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Thursday

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

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

Class Begins: Jan 17, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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

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

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

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

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

Instructor: Jessica Elkins

Grade Range: 4th - 9th

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

Wednesday

Getting Yourself Together: Study Skills for the Middle School Student

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

Class Begins: Jan 16, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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

Instructor: Charissa Vangi

Grade Range: 5th - 7th

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

Tuesday

Human Rights: What They Are and Why We Have Them

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

Class Begins: Jan 15, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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

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

Instructor: Kirsten Bowman

Grade Range: 7th - 10th

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

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.

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.

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

Syllabus

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.

Monday

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

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

Class Begins: Jan 14, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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

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

Instructor: Kirsten Bowman

Grade Range: 5th - 8th

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

Wednesday

HerStory: Important Periods in History from a Female Perspective

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

Class Begins: Jan 16, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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

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

Instructor: Kirsten Bowman

Grade Range: 5th - 8th

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

Wednesday

Introduction to Psychology and the Brain

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

Class Begins: Jan 16, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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

Instructor: Samantha Star

Grade Range: 8th - 12th

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

Wednesday

Mosaics 101

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

Class Begins: Jan 16, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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

Instructor: Celina Vallarta

Grade Range: 6th - 12th

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

Thursday

Over 30 Accents in 10 Weeks

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

Class Begins: Jan 17, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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

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

Instructor: Catherine Holder Dugger

Grade Range: 5th - 9th

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

Monday

Puppetry 101

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

Class Begins: Jan 14, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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

Instructor: Catherine Holder Dugger

Grade Range: 2nd - 6th

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

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.

Monday

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

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

Class Begins: Apr 01, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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

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

Instructor: Eva Goldstein-Meola

Grade Range: 5th - 9th

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

Monday

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

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

Class Begins: Jan 14, 2019

Duration: 55 minutes,  Weeks: 5

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Price: $100.00

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

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

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

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

Instructor: Celina Vallarta

Grade Range: 1st - 4th

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

Monday

Broadway Bound

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

Class Begins: Jan 14, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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

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

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

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

Instructor: Catherine Holder Dugger

Grade Range: 3rd - 6th

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

Tuesday

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.

Monday

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

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

Class Begins: Jan 14, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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

What makes a good or bad leader?

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

Instructor: Kirsten Bowman

Grade Range: 9th - 12th

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

Wednesday

How to Create a Role Playing Game - Spring 2019

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

Class Begins: Apr 03, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Instructor: Jessica Elkins

Grade Range: 6th - 10th

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

Thursday

How to Train Your Dragon Novel Study - Winter 2019

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

Class Begins: Jan 17, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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

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

Instructor: Beth Roussakis

Grade Range: 2nd - 5th

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

Monday

Introduction to American Deaf Culture

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

Class Begins: Jan 14, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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

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

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

Instructor: Selena Robinson

Grade Range: 7th - 12th

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

Thursday

Introduction to Cooking

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

Class Begins: Jan 17, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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

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

Instructor: Celina Vallarta

Grade Range: 6th - 12th

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

Wednesday

Join us for…. Virtual Art Field Trips

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

Class Begins: Jan 16, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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

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

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

Instructor: Celina Vallarta

Grade Range: 5th - 9th

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

Tuesday

Short Filmmaking 101

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

Class Begins: Jan 15, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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

Instructor: Catherine Holder Dugger

Grade Range: 5th - 9th

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

Thursday

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

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

Class Begins: Jan 17, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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

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

Instructor: Catherine Holder Dugger

Grade Range: 5th - 9th

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

Wednesday

Songwriting and Production on Garage Band

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

Class Begins: Jan 16, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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

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

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

Instructor: Catherine Holder Dugger

Grade Range: 5th - 9th

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

Tuesday

Watercolor Basics

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

Class Begins: Jan 15, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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

Instructor: Celina Vallarta

Grade Range: 6th - 11th

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

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.

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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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

Harry Potter Art Edition

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

Class Begins: Jan 17, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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

Instructor: Celina Vallarta

Grade Range: 5th - 9th

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

Monday

International Justice: From Nuremberg to the International Criminal Court

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

Class Begins: Apr 01, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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

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

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

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

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

Instructor: Kirsten Bowman

Grade Range: 9th - 12th

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

Monday

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

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

Class Begins: Jan 14, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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

Instructor: Kirsten Bowman

Grade Range: 8th - 12th

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

Thursday

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

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

Class Begins: Jan 17, 2019

Duration: 55 minutes,  Weeks: 5

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Price: $150.00

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

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

Instructor: Catherine Holder Dugger

Grade Range: 2nd - 5th

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

Monday

You Decide! Applying Court Cases to the Bill of Rights

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

Class Begins: Apr 01, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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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.