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Tuesday

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

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

Class Begins: Oct 09, 2018

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 20

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Price: $500.00

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

Instructor: Sophia Arroyo

Grade Range: 5th - 8th

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

Wednesday

Geography for the High School Student

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

Class Begins: Oct 10, 2018

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 20

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Price: $500.00

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Geography is an interdisciplinary subject! During this twenty-week course, students will travel the globe studying both the geographical elements of each continent as well as the culture and the people who live there. Students will be responsible for learning the countries, major mountain ranges and bodies of water. As geography and history are impossible to separate, we will also learn some history of the land! Class will be made up of lectures, multi-media, discussions and open-ended questions. Homework will be made up of independent reading, map building, map quizzes, open book tests and a final and a mid-term. We have a lot to cover! Do you want to join us on our journey around the world? Come along - it will be fun!

Instructor: Jonathan Meola

Grade Range: 8th - 12th

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

Tuesday

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

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

Class Begins: Oct 09, 2018

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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Can you imagine reaching out to the president of the United States about a ship full of Jewish refugees, who are going to be sent to concentration camps or worse, death camps, if they return to Germany, and the President of the United States not responding? This class is about the true story of a journey on a ship, The SS St. Louis, sailing in 1939 with just under 900 Jewish passengers and what happened to them. The story of Lisa and Sol, two young children on the SS St. Louis, is set against the tragic true history of the St. Louis. Denied entry from port after port, the captain was forced to return his Jewish passengers to Europe, where many died in the Holocaust. Through the eyes of these innocent children, we see the injustice and heartbreak that were caused by the prejudice and hatred of so many. Together, we will read, discuss, map out the route taken, understand the history, discuss the prejudice and hatred and try to understand why the world turned their back on The SS St. Louis.  

Instructor: Eva Goldstein-Meola

Grade Range: 5th - 8th

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

Monday

All Aboard: Virtual Field Trips - Fall 2018

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

Class Begins: Oct 08, 2018

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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

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

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

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

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

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

Instructor: Jessica Elkins

Grade Range: 4th - 8th

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

Monday

All Aboard: Virtual Field Trips - Spring 2019

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

Class Begins: Apr 01, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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

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

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

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

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

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

Instructor: Jessica Elkins

Grade Range: 4th - 8th

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

Monday

All Aboard: Virtual Field Trips - Winter 2019

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

Class Begins: Jan 14, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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Virtual field trips have completely changed the way learners experience the world outside our four walls; they are incredibly engaged through these virtual learning experiences and get excited to visit new places and see where we are traveling to next. Come along and join us! A virtual field trip, if done correctly and in an educationally sound fashion, can provide many of the identical cognitive and affective gains that an actual real-life field trip can provide. The trick is to give the activity the same care and credibility as one would give to a real-life curricular excursion. Simply going to an interesting Web site would not constitute a curricular field trip in and of itself, just as an off-campus excursion to an amusement park would have limited curricular value. I've chosen a list of locations we will virtually visit that will meet the criteria I've set below. Therefore, each class will begin with a few slides from a presentation I've made that will cover some basic information for our field trip. I'll use different methods for each trip including additional slideshows, videos, and more to help students grasp the class's subject. Online games will be used when possible and available, and offered for out of class practice if desired. Students will fill out slotted notes and their travel journal during each class. Students will choose our last two field trips; I will give ideas for inspiration if needed. Then, I'll research, and compile information based on the student's choices. We will finish our class with a slideshow review. This class may be appropriate for younger or older learners, depending on the individual learner. You're welcome to message me if you'd like to discuss this! Please note: During Fall 2018 and Spring 2019, there are two additional sessions of Virtual Field Trips. All three sessions are unique and independent. Students can take one, two or all three. Please come along and join us traveling around the world!

Instructor: Jessica Elkins

Grade Range: 4th - 8th

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

Wednesday

Be A World Traveler! Get Your Passport to the World! A Beginning Geography Study of the Seven Continents - 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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This study is designed to create an understanding of the world around us by visiting the seven continents of the world. It starts out with a basic lesson about where the continents are located and the five major oceans on Earth. The students will explore the geography of each continent to include important landmarks, the people, animals, the climate and at least one country on each continent. Students will be able to access videos via links provided to further enrich the study. There will also be a word bank/spelling/vocabulary for each continent or pair of continents studied, a fun, easy, but educational project for each continent or pair of continents studied, and each student will keep a "Travel Journal" and share their imaginary writings after each week's studies. Additionally, a worksheet(s) may be required as an extension of the learning. Each student should have a good understanding of the location of each continent, some of its countries, people, culture and landmarks by the course end.

Instructor: Jan Murray

Grade Range: 3rd - 5th

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

Wednesday

Be A World Traveler! Get Your Passport to the World! A Beginning Geography Study of the Seven Continents - 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 study is designed to create an understanding of the world around us by visiting the seven continents of the world. It starts out with a basic lesson about where the continents are located and the five major oceans on Earth. The students will explore the geography of each continent to include important landmarks, the people, animals, the climate and at least one country on each continent. Students will be able to access videos via links provided to further enrich the study. There will also be a word bank/spelling/vocabulary for each continent or pair of continents studied, a fun, easy, but educational project for each continent or pair of continents studied, and each student will keep a "Travel Journal" and share their imaginary writings after each week's studies. Additionally, a worksheet(s) may be required as an extension of the learning. Each student should have a good understanding of the location of each continent, some of its countries, people, culture and landmarks by the course end.

Instructor: Jan Murray

Grade Range: 3rd - 5th

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

Tuesday

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

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

Class Begins: Jan 15, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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Students will explore United States History from 1764-1824.

  • Native American - Meet Kaya
  • Revolutionary/Colonial Time Period - Meet Felicity
  • War of 1812 - Meet Caroline
  • Mexican American - Meet Josephina
We plan to include the historical events of the country for the time studied. In addition, we will explore the culture, lifestyle, geography and inventions of the time. Students will write short journal entries, create timelines and be involved with one project during the semester, which the students will present. We also begin to talk about some literary terms such as character, setting and conflict as they are used in literary analysis. Please note:  All the Exploring American History through the American Girls are independent of one another.   You can take them in ANY order.  You can join at any time.  Please just read the time periods/historical girls we are covering so that you can make sure this is not a repeat class for your child.   

Instructor: Eva Goldstein-Meola

Grade Range: 2nd - 5th

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

Tuesday

Exploring American History with American Girls - Session Three - Fall 2018

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

Class Begins: Oct 09, 2018

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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Students will explore United States History from 1914 to 1974 .

  • Jewish Immigration to New York City (Lower East Side) - Meet Rebecca
  • The Great Depression - Meet Kit
  • World War II - Meet Molly
  • Social Changes of the 1970s - Meet Julie
We plan to include the historical events of the country for the time studied. In addition, we will explore the culture, lifestyles, geography and inventions of the time. Students will take short comprehension quizzes, create timelines, create a map and be involved with one project during the semester, which the students will present in a pre-recorded video. We also begin to talk about some literary terms such as character, setting and conflict as they are used in literary analysis. Please note:  All the Exploring American History through the American Girls are independent of one another.   You can take them in ANY order.  You can join at any time.  Please just read the time periods/historical girls we are covering so that you can make sure this is not a repeat class for your child.   

Instructor: Eva Goldstein-Meola

Grade Range: 2nd - 5th

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

Tuesday

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

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

Class Begins: Apr 02, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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Students will explore United States History from 1853 - 1904.

  • French Influence/New Orleans - Meet Cecile
  • Swedish Immigration - Meet Kirsten
  • Civil War/Underground Railroad - Meet Addy
  • Industrial Revolution - Meet Samantha
We plan to include the historical events of the country for the time studied. In addition, we will explore the culture, lifestyles, geography and inventions of the time. Students will take short comprehension quizzes, create timelines, create a map and be involved with one project during the semester, which the students will present. We also begin to talk about some literary terms such as character, setting and conflict as they are used in literary analysis. Please note:  All the Exploring American History through the American Girls are independent of one another.   You can take them in ANY order.  You can join at any time.  Please just read the time periods/historical girls we are covering so that you can make sure this is not a repeat class for your child.   

Instructor: Eva Goldstein-Meola

Grade Range: 2nd - 5th

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

Wednesday

Twentieth Century Wars and The Rise of The Super Powers

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

Class Begins: Oct 10, 2018

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 20

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Price: $500.00

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

Instructor: Jonathan Meola

Grade Range: 8th - 12th

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

Wednesday

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

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

Class Begins: Apr 03, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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This class is designed to provide students with an opportunity to discuss, understand, and explore political, economic and social issues. These issues may be either local, national, and/or international in scope. All issues will be discussed in a respectful, meaningful, and active way - utilizing both contemporary and historical sources as available. Throughout the term, students will stay up to date on current issues and trends. Because the subjects covered in this class are by their very nature "current and contemporary," a variety of topics may be covered during the course, depending on the current news cycle.  

Instructor: Jonathan Meola

Grade Range: 7th - 10th

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

Thursday

A Nation Divided: An Elementary Students View of the Civil War

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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In this course, students will take part in the Civil War! They will learn about the causes and results of the war, and they will learn about the people who held key roles during this period of American History. Students will take an active role in learning about the election of 1860 and they will understand why the states felt as though they must secede from the Union. Come along as we discover what happened when Americans turned on one another!

Instructor: Charissa Vangi

Grade Range: 4th - 7th

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

Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs

American Girl Camp - Addy

Term: Summer 2018     Class Meets: Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs,      1:00 pm - 2:00 pm ET

Class Begins: Jul 23, 2018

Duration: 60 minutes,  Weeks: 1

Price: $100.00

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Come join our American Girl Camp! During this week long camp, we will explore the life and times of Addy (1864) and the Underground Railroad.

We will explore the geography, history, school life, town life, crafts, food and childhood pastimes of the day. We will create a timeline, a map and a craft together! In addition, we will discuss and analyze the literary elements of Meet Addy. It is going to be so much fun! Join us!

Class will meet on
Monday, July 23 from 1 - 2 pm ET
Tuesday, July 24 from 1- 2 pm ET
Wednesday, July 25 from 1- 2 pm ET
Thursday, July 26 from 1 - 2 pm ET

NOTE: Students should PRE-READ Meet Addy BEFORE the class begins or during the first 48 hours of class.

Eva Goldstein-Meola, M.Ed. as a Consulting Teacher of Reading and Writing, B.S as an Elementary Education Major/Reading Minor, has over 30 years in Reading/Writing/Classroom/Homeschooling experience will be teaching this class. Eva has spent the last 16 years instructing homeschoolers in (IEW) Writing and literature. She has been involved in virtual education since 2008 when it was in its infancy. In addition, Eva homeschooled her own (now 22-year-old) daughter. Finally, Eva Goldstein-Meola is IEW trained by Andrew Pudewa and has spoken at numerous conferences (both homeschooling and not) about the importance of writing in your child's life.

Parent Testimonial:

Just a quick note to thank you for a wonderful class! I was a little apprehensive that Cyrus and Ellis would balk at taking an American Girl themed class, but they thoroughly enjoyed your class and never once mentioned that it was girl-centric. Your combination of American history, geography, culture and reading was perfectly balanced. Well done!

~ AKH – Northern Virginia

Instructor: Eva Goldstein-Meola

Grade Range: 2nd - 5th

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

Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs

American Girl Camp - Samantha

Term: Summer 2018     Class Meets: Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs,      1:00 pm - 2:00 pm ET

Class Begins: Jul 30, 2018

Duration: 60 minutes,  Weeks: 1

Price: $100.00

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Come join our American Girl Camp! During this week long camp, we will explore the life and times of Samantha (1904) during the Industrial Revolution.

We will explore the geography, history, school life, town life, crafts, food and childhood pastimes of the day. We will create a timeline, a map and a craft together! In addition, we will discuss and analyze the literary elements of Meet Samantha. It is going to be so much fun! Join us!

Class will meet on
Monday, July 30 from 1 - 2 pm ET
Tuesday, July 31 from 1- 2 pm ET
Wednesday, August 1 from 1- 2 pm ET
Thursday, August 2 from 1 - 2 pm ET

NOTE: Students should PRE-READ Meet Samantha BEFORE the class begins or during the first 48 hours of class.

Eva Goldstein-Meola, M.Ed. as a Consulting Teacher of Reading and Writing, B.S as an Elementary Education Major/Reading Minor, has over 30 years in Reading/Writing/Classroom/Homeschooling experience will be teaching this class. Eva has spent the last 16 years instructing homeschoolers in (IEW) Writing and literature. She has been involved in virtual education since 2008 when it was in its infancy. In addition, Eva homeschooled her own (now 22-year-old) daughter. Finally, Eva Goldstein-Meola is IEW trained by Andrew Pudewa and has spoken at numerous conferences (both homeschooling and not) about the importance of writing in your child's life.

Parent Testimonial:

Just a quick note to thank you for a wonderful class! I was a little apprehensive that Cyrus and Ellis would balk at taking an American Girl themed class, but they thoroughly enjoyed your class and never once mentioned that it was girl-centric. Your combination of American history, geography, culture and reading was perfectly balanced. Well done!

~ AKH – Northern Virginia

Instructor: Eva Goldstein-Meola

Grade Range: 2nd - 5th

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

Thursday

An Amateur's Guide to the American Revolution

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

Class Begins: Oct 11, 2018

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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In this course, students will take part in the American Revolution! They will learn about the causes and results of the revolution, and they will learn about the people who held key roles during this period of American History. Students will take an active role in learning about the Declaration of Independence and they will understand why the colonies felt that they needed to separate from Great Britain. Come along as we discover how we became the United States of America!

Instructor: Charissa Vangi

Grade Range: 4th - 7th

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

Thursday

Ancient History-Based Writing Lessons Using IEW Theme Based Curriculum

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

Class Begins: Oct 11, 2018

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 20

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Price: $500.00

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Learning to write well will serve children not only during their school years, but into college and throughout their adult lives. Writing skills are profoundly important in the workplace, and the process of learning to write well also teaches students how to think clearly and communicate effectively in every area of life. IEW teaches students to hone the skills needed to communicate confidently and effectively. Whether your students are eager learners or reluctant writers, IEW's award-winning approach will give them the tools they need to confidently write well, think clearly, and express themselves eloquently and persuasively. Unlike many creative writing programs, this more classical system stresses modeling and builds a firm foundation of specific skills. As students practice each format and master each technique, they develop confidence - and consequently creativity. Even beginners can get a sense of structure and a repertoire of style. This class will incorporate IEW's Theme Based Unit - Ancient History. All assignments will be centered around this historical time period in some way. This is a great combination with Jonathan Meola's Ancient History Class. Fix-It Grammar will also be incorporated into the class. Reading a sentence or two a day, students will learn to apply grammar rules to writing in a practical way. Students will learn to think about their writing and incrementally learn how to apply grammar rules to their written work.  

Instructor: Tina McMahel

Grade Range: 5th - 8th

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

Thursday

Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl

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

Class Begins: Jan 17, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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

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

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

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

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

Instructor: Geula Twersky

Grade Range: 7th - 10th

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

Wednesday

The Ancient World - Egypt - Fall 2018

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

Class Begins: Oct 10, 2018

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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This course, in its entirety, will follow the dramatic history of the world's early civilizations from the first farmers of the Middle East to the rise of the mighty empires in Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece and Rome. We will explore the timeline, history and people of the time allowing students to create a vivid picture of life in the ancient world. Parent have the option of taking one semester or two semesters or enroll in the entire year. Fall 2018 - Ancient World: Egypt - $300.00 Winter 2019 - Ancient World: Greece - $300.00 Spring 2019 - Ancient World: Rome - $300.00 Ancient World - Early Civilizations, Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, Rome - $700.00

Instructor: Jonathan Meola

Grade Range: 6th - 9th

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

Wednesday

The Ancient World - Full Year

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

Class Begins: Oct 10, 2018

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 30

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Price: $700.00

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This course, in its entirety, will follow the dramatic history of the world's early civilizations from the first farmers of the Middle East to the rise of the mighty empires in Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece and Rome. We will explore the timeline, history and people of the time allowing students to create a vivid picture of life in the ancient world. Parent have the option of taking one semester or two semesters or enroll in the entire year. Fall 2018 - Ancient World: Egypt - $300.00 Winter 2019 - Ancient World: Greece - $300.00 Spring 2019 - Ancient World: Rome - $300.00 Ancient World - Early Civilizations, Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, Rome - $700.00

Instructor: Jonathan Meola

Grade Range: 6th - 9th

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

Wednesday

The Ancient World - Greece - Winter 2019

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

Class Begins: Jan 16, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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This course, in its entirety, will follow the dramatic history of the world's early civilizations from the first farmers of the Middle East to the rise of the mighty empires in Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece and Rome. We will explore the timeline, history and people of the time allowing students to create a vivid picture of life in the ancient world. Parent have the option of taking one semester or two semesters or enroll in the entire year. Fall 2018 - Ancient World: Egypt - $300.00 Winter 2019 - Ancient World: Greece - $300.00 Spring 2019 - Ancient World: Rome - $300.00 Ancient World - Early Civilizations, Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, Rome - $700.00

Instructor: Jonathan Meola

Grade Range: 6th - 9th

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

Wednesday

The Ancient World - Rome - Spring 2019

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

Class Begins: Apr 03, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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This course, in its entirety, will follow the dramatic history of the world's early civilizations from the first farmers of the Middle East to the rise of the mighty empires in Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece and Rome. We will explore the timeline, history and people of the time allowing students to create a vivid picture of life in the ancient world. Parent have the option of taking one semester or two semesters or enroll in the entire year. Fall 2018 - Ancient World: Egypt - $300.00 Winter 2019 - Ancient World: Greece - $300.00 Spring 2019 - Ancient World: Rome - $300.00 Ancient World - Early Civilizations, Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, Rome - $700.00

Instructor: Jonathan Meola

Grade Range: 6th - 9th

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

Monday

An Introduction to World Religions

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

Class Begins: Jan 14, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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Across the globe, people have asked questions such as: Where/How did the world begin?

  1. Who are we?
  2. What is our purpose is in life?
These questions, when viewed through the prism of different religious traditions, have a variety of answers. Throughout human history, religion has played a role in history, literature and current events. Without a basic understanding of various religious traditions, students often can't relate to what they read in fiction and non-fiction texts. In this survey class, we will explore some of the major faiths practiced by people worldwide. For each one studied, we will learn about:
  1. Sacred objects
  2. Festivals
  3. Traditions
  4. Sacred places
  5. Rites of passage

Instructor: Jonathan Meola

Grade Range: 7th - 9th

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

Wednesday

Exploring the Mysteries of History

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

Class Begins: Oct 10, 2018

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 20

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Price: $500.00

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Modeled after my "How Did They Think of That" science course, this class takes a look at 20 different historical events or topics that remain a mystery to this day, exploring the background and what else was going on in history at that time. This is a survey of history using significant mysteries and lore as the jumping off points. The course is aimed at the upper middle school student but can also serve as an elective credit for younger high schoolers. Because I teach at a relaxed adult level, the course may not be suitable for younger students with no knowledge of history to use as reference points.

Instructor: Penina Taylor

Grade Range: 7th - 10th

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

Mon, Tues, Wed and Thurs

Summer Workshop: Introduction to World Religions

Term: Summer 2018     Class Meets: Mon, Tues, Wed and Thurs,      3:00 pm - 4:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Jul 23, 2018

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 2

Price: $200.00

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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.

Across the globe, people have asked questions such as:

● Where/How did the world begin?
● Who are we?
● 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:

● Sacred objects
● Festivals
● Traditions
● Sacred places
● Rites of passage.

We will discuss in class a variety of religions and cultural connections. The class is highly interactive. Students are expected to participate.

The goal for this class is for students to develop an understanding of faiths, traditions and histories.

We will use video clips, diagrams, maps, and other visual aids, in addition to several written sources.

Students will also have opportunities to contribute to the course, by preparing and sharing presentation materials that address and explain relevant topics. These can include, but are not limited to:

Cinematic Faith: Students can choose from a list of topic-appropriate films, and prepare a 3-5 minute presentation discussing the plot, characters, and their relationship to actual events, along with sharing selected relevant clip(s)

Dialogue and Discussion: Students can choose from one of the faiths covered in the course, and present their own overview and analysis covering its origins, practices, or beliefs. This can be supported by images, video, or music clips.

Convincing Convictions: Students can choose one of the faiths covered in the course, and then come up with several slogans, mottoes, or memes that should serve to promote the basic messages or personalities related to their choice, in a positive and encouraging manner.

All students need access to the following book available in local libraries or on Amazon.
The Usborne Encyclopedia of World Religions by Susan Meredith and Clare Hickman.
ISBN: 978-0-7945-2753-2

This class will meet on
Monday, July 23 from 3:00 - 4:30 pm
Tuesday, July 24 from 3:00 - 4:30 pm
Wednesday, July 25 from 3:00 - 4:30 pm
Thursday, July 26 from 3:00 - 4:30 pm
Monday, July 30 from 3:00 - 4:30 pm
Tuesday, July 31 from 3:00 - 4:30 pm
Wednesday, August 1 from 3:00 - 4:30 pm
Thursday, August 2 from 3:00 - 4:30 pm

All classes are held LIVE, but we also record our classes and provide parents with the link to re-watch OR if a student must miss class. MANY of our students watch the recordings and are VERY successful.

Parent Testimonial:

I will never forget our daughter’s excitement as she watched one of Mr. Jonathan’s required documentaries and couldn’t believe she recognized and knew all of the names and places.

History is not a strong suit for our girl, and for her to show a passion for World War I is remarkable. The choice of reading assignments, videos and documentaries all parlayed well into a comprehensive history course. We have truly enjoyed Mr. Jonathan’s teaching style and desire to bring the past alive and look forward to taking another class with him next semester.

~L.R., Florida

Instructor: Jonathan Meola

Grade Range: 6th - 10th

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

Monday and Thursday

Summer Workshop: We Didn't Start the Fire: The Cold War in Song and Popular Culture (1949 - 1989)

Term: Summer 2018     Class Meets: Monday and Thursday,      3:00 pm - 4:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Jun 04, 2018

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 2

Price: $100.00

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This course will use the lyrics of Billy Joel's 1989 hit song "We Didn't Start the Fire" to discuss references made by the singer to both key personalities and milestone moments during the post-WWII period.

Particular focus of the course will be on events such as the emerging Cold War between the US and USSR in the late 1940's and 1950's, through the turbulent social changes in the 1960's and 1970's, and winding up with the collapse of the Soviet Union in the late 1980's.

We will use video clips, diagrams, maps, and other visual aids, in addition to several written sources.

Students will also have opportunities to contribute to the course, by preparing and sharing presentation materials that address and explain relevant topics. These can include, but are not limited to:

History as Cinema: Students can choose from a list of period-appropriate films, and prepare a 3-5 minute presentation discussing the plot, characters, and their relationship to actual events, along with sharing selected relevant clip(s)

Decade Discussion: Students can choose one of the relevant decades covered in the song, present an overview and analysis for one or more of the events, people, or places mentioned within that context. This can be supported by images, video, or music clips.

Talent Show: Students can prepare and present their own 2-3 minute music video listing relevant historical events, places, and personalities within their own lifetime.

Class will meet on
June 4 from 3:00 - 4:30 pm ET
June 7 from 3:00 - 4:30 pm ET
June 11 from 3:00 - 4:30 pm ET
June 14 from 3:00 - 4:30 pm ET

Parent Testimonial:

I will never forget our daughter’s excitement as she watched one of Mr. Jonathan’s required documentaries and couldn’t believe she recognized and knew all of the names and places.

History is not a strong suit for our girl, and for her to show a passion for World War I is remarkable. The choice of reading assignments, videos and documentaries all parlayed well into a comprehensive history course. We have truly enjoyed Mr. Jonathan’s teaching style and desire to bring the past alive and look forward to taking another class with him next semester.

~L.R., Florida

Instructor: Jonathan Meola

Grade Range: 6th - 10th

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

Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs

Summer Workshop: We Didn't Start the Fire: The Cold War in Song and Popular Culture (1949 - 1989)

Term: Summer 2018     Class Meets: Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs,      3:00 pm - 4:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Jul 09, 2018

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 1

Price: $100.00

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This course will use the lyrics of Billy Joel's 1989 hit song "We Didn't Start the Fire" to discuss references made by the singer to both key personalities and milestone moments during the post-WWII period.

Particular focus of the course will be on events such as the emerging Cold War between the US and USSR in the late 1940's and 1950's, through the turbulent social changes in the 1960's and 1970's, and winding up with the collapse of the Soviet Union in the late 1980's.

We will use video clips, diagrams, maps, and other visual aids, in addition to several written sources.

Students will also have opportunities to contribute to the course, by preparing and sharing presentation materials that address and explain relevant topics. These can include, but are not limited to:

History as Cinema: Students can choose from a list of period-appropriate films, and prepare a 3-5 minute presentation discussing the plot, characters, and their relationship to actual events, along with sharing selected relevant clip(s)

Decade Discussion: Students can choose one of the relevant decades covered in the song, present an overview and analysis for one or more of the events, people, or places mentioned within that context. This can be supported by images, video, or music clips.

Talent Show: Students can prepare and present their own 2-3 minute music video listing relevant historical events, places, and personalities within their own lifetime.

Class will meet on
Monday, July 9 from 3:00 - 4:30 pm ET
Tuesday, July 10 from 3:00 - 4:30 pm ET
Wednesday, July 11 from 3:00 - 4:30 pm ET
Thursday, July 12 from 3:00 - 4:30 pm ET

Parent Testimonial:

I will never forget our daughter’s excitement as she watched one of Mr. Jonathan’s required documentaries and couldn’t believe she recognized and knew all of the names and places.

History is not a strong suit for our girl, and for her to show a passion for World War I is remarkable. The choice of reading assignments, videos and documentaries all parlayed well into a comprehensive history course. We have truly enjoyed Mr. Jonathan’s teaching style and desire to bring the past alive and look forward to taking another class with him next semester.

~L.R., Florida

Instructor: Jonathan Meola

Grade Range: 6th - 10th

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

Monday and Thursday

Summer Workshop: World War One

Term: Summer 2018     Class Meets: Monday and Thursday,      3:00 pm - 4:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Jun 04, 2018

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 2

Price: $100.00

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In this course, we will explore World War I (1914-1918). We will examine the causes of the "Great War" and how the alliances between countries served to trigger what became known as the world's first truly "global conflict".

This will also include an overview of the key personalities, battles, and technologies that shaped the conflict, from the shots fired in Sarajevo to the Armistice signed on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. We will also cover the outcomes for both the victorious and vanquished nations, and how the aftereffects generated by the conflict unintentionally set the stage for an even larger global conflict to erupt in just two decades' time.

We will use video clips, maps, diagrams, and other visual aids, in addition to supporting written sources.

Students will also have opportunities to contribute to the course, by preparing and sharing presentation materials that address and explain relevant topics. These can include, but are not limited to:

History as Cinema: Students can choose from a list of period-appropriate films, and prepare a 3-5 minute presentation discussing the plot, characters, and their relationship to actual events, along with sharing selected relevant clip(s)

Presenting Propaganda: Students can research various methods used by the various combatant nations, and share several examples via a 3-5 minute presentation with explanations and supporting materials.

Tools and Tech Show: Students can research various technologies developed as a result of the conflict, and choose one or several examples to share via a 3-5 minute presentation with explanations and supporting materials.

This can be taken as a standalone course, or in conjunction with my WWII course, which will be offered following this class.

Class will meet on
June 4 from 1:00 - 2:30 pm ET
June 7 from 1:00 - 2:30 pm ET
June 11 from 1:00 - 2:30 pm ET
June 14 from 1:00 - 2:30 pm ET

Parent Testimonial:

I will never forget our daughter’s excitement as she watched one of Mr. Jonathan’s required documentaries and couldn’t believe she recognized and knew all of the names and places.

History is not a strong suit for our girl, and for her to show a passion for World War I is remarkable. The choice of reading assignments, videos and documentaries all parlayed well into a comprehensive history course. We have truly enjoyed Mr. Jonathan’s teaching style and desire to bring the past alive and look forward to taking another class with him next semester.

~L.R., Florida

All classes are held LIVE, but we also record our classes and provide parents with the link to re-watch OR if a student must miss class. MANY of our students watch the recordings and are VERY successful.

Instructor: Jonathan Meola

Grade Range: 6th - 10th

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

Monday and Thursday

Summer Workshop: World War Two

Term: Summer 2018     Class Meets: Monday and Thursday,      3:00 pm - 4:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Jun 18, 2018

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 2

Price: $100.00

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In this course, we will look at the root causes for what became known as World War II, starting with the rise of fascist regimes in Italy, Japan, and Germany. While many date the start of the Second World War to September 1939, there is a strong argument for actually revising that date backwards several years, to include smaller, regional conflicts such as the second Sino-Japanese War, Soviet-Japanese border wars and Spanish Civil War as not only precursor conflicts, but also as 'flames that lit the fuse'.

We will examine items such as personalities, policies, technologies, and precursor conflicts - as well as the reaction (or lack thereof) by the international community at large. We will explore the progress of the war, as it drew in neutral powers such as the United States, and the major personalities that drove key events leading up to the war's end across the spring and summer of 1945. We will also touch on the immediate aftermath of the war, as old imperial powers faded away, to be replaced by two new global superpowers.

We will use video clips, maps, diagrams, and other visual aids, in addition to supporting written sources.

Students will also have opportunities to contribute to the course, by preparing and sharing presentation materials that address and explain relevant topics. These can include, but are not limited to:

History as Cinema: Students can choose from a list of period-appropriate films, and prepare a 3-5 minute presentation discussing the plot, characters, and their relationship to actual events, along with sharing selected relevant clip(s)

Presenting Propaganda: Students can research various methods used by the various combatant nations, and share several examples via a 3-5 minute presentation with explanations and supporting materials.

Tools and Tech Show: Students can research various technologies developed as a result of the conflict, and choose one or several examples to share via a 3-5 minute presentation with explanations and supporting materials.

This can be taken as a standalone course, or in conjunction with my WWI course.

Class will meet on
June 18 from 1:00 - 2:30 pm ET
June 21 from 1:00 - 2:30 pm ET
June 25 from 1:00 - 2:30 pm ET
June 28 from 1:00 - 2:30 pm ET

Parent Testimonial:

I will never forget our daughter’s excitement as she watched one of Mr. Jonathan’s required documentaries and couldn’t believe she recognized and knew all of the names and places.

History is not a strong suit for our girl, and for her to show a passion for World War I is remarkable. The choice of reading assignments, videos and documentaries all parlayed well into a comprehensive history course. We have truly enjoyed Mr. Jonathan’s teaching style and desire to bring the past alive and look forward to taking another class with him next semester.

~L.R., Florida

All classes are held LIVE, but we also record our classes and provide parents with the link to re-watch OR if a student must miss class. MANY of our students watch the recordings and are VERY successful.

Instructor: Jonathan Meola

Grade Range: 6th - 10th

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

Wednesday

United States History: Part Two 1865 - Present

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

Class Begins: Oct 10, 2018

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 20

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Price: $500.00

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Beginning with the bloody Civil War, continuing through the Industrial Revolution, World War One, The Roaring 20s, The Great Depression, World War Two, The Cold War, the Turbulent 60s… all the way to the present, the United States has seen it all. Using the thought provoking narrative and award-winning series, A History of US by Joy Hakim, students will unfold the magic of United States history. Together, we will read, analyze, discuss, dig deeper using Joy Hakims' second five books (as listed below). In addition, there will be other readings, documentaries to view as well as discussion. Not only will we learn about the time period, we will also explore the music, people, events of these time periods. Book Six: War, Terrible War (1855 - 1865) ISBN: 978-0-19-532720-5 Book Seven: Reconstructing America (1865 - 1890) ISBN: 978-0-19-532721-2 Book Eight: An Age of Extremes (1880-1917) ISBN: 978-0-19-532722-9 Book Nine: War, Peace, And All That Jazz (1918-1945) ISBN: 978-0-19-532723-6 Book Ten: All the People (1945 - present) ISBN: 978-0-19-973553-2

Instructor: Jonathan Meola

Grade Range: 8th - 12th

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

Monday

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

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

Class Begins: Oct 08, 2018

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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This class is designed to provide students with an opportunity to discuss, understand, and explore political, economic and social issues. These issues may be either local, national, and/or international in scope. All issues will be discussed in a respectful, meaningful, and active way - utilizing both contemporary and historical sources as available. Throughout the term, students will stay up to date on current issues and trends. Because the subjects covered in this class are by their very nature "current and contemporary," a variety of topics may be covered during the course, depending on the current news cycle. Please note: A second session of this class will be given during Spring 2019 on Wednesdays from 11:00 am - 12:30 pm ET.

Instructor: Jonathan Meola

Grade Range: 7th - 10th

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

Thursday

Who? What? Where? - Part One: Who? - Fall 2018

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

Class Begins: Oct 11, 2018

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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We are going to blast to the past and around the world as we learn about so many inspirational people, exciting events and enchanting places! We will be reading a series of books which tell the incredible stories of famous trailblazers, legends, innovators and creators. We will delve into the lives of important and famous historical figures. Together, we will tour exciting places and witness historic events around the world. Get ready to for a fascinating journey! The class, Who? What? Where? exposes young readers to modern history and a world of ideas. Please note:  All the Who? What? Where? classes are independent of one another.   You can take them in ANY order.  You can join at any time.  Please just read the syllabus to see what books are being covered in each section of the class.  

Instructor: Geula Twersky

Grade Range: 2nd - 5th

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

Thursday

Who? What? Where? - Part Three: Where? - Spring 2019

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

Class Begins: Apr 04, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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We are going to blast to the past and around the world as we learn about so many inspirational people, exciting events and enchanting places! We will be reading a series of books which tell the incredible stories of famous trailblazers, legends, innovators and creators. We will delve into the lives of important and famous historical figures. Together, we will tour exciting places and witness historic events around the world. Get ready to for a fascinating journey! The class, Who? What? Where? exposes young readers to modern history and a world of ideas. Please note:  All the Who? What? Where? classes are independent of one another.   You can take them in ANY order.  You can join at any time.  Please just read the syllabus to see what books are being covered in each section of the class.  

Instructor: Geula Twersky

Grade Range: 2nd - 5th

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

Thursday

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

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

Class Begins: Jan 17, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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We are going to blast to the past and around the world as we learn about so many inspirational people, exciting events and enchanting places! We will be reading a series of books which tell the incredible stories of famous trailblazers, legends, innovators and creators. We will delve into the lives of important and famous historical figures. Together, we will tour exciting places and witness historic events around the world. Get ready to for a fascinating journey! The class, Who? What? Where? exposes young readers to modern history and a world of ideas. Please note:  All the Who? What? Where? classes are independent of one another.   You can take them in ANY order.  You can join at any time.  Please just read the syllabus to see what books are being covered in each section of the class.  

Instructor: Geula Twersky

Grade Range: 2nd - 5th

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

Monday

You Decide! Applying Court Cases to the Bill of Rights

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

Class Begins: Apr 01, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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The United States Constitution was drafted in Philadelphia in 1787 at the Constitutional Convention. However, many delegates felt that the document was not truly complete, since it did not include a list of rights that offered people protections from abuses of power by the government. These delegates felt that the lack of these rights would prevent ratification by the States, and after further deliberations, crafted ten Amendments to the Constitution that are known collectively as the Bill of Rights. In this survey class, we will explore the Bill of Rights, using cases and examples covering the first eight Amendments, that will cover both the Founders' intent and further interpretation by the judiciary.

Instructor: Jonathan Meola

Grade Range: 7th - 10th

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