, data analysis, operations with rational numbers, solving equations, solving inequalities, inverse variation, writing function rules, rate of slope and change, writing linear equations, graphing absolute value equations, linear inequalities, properties of exponents, polynomials, factoring, quadratic equations, radical equations, and rational expression. Students will apply principle-based strategies with a synergistic emphasis on the three major areas of visual representation of algebraic concepts, manipulation of algebraic equations, and application to practical problems. The graphing calculator will be used to reinforce mathematical concepts throughout this course.

Successful completion of Algebra 1 will give students the foundation they need for all high school math and science courses that require Algebra as a prerequisite.

Instructor: Jodi McGee

Grade Range: 7th - 11th

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

Monday

All Aboard: Virtual Field Trips - Fall 2018

Term: Fall 2018     Class Meets: Monday,      11:00 am - 12:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Oct 08, 2018

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 Winter 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.

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.

Thursday

All Things Fun & Fascinating IEW Writing Lessons in Structure and Style

Term: Fall 2018     Class Meets: Thursday,      11:00 am - 12:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Oct 11, 2018

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 INTRO to IEW using a theme-based book. It is perfect for the child who has no experience in writing or IEW's methodology.

 

Instructor: Jessica Elkins

Grade Range: 3rd - 5th

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

Wednesday

American Sign Language (ASL) 2.5

Term: Fall 2018     Class Meets: Wednesday,      11:00 am - 12:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Oct 10, 2018

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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This course is to pick up where Ms Marie at CurrClick's ASL class is finishing. We are calling the Fall Semester ASL 2.5.Using the textbook Signing Naturally, we will cover Units 10, 11 and 12.Please note:  ASL 2.5's class size is limited to eight students.NOTE:  Most states and colleges accept ASL as a Foreign Language; however, some do not.  Please verify with your state/college you are interested in if they will accept ASL as a Foreign Language Credit. **

Instructor: Selena Robinson

Grade Range: 7th - 12th

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

Wednesday

American Sign Language (ASL) 3

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

Class Begins: Jan 16, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 20

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Price: $500.00

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Welcome to ASL 3. To participate in ASL 3, you must have completed ASL 2 with Selena Robinson or speak with her prior to registering.Textbook that we will be using:Signing Naturally Level 2: Units 13-17 (with DVD)Available from Dawn Sign PressNOTE:  Most states and colleges accept ASL as a Foreign Language; however, some do not.  Please verify with your state/college you are interested in if they will accept ASL as a Foreign Language Credit. **

Instructor: Selena Robinson

Grade Range: 7th - 12th

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

Wednesday

Banned and Burned: Banned Worthy Books

Term: Fall 2018     Class Meets: Wednesday,      11:00 am - 12:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Oct 10, 2018

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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Have you ever wondered what calls for a book to be banned?

How and why could anyone burn a book?

Isn't that considered opposition of free speech?

Banned and Burned is the study of several works that have been banned by various agencies or groups at some point in time. We will explore these works to discover what messages they have for our culture. Due to gravity of content and some language, this course is best suited for mature dispositions. This course includes reading comprehension and critical thinking. Because of the dialogue nature of this class, students will need a functioning microphone.

Instructor: Erin Forte-Froehling

Grade Range: 8th (mature) - 12th

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

Wednesday

Can You Dig It? Introduction to Archaeology

Term: Fall 2018     Class Meets: Wednesday,      11:00 am - 12:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Oct 10, 2018

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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Believe it or not, one day people will be digging through our trash trying to figure out who we were as a society! Archaeology is the study of past societies, their customs, behaviors and practices through the buildings and artifacts that they have left behind. Together we will explore archaeological theory, method and practice. We will also discuss archaeological ethics and our responsibility towards preserving our past.

 

Instructor: Samantha Star

Grade Range: 8th - 12th

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

Don't Trust Atoms, they Make Up Everything! High School Chemistry

Term: Fall 2018, Winter 2019 and Spring 2019     Class Meets: Monday,      11:00 am - 12:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Oct 08, 2018

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 30

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Price: $700.00

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Chemistry is the study of composition, reactivity, properties and reactivity of matter. The first part of the course includes mastery of topics in measurement, dimensional analysis, classification of matter, chemical structure, chemical formula and equation writing, and stoichiometry. The remainder of the semester is spent in a survey of physical applications to chemical systems including gas laws, kinetic theory, solutions, equilibrium, acids and bases, and nuclear chemistry with emphasis world applications.

 

Instructor: Samantha Star

Grade Range: 9th - 12th

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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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 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.

Thursday

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

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 Three - Fall 2018

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

Class Begins: Oct 09, 2018

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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Students will explore United States History from 1914 to 1974 .

  • Jewish Immigration to New York City (Lower East Side) - Meet Rebecca
  • The Great Depression - Meet Kit
  • World War II - Meet Molly
  • Social Changes of the 1970s - Meet Julie

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 in a pre-recorded video. 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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Price: $300.00

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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.

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

How to Create a Role Playing Game - Fall 2018

Term: Fall 2018     Class Meets: Wednesday,      11:00 am - 12:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Oct 10, 2018

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 Winter 2019 and Spring 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.

Tuesday

Ideas that Changed the World - Part One - Fall 2018

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

Class Begins: Oct 09, 2018

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: Jonathan Meola

Grade Range: 5th - 9th

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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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.

Monday

Introduction to IEW Writing - A Week

Term: Full Year     Class Meets: Monday,      11:00 am - 12:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Oct 08, 2018

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 14

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Price: $450.00

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This is an interactive, introductory class geared towards middle and upper elementary level students. In this class, students will focus on brainstorming, note taking and writing both fiction and nonfiction pieces.Writing structures will include: summarizing nonfiction, narrative summaries, beginning story writing using narrative summaries, beginning report writing, writing from pictures, and beginning essay 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.Each week, Eva will review past lessons to encourage mastery. Parents are encouraged to actively participate in the homework process. Scribing for your child is acceptable (however, don't change their words!).Students are encouraged to repeat this class twice. The first year tends to be overwhelming, and in most cases the second year is when their internal "light bulbs switch on" and writing happens! 

Instructor: Eva Goldstein-Meola

Grade Range: 3rd (mature) - 7th

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

Monday

Middle School Writing - IEW - B Week

Term: Full Year     Class Meets: Monday,      11:00 am - 12:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Oct 15, 2018

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 14

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Price: $450.00

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This fast paced, interactive class begins preparing your student for high school and (eventually) college level writing. In Middle School Writing, the students will be writing five paragraph critiques, research papers and essays (expository, persuasive and narrative). Students will practice each structure at least twice allowing the student to write the second or third papers with the same structure with more ease.During class, each structure will be introduced, explained, brainstormed and modeled. While working on their homework it is expected that they use their handouts for reference. Students are expected to repeat the entire writing process with some degree of independence. Students might need parental assistance; however, over time we are striving for them to establish their independence as writers.Students will work on finding their voice through required stylistic techniques that they add into their writing. We also work hard on eliminating the use of the "subject-opener" using various sentence openers. Finally, there is a list of banned words (overused, boring) that the students are not allowed to use, so that they can find more descriptive ways to say what they mean.There is an emphasis on editing - TRULY editing, by using their composition checklist. However, at this stage editing means revising, revamping, rewriting, restructuring….. not just correcting. 

Instructor: Eva Goldstein-Meola

Grade Range: 6th (mature) - 9th

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

Thursday

Over 30 Accents in 10 Weeks

Term: Fall 2018     Class Meets: Thursday,      11:00 am - 12:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Oct 11, 2018

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:

Instructor: Catherine Holder

Grade Range: 5th - 9th

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.

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 One - Fall 2018

Term: Fall 2018     Class Meets: Thursday,      11:00 am - 12:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Oct 11, 2018

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 Fall 2018, masters to be covered include Picasso, Matisse, Monet, Van Gogh and O'Keefe.

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 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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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 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.

Wednesday

Twentieth Century Wars and The Rise of The Super Powers

Term: Fall 2018 and Winter 2019     Class Meets: Wednesday,      11:00 am - 12:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Oct 10, 2018

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 20

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Price: $500.00

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In this class, we will explore World War 1, World War 2, the Cold War, and the rise of "Super Powers" in the 20th Century. We will examine the causes of the First World War and how alliances between countries caused the first "global war". From there, we will look at how the after effects of World War 1 planted the seed that became World War 2. From there we will look at the post World War 2 division of Germany, the creation of NATO and the Warsaw Pact and the effects of the Cold War. This class is a combination of lecture and documentary video clips as well as discussion.

Instructor: Jonathan Meola

Grade Range: 8th - 12th

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.

Thursday

Video Game Development: Formula 1

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

Class Begins: Jan 17, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 20

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Price: $500.00

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This class acts as both a standalone video game development class and a natural follow-through from my other video game development class, Video Game Development: Kart. I will include the description from that class next, and I will then include a note about how this class naturally extends that class.

Video Game Development: Kart: The focus is on learning game development via 2-D gaming and the process of creating a simple and fun game. Topics include mobile game development, level design, introduction to programs such as Photoshop with topics such as pixel art, basic 3-D modeling, and assorted other artistic, technical, and programming topics.

A note about class name: I often name and organize my classes after racing topics, and the name of this class symbolizes some racing themes and analogies that I’ll be using throughout the class.

The main differences between my Formula One and Kart classes are class length (Kart is 10 weeks, and Formula 1 is 20 weeks) and some topics covered. In addition to the nature and structure of Kart, I will be delving into more 3-D modeling along with more thorough discussions on all topics visited in the Kart class. I will also be covering some ancillary topics such as artificial intelligence and even some web design and marketing.

Instructor: Sam Salo

Grade Range: 6th - 12th

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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Price: $300.00

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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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Price: $300.00

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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.

Thursday

A World of Animals: An Introductory Course in Zoology

Term: Fall 2018 and Winter 2019     Class Meets: Thursday,      1:00 pm - 2:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Oct 09, 2018

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 20

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Price: $500.00

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As an introductory course in Zoology - a vast subject to study - we will investigate and describe the anatomy, behavior, and habitats of dozens of creatures from microscopic worms and insects to reptiles, birds, and mammals. It's the wonderful world of animals!

Instructor: Jessica Elkins

Grade Range: 4th - 6th

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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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 and Wednesday

Algebra 2 - High School

Term: Fall 2018 and Winter 2019     Class Meets: Monday and Wednesday,      1:00 pm - 2:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Oct 08, 2018

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 20

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Price: $700.00

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This course is a complete, in depth high school, second year Algebra course. This course is designed to build upon students' previous work with linear, quadratic, root and exponential functions. Students will expand their knowledge and develop their problem-solving skills while manipulating functions to include logarithmic, polynomial, rational, and radical functions incorporating material learned in Geometry and Algebra 1. This course will prepare students for enrollment into Pre-Calculus and Statistics.

Throughout this course students will be challenged to expand their algebraic knowledge studying new topics such as the real and complex number systems, graphing techniques, matrices, logarithms, trigonometry, sequences and series, conic sections, and an introduction to probability and statistics while continuing to hone their ability to utilize inductive and deductive reasoning, and to think analytically to solve problems.

Instructor: Jodi McGee

Grade Range: 8th - 12th

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

Thursday

Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl

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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Why would a young girl leave her home on a hot summer day dressed in multiple layers of warm winter clothing?

What does a teenager think and feel about being forced to go into hiding to escape the Nazis Holocaust?

Together, we will journey through the diary of Anne Frank in which Anne shares her innermost feelings, challenges, and hopes. With Anne Frank as our guide, we will learn about the Holocaust and the triumph of the human spirit over the forces of evil.
During this class, students will write a diary of their own thoughts and feelings as they journey through the life of Anne Frank.

Parents, please note, the topic of the Holocaust will be discussed during this class. In addition, due to the nature of the topic being discussed, the teacher will be showing short movies and images containing pictures from the Holocaust. Please make sure your child can handle this topic and these images.

"I felt many different emotions. I cried. I laughed. I smiled. Reading Anne's diary really gives you insight about the Holocaust. Mrs. Twersky really helped make us feel like we were with Anne comforting her in her time of need. I wish I could take this class over and over again and I will be sure to recommend it." - A.L., Student in New Jersey

Instructor: Geula Twersky

Grade Range: 7th - 10th

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.

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.

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.

Thursday

Creating Cities: Connections Between Engineering and Architecture - Spring 2019

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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Price: $300.00

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In this course, we will explore how architects and engineers think about cities and design the spaces you visit every week. Over the course of the ten weeks, students will be challenged to design a city where each student contributes one neighborhood, articulating their rationale for essential structures to ensure livability.

The class begins by defining cities, urbanization, and livability. In addition to considering these topics abstractly, students will observe their city in action to develop stronger definitions. From these basic definitions, students begin to visualize their own city. Working collaboratively, students will address infrastructure and zoning challenges. The class will work together to craft a livability index that ensures all residents of their ideal city can expect high livability.

Due to the nature of this course, it is hosted on the Zoom platform. The instructor will email you before the start of the course about downloading the free software, so students can join the meeting. Just as all other classes at OTA, you will be provided a link in Canvas that directs students to the meeting. After each meeting is finished, the instructor will post a link to the class recording. If you have any questions, please email the instructor at lindsey@opportunityunlocked.com.

 

Instructor: Lindsey Nelson

Grade Range: 6th - 10th

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

Tuesday

Deep Diving! Calling All Marine Biologists to Be!

Term: Fall 2018 and Winter 2019     Class Meets: Tuesday,      1:00 pm - 2:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Oct 09, 2018

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 20

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Price: $500.00

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This is an introductory course for students that are interested in understanding the Marine environment. If you love the creatures of the sea, then you will love this class!

In this class we will be exploring the creatures of the ocean, learning about their habitats, their physical and behavioral characteristics, and the marine environment in which they live.

 

I can only make this class fun, educational, and a great success if we all going to work together. That means you will have outside activities to complete at home. There is no way we can do it all in an online class. Even if you do not live near a seashore you will be able to participate fully in this class as well as through at-home experiments, projects and videos.

Instructor: Sarah Pope

Grade Range: 6th - 9th

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

Tuesday

Design is a Journey of Discovery Introduction to Interior Design

Term: Fall 2018 and Winter 2019     Class Meets: Tuesday,      1:00 pm - 2:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Oct 09, 2018

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 20

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Price: $500.00

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Interior design isn’t just about picking colors and décor! Design requires creative thinking and problem solving. We will discuss floor plan evaluation, area planning, choice of materials, furniture and much more! Grab your ruler and your colored pencils as we learn how to create beautiful floor plans, smart designs and color renderings. We will examine and create residential space, retail space and restaurant design.

Instructor: Samantha Star

Grade Range: 9th - 12th

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

Monday

Diggin' Up Roots Latin and Greek Roots: The Beginning of the English language

Term: Fall 2018 and Winter 2019     Class Meets: Monday,      1:00 pm - 2:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Oct 08, 2018

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 20

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Price: $500.00

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Vocabulary development is crucial to becoming a good reader and writer; something I have written about at length.  In fact, it is one of the 'magic ingredients' for reading success.  Yet, many students really struggle with this issue.  Systematic, direct instruction of vocabulary can have tremendous impact on such students.  It will help them with reading comprehension, increasing prior knowledge, and is an excellent form of test prep for numerous standardized tests.  

This is a COMPLETE mnemonic unit on eighty-four (of hundreds) Greek and Latin roots that are in thousands of English words.

Instructor: Beth Roussakis

Grade Range: 5th - 8th

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.

Tuesday

Foundations of Physics: A Middle School Science Course

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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In this introductory class designed for middle school learners, we will explore the world around us while deepening our understanding of physics. Students will conduct hands-on explorations ancient and modern machines to gain an appreciation for how these machines work. Additionally, students will undertake open-ended design projects that put their physics knowledge to the test.

We will ask questions like: How does a lock and key use an inclined plane? What does a dentist's drill have in common with a windmill? How can people harness the power of electrons?

Through asking these questions (and more!), students will have an opportunity to practice both science and engineering skills. Gifted students in grades 3 and 4 are welcome to join this course.

Due to the nature of this course, it is hosted on the Zoom platform. The instructor will email you before the start of the course about downloading the free software, so students can join the meeting. Just as all other classes at OTA, you will be provided a link in Canvas that directs students to the meeting. After each meeting is finished, the instructor will post a link to the class recording. If you have any questions, please email the instructor at lindsey@opportunityunlocked.com.

Instructor: Lindsey Nelson

Grade Range: 5th - 9th

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.

Thursday

Hebrew Conversation for Beginners through Song

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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Price: $300.00

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The best way to learn a language is through music. You can do it- GUARANTEED!!! From slow songs to fast moving popular hits, music is a magical tool for learning language. Learning Hebrew through music transforms learning into great fun! We will study conversation through lyrics and popular Hebrew music. We will also learn the Hebrew alphabet.

Instructor: Geula Twersky

Grade Range: 4th - 8th

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

Monday

How Engineers Change the World - 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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How do engineers change the world? In this class, we will explore the contributions made by different fields of engineering using diverse hands-on projects that get the students truly thinking. Together we will explore how mechanical, electrical, and chemical engineers solve problems while analyzing complex objects we use every day.

This class is ideal for students considering engineering careers who love hands-on learning. We will focus on engineering design, touching briefly on science concepts as necessary.

Due to the nature of this course, it is hosted on the Zoom platform. The instructor will email you before the start of the course about downloading the free software so students can join the meeting. Just as all other classes at OTA, you will be provided a link in Canvas that directs students to the meeting. After each meeting is finished, the instructor will post a link to the class recording. If you have any questions, please email the instructor at lindsey@opportunityunlocked.com

 

Instructor: Lindsey Nelson

Grade Range: 8th - 12th

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

Thursday

How Engineers Change the World - 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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How do engineers change the world? In this class, we will explore the contributions made by different fields of engineering using diverse hands-on projects that get the students truly thinking.

Together we will explore how mechanical, electrical, and chemical engineers solve problems while analyzing complex objects we use every day. This class is ideal for students considering engineering careers who love hands-on learning. We will focus on engineering design, touching briefly on science concepts as necessary.

Due to the nature of this course, it is hosted on the Zoom platform. The instructor will email you before the start of the course about downloading the free software so students can join the meeting. Just as all other classes at OTA, you will be provided a link in Canvas that directs students to the meeting. After each meeting is finished, the instructor will post a link to the class recording. If you have any questions, please email the instructor at lindsey@opportunityunlocked.com

 

Instructor: Lindsey Nelson

Grade Range: 8th - 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.

Wednesday

I Don't Need a Shrink! Ideas and Perspectives for the "Normal Person" from the World of Psychology

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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You have to be crazy to explore psychology - or do you? Actually, psychology has so much to offer each and every one of us, even people who suffer from being normal (whatever that is)!

Anyone who interacts with humans, or is one himself/ herself, needs to know some psychology. It is crucial for understanding people, including ourselves.

We will meet some of the people and ideas that have contributed to our understanding of what makes humans think, feel and act as they do, and see how these ideas can enrich our lives.

Instructor: Yitzchak Twersky

Grade Range: 9th - 12th

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

Wednesday

If the Genes Fit: High School Biology

Term: Fall 2018, Winter 2019 and Spring 2019     Class Meets: Wednesday,      1:00 pm - 2:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Oct 10, 2018

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 30

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Price: $700.00

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Biology is the natural science that studies life and living organisms. Together we will explore their physical structure, chemical composition, function, reproduction development and evolution.

Instructor: Samantha Star

Grade Range: 8th - 10th

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

Monday

Intro to Adobe Photoshop: Passionate about Pushing Pixels!

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

Class Begins: Oct 08, 2018

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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Photoshop is widely regarded as the industry standard for image editing and photo manipulation. And not without good reason, Photoshop is so well known that it has worked its way into cultural language as a verb, as in "That's been Photoshopped!" In this class, you will learn exactly what makes this software so powerful and how to harness that power for your own (hopefully good) intentions!

Instructor: Kirk Nelson

Grade Range: 8th - 12th

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.

Wednesday

Me: A User's Guide Cutting Edge Methodologies for Dealing with Life and its Challenges

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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We don’t need to search for problems, they tend to find us. Life is filled with many challenges, big and small. But there are many fascinating and effective techniques out there that can help us cope and generally improve the quality of our lives. There are methods that we can use to deal with anxiety, stress, lack of confidence, guilt feelings, sadness and much more.

This series will introduce you to some of the best of these techniques and methodologies. You will learn about Faster EFT and how it can help you deal with all sorts of problems almost effortlessly and nearly instantly. You will be exposed to meditation, Yoga and self-hypnosis and learn how these can improve the quality of your life.

Instructor: Yitzchak Twersky

Grade Range: 7th - 12th

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

Tuesday

Middle School Writing - IEW - A Week

Term: Full Year     Class Meets: Tuesday,      1:00 pm - 2:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Oct 09, 2018

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 14

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Price: $450.00

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This fast paced, interactive class begins preparing your student for high school and (eventually) college level writing. In Middle School Writing, the students will be writing five paragraph critiques, research papers and essays (expository, persuasive and narrative). Students will practice each structure at least twice allowing the student to write the second or third papers with the same structure with more ease.During class, each structure will be introduced, explained, brainstormed and modeled. While working on their homework it is expected that they use their handouts for reference. Students are expected to repeat the entire writing process with some degree of independence. Students might need parental assistance; however, over time we are striving for them to establish their independence as writers.Students will work on finding their voice through required stylistic techniques that they add into their writing. We also work hard on eliminating the use of the "subject-opener" using various sentence openers. Finally, there is a list of banned words (overused, boring) that the students are not allowed to use, so that they can find more descriptive ways to say what they mean.There is an emphasis on editing - TRULY editing, by using their composition checklist. However, at this stage editing means revising, revamping, rewriting, restructuring….. not just correcting. 

Instructor: Eva Goldstein-Meola

Grade Range: 6th (mature) - 9th

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

Monday

Perspectives: Combining Middle School Short Stories with IEW Writing - Session One - Fall 2018

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

Class Begins: Oct 08, 2018

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 one technological project; otherwise, the writing will range from 3 - 5 paragraphs including Narrative Summaries, Critique Writing and Essays.

During Fall 2018, we will read the following short stories:

"Seventh Grade" by Gary Soto

"The Scholarship Jacket" by Marta Salina

"The Necklace" by Guy de Maupassant

"The Lottery" by Shirley Jackson

"The Gift of the Magi" by O. Henry

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.

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

Powerful Paragraph - IEW Writing - B Week

Term: Full Year     Class Meets: Tuesday,      1:00 pm - 2:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Oct 16, 2018

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 14

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Price: $450.00

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In this "technical writing" (nonfiction) class, students will focus on exploring, brainstorming and writing strong, one paragraph pieces. Structures include, but are not limited to: descriptive, chronological, definition, compare/contrast, process analysis, spatial, enumerative…. As this process is happening the students will learn how to use various stylistic techniques that match the appropriate structure, as well as which transitional words work best.Powerful Paragraphs is a good option for the student who is not yet ready to tackle the five paragraphs expected in Middle School Writing. In addition, if you have a new or a reluctant writer, you will find it is better to build confidence rather than overwhelm your child with a class they aren't ready for. This is a one-year class.The goal is to help students focus on making every word count by choosing colorful, powerful words that create vivid pictures using the fewest number of words possible, as well as understanding the specific differences within each structure, and applying the appropriate transitions and stylistic techniques that lend themselves to each structure. 

Instructor: Eva Goldstein-Meola

Grade Range: 5th - 7th

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

Tuesday

Short Filmmaking 101

Term: Fall 2018     Class Meets: Tuesday,      1:00 pm - 2:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Oct 09, 2018

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

Grade Range: 5th - 9th

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

Tuesday

Sketching and Drawing

Term: Fall 2018     Class Meets: Tuesday,      1:00 pm - 2:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Oct 09, 2018

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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Do you enjoy doodling with a pencil and a sketchpad?

This class will hone your skills and help bring out your inner artist. We will break down complex concepts like line, tone, value, perspective and composition as we practice line and contour drawing, and a variety of shading techniques. You will learn to sketch images from real life and from your imagination!

Instructor: Celina Vallarta

Grade Range: 5th - 9th

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

Wednesday

The Ancient World - Egypt - Fall 2018

Term: Fall 2018     Class Meets: Wednesday,      1:00 pm - 2:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Oct 10, 2018

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 - Full Year

Term: Fall 2018, Winter 2019 and Spring 2019     Class Meets: Wednesday,      1:00 pm - 2:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Oct 10, 2018

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 30

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Price: $700.00

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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 - 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.

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

Youth Astronomy - 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: $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 Spring 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.

Tuesday

A Nordic Adventure! Sticks Across the Chimney by Nora Burglon - Fall 2018

Term: Fall 2018     Class Meets: Tuesday,      3:00 pm - 4:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Oct 09, 2018

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 Spring 2019 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.

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.

Wednesday

American Sign Language (ASL) 1

Term: Fall 2018, Winter 2019 and Spring 2019     Class Meets: Wednesday,      3:00 pm - 4:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Oct 10, 2018

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 30

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Price: $700.00

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Have your students always wanted to learn American Sign Language? This class is just what they need to get started! We will go from zero to ASL heroes over the course of the school year! Rather than learning random vocabulary words, this course will help students learn how to sign conversationally with the deaf and hard-of-hearing, even if they don’t know how to spell their names!By the end of the course, students will be able to carry on a basic conversation completely in American Sign Language. They’ll also have the tools they need to move on to more advanced signing concepts later.Please note:  ASL 1's class size is limited to eight students.NOTE:  Most states and colleges accept ASL as a Foreign Language; however, some do not.  Please verify with your state/college you are interested in if they will accept ASL as a Foreign Language Credit. **

Instructor: Selena Robinson

Grade Range: 7th - 12th

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

Monday

American Sign Language (ASL) 2

Term: Fall 2018, Winter 2019 and Spring 2019     Class Meets: Monday,      3:00 pm - 4:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Oct 08, 2018

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 30

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Price: $700.00

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Are your students ready to move on to advanced ASL concepts and become fluent signers? This is the class for them! We’ll be taking what we know about ASL and building on it to help students communicate fluently with the deaf and hard-of-hearing community. If your students have been frustrated at the lack of progress in understanding how to sign, this course will strengthen their receptive skills and their expression skills so that they’ll be signing with the best!

This class is an advanced course based on completion of ASL Level 1 or one year of previous structured ASL learning.

The goal of this course is signing fluency, so classes will build toward being held completely in ASL by the end of the last term.

Please note:  ASL 2's class size is limited to eight students.

NOTE:  Most states and colleges accept ASL as a Foreign Language; however, some do not.  Please verify with your state/college you are interested in if they will accept ASL as a Foreign Language Credit. **

Instructor: Selena Robinson

Grade Range: 7th - 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

Farmer Boy Novel Study

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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A multidisciplinary novel study using the book Farmer Boy to explore life on the frontier in the late 1800's. The class will incorporate reading, writing, science, history, critical thinking skills and even mathematics! Students will learn about life on a farm in the late 1800's, the caring and keeping of farm animals, familial relationships then and now, and the different types of food and food preparation.

Instructor: Beth Roussakis

Grade Range: 2nd - 5th

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

Tuesday

Go Greek Lightning! - Session 2- Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters and Greek Mythology - Winter 2019

Term: Winter 2019     Class Meets: Tuesday,      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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When the Greek god Poseidon was busy using his trident to slay the lightning wielding god Zeus, he probably didn't imagine that one day a young boy from upstate New York with ADHD named Percy Jackson would discover that he was a reincarnated demigod, whose dyslexia made it possible for him to read Greek inscriptions! This class will focus on learning about the Greek mythologies and their ultimate influence upon Western culture, and of course, Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief. Characters in the Percy Jackson series will be compared with their ancient Greek mythological counterparts in a quest to bridge modern literature with ancient civilizations.

Please note:  All the Go Greek Lightening classes are independent of one another.   You can take them in ANY order.  You can join at any time.  Please just look at the novel that is being used, so that you can make sure this is not a repeat class for your child.

 

Instructor: Geula Twersky

Grade Range: 5th - 8th

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

Tuesday

Go Greek Lightning! Session 3 Percy Jackson: Greek Heroes - Spring 2019

Term: Spring 2019     Class Meets: Tuesday,      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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When the Greek god Poseidon was busy using his trident to slay the lightning wielding god Zeus, he probably didn't imagine that one day a young boy from upstate New York with ADHD named Percy Jackson would discover that he was a reincarnated demigod, whose dyslexia made it possible for him to read Greek inscriptions! This class will focus on learning about the Greek mythologies and their ultimate influence upon Western culture, and of course, Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief. Characters in the Percy Jackson series will be compared with their ancient Greek mythological counterparts in a quest to bridge modern literature with ancient civilizations.

Please note:  All the Go Greek Lightening classes are independent of one another.   You can take them in ANY order.  You can join at any time.  Please just look at the novel that is being used, so that you can make sure this is not a repeat class for your child.

 

Instructor: Geula Twersky

Grade Range: 5th - 8th

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

Monday

Investigating Number Mysteries: Solving Real World Problems - Fall 2018

Term: Fall 2018     Class Meets: Monday,      3:00 pm - 4:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Oct 08, 2018

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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Have you ever wondered when you are actually going to use algebra in real life? In this course, students will discover how to find and manipulate math in the world around them. We focus on learning how to identify variables and set up algebraic expressions of increasing complexity. We’ll find mysteries that use linear, quadratic, exponential, and trigonometric functions. Our numerical mysteries will come from physical science, current events, and student-selected topics. Because of the different kinds of functions, we will be exploring, students should have a solid grasp on Algebra 1 content before taking this course. Younger mathematically gifted students are welcome to take this course.

Due to the nature of this course, it is hosted on the Zoom platform. The instructor will email you before the start of the course about downloading the free software, so students can join the meeting. Just as all other classes at OTA, you will be provided a link in Canvas that directs students to the meeting. After each meeting is finished, the instructor will post a link to the class recording. If you have any questions, please email the instructor at lindsey@opportunityunlocked.com

 

Instructor: Lindsey Nelson

Grade Range: 8th - 12th

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

Tuesday

Lights! Cameras! Action! An Alternative Course for High School English: Movies as Literature

Term: Fall 2018 and Winter 2019     Class Meets: Tuesday,      3:00 pm - 4:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Oct 09, 2018

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 20

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Price: $500.00

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Camera! Movies! Action! In this complete, one-year high school English course, we will combine learning with fun! Together, we will use classic movies to introduce and study the elements of literary analysis and critical thinking. We will view a variety of historical, classic and modern movies. The movies themselves take the place of literature, acknowledging the reality that this is the medium for storytelling most accessible to modern audiences. Preparation for discussion and the discussion itself teaches students many of the tools of literary analysis such as plot development, theme, foreshadowing, setting, mood, character development, symbolism, the author's purpose, point of view, motivation, puns, and irony. The analysis includes other aspects applicable to film such as staging and dramatic effects.

After discussion, students are given two or three questions from which they will choose one as the subject for an essay.

Co-Teaching? What? How is this going to work?

Jonathan Meola, a film/writing major during college, and Eva Goldstein-Meola, an education/writing major during college, together are going to bring forth their own individual passion for each element of class.

Jonathan will introduce, discuss and analyze the movies with the students.
Eva will step in when it is time for explaining how to write the essays.

YOUR students will have the BEST of both worlds!

Movies to be viewed, discussed and analyzed:

Shane (1953)

Friendly Persuasion (1956)

The Quiet Man (1952)

Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)

It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)

2001 Space Odyssey (1968)

Rear Window (1954)

Dr. Strangelove: Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)

Instructor: Eva Goldstein-Meola and Jonathan Meola

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.

Wednesday

United States History: Part Two 1865 - Present

Term: Fall 2018 and Winter 2019     Class Meets: Wednesday,      3:00 pm - 4:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Oct 10, 2018

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 20

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Price: $500.00

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Beginning with the bloody Civil War, continuing through the Industrial Revolution, World War One, The Roaring 20s, The Great Depression, World War Two, The Cold War, the Turbulent 60s… all the way to the present, the United States has seen it all.

Using the thought provoking narrative and award-winning series, A History of US by Joy Hakim, students will unfold the magic of United States history. Together, we will read, analyze, discuss, dig deeper using Joy Hakims' second five books (as listed below). In addition, there will be other readings, documentaries to view as well as discussion. Not only will we learn about the time period, we will also explore the music, people, events of these time periods.

Book Six: War, Terrible War (1855 - 1865) ISBN: 978-0-19-532720-5

Book Seven: Reconstructing America (1865 - 1890) ISBN: 978-0-19-532721-2

Book Eight: An Age of Extremes (1880-1917) ISBN: 978-0-19-532722-9

Book Nine: War, Peace, And All That Jazz (1918-1945) ISBN: 978-0-19-532723-6

Book Ten: All the People (1945 - present) ISBN: 978-0-19-973553-2

Instructor: Jonathan Meola

Grade Range: 8th - 12th

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

Monday

What is Important in Today's World? Understanding and Following Current Events - Fall 2018

Term: Fall 2018     Class Meets: Monday,      3:00 pm - 4:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Oct 08, 2018

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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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.

Please note: A second session of this class will be given during Spring 2019 on Wednesdays from 11:00 am - 12:30 pm ET.

Instructor: Jonathan Meola

Grade Range: 7th - 10th

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

Thursday

Who? What? Where? - Part Three: Where? - 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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We are going to blast to the past and around the world as we learn about so many inspirational people, exciting events and enchanting places!

We will be reading a series of books which tell the incredible stories of famous trailblazers, legends, innovators and creators. We will delve into the lives of important and famous historical figures. Together, we will tour exciting places and witness historic events around the world. Get ready to for a fascinating journey!

The class, Who? What? Where? exposes young readers to modern history and a world of ideas.

Please note:  All the Who? What? Where? classes are independent of one another.   You can take them in ANY order.  You can join at any time.  Please just read the syllabus to see what books are being covered in each section of the class.

 

Instructor: Geula Twersky

Grade Range: 2nd - 5th

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

Thursday

Who? What? Where? - Part Two: What? - Winter 2019

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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We are going to blast to the past and around the world as we learn about so many inspirational people, exciting events and enchanting places!

We will be reading a series of books which tell the incredible stories of famous trailblazers, legends, innovators and creators. We will delve into the lives of important and famous historical figures. Together, we will tour exciting places and witness historic events around the world. Get ready to for a fascinating journey!

The class, Who? What? Where? exposes young readers to modern history and a world of ideas.

Please note:  All the Who? What? Where? classes are independent of one another.   You can take them in ANY order.  You can join at any time.  Please just read the syllabus to see what books are being covered in each section of the class.

 

Instructor: Geula Twersky

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.