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Wednesday

Getting Yourself Together: Study Skills for the Middle School Student

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

Class Begins: Jan 16, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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

Instructor: Charissa Vangi

Grade Range: 5th - 7th

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

Tuesday

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.

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

Syllabus

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

Syllabus

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

Syllabus

Price: $500.00

$250.00 before Sep 30

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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

Syllabus

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.

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

Syllabus

Price: $300.00

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Instructor: Jessica Elkins

Grade Range: 6th - 10th

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

Thursday

How to Train Your Dragon Novel Study - Winter 2019

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

Class Begins: Jan 17, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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

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

Instructor: Beth Roussakis

Grade Range: 2nd - 5th

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

Monday

Introduction to American Deaf Culture

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

Class Begins: Jan 14, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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

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

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

Instructor: Selena Robinson

Grade Range: 7th - 12th

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

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

Syllabus

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

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

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

Instructor: Penina Taylor

Grade Range: 9th - 12th

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

Monday

An Introduction to World Religions

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

Class Begins: Jan 14, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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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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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.

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.