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Wednesday

Getting Yourself Together: Study Skills for the Middle School Student

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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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.

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

Reading Boot Camp Level I - Grades 2 - 4

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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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.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: 2nd - 4th

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.

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

$240.00 before Jul 22

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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

$240.00 before Jul 22

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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

The Art of the Test

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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The SAT and ACT tests will serve as the portals by which we study test-taking methods in general. Other tests that we will study will include CLEPs and DSST (college credit tests, which I used to attain my undergraduate degree). Beyond getting questions correct, we will study the foundational calibration of the mind and thought processes that contribute to successfully reading and understanding questions in a test.

Instructor: Sam Salo

Grade Range: 6th - 12th

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

$240.00 before Jul 22

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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.